Eclipsing

the
Son
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2 Peter 1:16-18 The Message

We weren’t, you know, just wishing on a star when we laid
the facts out before you regarding the powerful return of our
Master, Jesus Christ. We were there for the preview!

We saw it with our own eyes: Jesus resplendent with light
from God the Father as the voice of Majestic Glory spoke:
“This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of all my delight.”

We were there on the holy mountain with him. We heard the
voice out of heaven with our very own ears.
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Revelation 1:12-16 (NIV)
I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me.
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And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13and
among the lampstands was someone like a son of man,
dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a
golden sash around his chest.
The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as
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snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15His feet were like
bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the
sound of rushing waters. 16In his right hand he held seven
stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-
edged sword.
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His face was like
the sun shining
in all its
brilliance.

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Our closest
star
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Space Station 1
If the beach ball represents the
size of the Sun, how large would
our Earth be?

Answer A – a peppercorn
Jupiter
Saturn

Neptune

Uranus Earth

L“Planets2013” by WP is licensed under (CC BY-SA 3.0) 14
Sun
Saturn
Jupiter

Planets and sun size comparison” by Lsmpascal is licensed under (CC BY-SA 3.0) 15
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Space Station
Humankind use 15 Terawatts of energy
each year!
How does this compare to the energy from
sunlight that bathes our Earth over the
same time period?

Answer C: More than 10 times
Solar radiation is estimated to be
about 300,000 Terawatts per year.
Over 20,000 times more that Earth’s
annual energy consumption.

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His face was like the sun
shining in all its brilliance.

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Space Station 33
Space Station
Do you think there are more stars
or less stars in our Milky Way
Galaxy than grains of sand in this
jar?

Answer : “More”.
Maths geek time!

20 grains per cm gives 8000 grains per cm3

Number of grains in bowl = 16 million!

Number of stars in Milky Way = 100 Billion stars
= 1011 stars
= 100000000000 stars!

Number of star in the Universe = 1024 stars
= 1000000000000000000000000 stars
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Psalm 19 v 1-6 (The Message)

God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit
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across the horizon. Madame Day holds classes every
morning, Professor Night lectures each evening.

Their words aren’t heard, their voices aren’t recorded,
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But their silence fills the earth: unspoken truth is spoken
everywhere.

God makes a huge dome for the sun—a superdome!
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The morning sun’s a new husband leaping from his
honeymoon bed, the day-breaking sun an athlete racing to
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Psalm 19 v 1-6 (The Message)

6That’s how God’s Word vaults across the
skies from sunrise to sunset, melting ice,
scorching deserts, warming hearts to faith.

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Space Station 44
Space Station
How often do you think you can
see a total eclipse of the Sun
somewhere on Planet Earth?

Answer B – 18 months
Carbondale,
Illinois

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Space Station 55
Space Station
When do you think we will next
see a total solar eclipse in
England?

Answer C: September 2090
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John 3:19-21 (NIV)
19This is the verdict: light has come into the world,
but people loved darkness instead of light because
their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil
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hates the light, and will not come into the light for
fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever
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lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may
be seen plainly that what they have done has been
done in the sight of God.

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John 8:12 (NIV)
When Jesus spoke again to the people,
He said,
“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will
never walk in darkness, but
will have the light of life.”

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Never look directly at
the Sun.

You will damage your eyes.

Wear protective glasses.
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His face was like the sun
shining in all its brilliance.

When I saw Him, I fell at
his feet as though dead.
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