According to NASA two total solar eclipses are scheduled to entirely shadow the mainland of America. The first is on August 21, 2017 and the second is on April 8, 2024. This is a fairly rare occurrence. The Wikipedia page for the upcoming 2017 eclipse states: “This eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse visible from the United States since 1991 (which was seen only from part of Hawaii), and the first visible from the contiguous United States since 1979.” These two upcoming eclipses will be less than seven years apart. Ok, now here’s were it gets interesting. If you take the paths of these two eclipses and overlap them over America, it creates an X. The eclipse2017.org site has images of where the center of this crosshair lies. Take a look at it here. Quoting from the page: “Actually, to be fair, the overlap of the paths of totality of these two eclipses lies in three states: Illinois, Missouri, and Kentucky.” Interesting. Joseph Smith was imprisoned in both Missouri and Illinois. He was murdered by a mob in Illinois.
Top selling author Jonathan Cahn released a book titled “The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery That Holds the Secret of America’s Future” in 2012. In this book he cites Isaiah 9:9-10 “And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart, The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.” He convincingly argues that this scripture was fulfilled in the events surrounding the attack on the Twin Towers in NYC. His conclusion is that this attack was a harbinger of things to come to the unrepentant America. It is what he calls a warning shot. (You can listen to his full presentation on the topic here.) What Mr. Cahn fails to do is put any emphasis on who it is that is rebelling and in danger of God’s wrath. Verse 9 tells us plainly that this is Ephraim. Ephraim is America! Many Mormons know this, because this is one of the things which Joseph Smith taught. In fact, Brigham Young is known to have stated that Joseph Smith was “a pure Ephraimite.” America is more precisely composed of the scattered Ephraimites or Gentiles.
Ok, so what do solar eclipses have to do with prophecy? Eclipses in ancient times were often looked at as bad omens. There were a few recorded cases of eclipses happening shortly before earthquakes. These events left an impact on the minds of the people of those times which they no doubt passed onto future generations. Here is one recent example of a lunar eclipse being followed by an earthquake in our time: On September 16, 1978 a total lunar eclipse shadowed the country of Iran and a few hours later a devastating earthquake killed 15,000 people (close to the number of fatalities in the recent Japanese earthquake). There is evidence that lunar eclipses are a bad omen for Israel’s enemies, so there is the possibility that solar eclipses are bad omens for Israel. Ephraim is part of the house of Israel! Could this be God’s way of marking in the heavens his time of wrath for the unrepentant in America? Time will tell.
For some time I’ve been intrigued by the Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops). I’ve been studying ideas concerning it on and off for a few years now and have become fairly convinced that it was a “temple” built by Seth and/or some of his descendants before the Great Flood/Deluge. It’s purpose? To stand as an immovable testament of God’s foreknowledge of the major events of the earth. This is a theory proposed by pyramidologists, a title often associated with quackery, somewhat like ufologists. Despite their tainted reputation, there are a few renowned scientists among their ranks, including Sir Isaac Newton and Scotland’s Astronomer Royal, Charles Piazzi Smyth, and lastly LDS apostle and mathematician Orson Pratt.
Pyramidology is based upon an interesting idea: the path from the entrance to the King’s Chamber when measured in pyramid inches (which are extremely close to English inches) provides absolute dating in years for the major events in Christian history. The following two dates are generally agreed upon:
1) 1453 BC: The Exodus
2) 33 AD: The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ
There is greater disagreement with dates and events closer to our time, but if these two dates are correct, that gives us two markers on which to string all other Biblical events.
Taking 1453 to be the year of the Exodus we can then determine the year that King Solomon began construction of the temple.
“And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the Lord.”
(1 Kings 6:1)
So we minus 480 from 1453 to come to 973 BC. Is there any other outside evidence that might corroborate this year? If we believe 28 AD to be a Jubilee year (see Finding the Prophetic Jubilee Year), this would make 23 BC a Jubilee year and thus 973 BC also would be a Jubilee year. A remarkable coincidence!