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Friday, November 11, 2011

Testimony of a Watchman

Last Update December 7, 2015

Many Christians anticipate the Messiah's second coming while many Jewish people believe it is His first.

So perhaps we all should be looking up together at the heavenly signs put there by God. Its imagery is amazing as it follows the design and wonders of the universe above and the subatomic universe within. We should look too knowing the Bible's promise that God's creation groans and labors for restoration.

This commentary will look at some events in the vast universe above that you may have missed or that you are looking for. This study may correlate what we have seen with the Scriptures.

The Bible tells us:
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years Genesis 1:14
Signs... we can't ignore:
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring Luke 21:25

Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. John 4:48
God gave us signs and wonders so that we might see AND believe, they can help trust the Scriptures, every word. The Bible is full of imagery, melding God’s spiritual truths with the physical realities of creation so we should search every word. For example, Genesis tells God has given us signs for seasons.

What seasons?

The actual word is "mow'ed". It means appointed time and place... an appointment with God.

Psalms 91:5 teaches that faithful believers are not to be afraid of the terror (dreadful object) by night, or of the arrow that flies by day. With that verse in mind, I interrupt this commentary with an update to the original post:

Update: December 7, 2015: Michael Shepherd gives us a great view of 'Gods Master Design' as he shows how God has laid out and perfectly created the timing of the heavens and the earth so that the stars meet his designed plans. The reference to the constellation sign in the beginning of the 12th chapter of Revelation 12 is detailed later in this commentary.


This is the end of this update, below is the balance of the original commentary.

My prayer today is that God will bless as you listen to His Holy Spirit so that you will seek to walk after Him in His word and may God bless you so that you know in your heart it is now time to seek to help others that desperately need you to reach out and teach them of King Messiah!

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Be A Watchman!!
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Original post:

Who designed the constellations and created its lights?

The "Star Breather" (see Psalms 33:6), our God and Creator of course... we need to pay attention to the cycle of His signs that point us to God's appointed seasons (see Genesis 1:14-19)!
"There will be great signs in the heavens and then the SIGN OF THE SON OF MAN WILL APPEAR IN THE SKY"...
I am just a humble watchman that considers there must be a reason we are to spend the evenings of The Feast of Tabernacles camping outside in booths in eyesight of the night sky above just as God instructed us to do. During the Autumn season, the dark fall sky is beautiful in the evening, it is crystal clear and when we look up we can see the glory and majesty of the planets, stars, constellations and the moon - all assigned in their exact place by God's voice.
Regarding what we see when we look up every night, there have been a number of excellent books written about the amazing story of how the heavens reveal the Gospel story of redemption and salvation.

In Matthew 2, the Bible tells us just a bit about this in the account of the Star of Bethlehem. The astronomers, the Magi knew what they were looking for and they acted on it. To help you out here is an interesting video link about the star described in the Bible.

Yet, the gospel to be watched above has been deliberately poisoned and polluted, stolen by the deceiver by pagan divination, omens, astrology and lying horoscopes that attempt to predict one's personal life and future instead of the Creator’s amazing Gospel story. Astrology is a personal sin that is linked to the worship of the sun, moon, planets and the stars instead of the One True Almighty God of the Universe that created these to give Him glory not us.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
Astrology is a lie, it steals the truth and opens people up to the deception of the great imposter. Paul cites that Satan is the power of the air, see Ephesians 2:2. There's a reason he says that. Yet, like the two or more required witnesses of Torah, the good news of Messiah's coming can be seen in His creation.
Again, that is why God tells us:
Genesis 1:14: "And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years"
There is an inseparable link in God's word (in the beginning) with the creation account and in the end at the book most know as the Revelation of Jesus. Perhaps, if we would just believe our Creator when He tells us he placed the stars in the Heavens as signs for His appointed days and seasons, we could see that the imagery of Revelation is an account that can be also be seen in God's graphic design of the constellations - - because one role of the heavens is to reveal the glory of God showing us the plan of salvation. If you do not have a star chart you may interested in viewing the U.S. Navy Navigational Star Chart.

The Apostle John's constellation pictures are a big reason that the book of Revelation is so misunderstood, so cryptic and confusing.

We have to remember something, Jesus often taught in parables. A parable by its very definition is a word "image", a short story, a metaphor, an allegory that uses word pictures to "show" the depth of a thousand words of truth and righteousness to anyone that will consider them. A parable requires considerable thought, retrospect and understanding. No speed reading allowed!

The book of Revelation provides a series of Hebrew "image" parables.

Many of the road sign images are shown by descriptions in the constellations. That's why it is so difficult for many of us to comprehend its meaning, we aren't looking up. Revelation is more than words, it's a graphic description of heavenly images, and it is based on the word of our unchanging God that begins in Genesis. And Revelation gives us the navigation to be seen in the Feasts of YHVH. Yet, to know the Feast times, God requires that we to engage with them. To begin to do that requires that we look up to the sky to literally see their time and their season that God set from Creation with the moon and the Sun that acts like a giant prophetic timepiece tracking each day of the Biblical month!

Revelation shows us the seasons of God integrate with the signs and seasons of the constellations He established at creation.

These are described in great detail in Revelation and they reveal its appointed time line. For example, God declared that Passover would begin on the 14th day of Nisan. That means that because the lunar cycle is 28 days, the 14th day is always a full moon. During the first Passover, that full moon provided light for exodus journey through the desert.

In addition to that, we need to keep in mind that a lunar eclipse only occurs during a full moon, so over the millennium cycle of time, certain Passover nights will experience a blood red eclipse as the Earth's shadow is cast against the lunar surface. In fact, the signs and images described in Revelation include both solar and lunar eclipses. Such an eclipse is described in the narrative of Revelation 6:12. We also see appointed eclipses described by Jesus (Yeshua) recorded in Matthew 24:29.

Importantly, Messiah Yeshua tells us that at the time near tribulation, there are to be some astronomical events above. These "signs" in the heavens will be visible to everyone, if we just look for them.

As God's people we are to reflect His light, we are supposed to be a light of the world, a light of the word of God. Symbolically, we might consider that an eclipse of the Sun only occurs in the day and it represents anything that blocks the light of God, a lunar eclipse only occurs at in darkness at night and the moon represents the light of God's people that reflect God's light.

From this, we might realize that the eclipse described in Matthew 24 portrays a difficult time for God's people in exile around the globe before Messiah returns just as Luke 18:7-8 and the words recorded by Matthew tell us.
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken" Matthew 24:29.
But we must not told to be be discouraged or fearful, the message is we are to be prepared and shine God's light on the world.

Following the Feast Day lunar eclipses that will be seen on consecutive Passover and Tabernacles holy days, North America will witness a solar eclipse that will be centered over the United States on August 21, 2017 that appears 40 months after the Passover red blood moon lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014. Forty is a big deal in the Bible so perhaps we should pay attention.

This date will also mark 70 years from the U.N. declaration for establishing the state of Israel in November 1947, amazingly, it will also mark 50 years from the liberation of Jerusalem in 1967 following the six day war and finally it will also mark 1947 years from the destruction of the Temple in 70AD. It just so happens that the U.N. General Assembly issued Resolution 181 in 1947 recommending the creation of independent Jewish State. Six months later, Israel was born in a day (see Isaiah 66:8).

Here's a graphic view of the eclipse event from Dr. Andrew Sinclair at the UK Hydrographic Office.

There is something very interesting about Monday August 21, 2017, that regretfully few Christians may be aware of, it's a month before Trumpets Day, Yom Teruah. The Lord's Fall Feasts begin with Trumpets Day in the 7th month with the first glimpse of the 'new moon'... always have, always will. The Bible calls this monthly re-birth of the moon 'Rosh Kodesh' and the dark period before it is the only time that a solar eclipse can occur.

Since creation, the arrival of the "Day of Trumpets" has been set as a Rosh Kodesh day. The Lord's Fall Feasts begin on Trumpets Day.

Because of that, you might continue on your own to search the Scriptures for verses that contain the word "trumpet" or "trumpets". I like to use Blue Letter Bible. It is a great online resource due to it's built in interlinear tools. It also offers several translations and it shows a key verse in the Torah that explicitly relates to Yom Teruah is found in Numbers 29:1. The word "trumpets" in Numbers 10:10 does not seem obvious at first to be a verse about Yom Teruah so let's see what Numbers 29:1 says:
"And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you."
Now, take a look at Numbers 10:10 and see how this verse relates to Yom Teruah.
"Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God."
Now search for the word "solemn," you will notice it relates to "solemn" assemblies on the Feast "Days". Next if you search for the word "gladness," you will also learn that it relates to "gladness" in celebrating the Lord's Feast "Days". After all, they are THE Biblical set apart, holy days of our Creator (see 2Chronicles 30:21-23).

On this particular day just before the Day of Trumpets, many people in America will be near their finishing lunch when this rare total solar eclipse sweeps across the center of our nation from Oregon to South Carolina as the eclipse darkens the heart of the nation. The maximum point of the eclipse will take place near Hopkinsville, Kentucky at at 1:25 PM CST.

Interestingly, darkness also visited the USA in 1991, 1979, 1972, 1970, 1963, 1945, 1932, 1918 and 1905.

For most Americans, depending on where they live in 2017, the 2 minute and 40 second total eclipse that will last from beginning to end for 2 hours, 55 minutes will be seen at an angle as with any eclipse. So, depending on your location and viewing angle, the Sun may look "like" a sickle in the clouds as the moon will appear to partially cover the Sun. But through the center and heartland of the nation, it will be a total eclipse that will appear to darken the Sun from coast to coast, the first dark path crossing the good 'ol USA since the full solar eclipse of June 8, 1918 when the eclipse was also visible from the East to the West Coast of the United States.

In case you are wondering what happened at that time in 1918, the WWI Battle of Belleau Wood began. It lasted for three weeks as Americans fought the relentless Germans. That year, America experienced our first significant battlefield casualties of World War I when some 5,000 men of our 2nd Infantry Division were killed in intense battle.

At that time, soldiers from all sides engaged in other military battles all around Europe and oddly troops on both sides of the fighting began to succumb to a deadly flu strain. Troop losses from the flu epidemic quickly exceeded combat casualties, especially in the German army. The bizarre and deadly epidemic spread around the world and lasted a year, killing an estimated 20-40 million people, before the untreatable flu pandemic suddenly vanished as quickly as it arrived. Stanford University's website tells us this about the disaster:
"The effect of the influenza epidemic was so severe that the average life span in the US was depressed by 10 years. The influenza virus had a profound virulence, with a mortality rate at 2.5% compared to the previous influenza epidemics, which were less than 0.1%. The death rate for 15 to 34-year-olds of influenza and pneumonia were 20 times higher in 1918 than in previous years (Taubenberger). People were struck with illness on the street and died rapid deaths. One anectode shared of 1918 was of four women playing bridge together late into the night. Overnight, three of the women died from influenza (Hoagg). Others told stories of people on their way to work suddenly developing the flu and dying within hours (Henig). One physician writes that patients with seemingly ordinary influenza would rapidly "develop the most viscous type of pneumonia that has ever been seen" and later when cyanosis appeared in the patients, "it is simply a struggle for air until they suffocate," (Grist, 1979). Another physician recalls that the influenza patients "died struggling to clear their airways of a blood-tinged froth that sometimes gushed from their nose and mouth," (Starr, 1976). The physicians of the time were helpless against this powerful agent of influenza."
What does any of this have to do with the coming 2017 solar eclipse? Perhaps nothing, but it is interesting that the timing of the eclipse will occur just two weeks to the day after Tu B'Av on August 7th. Regretably, few Christians know of Tu B'Av, yet the Jewish Talmud records the history of the day all the way back to the Temple times of Jerusalem. Tu B'Av marks the beginning day of the grape harvest.

Believe it or not, Yom Kippurim, the holiest day seen in the Bible, the day of atonements, marks the end of this annual grape harvest. On both days in ancient time, dressed in white... unmarried virgin girls of Jerusalem went out to the vineyards according to the Babylonian Talmud, tractate Ta'anit 30b-31a.

If you have read the New Testament, Tu B'Av might just cast a reminder of the parable of the ten virgins, If so, consider the timing of the harvest and the sickle described in the book of Revelation. As you look at the words of Revelation, take note, except when the eclipse is overhead at its maximum, the Sun will actually appear across the U.S. in the shape of a sickle as the moon covers its face. This is shown in the graphic above.

Revelation tells us John looked up at a cloud:
And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. Revelation 14:14-19
It is a Biblical fact that YHVH God gives us signs in heaven. He does not do this to allow us to predict our future, but to validate what He has given us to know about Him through His prophets and Messiah Yeshua.

So, let's take note of another heavenly sign to come at this time.

It begins two days after the 2017 full solar eclipse across America. Before we look, consider the Psalm that tells us that each new moon, each Rosh Kodesh we are to welcome the new moon with a trumpet.
"Blow the trumpet at the new moon, At the full moon, on our feast day." Psalm 81:3
The Feast Days begin with Passover in the first Biblical month. Today we call it Nisan, seven months later, the month of Tishrei arrives with the Feast Day called the Day of Trumpets. So, between Nisan and Tishrei, 7 trumpets are to be sounded.

In the book of Revelation, chapter 12 comes right after the conclusion of the angel (actually messenger) blowing the seventh trumpet.

On September 23, 2017 the heavens above will incredibly mimic the vision described in Revelation 12:1-2 when the moon falls below the feet of the 1st constellation Virgo some 3 1/2 years, a time, times, and half a time after the Passover red blood moon appeared on April 15, 2014. Notably, Virgo in Hebrew is "Bethulah" which means, "a virgin". This constellation represents the virgin holding a branch and an ear of corn; symbolically a harvest. This is the sign as described by the Apostle John:
"Now a great sign appeared in heaven:

a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet,
and on her head a garland of twelve stars.

Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth."

Here we see described a graphic picture above our heads in one of the twelve constellations that track the ecliptic path of the Sun across the sky over the course of a year.

The woman will be seen above as the Bethulah constellation we now call Virgo in the 7th Biblical month. September 23, 2017 is Tishri 3 and the Fast Day of Gedaliah, a Jewish fast lamenting the murder of the governor of Judah whose death occurred near the time of the destruction of the First Temple by Nebuchadnezzar after the Babylonian King sieged Jerusalem in 587 BC. While there is some debate as to the exact year in history, the event occurred and it is recorded in 2 Kings 25:25–26:
"But it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the seed royal, came, and ten men with him, and smote Gedaliah, that he died, and the Jews and the Chaldeans that were with him at Mitzpah. And all the people, both small and great, and the captains of the forces, arose, and came to Egypt; for they were afraid of the Chaldeans."
On Tishri 3 the moon will be below the feet of the first of the 12 constellations along the elliptic plane. There above the head of Virgo (Bethulah) we will see three planets, Mercury, Venus and Mars aligning above Virgo with the nine bright stars of the constellation Leo (Ari), the 12th constellation. Leo represents the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and as noted it is the 12th major constellation along the solar elliptic. It is comprised of 9 primary fixed stars and the 3 wandering stars (planets) will appear 'like' a garland of 12 stars as described in Revelation 12. At this time in space, Jupiter, the wandering "King" star will still appear in the belly of Virgo from its 9 month retrograde movement within the constellation that will begin in late January 2017 as the other planets move on along the elliptic. If we use our imagination, it will be as if Jupiter is remaining 'like' a child in the womb...

The star breather, our Creator spoke the stars and planets in their place on day four of creation:
"And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth." And it was so." Genesis 1:14-15
Once the 9 month retrograde motion of Jupiter ends, the great planet leaves the vicinity of the constellation Virgo as if "birthed". It will be quite clear the wandering great star has left the area of the constellation Virgo by December 13, 2017. Using one's imagination, this 9 month scene points us to the birth of a new man.

Perhaps Jeremiah wrote of this time just as we see in Jeremiah 31 when the prophet wrote:

"At that time, declares the LORD, I will be the God of all the clans of Israel, and they shall be my people."


Guess what? December 13, 2017 is the first day of Hanukkah and Jupiter will have been visible like a great sign in Virgo in Heaven for everyone on the planet to see.


Interestingly, the big planet enters the constellation Virgo about every 12 years on its long orbit path around the Sun as it passes though each of the 12 constellations, but in 2017, like the sign of Revelation 12 as quoted above, Jupiter reaches the belly of Virgo as if it is "about to be born" and it just so happens the moon's position is some 1260 days from the April 15, 2014 Passover and the red blood moon eclipse that will kick off the consecutive Passover-Tabernacles Feast day eclipses to be seen in 2014-2015.

Why mention 1,260 days? Well, there are 7 references to the timeframe, two in Daniel and five in Revelation.

Like all Scripture, the book of Revelation requires a second witness and John has one with the prophet Micah who wrote of the event some 800 years before John recorded his visions and it is very important to take notice of what Micah says:
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from old,
From everlasting.

Therefore He shall give them up,
Until the time that she who is in labor has given birth;
Then the remnant of His brethren
shall return to the children of Israel."
Micah 5:2-3
If you have read and studied the Bible, whether you believe the Messiah was a humble rabbi 2,000 years ago and is soon returning as King or your believe the Messiah is arriving for the first time, you know that these words are just and true because the restoration of the tabernacle of David and the whole house of Israel (all tribes) with the 'One' to be King in Israel were not fulfilled in the time of Yeshua of Nazareth.

Perhaps Micah is referencing the same Revelation 12 vision that John saw in the heavens when he states what will occur after that time:


"Then the remnant of His brethren shall return to the children of Israel."


What will bring about this restoration of the brothers Ephram and Judah? Will it be a time like the trouble that Joseph's brothers experienced long ago when they were reunited with Joseph because of famine?

Daniel describes that at the end of 1,260 days, the scattering of the power, the hand יָד of the people is finished. What does this mean? Could it be a reference to a time of trouble that Daniel 12:1 describes "such as never been since there was a nation until that time"?

Even Daniel did not know, he records: "I heard, but I did not understand."

Was the 'one' he saw, the man clothed in linen that was pointing his raised right hand and his left hand toward heaven possibly pointing at Virgo and the location of this Revelation 12 constellation sign? I don't know.
"And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream; he raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven and swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time, and that when the shattering נָפַץ of the power of the holy people comes to an end all these things would be finished." Daniel 12:7
And get this...


The Passover blood moon eclipse of April 15, 2014 will occur next to the star Spica, the alpha star of Virgo.


Yeshua aka Jesus is the "seed" of the woman promised in Genesis 3:15. According to The Gospel in The Stars, the word Spica in Hebrew is "Zerah" and it means “seed”. He also calls Himself the Alpha and Omega. Coincidence? Maybe.

We are never to assume to give a prophecy by the Sun, moon or the stars or the headlines of a newspaper... But we can watch and remember God alone provides signs in Heaven and Bible prophecy. He shares them with us so that we can know He is the timeless all knowing Creator, He aligned all Creation and He uses His Creation to show us His glory.

The Promised Land was in an oppressive dark time before Yeshua-Jesus first came to Jerusalem to bring the light of God into the world and we are seeing darkness again across the planet before His return. So many of us do not understand, but if we just look up, perhaps it's not so hard to understand Scripture as we look for Messiah's return as other look for the first. The good news is we are both looking!

God told Moses repeatedly to build the Tabernacle like the design shown to him atop the mountain by God (see Exodus 25:9, Exodus 25:40, Exodus 26:30 and Exodus 27:8). This is because the Tabernacle on Earth was to be an image, "a reflection" of God's Tabernacle in Heaven that He "pitched" in Creation (see 2Chronicles 6:18; Hebrews 4:14; Hebrews 7:26; Hebrews 8:2).

King David even described the heavenly Tabernacle in the Psalm:
"Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. [There is] no speech nor language, [where] their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, which [is] as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, [and] rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth [is] from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof." Psalms 19:2-6
The heavens clearly represent the Tabernacle pattern shown to Moses.

The patterns above teach us that our Creator is the only source of true light and truth to this fallen world. The sky, our protective upper atmosphere function much like the veil that protected people from the the presence of God. At the return of Messiah, the heavens will be opened and only the righteous covered in the atonement of God's sacrifice will survive in the end:
"Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war." Revelation 19:11

"And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord has spoken it. Isaiah 25:7-8
As the Priest in the order of Melchizedek, Messiah Yeshua is the veil that will protect the Saints that do the commandments of God and keep the faith of Messiah. If we follow God's instruction in the faith of Messiah He is standing between us and the wrath of God in a repeat of the pattern shown as the Levites protected the congregation of Israel:
"But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony." Numbers 1:53
A mega quake is a common repeating theme of Revelation. So is the protection of the Saints that obey the commandments of God. Do you suppose that God's teaching could be so simple... that those that follow His instruction to spend time in a tent during the days of Tabernacles will be protected from a devastating global quake? After all, it hard for a building to collapse and fall on you or your loved ones if you're well... not in a building!
Revelation 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood

Revelation 8:5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

Revelation 11:13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Revelation 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

Revelation 16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
And the darkened Sun and Moon described in Matthew speaks of a total solar eclipse.

Such an eclipse occurs when the dark new moon aligns perfectly between the Earth and the Sun blocking the Sun's light. A solar eclipse can only take place at the exact phase of a dark new moon, as noted earlier, a new moon in the Hebrew Bible its called Rosh Kodesh and it is an important time. An eclipse occurs when only the moon's shadow falls on the Earth’s surface. This is described perfectly in Matthew 24:29 by Yeshua: "the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light".

The Bible tells us to observe each Rosh Kodesh. A database calculating some 7,000 Rosh Kodesh eclipses can be checked at NASA.

Yeshua’s words of a coming Solar eclipse are no coincidence. It may not be the Trumpets Day solar eclipse of 2017, but there will be a full eclipse 'one day' that marks His words and "the day of The Lord". The one coming in August 2017 may not be "the one" but remember, He is the Creator, the design and the plan are His. And the events that will immediately follow "the Jesus Eclipse" are mind boggling because the fall harvest will begin...
"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Matthew 24:30-31
In a unique way, the eclipse tied to the return of Messiah is not so mysterious when your put your science hat on and study astronomy and creation. For starters, the number four is a number representing Messiah throughout Scripture. First, He came in Biblical day four, 4,000 years after Adam. Remember, a day on God's clock is a thousand years on mankind's timetable.

Second, it just so happens that the sun's 864,000-mile diameter is fully 400 times greater than that of our Moon, which measures just 2,160 miles in diameter. According to Universe Today, during an eclipse, "The Moon looks the same size as the Sun - This is an amazing coincidence. From our perspective here on Earth, but the Moon and the Sun look approximately the same size in the sky. Of course, the Sun is much much bigger than the Moon. The Sun happens to be 400 times larger than the Moon, but it’s also 400 times further away."

The earth's circumference is about 24,000 miles at the equator and a day lasts 24 hours so the earth's spin rate is right at 1,000 miles per hour. Thanks to the three fundamental laws of planetary motion discovered by Johannes Kepler, a German mathematician and astronomer that built on the ideas of a sun-centered Solar System from Polish astronomer Nicolai Copernicus, we know that the Earth and all planets travel about the sun in elliptical orbits. In the early 1600's Kepler gave the precise mathematical formulas that are still used in NASA's computer calculations today. Long before a keen awareness of super novae, Kepler used his published laws of planetary motion to attempt to determine planetary conjunctions as he believed they would allow him to date the Star of Bethlehem.

The earth is traveling around the Sun at some 66,600 miles per hour or 18 miles/second which is fast enough to cover the planet's diameter in seven minutes, and the distance to the Moon in four hours.

As we discern these facts, we must think about the words of Messiah Yeshua as He spoke of the "signs" to be seen in the heavens. What Jesus spoke about 2,000 years ago is becoming evident today and a key reference is in the imagery given in the words of His "Lord's Prayer"...
"Thy will be done in earth, as in heaven."
What this really says is... first heaven, then earth. Genesis says: "signs" first then "seasons"... Do you see the connection that Messiah makes with His appointed days?

Consider this for a minute, the sun refers to the light and true word of God and the moon reflects its light while surrounded in darkness. This is a heavenly metaphor, a reference to those people that reflect the light of Messiah in a world full of darkness. In the end, many fall, they will fade away, they will fade like the moon as they are darkened by the strong delusion and shadow of the deceiver, the prince of the darkness of earth and the father of all lies.
Let me say right now that I am not declaring anything in this study as an absolute. There is NO 'thus saith The Lord' here. Instead, I am describing what might be understood, considered and weighed in the scales of truth and light. I am always open to the correction and reproof of Scripture. That is the purpose of all of God's word.
If you stop take notice of the imagery of Revelation, you will see that John was a star gazer.

Like an astronomer he describes the sights he viewed with the descriptions of the ancient Mazzaroth, the very constellations set "above" our planet Earth by its Creator. This starts out in Revelation 1:7 and there is a constant imagery of the constellation stars given in the narrative. In Revelation 1:20 we also see the reappearance of "the cloud" that is first described in Exodus 13:21. Just look for yourself, Revelation 14:14-16 tells much more about the cloud of glory:
"And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud [one] sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped."
When Messiah first came in the flesh, there was none other than a great sign in the heavens. This star of Bethelem brought the Magi, the wise men of the east, possibly the
Medes or perhaps predessors to today's Kurds to bring gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh as they worshiped our Lord as King of the Universe.

They followed a sign. Perhaps it was a planetary conjuction, perhaps a comet, or a supernova or both. A comet like a supernova generally only stays in eyesight for a few weeks or months. No astronomer today knows but perhaps it was the super nova explosion of Messier 51. In the timeframe of 5BC-4BC this spiral galaxy shown above Israel in the N-NW sky from sunset to about 9PM during the Feast of Tabernacles. We do not know when the star went super nova but here's an un-retouched photo from the Hubble Space Telescope of the center core of the remnant of the Messier 51 nova as it appears today.

Plainly, the Bible tells us there will also be signs in the heavens before His return. That is what Jesus and His book of Revelation tells us. So, its about time to look more into this. However, like the gifts of the Magi, when He returns He will be the one bringing the gifts (check it out for yourself in Revelation 22:12).

I realize Biblical astronomy may be difficult for some to consider because of the lies and deception of astrology, so we must pray for the Spirit of God to help us discern His word. As a primer, I'd encourage you to listen to the insights from this short broadcast from Chuck Missler of Koinonia House.

Our Savior's instruction in Luke 21:27 is to "look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh". This is real world advice straight from the Bible.

If you "look up" you will even see that some of the many constellations, the signs that John described when he looked and beheld the constellation we now call Virgo the "woman" and Draco, "the dragon". These are "seen" in Revelation 12:15-16 Ursa Major is "the bear" of Revelation 13:2 Libra "the balances" is the weighting scales of Revelation 6:5 and
Ara "the altar" is described in Revelation 8:3 Aquila the "eagle" is noted in Revelation 12:14 and the twins of Gemini, "the two witnesses" are seen within Revelation 11:3 and Aries "the lamb" of Revelation 4:6 are there above us every single night in plain sight if we just "look up". Even the "sickle" of Orion described in Revelation 14:14-16 is there in the sky. Crux cross or the Hebrew "Tav" or Omega of Revelation 1:8, Revelation 1:11, Revelation 21:6 and Revelation 22:13 is above in the heavens. Fornax the "furnace", the lake of fire described in Revelation 19:20, Revelation 20:10, Revelation 20:14 and Revelation 20:15 is above our heads. The last of the 12 major elliptic constellations is Leo the Lion of the Tribe of Judah as seen in Revelation 5:5.

The symbols of creation go on and on in the Bible. Consider the cloud that God first described to Noah, you know the one with the rainbow shown in the prophecy of Genesis 9:14 "... when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud" is repeated again in Revelation 4:3 "And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and [there was] a rainbow round about the throne..."

Due to the deceiver's rigorous work in astrology, most of us gloss over the words of John, not realizing that he describes as the constellations of God's creation. Most of us think of the creatures that John describes as heavenly "angels" only, but that is not all that John describes when he writes:
And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, [be] unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. Revelation 5:13
Because of the deception of astrology, for many today, it is hard to even consider the mighty signs and wonders of the Universe that God has promised to show us from above as the "speak" to us of God's majestic plan of salvation.

Understandably, many people shy and run away from considering the fact that God says He made the stars "for signs and seasons" and that's understandable due to damage from the deceiver. But when you read Matthew 24 it is easy to see that God declares the end from the beginning as shown in Isaiah 46:10.

I believe the thing God wants us to know today is that He designed and aligned the stars, the comets, the Moon and the Sun for His "signs" to be seen.

We need to also know God set His appointed times at creation, they are His "Feasts" not just Jewish Feasts, but thank The Lord and praise God the Jewish people have kept them over the centuries. How do we know they are appointments?

It is because of the Hebrew word (Strong's 4150) used in Genesis 1:14. The word is mow'ed מועד. It means appointed time, set time. It's not really about spring, summer, fall or winter. It's about the appointments that God makes with mankind. Incredibly, "mow'ed" is also translated as congregation in many places as in:
Numbers 16:18 And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood in the door of the tabernacle of the congregation (appointed time) with Moses and Aaron.
Imagine that, it's the tabernacle, the place designed for the appointed time with God present.

Yet, if you think about it - due to our reservation and warranted concern about astrology, we can see that the deceiver has accomplished his goal, his lie. Why? Because we simply ignore learning more about God's sovereignty in His word, His creation and His heavenly revelation. We must now realize the deceiver has worked very hard on this and that reason alone should show us the importance of what God has said from the very beginning.

But what about the "great signs in heaven" the Bible tells us about?

As with most spiritual lies, astrology began in Babylon. So I repeat... this commentary is in no way about the pollution of astrology, but it is about how we might consider God's signs and coming season.

The earliest known record of astronomy is the Venus tablet of Ammisaduqa (compiled in Babylon around 1700 BC) which is reported to have been made during the reign of King Sargon of Akkad about the ancient astronomical observations of Venus. Yes, the name is Sargon and yes it is the same name found in Isaiah 20:1.

Despite all the problems with the lies "astrology" we never want to ignore the precision of our Creator's astronomy, it is a key part of Almighty God's creation.

There are marvelous books written about the Biblical and prophetic truth of the constellations that can be explored by everyone, they include: "Mazzaroth" by Frances Rolleston written in 1863. It is no longer in copyright so Mazzaroth is available online for all to see at the "Google Books" website. Another excellent book to obtain is E.W. Bullinger's 1892 classic "Witness of the Stars". Pastor Bullinger expanded on the concepts put forth by Rolleston's Mazzaroth, which is the Hebrew name for "the constellations". We can also find the truth in Joseph Augustus Seiss’ book "The Gospel in The Stars" among other excellent books including The Astronomy of The Bible by E. Walter Maunder from 1908.

These wonderful books have all been inspired by Genesis 1:14-15 and the fact is that Scripture confirms the existence of the gospel message in the stars by God's design the constellations and the timing of the planetary orbits. In fact, Psalm 19:1-6 is a prophecy that references the recent signs in the heavens. The signs in the constellations speak of Messiah's return. And again the Psalm states: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the Sun. Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it; and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof”.

The constellations have long been misunderstood.

The United States Naval Observatory, which serves as the official source of time for the U.S. Department of Defense and the United States maintains an online copy of The Celestial Atlas by Alexander Jamieson. This atlas of the heavens published London in 1822 has illustrations of the constellations in a series of maps. Sure the pagan names are attached rather than the Hebrew names of the Mazzaroth, but when you study and research them you can see the truth through the lies as you view the virgin and the lamb of God, the lion of Judah, the slayer of the serpent.

NASA tells us this news that everyone could see...
"March 21, 2008: A powerful gamma ray burst detected March 19th by NASA's Swift satellite has shattered the record for the most distant object that could be seen with the naked eye.

"It was a whopper," says Swift principal investigator Neil Gehrels of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "This blows away every gamma ray burst we've seen so far."

Swift's Burst Alert Telescope picked up the burst at 2:12 a.m. EDT on March 19, 2008, and pinpointed the coordinates in the constellation Bootes. Telescopes in space and on the ground quickly moved to observe the afterglow. The burst was named GRB 080319B and registered between 5 and 6 on the visual magnitude scale used by astronomers. (A magnitude 6 star is the dimmest visible to the human eye; magnitude 5 is almost three times brighter.)"

"No other known object or type of explosion could be seen by the naked eye at such an immense distance," says Swift science team member Stephen Holland of Goddard. "If someone just happened to be looking at the right place at the right time, they saw the most distant object ever seen by human eyes without optical aid."

"GRB 080319B's afterglow was 2.5 million times more luminous than the most luminous supernova ever recorded, making it the most intrinsically bright object ever observed by humans in the universe."
This explosion occurred two days before Purim, the day that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman in the Persian Empire.

The Biblical calendar is important. It is why we must sync up with our Creator and His feast days that are set by the heavens. After all, if you carefully read the book of Job you will find that God named all the stars and constellation Himself.

This is REALLY important!

There is a reason He did that and that is why these books on Biblical astronomy are so helpful. They reveal the Hebrew names and Biblical meanings for the stars and their constellations, and how their Hebrew words tell His Gospel story in the stars for everyone to see if we just look.

The first constellation we see in the night sky begins with Virgo - the virgin, and it is the obvious starting point for God’s Gospel story.

Since antiquity, this constellation "sign" is represented by a picture of a woman with an olive branch in her right hand and a sheaf of wheat in the left. Virgo means ‘a virgin’; but the ancient Hebrew name of the constellation is Bethulah. As you can see, the deceiver has polluted the names too by hiding their meaning.  Some of this information can be verified from an article from Hebrew Nation Radio

Isaiah 7:14 says: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son”.

Pictured here at 1 PM Jerusalem time as it was seen in the City of God on Yom Teruah, the "Day of Trumpets" of September 29, 2011 is a view of Virgo, the virgin constellation described in Revelation. The image was made using my “Starry Nights Pro”, an astronomy software with the sunlight turned off to more easily demonstrate that there is an incredible message here if we just look.

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. Genesis 1:14-15

The Bible says: Seasons and years... these are the Feast Days that provide signs from the stars silently speaking through the season of the appointed Feast Days of our Creator. In the fall season, these Feast Days are Yom Teruah, the Day of Atonement and Tabernacles. The alignment of the sun, the earth and the moon on every Trumpets Day looks just like the graphic image below. The alignments are all precisely the same as the moon moves in its orbit like a dial on a clock just as God commanded them. They are unchanging, just like God. Many may not consider it but His Biblical calendar is seen within the alignment of His creation. We see this in Scripture as the order of the new moon because that is our perspective while looking up...

You can view this on any Feast Day by the tool provided at the page I have titled God's Timepiece.

This year (2011) the fall or autumn stars appear to "repeat a story" in a prophetic revelation of Scripture as seen from Revelation 12:1-2. The constellation Virgo can be considered within the message of the Gospel of the stars as the bride representing the faithful remnant saints, those who love Jesus-Yeshua and keep his instructions and His commandments. (See Revelation 14:12)

The sighting of the first new moon was not seen in daytime Jerusalem on September 26, 2011 due to the moon's extremely close proximity to the sun, but thanks to NASA's technology we know it was there thus defining the 1st day of the seventh month, known as Yom Teruah, or the Feast of Trumpets. On the 29th this year, we see the constellation Virgo with the moon under her feet, clothed in the Sun, and "pregnant" with Venus (a.k.a. the "bright morning star"). And to top it off, as if a precious rare jewel on the dress of Virgo we can also see the newly found Comet Elenin in September 2011. Is it a coincidence that this never before seen comet crosses the constellation Virgo on this very day? The faint, but popular Comet Elenin has been the speculation of many ridiculous claims, but at least those got many to look up at the dim beacon of light as it passed by.

We should notice that the Psalms 19 message says that: “day” utters speech. This shows us that the message, that the speech of Revelation 12 and the signs in the sky will be “seen in the day”, not necessarily only in the night sky! So, you have to be looking in the day too, searching and seeking, just like the word of God says.

There is something we must all know. It is that God is (1) omnipotent (all powerful), (2) omniscient (all knowing), and (3) omnipresent (always present). He was, is and will be.

Our Creator set the orbital mechanics and knows every alignment of His planets and stars at each point in time as He put them in a perfect, precise mathematical unison. Einstein studied this and NASA now gives us an interesting commentary on the space-time vortex around our planet.


Although the night sky appears to be identical to us each time we see it, the reality is it appears to revolve once every twenty four hours due to the spinning rotation of the  earth. That very spin is what governs our concept of time. In addition to that, the whole universe as seen from earth is very slowly revolving about one degree of arc every seventy-one years. Therefore, the positions of the stars and also the constellations, as seen today, are much different to those positions that were seen several thousand years ago. As a result of understanding this phenomenon, astronomers are able to calculate the approximate date of the ancient Zodiac positions long before the birth of Messiah Yeshua - Jesus.

The virgin constellation is crowned with a crown made of 12 stars... does this number remind you of anything in Scripture?  (Hint, hint as you have seen: the 12 tribes of Israel).

So, is it a coincidence that the constellation Coma Bernices is a 12 star constellation? Like a crown it is there above Virgo’s head. This is no coincidence.

Psalm 147:4 tells us: “He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names”.

Isaiah 40:26 admonishes us to pay attention: “Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number; he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.”

This constellation we now call Virgo shows us the imagery described in the Bible as she begins to travail in birth pangs. You have seen that this Trumpets Day image is a graphic picture of the words given in Revelation 12: 1-2. The "sign in the heavens" is of the woman Virgo, the image of "the bride" that is described in exactly this same way:

And a great sign was seen in the heaven: a woman clad with the Sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. And being pregnant, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.”   Revelation 12:1-2

But what of the beginning of birth pangs?

Venus and Saturn, like twins remain in the center of Virgo for ten days until the day of Atonement, Yom Kippurim when the planet dropped down on October 8th 2011. Meanwhile, by the 8th day, Comet Elenin moved off into constellation Leo - The Lion, on the Day of Tabernacles, October 12, 2011. On this day the comet appears as if on the breastplate on Leo’s chest.

Seen below is the constellation Virgo as it appeared on Atonement Day, October 8, 2011. Notice Virgo is clothed in the Sun.
Job 38:31: Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or can you guide Arcturus with his sons? Do you know the ordinances of heaven? can you set the dominion thereof in the earth?
Never heard of Comet Elenin?

Well, as I mentioned, there has been a lot of hype, most of which you may have been fortunate to have missed, but this particular configuration of the constellations, stars and planets that are highlighted by the passing of Elenin occurs only ONCE in many thousands of years and it is happening not on any old random day, but during the beginning of the season of the Fall Feasts, the Day of Trumpets - Yom Terurah 2011.

This alignment continued on through the 10 "Days of Awe" ending on the Day of Atonement October 8th, 2011. But perhaps the most unusual thing is that the small comet Elenin will appear here only once within this constellation’s planetary alignment as the comet was decimated during its close orbital journey around the Sun. Only a small remnant of it remains as it breaks up.

On Atonements Day (Yom Kippurim) 2011, we may have seen a likeness of just one of the parables of Revelation as "stars" fall to earth during the Draconid meteor shower that will rain down from the mouth of the constellation Draco (the dragon). Draco is also called Hydra, the "multi-headed" dragon.

Draco in the Mazzaroth, is known as “the dragon cast down”. Looking up to the left before Virgo, Draco is the last constellation in the far northern sky, its star Thuban (Draconis) was actually the northern pole star around 2700 BC, during the time of the rule of the ancient Egyptians. Yet it has moved, this is because the Earth “wobbles” on its axis completing this movement once roughly every 26,000 years. Because of this wobble, the positions of the constellations appear to shift gradually over the millennia. This behavior is known as precession.  It’s what the Mayans were measuring as the earth’s axis rotation wobble will complete a full cycle in December 2012.
One of the galaxy clusters in Draco is Galaxy NGC 5866, sometimes called Messier Object 102. Another is the Draco Dwarf Galaxy, a galaxy with an absolute magnitude of -8.6 and a diameter of 3,500 light years, discovered by Albert G. Wilson of the Lowell Observatory in 1954.

Consider the 3,500 light year dimension, in fact it was 3,500 years ago when a great event occurred while this constellation marked the north, it was none other than the Exodus from Egypt during the time of the Pharaoh that "knew not Joseph".

Let’s look at Revelation again, can't we see the sign of Draco - the dragon and the draconids in the words of the parable?

"And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born." Revelation 12:34

So what’s the astronomy story from NASA?

They have just published a satellite damage alert for October 8, 2011, Atonements Day – the day many refer to as Judgment Day or Yom Kippurim. The NASA warning is this: The 2011 Draconid shower risk to Earth-orbiting satellites.  By William J. Cooke and Danielle E. Moser. Here’s the link to the official report.

“Current meteor shower forecast models project a strong Draconid outburst, possibly a storm, on October 8, 2011, with a duration of approximately 7 hours and peaking between 19 and 21 hours UT. Predicted rates range froma few tens to several hundred. Calibration of the NASA MSFC Meteoroid Stream Model 1 to radar and optical observations of past apparitions, particularly the 2005 Draconid outburst 2, suggest that the maximum rate will be several hundreds per hour.”


"The upcoming Draconid meteor shower in October will be impressive, but few people on the ground will get a chance to appreciate its true scope.

For a brief spell on Oct. 8, up to 1,000 meteors per hour will streak through Earth's atmosphere, according to a recent study. Unfortunately, the flurry will peak around 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. EDT (1700 or 1800 GMT), meaning the Sun will drown it out throughout the Western Hemisphere.  "You're not going to see anything here in North America," said Bill Cooke of the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. "By the time it gets dark here in North America, the shows going to be over with.""


Now this is astonishing.

The Draco meteor showers, the stars falling - - will last for 7 hours at a rate 1,000 meteors an hour! We should all be looking as a watchman… But the meteor showers from Draco will not be visible from North America as it will be daytime. You’ll have to go to Europe or even Jerusalem to see them. Imagine that!

October 8, 2011 The meteors come from the mouth of Draconis... so the verses of Revelation are well worth repeating:

 
“And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.”  Rev 12:3-4 

Rev 12:15   And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.    
 
Rev 12:16   And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth

What swallows meteors? The earth’s atmosphere - of course.

Rev 16:13   And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs [come] out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet

Are these three frogs - the leaders  of Iran, Syria and Turkey speaking from the mouth of the dragon, the beast - the false prophet of radical Islam?  They, like Hitler have all said they will wipe Israel off the map and then the U.S.

Rev 16:19   And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

Is this the division of Jerusalem that we soon face today with a so-called peace treaty? A division that separates the city into the three parts of Muslim, Christian and Jewish quarters.

Could this division occur in the next 42 months, 1,260 days? Perhaps. If we count 42 months forward on the calendar from Yom Teruah or Trumpets Day of 2011 we arrive at the month of Nissan, the April 3rd Passover of 2015 which will be on the 14th of Nissan. But that is 1283 days away so can it really be significant this Feast Day time period? (Revelation 11:2 & Revelation 12:4-6 and Daniel 7:25).

But wait...


We have already mentioned it but remember what happens on Passover day in 2015, just 3 and 1/2 years from now? From a fascinating and very important
2014-2015 Feast Day teaching by Pastor Mark Biltz that was developed following Biltz' deep study of NASA's scientifically and mathematically calculated eclipse charts. Biltz alerted the watchmen of the world, and we now know that a total blood red lunar eclipse will first occur on the total lunar eclipse Day of Passover 2014.

Let's shift gears for a minute and continue by looking at some Bible timelines and consider the interesting numbers given in Scripture.

As noted, the Scriptures give us a timelines of 1260 days. But there are also 1290 days and 1335 days. Lets look at 1,260:

Counting 1,260 days back from April 3, 2015 we arrive at none other than the 8th and last day of Tabernacles 2011, a day known as The Feast of In-gathering or Sukkot. The 8th day is called the Last Great Day, or Shemini Atzeret (literally, the "Eighth [Day] of Assembly"). Happenstance, coincidence?  Perhaps, but the message is clear. Don’t ignore God’s Appointments, His Feast Days any longer. Participate and celebrate them with Him.

Below are the four consecutive Feast Day total lunar eclipses that are coming with these signs in the skies.

  • April 14, 2014             Pesach (Passover) Lunar Eclipse
  • October 8, 2014         Sukkot (Feast Of Tabernacles) Lunar Eclipse
  • April 3, 2015              Pesach (Passover) Lunar Eclipse
  • September 27, 2015    Sukkot (Feast Of Tabernacles) Lunar Eclipse

And there is more to consider:

With birth there needs to be conception. If we look at the astronomical record in the constellation Virgo, we can see the Virginids Meteor shower ended April 15, 2011 but they actually began on January 25, 2011. That’s 9 months or 266 days before October 18, 2011, the 5th or middle day of the week of Tabernacles. Yes, the number of days from conception to birth are 266 and here's the day by month count of the Virginids Meteor shower:

7  Jan  
28 Feb
31 Mar  
30 Apr
31 May
30 Jun
31 Jul 
31 Aug 
30 Sep 
17 Oct
266 Total


That's pretty interesting when you consider it. Did you know there are 10 major and minor Virginid meteor shower streams that occur during the Virginid Complex? Might these symbolically represent the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel? (For insight, see
Restoration: The Lost Sheep Scriptures.)

They are: the Alpha {Aleph} Virginids, Gamma {Ayin} Virginids, Eta {Hey} Virginids, Theta {Tet}Virginids, Iota {Yod} Virginids, Lambda {Lamed} Virginids, Mu {Mem} Virginids, Pi {Pey} Virginids, Psi {Zayin} Virginids, and the March Virginids. Their names in Hebrew are: Aleph Ayin Hey Tet Yod Lamed Mem Pey and Zayin. Hebrew reads right to left.

אעהטילמפז Avital Paz - a vital peace?

These individual Hebrew letters that spell Avital Paz mean:

Cut-Scatter–Mighty Blood–Teach–Worship-Surround–Behold–Know–Strong Leader

They seem to say: "First the covenant and the dispersion then the mighty blood sacrifice came teaching us to worship so we may surround and behold and know God".

Today, Avital is a small farm cooperative at Mount Gilboa, Israel. King Saul, and his sons died there after fighting the Philistines.

1Samuel 29:1 Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek: and the Israelites pitched by a fountain which [is] in Jezreel. 

The Green Line between Israel and the West Bank runs south and west of the ridge. The Harod valley there is a part of the famous Jezreel Valley. It is an area right in the center of the Palestinian claim to the land promised to Israel.

Is this another coincidence? Just look at Joshua's words:

"And the children of Joseph said, The hill is not enough for us: and all the Canaanites that dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, [both they] who [are] of Bethshean and her towns, and [they] who [are] of the valley of Jezreel. And Joshua spake unto the house of Joseph, [even] to Ephraim and to Manasseh, saying, Thou [art] a great people, and hast great power: thou shalt not have one lot [only]: But the mountain shall be thine; for it [is] a wood, and thou shalt cut it down: and the outgoings of it shall be thine: for thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, [and] though they [be] strong."  Joshua 17:16-18  

And Hosea:

Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great [shall be] the day of Jezreel.  Hosea 1:11  


Consider this.

During the 2011 Trumpets Day celebration, as noted, if we just look up in the heavens we would have seen the Sun clothed in the constellation of the virgin woman, Virgo. Next to the Sun sat Mercury and lower still toward the horizon sat Saturn and Venus and down below her feet was the moon. Yet, heading straight to the Sun, on that day was Comet Elenin.

Four days later, 
another fast approaching, never before seen comet dove directly into the Sun creating a massive solar explosion of the un-named comet on October 2, 2011 on the very same day, Israel accepted the declarations of The Quartet, to divide the land of Israel for peace on the 4th "Day of Awe".


Arutz Sheva, The Israel National News reported that
Israel Formally Accepts Quartet Plan to Restart Talks with PA:

"The State of Israel on Sunday officially accepted a plan by the Quartet of peacekeeping nations to restart final status talks with the Palestinian Authority.
The Prime Minister's Office said in a statement issued Sunday that Israel “welcomes the Quartet's call for direct negotiations between the parties without preconditions, as called for by both President [Barack] Obama and by Prime Minister Netanyahu" in their respective speeches at the United Nations General Assembly."

"The Quartet, comprised of the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations, has published a new timetable for direct negotiations between the two parties, urging both Israel and the PA to come to the table within four weeks. During this initial meeting, the two sides are expected to express their commitment to a timetable which will allegedly bring forth a peace agreement by the end of 2012."

And get this, yes another coincidence - - at the same time of the Israeli announcement, a fiery comet that has not been detected, suddenly crashed into the Sun...

Huge Comet Streaking Toward the Sun

Perhaps, we might just consider that Isaiah 45:12 provides a suitable conclusion as to exactly how the timing of heavenly events are managed, as the great prophet records God’s own voice and words:

“... I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded
OK it's time, let's review the names of the 12 Constellations - The 12 Mazzaroth that sequentially declare the Kingdom Gospel:
1) VIRGO. The prophecy of the promised seed, the Redeemer.
o COMA. (the desired). The woman and child the desired of all nations.
o CENTAURUS (with two natures). The despised sin-offering.


2) LIBRA. The Redeemer's atoning work.
o CRUX. The Cross endured.
o LUPUS. The Victim slain.
o CORONA. The Crown bestowed.


3) SCORPIO. The Redeemer's conflict.
o SERPENS. Assaulting the man's heel.
o OPHIUCHUS. The man grasping the serpent.
o HERCULES. The mighty man victorious.


4) SAGITTARIUS. The Redeemer's triumph.
o LYRA. Praise prepared for the Conqueror.
o ARA. Fire prepared for His enemies.
o DRACO. The dragon cast down.


5) CAPRICORNUS. The result of the Redeemer's sufferings.
o SAGITTA. The arrow of God sent forth.
o AQUILA. The smitten One falling.
o DELPHINUS. The dead One rising again.


6) AQUARIUS. The Blessings assured.
o PISCIS AUSTRALIS. The blessings bestowed.
o PEGASUS. The blessings quickly coming.
o CYGNUS. The Blesser surely returning.


7) PISCES. The Blessings in abeyance.
o THE BAND. The great enemy, "Cetus."
o ANDROMEDA. The redeemed in bondage.
o CEPHEUS. The Deliverer coming to loosen.


8) ARIES. The Blessings consummated.
o CASSIOPEIA. The captive delivered.
o CETUS. The great enemy bound.
o PERSEUS. The "Breaker" delivering.


9) TAURUS. Messiah coming to rule.
o ORION. The Redeemer breaking forth as Light.
o ERIDANUS. Wrath breaking forth as a flood.
o AURIGA. Safety for His redeemed in the day of wrath.


10) GEMINI Messiah as Prince of princes.
o LEPUS. The enemy trodden under foot.
o CANIS MAJOR. The coming glorious Prince.
o CANIS MINOR. The exalted Redeemer.


11) CANCER. Messiah's redeemed possessions.
o URSA MINOR. The lesser sheepfold.
o URSA MAJOR. The fold and the flock.
o ARGO. The pilgrim's arrival at home.


12) LEO. Messiah's consummated triumph.
o HYDRA. The old serpent destroyed.
o CRATER. The cup of wrath poured put.
o CORVUS. The birds of prey devouring.
So, might we consider the scene from Draco as in relation to the sign declared from Revelation on Atonement Day October 4, 2011?

Rev 12:1-2 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the Sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

Interestingly, the actual word in the Greek is not the singular word "child", but gastēr or "womb", and there are two there… both Venus and Saturn.
 
This appears to be significant, but one thing is for sure, no matter what we see:

I pray you can see this commentary is not about astrology in any way. That is a corruption, but it's about creation and it is time to align with God’s Word including His appointed Feast Days and His Sabbath, His 7th day of rest - not man’s traditions!

Paul, in his letter to the Romans gives us insight on faith. In saying, "faith comes from hearing," he reveals a key element to gaining faith, it comes from listening to God, so when He says “signs”… we must pay attention.

The coming Feast Day eclipses of 2014-2015 are important - but there is more. A preview of sorts...

In May 2012, we will be looking at the moon and the fire of the sun engulfing it during the annular solar eclipse on Day 43 of the Omer count (May 20th), just one week (seven days) before Pentecost/Shavuot. Any astronomy software program can show us that it occurs in the constellation Taurus at the location of the “heart” of the constellation during the peak of the eclipse.

Bible scholars like E.W. Bullinger tell us the ancient theme of the constellation Taurus is our Messiah as Judge, but this of course this has been polluted by the deceiver through astrology. That alone is why we must consider God’s design and timing in astronomy because whatever God creates for His glory, Satan wants to destroy. Whatever God wants to reveal Satan want to hide. What God wants to define Satan wants to distort.

The constellation, the "sign" we call Taurus is graphically shown within Scripture in the instruction of the offering of the red heifer and the water of purification. It is represented by the ancient paleo Hebrew letter Aleph.

The offering of the red heifer sacrifice is perhaps the least understood in all of Scripture as it "cleans" one from death. Both cedar wood and hissop and involved. We know the Judge of all the earth that "purifies" all believers and saves them from the un-cleanliness of eternal death through Messiah’s life offering at the wood of the cross where the hyssop branch was extended with sour wine is soon coming to give resurrection and clean many from death. Can't you just imagine that the cross beam was made of cedar?

While many usually only equate His work at the cross with the lamb, there is more because He can be seen in all the offerings including the red heifer. This offering was a “fire” offering, a whole burnt sacrifice.

So what do we witness in this 2012 annular eclipse? The ring of fire from the sun engulfing the moon in Taurus moving from East to West. This reminds us of
Deuteronomy 33:13-17:

"And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD [be] his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath, And for the precious fruits [brought forth] by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills, And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and [for] the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let [the blessing] come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him [that was] separated from his brethren. His glory [is like] the firstling of his bullock, and his horns [are like] the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they [are] the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they [are] the thousands of Manasseh."

Because of that, we might consider this eclipse depicts the coming of Yeshua (Jesus) as King to regather His children - all of scattered Israel.

n the book of Revelation, John tells us He appears with white hair and seven stars in His right hand. Hum, Taurus has seven stars in its shoulder. Could this represent the seven angels of His seven assemblies of Revelation? There are seven famous stars above the fire of the eclipse. These seven stars are those God that spoke to Job about, they are the Pleiades (see
Job 9:9 and Job 38:31).

How do you think God feels about His seven assemblies?

Well, God describes the seven stars of Pleiades to Job as the “sweet influences”. But why? I think it’s because those assemblies represented by the seven stars in Messiah’s hand are blessed by Him to proclaim His gospel of the Kingdom to the ends of the earth before His return.

Check out the key words in the Revelation:

Revelation 1:7-8 “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. I am Alpha and Omega (in Hebrew, the Aleph and Tav), the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelation 1:14-16 His head and [his] hairs [were] white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes [were] as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance [was] as the sun shineth in his strength.

Why else might this be a sign of His coming? The King James tells us that Jesus-Yeshua states, as recorded in
Matthew 24:27:

"For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be."

I noted this above in my reference to Balaam's prophecy and the Pastoral Bible Institute has this to say about translating
Matthew 24:27 as lightning:

“The Greek word αστραπη, astrapē, usually means “lightning” in Greek literature (though not always; see Thayer’s lexicon). [Related words: Hb.
תשע, ashath, “to shine, sheen;” English “star.”] Matthew and Luke use it differently in many, and maybe all, places.

Luke 11:36 speaks of the bright shining of a lamp (which could hardly be lightning). Matthew. 24:27 almost certainly refers to “sunshine” when it speaks of it coming from the east and going to the west; Luke 17:24 is a parallel passage. While Matthew 28:3 and Luke 10:18 could be understood either way, in the interest of consistency the word is here translated “bright light” or, “bright shining”."

Astrape is from the Greek word astraptō. It means dazzling objects, perhaps much like the sun and moon of an annular eclipse. Yeshua tells how He will come upon the world. He does this by describing a dazzling light, that progresses from east to west in the sky. Many translations present this light as "lightning" and use the word “flash” rather shine, for that reason it leaves the wrong image. Why?

Lightning is seen all the time, but the next annular eclipse will not be seen again until (May 10th) on Day 45 of the Omer count, 5 days before Pentecost - Shavuot of 2013 in Aries the ram and then a second time (April 29th) on Day 14 of the Omer count from Passover to Pentecost - Shavuot 2014, again it will be seen in the heavenly constellation of Aries the ram. After we witness these rings of fire, the next annular eclipse will be (September 1st) in 2016. At that time, the timing of the eclipse event leaves the days of the Omer count on to the Fall Feast which is considered the most holy day of the Biblical year. It occurs on none other than Yom Kippur (Judgment Day) in none other than the constellation Leo the Lion. Here's the annular eclipse schedule from NASA:

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEdecade/SEdecade2011.html

Why two in Aries the lamb? Perhaps we should consider Isaac and Yeshua. They may be represented by the morning and evening lamb offerings of the Tabernacle.


After all, Genesis 22:8 tells us: "And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together." Why consider Leo? Revelation 5:5 tells us: "Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.""

Doesn't that seem a bit unusual?

These annular eclipses will appear near the fall feast days around Pentecost/Shavuot, then later around Yom Kippur and each of the constellations provide a graphic representation, much like the whole burnt offering, a sign of Messiah - as seen from Scripture. Speaking of sign of Messiah:
And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn... Matthew 24:30
I have wondered for a ling time what this sign could be. While it may appear as lightning, perhaps it is something like a high speed asteroid streaking across the sky. A big one is due to make a close flyby 2,000 years after Passover 30AD, it's approach will be just after Passover 2029 on the 13th day of the Omer count, April 13, 2029. Then seven, yes 7 years later, it arrives once again, this time just as Passover concludes April 13, 2036.

This unusual dating is from a 1,000 foot diameter asteroid called 99942 Apophis (2004 MN4). Apophis is the Egyptian god of chaos and darkness.

What's lightning got to do with all this? Well, the word “lightning” appears in Matthew as the return of Messiah is described. But lightning is a poor translation of the Greek word “astrape,” which signifies dazzling, a “bright shining” (as given in
Luke 11:36 in the KJV).

A flash of lightning would only illuminate the sky for a split second and they are easy to miss even if you blink, so lightning as we know it per se does not seem to be a good illustration of Jesus’ eternal return as King. The word translated as flash actually means to be seen, appear, to bring forth into the light. Could that be an asteroid streaking and burning across the sky or perhaps the ring of fire seen in an annular eclipse?

The blinding flash of an asteroid flash is certainly more dramatic is seems.

We should consider that the Greek word here translated as flash, phainō is never translated as flash anywhere else in the 31 other times it appears in the Bible. Never.

Here are just a few examples:

Revelation 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance [was] as the sun shineth in his strength.

2Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.

Revelation 8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof.

The sunshine of this new day, however, is different from a normal day, for the prophecy says that the bright shining is darkened by the clouds (see
Isaiah 5:30; Joel 2:2; Zephaniah 1:15). By clouds we can understand this to mean obscurity — darkness and trouble on earth (see Isaiah 8:22).

It is a unique day, different from what we have known before, for we are told that at evening time, rather than darkness coming, there will be light (
Zechariah 14:7). So, we can see that this "day" endures on into the millennial rule, when the world will be instructed in the ways of Yahweh, and the knowledge of Yahweh will fill the earth. — Isaiah 2:2-4; 6:11.

Malachi 4:2 tells us this: "But unto you that fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in its wings; and ye shall go forth, and gambol as calves of the stall."

A week after Shavuot/Pentecost in 2012, the planet Venus, the morning star will make a rare transit across the sun on June 5th, eight years after the June 8th transit in 2004. This time the transit is seen directly between the horns of the constellation Taurus, the Aleph. This occurs in the 4th year of the 7 year Sabbitical year cycle. Our creator God created this pattern.

NASA tells us: "Transits of Venus are only possible during early December and early June when Venus's orbital nodes pass across the Sun. If Venus reaches inferior conjunction at this time, a transit will occur. Transits show a clear pattern of recurrence at intervals of 8, 121.5, 8 and 105.5 years. The next pair of Venus transits occur over a century from now on 2117 Dec 11 and 2125 Dec 08." Further... "When a transit of Venus occurs, a second one often follows eight years later. This is because the orbital periods of Venus (224.701 days) and Earth (365.256 days) are in an 8 year (2922 days) resonance with each other." Our creator God created this pattern.


So, if we do the math, the June 2012 Venus transit will be about the 82nd transit to occur in the last 6,000 years. By the end of the 7th millennium the Venus transit count will be 100. In visible transit days, that would be the second Jubilee in the 7,000 years or in Biblical counting, 7 days. Our creator God created this pattern.

Let's consider the message of Psalms 19:1-6

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. [There is] no speech nor language, [where] their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which [is] as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, [and] rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth [is] from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

Luke 21:25-28 tells us the end time admonition of Messiah: "Look up - your redemption is drawing near", it's time to be an astronomer, a watchman. It's time to watch for the cloud too.

ARE YOU READY?
"And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory." Luke 21:27

“There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.” Luke 21:11

“There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.” Luke 21:25-26
We are to look for these signs. They are in the constellations described by John. And there is a reason for this cloud and the shaking in the heavens above that Luke describes.

Update: August 5, 2013

In February 2013, the world saw a small 50 foot asteroid explode in a fireball in the skies above the Ural mountains of Russia's Chelyabinsk region. It was the largest known asteroid explosion since 1908. It got the world's attention as astronomers quietly focused on another asteroid that was flying by Earth at the same time from a different direction.

Before the Russian event this year, NASA told us that we would definitely see record setting asteroid 2012 DA14 flyby on February 15, 2013, perhaps the closest flyby ever recorded. Astro physicists around the globe promised asteroid 2012 DA14 would not hit Earth and it did not, but another did - the very same day!

God has made the solar system to work His timepiece and we need to pay attention to its time and season.

Before asteroid 2012 DA14 was to flyby we were told:
"This is a record-setting close approach," says Don Yeomans of NASA's Near Earth Object Program at JPL. "Since regular sky surveys began in the 1990s, we've never seen an object this big get so close to Earth."
Now, we have a much bigger sight coming our way during the day and the timing is amazing for any Bible student or scholar.

Discovered just four days after Rosh Hashanah (the Day of Trumpets) in Russia on September 21, 2012, Comet ISON, officially known as C/2012 S1 should be coming into the view of unaided eyesight around November 2013. The NASA Comet ISON Observing Campaign will be keeping an eye on the event. According to astronomers it may be brightest comet ever witnessed by man, that is of course if it makes it past its violent journey around the Sun. Although it may not do so, it is scheduled to be glowing brightly, perhaps brighter than the moon during the Festival of the Dedication, the "Festival of Lights" in which Messiah Yeshua walked in Solomon's porch according to John 10:22-23 and taught of the "Shema" when He said... "I and the Father are one".

This year, the week of Hanukkah will begin on November 28, 2013 which is the 25th day of Kislev and it lasts 8 days until December 5th 2013. A week prior, Comet ISON will meet with the light of the Sun as it tries to make its loop around our star on November 28th at about 12:45PM CST. Americans should be able to remember that day... because it will be Thanksgiving Day, but more importantly, it's the first day of Hanukkah and the world may get a chance to witness Comet ISON's tail that has a chance to be blowtorched across the sky if it survives the Sun's chromosphere encounter.

Perhaps this is just a way to get our attention... toward Heaven.

No matter what happens to the comet as it flies around the Sun on Kislev 25, whether it survives or not, the Bible tells us that the day before is very important in history as Haggai received his prophecy about a coming shaking. God promised: "I will shake the heavens and the earth. I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms. I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the nations."
The Word of the LORD came the second time to Haggai in the twenty-fourth day of the month, saying, “Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, ‘I will shake the heavens and the earth. I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms. I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the nations. I will overthrow the chariots, and those who ride in them. The horses and their riders will come down, everyone by the sword of his brother. In that day, says the LORD of Hosts, will I take you, Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel,’ says the LORD, ‘and will make you as a signet, for I have chosen you,’ says the LORD of Hosts.” Haggai 2:20-23
The comet may not survive after Kislev 25, the chances are pretty slim, but there may be more than meets the eye here... When you view the NASA Stereo Science Center orbit diagram you can see the comet's projected orbit path and it tells quite a story. Check out the comet's orbit diagram for yourself... and keep this in mind as you view ISON's path:

No one is sure Ison will survive. Check out the Hubble Space Telescope's legacy photo archive. Notice the coma appears to be oddly shaped and if you darken the image with the online tools, the comet seems to be broken into three parts. That might very well cause it demise, but despite that, we may still have a chance for the Earth's orbital plane to intersect directly with comet's incoming path.

When I first heard of the big comet's discovery, I quickly ran an update to my "Starry Night" astronomy software so that I could track the newly found comet's trajectory path and coordinates. From what I can tell, it shows that if it survives, during its anticipated peak brightness period in 2013, Comet ISON, as viewed from Earth will appear to pass through eight (8) constellations. Interestingly, in the Bible, the number eight marks the beginning of something. That might be worth considering.

According to what I found, the journey story through the constellation path of Comet ISON when viewed from Earth is amazing. Here's the thing... Regarding what we see when we look up every night, there have been a number of excellent books written about the amazing story of how the heavens reveal the Gospel story of redemption and salvation.

In Matthew 2, the Bible tells us about this in the account of the Star of Bethlehem. The storyline is imporatnat and the astronomers of the day, the Magi, knew what they were looking for and they acted on it. To help you out here is an interesting video link about the star described in Matthew's account.

Yet, the gospel to be seen above has been deliberately poisoned and polluted, stolen by the deceiver, the thief of truth and the originator of all pagan tradition, divination and omen. He started a lie that now manifests as astrology. That's astrology not astronomy.

Satan through his deception and lies of mythology and horoscopes has led people to believe that one's life and personality is somehow governed by the alignment of the constellations and that these signs can guide a person's daily decisions and even predict the future. These lies are found in practically every newspaper printed each day on the horoscope page. I'd rather call it a "horror-scope" because astrology is from Satan, the deceiver who seeks to separate you from God with lies. His goal is to destroy the Creator’s amazing creation witness to the good news of the Gospel that God has placed above in Heaven since creation.

Astrology is a personal sin that is linked to idolatry and the worship of the sun, moon, planets and the stars instead of the One, the Almighty God of the Universe that created these to show us His glory. The disciple John tells us what Jesus taught:
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
The Holman Bible translation cites Paul from Ephesians 2:2 describing Satan as "the ruler who exercises authority over the lower heavens, the spirit now working in the disobedient". There's a reason Holman says that. Yet, just like the two or more witnesses that are required by Torah, the good news of Messiah's coming can be seen in His creation in Heaven and Earth. That is why the Word of God tells us:
Genesis 1:14: "And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years"
With that in mind, consider the story line of the comet's path through the constellations that declare the gospel:
1) The comet's tail will appear like a "scepter" held by Leo (the Lion) from October 4th-November 3rd as it brightens. First, it will pass by the great star Regulus then the planet Mars as it moves on to...

2) Virgo (the Virgin) during the day where it will pass by the star Spica and Saturn as it enters this constellation on November 4th and departs November 24th.

3) ISON will move down and tip by the (balance scales) of Libra on November 24-26 and it may look just like a sword by the time it cuts through...

4) Scorpio (the Redeemer’s conflict) on November 27-29. The comet should finally be visible to the unaided eye for a few days at sunrise before it approaches very close to the Sun on November 28, 2013 when it reaches perihelion. If it survives, it may appear to cut through...

5) The center of the constellation Drago, slicing through the serpent on the last day of the Festival of Lights - Hanukkah December 5, 2013. This could be the best time to see the bright light of the comet as it should be visible all though the night sky from sundown to sunrise...

6) Next it moves through the constellation Corona Borealis (the crown) as it flies past its brightest star Alphecca (Astarte) before it's scepter-like tail cuts through...

7) The center of Draco (the Dragon) on December 29th to 31st during the mid-day hours as seen from Jerusalem. On January 1, 2014 Comet ISON will then cross over the...

8) Gemini (The Twins) and remain there vanishing out of eyesight just after the Earth passes through it's former path to the Sun on or about January 14, 2014.
This is an amazing 'potential' eight (8) constellation journey. Eight has a very special meaning in Scripture. Do you see the imagery in the storyboard through the signs in the skies? If not, read the names of the constellations in the order of its orbit path once again and consider the Gospel message given through the name sequence of each constellation.

Although it may no longer be visible to the unaided eye as Comet ISON moves further away from the Sun, its path declares a story through the signs in the sky (see Genesis 1:4). The appearance of this newly found giant comet reminded me of the record of the Jewish historian Josephus in book VI, chapter 5 of his account of The Wars Of The Jews. Here this great historian described the following account of another comet that arrived before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. Josephus recounts a heavenly "sign" that was ignored by those "without eyes or minds to consider" it at the time:
"Thus were the miserable people persuaded by these deceivers, and such as belied God himself; while they did not attend nor give credit to the signs that were so evident, and did so plainly foretell their future desolation, but, like men infatuated, without either eyes to see or minds to consider, did not regard the denunciations that God made to them.

Thus there was a star resembling a sword, which stood over the city, and a comet, that continued a whole year."
Comet ISON and the story shown in the path it will take across heaven is amazing.

It reminds me too of the prophecies of Balaam. Here's why: Balaam was hired to curse Israel but God intervened and instead Balaam blessed them. Balaam was given two signs for the first and second coming of the Messiah! The first was a star.

We all know of the Star of Bethlehem, so consider Balaam's words and what they might mean in Numbers 24:17:
"I see him but not now; I behold him but not near. A star shall come forth from Jacob."
The second is the scepter of Israel:
"A scepter shall rise from Israel, and shall crush through the forehead of Moab, and tear down all the sons of Sheth."
Gale E. Christiansond writes in her book, Edwin Hubble: Mariner of the Nebulae, a brief note about the Comet of 1680. Edwin Hubble, for whom our largest space telescope is named, poked fun of William Whiston, a student of Isaac Newton and Newton's successor as professor of mathematics at Cambridge University.

Whiston believed that the comet of 1682 had literally grazed the earth after the fall of Eden, triggering Noah's Flood in 2346 BC the the year of God's first judgment by water.

The historical archive of Immanuel Velikovsky’s unpublished writings, VArchive.org tells us:
"The author whom Whiston names as his source was J. Hevelius, whose Cometographia was published in 1668. Apparently Whiston did not go further back to the sources of Hevelius: to Abraham Rockenbach (15 -16 ), Seth Calvisius (1556-1615), Henricus Ecstormius, Christopher Helvicus (1581-1617) and David Herlicius (1557-1636). Abraham Rockenbach was a scholar of the late Renaissance, a man of broad interests, already evident from that fact that he occupied both, the chair of Greek and of Mathematics at the University of Frankfurt, and later taught law and became Dean of the Philosophical College at that University. In 1602 he published a short treatise in Latin, De cometis tractatus novus methodicus, and in it he had the following entry concerning the Deluge:
In the year of the creation of the world 1656, after Noah had attained the age of 600 years, three days before the death of Methusalem, a comet appeared in the constellation Pisces, was seen by the entire world as it traversed the twelve signs of the zodiac in the space of a month; on the sixteenth of April it again disappeared. After this, the Deluge immediately followed, in which all creatures which live on earth and creep on the ground were drowned, with the exception of Noah and the rest of the creatures that had gone with him into the ark. About these things is written in Genesis, chapter 7.
Rockenbach lived and wrote nearly a hundred years before Whiston. What were Rockenbach’s sources? He did not let us know. He referred to them at the beginning of his treatise, claiming that it was based on information ex probatissimis & antiquissimis veterum scriptoribus—"from the most trustworthy and the most ancient of the early writers. We have already had occasion to quote from Rockenbach in connection with the comet that shone during the Exodus.”
If you have not heard of Velikovsky, consider this: it was one of his published works that Einstein had sitting on his study desk at the time of his passing in 1955.

Coincidentally, just as ISON intersects with our orbital plane, we will experience a Hybrid eclipse of the Sun that will span across the globe from the U.S. to the Middle East. According to NASA, seven hybrid eclipses have occurred in the last 2,000 years.

Below, is a graphic representation of the Earth's orbital trajectory intersection with ISON's orbit path on January 14, 2013 from SolarSystemScope that can be viewed interactively. Below is a day by day video representation prepared for the Goddard Space Flight Center by INOVE:


To learn more about the comet's orbital path, you may want to also visit the website of Seiichi Yoshida.

Of course, comets don’t always live up to expectations. Comet ISON might break up into fragments, as the 'much-hyped' Comet Elenin did around August 2011.

Few of us saw Comet C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS) in the Spring of 2013 but it is interesting to note as well. PanSTARRS became brightest right around mid-March 2013, two weeks before Passover. Interestingly, regarding PanSTARRS, March 15th is known as the date on the Roman calendar in 44 B.C. when Julius Caesar was murdered.

PanStarrs first appeared at the East horizon above the heart of the constellation Andromeda on Passover March 25, 2013 in the Jerusalem morning sky around 6:00AM just about an hour before sunrise. In the US, PanStarrs arrived on Passover March 26, 2013 at 5:40AM. In the ancient Hebrew Mazzaroth, Andromeda represents the suffering and afflicted.

And these are not the only Comets on the horizon. According to a Space.com report:
"A newfound comet is apparently on course to have an exceedingly close call with the planet Mars in October 2014, and there is a chance — albeit small — that the comet may even collide with the red planet.

The new comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) was discovered Jan. 3 by the Scottish-Australian astronomer Robert H. McNaught, a prolific observer of both comets and asteroids who has 74 comet discoveries to his name."
Could a Comet Hit Mars in 2014?
"C/2013 A1 was discovered by ace comet-hunter Robert McNaught at the Siding Spring Observatory in New South Wales, Australia, on Jan. 3. When the discovery was made, astronomers at the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona looked back over their observations to find "prerecovery" images of the comet dating back to Dec. 8, 2012. These observations placed the orbital trajectory of comet C/2013 A1 through Mars orbit on Oct. 19, 2014."
It just so happens that October 19th 2014 is four days after the 7th day of the Feast of Tabernacles. NASA predicts a total lunar eclipse will occur eleven days earlier on the 8th of October 2014 and will cast a shadow over the globe on the first day of Tabernacles. This red moon eclipse will be the second in a sequence of four consecutive lunar eclipse events following the Passover eclipse expected on April 15, 2014.

It's time to pay attention to the warnings of Joel and Peter as well. You can read them now in Joel 2:30-31 and Acts 2:19-20. As you consider their words, you can track the details of the coming eclipses of the Moon and the Sun at the U.S. Navy Observatory.

NASA gives this ScienceCast: Collision Course? A Comet Heads for Mars on what is believed to be a very near miss of Mars for Comet Siding Spring...


What does all this mean?

If you do not know Messiah Yeshua, it is now time for you to return to God's covenant, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for others to do the same. God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided the to salvation and eternal life to you and those that you know. You can accept His gift of eternal life right now.

Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and repent of any willful sin, ask God's forgiveness and accept His gift of love through Messiah Yeshua. You can do this, just ask Him into your life.

Shalom.

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