Nehemia Gordon from Jerusalem, Israel compiled the following New Moon Report for the month of June and the beginning of Fourth Month on the corrected Hebrew calendar.
“On Tuesday June 7, 2005 observers across Israel looked for the new moon. All the reports received so far were that the moon was not sighted. This was an extreme moon, meaning that even under ideal viewing conditions, visibility was unlikely from Israel. In light of this we will be celebrating New Moon day beginning tomorrow night (June 8).”
“On Wednesday June 8, 2005 the New Moon was easily sighted from Jerusalem. The moon was first sighted by Devorah Gordon at 19:44, by Ferenc Illesy at 19:50 and by Nehemia Gordon at 19:51 from Jerusalem.”
The next new moon, which will begin the Fifth Month on the corrected Hebrew calendar, is expected to be visible from Jerusalem on July 7, 2005. If the atmosphere is somewhat hazy on that date it may not be seen. But it will be easily seen on July 8 (barring cloud cover).
There will be a unique close massing of the planets Venus (the Bright and Morning Star), Mercury (Gabriel) and Saturn (Satan) in the constellation Gemini on June 24/25, 2005.
This will be seen with the three planets at their closest in the early evening of June 24 as seen from the United States and in the early evening of June 25 as seen from Israel.
The simulation below shows the planets on how they might look from the United States about 30 minutes after sunset on June 24, 2005. This is looking toward the west-northwest horizon.
The Hebrew name for the sign and constellation Gemini is Thaumim, which means united. The main theme of this sign is Messiah’s reign as Prince of Peace. This constellation portrays various Biblical figures, depending on the circumstance. It can portray the Father with His Son sitting at his right hand; or the Messiah with his bride; or the two-fold nature of Messiah, coming to suffer to redeem his people, then to reign as King.
Another meaning for the planet Saturn is Sabbath after its Hebrew name Sabbatei. I cannot trace this Hebrew word further back than the Talmud. I do not know for sure if this is the original name intended for this planet. Many Jewish scholars and sages associate Saturn as a dark star that brings darkness and pestilence. In the portrayals of the battles or war between the woman and the woman’s seed and the serpent and the serpent’s seed, Saturn is seen to represent Satan. But here in this massing, may represent the Sabbath. It is most difficult to say. This massing is occurring on the weekly Sabbath (it is also seen as a unique triangular massing from Israel on the evening of the 24th). This may be portraying a celestial announcement by Gabriel (Catab or Mercury) concerning Messiah’s (Nogah or Venus) millennial reign (the Seventh Millennium or Sabbath Millennium).
Chart 395 shows the position of the three planets in the constellation Gemini during their massing as seen from Jerusalem above the west-northwest horizon about 30 minutes after sunset on June 25, 2005. The lines around the constellations are the constellation borderlines.
Chart 395 – Massing of Venus, Mercury and Saturn as seen from Jerusalem on June 25, 2005
Nogah (Venus) and Catab (Mercury) will come into a very close conjunction with one another in the sign and constellation Cancer on June 27, 2005. At their closest point during the conjunction, there will be less than 1/15th of a degree of separation between them.
An ancient Hebrew name for the constellation Cancer cannot be found. Its Denderah name is Klaria, which means the cattle-folds. Its main theme is Messiah’s redeemed possessions held fast. According to the star names in the constellation, it is like a coral with sheep pens with two donkeys in the midst. Donkeys protect sheep from predators. The sign and constellation represents a place of safety for Messiah’s sheepfolds in a time of trouble. And such is the case with its decan constellation Argo (the ship) with one of its representations as the Ark of Noah.
Chart 396 shows the close conjunction of Venus and Mercury as seen from Jerusalem above the west-northwest horizon about 30 minutes after sunset on June 27, 2005. Here they appear as one with Saturn beneath them.
Chart 396 – Very close conjunction of Venus and Mercury as seen from Jerusalem on 6/27/05
The Astronomy Magazine website posted the following news release written by Bill Cooke concerning Asteroid 2004 MN4 on May 26, 2005.
The asteroid and the keyhole
The now-famous asteroid 2004 MN4 will pass near a 600-yard patch of space that could deflect the rock enough for a 2036 Earth impact.
Asteroid 2004 MN4 is back in the news again. Rusty Schweickart, lunar module pilot of Apollo 9, last week called on Congress to send a spacecraft to the asteroid and tag it with a transponder. Data transmitted by such a device would enable astronomers to determine whether or not 2004 MN4 will hit its target in 2029.
This target is not Earth, however, but a 600-yard (549 meter) patch of space located approximately 18,700 miles above our planet. The asteroid's passage through this region, known to space scientists as a resonance keyhole, could set it up for a collision with Earth in 2036.
To those who follow space news, 2004 MN4 is hard to forget. Around last Christmas, astronomers ranked this asteroid's chances of striking Earth April 13, 2029, at 1 in 37, giving it an unprecedented threat level of 4 on the Torino impact-risk scale. By the end of January, additional observations reduced the risk to 1 in 10,000, ruling out a 2029 impact — but not a future strike.
The new orbit held a surprise. It moved the location of MN4's close 2029 pass outside the error box, the volume of space containing the probable positions computed by previous determinations. This isn't supposed to happen. Clark Chapman, a prominent Near-Earth object (NEO) researcher at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, found this occurrence so disturbing he suggested that alternate mathematical approaches might be better suited to characterize NEO impact risks than what astronomers are currently doing. Such techniques are used to evaluate risks of airline accidents or nuclear power plant disasters.
If 2004 MN4 passes through the keyhole, Earth's gravity could deflect it just enough for an impact in April 2036. The keyhole's existence is why the impact risk hasn't dropped to zero. Optical and even radar observations aren't sufficient to nail down the asteroid's location to within 600 yards — only about 1.7 times the asteroid's diameter. Achieving "adequate accuracy" is why Rusty Schweickart is urging we intercept MN4 and place a transponder and some scientific instruments on its surface, before 2014. Why so early? Astronomers need time to collect the precision data that will determine whether MN4 will pass through the keyhole.
If it will, lead time is essential in developing a mission to drive the asteroid from an Earth-impact course. Deflecting MN4 will be much easier before it encounters the keyhole in 2029. Efforts can focus on making the rock miss the keyhole rather than Earth. A change to MN4's speed of about 0.1 inch (0.3 centimeter) per hour may be enough to eliminate its keyhole encounter. Even a modest rocket engine mounted on the rock's surface could do the job.
Use of only optical and radar observations could result in an uncertainty in the asteroid's position of some 37 miles by 2014, far too big to determine whether or not it will pass through the keyhole. The transponder will enable us to determine, with certainty, if MN4 will miss, which is the most likely scenario by far. For this troublesome asteroid — which has a striking power of nearly 1,000 megatons of TNT — the cost of tagging it may be peace of mind's price.
RESTORATION OF THE CONSTELLATIONS
As I mentioned in the May 2005 issue of Biblical Astronomy, we are working on restoring the constellation pictures closer to their more ancient form and are giving them more of a Hebrew flavor rather than the Greek and Roman forms that they are in now (after the Greek and Roman gods).
Below is a picture of Michele Abraham, the artist who is doing the drawings, working hard on this massive project. I am thankful for her heart and labor in this work. We will hopefully have all of the 48 constellations of the Mazzaroth done by late autumn of this year.
I plan on putting these pictures of the constellations in the new edition of my book A Voice Crying in the Heavens, which I hope to have finished by the late summer of 2006. This will also be a massive project since this edition will be much more comprehensive than the first two editions. This edition will be hardcover and in color, with pictures of the constellations portraying celestial events rather than line drawings. We also hope to have a large foldout of the 48 constellations of the Mazzaroth in color in the back of the book.
The next page (below the DVD article) has Michele’s drawing of Auriga (the Shepherd), which represents Messiah, the Shepherd King. Info about this constellation is on the back of (below) the picture. More pictures of constellations to follow.
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Auriga (the Shepherd)
Complementing Scripture to this constellation picture: Isaiah 40:10, 11.
Alioth – the brightest star, which is in the midst of the goat, is a Hebrew name that means a she goat. The modern Latin name for this star is Cappella, which means the same.
Menkilinon – the next brightest star, seen here in the upper arm of the shepherd, means the band, or chain of the goats.
Maaz – not shown in this picture, means a flock of goats.
El Nath – in the foot of the shepherd, means wounded or slain.
Aiyuk – not shown in this picture, means wounded in the foot.
Gedi – not shown in this picture, but it is the star marking the kids. Gedi (Hebrew) means kids.
From E.W. Bullinger’s The Witness of the Stars, page 135 – “Can there be any mistake as to who this Shepherd is? for the bright star in his right foot is called El Nath (like another in ARIES), which means wounded or slain. This is He, then, who was once bruised or wounded in the heel. He is "the GOOD Shepherd," who gave His life for the sheep (John 10:11), but He was "the GREAT Shepherd" brought again from the dead (Heb 13:20); and is now the CHIEF Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4) seen in the day of His coming glory. Another star emphasises this truth, for it is named Aiyuk, which also means wounded in the foot.”
The Shepherd here is seen getting wounded in the foot by the horn of the Reem. This does not portray the wounding by the enemy, but rather by the wrath of God, since it is in the picture of the reem that portrays God’s wrath being poured forth. The goat and her kids are looking down on the reem affrighted. But the Great Shepherd is caressing them in His arms and in His bosom, protecting them from the wrath being poured forth from God to His enemies. The Messiah took our punishment for us, and those who believe in Him (Y’shua, Jesus) and confess Him with their mouth and believe that God (Yahweh Elohim) raised Him from the dead, are not appointed to the wrath of God.
One of the changes that we made with this constellation from the Ulugh Beigh’s version, is that we put a sceptre with the head of a lamb on top and a cross on the bottom. This sceptre is after the picture shown of this constellation from the Temple of Denderah. E.W. Bullinger in his The Witness of the Stars, pp.135 & 136 writes:
“In Latin, the word Auriga means a coachman or charioteer, the band in his right hand being taken as his reins. But the incongruity of a charioteer carrying a she-goat, and nursing two little kids, never struck them; nor did the fact that he has no chariot and no horses! When man blunders in the things of God, he does it thoroughly!
In the Zodiac of Denderah the same truth was revealed more than 4,000 years ago; but the Man, instead of carrying the sheep, is carrying a sceptre, and is called Trun, which means sceptre or power. But this is a strange sceptre, for at the top it has the head of a goat, and at the bottom, below the hand that holds it, it ends in a cross! With the Egyptians the cross was a sign of life. they knew nothing of "the death of the cross." Here, then, we see life and salvation for the sheep of His flock when He comes to reign and rule in judgment. The truth is precisely the same, though the presentation of it is somewhat varied.”