Today’s total solar eclipse will be the first for 99 years to cross the US from coast to coast. Many fundamentalist Christians see this as a significant warning of the impending apocalypse, the second coming of Christ and the rapture. The “Great American Total Solar Eclipse” as it is called is said to be a warning sign from God, as it allegedly fulfills a Bible prophecy.

Pastor Paul Begley, the host of the Coming Apocalypse radio show, said the eclipse could possibly fulfill a prophecy recorded in the book of Joel. This states: “The sun shall be turned to darkness before the Day of the Lord come.”  Mr Begley said “somebody sounds the trumpet” because the eclipse may mean “we are living in the last days.” Writing for, Gary Ray says the eclipse may mean that 2017 will mark the beginning of the Tribulation, a time the Bible describes as a period of conflict and suffering on a scale never experienced in mankind’s history.  READ MORE