GOD’S CREATION DECLARES HIS GLORY
Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
That verse says it! The stunning views of Earth’s moon passing in front of our solar system’s Sun, via NASA today, took my breath away. My understanding of it all is limited…the sheer size of both heavenly bodies, the precision of Earth’s moon in its orbit, how Earth stays at just the right distance from the Sun, the millions of other objects out there and beyond our solar system. All I can conclude with words is that God is great! He is the master Creator.
GOD’S WORD IS TRUE
This next verse may seem like a really weird connection to a solar eclipse, but stay with me! Revelation 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
Since I was a little girl, I knew of the prophecy in the book of Revelation about two witnesses, sent from God, coming to the Earth in the last days. As the prophecy goes, they will be killed and people from ALL over the Earth will see their dead bodies. I’m sure that to a reader of the Bible in the 1800’s, this was a possibility hard to imagine. Even as late as the 1980’s, although I believed it will happen, I had a hard time picturing how this could happen. In 2017, if I ask my son how this could happen, he could effortlessly explain how it is possible in our globally and technologically connected world.
Today as I watched live television coverage of the solar eclipse from various locations in the path of totality, I was reminded of that prophecy. We are here, in the time in which people from all over Earth can view and share events. My friend, if you would like more information about prophecies in the Bible that have ALREADY come true, then I encourage you to study the book of Daniel. A study of the statue in Daniel Chapter Two is a great starting point. Another great study is to see how Jesus fulfilled over 300 prophecies from the Old Testament, from various Biblical authors in many different locations and time periods. The fulfillment of Bible prophecy speaks to the truth of God’s Word, and is a merciful reminder to us to believe the Word.
GOD’S ONLY SON COMMANDED US TO BE READY
Matthew 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Around noon today, my fourteen-year-old son starting asking me all kinds of questions about how to view the solar eclipse, and I started to feel like a terrible mother. For weeks, he hasn’t shown any interest in viewing it, and since I knew I’d keep my one-year-old twins inside during the eclipse, I didn’t put time or money into ordering special glasses or making a shoe box viewer. My son did reassure me that he was okay watching it on television. I gently reminded him that if viewing the eclipse had been important to him, he would have needed to communicate that to me earlier than an hour before it begins. Still, I think we were both a little disappointed that we had not prepared to safely view the eclipse outside. But, it was too late to do anything about it, which was a sinking feeling.
I couldn’t help but think about how devastating it will be for people to realize, too late, that they did not properly prepare to meet God. For the unbeliever in 2017, there can be no excuse, no “I didn’t have any way to study the Bible and see if it really is valid.” We have thousands of books and articles at our fingertips. We have plenty of resources to discover how about 40 Biblical authors over hundreds of years wrote works that come together in a beautifully cohesive message. Additionally, all of those written works point to Christ, explainable only if one believes that the one true God inspired all of those works, and that Jesus is His Son.
For the believer, we are commanded: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear (I Peter 3:15b). My slight disappointment regarding viewing the solar eclipse reminded me that I don’t want to find myself unprepared if others ask me why I believe the Bible to be true, what scientific evidence supports the Biblical Creation story, how the Old Testament points to Christ, etc. These are things on my heart that I know I need to study more…so, I have work to do! I think I’ll begin with reviewing Bible verses about heavenly bodies with my son!