Our nation has just experienced the thrill of a lifetime, they tell us, in the solar eclipse which traveled from the west coast east and south across the entire continent. Many anticipated it and prepared for it days, weeks, months, even years before its arrival. Thousands upon thousands traveled great distances to experience going from full sunlight to total darkness and back to full sunlight in less than three minutes.
While we here in northwest Ohio were not in its direct path of total darkness, many of us fell into, were dragged into, or just floated into some of the hype of the day.
Many purchased special glasses so they could stare directly into the sun. I found it interesting when television that evening announced a group which is collecting those special glasses to be shipped to a South American country which will have a similar experience in another couple of years. The glasses will be distributed to school children for their safety in viewing.
I will not attempt to wax eloquent on this subject – either the natural or the Biblical phenomenon. I’ll leave that to scientists and much more knowledgeable Bible scholars than I am. Nonetheless, I did look up several Bible references about the sun and the moon. I found most of them to be dealing with what are called the “end times.”
As I, from my finite mind, consider the state of the world today, as I watch evil portrayed daily, even hourly, both in real life and in the fictional life of television, I believe we are in those end times right now.
How much longer can our loving, caring, knowledgeable God wait for people to turn to Him for salvation? Through the death and resurrection of His only begotten Son, God has provided a way (no, THE way) for us to be saved. We have only to believe!
In another seven years, another solar eclipse will occur even closer to our home than this one. Are you planning to wait for that one before deciding to accept Jesus into your heart? Remember, none of us is promised tomorrow.
Today is the day of salvation. (II Cor. 6:2)
The writer of the book of Hebrews questions, “…what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself…” (Heb. 2:3)
Signs of the times are rampant. Are you ready?