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Part 2 - Acting Like Mature Sons - Apostles
A Sign of God Birthing the Apostolic
This brief study will show that God not only gave a sign in the heavens (the stars) as a witness to His Son Jesus' birth 2000 years ago, but that He is also giving a sign in the heavens (the stars) to our generation who is witnessing another birth: The birth of Jesus restoring modern day apostles to His Church government. When His government is fully established in His people, the spotless Bride of Christ will arise in the power of the Holy Spirit to finish the ministry of Jesus in the earth (see Isaiah 60). The Bride of Christ arising and shining is the beginning of Jesus' return to rule and reign the earth during this new millennium.
There is a difference between astronomy and astrology. Astronomy, which is good, is the study of God's creation in the stars, and "declares the glory of God." Astrology (horoscopes and fortune telling from your "sign"), which is forbidden in the Scriptures, is the perversion of the true study of the stars. Below are some quotes pertaining to astronomy in the Scriptures:
Jewish tradition, preserved by Josephus, suggests that Bible astronomy was invented by Adam, Seth and Enoch. For nearly 2,500 years the revelation of God's redemptive plan for mankind was written in the naming of the stars and their grouping in the 12 signs of the Zodiac; each one having 3 other deacons (constellations) associated with it for a total of 48 constellations. The heavens therefore preserved the truth until the written Scriptures could be given to Moses. Some excellent resources on this subject include: "The Gospel in the Stars" by Joseph A. Seiss; "A Voice Crying in the Heavens" by Robert Scott Wadsworth; and "The Witness of the Stars" by E.W. Bullinger... Robert Wadsworth writes, "I have checked the next 2,000 years and there is nothing that comes close to the portrayal that the heavens display from 1996 to 2000."8
First we will look at the sign that was in the heavens when Jesus was born, then we will see how it compares to the sign that is now occurring in the heavens:
The Sign of Jesus' Birth
Thanks to projectors, like Chicago's "Adler Planetarium," and computer technology, like the program "Dance of the Planets," we can chart the movements of the heavenly bodies to see what they looked like 2,000 years ago at the birth of Christ.
Matthew 2:1 "After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men (magi) from the East came to Jerusalem, saying "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him."
The wise men (magi) were probably Zoroastrian priests who lived hundreds of miles from Jerusalem in Mesopotamia (Iraq) and were skilled astronomers studying the heavens from atop of ziggurats. A "star" to the magi could mean almost any light in the sky, whether star, planet, comet or nova. The tower of Babel having "its top with the heavens (meaning signs of the zodiac)" (Gen. 11:4) was probably a ziggurat used for star gazing. Since the magi were familiar with the Hebrew religion, they interpreted rare celestial events as omens.
The celestial events detailed below told the wise men that the prophesied Jewish Messiah and king was being born. These astronomical statistics have been printed in several well known publications including Guideposts Magazine.9
Each number below is shown in the following celestial map:
1) August 12, 3 BC - They
saw the two planets Jupiter and Venus rise in conjunction. (A conjunction
is when celestial bodies line up so closely that they appear to us as
a single super bright light.) Jupiter signified kingship or Messiah and
Venus meant birth and motherhood. This occurred in the constellation of
Leo, which is the symbol of the Hebrew tribe Judah. Since the magi were
studied in the Hebrew Scriptures, they probably knew from Genesis 49:10
that the Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah.
The graphic below shows the location references to the numbers above.
The Jews understood the principle that whenever God moves in a major way He would give a "sign" in the heavens. This is why they asked Jesus to show them a sign to prove he was the Messiah (Matt. 16:1). The heavens in the past several years have been lighting up like never before heralding the soon return of Messiah Yahoshua (Jesus). One particular sign that has been occurring each year from 1996 through 1999 during every Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah - The Jewish New Year) is Virgo the Virgin giving birth to the moon. The moon is located in the womb of the constellation Virgo. Revelation 12:1-17 compares this sign with the birthing of God's "man-child."
The Sign of the Revelation 12:1-17 Birth
The October 2, 1997 and September 21, 1998 Feast of Trumpets Signs are not shown above, but they did take place and the graphics look very similar to the 1996 and 1999 events pictured here. All of these original graphics and astronomical statistics were taken from the website of astronomer and Jewish believer Greg Killian.10
Revelation 12:1-5 "A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman (constellation Virgo) clothed with the sun (just below the horizon), with the moon (male-child) under her feet and a crown of twelve stars (constellation Bernice) on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon (constellation Draco) with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child (moon), who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne."
The moon represents the "male Child" (Rev. 12) in this rare astronomical event. Virgo the Virgin (Bethula) is giving "birth" to the moon every year from 1996 to 1999, and it just happens to be occurring every year on the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hoshanah or the Feast of Trumpets), which is very rare indeed. By the year 2000, the moon is far beneath her legs (birthed). This positioning of the moon within Virgo (happening four years in a row on the same Hebrew date) has never occurred before, and will never occur again for another 26,000 years, due to the precession of the equinoxes!
The sun is just below the horizon such that Virgo (Bethulah) is "clothed with the sun" as the Scripture mentions. The sun must be below the horizon in order to have any possibility of seeing this "sign." The moon is "new" and after "birth" the moon will move directly to the feet of Virgo (Bethula) within 24 hours. Over Virgo's head is the constellation known as "Coma Bernice's hair". This is the "crown of twelve stars" in verse 1. Higher and above her legs we will find "Draco the Dragon" poised to devour Virgo's child.
The above pictures do not show Draco the Dragon because it would make the picture curved and hard to relate to. If you had a larger picture you would see that Draco is poised above the woman, waiting to snatch the man-child. The moon is poised in the "birth canal" of the virgin who is lying down with her feet in the air. The word "Bethulah" is in the location where her head should be. The constellation of Coma Bernice is the crown of twelve stars above the virgin's head.
This sign, as depicted above, is how it looks from Jerusalem. Notice that the Sun is below the horizon so that this sign can be seen. This sign would not be visible if the sun were to be above the horizon. Because the sun is below the horizon, the constellation is literally "clothed with the sun" as Revelation 12 says!
Isaiah 66 (partially quoted below) seems to be the closest match in all of the Scriptures to the Birth in Revelation 12. I think that it is more than a coincidence that Isaiah 66 just happens to be in the weekly Torah reading during the week of September 11th 1999 which is read by all orthodox Jews specifically when the New Moon (Rosh Chodesh) falls on the Sabbath; as it does when this sign occurs on the Feast of Trumpets (September 11 & 12 1999). The Lord obviously chose the readings so that His people would be informed before He takes any action. Isaiah 66:5-9 says -
Connection to Modern Day Apostles
So what is the connection between this sign and God restoring modern day apostles? During the same four years that the heavens were birthing a male-child, God was calling forth His apostles from all over the world and commissioning them to take their rightful place in His government that He is establishing on the earth. During the years 1996-2000 there were seven (7) different red moon eclipses over Jerusalem which all happened on Jewish Holidays!10
Joel 2:30-32 confirms the significance of this: "I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood BEFORE the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved."
From 1996-2000 as the "Virgo birthing the moon" sign occurred, God was connecting many of His called apostles to begin taking their role in His Bride Body church. Jesus is the Head of His church, and He is therefore able to gather His apostles in each region of the globe whenever and wherever He desires. On September 11th of 1999 when the final "Virgo birthing the moon" sign stood in the heavens, it was a token of what was being carried out on the earth within God's Bride Body Church. The current Church (woman) was giving birth to the Lord's apostolic government (manchild) who will rule and reign over the earth with Him. I think it is more than coincidence that on this day (Sept. 11th 1999), my wife Linda gave birth to our second son Stephen as a token to me personally that God was indeed speaking through these heavenly signs which I had been studying at the time.
About 8 months later, on May 17th 2000, another sign occurred in the heavens which was so similar to the sign at the time of Jesus' birth that NASA called it "A Christmas Star"11 and compared it to the "star" reported in the book of Matthew. Also around this time, a major aligning of the planets occurred in heaven on May 5th 2000.12 Although this line up of the planets was hidden by the sun, another major line up of planets occurred two years later that was visible on Pentecost May 18th 2002.13 On this Pentecost day in 2002, my wife just happened to give birth to our third son Seth, May 18th 2002, which is the date that I had written two years prior would be significant because I knew the planets were "aligning" visibly again on the Feast of Pentecost. The Lord was speaking to me again that He has surely been birthing something of great significance in the earth concerning the aligning of His apostolic government. Although this government is currently unseen to the eyes of men, when God moves it will eventually affect everyone just like the birth of Jesus did.
Jesus is being birthed through His Bride Body in a most powerful way, which can be compared to His first birth in Nazareth 2000 years ago. Only this time it will be "Christ in us" His Bride Body who will do the "greater works" of Jesus in the earth as He promised in John 14:12 - "Most assuredly I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father." These modern day apostles are like generals in the Lord's underground army, except that these generals do not need to have recognition and status like worldly generals. Their identities can only be seen in the Spirit and it is usually best that they remain hidden and obscure from the authorities and structures of men. However, when the Lord's manchild reaches maturity, several decades from now, everyone will be able to witness God's government.
Other Confirmations of this Birth
1) Paula M. Cavu
- Brisbane Australia -Daystar Ministry
2) Bob Schlenker - Sign of the
Conception for this birth?
3) Stephen Paul Jablonowski
- Birth of a Manchild Poem