There is a lot of excitement about the coming eclipse. Here in Casper, Wyoming, they expect crowds that this city has never seen, and are wondering how to cope with them. There are a few who believe, however, that it is an omen of the end of the world. An informed Bible student can definitely say that it is not the end, nor a sign of the end. There are events that prophecy says must happen before Christ comes. In the Bible, there are references to signs in the sun, moon and stars. A “sign” has to do with a miraculous event—unexplainable naturally. The coming eclipse is not at all miraculous. In fact it is very predictable. It is merely the moon blocking the disk of the sun in its entirety. The Bible says that “immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun shall be darkened…” This has already happened. It was a sign that the Dark Ages were over and we were about ready to enter the time of the end. This occurred on May 19, 1780, right after Europe banned religious persecution that had prevailed for over a thousand years. There is no explanation as to why the day that dawned naturally, began to darken about mid morning, and by noon, was very dark. By mid afternoon, it was as dark as pitch. This lasted for hours rather than minutes, and there was no eclipse. This sign occurred at the same time that America was being formed into a new nation that would bring freedom to not only North America, but through its influence, to much of the world. Thus, the end of time is a prophetic period that is marked by freedom, increased knowledge, increased travel and communication, and increased lawlessness and destruction known as the “time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation.” Any natural, and predictable eclipse, though it be total for a few minutes, is not a sign of anything except nature’s diversified wonders and man’s ability to forecast them.
Learn more about America’s unique roll in salvation history in Dennis Pumford’s new book, America by Design.