Everyone will experience on Aug. 21 at least 60 percent of the sun being covered and the resulting semi darkness. Those within about a 60-mile wide diagonal line from the Pacific Northwest through South Carolina will see the sky go dark and feel the temperature drop.
In the Christian lifestyle blog Beliefnet, Lesli White contributes a blog called, “Is a Solar Eclipse a Sign from God? Is God trying to tell us something?” from her new collection, The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New.
White writes in exquisite detail about the Biblical point of view of the upcoming solar eclipse as a sign from God, quoting Pastor Mark Blitz who claims to have first noticed the four blood-moon pattern. “In Genesis 1:14, God declared this to be so. It is a sign that is beyond man’s control, something he can’t manipulate,” (Read more about Pastor Mark Blitz and his view on the biblical meaning of the solar eclipse, here, and here).
The Bible tells us in Isaiah 13:10-11 that ...the stars of heaven and their constellations Will not flash forth their light; The sun will be dark when it rises And the moon will not shed its light. Thus I will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their iniquity; I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud And abase the haughtiness of the ruthless.
Do I believe in signs and wonders from God? Absolutely!! Do I believe that the solar eclipse is a warning from God? Yep! I am not God nor do I proclaim to know the mind of God, but this scripture just reminds me of the downward spiral of events since November 11, 2016. As I read the news flash coming across my Apple Watch via CNN, the alleged stolen election, the rise of racial unrest, the US government divided and in shambles, the tragedy in Charlottesville VA ect… God is not pleased. I believe that God is letting us know that a change is coming to the US that will impact the world. God is very clear: I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud And abase the haughtiness of the ruthless.(v.11). Who does that remind you of?
There is currently much controversy over the statements made by Pastor Blitz concerning the August 21st occurrence of the solar eclipse. Not my concern. It makes for an interesting read. I do believe the Word of God. In all of the article that I have read, no one quoted Isaiah, one of the greatest prophets of his time.
And now this for your reading pleasure:
“Raise your hand if 2017 has already given you a case of PTSD. One minute you’re pulling out the picket sign and pussy hat, pumped to #resist. The next, you’re vigilantly cycling through five different news sites, Twitter and your Facebook feed to find out the latest insane and polarizing order that has been handed down from the shadowy ranks of the Presidential puppet show. “
Regardless of what I think, this is what I believe: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.- Mark 13:32,” Be ye Ready!!!
Pay no attention to doomsday messages and apocalyptic threats about the end of time. These are meaningless and without truth. Jesus warned us that false prophets will try to deceive many (Matthew 25:24).
Take advantage of the opportunity for viewing the total solar eclipse. Celebrate with these verses as you do so:
- The Rising of the Sun
“But to you who fear My name, The Sun of Righteousness shall rise with healing in His wings” (Malachi 4:2a). This is a beautiful picture fulfilled by Jesus Christ who heals by the power of the message of the Cross.[x]
- The Remission of Sin
Remission means forgiveness of sin.[xi] John the Baptizer said something significant about this, and light, in his mission to “go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, (to) give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:76b-79)
- The Radiance of the Son
As a child of God, a believer in His Son Jesus Christ, you are filled with His Holy Spirit. You have the Light of Life (John 8:12). Heaven is your home. The Bible says in Revelation 22:5, “There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”
Do You Want this Christian Perspective of the Solar Eclipse?
Can’t celebrate? Need Jesus? The Bible says that if you confess Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised His Son from being dead, you will be saved. For all who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:9, 13).
Saved means to be rescued. The Bible says that we are all sinners in need of being rescued (Romans 3:23). Only Jesus can save us. Only He can forgive sin. “For there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12b)
Confess He is Lord. Believe that God raised Him from the dead.
“Jesus, I confess that You are Lord. I believe that God raised You from the dead. Thank You for saving me and filling me with Your Spirit.”