We hear so much about signs in the sky. The largest asteroid ever tracked to pass by earth in a bit more than a week, an asteroid nearly a couple miles wide. There are “fire rainbows.” There are lights in the sky. The rumblings, the “skyquakes,” continue. There are very strange clouds. There is the eclipse, and by now many know the numerous little peculiarities of this: how, visible only to the U.S., it reminds some of a similar one at the beginning of World War One (and also an eclipse in Jonah’s time). Meanwhile, at the same time they have that big annual New Age witchy Sixties-style bash called “Burning Man” in Nevada, there are seven towns named “Salem” in the path of the blotting out of the sun. And also, meanwhile, hundreds of people were just evacuated in one spot that will be an eclipse epicenter, this due to wildfires (which keep ratcheting up).
Are these “signs” — or are the signs we need to decipher more credible in societal events?
In this regard are all those monuments they are removing — Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, even the first Catholic Supreme Court Justice due to his role in Dread Scott decision.
They may serve as signs of synchronicity when one mulls over how they have to do with the Civil War.
Is another such “war” brewing?
Is it a societal conflict or — considering how a statue of Saint Junipero Serra was defaced last week (for his supposed mistreatment of Native Americans) — a spiritual one?
In Columbus, Ohio, about a hundred rallied for removal of a statue of Christopher Columbus (who was a third-order Franciscan). Are they truly motivated by his supposed mistreatment of Indians (largely a fallacy) or due to the fact that he stands for the Christian and even more specifically the Catholic foundation of this nation?
He has much company. They are also going after George Washington.
They are aiming at the very essential fabric of America. The American Eclipse or The Eclipse of America?
More and more national commentators are openly using the term: “civil war” (Patrick Buchanan) or “cold civil war (Carl Bernstein).
“What has changed is America herself,” writes Buchanan. “She is not the same country. We have passed through a great social, cultural, and moral revolution that has left us irretrievably divided on separate shores.” And so an eclipse slashes across the sky, as if to divide a great nation, as if to show its fault lines, a new Mason-Dixon.
In Boston, in Charlottesville, in St. Louis — in Washington.
When, a few months ago, we warned of the same thing, in similar language, some objected to use of that term (civil war). It is at least an incipient upheaval. Morally, psychologically, spiritually, particularly because of abortion and homosexual issues, and of course politically — as not in our lifetimes — we are at “war.”
Does an eclipse or comet have anything to do with it? Eclipses are natural cyclical occurrences. But God can certainly use whatever He wants.
It slashes right through the heart of this nation, beginning at Oregon (locus of euthanasia and abortion), traveling over the wavering heartland, including St. Louis, and exiting at Charleston — where the first volleys were fired, at Fort Sumter, in, yes, the Civil War.
Through history many kings and even popes took eclipses to be portents of matters such as military conflict, and while some can look at the one today as that, if so it doesn’t necessarily have to be a foreign war, it does not have to be about North Korea or Afghanistan or Iraq, it can be a war with and within ourselves.
[resources: Michael H. Brown retreat, Omaha] and Where the Cross Stands]