Signs in the Heavens

Eclipses & Conjunctions:

You have possibly heard of the so-called “Blood Moons,” or Lunar eclipses, that will fall on Jewish holy days. They are called Blood Moons because the Moon changes color slightly during an eclipse. The special interest of these eclipses is because they occur along with Solar eclipses that also fall on Jewish holy days and the fact that they are very rare. The last two occurrences were in 1948 and 1967. With the possible exception of 1902, the next occurrence in history was in 1492.

As part of the Olivet Discourse the Lord Jesus told the Disciples, and Christians of the Last Days, to look for “great signs shall there be from Heaven.” (Luke 21:11) I would like to list a few of the Heavenly (astronomical) signs that are rapidly approaching. The following lists the upcoming events:

April 15 – Passover – Total Lunar Eclipse
April 29 - Annular Solar Eclipse
June 7 – a Sabbath – Conjunction of the Moon and Mars
June 8 – Pentecost
August 18 - Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter
October 8 - Tishri 15 – Total Lunar Eclipse
October 9 – Feast of Tabernacles
October 23 - Partial Solar Eclipse

February 22 - Conjunction of Venus and Mars
March 20 – Nisan 1 – Total Solar Eclipse
April 4 – Passover – Total Lunar Eclipse
September 13 – Tishri 1 (Feast of Trumpets) – Partial Solar Eclipse
September 28 – Tishri 15 (Feast of Tabernacles) – Total Lunar Eclipse
October 26 - Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter
October 28 - Conjunction of Venus, Mars, and Jupiter
December 7 - Conjunction of the Moon and Venus

I just heard a scientist proclaim that there are many more near-Earth asteroids today than there were one-hundred years ago. An asteroid striking the Earth can have the effect of a nuclear weapon. An example is the Tunguska, Siberia event of 1908. It is estimated that the explosion of the asteroid was one-thousand times greater than the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Over 830 square miles were affected.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has statistics on near-Earth objects (NEOs). They show that as recently as 1980 there were less than one hundred NEOs. Improvements in technology have certainly assisted our ability to locate NEOs, but according to NASA, in June of 2013 we passed ten-thousand near-Earth objects. As of December 31, 2013 NASA reports 10,567 NEOs. There is more than improved technology happening here.

That is all the Signs in the Heavens that I can stand. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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