On the December 14, 2020, eclipse mid-point and what’s next for America

Why ask the question, “What’s next for America as December 14 approaches?” What’s special about December 14?

Well, it falls during Hanukkah and hosts both Monkey Day and National Bouillabaisse Day.

Historically, the Wright brothers made their first attempt at flight at Kitty Hawk, NC, in 1903; Jimmy Dean’s song, Big Bad John, was the first country singer to receive a gold record in 1961; and, in 2017, the FCC voted to end net neutrality on December 14.

And, it is the midpoint between the two Great American Eclipses of August 21, 2017 and April 2024.

Why does this matter?

We’ve established that the recent sets of eclipses are focused on the USA. The four so-called blood moons were visible from the Americas more than any other part of the earth, and the two solar eclipses cross directly overhead across the country.

In August 2017, the USA had a new president, one quite different from any before him. Hopes were high for draining the swamp and putting America first, making America great again. In April 2024, we’ll be in the heat of primary season for another presidential election.

Here in the middle, we are in transition, a pivot between two political perspectives that could not be more different, following an election that remains hotly contested by half of the country’s citizens. Coming January 5, 2021, is a pivotal senate election in Georgia with the future of the country hanging in the balance.

The Numbers

If we want to look at numbers – we don’t need to, but we can – the date plays out as (12.14.20 or 12.14.2020).

Twelve

The number 12 stands out to anyone familiar with the symbolism of numbers used in the Holy Bible. From the start of God choosing a people that would be holy unto Him, He called Abraham and fulfilled the Promise through Abraham’s line via Isaac, then Jacob, and then Jacob’s 12 sons. At the very end, we see the holy city, the New Jerusalem, coming down from heaven with 12 foundations of precious jewels and 12 gates of pearl.

From Genesis to Revelation, there are more than 180 instances of the number 12, which symbolizes perfection or authority, often in government. It can also refer to God’s people and governance, as 12 tribes in the Old Testament and by the 12 apostles in the New Testament.

Fourteen

Passover begins on Nisan 14; researchers also believe that Abraham was called by God on that day; and undeniably, the True Passover Lamb was crucified on 14 Nisan, most likely in 30 A.D.

In Matthew’s genealogy of Christ, there are 3 sets of 14 generations from Abraham to Joseph.

All of these 14’s represent a participation in our salvation, from the call of Abraham to the deliverance from bondage in Egypt purchased by the symbolic blood of a lamb through all the generations of faith leading to full salvation purchased by the blood of the True Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.

Bible scholars often look to the components of a number to derive its symbolism. In the case of 14, we have double the number 7, which symbolizes completion and perfection (especially spiritually) in the Holy Bible. In the Creation week, on the 7th day, God rested from His labors over the first six days.

In the Revelation, 7 is prominent: 7 churches, 7 spirits, 7 seals, 7 trumpets, 7 bowls, 7 lamp stands, 7 thunders, 7 crowns, and more, and the Revelation is certainly the ultimate completion and perfection of all things.

The double portion of the number 7 within the number 14 may have that very significance.

Twenty

When we see 20 in the Holy Bible, it can mean a complete set or period of time. It isn’t used often, but the time connection is apparent in Jacob’s working for Laban 20 years to redeem his wives and property, the Hebrews being oppressed by the Canaanites 20 years before God raises up Debra to free them, and 20 years being the required age for military service.

Looking to the components of 20, the number 10 is an obvious choice for it is double that. The first thing that comes to mind for the number 10 is God’s law, the Ten Commandments, which is the basis of our laws today.

Going the other direction, 20 is half of 40, which is period of waiting but a stronger symbolism of that than 20 is. Dr. Robert Luginbill describes it as, “long enough and large enough to prove God’s point.”

It rained 40 days and 40 nights while Noah and his family were safe in the ark. Moses was in exile in the desert for 40 years before receiving God’s call in the burning bush, and then led the disobedient Israelites in 40 years of desert wandering. And, Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days, where He was fiercely tempted by the enemy of men’s souls yet did not sin.

So, the date 12.14.2020 has a12 that emphasizes God’s people, 14 symbolizing a completion or perfection, and a double 20 that hints at a time of waiting. And it may be no coincidence that 20 is half of 40, which God uses to indicate a full time of waiting, and the date 12.14.2020 is the half-way point between the two eclipses.

2020

One last thing on numbers and dates. On November 11, 1620, the Pilgrims first landed on American soil. 2020 is the 400th year since, also expressed as 202, 20 x 20.

The Mayflower landed in 1620, 400 years ago.

 

Half-way there

Maybe nothing happens on or near 12.14.2020, but we’ll see what’s going on in the USA as the date approaches.

It may be nothing more than a reminder that we are half-way there. That’s usually a good time to look at how well we’re doing, if we’re on target for meeting the goal.

What is the goal? Love. God’s love for us, that before we dreamed of loving Him, He sent His son to save us. Love. Our love for God, the first order of love. Love we are incapable of living and expressing on our own but can only practice by the power of the Holy Spirit in us, received as a deposit upon our faith in Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord. Love that is first and foremost to God, then to others, and then ourselves. The only love that is pleasing to the Father and worthwhile in the world.

What will not happen

If anything significant does fall on this date, we know for sure that it will not be the rapture of the church or the return of Christ Jesus.

USA 2020

Let’s look at what’s going on in the USA right now and where it could lead by December 14, 2020.

COVID-19

Christmas ornaments with a COVID-19 theme for 2020.

What describes the state of the USA (and, yes, the world) in 2020 better than the Coronavirus that has upset lives, livelihoods, and the economy? They’re even making COVID-themed Christmas ornaments.

Whether or not you believe it’s really a new and dangerous virus, or how you think it got here and is spread, it has had, is having, and will continue to have a tremendous impact on us.

There is now a date related to COVID-19 irradication: December 11, 2020. This is the date set for the first doses of vaccine to be available to the public. Actually, it is reported as December 11 or 12, 2020. Will we finally begin to get ahead of this virus on the eclipse midpoint?

Or, will we see a tremendous surge, perhaps kicked off by Thanksgiving gatherings a couple of weeks earlier?

Economy

Too many people see the stock market as an indication of the overall health of the economy. It’s not, but we’ll pretend it is for a moment.

Stocks rally on every good report on COVID-19 vaccines. What if the vaccine isn’t ready by December 11-12, 2020? Will stock markets tumble?

Another Coronavirus-related stock market influencer is the need for more stimulus, at least this is what many economists and the Federal Reserve chairs are saying. Already, PPP funds loaned to small businesses in the summer are running out with layoffs right behind. If a stimulus bill continues to stalemate in the U S Senate, will stocks fall through the floor? Will it take the real economy with it? If stimulus passes, will the increasing debt be a nail in the coffin for our country?

Can the failure or passage of legislation impact the stock market? Remember September 29, 2008?

Transition

There’s no denying that the country is in a state of transition, and there is some concern over what might happen between now and January 20, 2021. December 14, 2020, falls within that time period.

Middle East war?

US Secretary of State Pompeo visits Saudi Arabia, November 2020.Reports began to circulate last week that President Donald J. Trump was asking about a military strike on Iran.

This week, Israel’s PM (Netanyahu) and our SOS (Pompeo) flew to Saudi Arabia to meet with the Crown Prince. Since both leaders would prefer to not deal with Iran and its nuclear aspirations any longer, speculation rose up that armed conflict between these nations may be on the near horizon.

For a while, rumors were swirling that the Israeli military has been put on alert for a possible Trump-ordered strike on Iran. Is the assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist what they were talking about? Is there more to come?

Hanukkah starts on December 10 and may play into the timing of any possible military action.

Election results

Will there be news on the presidential election? Although several important states (elector-wise) have certified their electors, what happens if the definitive, court-worthy proof needed that the election was tampered with comes out in early-to-mid December? Will results be changed? Will Trump get a second term?

What will the other side do? Will there be civil war?

What if nothing comes up to change the results? Will Trump’s supporters — so strongly convinced of a rigged vote — finally accept the loss? Or will they take the first steps toward civil war, or worse?

Two important dates: On December 14, state electors certify their ballots for president-elect Joe Biden. And on January 5, 2021, two senate elections will determine the direction of our country.

Well . . .

UPDATE: As expected, the electors certified their votes for a new president on December 14. Also, the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered. Also, talks on stimulus resumed, coming to agreement just last night for additional unemployment benefits, rent assistance, direct checks, and more. We learned that Russia has been on a months-long hacking spree of our government agencies, there were riots in D.C., and the baseball team in Cleveland doesn’t have a name right now. So, it looks like the USA has turned a couple of corners, for better or worse.

 

Hope everyone had a

Happy Thanksgiving!

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks;

for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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