The Meaning of the Total Solar Eclipse

Honestly, this one’s easy: It means that a small group of Christians will succeed in making lots of people think all Christians are dimwits. Again.

Articles like this one have been appearing for the last week or so as evidence:  BLACK MOON: Does solar eclipse fulfill Bible prophecy of apocalypse and second coming?

The most nauseating quotation from the article? How’s this one:

Scott Clarke of ERF Ministries believes the eclipse is intimately connected to a September 23 astronomical alignment. He says it involves the constellations Virgo and Leo, along with Mercury, Mars, Venus and Jupiter. On that date, Jupiter will exit the lower part of Virgo (the virgin) in a way that Clarke says fulfills the “man child” of Revelation 12 being birthed by the woman.

Revelation 12 looks back in time, not forward. Here’s a clue for those who need one. Revelation was written after the birth of the child mentioned in Rev 12,and Rev 12:5 has the woman “giving birth”. The Greek word unlocks the mystery there. It means . . . “giving birth” (as opposed to “coming on the clouds”). If you think Mr. Clarke and others using this event to “do prophecy” have it right, then I suggest you learn another Greek word: ψευδοδιδάσκαλος.

This sort of interpretive ineptitude is a tragedy. The only thing I can think of that’s worse (other than the flat earth thing) is that these “teachers” will manage to convince their faithful to keep listening to them. They’ll come up with some sort of hermeneutical gymnastics routine to explain how the Bible (read: THEY) were still right.

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