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The unusual Bible correlations to ‘The Great American Eclipse’

Mon, Aug. 21, 2017 Posted: 02:58 PM

By Mark Ellis

Bible statisticians can often produce a dizzying array of facts and figures which they attempt to link to prophetic events. The great American eclipse of 2017 is no exception, with number crunchers working overtime to produce some highly unusual connections with the Scripture.

Because the United States is in such a turbulent political season, with existential threats rising around the world, some will wonder if the solar eclipse portends some dramatic event in the offing.

Immediately prior to the return of the Lord, the Book of Luke notes, “There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring.” (Luke 21:25)

The August 21st eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse whose path of totality stays completely within the United States since the nation’s founding in 1776, according to

“The first big city the eclipse hits in Oregon is Salem. Salem was named after Jerusalem. The eclipse also begins in Oregon exactly at sunset time in Jerusalem. So technically speaking, as the sun sets in American it will be setting in Jerusalem at the same time,” according to Countdown Report, which lists “33+ Fascinating Facts” about the eclipse.

They attach significance to the number 33 because Jesus was most likely 33-years-old when he was crucified and rose from the dead.

The first state in the U.S. to see the totality, Oregon, became the 33rd state in the Union in 1859, on the eve of the Civil War.

The last contact will be South Carolina, which happens to be located on the 33rd parallel.


Mark Ellis