by Mark H. Creech

Harry was a caretaker of a recreation lodge on Spirit Lake about five miles north of Mt. Saint Helens. For two months there had been a series of small earthquakes and steam venting episodes on the volcano located in Skamania County in Washington State. All the evidence predicted that the great mountain would erupt with a fury and leave the forests flattened.

The Rangers urged Harry to evacuate, but he wouldn’t listen. Some of his neighbors begged him to join them in their exodus. His sister pleaded with him to be sensible. But Harry ignored every warning.

“Nobody knows more about this mountain than Harry and it don’t dare blow up on him,” Harry said.

One can only wonder in that millisecond after Mt. Saint Helen’s mega-nuclear type explosion occurred on May 18, 1980, with its eruption column reaching 80,000 feet into the air, if Harry regretted his decision. Harry, along with 56 other people like himself, was not only caught in the blast that leveled the glorious woodlands around him into toothpicks for hundreds of square miles but also created a Tsunami of mud and ash that buried him, his cabin, his cats, and his freshly mowed lawn. It was the worst volcanic eruption in United States history.

Harry had all the signs to escape the wrath of the mountain, but he stubbornly ignored them.

There has been much ado lately about the solar eclipse expected on August 21st. No eclipse of this kind has occurred in the continental U.S. observable from coast to coast since 1918. It is a big deal and people across the nation are planning to watch the phenomenon in celebratory ways.

But could the eclipse be a sign from God?

Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of world-renowned evangelist, Dr. Billy Graham, thinks that it might be a warning. In a blog on her website titled, Is God’s Judgment Coming on America? Lotz recently said, “People are preparing to mark this significant event with viewing parties at exclusive prime sites. 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 added, “While no one can know for sure if judgment is coming on America, it does seem that God is signaling us about something.”

I’m inclined to agree with her, as well as a number of other Christian leaders, who’ve made similar remarks.

Although solar eclipses are not always a sign of God’s coming judgment, in Scripture the darkening of the sun is associated with forthcoming calamities at the hand of God.

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SOURCE: Christian Post

Rev. Mark H. Creech is executive director of the Raleigh-based Christian Action League of North Carolina Inc.