Solar Eclipse & Jerusalem As Signs Of End-Times
Millions will watch the 1st total eclipse to cross the US in 99 years on August 21. “It will also, for many people of faith, be evidence of God’s majesty – and even, to a few, a harbinger of the coming end of the world.” Washington Post
Why would some take it as an omen of end-times? To answer, we scan a best-seller—the Bible! On the first page we see that God put lights in the sky for signs. God says, if the sun fails, the seed of Israel would cease from being a nation before Him. Jeremiah 31.
The seed of Israel is not Jews in Israel today. Israel was the 10 tribes that went into apostasy and were scattered among the nations. They intermarried with Christians and fled the papacy for freedom in the New World.
In the New Covenant Promise to put His laws in our hearts, God promises to gather Israel (Christians) and Judah (Jews) to the land of the covenant in the ‘latter day’ (Jer 30:3; 31:1,8,10,16,17,31). A Jewish rabbi said, “If you are Christ’s, you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:29.
With a dozen parallels of US to Egypt that suffered the plagues, judgment is impending on America. When “all hell breaks loose,” there will be an opportunity for Christians (“Abraham’s seed”) to return to the land* of the covenant. The covenant is how we marry Christ like Israel did when God judged Egypt and took them to the covenant at Sinai, Jer 3:14.
This is the misunderstood meaning of the wedding parables that some Christians imagine means a quick snatch to heaven, but the wedding parables imply that we don’t understand them—‘asleep with lights out’ and the rapture comes at the “last trumpet” (1Corinthians 15:51,52), of which there are 7 trumpets after a huge earthquake that initiates the end-time judgments, Rev 8:5,6.
*The opportunity to return (called aliyah by Jews) will come in a re-application of past prophecy as ‘history repeats.’ If we can believe the Bible, Jerusalem is about to be destroyed as “the day of the Lord comes” and all nations are gathered against Jerusalem to battle.” Zech 14:1,2.
This will accomplish a “house cleaning,” according to a Messianic Jewish rabbi. As we saw above, God intends to put Israel (Christians who accept God’s laws as given by Moses) together with Jews who accept the Lamb, the focus of the sanctuary services that were prophetic and reflective of Abraham’s saying, “God will provide Himself a lamb,” Gen 22:8.
Centuries before the Romans invented crucifixion, the Psalmist wrote, “My God, why have you forsaken me?” Jewish leaders said, “He trusted God…let Him deliver him”…”They pierced my hands and feet… they parted my garment and cast lots for my vesture.” Psalm 22:1,8,16,18 was 1000 years before the event, all of it fulfilling Daniel’s prophecy of “Messiah…cut off…in the midst of the week,” Daniel 9:25-27.
Jews who accept this dark history and Christians who realize that Christ died for their sins as well, will be fully compatible as brethren in a kingdom when God puts the stick for Israel together with the stick for Judah and they become one stick and one kingdom in Ezekiel 37:16,17,22.
Those not interested in fulfilling Bible prophecy for the end-times have the Sonlight eclipsed by the church with false teachings as it moves from historic conflict to communion in this 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses. He would roll over in his grave if he knew what’s happening.
We are a month away from a bigger sign than the eclipse if Jerusalem suffers destruction at Passover (historic time of judgment for Jews) foretold in Zechariah 14 for “the day of the Lord.” It was signaled by the ‘rare’ solar eclipse on the equinox and a blood moon on Passover in 2015, Joel 2:31.