On August 21, 2017, a historic event will take place in the United States. For the first time since 1918, a complete solar eclipse will travel across the expanse of our entire country. The total eclipse will start in Salem, Oregon at 10:17am (PDT) and it will end in Charleston, South Carolina at 2:46pm (EDT).
So many people are excited about the total eclipse. They are traveling to the location nearest to them to view this historic natural phenomena. These people are viewing this event in a celebratory party-like atmosphere.
On the other hand, many end times scholars and enthusiasts are viewing this amazing event as a sign from God that the end is near. They use verses such as Matthew 24:29, “The sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light” and Joel 2:31, “The sun will be turned into darkness before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord,” to support their positions.
I am not a scholar or an expert on this subject and am not taking sides regarding the theories that this complete eclipse is a sign that the end is near. However, I am a firm believer in is the words of Jesus in Matthew 24:36 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
But, Jesus also said we should live each day with the attitude that He is returning soon. We should live each day in light of eternity. There are three basic truths that help me keep focused on living each day with this eternal perspective.
1. God is sovereign and in control over all His creation – Isaiah 40:12-26 is one of the most powerful descriptions in all of Scripture reflecting the Lord as the Everlasting God – the Creator of the ends of the earth. God is in control over the rulers and nations (Proverbs 8:1-16) and even over Satan (Job 1:6-12).
2. Jesus is coming back for His people – by His people I mean those who believe in Him as the Son of God and have placed their trust and faith in Him as Savior and Lord. Matthew 24:30-31 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 are vivid descriptions of how the Lord will return for the living and the dead who are in Christ.
3. Our days are numbered, therefore, we must live each day in light of His imminent return – 1 Thessalonians 5:8-10 describes how we should live and that we should always encourage one another with the hope of His return. 1 Peter 3:15 reminds us that we should always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks us to give the reason for our hope.
The complete solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 will be an amazing wonder in the heavens. It may or may not be a sign from God. But, regardless of what happens, we should always live each day as if the Lord is returning soon. If we truly lived each day with this focus, how would it change our lives, our priorities and our relationships? The question we should all ask ourselves is - How would Jesus have us live each day in light of eternity?