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Lunar and Solar Eclipses of October 2014

As a follow-up to the Blood Moon Eclipse on October 8th 2014, there is a Partial Solar Eclipse on October 23rd. The Blood Moon Eclipse took place on the Feast of Tabernacles, but the solar eclipse is not linked to any Hebrew Feast or holy day during the month. In our latest blog post just prior to the Blood Moon Lunar eclipse, we began our study in Revelation 12 regarding the first wonder” or heavenly sign pertaining to the “Woman [Virgo] clothed with the Sun, with the Moon at her feet,” depicting the signs marking the birth of Christ on September 11th 3BC. Some important added details regarding the October 8th Blood Moon lunar eclipse involves recognition that the Draconid Meteor Showers also took place on October 8th and 9th. Usually, the bright light of the full Moon would make the meteor shower harder for observers to see, but during the Blood Moon lunar eclipse, the bright lunar light is dimmed, making the meteor shower easier to view for those looking to catch a glimpse of some falling stars during the Blood Moon. Also at this time Jupiter is nearing Leo, reminding us of the king planet Jupiter’s triple crowning of Regulus the king star, marking the birth of Christ in 3-2 BC. [read more]

Just to ensure that we notice, not only do we have a Draconid Meteor Shower during the Blood Moon lunar eclipse on October 8th, but the Orionid Meteor shower is also set to occur during the Partial Solar eclipse on the 23rd of the month. To understand the greater significance of the meteor showers during the lunar and solar eclipses in October 0f 2014, we need to reconsider the Draconid Meteor Showers surrounding the birth of Christ from Sept. 9th-12th in 3 BC. This provides deeper insight regarding the 2nd heavenly wonder in Revelation 12:3-5.

September 9th to the 12th 3BC. The Eta-Draconid Meteor Showers, with their radiant in Draco, the Dragon cast down.  The Moon was mid-body with the Sun in Virgo occulting the planet Venus, starting at 11:50 PM.

Revelation 12: 3-5
 3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. 5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

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“And there appeared another wonder in heaven”- “Another” is a Greek word indicating that this wonder was different from the one in Rev. 12:1. As the first heavenly wonder referred to the zodiac sign of the woman Virgo, so this second heavenly wonder was also a Constellation, not a Conjunction of planets, but a Meteor shower originating in Draco. As the Draconid Meteor shower historically began on the 9th of September, there were already meteors falling 2 days prior to the big show on 9-11-3BC. The Constellation
of the  Dragon is the obvious celestial candidate fitting the following details in Revelation 12:

and behold a great red dragon“- Although there are other celestial candidates for this sky dragon, such as Hydra, which also spans a third of the stars of the ecliptic with its massive size, it becomes apparent that Draco is the sign referred to here, due to its position at the North Pole, along with the fact that the star Eta in Draco was the radiant of the Draconid meteor shower. This means that as viewed from the earth, the star Eta-Draconis appears to be the stellar source point where the falling stars originate.

This is the first of 13 occurrences of the Greek word “drakon in the book of Revelation, with the first eight uses of this word here in Rev. 12, [Rev. 12:3,4,7,7,9,13,16,17, Rev. 13:2,4,11, Rev.16:13,20:2]. Biblically, the number 13 symbolizes rebellionas the dragon embodies the idea of spiritual warfare in the heavens. Considering the Biblical details of Revelation 12, the traits of Draco the dragon come to the surface. This Constellation of the dragon, has four stars of the 2nd magnitude, and a star in the tail is Thuban the subtle[Genesis 3:1]. Other 2nd magnitude stars are located in the dragon’s head, first Rastaban meaning the head of the subtle, and 2nd Ethanin, the long serpent, referring to its massive size, that originally enclosed both Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. It is intriguing to notice that the head and tail of the dragon are specifically marked by 2nd magnitude stars of this Constellation.

Isa. 27:1
In that day the Lord with his sore and great strong sword shall punish Leviathan the piercing serpent, even Leviathan that crooked serpent; and He shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.

The Hebrew word for “serpent” in Isa. 27:1 above [nachash] is used twice, in this verse establishing the link between the old serpent of Genesis and “leviathan” [H3882] the piercing serpent, and the crooked serpent. Reference is also made to the dragon [tanniyn] in the sea. The piercing or fleeing serpent is mentioned in Job 26, undoubtedly a reference to the polar constellation of Draco, upon which all the “garnished heavens” turn. We see the direct relation here because the words for leviathan as the crooked serpent in Job 26 are the same Hebrew words as the piercing serpent [nachash] in [Isa. 27:1, Gen. 3:1]

Job 26:13  By his spirit7307 he hath garnished8235 the heavens;8064 his hand3027 hath formed2490 the crooked1281 serpent.5175

The implication here is that the Creator originally beautified the lustrous stars of all the heavens, as part of the body of this great serpent, watching over the celestial pole. As the head of the serpent at the north pole of heaven oversaw the stars of his body through his tail, so his dominion over the angels in the first Heaven and Earth was complete, as he lead the celestial chorus in prasing the One True God, prior to his fall. However, since the celestial canopy of stars was not created until the 4th day of the Creation Week, we find Bible truths disclosured concerning the First Heaven and Earth, when the angels were in their First Estate, lead by Lucifer prior to his rebellion against the Creator.

As we may recall, the dragon’s head and tail came up in our study of the lunar eclipse cycle, [read more] as it was symbolized by the ancients. A point of interest in that study was how the lunar cycle indicated the workings of the serpent’s seed in a situation. As the dragon’s head tells it’s tail what to do, the desires of the dragon, contrary to the purposes of God, are carried out by both the serpent’s seed in the human realm, and in the spirit realm. The graphic of Draco the dragon shown below, winds his way down between the two flocks in the northern skies, with the lower coils of his tail beneath the star Thuban, the archaic pole star. Here Draco, in its first estate formerly lead the heavenly chorus in joyful praise of the true God, now is depicted as the source of division, sedition and destruction between these flocks, now pictured as bears. R.H. Allen notes a key point that for the ancient Chaldeans; “Draco, a much longer Constellation than with us, is seen winding downwards and in front of Ursa Major, and even into later times, clasped both of the bears in its folds… with the title: Arctoe et Draco.1  This is pictured below:

Figure i. “Arctoe et Draco”

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Rev. 12:3-5 [con’t]
and seven crowns upon his head- diadem filament of silk, linen, or something of the like. Used here Rev. 13:1, 19:12.” This indicates the crowning spiritual dominion of Lucifer, pictured as Draco the dragon and the original bright and morning star, [Isa. 14:12] discussed in our study of the first triple union of JupiterSaturn from 7 to 5 BC. [read more] This emphasizes the exercised dominion of the Dragon in the kingdoms of the darkness of this world: [Eph. 1:21-22, 2:2, 6:12].

“And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven;” One aspect of this statement refers to the angels under Lucifer’s direct dominion from the First Heavens and Earth, who revolted against the true God, comprising the evil spirit realm. Another aspect is the actual size of this heavenly sign. As Seiss states regarding Draco, “the Dragon wound about at least one half of the northern sky, his tail alone extending over the territory of the third part of the stars.” 2

 Even as the immanent fall of the Dragon was depicted in the stars with the Draconid Meteor Shower at the time of Christ’s birth, so the demise of the dragon is established as the victorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ is marked in the Blood Moon Lunar and Solar Eclipses of October 2014. The dragon’s fall is mirrored in the meteoric rise to power of God’s only begotten Son, as the signs marking the birth of Christ are seen again in the context of the Blood Moon Tetrad of 2014-2015. The Partial Solar Eclipse on 10-23-14 marked by the Orionid Meteor Shower has a traditional radiant point of Orion’s right hand.

As the Blood Moon Prophecy in Joel 2:31 tells us that “the sun shall be turned to darkness and the Moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes, we know that these blood moons are a precursor to the the Second coming of Christ. As Joel mentions the darkening of the Sun and Moon in reference to Solar and Lunar eclipses together or in close proximity, the heavenly signs of October 2014 should arrest our attention. In this sense the Blood Moon Lunar and Solar eclipses in October 2014 serve as foreshadowing for additional heavenly signs that will occur later during the tribulation period. This record is found in Revelation 6.

Rev. 6:12-13
“And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and lo, there was a great earthquake, and the Sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the Moon became as blood; and the stars of heaven fell to the earth, even as a fig tree casts her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.”

We can see above the mention of stars of heaven falling to the earth, like a meteor shower, in the context of Blood Moon lunar and Solar eclipses, as the same kind of precursor to the prophecies of the return of Christ as seen in Luke, who records the Lord’s warning, followed with the mentioning of the heavenly signs with a parable of the fig tree

Luke 21: 25, 27-33
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars: and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring, 27 And they shall see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift your heads; for your redemption draws nigh. 29 And he spake to them a parable; behold the fig tree and all the treees; 30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know that the Kingdom of God is nigh at hand. 32 Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass away before all be fulfilled.

These verses and the current heavenly signs seem to be showing us that we are in the last generation mentioned above, when all things are fulfilled, and that we would do well to heed these warnings and prepare for that great and glorious day of the Second Coming of Christ!


Footnotes

1. Star Names their Lore and Meaning, R.H. Allen
2. Gospel in the Stars, Joseph Seiss
3. Strong’s Concordance provides Biblical Greek and Hebrew word references

 

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The Heavenly Signs Marking the Birth of Christ


Blood Moon Eclipses Surrounding the Birth of Christ

For those planning to view the Blood Moon Lunar eclipse Wednesday morning 10-8-2014, they have a treat in store for them.  This event takes place at sunrise while the Blood Moon will be setting, providing a very rare opportunity to see the rising Sun and setting Blood Moon in the skies at the same time. This adds spice to an already tasty menu of Blood Moons on Hebrew Feast and holy days, such as tommorrow’s Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot. The events surrounding this Blood Moon Tetrad just get more amazing the closer we approach their conclusion. Why could this be? Perhaps its because when the Almighty spun the stars and planets in their courses, at Creation, He knew the critical significance attached to marking the great appearances of His only begotten Son.

The Creator’s perfect prophetic plan of redemption naturally accounts for all contingencies. This includes not only all aspects of his Written Word being upheld, but also with the full support of the witness of His Creation. As He set the truth of the coming redeemer-Jesus Christ in His Written Word, He also backed these truths with many signs and wonders on earth, and in the heavens. These Heavenly Signs spoke to those with eyes to see, just as loudly as the witness of the Scriptures. Just as this was the case with the first coming of Christ, so it is with his immanent Return. In this light, our examination of the Blood Moon Tetrads takes on added meaning and depth for the end times, since God provided a blueprint of heavenly signs, starting over 2000 years ago, marking the birth of Christ, that provides the keys to our recognition of his Second Coming. We find this Scriptural record in Revelation 12.

Rev. 12:1-2 “Now a great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the Sun with the Moon under her feet, and on her hd a garland of 12 stars. 2 Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.”

Virgo marking the birth of Christ

Virgo Clothed in the Sun with the Moon at her Feet on 9-11-3BC-Tishri 1.

This Scripture gives us the keys to decipher the celestial signs marking the first and second coming of Christ. A sign in the heavens in verse 1, refers to a celestial sign on the path of the Sun, called the ecliptic in the heavens. On this path which the Sun takes through the heavens in its annual course, there is only one sign of the zodiac depicted as a singular woman-Virgo the virgin. Virgo is clothed with the Sun for 20 days every year, which is one of the 12 keys of the “Celestial Prelude” listed below. However the Moon only appears at the feet of Virgo one day each year while she is clothed with the Sun. This was September 11th in 3 BC marking the birth of Christ, [Rev. 12:2].

This heavenly sign will occur again in autumn of 2017, after the Blood Moon Tetrad of 2014-2015 [Joel 2:28-31]. We will take a detailed look at a comparison of these signs in an upcoming study, which this serves as the basis for, but for now let’s continue with the heavenly signs of Christ’s first appearance. The Apostle Peter refers to the return of Christ in his second epistle;

II Peter 1:19 “So we have the prophetic Word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.”

We as Sons of God, don’t have to wait for the return of Christ to stand in his delegated authority to us, because the power of Christ in us, is a spiritual reality in our Christian new birth. As we stand on this authority of the arisen daystar in our hearts; [II Pet. 1:19], all kingdoms of darkness in this world are already under our feet. As we find in the chart below, an aspect of the darkness of the world is symbolized not only in lunar occultations in April of 6 BC, but also the luni-solar eclipses of 7-1 BC. This reveals prophetic patterns that the Heavenly Father wrote into His celestial epistle’s for those with the understanding to decipher and believe the truth of this stellar witness, marking the long awaited return of the promised seed.

Hebrew Zodiac

Hebrew Zodiac Mosaic

The heavenly signs setting the pattern of the birth of Christ, starting at the first Jupiter-Saturn union of 7 BC, set forth specific signposts that the Magi were on the lookout for starting in 3 BC. These preliminary signs from 7-5 BC provided the Magi the blueprints they would need to recognize the heavenly signs identifying the time frame of the birth of Christ. When I first posted this study 10 years ago on our Try-God.com website, it fell in a category I called the “Celestial Prelude,” The fact that the heavenly signs of this dress rehearsal unfolded over a period of 2 years was also a clue of what the Magi could expect, when the curtain actually arose on the celestial pageantry of the birth of Christ. Below is a reprint of the key points that were posted in a “Summary of the Celestial Prelude,” which serves as a good starting point for review, in light of the modern context of the Blood Moon Tetrad of 2014-2015.

As we see in the charts comparing the heavenly signs of 7-5 with those of 3-1 BC, the stellar pattern of conjunctions is strikingly similar. Some points that would have caught the Magi’s attention are as follows:

12 Characteristics of the Celestial Prelude

• Jupiter was clearly marked as “his star.”
• Jupiter was involved in a triple planetary Conjunction.
• Jupiter was involved in a series of planetary conjunctions.
• Jupiter’s retrograde motion would play a key role.
• Jupiter’s triple union was followed by a massing of planets.
• This massing of planets was followed by a Mars Conjunction.
• The Jupiter-Mars Conjunction was followed by a series of lunar occultations, and total “Blood Moon” lunar eclipses.
• This series of conjunctions would last about two years.
• The annual twenty days when the Sun is in Virgo would be a key.
• The September 15th alignment of Jupiter, Saturn the Earth and Sun in 7 BC that occurred in the evening at sunset, directed the Magi’s attention to the end of the 20-day period when Virgo was “clothed with the Sun.”
• The lunar eclipse on September 15th of 5 BC established that the Magi should be watchful of lunar activity during this time. This framed the 42 minute period between Sunset and Moonset on the only day of the year when Virgo “was clothed with the Sun with the Moon under her feet.”
• The September 15th Heliacal Rising of Jupiter and Saturn foreshadowed the Heliacal Setting of the star Spica, between the setting Sun and Moon in Virgo, identifying a key 30-minute period when the birth of Christ took place.

These twelve stellar pointers provided by the Hand of the Heavenly Father left no doubt as to the time of year, the specific day and even the time of day for the Magi to recognize the time frame of the birth of the only begotten Son of God. Since we have this detailed account of the celestial setting marking the birth of Christ, it is fitting that we reconstruct the specifics of the solar and lunar eclipses leading up to the birth of Christ, for comparison with the modern Blood Moon Tetrads for insight. The following chart includes the solar and lunar eclipses, up to and including the Lunar Eclipse marking the death of Herod in Jan. of 1 BC.

Jupiter the King Planet

Jupiter the King Planet

Solar and Lunar Eclipses from 7-1 BC

Lunar Eclipses BC        Solar Eclipses BC    Hebrew Feasts    Planetary Unions BC
4-14-7 Penumbral            4-29-7                                              5-27-7 Jupiter/Saturn
5-13-7 Penumbral            10-23-7                                            9-15-7 Jup-Sat-Earth-Sun aligned   10-8-7 Penumbral            4-18-6 Annular                               10-5-7 Jupiter/Saturn
11-7-7 Penumbral           10-13-6 Total                                   12-1-7 Jupiter/Saturn
4-4-6 Partial                    3-8-5 Partial                                     2-25-6 Jup/Sat/Mars
3-23-5 Total                    4-6-5 Partial                                     3-5-6 Jupiter/Mars
9-15-5 Total                   9-1-5 Partial                                     3-5 Comet/nova
3-13-4 Partial                  10-1-5 Partial                                  3-4 Comet
9-5-4 Partial                     2-15-4 Total                                   5-19-3 Mercury/Saturn
1-31-3 Penumbral          8-21-4 Annular                                  6-12-3 Venus/Saturn
2-27-3 Penumbral          2-15-3 Total    John-Baptist born     8-31-3 Mercury/Venus
3-2-3 Penumbral           8-10-3 Annular                                   9-11-3 Christ’s Birth
8-26-3 Penumbral         Tishri 1           Trumpet Feast            9-14-3 Jupiter/Regulus
9-11-3 JC’s Birth         2-5-2 Hybrid     4/20-27 Passover      2-17-2 Jupiter/Regulus
1-20-2 Partial               7-31-2 Hybrid                                     5-8-2 Jupiter/Regulus
7-17-2 Partial              6-20-1                                                 6-17-2 Jupiter/Venus
1-9-1 Total                  7-19-1   4/8/2 Passover disrupted     8-27-2 Massing: Jup-Venus-Mars-Merc
7-5-1 Total                 12-14-1   Hanukkah-Magi w/ Jesus   12-9-2 Venus/Mars
12-29-1 Partial           12-26-1 Partial

*Solar and Lunar eclipse info is provided from the NASA website on Solar and Lunar eclipses.

The Jupiter-Saturn triple Conjunctions in 7 BC, highlighted by a planetary alignment on Sept. 15th 7BC, initiated a pattern of heavenly signs that reappeared in September of 5 BC with a pair of lunar eclipses. On 9-5-5BC there was a partial Solar eclipse, with a Total Lunar eclipse following 10 days later on 9-15-5BC. These heavenly signs exactly 2 years apart, pointed out to the Magi that they should be on the lookout for heavenly signs marking the birth of Christ, in the next 2-year period in September of 3 BC! Since September marked Hebrew New Year’s Holy day, called Rosh Hashanah starting the sacred seventh month of Tishri, on September 11th 3BC, the Magi would have been on notice with their eyes riveted to the heavens for the signs denoting the coming of the prophesied King of the Jews. As stated in the summary above, the lunar activity in 5BC established that the Magi should be watchful of lunar activity during this time, two years later in 3BC. This framed the 42-minute period between Sunset and Moonset on the only day of the year when Virgo “was clothed with the Sun with the Moon under her feet.” [Rev. 12:1]. This period in mid-September towards the end of the annual 20-day time-frame when the “Sun was clothing Virgo,” was also marked by the first of 3 unions of Jupiter and Regulus in 3-2BC, showing a celestial coronation ceremony where the king star Regulus in Leo, the sign marking the Lion of the Tribe of Judah [Rev. 5:5], was crowned by the king planet Jupiter as a result of Jupiter’s retrograde motion in Leo. [read more] This was a key aspect of the Creator’s singular means of depicting the crowning of His Promised Seed in the heavens.

Leo the Lion of Judah

Leo the Lion of Judah with Regulus

Although there is no overt Blood Moon Tetrad marking the birth of Christ, there is critical lunar activity, without which the Magi would not have fully realized the heavenly signs surrounding Christ’s birth. It is also noteworthy that these specific heavenly signs marking the birth of Christ are framed by four Total lunar eclipses between March of 5 BC and July of 1 BC. In light of the remarkable Blood Moon Tetrad activity involving the history of Israel that would follow over the next 2000 years, this is certainly significant, and may qualify as a preliminary sign to be cognizant of, not only Total lunar eclipses in general, but lunar eclipses in sets of 4 particularly.

With these heavenly signs from 7-1 BC marking the specifics of the Birth of Christ, we should not be surprised to see similar celestial events marking the much awaited and prophesied return of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is in fact what we are seeing in light of ther dual significance of Revelation 12:1-2. The biblical truths of this scripture tell not only of Christ’s birth, but also his second coming, established by similar heavenly signs marking both events. As we are witnessing during the time of writing this study, the Blood Moon Tetrad of 2014-2015, we are on a sharp watch for any heavenly signs that resemble those around his birth, and the signs from the Hand of the Almighty pointed out in the chart above, give us the basis of this search. This in truth serves as a divine check and balance system in Biblical Astronomy, because as we see the blueprints of heavenly signs that told of the first coming of Christ, we will see a racpitualtion of heavenly signs marking his triumphant return.

As far as the next Blood Moon Lunar eclipse is concerned on the Feast of TabernaclesOctober 8th 2014, like the full moons of previous months leading to the Sukkot Blood Moon, known as a Super Moons, due to their position and distance to the earth, they are closer than normally seen. This 2nd Blood Moon in the 2014-2015 Tetrad is characterized by a series Super moons in the previous months capped of by a Sukkot Blood Moon. This is important because as the Blood Moon Tetrad series continues into 2015, the Super Moon will return again, only this time as part of the 4th Blood Moon of the series. Also, this month’s Blood Moon takes place in the constellation Pisces, which is noteworthy, because historically the sign of the fishes symbolized the land of Israel. The fact that the heavenly signs from 7-5 BC almost all occur in Pisces, is interesting because for the Magi, the constellation Pisces symbolizes the House of Jacob, and as they followed the King’s Star Jupiter, it explains why the Magi came to Jerusalem looking for the King of Israel. Pisces is also critical due to the Precession of the Equinoxes, which shifted from the Age of Aries to the Age of Pisces in 7-6BC, marked by the triple union of Jupiter and Saturn during that time.

We trust this article provides some added perspective on the Blood Moon Tetrad, historically and Biblically so we can decipher the signs the heavenly Father laid out in the skies, in His perfect Foreknowledge.

 

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