Eclipse Mania — WorldNetDaily, Part 2

The solar eclipse that will cross the US on 21 August is described at NASA’s eclipse page, where they have dozens of links to information. This perfectly natural phenomon is having its expected effect on creationists. From our perspective, the madness began in April when we posted Solar Eclipse Means Catastrophe Is Coming. That was about an article in WorldNetDaily (WND), the flamingly creationist, absolutely execrable, moronic, and incurably crazed journalistic organ that believes in and enthusiastically promotes every conspiracy theory that ever existed.

WND is at it again today, so we titled our post “Part 2.” Their new article is Signs in sky reveal America as ‘Covenant’ nation, says ‘Blood Moons’ discoverer, which has already attracted over 90 comments. It has this sub-title: “Mark Biltz: Coming solar eclipse may be warning, and ‘I would not mock'” and it’s labeled “WND EXCLUSIVE.” You can’t find this information anywhere else! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

The discoverer of the “Blood Moons” phenomenon says God is sending a message to the church – and all people need to do to see it is look skyward.

They’re talking about Mark Biltz, the preacher who was promoting his predictions about a lunar eclipse back in 2014. We wrote about it in The End of the World Is Upon Us. Wikipedia has an article about the Blood moon prophecy, so you know it’s important. WND says:

The Boston Globe recently reported the path of the upcoming total solar eclipse which will cross the United States on August 21 will overwhelmingly move over counties won by Donald Trump in the recent presidential election. The paper was mocked on social media for suggesting heavenly events have some connection to earthly politics. But Pastor Mark Biltz, the man who discovered the “Blood Moons” phenomenon, argues people should be cautious before resorting to snark.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Rev Biltz is warning us! He’s never been wrong before, so you should pay attention, dear reader. WND tells us:

He points out Genesis 1:14, which says astronomical phenomena were partially intended “for signs.” And as Biltz believes the solar eclipse itself is a sign and a warning to the United States, he suggests there may also be meaning in the solar eclipse’s path.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] They quote the rev:

The path of totality is showing where it is the darkest and the path of judgment unless there is repentance. At the same time, though, judgment always begins with God’s people first. This is a call for the church to repent and become more like Abraham rather than Lot and to intercede. The church needs to wake up and repent if we are to save this nation and not be mocking the unrighteous. We need a different tone in America.

Are you paying attention? The rev says the path of totality is “the path of judgment unless there is repentance.” WND continues:

Biltz urges believers to look to their own conduct and seek to renew their own communities. He previously stated a total solar eclipse represents a specific warning to a specific nation or nations depending on its path. Therefore, the path of the eclipse could be a sign not just to the United States in general, but for mostly conservative residents of these areas in particular to spearhead a movement of repentance. President Donald Trump, Biltz suggested, also has a role to play in this movement.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] The eclipse is a message to Donald Trump! What’s the message? WND quotes the rev again:

“As the king of Nineveh led that nation to repentance, may our president do the same,” prayed Biltz. “Many are unaware that there was a total solar eclipse over Nineveh a month before Jonah showed up on the first of the month of Elul, known as the month of repentance before the fall High Holy days. Here we have a total solar eclipse at the first of Elul, the same time frame beginning the month of repentance. It is also the same day Moses ascended the mountain trying to make atonement for his nation.”

The meaning is clear! Let’s read on:

Ultimately, Biltz argued, America is entering a troubling time because of the collapse of the Christian faith in the United States and rising political and social divisions as the culture breaks down. Biltz suggests God is giving America a chance to turn back to Him. But this requires taking the signs of the times seriously.

The rev is right. We must take this sign seriously! And now we come to the end:

“Americans have become too divisive and polarized,” mourned the pastor. “The atmosphere is corrosive and as the Bible says, ‘the love of many will wax cold.’ Interestingly, the Bible says when Lot spoke to his son-in-laws he was as one who mocked. We have become a nation of mockers.”

So there you are. There is much to consider here, dear reader, and there’s not much time left. Heed the rev’s warning!

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32 responses to “Eclipse Mania — WorldNetDaily, Part 2

  1. Derek Freyberg

    ” You can’t find this information [Biltz’s bilge] anywhere else! ”
    There’s a reason for that.

  2. President Donald Trump, Biltz suggested, also has a role to play in this movement.

    What, the movement of celestial bodies?

    Some of his ardent fans would doubtless believe him if, during totality, The Donald were to tweet, “Demons, be gone! #MAGA – Make Almighty Gravity American / #DrainTheMoonShadow “, and lo, the sun was restored!

  3. Michael Fugate

    Blitz seems to be quite the self-promoter – funny his bio is quite vague.
    http://elshaddaiministries.us/pastor_Mark_Biltz_bio.php

  4. Rev Mark, in case you hadn’t noticed, the Donald is not known to have ever repented of anything, so GFL with that idea!

  5. Discovered or fabricated?

    President Donald Trump, Biltz suggested, also has a role to play in this movement.

    Donald Trump cannot move his own bowels absent chemical assistance.

  6. We don’t need blood moons and solar eclipses to forebode a coming catastrophe, we have Donald Trump!

  7. Charles Deetz ;)

    Is there any more classic reaction to an eclipse than “to repent”? What a maroon!

  8. Charles Deetz wonders

    Is there any more classic reaction to an eclipse than “to repent”?

    There’s always, “Quick! Find me some sacrificial virgins!”, but that has fortunately gone out of fashion.

    Still, how do we know the eclipse isn’t a warning from some long-neglected chthonic diety that we aren’t spending enough time at drunken orgies thrown in his honour?

  9. That question would make sense, dear Mega, if you could show that in the Rest of the World, where the eclipse will go by unnoticed, people are doing that.

  10. “Many are unaware that there was a total solar eclipse over Nineveh a month before Jonah showed up”; so the Reverend knows the exact date of Jonah’s mission. Tell us more!

    (Sounds fishy to me)

  11. mnbo dares to question my foray into Creationist-mode thinking:

    That question would make sense, dear Mega, if you could show that in the Rest of the World, where the eclipse will go by unnoticed, people are doing that.

    But in Creationist-mode, there is no such thing as evidence, and hence no role for showing anything; it’s all a matter of intuition.

    And it is the God-given intuition of countless American Creationists that the rest of the world is drenched in sin and conducts itself in unspeakably outrageous ways.

  12. I’d like to point out that Mark Biltz did not discover the lunar eclipse tetrad, but merely attributed a failed doom and gloom prophecy to the phenomena. So why there should be any credibility for yet another prophecy for the upcoming solar eclipse is beyond me.
    I like that comment that the path of totality is going over counties that Trump won, yet Republicans invariably win the vast empty spaces of the nation, and of course Trump won the election so that hardly seems notable.

    The paper was mocked on social media for suggesting heavenly events have some connection to earthly politics.
    Isn’t that pretty much the textbook definition of astrology? Astrology being mocked is well deserved. Odd that a Christian minister wouldn’t know that astrology is a Biblical no-no as well.

  13. Donald Trump is hardly the sort to lead anyone to repentance.

    And evidently the good reverend rejects the idea that eclipses are predictable natural phenomena in favor of the ancient superstition that they are divine manifestations meant to terrify mortals into good behavior. One can only wonder what else he rejects, besides (of course) evolution.

  14. Mark Germano

    ” President Donald Trump, Biltz suggested, also has a role to play in this movement.”

    To get our attention, he should grab us by something.

  15. @Eric Lipps

    “Donald Trump is hardly the sort to lead anyone to repentance.”

    Not even in his role as Mr Bad Example?

  16. Troy: “Odd that a Christian minister wouldn’t know that astrology is a Biblical no-no as well.”

    I was also of the same thinking, but the other day I could find absolutely no verses which definitively support this position.

    Certainly nothing even remotely along the lines of “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”

    Have you got anything off the top of your head? Not asking you to do my homework — I’ve done it.

    Just wondering. Thanks.

  17. @Random
    Deuteronomy 18:10
    Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.

    Isaiah 47:13
    All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you.

    Genesis 1:14 could be considered pro-astrology, but the “signs” in question are to mark seasons, not for divination (my interpretation obviously)

    Luke 21:25
    Might seem to give license for doom-saying, but I’d argue an eclipse is not strange as we know in advance it is about to occur and why it occurs.
    “And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides.”

  18. The Magi in the Christmas story were clearly astrologers.

  19. Troy

    Thanks.

    I saw those verses and others, but concluded that at most Jehovah was scornful of non-Israelite astrologers, à la your Isaiah verse and lots in Daniel.

    It seemed to me that the proscriptions were mainly based on necromancy — speaking to the dead — or divination — evoking spirits and demons, stuff like that.

    I could not convince myself that astrology was specifically prohibited.

    Add to that absence or ambiguity of Biblical evidence the long tradition of Jewish astrology, and I still just don’t know.

    Thanks again!

    http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/jewish-astrology/

  20. “Biltz suggests God is giving America a chance to turn back to Him. But this requires taking the signs of the times seriously.”

    The Prophet Jeremiah instructs us otherwise:

    “Be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.”

  21. Michael Fugate

    I am not sure what to make of the “prophecy” – are the people in the line of the total eclipse in trouble or not? Is it a sign for those specific people only?
    It reminds me of those people whose houses are left standing after a tornado claiming it is a sign from God and an answer to their prayers – which means that their neighbors whose houses were destroyed – neighbors who go to the same churches and pray to the same gods – are bad people?
    Am I safe because the eclipse is going over my house?

  22. Mark Germano

    My house is within the .9 magnitude band. Does that mean I’m 90% safe or is that I have a 90% chance of being safe?

  23. Michael Fugate

    I am at 0.65 – it could either way?

  24. @Random, I thought I remembered an outright prohibition it in there, but I suspect I was thinking of the rebuke of Babylonian astrologers that you mentioned in Isaiah. So yes you are correct, you are free to consult your Torahscope.

  25. Paul, it’s pretty well indisputable that there was a total solar eclipse over Nineveh around 763 BC. Some people claim that this, and various other disasters, meant that the Assyrians were especially ready to listen to a prophet.

    This ignores, of course, a great deal of history and such to make that happen, but it … isn’t as wrong as usual, for WND.

  26. thanks. So the eclipse was real, and happened in 763 BCE, a bit early perhaps for the writing of Jonah but not absurd. But why no mention of it in the Book of Jonah? Come to think of it, how often will *any* chosen point on earth excerience a total eclipse? If it’s more often than once every 500 years, then given the uncertainties we’d expect one ove Nineveh at a credible date

  27. Wikipedia has an article on “Assyrian eclipse”.

  28. Thanks. It says “Apparently there has been some controversy on whether the eclipse of 24 June 791 BC is not a better candidate than 15 June 763 BC”; two within 30 years of each other! Surprisingly common, but there may be good reason for them to occur close together, for all I know

  29. But I hope the rev doesn’t follow this, or else we’llhave the eclipse as proof that Jonah was swallowed by a big fish, like the ice ages are proof of Noah’s flood, or not, or something

  30. Troy —

    *chuckle*

  31. Kevin MURPHY

    To Random

    Love the reference to Warren Zevon. Great song. Mr Bad Example.

  32. Kevin MURPHY

    Well, aren’t you the excitable boy.