Spectacular sights in the heavens in 1772



[Philip Gatch, the second American Circuit Rider tells of this phenomenon, which occurred

close to the time of his conversion. -- DVM]


"In the summer of 1772 there was a strange phenomenon in the heavens. A light appeared to break through the sky in the east, to the appearance of the eye covering a space as large as a common house, varying in its different hues. This light became more frequent and awful in its appearance in the progress of time. Sometimes it would present a sublime aspect. A pillar or cloud of smoke would seem to lie beneath, while frightful flames would appear to rise to a great height, and spread over an extensive space; at other times it would look like streams of blood falling to the earth.

"While God was thus revealing his glory and majesty to the natural eye, there was great outpouring of the Spirit in different parts of the country. Many precious souls were converted; many preachers were reared up who run to and fro; and the knowledge of God was greatly increased in the earth. I could but think there was in the prophecy of Joel an allusion to these times -- chap. ii. Verse 28 -- 'I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy; your old men will dream dreams, your young men shall see visions;' 29, 'And also upon the servants, &c.;' 30, 'And I will show wonders in the heavens, and in the earth blood and fire and pillars of smoke.' "


From: UNUSUAL OCCURRENCES Compiled by Duane V. Maxey