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The Biblical Astronomy of the Christmas Day Signs in 2 BC and 2017

This week we were all reminded of the importance of the Jupiter-Venus conjunction series and the critical role it has played regarding the birth of Christ, with their dazzling June 17th, 2 BC union, as Jupiter and Venus were closely aligned in Leo. As we have noted this continuing series related to the Celestial Sphinx relating to the modern Blood Moon Tetrads, our eyes have been opened to the key role embodied by this series, with its end-time applications. The Nov. 13thJupiter-Venus union saw the King Planet and the bright and Morning Star, less than 1/3 of a degree apart, 1 [Rev. 22:16]. During the Jupiter-Venus conjunction, Mars was mid-body in the constellation Virgo. Both Mars and Jupiter are moving east, Mars towards Virgo, and Jupiter moving towards Libra. Following the celestial signs around the 9/23/2017, Rev. 12 sign, Venus is involved in some noteworthy activity. While moving through Leo playing its part in forming the 12 stars in Virgo’s Crown and the 2017 triple union of Mercury-Regulus, Venus and Mars converge in Leo, remaining in close proximity in the first week of October. Rising in the dawn skies of October 5th, Venus passes 2 tenths of a degree from the arch-angel Mars-Michael, as seen in Plate 1 below. 2

Plate 1. Oct. 5th, 2017 Venus-Mars Conjunction in Leo

 

On Nov. 19th, after leaving its union with Venus, Jupiter unites with Zuben El Genubi in Libra, on its easterly ecliptic path into Sagittarius.
After the November 13th Jupiter-Venus union, the king planet continues on its ecliptic approach entering Libra, where it will remain forty-one weeks, in a subsequent 9-month retrograde into 2018. This is the first of a triple union between Jupiter and Zuben El Genubi in Libra, that will be completed in summer of 2018, resulting from Jupiter’s retrograde in Libra. The dates for this triple union are supplied below; 3

1. 12/21/2017 union of Jupiter-Zuben El Genubi in Libra.
2. 6/2/2018 union of Jupiter-Zuben El Genubi in Libra.
3. 8/15/2018 union of Jupiter-Zuben El Genubi in Libra.

In later Nov. 2017, we find Mars the archangel Michael moving into conjunction with Spica in the morning sky, see [Plate 3]. This union takes place on November 29th, with Mars 3 degrees north of Spica. Below we can see the Jupiter-Mars conjunction in Libra in early January 2018. This sets the stage for the triple conjunction of Jupiter-Zuben El Genubi in Libra based on the 2018 retrograde of Jupiter.

Plate 2. The Jan. 7th, 2018 Jupiter-Mars conjunction 4

 

In the morning sky on January 7, 2018, Mars finally overtakes Jupiter in Libra, in an eye-opening conjunction, with Mars only 3 tenths of a degree separated from Jupiter. The JupiterMars union of January 7th 2018 takes place after the first of 3 unions Jupiter will undergo in Libra, this time about 1/2 a degree apart from Libra’s brightest star– Zuben El-genubiDecember 21st 2017, finds Jupitein direct motion passing North of Libra’s alpha star, meaning “the purchase or price which is deficient.“5  Jupiter’s union with this bright star in Libra speaks to man’s inability to redeem himself, because he has been weighed in the balances and found wanting.

 

 


Plate 3. 12/21/2017
union of Jupiter-Zuben El Genubi in Libra, with Mars near Spica. 6

The significance of Libra not only refers to the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ, but also includes the judgement of God on mankind. The ONLY way man can be weighed in the balances and NOT found wanting, is by Believing in Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God who bought our redemption by spilling his innocent blood at the cross, [Rom. 10:9-10]. This truth is embodied in Libra’s star, Zuben Al Chemali-the Price that Covers! 7

Jesus is the only one ever who was not only qualified, but actually laid down his life for all man-kind, which makes him the only Way of Salvation, the Alpha and Omega-the first and last way God made available for the redemption of all humanity.

To brighten our holiday season this year, we will be treated to a Christmas Day conjunction of Saturn and Venus in Sagittarius! On Dec. 25th, 2017 Venus the bright and Morning Star unites with Saturn, displaying Christ’s victory over the evil one, as seen in Sagittarius where our quickly returning Lord Jesus Christ is portrayed in triumph, conquering to conquer! Here the star picture of the mounted Archer has his arrow aimed at the red heart of the ScorpionAntares, while the foot of Ophiuchus crushes the Scorpion’s heart underfoot. As we noted in our previous blog post, Saturn has just completed its triple union with Saiph, the star in Ophiuchus’ other foot which was stung by the Scorpion, bruising the heel of the 1st and 2nd Adams, [Gen. 3:15]. This shows Satan’s persistent evil to obstruct God’s purposes any way he can, even though he knows he is defeated. This planetary conjunction near the conqueror’s Bow, shows the deadly accuracy of our Lord’s aim [Plate 4] to destroy the works of the enemy, [I John 3:8b].

Plate 4. The Arrow of Sagittarius aimed in the Galactic Center to the Heart of the Scorpion.

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Of course, this week’s Jupiter-Venus union on Nov. 13th, 2017 reminds us of the Jupiter-Venus conjunctions marking the birth of Christ, on Sept. 11th, 3 BC. With the arrival of the new born king on the scene his sufferings to fulfill the OT Law as the Passover Lamb were ahead of him, where now he is looking forward to his Glory in eternal victory, and the redemption of his purchased possessionthe Church of his spiritual body. The Christmas Day conjunction of Saturn and Venus in Sagittarius, recalls the exploits of the Magi in 3-2 BC, with notable celestial activity. 

Matthew 2:9 

When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

According to astronomical calculations, Jupiter was not visible crossing the Meridian, the “high point” over Bethlehem from September through November of 2 BC …However by December 4 of 2 BC, Jupiter became visible at the Meridian shortly before dawn…the eclipse
shortly preceding Herod’s death occurred on January 9, 1 BCThus it was sometime during this five week period from December 4th to January 9th that the Magi journeyed from Jerusalem to Bethlehem and saw the star of Matt. 2:9.
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In reference to “came and stood over” in verse 9:

Astronomically, stars and planets are similar to the sun in that they rise in the east and set in the west. Furthermore, a star or planet is like the sun in that it will reach a high point in the sky in relation to the observer. At this point it is on the Meridian (longitude) of the observer. During the day, the sun reaches this point at noon. Consider the stars and planets in their nightly courses. They rise in the east. At some time during the night each will reach its highest point in relation to the observer, the Meridian. If this occurs in the southern sky as one is travelling south, as with the Magi travelling from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, the star would appear to come and stand over one’s destination.9

We should recall at this juncture Jupiter’s annual activities including its retrograde motionbegan on December 25th, 2 BC. Martin states: “Jupiter arrived at its ordinary time for retrogression and it became stationary among the stars. But this time something unusual happened. In 2 BC as viewed from Jerusalem, Jupiter came to its normal stationary position directly over Bethlehem on December 25th…not only that, the planet assumed its stationary position while in the middle of the Constellation of Virgo, the Virgin. 10

Thus, according to Martin, the same astronomical phenomena that initiated Jupiter’s three Conjunctions with Regulus, its annual retrograde motion would have caused Jupiter to stand still in the heavens for about six days near the intersection of the ecliptic and the Meridian mid-body in Virgo. This occurred in week of the celebration of the Feast of Dedication in December of 2 BC. Also recall the relationship between the cycles of the Sun and Jupiter, and that the Sun, mid-bodied in Virgo for the twenty-day period, from August 27th to September 15th, marked the birth of the promised seed.

Martin goes on to say that: “on December 25th, 2 BC at the ordinary time for the Magi’s pre-dawn observations, Jupiter would have been seen in Meridian position (directly over Bethlehem) at an elevation of 68 degrees above the southern horizon. This precise position would show the planet shining directly down on Bethlehem while it was stationary among the stars.” 11

 Martin’s assertion that Jupiter began its retrograde motion on December 25th, 2 BC, aligns with the start of the Feast of Dedication, that year which was from December 22 to 29. As the Magi left Jerusalem, they saw Jupiter on its nightly course. Looking south they saw it high in the sky, nearing its apex on the Meridian of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Thus, the king planet-Jupiter was clothing Virgo, as the Sun did during the birth of the promised seed, mirroring the movement of the light of the world, while clearly marking the birthplace of the King of the Jews for the Magi.

Plate 5. The Journey of the Magi (1894) by James Jaques Joseph Tissot “12

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These were important celestial indicators for the Magi, who would have seen the spiritual significance of “his star”—Jupiter, in” Virgo during the month of December in 2 BC, directly over Bethlehem, indicating the birthplace of the King of Kings, who would inherit David’s throne. In this light, we can understand Balaam’s great prophecy in Numbers 24, as a reference to this.

Num. 24:17-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 he shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.

“Star out of Jacob and a sceptre shall rise out of Israel“- Star = H3556 (kowkab) figuratively an illustrious Prince who is the star to rise out of Jacob, holding the scepter as ruler over Israel. 13 We should note the figure of speech polysyndetyn utilized in this verse regarding the “many ands” which emphasize each aspect of the verse appearing between the “ands.” This “star” was associated with the sceptre rising out of Israel, is a celestial reference to the sign of Leo the Lion with specific implications for it’s brightest luminary, Regulus the king star, the brightest star on the ecliptic also known as the “heart of the Lion.” The King’s sceptre is the symbol of his power over the heathens and those who oppose his purposes, by which he will rule over them with an unbending authority or “rod of iron,” [Ps. 2, Rev. 19:15]. Regulus was known by the ancients as the only king star which is linked with this scepter. This fulfills Jacob’s prophesy, that one holding this scepter would arise out of Judah according to Genesis 49. Secondly, the regal authority of this star is established in the king planet-Jupiter, whose authority as we have just seen, was symbolized by Leo the Lion, of the tribe of Judah that provided the regal stock from which the kingly line of Israel arose, first in King David, and ultimately in Jesus Christ from the “root of David” [Rev. 5:5]. The triple planetary Conjunction of the king planet Jupiter, with the king star Regulus in Leo from 3-2 BC, thus aligns specifically with the prophecy of Genesis 49:8-10, which shows the maturation of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Balaam’s revelation here in Numbers 24:17 provides a Scriptural basis for the connection between the “star of Jacob” [Jupiter] and the “Sceptre,” to the advent of Christ the King, who came forth out of Jacob’s genealogical line. 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 complete details of the correlation between the triple Conjunction of Jupiter and Regulus in 3-2 BC, and the record in Gen. 49, is available through our bookstore on the DVD “The Biblical Astronomy of the Birth of Christ.” This unique teaching provides the in-depth instruction on the celestial pageantry of the birth of Christ, along with the history of the Magi and numerous related Biblical Astronomy topics that time does not allow in this blog post.

  As we have shown, the ecliptic is structured so that each of the 12 primary signs of the zodiac of 30 degrees has three decans associated with them, of 10 degrees each. The first decan of Virgo called Coma, is depicted in the Dendera zodiac as a seated mother nourishing her infant son. Coma is the Hebrew name of this Constellation which means “the desired.” The Egyptian name for this decan of Virgo was Shes-nu the desired son, [Hagg. 2:7].14  It was in the head of this child, the desired of the nations, as Haggai prophesied him to be, that a supernova appeared over 100 years prior to the birth of Christ. E.W. Bullinger refers below, to the popular belief regarding this general sign that was prevalent in and before the first century BC:

“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.” 15

Plate 6. Jupiter-Saturn triple Conjunction of 7 BC.

Jupiter-Saturn Triple Conjunction

This tradition was based on Balaam’s declaration in Numbers 24, meaning that Balaam’s prophecy holds additional import. First, The new star, or supernova located in the head of the infant in Coma, visible for a total of over 270 years, was the general sign that prepared the Magi to be on watch for specific aspects of the second part of the Celestial Prelude, involving the series of celestial signs from 7-5 BC. These signs seen in the triple planetary Conjunction of Jupiter-Saturn in 7 BC would set the stage for the Magi’s recognition of the triple planetary union of Jupiter-Regulus from 3-2 BC, marking the long prophesied birth of the promised seed. Here we see the third aspect of Balaam’s prophecy in relation to the scepter, symbolic of the reign of the king planet Jupiter. As we have seen in our study, Jupiter is the planet that the Magi called “his Star” in Matt. 2:2.

there shall come a star out of Jacob“- In Numbers 24:17, when “Jacob” is referred to, it refers not only to his seed, but also the land that was promised to him, in his Covenant with God.  Bullinger states in reference to this star in Numbers 24:17 that the word “come” is, come forth (as in the Revised Version). He translates “there shall come a Star out of Jacob,” as: “There shall come forth a star at or over the inheritance or possessions of Jacob,” thus indicating the locality which would be on the Meridian of this star.”16 [emphasis mine]

This “Star out of Jacob” would not only be unique in its Messianic symbolism, of the Promised Seed, but also because of the terrestrial link of his birthplace-Bethlehem of Judea, in the Promised Land of Jacob’s inheritance. This holy land, especially the town of Bethlehem, was specifically marked out by his star-Jupiter, as God guided the Magi to the birthplace of both David and Christ. Rolleston has an notable remark regarding this:

“The Magi forewarned that the star must appear over Jacob, over his inheritance, would see that star in Coma passing over the center of that inheritance: but as it would also appear to pass vertically over every part of it that was nearly in the Latitude of Jerusalem, thus they could not at once fix on the spot of the Messiah’s birth, therefore they went to inquire; the Latitude, as it were, being given by the star, the longitude by the prophecy.” 17

Rolleston’s quote reveals that she also fell victim to the confusion between the general and specific signs of the Celestial Prelude. It was not the new star in Coma that led the Magi to Bethlehem, which had been shining brightly for over 100 years, but the ScepterJupiter in Virgo s
tationary due to its retrograde motion during the winter Solstice that stood over Bethlehem, the inheritance of Jacob, that inspired the great joy of the Magi. It was the dual triple Conjunctions of Jupiter-Saturn that identified the king planet as “His Star,” and the same star that got them started on their caravan which led them to Jerusalem in August of 3 BC. Since Coma is the “L”-shaped decan of Virgo, pictured below, adjacent to the Woman in the heavens, the Magi saw both the supernova in Coma, AND Jupiter in Virgo, simultaneously aligned on the Meridian in the same part of the skies over Bethlehem. We have depicted this graphically in the banner of this blog post.

Plate 6. Coma an ancient Decan of Virgo

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Here we see the Witness of the Stars, and the Scriptures, working together to bring the Magi to the toddler Jesus, because their alert observation of “his star” brought them to Jerusalem and the scribe’s declaration from Micah 5:2, when Herod questioned them, sent the Magi south towards Bethlehem. Tracking again the historical references to the Coma supernova, Ignatius, one of the Church Fathers and the Bishop of Antioch, in about 69 AD, records that: “At the appearance of the Lord a star shone forth brighter than all other stars.” If we are careful not to confuse this reference with the planet Jupiter, we can deduce that this supernova was still visible to Ignatius over 200 years after it first appeared, thus marking the general time-frame of Jesus’ birth. Joseph Seiss has some viable historical references which narrow down the period wherein this supernova was visible:

Hipparchus about one hundred twenty-five years before Christ, observed it [the Coma supernova] as a new star, and was led by it to draw up his catalog of starsPtolemy, about one hundred and fifty years after Christ, refers to it as having been observed by Hipparchus, but as having become so faint as hardly to be any longer distinguishable.” 18

  A point of interest here regarding Hipparchus is that he is generally credited with the discovery of the precession of the equinoxes by modern science in about 134 BC. He reportedly came upon this discovery while studying the star Spica, on a celestial map produced by his predecessor, Timocharis. He noticed that Spica was about 2 degrees away from it’s location on the star map, and decided that its movement averaged one degree every 75 years; [close to the actual 72 years]. This is a key to remember in our study of Dendera’s zodiac related to Spica, and this general sign detailed in other sections of our [www.try-god.com] website. Rolleston also records the appearance of this bright new star in 125 BC, so bright that it was visible during the day.

The Magi would have witnessed both this star shining brightly in Coma, in the head of the young desired son, seen as already standing on his mother’s lap, not as an infant in a manger, [Plate 7]. Just below Coma in VirgoJupiter was in retrograde motion standing still on the Meridianon December 25th during their early morning observations around 4:25 am in 2 BCJupiter was standing high overhead, directly above Bethlehem, as the Magi approached from Jerusalem, the general sign in harmony with the specific. This gives another reason why the Magi were the only group to recognize the specific signs of the Messiah’s birth, because the general sign was a fixture in Coma from about 128 BC to 150 AD, marking the general period the Promised Seed would appear. The typical person wouldn’t have noticed any irregularity in the heavens, because it does not stand out unless coupled with the knowledge of the specific signs, regarding Jupiter, which brought the Magi to Israel in the first place. This is another reason why the Magi were overjoyed when they saw “his star” over Bethlehem. Also of interest, is the truth that the Gentile Magi arrived during Hannukah-the festival of lights, also recognized as the second Feast of Tabernacles in Israel, allowed for those who missed the first one in September. It is fitting that the initial Gentile recognition and response to the light of the world took place during this appropriate time, indicating God’s Grace to all mankind, [Hag. 2:7]. The timing of the winter Solstice is also key here because the Gentile Magi appeared at the time of the expected birth of the heathen sun-god, but honored the true Son of God instead, marking a much needed transition from the world’s idol practices, to the true veneration of the Promised Seed-Jesus Christ. This understanding of the distinction between the general and specific signs surrounding the birth of Christ should clear up the majority of the confusion and controversy related to this topic of study, if the Bible is recognized as the standard of truth, supported by history and the accuracy of the Biblical Astronomy as detailed here.

With both Mars and Venus in Ophiuchus, during this sign in December of 2 BC, we can see the archangel Mars-Michael, standing to protect the ascendant Morning star-the toddler Jesus Christ, during this time of the enemy’s attack. A noteworthy point here is Jupiter standing still in the heavens for about six days during the Hanukkah celebration, near the intersection of the ecliptic and the Meridian in Virgo. This focuses our attention on the path of Jupiter intersecting the ecliptic; the Sun’s path, pointing out the celestial relationship between Jupiter and the Sun, not to mention their kindred symbolism.

Martin states that:

… while Jupiter was in its “standing still” position over Bethlehem, the Sun was also “standing still.” All know that December 25th is in the usual period of the Winter Solstice. The word Solstice means “Sun stands still.” These stationary coincidences of Jupiter and the Sun are quite related, and would have appeared significant… 19

Plate 7. Sunset Horizon from Jerusalem at Christ’s birth on 9-11-3 BC.

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Malachi 4:2 
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

The word arise” in verse 2, is not only used of the Sun and light in general, but it and two of it’s derivatives occur in [Isaiah 60:1-3, Jer. 23:5]. As we have seen in regards to Jer. 23:5, the planet Jupiter, the sedeq planet is associated with the Messiah, Jesus Christ the righteous zemach-branch, and is one of five primary Old Testament prophecies pertaining to this Branch, as the coming promised seed. However, with the stationary choreography of Jupiter and the Sunwe have an added Messianic-solar link. The reference of “arise” above, is very interesting when considered not only from the aspect of Jupiter standing still, in Virgo, but also referring to the zemach-branch and the setting time of the star Spica in Virgo, whose ancient Hebrew star name refers to the four-fold ministry of Christ seen in the four Gospels. Thus it serves as a singular celestial marker of the moment of Christ’s birth, following on the heels between the setting Sun and New Crescent Moon at Virgo’s feet, [Plate 7] during the first moments of Tishri 1, in 3 BC! Thus, Virgo set the context for both Jupiter standing still on the Meridian  as a reference to Bethlehemthe birth-place of Jesus Christ, and the star-set of Spica in reference to Jesus’ birth-time, at the beginning of New Year’s dayTishri 1, on Israel’s Calendar.

This scenario provides us with the exact moments of the birth of Christ, about 20 minutes after sunset, with the setting of the Star Spica,  coinciding with the first appearance of the Crescent New Moon on the first of Tishri, the newly born king was manifested to his earthly parents Mary and Joseph. Fifteen months later in Dec. 2 BC, the Magi paid their visit and homage to the toddler Jesus, imparting their gifts unto the young king, which would finance the impending trip of the royal family to Egypt, and away from Herod.

With this year’s Christmas conjunction we are reminded of our Lord’s 1st Advent, but even more we see his quick and victorious Return for the redeeming of the Church of his spiritual body, that we may ever enjoy our victory with him and the Heavenly Father.

Amen!

 

Footnotes

1. Starry Night Pro, Astronomy Software on Jupiter-Venus union of Nov. 13th, 2017.
2. Bruce McClure in “Tonight” for Plate 1 picture credit.
3. Starry Night Pro, Astronomy Software on the triple union dates of Jupiter-Zuben El Genubi in Libra, 2017-18.
4. Picture credit on Plate 2: https://jeffreylhunt.wordpress.com/2017/09/30/2017-2018
5. Witness of the Stars, E.W. Bullinger p. 45
6. Picture credit on Plate 3: https://jeffreylhunt.wordpress.com/2017/09/30/2017-2018
7. Witness of the Stars, E.W. Bullinger p. 46
8. Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed,  p. 235. American Christian Press
9. IBID p. 234.
10. THE STAR THAT ASTONISHED THE WORLD, Dr. Earnest Martin p. 49.
11. Ibid
12. Picture credit on Plate 5The Journey of the Magi (1894) by James Jaques Joseph Tissot
13. Strong’s Concordance on H3556, James Strong.
14. Witness of the Stars, E.W. Bullinger
15. The Witness of the Stars, E.W. Bullinger ppg. 36-37.
16. IBID footnote p.37
17.  The Mazzaroth, Frances Rolleston. Footnote on “The Star of Bethlehem.”
18. The Gospel in the Stars, Joseph Seiss, p. 161.
19.  THE STAR THAT ASTONISHED THE WORLD, Dr. Earnest Martin. p. 60.

 

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The Biblical Astronomy of the Birth and Return of Jesus Christ; the Dual Fulfillment of Revelation 12, [Part 2.]

In Part 1 of this study we looked at various aspects of the Dual fulfillment of Rev.12, emphasizing some of the astronomical elements of this record. One of these elements was the Serpent-Dragon, where we noted the significance of Draco the Dragon, and the Draconid Meteor Shower during the birth of Christ in 3 BC, as opposed to the celestial signs tied to the SerpentSerpens, in the end-times meaning of Rev. 12, on 9-23-17.

Rev 12:3
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This is the first of 13 uses of “dragonin the Book of Revelation, indicative of the disorderly and rebellious nature of the fiery Red Dragon. Again we find a seven fold order of the Dragon’s spirit kingdom referenced in the Dragon’s seven heads along with the 7 crowns upon his 7 heads. The 7 heads likely refer to seven ruling [unclean spirits-daimon; Revelation 16:13-14], who embody a leading aspect of the Dragon’s authority over his earthly kingdom, and his spirit realm.

John’s Revelation in Chapter 12 of the Dragon and the Woman.

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Our emphasis in Part 1 revolved around how the Meteor Shower from Draco was the focus, which changes later to the Constellation of Serpens-the Serpent. This change is not only noted in the astronomical setting, but as we will see, it is also part of the Biblical record in Rev. 12. In verses 9-10 below we find certain names of the adversary, describing traits of his nature and operations, yet they still refer to the same enemy.

Rev. 12:9-10

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

The first two names in verse 9 are the Dragon and the old Serpent, referring to differing elements of the same enemy. The 7 heads generally refer both to the dragon and the serpent but in different constellations, and settings. Draco is at the North Celestial Pole while Serpens is on the ecliptic. Draco includes a time before the dragon was cast down, resulting from the war in heaven that took place in the 1st Heavens and Earth, [2 Pet. 3:3-7]. This is consistent with the symbolism of the Dragon who embodies the war and conflict with God. The Serpent-Serpens not only embodies the contest for dominion in its struggle for the Crown with the first Adam, [Gen. 3] but the 2nd Adam also, as the deceiving tempter [Matt. 4, Lk. 4]. The Serpent’s conflict with man was not initiated until after the Dragon was cast down, since man did not become involved in the war in heaven, until after he was created in the Second Heaven and Earth, [Gen. 1:26-28]. The war in heaven involved only the angelic realm initially, between Michael and his angels against the Dragon and his, [Rev. 12: 7-8].

Once the Dragon was cast down, his first focus on Man in the conflict was the first Adam through Eve. But in the Serpent’s confrontation with Eve in the garden, he manifested more as a tempting deceiver, than he did in the open conflict of the war in heaven. Obviously the serpent was not going to fool the Almighty. Once the second
Adam-Jesus Christ permanently sealed the serpent’s fate, he was caught up unto God and his throne, [Rev. 12:5] whereupon the serpent’s efforts to persecute the woman, shifted to make war with the remnant of the woman’s seed who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ, [Rev. 12: 17]. This again illustrates the dual fulfillment of the “woman,” as Mary and Israel, her seed as the 1st and 2nd Adam, and the adversary in his multiple serpentine guises seen in his various names and functions, first at war with God, and later with man, [Rev. 12:9-10] for Corona Borealis-the Crown of dominion. This again helps us see in detail, the dual fulfillment inherent in the Rev. 12 record.

A key element in grasping this dual fulfillment of Rev. 12 involves how the 12th Chapter of the book of Revelation opens with references to signs of the Mazzaroth- the Hebrew Zodiac. This is a clue that we will not fully grasp the truths contained here, without an understanding the principles of Biblical Astronomy. God’s eternal purposes and plan to re-order the ages [Heb. 1:2] in the first and second Advents of Jesus Christ, are told in the Gospel of the Stars set in the heavens by the Almighty at Creation. [Gen. 1:14-17] exhibits how this order of Creation [Rom. 1:19-21] aligns with the order of His Written Word [Ps. 19] as seen in the Celestial Gospel. As the heavens are God’s perfect timepiece of Creation, so Jesus Christ is the temporal centerpiece and the Agent of the Creator’s master-plan for all his-story. It is only through Christ that all Creation is redeemed, and the temporal and spiritual chaos that infected all Creation via the dragon’s revolt, is healed via the re-ordering of the 7 Spiritual Administrations or Ages representing the consummation of all time.

We can see the Celestial Gospel highlighted in the recent triple planetary unions circling the Alpha and Omega Signs of Virgo and Leo, marking the primary stars of the Celestial Sphinx. In last month’s blog post concerning Saturn’s retrograde motion in Ophiuchus, we noted how this was only one of three concurrent triple planetary conjunctions leading up to the Rev. 12 sign on 9-23-17. These multiple planetary retrogrades carry a special message and end-times epistleOphiuchus is conclusively identified with Christ in the triple union of Saturn with the star Saiph in the serpent-holder’s left foot, meaning “bruised.” Part 2 of this study focuses more on the aftermath of celestial signs following the Rev. 12 scenario on 9-23-17.

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The charts below depict not only the triple union of Saturn and Saiph in 2017, but also the concurrent triple conjunctions of Jupiter-Spica in Virgo and Mercury-Regulus in Leo on Sept. 9th of 2017. After its first union with Saiph in December of 2016Saturn began to retrograde in Ophiuchus March 26th, 2017. Then Saturn entered Sagittarius for 84 days prior to returning to Ophiuchus May 18th, 2017. On August 21st, 2017 Saturn reached its Western stationary point North of the star Theta Ophiuchi, the day of the Total Solar Eclipse across AmericaSaturn’s retrograde ended a week later on August 28th, 2017. After returning to its direct motion, Saturn completed its 3rd union with the star Saiph on Sept. 6th, 2017, as Mercury was also in retrograde, looping around Mars and Regulus in conjunction in Leo, on Sept. 4thAccording to Starry Night Pro,1 the dates for the triple conjunction of Saturn and Saiph in the foot of Ophiuchus are as follows:

1. Saturn-Saiph conjunction 12-25-16
The Total Solar Eclipse across America in Leo, 8-21-2017.
Lunar Occultation of Regulus in Leo, 8-21-2017.
Saturn’s Retrograde ends 8-21-2017.
2. Saturn-Saiph conjunction 8-21-2017
Saturn-Saiph-Moon conjunction 8-30-17
3.  Saturn-Saiph conjunction 9-6-17

As we mentioned above, during this time frame Mercury-Regulus was also involved in a concurrent triple conjunction in Leo culminating on Sept. 9th of 2017. The dates for this key triple planetary union series based on Mercury’s retrograde motion are below.

1. Mercury-Regulus in Leo 7-25-2017
Total Solar Eclipse in Leo, 8-21-2017
Triangular Massing of Mercury-Mars-Regulus in Leo, 9-1-17 

2. Mercury-Regulus during Mars-Regulus conjunction in Leo 9-4-2017
3. Mercury-Regulus in Leo 9-9-2017

As Mercury ends its retrograde motion in Leo looping around Regulus, Jupiter also completes its retrograde loop of Spica in Virgo. This depicts the Celestial Sphinx as the primary stars of both Virgo and Leo are the focus of the retrograding planets Jupiter and Mercury. Both of these retrogrades culminate on Sept. 9th, as Jupiter exits Virgo’s womb. The Celestial Sphinx marks the Alpha and Omega stars of the Hebrew Zodiac with the head of the woman Virgo unified with the body of Leo the Lion, both punctuated on this day. This recalls  the Sun’s annual course on the ecliptic [Ps. 19:4-6], relating the Gospel in the stars telling the story of our Coming Redeemer, in his first and second Advents. This is the basis of Biblical Astronomy through the Ages, and it also views the ecliptic as one of Virgo’s Crowns, as the Head of the Sphinx since Mary bore the Promised Seed.

A month after the “birthing” of Jupiter, on October 13th Mercury passes 1 degree South of the King planet in Virgo.2 Here Mercury heralds the birth of Jupiter, establishing their recent concurrent retrogrades and mutual triple conjunctions, in a unified message of the Witness of the Stars. Its like the heavens took a “pregnant pause” for Jupiter’s birthing, before the purpose of their Creation is manifested. The Celestial witness has been circulating in the skies since time immemorial, revealing the heavenly signs of the Birth and Return of Christ, and now in the end-times when time is short, the entire history and stellar testimony is glorified in preparation for the Returning Lord Jesus Christ!

This October 13th Jupiter-Mercury union in Virgo recalls a similar union of these two planets a year earlier almost to the day, on Oct. 11th, 2016, in a pre-dawn Mercury conjunction with Jupiter, as Mercury passed within a degree of Jupiter in a Sunrise union.3 Its important to realize that this occurs during the Jupiter-Venus conjunction series from 2015-2017, as part of the Celestial Sphinx signs in Virgo and Leo. This conjunction series includes two triple unions of Jupiter-Venus, one each in Leo then in Virgo, the head of the Woman united with the body of the Lion, as the two main components of the Great Sphinx. We find this manifested also at the birth of Christ in a dazzling Jupiter-Venus conjunction in Leo on June 17th of 2 BC. It was also 2 Jupiter-Venus conjunctions that actually bracketed the majority of heavenly signs marking the birth of Christ in 3-1 BC!

Jupiter-Venus Conjunction

The 1st Jupiter-Venus Conjunction marking the birth of Christ took place on August 31st, 3 BC, in Leo, with the last one occurring on August 21st, 1 BC, in Virgo. Here we find an interesting variation on a Celestial Sphinx sign directing us to the planetary unions of Jupiter-Venus, marking an initial fulfillment of the Rev. 12:1-2 prophecy relating to the sufferings of Christ in his ministry as the Passover Lamb. This alerts us that we should also look for similar Celestial Sphinx signs as a precursor to the Lord’s Second Coming.

The following dates for signs of the Celestial Sphinx witnessing Jupiter-Venus conjunctions in Leo in the Hebrew Jubilee year of 2015-2016 are as follows:

June 30th, 2015
August 25th, 2015
October 26th, 2015

The following dates saw Jupiter-Venus conjunctions in Virgo in 2016-17, culminating with Nov. 13th 2017:

July 27th, 2016
Feb. 26th, 2017
Nov. 13th, 2017

Near dawn in the first days of November 2017, Venus the Morning Star following Jupiter through Virgo, passes by Spica-Al Zemach, the branch and offspring of God appearing closest before sunrise on November 2. 5 Spica, shining in its 1st magnitude brilliance, illuminates the four fold ministry of Christ it embodies in Scripture, seen in the spiritual light of the four Gospels. When paired with Venus, the 3rd brightest object behind the Sun and Moon, this conjunction is one that deserves our attention.

The Nov. 13thJupiter-Venus union finds the bright and Morning Star, less than 1/3 of a degree apart, 6 [Rev. 22:16] from the king planet. Do you think the Heavenly Father wants us to notice these signs of the Celestial Sphinx? During this Jupiter-Venus conjunction we find Mars mid-body in the constellation Virgo. Both Mars and Jupiter are moving east, Mars in Virgo, while Jupiter is moving east through Libra. In late Nov. 2017, we find Mars the archangel Michael moving into conjunction with Spica in the morning sky. This conjunction takes place on November 29th, with Mars only 3 degrees north of Spica.7 This completes a parade of planets through Virgo, forming her crown in Leo on 9-23-17, commemorating Jupiter’s birthing from Virgo’s womb.

After the November 13th union, Jupiter continues its ecliptic path on the way to Libra, then after completing its 2017 retrograde in Virgo, at midnight in Israel on December 25th, 2017, Jupiter enters Libra where it remains 41 weeks, in a subsequent 9-month retrograde in 2018.

Venus and Mars in Virgo near Spica, Nov. 2017. 8

In the morning sky on January 7, 2018, Mars finally overtakes Jupiter in Libra, in an eye-opening conjunction, with Mars less than one-quarter degree separated from Jupiter.9 The JupiterMars conjunction of January 7th 2018 takes place after the first of 3 unions Jupiter will undergo in Libra, as a result of Jupiter’s retrograde motion, this time with Libra’s brightest star- Zuben Elgenubi. In mid-December 2017, Jupiter in direct motion passes less than a degree North of this star, meaning “the purchase or price which is deficient,“10 in its 1st conjunction. Jupiter’s union with this Alpha star in Libra speaks to man’s inability to redeem himself, because he has been weighed in the balances and found wanting.

The significance of Libra not only refers to the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ, but also includes the judgement of God on mankind. The ONLY way man can be weighed in the balances and NOT found wanting, is by Believing in Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God who bought our redemption for us by spilling his innocent blood on the cross, [Rom. 10:9-10]. This truth is found in Libra in the star called Zuben Al Chemali-the Price that Covers! 11

Jesus is the only one ever who was not only qualified, but actually laid down his life for all mankind, which is why he is the only Way of Salvation, the Alpha and Omega-the first and last way God has made available for the redemption of all humanity.

Libra and Scorpius From Jamieson circa 1822. 12

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Beginning 2018 Jupiter will be located about 2° East of Zuben Elgenubi, reaching its Eastern stationary point in March. Jupiter starts its retrograde, in opposition in early May, around 3° East of Zuben Elgenubi. The planet passes North of the star again in early June, reaching its Western stationary point in mid-July. As it resumes direct motion Jupiter proceeds passing North of Zuben Elgenubi for a third union in mid-August 2018Jupiter having completed its triple union with Zuben El Genubi, then leaves Libra on October 11th, 2018. 13

According to modern terminology LIBRA is known as “THE SCALES,” but, astronomers have realized there was a high historical probability that LIBRA has been an ancient Egyptian corruption. In the Akkadian language, which predates the Egyptian, the months of the year were named after the signs of the zodiac, and {TULKU} the sign of the 7th month  is what we now call LIBRA. “Tul” means “mound” and “ku” means sacred, thus “tulku” means “sacred mound” or “holy altar.”14

The Akkadian name for LIBRA was BIR, meaning: “the light,” where the lamp with its light, or the altar and its fire were symbolized. The emblem by which LIBRA is still known today appears much more like the top of an altar, than a pair of balances. This agrees with the message of the Mazzaroth better than “the scales” because the tribe of Levi was linked with Libra, as the Levites were the Hebrew priesthood who had charge over the holy altar, and the “balance of the sanctuary.” The sacrifice linked with the Passover Lamb under OT Law, (Capricorn & ARIES), foreshadowed the once and final sacrifice Christ paid, the perfect price of redemption for all mankind.

The ancient shape of this heavenly altar was circular. The circular disc of the altar is preserved in its two circular scales, forming the modern sign of LIBRA. At one point the circular picture of the altar of LIBRA disappeared, as the use of this sign penetrated the Occident. When it reached Greece only the “Chelai” remained; which is the Greek word for the sign, meaning “the claws.” As a result the scorpion of SCORPIO, depicted in the heavens as reaching towards the pair of scales in LIBRA, came to symbolize both signs, its body-SCORPIO with the claws supplanting LIBRA. Since the Levites had charge of the Tabernacle services, whose tent was located in the center of Israel’s wilderness camp, surrounded by the 12 tribes in their zodiacal order, the sign of the altar was removed from the outer circle of the ecliptic. Being positioned in the center of the circle Libra embodied God’s presence among His people [Num. 2:17]. This documents the historical process of how the pair of circular scales depicting LIBRA were substituted for the ancient circular altar. By covering the meaning of the altar, the Mazzaroth message was clouded and eventually lost for a time. On the ecliptic, SCORPIO appears just left of LIBRA. In the Akkadian the Scorpion was called GIR-TAB, meaning “the seizer and the stinger.“15 Some ancient sources relate SCORPIO as the only triple sign of the Zodiac, reflecting the triune ministry of the thief to steal, kill and destroy, [John 10:10a]. At the same time the “destroyer” aspect of the Scorpion [Rev. 9:11], while stinging Ophiuchus in the heel, stretches out its claws to seize the altar.

Hydra the Serpent Abhorred and Destroyed. 16

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The Hydra is the longest of the Constellations, extending below Libra’s scales through Virgo and Leo to include Cancer. These four signs; the woman, her seed, his sacrifice, and the altar, not only represent 1/3 of the entire circle of the 12 signs of the zodiac, but also reflect a carnal image of Christ’s righteous sacrifice, in the religion of human works, attempting to earn salvation while ignoring the completed work of Grace, given by God in His only begotten Son. Thus, as the Hydra [the serpent destroyed] slithers below these four signs of the zodiac, he represents the counterfeit and the deception of anti-Christ, leading away from, and denying the true work of Christ. This is an important and ongoing aspect of the devil’s works that Christ came to destroy[John 10:10, I John 3:8].

The man “Ophiuchus” personifies both the first and second Adam, is engaged in a death struggle with the serpent,  for the dominion of the world, symbolized by the crown. We can see this because it was the devil in serpent form, who stole the crown from the first Adam; and again the serpent struggling with the perfect 2nd Adam-Jesus Christ; who now has dominion over the world. Not only does the serpent fail in the attempt, but is utterly defeated and trodden under foot [Ps. 91]. The Scorpion’s conflict represents an aspect of the Serpent, in how the enemy tries to seize on God’s true atonement, and substitute “the way of Cain” as his own counterfeit religious altar of human merit, replacing the atoning sacrifice of Christ. The idea of salvation by works has been around a long time, and was in large part of what the Protestant Reformation was fought over. In SCORPIO we can see the effort of the Scorpion to wound the man in the heel, depicting the serpent in Genesis 3:15, while the other foot of the man is placed over the red heart of the Scorpion; Antares showing it’s destruction in the conflict. The Hebrew name of the Scorpion-akrab, meaning to war or conflict, is referred to in Psalm 91.

Psalm 91:11-13
“For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and the adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.”

As we recall the spiritual authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, seated at the right Hand of God in the heavens, we should be mindful that we retain this same authority over the enemy, since we have been raised to be seated in Christ at the same apex of spiritual power, [Eph. 2:5-7, Lk. 10:17-20]. We find evidence of this also in Rev. 12 below.

(Rev 12:5) And2532 she brought forth5088 a man730 child,5207 who3739 was3195 to rule4165 all3956

nations1484 with1722 a rod4464 of iron:4603 and2532 her848 child5043 was caught up726 unto4314 

God,2316 and2532 to his848 throne.

This verse encapsulates the victorious life, ministry and completed work of Jesus Christ, from birth to resurrection and beyond, in one verse of Scripture. This figure of speech is called symperasma, provides a summary and conclusion of the subject matter-the inevitable Coming and ultimate Victorious Return of the Promised Seed. The emphasis here shows Christ’s ultimate victory over the serpent and its seed, despite all the enemy’s efforts to obstruct the purposes of the Heavenly Father. This emphasis is monumentally preserved in the Great Sphinx with the head of the Woman Virgo bearing the infant promised seed, who matures to fulfill his highest of calling, by defeating and destroying the enemy and its work, as shown in the other 9 zodiacal signs between Virgo and Leo. His final victory over the serpent is witnessed in Leo, the Lion of the tribe of Judah [Rev. 5:5], as the Lion’s extended claws rend the Hydra to pieces.

As we are assured of final victory we need only walk in the full confidence and Love of our Lord, knowing that He is coming quickly to exhibit us to the Heavenly Father for all eternity!

Footnotes

1. Starry Night Pro, Astronomy Software on the 2016-17 triple conjunction of Saturn

2. Ibid, on the October 13th, 2017 Jupiter-Mercury Conjunction.

3. Ibid on the October 11th, 2016 Jupiter-Mercury Conjunction.

4. Ibid on Jupiter-Venus conjunction graphics and dates.

5. Ibid on Venus-Spica union in Nov. 2017.

6. Ibid on Jupiter-Venus union on Nov. 13th, 2017.

7. Ibid on Mars-Spica

8. Venus and Mars in Virgo near Spica, Nov. 2017 picture credit from Bob McClure.

9. Starry Night Pro, Astronomy Software on the Jan. 7th, 2018 Jupiter-Mars union. 

10. Witness of the Stars, E.W. Bullinger p. 45

11. Ibid, p. 46

12. Libra and Scorpius From Jamieson circa 1822.

13. Starry Night Pro, Astronomy Software on the 2017 triple conjunction of Jupiter in Libra

14. Witness of the Stars, E.W. Bullinger p. 47.

15. Witness of the Stars, E.W. Bullinger p. 47

16. Germanic Astronomy and Mythology-picture credit.

 

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The Modern Blood Moon Tetrads and the Mars-Spica Triple Conjunctions

As we continue our review of the heavenly signs surrounding the replay of the Rev. 12 wonder, Part 1 of this review focused on the Triple Conjunction of Jupiter-Spica in Virgo. This post will feature the Mars-Spica triple unions in Virgo, that began in the Spring of 2014. Since we did not initiate our Blood Moon Blog until July of 2014, we did not provide the in-depth coverage of the first signs of the 2014-2015 Blood Moon Tetrad, as we have since. This Blog post will help rectify that oversight. First however, we need to give some added context to the backdrop of the Rev. 12 sign in light of the Celestial Sphinx. As we saw in Part 1 of this study, heavenly signs in Virgo and Leo require extra attention since they embody the alpha and omega constellations of the Mazzaroth, the Hebrew Zodiac. Virgo’s seasonal position in the skies in relation to the Harvest seasons and feasts of the Hebrew Calendar speak volumes to us, and was something the faithful of Israel paid attention to in light of the OT Book of Ruth below.

God’s plan of redemption was structured around the feasts of the Hebrew Calendar illustrating future events in Bible prophecy. The better we understand how these feasts are fulfilled in the ministry of Christ as ProphetPriest and King, the fuller our grasp will be of the end-times we are living in. The Feast of Unleavened Bread shows the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the first-fruits from the dead, [I Cor. 15:20-23]. The wheat harvest of the Feast of Pentecost aligns with the giving of the holy spirit on the Day of Pentecost, when the apostles and believers first spoke in tongues. The Feast of Tabernacles depicts the resurrection of the just and unjust, in the harvest at the end of the world.1 This was highlighted by the 2014-2015 Blood Moon Tetrad especially in the Blood Moons during the Feast of Tabernacles of both years, emphasized during the Jubilee year of 2015.

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There were 7 weeks of counting, that linked Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread with Pentecost. At the time of the first Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread, Israel left the bondage of Egypt. A major transition point during the Exodus was the giving of the Law at Sinai, to which Pentecost became linked. The last Passover embodied in Jesus Christ symbolizes not only Israel’s Exodus from Egypt, but the Church’s Exodus from death and bondage in the OT Law. The current Blood Moon Tetrad of 20142015, conspicuously marks the Passover feasts of both these years in the last Blood Moon Tetrad that will not occur again on Hebrew feasts or holy days, for another 500 years! Christ’s redeeming work led to Pentecost in 28 AD, when the new birth first became available, and the gift of holy spirit was poured out as prophesied by Joel [Joel 2:28-31], starting a new spiritual administration, the Age of GraceChrist was resurrected at the first harvest during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, as the first-fruits of the dead. At Pentecost in 28 AD, the believers were made a harvest, manifesting the first-fruits of the holy spirit as they spoke in tongues for the first time; [Rom. 8:23]. Believer’s in the Age of Grace having the first-fruits of the spirit, will meet Christ in the air in his victorious return for his Saints, gathering us together, [I Thess. 4:14-17]. Christians in the current end times are warned by a series of Blood Moon Tetrads, among other heavenly signs, leading to the last days prior to our gathering together unto the Lord. The final, and complete harvest will be at the return of Christ with his Saints, when the enemies of God are vanquished. God’s Word describes this and what follows as the harvest at the end of the world.2 [Matt. 13:38-39]

As the first-fruits from the dead, Jesus Christ is the crown of God’s spiritual harvest, being resurrected at the first harvest during the feast of Unleavened Bread. At the very time of offering the first-fruits according to Leviticus 23:10-11, Jesus Christ furnished himself as the first-fruits from the dead, the first in a long line of believers who will conquer death.

One aspect in the celestial relationship to these feasts is seen clearly in connection with the Book of Ruth. This short story in the OT Bible record holds great insight for our understanding of the Lord’s Feasts, as they relate to the 1st and second appearances of the Lord Jesus ChristRuth was a Gentile woman, of the Moabites, who by God’s Grace and Mercy was included in the Royal genealogy of King DavidRuth 2:11-12 records Boaz’ high opinion of Ruth and her reward, for her trust under the Hand of the God of Israel. Ruth came to Bethlehem with Naomi, at the start of the Barley harvest [Ruth 1:22 to 2:22], gleaning in the fields of Boaz to the end of the Barley and Wheat harvests, [Ruth 2:23]. Following this she obeys Naomi’s instruction to go to Boaz, activating her right of the eastern custom called kinsman redeemer. Since Boaz was part of Naomi’s family, and both Ruth and Naomi’s husbands had died, it became Boaz’ right to take Ruth in marriage, if a closer kinsman didn’t activate this right ahead of him. Ruth 3:9 shows how Ruth presented herself to Boaz and how he covered her with his cloak, signifying his acceptance and protection of her, in their resulting impending marriage.

As we consider the skies during this time of year in Israel, its instructive to realize Virgo’s position during this harvest season. When viewed historically, we find astronomers as early as Caesius, linking Virgo with Ruth gleaning in the fields of Boaz.3 Annually we find Virgo’s position mirroring the harvest seasons as follows. Virgo arises in the East during the Barley harvest and Wave Offering, at the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Virgo at Sunset on September 11th 3 BC, marking Christ’s Birth.

virgo at sunset on september 11th 3 bc

Virgo is at zenith, the highest point in the sky during early evening at the start of the Wheat harvest, during the Pentecost Feast. Finally, Virgo is setting in the early evening western skies of the latter harvest, during the Feast of Tabernacles. As we see in the graphic above, this matches Virgo’s position on the eve of September 11th, in 3 BC!4 We should be reminded that this was the period when the Sun was clothing Virgo, giving us a beautiful link to Boaz spreading his cloak over Ruth, as a figurative sign of his acceptance and protection of her. Since Boaz was part of the royal genealogy leading to the Christ, the Sun of Righteousness and the light of the world, enlightening Virgo is truly a beautiful celestial figure aligning with this Scriptural truth. It also embodies the Bride-groom [Ps. 19:5], as Christ, the light of the world clothing his Bride-Israel, a figure of the marriage supper of the Lamb, all foreshadowed in Boaz redeeming his kins-woman Ruth! This Marriage Supper of the Lamb will occur during the Feast of Tabernacles, while the latter harvest relates to the 14th day of this seventh month of Tishri.

Also, when the Gentile Ruth came to Bethlehem, the birthplace of both David and Jesus and was allowed by God’s Grace, to share in the Lord’s royal genealogy, she was a forerunner of the Gentile Magi who came to Nazareth as the first Gentiles to recognize the promised seed. Remember that it was his starJupiter in Virgo leading the Magi to Jerusalem, for their meeting with Herod in search of Jesus. The graphic below depicts, not only the 12 signs of the Hebrew Zodiac mosaic in the floor of this Hebrew Temple, as seen quartered in the four points of the compass or the Cardinal directions.

Hebrew Zodiac

Hebrew Temple Zodiac

This perspective on the Book of Ruth gives us a panoramic view of the Biblical harvest feasts in light of the celestial events surrounding the birth of Christ. We can see that these harvest feasts were first addressed to Israel in the Old Testament, with important applications to the Blood Moon Tetrads in the Age of Grace marking the victorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ. As we recognize Jesus Christ; the master key to unlocking God’s Word, both written in the heavens and in Scripture, our understanding of the majesty of God’s Word and Works to and for man, is enlightened at new levels of understanding. To establish this pattern we should also expect to see the pattern of these sacred feasts and holy days appointed by the Heavenly Father evident in the ministry of Christ to Israel.


The Seven Phases of the Ministry of Jesus Christ

The following teaching pertains to and documents the length of the ministry of Jesus Christ as a literal period of 70 weeks according to the prophecies of Daniel 9. If we look at the period of Christ’s Ministry on Earth during his first Advent, we must first realize that the length of his ministry could not be three years because he had to fulfill every jot and tittle of the OT Law or else he would  have left mankind un-redeemed, and our salvation incomplete. According to [Ex. 12:5Jesus as the embodiment of the Passover Lamb [Jn. 1:29, 36] had to be “lamb of the first year without spot or blemish,” so the length of his ministry could not exceed 2 years at the maximum! The following chart from Rev. Jon Nessle’s Seminar on The Lord Jesus Christ, 5 discloses the seven phases of Christ’s Ministry and the length of his ministry-just over a year. Many of these phases of Christ’s ministry were announced with audible words from heaven, like his baptism where the thunderous sonic boom saying ; “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” We have also added the links of these seven phases of Christ’s ministry to Israel with the Lord’s Feasts on the Hebrew Calendar.

 


The Seven Phases of Christ’s Ministry

Christ Titles                                                        Length              Ministry Events-Dates                     

Jesus Christ-Righteous                                  40 days             Baptism-Temptation         

Jesus Christ-Evangelist                                 3 months          Ministry Inception               

Jesus Christ-Apostle                                     3 months          Pentecost-Tishri 10              

Jesus Christ-High Priest                               6 months          Tishri 10-Nisan 10                

Jesus Christ our Passover                            7 days              Nisan 10-Resurrection         

Jesus Christ-Firstborn                                  40 days             Resurrection-Ascension       

Jesus Christ-Ascended One                         10 days            Ascension-Pentecost              

The events above illustrate the opening of the Christ Administration, and capping off the OT
Law
 with the Ministry of John the Baptist. In [Matt. 3:17] The Voice of God in an audible 
mandate from heaven” decreed Jesus as “His Beloved Son.” This opened the ministry phase
of Christ the Righteous, at his baptism on Nisan 1/ Feb 16th, 27 AD marking his next 40 days
of temptation. During the 2nd phase of Christ’s ministry as the Evangelisthe called the 12
Apostles
 and did his first Temple cleansing at PassoverNisan/14-21/27 AD. John 4:1 tells
us the “Pharisees heard that Jesus had gained and baptized more disciples than John,” also
during the 2nd phase of his ministry.6 Christ the Apostle is seen in the Sivan 13th Sabbath,
when he proclaimed the “acceptable year of the Lord” at Pentecost, [Isa. 61:1-2, Lk. 4:17-21].
Note that this “year” is in the singular, meaning the entire length of his ministry did not
exceed two years
, as verified by Christ and IsaiahJesus Christ the High Priest is seen
starting with Tishri 1  where he turns 30 years of age, becoming eligible for the Priesthood
for the first time, prior to the Feast of Tabernacles. In this phase of his ministry Jesus began
teaching his disciples about his coming sufferings and death, laying down his life as both the
High Priest and perfect Sacrifice. This phase was also marked by an audible mandate from
heaven
 at the Mount of Transfiguration [Matt. 17:1-8]. Jesus Christ our Passover is seen
in his two entries into Jerusalem, the 2nd of which marked the day that the Passover Lamb
was selected 
by the priests of Israel, Nisan 8-4/22/28 [Lk. 19:29-48]. The Apostle Paul
also refers to these aspects of Christ’s ministry phases as the Passover [I Cor. 5:7], and as the first-born from the dead once Christ is Resurrected, Nisan 17-5/1/28 to 6/10/28 [Col. 1:18]. With the Ascension of Christ leading to Pentecost, we see the birthday of the Church of the body of
Christ. This opens the Age of Grace in the book of Acts, with sounds from Heaven; [Acts 2:4]
and the Apostle Peter’s sermonsaving over 3000 new believers in their spiritual rebirth. Herein
we still reside today, as we look to the end of the Age of Grace climaxing with the Return of Christ
FOR his Saints, 
[I Thess. 4:13-18]. 7

Thus the pattern of the Lord’s Feasts are all highlighted with major events and transitions in the 7 phases of Christ’s ministry of 70 weeks, as we expect to see this pattern established with the conclusion of the Age of Grace with more voices and sounds from Heaven when Christ returns FOR his Saints, [I Thess. 4:16]. These are the same Feasts of the Lord that have been highlighted by the Blood Moon Tetrads since the Ascension of Christ, culminating in the 2014-15 Blood Moon Tetrad, followed by the Solar and Lunar eclipses of 2016-2017 leading to the rewind of the Rev. 12 sign on 9-23-17 and the Hebrew feasts of 2017.

April 15th, 2014 opening Blood Moon of the 2014-2015 Tetrad

Illustration of Mars in our night sky.

A key aspect of the opening of the 2014-2015 Blood Moon Tetrad was the Mars-Spica triple conjunction in Virgo. This was based on the retrograde motion of Mars in Virgo’s womb, as seen above during which Mars passed Spica three times in Virgo, foreshadowing the triple conjunction of Jupiter-Spica in Virgo’s womb in 2017. The dates of this Mars-Spica triple conjunction in Virgo are as follows:

Mars-Spica #1: Feb 1st, 2014 in Virgo
Mars Spica #2: March 27th, 2014 in Virgo
Mars-Spica #3: June 13th, 2014 in Virgo

 

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The opening Blood Moon of the 2014-2015 Tetrad took place on April 15th, 2014 marking the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread, between the second and third Mars-Spica unions. What is fascinating is that Mars in retrograde not only marks the 2014-2015 Blood Moon Tetrads, but also the previous two Blood Moon Tetrads in 1949-50 and 1967-68!! In addition to this, the triple planetary conjunctions linked with the Mars’ retrograde also mark all three sets of modern Blood Moon Tetrads according to the pattern of the Celestial Sphinx as follows, in a reverse timeline:

Mars-Spica #1: Jan. 20th, 1967 in Virgo
Mars-Spica #2: Apr. 20th, 1967 in Virgo
Mars-Spica #3: July 4th, 1967 in Virgo

The Second 1967 Mars-Spica union took place 4 days before Passover. Here Mars-Michael the warrior arch-angel stands strong in battle against the Arab enemies of Israel, not only in the 6-day war, but also in the previous war for Israel’s independence, as seen at the Mars-Regulus triple conjunction in Leo in 1947-48′. Israeli military forces recaptured Jerusalem and the Temple Mount on June 7th, 1967, three days after the third Mars-Spica union in Virgo.

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The first modern Blood Moon Tetrad was highlighted by a Mars-Regulus Triple union in Leo as follows:

Mars-Regulus #1: Nov. 28th, 1947 in Leo
Mars-Regulus #2: Feb. 18th, 1948 in Leo
Mars-Regulus #3: May 19th, 1948 in Leo

 

The Third Mars-Regulus union took place 5 days after Israel’s Declaration of Independence on May 14th 1948.

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The first Mars retrograde marked the first modern Blood Moon Tetrad in 1947-48 in Leo, with a Mars-Regulus triple conjunction. The following 2 Mars retrogrades marked the next two Blood Moon Tetrads in Virgo, with 2 sets of triple planetary conjunctions of Mars-Spica. Here we find an emphasis on the Alpha and Omega signs of the Hebrew Mazzaroth as seen in the Celestial Sphinx signs leading to the replay of the Rev. 12 sign in Virgo.

In this study we have reviewed the pattern of the Lord’s Feasts, highlighted with major events and transitions in the 7 phases of Christ’s ministry of 70 weeks. We have also witnessed how the signs of the Celestial Sphinx in Virgo and Leo at both the birth of Christ, and during the modern day Blood Moon Tetrads, have been marked with triple planetary conjunctions of Jupiter and Mars resulting from these planetary retrogrades as we have noted previously in the aspects of the Celestial Prelude. In our next blog we will study some added triple conjunctions that emphasize this message even more! The Heavenly Father is certainly working overtime to get our attention regarding the significance of our current times. As Ministers of Reconciliation, we can all speak the wonderful words of Christ’s redemption truths that have been marked so clearly both in God’s Word, and in the heavens!!

Footnotes

1. Jesus Christ our Passover, VP Wierwille, ppg. 407-408
2. Jesus Christ our Passover
, VP Weirwille, p. 409
3. Star Lore, Myths, Legends and Facts. William Tyler Olcott, p. 385.
4. Graphic Credit from Jesus Christ our Promised Seed, VP Wierwille
5. Seminar on the Lord Jesus Christ, Rev. Jon Nessle
6. “Sound Out 84-A Harmony of the Gospels” American Christian Press 1984.
7. Seminar on The Lord Jesus Christ, Rev. Jon Nessle

 

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The Sept. 23rd, 2017 Heavenly Sign of Rev. 12 in Teshuvah-The Season of Repentance

As a follow-up to our June blog post on the August 21st Total Solar Eclipse we will look further into the association of this exciting Solar Eclipse with the upcoming Rev. 12 celestial sign on Sept. 23rd, 2017.  The Total Solar Eclipse was a heavenly spectacle that drew the attention of a national US audience, as they followed it racing across the country, starting in Oregon on the Pacific and exiting S. Carolina to the Atlantic. This once- in-a-century celestial event did not disappoint as mostly clear skies prevailed over 2/3rds of the US mainland, and even areas with cloud cover allowed the thronging crowds openings to view the key aspects of totality during the solar eclipse.

As we recognize the Biblical significance of the signs in the Heavens in the late summer of 2017, our understanding is increasingly enlightened as we notice the history behind the calendar of Israel with the origin of its feasts and holy days. Much greater attention has been focused on the Hebrew Feasts over the last few years due to the Blood Moon Tetrads of 2014-2015, as a series of Blood Moon Lunar and Solar eclipses fell on these holy days drawing the world’s attention to their importance. Fewer realized that this phenomena continued into 2016, which was missed by most due to the confusion of the modern Calendar of Israel with followers using mathematical formulas instead of original Biblical and agricultural determinants, for adding the extra 13th month of Adar. These practices include the sighting of the New Moon and the ripeness of Aviv Barley.  The state of the barley requires verification at the end of the 12th month of the Hebrew Calendar. If the barley has not ripened enough, then another month [Second Adar] must be added and the barley checked again at the end of the 13th monthIf the barley is Aviv at this time, then the next New Moon becomes the “New Moon of Aviv.” This was the situation in the Spring of 2016, as enough barley was ripe in Israel on March 9th, coinciding with a New Moon/Total Solar Eclipse. This allowed March 9th-to link with Nisan 1, in the sacred Hebrew calendar, followed by Passover two weeks later on March 23rd, aligning with a Full Moon Penumbral lunar eclipse! This provided two more solar and lunar eclipses on Hebrew holy days in the Spring, which were followed by two added eclipses in the late Summer/Fall of 2016, making a total of 6 Lunar Eclipses on Hebrew Feast days in three consecutive years leading into 2017.

This convergence of celestial alignments within the Lunar Eclipse Sextet from 2014-2016 with the Total Solar eclipse of August 21st, 2017, shows a series of Solar and Lunar eclipses on sacred feasts culminating in the Season of Repentance on the Hebrew Calendar in 2017. This highlights the importance of the timing of the Total Solar Eclipse on 21st August 2017 in relation to the 1st day in the month Elul, marking 40 days of Repentance to prepare for Yom Kippur- or the Day of Atonement.

The Season of Repentance also links historically not only to the JupiterVenus unions framing the birth of Christ, but also to current events of the Total Solar eclipse on August 21st, and the celestial signs of Rev. 12 on Sept. 23rd, that are also framed by Jupiter-Venus unions in 2017, between 2/26 and 11/13.

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The Month of Elul serves as spiritual preparation for the High Feasts of Rosh Hashannah on Tishri 1, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement on Tishri 10. These 40 days from Elul 1 to Yom Kippur are historically related to Moses’ multiple ascents of Mt. Sinai where he spoke with God and received the 10 Commandments. However, when Moses descended into Israel’s camp, he found them committing the sin of the Golden Calf idolatry, where upon in his wrath, Moses smashed the original Tablet of Commandments. The Season of Repentance came about as a result of 40 days of Israel asking the Heavenly Father’s forgiveness in prayer for their grievous sin. This was followed by another 40 days where Moses ascended Mt. Sinai again to God, Who gave him a new set of Tablets with His Commandments. In the Old Testament Israel conducted sacrifices in the Tabernacle and Temple once annually, but only the High Priest was allowed in the Holy of the Holies with an offering for all of Israel. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ is our Anointed High Priest, after the order of Melchizedek, who laid down his life as the perfect sacrifice in an everlasting Priesthood once and for all, setting the precedent for our spiritual new birth in Christ.

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This Season of Repentance or Teshuvah is not only critical for Israel, but for the Gentile Christian Church also, because even though we enjoy salvation wholeness in our spiritual rebirth in Christ, our continued repentance is required because we still break fellowship with God, as we lack the perfection of His Glory. Our continued striving in this life will only be complete once Christ returns to Gather Together the Messianic Jews and the Church of Christian Believers in His spiritual Body.  [Rom. 8:28-30, 12:1-2, Cor. 5:17]

The 27th Psalm has always been linked as central to the Season of Teshuvah in Israel.

Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

The first phrase of this verse links the Light of the Lord [Jehovah] with His Salvation. The Torah has linked the light of Jehovah here with Rosh Hashannah, and Tishri 1. It has also tied the Salvation of Elohim together with Tishri 10 and The Day of Atonement.

Psalm 27:4-5
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

The burning desire of the Psalmist is to “dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life.” In doing so God hides us in “the secret of his tabernacle,” and under the shadow of God’s wing no evil can touch us. This verse has been linked to the Feast of Tabernacles which is the 3rd Fall feast following those of Psalm 27:1 above. Thus we
see how the Season of Repentance sets the theme for the Fall feasts on the calendar of Israel. The heart of repentance before God is seeking His Face as it says in verses 7-9.

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Psalm 27:7-9
Hear, O Lord, [Jehovah] when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer meWhen thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God [Elohim] of my salvation.

When we seek God in repentance we not only turn away from evil, but we turn towards God. In doing so we replace our evil habits of the flesh with, the principles of walking in the light as He is the Light, [1 Jn. 1:7]. Thus we forsake the old man and put on the new, [Rom. 6:6, 2 Cor. 5:17, Eph. 4:22, Col. 3:9] growing closer to God in Christ each day. When this becomes our delight then God gives us the true desires of our heart. This is when our righteousness truly is illuminated-shining forth for all to see.

Psalm 37: 4-6 
Delight thyself also in the Lord: and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

 Since repentance can only exist after the entrance of sin, a primary purpose for God’s Creation of mankind is Repentance. This is man returning to God, turning away from evil, so that God can return to man. In God’s foreknowledge He foresaw the fall of creation and He knew mankind would sin and have need of a Savior from sin. So God allowed the sinner to be broken so he could of his own freewill, return to God’s light via His plan and purpose of salvation. This is a universal need since all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God. 3 [Rom. 3:23, 512]

A month after, the Total Solar Eclipse we find during the “Days of Awe” from Rosh Hashannah on Tishri 1 to Yom Kippur on Tishri 10, a confirmation of celestial events as described in Revelation 12. As we consider the Great Sign of Revelation 12, on Sept. 23rd, 2017– a 400 day [40 x 10] link was found to Yom Kippur 2017 via unions of Jupiter-Venus, as seen below. But, the New Moon Total Solar Eclipse of August 21st, 2017, is 40 days before Yom Kippur 2017, falling on Sept. 30th. The Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 starts this traditional 40 day Season of Teshuvah. The Season of Repentance is the call to repent before the Day of the Lord and the last 10 days from Tishri 1-10 are High Holy Days.

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As we review the context of this total solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017 we find the following dates, shown with the Regulus unions in Leo, and the Jupiter-Venus conjunctions 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
August 21st, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in Leo @ Regulus
Sept. 23rd, 2017 [Virgo clothed 
with the Sun/Moon @ feet]-Rev. 12:1-2
Sept. 30th Yom Kippur-Day of Atonement

Nov. 13th, 2017 Jupiter-Venus conjunction

As we saw in our June blog post, we saw the Biblical history of a prior Teshuvah Eclipse involving the Prophet Jonah, during his journey to Nineveh. The purpose of Jonah’s prophecy is to show the sovereignty of God at work in the personal life of Jonah, and his concern not only for His own people, but also for those of Nineveh to help them a avert national catastrophe. There are four steps to the process of Repentance that we find both with Jonah and the Ninevites in this record. The Chart below indicates the presence of these four steps first with Jonah first and then with the people of Nineveh.

1. Forsake Sin:  [Jon. 2:1-2]   Nineveh [Jon. 3:5]

2. Regret the Breach  [Jon. 2:3-7]   Nineveh [Jon. 3:6]

3. Confess and make amends  [Jon. 2:8-10]  Nineveh [Jon. 3:7-8]

4. Accept forgiveness, move with God [Jon. 3:1-3]  Nineveh [Jon. 3:9-10]

Jesus employed the repentance of the Ninevites to rebuke the Pharisees, thereby illustrating the hardness of the Pharisees’ hearts and their unwillingness to repent (Matt. 12:38-41; Luke 11:29-32). The heathen city of Nineveh repented at the preaching of a reluctant prophet, but the Pharisees would not repent at the preaching of the greatest of all prophets, in spite of overwhelming evidence that He was their Lord and Messiah.

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 Elul is the month of repentance on the Jewish calendar, the time of turning in the tithes to the storehouse. In the 30 days prior to Tishri 1, the day of Christ’s birth in 3 BC, the shofar was blown each day except the Sabbath in preparation for Hebrew New Years day. The first shofar blast began with a long single tone in memory of the coronation of the King. This is noteworthy not only because all the Kings of Israel counted their reigns from Tishri 1, regardless of when their reigns began, but this is also a key with the birth of Christ whose celestial coronation was recognized with the first of 3 Jupiter-Regulus conjunctions starting Sept. 14th, 3 days after his birth on Sept. 11th, 3 BC. As we may recall it was by following the King Planet Jupiter that the Magi were led to the Christ child in December of 2 BC.

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The proximity of this year’s August 21st total solar eclipse relating to the “Rev 12 sign” on 23rd September, 2017, demands our attention. This marks the culmination of an astronomical event which began on November 20, 2016, when Jupiter (the King planet & Sceptre) entered into the body of the constellation Virgo. Due its retrograde motion, Jupiter spends 9.5 months in the“womb” of Virgo, till September 23rd, after which it will be “birthed” by exiting with the Sun rising directly behind the constellation Virgo, [on 9/9/17] with the Moon at her feet and a crown of twelve stars above her head. Biblically, a Sceptre can also be symbolic of person. In Num. 24: 17, we read;

 ”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 embodies 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 us. Our web-study on the General Sign of the Celestial Prelude  covers this Numbers 24 record regarding this Sceptre, in the context of the heavenly signs surrounding the birth of Christ. It also provides perspective on the birthing of Jupiter from Virgo’s womb on Sept. 9th 2017. When Israel rejected the King-Jesus Christ, they also rejected his Kingdom, which has been in abeyance ever since awaiting the return of the King, which will happen in two phases. First Jesus will return FOR his Saints [1 Thess. 4:13-18] and take his Church to the right hand of the Father. Then Jesus will return WITH his Saints [Rev. 19:11-21] to conquer and vanquish the evil ones that remain on the earth.

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With this impressive and breathtaking parade of celestial signs including Blood Moon Tetrads, a Lunar Eclipse Sextet, numerous Planetary Conjunctions and Alignments, prophesied celestial signs marking the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Total Solar Eclipses, all linked to High Feast and Holy days of the Hebrew Calendar, the Almighty has been screaming to get our attention that its high time to awaken, and Give God His due!!

We have also pointed out in the case of Nineveh that they experienced pervasive civil unrest and at least 2 plagues leading up to the Teshuvah Eclipse [Bur-Sagale Eclipse] that took place OVER NINEVEH on June 15th, 763 BC to kick off the 40 day Season of Repentance, [Jonah 3:4].  This has been documented in the Assyrian Eponym Canon as a solar eclipse identified correctly with the Total Solar Eclipse that occurred in 763 BC, confirmed by other astronomical observations from the same period. 2

With the recent August 21st Eclipse whose visibility was confined to the US mainland, Solar Eclipses [generally understood as signs for the Gentile world] we in the US have already seen flooding of historic proportions as a result of Hurricane Harvey, during the first week of Teshuvah 2017! Perhaps a National Repentance is in order from top to bottom, as we saw in ancient Nineveh, where even the livestock was covered in sackcloth and ashes; [Jon. 3:8], because with all the evil going on in our country, which is plain for all to see, we certainly need to turn back to the Heavenly Father in a “yuge” way! The heart of a national repentance is expressed in Hosea 14.

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14:1 O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.

Take with you words, and turn to the Lord: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips. Asshur will not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy. I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from himI will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon. They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they will revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof will be as the wine of Lebanon.

 Ephraim will say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found. Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors will fall therein.

Certainly if we return to the Lord, He will receive us graciously. Tis’ the Season to turn away from evil and turn towards God, and it all starts with each of us individually!!

*Please be aware that we are not predicting the end of the world. Nor are we predicting a date for “the rapture” or the second coming of Christ! We do see and believe that God is communicating a message through His celestial signs about the last days and general proximity of the gathering of the Church and Christ’s return.  We believe that these prophetic events could occur soon, but only God knows the day and hour on which they will occur.

Footnotes

1. Jesus Christ our High Priest [picture credit] cafe.naver.com/sostv1004

2. Wikipedia on the Bur-Sagale Eclipse

3. www.hebrew4christians.com [General reference]

 

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