Berean Bible Heritage Church
November 21, 2017; 5:27 pm
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Amos Eclipse

by Pastor Clinton Macomber

There are several eclipses mentioned in Scripture (Joel 2:10, 31; 3:15; Amos 8:9; Micah 3:6; Zechariah 14:6).

Amos was told to publish that the occurrence of one eclipse in the middle of the Passover feast was going to dampen spirits and frighten people. We can pinpoint this day to being February 9, B.C. 784 right about noon in Jerusalem. It was a total eclipse too!This was the second catastrophe that Amos predicted. The first problem would be an earthquake that was going to come that would outdo the earthquake already experienced.

Amos 8:9-10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day: And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.

Although this second catastrophe will come in the last days, when an eclipse happened during the Passover, it must have been quite an ordeal!

Sources:

Unger, M. F., R. K. Harrison, H. F. Vos, C. J. Barber, & M. F. Unger. The New Unger's Bible Dictionary. Rev. and updated ed. Chicago: Moody Press, 1988.

Craigie, P. C. Twelve Prophets : Volume 1. The Daily study Bible series. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001, c1984. Am 8:4.

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