Thousands of people are flocking to key spots in America at the end of August to see a complete solar eclipse. It will be the first of its kind to be seen in America since 1257, reports FaithWire. The eclipse will take place on August 21st and will darken the sky for much of the day, as the sun will be completely hidden behind the moon. It will also cause temperatures to drop unusually.
The eclipse will be best seen from Oregon to South Carolina, and people are referring to it as "The Great American Total Solar Eclipse." But beyond being a really cool thing to see, is there deeper spiritual significance to it? A couple of Bible scholars think so.
Pastor Mark Blitz shared in Christianity Today, "When there is a total solar eclipse, it is a warning to a specific nation or nations depending on its path. Now this August 21, 2017, we have a total solar eclipse going over the United States. This is again at the beginning of the month of repentance on the first of Elul! Could God be giving us warning that we need to repent or judgment will be coming on the United States? The timing couldn't be clearer."
Similarly, Paul Begley, host of the Coming Apocalypse radio show, says the eclipse is a 'prophetic sign' and a possible fulfilment of the prophecy in Joel that talks about the sun being 'turned to darkness' before the Day of the Lord comes. Another passage that scholars are pointing to is Matthew 24:29 in which Jesus says the sun will be darkened after the tribulation, and in Revelation 6:12 which talks about the sun becoming 'black as sackcloth of hair' and the moon becoming 'like blood.'
It's understandable why some would believe now is the time when God wants to warn America. We are seeing increased evil in our own nation, as America welcomes sexual immorality in unparalleled ways and actively fights to murder its unborn. The Bible predicts that evil will increase in the last days.
But now we need the light from the Church to shine brighter, as the Bible also foretells. What do you think of the coming eclipse? Do you think it could be a sign from God? Share your thoughts in the comments! Not only are Bible scholars warning about the eclipse, but the government is warning people for these potential risks!