Crucifixion Darkness

Darkness came over all the land for 3 hours when Christ was on the cross. This was not an eclipse but an unexplained event. A total solar eclipse would not last 3 hours. An earthquake also accompanied this darkness. Recently geologic work along the Dead Sea confirmed an extensive earthquake on April 3, 33 AD. The 29 AD eclipse and earthquake were written about by Phlegon of Tralles. It is most likely these are two separate events as the eclipse of 29 AD was in November and could not be associated with the crucifixtion and Passover. The pagan Thallus in his "History of the Eastern Mediterranean," speaks of a darkness event over the world that he attributes to an eclipse during the time of the crucifixion.

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2000 years ago the cross was a Roman symbol of death and terror. Jesus Christ transformed this symbol into a universal sign of God's love, hope and resurrection. Solar eclipse events are recorded in Roman mythology during the conception of Romulus and Remus by the war god Mars and during the foundation of the city of Rome. The solar eclipse to the Romans was a sign from their gods that war was upon the Earth. The solar eclipse symbol of the star/pellet within the crescent on Roman coins and legionary standards was also a sign of their god's approval of Roman domination over conquered lands. Fifteen hundred years later, the "Our Lady of Guadalupe" Icon was presented to the New World as an inverted Roman Legionary Standard. Jesus Christ changed these symbols of Roman domination and slavery into an everlasting sign of God's love and compassion.