Today we sit in anticipation of a full solar eclipse. A total eclipse that will be seen across the Unites States and beyond. The likes of which have not been seen in the US in nearly 100 years. It will likely be a once in a lifetime event for us all.
The sun, moon and stars represent three of the most stable things in creation. The Hebrew or Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar based on the predictability of the moon’s movement. The rest of the world is based on a solar calendar or the predictability of the sun’s movement. We chart our direction in the earth by the stars. Think pre GPS days when you were in the Scouts with your compass. But when a total solar eclipse like the one we are anticipating today takes place predictable movement of the sun, moon and stars becomes obscured.
When the most stable of created things becomes obscured, the very things we use to tell us the day, time and direction — it is not a sign that the Lord will return that day or the earth is ending. It is not a sign of pending judgement. Even without such a phenomena the Lord’s return, and judgement are imminent for humanity and all of creation. While many end-time prophets will find deeper and more specific truth revealed in today’s eclipse, it will be speculative at best and blatant error at worst.
Today should not be a day for debating over the end time significance of this rare eclipse, getting lost in minutiae or speculative arguments. No, today should be a reminder that even the most stable and predictable things in creation are subject to the God of creation.
During this eclipse we should reflect on our lives. We should prayerfully examine where we’ve chosen to walk in darkness rather than the light of God’s revealed truth. The eclipse should be a reminder that one day creation as we know it will end and God will fully usher in His eternal Kingdom. Our works in the earth will be judged and we will stand before Him without excuse. The most significant question on that day will be, “do you have faith in the Son?” “Have you received and followed Jesus?” Do the works of our lives demonstrate a love for the stranger, remembering the hungry, visiting the imprisoned, and clothing the naked? Or have our lives become consumed by vain pursuits, petty divisiveness and triumphalism? Do we walk past those living in the margins and dehumanize those who don’t look, live and vote like us?
This eclipse, although temporary, can serve as a pivotal moment that accomplishes eternal good. Let’s repent of the darkness that is within us and turn to the brightness of Christ. As the sky darkens let us view it as a call to repentance and cry out to the Son.
perfect God. perfecting people.