An Amazing Fact – If you thought that the past solar eclipse in August brought strange darkness in the land, consider the Dark Day on the 19th of May, 1780. The sun was supernaturally darkened causing thick darkness over all the northeastern portion of the United States starting from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. It was so dark that “fear, anxiety, and awe gradually filled the minds of the people. Women stood at the door, looking out upon the dark landscape; men returned from their labor in the fields; the carpenter left his tools, the blacksmith his forge, the tradesman his counter. Schools were dismissed, and tremblingly the children fled homeward. Travelers put up at the nearest farmhouse. ‘What is coming?’ queried every lip and heart. It seemed… as if it was the day of the consummation of all things.
“Candles were used… Fowls retired to their roosts and went to sleep, cattle gathered at the pasture bars and lowed, frogs peeped, birds sang their evening songs, and bats flew about. But the human knew that night had not come.”—The Essex Antiquarian, April, 1899, vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 53, 54. The moon appeared around 9 p.m. and yet failed to shine because there was nothing to reflect from the sun. When the moon was finally fully visible at midnight, when the darkness disappeared, it had the unusual appearance of blood. This phenomenon was the fulfillment of Mark 13:24, “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light…” We can trust the Bible! And God is merciful by giving us signs so that we know the time we live in!
The lesson from this Amazing Fact coincides with what Brother Todd Densmore spoke about past Sabbath. It is quite intriguing that the interesting phenomenon of the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 happened to be in the United States. Particularly in Missouri, it was forecast that it was 40% chance of clouds that day, but the Lord overruled it and cleared the sky allowing many people to enjoy watching the eclipse.
Interestingly, the same phenomenon happened in Bible time. In Matthew 27:45, we read that when Jesus died, there was darkness in the land. It was sin, symbolized as darkness, that killed the Son of God.
Is there a significance why God chose this country to be the place of the solar eclipse? In Revelation 13:11, America is prophesied and described as a beast with two horns like a lamb. Lamb-likeness indicates youth, innocence, and gentleness appropriately depicting America as the land of freedom. The two horns well represent our government, as expressed in its two fundamental principles, republicanism and Protestantism.
If we read on, this beast will speak like a dragon. How does a country speak? It is through its laws.
There have been some interesting changes in this country lately. In Missouri, we have Sunday blue laws that prohibit the sale of certain items on Sundays. This law is revised annually and we believe will someday include prohibiting labor on Sunday. Will that oppress or take away religious liberty from some religious groups who do not keep Sunday as the day of worship? Then, abortion has become almost a norm. On June 26, 2015, the definition of marriage was redefined not according to God’s word, but man’s way. The government also controls and supports the use of GMOs in our food system.
In addition, natural disasters are happening one after another. In October 2015, Hurricane Patricia which made a landfall in Mexico and some part of Texas was so strong that it was considered category 7. More recent, on August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey brought flood and destruction in southern Texas. Four days later, North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan. On September 7, 2017, an 8.1-magnitude earthquake hit Mexico just as the rain from Hurricane Katie lashed the east. Two days later, Hurricane Irma swept some Caribbean islands and Florida. Then, we also heard the news that wildfires burn up the Pacific Northwest. Things are happening so fast, it is hard to keep up with the latest!
Perhaps you are asking what these things mean. Could they be one of the means by which God is seeking to arouse us to a sense of our danger? None of us knows what tomorrow will bring.
Friends, do you sense your danger? The Bible tells us to watch and pray and to have a godly sorrow which produces repentance to salvation (2 Corinthians7:10). Let us not be found slumbering!
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