Hagee misinterprets lunar eclipses, Baptist professors say

BIRMINGHAM (TAB) — Two Southern Baptist professors have challenged John Hagee’s “blood moon” interpretation. Hagee predicted that a “world shaking event” will occur after four consecutive complete lunar eclipses (known as a tetrad) finish in September. Ben Merkle, associate professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., said televangelist Hagee’s predication ignores “apocalyptic literature” — Scripture portions that use a figure of speech not meant to be interpreted in a “literalistic manner.” Bruce Gordon, associate professor of the history and philosophy of science at Houston Baptist University, said in an interview with Baptist Press, “The whole business of discerning ‘signs in the heavens’ related to human affairs smacks either of astrology or pointless speculation about eschatological prophecies in Scripture.”

To read more, see an upcoming issue of The Alabama Baptist.

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