by Edwin L. Carpenter, Senior Film Reviewer – The Dove Foundation
John Hagee wrote the prophetic book, Four Blood Moons, and it became a best-seller. So he and his ministry leaders decided there was a need and a curiosity about the topic of these moons which he claims are prophetic in relation to Israel, so they made a movie. It is coming to theaters for one night– Monday, March 23, 2015 and, if it does well, may open the door for future faith-based films by his ministry. Pastor Hagee recently spoke with The Dove Foundation by phone about the film.
Dove: Please tell us about your book, Four Blood Moons. It’s a best seller so obviously people are interested in apocalyptic and end-time events.
Pastor Hagee: “They certainly are. The world in which we live is upside down. You have Russia’s invasion, you have Iran threatening to produce a nuclear bomb, and they have promised to try to use it to wipe Israel off the map. Iran considers America a mortal enemy and their constitution calls for both the destruction of America and Israel. So, when you throw in the upside down moral standards of the world, and the economic crisis that is on the horizon, people are very, very concerned—about the direction the nation is going and what they can do about it.”
Dove: Did you want to make the film based on your book or did someone approach you to make the film?
Pastor Hagee: “After I wrote the book which sold over 700,000 copies, it was on the New York Times best-seller list 22 weeks, we said why not get this message out to a broader audience. So my daughter Sandy, who is also my attorney and works for the ministry, said, why don’t we consider a movie and I said, ‘okay. I commission you to start investigating how that might happen.’ And so the idea was born and she carried the torch.”
Dove: When is the release date for the movie?
Pastor Hagee: “We’re going to have a one night showing on March 23, this coming Monday night. People can get informed on the theater near you and where it is showing by going to fourbloodmoonsmovie.com. If we have a good showing on this first night then there’s a strong possibility we could be able to bring it back for a week. But because I am not Steven Spielberg or one of the major producers in Hollywood– Hollywood is wanting to know does America want to see prophetic movies. Do they want to see Christian movies, and so we have this appearing in 700 theaters across the nation this coming Monday night.”
Pastor Hagee said if the movie comes back for one week and does well during that week that they will keep it going because Hollywood is “interested in, basically, a money-making project.”
Dove: Is there a message or theme you are trying to convey in the movie?
Pastor Hagee: “This is a movie that demonstrates the awesome power of God to communicate to the world with the sun, moon and stars that He has created. There has been a tetrad of moons. A tetrad is four consecutive blood moons. There has been a tetrad of four blood moons in 1492 and 93, and 1948 and in 1967.”
Hagee explained that in 1492 Spain, with King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, expelled the Jewish people. The Jewish people gave their maps and money to Christopher Columbus, trying to find a new homeland, and he then discovered America. In 1948 Israel acquired statehood. In 1967 Jerusalem was joined to Israel. “So you put those together and they have a trials and triumph scenario in each of the storylines. So we began with the trials of the Jewish people in the Spanish Inquisition, in which thousands of them were brought before a church tribunal and placed on trial and it was a very trying time for them.” Hagee went on to elaborate on the 1948 events following the Holocaust in which “six million people were systematically slaughtered by the Nazis. That was followed by statehood in 1948. In 1967 the trial was the Six-Day War.” He stated a tremendous amount of Jewish people were killed but Jerusalem was reunited with Israel. “So there has been a trial and triumph scenario. Now we have the four final blood moons as far as NASA can ascertain.” They began appearing in April of last year, 2014 and in October 2014.
“Now the next thing to happen is the solar eclipse, March 20. Then the final two blood moons will be April 4 of this year which is Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles which is Sept. 28.“ He added it is a scenario that only God could have put together. He states the dates for the Passover and Feast of Tabernacles were established centuries ago by God as recorded in the Bible. “And only God can cause the sun, the earth and the moon to get in an exact alignment so that the sun’s rays shines through the earth’s atmosphere to produce a red blood moon. God gets those in alignment on an exact day and an exact time and NASA said it is going to happen. This is not random chance or probability. It is the hand of God speaking to us through the sun, the moon, and the stars.”
Pastor Hagee said the film was completed in 11 months, a short time frame to produce a movie, an hour and a half docu-drama. Battle scenes from the aforementioned wars are included and he said it has been produced with “great quality.”
Dove: What are people saying who have already seen an early screening of the film?
Pastor Hagee: “Thumbs up, coast to coast. People are giving rave reviews.”
When asked about some people who would mix up astrology and astronomy Pastor Hagee mentioned that astrology is a false science, leading to a worship of the stars. Astronomy is “the study of the stars which is an exact science.” He added, “We don’t worship the stars, we believe in worshipping the Creator of the stars, which is the difference between astrology and astronomy.”
We encourage our Dove readers to go see Pastor Hagee’s Four Blood Moons on Monday, March 23. Pastor Hagee is an author and long-time pastor, the Senior Pastor at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. The subject matter is fascinating and it should be a great watch for Christians that want more Christian and prophetic films.