Quick blog note: ‘We see through a lens dimly.’ Prophecy is challenging in a general sense, to discern what is happening in the world directly against God’s word. Sometimes prophecy is very precise, descriptive and has little room for error or wiggle. Other times, prophecy is meant to be general in a sense like ‘signs’. In any case, this applies to both ‘God’s People’ the Jews/Israelis and secular peoples/nations the Gentiles. It is generally believed that God uses lunar events surrounding Israel. Comparatively, He use solar events around secular or Gentile nations. Recently, Israel experienced four (4) lunar blood moon eclipses that all occurred on very specific and important Jewish holidays. Conversely, the United States experience a total solar eclipse last year in August. Exactly, in seven (7) years, another total solar eclipse will transpire across the U.S., forming a gigantic ‘X’ across the cross as a result of bookend eclipses. So? Time will tell.
All Eschatologists and students of Bible prophecy agree that the United States is virtually absent in the end times scenario. Little to almost nothing is said about the U.S. except perhaps a small reference in Ezekiel 38 regarding its rebuttal to Gog of Magog invading Israel. Except for that reference, there does not appear to be any further reference to the U.S. As such, people have speculated what the opposite seven year solar eclipses mean for the U.S. Perhaps a great natural disaster or calamity? Perhaps a splitting of the country along a fault line running down through the middle of the country? We don’t know and the Bible is silent (prophetically) about this. Regarding Israel and ‘blood moons’ there is historical evidence that suggests certain events and conditions could be coming up on Israel. Perhaps these ‘blood moon’ signs are coincidental regarding Israeli wars that destroy Damascus thus making it a ‘ruinous heap’? Followed by military invasion of Israel from the Gog/Magog alliance? Time will tell. End of note.
Revelation 12 King James Version (KJV)
12 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. …
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
Missed the 2017 Great American eclipse of the century? America’s next one is in 2024! Seven (7) in God’s divine mathematics is for completion of his divine plan or purpose. Bookend total solar eclipses of the United States will form an ‘X’ over the entire country. What will this mean???
(CNN)So you missed it. Maybe you’re stuck in the office, traveling, at an ill-timed appointment, the victim of bad weather, unable to procure eclipse glasses, driving or simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. It happens.
If you weren’t able to see one of the most anticipated and unifying events this country has witnessed in nearly a hundred years, don’t worry. You won’t have to wait an entire century until the next one — just seven years. Another total solar eclipse will be visible in the United States on April 8, 2024.
Traveling a different path from the 2017 eclipse, the total eclipse will be visible in Mexico, the central US and east Canada, with a partial eclipse visible across North and Central America.
Although Monday’s eclipse was peaking over two minutes in the path of totality, the 2024 eclipse will have peaks of 4½ minutes. In the United States, it will be visible in a diagonal path crossing from Texas to Maine, according to NASA.
Cities like Austin, Texas; Dallas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Indianapolis; Toledo, Cleveland and Akron, Ohio; Buffalo and Rochester, New York; Montpelier, Vermont; and Montreal will be directly in the path of totality.
Given the planning by many in preparation for the 2017 eclipse, you might want to start making your hotel and travel arrangements now. And stock up on eclipse glasses once they become widely available again.
If you’re eclipse chaser who doesn’t mind globetrotting, you can also catch these total solar eclipses around the world in the coming years:
2019: South Pacific, Chile, Argentina
2020: South Pacific, Chile, Argentina, South Atlantic
2026: the Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Spain
2027: Morocco, Spain, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Somalia