Today a line from the west coast to the east coast will experience a total solar eclipse. This is the first time this has happened since 1918. Many are wondering if this is a sign of the last days. I think it probably is. Let me explain.
2 Timothy 3 tells us that in the “last days…people will be lovers of self…” That’s why I say this eclipse likely reveals we are in the last days, at least here in America. This eclipse has revealed how infatuated we are with ourselves. There has been a massive spike in Google searches and articles about end times hysteria. Some have written that this total eclipse is a sign of God’s judgment and that the end is near. There is just a little problem with that. Eclipses happen all the time in other places. Consider this from NASA:
“During the 5,000-year period from -1999 to +3000 (2000 BCE to 3000 CE), Earth will experience 11,898 eclipses of the Sun. The statistical distribution of eclipse types for this interval is as follows: 4,200 partial eclipses, 3,956 annular eclipses, 3,173 total eclipses and 569 hybrid eclipses. That means that, every 1000 years you have 840 partial eclipses, 791 annular eclipses, 635 total eclipses and 114 hybrid eclipses. That works out to 2-3 eclipses of all kinds each year, and about 2 total solar eclipses every 3 years.”
So why are people freaking out about this one? Because it directly impacts us. This is a serious problem with the way we read the Bible. Certainly every culture will read the Scriptures through their own lens. That’s inevitable. But the ethnocentrism with which we read the Bible is going to really mess things up for us. You cannot read a book that is fundamentally not about you and rightly understand it if you have a worldview which believes everything is about you.
So this solar eclipse probably doesn’t mean much. Unless you want to say all the other eclipses in other nations, in all the other ages of history, are a sign of a coming apocalypse.
But I’m going to keep this short…I have to prepare for the zombie apocalypse.
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