On Aug. 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will occur on Earth, traveling across the United States, coast-to-coast, for the first time in 99 years. From about 10 a.m. on the west coast until nearly 3 p.m. on the east coast, the Moon’s shadow will plunge portions of 14 states into total darkness during the day, blocking out the Sun and creating an experience unlike anything else on Earth. Over 12 million people live within the path of totality, and millions more will flock from all over the country and the world to experience this event: the first total solar eclipse over any part of the continental USA since 1979. What should you look for? What are the dangers?
It will transit right across the lower 48 states, and exit out into the Atlantic through South Carolina. But that is not all.
America will have another solar eclipse pass across it coming in from another direction seven years later in 2024. These two eclipses, (and two is the Biblical number of witness), are putting a great big X on the USA. But that too is not all. The two eclipses seven years apart! Could this have a possible connection to the coming 70th Week of Daniel and the final 7 years of this age?
In studies of The Fall Feasts of Israel from Tishri 1, 2017, (Feast of Trumpets) to Tishri 10, 2024, (Day of Atonement), engaging 86 moons, (and not 87 moons), is a timeline of precisely 2550 days. This is a perfect match for the 1260 + 1290 = 2550 days for the 70th Week of Daniel and the final 7 years of this age.
See this chart. So we are wise to keep our eyes wide open in these times and our accounts with God very close in our heart, and mind, and ask Him to guide us in all our resolutions and in all that we do.
This American solar solar eclipse passing right over the current superpower in 2017 and then coming back and crossing again seven years later in 2024 is now starting to attract some attention. Most solar eclipses pass over geographic areas of the world and sweep across oceans in which nothing much happens. But history tells of some solar eclipses being omens. They have been seen to be harbingers of significant impending or unfolding events. Some examples following come from a book by Lain King. Here is a website presenting some of these accounts.
One example is the solar eclipse that passed over the Russian Army on the 21st of August in 1915.
This was at the outbreak of World War I. That same solar eclipse also marked the very day that saw the opening clashes on the Western Front. The Russian divisions coming in from the east were plunged into darkness just as they were closing in on Germany. The Russians were soundly defeated shortly after this at the Battle of Tannenberg.
Tannenberg was the first big battle on the Eastern Front. It resulted in a major victory for the Germans. Over 150,000 Russian soldiers were killed or captured, and a large part of the Imperial Russian Army collapsed as a military force. This led on later to the Bolshevik Revolution and the assassinations of Czar Nicholas and the Romanov royal family. This solar eclipse was also a bad omen for the Allies. That victory over the Russians at Tannenburg allowed the Germans to swing their troops back towards France and to engage the allies on the Western Front in strength.
There has been a long association of solar eclipses with war. Several major military confrontations were presaged by eclipses. The earliest recorded case was in May 585 BC, when philosopher Thales actually predicted a solar eclipse. This interrupted the Battle of Halys and stopped the battle for an hour or so. That Battle between the Lydians and the Medes became known as The Battle of the Eclipse.
There have been many other examples. Just before Alexander the Great invaded Persia, there was a solar eclipse that blackened the sun over the important Mediterranean seaport of Tyre. This was a fabulously wealthy city on an island near the shore. It was well fortified and considered invincible at the time. But when Alexander’s men constructed a sea bridge to the island the city of Tyre soon fell to the Greeks. This was a defining moment of his campaign as he moved southwards towards Egypt.
Then there were the Crusades. Pope Urban preached the First Crusade at Clermont, France in 1098. The Byzantines in the former Eastern Roman Empire had called for help against the Islamic incursions they had been suffering. All this followed an ominous solar eclipse that went right over over Jerusalem and right on the new moon of the high holy Hebrew month of Tishri in September of 1093.
There are a whole stack of records of significant historical events connected to solar eclipses.
Some more of these accounts can be viewed here on the NASA Eclipse website.
Perhaps the most precise coincidence between war and a solar eclipse was the solar eclipse that passed over the center of Korea just before the Korean War. Here to the left we see a map from the NASA eclipse portal showing the path of the Korean War solar eclipse of May 9th of 1948.
This was an interesting development. On the 10th May 1948 major elections were to begin throughout Korea. But just one day before, the United Nations declared that it was only going to monitor voting in the south. This was an unrighteous and unjust U.N. resolution and patently wrong. Ensuring a just and righteous election in the communist north was definitely problematical. So perhaps they decided to take the low road and ignore the issue. But on that very day, May the 9th of 1948, there was a total solar eclipse that passed right over over the very center of Korea. This was most assuredly an omen of impending events, and a harbinger of dark days ahead for those under its shadow. Violence on the Korean peninsula soon erupted in a major way. And by 1950 the conflict had grown into a full-scale war.
There have been other examples where solar eclipses have proved to be omens of significant historical events. But rationalistic humanistic man thinks he or the authorities, clerics, scientists, and academics he trusts and believes in know everything that there is to know. So he refuses to consider the things that occasionally emerge out of the mystery, however well documented they may be.
This American solar eclipse of 2017 is interesting. It will be crossing America for the first time in 99 years. The last time a solar eclipse passed over the US was in 1918. Interestingly this was the year that saw the close of World War I and the beginning of America’s rise to prominence. In that year American President Woodrow Wilson attempted to initiate a world governance through the League of Nations. As we saw, that initiative, devoid of any call or respect given to the God of the Judeo-Christian people, went nowhere. President Wilson lived to rue the day he was party to this act of sophistry and presumption by the leaders of the West.
The US is the final Western superpower. All the other nations of Western Christendom have already had their time in the sun. They are spent. Those dominoes have fallen. Most Americans do not realize this. There is no other great Western power waiting in the wings to follow America. It is the last bastion of Western Christendom. If America falls we go into the New World Order. It is as simple as that.
This is an interesting eclipse. It seems that there are some possible connections to the yet to be fulfilled Fall Feasts of Israel. Since solar eclipses always occur on an astronomical new moon the next new moon following that August 2017 solar eclipse happens to be the new moon of Tishri. This is that Autumn Hebrew new moon that in some future year will see the Fulfillment of the Feast of Trumpets.
So while this upcoming American solar eclipse may mean absolutely nothing it could mean something. It could be an omen of important things to come. There is no doubt that we are definitely seeing some strange events opening up in America. And the American involvement in the arena of the Middle East is under close scrutiny by students of Bible prophecy and world history. So we might be wise to keep our eyes wide open and be watchful of all these developing events.
We are now beginning to live in what the Chinese proverb describes as “interesting times”. We are seeing a proliferation of nukes and delivery systems being developed in rogue nations. And these weapons of mass destruction and secret resonant directed energy beam weapons are now coming into the hands of wicked national and international leaders. We see much evidence now that men in high places are being driven by an abominable evil that wants to destroy all life on this planet.
We could get appalled and depressed by all this. BUT, we need not be. There is in fact a sovereign God overseeing history. And as Job declared in Job 38:11, He stands, (as it were), on the sands of the sea, declaring to the raging nations,
“This far shall you come, and no further!
Here your proud waves will stop!!”
The dysfunctional human family is a a foolish self-deceived company on the whole. And their lesser angels are the dark principalities and powers that believe their own lies. They really think they can stop the end-time witness and forestall the Judgment that has been declared upon them and written down in Holy Scripture. They pull the strings of their human underlings and try to shoo the saints away from the end-time witness. Evil men and their evil angels are rushing helter skelter to destruction with their fingers in their ears. They are agents of the Destroyer whose aim is to destroy all life on this planet. But there is a sovereign God who is the real chessmaster on the chessboard of holy history. An He will be the One who will intervene to stop them. And as we read in the Olivet Discourse it seems this divine intervention will come just in the nick of time.
I know without doubt that the eclipse of August 21st that cuts across America is incredibly significant. Jewish tradition holds that a total solar eclipse is a sign of judgment and a warning to the gentiles.
America is the greatest gentile nation in history and is now facing judgment. God is calling His people to the greatest move of repentance, unseen since Moses came down the mountain with the 2nd set of tablets.
Over two years ago the Lord pointed me to this event as recorded in my journal:
(July 5, 2015)
This morning I felt like I was hearing the Lord clearly speaking to my heart. I saw a picture of a solar eclipse. It looked full. I heard, “when the sun is darkened”.
The image I actually saw from the Lord looked just like this picture. He was pointing me then to this time. The date of this eclipse is exactly 40 days before the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, on September 30th. According to the Bible, 40 is the number for waiting, preparation, testing or punishment. It is also the number to start a new chapter of the history of salvation.
About Yom Kippur: (instituted by God in Leviticus 23:31 for all generations)
Yom Kippur is the tenth day of the month of Tishri. It is the most important and holiest day of the Jewish year. It is the Day of Atonement when the High Priest goes into the Holy of Holies to atone for the sins of all the people.
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb will happen in a future year on Yom Kippur when Jesus comes to take His Bride back to Himself. (A Jewish wedding is also called a private Yom Kippur.)
Rosh Chodesh Elul (tied to significance of 40 days) begins at sunset August 21st, 2017 after the total solar eclipse ends over America. Rosh Hashana or the Feast of Trumpets begins of Sept. 20 (also the start of the ten days of awe or days of repentance, prior to Yom Kippur) and ends the evening of September 22nd, which is Shabbat (the start of the Sabbath or day of rest).
The next day, September 23, in Jerusalem during Shabbat, the fulfillment of the first part of the Revelation 12 sign will occur. Computer models show this is the only time in 6000 years of history or thousands of years into the future that this sign will occur.
God told us through His word in Genesis 1:14 that he placed the lights in the heavens to be for signs (signal or mark) and for seasons (an appointment or festival). On August 21st, God is giving America a firm sign calling us to repentance. Then, 40 days later God’s most holy day of the year will occur on September 30. In between that time, another great sign will occur in the heavens signifying the time of the end written by John in the Book of Revelation.
Repent for the Kingdom of God draws near!
The Significance of Rosh Chodesh Elul:
According to Jewish tradition, the month of Elul is the time that Moses spent on Mount Sinai preparing the second set of tablets after the golden calf incident (Exodus 32; 34:27-28). He ascended on Rosh Chodesh Elul and descended on the 10th of Tishri, at the end of Yom Kippur, when repentance was complete. Elul marked the beginning of a period of 40 days that Moses prayed for God to forgive the people for worshipping the golden calf.
Moses was with God for two periods of forty days and forty nights each. The first period was recorded in Exodus 24:18 through Exodus 31:18. At the end of which, God gave Moses the first set of tablets, wherein contained the Ten Commandments written by the finger of God (Exodus 31:18). But the first set was destroyed at the foot of Mount Sinai when Moses cast them down upon seeing the people worshipping the golden calf (Exodus 32:19) that they had created, and committing the sins centered around the idol.
After the golden calf was destroyed, Moses went up Mount Sinai on Rosh Chodesh Elul (the first day of the 12th month of the Civil Calendar) and prayed to God for a second period of forty days and forty nights (Exodus 34) so that God would spare His people and return His full Presence to be among them.
God responded favorably to Moses’ prayers by commanding Moses to write a new set of tablets – wherein were inscribed the Ten Commandments. (Source: thejoshlink.com)
And the LORD said to Moses, “Cut two tablets of stone like the first ones, and I will write on these tablets the words that were on the first tablets which you broke.” (Exodus 34:1
For centuries, one particular day has signified repentance for God’s people. It had deep meaning for Jonah, Moses and Jesus Christ.
And this year, Aug. 21 – the first of Elul on the biblical calendar – contains a critical message for American Christians, as it will be the date of a total solar eclipse that will traverse the entire United States.
A coincidence? Not likely, contended pastor Mark Biltz in a recent appearance on the “The Jim Bakker Show.”
“We are about to enter the month of Elul,” Biltz said. “And it just so happens that Elul was the month of repentance. It was on Elul 1 that Jonah left for 40 days to tell Nineveh to repent. It was on Elul 1 that Moses went up to Mt. Sinai after the sin of the Golden Calf, trying to make atonement while Israel was repenting for that. It was on Elul 1 Jesus went out into the wilderness for 40 days, coming out on Yom Kippur. Elul 1 starts the month of repentance and to have the solar eclipse happening at this time, it is of huge significance!”
“We, as the church, have 40 days to really repent, just like Abraham. He was interceding for Sodom and Gomorrah, trying to find 10 righteous men among them. I don’t know how many righteous [men] are needed for America.”
According to Jewish tradition, Biltz explained, because Gentiles go by the sun for their calendar, a solar eclipse represents judgment coming upon a non-Jewish nation, whereas a lunar eclipse, because Jews use a lunar calendar, represents judgment coming upon Israel.
And one of the best-known solar eclipses in history had a terrible message for the West.