Course #2 – Advanced Obscurity Moses went from the penthouse to the outhouse. A somebody to a nobody. Moses was overconfident. The remedy for overconfidence – obscurity. Midian is a barren area without restaurants, servants and chariots. It is a great place to learn obscurity. In 40 years of obscurity, solitude and quietness, God rebuilt Moses from the inside out. Illustrations- Elijah had his Tishbia and Beersheba, Jesus had His wilderness, and Paul had his Arabia. God still enrolls folks in Advanced Obscurity. As we frantically pursue the American Dream, we do not have time for this. That is why God steps in and changes our circumstances. Obscurity is tough, especially when you are in a hurry to climb the corporate ladder. But God wants you to climb the CHARACTER ladder. TRIALS build character. Perhaps it is an obscure job going nowhere; maybe it is an illness that knocked you down and took you from your routine. It is here, that God works on us. But we often do not understand what God is doing, and that leads to our next course:
Course #3 – Remedial Waiting Moses was nearly 40, and in a hurry to get with the program. Peter Marshall states: “We are in such a hurry that we hate to miss one panel of a revolving door.” You and I are in a hurry, and God is not. God does not fax character to us overnight. It takes a lot of time to build character. Can you believe God took 40 years to build character into the life of Moses? Most of us want character in 40 minutes. Moses was in a hurry to deliver his suffering countrymen, but he overlooked one thing – Character development comes before ministry. Perhaps you are waiting – for a promotion, to conceive a child, waiting for a business to turn around, waiting for employment, for a house to sell, etc., etc. We are right on His schedule. He is working on your character, molding it as He sees the need.
Introduction- At the age of 39, Moses was a man of power, prestige, education, wealth, and a career of unbelievable potential. He was worldly successful. At the age of 40, God called Moses to go back to school. He already had an Egyptian Bachelor of Arts, a Masters Degree, and a PhD as well. Moses lacked an MCA – a Masters in Character Acquisition. It is not an easy degree. People do not sign up for it; events lead to it. Events such as bankruptcy, divorce, moral failure, drug abuse, and major setbacks. It is a tough program consisting of four courses plus God’s electives that He selects. It took 40 years for Moses to graduate. Moses lived to be 120 years old. For his first 40 years he was an unqualified success, for the next 40 years he was an undisputed failure, and for his last 40 years he was fit for the Master’s use. After Moses was a worldly success, God enrolled him for a 40 year course at the University of Midian in the desert. The four courses he took were 1)Unemployment 101, 2)Advanced Obscurity, 3)Remedial Waiting, and 4)Intermediate Loneliness.
Course #1 – Unemployment 101 Moses was a scholar, statesman and a soldier. With these credentials, jobs come looking for you. Moses was a success. He had a Nile beachfront summer home. He was financially well off and living on cruise control. Sudden unemployment had to be a shock to the Golden Boy. He was stunned, hurt, wounded, embarrassed and humiliated. Unemployment 101 is a tough course to take, and attacks a man’s self worth. One has no idea how long this course is going to last. In most courses, you know when the midterm and final exams are coming….and then the class will be over. In Unemployment 101, the professor does not hand out a syllabus signifying the date of the class and the specific teachings. And that is the source of your suffering. How long is this trial going to last? Here is the good news about Unemployment 101. This challenging course will cause you to suffer, but it is the suffering that qualifies you for the ministry. You may think, “I am not in full time ministry!” But if you know Jesus Christ, then you are in the ministry…and it is the suffering that will equip you for the unique task that God has set aside specifically for you. He has not shelved you. He is simply retooling, and you are the tool.
The seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation, chapters 2-3, reveal many characteristics of the church, both good and bad. We can use these churches as a check against our own respective vineyards today, since our churches are similar to the early church. You may see traits of your church in several of these examples. Dr. Henry M. Morris III from the Institute For Creation Research (ICR) wrote the seven sketches of the churches below in the devotional “Days Of Praise.” They are all listed below. Afterwards, enjoy the superb video of The Seven Churches. In Christ, Pastor Steve
by Henry M. Morris III, D.Min. Evidence for Creation
“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; . . . I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:14-16)
The Lord Jesus used intense language to rebuke this church, the last of the seven He had John write to in the book of Revelation. Laodicea was dangerously near the brink of being disavowed by He who is the Head of the church.
Such churches believe they “have need of nothing” (Revelation 3:17). Worldly wealth, extensive property, and popular recognition blinded these members and their leaders to their true spiritual condition. They failed to understand that, from the Lord’s perspective, they are “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17).
The cause of this terrible spiritual destitution is being spiritually tepid. It’s like expecting a glass of cold water or a cup of hot tea but finding everything at room temperature. This church “tasted” just like the world around them. They were neither godly nor in rebellion—just “nice people” who blended in well with the community. Their spiritual reputation did not smell either like life or death (2 Corinthians 2:16).
Despite the Lord’s distaste for such a condition, He loved and counseled them to “buy” from Him the gold of the Kingdom’s true wealth, righteous clothing that would cover their shameful exposure of worldly behavior, and to anoint their spiritual eyes so that they could see eternal values rather than temporal things.
As the Lord graciously closed His letter, He “stands at the door” of the church, waiting for anyone to open and let Him in (Revelation 3:20). Tepid spirituality keeps the Lord outside. What a shame that such could ever be said about any church. HMM III
by Henry M. Morris III, D.Min. Evidence for Creation
“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; . . . I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” (Revelation 3:7-8)
Philadelphia and Smryna are the only churches that did not receive warnings from the Lord in the seven letters recorded in Revelation. Philadelphia had “a little strength” because they had built their church on the two foundations of the Word of God and the name of the Lord Jesus.
The foundation of Jesus Christ Himself (1 Corinthians 3:11) and the foundation of the writings of the “apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 2:20) that are inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16) make the church “the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15). Philadelphia had faithfully held these eternal principles and was therefore given an “open door.”
The Lord’s introduction to Philadelphia cites the “Key of David,” suggesting a reference to the treasure house of the king (1 Kings 7:51) and to Christ’s authority as the heir to the kingdom (Isaiah 22:22). The treasure of the eternal Kingdom is not physical riches but the gold, silver, and precious stones of God-ordained work for the Kingdom (1 Corinthians 3:12-13).
But just as the talents and the pounds granted to the servants in the parables (Matthew 25; Luke 19), the open door is an opportunity to use the resources of the King for His benefit—not a guarantee of success. The Lord grants the resources, but the work and the use of those resources are our responsibility. We will be held accountable.
If we use those resources well, even those of the “synagogue of Satan” will “come and worship” (Revelation 3:9) and “every tongue [will] confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:11). HMM III
by Henry M. Morris III, D.Min. Evidence for Creation
“And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.” (Revelation 3:1)
The church at Sardis received the saddest of the Lord’s seven letters in Revelation. Sardis seemed to want to remain known as a “live” church, but the Lord saw their real testimony and reputation and concluded that they were “dead.” Many such places around the world today are enshrined with stained glass, statuary, crosses, and inscriptions that have the “name” of Christianity emblazoned throughout their property, yet they are dead spiritually. Such churches might be compared to the monuments and gravestones erected in cemeteries to honor the memories of faithful men and women of past generations who were alive for a time with a solid reputation for godliness yet whose families have drifted away from the Lord.
Yet, “even in Sardis” there was a small number who had remained faithful in spite of the drift of the church itself, as there are also in families now adrift but with a Christian heritage. The advice to Sardis (and certainly to families as well) is this: “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent” (Revelation 3:3).
The Philippian church received the same counsel: “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you” (Philippians 4:9). The verb is “do.” Heritage is wonderful, but each church—and each of us—will be held accountable for what is actually done. HMM III
by Henry M. Morris III, D.Min.
Evidence for Creation
“And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; . . . I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee.” (Revelation 2:18-20)
The Lord Jesus’ letter to the church at Thyatira is the longest among the seven recorded in Revelation. Although they were faithful in their works to the city, had a strong charity among themselves, and were evidently growing in their reputation and perhaps even in number, the Lord Jesus used some very harsh language to rebuke their behavior.
Whether or not the woman who held influence in the church was actually named Jezebel, she had entrenched herself as a prophetess. Her namesake in the Old Testament (1 Kings) was the wicked queen and wife of King Ahab of Israel during the days of Elijah. Her evil deeds are recorded throughout seven chapters—more than any other woman in Israel’s history!
The Jezebel of Thyatira had been allowed “to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols” (Revelation 2:20). It is not clear if the Lord spoke of physical fornication among the church members, but the practice of sacrificing to idols was a serious rebellion against the second commandment and a clear violation of God’s Word (Exodus 20:4-5).
Those who were committing “adultery with her” (Revelation 2:22) had entered into “the depths of Satan” (Revelation 2:24). Whether this behavior was a physical practice or not (as was common among the pagan religions of the day), it is most certainly identified as spiritual adultery when those who name the name of Christ worship other gods (Jeremiah 3:1, 20; Hosea 9:1; etc.). May God protect us from such horrible leadership. HMM III
by Henry M. Morris III, D.Min.
Evidence for Creation
“And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; . . . I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith . . . . But I have a few things against thee.” (Revelation 2:12-14)
Retaining a clear identity as a church of the Lord Jesus in an evil environment is worthy of commendation. And indeed, this body of believers at Pergamos held fast to its Christian name—even in a city that was known (at least by God) as the place where Satan had his “seat.” One of their members, Antipas, was killed for his faith. Yet, the church at Pergamos remained faithful with a spiritual testimony, a small light in a sea of wickedness.
But perhaps because of the pressure surrounding them, the Lord warned them that they were allowing two destructive doctrines to flourish among them. The first was compromising with “wages of unrighteousness,” exemplified by Balaam, which had become entrenched among the church (2 Peter 2:15). The second was the “doctrine of the Nicolaitanes,” which their sister church in Ephesus also confronted (Revelation 2:15, 6).
Balaam was a well-known prophet who willingly accepted an assignment with an enemy of God’s people so that he could receive a large sum of money (Numbers 22). And, even though God would not permit Israel to be cursed, as the enemy wanted, Balaam continued to promote his “error,” and Israel lapsed into grave sin (Jude 1:11).
Not much is written in Scripture about the Nicolaitanes. The word basically means “conquer the people.” This early teaching developed into a strong hierarchy of church polity over the next decades, and by the end of the second century, it was well established in the major cities. Jesus taught against such leadership (Matthew 20:26-27) and clearly said that He hated it (Revelation 2:6). HMM III
by Henry M. Morris III, D.Min.
Evidence for Creation
“And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; . . . I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) . . . . Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer . . . be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” (Revelation 2:8-10)
The Lord Jesus recognized this struggling church, which is not mentioned anywhere else in the New Testament, as one of only two churches mentioned in the book of Revelation that did not receive any warning or condemnation.
He saw them very differently than our “church growth” movement might today. Many tend to envy the churches with big auditoriums or grand building programs. Most of the world praises those churches that are “emerging” from the restraints of godliness and churches that are “driven” to attract and please the ungodly.
Smyrna was poor, troubled by those who hated God’s message, and suffered tribulation for their works. Some were thrown into prison for their willingness to be identified with the truth. Generations have passed since anything like that has happened to churches in the Western world. Those countries that persecute Christians today seem only like scattered incidents that have little bearing on the day-to-day life of “civilized” nations. May God protect us from such attitudes.
But the One who walks among the “candlestick” churches of Revelation (His churches) saw Smyrna as rich and worthy of a crown of life. He praised this little church and encouraged them to remain “faithful unto death” (Revelation 2:10). When the King gives out His rewards from the great judgment seat, these faithful, poor, persecuted, troubled, and imprisoned souls will enter eternity with great riches and joyful liberty in the “general assembly and church of the firstborn” (Hebrews 12:23). HMM III
by Henry M. Morris III, D.Min.
Evidence for Creation
“Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write;. . . I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars.” (Revelation 2:1-2)
This church, founded by the apostle Paul, had grown in its doctrinal precision and careful attention to the words of Scripture. They were intensely focused on purity of leadership and were vigilant against any form of false teaching. Most of us would find that kind of church a refreshing example to follow in these days of indifferent (and often heretical) theology.
They hated the “deeds of the Nicolaitanes,” which was a horrible practice that the Lord Himself hated (Revelation 2:6). Peter had warned against this domineering attitude in his first general letter to the churches when he insisted that the elders of the churches should not be “lords over God’s heritage, but [be] ensamples to the flock” (1 Peter 5:3).
Ephesus was a “good” church, but the risen Lord Jesus had “somewhat against” them. Apparently, amid all of their careful attention to doctrine and to purity of leadership lifestyle, they had “left [their] first love” (Revelation 2:4). They had fallen from the deep bond of love they had demonstrated years earlier when Paul called the elders to Miletus to encourage and exhort them to remain faithful to “all the counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). They were so much in tune with Paul’s heart for the gospel that they “all wept sore, and fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him” (Acts 20:37).
The drift away from that “first love” was so serious that the Lord warned Ephesus to repent or He would take away their “candlestick” (Revelation 2:5)—their authority to represent Christ as one of His churches. Cold, precise doctrine must never take away our love for people or for the truth. HMM III
Jeff Swanson interviewed by Doug Hagmann and Joe Hagmann
Jeff Swanson has a website planbible.com It is his life work that produced a chronological Bible that is in order verse by verse. It is the only one of its kind.
Where are we in the prophetical time line? Jeff believes the signs at the end times will intensify and occur in rapid order within a relatively brief period of time.
Are we seeing prophecy fulfilled everyday in the headlines? Yes. They are not single events, but merging patterns and seasons. The Middle East is falling together. Nations are becoming antisemitic and standing against Israel. Genesis 12:3 “I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee.” When the United States went against Israel, the Lord allowed us to be punished in the exact same amount through Hurricane Katrina.
There are 800 prophecies/verses that have been fulfilled in the Bible. There are 2,500 prophecies/verses yet to be fulfilled.
Jeff Swanson’s studies of the Bible and his expertise in mathematics have enabled him to date key Biblical events. Consider the following:
Using the Julian, Gregorian and Jewish calendars, Jeff Swanson completed 66 calculations and arrived at a creation date of 3960 B.C. Jeff agreed with the famous Archbishop James Ussher (author of Annals of the World) on all but two calculations. They arrived at creation dates only 44 years apart. Ussher’s date of creation is 4004 B.C.
Jeff Swanson’s other dates are:
Date of Christ’s birth: September 11, 3 B.C. (Julian Calendar)
Christ’s Crucifixion: April 3, 33 A.D. (Julian Calendar
Christ’s Crucifixion: April 1, 33 A.D. (Gregorian Calendar)
Jeff Swanson advised Christians that the Lord has placed each of us within a particular sphere of influence. We are to be faithful to the people who God has placed in our lives. We are touching more people than we realize. After we leave this earth, the Lord will use the legacy of our lives to continually touch people in a powerful way that we do not fully understand. [This was one of the most profound statements that I ever heard in a prophecy conference. The interviewers, Haggman and Hagmann were touched by it as well].
Listen below to Eric Hovind and Paul Taylor interview Jeff Swanson about the same subjects discussed above:
The rabiis, or Orthodox Jews, wear their hair very short with a long, long strand near the ear. It would be interesting to find out why. They are probably trying to fulfill a law of theirs. On the way to our first stop, Pastor Grimes told us that it hardly ever rains at the Dead Sea.
Our first stop entailed a visit to an Israeli shrine in commemoration of the Jewish Holocaust. The question remains, was the Holocaust God’s push of the Jews into the Holy Land? First of all, we saw the Israeli military cemetery. We saw many stones representing the war in 1948, when 650,000 Jews had a six month war with the Arabs and lost 6,000 people. The Israeli national movement is called the Zionist Movement, named after Mount Zion, or Jerusalem. Other stones were from soldiers who died in 1967. (the Six Day War). Next, we proceeded to the Memorial to the Holocaust. One and one half million children were killed. Seventy two hundred (7,200) Jewish people escaped from Denmark to Sweden. We saw pictures of gas chambers in Poland. Death and Concentration Camps were all over Europe. The hair and gold teeth were extracted from the Jews and used in the war effort. The Holocaust is one reason the Jews go to Mount Masada and vow they will never surrender, but fight to the death, This entire Memorial is a good reminder of the wretchedness of the heart of man.
Next, we looked at the Dead Sea Scrolls. We saw part of the book of Isaiah in the Hebrew Aramaic. It was discovered Qumran in 1947, and it dates to about 100 B.C. It was made by the famous Essenes. Then we saw the Temple Scroll. The Temple Scroll is God teaching the Torah in the first person. We saw the Manuel of Discipline – the regulations of the Essenes. We saw the War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness. The biggest blessing, however, was to see a scroll of Isaiah dated 100 B.C., and filled with the prophecies of Jesus Christ! (examples: Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, chapter 53, etc.) We saw the Nahum Commentary which identified the Essenes. We saw the scrolls of forty one of the Psalms, including the apocryphal One Hundred and Fifty First Psalm. We saw the jars which held the Dead Sea Scrolls. We looked at the old marriage contract, a divorce bill, business letters (selling dates and fruits), and a social letter. The Bar Kokhba revolt of 132-135 was the last revolt of the Jews against the Romans. This was mentioned in a social letter. Over seven hundred scrolls and parchments have been found around Qumran.
Now we proceeded to Hezekiah’s Tunnel. We entered the Hinnom Valley, filled with olive trees. Then we came to the Kidron Valley. Hezekiah’s Tunnel is almost one half a mile long, and is a tremendous engineering feat. There were many residences right outside the tunnel, where donkeys worked right at the tunnel site, and children rode the donkeys. The tunnel consisted of two parts: 1) The original Canaanite Shaft and 2) Hezekiah’s Tunnel into David’s city. We saw the entrance to Hezekiah’s Tunnel – dated 750 B.C. Then we saw where David found the shaft, near the tunnel, which he used to enter Jerusalem around 1000 B.C. We walked up Mount Ophel – David’s city was a steep hill which was surrounded by valleys, the Kidron and Tyropoeon Valleys. The shaft and the tunnel diverted water from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam at the south end of David’s city. When David took Jerusalem, Joab went up the Canaanite Shaft in order to open the gate for David and his men. Because of what he did, Joab received one of David’s daughters in marriage.
We noticed that Muslims paint their doors in relation to their “status” in faith. A red door, for instance, means they went to Mecca. There is no end to the customs and oddities in this land.
From our location in Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the ancient walls of the city of David could be seen. We observed the Pool of Siloam, which was the water receiving area for David’s Jerusalem. Swimmers were seen who entered the Pool of Siloam, having gone through Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Nearby, are the traditional sites of the tombs of both Jehosephat and Zedekiah. They are not one hundred per cent positive about the authenticity of these tombs. There is more certainty however, about the tomb of Absalom.
Today is Friday, the Muslim Holy Day, and the soldiers were equipped with sticks and riot gear.
Next, we saw Zedekiah’s Cave or Solomon’s Quarries, a mountain where rock and stone was cut out for the temple. It was a hollowed out mountain, a huge and vast cave opening into an amphitheater. It kept going down deeper and deeper. Ton upon ton of rocks were removed. The traditional site of Golgotha or Calvary was seen across the street from Zedekiah’s Cave. This was a Muslim area and we could not go there. We noticed military halftracks and troops in the area.
On the way to Bethlehem, we passed another of Herod’s fortresses in the distance. It was the Herodium, a man made mountain where Herod flashed signals from, way out in the desert. (Because of his paranoia over assasination attempts, King Herod slept in a different place every night). His tomb could be in this fortress which is noted for its flat top, looking like a volcanic mountain from a distance. We passed Rachel’s tomb in Bethlehem off the main street.
For lunch, we went into St. George’s Arab Restaurant in Bethlehem. An Arab waiter attempted to take away my salad while I was eating it. Pastor Grimes was seated next to me and quickly took the waiter to task, straightening out his decorum. We had lamb shiskabob, and it was good. Speaking of Arab and custom, I would like to mention that the Arab toilet we saw near Petra, was in a large room, and on the floor. I was totally mesmerized when I first saw it. One would perform their bodily functions before a crowd. Unbelievable.
We walked over to the Church of the Nativity after lunch. This is the traditional birth place of Jesus Christ. The church is built on a cave. The only entrance, the front door, was short so camels could not walk in. The cave was charcoal black, due to many people bringing in torches and candles. The 1)Greek Orthodox, 2)Armenian, 3)and Roman Catholic all control this church, each with their own section. A Greek Orthodox Priest, dressed in black, rang bells filled with smoky incense all over the church – making it “holy.” Many of us gagged and coughed because of the smoke. The church goes back to the 5th Century and is rugged looking, like a fortress. The church has the original Byzantine 5th Century floor, Muslim columns, and Crusader decorations on the walls. Another cave or manger was on the other side. After leaving the Greek Orthodox Church, we entered the Catholic section. This was a very ritualistic church.
Now we proceeded toward the shepherd’s fields. There was a natural cave in these fields, and there were many shepherd’s fields to be seen in the area. These fields were similar to, and may have actually been, the fields that Ruth worked in and Boaz owned. Beth-lehem means “house of bread.” There are wheat fields and shepherd’s fields all around the town, hence the name. From Bethlehem, we had a breath-taking view of the mountains of Moab, across the desert and the Dead Sea. Moab, we know, was where Ruth came from, and the country originated between Lot and one of his daughters.
We then saw a beautiful panoramic view of Jerusalem from the south. We could observe David’s city at Mount Ophel up the middle, the Mount of Olives was seen on the right, and Mount Zion was on the left. The valleys are as follows: the Kidron Valley bears off to the right, the Tyropoeon Valley goes to the left, and the Hinnom Valley can be found in the middle. We could oberve the ever present Dome of the Rock in the middle also, above the Hinnom Valley.
Next, we went through the Hinnom Valley in Jerusalem – also called Gehenna because it was a trash dump where “the fire never went out.” The word Gehenna, of course, refers to burning. The never ending burning of hell.
We went to a store in Jerusalem belonging to a gentleman named Was-Was. Along the way we smelled the aroma of many good Arabic foods. Haggling is common place in Jerusalem, as you can bargain with people. For a reasonable price, I bought two brass candlesticks for my wife, and an olive wood donkey to add to our collection of over twenty donkeys at home.
Exact Birthdate for Christ Discovered?
December 09 2016
Written by: J.R. Church
Published in December 1992
A precise astronomical date may be the subject of a “great wonder in heaven” recorded in Revelation 12:1-5 for the birth of Christ. Yet, no earlier theologians have ever bothered to study it enough to determine its meaning – until now!
Recently, I received a study on the subject by Bob Schlenker of Christian Research Ministry. As I listened to his lecture, I realized the importance of his find. The scene in Revelation 12 is that of a woman, great with child, clothed in the sun, with the moon under her feet-and upon her head a crown of 12 stars.
It’s really very simple, yet all have overlooked its significance unto now. The woman not only represents Israel and Mary, but is found among the sun and moon, and crowned with 12 stars. The woman is a star group-a constellation-it is Virgo!
Every year, Virgo is “clothed with the sun” in September. The moon under her feet would occur on the night or the new moon. Therefore, The woman gave birth to the son of God on the night of Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the month of Tishri.
It is called the Feast of Trumpets in the Mosaic Law. First, let’s observe the passage of Scripture in question:
“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…
“And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne” (Revelation 12: 1-2,5).
Why no one had ever seen this astronomical sign before is amazing to me. Some years ago, I had become convinced that Christ was born on Rosh Hashanah because of various events that are listed in the Gospels. Now, I have seen a verse in Revelation 12 that confirms my theory!
Though Christ was not born on Christmas Day, do not despair. I am convinced that He was conceived in the womb of Mary on December 25! Here is why I believe that.
Luke 1:5,6 (KJV) “There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God…”
In Luke 1:5-25, Zacharias, of the course of Abia (Abijah), is visited by Gabriel as he performs his duties in the Temple. We can date the time of his visitation by following the courses of the Jewish priesthood.
The priesthood was divided into 24 groups or courses (I Chronicles 24: 7-18). Abijah was the eighth course. Throughout the year, each group of priests took their turns with the daily administration of liturgy (a fixed set of religious worship or ceremonies) in the Temple. Each group served for one week.
Therefore, it can be determined that sometime around late May or early June (eight weeks after the first new moon of spring), Zacharias entered the Temple to put incense upon the golden altar and had his encounter with Gabriel. After his tour of duty, he went home and presented the good news to his aged wife!
When she was six months along bearing John (the Baptist), Gabrielwent down to the little village of Nazareth to visit Mary, a virgin who was a royal descendant of King David. Mary received her good news of bearing the Son of God, sometime around the last week of December!
John was born on Passover that following spring, and Christ was born six months later on Rosh Hashanah!
Luke 2 (The birth of Jesus) dates the birth to a taxing of the people by Caesar Augustus. Such a tax would likely be collected immediately following the close of a year. Rosh Hashanah in September is celebrated as New Years Day in the Jewish calendar.
A Crown of Twelve Stars
Well, it seems fairly certain that we have locked in the birthday for Christ, but what about the crown of 12 stars in the head of Virgo. Could that give us a clue to the very year for the Birth of Christ?
Various theologians have tried to date His birth anywhere from 1 to 4 B.C. to as early as 7 B.C. However, I would like to offer my calculation for your consideration.
As I was thinking about the crown of 12 stars in the head of Virgo, I searched the list of possibilities and could only come up with one candidate.
There are only 7 lights in the heavens that move through the constellations. They are the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. The days of our week are named after these 7 wanderers.
Only one planet could possibly fit the description of a “crown with 12 stars.” From ancient times, Jupiter has been regarded as the royal planet-the king of the pantheon of planets. Furthermore, Jupiter has 12 moons! And takes 12 years to orbit the sun.
Jupiter spends an entire year in each of 12 constellations until it repeats the cycle all over again. For example, moving out of Leo, Jupiter enters into the head of Virgo. Then, slowly, as the year progresses, it moves across the body and exits out her feet.
Only once every 12 years will Jupiter be found in the head of Virgo. But rarely will we find Jupiter in the head of Virgo when she is clothed with the sun and the moon directly under her feet!
I called Bob Schlenker and asked him to crank up his computer program on astronomy and tell me in what year Jupiter would be found in the head of Virgo on the evening when the sun was in Virgo and the moon was under her feet.
He has one of those computer programs that can tell you precisely where any heavenly body can be found from any location on our planet at any time from 4,000 B.C. to 10,000 A.D.
It took him about 5 minutes to pinpoint the exact date recorded in the story of Revelation 12:1-5. He found Jupiter in the head of Virgo with the sun clothing the constellation and the moon under her feet on September 28, 2 B.C. The moon was .01 degrees from the sun. On the next evening, September 29, the moon was .04 degrees from the sun and moving into Libra.
Therefore, the date of 2 B.C. seems more likely to me to be the year for the birth of Christ than any other suggested date. Though calendars may change, the movement of the heavens are constant enough to give us a precise accounting of ancient events.
The gestation period for the birth of a human child is 280 days. That corresponds to 40, the number of testing, times 7, the number of perfection (40 X 7=280).
According to my calculations, there are 280 days from evening of December 24, 3 B.C., to the following September 28, 2 B.C., offering a perfect gestation period for our Savior’s birth in Bethlehem.
Why did I choose the evening of December 24? Because, in the Jewish calendar, December 25 begins at sunset on the 24th. By the way, Jupiter again appeared in the head of Virgo on Rosh Hashanah, September 28, 1992! Could that be a sign that the rest of the story in Revelation 12 is about to unfold?
The Star of Bethlehem
The December 1991 edition of Sky and Telescope Magazine discussed a triple conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in the October 16th pre-dawn sky, suggesting a possible connection with the star of Bethlehem viewed by the wise men.
The remarkable coincidence about this particular triple conjunction is that these two planets met each other in the sky during 1990-1991 on about the same calendar dates as they did 2,000 years ago.
In 3 B.C., about the same period of time when Christ was born, the two planets met on August 12. The following year (2 B.C.) they met again on June 17. Their third meeting in the sky came only a few months later, October14, 2 B.C.
Though there have been other triple conjunctions of Venus and Jupiter over the centuries, they did not occur on or near the same calendar dated until 1990-1991. The first conjunction occurred on August 12, 1990. The second happened on June 17, 1991, and the third meeting in the heavens was observed on October 16, 1991. Or was it a triple conjunction of planets?
German Astronomer, Johannes Kepler
In 1603, the German astronomer Johannes Kepler referred to a triple conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Saturn in the days of Jesus’ birth and suggested that they might be the Bethlehem star seen by the Magi. Such a triple conjunction did occur in the months of May, October, and December, 7 B.C.
Furthermore, according to his calculations, Kepler wrote that conjunctions of Jupiter and Saturn coincided with each climactic event in human affairs, including the flood of Noah and the births of Enoch, Moses, Cyrus, and Charlemagne.
In 1480 the Jewish Rabbi, Abarbanel, suggested that such conjunctions of Jupiter and Saturn always betoken some great event or beginning in human affairs.
Because a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn occurred in the year 1480, Abarbanel predicted the coming of the Jewish Messiah.
Well, the Messiah did not come in the months following the 1480 conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. But, 12 years later, in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue and discovered America!
Perhaps Abarbanel’s suggestion that the conjunctions “always betoken some great event or beginning in human affairs” came to pass after all!
According to Flavius Josephus, the Jewish historian who lived and wrote 2,000 years ago, a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn attended the birth of Moses.
It is written that the Egyptian astrologers reported their sighting to Pharaoh and warned him that the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn foretold the birth of a child among the Jews who, if allowed to live, would bring the Egyptian dominion very low, excel in virtue and glory, exalt the children of Israel to power and honor, and be remembered throughout all ages.
According to Josephus, it was on this premise that Pharaoh gave the order to slay every male child among the Jewish people.
If conjunctions of Jupiter and Saturn attended the birth of Moses, the flood of Noah, the birth of Christ, the birth of Charlemagne, and the discovery of America, could they indeed be, as Abarbanel suggested, tokens of some great event or beginning in human affairs?
A Triple Conjunction
In 1981, there was another triple conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Saturn. It followed a triple conjunction of Jupiter and Mars in the year before and preceded the alignment of the planets in 1982, which some called “The Jupiter Effect.”
In the Bible (Luke 21:25) Jesus said that certain astronomical signs would herald His Second Coming.
He said, “And there shall be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars, and upon the earth distress of nations with perplexity… and then shall they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”
Furthermore, He said, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
Could the 1990-1991 triple conjunction of Venus and Jupiter along with the 1980 triple conjunction of Jupiter and Mars, the 1981 triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, and the 1982 parade of the planets be a declaration from the Great Creator to His creatures on earth that their Savior is soon to appear?
Sign in the Heavens?
In the pre-dawn sky on Rosh Hashanah, September 9, 1991, four planets met in a spectacular conjunction in the constellation, Leo. Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter were so close together near Regulus in the constellation of Leo, the lion, that one could cover all four planets with the little finger nail extended at arms length.
It is most unusual that the conjunction should occur on the Jewish Feast of Trumpets, observed as New Years day in the Hebrew calendar.
Their conjunction near a star called Regulus is fascinating. Regulus is located between the feet of Leo, the lion, and means, “between the feet.”
From the term Regulus, we get the word regulation. I think we can see the background for that in Genesis 49:8-11: “Judah, thou art he whom they brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.
“Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
“The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
“Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes” (Genesis 49:8-11).
These cryptic statements of the dying Jacob revolve around the coming of Christ, who is from the lineage of the tribe of Judah.
The symbol of Leo, the lion, is given to Judah as Jacob tells his children what “shall befall you in the last days” (Genesis 49:1).
The passage is a prophecy of both the first and second advents of Christ. When Jesus came the first time, he rode a donkey and her colt from the Mount of Olives across the Kedron valley to the Eastern Gate (Matthew 21:1-9).
This Triumphal Entry fulfilled the first part of the prophecy in Genesis 49:11. When Christ returns, He will fulfill the rest of the prophecy, which says, “he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes.”
Isaiah 63:1-4 and Revelation 19:15 predict that Christ will stain his “garments like him that treadeth in the wine fat.” He “treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”
In ancient star charts, Leo is seen with his feet on the neck ofHydra the serpent, just as Genesis 49:8 says, “thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies.”
The lion is the king of the jungle as seen in the words of Genesis 49:10, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah.”
The Hebrew term, Regulus, is used in that very verse to describe the law-as Jacob says, “nor a lawgiver from between his feet.” Regulus, from which we get the term, regulation or law, is located in the star chart between the front feet of Leo.
Theologians have suggested that the phrase, “until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be” refers to the appearing of Christ at the Battle of Armageddon. The“gathering of the people” denotes a massive array of armies moving into the Middle East.
Psalms 91 and 92
Bob Schlenker suggests that Psalm 91:13 may be an important part of that prophecy. The Song of Moses says, “Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.”
It is a message about Christ and His Second Coming. He will fulfill the prophecy in the 12thconstellation of the night sky-Leo.
Is it possible that the conjunction of 4 planets with Regulus-between the feet of Leo-in the pre-dawn sky on Rosh Hashanah, September 9, 1991 marked an important prophecy in Psalm 91?
Well, in Psalm 92:10, another night-time constellation is mentioned. Moses wrote: “But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn” Psalm 92:10.
The unicorn was an ancient term used for the constellation, Taurus. Today, it is seen as a bull. Taurus means, “the coming judge.”
On May 31, on the very day the Covenant of Jerusalem was issued and signed by Chaim Herzog, the president of Israel, both the sun and moon were in the constellation Taurus!
Perhaps Moses was referring to Jerusalem when he wrote,“my horn shalt thou exalt…”Jerusalem is being exalted through the Covenant of Jerusalem. Throughout the year, millions of Jews all over the world are signing their covenant with Jerusalem-pledging their eternal loyalty to the city.
All copies of the Covenant will be returned to Jerusalem next May 19 for the closing ceremonies in the year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. On May 19, 1993, the sun and moon will again be in the constellation, Taurus!
Does Psalm 92:10 thus proclaim another prophecy fulfilled in 1992? The possibility of “signs in the heavens” being fulfilled in our lifetime are both awesome and impressive!
There are several entries on this blog site referring to giants; they are in the category: Old Testament Giants. The first giants in the Bible are mentioned in Genesis 6, and they lived before the flood (antediluvian). They lived all over the world, and they are mentioned in the historical, anthropological, and archaeological annuls of every major civilization on every continent. The second group of Biblical giants came after the flood (post diluvian), and are limited to the Biblical lands in the Middle East – specifically to the land of Canaan/Israel and the surrounding nations. Biblical examples of these giants are Goliath and his brothers, Anak, and King Og of Bashan. Below, King Og is contrasted with an ordinary Israelite. As we convert cubits to feet, the Bible says his bed was over 13 feet long and six feet wide.
BIGFOOT? HOW ABOUT A FOSSILIZED GIANT FOOT?
News agency has photo of one in bedrock more than 22 inches long
Published: 19 hours ago
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/09/bigfoot-how-about-a-fossilized-giant-foot/#IlZHt0fkUOJrZlXM.99
The Giant Of Kandahar, Afghanistan
Killed in 2002 The Description Is An Exact Match For The Biblical Old Testament Nephilim
There is no absolute proof that this giant was killed in Afghanistan in 2002 except for the testimony of the soldiers. The writers of the story are reliable however, and the soldiers talk about this story nonchalantly as if it were common knowledge. The alleged “cover up” by those in charge, was classic and in total harmony with previous incidents, such as the Smithsonian Institute’s hiding of the bones of giants found throughout North America. [Read Richard Dewhurst’s “The Giants Who Ruled America, The Missing Skeletons And The Smithsonian Cover Up”].
Ben-Hur consists of three famous films:
1)The 1925 silent epic which was “state of the art” for its’ day.
2)The 1959 classic, winner of 11 academy awards.
I saw the recent release of Ben-Hur and I thought the movie was very good. I have also seen the 1925 silent film version and the classic (11 Academy Awards Version) 1959 film with Charlton Heston. The recent release had different slants in the story line which is always refreshing. The movie went into detail about Judah Ben-Hur and his adopted brother Messala’s boyhood. Messala helped save Judah’s life when he was thrown from his horse. Messala felt he did not fit in with the Ben-Hur’s aristocratic family and went to Rome to find his fortune. Upon Messala’s return, he imprisoned the entire Ben-Hur family. In the 1959 epic film, a loose tile on the roof of their home fell near the marching Roman leader by accident. In the new film, the harbinger that lead to the families’ imprisonment was a Jewish Zealot who deliberately shot an arrow at the Roman leader and just missed him. Once again, the Ben-Hur family was falsely accused of the crime. Judah Ben-Hur had no relationship with Quintus Arrius in the new film and did not save his life, leading to Judah’s freedom. I do not recall Quintus Arrius in this movie at all. Judah broke free from the chains while the ship was sinking, and ended up on the shore where the Arabian lived, whose horses he ran in the Jerusalem chariot race. He won the race as well as his freedom. Judah saw Jesus a couple of times prior to His crucifixion, and this movie emphasized Judah’s conversion much more so; and unlike the ’59 version, Judah was at the cross while Jesus was crucified. Judah’s salvation was much more personal and highlighted. The characterization of Jesus Christ was very good, and different from the previous movie. [Jesus, the God man, is always a challenge to portray, and both movies did a great job]. The chariot race was a technological marvel. The Jerusalem amphitheater was built into a mountain and the race was extremely brutal. The graphics were spectacular. The Roman blood lust was really emphasized! Unlike the ’59 version, Messala did not die after the race, full of hate. He observed Judah’s conversion, and he too, laid down his sword and hatred. The Ben-Hur family was reestablished in their Jerusalem home along with Messala rejoining them. It was called a box office bust by the critics, but I thought it was a very good movie. I would encourage Christians to see this classic movie, remade once again. I will purchase the DVD once it is available.
Pastor Steve <><
Bill Federer ~ The Fall Of The Roman Empire And The Amazing Saint Patrick
The most common form of government in world history is kings (i.e. Pharaoh, Caesar, Sultan, Kaiser). Our constitution presents documentation that is meant to keep power from going back into the hands of a king, hence the check and balance three branches of government. In modern times, the Communist Dictator is the new king. The Communist Party is the new royalty, and the citizens are the new peasant-subjects. FDR said on Feb. 10, 1940: “The Soviet Union…is run by a dictatorship as absolute as any other dictatorship in the world.” The default setting for human government is “Monarchy.”
1)Fascination with stars, heavens.
2)Buildings to observe stars, heavens.
3)A king ascends the building, claiming to be the divinely-appointed political intermediary between the heavens and the people.
-This justifies their totalitarian rule, demanding lives be sacrificed for the state. (Stonehenge, Ziggurats, Pyramids)
Israel was different and had no special class. The high priest’s sons Nadab and Abihu were struck dead. There was no special treatment. Moses struck the rock rather than speaking to it. He did not get to go into the Promised Land. As Israel entered the Promised Land, it was the first instance in world history of people ruled without a king. Israeli Law and Christianity are the beginning of equality.
Harry S. Truman, 1950: “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the mount… If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a TOTALITARIAN government which does not believe in rights for anybody except for the STATE.”
In Ancient Israel, the People had
No standing army- everyone armed.
No prisons- swift punishment- pay restitution- flee to a city of refuge.
Bureaucracy free welfare system.
Our founding Fathers esteemed the ten commandments. Israel is the first country where we possess firm evidence of private land ownership. Karl Marx and Communists take away possessions and land ownership.
In Athens, 622 BC, King Draco established Athens’ first written laws. In Athens 594, BC,, King Solon invented democracy. Greek theater got the people together for decision making. Theater= Political.
Plato, Republic, 380 B C:
1)Aristocracy- rule of capable.
2)Timocracy- lovers of fame.
3)Oligarchy- insider clique voting themselves favors.
4)Democracy- people rule, but without VIRTUE yield to avarice, overspend, raid treasury resulting in chaos and anarchy. Tolerance creeps into the families and into the government. People give up their virtue, paving the way for the next phase…
5)The Tyrant arises!
Rome was a Republic. Julius Caesar (100-44 B C). At a young age, Caesar realized that MONEY was the key to Roman politics. Caesar formed a triumvirate with Pompey and Crassus in 59 B C. Crassus died, so Pompey and Caesar were left to struggle for power. Caesar dominated, made himself a god, and Mark Antony became a high priest of sorts. The Republic was now an Empire and ruled by an Emperor.
This brings us to the story of Saint Patrick. Rome ruled for 400 years and things began to change. China built the Great Wall which kept out the Huns. Since the Huns could not attack China, they went west. They broke up the unity of the Roman Empire. Rome had a lot of taxes. The entire city of Rome was on welfare and watched violent entertainment! There was gluttony as well. Attila the Hun brought on terrorism. The city of Rome was abandoned because of the lead poisoning (lead pipes) of the water. Pope Leo managed to keep Attila out of Italy. Paris was spared as well. Because of the unrest and terrorism, Rome had to pull their legions back to Rome. That left little protection on the frontier, and during this time Patrick was kidnapped to Ireland. Ireland was ruled by Druids. Patrick’s faith was strengthened during this time. He went back to England, but then returned to Ireland as a missionary. Patrick baptized 120,000 people! The Druids tried to kill him twelve different times. Patrick started 300 churches. Patrick came up with laws, called the Code of Patrick. The Vikings later conquered a great part of France, and then William the Conqueror, a Norman, invaded England in 1066 A D. Hence, despite the failure of the Roman Empire and the presence of paganism all around him, one man in Saint Patrick made a big difference.