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I was very blessed an excited to be invited as a guest teacher by Rev. Jon Nessle on his “Tune-in-Tuesday” teaching series this week, where we did a double-header with both teachings centered aspects on The Attributes of God. I’m so thankful & blessed to be working with Jon Nessle on various projects one of which is a forthcoming co-authored book on the “Attributes of God.” This series of weekly teachings by Jon Nessle is a great launching pad into this subject, starting in Colossians tonight with the Attributes of God in Christ, How can we ever get to know and relate to our Heavenly Father, the Infinite and Almighty Creator?  This post consists of the teaching notes for my presentation tonight.

Attributes of God in Christ

Jon opens and transitions to [Col. 2]. The Greek word for God’s Attributes in the Bible θειοτης, theiotēs, from the root θεος, theos, God. The -της suffix denotes the Divine “qualities” of God. In the Lexicons, it is defined as “divinity, characteristic or property of God,[1] “divine nature,” [2] “the nature or state of being of God … what God is like.” [3]  This word is found in both Col. 1& 2. In the opening and salutation of Col. 1:3;

Col. 1:3 “We give thanks to God [theos] and the Father [pater] of our Lord [kurios] Jesus Christ, praying always for you.

 Strong’s Concordance provides a short definition ofTheos” as God-the Supreme divinity, but it is also used figuratively in reference to human magistrates, similar to Elohim in Hebrew.1 It is the supreme divinity referenced in the openings of these Church Epistle’s by Peter & Paul. However, some occurrences of “theos” in these verses appear with the article [the God], and some without. Here is a detailed explanation from Spiros Zodhiates, of how the inclusion or omission of the article effects the usage oftheosin the context;

Theos; without the article; does not indicate God as He appeared in His various theophanies, as to Moses; when He spoke to Him face to face, [Ex. 33:11], but God in His eternity, infinity, totality, and in His essential essence as Spirit. The Creator being larger than any of His Creations, cannot possibly be seen in His totality, [I Tim. 6:16].”2 “dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen.” [Jn. 1:18]

Many times Theos occurs with the definite article, [ho] but it may not be so rendered in the text because in English we never refer to God as “the God,” except when He is defined as belonging to someone specifically; such asthe God of Abraham.”3 [from notes on “theos” (#2316) in theLexical Aids to the NT,” in The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible. ppg. 1696-1697], Spiros Zodhiates.

Thus, in the cases above where “Theos” appears with the definite article; [the God], it designates that He [the God of our Lord Jesus Christ] belongs to Jesus, in the sense that Jesus worshipped Him as his personal God and Father, even as Abraham did. To be clear, this puts the relationship between Jesus and God the Father, on the same level as the relationship between Abraham and God. We find this usage with the article also in the openings in [Eph. 1:3, 17, I Pet. 1:3].

Secondly, when “theos” appears without the article, emphasizing “God in His Eternity, Infinity, Totality, and in His essential essence as Spirit, the Creator being larger than any of His Creations, cannot possibly be seen in His totality.” As a result, we are left with the case where God can never entirely be observed, or comprehended in the senses realm, in His essential essence as Spirit, because nothing in the Created world, observed by the human senses can ever contain the completeness of the Infinite and Almighty God [II Kgs 8:27, #2. Omnipresent].

We see “Theosused in the opening verses above without the article in [II Cor. 1:3, Col. 1:3, Rev. 1:6]. This provides a foundational point upon which the following study is based, the fundamental dichotomy between the completeness of all The Creator’s Attributes vs. the works of His hands-His Creation. We will find this dichotomy restated below; that nothing within finite Creation can fully observe, contain or equal the Almighty, & Infinite Creator, [see chart; #1, #2, #5, #6, #8,  #15, #17].

Just as we see in the Epistles of Paul and Peter, and the relation between Abraham and God, so we find also in the Gospel of John with Jesus.

John 20:17b.“Jesus said unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father [Pater], and your Father [Pater], and to my God [theos] and your God [theos]. [II Cor. 1:2-3]

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Here Jesus in his resurrected body, was still in the process of fulfilling “every jot and tittle of the OT Law as the first-fruits from the dead [Rom. 6:9, I Cor. 15:20-23, Rev. 1:5], so as the first person ever raised to heaven, conquering death, Jesus had not yet presented himself to the Father in the Heavenly Temple. Thus, when Jesus addressed Mary Magdalene, he put his relationship with “my Father [Pater], and your Father [Pater], and to my God [theos] and your God [theos],” on the identical level as Mary’s relationship with God the Father. Could Jesus make it any plainer?? God is the God of Jesus just like God is the God of all humanity, even as was the case with “the God of Abraham.” [article included]

Generally since man’s knowledge of God is limited and obscure, so in many cases it will help us to gain our bearings at the outset to consider; What God is Not, so that we can take a firm hold on Who and What He IS. It provides a better grasp to understand Him as the Originator and Creator by knowing first, that He Himself has No Origin and is Self-existent. We can also grasp  His title as the God of Truth with the knowledge written by the Apostle Paul, in [Tit. 1:2] that “God cannot Lie.” By removing the negative it helps to define and set boundaries for the positive!

In certain cases when a subject like the Almighty is hard to frame, stating the stark negative sharpens our focus. As we consider our human efforts like buzz lightyear to probe “infinity and beyond” even as this is a practical impossibility, it helps to have a starting point that is more familiar to us, as seen in Prov. 9:10 below, the reverent Awe of God is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge, and God’s Word is the only reliable source of this kind of knowledge!

Proverbs 9:10
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

As the verse tell us; those who follow His precepts with respect will have a “good understanding and knowledge of the Holy.” Abiding by the principles of true Biblical research will also keep us out of the pitfalls of magnifying any of God’s Attributes to the exclusion, or at the expense of another. God’s Names are magnified in unity with All of His Attributes, and implementing one does not limit, diminish or destroy any of His other traits in any way. We must believe God’s witness of Himself in the Bible first and foremost, and never allow God’s Biblical Resume’ to be disparaged as a result of man’s theology or traditional/orthodox doctrines. We have to interpret things within their original linguistic and historical context, and we must adopt a Semitic world view as we allow God’s Word to speak for itself. We must allow God’s witness of and for Himself, to stand on its own Scriptural merits. This will help us to better understand How God is “infinitely diversified,” because the magnitude of His spectrum of Godly Attributes individually and collectively- exhibit His Almighty Nature. Each of His Attributes sets a defined spectrum of His Kaleidescopic Glory, and Loving Power.

God has endowed His Son with as many attributes of deity as possible, without losing His Own unique identity, as The One and Only Eternal, Almighty God. Logically, even one point of dissimilarity between the Almighty and Jesus, disproves an equal identity between the Father and His Son. Since Jesus is lacking in certain attributes of God that make the Father unique, this shows that The Creator and Jesus although similar, in their shared points of deity, are not identical, as we find in Col. 1 & 2. agreeing with the Hebrew word “image,” [Gen. 1:26 H6754-Tselem] that the image is not an exact copy of God. This concept has been mapped in the chart of the Attributes of God in Christ, which is based on [Col. 1:19, 2:9-10]

Col. 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him [Christ] should all fullness dwell. See also [Eph. 1:22-23, 3:19]

Col. 2:9-10
“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and we are complete in him, which is the Head of all principality and power,”

fullness”-[pleroma] meaning “an allotment, or what something is filled with.” In Christ dwells everything that God could put into a human body without losing His own identity. Sheer logic tells us there can only be ONE Infinite and Eternal Head-God, [Isa. 45:5, 6,18, 21, Mal. 2:10, I Cor. 8:4-6 (#1, 15)]! An Attribute that makes the Almighty unique is that He is infinite-lacking nothing. If He lacks anything, He is not the Almighty Creator!13 The included Chart shows, that Christ shares certain aspects of the Divine Nature with God, but NOT all of them. Thus, Christ Jesus falls short of the Infinite Almighty Creator-God, [#6] while sharing some aspects of deity with the Almighty. This magnifies multiple Scriptural problems linked to Trinitarian dogma, which seemingly reproduce in the immediate context of Col.2:9-10.

of the3588 Godhead2320=theotes, [only usage]. This is a noun that indicates the singular qualities making God; GOD. All these qualities do not exist in Christ.14 [I Cor. 15:27-28], God Almighty has delegated power to Christ because the Father is greater than the Son, [Jn. 14:28, I Cor. 11:3, Eph. 1:17-23, 3:16-19].

bodily”-[somatikos] A basic aspect of Trinitarian dogma is that Jesus is the God-man, or God in the flesh, and [Col. 2:9] is a key verse to back up this idea, due to the  linkage of this wordbodily.” According to Strong’s Concordance, somatikos deals with “the corporeal, connected with the human body, or any physical form as opposed to the soul.”15 Thus in English, we have words like “Somatology”-the scientific study of organic bodies, or a branch of Anthropology concerned with the character and physical nature of man.16 I also recall from my school days the various “soma-types known as;” endomorph, ectomorph and mesomorph, as categories of human body types. The Trinity puts Christ in a special, indeed singular category of body type, calledGod in the flesh.If the Trinitarian version of [Col. 2:9] is true, and their literal handling of “somatikos” here is consistent, then other Scriptures where “somatikos“ occurs, linked with the idea of God Almighty assuming a physical form, should be handled in the same way. In Luke 3:21-22 we find such a case, where Jesus was baptized by his cousin, John the Baptist, and “Heaven was opened, and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily [G4985-somatikos] shape, like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son, in thee I am well pleased.”

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According to the Trinity theory, the “Holy Spirit is the 3rd person of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.” Thus Luke 3:22 records God as the Holy Spirit taking the bodily [somatikos] form or shape like a Dove. The logical question becomes; if Jesus is the Almighty God taking a physical form [somatikos] as “God the Son,in the flesh, then the 3rd person of the TrinityGod the Holy Spirit taking the physical form [somatikos] of a Dove, must also be God in the flesh!! This verse alone violates [Deut. 4:15-18, Rom. 1:23] in 2 ways, not to mention they no more have a Trinity, but the Trinity Triangle has been converted to a Quadrangle, and again they have put God in an ill-fitting “box.” Thus, not only does 3=1, but also 4=1, because their “God equation” has been raised to the 4th power! This illustrates what Jesus said in John 4;

John 4:22-24
22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Do we all desire to worship the One True God? I’m sure many God-seekers share a heartfelt desire to worship the Heavenly Father, but without a standard for truth, they will find their path much more difficult and more laden with pit-falls than if they sought God according to His Word. God not only reveals Who He IS, but How He wants to be worshipped in Scripture. As Jesus said in v.22 “Ye worship ye know not what…” Israel got to the place where they thought they were worshiping the true God, but really didn’t know Who or What they were worshiping. This called for the ministry of John the Baptist to breach the legalism that encrusted the Scribes and Pharisees of that day, to prepare the way for the deliverance of Lord Jesus Christ.

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There can be a world of uncertainty between the desire to worship God, and actually doing it in a way that pleases Him. If this were not the case, then God would not need to seek after such to worship Him, Right? Mankind’s quest to worship and honor God involves important keys that must be adhered to for success. First, we must have knowledge of the true God to be able to worship Him according to His Will, not ours. Second, we need access to the true spirit from the true God to worship Him “in spirit and in truth.” This embodies the difference between man’s religion and tradition, vs. true godliness. God’s Word provides the answers to these needs, and the better our grasp of God’s Attributes, the farther along the path to know Who we are worshiping, we will be. As we attain the authentic worship of God in the spirit of truth, then we can with confidence count ourselves as children that God lovingly seeks after, to guard, protect and keep, forever. In this quest;

We are greatly indebted to A.W. Tozer for his unique insights regarding the Attributes of God, on which he has written extensively. Some questions he has posed here are a needed and tremendous aid as we consider God’s Attributes in practical application, helping to guide us on our way to understand the Heavenly Father in our personal relationships with Him, via Jesus Christ. A.W. Tozer’s framing of God’s Attributes from one view, depicts the inter-relationship between God’s panoply of traits and characteristics, as few others have considered. Weighing certain questions that Tozer asks, can enrich our grasp of the Infinitude of God’s Attributes, so that the fullness of our loving fellowship with Him is manifest in all its riches in Christ.

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For instance, the Bible teaches that God is Love, yet some interpret this to essentially deny that He is Just. Others misunderstand the Sovereignty of God so that it disparages or takes away from His Goodness and Love. Others stress the Biblical Attribute of God’s Goodness to contradict His Holiness, or they portray His truth as nullified by His Compassion. Any perceived contradiction within the unity of God’s Divine Attributes would point out an imperfection, and since God is Perfect, this is not possible. Thus these examples always indicate man’s theology introducing errors in understanding God’s Nature and the perfect compatibility of God’s Attributes in Scripture.

As we consider some apparent contradictions in our discourse of God’s Attributes individually, it will deepen our understanding of Who God IS. Perhaps even more helpful will be our consideration of the unity and interaction of God’s Attributes and how they support each other. Thus God’s Attributes explain each other as proven facets of His Glory and Majesty. As finite and mortal men, our minds tend to separate and categorize the boundless aspects of the Almighty, providing us footholds to grasp the Infinitude of His absolute completeness in the perfection of His Godhead. In order to prevent the limits of our human perspective from putting the Almighty God in ill-fitting boxes of human design, we must hold to the views of Scripture, where God has revealed His true Nature and has spoken about Himself more completely & accurately than in any literature revealed to humanity.

A.W. Tozer goes on to say:

”In studying any of God’s Attributes, the essential unity of all His Godly traits readily becomes apparent. We find, for example, that if God is self-existent He must be also self-sufficient; and if He has power He, being Infinite, has all power, and with knowledge, His infinitude assures us that He has all knowledge. Similarly, His immutability inherently presupposes His faithfulness. Since He changes not, it follows that He could not be unfaithful, since that would require Him to change.”

This brings us to our first example of an Attribute of God as FIRST CAUSE

By self-existence, we refer to that unique Attribute of God by which He has existed Eternally and will always exist so. Unlike all other aspects that relate to our existence, God does not owe His being to any other thing. I owe my existence to my mother and father, and my ancestors. My computer owes its existence to IBM before they sold the laptop division to the Chinese. And our Earth owes its existence to God, Who through whatever means and processes He saw fit, created the world. All events have Causes. All creatures have been created, Except for the singular Creator-God. God is the Uncaused Cause and the Uncreated Creator, unlike Jesus who himself was created.  God did not depend upon anything outside Himself for His existence, nor is He ever dependent in any case, on anyone or anything external to His own Nature.

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God upholds the Truth of His Word with His Omnipotent Power. God’s strength of Will to keep His Word {Netsach} [1 Sam. 15:29, Num. 23:19], is seen in that; What God says He always does!! God the self-existent Creator is the Source of all true power, and since a Source must be at least equal to anything that emanates from it, God of necessity must be at least equal to all the power there is, which is another way to say again that He is Omnipotent. This Attribute of God as the First Cause provides an example of how these Superlative Attributes of God support and relate to each other, since we see how other Godly Superlative Traits like the Creator Who is Omnipotent, Eternal and  Self-existent, are all self-contained.

God has delegated power to His creatures, but being self-sufficient, He cannot relinquish anything of His perfections and being all powerful, He has never surrendered one iota of His power. He gives with more generosity than any other, but He does not give away. Since He is the Ultimate Source, All that He gives remains His own and returns to Him again. Thus, His Word never returns to Him Void… and as we serve Him faithfully, He reveals our godly purposes to us in this life.

Ephesians 1:1 Paul an Apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God…

Ephesians 1:11 — In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the Counsel of His will, as revealed in His Word.

John 6:40 “the will of Him that sent me…” Jesus

1 Timothy 1:17 New International Version (NIV)

17 Now to the King Eternal, immortal, invisiblethe only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Almighty God has No Equal! Nothing in temporal Creation could ever equal the Infinite and Eternal Creator. (Rom. 1:19-23, Isa. 57:15). How can man ever comprehend God inhabiting Eternity Omni-presently? This is why God will take Eternity to reveal Himself to us, because He is SO HUGE and multi-dimensional! (Ps. 145:17, Ps. 18:1-33).

John 17:3 New International Version (NIV)

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.

This verse tells us it is available for us to know the only true God as we saw in John 4:24, and His Son Jesus Christ who God Sent.

The Infinitude of God is also portrayed figuratively as seen in Genesis 1.

Gen. 1:26a

Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.

 This is an example of the “majestic plural,” as Queen Victoria of England said; “We” are not pleased/amused! [4] When the majesty of one’s position speaks for a clan, group, or nation, this figure is applied. This use of the plural is found in E.W. Bullinger’s definitive work on the subject; Figures of Speech used in the Bible, under “Heterosis,” defined as: an “exchange of one voice, mood, tense, person, number, degree, or gender, for another. It includes the exchange of one form of the verb for another (ie. Intransitive for transitive).” In this case the singular is exchanged for the plural, to draw attention or emphasize the power or authority of One. [See the name of God “El”]. The Orthodox Christian view  that Genesis 1:26 reflects God speaking in multiple persons is anachronistic, acultural and # (not the way a Semitic Hebrew would speak) in the least. No Hebrew believer would have thought in this way back when it was first written. [Jon Nessle]

This Trinitarian view of “pluralitycontradicts the truth of God as the Almighty Sovereign, Who is over all the idols, humanity, and Creation, Whose ultimate Glory cannot be shared on an equal basis, because it would make more than One, All powerful, All knowing, Everywhere present Creator, whose throne can only singularly be fully occupied by Elohim-Jehovah. The [Shema] truth of One God is also contradicted because, to have more than only One, All-encompassing Creator becomes not only redundant but impossible.

If our position that the Trinitarian view of the plurality of God is contrary to the truth of God’s Word as we are proposing, then what is the Scriptural truth on the plurality of God? Here the Majestic plural applies to the majesty of God’s ultimate position in Power and Glory, as seen in how the plurality of all His multiple Attributes describe the many-faceted strengths of His Sovereign Nature. This is witnessed in what we find with the combined “strengths” of the Names and Attributes of God, which are each so powerful in the singular, that they must be stated in the plural to get the full and true magnitude and impact of the excellence of God’s magnanimous power. Elohim is the majestic plural. When speaking of Almighty God the associated verbs are singular. When speaking of pagan gods the verbs are plural. When theologians depart from the Biblical usage of these figures of speech, or attempt to literalize these figures in support of their theology it is offensive to God, and contrary to the truth of Scripture.

This view accounts for our position supporting the most proper and best fitting view of this “plurality” as the “plurality of fullness or majesty” regarding the Attributes of God, first because it is impossible for Him to share His Superlative Attributes with any other being due to their excellence and magnanimous scope and power, since no other created being could contain them. Is there another entity in God’s Creation that is capable of inhabiting eternity? (Ps. 145:17, Ps. 18:1-33). The answer is an unequivocal and resounding NO!!

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So now we are more prepared to embark on our quest to ascend the summit of our understanding of the One True God, by means of what He has revealed to us about Himself. But in this process we will also learn more about ourselves, for one of God’s traits is that He is a Father. He has fathered us by creating His spirit within us, so we can worship Him in spirit and truth. We will also seek out some traits our Heavenly Father has passed unto us, and how to best apply them in our practical Christian daily walk, and fellowship in Christ!

The things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God.” Only the Infinite can know the infinite. Forever God stands apart outside and above the temporal world, in unapproachable light.

Within Absolute Divinity are Attributes of God whereof we know nothing. Either they have not been revealed to us, or can have no meaning for us, just as the attributes of Mercy & Grace can have no personal meaning for the angels. These holy beings may know of these Attributes in God but are unable to apply them personally since they have not sinned and have no need to call on God’s Mercy and Grace. So, it is very likely that there are other aspects of God’s Infinitude which He has not yet revealed to us; His ransomed and born again children. [Deut. 29:29] The secret facets of God’s Nature may relate not only to Himself, but also the concealed glories which He will reveal to His Church in everlasting boundless future ages. How great comfort it is to rest in the Everlasting Arms of our Heavenly Father, as we turn from the limitations of our weak and frail flesh, to our limitless Eternal and Almighty Heavenly Father.

Infinity can be used of no created thing, and of no one but the Creator-God. Infinitude can belong to but One. There can be no second. This is Absolute Infinity, which transcends a mathematical/temporal infinity [Phi/Pi, Fibonacci/Lucas number series], whose concepts are confined to the temporal, physical world as in an endless physical count. The kingdoms of biological life with their inherent principle of growth life are built on the endless mathematics of the algorithmic spiral as seen not only in the spiral shell of the Nautilus, but all throughout nature and the human body, Even as an endless mathematical number falls short of Absolute Infinity without temporal bounds, it still provides an important aid to our mind to begin to conceive of an Absolute Infinity.

[Matt. 2:1, Phil. 2:7-8, Hos. 11:9, Num. 23:19]

By virtue of His Superlative Attributes, God is God Almighty. The immutability of God appears in its most perfect beauty when viewed against the mutability of men. In God no change is possible; in men change is inherent. Neither is man fixed nor his temporal world, but he and it are in constant flux. God’s unchanging truths and nature thus become our anchor in this chaotic life. He is outside and above all temporal matters, yet those who are in Christ will share with Him the unfathomable riches of an Eternity with Him. We will now look at some of God’s Superlative “Omni” Attributes starting with God as Eternal.

God is Eternal

El Olam; without beginning or end. [Gen. 21:33] Shows where Abraham called on The Everlasting God, in Beersheba.

Elohim/Olam; Creator dwelling in perpetuity [Isa. 40:28] The Everlasting God and Creator is the originator of all. He is the Only One that Created every-thing, without prior existence, thus He is the Original Source of All. Elohim Qedem; Creator dwelling in Eternity

[Deut. 33:27]
27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them. Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew. 29 Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! And thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.

Isaiah 57:15 declares that God is “the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity,” that is: God is everywhere-present throughout all eternity, simultaneously! He inhabits it!

Romans 1:25 Says men worship the creation more than the Creator thus turning the truth of God into a lie, because the man Christ Jesus [1 Tim. 2:5] is part of Creation and in Trinitarian dogma, the God-man is worshipped as Almighty God. The Trinity violates even the laws of physics because it is impossible for something to be both finite [human] and infinite God at the same time, and in the same relationship. This illustrates also that Trinity dogma is man-made because it is defeated by human logic and Science. [God is Light]

Similar to the phrase, “God is love,” “God is light” also is a Biblical metaphor. But because it is stated this way, “God IS light” also is a transcendent trait.  The category of light spoken of here is not that which exclusively consists of photons, as we will see below in the depth of the multiple categories of the light of God the Father of Lights.

John 1:4-9

Js. 1:17 Father of Lights
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

The Father of all lights—includes the light of the natural world, the sun, the moon, and stars, shining in the heavens; the light of spiritual wisdom and God’s Love; the light of His Law; the light of prophecy, shining in a dark place; the light of the gospel shining throughout the world; the light of apostles, confessors, martyrs, pastors, and prophets, preaching the gospel to all nations; the light of the Holy Ghost shining in our hearts; the light of the Lord Jesus Christ-the light of the World, New Jerusalem the heavenly city; God is the Father of them all. With whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.— The Sun orbited by the earth in its revolutions produces the changes of the seasons, with a constant variety on the earth in its varied climates. In this respect God is not indeed like the Sun. With Him there is no variableness, not even the appearance of turning. He is always the same, at all seasons of the year, and in all ages; there is no change in His character, His mode of being, His purposes and plans. The cycles of the Sun, Moon and Stars, literally “parallaxes,” or variety of phases of heavenly bodies and eclipses one of another by shadows of the temporal world projected through space, are set against the immutability of God. Science, James seems to say, deals with the mutability of phenomena. Faith, and therefore Wisdom, rest on the immutability of God.

In Genesis 1:3 God said let there be light and there was light. And God saw the light that it was good, and God Divided the light from the darkness. This division of spiritual light from darkness is not the same as the division of day from night in the physical heavens, [Gen. 1:14-17]. The light of verses 3-4 was Spiritual light from the Creator-God that enlightened His Creation in the earth before the Sun, Moon and Stars were created in verses 14-17, thus the division between light and darkness was in the Spiritual realm not the physical, resulting from Lucifer’s revolt. As God’s Spirit was manifest in the world [Isa. 11:1-2, I Cor. 12:7-11] so the light of God in its various forms became discernible in the senses realm.  The unshielded Spiritual form of Light is the pure laser light of the Creator which no man can see and live, while the physical form of light created with the Sun, Moon an Stars, is discernible in the visible light spectrum and evident to our senses. It is important to understand that physical light includes the entire Spectrum of electromagnetic light, of which visible light registered by the five human senses, is only a small sliver.

This spectrum of electro-magnetic light contains numerous wave-lengths which register to our 5 senses only when aided by human technology, ie; gamma rays, UV rays, X-rays, etc. This provides an insightful analogy of the “God-man” dogma, which can be likened to the visible portion of the light spectrum where God was manifest in His attributes in Jesus Christ. The Creator as Light [Js. 1:17] can be analogized to the entire spectrum of electro-magnetic light because the Spirit of God is manifested as the Light of God in the created world. This light of God manifested to our 5 senses in Creation, was visible in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, yet the entire spectrum of God’s Spiritual Light, was not and never can be manifested on the level of the 5 human senses.

This is why no man has ever seen God [Jn. 1:18] in His raw form of Light because unlike the diffuse visible light that our 5 senses can behold, the purity of God’s unshielded light, like a laser, would fry us! Trinitarians assume that Jesus is the complete, same and identical manifestation of God’s Light, but none of us could ever withstand this, so Jesus came to us as the fullness of God that can be witnessed on the level of human senses, to humanity. We can see this in the Chart of “Attributes of God.” To say Jesus is the “God-man” as the Trinity holds, is like saying the proposed spectrum of all 60 octaves of electro-magnetic light, are visible to our 5 senses! It simply is not the case, because it’s contrary to the Laws of Physics, nor at any time in the past or present has this been the case!

As previously stated, The Creator being beyond the scope of any of His Creations, cannot possibly be seen in His totality, [I Tim. 6:16].” Thus, we are left with the truth that God can never entirely be observed, or comprehended in the senses realm, in His Spiritual essence, because nothing in the Created world, observed by 5 human senses can ever contain the completeness of the Infinite, Eternal and Almighty God, [II Kgs. 8:27].

 

Omnipresent

 Elohim

God is immanent in His creation, that there is no place in heaven, earth or hell where men may hide from His presence. Scriptures teach that God is at once far off and near, and that in Him men move and live and have their being. But what is equally convincing is that God’s Word shows us how God’s Omnipresence supports and unifies with other Attributes in His divine character. The Scriptures teach that God is Infinite. This means that His Being knows no limits. Thus there can be no limit to His Omnipresence. In His infinitude He surrounds the finite creation and contains it. There is no destination you can vacation at that is beyond Him, or that escapes Him.

Acts 17:27-28 — He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being.

Haggai 2:5 — “According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains among you; do not fear!”

Jeremiah 23:23-24 — “Am I a God near at hand?” says the LORD, “And not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?” says the LORD; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the LORD.

1 Chronicles 16:34 – “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His Love endures forever.”

Psalm 33:11 – “The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.”

Job 11:7-9 — Can you search out deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than heaven – What can you do? Deeper than Sheol – What can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea.

1 Kings 8:27 — “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You.”

Isa. 57:15

Ezekiel 48:35

Psalm 139:7-10

Jesus was not Omnipresent  Heb. 2:14-18

14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

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Omniscient

      God perfectly knows Himself and, Being the Source and Author of all things, it follows that He knows all that can be known. And this He knows instantly and with a fullness of perfection that includes every possible item of knowledge concerning everything that exists or could have existed anywhere in the universe at any time in the past, present or that may exist in the centuries or ages yet unborn.

 Psalm 147:5 — [God’s] understanding is infinite.

  • Ezekiel 11:5— Then the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said to me, “Speak! ‘Thus says the Lord: “Thus you have said, O house of Israel; for I know the things that come into your mind”‘.”
  • Acts 15:18— “Known to God from all eternity are all His works.”

Lord, Thou knowest all things; Thou knowest my down-sitting and mine uprising and art acquainted with all my ways. I can inform Thee of nothing and it is vain to try to hide anything from Thee. In the light of Thy perfect knowledge

1 Chronicles 28:9 – “…for the Lord searches every heart, and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, we will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.”

Rom. 11:33-34”Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being His counselor hath taught Him? With whom took He counsel, and who instructed Him, and taught Him in the path of judgment, and taught Him knowledge, and showed to Him the way of understanding?” ”For who hath known the Mind of the Lord? Or who hath been His counselor?”

These rhetorical questions put by the Prophet and the Apostle Paul declare that God has never learned or changed.

Isa. 42:9, Rom. 16:27, Jude 25

Psalm 139:11, 12 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would out-number the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.

Jesus was not Omniscient [Lk. 2:52, Matt. 13:32, Acts 1:7, Rom. 16:25-26]

 

Omnipotent

God’s power to do all He desires is the fuel for the engine of His Sovereignty that accomplishes His Providence.

El Shaddai

Sovereignty and Omnipotence must go together. One cannot exist without the other. To reign, God must have power, and to reign Sovereignly, He must have all power the definition of Omnipotence. This word occurs fifty-six times in our English Bible and is never used of anyone but God. He alone is Almighty. Omnipotence is not a name given to the sum of all power, but an attribute of a personal God Christians believe to be the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and of all who believe on Him to life eternal. The worshipping man finds this knowledge a source of wonderful strength for his inner life. His faith rises to take the great leap upward in the fellowship of Him Who will do Whatever He needs to do, or be Whoever He needs to be, to reach us.

Gen. 17:1, 28:3, 35:11, 43:14

Genesis-48:3, 49:24-25
Ex.6:3
Num. 24:4,16

Rev.1:8
Jer.32:17
Ezek.10:5

Genesis 17:1 – “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘I am God Almighty’...”

Matthew 19:26 – “Jesus looked at them and said. ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”

Jeremiah 32:17 – “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.”

Jesus was not Omnipotent [Jn. 5:19, Matt. 20:23, John 14:28]

What a singularly Awesome God and Loving Heavenly Father we are privileged serve! What better Father, Who is above all that we could ask or think, thru all and in us all, could we have? We are truly blessed beyond all words and thought, so let us joyfully walk and stand in the Strength of His mighty arm and stretched out Hand, to do all that we have been called and chosen to do, carrying forward His boundless healing and loving light to all we encounter… God Bless


Attributes of God in Christ and the Church

 

Attributes of God Bible verses inChrist Jesus
[II Cor. 5:19]
Man
[Col. 1:27]
Angels & evil Spirits
1. Eternal-
El Olam
w/o beginning or end
Deut. 33:27
Rom. 1:20
Deut. 33:27
Isa. 40:28
Isa. 46:10
No
not co-equal or co-eternal
Matt. 2:1
Phil. 2:7-8
Hos. 11:9
Num. 23:19
Heb. 1:2
Eternal life
I Jn. 2:25
5:11,13, 18-20
Heb. 2:16
yes
Rev. 20:10
no
2. Omnipresent
Elohim
I Kings 8:27
Isa. 57:15
Ezek. 48:35
no Heb. 2:16-18, No No [Heb.2:16]
3. Invisible
Theos Aoratos
Deut. 4:15-25
Jn. 1:18,
I Tim.1:17, 6:16
Ex. 33:20
no Rom. 1:23-25
I Jn. 4:12
Jn. 5:37-39
I Tim. 6:16
no Yes
4. Spirit
Ruach
Jn. 4:24
Eph. 4:4-6
Yes, but not till his baptism Lk. 24:39
Lk. 3:21,22
Lk. 23:46
Phil. 2:2
Eph. 4:3, 1:13-14
Yes -Heb. 2:16
5. Omniscient
Monos Sophos Theos
Isa. 42:9
Rom. 16:27
I Tim. 1:17
Jude 25
no Lk. 2:52
Mk. 13:32
Rom. 16:25-26, Acts 1:7
Heb. 5:8
No
I Cor. 2:10
Rom. 16:25 -26
No
I Cor. 2:7-8
I Pet. 1:9-12
6. Omnipotent
El Shaddai
Gen. 17:1, 48:3, 49:24-25
Rev. 1:8
no Jn. 5:19,30
Mtt. 20:23
Jn. 14:28
No
I Cor. 2:10
Rom. 8:27
No
Dan. 10:11-13
7. Life-Giver
Ruach, Zao Pater
Jn. 5:26, 17:3
Matt. 1:18-20
Acts 17:25
yes Jn. 17:2, Jn. 14:28 II Cor. 5:17
Heb. 9:14-16
No-II Cor. 5:17
8. Father
AB/Abba
Pater
Eph. 4:6,
Isa. 45:10
Jn. 17:11
Gal. 4:6
no Matt. 20:23-28
Jn. 10:29
no No
Isa. 45:9-10
Lk. 4:41
Mk. 5:7
9. God of Truth Alethinos Theos Jn.17:3,8,14,
17, Heb. 7:1
yes Jn. 17:3 Jn. 17:8 Angel
yes
devil
no
10. Most High
Elyon, Hupsistos
Gen. 14:18-20
Ps. 57:2,78:35
no I Cor. 15:28
John 14:28
No No
11. Glorious
Alethinos Theos
Jn. 17:1,5,22
Jn. 12:28
Isa. 42:8
yes Jn. 12:28, 17:22
Phil. 2:10-11
Mtt. 2:14, 20
Jn. 17:10, 22 yes no
12. Perfect
Jehovah
Deut. 32:4
II Sam. 22:31
James 1:17
yes Eph. 3:14 II Cor. 5:17
II Sam. 22:33
Job 1:1,8
Yes no
13. God of Love
Jehovah Elohim
Deut.7:6-9
Jn. 17:23
I Jn. 4:7-12
yes Jn. 17:23 Jn. 17:23 Phil. 2:2
I Jn. 4:7-12
Angel
yes
devil
no
14. God’s Will
Netsach
Eph. 1:11
Jn. 6:40
yes Jn. 6:38-40, Jn. 8:28-29 Matt. 26:39 Rom. 12:2, 10:9-10 yes no
15. Unity/1 God
Jehovah Elohim
Deut. 6:4,
Isa. 45:5-6
Eph. 4:6
yes Jn. 17:11
I Cor. 8:4-6
Jn. 10:30
Eph. 4:3-6
Jn. 7:11,23
yes Lk. 4:41
Mk. 5:7
Js. 2:19
16. Honor Jn. 5:23,
Ps. 145:5
Yes I Jn. 5:23
John 8:54
Isa. 45:4 yes no
17. Creator
Elohim
Gen. 1:1-3
Isa.40:28,43:15, 45:9,11-12, 18
Isa. 46:9-19
no Rom. 1:23-25
Mal. 2:10
Jn. 20:17
Eph. 1:3
no no no
18. Answers Prayer
Elohim
Gen. 20:17 Heb. 6:13-18
Num. 23:19
no
yes Matt. 17:21,
Matt. 21:22, Matt. 26:39
Lk. 6:12, 22:41-46
Jn. 12:27-30
Yes Mtt.21:22
I Cor. 7:5
No
19. Holy
Qadosh, Hagios
Isa. 40:25, 45:11,
Isa. 43:3, 57:15
Job 6:10
yes Yes Mk. 1:24
Jn. 17:11
Yes
Jn. 17:11
yes No
Mk. 1:24
20. Authority
Theos Pantkrator
Isa. 57:15
Rev. 4:8
No not co-equal/ co-eternal I Cor. 15: 27-28, 11:3
Jn. 14:28
yes no no
21. I AM
Hayah
Ex. 3:12-16 No Matt. 14:27
Mk. 13:6,
Mk. 14:62
Jn. 10:36,
Jn. 18:4-9
no No
22. Plurality
Elohim
Gen. 1:26-27 no Gen. 29:21-27
Ps. 90:10
no no Yes
idols
23. Worship
Eloah
Jn. 4:24
Ex. 20:2-3
II Chron. 32:15
no Proskuneo
Jn. 4:23-24
no No
Rev. 19:10
Yes
idols
24. Foreknowledge
Theos
Eph. 1:4, 11
I Pet. 1:19-21
no I Pet.1:19- 21, Matt.2:1 No Eph. 1:4
I Pet. 1:1-2
no

 

25. Salvation
Jah, Yasha
Ps. 106:21
Isa. 43:3,11, Isa. 45:15,21
I Tim. 1:1
yes Mk. 2:5-12
Lk. 2:11
Acts 5:31
I Jn. 4:14
Yes
Rom. 10:9-10
No
II Cor. 5:18-20

 

Selected Footnotes

[1] Ibid, p#.

[2] Thayer, Joseph, # p. 285.

[3] Louw, Nida # p. 140.

[4] This famous phrase is attributed to Queen Victoria having been overheard in several incidents. The use of “the royal we’” by a sovereign to mean “I” is said to go back to King Richard I, who, in 1190 in a Latin text, the Charter to Winchester, used nos, “we”, rather than me, “I”. It became a way for the sovereign to indicate that they were more than just a common person and communicated the idea that the will of the monarch was the will of all the people.

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New Year Lunar Eclipses of January 2019 and Jupiter-Venus Unions

As the heavens open with a celestial fireworks show for the New Year of 2019, there is a notable lunar theme in the air! In this first blog of 2019, we are highlighting two lunar eclipses in the first 3 weeks of 2019, including a Partial Lunar eclipse Jan. 5-6, and a Super Blood Moon on Jan 21st. This is part of a Super Moon series in 2018-19. A Super-Moon takes place when the Moon reaches peak fullness during its closest approach to Earth. Super-Moons appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than normal. Super-Moons can occur multiple times yearly, as we are seeing with the current Super-Moon Triad.

Image result for 2019 new years fireworks images

With two Lunar Eclipses in January, on the 6th and 21st, the final lunar sign in this Super-Moon series pulls a trifecta, also being a Total Lunar Eclipse, as a rare Super-Blood Moon.

A most notable recent Super-Blood Moon happened back in Sept. 2015 concluding the 2014-15 Blood Moon Tetrad, with the 1st known Super Blood Moon on a Hebrew feast. This Blood Moon Tetrad wrapped up with a Super Blood Moon on Tabernacles Feast, Sept. 28, 2015.

The Jan. 31st, 2018 Blood Moon was also be visible in Israel as the moon in rising. It is the first of 3 consecutive Blood Moons visible in Israel. The 2nd occured on July 27/28, 2018 and the 3rd Jan. 20-21, 2019. This Blood Moon lunar triple of 2018-2019 follows 7 years after the lunar triple of  2010-2011 Blood Moons also visible in Israel. As we find in Fig. 1 below, these two sets of Blood Moon Lunar triples framed the 2014-2015 Blood Moon Tetrad, marking Hebrew Feast and holy days in 2014-15.

Figure 1. Lunar Triads and Solar Eclipses framing the Blood Moon Tetrad  2

Blood moon triad midpoints symmetry

The 2014-2015 Blood Moon Tetrad was centered between the saddest days on the Hebrew Calendar, the days of Av marked by two lunar triples framing this Tetrad between 2010-11 and 2018-19. These Lunar triples or triads are Blood Moon lunar eclipses that do not fall on Hebrew Feast or holy days, bracketing the Blood Moon Tetrad that did. These lunar triples recall the Jerusalem Temple being destroyed on two key occasions in history, during Hebrew Sabbath years of 586-587 BC and 69-70 AD. The Jubilee calendar also marks 27-28 AD as a Jubilee year, denoting the year Jesus opened his ministry to Israel, as seen in [Isa. 61:1ff & Lk. 4:18-19].


The 2010-2011 Lunar triple
 dates prior to the Blood Moon Tetrad and Eclipses of 2016 are seen below:

12/21/2010
6/15/2011
12/10/2011

The 2018-2019 Lunar triple dates after the Blood Moon Tetrad and eclipses of 2016 are seen below:

1/31/2018
7/27/2018
1/21/2019

All the solar eclipses on either side of the 2014-15 Blood Moon Tetrad are spaced equi-distant from the center of the Lunar Tetrad. For example, we find this with two solar eclipses closest to the center of the Blood Moon Tetrad, Oct. 23, 2014, and Mar. 20, 2015, are the same distance on either side of the center date [Jan. 5, 2015] of the Lunar Tetrad. The dates for the Partial Solar Eclipses before the Blood Moon Tetrad are listed below:

The Partial Solar Eclipse dates before the Blood Moon tetrad:

1/4/2011
6/1/2011
7/1/2011
11/25/2011

Partial Solar Eclipse Dates with the Second Lunar Triple:

2/15/2018
7/13/2018
8/11/2018
1/5-6/2019

It is interesting that the mid-point date Jan. 5, 2015, of this Blood Moon Tetrad is almost exactly 4 years to the day of the 4th Partial Solar Eclipse on Jan. 5-6 2019, during New Years week 2019. This Jan. 5-6 Partial Solar Eclipse Eclipse is the 58th eclipse in the Solar Saros Series 122. During the first week in January, we will see the Moon by passing Jupiter and Venus in Ophiuchus leading up to its Jan. 5-6 Partial Solar Eclipse. As it reaches the Super-Blood Moon on Jan. 21stEclipse totality will last 63 minutes.

Figure 2. The Moon passing by Jupiter and Venus New Years week Jan. 2019.

Generally, a conjunction of Venus and Jupiter happens once a year. But this year, in 2019, Venus and Jupiter will not only rendezvous the day after the Super-Blood Moon, on Jan. 22nd as seen in Fig. 3 below, but also for a 2nd notable conjunction in 2019 on the evening of November 24th, 2019.

Figure 3. Jupiter-Venus union aligned with Antares the Scorpion’s Heart Jan. 22nd, 2019.

There has been notable activity with the unions of Jupiter-Venus both at the birth of Christ and again linked to the 2014-15 Blood Moon Tetrad, two years ahead of the Sept. 23rd, 2017 Rev. 12 sign.

The following dates, also show elements of the Celestial Sphinx in the Regulus unions in Leo, while the Jupiter-Venus conjunctions took place in Virgo in 2016-2017:

July 30th, 2016 Mercury-Regulus Conjunction
Aug. 5th, 2016 Venus-Regulus Conjunction
Aug. 26-27th, 2016 Jupiter-Venus conjunction [Jupiter enters Virgo]
Feb. 26th, 2017 Jupiter-Venus conjunction
Sept. 23rd, 2017 [Virgo clothed 
with the Sun/Moon @ feet]-Rev. 12:1-2 
Nov. 13th, 2017 Jupiter-Venus conjunction

The two brightest planets –Venus and Jupiter –teamed up to provide the closest planetary conjunction of 2014, which had been the closest Venus- Jupiter conjunction during the six Lunar Eclipses of 2014-2016, until August 27, 2016, when Jupiter entered Virgo to be eventually“birthed” in 2017. This Venus-Jupiter union on August 27, saw these two planets three times closer than during their 2015 union when they were separated by only 1/3 of a degree.

With this celestial context in mind it lends a deeper meaning for the Venus-Jupiter conjunctions of 2019. The upcoming morning conjunction on January 22, 2019, has very favorable sighting conditions, because Venus is near its maximum distance from the sun. The stellar backdrop for the two Jupiter-Venus unions in 2019 is Ophiuchus/Scorpius. We find Jupiter in retrograde in 2019 near the foot of Ophiuchus that was bruised by the Scorpion’s sting, [Gen. 3:14-15] depicting the spiritual conflict between Satan and Christ.

Figure 4. Jupiter in Ophiuchus’ foot near the star Saiph.


Jupiter appears in front of the stars of Ophiuchus’ foot, during its 2018-2019 appearance. (Starry Night Pro)

Ophiuchus is identified with Christ in the triple conjunction of Saturn with the star in the serpent-holder’s left foot, called Saiph, meaning “bruised.” This of course is linked to the first prophecy of the promised seed in Gen. 3:14-15.

Saturn began its retrograde in Ophiuchus March 26th, then Saturn entered Sagittarius for 84 days prior to returning to Ophiuchus May 18th, 2017. Around August 21st, 2017 Saturn reached its Western stationary point North of the star Theta Ophiuchi, the day of the Total Solar Eclipse across America. Saturn’s retrograde ended a week later on August 28th, 2017. After returning to its regular motion, Saturn completed its 3rd union with Saiph on Sept. 6th, 2017, as Mercury was in retrograde, circling Mars and Regulus in conjunction in Leo, on Sept. 4th. Saturn remained in Ophiuchus till November 18th, 2017, before heading back into Sagittarius.

Figure 5. Jupiter in retrograde in 2018-201 with Venus conjunctions

This sequence of the triple union of Saturn with the star Saiph in 2017 was a precursor of Jupiter’s retrograde motion also leading to the same bruised foot of Ophiuchus in 2018-19. But there is another element of these Jupiter-Venus unions of 2019 that directly links these celestial events, that being the heart of the Scorpion the Red Star Antares. Antares means “the wounding” as a description of the temporary wound the adversary inflicted on Christ at the Cross, as the very death that Christ conquered in defeating the enemy eternally, [Heb. 2:14].

Prior and during the Jupiter-Venus conjunctions of 2019, we find three unions of these planets with Antares in 2018-19.

1. December 23rd, 2018; Jupiter-Antares conjunction.
2. January 15th 2019; Venus-Antares conjunction.
3. November 9th, 2019; Venus-Antares conjunction.

Here we see the King Planet Jupiter and Venus the bright and Morning Star which embody different aspects of the Lord Jesus Christ effectively crushing the Head/Heart of the Serpent/ Scorpion leading up to the final death blow our Lord will execute in this titanic struggle of the Ages.

Figure 6.  Mercury, Jupiter, and Antares Dec. 21st 2018

The preceding separate triple unions of Jupiter and Saturn are a prelude to the upcoming Jupiter-Saturn triple conjunction in 2020.We find secondary elements of this theme just prior to the December 23rd, 2018 Jupiter-Antares conjunction, because on December 21st Jupiter and Mercury-Gabriel are less than a degree apart. Mercury, Jupiter, and Antares are nearly aligned in a 6° range, as seen in Fig. 6 above. Mercury-Gabriel heralds the coming Jupiter-Saturn conjunction as Dec. 21st marks two years until their Great Conjunction, when they appear only 0.1° apart! 7 Of course it was their triple union in 7 BC as part of the Celestial Prelude that helped the Magi recognize the traits of Jupiter as the Bethlehem Star bringing them to the birth of Christ.

What a great way to wrap up the 2018 Holiday Season and kick off the New Year!!

God Bless!!

Footnotes

1. Figure 1 graphic by Alexander Lawrence
2. Figure 2. Picture credit from Bruce McClure-Tonight Jan. 2019.
3. Figure 3. picture credit from [https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2018/10/24/2018-2019-jupiter-dances-with-the-snake-handler/]
4. IBID Figure 4 picture credit.
5. IBID Figure 5 picture credit.
6. IBID Figure 6 picture credit.
7. Ibid

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Birth of Jesus Christ

Biblical Astronomy of the Luni-solar eclipse Tetrad marking the Birth of Christ

The subject of this blog picks up from observations in our previous blog post in Part 1 of this study, concerning a triad of lunar eclipses on Hebrew Holy days in 5 BC, reflected in the chart below. This study will focus on the Total Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse of March 13th, 4 BC, which has long been erroneously held as the Eclipse marking Herod’s death. It was Dr. Ernest Martin who removed all doubt that this eclipse was the one Josephus said coincided with the death of Herod, and one of the main reasons was that in the year of this eclipse, it fell on Adar 15 on the Hebrew Calendar. From the time of Queen Esther [Esther 9:1-32] the 14th and 15th of Adar were set aside as festival days of Purim, [Esther 9:17-18], that celebrated the death of Haman with his family, and the overthrowing of his evil plot to destroy Israel. Although Purim was not one of the 3 main feasts that required the men of Israel to be in Jerusalem, Purim is a key feast for other reasons. More on this later.

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In March, 5 BC, concurrent with the Blood Moon and according to some records again in April4 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, one of Capricorn’s 3 decans and enemy of the Serpent. The Pisces conjunctions of 7/6 BC would have directed the Magi’s attention to Jerusalem, but this Nova in Capricorn 2 years later, during the Passover and Unleavened Bread  feasts marked by Blood Moons, may also have confirmed for the Magi the General Sign of the Celestial Prelude. E.W. Bullinger 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

The activity in Figure 1 below sets the signs of 7-4 BC, ahead of the signs that began the following year marking the birth of Christ. Previously our focus mainly concerned the triple planetary union of Jupiter-Saturn in 7 BC, compared with the triple planetary Conjunction of Jupiter and Regulus 4 years later. In this study our focus is dialed into the intervening period of celestial signs in 5-4 BC, providing more detail leading to the birth of Christ. Part 1 of this study revealed these Blood Moons took place on the Spring and Fall feasts of the Hebrew Calendar, and the March 23rd Blood Moon Total Lunar eclipse fell on the evening of Passover on March 22nd-23rd starting the week of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Also in the Fall of that year, a 2nd Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse, opened the week of Tabernacle Feast, 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.

Figure 1. 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
Mar. 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
Mar. 13th 4   eclipse Partial Lunar Eclipse: Purim Nova Aquila

When we include the March 13th Blood Moon Total Lunar eclipse on Purim, to the eclipses of the previous year, we find a Tetrad of luni-solar eclipses on Hebrew Feast days leading to the birth of Christ. To my knowledge there has not been an Eclipse Tetrad linked with the birth of Christ previously, although there was a Blood Moon Tetrad linked with Christ’s Crucifixion in 32-33 AD. This crucifixion date would make Jesus 36+ years old instead of entering his 30th year to start his ministry, as scripture tells us. Once we adhere to the Jan. 9-10, 1 BC date for the eclipse marking Herod’s death, our crucifixion date in April, 28 AD is a precise fit with Christ opening his ministry over a year earlier in 27 AD. This reflects the “acceptable year of the Lord” as Jesus prophesied, [Lk. 4:19-22] as opposed to the 3 year ministry held by religious tradition. The lunar eclipse on Purim was also a potential factor in the Eclipse Tetrad of 2016.

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What was unique about the Jubilee Year of 2016 is that either Purim or Passover fell on March 23rd, depending on if Adar 2 was included or not. This is the most recent time that a Lunar Eclipse could have occurred on Purim, although as a Penumbral lunar eclipse, the entire lunar surface was not eclipsed. It fell 120 days after the Super Blood Moon of Sept. 28, 2015. Specifically, Purim began Wednesday evening on the Hebrew Calendar, March 23, 2016 continuing through Thursday night, March 24th. It was also  the first full Moon after the Spring Equinox. We have pointed out in previous blogs how this Eclipse Tetrad with a Purim Eclipse in 2016 matched exactly with the tetrad of luni-solar eclipses marking the Roman’s destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 AD, seen below.

As in the eclipse tetrad leading to the birth of Christ in 3 BC, there was not only a Partial Lunar Eclipse on Purim, March 4th, 71 AD, but also a Rev. 12 sign in both cases. In Fig.2 we can see the Rev. 12 sign in Virgo, marking the birth of Christ.

Figure 2. Revelation 12 sign of Christ’s birth on Sept. 11th, 3 BC. 2

virgo at sunset on september 11th 3 bc

 The following summary from our Biblical Blood Moon Calendar post, shows the signs marking the 70 AD Roman’s Temple Destruction as Jesus Prophesied. It is fitting that Jesus prophesied about the 70′ Temple Destruction in [Matt. 24:2], marked by this Luni-solar eclipse tetrad, while another eclipse tetrad is found leading to his hirth. This provides another example of the Celestial Gospel supporting and confirming God’s written and incarnate Word.


Figure 3. Comparison of Luni-Solar Eclipses in
 69-71 AD with 2016.

Solar & Lunar Eclipses from 69-71 AD.         2016 Solar & Lunar Eclipses omitting Adar 2:

Partial Lunar       Sukkot              10/18/69

Total Solar           Nisan 1              3/30/70        Total Solar Eclipse 3/9/2016 on Nisan 1

Penum lunar       Passover          4/14/70         Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Passover 3/23/2016/ Nisan 14

Annular Solar     Rosh Hash      9/23/70        Annular Solar Eclipse 9/3/2016/Trumpets Feast 

Penum lunar       Sukkot              10/08/70     Penum Lunar Eclipse 9/16/Sukkot/9-16 to 9/23/16

Partial Lunar       Purim               3/4/71

 

 A comparison of Solar and Lunar signs between 70 AD and 2016 is truly remarkable! Also, the Purim lunar eclipse in 71′  was the last Lunar Eclipse on Purim we can find in the intervening period, after 4 BC, leading to the birth of Christ. The intriguing parallel here is that these Solar and Lunar signs marked the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70′, but in the 2016 tetrad we are looking for the return of a Third Jerusalem Temple as the next logical step to fulfill Biblical Prophecy following up to Israel’s reclamation of Jerusalem marked by the 1967-68′ Blood Moon Tetrad, in the 6-day War with Egypt. Thus we see the importance of these Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 5-4 BC and 2016 as they align with the only other Soli-lunar eclipses on Hebrew Feasts that include a Purim Eclipse over the last 2000 years! We must also be mindful that the Blood Moon Tetrad of 2014-15 and the 2016 eclipse tetrad lead the way to the replay of the Rev. 12 sign on Sept. 23rd of 2017. this leads to three pairings of eclipse tetrads including Purim eclipses, leading to 3 separate Rev. 12 signs in history!

Figure 4. Rev.12 Sign; 9/23/17 [Sun clothing Virgo with the Moon at her feet]. 3

A Penumbral Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse on the Feast of Purim, taking place during a Hebrew Jubilee Year, should also  get our attention for a number of reasons.

One can not help, but be struck by the unique and rare occurrence of the 2014-15 Eclipse Tetrad of four Blood Moons during the Shemitah of Shemitah’sand now the Jubilee comes with yet another Lunar eclipse on Purim, forming a Quintet of lunar eclipses on Hebrew Holidays from 2014-2016. The 70 AD destruction of the Jerusalem Temple marked the removal of God from His Temple in stages, and the dispersion of the Jews among the Gentile Nations. This 2016 Lunar Eclipse on Purim, may testify as another indicator towards the appearance a New Temple on the Mount, as part of the coming treaty allowing modern Israel the Restoration of Temple sacrifices in Jerusalem, previously marked by an Eclipse Tetrad in 69-71 AD, when those sacrifices were last enacted, [Dan. 9:24-27].

The 69-70 AD solar and lunar eclipses marking the Roman’s destruction of the Temple are reflected in the solar and lunar eclipses of 2016, leading to the 2017 rewind of the Great Wonder of Rev. 12:1-2. Amazingly, another version of this Rev. 12 celestial wonder occurred on August 27th, in 70 AD, in between the 4/14/70 Passover Lunar Eclipse, and the 9/23/70 Rosh Hashanah Solar Eclipse!

Figure 5. The Rev. 12 sign on August 27th, 70 AD: With a Jupiter-Venus union. 4

In this version of the Rev. 12 sign, the woman-Virgo has a crown of 12 stars, with Jupiter and Venus in such close union they appear to merge into one star just as they did in 2 BC, except this time in the lower rear paw of Leo. The Sun is clothing Virgo and the Moon near her feet. The planets Jupiter and Venus are also aligned with Mercury-Gabriel and the King Star Regulus in Leo.  What is extraordinary with this version of the Rev. 12 Sign is that it occurs in the center of the luni-solar eclipse tetrad on Hebrew Feast and holy days marking the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 AD.

Purim is a story of both deliverance and a sudden destructionPurim is a Hebrew holiday and has been incorporated much like Hanukkah into the list of Feasts that have been added to the 7 major Feasts of Jehovah. 

The meaning of the Feast of Purim is disclosed only in the Bible’s book of Esther. The beginning of the Book of Esther starts off with a 6-month feast of the King. As Purim amazingly aligns with a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, when we consider the context of Hebrew Calendar and the Eclipse series of 2014-2016  what is the message we can glean from these Purim lunar eclipses, linking the Rev. 12 signs at the birth and potential return of Christ? The record of the history and origin of the Purim Feast in the Book of Esther, is significant today for a number of reasons. Even as the evil Haman was bent on his genocidal plan against Israel in the ancient Persian Empire, so today there is a group of Islamic and world powers conspiring to “wipe Israel off the map.” Purim is prophetic in relation to the deliverance of God’s People from those enemies that seek to destroy the heritage of the Almighty, and Redeemer’s bl0od-line. The Purim feast also celebrates the death of Haman, an Amalekite from the tribe of Edom and his 10 sons [Esth. 3:10, 9:24].

Biblical record of Esther not only shows the history of the Feast of Purim, but also reveals elements of how the Heavenly Father saved His people, exhibiting His undying Love and protection of IsraelGod Saved His people not only so they could enjoy His blessing on their lives, but also so He could return them to the Promised Land of Israel and their Holy city-Jerusalem. We can see this long-standing purpose of God because after nearly 2000 years of being dispersed among the Gentile Nations, in 1948-50 Israel was reformed as a nation-state, also marked by a Blood Moon Tetrad, and the Jews have been returning to their homeland ever since. There is also another overriding purpose found in Esther, and that is the preservation of the Christ-line. Numerous times in history the enemy attempted to wipe the Hebrews from the face of the Earth as he knew they would bear man’s Redeemer. The serpent usually executes these purges through his evil earthly spiritual seed, of which Haman the Edomite was a prime candidate. During the birth of Moses, the Egyptians killed the male Hebrew infants for this purpose. During the time of Christ’s birth, Herod who also descended from Edomite ancestry, had the male infants murdered around Bethlehem, for the same reason.

This is one of the reasons why we have noted the link between lunar eclipses and the activity of the serpent’s seed in history and mythology. The link here seems to relate to the idea that the adversary is parasitic in nature, and the Moon as the lesser light ruling the night, does not generate its own light, but only reflects the sunlight or else periodically eclipses it. It seems while the Moon occults the Sun-light the enemy is encouraged to carry out its purposes contrary to the true God, as witnessed above.

The graphic below shows an astronomical disc from Apian’s Astronomicum Ceasareum (1540 AD). It illustrates the ascending and descending lunar Nodes (dragon’s head & tail), in calendrical calculation of solar and lunar eclipses.

Figure 6. Apian’s Astronomicum Ceasareum (1540 AD) 5

calculation of the solar and lunar eclipse

Lunar eclipses are a result of the activities of the Moon in monthly ascending and descending nodes,  that always lie opposite one another on the eclipticEclipses coincide with the Moon’s orbit intersecting the ecliptic. Solar and Lunar eclipses only occur when the Full or New Moon is within a six degree range of the lunar Node. The line connecting these nodes, the two “dragon points” where the Moon crosses the ecliptic, is called the “Line of Nodes.” The motion of this mythic line generates the 18.618-year eclipse cycle, but the Moon does not return to the same spot in the sky until it has gone through three of these cycles, totaling just under 56 years. This is called “precession of the nodes.”6 The golden section influence or phi ratio math seems apparent here, as in the saros, because during the 18.618-year eclipse cycle, the Line of Nodes recedes in the “precession of the nodes“19.618 days each year. The ancients conceived of the lunar nodes as a large celestial dragon. An apt example of this is found in old Arabian astronomy, where the two aspects of the Draconic Month were known as the Head and Tail of the Dragon.

As we see the efforts of Haman to exterminate the nation of Israel along these lines. The setting for Esther was ancient Persia-modern-day Iran. Even as Daniel who also served under this 2nd world Empire following Babylon from their capital city of Susa, Queen Esther decided to stand up for the nation of Israel against Haman’s evil plot, she received favor from her King and Husband Xerxes I. Esther enjoyed the favor of the King’s Sceptre when she risked her life by entering the conference of the King. It is interesting that; Biblically “a Sceptre can also be symbolic of a person!” In Numbers, we read;

(Numbers 24:17)”I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near: a star shall come out of Jacob, and a sceptre shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the forehead of Moab and break down all the sons of Seth.”

That Sceptre embodied the prophesied return of the Promised Seed, who came first over 1,900 years ago, and by his sacrifice provided redemption for all mankind. All who believe in Him, and follow Him, have a pathway back to God, who alone is able to deliver them from blood-thirsty hatred of those today, like Haman seeking the genocide of Israel. Our website study on the General Sign of the Celestial Prelude covers the significance of this Numbers 24 record regarding the Sceptre, in the context of the heavenly signs surrounding the birth of ChristThe heavenly birth signs for Christ as seen in Rev. 12, appeared again in 2017, with a prominent role for Jupiter, the King Planet and Royal Sceptre of the King of Kings.

For Messianic Jews and modern day Christians, we anticipate with great hope our embodiment in the spiritual Church of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as we partake in the sceptre of his righteous authority and everlasting victory over the evil darkness of this world.

A Most Joyous Holiday Season for 2018 to all my readers…

God Bless!

Footnotes

1. Witness of the Stars, E. W. Bullinger
2. Picture Credit, Jesus Christ our Promised Seed, American Christian Press
3. Picture credit, Stellarium Software graphic of 9-23-17 Sign in Virgo.
4. Picture Credit, Stellarium Astronomical Software on Aug. 27th, 70 AD
5. Apian’s Astronomicum Ceasareum (1540 AD)
6. Star Names, their Lore and Meaning, R.H. Allen, p. 208.

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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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