No special equipment or planning went into producing this 99-second video of the total solar eclipse that displayed its glory on my front yard yesterday (August 21, 2017). I simply mounted my Canon camcorder on a tripod, zoomed it to a medium focal length and let it run for a couple of hours. I had to adjust it about 5 times to keep the sun-moon duo in the frame.
What I saw with my naked eye was a glory that surpassed what you will see in this short video. Nonetheless, I felt that this was worthy of sharing--to the glory of the One who designed the sun to measure 400 times wider than the moon, and to be 400 times farther from the earth than the moon, thus making these two heavenly bodies appear to be the same size in our sky. Astronomers are able to predict eclipses because the earth and moon have predictable orbits. Some call this and the universe's trillions of other marvels "cosmic chance", but intuition and logic teach us otherwise.
To meet the One who made it all, watch: http://king-of-glory.com
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The total solar eclipse gave me a MINIMALIST GLIMPSE of what the glory of God is like (read Exodus 24:15-17; 33:17-23; Matthew 17:1-8). I say, "minimalist glimpse" because the Scripture describes the glory of the Lord as "brighter than the sun" (Acts 26:13). On Mount Sinai, God told Moses, "You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live." You can read (Exodus 33:17-23) how God gave Moses a glimpse of His glory, but only a glimpse. That's all Moses could handle, "for the the LORD your God is a devouring fire!" (Deuteronomy 4:24, Hebrews 12:29). The prophet Job, in the same chapter where he describes our Creator as the One who "hangs the earth on nothing" (Job 26:7), writes, "Behold, these (amazing elements in His creation) are the fringes of His ways..." (Job 26:14)
Since this total solar eclipse, I heard many say that it was the most awesome thing they have ever seen. Indeed, it was awesome! But if we don't know (or want to know) the One who designed and sustains it (see Hebrews 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-17), then we are missing out on the Glorious Person who designed this event to give us a glimpse of His glory. What is most awesome is that He invites us to live in His presence and enjoy His glory and goodness forever (Read 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; 1 Peter 1:3-9; 2:21-25; 5:6-11). But it is impossible for a sinner to dwell in His holy, blazing presence--unless so equipped (Colossians 1:12-14). To find out what God has done to make it possible to live with Him forever, watch the movie that summarizes the Creator's story and message: KING of GLORY. In many languages. For all ages.
-- P. D. Bramsen