Since the time of the four blood moons (2015) I’ve made a couple of passing references to the ‘radiant woman’ of Rev 12:1-2 and its manifesting tomorrow, 23rd Septemeber:
‘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 labour and in pain gave birth.’
If you haven’t yet heard about this event the above video by Parable of the Vineyard is very helpful, concise presentation of what’s happening. Featuring software showing the positions of planets within the constellations of Leo and Virgo it can easily be paused for closer examination and appreciation of the star charts.
In view of today’s splendid alignment of sun, 11% crescent moon and four planets along Virgo we must understand the astro-dynamics. The stars comprising Virgo are at the opposite side of the sun, which during the last 30 days has seemed to have been going ‘downwards’ through the imaginary figure of this constellation, as though dressing ‘her’. Thus, as our sun arrives at the Autumn/Fall equinox, Virgo has been ‘clothed with the sun’, not with it at her shoulder as some surmise!
In THE SHAKING: watch for signs on earth and in the heavens I referred to Revd John Kilpatrick’s exposition upon this subject. First, he teaches about the Lord’s Feasts to enable an understanding of the background and timing of this exceptional event. From 1:57:00 point of the following video link he explains the difference between astrology and astronomy and goes on to talk about the meaning of Jewish year 5777 (now just closed). At 2:07:00 he refers to it being a year some Jews are expecting the Messiah to appear, and that “out of all the years this is the three sevens…it is a year of triple completion and according to many Jews they have always said year 777 will be the year of their messiah”. If you may have time and inclination to watch tap/click this image and scroll to 2:07:40 to learn about ‘The Radiant Woman’:
Pastor John follows the dispensational, pre-tribulation school of thought and I’m not entirely convinced that the Rapture will precede a period of the Great Tribulation, but certainly before our extremely patient, long-suffering Father releases His Wrath. Being mainly an American evangelical theological approach some of that school have thought it opens up the possibility of the Rapture happening now!
But its exact timing is not important – the real necessity is to be prepared for the Lord at any and all times.
For those who prefer to read text rather than watch a talk I recommend these articles, especially if you like theological discussion in Nelson’s comments threads:
- Are You Ready?, by Robert Lewis – is the Rapture rapture now or at anytime
- The Sign of Rev 12 by Nelson Walters – introduction and summary of opinions
- Rev 12 & Sept 23 Sign by Nelson Walters – analysis of scripture and timing
- Meaning of the Signs of Rev 12 by Nelson Walters – summary, rapture, dragon
- The Revelation 12 Sign Compendium – full details and analysis of many claims.
Nelson concludes his mini-series, “Although astronomical signs of Rev 12, the Woman and Dragon, in the fall of this year are interesting and have caught the public’s attention, it is doubtful they mean anything at this point. However, if biblical prophecies begin to be fulfilled in the next 30 days, all of us should straighten up and take notice.”
Thus, I informed him about the ‘Peace Day’ and 1Thess5, to which he replied, “That certainly is interesting Richard. I don’t take it as fulfillment yet..” and kindly gave me a couple of references to check as he thinks the Day of the Lord will be towards the end of Daniel’s 70th Week.
In few posts covering the blood moons of 2015 I referred to this celestial event and the two-year lead-in period, about which I’d forgotten and thus wasn’t part of my musings in #1 of this mini-series. If you have time and inclination you may wish to scan-read my: