On August 21, 2017, the news of huge interest, the once-in-a-generation total solar eclipse in the U.S., almost hit the headlines of every main news media on computers and TVs.
The eclipse began its sweep over Lincoln Beach, Oregon of Western United Statas, at 9:05 a.m. local time on August 21., At 10:16 a.m., the moon completely blocked out the sun, creating a total solar eclipse, a rare astronomical phenomenon. Anywhere inside the 70 -mile of the Path of Totality experienced 2 minutes and 40 seconds of darkness. The whole sun gradually could be seen after 11:36 a.m. local time. Next, the band passed through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and other 10 states, and finally this spectacular total solar eclipse ended near South Carolina, at about 3 p.m. EST.
The once-in-a-hundred-year total solar eclipse drew many astronomers and stargazers flocked to the site to witness it. Everyone has his own mood and feeling toward this rare spectacle. Some people marveled at it, some felt excited, some older people felt lucky to see the wonder in their lifetime. However, as Christians, we thought of the almighty God’s prophecies and warnings first while viewing the rare total solar eclipse.
There are many prophecies about the signs of the last days in , some of which convey God’s warning to the people of the last days through the appearance of astronomical signs, such as, “And it shall come to pass in that day, said the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day” (Amos 8:9). “A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread on the mountains” (Joel 2:2). “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come” (Joel 2:31). “…her sun is gone down while it was yet day” (Jeremiah 15:9). “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring” (Luke 21:25).
That is to say, today, in the last days, when the sun was covered suddenly at a sunny day and the earth plunged into darkness, it was the fulfillment of the prophecies of God in the last days, which is to say, God has begun to judge this world and send down great disasters. Yes! The fulfillment of the prophecies of the last days has a direct relationship with the catastrophe predicted in Revelation and also is closely related to God’s warning.
There are some comments on the Internet, saying that this total solar eclipse corresponds to the news the prophet Jonah conveyed to the Ninevites that God would destroy them. People who are familiar with the Bible know that, before Jonah conveyed God’s will to the Ninevites, the people of Nineveh, from their king to the common man, were ensnared in sin and licentiousness, eating, drinking and having fun, worshiping false gods and evil spirits to such a point that it was unbearable for God to witness. So God raised up the prophet Jonah to warn the Ninevites that He would destroy the whole city after forty days. When they heard God’s warning, the Ninevites turned away from their evil ways, thus winning God’s mercy and tolerance through their sincere confession and repentance for their sins, which was a special event that God’s punishment toward man transformed into forgiveness through the historical record of the Bible. Almost during the same period, the city of Sodom which was evil and corrupt to the extreme as the Nineveh, were burned away thoroughly by the brimstone and fire God sent from heaven. This is because, the people of Sodom were not only corrupted by Satan and lived in sin, but remained impenitent, greedily enjoyed the pleasures of sin, even harmed the messengers of God. Ultimately, the only thing that awaited them was certainly God’s wrath and righteous punishment!
Looking back to the different end of Sodom and Nineveh, while reflecting on ourselves, we have to admit that the extent of corruption of the whole mankind in the last days has even gone beyond that of people of Sodom and Nineveh. With the technological development and material abundance, many people fall into sin of luxury and dissipation and cannot free from it. In order to scramble for profit, there always start wars among different countries and races for destroying and killing. In order to satisfy desires, there are always human strife, attack, plots and murder among even ordinary people. In order to crave indulgence of the flesh, people eat, drink and play everywhere with music and dancing night after night, living in an evil and licentious life. Hence, when the prophesies of the last days are fulfilled one by one, it is the time that God’s warning reaches this mankind. If we still don’t repent and are stubbornly going our own way like the men of Sodom, can we escape the great disasters which are near to us?
The terms that Jonah conveyed the news of God’s destroying the Nineveh were 40 days, that is to say, from the moment that Jonah conveyed God’s will to the Nineveh, there were only 40 days left for the Ninevites to repent before God. Today, when you watched the total solar eclipse with different moods, have you thought about how long God will leave for us people in the last days to repent?
It was expected that seven years later, in 2024, the total solar eclipse will occur again. Many people know that in the Bible, seven is regarded as completion and it usually represents God’s will is fulfilled and completed. The Bible says, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken” (Matthew 24:29). Now is the last days with a lot of misfortunes and mishaps. Before the arrival of the catastrophic disaster prophesied in the Revelation, within seven years before the next occurrence of total solar eclipse, how will God treat these people who are not willing to turn away from their evil ways and return to God like the men of Sodom? In recent years, thinking about the people who died in earthquakes, tsunamis, plagues, floods, droughts, typhoons, wars and terrorist attacks which frequently take place, and thinking back the different end of the Ninevites and the men of Sodom, the answer has been self-evident to all.