Revelation 12, Blood Moons, and April 2014

I want to begin this post with a large caveat: I am not espousing the study of astrology, nor am I setting a date for the return of Jesus Christ.

That being said, however, in my studies I’ve come across some information that I’m simply making available to you, and encourage you to study it out for yourself and draw your own conclusions. There may be something to this, and there might not be.

Let’s start in Revelation 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.

I believe that this happens 1/2 way through the Tribulation Period, so 3.5 years into that time period. It may be, however, that this event is actually the beginning of the Tribulation Period.

Now here’s the first interesting part. On September 23, 2017, there is an astronomical alignment that occurs ONLY on that day. The constellation Virgo (the virgin) will be “clothed in the sun” since the constellation will be in the sky during daylight hours, the moon will be at her feet, and the constellation Leo will be on her head. Leo only contains 9 stars, but on the morning of September 23, 2017, there will be 3 additional “stars” with Mercury, Venus, and Mars combining with Leo, “crowning” her with 12 stars. Jupiter, the king of the planets, will be exiting through her legs, “giving birth” to it.

virgo

This exact alignment only occurs on that day. You can confirm this by downloading the free software Stellarium and research it for yourself!

There have been times where some of these conditions have been met. For instance, in 2011 the moon was at her feet and she was “clothed with the sun,” but in 2017, all four of the specific things mentioned in Revelation 12 occur:

  1. Clothed in the sun. The sun will be shining through her, covering her with its light.
  2. Moon at her feet. Because of the phase of the moon, she appears to be standing on top of it.
  3. Giving birth to the male child. In different years she “gives birth” to some of the other planets like Mercury, Saturn, or Venus. But only in 2017 does she “give birth” to Jupiter, the king planet. Notice in the image from Stellarium above that, using the actual constellation lines, Jupiter will be directly between the legs of the constellation.
  4. With a crown of 12 stars. The constellation Virgo (the virgin) is always “crowned” with Leo (the Lion), which has exactly 9 stars. Only in 2017 are there exactly three more added to create a crown of 12 stars (Mercury, Venus, and Mars).

Why should we even consider using stars and constellations to understand Scripture?

Back in the beginning of the Bible, during the creation, God reveals what the stars are for:

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:

Why should we find it difficult to consider that God uses stars as a sign? He said that was one of their purposes!

Now, IF that is the fulfillment of the prophecy of Revelation 12:1-2, and that’s a BIG IF, then back up 3.5 years.

Why go back 3.5 years? Remember that the prophecy in Revelation 12:1-2 may be at the midpoint of the Tribulation Period. So go back 3.5 years. Where does that take us?

March/April 2014!

Hmmm.

Are there any other indicators happening that would coincide with this?

Yes!

Beginning this year, there is a series of “blood moons” which occur over the next eighteen months. Astonishingly, each one will fall on a biblical feast of Israel!

OK. Let’s back up. What is a “blood moon” and why is there any significance to a series of them?

blood_moon

Well, a blood moon is a full moon that, because of the position of the earth, sun, and moon, will appear to have a reddish cast to it and be a bit darker than normal. Hence the title “blood moon.”

Now here’s where things begin to get a little more…interesting.

A similar series of blood moons has only occurred three times (other than the one we’re getting ready to experience) in recent centuries. Each time this series happened, there were significant events that occurred for the Jewish people.

The first recent series of blood moons was in the years 1493 and 1494. That was the date of the Spanish Inquisition, when all Jews were expelled from Spain.

The next series of blood moons was in 1949 and 1950, following Israel becoming a nation and after the attacks from all her neighbors.

The last time this happened was 1967 and 1968, immediately after the 6-day war when Israel liberated Jerusalem.

Now, the beginning of this new blood moon cycle begins, wait for it… April, 2014.

On Passover!

There’s nothing in Scripture that indicates that this is a sign we are to be watching for, but it certainly helps fulfill Jesus’ admonition that there would be “signs in the sun, moon, and stars!” Each of the three recent series of blood moon appearances have been very close to significant events that impacted the Jewish people, which I think should cause us to pay attention to the one that is coming up!

I don’t mean to sound like a cheap TV commercial, but wait! There’s more!

Jesus told the disciples in Matthew 24:32-34 that there was an event which would begin a countdown toward the end – the reestablishment of Israel as a nation:

Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

That event happened in 1948. So beginning at that mark, that specific generation that experienced the rebirth of the nation of Israel would also see the prophetic events He described throughout the rest of chapter 24 of Matthew – which includes the Tribulation Period.

What’s a generation? Here’s what Moses said about it in Psalm 90:10:

 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

So Moses says that a generation is 70, or if you’re exceptionally strong 80, years.

2017 is the year that will mark the 70th anniversary of the rebirth of Israel.

Does this mean we can know the date of the Rapture of the church? No. We’re not talking about the timing of the Rapture, we’re talking about the Tribulation Period. While I think that the Rapture will be the beginning of the Tribulation, it doesn’t have to be. There could be a span of days, weeks, or months between the Rapture and the start of the Tribulation Period. It could start immediately, and there might be a period of time in between.

The Tribulation Period will begin, according to Daniel 9:27, with the Antichrist signing a treaty with the nation of Israel.

And he (Antichrist) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (seven years): and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Oh, by the way…

John Kerry is working overtime to get a peace deal done between Israel and the Palestinians for a two-state solution. His announced time frame to have it signed is April, 2014.

It might be a coincidence that the blood moon cycle begins at the same time that there is peace treaty scheduled to be signed, 3.5 years before a sign appears in the heavens that is foretold in Revelation 12.

One more thing.

September 23, 2017, the date for the alignment? That’s immediately after the Feast of Trumpets, the next feast to be fulfilled in the prophetic calendar – September 21-22, 2017.

And then there’s the strange prediction by Rabbi Yidhak Kaduri before his death which I wrote about here, where he said that he’d met the Messiah, but that Messiah would not be revealed until after Ariel Sharon passed away – Ariel Sharon died two weeks ago.

I am not saying that Jesus is coming back in April. I don’t know, and neither do you.

All this might be a coincidence. And it may be more.

Something to make you go “Hmmm…”

We’ll know soon!

What do you think?

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are snarky, offensive, or off-topic.

  • RHHH

    I found this on jewishroots.net,

    8-20-2013 New School Opens To Teach Priests Proper Way to Conduct Temple Sacrifices.

    One Step Closer to the Holy Temple: On the evening of Tuesday, August
    20th, 2013, the 14th day of Elul, 5773, the Temple Institute, in
    cooperation with Mishmeret Kehunah (the Organization for the Renewal of
    the Priestly Shifts) and other Temple organizations inaugurated a new
    school dedicated to teaching Kohanim the ‘lost’ art of performing the
    daily Tamid service in the Holy Temple. That evening, “for the first time
    since the destruction of the Holy Temple, a historic practice drill of
    the daily Tamid offering was reenacted by a group of contemporary
    kohanim-in-training.”

    Daniel 12;

    11 And from the time that “the daily sacrifice” shall be TAKEN AWAY,
    and the abomination that maketh desolate SET UP,

    there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. (1290 days.)

    The covenant will be signed 30 days AFTER the sacrifice is CUT OFF,
    and the daily sacrifice will be started again ?,

    and will continue with the covenant being confirmed 1260 days before being cut off AGAIN, in the middle of the week.. ?

    1290 days – 30 days = 1260 days, 3.5 years, before September 23, 2017, the date for the alignment ?

    If the daily sacrifices are happening now, and they get “cut off”

    than 30 days later the covenant will be confirmed ?

    What do you think ?

    • markconn

      Daniel 9:27 indicates that the covenant will actually be signed 3.5 years before sacrifices are “cut off” –

      “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

      So 1,260 days (at least) the sacrifices will continue, then they will be stopped. From that time, there are 1,290 days until the end begins. But there is an additional 45 days added after verse 11 of chapter 12 of Daniel –

      12:12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.

      So if I understand the timing correctly, at some point in our future (and I think very soon) there will be a covenant, or treaty, signed between Israel and “many” and in which the person we know as the Antichrist will be involved in some important way. From that point, the Tribulation Period begins. At the midway point, 3.5 years, or 1,260 days, the Antichrist will stop the sacrifices from taking place in the newly-rebuilt Temple, will become indwelled by the spirit of Satan himself, become “the Beast,” and will set himself up to be worshipped in the Temple. At that point, two other countdowns begin, one marking 1,260 days until the beginning of the end, and 1,335 days, at which point I believe Jesus Christ returns with the saints to establish His physical resign on earth.

      • RHHH

        “Daniel 9:27 indicates that the covenant will actually be signed 3.5 years before sacrifices are “cut off” -”

        I know that “the sacrifice and the covenant” will be for 1260 days, but my question is concerning Daniel 12;

        11 And from the time that “the daily sacrifice” shall be TAKEN AWAY, (the sacrifice is stopped 1290 days BEFORE the AoD.)
        and the abomination that maketh desolate SET UP,
        there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. (1290 days.)

        The sacrifice is cut off 1290 days BEFORE the AoD,(1st time)
        and must start AGAIN for 1260 days, and is cut off AGAIN (2nd time) at the AoD along with the covenant.

        My point is, that according to the jewishroots.net, at the school, which is an exact replica of the Temple,

        ” That evening, “for the first time since the destruction of the Holy Temple, a historic practice drill of “the daily Tamid offering” was reenacted by a group of contemporary kohanim-in-training.”

        My question is, “if the daily sacrifice is in fact, being practised
        at this time, and Daniel says “it” will be cut off “1290 days” BEFORE the AoD, that leaves 30 days between being cut off, and starting again, for another 1260 days, along with the covenant. ?

        It’s as though Daniel is giving us “a heads-up” that when this present sacrifice is cut off (even if it is being done secretly) there will be 30 days BEFORE the covenant is signed.

        and yes, I realize the covenant and the sacrifice will end after 1260 days, and the great tribulation will continue for 42 months, 3.5 years, 1260 days, … and then the devil is chained etc …

        It’s the 1290 days BEFORE the AoD that I’m trying to fathom.

        • markconn

          Ah. Got it. I was misunderstanding what you were asking.

          In verse 11, the “daily sacrifice shall be taken away” and “the abomination that maketh desolate set up” are both descriptions of events that occur simultaneously. The sacrifices are started again and continue for 1,260 days, at which time they are stopped and the “abomination that maketh desolate is set up,” after which there will be a span of 1,290 days. The 1,290 doesn’t fall between the two, but rather that’s the amount of time following both events that will be 1,260 days into the Tribulation Period.

          The sacrifices are not in practice right now, to the best of my knowledge, but rather they were “practicing” to make the sacrifices. However, nearly everything is in place that would allow them to begin to offer sacrifices within a very short period of time!

          Good thoughts! Thanks for sharing!

          • RHHH

            Thanks for your reply,

            “In verse 11, the “daily sacrifice shall be taken away” and “the abomination that maketh desolate set up” are both descriptions of events that occur simultaneously.”

            I see the sacrifice cut off 1290 days before the AoD is set up, and like you said,
            “The sacrifices are started again and continue for 1,260 days, at which time they are stopped and the “abomination that maketh desolate is set up,”

            11 And from the time that “the daily sacrifice” shall be TAKEN AWAY,

            (the sacrifice is stopped 1290 days BEFORE the AoD.) and the abomination that maketh desolate SET UP,
            there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. (1290 days.)

            The 1290 days before the AoD is set up, the sacrifice will be cut off, is the way I see it, but maybe I’m just seeing things that aren’t there.

            We will see, very soon, how it all plays out.
            Thanks for your input.

  • 4Yahshua

    3~6~5995 (out of 6000) in this “Twilight Zone Apocalypse”!

    120 Jubilee years = 6000 years
    Passover, 2014 will be the start of the final 3 1/2 years of the final 7 years. After this, there is a final Jubilee year known in past centuries as, “The Day of Jacob’s Trouble”. Yahshua the Messiah will return on The Day of Atonement, 2018, unless He shortens the time for the elect’s sake.
    We are already in Armageddon because of the meltdown at Fukushima, Japan.
    Uncensored daily news: http://www.ENENews.com
    The wise saints choose NOW to believe in the Father and Son (Yahweh and Yahshua) and are sealed in THEIR NAMES, Revelation 14:1 WE WILL SURVIVE!
    HalleluYah! This transliterated ancient Hebrew word means, “Praise ye Yah!”

    • markconn

      Thank you for your reply! I certainly agree we are in the last days! Be blessed – the Bridegroom is coming!

      • 4Yahshua

        3~6~5995 (out of 6000) in this “Twilight Zone Apocalypse”!

        Thanks for your kind response.

        When asked about His Return and the end of this age, Yahshua replied,

        “Be careful that no man deceives YOU.” Matthew 24:4

        WHAT IS THE MARK OF THE BEAST??

        Revelation 13:18 Greek Diaglott, Free on The Web
        The #666? The three Greek numbers are also letters and they signify Christos Zeus, or saving Zeus, the chief idol of the Greeks. Over the centuries this name morphed into the name Jesus Christ, the name of the image (idol) of the Vatican. This name also contains a CROSS (X as in Xmas!)

        WHO IS NOT DECEIVED??
        The wise saints believe NOW in the Father and Son (Yahweh and Yahshua) and will be sealed with THEIR NAMES, Revelation 14:1.

        YES! Yahshua returns VERY SOON! HalleluYah!

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  • Guest

    This study looks scriptural accurate however can someone please help me with the understanding of the rapture not occurring on Yom Teruah when all evidence in the scriptures point to the last trump,,,day of blowing…with a shout..in the twinkling of an eye..no one knows the day or the hour. All these scripture point directly to feast of trumpets or Yom Teruah. I would love to hear your thoughts. Shalom

    • markconn

      Thanks for joining in the discussion and the wonderful question! Rosh Hashanah, or more accurately Yom Teruah as you have mentioned, is on the first day of the seventh month, the month Tishri. Because Yom Teruah is on the first day of the month it is also Rosh Chodesh, the new moon.

      Yom Teruah is always forty-nine hours in duration.

      New moons have to be blessed by the Sanhedrin based on the testimony of two witnesses. God and all the hosts of heaven waits, for as long as twenty-four hours, for the new moon to be blessed before He will come.

      So since Yom Teruah can fall on the Sabbath which would delay that blessing, and God will wait for as long as twenty-four hours, if the rapture falls on Yom Teruah no one knows exactly when the rapture will be.

      That is as best as I understand it. Shalom!

      • hrgreenjr

        Is this something you lean towards, Mark? That The Lord Jesus will fulfill the last Fall feasts on the “very day”, as He previously did in the Spring Feasts? We have been studying this and I am of the conviction the “blessed hope” will happen during the Feast Day of Trumpets. When? No one knows the exact year or day or hour, as the Lord said.

        • markconn

          I find the possibility compelling, but the study of prophecy is an imprecise science. I don’t find any reason in Scripture that this won’t be what happens, but the Lord’s timing isn’t our timing. That being said, I think there is a very good likelihood that each of the remaining feasts will be fulfilled just as the spring feasts were.

          • hrgreenjr

            I have been tempted by good meaning ‘christians’ (at least I hope they are) to abandon the pre-trib removal of the ‘church’ teaching. However, there are many reasons why I have not even though many friends of mine are departing from that belief. The 2 biggest reasons for me is–How can there be a “wedding” of the Lamb IN HEAVEN before the 2nd Coming, when his “wife” is being slaughtered and chased by the anti-christ on earth? (Rev.19:7) Number 2–The only resurrection I see at the 2nd Coming are ‘martyred’ trib-saints; It would seem if there was a GENERAL resurrection of all the JUST when Jesus Christ returns, why is there no hint of such a massive dirt flying, grave popping spectacle? And who are those wedding garment clad horesemen following the Lord Jesus?
            Thanks for the response– blessings!

          • markconn

            Both good reasons to hold to a pre-tribulational view of the rapture of the church.

            One of the strongest passages for a pre-tribulational view of the rapture, in my opinion, is 1 Thessalonians 5:1-9

            “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,”

            The context of this entire passage is the timing of the rapture, and Paul tells the Thessalonian believers that “ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief” giving evidence that, while we may not know the precise timing of Jesus’ return, we’ll have a general idea. Then he ends this passage with the encouragement “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.”

            We are not saved to suffer through wrath, Jesus suffered the wrath of God for us on the cross, and all those who place their faith and trust in Jesus will be removed before that wrath is visited upon the earth.

  • guest

    Nothing more than a bunch of nonsense. For hundreds of years people have been certain the end is coming. The plagues in the middle ages, the crusades, world wars were signs which never came true. Religion is nothing more than a farce meant to keep the masses in check.

    More than half of the bible is based on stories from other cultures or religions that were included to help asilimate the people. There is no god or supreme being.

    • markconn

      Thank you for taking the time to reply, even if you are tragically mistaken.

      2 Peter 3:3-7

      “…there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.’ For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: but the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

      I’ve prayed that you would find the truth before it is too late.

    • Shelly

      beside 2 Peter 3:3-7 also consider 1 Corinthians 1:18 :For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” and Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Please take some time to really consider, friend… what if you are wrong?? What is so offensive about God and the Christian faith that it is not worth honest and open consideration, for the sake of your eternity?

    • hrgreenjr

      2 Peter 3:3-7 “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days SCOFFERS walking after their own lusts. And saying “where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” If the shoe fits–

      (Sorry Mark, I saw you already sited God’s Word in 2Peter 3:3-7) I couldn’t help myself when I read this person’s post!)

  • hrgreenjr

    Thanks for the planet/ star chart above. I always get excited that the Lord is coming soon..We are going through so many spiritual battles starting a “house church” seeing many souls come to Jesus. The devil has attacked my wife and I because of our stand against government registered ‘churches’ and the corruption in the leadership. My innermost yearning is for Jesus to come today, but there are so many souls to be saved!

    • markconn

      You’re very welcome! As I said in the article, this is speculative and in fact may not be the correct interpretation, but it’s important for us to be aware and use wisdom as we see the things taking place in the world around us.

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