BBC: On 21 August, more than seven million people from across the globe are predicted to converge on various cities across the US, as the first total solar eclipse since 1918 to cross the North American continent from ocean to ocean, takes place. Millions are expected to travel far and wide to witness the once-in-a-life-time event.
But for others, the celestial phenomenon signals something far more sinister than a simple road trip – for some, the total solar eclipse means the end of the world as we know it.
Various evangelist groups across the US, for example, have already heralded the eclipse as a sign of impending apocalypse. A Christian prophecy website called Unsealed claims that it will spark the beginning of the so-called Tribulation, a seven-year period in which 75% of the world’s population will be destroyed. more …
Opinion: The controversy is found in Joel 2:31:
“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.”
The Day of the Lord is a title reserved for a time on Earth characterized by great judgment, (Amos 5:18-20). There are many Bible teachers that believe it begins 3.5 years into the tribulation. Some think it is at the end of the 7 years, and others like myself, believe it begins right after the rapture of the church.
Possible order of events:
- Damascus is destroyed in one night (Isaiah 17:1, 14)
- A coalition of 7 Arab nations marches on Israel (Ps. 83:1-8)
- Israel is victorious (Psalm 83:9), the war ends, and Israel becomes an exceedingly great army (Ezek. 37:10)
- Israel dwells securely; the wall of separation comes down (Ezek. 38:11)
- Russia (Iran/Turkey/North Africa) launch a surprise attack to take plunder (Ezek. 38:13)
- God intervenes (Ezek. 38:18-23) Jews recognize God’s hand in victory “from that day forward”, return to covenant relationship and demand a temple (Ezek. 39:22)
- Rapture of the Church and Bema Seat Judgment (1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:51-58; 2 Cor. 3:11-15)
- The diaspora is complete and the last of the Jews return to the land “not leaving any behind” (Ezek. 39:28)
- The Tribulation/The Day of the Lord Begins (Jeremiah 30:7; Rev. 6:1-3)
The day of the Lord culminates with the return of Jesus after the last 3.5 years of the 7 year tribulation.
Since there are no signs prophesied to happen before the rapture, it is possible that the coming eclipse is a sign that the tribulation is near, even at the doors Matthew 24:33, but there are more verses to plug into the equation that likely will not fit Monday’s eclipse:
“For the stars of heaven and their constellations Will not give their light; The sun will be darkened in its going forth, And the moon will not cause its light to shine.” Isaiah 13:10
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Matthew 24:29
With that said, there is no way to connect a specific eclipse with the fulfillment of end-times prophecy. Eclipses are actually quite common, with a total solar eclipse occurring somewhere on Earth approximately once every 18 months ( source).
(For more on events of end time prophecy see BP 101 chapter 10 here)