Another Trump unvetted moment, the ones we all love.
On Thursday Trump retweeted this eclipse photo by Jerry Travone.
The media had orgies of lovefest with Obama for eight years. With Trump, it’s now our turn. Cheers!
- This is the first solar eclipse has ever gone over the entire United States and nowhere else in over 100 years
- Will fall (on the biblical calendar) on the first day of the Jewish month of Elul, which is known as the “month of repentance,” Blitz explained.
- Solar eclipses are often seen in the Jewish world as a sign of God’s judgment on the Gentiles
- The exact path of the solar eclipse across the United States, voted 95 percent for Trump,”
- The Great American Eclipse is a “warning” that Christians need to take the lead and repent, Blitz continued
Suggestions that the Great American Eclipse is a sign of God’s judgment on the United States continue to emerge, with one pastor saying it means Christians should be repenting, given when it falls on the Jewish calendar.
On a recent episode of the “Jim Bakker Show,” Mark Blitz, pastor of El Shaddai Ministries in Bonney Lake, Washington, noted that solar eclipses are often seen in the Jewish world as a sign of God’s judgment on the Gentiles. As CP reported last week, Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of world renowned evangelist Billy Graham, said something very similar in a blog post. Conversely, the nation of Israel operates by a lunar calendar, and lunar eclipses represent coming judgment for them.
“What I thought was fascinating,” Blitz explained, was that “the exact path of the solar eclipse across the United States, voted 95 percent for Trump,” referring to the celestial event to take place on Aug. 21 that is being called “The Great American Eclipse.”
“And the fascinating thing for me is, God is not interested in the heathen to repent as much as he wants the Church to repent. Judgment always begins with the House of God,” he said.
The Great American Eclipse is a “warning” that Christians need to take the lead and repent, Blitz continued.
This particular transcontinental solar eclipse will occur on Monday and happens to fall (on the biblical calendar) on the first day of the Jewish month of Elul, which is known as the “month of repentance,” Blitz explained.
“It was on Elul 1 that Jonah left for 40 days to tell Nineveh to repent. It was Elul 1 that Moses went up to Mount Sinai after the sin of the golden calf to make atonement while Israel was repenting for that. It was on Elul 1 that Jesus went into the wilderness for 40 days, coming back out on Yom Kippur,” Blitz said.
“To have this solar eclipse happening at this time,” he added, has “huge” significance.
He went on to say that he believes the Aug. 21 eclipse signifies that the American Church has 40 days to repent.
“People don’t realize this but World War I started in August of 1914 and there was a total solar eclipse over Eastern Europe and the Ottoman Empire.”
The path of that particular eclipse even went over Nineveh where the prophet Jonah went and the Ottoman Empire was destroyed, he said.
The paths of total solar eclipses care not for political borders or conflicts, often crossing over war-torn lands.
Such was the case a century ago this week on August 21st, 1914 when a total solar eclipse crossed over Eastern Europe shortly after the outbreak of World War I.
Known as the “War to End All Wars,” — which, of course, it didn’t — World War I would introduce humanity to the horrors of modern warfare, including the introduction of armored tanks, aerial bombing and poison gas. And then there was the terror of trench warfare, with Allied and Central Powers slugging it out for years with little gain.
Solar eclipses have graced the field of battle before. An annular solar eclipse occurred during the Battle of Isandlwana in 1879 during the Zulu Wars, and a total solar eclipse in 585 B.C. during the Battle of Thales actually stopped the fighting between the Lydians and the Medes.
But unfortunately, no celestial spectacle, however grand, would save Europe from the conflagration war. In fact, several British eclipse expeditions were already en route to parts of Russia, the Baltic, and Crimea when the war broke out less than two months prior to the eclipse with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand on June 28th, 1914. Teams arrived to a Russia already mobilized for war, and Britain followed suit on August 4th, 1914 and entered the war when Germany invaded Belgium.
You can see an ominous depiction of the path of totality from a newspaper of the day, provided from the collection of Michael Zeiler:
Note that the graphic depicts a Europe aflame and adds in the foreboding description of Omen faustum, inferring that the eclipse might be an “auspicious omen…” eclipses have never shaken their superstitious trappings in the eyes of man, which persists even with today’s fears of a “Blood Moon.”
- Lunar eclipses are ill omens for Israel, since Jews follow the lunar calendar, while solar eclipses are ill omens for non-Jews, or Gentiles, as they followed solar calendars.
Jews traditionally interpreted solar eclipses to be the result of human sin angering God, who would then hide the sun as a warning to his people, according to the Babylonian Talmud. Ancient Hebrews knew that eclipses could be predicted, but still believed they were a sign.
“When the luminaries are stricken, it is an ill omen for the world. To what can we compare this? To a king of flesh and blood who prepared a feast for his servants and set a lantern to illuminate the hall. But then he became angry with them and said to his servant: ‘Take the lantern from before them and seat them in darkness,’” – Talmud, Sukkah 29a
The text goes on to state that lunar eclipses are ill omens for Israel, since Jews follow the lunar calendar, while solar eclipses are ill omens for non-Jews, or Gentiles, as they followed solar calendars.
Modern interpretations of solar eclipses in the Jewish faith vary, but still depict the event as a negative thing or, at the very least, a time for contemplation of one’s place in the universe, according to the Rabbinical Assembly.
Whether or not one views the solar eclipse as a negative event according to their interpretation of the Jewish faith, the Rabbinical Assembly prescribed a particular blessing to be said over the eclipse.
“בָּרּוְך אַ תָּ ה יְיָּ אֱֹלהֵינּו מֶ לְֶך הָּעֹולָּם, שֶ כֹּחֹו ּוגְ בּורָּ תֹו מָּ לֵא עֹולָּם” (Blessed…Whose power and strength fill the world.)