Total Solar Eclipse Coincidence?

By | August 23, 2016

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SECTIONS

Introduction
2017 and 2024 Eclipse Paths and Locations with Pictures
Explanation
Other Discoveries about 2017 and 2024 Eclipses
Odds and Ends
Significant Events After August 21, 2017
American Total Solar Eclipses in the 21st Century


The other day, while reading some news online, I stumbled across the fact that there will be a total solar eclipse next year that will be observable from America, and then I investigated it more and discovered this interesting information.

I’m naturally interested in eclipses anyway, but the reason these caught my interest more than usual is because of their paths and their timing.

These might end up being ordinary eclipses that are nothing more than evidence of God’s handiwork. On the other hand, they might mean a lot more than that. I don’t know. I don’t claim to know how to accurately interpret the signs of the times, if that’s what these are. But I know that these could be significant. (Also note that I am not a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This research and any opinions I express are my own.)

First, let’s take a look in detail at the eclipses in 2017, 2024, 2045, and 2052. Then we will see more about the paths of each of the eclipses that will “touch” America from 2017 until the end of the year 2099. If as you read this you think of other interesting points I haven’t considered, please be sure to mention them in the comment section below.

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Interesting Facts About the 2017 and 2024 Total Solar Eclipses

Here is the path of the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse that travels across all of the mainland United States:

august 21 2017 total solar eclipse

And here is the path of the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse:

april 8 2024 total solar eclipse path

Here is what they look like put on the same map (thanks to Jonathan Neville of Moroni’s America for sending me the following picture of both eclipses on the same map as well as pointing out to me that the 2024 eclipse will also go over Kirtland and Cumorah!):

Eclipses-combined

A total solar eclipse has a limited path or zone where you would have to be to see the total phase of the eclipse. These two eclipse paths have a northern limit, a path center, and a southern limit. In the above pictures, this zone is marked by a northern blue line, a red center line, and a southern blue line.

The green and purple marker pins have to do with the points of greatest eclipse and greatest duration, which I won’t discuss here.

Notable (or meaningless) facts about total solar eclipses in America:

  • The last total solar eclipse that touched the United States was 37 years ago on February 26, 1979. Its path went across only a few states in the northwest.
  • The last total solar eclipse to path across the entire mainland of the United States was on June 8, 1918. It went from Washington to Florida.

Notable (or meaningless) facts about these events:

  • The August 21, 2017 event will go across the entire mainland from Oregon to South Carolina.
  • The August 21, 2017 event will cast a “shadow” over the entire country.
  • The northern limit of the August 21, 2017 eclipse includes Adam-ondi-Ahman, Haun’s Mill,  and Far West.
  • The southern limit of the August 21, 2017 eclipse includes Liberty Jail and Independence.
  • The center line of the August 21, 2017 eclipse lands about half way between Adam-ondi-Ahman and Independence.

independence, haun's mill, far west, liberty jail, independence

makanda

  • The April 8, 2024 eclipse center line also goes over Makanda (just northwest of it, less than 4 miles away).

makanda april 8 2024 eclipse

  • Makanda (also near Pamona) is essentially where “X marks the spot” for the two eclipses. (They “X” at Cedar Lake.) The “X” is located in the Shawnee National Forest.

makanda

  • The April 8, 2024 eclipse goes over Kirtland, Palmyra, and the Hill Cumorah (Palmyra is right near Cumorah). This map also has Cedar Lake (bottom left marker pin) for reference. (This eclipse also goes over Hiram, Thompson, Orange, and Amherst, OH and Manchester, Fayette, and Perrysburg, NY. In addition to other locations mentioned in this article, each of these locations is significant to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.)

Cedar Lake Kirtland and Cumorah

  • The April 8, 2024 eclipse will cast a “shadow” over the entire mainland United States.
  • The second eclipse will happen in the 7th year after the first event.

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Why Do These Eclipses Catch My Attention?

The reason the 2017 and 2024 eclipses interest me has to do with certain events that I believe happened in these areas during Book of Mormon times, certain events that I know happened in these areas in the early history of the LDS church, and prophecies related to some of these areas relevant to the last days.

I won’t list all of those details here. I’m not here to convince anyone or to debate interpretation, though I welcome your thoughts. If you know the events and prophecies I refer to and have added insight, please leave me a note.

It also interests me because of my belief that the Nephites and perhaps some or many of the Lamanites of the Book of Mormon lived in the heartland of America, including in these very locations. The “X” is right over an area that I believe to be of great significance. In fact, the location of the “X” reminds me (when you consider the 7 year timetable) of the 7 year “standoff” between Lachoneus and Gidgiddoni and the gadianton robbers. That, plus the prophesied events to transpire in the near future, plus the location of these eclipses, plus the 7-year timeline, all connect to make me ask, “Is this a coincidence?”

I don’t have the answer.

Note that I personally do not believe it is a coincidence (see this important talk on coincidence), but I’m not here to act like a prophet for you in your life. I do believe God is giving us something to think about, but you will have to do your own work in study, faith, obedience, and service to know what the Lord wants you to know. Don’t take it from me. Please get your own answers!

What I am not saying:

  • I’m not saying I think Jesus Christ’s second coming to all the world will happen in either 2017 or 2024.
  • I’m not saying I think that these eclipses are the sign of the coming of the Son of Man.
  • I’m not saying that I think anything will happen on the exact day or at the exact time of the eclipses that will suddenly jolt all of America. I’m not ruling out that something could happen, but my purpose is not to come on here and make some specific prediction about something happening on August 21st or on the day of one of the other eclipses.

What I am saying:

  • I am saying that I believe these eclipses (and the eclipses in 2044/2045 and 2052) could be relevant to and indicative of tribulation in America, an Adam-ondi-Ahman event, a New Jerusalem event, and an event relevant to the people there being defended against enemies.
  • I am saying that I believe that if these eclipses do mark a point in time of fulfillment of prophecy, then the things that will happen will come about in the days, weeks, months, and years surrounding the eclipses. Significant things may or may not happen on the exact day of the eclipses.
  • The kinds of events that come to mind for me include both wonderfully welcome and tragic happenings, like famine, pestilence, disease, terrorism, civil unrest (political, cultural, etc.), wars, earthquake, tsunami, weather events, economic hardship, miracles, long-anticipated fulfillment of prophecy, etc.

I hesitate to make any specific predictions. I hope you’ll see that I am not trying to do so. There are two important reasons why. One is that I have not been called of God to receive a revelation for the world. Second is that I do not want to become a stumbling block in your way.

It has been prophesied that prior to the return of Jesus Christ, people will say that the Lord delays His coming. I believe that will happen for at least two reasons (probably more). First, because people anxious for His return make false predictions that don’t come to pass, Jesus Christ’s followers will be mocked and otherwise persecuted by those who do not believe. And because of the pain and difficulties of their persecution, they will murmur that the Lord delays His coming, and those who do not believe in Jesus Christ will mockingly say that the Lord delays His coming. It will be like The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Second, many of the true prophecies will be misinterpreted. But those who sincerely follow Christ, who have paid the price in prayer and study and faithfulness to know the signs, and who patiently wait for ALL of them to be fulfilled may not be deceived, notwithstanding the fact they may endure tribulation.

I do not want to start rumors, and I don’t want to gain an “eclipse cult” following. I don’t want to tempt you to take your focus away from where it really matters, which is on the Savior and your relationship with Him, the inspired teachings of His living prophets, the scriptures, your faith, your testimony, your virtue, your integrity, your family, your character, and your discipleship.

I’m not asking you to sell everything you have and buy a tent.

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Other Thoughts Related to the Areas of the 2017 and 2024 Eclipses

Astonishing Discovery about the 2017/2024 and 2045/2052 Eclipses

Part of my initial sense of wonder about the 2017 and 2024 eclipses is that the 2024 eclipse happens in the 7th year after the 2017 eclipse. 2422 days sits between the two eclipses.

When I saw that there would be an eclipse in 2045 followed in the 7th year by an eclipse in 2052, I wondered how many days would sit between them. Answer? Exactly 2422 days, just like the eclipses in 2017 and 2024!

Note that approximately 21 years passes between the 2024 and 2045 eclipses. Also note that approximately 21 years passed between the end of WWI and WWII.

WWI Rhyme

It has been said that history does not repeat itself, but history does rhyme.

The fact that the 2017/2024 and 2045/2052 eclipses happen about 100 years after WWI and WWII respectively (give or take a few years), and that there is approximately 21 years between the 2024 and 2045 eclipses and there was approximately 21 years between the end of WWI (1918) and beginning of WWII (1939), has inspired me to look for “rhymes” related to these two eclipses and the two world wars.

I have found one potential WWI rhyme so far.

WWI started on July 28, 1914. On August 21, 1914 there was a total solar eclipse that traveled over a part of the world impacted heavily by WWI. Here is the path of that eclipse. Our eclipse this year also lands on August 21, and the world is already in chaos with many whisperings of a world war on the horizon.

***8/12/2017 Update: On July 28, 2017, North Korea tested an ICBM (its 2nd test, with its first ICBM test happening on July 4th, just a few weeks earlier). This test was a major pivot point in relations that led to a startling escalation of rhetoric, including President Donald Trump stating that any more nuclear threats by North Korea would be met by “fire and fury” unlike anything the world has ever seen. North Korea followed that up by threatening to launch missiles toward Guam and revealing they were building a plan to attack Guam, an American territory. Also note that a USA and South Korea military exercise is scheduled to start on August 21st. A week after the last time we held this exercise last year, North Korea performed a nuclear weapon test.***

Salem, USA and Jerusalem, Israel

The moon will begin to cover the sun in Salem, OR around 9:05 AM. During the eclipse in Salem, the sun will set in Jerusalem. It is interesting to note that Salem means Peace, and Jerusalem means City of Peace.

While the moon is casting a shadow over Peace in America, the light of the sun will be hidden from the City of Peace in Israel.

Other cities/towns named Salem the August 21, 2017 eclipse’s path of totality will go over include the following:
Salem, Oregon
Salem, Idaho
Salem, Nebraska
Salem, Kentucky
Salem, South Carolina

New Madrid Fault

While watching an episode of Nephite Explorer by Ryan Fisher where he and Rod Meldrum discuss  the New Madrid fault, I remembered that I had previously learned about this earthquake zone during my natural disaster studies (later graduating in Emergency Management).

The New Madrid fault is known to produce extremely large and damaging earthquakes. But earthquakes along the New Madrid that are similar in magnitude to those produced by the well-known faults of California can be more damaging than those in California, because the earth in the heartland amplifies the waves due to its unique make up.

It just so happens that both the 2017 and the 2024 eclipses go straight through this fault zone. The town of Makanda sits atop the major center of the fault zone like a hat or a crown. Here’s a map to show what I mean (note that I put the black lines on the image to indicate the paths of the eclipses):

New Madrid Fault and Eclipses

*Image Source: Earthquake Hazard in the New Madrid Seismic Zone Remains a Concern

Thank you Merlin who, in his comment below, informed me about an eclipse that happened in 1811 and an earthquake in that same year along the New Madrid.

In recorded history, the most powerful earthquake to shake the USA east of the Rockies happened on December 16, 1811, and it happened on the New Madrid. Estimates put the powerful quake at around magnitude 7.5-7.9, but I’ve read the fault can produce earthquakes in the 8s. That year, in September, there was an annular solar eclipse that pathed a few hundred miles northeast of the edge of the fault zone. The edge of the path of totality closest to the fault zone went through Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. The edge of the fault zone closest to the path of totality is in the southern Illionois area.

The path of totality of the 2017 eclipse will be much closer to the fault zone than the 1811 eclipse. In fact, if I’m interpreting my research correctly, the path of totality will go directly over the northeastern edge of the fault zone.

Juan de Fuca Plate

The 2017 eclipse also paths directly over the Juan de Fuca plate, which plate is off the coast of Northern California, Oregon, Washington State, and Vancouver Island in Canada. The Juan de Fuca is capable of earthquakes of magnitude 9.0 or larger, which are capable of producing massive tsunami.

Teton Fault and Yellowstone

The 2017 eclipse paths directly over the Teton Fault in Wyoming and skirts the southern border of Yellowstone National Park.

Eastern Tennessee Seismic Zone

The 2017 eclipse paths directly over the Eastern Tennessee Seismic Zone.

Middleton Place-Summerville Seismic Zone

The 2017 eclipse paths directly over the Middleton Place-Summerville Seismic Zone in South Carolina.

Trail of Tears

The August 21, 2017 event paths directly over about half of the northern land route of the Trail of Tears, which is a path the Cherokee Nation took when they were forced out of their tribal lands. Thousands of Cherokee perished. This trail happens to go directly through the Shawnee National Forest, only 10-20 miles south of where the two eclipses cross paths.

I love the Native American people of the heartland and surrounding areas. I pray for them and believe with all my heart that their best days are ahead.

Civil War

The August 21, 2017 event paths over Fort Sumter in South Carolina. The official beginning of the war was on April 12, 1861 when the Confederate forces bombarded the Union-controlled Fort Sumter in Charleston Bay.

Exclusively the USA

According to greatamericaneclipse.com, the August 21, 2017 event is the first time a total solar eclipse will have visited the USA and no other nation since 1776, the year America was founded. (Note that I have not yet verified this claim. If someone has evidence of this, please send it along to me in the comment section below.)

Update: According to National Eclipse (in an article called Debunking the National Eclipse) there was no USA eclipse in 1776. The way the statement that “the August 21, 2017 event is the first time a total solar eclipse will have visited the USA and no other nation since 1776” is written can therefore be misleading, depending on how you interpret it. A correct statement, again according to National Eclipse (a .wordpress.com site), is that there has not been an eclipse that exclusively visited the land that now makes up the United States since the year 1257, meaning America has never had this happen before as long as we’ve been America.

Update again: An article on Newsweek by Hannah Osborne published on Why is the August 21 solar eclipse special? . . .  It is the first total solar eclipse ever that goes over only U.S. land and no other country.” So, I’m not sure what to believe on this point. As far as I can tell, the 1257 eclipse in this link only touches land that is now part of this country. Maybe I’m looking at it wrong. Is this really the first time it’s ever happened over the land that makes up the USA, or is it the first since 1257? I’m thinking 1257, but I could be wrong.

Extermination Order

The August 21, 2017 event paths right over Jefferson City, which is Missouri’s capital.

In 1838, Governor Lilburn Boggs issued an executive order authorizing the extermination of all “Mormons” living in the state (this executive order was rescinded in by Governor Kit Bond in 1976, two years shy of 140 years after the order was given).

Gen. John B. Clark, the General to whom the executive order was addressed (he was responsible to carry out the order), wrote the following soon after the “Mormons” surrendered:

“. . . you must not think of staying here another season, or of putting in crops, for the moment you do this, the citizens will be upon you; and if I am called here again, in a case of a non-compliance of a treaty made, do not think I will do as I have now. You need not expect any mercy, but extermination, for I am determined the governor’s orders be executed.”

In so many instances, the outcasts were robbed of their dignity, their virtue, their lives, their liberty, and their pursuit of happiness. They were denied their freedom to peaceably practice their religion, their freedom to peaceably assemble, their freedom of speech, their freedom of press, and their petitions for redress of grievances went largely ignored. Other basic God-given freedoms were violated.

Even with this heartbreaking history, Missouri is a place of hope for members of the church. Some of the most significant events in all of human history occurred there and will yet occur there.

Numbers That Will Mean Something to Only a Few

2017 and 2024 eclipses

Inauguration day:
1/20/2017

≈2520 days before 4/8/2024 eclipse:
≈5/16/2017

6 months after inauguration day (Based on 30-day months):
≈7/18/2017

First total solar eclipse:
8/21/2017

≈1260 days before 4/8/2024 eclipse:
≈10/27/2020

≈1260 days after 7/18/2017:
≈12/28/2020

≈1260 days after 8/21/2017 eclicpse:
≈1/31/2021

Second total solar eclipse:
4/8/2024

≈1260 days after 12/28/2020:
≈6/9/2024

≈2520 days after 8/21/2017 eclipse:
≈7/14/2024

Overall, between ≈5/16/2017 and ≈7/14/2024.

2045 and 2052 eclipses

≈2520 days before 3/30/2052 eclipse:
≈5/7/2045

First total solar eclipse:
8/12/2045 eclipse

≈1260 days before 3/30/2052 eclipse:
≈10/18/2048

≈1260 days after 8/12/2045 eclipse:
≈1/22/2049

Second total solar eclipse:
3/30/2052

2520 days after 8/12/2045 eclipse:
≈7/5/2052

Overall, between ≈5/7/2045 and ≈7/5/2052.

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Odds and Ends

Mount St. Helens

A total solar eclipse pathed directly over Mount St. Helens on February 26, 1979. Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980.

September 23, 2017 – “Revelation 12 Sign”

Several people have mentioned or asked about the “Revelation 12 sign” taking place on September 23, 2017. Yes, I am aware of it but didn’t write about it, because others had already done so in detail. I might pick up the topic at some point if I find anything that hasn’t been considered.

Want to learn more about it? To get a general idea, I recommend Clothed With the Sun, Moon Under Her Feet by Dr. John P. Pratt (astronomy). It is his research and ideas on the subject. Note that it is from the perspective of an LDS person and has an LDS theme.

22 Years – The Family: A Proclamation to the World

On September 23, 1995, President Gordon B. Hinckley read The Family: A Proclamation to the World from the pulpit at the General Relief Society Meeting of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Exactly 22 years later (8036 days), on September 23, 2017, there will be a General Women’s Session of the General Conference of the church. This is the same day as the so-called “Revelation 12 Sign.” (The total solar eclipse on August 21st was 8003 days after the September 23, 1995 meeting.)

Note that in the proclamation read in 1995, the following warning was given: “. . . we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.” Since that day, the devil has waged an all-out war on the family, and many people (including in the USA) have fallen victim to his deceit. I personally feel that the calamities we currently face are a taste of what is coming if we don’t repent. We need to protect the family unit as God designed it.

Revelation 12 is interpreted (as it relates to the last days) as the Church of Jesus Christ giving birth to the Kingdom of God, with the devil standing ready to try to devour it soon after its arrival. I’ve written about chiasmus before, and I personally believe we’ve got another instance of it here. Revelation 12 has several “rhymes” from Jesus until today. One rhyme happened when Mary gave birth to Jesus and they fled to Egypt for safety. Another rhyme was after Jesus was crucified and the church tried to live the law of consecration but was soon destroyed by persecution and apostasy. Another rhyme seems to have happened, in a way, in the early days of this church. A final fulfillment will happen between now and the return of our King, Jesus Christ.

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Significant Events After August 21, 2017

*Note that so many things have been happening across Earth since the eclipse that I haven’t been able to write them all.

North Korea (NK)

List of North Korean missile tests.

On August 29, 2017 NK launched a missile that flew over Japan before crashing into the Pacific Ocean (this followed three missile tests on the 26th of the month). This missile test exacerbated a situation already dangerously close to war and put added pressure on the Trump administration to put a stop to NK’s belligerence.

On September 2, 2017 the news reported that NK claims to have put a hydrogen bomb on an ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile). “The H-bomb, the explosive power of which is adjustable from tens kiloton to hundreds kiloton, is a multi-functional thermonuclear nuke with great destructive power which can be detonated even at high altitudes for super-powerful EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack according to strategic goals,” Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

On September 3, 2017 NK further escalated tensions by testing a nuclear bomb (NK says it was a hydrogen bomb). It was NK’s most powerful test yet. This comes a day after NK claimed to have put a hydrogen bomb on an ICBM.

On September 14, 2017 NK launched another missile that flew over Japan.

On November 28, 2017 North Korea launched another ballistic missile. The missile potentially reached an altitude of 4,500 km and landed near Japan’s exclusive economic zone. This launch further raised tensions between NK and USA and allies. It is now believed that North Korea has missiles that can reach anywhere in the United States of America.

Hurricane Harvey

Some climatologists are saying that Hurricane Harvey was the worst rainfall event in the country’s history. 77 confirmed fatalities.

Harvey became a Category 4 hurricane late on August 25. Hours later, it made landfall near Rockport, Texas, at peak intensity. Catastrophic inland flooding occurred in the Greater Houston area.

Interesting note: Read JST Luke 21:25. It mentions signs in the sun as well as the sea, waves, and waters of the great deep (in addition to other signs). The eclipse and hurricane Harvey happened 4 days apart. The eclipse was on the 21st and Harvey was on the 25th. The chapter and verse you just read about signs in the sun and the sea, waves, and waters was 21:25. This verse is a prophecy about the generation when the times of the gentiles will be fulfilled near the time of Jesus Christ’s coming. The more I research this season, the more I feel a sense of awe.

Soda Springs Earthquake Swarm in Idaho

On September 2, 2017 earthquakes began near Soda Springs, Idaho. They continue to occur as of this writing (September 19th, 2017). These earthquakes are occurring only about 50 miles from the southern limit of the total solar eclipse that happened on August 21st.

Wildfires – The West Is Burning – “Blood Moons” and Unhealthy Air Across States

Read more: Wildfire Smoke Crosses U.S. On Jet Stream

143 Million Data Breach – Equifax

On September 7, 2017 it was reported that a data breach of Equifax, a top credit-reporting company, potentially exposed the customer names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, and addresses (some reports also saying credit card numbers) of roughly half the US population. The hack took place from mid-May to July. Reports are that  ≈145.5 million people were affected, which is nearly half of the total U.S. population.

Mexico Earthquake

Late in the night on September 7, 2017 an earthquake struck off the coast of Mexico measuring magnitude ≈8.1. Mexico’s president said it was the strongest earthquake recorded in the country in a century. At least 98 people died.

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma – the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin outside the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Tied second place as the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane by wind speed, surpassed only by hurricane Allen in 1980, Irma sustained 185 mph winds for 37 hours, setting a record above Allen, which had sustained 180 mph winds for 18 hours. Hurricane Irma was a Category 5 hurricane for 3 days, which is the longest since we began tracking storms on satellite in 1966.

Irma made landfall at Florida on September 9th and 10th, 2017, making 2017 the first year on record that two hurricanes at Category 4 or higher made US landfall the same year.

Another Mexico Earthquake

On September 19, 2017 a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck about 34 miles south of Puebla city. Buildings collapsed, and 370 people were killed with 6000+ injured. This earthquake comes on the 32nd anniversary of the magnitude 8.0 earthquake that struck Mexico in 1985 and killed thousands of people.

Book of Mormon Manuscript

Many events have been dark since the total solar eclipse. This next one is, as far as I’m concerned, a light in a dark world, and I consider it to be a tender mercy of the Lord. On September 20, 2017 it was announced that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has acquired, through the help of generous donors, the printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon.

Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria made landfall at Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017. “Hurricane Maria was regarded as the worst natural disaster on record in Dominica and caused catastrophic damage and a major humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico . . .”

Idol Worship and False Gods

On September 27, 2017 news broke that Anthony Levandowski (man who built Google’s self-driving car) had created a new religion (established in September of 2015) called “Way to the Future.” Its mission is to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead contribute to the betterment of society.”

Las Vegas (Sin City) Strip Shooting

On the night of October 1, 2017, 40 days after the August eclipse, a shooter opened fire from a room in a hotel. He targeted attendees of a country music festival. With 58 fatalities and 489 injured, it was the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

California Wildfires

Early October, 2017. Among the worst wildfire outbreaks in California history, so far thousands of homes and other buildings have been destroyed, and dozens are dead with hundreds missing. The wildfires may become the most destructive in state history, and they are the deadliest.

A/2017 U1 Comet or Asteroid from Outside Solar System

On October 19, 2017 (the news broke on October 27th), what is believed to be either an asteroid or comet (they don’t know) was discovered by the University of Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS 1 telescope. It appears to be coming from outside our solar system. If so, it’s the first “interstellar object” astronomers have observed and confirmed.

Women’s and Priesthood Session Change

On October 27, 2017 the LDS church announced a change in the general women’s and general priesthood sessions of its general conference, which conference happens once in spring and once in autumn of each year.

Rape and Sexual Assault Allegations – the Weinstein Effect

Beginning in the month of October, 2017, an unprecedented number of high-profile rape and sexual harassment or sexual assault allegations swept the nation leading to the ouster of many men from their positions.

October 31, 2017 Terror Attack

On October 31, 2017 a man driving a truck in New York City ran over a bunch of people, killing 8 and wounding 11 others. The man claimed allegiance to ISIS.

Saudi Arabian Purge

November 4, 2017. Read more here.

November 5, 2017 Church Mass Shooting in Texas

On Nobember 5, 2017 a lone gunman killed 26 and injured at least 20 more when he attacked those attending worship services at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. This was the deadliest mass shooting at a church in American history.

ISIS Threatens LDS Temple in San Diego

A pro-ISIS media group released an image of a burning temple with what seems to be a member of ISIS looking on while holding a weapon, and the bloody words “Coming Soon” at the bottom of the image. Read more here.

More California Wildfires

Beginning December 4, 2017 more wildfires began torching California, making 2017 the most destructive wildfire year on record for California.

President Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

On December 6, 2017 President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. Turkey has called this a red line. Following the recognition, Trump will work to have the American embassy moved to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

USA Government Funded Investigation of Unidentified Flying Objects

News broke on December 16, 2017 of a program that investigated military personnel reports, including footage, of unidentified flying objects that appeared to use technology far advanced compared to any known technology on Earth. See Politico and New York Times articles. This goes hand in hand with the news that broke a few months back about To The Stars Academy.

January 2018 Blizzard

A massive blizzard tracked along the east coast from Florida to New England bringing high winds, snow, and frozen water. Afterwards, the region experience record-breaking low temperatures across the eastern third of the country, with some news outlets claiming the coldest night in the country’s recorded history.

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump Whitehouse

The book, written by Michael Wolff, was published on January 5, 2018. The book, including Steve Bannon quotes found therein, deeply angered the president and increased calls for his removal from office, with some questioning his sanity.

2018 Blue Blood Supermoon

It last happened on March 31, 1866. On January 31, 2018 there was a total lunar eclipse that happened during the second full moon of a calendar month and also when the full moon was near the point of its orbit that brings it closer to Earth. Blood moon, blue moon, and supermoon!

2017-2018 Flu Season one of the worst on record

Dow Jones Drop

The 1st and 2nd largest drop (by points) in Dow Jones history occurred on 2/5 and 2/8 2018. The 8th worst drop in history happened on 2/2. That makes three top-10 drops just this year.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting

The Shooting resulted in the deaths of at least 17 individuals.

Austin Texas Package Explosions

The Austin package explosions were a series of explosions that occurred in Austin, Texas beginning in March, 2018.

LDS Church  Announcements

During the 188th Annual General Conference in April, 2018, President Russel M. Nelson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced two major changes. First, the High Priest groups at the ward level would be discontinued, and ward High Priests and Elders would form a quorum with a united quorum Presidency. Second, the home teaching and visiting teaching programs would be replaced with a program called “Ministering.” Also significant was the announcement that the church would build temples in India and Russia, both firsts.

Syria Chemical Attach and USA Response

In early April of 2018, Syria allegedly killed its own people with chemical weapons. About a week later, the USA, UK, and France united and attacked locations related to Syria’s chemical weapons program with over 100 missiles. Russia has warned of consequences, originally stating they would down the missiles and attack their origination points (planes, ships, etc.). Some missiles were downed, but no allied ships/planes were attacked that we know of. Russia says consequences are on the way. Many worry this will lead to open war with Russia, with Russia media telling Russians to store food and water and supplies in preparation for war. Note that American media has not warned Americans in the same way.

Hawaii Earthquake and Volcano Eruption

Dozens of houses have been destroyed in a volcano eruption that began on May 3, 2018. The second largest earthquake in recorded history in Hawaii (magnitude 6.9) struck on May 4, 2018.

LDS Church Severs Ties with Boy Scouts of America Beginning 2020

Announcement made on May 8, 2018.

Jerusalem Prepares for War

On May 8, 2018, Israel again attacked Iran targets in Syria. On the same day, news opinions grew increasingly strong that Iran would attack Israel after Israel had attacked Iran-related targets in Syria repeatedly in recent months.

5/18/2018

Tragedies. 10 people dead in a Texas school shooting. 110 people dead in a Cuba plane crash.

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American Total Solar Eclipses in the 21st Century

8 total solar eclipses will “touch” the United States of America in the 21st century. Their dates follow:

August 21, 2017
Places the eclipse paths over include the following: Salem, Corvalis, and Baker City, OR; Idaho Falls and Rexburg, ID; Jackson and Casper, WY; Hiawatha, KS; Adam-ondi-Ahman, Haun’s Mill, Far West, Liberty Jail, Independence, Columbia, and about half of St. Louis, MO; Carbondale and Makanda, IL (Little Egypt); Paducah, Hopkinsville, and Bowling Green, KY; Clarksville, Nashville, Spring City, Maryville, and Sweetwater, TN; Clayton and Toccoa, GA; Murphy, Andrews, and Cullowhee, NC; and Greenville, Greenwood, Columbia, and Charleston, SC.

Here is the path of the August 21, 2017 Eclipse:
august 21 2017 total solar eclipse

April 8, 2024
Places the eclipse paths over include the following: part of San Antion Metro area, Austin, Brady, Temple, Waco, Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, and Tyler, TX; Texarkana (Texas and Arkansas), Arkadelphia, Hot Springs, Little Rock, Mountain Home, Jonesboro, and Paragould, AR; West Plains, Polar Bluff, Cape Girardeau, Farmington, and Perryville, MO; Carbondale, Marion, Mt. Vernon, Makanda, Shawnee National Forest, and Effingham, IL; Evansville, Bloomington, Indianapolis, and Richmond, IN; Dayton, Cleveland, Akron, Hiram, and Kirtland, OH; Lake Erie; Erie, PA; Chautauqua, West Seneca (Buffalo area), Niagara Falls, Rochester, Manchester, Palmyra, Hill Cumorah, Irondequoit, Auburn, Syracuse, and Watertown, NY; Lake Ontario; Burlington and Montpelier, Pittsburg, NH; Rangeley, The Forks, Portage Lake, Caribou, and Danforth, ME; and the eclipse then continues through Southeast Canada and into the Atlantic Ocean.

Here is the path of the April 8, 2024 Eclipse:
april 8 2024 total solar eclipse path

August 23, 2044
Places the eclipse paths over include the following: Greenland and Baffin Bay; Canada; Miles City, Plentywood, Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Fork Belknap Reservation, Lewistown, Malta, Great Falls, Blackfeet Indian Reservation, and Chinook, MT; and Belfield, Medora, New Town, and Williston, ND.

Here is the path of the August 23, 2044 Eclipse:
Path of the August 23, 2044 Total Solar Eclipse

August 12, 2045
Places the eclipse paths over include the following: Eureka, Redding, Red Bluff, Mount Shasta, Chico, and Oroville, CA; Reno, Elko, and Wendover, NV; Salt Lake City, Provo, Nephi, Richfield, Price, Moab, and Vernal, UT; Grand Junction, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo, CO (the path’s north limit cuts the Denver Metro area in about half); Dodge City, and Wellington, KS (the path’s north limit includes part of the south edge of the Wichita area); Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK; Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Prescott, Little Rock, and Forrest City, AR; Oxford, Jackson, and Meridian, MS; Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, Enterprise, and Dothan, AL; Panama City, Tallahassee, Gainesville, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Daytona Beach, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami, FL; and probably more than 95% of the Bahamas.

Here is the path of the August 12, 2045 Eclipse:
Path of the August 12, 2045 Total Solar Eclipse

March 30, 2052
Places the eclipse paths over include the following: Brownsville, TX; Gulf of Mexico; Pensacola, Panama City, and Tallahassee, FL; Albany and Savannah, GA; Charleston, SC.

Here is the path of the March 30, 2052 Eclipse:
Path of the March 30, 2052 Total Solar Eclipse

May 11, 2078
Places the eclipse paths over include the following: Brownsville and McAllen, TX; Gulf of Mexico; New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LA; Biloxi, MS; Mobile, Auburn, and Montgomery, AL; Columbus, Macon, Atlanta, Athens, and Augusta, GA; Greenville, Columbia, Sumter, and Florence, SC; Charlotte, Fayetteville, Durham, Raleigh, and Greenville, NC; Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach, VA.

Here is the path of the May 11, 2078 Eclipse:
Path of the May 11, 2078 Total Solar Eclipse

May 1, 2079
Places the eclipse paths over include the following: Princeton; NYC; Long Island; the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts (including Boston) in their entirety; and Portland, Maine. The path continues through Southeast Canada and then paths across Greenland longways before wrapping around and ending a few hundred miles north of the Bering Straight.

Here is the path of the May 1, 2079 Eclipse:
Path of the May 1, 2079 Total Solar Eclipse

September 14, 2099
Places the eclipse paths over include the following: Fargo, ND; Minneapolis, MN; Madison, Milwuaki, and part of Green Bay, WI; Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Ann Arbor, MI (misses Detroit by only a few miles); Columbus, Springfield, and Toledo, OH;  the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Richmond, Fredericksburg, Lynchburg, and the Chesapeake Bay area of Virgina; and Greenville, NC.

Here is the path of the September 14, 2099 Eclipse:
Path of the September 14, 2099 Total Solar Eclipse

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Note that this article is unique in that it is made up of ongoing research. I have added and will continue to add points to it as I discover more relevant information.

To be continued…


Do you know of other significant locations relevant to scriptural and modern prophecy, the early LDS church, Book of Mormon lands, or relevant American history that these eclipses pass over? If so, please send me a message!

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49 thoughts on “Total Solar Eclipse Coincidence?

  1. Steven Spacil

    Care to explain “Numbers that will mean something to only a few”? I see no correlation to church history or even between the numbers themselves. The fact there are the same number of days between eclipses is no real surprise as each year is 365 days and eclipses seem to follow sort of a pattern.

    And although there are many interesting coincidences I believe that’s all they are. Especially after all the buildup and fuss last year about the blood moons and the Second Coming, etc.

    I don’t think these events mean anything in and of themselves, but they may well be a way for Heavenly Father to wake us up, get us to looking at what the future and the Second Coming holds in store for us, and get our acts together. The signs are already detailed in scripture. All we need to do is learn what they are and prepare ourselves as well as we can.

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    1. The Joshua Aaron Blog Post author

      Hi Steven,

      Fair questions. The “numbers” section isn’t tied to church history. Rather, it’s tied to a certain interpretation of a prophecy in The Revelation of St John the Divine.

      I respect your opinion that these may simply be coincidences.

      That said, I do believe strongly that God set the sun, moon, and stars in the heavens for signs and to herald appointments, and that being the case I feel it is certain that things like eclipses, in the right setting and time, are more than mere coincidence. I wonder if I’ve barely scratched the surface of the story these eclipses may yet tell. Regardless of whether or not these eclipses are “signs” of specific events to come, I love what you said about them potentially being useful to wake us up and help us look to Christ. Sign or no sign, we should be looking to Christ.

      One of my greatest anxieties with this article is that people would assume I’m trying to make a specific prediction and that because of that assumption they would close off and miss the beauty. As I’ve tried to make clear, I do not pretend to be an authority on interpreting the signs of the times. This project has been an investigative journey that I invited you all to take with me, and I’ve loved all the feedback I’ve received from contributors and those with questions. I’ve learned much from you all.

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  2. Danielle

    I found it fascinating that as I looked at my star app during the eclipse, the sun and Moon were directly over the star Regulus which is in the constellation Leo. Mercury and Mars were situated right across from each other with the eclipse in-between. I have my own interpretation of this and I can’t help but believe that this event was significant. The idea mentioned in the article about peace being overshadowed connects with my interpretation.

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  3. Tanya

    I believe the moon can affect us in many ways. There have been studies done in this area, but I am not sure how they coinside with eclipses. The moon, especially the full moon, has been linked to higher incidences for emergency rooms, it’s common for people to say “people are acting crazy, is it a full moon?”, the moon obviously affects the tides, animals are affected by it as well. I’d be curious what incidences in humanity rise before and after a Total Solar Eclipse. Besides just WWl and WWll, what other worldly events, or even local events, (good and/or bad more than usual) have taken place in history during those times? I can’t help but think that an event of this magnitude has to be affecting us somehow.

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  4. Daniel Johnson

    Wasn’t the crucifixion on April 6th? If it was, then the resurrection would have been on April 8th, right?

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    1. The Joshua Aaron Blog Post author

      Good question. I don’t know the answer off the top of my head, but if I can hunt it down I will return and comment. I invite anyone else who does know to give us some knowledge! 🙂

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      1. Thaddeus

        1). Christ was crucified in the Spring of the year (just before the Feast of the Passover, late March – early April every year.)
        2). Based on statement in Doctrine and Covenants 20:1, Jesus’ Birth is set at April 6, B.C. 1.
        3). FYI – Nephites change reckoning of time to one based on when the sign was given signifying Jesus’ birth. See Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi 2:5-8.
        4). Nephites state in Book of Mormon, 33 years had passed away, 1st month 4th day of 34th year… April 9, 33 AD.
        5). 3 Nephi 8:2, 5… Terrible Storm, earthquakes, fire, etc. for 3 hours – apparently corresponding to the time Jesus was on the cross; then darkness for 3 days. Therefore, Crucifixion and Death of Jesus the Christ occurred on Friday, April 9, 33 AD – (in the Spring, agreeing with the NT account)
        6). Christ was in the tomb from Friday evening until apparently shortly after dawn – Jerusalem time, Sunday morning _ See Matt: 27:45-50, Matt 28:1-6.
        7). Therefore, the resurrection occurred early on April 11, 33 AD.

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  5. JL

    What archaeological evidence is there that these Book of Mormon places existed?

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    1. The Joshua Aaron Blog Post author

      Spiritual evidence (applying its principles and “tasting of its fruit”) abound. That book is life changing in miraculous ways precisely because its message comes from God through His servants. The church hasn’t taken an official position up to this point about where all the lands of the Book of Mormon are, but we do know for sure (based on Letter VII and the statements of church leaders for over a century) that the Hill Cumorah is in New York. Still, archaeologists pursue various ideas. A big group of them believe the lands of the Book of Mormon are in Central America. I disagree, but I do not dismiss the likelihood that descendants of Lehi and Mulek currently live throughout North and South America and elsewhere in the world. I believe the Nephites and many of the Lamanites lived in the heartland of America, especially near the rivers and lakes, during Book of Mormon times. There is an overwhelming amount of archaeological evidence for a civilization who lived there in the exact time frame the Book of Mormon took place. We know them as the Hopewell. There is also overwhelming evidence of a previous civilization who lived there earlier in the Jaredite time frame. I have no doubt whatsoever that the question of where the Book of Mormon took place is going to be definitively answered before all is said and done, and that answer isn’t going to be, “It’s a fake.”

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  6. johnb

    Looking closer at the intersection satellite you will see Salem Rd. Wow.

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  7. Sherry

    Something interesting I find, you ask people what is the biggest fault line in America and they always say the San Andreas in California. I learned of the New Madrid fault line about six years ago when I started researching fault lines.
    I have recently been doing a lot of research with this up coming eclipse and Sept 23, I am a believer, I believe in God and that he sent his son.
    The beginning of this week I ran across a video of a person showing the path of this up coming eclipse one thing I found very interesting that no one else has talked about in all I’ve read is that the Georgia guide stones are also in the path of this eclipse, I remember a few years ago reading about them but had not remembered everything I read about them so I did more research this week and found something very interesting and that is that when they were placed they were placed astronomically, to me these guide stones are very creepy, they are like some new kind of Ten Commandments that are to me really messed up, anyway I just thought I would add that.
    With every thing I have researched and believe myself my husband and I have our bug out bags ready and tomorrow we will be packing our truck with supplies just in case better to be prepared, I’ve seen maps that indicate that if there was another earthquake on the New Madrid it could split the U S in half and water would appear on the east coast and west coast wiping out land, we live in Maine about and hour and a half from the ocean, I’m not sure what to think will happen, but I know this anything is possible and it’s all in Gods hands.
    I can’t send the map I found of the U S split in half from an earthquake on the New Madrid but all you have to do is google it and you will find it.
    Thank you for taking the time to write your article.
    May God Bless and be with you and your family should anything happen.
    Sherry

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  8. Jen

    Also note that the day after the eclipse begins the Hebrew month of Elul ( for repentance) and exactly 40 days from Aug 21st is Yom Kippur. (The end of repentance and Day of Atonement) Yom Kippur this year is also 7 days from the Sept 23 sign in the heavens.

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  9. Dan

    There was a total solar eclipse on June 16, 1806 (Joseph Smith was 5 months, 24 days old) that had in its path of totality Palmyra, the Susquehanna River, Kirtland, Independence, Adam-ondi-Ahman, Far West, and Nauvoo.

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