Are you watching for signs in the heavens? The first quarter of this century brings a series of six eclipses, ending with a full solar eclipse in April 2024.
All six in the series are clearly visible across the United States of America.
Is it a harbinger or a coincidence? Does it carry a message at all, and if so, for whom? Especially the last two: solar eclipses crisscrossing the USA in the pattern of a giant X.
America in the cross hairs
On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse rose up in the Pacific Ocean at sunrise. Visible throughout North America, the path of totality made landfall mid-morning in Oregon, made its transit over Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and then exited mid-afternoon over South Carolina and onto the Atlantic Ocean.
On April 8, 2024, the sun once again rises in eclipse over the Pacific Ocean. This time, it makes landfall near Mazatlan, Mexico, with its darkness sweeping into the USA from southwest Texas. For the next hour or so, the path of totality engulfs parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Vermont, and Maine before making its exit into New Brunswick, Canada.
The animations here show the shadows of the upcoming total solar eclipses as they envelop the USA mainland.
How common is a total solar eclipse over North America?
It is rare than any person witnesses a total solar eclipse more than once in a lifetime.
Most of earth’s surface lacks people. About 71% is covered with water, and only about 40% of the land is populated. It follows, then, that most eclipses fall over water and unpopulated land. Few have a path of totality over major population centers and relatively few of those transit over North America.
The last two over any point in the United States were visible only in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.
In February 1979, a total solar eclipse crossed the far northwest corner of the continental USA:
In July 1991, a total solar eclipse was visible over Hawaii:
We have to go back to June 8, 1918 for the last solar eclipse with a path of totality crossing the USA from Pacific to Atlantic:
That year saw a big change in the USA’s role in the world. We entered WWI in on April 6, 1917. In January 1918, President Woodrow Wilson gave his Fourteen Points speech on how peace negotiations to end the war should be conducted and, in December 1918, Wilson sailed to Europe for the Paris Peace Conference — the first time a U. S. president traveled to Europe while in office.
Does “X” mark the spot?
When the path of totality maps for the 2017 and 2024 Great American Eclipses are overlaid, the two meet over Carbondale, Illinois.
Looks like the American heartland is in the cross hairs. Harbinger or coincidence?
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Signs in the moon
There is good reason to look to the moon for prophetic signs relating to the next and final act in God’s amazing redemptive plan for humanity. From the very beginning, God told us to watch for signs in the heavens:
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; (Genesis 1:14).
In several passages, God spells out specifically that signs in the heavens will come as a warning of judgment. Here are just a few of these passages:
In Isaiah 13:10, God speaks against Babylon, saying,
For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not flash forth their light; the sun will be dark when it rises and the moon will not shed its light.
He declares against Egypt in Ezekiel 32:7,
And when I extinguish you, I will cover the heavens and darken their stars; I will cover the sun with a cloud And the moon will not give its light.
In Joel 2:10, we read,
The sun and the moon grow dark and the stars lose their brightness,
and in verse 31,
The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.
In the Olivet Discourse,
But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken (Matthew 24:29; also ref. Mark 13:24-25, Luke 21:25).
And in Revelation 6:12-13,
I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind.
All of these passages describe a pattern of “signs in the heavens” with the sun turning dark and the moon to blood. Everyone knows the sun turns dark during a solar eclipse, and most know by now that the moon turns shades of red during a lunar eclipse.
The first four eclipses
A few short years ago you could hardly throw a virtual stone on the web without hitting a page proclaiming and explaining that the last days’ blood moons of Joel 2:31 could be related to the four lunar eclipses of 2014-2015. Those were the first four of this series of six.
These maps (from NASA) show where the four “blood moon” eclipses were visible. White and lighter shades of gray indicate areas where the eclipse could be seen well (white being 100% visible) while the darkest shade of gray shows where it was not visible at all.
For a better view, click on the image to go to the NASA page for that eclipse (opens in a new tab).
The April 15, 2014, total lunar eclipse was fully visible in most of North America, parts of South America, and the east coast of Australia and nearby islands. It was less visible over the Atlantic Ocean and parts of Europe and Asia, and not visible at all in the majority of Europe, Asia, and most of Africa, including the Middle East.
On October 8, 2014, the second of four total lunar eclipses was most visible over the Pacific Ocean’s vast ‘Ring of Fire‘ region (including Australia). It could also be witnessed from most of North and South America and much of Asia, though to a lesser extent than the previous two. It was not visible in the vast majority of Europe and Africa, and it again was not visible in the Middle East.
The April 4, 2015, total lunar eclipse was visible to much the same areas as its immediate predecessor.
The last of the tetrad, the September 28, 2015, total lunar eclipse was visible in South America, most of North America, over the Atlantic Ocean and from most of Europe and Africa (including the Middle East).
If where an eclipse is visible means anything, if these four “blood moons” carried a message or omen, it seems likely intended for the people of North and South America. No other area had so fair a view of all four.
We’re not the only ones to notice this. In A Tetrad of Lunar Eclipses (March 2014), NASA Science posts:
“The most unique thing about the 2014-2015 tetrad is that all of them are visible for all or parts of the USA,” says longtime NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak.
On the meaning of the sign
Authority of Scripture
Of all ancient writings, the Holy Bible stands as the only text given directly to man from God.
We must be perfectly clear on that: No other writing — ancient, modern, or anywhere in-between — has the authority of the Holy Scriptures.
That said, there are extra-biblical texts that come to us through the deep study and devotion of an individual or group. Theologians and pastors write sermons, books, and commentaries. Many stand the test of time, such as those of Matthew Henry, John Wesley, Charles Finney, Charles Spurgeon, and many, many others. These are not inspired writings with the authority of Scripture but they are written by people who have studied the Word of God deeply, living holy and devout lives that bear fruit of the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
The book we will look to for the possible reasons for an eclipse is not Scripture. It carries no such authority. It is worth our consideration, however, for it comes from the expressed insights and observations of a clergy that spent thousands of years studying the Old Testament.
In all the excitement surrounding the 2014-2015 lunar tetrad, several books and doubtless tens of thousands of online articles were written drawing connections to these lunar eclipses and the ‘blood moons’ of prophecy. In some of these articles, writings of ancient rabbis were cited to support claims that these blood moons were omens related to the nation Israel.
In ‘Mystic’ rabbi issues ominous warning on eve of blood moon, Leo Hohmann reports:”The Talmud discusses the significance of astronomical events in human history, stating that a solar eclipse is a warning to the nations, while a lunar eclipse signifies danger for the Jewish people, who are likened to the moon.”
Hohmann is sourcing from Ein Yaakov: The Ethical and Inspirational Teachings of the Talmud (c. 1500), a commentary on The Talmud (a collection of rabbinical writings). Again, it is not inspired Scripture; it is a commentary from the clergy of a people who have studied the Word of God since Moses’ day.
Ein Yaakov on Eclipses
You will recall from earlier in this series that the Holy Bible tells us in Genesis 1:14 that God placed, “lights in the expanse of the heavens” to “separate the day from the night, and . . . for signs and for seasons and for days and for years.” The Ein Yaakov contains a small section that teaches on the meaning of both solar and lunar eclipses.
Why is the sign given?
According to the Ein Yaakov, the reason for an eclipse depends on the type of eclipse.
A lunar eclipse comes because people:
- Write forged documents;
- Bear false witness;
- Raise small livestock (an unfair business practice); and,
- Cut down good trees — even their own trees — for it shows ungratefulness to God for His bounty.
A solar eclipse happens because:
- The leader of the Sanhedrin dies but is not properly eulogized;
- An engaged woman is sexually assaulted within the walls of the city, cries out for help, but no one responds;
- Homosexuality is rampant; and,
- Two brothers are killed at the same time.
What is the sign?
When the eclipse appears red like blood, it is a sign that the sword is coming to the world.
When it dark (like sackcloth, overcast), it is a sign of famine to come.
When it appears both ways, then both famine and the sword are coming.
When is it coming?
In this, the book is conflicted, at first saying a solar eclipse in the morning means the disaster comes soon and then quoting a rabbi that says when the eclipse is in the morning, the disaster may be postponed (times should be reckoned according to Jerusalem).
Where is the land?
An eclipse in the east (morning in Jerusalem) is for people in the east while one in the west (evening for Jerusalem) is for those in the west.
An eclipse overhead (mid-day for Jerusalem) is for the whole world.
Who are the people?
A lunar eclipse is for Israel while a solar eclipse is for the gentile nations.
This table contains information for the first five GAE. The data is analyzed according to the Ein Yaakov’s passage on eclipses to reach basic conclusions.
Remember always that these conclusions are based on material that may be faulty, so the conclusions may be wrong. The men who wrote and compiled the Ein Yaakov were not writing under inspiration of the Holy Spirit (as was the Holy Bible). That means the Ein Yaakov is not infallible (as is the Holy Bible).
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Since the GAE series contains both lunar and solar eclipses, the sign is for God’s people and for the world at -large.
The eclipses appear either red or a combination of red (clear day) and dark (overcast) but none are solely overcast. This may indicate war or other violence against the USA with famine coming alongside or as a result.
In Revelation 6, we read of the four horsemen, bringing a conquering force, war, famine, and death:
I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. (v. 2)
And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him. (v. 4)
I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. (v. 5)
I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth. (v. 8)
Will disaster fall sooner or later? Well, the time of day for all lunar eclipses is morning (Jerusalem) while all solar eclipses are in the evening.
This doesn’t really matter, however, since the source material is conflicted as to which means the disaster comes soon or may be postponed.
One fact that is revealed here is that ancient rabbis belevied there are times when a disaster may be postponed. God’s justice requires a penalty but He delights to show mercy. Recall that Abraham and Moses prayed for the disobedient people in their day and God showed compassion.
We must pray for more time for the people who need it, including ourselves, but mostly for those who do not know Him, understanding that “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
Look at the list — what haven’t we done? From the smallest mom-and-pop shop to the largest corporations, and from local governments to the feds, there is corruption at all levels. Forgery, lying, cheating, and hubris abound. Violence is rampant in the cities, small towns, and countryside. Our love has grown cold, and where there is no love, fear abounds.
The American Century is over
Replacement or fulfillment?
Eschatology in its place