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Summary: The story of the "handwriting on the wall" is God's way of reminding us that there will be a day of judgment. What can we learn from God's warning to this King?

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In 1883, the greatest volcanic explosion in modern history took place. Krakatoa, a volcano in Indonesia, exploded and shot 6 cubic miles of debris 24 miles up into the stratosphere. Its shock wave traveled around the world 7 times, and its debris fell more than 2000 miles away. The official death toll – over 90,000 people. The sky was so blackened from the clouds of debris that the sun was blocked from the sky for the next 24 hours as far away as New England.

At the time of Krakatoa’s explosion, the Captain of a nearby British sailing ship wrote these words in his log: “I am writing this blind in pitch darkness. We are under continual rain of pumice-stone and dust. So violent are the explosions that the ear-drums of over half my crew have been shattered…. I am convinced that the Day of Judgment has come.” (Russ Lawson, www.heartlight.org 2/1/09 and “Our Daily Bread” 12/1/07)

The Day of Judgment (PAUSE)

ILLUS: How many of you are aware that we had a Solar Eclipse last week (everyone laughed and raised their hands because the news media had flooded the airwaves with information on this event). I have to admit that I’d forgotten all about it until I stepped out of my office about 2:30 that afternoon and was amazed at the eerie feel even a partial blocking of the sun had. The sky felt different and the even the grass looked different.

My son got an email from a friend down in Kentucky and that friend said that the solar eclipse made the sky so dark that they could see the stars in the sky and the temperature dropped an entire 25 degrees during the eclipse.

At various spots along the path of this solar eclipse, 1000s of people would gather together and put on their special glasses and shouted and laughed as the sun became hidden behind the moon.

As you can imagine, the Eclipse had a lot of people excited and partying… but there were others who weren’t quite sure the eclipse was innocent:

• One prophetic preacher wrote: “a solar eclipse is meant as a sign from God. … Could God be giving us a warning that we need to repent or judgment will be coming to the United States? The timing couldn’t be clearer!” (Mark Blitz)

• Another such teacher said: You’ve got this epic solar eclipse over America and it’s happening right at Regulus, in Leo the Lion—the constellation… in the constellation of the king, meaning the return of the king!” (Scott Clarke)

• Still another one wrote: the eclipse may mean, 'we are living in the last days.'" (Paul Begley)

Anne Graham Lotz (daughter of Billy Graham) noted “The celebratory nature regarding the eclipse brings to my mind the Babylonian King Belshazzar who threw a drunken feast the night the Medes and Persians crept under the city gate.” (all quotes from http://www.crosswalk.com/slideshows/what-is-the-biblical-significance-of-the-upcoming-solar-eclipse-8-christian-leaders-explain.html?p=4)

It seems that these folks were seeing the eclipse as being “the handwriting on the wall”. And of course, the question is: Was this Eclipse predicting punishment of America? Well maybe - but we need to realize that solar eclipses really aren’t all that rare. They tend to cross some section of the earth once every 18 months). (We showed a map of eclipses that had blanketed the earth from (2001 to 2025).


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