eclipse of heart

The Pastor’s Quill


By Pastor Tim Hodge
Aug 20, 2017

In 1983 a Welsh singer named Bonnie Tyler released the song “Total Eclipse Of the Heart.” Many of you will probably be humming that song later today just because I’ve jogged your subliminal unconscious. Somewhere today you’ll catch yourself humming, “Turn around…,” and the tune will be stuck. There. You are welcome. I’ll come back to this later in the article, but have fun with it bouncing around in your brain until then.

On Monday, August 21, 2017 there will be a TOTAL ECLIPSE of the sun over Columbia, SC. It is estimated that anywhere from 500,000 to 1.2 million people will be traveling to our region to see this phenomenon. However, is this really a phenomenon or a pre-planned event by the One who set the sun and moon in orbit?

Let’s look at the scripture on and find some interesting facts about these matters. We might as well start in the beginning; like in Genesis. We find God at work in the creation of the sun, moon, and stars on the FOURTH day of creation. We find these words in Genesis 1:14, “Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years…’” (NKJV). Allow me to pick this apart for a moment.

Note God said, “…let them be for SIGNS and SEASONS….” The extensive Hebrew language gives far deeper meanings than our elementary English translations. The word for ‘signs’ can be translated as ‘SIGNAL’ – God was not just giving these orbits in space to keep time and calendars, but He would use them to SIGNAL certain things to mankind. He also used the word ‘SEASONS’ and that can be translated as ‘APPOINTMENTS’ (hence, I posed the earlier question: “Is this a pre-planned event?”).

It is also important to note these elements were created on the FOURTH day. I found this interesting. The sun is four hundred times larger than the moon so how could the moon ‘block out’ the entire sun to cause a total eclipse? Well, by design of the Creator the sun is four hundred times farther away from the earth than the moon so they equal one another out and the moon will be at the perfect diameter (figuring in the distance) to completely block out the sun. Note all those FOURS. Coincidence or by design?

Now what about these SIGNALS and APPOINTMENTS God referred to in Genesis 1:14? Could He be using these events to try to get mankind’s attention – OR – are these mere coincidences? Especially since this eclipse is ONLY going to take place in the U.S., is He trying to get our attention?

Did you know there was another total eclipse of the sun on August 21, 1914 (note the exact date as this eclipse)? That eclipse was over Europe and the former Ottoman Empire. That was right after the opening days of World War 1 and the areas covered by that eclipse were ravaged by war. The Ottoman Empire ceased to exist after that war.

Am I pronouncing doom on America and this eclipse is a SIGNAL of an APPOINTMENT? No! Yet, we must be cognizant of facts that are unraveling this nation. There is MORE HATRED in America today than I have ever seen in my life. Racism, bigotry, and politics are killing this nation from the inside. On the outside, we have terrorism running rampant and you know they are hell-bent on the destruction of the United States. Kim Jon Un’s regime in North Korea is a very serious and viable threat of future nuclear attack on any nation (especially U.S. soil).

Back to Bonnie Tyler’s song: “Total Eclipse Of the Heart.” My beloved friends, with the hate and threats that this country faces so many people are attacking superficial problems. Our greatest phenomena and potential disaster in the United States is not a solar eclipse or the wickedness attacking our nation. Rather, what astounds me the most is the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART in American society.

People have allowed their hearts to be filled with HATE! Pure evil and darkness has gripped the hearts and minds of a majority of the American populace. This didn’t just happen last week or last month. It didn’t happen when President Donald Trump was elected. No, my friends, this has been in process for more than two hundred years. We are reaping the bad seed of years of abuse (think about it – the atrocities of the slave trade and the way the Native Americans were treated). Just to imagine that people can still have tendencies to think so repugnantly toward a fellow human being makes me nauseated.

We are a nation suffering from a TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART. The remedy: JESUS! He is the LIGHT of the world. Only one thing can dispel darkness and that is LIGHT. This begins with us – the CHURCH. I fully expect sinners to act like sinners. It is high time for the CHURCH to ACT LIKE THE CHURCH God intends us to be.

I’m going to close with the words to a little song I learned as a little boy: “This little light of mine; I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine; I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine; I’m gonna let it shine. LET IT SHINE. LET IT SHINE. LET IT SHINE!”