Remember the Dark Ages, when celestial events like comets and eclipses caused widespread fear and superstitious panic? For some people, those times never ended. Christian radio host Bryan Fischer wrote an extended Facebook post claiming that the eclipse is the work of Satan.
In the post, Fischer wrote:
This is a metaphor, or a sign, of the work of the Prince of Darkness in obscuring the light of God’s truth. Satan, and those who unwittingly serve as his accomplices by resisting the public acknowledgement of God and seeking to repress the expression of Christian faith in our land, are bringing on us a dark night of the national soul.
...fight the darkness that we may return this nation to an unapologetic acknowledgement and embrace of the God of the Founders and his transcendent standard for human behavior as enshrined in the Ten Commandments.
The celebratory nature regarding the eclipse brings to my mind the Babylonian King Belshazzar who threw a drunken feast the night the Medes and Persians crept under the city gate. While Belshazzar and his friends partied, they were oblivious to the impending danger. Belshazzar wound up dead the next day, and the Babylonian empire was destroyed.
To my friends John Hagee and Anne Graham Lotz...it's just going to be an eclipse...— Ryan Polk (@RyanPolk3) August 21, 2017
Is it a sign from the heavens calling upon our nation to turn from its sins and to Christ or suffer the consequences? I don’t really know. What I do know, however, is that we would be wise to treat it as though this very well may be the case.
The eclipse has come and gone, and the world seems to be functioning normally, so there's probably no need to worry. And Satan had plenty of time to plan, since we've known this eclipse was coming for several decades. The next one is in 2024.