|There seems to be a popular idea going around
that the planets and constellations can be re-interpreted to tell the
Gospel story. I know that some people go further and claim that since
movements of the planets are ordained by God then they too are used
by Him. Here are some of the verses that people use to back up
these kind of claims:
heavens declare the glory of
God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day
after day they pour forth speech; night after night they
reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no
sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all
the earth, their words to the ends of the world. Psalm
Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from
the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days
and years. Genesis 1:14.
Of course the Bible warns against astrology -
against reading too much into what the exact positions of planets may
Now I don't hold a strong view on a Gospel in the stars idea,
but I do find artistic value in a stellar convergence that
will take place in 2017 as
well as an apparent convergence of events that also points to 2017.
What follows are some statements of
facts concerning a convergence of planets, followed by a review of a
some historical events, and then a brief conclusion.
when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all
the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and
worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations
under heaven. Deuteronomy 4:19
the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your
astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month
by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Surely they
are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save
themselves from the power of the flame. Isaiah 47:13-14
On September 23rd, 2017, the position of the sun, moon and four of the
five visible planets will form a pattern in the sky that appears to act
out this verse in Revelation 13:
great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the
moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was
pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.
above is a graphic produced by the Stellarium astronomy program*. If
the heavens were to put on a show to act out this
Revelation literally, then it would be hard to do better. Points to
So all the visible planets, Sun and Moon are
in the play except Saturn which is in Scorpio (The Scorpion).
an aside Scorpio is separated from Virgo only by the constellation
Libra (The Scales). As homework you can read the rest of Revelation 13
and see if and how this imagery applies further.
- Virgo (The Maiden) is one of the 12
constellations of the Zodiac. It is the only one depicted by a woman.
moon has just passed through the constellation - it's at the feet of
Virgo in all artistic interpretations as far as I can see.
- The Sun is in the constellation
Virgo clothing it with light.
is passing Spica - the brightest star in the constellation. If you were
looking for birth to be acted out, then it is in the right position.
With Jupiter being the king planet, this is acting out the birth of a
- The crown of 12 stars is illustrated by the 9
the constellation Leo that are at the woman's head, and 3 planets that
are all in Leo.
The first key
question for me is how often this kind of pattern emerges.
all the Sun is in the same position every year, and the Moon the same
position every month. Jupiter is in the same position every 10 years or
so. Also Mercury and Venus are often close to the sun, so perhaps this
kind of pattern isn't that unique. If it's not unique then this is just
a bit of fun.
Now I am not one to spend hours in front of
a computer program and go crosseyed looking for this kind of pattern
through 1000s of years. As a programmer I needed a more systematic
method of answering the question. So I obtained the
equations that governed the positions of the Sun, the Moon and the
planets and promptly wrote some software to help with the
I was looking for a pattern in the sky that could act out this verse in
Revelation - that the Moon and Jupiter were close to the above depicted
positions - that the Sun was in Virgo, and that there were 3 planets in
or close to Leo.
The search was conducted from 6000BC to
4000AD. Over these 10,000 years the number of times this pattern or
something close to it shows up is 17. I then looked at each
pattern in an astronomy program* and discounted 8 leaving the following
summary this pattern is rare - it has only occurred twice in
last 4500 years and except for 2017 will not occur again until well
after 4000AD. I looked on and there's a close match
but would be discounted. If Saturn being in Scorpio is important then
it's unique over this 10,000 year search period.
- 4710 BC - Good match. Mercury rather than
Saturn not in Leo, and Mercury is close to the Sun in Virgo.
BC - Identical pattern compared to that in 2017, except Mars
rather than Saturn is not one of the three in Leo, and Mars is in
Pisces whereas Saturn will be in Scorpio in 2017.
- 3856 BC - Good match. Mars, Saturn and Venus
make a close triple conjunction in Leo. Mercury is close to
the Sun in Virgo.
- 3666 BC - Good match. Like in 2017 Saturn not
part of the act and is in Sagittarius (The Archer).
- 3239 BC - Good match. Again Mercury rather than
Saturn is not in Leo, and instead is close to the Sun in Virgo.
- 2705 BC - Good match. Like in 2017
Saturn not part of the act but this time is right next to the Sun in
- 1851 BC - Identical pattern compared
to that in 2017, except Saturn is
has just passed from Leo to Virgo and is very close to the Sun. So all
5 planets are in the act, and Saturn is either hidden in the Suns glare
or could be a 13th star around the head of Virgo (which would discount
- 356 AD - Good match. Again Mercury rather than
Saturn is not in Leo. It is in Virgo but close to the Moon.
- 2017 AD - Ideal. The pattern against we compare
all the others..
reference if you want to check, all patterns occur in August or
September when the Sun is in Virgo. Years with patterns close but not
matching were: 4947, 2278, 2029, 1234, 997BC and 629, 1056,
this is not all. Lets start with a brief review of some historical
highlights that impact the existence of the nation of Israel.
(Many other conflicts took place, but these focus on those
that directly impact the existence of Israel.)
- First Zionist Congress takes place in Switzerland. This was a
symbolic parliament for Jews with the desire for a Jewish homeland in
Palestine. It formed the Zionist platform, where "Zionism seeks to
establish a home for the Jewish people in Palestine secured under
public law. "
- The Balfour Declaration published. This is a letter from the British
government to the British Jewish community. In it is says "His
Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of
a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best
endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object"
- Turks surrendered Jerusalem to the British. On 11
December, two days after the official surrender, it is recorded that
Allenby made his formal entry into Jerusalem on foot through the Jaffa
gate to show his great respect for the holy place.
- 10/31/1918 - Armistice formally bringing all
of Palestine under British military rule.
- The British mandate for Palestine formally confirmed by the Council
of the League of Nations which legalized the temporary rule of
Palestine by Great Britain. The mandate ended at midnight on
- 11/29/1947 - UN general
assembly resolution 181 called for the partition
of Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state.
approved - 33 votes in favor, 13 against, 10 abstentions and
- 5/14/1948 - Declaration of the
Establishment of the State of Israel read and signed. British forces
leave and immediately five Arab armies (Egypt, Syria, Jordan,
Lebanon and Iraq) invaded Israel. In the end Israel prevailed
signed various armistice agreements with the aggressors between
February 24 and July 20 1949.
- 6/5/1967 - Start of six day war.
- 6/7/1967 - Old city captured. At the
Western Wall a rams horn (shofar) was blown to celebrate the event.
- 6/10/1967 - Ceasefire agreed. Israel has held
the West Bank and Gaza strip ever since.
- Start of Yom Kippur war. Egypt and Syria launched a coordinated
surprise attack against Israel with support from other Arab
- 10/25/1973 - Cease fire agreed. The
USA was supporting Israel and Russia the Arab states. This conflict was
in danger of spreading from the region.
Now if we compare time periods with 2017 we see that
other words 4 key events in the history of Israel took place on some
decade multiple prior to 2017. Do these time periods mean anything?
Does the Bible offer a clue?
- 120 years earlier - 1897
- 100 years earlier - 1917
- 70 years earlier - 1947
- 50 years earlier - 1967
thoughts come to mind but I find myself only speculating and I'll let
you come to your own conclusions. I will say
that of these, I find the most interesting to be the last and it's
implications related to the events of 1967.
the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for
they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” Genesis
was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not
weak nor his strength gone. Deuteronomy 34:7
those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about
a hundred and twenty) Acts 1:15
was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old
man who does not live out his years; the one who dies at a hundred will
be thought a mere child; the one who fails to reach a hundred will be
considered accursed. Isaiah 65:20
the two sons who had been born to Joseph in Egypt, the members of
Jacob’s family, which went to Egypt, were seventy in all.
is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I
will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this
place. Jeremiah 29:10
‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish
transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring
in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to
anoint the Most Holy Place. Daniel 9:24
the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its
inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to
your family property and to your own clan. Leviticus 25:10
personal note: as a Christian I believe that Jesus is coming again very
soon. But I no longer spend too much time wondering about the exact
sequence of events. Too many people with more intelligence than me
argue about this. My current bias is such that I now
everyone is partially wrong - although I can't pin down
where because I don't know. Ok so that's not very helpful but I really
do think that the end
time events will unfold in a manner that is quite unexpected.
example some people believe strongly that the next prophetic event is
the rapture of the Church and - for those who have picked up on the
above celestial convergence - they think that this must take place on
September 23rd, 2017. Well it is possible I suppose but I doubt it.
the traditional interpretation of Revelation 12: the woman
represents Israel. From her Christ the Messiah came. The 12 stars are
the 12 tribes of Israel. So on one hand this sign concerns Israel. On
the other it could concern the return of Jesus. But why is this
celestial pattern showing up
now and not 2000 years ago when Jesus was born? Again I don't
know, but as
this one of those signs? Perhaps something significant will happen in
2017. Perhaps it will be obvious for all to see, or perhaps something
will happen that will be hidden from everyone until later. Then again
perhaps nothing will happen and it's all a co-incidence. Jesus also
great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and
fearful events and great signs from heaven. Luke
And elsewhere some sage advice:
these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads,
because your redemption is drawing near. Luke 21:28.
patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how
the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently
waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand
firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:7-8
July 19th 2015
Irvine, California, USA.
*An internet search will enable you to
find the free program Stellarium.
Note that this program maintains a Gregorian calendar so has a
year 0 (at least the version I use does.) So to look at 4947BC you'll
have to dial the year to 4946BC.