"The Omen of the Sun"
The evidence we will deal with in this scenario is something which takes us into the time
that the great multitude finally entered the promised land. Remember the Hittite king,
Suppiluliumas who received the letter from the Egyptian queen? Murshilish, his son, left a
record of an event which occurred in his 10th year- and it is important to establish about when
this event would have occurred.
The reign of Suppiluliumas is known to be in excess of 30 years
and that he came to the throne just before the Exodus. We know that after he died, another son
took the throne for a very short period of time, but died of a plague. The records show that this
first son held the throne less than a year. Therefore, if Suppiluliumas died about 30 years after
the Exodus, his next son died within that same year, and the son writing of this event reigned 9
full years and was in his 10th when it occurred, this would place the time of the event at about
40 years after the Exodus. I know this is getting complicated, but its important to show when the
10th year of Murshilish would have been.
The event of which Murshilish wrote was "an omen of the sun" that was so sinister that
the dowager queen, Tawanna, interpreted it as portending the eminent disaster of the entire royal
house. What was this "omen of the sun"? Scholars want to assign it to being an eclipse, but many
historians deny that possibility. The fact is that these ancient peoples were all well familiar with
eclipses- they possessed the ability to calculate when they were to occur.
There is but one event
which perfectly fits the description of an omen of the sun, sufficiently frightening enough to
cause the queen to view it as an evil omen- an omen that occurred about 40 years after the
Exodus-- and we can read of that event in the Bible:
JOS 10:12 Then spake Joshua to the LORD
in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in
the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.
13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon
their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of
heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
The "long day" of Joshua, soon after they had entered the promised land after 40 years of
wandering, is recorded in the records of the Hittite king, Murshilish!