Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | August 14, 2017

Earthquakes and Two Solar Eclipses – a Divine Warning?

“And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars.” Luke 21:25a

Total Solar Eclipse – American Astronomical Society Photo

Solar Eclipse Number One

It seems inevitable excitement will continue to grow about the upcoming solar eclipse. The title, America’s Solar Eclipse, is rather provocative, don’t you think? Why is it just America’s solar eclipse; the answer is very simple, only the United States will fully experience this particular celestial event; the first one in 38 years to impact the United States.

On August 21st the earth’s required alignment with the sun and the moon will begin over the Pacific Ocean, cross diagonally over the United States, reach a maximum near Hopkinsville, Kentucky (which is about 149 miles by car from New Madrid, MO), and then move out of alignment over the Atlantic Ocean. The United States is the only nation that will experience this event.

Track of 2017 Solar Eclipse, Courtesy of NASA

Courtesy of NASA

The celestial mechanics that surround the eclipse are well understood; in 1855 a book by Asa Smith, “Smith’s Illustrated Astronomy” showed diagrams of this phenomenon. Although solar eclipses can and do occur all over the world this particular one is exclusive to the United States.

Solar Eclipse Number Two

The United States will share in a North American solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 which will pass over Mexico, enter the United States over Texas and exit over a small portion of Canada.  This solar eclipse will also originate over the Pacific Ocean and terminate over the Atlantic Ocean.

 Track of 2024 Solar Eclipse, Courtesy of Google and NASA

The two total eclipse tracks intersect in the vicinity of the New Madrid Seismic Zone; the largest recorded major earthquake in that zone was in 1811-1812 when a series of earthquakes of varying magnitude followed a major quake of 7.5–7.9 on December 16, 1811.

The New Madrid Seismic Zone

“The NMSZ appears to be about 30 years overdue for a magnitude 6.3 quake because the last quake of this size occurred 100 hundred years ago at Charleston, Missouri, on Oct. 31, 1895 (it was a magnitude 6.7). A magnitude 6.3 quake near Lepanto, Arkansas, on Jan. 5, 1843, was the next prior earthquake of this magnitude. About 75 percent of the estimated recurrence time for a magnitude 7.6 earthquake has elapsed since the last quake of this size occurred in 1812.” Missouri Department of Natural Resources” Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Recorded history tells us of another earthquake of unknown magnitude in that area on December 25, 1699. More information can be found on Wikipedia here: New Madrid Seismic Zone History

On May 1, 2016 there was a minor M 3.5 earthquake near the town of La Center, Kentucky; the largest of 11 earthquakes that have taken place recently in the vicinity of the New Madrid Seismic Zone.

Because of the nature of the rock structure in this vicinity the zone is considered to be far more dangerous. The devastation that could be caused would be much more widespread than earthquakes in California.

“Due to the harder, colder, drier and less fractured nature of the rocks in the earth’s crust in the central United States, earthquakes in this region shake and damage an area approximately 20 times larger than earthquakes in California and most other active seismic areas.” Missouri Department of Natural Resources. For more information I refer you to the New Madrid Seismic Zone

 

New Madrid Seismic Zone, Courtesy of Wikipedia

 

While the science is well understood is there any other aspect of this event worthy of consideration? There are many who see prophetic implications in the timing and location of this eclipse and the one coming just under 7 years later in 2024. It has been pointed out by some that the sun and moon have been considered as signs from God and there is a Biblical basis for that thought. In Genesis 1:14 it is written:

“14 Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years.”

In the Hebrew, the words for signs and seasons definitely have a theological significance which is different from the traditional four seasons of the year. It is reasonable from the testimony of the Bible to believe there could be more involved here than celestial mechanics. I’m mindful of Romans 1:18-20 where it is written:

“18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.[i] 19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.”

The question comes to mind; does this event have anything to do with the end times and end time prophecy? Compelling arguments can be made that it does; time will tell and we don’t have long to wait.

 “And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place first, but the end won’t follow immediately.” 10 Then he added, “Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven.” Luke 21:9-11


Responses

  1. Prophetic indeed and so oriented to our nation. We are not spoken of in the Bible. But perhaps we are and do not see it. We do command a place in history if we can hold on. Today is the meteor shower than eclipse then another. Earthquake possible and the great mega volcano of Yellowstone is also due. Prophetic.

    John

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    • John,

      As you well know I love to engage in Biblical speculation and connect the dots based on the somewhat limited information revealed in the Bible. There are two factors I did not mention in the essay but you mentioned one of them; the solar eclipse will track over the Yellowstone Supervolcano, after it has tracked over the Cascadia Subduction Zone on the West Coast which has the potential for a devastating earthquake and tsunami that could cause massive damage to the Northwest part of the United States. You can check this out in the July 20, 2015 issue of the New Yorker magazine where an article by Kathryn Schulz titled “The Really Big One” appears.

      Regarding the United States in the end times I think it possible the Rapture of the Church may be instrumental in precipitating attacks that could seriously compromise this country’s ability to function. One well placed “EMP” could shut this county down for years.

      Thanks for commenting, we’re living in exciting times.

      David

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  2. David , thank you for sharing this…….there are more and more believers seeing these extraordinary signs and moedim or appointed times. And with another amazing fact of Rev 12 where John spoke of a ‘ great sign’ which seems to all come together on Sept 23 of this year,………and that is also the Feast of Trumpets!……..we are indeed living in exciting times!

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    • Carol,

      Thank you for your comment; yes, we are living in exciting times indeed. One good thing about the timing is we don’t have long to wait.

      David

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  3. So interesting! Thank you David for bringing this to our attention. I knew it was an unusual event, but not THIS unusual..☺ WOW

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    • Hello Jan,

      Good to hear from you again. If you check around on the internet you’ll find more interesting speculation on the end times concerning September 23rd.

      Happy hunting,

      David

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  4. Wonderful! God is mighty and he has a plan for his creation!

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    • Karen,

      What is fascinating to me is the absolute precision with which this plan shall be executed by God; nothing is left to chance.

      Dad

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  5. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
    Philippians 2:10 and 11 “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
    Yippee! I enjoyed the post, David! Thank you!

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