Solar eclipses are very different from the lunar eclipses, which have been popularized in recent years. In a lunar eclipse the moon moves slowly into Earth’s shadow. As the eclipse approaches totality, the Sun’s rays are refracted through Earth’s atmosphere, and the Moon turns the reddish color which gives lunar eclipses the name “Blood Moons.” Lunar eclipses occur at night and are normally visible from about half of Earth’s surface.
As we have learned in recent years, Blood Moons play an important role in God’s revelation. (See our book The Mystery of the Blood Moons) On the Hebrew lunar calendar, the only calendar God uses, the Blood Moons can occur on the Feast Days of Passover or Tabernacles. These feast days prophetically point to the shedding of Christ’s Blood as our Passover sacrifice and the ingathering of God’s family at the Feast of Tabernacles. The Blood Moons are a sign of the Holy Spirit’s outpouring and salvation (Acts 2:17:21), and the overcoming of evil by the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11).
Solar eclipses, on the other hand, occur when the Moon comes between the Sun and Earth and the shadow of the Moon moves across Earth’s surface. Unlike the lunar eclipse, which can normally be seen from half of Earth, a total solar eclipse can only be seen in a strip of land about 60 miles wide. The total solar eclipse will travel thousands of miles, but will only be visible for about 2 minutes in any location. Thus, only a small area of land is covered by a solar eclipse.
The early stages of a solar eclipse are barely noticeable. As the Moon covers the Sun, there is not a visible decrease in the Sun’s brightness. The outline of the Moon can be only seen through thick lenses like welder’s glass (looking directly into the Sun will blind a person), or in the shadows under a leafy tree. Then, as totality approaches, the atmosphere changes. A chill breeze blown in from the path of totality arrives. This can be startling and even frightening to the uninitiated. It is a reminder of the darkness of the Day of the Lord (Amos 5:20) and the judgment of God. On the Hebrew Feast Calendar, the only one which occurs on the first day of the lunar month when solar eclipses can occur is the Feast of Trumpets, which celebrates the Second Coming of Jesus on the Day of the Lord. Thus, the solar eclipse is a warning of judgment to come.
God is ever faithful and He is sending new Teshuvah Eclipses in 2017 and 2018 to give us another invitation to return to Him and warn the unbelievers.
We must understand how God has set the sign and appointed times of the Teshuvah Eclipses so we will not miss out on God’s plan for 2017 and 2018.