The pictures were taken over the Persian Gulf from the nation of Qatar by photographer, Elias Chasiotis, last week. The optical illusion was created by a solar eclipse over the ocean, which created a light-bending mirage. Some are weirded out by the photos and combined with news of geopolitical trouble in Iraq and Iran, consider it a harbinger of doom.
The photographs were first broadly circulated in the U.K. publication, The Sun.
However, the image of “devil horns” was ruined only moments later, when the image became a beautiful red crescent.
Although charismatic Christians are sure to interpret the so-called “evil sunrise” as ominous, omen-interpretation is actually forbidden in the Scripture and is a sign of false superstition rather than true religion.
There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead (Deuteronomy 10:8-12).