I know my Sunday School teachings well enough to know that, one day, mankind is due for the ultimate Biblical comeuppance. We’re sinners, and, as a consequence of that and our failure to find our way to the Lord, we’re destined to pay a high price. What we don’t know is when that fateful day will arrive, but Pastor Mark Biltz may have found signs that suggest a global reckoning isn’t only just around the corner but also God himself has been announcing those intentions as plain as the nose on our face or the moon over our heads. Blood moons, that is.
(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and/or characters. If you’re the type of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few modest hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)
The story here is far from typical.
Essentially what we’re talking about is the end of life as we know it and the emergence of the way life ought to have been lived (or better “will be lived,” depending upon one’s convictions), and it’s done in a way avoiding all of the usual clamor involving the Book of Revelations. (In fact, Revelations really isn’t mentioned in any measurably context here.) Yes, in case you missed it, BLOOD MOONS is about faith and God and Jesus and all things spiritual, and – despite what others might tell you or would have you believe – it isn’t about indicting any particular faith or behaviors stemming from an ignorance of it. Rather, it’s only an extrapolation of one area of religion: whether or not we’re being prepared for what’s coming.
As I’ve implied above, I think most of us are well aware that the Bible speaks of an end times we can’t imagine having to face, but Biltz goes to great lengths to avoid the typical doom and gloom. Instead, BLOOD MOONS concentrates on exploring the method behind the madness to uncover what Biltz believes are messages being broadcast in the world-at-large for all of us to see with tools God created with that purpose in mind. And it’s a fascinating voyage of discovery as the man recounts how he stumbled across it by blind chance; it grows in ways that are entirely organic as he pulls back the layers of deception put in place by mankind’s own folly.
I don’t doubt Mr. Biltz’s scholarship. I don’t doubt his reputation. Heck, I don’t even doubt his interpretation. It’s all presented in such a way that it’s hard to find fault with any of it. After all, he’s done the research, and it would appear his only intention here is to share his life’s work with his fellow man. In short, I admire anyone with that commitment. I admire anyone with that dedication. In this modern era of cynics and skeptics, I find the purity of his pursuits to be more than a bit refreshing. However as one of those lifelong cynics and skeptics I simply don’t possess the knowledge the effectively evaluate his message to the masses.
Therein lies the problem with faith-based productions: how can you communicate the message without drawing the attention of the audience’s well-established filters? Because I’m a cynic – because I’m a regular news junkie and I know how many times before a pastor or religious leader had promised a Second Coming only to see the date come and go – I almost automatically raise filters when I’m viewing or reading such material. Because of man’s own history with trying to predict the end of days, I’m predisposed to question nearly everything I’m told … even when I lack the necessary education to legitimately debate the merits.
I’ve been told (in Sunday School, no less) that we won’t know when that crucial time is coming, but we should always be prepared for it. I think that’s a sentiment Paster Biltz and I could agree upon … and that might be the only one.
BLOOD MOONS (2014) is produced by WND Films. DVD distribution is also being handled by WND Films. As for the technical specifications, this is one smartly assembled production, and no expense has been spared in bringing this message to life.
RECOMMENDED. I’m certainly not going to pretend that I understood everything in this 70 minute presentation. While I found most of it compelling, there’s also an unspoken promise in BLOOD MOONS of ‘things to come’ that, unfortunately, I’ve heard before. No doubt, many of us had heard of mildly prophetic predictions of our doom. In fact, every few years something makes headlines of this nature, whether it’s Y2K or the end of the Mayan calendar. What elevates this film to greater meaning is its reliance on the biblical calendar for interpreting such events; but as I’m no expert in that field, I’m found in the precarious position of concluding, “I’ll just have to take your word for it.”
In the interests of fairness, I’m pleased to disclose that the fine folks at WND Films provided me with a DVD copy of BLOOD MOONS by request for the expressed purposes of completing this review.