“Therefore, there shall be one day and a night and a day, as if it were one day and there were no night; and this shall be unto you for a sign;
for ye shall know of the rising of the sun and also of its setting; therefore they shall know of a surety that there shall be two days and a night;
nevertheless the night shall not be darkened; and it shall be the night before he is born.”
There are signs all around us that testify of Christ. But this is a very specific sign given to thousands of people IF they will but listen. There will be no mistaking it when this happens. They will see the sun set but it will remain as light as day all night long. This will signify that Jesus will be born the next day. These people are an ocean away from where this blessed event will occur. How will Christ’s birth affect them? They will not be able to jump on their camel and follow the new star to find the Christ-child. I imagine that this prophecy, like any others, was intended to help the people “watch” for the sign. While watching for that, specific, sign the faithful might have noticed a lot of other signs too. Many previous prophets spoke of His birth in humble circumstances. The more we study the scriptures and listen to the prophets (old and new) the easier it is to recognize the subtle signs. Isn’t there a scripture that says it is a “wicked generation” who “seeks after a sign”? I think that refers to people who are ignoring the many “signs” that testify of Christ that are all around us everyday. If we are looking for something dramatic or spectacular to increase our faith, the increase may last only as long as the event did. If we have faith in Christ, and believe what He has said, that is the greatest peace we can feel. If you’ve ever been through a difficult trial and were able to feel the Savior’s love, that is an incredible miracle. Faith doesn’t usually burst open with one event; although sometimes an event can instigate the beginning of it. But it needs to be nourished to grow and increase and last. Faith precedes the miracle.