Eclipse Effect on Ancient People 

Throughout history when the sun gets blocked by the moon people saw it as a sign from God. You could imagine if you lived a couple thousand years ago and were out hunting on a sunny day and suddenly the sun seemed to be swallowed by a black hole in the sky, it would shake you some. 

Those who worshiped the sun would see an eclipse as a calamity. Even the ancient Hebrews who didn’t worship the sun, felt that when a solar eclipse happened it as a curse or a sign of bad things to come. They would reflect on their own behavior and what could have caused it. 

Photo by Nat on Unsplash
Photo by Nat on Unsplash

Today Some See Religious Significance 

As science began to explain how an eclipse happens and especially when they could predict it, people began to see the swallowing of the sun as less God’s displeasure and a natural occurrence. Today an eclipse goes by with a lot of curiosity, but less religious fervor. We have seen this the last couple times in the U.S. 

There are still those who see a sign of times in an eclipse. In Revelations the bible says that in the last days “the sun became black as sackcloth of hair”. This description would fit an eclipse. It is not the only place in the book that says the sun will be darkened in the end times. 

Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash
Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash

Ancient Nineveh Eclipse 

This site shows how an eclipse happened in ancient Nineveh during the time of the prophet Jonah. They speculate that this is what made that city sit up and listen. Some have noted how the eclipse on April 8th will cross over some of the towns in the U.S. named Nineveh.

Others point to the seven years between the 2017 and 2024 eclipses and the cross they make on the continent. The number seven is symbolic to Jews and Christians.

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Whatever the eclipse means to you, if you have ever experienced the sky turning dark on a sunny day and that black circle in the sky, it is hard not to feel how big the universe is and how small we really are.  

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