THE INTERNET MONK SATURDAY BRUNCH
”It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.”
The sun will be turned to darkness…before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
• Joel 2:31
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As if the news over the past couple of weeks hasn’t been apocalyptic enough, this coming Monday will provide a solar eclipse to further darken the land. This will be one of those rare solar eclipses that will be viewable all across North America.
By now, I’m sure the path is well-known to you.
Over the course of history and still today, there have been many theories, myths, superstitions, and predictions put forward regarding the meaning and significance of solar eclipses. Here are a few:
This article talks about the possible appearance of the famous Lizard Man during the eclipse, or perhaps “Moss Man, a 6-to-8-foot tall species with no neck and large, blazing-red eyes.” Also:
Re-emerging once again is the theory the planet Nibiru will collide with earth and destroy us all shortly after the eclipse. This belief, promoted by Christian numerologist and doomsayer David Meade, is based on numerology (the number 33) and biblical passages. Put simply, Meade believes Earth’s destruction will occur on Sept. 23, 33 days after the eclipse.
Oh, and one more:
Some in Kentucky, meanwhile, tie the eclipse to the extraterrestrial. Monday marks 62 years to the day when some say locals engaged in a Cowboys & Aliens-style battle with Galactic outsiders.
Early on the morning of Aug. 21, 1955, a man saw a bright object shoot across the Kentucky sky before the aliens crashed a party at a farmhouse. The aliens — with large heads and eyes, long arms and claw-like hands — caused partygoers to fire at the creatures with rifles and shotguns.
It’s remembered as the Kelly-Hopkinsville encounter, which influenced the making of E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.
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Then there’s this article, that describes myths from around the world and across time about eclipses. For example
Many cultures explain eclipses, both solar and lunar, as a time when demons or animals consume the sun or the moon, said Krupp.
“The Vikings saw a pair of sky wolves chasing the sun or the moon,” said the Griffith Observatory astronomer. “When one of the wolves caught either of the shining orbs, an eclipse would result. In Vietnam, a frog or a toad [eats] the moon or the sun,” Krupp added, while people of the Kwakiutl tribe on the western coast of Canada believe that the mouth of heaven consumes the sun or the moon during an eclipse. In fact, the earliest word for eclipse in Chinese, shih, means “to eat,” he said.
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Ever wondered how people who think the earth is flat explain a solar eclipse? This article will tell you that…
Some believe the sun and the moon are simply holograms projected in the sky, to convince the masses that we are part of the universe which we are led to believe we are in.
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This article explores 8 theories about the eclipse based on a prediction of Nostradamus, which says: “When the eclipse of the Sun will then be, The monster will be seen in full day: Quite otherwise will one interpret it, High price unguarded: none will have foreseen it.”
What do people make of this? The solar eclipse and the monster it will reveal could indicate, according to these prognosticators:
- Putin will be revealed as the Antichrist.
- Putin will launch a missile attack against the U.S. and start WWIII.
- Genghis Khan’s tomb will be found and he will be “reborn.”
- An asteroid will collide with earth, causing a tidal wave.
- Aliens will invade earth.
- A mysterious planet will hit earth and wipe out all of humanity.
- It will be the beginning of one of the 10 plagues in the Bible.
- Destruction will continue until 2024 – or the second solar eclipse.
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Evangelicals have certainly put forward their theories, as in this article, in which Anne Graham Lotz says:
A few years ago I was teaching through the book of Joel when the ancient words of his prophecy came up off the page. I knew with hair-raising certainty that God’s severe judgment was coming on America! I have taught Joel several times since. Each time has served to confirm with deep conviction that God is warning America of impending disaster and destruction.
In light of Ezekiel 33:1-6 that commands a watchman to be faithful to warn others of the danger coming against the land, I feel compelled to issue the warning once again. The warning is triggered by the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, nicknamed America’s Eclipse. For the first time in almost 100 years, a total solar eclipse will be seen from coast to coast in our nation. People are preparing to mark this significant event with viewing parties at exclusive prime sites. The celebratory nature regarding the eclipse brings to my mind the Babylonian King Belshazzar who threw a drunken feast the night the Medes and Persians crept under the city gate. While Belshazzar and his friends partied, they were oblivious to the impending danger. Belshazzar wound up dead the next day, and the Babylonian empire was destroyed.
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What are your eclipse plans?
Where will you be?
Will you be viewing or photographing the eclipse?
How many of you will be in a place where a total eclipse will be viewable?
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Here’s a solar eclipse playlist of 30 songs from NPR, including this classic from one of rock’s greatest albums: