Note: Before we get into the text, let me apologize for not getting this out sooner. I have been nursing bruised ribs, and my concentration has prevented me from pulling it all together. So this will be a bit more of a bumpy ride than I’d hoped.
That said, let’s look at the text that has created such an uproar.
A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child (son), who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child (offspring, descendants) was snatched up to God and to his throne. (After the sign in heaven the offspring will be caught up to God’s throne.)
The story goes that “sometime in 2011 it was observed using astronomy software that a specific alignment of constellations, planets, the sun, and moon would appear to fulfill a literal reading of Revelation 12:1-2 and Revelation 12:5.”
This passage says “a great sign” will appear and contains several elements: sun, moon, stars (a crown of 12), Virgo (the woman), and the Child.
There are five conditions that must be in combination for this alignment on September 23 to parallel the vision given to John:
- There must be a crown of 12 “stars” around the “head” of Virgo (the woman).
- Planets (which the Hebrews called “wandering stars” because of their movement in the sky relative to us), stars.
- The moon must be in a position near the relative “feet” of Virgo.
- The sun must be in a position near the “head” or “torso” of Virgo or else it would not make sense that the sun “clothes” Virgo.
- A celestial body must traverse the “womb” of Virgo for approximately 42 weeks in order to satisfy the part of the vision stating that “she was pregnant” and about to give birth.
This combination does not occur EVER in a time period from 6000 BC to 4306 AD except on September 23, 2017 (see unsealed source listed below). Thus the significance of the Revelation Sign may be the rapture of the church, a war in heaven, and/or God’s focus again on Israel for her redemption.
But let’s examine two of these conditions with a little more discernment.
Looking at the constellations of Leo and Virgo above, Leo’s configuration hardly resembles a crown, nor is it on or near her head. Also, how could another constellation be in/on her head? Why isn’t Leo’s Lion mentioned in the text? I believe we need to look elsewhere for the crown of 12 stars.
The star in the womb (the child)
It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.
Psalm 19:5-6 NIV
Psalm 19 tells us the Sun is the bridegroom, and also the man who rules with the rod of iron (Rev 2:27; 12:5; 19:15). So, the celestial woman is to give birth to a celestial body that represents Jesus.
A majority of Christians have mistakenly chosen the planet Jupiter for their king. But Jupiter is only a king in beast mythology. Both the Greek and Roman empires are part of the beast in Daniel 7 (Greecia is part of the brass Torso; Rome is part of both the iron Legs and iron/clay Feet). Therefore, Jupiter is literally the beast king.
In Roman mythology, Jupiter was the son of Saturn – the root of which is S T N in biblical Hebrew. STN was later translated Satan. In other words, Jupiter is not only the beast king, but also the son of Satan.
So Jupiter is definitely not the celestial body representing Jesus, it is the Sun. We should look for the Sun crossing her womb area.
It is interesting to note (warning: rabbit hole) that this configuration of stars took place at the exact moment that “the prince that shall come” took the oath of office.
Now look at the configuration: Jupiter has replaced the Sun. Their king has given them darkness, a reference to the stars in Matthew 24:29-31; Rev. 8:10-12; and Rev. 9:1-2.
Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.
Deuteronomy 11:16 NIV
The Feast of Passover – fulfilled by His death
The Feast of Unleavened Bread – fulfilled by His sinless life and burial
The Feast of First Fruits – fulfilled by His resurrection
The Feast of Pentecost (Festival of Weeks, Shavuot) – fulfilled by Jesus sending the Holy Spirit to indwell the Church
The next is the Feast of Trumpets – Rosh Hashana – which we discuss below.
Three Scriptural “Coincidences”
A. Micah and Israel’s Return to God
The book of Micah was written between 700 and 650 BC. He prophesies about God’s judgment and deliverance of Israel, mentions the town of Jesus birth by name, and an intriguing tie-in to the vision of John.
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor bears a son, and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites.
Micah was correct in naming Bethlehem the town where Christ was born 700 years before it happened.
Is it a coincidence, then, that he also connects the time in which the Israelites will return and recognize God (end of the end times) as being marked by a woman being in labor and bearing a son – the exact wording John used about his vision which occurred nearly 800 years later, and a sign that would occur between October, 2016 and September, 2017?
B. Rosh Hashana
- Begins September 21, 2017 (sundown).
- Signifies impending judgment on the Day of Atonement 9 days later (Yom Kippur).
- The only feast for which no one knows the day or hour of its start (depends on when the crescent moon can be seen).
- Known as the Feast of Trumpets.
- Parallels ancient Israel’s wedding practices:
- Its timing is unknown and the wedding may commence only when the groom’s father approves the place prepared for the bride.
- While waiting for the groom, the bride is considered consecrated or set apart, bought with a price. She and her sisters or bridesmaids would have all their things ready to go when he came for her.
- The groom approaches his bride’s house with a shout and blows from the shofar to alert her of his proximity.
- Groom then gets her, and takes her to the place prepared for her and approved by his father.
- The groom takes her to the wedding chamber. Once consummated, the guests are informed and celebrate until the couple come out seven days later and he introduces his wife to the community.
- A feast is prepared and enjoyed with much celebration. It concludes the wedding celebration.
Jesus fulfills these aspects of the wedding:
- Speaking to the disciples: “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come” (Mark 13:32-33 ESV).
- Christians are the bride of Christ, consecrated, awaiting the return of our bridegroom at the rapture. Jesus tells the parable of the 10 virgins and the need to remain alert in Matthew 25:1-13.
- Just as the bridegroom would come for the bride in the middle of the night with a shout and the sound of a shofar, so the Lord will come for us at the rapture (1 Thes. 4:16-17, see below).
- Also, as the groom tells the bride he goes to make a place for her, Jesus told his disciples, “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:2,3 ESV).
- Today, the seven year “time of trouble” is called the Tribulation by Christians, and Birth Pangs by the Jews. After seven years in Heaven, Christ will bring us to Earth in the Second Coming.
- We will celebrate with Jesus: “Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:6-9a ESV).
With this information about Rosh Hashana in mind, let’s refer to the passages below about the end times given by Matthew and Paul.
Jesus is speaking of the end times, which is a time of judgment:
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Paul speaking to the Corinthians:
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
Paul speaking of the rapture (harpazo) of the church:
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
Is it coincidence, then, that the great sign John saw in his vision – a sign which parallels the rapture of the body of Christ and signals the start of judgment – just happens to be the day immediately following Rosh Hashana (Rosh Chodesh)?
C. Peace and Safety
Thursday September 21st, 2017, was the annual U.N. Day of Peace. Beginning on the first full day of Rosh Hashana, this year’s theme is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”
Now look at this passage from Paul that refers to the start of the end times:
Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
- Is it a coincidence that this year’s UN theme for the day is peace and safety – the exact phrase Paul used when describing the destruction that comes suddenly?
- Is it a coincidence that Paul used the imagery of a woman in labor as the start of the end times, which is the same imagery as John’s vision which we will see paralleled in the sky during this period?
- Is it a coincidence that this day happens to be on the first day of Rosh Hashana – the one festival in which the “day and hour is unknown” in the same way the day of the Lord will be unknown?
It bears mentioning (warning: rabbit hole) that “the great American eclipse” occurred August 21st, 2017, and hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, TX, four days later. Also, the next eclipse happens seven years later in 2024.
“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.
Specific Number of Days
“From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.
Be watchful! Especially something dramatic on a Fall feast day any year soon, and in 2024. Be aware as well because the Bridegroom will delay or linger (Matthew 25:5 uses tarried [Strong’s 5549]). So believe the rapture will come at a certain time, but know the event will be delayed.
There is so much more involved here than can fit in a single article. Isn’t it just like the Father to make a seemingly “simple” prophecy turn out to have myriad layers and levels of understanding?
Praise Him, and maranatha!
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.
1 Peter 1:13 NIV
2013 IN THE BIBLE and Other Ancient Texts, IndigoFlower.net, August 2013