Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. Gen 1:14-16
This past Saturday I watched a program about the Revelation 12 event slated for Saturday, September 23rd. The Internet and TV are buzzing with the news of the alignment of celestial bodies fulfilling the vision of John, the writer of Revelation.
The constellation Virgo, the woman, will have the sun on her shoulder, clothing her. The moon at her feet and twelve “stars” at her head – the nine most prominent of Leo and Mercury, Mars, and Venus. Jupiter is end her “womb” and will exit between her feet in the next coming weeks, effectively “giving birth”.
Rev 12:3-4 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.
One claim from the TV documentary is about a mysterious planet, the dragon, which returns and passes between the earth and sun, eclipsing the sun and plunging the earth into total darkness, allowing a daytime glimpse of the woman and stars. His tail draws a third of the stars from heaven or asteroid debris from the planet’s close passing becomes pulled into the earth’s atmosphere as meteorites (shooting stars).
The proponents of the Revelation fulfillment say this is a unique situation.
That’s not exactly true.
An alignment of this kind took place four times over the past 1000 years – 1827, 1483, 1293, and 1056.
So what could make this one different?
I’ll answer that next time.