If You Think The Eclipse Is Doomsday, You’re Not The First

E1W1AW Annular solar eclipse of May 20th 2012. Photographed at sunset from western Texas.
E1W1AW Annular solar eclipse of May 20th 2012. Photographed at sunset from western Texas.

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:

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)

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  1. Is it possible that the rapture could take place around this time? Absolutely! Are we, as Christians, expected to preach doom and destruction? Nope! The Bible explains that we will be taken away to be with our Lord. We will not remain here to face the Great Tribulation.

    It amazes me how Americans can often be so self-centered, rarely acknowledging there is a whole world outside their borders. They believe that just because there is an eclipse taking place for them to see it automatically means it is apocalyptic. Eclipses happen regularly. Frequently, even.

    And evangelical groups and so-called churches always like to cash in on things like this. Not necessarily cashing in on a monetary basis, but on gaining attention. Satan, himself, does not care about money either, but attention. The more attention he and his minions get the less is given to God.

    I look at this and all eclipses in a different way. It is always a reminder of God’s creation. All the many intricacies of His creation. The way He made things work. I am always in complete awe of my God’s ways!

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