Pope Francis and Anne Graham Lotz Give Solar Eclipse Warnings

The solar eclipse is shaping up to be a huge event. A very rare event that hasn't been seen in a long time is about to hit America. On August 21, a near-perfect solar eclipse will be viewable

The solar eclipse is shaping up to be a huge event.

A very rare event that hasn’t been seen in a long time is about to hit America.

On August 21, a near-perfect solar eclipse will be viewable from American, and many are drawing spiritual implications.  Not to be outdone are another set of blood moons following shortly thereafter.

Perhaps the reason for all the commotion is because people know their scripture.  Specifically, Joel 2:31-23 come to mind when we hear about these celestial events:

31The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come. 32And it shall come to pass, that whoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD has said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

Sure seems like something to be aware of and watch for!

Picking up on this theme, both the Pope and Anne Graham Lotz (Billy Graham’s daughter) have given warnings about these events.

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Here’s what Anne Graham Lotz had to say, from FaithFamilyAmerica:

Many are traveling to the states in which it can be seen (from Oregon to South Carolina), and others are throwing viewing parties. But Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, just wrote a blogwarning people that it may not be cause for casual celebration. In fact, she compared such partying to those in Babylon.

“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,” Lotz writes.

Lotz believes that the eclipse is most likely a warning from God, though she is not sure what exactly He will communicate. “Jewish rabbis have historically viewed solar eclipses as warnings from God to Gentile nations. Therefore, my perspective on the upcoming phenomenon is not celebratory. While no one can know for sure if judgment is coming on America, it does seem that God is signaling us about something. Time will tell what that something is.”

She points to this pastor’s video. He believes strongly that this eclipse is a strong sign from God to wake up the American church. Lotz says, “Please view the following video posted by Australian pastor Steve Cioccolanti.  Pastor Steve articulates the warning in a very clear, undeniable, yet undogmatic way based on his understanding of Biblical truth.”

Lotz ends her warning with the balance of God’s forgiving and merciful heart. “Please be assured that balancing God’s warning is His plea for us to return to Him and rend our hearts in sincere, heartfelt repentance,” she writes.  “I can almost hear the tears in Joel’s voice as he pleads for us to repent and return to God, because ‘Who knows? He may return and have pity and leave behind a blessing.’ (Joel 2:13-14)”

Lotz finishes her blog saying, “Regardless of whether or not the conjecture regarding America’s Eclipse is accurate, we know our nation and our world is in turmoil. Without doubt this is the time for God’s people to get right with God.  To repent of our own sin. To share the Gospel with our neighbors. And to pray that in the midst of His coming wrath, God would remember mercy (Habakkuk 3:2).”

Pope Francis also weighed in.  I ran him second in this article, because loyal readers of LGD will know that we’re not big fans of this Fake Pope.

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But nevertheless, here’s what the Pontiff had to say on the matter, from Catholic.org:

Pope Francis reminded audiences on Sunday when he said, “When we do not cling to the Word of the Lord, but consult horoscopes and fortune tellers, we begin to sink.”

Pope Francis connected his comment to the Gospel reading in which Peter began to sink in the water but was saved by Christ. The word of God, Pope Francis said, is “like an outstretched rope to cling to in front of the hostile and turbulent waters.”

We sink when we put our faith in the wrong things. “the guarantee against a shipwreck is faith in Christ and in his word.”

The Pontiff may be referring to groups like this, from OPB.org:

In two weeks, thousands of peace-loving, free-spirited campers will descend on Oregon for the 2017 Rainbow Gathering in the Malheur National Forest.

The annual summer event attracts hippie types and wanderers from across the nation.

Rainbow members announced Thursday on social media that the July 1–7 gathering will be in a large field at Flagtail Creek, about 20 miles northwest of the tiny town of Seneca, Oregon, off Highway 395.

Forest Service officials are preparing for upwards of 20,000 attendees to flock to the meadow. The agency is expecting more than the 10,000 typical Rainbow attendees, given that this year’s gathering is situated in a left-leaning state where counterculture is nothing new.

At the 2016 Rainbow Gathering in Vermont, thousands from all across the country flocked to the seven-day event.

Officials say the Rainbow Gathering will be an added stressor for land managers already taxed with preparing for the total solar eclipse in August, which is also expected to attract tens of thousands of campers to national forests.

Rainbow Family members often refer to themselves as the largest “non-organization” in the world. They espouse non-violence and sustainable living and peace, love and acceptance. They make decisions by consensus and emphasize that there are no leaders.

“Everybody welcomes you home, every person you pass says, ‘Welcome home,’” said 21-year old Hannah Cameron, a traveling artist from Portland. “Everyone there is family.”

This will be Cameron’s second Rainbow Gathering. She said her first, two years ago, was “transformative.”

“I never felt fulfilled. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life until I got there,” Cameron said. “I saw so many capable people build a fully functioning society in the middle of the woods for two weeks and be happy.”

Here is the path the eclipse will take over the USA:

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