Category: Signs in the Heavens

Wormwood: Prophecy is absolutely amazing! (2009)

Originally posted to the web site circa 2009-2011

On November 10, 2008, Coast-to-Coast AM host George Noory interviewed Brent Miller of the independent research group, The Horizon Project. When asked specifically about ‘Wormwood,’ Miller explained how the details given in the Wormwood prophecy of Revelation is exactly what his scientific team discovered in their modeling the events that would hit the earth during a pole shift.

Marveling at the accuracy in the prophetic language of Revelation — written centuries before science understood the atmospheric interactions that would bring “hail and fire, mixed with blood” down upon the earth — Miller begins to close the topic with, “Prophecy is absolutely amazing . . .”

With each day that passes, the information presented in this video is more relevant. Share with your friends who doubt that the events chronicled in Revelation 6-8 could ever happen as described. Science says it can and will . . . and maybe soon.

The original video (2009) was so popular, we thought people would like to hear more of the interview. That expanded version (2011) is posted here. If you would like to see the shorter version, about 6 minutes long vs. about 10, click here.

(E)veryone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved. — Joel 2:32a (NIV)

Eclipses foreshadow America’s quickening decline

August 21, 2017, will bring the first of two total solar eclipses that criss-cross the USA mainland in less than seven years. You can find background on similar total solar eclipses in the following articles on this site:

Blood moons were just the beginning

Sun turns dark over America

2017-2024 Total solar eclipses: What we know

Blood moon and sackcloth sun: Ancient writings

Those articles were first written in 2015. At that time and in the 2017 update, I shied away from sharing any impressions of what these eclipses — the four total lunar eclipses or so-called “blood moons” of 2014 and 2015 together with the upcoming total solar eclipses of 2017 and 2024 — might be sent to tell us. Today, I am going directly there:

I believe that the two upcoming total solar eclipses that will darken a path over the USA, along with the four total lunar eclipses mostly visible from locations within the USA, foreshadow the quickening decline of the country’s economic, political, and good-will interests in the world.

To me, that’s a sad thing, especially the last one, but it’s destined to come in preparation for the way the world must be in the last days. Besides, we let things get so out of hand the last 40 or so years, there’s really no other way it can go.

Why would God send a sign?

It is often reasoned that if God is going to send a sign to His people, it is going to be to the nation called Israel. That is very well the case but let’s consider that not only is the people group called Israel in the Old Testament rightly defined as God’s people, but so is Christ’s church. The USA community was largely founded and fashioned by the Puritans, men and women of God seeking to worship Him according to His Word, coming to these shores to escape the persecution of the harlot established state church in Europe.

To this day, the USA sends more missionaries to foreign lands than any other. Her people in large measure think of her as a Christian nation, and until as recently as the past few decades it was easy to see God’s love for people reflected in her good works both home and abroad. Her monuments speak of God’s providence as did her days of remembrance and celebration.

God offered this land as a haven for His people, the remnant church. He provided for their livelihood as they shaped early communities to honor Him and His Word. The earliest schools taught directly from the Holy Bible with text books using the Scriptures to teach basic language skills. The people grew up under His care, steeped in His teachings, and the country flourished. Tares have been sown in with the wheat in recent generations, but the wheat still grows. God is giving this sign to those who will see it and understand it so that they may prepare for what is coming. That preparation may need to be material, physical, emotional, or mental, but it definitely needs to be in relationship to God. Spiritual preparation is the most important to make and will be the most valuable in the days to come. Draw near to God. Today is the day of salvation. All who call on the Name of the LORD shall be saved.

The decline of the USA began when her judges sided against God at every possible opportunity.

The start of USA decline

It is nearly as often misattributed as it is said, but nonetheless it is true:

“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

As America began her moral decline in the last half of the 20th century, there was no way she could escape decline in all other facets of her existence. For if we do not honor the only One who is good, how can any good thing be in or flow from us?

An earlier article only began to touch on all of the sin and outright evil the USA has allowed to prosper in her midst. Many of us who live in cocoons within our nice homes in nice neighborhoods going to nice churches and working in nice environments cannot see how far this country has fallen morally unless we go looking for it. When we find it, our hearts break, and we may not be able to take much of it.

Today, people living in the USA are addicts. A lot of people are what we think of when the word addict is used — prescription drugs, street drugs, and alcohol — but many more addictions cripple us, like pornography, sugar, the Internet, video games, entertainment, social media, pleasure, ease, consumerism, and the list goes on and on and on, much of it coming from advances in technology only available in this generation.

Far worse, we have allowed our courts to be filled with men and women who see prayer, Bible reading, and teaching on the creation as evils that must be removed from our schools, while twisting our Constitution to protect murder of the unborn and promote the perversion of God’s most sacred institution.

A nation that once valued sacrifice, equality, and foregoing pleasure now hosts a population set on personal ease while heaping everything that can be purchased upon itself and then holding great disdain for the less fortunate.

That last one is going to be the one that gets us, for we have followed the exact same pattern God gave for Sodom in Ezekiel 16:49-50:

Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy. Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before Me. Therefore I removed them when I saw it.

How far we have fallen, and no, I don’t think we can get up again.

The total lunar ('blood moon') and solar eclipses over America foreshadow a quickening of her decline.

Why now?

America has been in moral decline for more than half a century. Why would the quickening of the slide start now?

We know that one reason it has not happened sooner is that God is patient. He wants to give everyone a chance to come to repentance, even nations.

The delay may also be related to the fullness of iniquity not being quite there yet for the USA and then the world. We are talking here not only about the downturn of the USA but also the elimination of the USA as a world leader before the end times play out.

Another reason our decline might soon hasten is because it is what a lot of the American people want. They made this loud and clear in the 2016 presidential election, voting in a man who promised to put America first in all things and caring much less about the rest of the world. A recent example of the new president doing exactly that is his performance at the 2017 G-20 meeting in Hamburg.

In Why Trump got an 11 out of 10 at the G20, Conservative columnist Jeffrey Lord praises the president for his America-first performance there. Here are Lord’s opening and closing remarks for the piece:

“As a fan, I would give Trump an 11 out of 10. He did exactly what the people who voted for him wanted him to do. He never wavered from putting America first — or, in campaign vernacular, making America great again — whether the subject was climate change, trade or North Korea.”

and,

“If history is a guide, it will be years before the consequences of the Trump-Putin meeting at the G20 summit will be fully known. But for now, count on the President’s supporters seeing this as a great win — a win in which Trump stayed true to his campaign promises to put American interests above all else.”

Choosing to step down from the center of the world stage is a far better way to decline as a nation than oppression or disaster. We are a powerful nation with many resources to exploit for the good of our people as well as for profit. To say we want to keep what is ours, put America first in all things, is an easy way to go. It sounds painless and even comfortable.

And it may go just that way. God might overlook our sins as individuals and as a nation, allowing us to simply bow out of world affairs in time to not be a major player in the last days. Or, we could be hit with a huge asteroid in the middle of the country that sets off earthquakes along all of our fault lines, major and minor.

But we’ll go with the easier way and say that the current POTUS is sent from God to take our country off the world stage in time to not be a major player in the last days. Which brings us to reason 3 for the timing of the six American eclipses.

The United States of America is NOT found in Bible prophecy.The USA in Bible prophecy

Well, she’s not there. That doesn’t mean there will be no Americans in the world or no government in the land, only that she is not a major player in end times events. Knowing how we love to poke our nose into every crisis in the world, it’s all but impossible that the United States of America as she is today could resist taking the lead as the world falls apart. Unless she went first.

Finding the USA in end times prophecy has become almost as popular a game as pin the tail on the Antichrist has been over the years but the traditional view is that she is not there. Greg Laurie, David Reagan, Hal Lindsey and other well-know prophecy teachers agree, and most list the same reason among the possibilities for it — America is no longer a world leader at that time in history.

When must American decline take place for us to be out of the picture by then? Some believe the last days are upon us already, others say within 20 years and others yet see a 30 to 50 year timeline. All of those require some changes to begin soon.

Conclusion

The total lunar and solar eclipses going across the USA in a span of 10 years likely foreshadow the quickening decline of the country in the world because:

  1. It is due for our unfaithfulness over the last 40+ years;
  2. We want to shrink as a world power and so we will; and,
  3. It is certain to happen before the last days begin.

It could be good for us, really. Less responsibility with other countries no longer asking from us or looking to us. We can hope that’s all it is, not total economic destruction, wide-spread natural disasters, or being overtaken by a hostile power. We can hope.

 

 

Blood moon and sackcloth sun: Ancient writings on reasons for eclipses over USA

Blood moon and sackcloth sun: Ancient writings

Originally posted to web site August 4, 2015.

This is the fourth article in the series, Blood moons were just the beginning, a review of the possible blood moon and sackcloth sun sign appearing in our midst. We left the last article in this series with the “Why” question unanswered. The Who, What, Where, and When all fit together well enough on one page but the Why — as in ‘why is an eclipse sent,’  needs an article entirely its own. Of course, mainstream science explains the mechanics behind an eclipse. Our interest looks to ancient writings to speculate on reasons for lunar and solar eclipses that may be the blood moon and sackcloth sun of Holy Bible prophecy.

Authority of Scripture

The Holy Bible warns of signs including the blood moon and sackcloth sun before the Day of the Lord.

Of all ancient writings, the Holy Bible Stands alone as the only text given directly to man from God. We must be perfectly clear on that: No other writing — ancient, modern, or anywhere in-between — has the authority of the Holy Scriptures. (For more on Inspiration of the Scriptures, read here.)

Still, some extra-biblical texts might come to us as a result of an individual’s or group’s deep study of the Holy Bible. Theologians and pastors write sermons, books, and commentaries, many of them standing the test of time such as Matthew Henry’s commentary, John Wesley’s sermons, books, and commentary, Charles H. Spurgeon’s sermons and commentary, and many others. These are not inspired writings with the authority of Scripture but they are written by people who have studied the Word of God deeply over their life times and sought the guidance of the Holy Spirit in their learning and writing.

This is the case of the text we are about to look into for the possible reasons for an eclipse. It is not Scripture so carries no such authority. It is worthy of some consideration, however, as it comes from the expressed reflections and observations of a clergy that spent thousands of years studying the Old Testament.

“Blood moon and sackcloth sun” — Clarification

Keep in mind that there could be other causes of a blood moon and sackcloth sun, particularly debris from a comet or meteor. We are going to look at the reasons for an eclipse since that is the potential sign in the heavens that seems to be in progress now.

Ein Yaakov

In all the excitement surrounding the 2014-2015 lunar tetrad, several books and doubtless tens of thousands of online articles were written drawing connections to these lunar eclipses and the ‘blood moons’ of prophecy. In some of these articles, writings of ancient rabbis were cited to support claims that these blood moons were omens related to the nation Israel.

In ‘Mystic’ rabbi issues ominous warning on eve of blood moon, Leo Hohmann reports:”The Talmud discusses the significance of astronomical events in human history, stating that a solar eclipse is a warning to the nations, while a lunar eclipse signifies danger for the Jewish people, who are likened to the moon.”

Hohmann is sourcing from Ein Yaakov: The Ethical and Inspirational Teachings of the Talmud (c. 1500), a commentary on The Talmud (a collection of rabbinical writings). Again, it is not inspired Scripture; it is a commentary from the clergy of a people who have studied the Word of God since Moses’ day.

Ein Yaakov on Eclipses

You will recall from earlier in this series that the Holy Bible tells us in Genesis 1:14 that God placed, “lights in the expanse of the heavens” to “separate the day from the night, and . . . for signs and for seasons and for days and for years.” The Ein Yaakov contains teaching and reflection collected over thousands of years on these signs that come as eclipses.

Why?

The Ein Yaakov offers insights on all the 5 W’s in relation to both lunar and solar eclipses that can appear as a blood moon and sackcloth sun. We start looking at it here for the “why,” go into the next section on the “how,” and may return to it in a concluding article for its thoughts on who, what, when, and where.

According to the Ein Yaakov, the reason for an eclipse depends on the type of eclipse.

A lunar eclipse comes because people:

  • Write forged documents;
  • Bear false witness;
  • Raise small livestock (an unfair business practice); and,
  • Cut down good trees — even their own trees — for it shows ungratefulness to God for His bounty.

A solar eclipse happens when:

  • The leader of the Sanhedrin dies but is not properly eulogized;
  • An engaged woman is sexually assaulted within the walls of the city, cries out for help, but no one responds;
  • Homosexuality; and,
  • Two brothers are killed at the same time.

Unfair Business Practices

When we look at the reasons given for a lunar eclipse, in today’s vernacular it might be boiled down to unfair business practices. This can mean your personal business — dealing unfairly with a friend or family member — or in public business, and a nation’s business.

One cause named for the 2008-2009 financial meltdown was mortgage brokers allowing (even encouraging) applicants to lie on their applications to lenders. This is mortgage fraud, and it is a crime that can land both the broker and applicant in prison. Yet, there was evidence that the fraud was allowed at times by the lenders, too, and hedge fund investors bet against the mortgage market for a profit. That’s the total picture of that debacle.

Any time false information is presented in a document and then it is signed is an instance of writing forged documents. We know it goes on all the time in the USA these days. In the mortgage scenario, people lost their homes when adjustable interest rate loans adjusted upwards beyond their means to pay. The brokers and in some cases the lenders, too, knew this would happen, yet cared more about collecting their fees and interest than about the person losing everything due to being told something that is not true before signing for the loan. This is just one scenario. People get married knowing there’s a fair chance of divorce, making a vow and signing a license. People fill out employment applications, tax forms, and more with false information and then sign it. We are a country of people saying one thing and swearing to it while meaning something else entirely.

Disrespecting What God Honors

The reasons given for the appearance of a solar eclipse are basically failing to show respect for that which God honors.

The Sanhedrin was a counsel set up in cities of ancient Israel to issue judgement on matters for the people. Honor and respect were to be shown upon the passing of these leaders. They were both a civil and a religious authority, and so would represent both our government leaders and leaders in the church. Look around at the disrespect shown to the leaders God has given us today.

We have all heard accounts of crime victims crying for help but receiving none. Folks don’t want to get involved. We do not defend one another’s honor as we should

The third item here has to do with God’s honor and respect for the first institution He established among humans: Marriage. The USA has clearly told God that His design for marriage is not what we want anymore (SCOTUS is our mouthpiece as a country).

Conclusion

Much more could be written on either of these main topics, but there is no need. The point is well made by mere mention of the top notes. If you live in the USA, you understand. Even most who don’t live here do.

It is not the Holy Bible and does not have the authority of Scripture, but the reasons given in the Ein Yaakov for both types of eclipses that focus on the USA between 2014 and 2024 fit this country perfectly. For the weight we can give it, there is no escaping why this sign of blood moon and sackcloth sun is appearing.

Continue Reading:

Blood moons were just the beginning

Sun turns dark over America

2017-2024 Total solar eclipses: What we know

End Time Delusions: The Rapture, the Antichrist, Israel, and the End of the World

It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine): How to stop worrying and learn to love these End Times

Intoxicated with Babylon: The Seduction of God’s People in the Last Days

Signs in the heavens -- blood moon and darkened sun

2017-2024 Total solar eclipses: What we know — 2017 Update

Originally posted to web site August 4, 2015.

Six Eclipses: Signs in the Heavens Today

Contemporary signs in the heavens invite an examination of the facts heightened by the natural casting of reasonable speculation in the face of the huge unknown. What do we know and what might we infer? What might we out right guess? Conservatively (as always), we venture there.

This sign in the heavens now upon us is the series of eclipses beginning in April 2014 and ending in April 2024. The first four were lunar eclipses labeled “blood moons.” These have passed. The remaining two are solar eclipses, meaning the sun will be darkened.

We will use a tried and proven method of examination and analysis. You may be familiar with the fact-finding “5 W’s” of journalism. They are:

  • What happened?
  • Who is involved?
  • Where did it take place?
  • When did it take place?
  • Why did it happen?

Some lists also include an “H” in the list:

  • How did it happen?

Just the Facts

Let’s look at the facts we know concerning the lunar and solar eclipses of 2014-2024 in that manner.

  • What happens is four total lunar and two total solar eclipses.
  • The “who” is not yet known. We are not certain in the first place if this is a sign from God, and we cannot be entirely certain for whom the sign is intended.
  • Where it happened is in the heavens, visible primarily over the America, more so North America, and particularly the USA.
  • When is within a ten year period beginning April 15, 2014, and ending April 8, 2024.
  • Why it happened is unknown in much the same way as “why.”
  • How in relation to the eclipses appearing in the sky is an easy and certain answer — by the hand of God — for He set all the luminaries in the sky into motion at the Genesis 1:14 moment of creation.

Those are the facts we have about the eclipses. From here on, we move to speculation on the meaning and more. Some of the speculation will be fact-based, but it is speculation all the same. Interesting, for sure, and some of it could end up matching with future facts, but we do not and cannot know for certain at this point in time.

What

The thing we have before us for speculative consideration is a celestial event that has a pattern that is at least minimally similar to signs in the heavens foretold in the Holy Bible: The moon is eclipsed so that it darkens and turns to blood (by appearance) and the sun turns dark.

In the Holy Bible, these signs are foretold to nations under judgement and to a world under God’s wrath at the end of the age. It would seem, then, that if this series of eclipses is truly a sign placed in the heavens by the Lord God, it would be a sign of coming judgment.

Who

When movements of the lights in the heavens occurred in days before knowledge was as easily spread as it has been in the last century or two, one part of the world could see an eclipse directly overhead while no one living elsewhere in the world would know an eclipse had happened.

This is how it was when God explained that He had put the sun, moon, and stars in the expanse, “for signs and for seasons and for days and years.” God can send a sign by lunar and solar eclipses for a particular people group in a certain geographic region with no one living in another part of the world seeing it. He says He will do that for Babylon (Isaiah 13:10) and Egypt (Ezekiel 32:7).

This map of total and annular solar eclipses in the years 2001-2020 shows how this is the case. The paths of totality (in blue) for total solar eclipses (total darkening of the sun) are narrow and precise.

Click to view on NASA site (opens in new tab).

There is no mistaking it. If God chooses to send a sign set in the heavens to a particular group of people, the eclipse is how He could do it. That is why the area where the sign is visible still matters even though the rest of the world can be made aware of it today.

Now, let’s look back to who could see the set of eclipses running 2014-2024. Here, again, are the four visibility maps for the 2014-2015 lunar tetrad:

Only the Americas have at least a partial view of all four lunar eclipses. Out of all the nations of the world, the USA has the most consistently available view of them. It seems that the people for whom this sign in the heavens is meant live somewhere in these regions.

What about the total lunar eclipses of 2017 and 2024? There is no doubt at all that the solar eclipses are meant to be seen by those living in the USA. The dot in the center of the shadow designates the path of totality (total darkness) during the eclipse and it crosses right over the continental USA from sea to shining sea:

   

There is a group that will insist that any sign in the heavens has to be meant for another part of the world. One argument might be that God knew that by the time He sent this sign, everyone in the world knows when an eclipse occurs anywhere in the world. That is possible but I don’t think it is likely. We’ll flesh that out in a later section.

Where

The signs appear in the sky above us. Another approach to “where” would be to ask where the judgement or whatever the signs are meant to warn of or convey will happen, and we pretty well covered that under the “who” part of this section.

When

No one knows. First of all, no one knows for sure that this is a sign from God of impending judgement. Yes, I know, that’s been said a couple times already, but it’s important to keep in mind.

Second, even if we were sure that these eclipses are one of the prophesied signs in the heavens, there is no way to know when the judgement will fall.

It did not happen during the lunar tetrad. Many (including yours truly) thought that another Rosh Hashanah stock market crash might come along to close out the second seven (2001 to 2008, and then 2008 to 2015) and the lunar tetrad, but it didn’t happen.

The 2017 solar eclipse happens on August 21, 2017. The April 8, 2024, solar eclipse occurs 6.66 years after the first. The mid-point between the two falls in mid-December, 2020.

Continue Reading:

Blood moon and sackcloth sun: Ancient writings

Blood moons were just the beginning

Sun turns dark over America

 

Sun turns dark over America — 2017 Update

Originally posted to web site August 4, 2015.

On the heels of the 2014-2015 lunar tetrad come two total solar eclipses that will hold many in awe as the sun turns dark over America from coast to coast.

On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse begins in the Pacific Ocean at sunrise. Visible throughout North America, the path of totality makes landfall mid-morning in Oregon, transits over Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee, then exits mid-afternoon over South Carolina and onto the Atlantic Ocean.

August 21, 2017 -- the sun turns dark over America for the first time in nearly 100 years.

On April 8, 2024, the sun is eclipsed over the Pacific Ocean at sunrise. Making landfall near Mazatlan, Mexico, its darkness sweeps into the USA at a point in southwest Texas. For the next hour or so, the path of totality engulfs parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Vermont, and Maine before making its exit into New Brunswick, Canada.

August 21, 2017 -- the sun's path turns dark over America.

The animations here show the shadows of the upcoming total solar eclipses as they envelop the USA mainland.

August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse animation.

April 8, 2024, total solar eclipse animation.

The dot in the center of the shadow is path of totality, where the sun turns dark over America as if it were night. Images: NASA

How common is a total solar eclipse over North America?

Most of earth’s surface lacks people. About 71% is covered with water, and only about 40% of the land is populated. It follows, then, that most eclipses fall over water and unpopulated land. Few have a path of totality over major population centers, and relatively few of those transit over North America.

The last two over any point in the United States were visible only in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.

In February 1979, a total solar eclipse crossed the far northwest corner of the continental USA:

February 6, 1979, total solar eclipse. Image: NASA.

In July 1991, a total solar eclipse was visible over Hawaii:

July 11, 1991, total solar eclipse map. To visit NASA's page for an eclipse, click the link in the caption for each image.July 11, 1991, total solar eclipse. Image: NASA.

We have to go back to June 8, 1918– the summer that the bulk of America’s troops arrived in Europe to fight WWI — for the last solar eclipse with a path of totality crossing the USA from Pacific to Atlantic:

June 8, 1918, total solar eclipse map. To visit NASA's page for an eclipse, click the link in the caption for each image.
June 8, 1918, total solar eclipse. Image: NASA.

Only a handful of people alive today were around to see the total solar eclipse of 1918. Many Americans have lived and died without an opportunity to see one within driving distance. People living into their seventies, eighties, and most now in their nineties have not seen it.

Sun turns dark over America — the conclusion of a sign?

That lack of opportunity is about to end. The animation below shows that over the next seven years or so just about everyone in the USA will be within driving distance of a spot where they can be a witness along with their family and friends as the sun turns dark over America.

It seems to make an “X” over the country, doesn’t it? What could that mark mean?

Add this to what we saw in the lunar eclipse visibility maps in Blood moons were just the beginning and we might wonder what we are experiencing as blackness covers us when the sun turns dark over America during the total solar eclipses of 2017 and 2024. Is this part 2 of the sign? What does it mean? Who is it for? We’ll start to explore that in the next section of the series, Signs in the heavens: Facts and speculation.

 

Continue Reading:

2017-2024 Total solar eclipses: What we know

Blood moon and sackcloth sun: Ancient writings

Blood moons were just the beginning

 

 

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Blood moons were just the beginning — 2017 Update

Originally posted to web site August 4, 2015.

A couple of years ago you could hardly throw a virtual stone on the web without hitting someone that knew all about the so-called “blood moons.” Most articles on the topic related those blood moon eclipses to the prophecy in Joel 2:31.  It was not that blood moon we were seeing in the skies, but it may be fair to say that the sign isn’t over, that blood moons were just the beginning.

There is good reason to look to the moon for prophetic signs relating to the next and final act in God’s amazing redemptive plan for humanity. From the very beginning, God told us to watch for signs in the heavens:

Then 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; (Genesis 1:14).

In several places throughout the Scriptures, God spells out specifically that signs in the heavens will come as a warning of judgement. Here are just a few of these passages:

In Isaiah 13:10, God speaks against Babylon, saying,

For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not flash forth their light; the sun will be dark when it rises and the moon will not shed its light.

He declares against Egypt in Ezekiel 32:7,

And when I extinguish you, I will cover the heavens and darken their stars; I will cover the sun with a cloud And the moon will not give its light.

In Joel 2:10, we read,

The sun and the moon grow dark and the stars lose their brightness,

and in verse 31,

The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.

In the Olivet Discourse, Jesus prophesies,

But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Matthew 24:29; also ref. Mark 13:24-25, Luke 21:25).

In Revelation 6:12-13,

I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind.

And Revelation 8:12,

The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way.

Did you notice anything about those passages? A pattern of the signs in the heavens they describe? Sure you did. It is always the sun and the moon. So how is it that in all the discussion of blood moons during the 2014-2015 tetrad, no one seems to have thought to look for a movement in the sun? Is it possible that these blood moons were just the beginning of a larger overall set of signs in the heavens?

Absolutely, and we’re going to look at all of it in this series of articles.

Signs in the Moon

We will begin where we have been. That means looking at the signs that have already passed.

This series of maps (from NASA) shows where the 2014-2015 total lunar eclipses were visible. White and lighter shades of grey indicate areas where the eclipse could be seen (white being 100% visible) while the darkest shade of grey shows where it was not visible at all. To get a better view, click on the image to go to the NASA page for that eclipse (opens in a new tab).

The April 15, 2014, total lunar eclipse was fully visible in most of North America, parts of South America, and the east coast of Australia and nearby islands. It was less visible over the Atlantic Ocean and parts of Europe and Asia, and not visible at all in the majority of Europe, Asia, and most of Africa, including the Middle East.

Blood moons were just the beginning -- the April 15, 2014, total solar eclipse.

 On October 8, 2014, the second of four total lunar eclipses was most visible over the Pacific Ocean’s vast ‘Ring of Fire‘ region (including Australia). It could also be witnessed from most of North and South America and much of Asia, though to a lesser extent than the previous two. It was not visible in the vast majority of Europe and Africa, and it again was not visible in the Middle East.

Blood moons were just the beginning -- October 8, 2014 total lunar eclipse.

 

The April 4, 2015, total lunar eclipse was visible to much the same areas as its immediate predecessor.

The April 4, 2015, total lunar eclipse -- click to view @ NASA site.

 

The last of the tetrad, the September 28, 2015, total lunar eclipse was visible in South America, most of North America, over the Atlantic Ocean and from most of Europe and Africa (including the Middle East).

The september 28, 2015, total solar eclipse. Click to view @ NASA site.

If where an eclipse is visible means anything, these four “blood moons” were primarily intended to speak to the people of North and South America. No other area had at least a fair viewing of all four of them.

And that’s not all, folks. As the title of this article implies, there is much more to come because the so-called “blood moons” were just the beginning. There are accompanying signs in the heavens coming up in the next few years that align with the pattern of the prophetic signs, for just as the moon turned red as blood in the lunar eclipses, in 2017 and 2024 we see the sun doing exactly what the prophets say the sun will do: Go dark or turn black.

Continue Reading:

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The Star of Saturn — More than NASA can ever reveal

Originally posted to web site May 10, 2012.

A storm is brewing on Saturn’s north pole.

First discovered by Voyager in the 1980s, the strange hexagon on Saturn’s north pole baffles scientists. Nothing like it has been discovered on the other planets in our solar system. Considering Saturn’s atmosphere, if NASA were to expect to find such a phenomenon on one of the planets, Saturn would be the last place to look.

Scientists believe the hexagon is shaped by a wandering jet stream with speeds of 220 mph. The white spots within the hexagon are storms, some being active for more than a decade and twice the size of the largest hurricane ever seen on Earth.

Over the years, NASA has released images of “Saturn’s Strange Hexagon” using various color effects to enhance the photos. Thanks to Cassini’s enhanced imaging ability, we saw the hexagon in true-color for the first time in 2013.

Each time NASA posts a new set of images, more is revealed about it. Yet, there may be far more to this star of Saturn than NASA will ever see with its telescopes and probes.

Six, six, six

The Star of Saturn has three physical characteristics with the number six:

  • Like every other shape called a hexagon, the formation on Saturn has six sides.
  • A star can be drawn within the hexagon with six lines and having six points.
  • Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun.

There are several biblical principles applied to the number 6:

  • Symbolically, 6 is the number of man, who is made in the image of God yet falls short of God’s perfection (7) due to man’s disobedience.
  • The earth was created in six days; man was created on the sixth day (Genesis 1:26-31).
  • Man is given 6 days to achieve his goals (the seventh belongs to God [Exodus 20:8-11]).
  • The sixth commandment is, “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13); murder is the intentional taking of a human life.
  • Christ Jesus says of the satan, “He was a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44), identifying the satan as the original and chief violator of the 6th commandment.
  • The code “666” identifies the satan’s false trinity brought to earth through a world system known as “the beast” which will claim to fulfill man’s desire to achieve through human means what can only be given by God.

Saturn and the star at Messiah’s birth

A popular theory on the Star of Bethlehem is that it was a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn (or Jupiter, mars, and Saturn). This usually leads to speculation that the Magi would have recognized Jupiter as the ‘king’ star and Saturn as the star of the Jewish people, putting that together with the prophecies of Daniel to know it was time to go to Judea, looking for the newborn King of kings.

The problem with that is, Saturn is not the star of the Jews or Judea or Israel. These are the chosen people of God. They were not to worship the host of heaven. They were the children of the Most High God and no other.

If there is to be a sign in the heavens that is so spectacular the Magi could not miss it, God would be sure that it spoke to His people, too. The Lion of the tribe of Judah was about to be born. The ‘king’ star is Regulus, the heart of the constellation Leo (the lion). Regulus is a true star, not a planet shining like one. Judah (the Jews in Judea) is the lion (Genesis 49:9) and Regulus is its heart, their Messiah (Genesis 49:10, Revelation 5:5).

In his book, The Star that Astonished the World, Dr. Ernest L. Martin explains how the ‘gentile’ king star joined with the Messianic “King” star to announce the birth of the King of kings:

The Impressive Signs of 3/2 B.C.E.: Here was Jupiter (the King planet), which had just united with Venus (the Mother) on August 12, 3 B.C.E., now joining itself with the King star Regulus (the star of the Jewish Messiah) in the zodiacal sign of Leo (the constellation of Judah), while the Sun (the Supreme Father or Ruler) was then located in Virgo (the Virgin). All of these features are reminiscent of biblical themes associated with the birth and personage of the Jewish Messiah.

No doubt, Saturn wanted this glory and has over millennia trained the minds of many to believe it had its part in it, but God would not allow it any part. Dr. Martin continues: (emphasis added):

The Impressive Signs of 3/2 B.C.E.: Look at this massing of the planets. All the primary planets (except Saturn) were now clustering near one another in the constellation of Leo (Judah), while the Moon was just then entering Leo. The Sun, however, at that very time was entering the sign of Virgo (the Virgin). These indications once again could show remarkable prophetic themes mentioned in the Bible that people were looking for at the time.

Surely someone out there has at least a couple questions, such as: What would God have against a lifeless ball of gas like Saturn? How could a ball of gas want glory?

The Host of Heaven

While NASA and its contemporaries do not see evidence of life on the other planets in our solar system, we can say with certainty that life is there – the whole host of heaven.

The Holy Bible tells us that the heavenly hosts are both the planets and the beings in the heavens. Both are objects that God created. The Scripture reveals that both can be worshipped and served, and that both will be destroyed in the last day. In this passage, “the host” of heaven are the other planets:

“Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts” (Genesis 2:1).

Here, “host of heaven” describes heavenly beings:

“Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the Lord. I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right and on His left” (1 Kings 22:19).

Isaiah tells us God will punish the hosts of heaven and the kings of the earth, so is talking about beings:

“So it will happen in that day, that the Lord will punish the host of heaven on high, and the kings of the earth on earth” (Isaiah 24:21).

Later in the text, Isaiah reveals the fate of the sky and planets, the latter called the host of heaven:

“And all the host of heaven will wear away, and the sky will be rolled up like a scroll” (Isaiah 34:4).

Last (but certainly not least) is this passage where God warns His people to not look up at the sun, moon, stars and “all the host of heaven,” indicating that these are objects or beings that can be served and worshiped – not merely rocks or balls of gas:

“And beware not to lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, and be drawn away and worship them and serve them” (Deuteronomy 4:19a).

It is clear that these objects (planets) and beings (spirits) are related to one another. God’s warning to His people concerning them are the same, as are the ends they will meet.

The apostle Paul tells us that as Christians – children of God adopted through the blood of Christ and sealed by the Holy Spirit – our enemy is not only here on earth but also among the host of heaven:
“(O)ur struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

Looking at the hexagon on Saturn, it seems that there is more of a relationship between the planetary host of heaven and the sentient host of heaven than their having the same descriptive name in the Holy Bible. Or, that perhaps God used the same name to describe them so that we might know this relationship. It is one of those things that can be known but not readily explained. Like much that exists in both the natural and spirit realms, the reality of the host of heaven is complex. In our time-based, three-dimensional world, there is little hope of understanding it. Still, it is there, and we can learn from it.

Talismans and banners

To this day, occultists create talismans of the planets worn as protection. Each of these has on one side a five-pointed star and on the other, a six-pointed star. Each six-pointed star has an animal in the center. Here are a few examples:


Talisman of Jupiter

Talisman of Mars

Talisman of the Sun

The so-called talisman of Saturn has the image of a horned bull as its animal avatar:


Talisman of Saturn

Saturn and Israel (then and now)

Is it merely coincidence that the identifying symbol of Jewishness today, such that it is borne on the Israeli nation flag, is identical to the Star of Saturn depicted on the amulets above as well as that appearing on the planet bearing its name? Well, we don’t allot much to coincidence here, so let’s look closely at it.

The Star of Saturn talisman has a bull at its center.

As children in Sunday School, we learned about a dark day in Israel’s history (emphasis added):

Now when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people assembled about Aaron and said to him, “Come, make us a god who will go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” Aaron said to them, “Tear off the gold rings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 
Then all the people tore off the gold rings which were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. He took this from their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool and made it into a molten calf; and they said, “This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.”
Now when Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the Lord.” So the next day they rose early and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play. (Exodus 32:1-6)

Today, the flag of Israel bears the Star of Saturn.To at least one child growing up in Sunday School, the golden calf seemed like a brief episode in Israel’s history. It happened, they repented, and all was good to the Promised Land. When we grow up and read more of the Holy Bible, however, we find that is not the case. God was extremely hurt and angered by it, and He did not soon forget that while He was giving the Law to Moses, they were having orgies over a golden calf.

Throughout the Old Testament and into the New, God reminds them of this awful idolatry, emphasizing the sin especially attributable to their worship of the calf. He does this in Moses’ last address to them while still in the wilderness(Deuteronomy 9:16), hundreds of years later through the Psalmist (106:19-21), later still through Nehemiah (9:18-19), and then again as by the prophet Amos (5:26-27) in a passage that would be quoted centuries later in the New Testament.

Is it coincidence (certainly not!) that the Amos passage enters the New Testament through the words of Stephen, the first martyr of the church, in his speech before the Sanhedrin? The martyrdom of Stephen by stoning at the hands of the religious elite of Israel is a pivotal moment in God’s dealings with the Jews. It is no coincidence that one last time He reminds them of this early idolatry as the Holy Spirit gives Stephen the words to say. Here is Acts 7:42-43 (emphasis added):

But God turned away and delivered them up to serve the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, ‘It was not to Me that you offered victims and sacrifices forty years in the wilderness, was it, O house of Israel? (You also took along the tabernacle of Moloch and the star of the god Rompha, the images which you made to worship. I also will remove you beyond Babylon.’

Here is the original passage in the KJV, the passage reads (again, (emphasis added):

Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? (But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the Lord, whose name is The God of hosts.

Moloch, Rompha, Remphan, Sikkuth, Chiun, Kiyyun – the translation varies by time and culture — all are names for Saturn. And the star they carried is sitting at Saturn’s north pole:

Saturn and the Church

Thank goodness we are beyond all that pagan worship stuff today, right? Not quite.

If the satan, as Saturn, was so doggedly in pursuit of God’s beloved in the former age, would he not be just as determined to woo her in the present?

Click to view slide show (opens in new window at another site).Today, a lot of people do not have a problem with Jesus or God the Father but rather with the exclusivity of Christ Jesus as the only Way of salvation and to reconciliation with God the Father. It was the same in ancient Rome. The church was not frowned upon because of her devotion to Christ but for her strong devotion to Him as the sole means of salvation for mankind and for her aversion to pagan deities. The pure dedication the early church showed for the Savior was such that many believers chose to die horrible deaths than to deny Christ or bow to an idol. This was an inspiring witness to the Roman people and many received Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord as a result.

The satan had to be angry about this — his plan to torment the church into submission not only failed but the numbers of believers was growing. He adopted another tactic. It took a couple of centuries, but the enemy of men’s souls is patient. Eventually, an emperor came along that realized the Christian faith was growing much faster than pagan beliefs. If he was to hold onto power, he, too, had to embrace the Christians, even claiming to be one of them. No more arresting and murdering Christians, but he couldn’t risk upsetting the large number of pagans reluctant to let go of their beliefs. For example, Saturn worship.

Saturn was really popular among the people of Rome:

Saturn is a complex figure because of his multiple associations and long history. He was the first god of the Capitol, known since the most ancient times as Saturnius Mons, and was seen as a god of generation, dissolution, plenty, wealth, agriculture, periodic renewal and liberation. In later developments he came to be also a god of time. His reign was depicted as a Golden Age of plenty and peace. The Temple of Saturn in the Roman Forum housed the state treasury. In December, he was celebrated at what is perhaps the most famous of the Roman festivals, the Saturnalia, a time of feasting, role reversals, free speech, gift-giving and revelry.

Under various emperors and popes, the pantheon of the gods became the pantheon of the saints. For example, Bacchus was ancient Rome’s god of wine; Vincent is the Roman church’s saint of wine makers. Also, ancient feast days were given correlating Christian identities. Easter (worship of the goddess Oestre/Ashtoreth/Ishtar) was given the Christian identity of the Hebrew First Fruits, the day Messiah rose from the grave. The birthday of the unconquerable sun, on December 25, was given a new name, “Christmas,” which incorporates much of the saturnalia customs with it:

Saturnalia was an ancient Roman festival in honor of the deity Saturn, held on 17 December of the Julian calendar and later expanded with festivities through to 23 December. The holiday was celebrated with a sacrifice at the Temple of Saturn, in the Roman Forum, and a public banquet, followed by private gift-giving, continual partying, and a carnival atmosphere that overturned Roman social norms: gambling was permitted, and masters provided table service for their slaves. The poet Catullus called it “the best of days.”

Does it matter that these relics of pagan worship reside within the church today? Yes. It matters to God.

Ancient Israel did not forsake worshiping Jehovah. They just worshiped Baal, Ashtoreth, Molech, and others alongside the One True God. The passage in Amos says “you also carried.” A study of the Old Testament will show that the Jews consistently attempted to blend pagan worship with worship of Jehovah. Maybe they were trying to cover all their bases, you know, just in case Jehovah did not answer, Baal might. Or, maybe they just really enjoyed the customs associated with Ashtoreth. But God will not accept that. Only absolute, singular faith in and allegiance to Him is acceptable worship.

Saturn today

As mentioned earlier, the saturnalia is not the only pagan influence stamped atop the Christian calendar. It is, however, celebrated at the time of year when all retailers make their money (the temple of Saturn held the Roman treasury) and when all people are expected to be especially happy, go out shopping, and wrap up these things we buy to give to other people.

As for the nation Israel today, Saturn has managed to stamp his name on the Jewish Sabbath as the civil calendar is written (Saturday).

And there is still that pesky six-sided star, just like the one on the talismans . . . and within the vortex spinning on Saturn’s north pole.

God’s Perfect Timing

A mere fifty years ago, we were nearly blind to the wonders of the universe. God is now allowing man the technology to see what is out there. This could mean the time will soon be upon us that He will reveal to us, through these instruments, that of which Jesus said:

“There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Luke 21:25-26).

We can now see one of the seats of these “powers of the heavens” bearing its mark for all to see. Praise God, Jesus did not stop with the warning but continued to the promise:

“Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory” (Luke 21: 27).

Is He coming soon? Yes!

Maranatha!


2014 image of Saturn’s polar hexagon.