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 fulfils a Bible prophecy.
Pastor Paul Begley, host of the Coming Apocalypse radio show, said the eclipse could possibly fulfil 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 sound the trumpet” because the eclipse may mean “we are living in the last days.”
Writing for Unsealed.org, 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.
He said that another solar eclipse in seven years will slash across the US in the opposite direction from Texas to Maine, making an eclipse X over northern America.
Scott Clarke of ERF Ministries believes the eclipse is intimately connected to a September 23 astronomical alignment.
He says it involves the constellations Virgo and Leo, along with Mercury, Mars, Venus and Jupiter.
On that date, Jupiter will exit the lower part of Virgo (the virgin) in a way that Clarke says fulfils the “man child” of Revelation 12 being birthed by the woman.
He says Regulus and the other stars of Leo—along with the other three visible planets—comprise the “crown of twelve stars” that Revelation 12:1 says will be upon the travailing woman’s head.
“You’ve got this epic solar eclipse over America,” he says, “and it’s happening right at Regulus, in Leo the Lion—the constellation. There are twelve constellations. It could happen anywhere, but it’s happening in the constellation of the king, meaning the return of the king!”
Not everyone is convinced the prophecy has properly been decoded though.
Jeremiah Jacques wrote on Thetrumpet.com: “It’s not just sky-watchers who are stirred up about this cosmic occurrence.
“This eclipse also has numerous religious commentators claiming that it’s a sign from God showing that the last days—prophesied in the Bible—are now upon on us.
“Millions of religiously minded Internet users have viewed the videos and read the articles on these topics, and a great percentage of them appear to be totally convinced that these events are of prophetic significance.”
“This spate of doomsday predictions surrounding the August 21 eclipse are only the latest round of attempts by men and women to interpret Bible prophecy.
“For untold centuries, individuals have endeavoured to predict the future by reading their own meaning into Bible scriptures—but with an abysmal track record.”