Eclipse: God Judgment or God’s Glory?

1 Corinthians 15:41 says, “There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.”

The Babylon Bee is a Christian satire Facebook group. A recent post joked that televangelists would be furiously writing a book based on the eclipse. 

Around 750 BC, the Babylonians were afraid of eclipses. They saw them as an omen of bad things to come. However, they began to keep good records of eclipse activity. Eventually, around 600 BC, they were able to predict when an eclipse would occur. Eventually, they are not afraid. (Littman, Espenak, Totality: the great American eclipses of 2017 and 2024, pg. 20)

Recently, an article was written from well-meaning Christian leaders stating that the eclipse was a warning from God. After all, Luke 21.25 and Acts 2.19 say to watch for signs in the heavens in the end times. Right? The eclipse certainly got our attention. However, we know when exactly when eclipses are going to occur. Does this mean that God schedules His times of warning? Maybe so. It did cause us to meet together and pay attention. The next big eclipse in America is April 8, 2024.

I hold that the eclipse revealed God’s glory. For Job 9.9 says, “Who made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the south?God did, is the emthymeme. For me, the eclipse pointed to design. It made me revere God. The eclipse made us all feel small and in wonder. It caused millions-upon-millions to pause and reflect. It made Americans smile as I haven’t seen in a while. 

Photo credit: Santosh Varughese 7.12.17 


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