This is the first time I can truly say I have “seen” (on TV) a sign concerning the sun from God. Millions of people learned in the last few days that a complete solar eclipse can only happen because the moon is 400 times smaller than the sun, but the sun is about 400 times farther away from earth than the moon—making them the same size.
To us who believe, we see a mighty act of our Creator instead of maintaining some ridiculous idea that this is mere happenstance. Yet few in this generation saw it as an act of God. However, the Bible proclaims over and again, that such phenomena are signs from God.
For the believer—or the searcher—there were a number of remarkable signs during the eclipse of August 21, 2017. Most stunning is that the eclipse seemed to point towards Israel. What flashed through my mind was, with all the chaos that plagues the world at this moment, is God really that preoccupied with Israel? But check out these incredible signs yourself!
On August 21, exactly at 7:16 p.m., the sun set in JERUSALEM and all of Israel. We in Tel Aviv can certainly verify that fact and so will Google! It would be about another hour before Israel was in complete darkness. But sunset began at 7:16.
At that EXACT moment, the moon’s shadow began its path to darken the sun over the western coastline of Oregon, passing over the town of SALEM, Oregon. The local time there was 10:16 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.
So as Jerusalem watched the sun set at 7:16 p.m., Americans watched a wide swath of America began to go dark over the next 100 minutes.
It so happens that Salem is first mentioned in the Bible as the home of Melchizedek, whom the New Testament proclaims is a prototype or symbol of the Messiah Yeshua. Salem was the ancient city of Jerusalem.
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High. He blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High.”
As the sun set in Jerusalem at 7:16, the last month (Elul) of the Jewish year 5777 began.
The moon covered the sun in a partial eclipse over Washington D.C. (about 81%) with maximum darkness at exactly 2:42 local time. The United Nations’ Resolution 242 calls for the dividing of the land of Israel between Jews and Muslims. The prophet Joel curses those who divide up Israel’s land.
The solar eclipse path cut a swath across America, virtually dividing it in half.
Even though this is the first solar eclipse over America in 99 years, stunningly there will be another one on April 8, 2024. On that date at sundown in Jerusalem, the Biblical New Year Nisan will begin. This eclipse will start in western Mexico and go northeast through New England and Eastern Canada. Together, the two solar eclipse pathways will create a massive X over America.
No one knows the end of times, but the Lord promised us signs. Yeshua said that the Sun, the Moon and the Stars are a sign of the last days: “There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations…”
But to us who are believers, this is the time for us to bring in the greatest harvest of all time! “I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh … All Israel shall be saved!” This is why we are alive at this time.
This article originally appeared in Maoz Israel Report, October 2017, and reposted with permission.