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Biblical Astronomy of the Birth of Christ

As we enter the late fall and winter months of November 2018, it will be fruitful to reconsider in greater detail the signs of the Celestial Prelude that led the Magi to Jerusalem, Bethlehem and the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. I have proposed that the triple union of Jupiter-Saturn in 7 BC was not the actual signs marking the birth of Christ, as many have contended, but a Prelude to help the Magi recognize the triple union of Jupiter-Regulus in 3-2 BC, as the genuine heavenly signs surrounding the birth of Christ. Others as we will see, hold that Christ was born in 5 or 4 BC.

Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction

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It is easy to see why this Jupiter-Saturn union could be mistaken for the celestial markings of the actual birth of Christ. Its understandable when we recall that much of this tradition was based on the teachings of the Prophet Daniel, who was made the master of the Magi, and the stargazers by King Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon, [Dan. 5:11]. He continued to preside over this august group in the reign of Darius I, [Dan. 6:1-3] when the Persians took control of the Babylonian empire. Daniel’s influence on the genuine sect of the Magi, not the Magicians who followed the perverted occult path into Astrology, was notable representing a key aspect of the astronomical doctrines of these Gentile scientists, especially regarding the widely held belief in the general sign marking the coming of the Messiah during this period in history. Obviously the Magi were aware of the truths of the Celestial Gospel concerning the coming redeemer, since it was their unrivaled expertise in Astronomy that led them to Jerusalem in the first place. As Matt. 2:3 tells us, their reputation clearly preceded them as Herodand all Jerusalem was troubled at their appearance. Herod seems to hold the Magi’s opinion regarding the star that lead them to Jerusalem, above the belief of his own scribes and chief priests, which is evident in the secret meeting he arranged with the Magi in Matt. 2:7.

The activity in the first Chart below compares the signs of 7-4 BC, ahead of the signs that began the following year in the 2nd Chart. Previously our focus mainly concerned the triple planetary union of Jupiter-Saturn in 7 BC, in comparison with the triple planetary Conjunction of Jupiter and Regulus 4 years later. In this study we will focus more on the intervening period of celestial signs in 6-4 BC, providing more detail leading to the birth of Christ. We will add details on some other signs like the two Blood Moons in 5 BC, to more fully sketch out and establish this comparison. What gets our attention with these Blood Moons is not only do they take place in the Spring and Fall Seasons of the Hebrew Calendar, but the March 23rd Blood Moon Total Lunar eclipse falls on the evening of Passover on March 22nd opening the date of the 23rd on this calendar starting the week of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Also in the Fall of that year, a 2nd Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse, occurred opening the week of Hebrew Feast of Tabernacles, Sept. 15th. This was preceded by a Partial Solar Eclipse the evening of Sept. 1st that started the Feast of Trumpets on the 2nd of September, giving us a triad of Luni-Solar Eclipses on Hebrew Feast and holy days in 5 BC, also marked by Nova Capricornus, a notable set of Celestial Pageantry leading to Christ’s birth to be sure.

The Celestial Prelude of 7 to 4 BC

BC Dates Conjunction of Planets Constellation
May 27th, 7 Jupiter-Saturn Pisces
Sept. 15th, 7 Jupiter, Saturn; [ring cycle], Sun & Earth aligned. Pisces
Oct. 5th, 7 Jupiter-Saturn Pisces
Dec. 1st , 7 Jupiter-Saturn Pisces
Feb. 25th 6 Triangular massing of Jupiter, Saturn & Mars Pisces
Mar. 5th , 6 Jupiter-Mars Pisces
Mar. 23rd, 5
Total Lunar Eclipse [Unleavened Bread Feast]
Virgo   Total eclipse
April 15-20, 6 Lunar occultation Series
March 23rd  5 Nova Capricorn
Sept. 1st, 5
Partial Solar Eclipse [Feast of  Trumpets]
  Total eclipse
Sept. 15th, 5
Total Lunar Eclipse [Tabernacles Feast Week]
Pisces   Total eclipse
April 4 BC Nova Aquila

In March, 5 BC, and according to some records again in April, 4 BC, a Comet with no tail, or a Nova, appeared first in Capricorn, the sign of Christ the coming Sacrifice, and later in Aquila the Eagle, a decan of Capricorn and enemy of the Serpent. The Pisces conjunctions of 7/6 BC would have directed the Magi’s attention toward Jerusalem, but this unique Nova in Capricorn two years later, during the feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread marked by Blood Moons may also have confirmed for the Magi the General Sign of the Celestial Prelude, seen in what E.W. Bullinger uncovered below. He references the popular belief regarding this general sign that was visible in and before the first century: “a traditional prophecy well known in the East, carefully preserved and handed down, that a new star would appear in this sign [Coma] when he whom it foretold, would be born.” 1  This tradition was at least partially based on Balaam’s declaration in Numbers 24, telling us that Balaam’s prophecy holds for us, at least a twofold import.

Numbers 24:17

17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.4

   First, Balaam’s revelation refers to the advent of Christ the King, the ascendant bright and Morning Star, who came forth out of Jacob’s genealogical line. This genealogical line was marked astronomically by the similarity in the Jupiter-Saturn triple conjunctions surrounding both the births of Abram and Christ. Secondly, there is a celestial double meaning in the phrase: Star out of Jacob, with connotations for both the general and specific aspects of our Celestial Prelude. The new star, or supernova in the head of the infant in Coma, visible over 200 years, before 7 BC, was the general sign, the Star out of Jacob, that prepared the Magi to watch for specific aspects of the second part of the Celestial Prelude, including the JupiterSaturn triple unions of 7 BC in Pisces. We find this 2nd aspect of Balaam’s prophecy relating to the scepter, symbolic of the reign of the king planet-Jupiter.

As we progress in our study it becomes plain that Jupiter was the planet the Magi referred to as “his Star” in Matthew 2:2. The Magi noted the triple union of Jupiter and Saturn, that gave them a blueprint for the actual signs marking Christ’s birth, 4 years later. A Jupiter-Venus sign in August of 3 BC motivated them to begin their caravan to Jerusalem. Both of these aspects of the General and Specific celestial signs marking the birth of Christ are covered in more detail in the study on “The Stars Over Bethlehem, showing what the Magi observed in the skies overhead at the Messiah’s birth, both in Virgo and Coma.

They reached Judea years before the death of Herod, Jan. 9th, 1 BC marked by a Blood Moon, not to be confused with the Blood Moons of the 5 BC on Spring Passover, or during the fall feast of Tabernacles coinciding with Nova Capricornus. Over the last 18 years, when I first proposed the idea of a “Celestial Prelude,” and published it on [www.try-god.com], I have not been aware of any similar proposed theories that have come to the surface. There are however, some folks that have arrived at different conclusions from the same data. I recently came across some research by Jonathan Gray that falls into this category. Gray documents the history of what I have referred to as the General Sign of the Celestial Prelude in his book; “The Sting of the Scorpion,” where he states;

“FACT 9: Both Gentile and Jewish peoples preserved an ancient prophecy that in the period in which the Promised One should be born, there would appear a very bright star in the sky (22/161). This new star was to appear in the sign of the Virgin (5/36-37). A new and peculiar star did make its appearance in the period immediately preceding Jesus’ birth; it was so bright as to be visible even in the day time; and it continued in the sky during the whole period of Jesus’ lifetime, and for a period thereafter (22/161-163). It was in the first decan of Virgo, namely Coma, the sign of the Infant accompanying the Virgin, and it marked the very head of that Infant. The calculations on these remarkable incidents in the sky are recorded in ancient Mesopotamian and Chinese documents (10/239-247). They have been repeatedly re-examined by noted astronomers and pronounced to be correct. The facts thus stand attested by the best science. There can be no doubt that the conjunctions all in the sign of Pisces, along with the new star in the Virgin and Child (Coma) indicated that the One now born could be none other than the divine-human Seed of the woman. Is it any wonder that the Magi, as they approached Jerusalem, grew excited? That they were soon to see the illustrious Virgin-born Deliverer of the world, whom the zodiac and all sacred writings had been proclaiming from remotest antiquity, they had no longer the least shadow of a doubt. For long ages the world had awaited him. The time was now.” 2

Gray attests to the same historical evidence I first documented in the late 90’s regarding the “Coma Supernova,” but arrives at different conclusions regarding the birth of Christ due to his belief that Herod died in 4 BC. We find evidence for his belief towards the end of the next quote from Gray.

Figure 1. Coma the first Decan of Virgo from the Dendera Zodiac

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Regarding the Magi, Gray says;

“We cannot doubt that they were following some written or traditional prediction, a prediction referring to some general warning that was to be followed by a definite sign. It is clear that this warning had occurred two years previously, and it was this warning that caused the Magi to look for his sign, “his star in the East” (Matt. 2:2). So it was that these wise men from the East came asking for a newborn king and saying that they had seen his star in the East. Herod, the Roman-appointed puppet king, was nervous about the possible usurper of his throne and “inquired… what time the star appeared” (v. 7). The visitors must have informed him concerning the conjunctions and the associated omens. The jealous despot sent his murderers to Bethlehem to butcher an estimated twenty unweaned male infants living there. He was playing it safe. An attestation of the slaughter of the Bethlehem babies comes from Augustus Caesar (Macrobius, Saturnalia, lib.2, ch. 4). It is mentioned by Pascal (Pensees, 753 in the Penquin edition). Perhaps by this action Herod felt secure. Fat chance: within months, he was dead – and so lost the throne anyway! As for the star, some may regard it as entirely mythical, some as miraculous*, but it is also possible to suppose and inquire after an actual celestial phenomenon back of the account.” 3

Some of the varied conclusions Gray holds are based on a common error in this field, that Herod died in 4 BC as opposed to the much more likely date of  Jan. 1 BC, where Dr. Ernest Martin, shows that this eclipse is the only one that meets all the evidence required by Josephus and others, [Askelm.org]. 4  This error of linking the March 13, 4 BC Blood Moon to Herod’s death is a major determinant of his thesis of a 4 BC birth of Christ. The signs Gray notes in 5-4 BC are thus designed to support the birth of Christ during this time, but he is not alone in this false assumption. Yet this date is too early for the birth of Christ to fit with other aspects of the Biblical timeline of Christ’s ministry. The “general warning” Gray refers to above, that the Magi followed to a “definite sign” appears to be the Jupiter-Saturn triple union two years prior. So he considers this triple union of planets as a general warning pointing to the Nova Capricornus that followed also in Pisces. As Gray points out; “at the precise hour of midnight in the third week of September 5 BC, the sign of PISCES (everywhere regarded as a sign of the people of Israel), witnessed this constellation reaching its zenith on the meridian above Bethlehem, the prophesied birth-place of the coming Messiah.” 5 Gray also states earlier in the same year both Virgo and Coma were rising on the eastern horizon, seen from Jerusalem.

Figure 2. Jupiter-Saturn Triple union in Pisces. 6

Triple conjunction

Gray correctly points out the regular annual period when the Sun is clothing Virgo [Rev. 12:1-2] but makes no reference to the Moon being at the Virgin’s feet… 6 “It is a further ASTRONOMICAL Truth that on this date the SUN stood in Virgo (regarded the sign of the Virgin mother from whom the divine-human Redeemer was to be born. 16 David’s prophecy (2 Sam. 23:4) “And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the SUN riseth,” is explained in the Jewish Midrash on this passage (par. 29, ed, Lemberg, p 56b, lines 7-9 from the top) as applying to the appearance of the Messiah (9/30). He is also termed the SUN of Righteousness and the LIGHT of the world (Mal. 4:2; John 8:12). So now, at the appointed time, the SUN stands in the VIRGIN.” 7

Gray recognizes the Sun’s annual trek through Virgo but leaves out the Moon, so his evidence falls short of the events describing the birth of Christ at this earlier time, which IS however fulfilled 2 years later. Gray’s general timeline is correct, which is described in his next reference below, but like many others not all the details fit.

“The Herodians knew that the time for the appearance of Messiah was at hand. The general expectation of the Jews as the time for Messiah’s appearance had arrived. Hence the Jews sent priests and Levites to John the Baptist, to ask him, Who are you? “And he confessed… I am not Messiah.” Then when Jesus himself appeared, many said, “This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world” (Jn. 1:19, 20; 6:14; 7:40, 41). John the Baptist understood the chronology of Daniel’s prophecy and made it one of the bases of his appeal, “Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 3:2).” 8

Gray’s incomplete timeline of events marking the birth of Christ omits key details that allow us to separate truth from error. But the information he supplies is not without value if applied to the genuine timeline of Christ’s birth. Below Gray refers to a general time-frame of the Messiah’s return based on teachings from the Talmud– “The School of Prophets,” headed by Elijah.

“THE JEWISH EXPECTATION: “HE’S DUE” There cannot be the slightest doubt that the portents announcing the birth of Jesus were understood by the rabbis (see page 23). But, more than that, they had the amazing prophecy of Daniel. Early Jewish documents such as the Septuagint (LXX) translation (285-246 B.C.) and the Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs (c. 100 B.C.) interpret Daniel’s time prophecy (ch. 9:24-27) as referring to the Messiah (12/824-825; 13/47). Indeed, whether Essene, Hellenistic, Pharisaic or Zealot, “the most usual interpretations [of Dan.9:24-27] of Judaism until after 70 AD… were of the Messianic kind” (3/521). Notice this statement in the Talmud: The Tanna debe Eliyyehu [School of Elijah] teaches:

The world is to exist six thousand years. In the first two thousand there was desolation; for two thousand years the Torah flourished; and the next two thousand years is the Messianic era” (Talmud Sanhedrin, 97a, Vol.2, p.657).” 9

c. 4000 BC                   Abraham                             Messiah                          The End

| c.2000 yrs | ______c. 2000 yrs ______ | ____ c. 2000 yrs _____ |
The Desolation Era      Hebrew Torah Era             Messianic (Christ) Era

We can see the relevance of this history in light of the consistency between the signs surrounding both the births of Abraham & Moses, leading to Christ. Aspects of the Hebrew Faith were based on ancient traditions going back to the birth of Moses and Abraham, because it was believed the birth of Moses was also marked by a triple union of Jupiter and Saturn. We have detailed the signs surrounding these triple unions marking the births of Abraham and Moses for this very reason. These triple unions of Jupiter and Saturn would be a prophecy from deep antiquity that the Piscean Age would bring forth God’s eternal purpose in the revelation and personal presence of Jesus Christ, the promised seed of the woman. In the following reference to Jupiter-Saturn triple unions related to the birth of Moses, R.H. Allen has probably isolated at least part of the quote by Abrabanel referenced by Kepler:

“The Rabbis held a tradition, recorded by Abrabanel in the 15th Century, that a similar Conjunction took place three years previous to the birth of Moses, and they anticipated another at their Messiah’s advent.”10 [emphasis mine]

With this in mind, plus the fact that Moses was a forerunner of Jesus [Acts 3:22ff], it is worth noting that in the three years following the triple union of Jupiter and Saturn, and the Triangular massing of planets in February of 6 BC, Jesus Christ was born.  Even so, the triple union of Jupiter and Saturn in Taurus starting in the summer of 1536 BC, was the prelude to the birth of Moses. Perhaps the highest compliment we can pay the Magi is that they were genuine Gentile believers who sought for, and accurately anticipated the first coming of Jesus Christ, according to the ancient science learned from Daniel and the Astronomy they applied from their own traditions of Zoroastrianism. As Matthew 2:10 states; they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. The exceeding greatness of their joy, however was not founded upon their sighting of “his star” only, but on both the General and Specific signs of this Celestial Prelude, and all that Jupiter represented regarding the first coming of Jesus Christ the promised seed written in the stars. The roots of their knowledge of the Promised Seed trace to the monotheistic teachings of Zoroaster. A second man of the same name was said to have coexisted with Daniel in the reign of “Darius the Mede” in the 5th – 6th Centuries. We find a reason for their joy, in Rolleston’s quoting of Abulfaragius below:

Zeradusht {Zoroaster} taught the Persians that in the latter times a virgin should bring forth a son, and that when he should be born a star should appear, and should shine and be conspicuous in the midst of the figure of the virgin. It is then said that he commanded his disciples, the Magi, when they should see the star, that they should go forth where it directed them, and offer gifts to him that should be born.”11 (emphasis mine)

This confirms what we have already seen in Zoroastrian writings concerning the coming of the promised seed. The Magi would certainly have been joyfully awestruck when they realized the dual witness of the supernova in Coma, along with “his star,” the king planet Jupiter at rest in the mid-section of Virgo, on their way to Bethlehem, fulfilling the prophecy written in the stars, and established by their teachers, Zoroaster and the prophet Daniel. A graphic rendition of this is found in our banner at the top of this blog post. It shows both the general sign of the Celestial Prelude next to the specific sign of Jupiter in Virgo, directly over Bethlehem, as the Magi testified to the Creator’s precision, with the Rhythms of His celestial cycles in perfect harmony, bringing the Magi to their appointed destiny as witnesses of His purpose of the ages, the foretold arrival of the redeemer of Mankind.

The Nova’s in Capricorn and Aquila would have drawn the Magi’s attention to the General Sign of the Celestial Prelude, the Supernova in the head of the infant in his mother’s lap in Figure 1. Capricorn emphasized the perfect Sacrifice of our Lord and Savior laying down his life for the salvation of all mankind.

The Celestial Signs of 3 BC to 1 BC

May 19th, 3 BC Mercury-Saturn Taurus
June 12th, 3 BC Venus-Saturn Taurus
Aug. 31st, 3 BC Jupiter-Venus Leo
Sept. 9-12, 3BC Eta-Draconid Meteor Showers Draco
Sept. 14th, 3 BC Jupiter-Regulus Leo
Feb. 17th, 2 BC Jupiter-Regulus Leo
March 31st, 2 BC Triangular massing of Venus, Mars & Saturn Taurus
May 8th, 2 BC Jupiter-Regulus Leo
June 17th, 2 BC Jupiter-Venus Leo
Aug. 27th, 2 BC massing of planets Jupiter, Venus, Mars & Mercury Leo
Aug. 28th, 2 BC Alignment of Jupiter, Venus & Mars, Sun & Moon. Leo
Dec. 9th, 2 BC Venus-Mars Scorpius
Dec. 25th, 2 BC “Star of Bethlehem” Virgo
Jan. 9th, 1 BC. Total Lunar Eclipse Gemini-Death of Herod
Aug. 21st, 1 BC Jupiter-Venus Virgo


The Coma supernova set the stage for the triple union of Jupiter-Saturn in 7 BC leading to the birth of Christ. This union in Pisces also marked a transition in the ages of the precession of the equinoxes, from the Age of Aries to the Age of Pisces. This was not only the case in ancient Israel but the world-views of many ancient cultures including, Sumeria, Babylon, Egypt, Persia and the Meso-Americas., all held similar views. According to this pattern, Jupiter-Saturn triple unions occur in Pisces only once every 800 years, exhibiting how this series subdivides the precession, that totals a period of about 25,000 years. Since every 30 cycles of Jupiter-Saturn triple unions in Pisces totals a period of 24,000 years, this period is near enough to the full cycle of precession, to warrant our attention. This new Precessional Age was highlighted because for the prior 2160 years, Aries was the sign wherein the Sunrise occurred on the Spring equinox. The Triple union of Jupiter-Saturn marked the first time that the Sun arose in the Sign of Pisces, on the Spring equinox, signifying a new Precessional Age, the Age of Pisces. Over 2000 years has already passed since this opening of the Piscean Age, and the Birth of Christ that occurred four years later. The Sign of Pisces contains two fish, one swimming vertically towards the North Pole and the other horizontally along the ecliptic. The fish represent the houses of Judah and Israel, further disclosing the Promised Seed would come out of the Royal House of Judah. Christ had to be the Son of Adam, Abraham and David to fulfill all righteousness. The fullness of the gap between the sufferings of the Lord, seen during his first coming, and his glorious return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords continues to take place in the Piscean Age. Finally, this triple Conjunction of Jupiter-Saturn in Pisces gave the Magi all they needed to identify the signs marking the birth of Christ when the triple union of Jupiter-Regulus took place in Leo, the Lion of the tribe of Judah. This panoramic view of Biblical and Celestial History, beautifully encapsulates how God utilized the Natural Law witness in the heavens, coordinated with Divine Scripture, to reveal in increasing detail, the identity of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ.

Heb 11:3 Through faith4102 we understand3539 that the3588 worlds165 were framed2675 by the word4487 of God,2316 so that things which are seen991 were not3361 made1096 of1537 things which do appear.5316

worlds” [G165 aion] ages of time were repaired, or set back in order by the individual spoken Words [G4487 rhema] of God.56 Thus we can trace the Audible Spoken Words of God in Scripture at the inception of each Spiritual Administration.

framed” [G2675-katartizo] means; to establish, set up, arrange, complete, perfect, finish, refit, repair, mend.57 [I Cor. 1:10, Gal. 6:1, I Thess. 3:10]

Each of the seven temporal administrations represents a step closer in the progression towards the total reparation of the ages of Time, thrown into chaos by Lucifer’s revolt in the 1st Heaven and Earth.  As the Entropy Law was instituted, resulting from the disobedience of Adam and Eve, the enemy became “Time Lord” in the kingdoms of this world. The Entropy Law, also known as the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, or “Time’s Arrow,” dictates the degradation of all matter in Creation, inexorably moving from higher degrees of order to lower states of order. This is the palpable effect of the release of sin nature on Creation, [Romans 8:19-23]. The Creator is the only One Who could reclaim the rule of the Temporal World, and from Eternity past, He set His plan in motion to be carried out in Jesus Christ. Each Spiritual Age /Administration brings Man closer to the Return of Paradise in Christ, where God’s order will be restored forever. In this way Christ is seen as the consummation of the ages, the center and embodiment of God’s plan to repair the damage done by the enemy, at the fall of man. As all history turns upon the Messiah- the axis of temporal order [BC/AD], so all men look to the Messianic prophecies of his appearing in faith of this restoration of the Ages 

In summary it is the Scriptures of Messianic prophecies that provide irrefutable proof of the identity of Jesus Christ. All the singularly unique signs, miracles and wonders that followed his life and ministry, pale in comparison to the collective witness in Biblical Prophecy of his appearing. As powerful as the single threads of Messianic truth are in foretelling of his earthly sufferings, it is the unified record in the tapestry of Messianic truth, and the Celestial Gospel, that together provide the complete fulfillment of his everlasting Glory as the Red Thread, forming an unbreakable chain of sacred evidence binding God’s Written Word and all Creation, into a unified whole. This mighty Chronicle of the Ages, consummated in the embodiment of God’s Word made flesh, brought to life in the only begotten Son of God, make the life, ministry and truth of Jesus Christ absolutely indisputable, because they are built upon the unshakable ground and foundation of the Eternal Rock-Who is our God and Loving Heavenly Father!

God Bless…

Footnotes

1. Witness of the Stars, E.W. Bullinger
2. The Sting of the Scorpion, Jonathan Gray
3. Ibid
4. The Star that Astonished the World, Ernest L. Martin ppg. 72-106
5. The Sting of the Scorpion, Jonathan Gray
6. Graphic video credit for Figure 2, from [Bobmoler.wordpress.com]
7. The Sting of the Scorpion, Jonathan Gray
8. Ibid
9. Ibid
10. “Star Names Their Lore and Meaning,” R.H. Allen
11. “The Mazzaroth,” Frances Rolleston, Footnote on “The Star of Bethlehem.
12. Strong’s Concordance,  [G165 aion], James Strong
13. Ibid, [G2675-katartizo]

 

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The Pegasus Square and God’s Blueprints for Creation

The Symbolism of the Winged Horse-Pegasus has always intrigued me, both in its mythical and astronomical aspects. This month we will consider some of the Biblical symbolism of Pegasus, not only how it relates to the Return of Christ, but also some of its historical aspects starting with ancient Egypt. Before we do though, lets enjoy some selected verses from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on “Pegasus in Pound;” 1

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Once into a quiet village,
Without haste and without heed,
In the golden prime of morning,
Strayed the poet’s wingéd steed.

And the curious country people,
Rich and poor, and young and old,
Came in haste to see this wondrous
Wingéd steed, with mane of gold.

Patiently, and still expectant,
Looked he through the wooden bars,
Saw the moon rise o’er the landscape,
Saw the tranquil, patient stars;

Then, with nostrils wide distended,
Breaking from his iron chain,
And unfolding far his pinions,
To those stars he soared again.

On the morrow, when the village
Woke to all its toil and care,
Lo! the strange steed had departed,
And they knew not when nor where.

But they found, upon the greensward
Where his struggling hoofs had trod,
Pure and bright, a fountain flowing
From the hoof-marks in the sod.

From that hour, the fount unfailing
Gladdens the whole region round,
Strengthening all who drink its waters,
While it soothes them with its sound.

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These verses provide clues of the winged steed in the golden light of dawn, yearning for the stellar tranquility enlightened by the Moonlight. Longfellow hints of the mystery surrounding Pegasus and those influenced by the sounds of living waters as some were not only gifted as poets, but strengthened  as partakers of the fountain of life. This is interesting in that the origin of name “Pegasus” is from the Greek pegai, meaning “springs” or “waters.” A spring named “Hippocrene” on Mt. Helicon that was sacred to the Muses of Greek Myth-patrons of the arts, was formed by Pegasus striking the ground with his hoof. To get a fuller picture of this imagery, we will look at the astronomy of ancient Egypt from the Dendera Zodiac. As we view its axes linked with the Promised Seed, we will take a deeper look into the stars of the Pegasus Square, and their biblical significance. The four main stars of the Pegasus Square mark the body of the illustrious flying sky horse. As we can see in Figure 4 below, the Pegasus Celestial Horse depicts clearly how Alpharetz, the alpha-star of Andromeda, forms the upper left corner of the great Pegasus Square. Andromeda is pictured below in Figure 1, as a woman in chains, with the meaning of its star Al Pharetz as “the broken down.” [Job 16:14, Jer. 14:17] 2

As Jeremiah 14 states in reference to Andromeda:

Figure 1. Andromeda from Urania’s Mirror 3

Jeremiah 14:17b “Let mine eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease: for the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great breach, with a very grievous blow.” The brightest star in this sign in Arabic, called Al Phiratz, has the same meaning-the broken down, or captive daughter of Zion.

The daughter of Zion pictured in Andromeda has always been persecuted by the enemy, which has been a dominant theme of Scripture for millennia. The Adversary has always pursued Israel, the nation that would bear the Promised Seed, and the believer’s genetic line through Abraham, Isaac & Jacob has born the brunt of this persecution. Thus the alpha star, Al Pharetz carries this message of the persecution of Israel as a primary theme, along with the deliverance of the Savior, seen in the Pegasus Square, where Al Pharetz is the brightest star in the Andromeda sign leading also to the nearby Andromeda Galaxy-the closest galaxy to our Milky Way.

Figure 2. Pegasus the winged horse between the two fish of Pisces.

The stellar composition of the Pegasus Square, included in the flying horse decan of Pegasus and Andromeda, is comprised of the four stars of the Square: Alpharetz-the brightest star in the Square, is a spectroscopic binary, whose two stars revolve around their common center in nearly 97 days. Algenib (below it), has the meaning of one “who carries” [Luke 19:12-15] in reference to the judgment and gifts the Lord carries with him when he returns in glory. Al Genib-gamma Pegasi, is one of three “guidestars, on the SE corner including Al Pharetz, situated on the NE corner and the Prime Meridian, is used as the base-line in mapping the celestial latitude and longitude lines. 4 This is a key in understanding the function of the Pegasus Square as a “basic reference unit” in mapping both the celestial and terrestrial global grids.

Figure 3. The Stars of the Pegasus Square between the Piscean Fish. 5

Pisces Stars

The third star Scheat, is the 2nd brightest star in the NW corner of the Square with the meaning of “one who goes and returns.Scheat is a Red Giant and variable star with a period ranging from 30-40 days. This star testifies to the surety of the Lord’s return in victorious glory, following the sufferings of his 1st appearance. The word for this star occurs in Numbers 11:8 in reference to manna from heaven, that is personified in Christ [John 6:48-58]. During his first appearance on the earth, Jesus was sent from heaven as a sacrificefor his saints,” so that man could eat the bread of life and not die. In his 2nd coming, the Lord will return in victorywith his saints”-the believers, manifesting this eternal life, conquering death forever. Finally, Markab the bright star of Pegasus, refers to the Messiah: “returning from afar.” 6 The Arabic word here means a ship, saddle or anything ridden upon. 7 We find this imagery of the Lord’s victorious return in [Rev. 19:11-14] “with his saints,” who join him on white horses in his ultimate victory over evil. Markab is a first magnitude spectro-scopic binary star, on the SW corner of the Square, with Al- Genib, the wing-tip of Pegasus also on the south side pictured below.

Figure 4. The Pegasus Square Asterism joined to Andromeda. 8

The Hebrew word for Markab is found in Micah 4:2-3.

4:2 And many nations shall come and say, Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and go to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall go forth from Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem3. And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.

These references first to the Mountain of the Lord, refers to the Mountain of Jehovah, indicating God [Jehovah] in relation to His Creation. The “house of the God of Jacob”-God here is Elohim or God as the Creator. Jacob usually refers to his natural seed, and Israel to his spiritual seed. Isaiah 44 below, reveals a key occurrence of these terms. The House [H1004-bayith] 9 of God tells us of the Temple, of Israel, where God appeared to His people yearly on the Day of Atonement. This shows the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, not only as the line of believer’s, but as the nation wherein all the nations of the earth are to be blessed. God’s will is that everyone is saved and comes unto the knowledge of the truth, and Christ’s commission is to the entire world.

Isa. 44:2-3,5 Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not O Jacob, my servant, and thou Jeshurun whom I have chosen. 3. For I will pour water upon him who is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: and My blessing upon thy offspring. 5. One shall say I am the Lord’s and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel.

These verses in Isaiah 44 relate some key celestial truths that we need to understand. Here we can witness the transformation of Jacob the deceiver and conniver, to Jacob the righteous, relating to the meaning of Jeshurun.

Figure 5. Aquarius from Jamieson’s Celestial Atlas [1822] 10

Star Constellation Facts: Aquarius

I will pour water upon him who is thirsty”- is a reference to Aquarius the water bearer, who pours out his water as a symbol of the holy spirit upon mankind. Since the flying horsePegasus, is a decan of Aquarius, these truths concerning Markab fit together quite well as an extension of the truths told in Aquarius, since the Temple or “house of the God of Jacob,” is the place where God first poured his gift of holy spirit upon mankind on the Day of Pentecost, in the New Testament Age of Grace, [Acts 2]. This is the embodiment of God’s promise to Abraham to bless all the nations of the earth, since this was the first time the gift of holy spirit was shared as seed upon the Gentiles collectively, initiating the spiritual body of Christ.

My blessing upon thy offspring”-God’s blessing upon Jacob’s offspring coincides with the promises God gave Abraham [Gen. 13:14-17, 15:4-7] which pertained not only unto the Seed of Abraham and the nations of the world, but also to the Promised Land. We find the fulfillment of God’s promises to Abraham in Jacob in Genesis 28.

(Gen 28:11-15)  And he lighted6293 upon a certain place,4725 and tarried there all night,3885, 8033 because3588 the sun8121 was set;935 and he took3947 of the stones4480, 68 of that place,4725 and put7760 them for his pillows,4763 and lay down7901 in that1931 place4725 to sleep. (12And he dreamed,2492 and behold2009 a ladder5551 set up5324 on the earth,776 and the top7218 of it reached5060 to heaven:8064 and behold2009 the angels4397 of God430 ascending5927 and descending3381 on it. (13And, behold,2009 the LORD3068 stood5324 above5921 it, and said,559 I589 am the LORD3068 God430 of Abraham85 thy father,1 and the God430 of Isaac:3327 the land776 whereon834, 5921 thou859 liest,7901 to thee will I give5414 it, and to thy seed;2233 (14And thy seed2233 shall be1961 as the dust6083 of the earth,776 and thou shalt spread abroad6555 to the west,3220 and to the east,6924 and to the north,6828 and to the south:5045 and in thee and in thy seed2233 shall all3605 the families4940 of the earth127 be blessed.1288 (15)  And, behold,2009 I595 am with5973 thee, and will keep8104 thee in all3605 places whither834 thou goest,1980 and will bring thee again7725 into413 this2063 land;127 for3588 I will not3808 leave5800 thee, until5704, 834, 518 I have done6213 (853) that which834 I have spoken1696 to thee of.

What was this place that Jacob came upon where his father Isaac, and his grandfather Abraham had built an altar. Yes it was the exact location where Isaac was bound to the altarMount Moriah, the site that eventually became the holy city of Jerusalem, where Jacob was unwittingly lead in his trek through the desert that night, to this holy place. This confirms the witness of Micah 4:2 above regarding the star Markab, where the law shall go forth from Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem… I have also included selected excerpts from Keil & Delitsch’ Commentary to enlighten our view and understanding of this record of “Jacob’s Ladder,” marked [K&D] below.

(K&D)  Jacob’s Dream at Bethel.-“As he was traveling from Beersheba, where Isaac was then staying (Gen. 26:25), to Haran, Jacob came to a place where he was obliged to stop all night, because the sun had set. The words “he hit (lighted) upon the place,” indicate the apparently accidental, yet really divinely appointed choice of this place for his night-quarters; and the definite article points it out as having become well known through the revelation of God that ensued. After making a pillow with the stones (מְאֲשֹׁת, head-place, pillow), he fell asleep and had a dream, in which he saw a ladder resting upon the earth, with the top [rosh] reaching to heaven; [as a stone ziggurat] and upon it angels of God going up and down, and Jehovah Himself standing above it. The ladder was a visible symbol of the real and uninterrupted fellowship between God in heaven and His people upon earth. The angels upon it carry up the wants of men to God, and bring down the assistance and protection of God to men. The ladder stood upon the earth, just where Jacob was lying in solitude, forsaken by men. Above in heaven stood Jehovah, explaining in words the symbol that he saw. Proclaiming Himself to Jacob as the God of his fathers, He not only confirmed to him all the promises of the fathers in their fullest extent, but promised him protection on his journey and a safe return to his home (Gen. 28: 13-15). But the fulfillment of this promise to Jacob was still far off, so God added the firm assurance, “I will not leave thee till I have done (carried out) what I have told thee.” 11

(Gen 28:16-17)  And Jacob3290 awaked3364 out of his sleep,4480, 8142 and he said,559 Surely403 the LORD3068 is3426 in this2088 place;4725 and I595 knew3045 it not.3808 (17)  And he was afraid,3372 and said,559 How4100 dreadful3372 is this2088 place!4725 this2088 is none369 other but3588, 518 the house1004 of God,430 and this2088 is the gate8179 of heaven.8064

(K&D) Jacob spoke the impression made by this vision as soon as he awoke from sleep, in the words, “Surely Jehovah is in this place, and I knew it not.” The revelation was intended not only to stamp the blessing, with which Isaac had dismissed him from his home, with the seal of divine approval, but also to impress upon Jacob’s mind the fact, that although Jehovah would be near to protect and guide him in a foreign land, the land of promise was the holy ground on which the God of his fathers would set up the covenant of His grace. The place was none other than “the house of God and the gate of heaven,” i.e., a place where God dwelt, and a way that opened to Him in heaven. 12

The Tower of David in Jerusalem
Tower of David - Jerusalem. Definitely on my list of places to visit.

The house of God and the gate of heaven refer to the future site of the Jerusalem Temple Mount. He explains that the foot of the ladder in Jacob’s dream was in Beersheba, and the top was in Luz. Therefore the ladder’s midsection was over Mount Moriah as the pivotal point of their encounter. Upon his awakening Jacob realizes he has visited the dwelling place of God-the most intimate spot where Abraham’s prayers were answered in heaven. The Temple as God’s abode is fitting since it was in the holy of the holies that God revealed His Shekina glory (שכינה) of His Presence among His people. This makes the location the so-called “axis-mundi” or center of the earth not only for Israel, but all mankind as is fulfilled in the Christ millennium when all the world’s population will make a regular pilgrimage to Jerusalem to worship Christ as the King of Kings. We also find this truth in Gen. 28:14 above, where Jacob’s seed as the “dust of the earth” spreads out on the cardinal directions of the compass; to the west, east, north, and south to bless all the families of the earth.

(Gen 28:18-19) And Jacob3290 rose up early7925 in the morning,1242 and took3947 (853) the stone68 that834 he had put7760 for his pillows,4763 and set it up7760, (853) for a pillar,4676 and poured3332 oil8081 upon5921 the top7218 of it. (19) And he called7121 (853) the name8034 of that1931 place4725 Bethel:1008 but199 the name8034 of that city5892 was called Luz3870 at the first.7223

(K&D)  In the morning Jacob set up the stone at his head, as a monument (מַצֵּבָה) to commemorate the revelation he had received from God; and poured oil upon the top, to consecrate it as a memorial of the mercy was been shown him there, not an idol or an object of divine worship (Ex. 30:26). He then gave the place the name of Bethel, i.e., House of God, whereas (וְאוּלָם) the town had been called Luz before. He renewed it on his return from Mesopotamia (Gen. 35:15). This is confirmed by Gen. 48:3, where Jacob, like the historian in Gen. 35:6-7, speaks of Luz as the place of this revelation. (see K&D notes on Josh. 16:2). 13

(Gen 28:20-22)  And Jacob3290 vowed5087 a vow,5088 saying,559 If518 God430 will be1961 with5973 me, and will keep8104 me in this2088 way1870 that834 I595 go,1980 and will give5414 me bread3899 to eat,398 and raiment899 to put on,3847 (21) So that I come again7725 to413 my father’s1 house1004 in peace;7965 then shall the LORD3068 be1961 my God:430 (22)  And this2063 stone,68 which834 I have set7760 for a pillar,4676 shall be1961 God’s430 house:1004 and of all3605 that834 thou shalt give5414 me I will surely give the tenth6237, 6237 unto thee.

(K&D)  Lastly, Jacob made a vow: that if God would give him the promised protection on his journey, and bring him back in safety to his father’s house, Jehovah should be his God (וְהָיָה in Gen. 28:21 commences the apodosis), the stone which he had set up should be a house of God, and Jehovah should receive a tenth of all that He gave to him. It is noted here, that Elohim is used in the protasis instead of Jehovah, as constituting the essence of the vow: if Jehovah, who had appeared to him, proved Himself to be God by fulfilling His promise, then he would acknowledge and worship Him as his God, by making the stone thus set up into a house of God, i.e., a place of sacrifice, and by tithing all his possessions. With regard to the fulfillment of this vow, we learn from Gen. 35:7 that Jacob built an altar, and probably also dedicated the tenth to God, i.e., offered it to Jehovah; according to the analogy of Deut. 14:28-29 (cp. Gen. 31:54; 46:1). 14

The Dendera Zodiac

God’s promise to Abraham, Isaac & Jacob pertained not only unto the Seed of Abraham but also to the Promised Land. The holy place that Jacob was drawn to was the place that God chose to place his Name, that Jacob was to honor with the tithes of his increase, [Deut. 14:23]. The Square of Pegasus can be understood as a special depiction of this truth, that is established also from secular sources. In Hamlet’s Mill, Santillana and von Dechend have presented illustrations of the Pegasus Square in agreement with the Egyptian hieroglyph for the Square, seen on the Dendera Zodiac, as a rectangle, either empty or filled with fish/water, positioned between the fish of Pisces. According to Peter Thomkins;

The Square of Pegasus was considered the starting point in mapping of the sky. The ancients from the Sumerians to the Romans, in surveying land began by marking a square of a standard dimension, then proceeded to measure out of it in a checkerboard pattern. In cuneiform texts the name l-iku is given to the basic surveying square, to a unit of land surface, and to the Pegasus Square. In ancient Egyptian this hieroglyph referred to a district extending for 15 degrees from MemphisSokar, to the Apex of the Delta, showing that this district was viewed as the basic reference unit, from which they began the mapping of Northern and Southern Egypt.”15

This basic reference unit of land became a boundary between N. & S. Egypt, marked by 3 parallels [1st 30.06’, @ the apex of the Delta, 2nd perfect latitude of the Great Pyramid; 30.00’,3rd 29.51’] The area between these 3 latitudes was organized as a special district belonging neither to N. or S. Egypt. {as the idea of a gnomon} 16, even as the Great Pyramid is the basic reference unit of the earth on a 1 to 43,200 scale model @ the Apex of the delta, mapping the latitude and longitudinal lines of the globe from pole to pole both on earth and in the celestial sphere! This reveals God’s plan of Creation and explains a key scientific and spiritual purpose behind the Pyramid, not only as a map and master-plan of all Creation both above and below, but depicting it with the greatest and only surviving wonder of the ancient world, with implements that modern man can still not duplicate. This also shows the place of the Great Pyramid [Isa. 19] in the Creator’s Covenant, in context of God’s promises to Abraham relating to the Promised Seed and the Promised Land.

Figure 6. Axis “E” on the Dendera Zodiac crossing the Pegasus Square. 17

This E-axis begins in Coma, proceeding unto Virgo, crossing over the star Spica, between Virgo and Leo the Lion. It then intersects the crocodile/ Jackal pole in the center of the Zodiac, before it proceeds to the first of the two Fishes of Pisces. Before this axis hits the 2nd fish however, it crosses over the Pegasus Square, the so-called “tablet of destiny” is distinctly marked prior to completing its course through Pisces. Finally, this 5th axis bisects the Ram-headed altar at the edge of the Zodiac, finishing its course. In this way Dendera’s axis “E” is understood as an answer to the great Pegasus Square enclosed by Pisces representing both the Paradise field and also the ark of (Noah-Hebrew/Babylon or Utnapishtim/Sumerian).

Together with the Great Square, the two fish form an important motif in art from around the world. The square is often depicted as a game-board, with two fish, one on either side. What is also interesting is how the stars of the Pegasus Square in between the stars of the two fish of Pisces are interpreted in a similar theme by cultures separated in time and distance in history as we have seen before with the World-Monomyth. As we find these roots in the Biblical record of the Tower of Babel, [Gen. 10-11] when all humanity shared the same language and astronomy depicted at the apex of the tower, we can see with these common roots, the supposed condition of various indigenous world cultures navigating the seas to the shores of other countries to make physical contact, was not a requirement to share elements of a common World Mono-myth shared by all at their inception. The roots of Babylon lie in ancient Sumeria, and it is here that we find the earliest references to “Iku” as the square in land surveying linked to the Square of Pegasus.

An iku  was a square measure of 100 musar, or about 3,600 square meters, which is approximately one modern acreIku was also the name of the constellation now called Pegasus, or more particularly the Square of PegasusAmong the Babyloniansthe Square of Pegasus was represented by four stars which do indeed make nearly a square shape in the heavens. In ancient Sumeria-Iku was meant to be the home of their God Enki his other home was Eridu, identified with the star Canopus in ArgoThe Field Iku represents is a barley field divided by a series of irrigation ditchesThe constellation rises as the barley is regularly irrigated and starts to ripen. In ancient Sumerian astrology its omens foretell the nature of the coming harvest.”18

One could easily liken this grid of irrigation ditches to the lines of latitude and longitude used for mapping the celestial and terrestrial globes, not to mention how this system was utilized in ancient Sumeria for agricultural purposes as seen in Egypt with Sirius-the Nile star.

According to H.G. Wood: “the ziggurat of Jupiter Belus at Babylon had an ideal basis in the number 360. He describes a 7-staged pyramid in which each of the six upper stages is 360 inches shorter than the one next below it: the base side was 3,600 inches, and the total height of the structure was 3,600 inches. Wood therefore concludes that: the entire system of ancient Babylonian metrology appears to have been derived from 360 x 360 x 100 or, 12,960,000.”19

noahs calendar

This number total (12,960,000) happens to be half the length of solar years in the precession of the equinoxes showing the precessional basis of timekeeping as an ancient temporal standard related to Noah’s calendar. This perfect template of the cosmic order is based on the beauty of the precessional pattern, as seen in the sun’s trajectory through it’s annual course, where it “dwells” in each of the 12 houses of the zodiac for one month. The Sun moves in its circuit at a rate of 12 miles per second or 43,200 miles per hour (1/3 of 1,296,000) as it carries its train of planets in our solar system, and shedding its light upon the earth within the boundaries of the tropic of Cancer and Capricorn. As the Sun illuminates the earth for twelve hours each day; (43,200 seconds), and since there are 86,400 seconds in each 24-hour day, we find the earth moving through 1,296,000 seconds of arc every 24 hours. It is also interesting to note that the diameter of the sun is 86,400 miles, thus the time it takes for the sun’s light to cover the space of the earth’s surface relates to it’s own diameter. 

Gen. 28:22b And this2063 stone,68 which834 I have set7760 for a pillar,4676 shall be1961 God’s430 house:1004

The Stone [Eben-H68] that Jacob set for a pillar [H4676] is the same word used in Isa. 19:19 for the Great Pyramid, the prototypical “stone ladder.” [Gen. 11:4, Ex. 14:2 Ezek. 29:10, 30:6, Jer. 44:1, 46:14] ziggurat-tower of Babel. In Gen. 28: 18, 22, 31:13, 35, 51, 52 etc.  This same word for “pillar” [H4676] is used for Jacob’s Ladder and the stone Jacob used as a “pillow” and later made into an altar respecting his Covenant with God. 20

pillar”- H4676 {matstsebah}from H5324, in Isaiah 19:19. Something stationed, a column, memorial stone, a monument usually with religious significance. The root means to stand erect, establish boundaries, be firm and healthy. {Ex. 7:15; 34:2, Ps. 82:1, Gen. 28:18, 22; Micah 5:12, II Kgs. 3:2, 10:26, 18:4}. 18 John 2:19 is also uniquely depicts Christ-the signal-beacon in Jerusalem stone-temple, and the Great Pyramid. In a related blog post we discussed the function of the Great Pyramid as a “boundary stone” not only in ancient Egypt, but also relating to the ancient boundaries of Israel. The boundaries marked by the Pyramid clearly mark the borders of Egypt, but also mark the promised land boundaries in God’s Word.

Figure 7a. The Great Pyramid Squaring the Circle. 22
Great Pyramid and Squaring the Circle

The Pyramid is so designed that for all practical purposes it accomplishes the squaring of the circle. The Pyramid’s base is a square whose perimeter is equal to the circumference of a circle whose radius is the Pyramid’s height. The square holds the Earth ‘s dimensions seen in the base of the Pyramid, while the circle is a reflection of the heavens seen not only in its unique location at the center of landmass for our planet, but also as a scale model of our planet’s dimensions on a 1 to 43.200 basis. 

Figure 7b. The Great Pyramid Squaring the Circle. 22


We also find in the 4 triangular sides of the Pyramid, two sides each measured by the pi/phi ratios, with Christ as the chief cornerstone. This shows us how the Great Pyramid mirrors heaven and earth, by squaring the 2D circle, and cubing the expanded 3D sphere in a cosmology that has been reflected with various imagery through the myths of many world cultures, all finding their ultimate meaning in the key touchstone of Biblical Archaeo-Astronomy to help us discern the times wherein we reside. As Jesus said in Matthew;

Matthew 16:2-3 
He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is redAnd in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

Luke 12:39-40
39 
And this know, that if the good-man of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. 
40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? 42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? 43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

As the time of the Lord’s return draws near, we must not only discern the times, but also know what action to take to be ready and faithful. The faithful servant will know how to prevent his house from being robbed, to insure that his spiritual inheritance and reward is not stolen or lost, aiding others in ministry doing the same.

God Bless!


Footnotes

1. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poetry on “Pegasus in Pound;”
2. Witness of the Stars, p. 101,  E.W. Bullinger
3. Andromeda from Urania’s Mirror [picture credit]
4. Star Names-Their Lore and Meaning, p. 35. R. Hinckley Allen
5. http://www.astronomytoday.com/astronomy/pegasus.html [picture crfedit]
6. Witness of the Stars, p. 90,  E.W. Bullinger
7. Star Names-Their Lore and Meaning, p. 324. R. Hinckley Allen
8. [Picture credit] http://earthsky.org/favorite-star-patterns/great-square-of-pegasus-wings-in-sept-equinox
9. Strong’s Concordance [H1004-bayith], James Strong
10. Aquarius from Jamieson’s Celestial Atlas [1822] picture credit
11. Keil & Delitsch’ Commentary on Gen. 28:11-15
12. IBID Gen. 28:16-17
13. IBID Gen. 28:18-19
14. IBID Gen. 28:20-22
15. Secrets of the Great Pyramid, Peter Thompkins p. 297
16. IBID
17. The Atlantis Blueprint- 
Axis “E” on the Dendera Zodiac picture credit
18. https://www.academia.edu/22401454/On_Chinese_Astrology_s_Imperviousness_to_External_Influences
19. Ancient Metrology, H.G. Wood
20. Strong’s Concordance; [Eben-H68], [H4676]
21. www.cropcirclesandmore.com [Bert Janssen] picture credit
22. IBID,  picture credit

 

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Lunar Occultations and the births of Moses and Christ

A central theme in God’s plan of the ages becomes evident in the triple unions of Jupiter-Saturn. As we have seen in the signs surrounding the birth of Christ, the Celestial Prelude is based on the triple Conjunction of Jupiter-Saturn in 7-6 BC, as a key that unlocked the understanding of the Magi in recognizing the actual signs of Jesus’ birth in 3-2 BC.

We have had numerous reminders of late concerning the celestial signs of the birth of Christ, from the Blood Moon Tetrad of 2014-15, to the Great American Total Solar Eclipse, to the replay of the Rev. 12 sign on Sept. 23rd, 2017, just to name a few. One would literally have their head buried in the sand to miss all these primary sky signs that the Almighty has been getting our attention with. There are also secondary signs that have taken place in support of the main celestial themes which are worthy to note. As we have posited for many years on the Try-God sites, the Celestial Prelude of Jupiter-Saturn triple unions in 7 BC, and going back into biblical history are primary markers that not only allowed the Magi to recognize the astronomy surrounding the birth of Christ, but secondary celestial signs in support of these major themes are a key to understanding these primary truths. One of these secondary signs will be seen in mid-October next month, in the Lunar Occultation of Regulus, as seen in Figure 1 below.

Figure 1. Lunar Occultation of Regulus, Oct. 15, 2018. 1

Regulus is known as the heart of the Lion in Leo. It’s the only 1st magnitude star– located almost exactly on the ecliptic, or Sun’s annual path through the constellations of the zodiac. The Moon also moves generally along the ecliptic in its monthly path, swinging anywhere from 5north or 5o south of Regulus. In cycles of about 9 years, however, the Moon passes directly in front of – Regulus once a month for about a year and a half. A recent Lunar Occultation Series began January 7, 2007, ending on May 12, 2008, with a total of 19 Occultations.

Figure 2. Lunar Occultation of Regulus on September 19, 2007. 2

As part of this Occultation series, the Moon also covers other planets and notable stars, relating an important narrative keeping us informed of current related astronomical and spiritual events. The Chart below shows the positions of the Moon and Saturn in Leo on June 19, 2007 during the lunar Occultation of Saturn.  This is the seventh Saturn occultation in 2007 with three more that followed in 2007. There were 3 other Lunar Occultations of Saturn in 2007, none of the 3 visible in the US. A particular Saturn Occultation that caught our attention 6 years earlier, on Sept. 10, 2001 was an occultation of Saturn visible in the US on the eve of the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Figure 3. Lunar Occultation of Saturn in Leo on June 19, 2007. 3

The Lunar Occultation of Saturn on Sept. 10, 2001; in Taurus formed the first bracket around the 9-11 attacks, while a second Lunar Occultation took place as the Moon closely approached and covered Jupiter in Gemini on September 12, 2001, the day after the attacks. The bracketing of the 9-11 attacks by lunar occultations of Jupiter and Saturn is an eye-opener by itself, but it becomes even more interesting in light of the crescent Moon passing the planet Venus on February 25, 1993 in the constellation Pisces as seen below.

Figure 4. Lunar Occultation of Venus in Pisces, Feb. 25, 1993. 4

The first World Trade Center attacks allegedly ordered by the “Blind Imam” took place the next day, on February 26, 1993. The nearness of the Moon and Star on this Turkish flag as it appears on flags of other Muslim nations historically, including the Ottoman empire- suggests its possible origins from an astronomical event like a lunar occultation, when the Moon passes very close to a planet or bright star. Some have suggested that celestial events like this are viewed as favorable times by radical Muslims to advance their agendas. Also their familiarity with the Hebrew Calendar and its sacred feasts and holy days makes days like Sept. 11th or Rosh Hashanah a good anniversary date to make a statement against the Hebrew Messiah at the birth of Christ.

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Halfway through the most recent Occultation series–on August 21, 2017 – the Moon actually occulted Regulus on the same date of the Total Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21st 2017. We find this celestial sign on the list of recent Lunar Occultations of Regulus below. Interestingly, the star in crescent symbol is also found in Heraldry, in the Coats of arms of the Three Magi, with “Baltasar of Tarsus” being attributed a star and crescent in a blue fieldWernigerode Armorial (c. 1490) as seen below. 5

The present Occulation series began on December 18, 2016, and ended on April 24, 2018. Once again, with a total of 19 occultations in the series. Not all of these occultations are globally visible, but here is a list of dates for the 2017-18 Occultation series: 6

1. December 18, 2016
2. January 15, 2017
3. February 11, 2017 [annular solar eclipse 2/26/17]
4. March 10, 2017
5. April 12, 2017
6. May 4, 2017
7. May 31, 2017
8. June 28, 2017
9. July 25, 2017
10. August 21, 2017 [Total Solar Eclipse 8/21/17]
11. September 18, 2017
12. October 15, 2017
13. November 11, 2017
14. December 8, 2017
15. January 5, 2018 [Jan. 31st Blood Moon total lunar eclipse]
16. February 1, 2018 [Feb. 15th Partial Solar Eclipse] 
17. March 1, 2018
18. March 28, 2018
19. April 24, 2018

The bright star Regulus peeks out from behind the Moon and between the lunar crescent “horns” after its lunar Occultation on Oct. 15, 2017Credit: 7

Exactly midway through the Occultation series–on August 21, 2017 – the Moon occulted Regulus on the same date of the Pan American Total Solar Eclipse. How’s that for precision in the Creator’s divine system of celestial mechanics and Biblical Astronomy! Then the following month a cluster of Lunar Occultations took place on the same day!

September 18, 2017–the Moon occults three planets; Venus, Mars and Mercury and a first-magnitude star (Regulus) in less than 24-hours. This was the first time since March 5, 2008, that three planets had been occulted by the Moon in less than one day. The next time won’t be until July 24, 2036. 8 This string of planetary occultations generates more spiritual than observational interest because most of the world is not well-situated for watching even one of these four occultations. With the close proximity to the Great Sign of Rev. 12 on Sept 23rd, this Lunar Occultation of three planets and a first magnitude star on the same day is noteworthy. Of these three planets aligned with Regulus in Leo, only the Moon and Venus were easy to spot in the predawn/dawn hours, as the Moon blocks the light of Venus the Bright and Morning StarRegulus was also visible below Venus as the Moon covered it next, before dawn. The lunar Occultation of Mars and Mercury that followed, was not as discernible to the naked eye. How does this relate to the birth of Christ? In previous blog posts we have noted the importance of Jupiter’s Retrograde motion relating to the Signs of the Celestial Prelude.

In November of 3 BC, Jupiter reached its first stopping point in retrograde motion relating to Christ’s birth. Jupiter the king planet had already exhibited its link to Regulus the king star in Leo at Christ’s birth on Sept. 11th 3 BC, with the first of 3 unions starting Sept. 14th. With Jupiter’s triple crowning of Regulus, the celestial coronation of Jesus Christ was illuminated in the heavens by the hand of the Almighty, Who spun the planets in their courses at Creation.

The second conjunction of Jupiter and Regulus occurred on February 17, 2 BC. Amazingly, the Moon came to be positioned during the exact time between the Jupiter-Regulus union. “At about 5 a.m., looking at the western horizon, an observer would have seen the Moon directly between Jupiter and Regulus. The Moon would have been occulting the star Regulus with the lower fifth of the Moon’s diameter. Then, on May 8/9, 2 B.C. (82 days later) the same conjunction occurred again. This time, however, the Moon occulted Regulus by the top 1/5th of its diameter. The last conjunction would not have been seen in Palestine since the Moon was already below the horizon in the west, yet astronomers such as the Magi would have known what was happening.” 9

On Nov. 26/27 in 3 BC, the Moon occulted Regulus again. The coordination of Jupiter standing still in retrograde with this Regulus’ lunar occultation together is very rare, occurring only once about every 5,000+ years. The blocking of the light from the king star Regulus by the Moon, while Jupiter-the scepter of the righteous branch stood still in the heavens, foreshadows a link seen in Psalm 89 and Genesis 49.

Genesis 49:8-10.
“Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise; Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; Your father’s children shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion’s whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him? 10 The scepter shall not depart from JudahNor a lawgiver from between his feetUntil Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.

Figure 5. Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st 2017. 10

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On January 20 in 2 BC, Jupiter rose just after sunset (acronycal rising). During this key phase of Jupiter’s cycle, the full Moon occulted Regulus. This is a facsimile of the event previously in Nov. 3 BC. The king star Regulus was occulted by the Moon while Jupiter is standing still at sunset in the heavens. This event took place in the Hebrew month of Shevat, a name which is taken from the Hebrew word for the ruler’s staff/scepter, [shebet], found in Genesis 49:10 [scepter] above. The “lawgiver from between his feet is a direct reference to the king star Regulus in Leo. 11

After the planet’s three separate conjunctions with Regulus, Jupiter then continued its westward journey, as viewed by the Magi. On June 17, 2 BC. it had its spectacularly rare reunion with Venus. The two planets were then a mere .01 degree from one another and they would have appeared to people on earth as a unified “double-star” which only the sharpest eyes would have been able to separate.

As Dr. Martin points out; “These celestial signs including Jupiter’s path lead the Magi toward Jerusalem in their expectations of the arrival of the Messianic king. This dazzling Jupiter-Venus union, heralded the entrance of the prophesied king when they were both morning stars about ten months prior, completed their introduction with an impressively rare evening star re-union.” 12 This eye-opening reunion also provided the celestial brackets surrounding the triple coronation of the new born King by Jupiter and Venus. Could the heavenly Father have done any more to announce the arrival of His only begotten Son?

As we document the key role of lunar occultations in the birth and return of Christ, we must keep in mind that Regulus is not the only bright star close enough to the ecliptic for the Moon to occult it. There are three other 1st-magnitude stars near the ecliptic that qualify: Aldebaran, Antares and Spica. Interestingly, Aldebaran, went through a series of 49 monthly Occultations starting on January 29, 2015, close to the mid-point of the Blood Moon Tetrad. This Occultation series just concluded September 3, 2018. The Aldebaran occultation series repeats in cycles of 18.6 years. The last series featured 48 lunar occultations from August 8, 1996 to February 14, 2000. The next one does not begin till 2033.

To provide more history on the Celestial Prelude and the key role of lunar occultations, the focus of rest of this study will be on the
celestial signs surrounding the birth of Moses, a forerunner of Jesus Christ, revealing a witness to a recurring theme involving the retrograde motion of the King planet-Jupiter, relating to Saturn. A primary theme regarding these Jupiter-Saturn unions, is their impact going forward linked to other triple unions of these planets in history. This study views the Jupiter-Saturn triple union marking the birth of Moses, along with lunar occultations during this time, and the light it sheds on the birth of Christ.

As we have seen regarding the signs surrounding the birth of Christ, Jupiter as “his star,” proves to be the star of the Messiah, the one which the Magi followed as it led them to Jerusalem, and finally Bethlehem. As the King planet, in reference to the spiritual dominion associated with God’s second in command, it is important to remember that Jupiter, was identified with Jesus as “King of the Judeans,” [Matt. 2:2]. Another aspect of Jesus’ celestial identity is the Morning Star, [Rev. 2:28, 22:16], seen in the planet Venus, significant for its morning and evening star appearances. This title of the Morning Star also occurs in another place in God’s Word, [Isa. 14:12], in reference to Lucifer, while still in his first estate, prior to his fall. As the initial bright and Morning Star, Lucifer was second only to God in authority, in the First Heavens and Earth, but his dominion over the angelic realms was stripped from him when iniquity was found in him, at his attempted coup’ in heaven. Jesus Christ has superseded him as the Morning Star, and Lucifer’s former authority over the archangels Mars-Michael and Mercury-Gabriel among others was transferred to Christ, who is ascended and seated at the right hand of the Heavenly Father. Jesus as the King of Kings, and the ascendant Morning Star, embodies much more authority than Lucifer did in the First Heavens and Earth, prior to the Creation of man. One facet of the symbolism of the planet Venus signifies inherent angelic spiritual dominion as the “covenant angel named wonderful,” [Judges 13:18]. This reveals another Biblical element of the theme of Jupiter-Saturn unions-Lucifer/Satan as the fallen Morning star. One way God has chosen to relate this narrative of the theme of the fallen Lucifer to us, is with  multiple celestial figures, including Saturn as Satan’s planet, in union with the King Planet Jupiter referring to Lucifer’s former glory.

A powerful related celestial figure of this truth is seen the Meteor shower, that began just before the Birth of Jesus Christ. The Draconid Meteor Shower, during September 9-12th of 3 BC, had its radiant from the star Eta-Draconis in the dragon Constellation Draco at the Celestial North Pole. Since the star Eta Draconis is located in the dragon’s tail, near the former star at the north pole-Thuban, it exhibits the dragon’s symbolic dominion, both as the original Morning Star, and the god of this world [II Cor. 4:4], after his fall. Our research of the dragon star, revealed a key relation to Saturn, in that, the star Eta-Draconis was unique in its regular transit across the Meridian at midnight of May 23rd, for over 1500-years, as documented by the Mayans in their astronomical texts. Their so-called “Dragon calendar” is shown below as it appears in the “Madrid codex.” 13

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This transit began only three days prior to the first Jupiter-Saturn union on May 27th of 7 BC, as part of the Celestial Prelude to the May 19th, 3 BC Mercury-Saturn union, that began the actual signs marking the birth of Christ. This not only provided another conclusive celestial link between the signs of 7-5 BC and 3-1 BC, but also ties the celestial events in Draco at the north-pole, to the Jupiter-Saturn unions on the ecliptic, in the context of the Precession of the poles. Links between the planet Saturn and the star Eta-Draconis emphasize the original dominion of the dragon, especially his temporal lordship, at the pinnacle of Creation, while the Meteor shower depicts the dragon cast down at sunset, signifying the twilight of the radiance of this spiritual dominion. As we consider the Jupiter-Saturn triple unions marking the birth of Moses, it provides more depth to the Celestial Prelude both astronomically and spiritually.

The Jupiter-Saturn triple union marking the birth of Moses took place over a two-year period from 1536-1535 BC. The Israelites traditionally recognized the importance of Jupiter-Saturn celestial unions, even as they believed these signs would precede the birth of Jesus, so they held the same belief regarding the birth of Moses. The first of three JupiterSaturn unions during this period took place on June 25th 1536 BC. The second Conjunction occurred on July 11th of 1536 BC, followed by the third union on January 4th of 1535 BC. In the original detailed study we viewed, over 35 noteworthy celestial signs surrounding these three major unions of Jupiter-Saturn during this period, including many secondary signs of significance. Not only did all 3 of these Jupiter-Saturn unions occur in the Constellation Taurus the Bull, but Jupiter and Saturn remain for the most part, stationed in Taurus for nearly this entire two-year period.

As god of this world, the adversary’s stand against God’s purposes, embodied in Moses the Lawgiver and forerunner of the Passover Lamb are revealed. As the Deliverer of Israel, Moses was a precursor to the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a type of Savior for Israel. As the Lawgiver, He instituted the feast of the Passover lamb in Israel, as part of the 10th plague pronounced on Egypt, immediately after which Israel was released from bondage by Pharaoh. Mars-Michael remained in Libra, during the second sign marking Moses’ birth, complementing the redemptive truths that we find here in the sign Aries, relating to the Passover lamb. The archangel Mars-Michael symbolizes the conflict between the Lamb of God and the god of this world as we see them juxtaposed, throughout these signs of 1536-35 BC, pointing out Michael’s allegiance with the forces of light, against the dark minions. The Sun/daystar is found in Aries/Pisces while Venus the Morning Star is in Pisces/Sagittarius. With the Sun in Aries, close to the spring equinox, we see precessional markers of the Age of Aries, when the birth of Moses took place, looking toward the coming Piscean Age, marking the birth of Jesus Christ the ascendant Morning Star. We also find during this sign, the first in a series of lunar occultations of the red star of the Bull’s eye-Aldebaran, in Taurus. Here we find efforts of the lesser light, ruling the night to obscure the vision and coming judgment of the true and righteous judge, Jesus Christ, while also holding more immediate implications for the birth of the Lawgiver Moses. As we view the details of the Jupiter-Saturn Triple union marking Moses’  birth, we will highlight key secondary planetary conjunctions with lunar Occultations and eclipses during this time. What follows is an edited summary of the signs marking the birth of Moses, while the complete version is available if you follow the links inherent in this blog, to the original study @ [www.try-god.com].

The Signs of 1536 BC

1. January 11th, 1536Venus is partially occulted by the Moon in Sagittarius. This lunar occultation also directs our attention to a series of lunar signs that permeate the celestial showcase marking Moses’ birth. Here the approaching victorious Morning Star is partially covered by the Crescent Moon, in an attempt by the enemy to obscure its immanent defeat by the forces of light. Mercury-Gabriel is in Capricorn, relating the sufferings of Christ, fore-shadowing the Passover Lamb sacrifice, that Moses installed in Israel as a holy feast in the O.T. Law.

3. May 8th, 1536. Jupiter-Venus are in Conjunction during the next massing of planets in Taurus. Here the theme of planetary massing, previously in Aries now moves to Taurus the Bull, in the third sign of the birth of Moses, with the bright and Morning Star-Venus in union with the King planet-Jupiter, signifying the coming judgment of the King of Kings-Jesus Christ, embodied in his forerunner and Lawgiver Moses. Added to the previous massing of planets on March 17th, the Morning Star-Venus, followed Jupiter-Saturn’s appearance in Aries with Mercury-Gabriel. The messenger archangel announces both the planetary massing and the union of Jupiter-Venus, representing the unity of the forces of light aligned against the minions of darkness. Joining the massing of planets in Aries is the Moon, continuing her enmity in the previous lunar occultation in Taurus. This also points towards the May 8th, 2 BC, Jupiter-Regulus union marking the birth of Christ.

4. May 11th, 1536 BC. Planetary alignment of Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Mercury and the New Moon in Taurus. The Sun/daystar also appears in Taurus between the horns of the Bull. This is the first appearance of a celestial body between the Bull’s horns during these signs, a significant aspect of this narrative which we will see again. Here again we find the celestial powers united against the enemy, and his forces of darkness, witnessed here with the 2nd lunar occultation of the Bull’s eye-Aldebaran in Taurus.

*6. June 25th, 1536 BC. The first Conjunction of Jupiter-Saturn in Taurus. This is the first of the three primary unions of Jupiter-Saturn in Taurus within the two-year period of 1536-1535. This planetary Conjunction in Taurus, finds Mercury-Gabriel in Leo, approaching the King star-Regulus, where they united three days later on the 28th of June, in Leo the Lion of the tribe of Judah.

7. July 4th, 1536 BC. Jupiter-Saturn remain in Taurus, as the third lunar occultation  of Aldebaran-the eye of the Bull, by the Crescent Moon, in this series occurs. Here once again, we see the enemy attempting to obscure the view of the coming righteous judge, doing every-thing in his power to oppose God’s purposes. As we have seen in our web-site study of the Hebrew calendar, the Moon many times is an indicator of the movements of the serpent’s seed behind the scenes, opposed to the Creator’s plans. During the time of Moses’ birth, a new Pharaoh, had come to power in Egypt, who was not sympathetic to the welfare of Israel, as the previous Pharaoh had been to Joseph and his family. He began a systematic effort to “control” the male population of the Hebrews, by killing the baby Hebrew boys at birth. This was one manifestation of the serpent’s efforts to blot out the genetic line which would bear the seed promised by God in Genesis 3:15. This goes a long way in explaining the “persecution of the Judeans” in history. We also witnessed a similar effort during the birth of Christ in Israel, carried out by the serpent’s seed Herod.

*8. July 11th, 1536 BC. This second of three Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions occurred in Taurus, in 1536. This is marked by a sunrise Annular Solar eclipse in Leo, approaching Regulus-the king star. This continues the theme of the enmity symbolized in the lunar activity, to the coming victorious reign of the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Venus the bright and Morning Star is approaching the occultation of the Southern Ass in Cancer. This Sunrise solar eclipse in Leo while the 2nd Jupiter-Saturn union took place depicts a very similar theme in what occurred on August 21st, 2017, as the Solar eclipse, followed by the lunar occultation of Regulus. Recall that the 2nd Jupiter-Regulus Conjunction in Leo, in 3-2 BC, also had witnessed the opposition of the adversary, with the lunar occultation of Regulus moving between the king Star and planet, emphasizing the workings of the serpent’s seed.

9. July 12th, 1536 BC. At 7:10 pm the next evening, the lunar occultation of Regulus, in Leo took place. This continues the lunar activity of the previous sign, and foreshadows a series of lunar occultations of the king star-Regulus during 3-2 BC, surrounding the birth of Christ. Venus approached a grazing occultation of the Southern Ass in Cancer, providing a dual emphasis on the sufferings of the Morning Star/King-Star in conflict with the minions of darkness, leading up to the union of Venus-Regulus in the next sign.

10. July 29th, 1536 BC.  The Conjunction of Venus with the king star-Regulus in Leo. Here the bright and morning star unities with the king star in the Lion of the tribe of Judah, as a prophecy of the promised seed. Jupiter-Saturn remain in Taurus, with the Moon in Aries.

11. September 11th, 1536 BC. The triangular union of Venus, Spica/Al Zemach, and the Sun in Virgo. Mercury-Gabriel is also in Virgo, close to the star Porrima, and the Moon is in Scorpius. With the Morning Star/daystar clothing Virgo in unity with the Star Spica, representing the 4-D ministry of the promised seed Jesus Christ as King, Servant, Son of Man and Son of God, on the day of the birth of Christ, 1533 years prior, we have a key indicator of Moses, a forerunner of Christ in these four significant aspects of his ministry. As Lawgiver, Moses embodies the O.T. Law as Jesus did the Word of God for Israel. Moses instituted the Passover sacrifice, which was fulfilled in the ministry of Christ. Moses was also the Deliverer of Israel, leading them out of bondage, as Christ delivered them from the bondage and letter of the O.T. Law, that only he could fulfill. And finally, Moses was an Apostle for Israel shedding new spiritual light for Israel, even as Christ was the Apostle, bringing the new light of the Kingdom of Heaven. Mars-Michael is in Sagittarius at the star Nunki, indicating the glorified nature of the conqueror, as Prince of the Earth. The Moon is also in Scorpius, unified with the Scorpion, stinging the heel of the Man of God-Ophiuchus, in his struggle against the Serpent-Serpens. The 4-D ministry of Moses/ Christ, here is reflected in the Cardinal Directions of the heavens, and opposed by the four celestial serpents set against these aspects of the ministry of the promised seed. The activity of this sign focused around the star Spica is also intriguing, in that Spica/Al-Zemach is what is known as a “spectroscopic binary,” or a star that the spectroscope shows to be mirrored by an invisible companion of enormous Mass. Spica’s dark spectre revolves about it in a close orbit, making a complete revolution in the remarkably short period of 4-days.”14 These physical traits of a key star of the Messiah illustrate truths in agreement with major themes of the witness of the stars. The light of the world is shadowed by his nemesis, the spirit of anti-Christ, because the enemy is parasitic in nature and in no way original with his opposition against God through the ages, [II Thess. 2:3-8].

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17. Jan. 4th 1535 BC. The Third Conjunction of Jupiter-Saturn in Taurus marking Moses’ birth, completes the triple union of Jupiter-Saturn in Taurus in 1536-1535. This sign is marked by a total lunar eclipse in Capricorn, with the lunar occultation of both the stars Nashira, and Deneb Al Geidi, denoting the coming sacrifice in Capricorn. Again, we find the enemy’s attempt to obscure the light of the coming lamb of God. This reminds us that, it was Moses the Lawgiver who instituted the precedent of the Passover Lamb in Israel, as part of their deliverance from bondage in Egypt, fulfilled in Christ. This imagery is supported with Mars in Pisces, showing Michael fighting for, and protecting Israel against the Egyptians. Pisces’ two fish represent the two houses of Israel and Judah, as they are fastened to the neck of Cetus the adversarial sea monster, in one of the four dragon signs of the ecliptic. We also find Venus the bright and Morning Star in Aquarius in this sign, showing the spiritual light of Israel’s deliverer embodied in the birth of Moses. Aquarius the water bearer represents the pouring out of holy spirit upon Gods people, seen during the Patriarchal Age with individual men of God. This changed however with Moses, as he ministered to Israel. Here we have the first instance where God’s spirit was poured out among the group of the 70 elders of Israel. This foreshadows the Church in the Age of Grace, where God is able to abundantly minister His spirit via the new birth to all who believe.

18. 2-8-1535 BCMars-Venus in Conjunction in Aries, showing Michael the Warrior archangel in union with the bright and Morning star while the institution of the Passover sacrifice is enacted, to effect Israel’s release from bondage, as seen in Aries. We also see Mercury and the Sun in Pisces, indicating God’s presence among His chosen people during their wilderness wanderings. God lead Israel through the wilderness with His presence in the Ark of the Covenant, that rested in the holy of the holies in the Tabernacle that Moses built according to God’s revealed plan. The Passover was a prominent aspect of the Tabernacle ceremonies connected with Aaron’s Priesthood, also including the inception of the Sabbatical cycle in Israel’s calendar. Another aspect of Jupiter-Saturn in Taurus circa 1536-35 was the view of the Judge/Lawgiver was seen first in Moses, was systematically being blocked by the repeated lunar occultation series of Aldebaran, the Bull’s eye in Taurus. This forms a definite sub-theme that illustrates the continuing conflict between light and darkness. This sign marks the 4th occultation of Aldebaran in Taurus, during these signs marking the birth of Moses.

20. 3-7-1535 BC. The Triangular massing of planets continues in Taurus, as in the previous sign, this time with the addition of the 5th occultation of Aldebaran, the Bull’s eye in Taurus, by the Crescent Moon. Till now we have viewed these lunar coverings of Aldebaran generally in obscuring the light of the coming judge, since Taurus embodies the coming ruler. But in light of Moses being the Lawgiver, Aldebaran can also refer to the coming of Moses himself as the judge and leader of Israel during his ministry, since Aldebaran means leader or governor. Thus the series of lunar occultations of Aldebaran, takes on a dual aspect in this light. Mercury remains in Aries as in the previous sign, as the Sun is still in Pisces.

23. 4-3-1535 BC. Jupiter and Mars are in Conjunction in Taurus, showing the unity of the king planet with the archangel Michael, against the enemy as seen in the Moon crossing Saturn, along with the 6th lunar occultation of Aldebaran during the early morning hours of the April 4th. The Sun is in the Spring equinox position in Aries along with MercuryGabriel, heralding the deliverer and Passover lamb. Venus is also in Gemini.

25. 5-1-1535 BC. Mercury joins the planetary massing in Taurus, along with the Sun, Jupiter and Mars still between the Bull’s horns, separate from Saturn in Taurus. This massing of planets is marked by the 7th lunar occultation of Aldebaran in Taurus. Venus has moved from Gemini into Cancer during this sign.

28. 5-25 to 28-1535 BC. On the 25th of May we find Mercury at the star Mebsuta in Gemini. The name of this star, means treading underfoot, in reference to the completed work and ultimate defeat of the enemy that Christ has now accomplished. On the 27th of May we see Mercury and Mars in Conjunction in Gemini, with the Sun also in Gemini. Here we see the unity of the archangels in Gemini, participating in the finished work of the defeat of the enemy, who clings to his defunct kingship seen in Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon also in Taurus. As we recall the singular aspect of the star Eta-Draconis in its regular transit across the Meridian at midnight of May 23rd, for over 1500-years, at the North Celestial Pole, documented by the Mayans taking place at this time, this transit began only 3 days prior to the first Jupiter-Saturn union on May 27th, 7 BC, as part of the Celestial Prelude to the May 19th, 3 BC Mercury-Saturn union, that started the actual signs marking the birth of Christ. Thus we a specific link of these Jupiter-Saturn signs marking Moses’ birth, to the Celestial Prelude that led the Magi to the birth of Christ. The unity of darkness in opposition to God’s purposes is emphasized by the 8th lunar occultation of Aldebaran in Taurus on the 28th of May, 1535 BC, seen also in the next sign marking Moses’ birth.

30. 6-25-1535 BC. This is a special day of lunar signs that begins with the 9th lunar occultation of Aldebaran in Taurus, followed only 10 hours later by a lunar occultation of Saturn in Taurus. Venus, Mars and the Sun remain in Cancer, with Mercury in Leo. Jupiter-Saturn remain between the Bull’s Horns in Taurus, showing the enemy unable to escape God’s Judgement. With nine Occultations of Aldebaran it is interesting that numerically nine is the number of finality of Judgement.

31. 7-1-1535 BC. There is a lunar occultation of Regulus, with Mercury in Leo. Saturn still claims kingship with Jupiter between the Bull’s horns in Taurus, signifying the unified forces of darkness against the coming prince Moses as seen in the Sun, Mars and Venus all in Cancer, protecting the flocks, or twelve tribes of Israel. The occultation of Regulus is one of a number of parallels we will notice with the signs surrounding the Birth of Christ in 3-2 BC, that also forms a set of brackets around these lunar Occultations of 1536-35.

32. 7-24-1535 BC. The Sun, Mars and Mercury are all in Leo showing the unity of the archangels with the Daystar, the forces of light unified in the Lion of the tribe of Judah. The foreshadowing of the birth of Moses is seen in the parallel dates of Christ’s birth 1532 years earlier. This is fitting considering Moses as the forerunner of Christ in the many ways depicted in these celestial signs. This is supported with Venus in Cancer showing the protection of the bright and Morning Star over the twelve tribes of Israel. In opposition, we see the forces of darkness moving in the lunar occultation of Jupiter and the star Tejat Posterior in Gemini.

33. 7-28-1535 BC. There was another lunar occultation of Regulus in July of this year, reminding us of the series of Regulus occultations looking forward to 3-2 BC. The remaining celestial bodies are still in the same place as the previous sign.

34. 8-6-1535 BC. Mars and Regulus are in Conjunction in Leo, showing Michael in unity with the King Star, the heart of the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Mercury, and the Sun are also in Leo, showing the unity of the archangels with the Daystar and the King Star in Leo. With Venus in Cancer and Jupiter in Gemini, we have a complete departure from Saturn, which is isolated and alone between the Bull’s Horns in judgment, in Taurus. This isolation is a direct response not only to the enemy’s false claims of kingship throughout these signs, but also the recent Regulus occultations that mirror the Regulus occultation series in 3-2 BC.

 

As we can gather from the apparent themes surrounding the triple union of Jupiter-Saturn, there are key parallels leading both to the births of Moses and Christ, on many levels. As the celestial signs in 7 BC were a precursor of Christ’s birth, in context of the Celestial Prelude, so the triple union of Jupiter-Saturn may well function as pointers towards Moses’ birth also. In any case the parallels are certainly striking, and deserve our attention for further enlightenment.

Footnotes

1.  Lunar Occultation of Regulus, Oct. 15, 2018, Bruce McClure in “Tonight” picture credit.
2. Lunar Occultation of Regulus on September 19, 2007, picture credit-Sept/Oct. 2001 and Nov. 2001 Biblical Astronomy Newsletter
3. Lunar Occultation of Saturn in Leo on June 19, 2007,  picture credit-Biblical Astronomy Newsletter
4. Picture credit. September/October 2001 and November 2001 issues of Biblical Astronomy.
5. Wikipedia.com [Wernigerode Armorial] (c. 1490)
6. Bruce McClure in “Tonight” for 2017-18 Occultation series
7. Victor Rogus lunar Occultation of Regulus  Oct. 15, 2017 picture credit.
8. Bruce McClure in “Tonight” for lunar Occultation series
9.  [Askelm.com] Dr. Earnest Martin
10. Stellarium astronomical software for Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st 2017.
11. Strong’s Concordance on “shebet“, in Genesis 49:10 [scepter], James Strong
12.  [Askelm.com] Dr. Earnest Martin
13. Secrets of the Great Pyramid, Peter Thompkins
14. Star Lore, Myths, Legends & Facts, William Tyler Olcott p.387

 

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Comet Giacobini-Zinner and the Birth and Return of Jesus Christ

The skies of September 2018 are full of signs for those who are watchful with eyes to see what the Lord has in store for his people! Not only are we recognizing the anniversary of the birth of Christ and all the events surrounding 9-11, but this is also the busiest month on the sacred Hebrew Calendar with the 7th month of Tishri opening on their New Years day, Sept. 10th. This day also marks a celestial event that was witnessed during the birth of Christ, with the appearance of the comet that caused the meteor shower at his birth. So from our initial awareness of this comet it signifies an important symbolism in connection with Israel, and Christianity. For the Christians, the Feast of Trumpets is one of the seven feasts of Israel, with the three spring feasts showing Christ’s coming, the Feast of Pentecost showing the coming of the Church, and the three fall feasts showing Christ’s Second Coming. The Feast of Trumpets is a prophetic representation of the trumpet call of God and the Second Coming of Christ, (1 Cor. 15:52, 1 Thess. 4:16).

Comet Giacobini-Zinner
 is officially known as 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. The “21P” label means it’s the 21st short-period comet with a calculated orbit.  Comet 21P’s orbital period is ruled by the King Planet Jupiter, because the orbits of this class of comets don’t extend outside Jupiter’s orbit. Since Jupiter has the largest gravitational footprint of all planets in our solar system, it has not only captured numerous small comets, but it can also influence the orbits of by-passing comets. Short-period comets return to the center of our solar system in intervals of less than or equal to 2 centuries.

Comet 21P’s orbital period is about 6.6 years, and its closest approach to the Sun — can occur in any month. This takes place due to the changing orbit of the comet as it by-passes Jupiter. This year, Giacobini-Zinner arrives at perihelion on 9-10-18; or New Year’s day on Rosh Hashannah, in the Hebrew Calendar corresponding to the birth of Christ on Sept. 11th, 3 BC. Below we can see the trajectory of this comet moving through the sign Auriga-the Shepherd who provides safety for God’s people in the day of wrath. The chart in Figure 1 below is useful to track 21P/G-Z through mid-September. The comet’s location is shown daily at 0h UT with positions marked every 5 days.

Figure 1. The Path of Comet Giacobini-Zinner 21p through Auriga and surrounding skies in Sept. 2018. 1

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from SkyMap software

 As the path of the comet G-Z 21p intersects the binary star Capella-the brightest star in Auriga, we find imagery of the Shepherd gathering his flock into his bosom, [Ezek, 34:22]. Another major star in Auriga is El Nath, in the Shepherd’s heel, meaning wounded or slain, which is pierced by the horn of the Great Bull-Taurus. This fact is emphasized in that the star El Nath is also part of the horn of Taurus the Bull, and is included in both signs. This depicts the sacrifice of our Great Shepherd Jesus Christ who gave his life for the Sheep, [John 10:11]. This does not refer to the gathering together of the Church, but to the rescue of the remnants of Israel from the evil persecution of the Beast out of the tribulation. 2

Figure 2. Constellation Auriga from Urania’s Mirror. 3

There is certainly much in current events  regarding Jerusalem coinciding with these celestial events. Back on Dec. 6th of 2017 the Trump administration announced plans to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, causing great controversy among the Islamic nations opposing this recognition of Jerusalem by a major world power in connection with Israel. The timing of this is interesting when we look at the Jubilee calendar that has marked other key events related to Jerusalem in recent history.  As we correlate the two previous Jubilees in 1917 and 1967, we find an intriguing history where in 1917, Jerusalem was liberated from the Ottoman Turks under General Allenby, just a few weeks after the Balfour Declaration promised Israel a homeland. This date is key in Dec. 1917 when viewed in a prophetic time span of Shemitah cycles [360 x 7] that total 2,520 years starting in 605-4 BC when the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem, leading Israel away into the Babylonian Captivity. In the Balfour Declaration on November 2, 1917-during the 1917-1918 Jubilee, to the retaking of the Western Wall during the 1966-1967 Jubilee, to the current Jubilee in 2017-2018, God is at work restoring His Jubilee Blessings to Israel in stages. The Temple Mount seems the next logical stage of this restoration process, where we could see provisions for a third Temple in Jerusalem. The new US Embassy was opened on the 70th anniversary of the rebirth of the State of Israel-May 14th, 2018. One key aspect of Biblical Jubilees is the restoration of the land to the original owners, thus it is interesting to see the progressive restoration of the lands of Israel including Jerusalem to the people who have returned to live in modern State of Israel.

This great 2520 year period is called the great seven times of prophecy in Leviticus 26:18, Then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. v.21 Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins. v. 24 then I also will walk contrary to you, and I will punish you yet seven times for your sins. v.27 And after all this, if you do not obey Me, but walk contrary to Me, v. 28 then I also will walk contrary to you in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.

God is certainly making a point in this record among other judgments, what He brings upon Israel if they continue to walk against Him in all their ways. After tyhe repetitions of the 7 times of Judgement, it also records the desolation of their cities including Jerusalem, and how their lands will not produce for them because Israel ignored the pattern of sabbaths to rest their lands [Levi. 26:34-37, 42-46] as God commanded-leading to the Jubilees Sabbaths.

Israel lost her sovereignty in 605-4 BC, yielding a perfect 2520-year period (360 x 7), minus the 70 years captivity in Babylon, was  fulfilled in 1948 when Israel regained her independence. In 586 BC, the city of Jerusalem was destroyed as well as the Temple. This took place 19 years after 605 BC when King Nebuchadnezzar had removed their national sovereignty and sat King Jehoiakim as vassal ruler, (2 Kings 24:1). Using 586 BC as the start point of another time measurement, when Jerusalem is destroyed, another 2520-year period (again subtracting 70 years for the captivity of Jerusalem) is fulfilled in 1967 when Israel recaptures Jerusalem, June 7, 1967. The eternal covenant of God with His people Israel cannot be separated from the land of Israel (Psalm 105:7-11) and its ultimate fulfillment is in accordance with His precise timing.

The city of Jerusalem and the Temple lay desolate for 70 years. After that period of desolation the 2520-Year countdown began and culminated on June 7, 1967 when Israel regained control over Jerusalem. They also gained control of the Temple Mount, but they had to return control back to the King of Jordan, who still retains control of the Temple Mount today. ​In the 20th century, the Nation of Israel regained her sovereignty, celebrating her Independence on May 14, 1948. Nineteen years later, the city of Jerusalem came under Israeli control on June 7, 1967. This Gentile dominion over Jerusalem is structured in 2 1260 year periods [1260 x 2 =2520] leading up to the current countdown to the end times, where we will see a transition from 2520 years, to 2520 weeks, to 2520 days, leading us to a period just short of the 7-year tribulation period. As the time periods on God’s clock decrease from years to weeks to days and even hours, so the countdown to judgment of the world quickens as time grows shorter for our deliverance. As we read in the narrative of Biblical history, the nation of Israel did not repent to God for their shortcomings, and only a small minority returned under Ezra to rebuild the wall after the captivity. God anticipated this rebellion from what we see above in Leviticus 26. There, God warned Moses, if his descendants didn’t repent and return after the captivity, His seven-fold wrath would fall upon them. ​We have already seen [360 years x 7] = 2520 remaining years of judgment in the 1260 x 2 periods of Gentile dominion over Jerusalem in history.

Bullinger believed that these 1260 year periods marking the Gentile’s dominion over Jerusalem and its Temple in history, would foreshadow two 1260 day periods in the end-timeswhen the final Abomination of Desolation was to be fulfilled, before and during the Great Tribulation. [2 Thess. 2:1-4]. This time of the fullness of the Gentiles is supported in the heavens with findings in the 1260 days from the 1st Blood Moon Eclipse of the 2014-15 Tetrad to the Rev. 12 sign, @ 9/23/17, as a precursor to the 2 periods of 1260 days contained in the 7 year tribulation, [Rev. 11:1-3, 12:6, 14, 13:5].

The last Blood Moon eclipse of the 2014-15 Tetrad on Sept. 28, 2015, as the only Moon in the Tetrad visible in Jerusalem, occurred 2520 weeks from the end of the 6-Day-War, during the previous Blood Moon Tetrad of 1967-68, as Israel reclaimed control over Jerusalem for the first time since 70 AD. This is enlightening when we recall the 7 weeks, or 49-day count between Passover and Pentecost, is also the basis for the 7 weeks of years that form the 50 Year Jubilee on the Hebrew Calendar, as seen in the 50 years between 1967-68 to 2017-18. This gives us a common standard for calculating weeks, days and years in Biblical time-keeping, established in the feasts of PassoverPentecost and the Hebrew Jubilee. This manner of Sabbath counting can apply to a week of days, as the weekly Sabbatha week of weeks, such as the counting  from Passover to Pentecosta week of years bringing a Sabbath Year; or even a week of Sabbath Years, bringing a Jubilee. And as we have seen in connection with the two princes of [Daniel 9:25-27] with Jesus it was a literal week of seven days, whereas with the anti-Christ it is a week of seven years wherein he disrupts the temple sacrifices in the 7 year tribulation at the halfway mark of 1260 days.

As a follow-up to the Giacobini-Zinner Comet 21p arriving on Sept. 10th this week at the Feast of Trumpets, the Trump Administration has also announced plans to reveal some details of a Middle-East Peace Plan at the UN, during the Feast of Tabernacles. We will have to wait and see how things develop along these lines, but it sure makes for an intriguing September!!

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An interesting truth concerning the meteor shower related to Comet G-Z 21p is that this is the same comet that caused the meteor showers at the birth of Christ. I was first introduced to the concept of a meteor shower at Christ’s birth by Rev. Jon Nessle, when I heard a teaching he did years ago, linking this specific Meteor shower to the second celestial wonder of Rev. 12, relating the Eta-Draconid meteors surrounding the birth of Christ

According to Rev. Nessle, there are actually three sets of Draconid meteorstwo of which show a radiant from Eta-Draconis. One of these is viewed as the greater with the other the lesser of the Eta-Draconids. It is the lesser of these two that occurred during the period of September 9th-12th in 3 BC. What is unique about this Meteor shower is that the lesser Eta-Draconids are best viewed at sunset, or in the early evening, while most Meteor showers are best seen later at night, as stated in the excerpt below from the Oct. 2nd, 98’ Weekly News Bulletin of Sky & Telescope;

On the evening of October 8th, debris from the Periodic Comet 21P/ Giacobini-Zinner may provide a stunning sky show. The Giacobinid Meteor shower produced two of the greatest Meteor displays seen in this century in 1933 and 1946. Lesser showers arrived in 1926, 1952, and 1985… Unlike most Meteor showers, the Giacobinids are at their best in the evening rather than after midnight. Their radiant is in the tail of the Constellation Draco. This point is highest right after dark at mid-northern latitudes; it moves lower throughout the night and is near the horizon by dawn.”6

This is a key because of the signs in Virgo at sunset on 9-11-3 BC, marking the birth of the promised seed occurred at the same time that these meteors were falling from the sky, signifying the casting down of the dragon from his former place of honor.

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Even though the Earth’s passage through the comet’s trail can be predicted, the resulting intensity of the Meteor shower activity cannot be, with such certainty. It seems dependent upon how close the comet’s by-pass of the Earth is, and this year is one of the closest in modern history. It is intriguing that there were no Draconid Meteor Showers seen for over 1800 years since the birth of Christ until the year 1900.

 Skywatchers first noticed these meteors in October 1926, two months before the comet itself passed by, coming from the direction of the head of the constellation Draco, the dragon. So, the meteors were christened the October Draconids, or Giacobinids. Stupendous meteor “storms” with rates of 4,000 to 6,000 meteors per hour accompanied the visits of 21P in 1933 and 1946. Nowadays, the
Draconid meteor shower peaks around Oct. 8, but usually only in those years surrounding 21P’s return, especially very favorable ones (such as this year). Let’s take a closer look at the reference to the crooked serpent in Job 26.

Job 26:12-13 He divideth the sea with his powerand by His understanding he smiteth through the proud. [13] By his spirit He hath garnished the heavensHis hand hath formed the crooked serpent.

 This record in Job is a unique reference to Draco, due to Thuban’s position as the pole star sighted down the descending passage of the Great Pyramid, garnishing the heavens. It was the omnipotent Hand of the Creator that formed the crooked serpent, garnishing the Heavens, with Draco the dragon originally at its pinnacle. We should also realize that even though the north-pole of the Equator has been wrested from the dragon, via the precession of the poles, he still holds sway over the pole of the ecliptic, the celestial center point around which the circle of the equatorial pole revolves. This is the still point in the heavens located in the core of the dragon, between the stars Grumium and Chi Draconis. A note of interest on the star Grumium, also spelled Grumian, meaning the subtle or deceiver, is that Denning: “considers it the radiant point of the Meteor stream seen about the 29th of May, also called The Draconids.”4  This probably identifies one of three separate Meteor showers emanating from Draco, with this one being the only one whose radiant is not Eta-Draconis.

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  1. September 9th to the 12th. TheEta-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.

“And there appeared another wonder in heaven”- “Another” is a Greek word indicating that this heavenly wonder was different from that described in Rev. 12:1. Even as the first heavenly wonder involved the Constellation Virgo, so this second heavenly wonder also involved a celestial Constellation, not a planetary Conjunction this time, but a Meteor shower. Since the Draconid Meteor shower historically began on the 9th of September, there were already some meteors falling two days before the big show came on the 11th. How do we know this was the Constellation Draco? God’s Word details it for us:

and behold a great red dragon“- Although there are several celestial candidates for this sky dragon, including Hydra that also spans a third of the stars of the ecliptic with its massive size, it becomes apparent that Draco is the sign that is referred to here in Revelation. This is the first of 13 occurrences of the Greek word “drakon” in the book of Revelation, with the first 8 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].7 The number 13 is symbolic of rebellion and the dragon embodies the idea of spiritual warfare in the heavens. As we inspect the details of the Biblical record of Revelation 12, the characteristics of Draco the dragon come to the surface. The Constellation Draco the dragon, has 4 stars of the 2nd magnitude, one in the tail is Thuban the subtle; [Genesis 3:1]. The other second magnitude stars are located in the Dragon’s head, first; Rastaban meaning the head of the subtle, second Ethanin, the long serpent, referring to its massive size, that originally enclosed both Ursa Major and Minor. It is intriguing to note that the head and tail of the dragon are specifically marked by the second magnitude stars of this Constellation. As we will recall, the dragon’s head and tail came up in our study of the lunar eclipse cycle, as it was symbolized in the Old World. A point of interest in that study was how this 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 the fallen Morning Star, in its first estate formerly lead the chorus’ of heaven 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 the important 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 combined title: Arctoe et Draco.2 

Figure 3. “Arctoe et Draco

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This depicts the spiritual battle for God’s people between the spirit realms of light and darkness that still rages today. These battles in life in which we are engaged all take place in time and space of this world, where the enemy has coveted to take as many people with him into destruction as possible. God through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ has provided our only way of escape and salvation to be victorious in the spiritual warfare where our lives hang in the balance. Only in Christ are we victorious, and we can find this illustrated in the perfect biblical numbers. The Bible speaks of four numbers that embody perfection:

First the number three speaks of divine completion as seen in Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd, the Great Shepherd and the Chief Shepherd. We also find this in his role as Prophet, Priest and King.

Second the number seven embodies spiritual perfection like Seven Churches of Revelation, seven Spirits of God, the Menorah, many other examples.

Thirdly the number ten represents ordinal perfection as in ten toes, ten fingers, astronomical decans, etc.

And fourth the number twelve speaks of governmental or organizational perfection, as in the Twelve Tribes of Israel, the Twelve Apostles, etc.

​What is interesting is that when you multiply these four perfect numbers, their product is 25203 x 7 x 10 x 12 2520

E. W. Bullinger called 2520 “Chronological Perfection,” but there is also an element of universal mathematical perfection here since 2520 is the numerical least common multiple because it is the first number that evenly divides the first ten digits,
1-10. 

As we approach the last days, we can always be sure that The Word of God will be vindicated; its prophetic truth will be verified; God Himself will be glorified; and His people saved with an everlasting salvation.

Meanwhile the members of His Body will “wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come”(1 Thess 1:10). They will live “looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people (RV, a people for His own possession) zealous of good works”(Titus 2:13,14). They will “look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ,” from heaven, believing that there is no hope either for “the Jew, the Gentile, or the Church of God,” or for a groaning creation, until “the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus Christ, whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of ALL HIS HOLY PROPHETS SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN”(Acts 3:19-21).

​Stay Strong in the soon returning Christ and our dawning eternal victory!!

Footnotes

1. Picture credit from Skymap software.
2. Witness of the Stars, E.W. Bullinger, ppg 134-135.
3. Picture credit on Auriga from Urania’s Mirror
4. General reference; www.twenty5twenty.net
5. www.try-god.com/introduction-to-the-jupiter-regulus-conjunctions.php
6. Oct. 2nd, 98’ Weekly News Bulletin of Sky & Telescope
7. Strong’s Concordance on “drakon”. James Strong

 

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