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Darkness on the Earth

August 18, 2017
Darkness on the Earth
The upcoming "Great American Eclipse" is a unique celestial event because the moon’s total eclipse of the sun will be visible from coast to coast only in North America. This is the first total eclipse exclusive to the United States since it was first founded in 1776; it will be the first total eclipse visible in the lower forty-eight since 1979.

Eclipses are actually quite common, but often they can be seen only over the oceans or at the North or South Pole. Other times, cloudy weather obliterates the effect for populated regions.

Many will have an opportunity to see firsthand the amazing spectacle of the sun—which is four hundred times bigger than the moon—being completely obscured for nearly three minutes in some locations. Tens of thousands of people are expected to drive into the path of the eclipse over the weekend and on Monday, when the sun will seem to disappear in the middle of the day and darkness will cover the earth.

Total eclipses are one of the many evidences of the Creator. The moon is just the right size that when it eclipses the sun, we have a rare opportunity to study the sun’s corona, the outermost part of its atmosphere. How amazing to consider that this phenomenon can be seen from a planet with human beings to appreciate it—and its Designer!

Similarly, sin has for a brief period brought darkness to our world and obscured our view of God’s great purposes of love. While to us it seems that evil and suffering are going on and on, in the big picture of God’s unparalleled plan of salvation, the history of our dark world is but a few days in the vastness of eternity (2 Peter 3:8).

The Bible says, “Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time” (Revelation 12:12). Notice the prophecy—the devil has only a short time. A short time before Christ returns as the Sun of Righteousness to destroy darkness and sin forever. At that time, He will redeem the faithful and create a new earth where sin and misery will never rise again (2 Peter 3:13).

If you would like to know more about God’s amazing plan to turn this world’s darkness into eternal light, click here!
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