MONDAY, AUGUST 21 IS 1 ELLUL ON THE JEWISH CALENDAR. IT IS THE JEWISH DAY OF REPENTANCE. It begins 40 days of repentance leading up to Yom Kippur. And the Great Sign of Revelation 12 is exactly 33 days later.
The stars and the procession of the planets and the stars were intended to give us “signs and seasons.” (Genesis 1:14) God’s providential design extends to them – in great detail. Interpreting their meaning is not always obvious. But it is a righteous task to seek to understand. Proverbs 25:20 teaches, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.”
The Great Eclipse of 2017
Pastor Mark Biltz suggests the solar eclipse on August 21 is very significant. “We are about to enter the month of Elul,” Biltz said. “And it just so happens that Elul was the month of repentance. It was on Elul 1 that Jonah left for 40 days to
Author, Pastor, and Researcher, Mark Biltz
tell Nineveh to repent. It was on Elul 1 that Moses went up to Mt. Sinai after the sin of the Golden Calf, trying to make atonement while Israel was repenting for that. It was on Elul 1 Jesus went out into the wilderness for 40 days, coming out on Yom Kippur. Elul 1 starts the month of repentance and to have the solar eclipse happening at this time, it is of huge significance!” 
In our book, THE FINAL BABYLON, Doug Krieger, Dene McGriff and I warned about this coming eclipse and the one following it seven years later in 2024. These two eclipses are focused only on the United States. They affect no other continents. There are no eclipses in between that have similar characteristics in terms of crossing an entire continent. The paths of the two eclipses laid over the top of one another convey an “X marks the spot” which happens to be on the Madrid Fault Line that runs through the area of Arkansas, MIssouri, and Illinois. This is one of the areas that seismic experts predict will generate massive earthquakes equalling or exceeding 9.0 on the Richter scale. Are these eclipses a sign that America is targeted? My co-authors and I sounded an alarm that in today’s world, it is the United States that incarnates Mystery, Babylon.
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Paul McGuire and Troy Anderson in their book, The Babylon Code quote us and ponder the same question. Does the U.S. face destruction for its sins? As we pointed out in The Final Babylon, these sins aren’t just moral failures. They extend to how we have exploited third-world nations throughout the world, the slaugtering of over 60 million babies through abortion within our borders, and the illicit drug trade that some segments of our intelligence services have run for years to generate monies for black budget projects. (See the movie, KIll the Messenger). The U.S. does much good. But it also does a massive amount of evil.
With the hate and division we see in our nation now, it is time for this nation to repent and pray that we will find ways to heal our divisions. Both left and right are seeking to tear the country apart. While President Trump failed to articulate this message when responding to the riot in Charlottesville, that was what he was attempting to say. The “civil war” that threatens us isn’t exclusive to the far right. It exists on the radical left as well.
Carolyn Glick emphasized the violent nature of the radical left in her weekly newsletter article entitled, “Trump and the Jews.” Her article seeks to reprimand American Jews for attacking Trump and failing to understand that whether we are talking about the right or the left, anti-Semitism reigns. Allow me to cite a lenghty portion of her article:
Jeffrey Goldberg, Obama’s favored Jewish journalist, tweeted, “FWIW [for what it’s worth], the Obama Administration has been pretty clear in its condemnations of European antisemitism over time.”
Today, the same Goldberg who underplayed and denied what can at best be called Obama’s diffident response to anti-Jewish violence, has been leading the charge against Trump.
Among other things, Goldberg likened the counterprotesters at Charlottesville to the American soldiers who stormed the beaches at Normandy.
In Goldberg’s conflation of neo-Nazis with real Nazis and the far-left counterprotesters in Charlottesville to US forces, we see the real issue at the heart of the maelstrom now dominating US public life.
The real taboo Trump broke in his remarks following last weekend’s deadly riot was not his equivocation about the relative badness of the neo-Nazis. His real offense was his insistence that the counterprotesters – the ones Goldberg and his colleagues liken to World War II partisans and Allied forces – were also violent.
And yet they were. And Goldberg and his colleagues know they were.
In an ironic twist of history’s knife, the day of the riots, the September issue of The Atlantic monthly, where Goldberg serves as editor, hit the newsstands. The cover story, written by Peter Beinart, one of the stars of the American Jewish Left, was inconveniently titled, “The rise of the violent Left.”
Beinart’s article chronicled the violence and lawlessness of Antifa, the radical group that organized the counterprotest in Charlottesville. Antifa is a group of radical goons who stand behind the violence that has plagued US college campuses for the past several years. All the violent protests – from Vermont to California – where conservative speakers were blocked from addressing students by rioting students who burned buildings and assaulted their fellow students who wished to attend the lectures – were Antifa productions.
And Antifa’s operations go well beyond the walls of campuses. As Beinart notes, it was Antifa rioters who physically assaulted Trump supporters as they walked to their cars at the end of a Trump rally in San Jose, California, last summer.
To conclude: as we peer carefully into the sky on Monday to witness one of nature’s wonders, let us pause to reflect and pray that the occulting of the sun may in fact be a symbol that dark days lie ahead for America, and only a repentant nation can hope to avert disaster that lurks in the shadows on all sides.
 Read more at http://mobile.wnd.com/2017/08/stunner-eclipse-aligns-with-biblical-day-of-repentance/#U3jqXhYrjfg1b1oe.99.
 Caroline Glick, “Trump and the Jews,” August 18, 2017. Retrieved from http://carolineglick.com/trump-and-the-jew.
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