On August 21, 2017, the earth’s moon and the sun had a rare and spectacular rendezvous. It was called a solar eclipse because the moon passed between the earth and sun and produced an obscuration (darkening) of the light of the sun to some points of the earth.

Those of us in the Denver area were able to see only about 93% of the total eclipse and so many folks made the trek to Wyoming or Nebraska to view the total darkness for just a few brief moments.

For most people it was an exciting, remarkable and memorable phenomenon, but others were sure it was a more sinister and occult event. Everyone was warned repeatedly to wear special glasses in order to avoid eye damage while looking directly into the sun. The media were impressed that astronomers could so accurately predict the exact path and time of the eclipse, but Bible believers were not surprised about that.

The Bible gives one a deeper understanding of that event. The sun, moon, stars and heavens were created in the beginning by the Godhead (Gen 1:1-2) (Col 1:13-19) (Mt 19:4) (Gen 14:22). Tragically, mankind chose to worship the created things rather than the Creator (Rom 1:25).

God also created the heaven (universe) (Heb 1:3) (Heb 11:3) (Gen 14:19) (Ps 74:16) and can and has interrupted the normal order of things. Instead of a few minutes, there were 3 hours of darkness during the crucifixion of Christ (Lk 23:44-45). And during the battle between the Israelites and the Amorites the sun stood still and the moon stopped for a full day (Jos 10:13). The sun, moon and heavens declare the glory of God (Ps 19:1). In addition to His children, God orders that the sun and moon praise Him (Ps 148:3). The time is coming when there will not be any more sun, moon or stars (Is 60:19-20). The Lord will be our everlasting light… (Rev 21:25) (Rev 22:4-5)

Eclipses will come and go until the great day of the Lord. Then the elements will be destroyed by fire…(2 Pe 3:10) The Apostle Peter asks poignantly, “Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be?” (2 Pe 3:11)

—Jim Bailey