You have perhaps heard that on Monday, August 21, Americans can uniquely experience the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse over our nation in nearly 100 years, since 1918.
Crossing over 14 states, this astrological phenomenon will be the first total solar eclipse viewed in the U.S. since 1979 and the first one seen only from our nation’s vantage point, since 1776.
Beginning at 10:16 a.m. (PDT) in Government Point, Oregon, the moon’s elliptical orbit will carry it directly between the Earth and our sun. With all three celestial objects in complete alignment, the moon’s shadow across Earth’s surface will appear, to a potential 75 million U.S. sky gazers in a 67-mile-path, to blot out the sun entirely. Others, in a 200-mile periphery on either side of the primary path, will see a partial eclipse.
Darkness will be experienced at each viewing area for a period of about two and one-half minutes. The primary eclipse will exit the North American continent near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 p.m. (EDT).
Those not positioned to see the full eclipse this time will have another chance in just seven years. In September 2024, another total eclipse will take a different trajectory across much of America, from our nation’s southwest to the northeast.
Interestingly, the trajectory of both of these celestial events—seven years apart—will ominously form a cross over the continent and intersect over the town of New Meridian, Missouri—epicenter to a huge, recently-found earthquake fault.
Solar Phenomena and Biblical Prophecy
Since ancient times, people have perceived eclipses as omens, perhaps as predictions of the end of the world, as we know it. The Bible refers to such a time of divine wrath as the “latter days” (1 Peter 1:20, Hebrews 1:1-2) or “the Day of the Lord.” This time will also include “signs in the heavens,” astrological alignments and phenomena announcing dramatic, cataclysmic events. The future “signs” will point to something or Someone.
Jesus predicted that unusual and dramaitc solar phenomena will accompany end times events. Specifically, He said that at “the end of the age,” after the “tribulation of those days” and just before his “coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory,” then “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 24:29-30
CBN News has recently interviewed science-centered pastor and author Hugh Ross, who believes the heavens are pointing to God Himself. As a trained astronomer, Ross says “God created us human beings at that one moment in the history of the Earth where we can witness total solar eclipses.”
Ross and his fellow Southern California scientists at Covina’s Reason to Believe showcase ways faith and science converge and affirm a Divine Creator. “The entire solar system has been highly fine–tuned to make possible the existence of advanced life here on earth,” Ross explained.
He points out that our giant sun and much smaller moon are placed at just exactly the right distances to appear to fit over one another precisely to create a total solar eclipse shows God’s fine-tuning design. The fact that mankind exists now, during the one time where the moon isn’t too close or too far away, fits in with biblical prophecy and “end times” events.