The Sun, Moon, And 12 Stars; Planet Convergence On September 23, 2017: The Prophetic Importance

COPYRIGHT WARNING

On the afternoon of Sunday, September 10, 2017, I was taking a break from the writing of a new book that I am trying to finish before September 20, 2017. The reason: about a week ago I realized while writing another book, that there have been many stunning events that have taken place in the past couple of years that have caught my attention. For nearly 42 years I have been studying, writing, lecturing, and teaching the prophecies of the Bible, and more specifically, those of the Messiah, Jesus.

I stopped writing and began to compile information for a new book that chronicles the events of the Great Tribulation. On September 21, 2017, the Feast of Rosh Hashannah or Feast of Trumpets begins. I have taught for years that when Jesus returns for His church at the Rapture, it will likely be during the Feast of Trumpets. Jesus perfectly fulfilled the first four feasts; Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Pentecost, on the precise days and in the specific ways that these feasts must be fulfilled. It is certain that when Jesus return for His church, it will be to continue fulfilling the remaining three Feasts: Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles.

After the fourth feast of Pentecost, where Jesus stopped, there is a four month period called the “harvest,” which coincides with the harvest of souls that Jesus described in the Gospels.

Do you not say, “There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!  —John 4:35

This is the period of history when God is offering salvation to the whole world through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When this time is concluded, Jesus will return as He promised, during the Feast of Trumpets and remove, or (gr.) “harpazo,” those who love him, from earth. The reason, God is about to place the world under a time of Tribulation that is unparalleled during the history of the world. The seven year Tribulation Period is specifically intended for the nation of Israel and the Jews. It is the 70th week of Daniel and the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble.” The text of Revelation chapter 12 about the Sun, the Moon, and the 12 Stars, fits with this scenario of an alignment of the planets and Constellation of Virgo, perfectly.

The removal of those who love Jesus, will allow the introduction of the antichirst who will enable Israel to sign a seven year peace treaty with the surrounding Arab nations. This will begin, the seven year Tribulation Period.

Because of many events that have taken place this year and the two years previous to 2017, I felt that 2017 was a very good candidate for the return of Jesus for His church this year at Rosh Hashanah. The events that peaked my interest in 2017 as a candidate for Jesus’ return are all found in the text of Matthew 24, where Jesus stated that certain events would take place in the Last Days that would signal His return. I believe these signs have all come together in the past three years. I will speak more about these subjects in my book.

When I happened upon an article about the convergence of planets on September 23, 2017 as a sign of Jesus return, I was intrigued.

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of 12 stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth … She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.

On September 23, 2017 the sun will be in the zodiac constellation Virgo — “a woman clothed with the sun”. The moon will be at the feet of Virgo — “with the moon under her feet”. The ‘nine’ stars of the zodiacconstellation Leo, plus three planets (Mercury, Venus, and Mars), will be at the head of Virgo — “on her head a crown of 12 stars”. The planet Jupiter will be in the center of Virgo, and, as the weeks pass after September 23, Jupiter will exit Virgo to the east, past her feet, so to speak — “She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth”. Jupiter is the largest of the planets, the “king” of the planets, so to speak — “She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod”.

As I read the conclusions of those who are seeking to understand this planetary alignment with the text of Revelation 12,  I realized that they do not know the things that I know about the Sun, Moon, and 12 Stars of Revelation chapter 12. While many of the conclusions are close, none are the true conclusions that the Bible presents. With this in mind, I realized, again, that the completion of my book before September 21, 2017, is even more important than I imagined.

great tribulation the time of the end by robert clifton robinsonAlthough the conclusions of the Revelation 12 Prophecies that have come to the forefront of news today are in error, it is correct that this convergence may be a significant sign of Jesus’ return. The idea of the 12 stars being the 9 stars in the Virgo Constellation, plus 3 planets, is not what the 12 stars of Revelation 12 are speaking of. For these answers we look to the Bible. I will reveal a portion of this information here in this article, the rest to be included in my book on September 20, 2017

“Great Tribulation,” Coming, September 18-20, 2017 at Amazon

The specific events of Revelation 12, and the Prophecy of the the sun, the moon, and 12 stars, in conjunction with the Seven Year Tribulation and how they affect Israel:

In Matthew Chapter 25, Jesus takes detailed steps to inform Israel of what will happen when the beast seizes power over the world. At the beginning of the seven year Tribulation, there will be a peace plan signed by Israel and the surrounding nations. Midway into the seven years, the antichrist (the beast) will break the peace and cause the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel Chapter 9 and Matthew Chapter 24.

An idol of the beast will be placed in the Holy of Holies—in the newly rebuilt temple at Jerusalem. This idol will come to life and command the world to give their worship to the beast. This event is described by Daniel and Jesus as “The Abomination of Desolation.”

And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. —Revelation 13:14-17

Jesus warns Israel, in Matthew 24, that when they hear this command to worship the beast, they should flee Israel as quickly as possible.

Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. —Matthew 24:15

Their journey out of Israel will most likely lead them to the rock city of Petra in Jordan—where the Lord has promised to protect the fleeing inhabitants of Israel during the final three and one half years of the Great Tribulation.

Then the woman (Israel) fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days (3 1/2 years). —Revelation 12:6

During the time of Israel’s flight from Jerusalem, the beast will dispatch his armies to destroy the fleeing Jews. God will supernaturally open a fissure in the earth to swallow the armies of the beast. This miraculous event, by supernatural power from God, will open the eyes of the Jews and cause them to finally receive Jesus as their Messiah.

Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. —Revelation 12:13-16

How do we know that Israel is the woman who is described by this text?

In chapter 12 of the Book of Revelation, John uses the parody of Genesis 37, where Joseph tells his brothers two dreams. In the second dream, Joseph sees the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bow down to him.

Then Joseph dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.” So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?   —Genesis 37:10-11

Joseph believed that God spoke to him through his dreams. It is clear from Jacob’s answer to Joseph’s dream that he also believed that God was speaking to Joseph. We understand by Jacob’s response, who the sun, the moon, and the stars are. The Sun is Jacob, the moon is Rachel, and the twelve stars are the son’s of Jacob; the twelve tribes of Israel. This becomes particularly important when we arrive at the Book of Revelation 12:1-6:

1. 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.
2. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.
3. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.
4. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.
5. She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.
6. Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days. —Revelation 12:1-6

This theme is further developed later, in Revelation 12:13-16

Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. —Revelation 12:13-16

  • The woman: Israel (Revelation 12:1)
  • The Male Child: Jesus, the Messiah (Revelation 12:2)
  • Two wings of a great eagle: Carried by the Lord (Deuteronomy 32:11)
  • The Wilderness: Petra (Isaiah 16:4)
  • A time and times and a half time: 3 ½ years (Daniel 7:25)
  • The serpent or dragon: satan, the beast, the antichrist (Revelation 12:9)
  • The Flood: A great army: “when the enemy comes in like a flood” (Isaiah 59:19).
  • The Earth opened its mouth: A fissure in the earth (Numbers 16:32)

This supernatural event; where God rescues Israel from the armies of the beast, will be viewed by the Jews as a sign from God. They will remember that Jesus spoke these things to them in Matthew chapters 24 and 25, and realized that He is the Messiah. At this time, All Israel will be saved.

It is interesting that the convergence of stars that produced the star the wise men from the East saw, which led them to believe that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, is happening agin in 2017. This event takes place only every 12 years but the fact that it is happening along with this convergence of planets with the Constellation Virgo at this time, is particularly interesting.

Taking into account all of the information that I have regarding the Seven Year Tribulation, The Books of Revelation, Daniel, Zechariah, the Feasts of Israel, The Rapture of the Church, and the four Gentile kingdoms of History that Daniel predicted, this new information from the convergence of planets make September 21-23 a prime candidate for Jesus return for His church.

Because of the nature of the Feast of Rosh Hashanah, we cannot know which of the days Jesus may come on that Feast day, but we can know that the signs we are seeing around the world—and they are many—tell us that September 21-23 are the best candidates for the return of Jesus in 2017 that I have ever seen in my 42 years of studying these events.

I will post updates here while I am finishing my book that is specifically about these events.

Post Update: September 11, 2017

Information regarding the true meaning that God gave the stars

Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season?  —Job 38:32

The “Mazzaroth” is the Hebrew name for the 12 constellations that are commonly known as the signs of the Zodiac. Although satan has corrupted the original purpose of these stars, which was to show the glory of God, they still maintain their original Hebrew names. Each one of these names were given by God, and each name carries a specific meaning. When these names are recited together, they amazingly reflect the story of the Christian gospel.

Since God is the Creator of all the stars and calls each one by name, it is possible that He has a special purpose in the naming of these stars.

He numbers all of the stars; he calls them all by name.[2]  —Psalms 147:4

David wrote that the heavens declare and speak a message from God.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork. 2 Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night shows knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.  —Psalms 19:1-3

From the beginning of the oral tradition of the Hebrews, when the scriptures were first memorized and repeated to each generation, there was a gospel message that was recorded in the names of the twelve constellations of the Mazzaroth.[3] I am not speaking of Astrology, which came much later, but the original names that God gave the stars that are in these twelve constellations.

The following list has—first, the secular names for each of the twelve constellations; second, the name given to them by God; and third, the meaning of each name:

Virgo – Bethulah – Virgin, seed of a woman
Libra – Mozanaiun – Man insufficient, unable to pay the price
Scorpio – Akrab – The Dragon underfoot, seeking to destroy
Sagittarius – Kesith – One with two natures (God/man), conquering
Capricorn – Gedi- The Lamb’s Atonement for the Redeemed
Aquarius – Deli – Living Water poured on the redeemed
Pisces – Dagim – The Redeemed blessed, though bound
Aries – Taleh – The Lamb that was slain
Taurus – Shur,Reem – The Messiah coming to rule
Gemini – Thaumim – The two natures of the King: God and man
Cancer – Al Sartan – The Possession (Church) held fast
Leo – Arieh – The Lion destroying the serpent

The story that is told by the names that God gave these stars is often referred to as the “Gospel in the Stars.” I have studied this phenomenon for years and cannot say whether there is merit to this idea. What we do see in the names that God gave to each star is that these names have been known by many nations over thousands of years. When we say the names with their meaning from God, we do see a story that is being told by the total of the constellations.

The apparent story of these 12 constellations is as follows: Genesis 3:15, God promises that a Savior will come from the Seed of a woman, terminology that requires a virgin to have the seed apart from a man, The dragon is representative of the devil who seeks to destroy the plan of God to send a Savior by covering up or obscuring the plan. The one with two nature, Jesus the Messiah, come to earth with two natures; both God and man. He is the Lamb of God who makes atonement for sin by His death on the cross. Fifty days after the resurrection, the Lamb poured out the Holy Spirit on the waiting disciples in the upper room, the redeemed. Though the blessed and redeemed are bound by earth for the time being, they are blessed because they have their salvation and are ready for heaven. The lamb who was slain is the reason for their redemption, He is the Messiah who will come again at the end of the seven year Tribulation to rule over the kingdom of His father , David.. He is both King and God, while being a man. The possession of the Lamb is His church whom the Lion of the tribe of Judah, destroyed the serpent during His death on the cross and defeated sin and death forever,

If the Mazzaroth (12 Constellations) does in fact tell the gospel of Jesus Christ,  this would be a stunning revelation of the words that God spoke to Job, that He “brings out the Mazzaroth in its season.”

There is a subtle hint when the Lord told Abraham to number the stars, that is often missed. Many, including myself, who spend their lives studying the Bible, see that there is much more here in Genesis 15:5, than the Lord simply instructing Abraham to try and count stars. Counting stars could not save anyone. All people, for all time, are saved in the exact same way; by believing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Either by looking forward from the Old Testament to the coming of the Messiah, or by looking back from the New Testament to the arrival of the Messiah, we are all saved in the same way. The Gospel is taught in the Old Testament, by this verse here in Genesis 15:5 as one of the first places in the Bible where the plan of salvation is revealed.

In the Hebrew language that Genesis 15:5 was originally written, it is possible that God is asking Abraham to tell the story of the stars. God created the stars to speak forth a message that there is one God who made all that we can see. It appears from the scriptures that this plan of salvation may have been known very early in the oral traditions of the Jews—through the names which God had given to certain stars.

Then the LORD brought Abraham outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count (number or tell the story of) the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”  —Genesis 15:5

The words count, tell, and number are all english words that can be translated from the Hebrew word sephar, which means: to mark, to list in sequence, to make a role call or to tell a story.

It is possible that the Lord is asking Abraham to list the stars in the sequence that they appear as twelve individual constellations which can be seen each month, during the twelve months of the year, and describe the story that is understood by their names. David in writing Psalm 147, said that when God counts the number of the stars, He calls them all by name.

“He counts the number of the stars; he calls them all by name.”  —Psalm 147:4

It is interesting that the language of Psalm 147:4, is almost identical to that of Genesis 15:5: Count the stars if you are able to number them…

The names for all of the stars in the universe, were given by God. He named each star, and each name has a particular meaning.[4]

Whether the names of these stars are actually defined in this manner, is still under debate. There are many credible scholars who believe that the names for these stars, handed down in the oral tradition, are absolutely reliable. There are also many who do not hold this view, although their opinions seem to me, to originate from a bias that they could not be reliable, instead of examining the evidence of history and allowing the facts to dictate opinions and conclusions.

The ancient world did not have the ability to write, publish, and distribute materials to the masses, relied on the oral tradition. More than the telling of stories, the oral tradition was a major part of education and viewed as essential to conveying the facts of history—which required preservation. In the Hebrew oral tradition, teachers memorized entire books, by simply listening to them being spoken over and over. Students were taught to memorize everything that their teachers said or taught. When accounts of what God had said were being revealed, students memorized these accounts word for word. These student were later tested for accuracy by recounting what they had learned—back to their teachers. In this early world before the distribution of books, this was considered the greatest and most important part of their life as followers of God. Because of their high regard for the oral tradition used by those who memorized the words of God, we have great confidence today that what is written in the Old Testament scriptures are absolutely reliable and are an accurate account of the true words of God.[5]

It is well understood today that the oral traditions of the Jews were also highly respected during the early days of the Christian church. Regarded as authentic and reliable, the oral tradition continued during the time of Jesus’ ministry here on the earth. Because of the high esteem attached to the memorization of scripture and the retelling of God’s word—orally, the writers of the New Testament continued this extreme desire for accuracy in recording the events of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. These were honest men who were radically changed by their new relationship with Jesus and considered their honesty is accurately describing what Jesus had said and done as their highest priority. For this reason, the Gospel accounts of Jesus are considered—today, absolutely reliable and credible accounts of the actual events which took place in the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.[6]

The telling of God’s story of redemption was widely known in the ancient world, by the accurate oral record. It is reasonable that what God was requesting of Abraham—to speak what he remembered of this oral tradition—describing God’s redemption, is observed by His request to recount the number of the stars if you are able to number them.

The fact remains that the Lord did not convey to Abraham, righteousness simply because he looked up and counted the stars and then believed that God would make His descendants just an numerous, so that they could not be counted. There is an implied message here that some kind of story existed in the recounting of these stars that both Abraham and God were aware of—which originated from some past oral tradition.

If God was asking Abraham to recount the story that is seen in the names that He gave each of the twelve constellations, He would be telling the Christian Gospel:

A virgin will conceived, Man is insufficient by his sin. A dragon seeking to destroy man, One with two natures of both God and Man will come to conquer the dragon. The Lamb will die for those insufficient by redeeming them. Living water-the Holy Spirit, is poured out on the redeemed. The Redeemed are blessed although they are still bound in mortality and sin. The Lamb that was slain—paid the price for their sins. The Lamb is the Messiah who will rule the universe. The Messiah will be both God and man. The church will be the Messiah’s eternal possession. The Lion of the tribe of Judah will destroy the devil forever.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is accurately told in recounting the meaning of each name that God gave to the twelve constellations. The secular name that is listed first, is insignificant and not important to the designation of God—by which He called each constellation. These secular names were given to the twelve constellations by man, and have a satanic origin. The importance is in the Hebrew names that God gave the twelve constellations, and what each of these names mean.

Abraham understood the Christian Gospel of redemption for the sin of man, long before Jesus arrived. This narrative in the names of the twelve constellations was well known—from the time of Adam, being recounted by each generation.

Jesus told the Pharisees that Abraham saw His day, and he was glad…

Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”  —John 8:56-58

When did Abraham see Jesus day, and by what means? It is certainly reasonable that this account of Genesis 15:5, when God asked Abraham to recount the names of the stars, as well as the time when Melchizedek came out to meet Abraham as the Priest of God—fulfills this timeline described by Jesus. Many Bible teachers such as myself, believe that Melchizedek was the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ as He appeared in the Old Testament. If Genesis 15:5 can be attributed to John 8:56-58; Abraham rejoiced to see me day and he saw it, then it is certainly possible that the One speaking to Abraham in this verse of Genesis; Look now toward heaven, and count (number or tell the story of) the stars if you are able… was also the pre-incarnate Jesus, speaking to Abraham.

What Abraham believed, and then conveyed to his son Isaac, has been passed down to all of us. If we believe that Jesus died for our sins; according to the Old Testament Prophecies, and rose from the dead; according to those prophecies—then we have eternal life. This book is the record of these events, with their New Testament Fulfillment.

If you are living and trusting in Jesus Christ today as your Lord and Savior, then you are one of those included—as the descendants of Abraham and Isaac. You might not be a Jew. You may not be able to trace your ancestry back to Abraham. If however, you have the same reliance upon what God said, concerning salvation and eternal life, which Abraham also believed, then you are grafted into the line and lineage of Abraham.

Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.  —Romans 4:16

Someday, when we arrive in heaven and all the trials and burdens of this life are over, we will be gathered together into one family, as those who have lived their lives by faith. The number of us will be so great, we will be as the stars of heaven, too great to number.

Update: September 11, 6:05 am

—The convergence of planets on September 23, 2017 and the same convergence during the birth of Jesus.

The Star of Bethlehem

What was the star or sign in the heavens which led this entourage of astrologers to believe that the Messiah had been born in Bethlehem? What did they see? What were they following? Astronomers and other experts have proposed a variety of objects which they claim could have been the Christmas star.

Some claim that the star—which the Magi saw, was a Comet, an exploding star, or a grouping of planets. Others suggest that the star that was observed was a miracle created especially by God for this occasion.

Today, by the use of computer models of the Stars and planets, Astronomers can look backwards into the past history of the heavens and see what the stars and planets looked like 2,000 years ago. Experts simply run a computer program of the current movement of the stars and planets, in reverse, back to the point of past history that they want to observe.⁠[6]

It is reasonable that the Star of Bethlehem could be observed by sky watchers elsewhere in the world, not only by the Magi. Although the men are known as wise men or kings, they were actually priests who relied on astrology.

Between September of 3 B.C. and June of 2 B.C., Jupiter passed by the star Regulus in the constellation Leo. Jupiter reversed itself and then passed Regulus again, turning back to pass the star a third time. This was a remarkable event since astrologers considered Jupiter the “Kingly Planet” and regard Regulus as the “Kings Star.”⁠[7]

The crowning touch came on June 17, when Jupiter seemed to approach—so close to Venus, that even without magnification, the two stars looked like a single star with greatly increased brilliance.

This whole sequence of events could have been “signs” enough for at least three astrologers to go to Jerusalem and ask Herod: “Where is He that is born King of the Jews, for we have seen his star in the east and are come to worship him.”

Years ago, I presented a study based on the work of Frederick Larson in his presentation of “The Star of Bethlehem,”⁠[8] which I feel is the best theory for what the wise men saw.
What was the Star of Bethlehem? Was it just a legend? Was it a Miracle? Was it a real astronomical event that actually happened when Jesus was born?

The Old Testament scriptures describe the stars as declaring God’s glory and and His handiwork.

Psalms 19:1 (Declares) The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.

Psalms 36:5 Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens…

Psalms 89:5 And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD…

Proverbs 8:27 When He prepared the heavens, I was there.

Joel 2:30 And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth.

What We Can Assume, Regarding The Star The Magi Saw:

  •  It was something new which had not been seen before.
• The wise men saw it and considered it significant enough to travel a great distance from their homes in the East.
  • The star appeared twice.
 Was the star a single object, or was it two or more objects which were gathered together?
  • We know that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on April 6th 32 A.D.
  • We know that Jesus was 33 ½ years old when He was Crucified.
  • 
This makes the year of Jesus’ birth 3 B.C. 
The sign that the Magi saw in the heavens was certainly not a Comet, as these types of formations were thought to be evil.
  • Was it a Meteor? A Meteor cannot linger over Bethlehem; they are short-lived events.
    Was the object a Supernovae? This is a possibility, except that we have no indications from computer models that a supernovae happened during this time.

This Leaves Only One Possibility:

The Magi were likely Babylonian Astrologers who studied the movements of stars and planets. If we look at the computer models from 2-3 B.C., we see that there is a very exciting possibility.

During this time, there was a conjunction or joining together of two large planets—Venus and Jupiter—which might have looked like one single bright star to anyone observing the night sky at that time. It is interesting that the conjunction of these two stars, which was a sign that a King would be born, was in the constellation of Leo, which from the Biblical account, is a representation of Jesus as the Lion of the tribe of Judah.

[9] Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter
It is common knowledge in the study of Astronomy that as the earth and other planets orbit the sun, they will sometimes come into alignment together in what is called a “conjunction.” When this happens, the planets which are in the same line together, appear to be a single star, even though they may be millions of miles apart.

Near the time of Jesus’ birth on September 29th, 3 B.C., this conjunction or joining together of the large planets Jupiter and Venus, took place at the end of August of that year.

The Magi had their own pagan names for these stars; but to these Astronomers from the East, this would have been a very important alignment. This joining of two stars, along with their study of the Hebrew scriptures, caused these men to believe that the King, the Messiah—the One predicted in the Hebrew Scriptures, was about to be born.

Because the Earth is closer to the sun than Jupiter and Venus, we are moving around the sun and completing our rotation more quickly than Jupiter or Venus. As Earth approaches and overtakes Jupiter, it appears that this extremely large planet is moving backwards, or stopping in the night sky. The same phenomenon occurs when you are traveling down the freeway and your car passes another car. As you look into your rearview mirror, the car which you have passed appears as if it is moving backwards against the background, even though both you and the car are still moving forward.⁠[10]

This is called “Retrograde Motion.”

When Jupiter and Venus aligned themselves near the time of Jesus’ Birth, they appeared to slow down over Bethlehem, stop, and then move again.

Finally, in June of the next year, about the time that the Magi arrived in Jerusalem, Jupiter and Venus—still being close together, appeared as one huge bright light in the night sky. This was most likely what the Magi observed.

These Astronomers from the East saw this alignment of Venus and Jupiter as a sign that the King, predicted in the Old Testament Book of Micah, had arrived (Micah 5:2).

Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.   —Matthew 2:7-10

Of course Herod did not want to worship Jesus. He was in fear that should a new King of the Jews be born, he would lose his title as “King of the Jews.” Herod was so paranoid that someone from his own family would try to take his crown, it was reported that he had his wife and some of his sons killed. It was said of Herod that: “It is safer to be one of Herod’s pigs than one of his sons.”⁠[11]

Notice that this star, as it is in Retrograde motion in verse 9, “came and stood still over the place Jesus was born.”

This is a confirmation that the alignment of Jupiter and Venus, took place and caused this brightness in the night sky. This event was not an actual star; it was the alignment of two very large planets. Jupiter is 318 times the size of the earth. It is interesting that on March 12-13, 2012, both Jupiter and Venus again came very close to each other and created a similar event.⁠[12] Could this be a signal that Jesus is about to return to Earth again?

According to Space.com: “…circumstances involving specific conjunctions between Venus and Jupiter repeat under almost identical conditions after a time span of just over 24 years.” This means that this conjunction has repeated itself 84 times, since Venus and Jupiter aligned themselves to give the Magi a sign that a king was going to be born in Bethlehem. We should understand that the alignment of these two planets did not take place over Bethlehem. The conjunction would appear from earth, looking into space, all over the world. The Magi concluded themselves, that this event signaled that a king would be born in Bethlehem.

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.  —Micah 5:2

Today, we have the technology to confirm, by computer models, that an alignment of Jupiter and Venus occurred on June 27th, 2 B.C. The computer simulations also confirm that between September of 3 B.C. and June of 2 B.C., Jupiter passed by the star Regulus in the constellation Leo. It reversed itself and then passed Regulus again, then turned back and passed the star a third time. This is interesting because Jesus was born on September 29, 3 B.C.

Computer models confirm the Biblical account of the star over Bethlehem during that time described in Matthew’s Gospel. This was the sign that the wise men from the East were following, which they believed was an indication that a Great King was about to be born. Today, we know that in the same year of this alignment, Jesus was born on or about September 29th , when this alignment of stars occurred.

See This Link, for the precise date of Jesus birth.

Since Astronomers know today that these events actually happened in past history, as confirmed by computer models, why is it that many skeptics still insist that the person Jesus Christ was not born, did not live, and that the reports of His death and Resurrection were all a contrived hoax? Every year, new discoveries are being made in the fields of Astronomy, Archeology, Science, and Mathematics, that confirm Biblical truths which were written thousands of years ago. Along with these discoveries are the Old Testament Prophecies of this book which prove beyond a shadow of doubt that Jesus Christ is the Messiah promised by God.

The Prophetic Fulfillment of the Seven Feasts of Israel by Jesus

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[1] Imagery copyright 2013 Terrametrics, Map data copyright 2013 Googlemaps GIsrael, ORION-ME, Used by permission under Google permissions: http://www.google.com/permissions/geoguidelines.html
[2] Author’s Translation
[3] Elizabeth Shanks Alexander, The Orality of Rabbinic Writing, in The Cambridge Companion to the Talmud, ed. Martin Jaffee, 2007. p. 39. This is attested to in numerous sources, such as Mishna Avot 1:1. The manner of teaching and memorization is described in B. Eruvin 54b.
[4] The Witness of the Stars, E.W. Bulinger, 1895, ISBN: 1614270783
[5] Rediscovering the Traditions of Israel by Douglas A. Knight 1973. Semeia (1976a), The Hebrew Bible and Its Modern Interpreters (1984) An encyclopedia on oral tradition by Robert E. Coote in 1976 Leander E. Keck, “Oral Traditional Literature and the Gospels: The Seminar” (1978). Werner Kelber’s work (1979, 1983) Güttgemanns (1979, original German 1971)
[5] Gerhadsson, B. (1998). Memory and Manuscript: Oral Tradition and Written Transmission in Rabbinic Judaism and Early Christianity with Tradition aand Transmission in Early Christianity Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
[6] The Handbook of Biblical Chronology, Jack Finegan (Revised Edition; Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 1998) ISBN 1–56563-143–9.
[7] The Bethlehem Star, written by Frederick A. Larson. http://www.bethlehemstar.net
[8] ibid, Star of Bethlehem
[9] Graphic Illustration by Rob Robinson
[10] The Star That Astonished the World, Ernest L. Martin (Second Edition; Portland, Oregon: ASK Publications, 1996) ISBN 0–94-5657–87-0.
[11] Ambrosius Theodosius Macrobius c. 395-423, Saturnalia, book II, chapter IV:11: “Cum audisset inter pueros quos in Syria Herodes rex Iudaeorum intra bimatum iussit interfici filium quoque eius occisum, ait: Melius est Herodis porcum esse quam filium,”
[12] http://www.space.com/14852-venus-jupiter-alignment-facts.html