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More signs in the stars, and striving to understand God’s message

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I’ve been doing some more study of signs in the stars and their correlations with historical events in Israel. What I’m finding feels very significant. One or two correlations between historical events and astronomy might be dismissed as coincidence – but when these things match up again and again, what can you do with that? Other than just believe that it’s just what it looks like – that ages ago when God put the planets in their orbits, He knew in advance way more than I ever thought possible about how history would unfold. Though Israel was given the freedom to choose, to be faithful or not, God knew the path that they would choose at each point, and put signs in the sky to help guide those who cared to look and listen.

The particular signs I’ve been studying are triple conjunctions of planets with Regulus. Why Regulus? Regulus is the brightest star of the constellation Leo, and it happens to be right in the path of the planets as they make their journeys across the sky year after year. At www.bethlehemstar.net an intriguing case is presented linking Jesus’ birth to a triple conjunction of Jupiter with Regulus beginning at the Hebrew New Year in 3BC. After studying this, a discussion on the Bethlehem Star Facebook page led to the observation that another triple conjunction, this time of Saturn with Regulus, begins at the Hebrew New Year following Jesus’ crucifixion. Two significant events, each marked by a triple conjunction with Regulus. This seems like a pretty strong hint that Regulus is worth paying attention to. What other messages in the stars might it unlock?

In addition to the involvement of Regulus, another feature that these two conjunctions have in common is their triple-ness. A triple conjunction happens when from Earth’s perspective a planet appears to reverse its direction across the sky. A conjunction that has recently happened can then be repeated, and then is repeated a third time after the planet resumes its ordinary direction of travel. Both Jupiter and Saturn can have triple conjunctions with Regulus, as seen in 3BC and 33AD. Uranus and Neptune can also have triple conjunctions, but are too dim to be readily seen as signs in the sky. From the perspective of the message behind the sign, a conjunction’s being repeated is probably for emphasis, communicating a certainty that something significant is about to happen, or that what just did happen needs to be taken seriously as from God’s own hand.

So what I’ve been exploring is triple conjunctions of Jupiter and Saturn with Regulus, looking for other meaningful correlations with historical events. I’ve mostly ignored  single and double conjunctions, but at least one double has been included because it was close to the dividing line between double and triple, and seemed to have a meaningful historical significance.

You can expect some kind of conjunction of Jupiter with Regulus every 12 years. Each conjunction is part of an 83-year series of 7 which starts and ends with single conjunctions, one of which happens too close to the sun to ever be seen. Each series makes a gradual transition from single to double to triple and back again, with two or three triple conjunctions in the middle of the series. So in general, for the triple or almost-triple conjunctions I’m interested in, I’ll find a cluster of three of them every 83 years. On the average that’s about one every 28 years.

For Saturn you can expect some kind of conjunction with Regulus every 29 1/2 years. Each conjunction is part of a very long series, again starting and ending with single conjunctions near the sun, and this time with 59 years between conjunctions. Two of these series run in parallel, offset from each other by half of 59, or 29 1/2 years. Each series includes 10 to 13 conjunctions, or about 12 on the average. As with Jupiter’s conjunctions, each series makes a gradual transition from single to double to triple and back. A 12-conjunction series includes 4-5 triples in the middle, and takes 707 years to complete. On the average for triple conjunctions of Saturn with Regulus, there’s about one every 79-80 years.

So taking a random 83-year span of time, we can expect on the average to find just four triple conjunctions with Regulus – one of Saturn, and three of Jupiter. This gives a bit of perspective on how to take any correlations  we find between triple conjunctions and history. If these triple conjunctions happened all the time, it would be easier to write them off as coincidence.

Looking at historical events that have impacted Israel and Jerusalem, I’ve found quite a number of them now that correlate with these triple or almost-triple conjunctions with Regulus. There probably are more to be found, but here’s the list so far:

608BC, new year starting Sep 9

  • Sep 23 at the full moon: Conjunction of both Mars & Jupiter (first of a triple) with Regulus
  • The 2nd of the triple is Jan 20, 607BC, at the full moon
  • The 3rd of the triple is May 18, 607BC, at the full moon

This is maybe a little over a year after King Josiah’s death in battle against Pharaoh. Josiah’s son Jehoahaz ruled in his place for 3 months but then Pharaoh exiled him to Egypt and installed Josiah’s son Jehoiakim in his place, who then ruled for eleven years up until Nebuchadnezzar’s seige of Jerusalem in 599-597BC. This series of conjunctions probably begins during Jehoiakim’s first year in power. It appears to be carrying a very strong message. Maybe corresponding to God’s last call for Israel’s repentance in Jeremiah 26. Or maybe they’ve already rejected Jeremiah’s words and this is more like the handwriting on the wall proclaiming a judgement which can no longer be reversed.

587BC, new year starting Sep 17

  • Oct 17, at the 2nd new moon of the year: Conjunction of Saturn (first of a triple) with Regulus
    This is after the fall of Jerusalem and destruction of the Temple in the summer of 587BC
  • The 2nd of the triple is about Dec 7
  • The 3rd of the triple is Jun 26, 586BC, at the full moon +3 days

3BC, new year starting Sep 11, with the new moon at the feet of Virgo

  • Sep 13, at the new moon +2 days: Conjunction of Jupiter (first of a triple) with Regulus
    This is 9 months before Jesus’ probable birthdate of Jun 17, 2BC
  • The 2nd of the triple is Feb 18, 2BC, at the full moon
  • The 3rd of the triple is May 8, 2BC
  • Jun 17, 2BC: Complete conjunction of Venus with Jupiter

33AD, new year starting Sep 14

  • Apr 3, at sunset of the Passover: the full moon rises in partial eclipse at the feet of Virgo
  • Sep 12, at the new moon -2 days: Conjunction of Saturn (first of a triple) with Regulus
  • Sep 12, Solar eclipse about noon at the heart of Virgo
    This is 5 1/2 lunar months after Jesus’ Apr 3 crucifixion
  • The 2nd of the triple is Jan 29, 34AD
  • The 3rd of the triple is Jun 3, 34AD

69AD, new year starting Sep 5

  • Oct 14, 39 days into the new year: Conjunction of Jupiter (first of a triple) with Regulus
  • The 2nd of the triple is Dec 30
  • The 3rd of the triple is Jun 8, 70AD
  • The fall of Jerusalem then happens about September of 70AD

1948, new year starting Sep 4

  • Sep 11, 1 week into the new year: Conjunction of Saturn (first of a double) with Regulus
    This is after phases 1 & 2 and before phase 3 of the Arab-Israeli war.
  • The 2nd of the double begins a little before Passover Apr 12, 1949
  • Lunar eclipse on Virgo Apr 13 during Passover (first of a tetrad)
  • The 2nd of the double ends about a week after Israel is admitted to the UN, May 11, 1949

The eclipses of the tetrad:

  • Apr 13, 1949, m1, d14, Passover
  • Oct 7, 1949, m7, d14, Sukkot
  • Apr 2, 1950, m1, d14, Passover
  • Sep 26, 1950, m7, d13, Sukkot -1

1967, new year starting Sep 5

This year begins during another tetrad of lunar eclipses.

  • Apr 24, 1967, 1st eclipse of the tetrad, m2, d13, 2nd Passover -1
  • Jun 10, 1967, the 6-day war ends
  • Sep 5, 1967, Hebrew New Year
  • Oct 15, 1967, 40 days into the new year, Conjunction of Jupiter (first of a triple) with Regulus
  • Oct 18, 1967, 2nd eclipse of the tetrad, m8, d13, with Jupiter and Regulus still in conjunction
  • Mar 3, 1968, 2nd conjunction of the triple
  • Apr 13, 1968, 3rd eclipse of the tetrad, m1, d13, Passover -1
  • Jun 10, 1968, 3rd conjunction of the triple
  • Oct 6, 1968, 4th eclipse of the tetrad, m7, d12, Sukkot -2

 

Some of these signs precede the event and others follow the event. Observations on this:

1) Some signs preceding the event can be taken to be warnings in advance for those who are trying to hear and follow God’s voice, telling them “Just submit to the coming events so you can avoid the full harshness of what’s about to happen.” In these cases the predicted event doesn’t happen until after the last of the three conjunctions.

2) Other signs preceding the event can be taken as saying, “Watch for the miraculous thing I’m about to do.”

3) Those signs following the event can be taken as God’s stamp of authenticity saying, “Yes, this truly is a part of what I ordained from the foundation of the world. You can rest in this knowledge and accept these events as from my hand.” Possibly with strategic reasons in some cases for not announcing the event in advance.
 

On the basis of the objective evidence alone, the fact that all seven of these events correlate with significant points in Israel’s history, I feel confident that these things truly were intended by God as signs to us and to his people. But I’d also like to share a piece of evidence that’s more subjective, very meaningful to me personally – sort of a testimony of how some of this came together.

Last June after I had begun looking into these things, I had the opportunity to re-join the choir at our church in Pasadena for a couple of months. It was a busy time, and I hadn’t yet had the time to fully explore the things that are now written up here. Besides the 3BC and 33AD connections, the only additional one I’d noticed was 1948. But it seems that God was saying to me “Keep looking. There’s more :)” and he dropped the next one right into my lap. One Sunday morning we sang a piece called “Lamentations of Jeremiah”. All Latin. I kind of wanted to find the meanings of the words I was singing, so I browsed through the introductory stuff at the beginning of the piece. There I found not only a translation, but a little background. This was a lament over the fall of Jerusalem in 587 BC to King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians.

So I wondered – is this an event that God might also have marked in the stars? If He indeed marked the restoration of Israel in 1948, might He have similarly marked its fall in 587 BC? I tried some math in my head to guess whether this would line up with Saturn’s 59-year cycle, and it didn’t seem likely – but when I got home and checked it on the computer, I found that a triple conjunction of Saturn with Regulus did indeed occur that very year, in 587 BC. Up until this point I’d mostly been paying attention to conjunctions at or near the Hebrew New Year like those of 3BC and 33AD. This one was a whole month later, so also served as a clue to me that I needed to relax that constraint.

So this is what I’ve found so far. I think there’s still more, but it feels like time to go ahead and share what I have. One more event in particular that I’d like to explore is the initial dedication of the Temple back in Solomon’s time. Seems quite likely from the nature of the above events that this too is something God would have marked in the stars. That far back in history I’m finding lots of variation in the dating theories that have been proposed, so I don’t yet have a solid date to go on for the Temple’s dedication. But the event is well documented in 1 Kings 8, and there is a very significant-looking triple conjunction within 50 years of most of the proposed dates. It’s actually both a triple and a double in one year, involving both Saturn and Jupiter, with Venus joining in at the same time.

Ok, so God knew all these things in advance and marked them for us in the stars. Interesting stuff. Maybe it can help further nail down our chronologies of these historical events. But does it really have anything to do with us, here and now?

Yes. It does. As the nations of the world look at present-day Israel and choose how to relate to her, they would do well to note what God has written in the stars about these times. There was a brief war in 1967 between Israel and her Middle East adversaries, known as the “Six-day War”. I was only 10 at the time and didn’t really pay attention to the details. But going to Wikipedia and reading up on this, it sounds almost Biblical the way we see a numerically-outnumbered Israel miraculously holding her own against her enemies. Men can always take credit for such things, attributing them to brilliant military strategy or to their enemies’ blunders. But I tend to think that it had more to do with God’s hand of protection and assistance, in order to fulfill his pre-ordained plan. And the triple conjunction of Jupiter with Regulus that year is God’s stamp of authenticity, saying to us all, “Yes, this truly is a part of what I ordained from the foundation of the world. You can rest in this knowledge and accept these events as from my hand.”

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