Readers, I wanted to share with you this story from our brother Jim, one of the leaders on our Discussion Board. Jim is from South Carolina and this is his account of some interesting prophetic connections made with his state, which happens to be the terminus of the August 21st total solar eclipse.
by Jim Davis
Two islands stand at the eastern edge of South Carolina, guarding the harbor of the city of Charleston, one of the oldest colonial cities on the eastern seaboard. Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms were the site of many historical events, including battles during the American Revolution and Civil War. South Carolina’s state flag came about because of events that occurred on and near these two islands.
In regards to the flag, Wikipedia says:
In 1775 Colonel William Moultrie was asked by the “Revolutionary Council of Safety” to design a flag for the South Carolina troops. In his memoirs, Colonel Wiliam Moultrie tells us: “A little time after we were in possession of Fort Johnson, it was thought necessary to have a flag for the purpose of signals: (as there was no national or state flag at that time) I was desired by the council of safety to have one made, upon which, as the state troops were clothed in blue, and the fort was garrisoned by the first and second regiments, who wore a silver crescent on the front of their caps; I had a large blue flag made with a crescent in the dexter corner, to be in uniform with the troops …”In the 16-hour battle on June 28, 1776, the flag was shot down, but Sergeant William Jasper ran out into the open, raising it and rallying the troops until it could be mounted again”. This gesture was so heroic, saving Charleston, South Carolina, from conquest for four years, that the flag came to be the symbol of the Revolution, and liberty, in the state and the new nation.
The palmetto tree, a type of palm, was added to the flag later but referred to the palm tree trunks used to construct the hastily made fortifications used to defend the island from the British fleet. The palmetto logs, overlaid with tons of sand, withstood the barrage of the British cannons in an embarrassing defeat for the Royal Navy.
Two years ago, in the summer of 2015, my family and I were in a rather rough spot. We had a lot of health and financial needs at the time. My wife, who by that time could be considered semi-disabled, was expecting our 7th child. I had lost my privately-owned business a year earlier and we had lived off the liquidation of its assets, and our tax refund, and a few odd jobs, until I was able to get a full-time job as a security guard. The job was one of the few things I could do with the back injuries I had sustained. With the new baby on the way, we needed another vehicle with nine seats instead of eight. We had some unexpected bills come up, and we also had some other difficult needs arise regarding our home and property. My work shift included two back-to-back 8-hour shifts on Sunday, making me miss church completely. I also worked Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, 8-hours each, so I missed prayer meeting as well. Except for rare instances where I was able to swap a shift with someone, I was not able to attend church. We did meet with friends for Bible study on Saturday nights.
I began reading my Bible during slow times at work. I trusted Jesus as my savior when I was five years old, and had had ups and downs in my walk with Him ever since. This was one of those down times.
One evening, at work, as I stepped out onto the back balcony of the building, I saw two bright planets near each other in the sky—Jupiter and Venus. Recent events had rocked South Carolina. On June 17, there was a mass murder in Charleston, at the opposite end of the state from where I live. Nine people were mowed down in cold blood in a prayer meeting service by a young man who evidently had a vendetta against blacks. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charleston_church_shooting With rioting going on elsewhere in the nation, I felt a cold foreboding that the United States was in for trouble. I wondered if the two planets being close together could possibly have any heavenly connection with current events. (Click to Site)