Biblical Astronomy of the Birth of Christ
Summary of the 2015 Heavenly Signs bracketed by Venus-Mars Conjunctions
The Biblical Astronomy of the Venus-Mars Conjunction in February 2015 was a unique heavenly sign, the first of two Venus-Mars conjunctions in 2015. The first Venus-Mars union from Feb. 21-22 in Pisces, called attention to the Spring Equinox on March 20th/Nisan 1, while the second Venus-Mars conjunction takes place November 3rd, 2015 in Virgo. This blog post serves as a brief summary of the 2015 celestial activity bracketed between these Venus-Mars conjunctions.
We noted the first conjunction of Venus-Mars on Feb. 21-22, was located on the ecliptic near where the Sun marked the Spring Equinox on March 20th., 2015. This pointed out the opening of Ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew Calendar, on March 20th/Nisan 1 with a singular Total Solar Eclipse at the North Pole. Having the Sabbatical year marked not only by planetary conjunctions, but also with the Blood Moon Tetrad of 2014-2015, certainly distinguishes the Biblical Astronomy this Sabbatical year above the norm in the Celestial Intelligent Design of the Creator’s temporal order. In multiple Blood Moon Blogs this year we have compared the heavenly signs of 3 to 1 BC surrounding the birth of Christ, with those of the Blood Moon Tetrad of 2014-2015, focusing on the Jupiter-Venus conjunctions in both periods.
The fact that there were also 2 Venus-Mars unions framing the central Jupiter-Venus union between March 31st, and Dec. 9th, 2 BC, marking the birth of Christ, sets a precedent that we found also in 2015, prior to the glory of the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. In this light, it was with great interest that we discovered between the 2 Venus-Mars conjunctions of 2015, 3 Jupiter-Venus unions occurred in Leo, followed by Jupiter-Venus unions in Virgo, in both 2016 and 2017. As we view the heavenly signs marking the birth of Christ from 3 to 1 BC, we pointed out a series of parallels between these signs, and the current period concluded in the Blood Moon Tetrad of 2014-2015. By focusing on the specific planetary conjunctions that set the pattern in marking the birth of Christ and looking for these signs repeating in the modern context of the Blood Moons, we follow the Magi’s example, that should lead us to the victorious Return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Figure A. Arch-Angel’s Sword against the Blood Moon
These two Venus -Mars conjunctions of 2015 effectively frame the crescendo of the Blood Moon Tetrad in 2015, between Feb. 21-22 and Nov. 3rd. This brought to mind some similar heavenly signs involving Venus and Mars surrounding the birth of Christ. Between the March 31st, 2 BC Venus-Mars-Saturn conjunction and the Venus-Mars union of 12-9–2 BC, some key heavenly signs marking the birth of Christ enlightened the heavens. Since the Venus-Mars conjunctions of 2015 bracket the crescendo of the Blood Moon Tetrad in the Sabbatical year of 2015, we see Venus-the bright and Morning Star unified with Mars, the Warrior Archangel Michael, in their battle against the forces of darkness. Even as the Dragon attempted to take out the promised seed of Israel, Jesus Christ at his birth, so the persecution of Israel has continued, as this series of Blood Moon Tetrads has witnessed over the last 200 centuries, especially since the rebirth of the state of Israel marked by the modern Blood Moon Tetrad of 1948-1949. Ever since the prophecy of the Promised Seed first took place in [Gen. 3:14-15] spiritual warfare has been waged [Rev. 12:7] between the Serpent’s forces of darkness and the Seed of the Woman, coming to points of crisis as seen in the dual fulfillment of [Revelation 12:1-4].
During our 2015 posts, we have referred to this dual significance in end times prophecy of [Rev. 12] as it relates both to the sufferings and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, in his ministry as prophet, priest and King to present his kingdom to Israel, that was rejected 2000 years ago, and now is being revisited as we complete the Blood Moon Tetrad of 2014–2015 with heavenly signs presaging his glorious Second Coming, to install his kingdom of everlasting righteousness and peace. Figure B below, depicts Mary crowned with the 12 Stars/Tribes of the Hebrew Zodiac [Gen. 37: 9-11] holding the infant Jesus, with the Crescent Moon at her feet. Here Jesus embodies the Sun clothing Virgo with the Moon at her feet as seen on Sept. 11th, 3 BC in the heavenly signs marking the Birth of Jesus Christ. [Figure C.]
Modern stargazers have at times struggled to fit the crown of 12 stars around Virgo’s head, with the heavenly signs marking his birth and Second Coming, but as Gen. 37 tells us in Joseph’s dream, the Sun, Moon and 11 Stars bowed down to Joseph as his 11 brothers bowed at his feet in Egypt, fulfilling his dream. Both the Great Sphinx and Joseph’s Dream show the 3-fold Solar, Lunar and Stellar aspects of the Hebrew Calendar, and as we view Virgo Crowned with the 12 Stars/Signs/Tribes of the Hebrew Zodiac in the context of the heavenly signs taking place in Virgo and Leo-the elements of the Great Sphinx, the truths of the Celestial Sphinx come into focus.
Figure B. Mary Crowned with 12 Stars holding Jesus with the Moon at her feet.
There have been 3 Jupiter-Venus Conjunctions in 2015, all in Leo, with additional Jupiter-Venus unions coming in Virgo in 2016-17. These sign typify Jupiter-the King Planet uniting with Venus-the Bright and Morning Star, in Leo the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, [Rev. 5:5]. As there were 3 Jupiter-Venus unions marking the birth of Christ in 3-2 BC, so this triple union of Jupiter-Venus aligned with Regulus in Leo, reflects a similar spiritual light in 2015. In fact the Rev. 12 heavenly sign: the [Sun clothing Virgo with the Crescent Moon at her feet] on September 17th, 2015 is announced by Mercury-Gabriel just outside the womb area of Virgo above Spica/Al Zimach, 2 years in advance of the repeat of the Great Wonder in Heaven, on Sept. 23rd 2017!
As we compare this to the heavenly signs of The Celestial Prelude, marking the birth of Christ, there was a key planetary alignment and a Blood Moon both in Pisces, exactly two years apart on Sept. 15th, 7 BC and the same date in 5 BC. These heavenly signs not only directed the Magi’s attention to the sign Virgo, clothed with the Sun, but also the lunar eclipse on September 15th of 5 BC, establishing that the Magi should be watchful of lunar activity marking Christ’s birth. This framed the 42 minute period between Sunset and Moon-set on the only day of the year when Virgo “was clothed with the Sun and the Moon at her feet, as prescribed in Rev. 12:1. It is thus quite significant leading up to the Return of Christ, that another two year period from the Day of Atonement: 9-23-2015 to the Rev. 12:1 sign on 9-23-2017, is being marked in the heavens, as the Birth of Christ. Just as Jupiter was recognized by the Magi as “His Star” [Matt. 2:2] at the birth of Christ, so Jupiter the King Planet is actually being “birthed” during the two weeks leading up to this sign of “the Sun clothing Virgo with the Moon at her feet,” on 9-23-2017. As we can see, the parallels between the Celestial Prelude of the Birth of Christ and his glorious Return are eye-opening!
Figure C. Revelation 12:1-2 Heavenly Signs
However, there will be more heavenly signs involving Jupiter-Venus after this, leading up to the birthing of Jupiter in retrograde motion in Virgo. The following dates review the Jupiter-Venus conjunctions in Leo during the Hebrew Sabbatical year, leading into the Jubilee year of 2015-2016:
June 30th- July 1, 2015 [Jupiter-Venus in Leo]
July 31st, 2015 [Jupiter-Venus in Leo]
October 25-26th, 2015 [Jupiter-Venus in Leo]
October 28th, 2015 [Jupiter-Venus, Mars unite in a 1 degree triangular massing]
The following dates, show similar Jupiter-Venus conjunctions in Virgo in 2016-2017:
July 27th, 2016
Aug. 26-27th, 2016 [Jupiter enters Virgo]
Feb. 26th, 2017
Sept. 23rd, 2017 [Virgo clothed with the Sun/Moon @ feet]-Rev. 12:1-2
Nov. 13th, 2017
The 3 Jupiter-Venus Conjunctions marking the birth of Christ compare to the three Jupiter-Venus Conjunctions of 2015, however there were additional heavenly signs involving Jupiter–Venus marking his birth. On August 27th and 28th reflected in the chart above and the graphic below, there was a massing of planets including Jupiter-Venus, followed by a planetary alignment of Jupiter, Venus, Mars, with the king star Regulus in Leo, signify the Crown of 12 stars above the head of the Woman. This planetary alignment in Leo, along with the Rev. 12 signs marking the birth of Christ [Sun clothing Virgo with the Moon at her feet] will be repeated again on September 23rd, 2017!
As we compare these heavenly signs around the birth of Christ with the current signs of the Blood Moon Tetrad leading to 2017, we note that even as Jupiter moves in its annual retrograde motion entering Virgo in August 26-27th 2016, for a total of 294 days, taking us into 2017, it only spends 40 days in Virgo’s mid-section, symbolizing the birthing of the Messianic Kingdom. Jupiter marks its entrance into Virgo with the second Jupiter-Venus union of 2016. This is worthy of our attention indicating a key event with the King Planet–Jupiter related to his virgin Bride–Virgo/Israel leading to his glorious Second Coming. This alerts us to be watchful of the Sun Clothing Virgo leading us directly to the signs of 9-23-2017!
As we have noted, the Modern Blood Moon Tetrads in 1948-49 and 1967-68, have documented the restoration of Israel, first as a nation-state, and secondly with their capital city of Jerusalem being restored to them in 1967, both marked by Blood Moon Tetrads. The 2014-2015 Blood Moon Tetrad points to the third stage of Israel and Jerusalem’s restoration, which is the Temple itself. As God departed from the Temple and Jerusalem in stages, seen in Ezekiel 10, so He returns in the stages we are witnessing in the modern Blood Moon Tetrads on these dates in 1949-50 and 1967-68. As a side note this also establishes that the Apostles received the gift Holy Spirit in the form of Speaking in Tongues, on the Day of Pentecost when they were required to be in the Temple, not in their sleeping quarters-the “upper room.” The Temple was the center of spiritual activity for Israel as a nation, and is the only logical place for this prophecy of Christ to be fulfilled. Thus we are watching with great interest what transpires concerning rebuilding of the Temple of Jerusalem, and the prophesied reinstatement of its Daily Sacrifices for Israel.
The events playing out in today’s Middle East region, show a number of nations resembling the Gog-Magog alliance of Bible [Ezek. 38-39. 38:8-16] Prophecy [Russia, Iran, Turkey, etc.] conducting military operations around Israel, that have vowed to remove Israel from the maps of the middle east. This is setting the stage for the end of days-the final events of human history, leading up to the glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ. All this is taking place before our eyes as we see Russian airstrikes in Syria and Iraq increase while the US influence continues its flagging decline under the Obama Administration. God however will protect and fight for Israel even as He has all throughout Biblical history and all the efforts of mankind to destroy Israel will come to nothing, except their own destruction. After all Who can fight against the Almighty and win? Figure D below shows the nations prophesied by Ezekiel and other Biblical prophets, to come against Israel in the end times.
As the 2015 Blood Moon Tetrad has concluded, a key aspect of Joel’s Prophecy [Acts 2:20] are being fulfilled before our eyes.
Acts 2:20 “The Sun shall be turned into darkness and the Moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord Come.”
It was not a coincidence the Apostle Peter quoted the words of Joel in the preamble of his Pentecost sermon; [Acts 2:17-20] opening the Age of Grace. This period of God’s awesome blessing which brought us the availability of the spiritual new birth, was kept secret by God since the World began, [Rom. 16:25-27, Eph. 3:2-7]. Now we stand at the precipice of the fulfillment of this wonderful Age, the end of which Peter prophesied at its inception, whose conclusion will witness the ultimate victory over the forces of darkness told in the heavens by these specific celestial signs. The series of partial/total solar eclipses on the Lord’s Feasts and holy days, along with the series of Blood Moon Tetrads leading to the concluding Blood Moons we have just witnessed, initiates the completion of the set of preliminary heavenly signs that Joel prophesied would take place. Since there are no more Blood Moon Lunar or Solar eclipses scheduled to fall on Hebrew Feast days for the next 500+ years, there has never been a time in human history where all the prophetic requirements leading to the End of Days has been in place like they are now. Joel told us these signs would occur “before the great and notable day of the Lord,” referring to the long-awaited return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Recognition of the specifics of how the second fulfilling of [Rev. 12:1-4] comes to pass, along with the key planetary conjunctions and other heavenly signs, involved in the completion of this scenario, will tell the tale of the Biblical Astronomy of the End of Days, as we countdown to 2017.
1. Figure B. Picture Credit [http//statues.venderkrahgt.net]
2. Figure C. Picture Credit. Jesus Christ our Promised Seed, American Christian Press
3. Figure D. [www.trackingbibleprophecy.com/gog_magog.php]