Nehemia Gorodon from Jerusalem, Israel compiled the following New Moon report for the month of June, and the beginning of the 4th month on the Hebrew Calendar
“On Wednesday June 12, 2002, the New Moon was sighted by observers from Jerusalem, Israel. The moon was first seen by Roy Hoffman from northern Jerusalem at 19:37. The moon was then sighted from the same location by Tyoma Michael at 19:38, by Devorah Gordon at 19:41, and by Nehemia Gordon at 19:46. The moon was also sighted by Bruce and Hen-el Brill at 19:58 from Tekoa.”
Pictures of the moon as sighted from Jerusalem are posted at:
The next new moon is expected to be visible from Jerusalem, Israel around sunset on July 11, 2002. This will be the beginning of the 5th month on the Hebrew Calendar, which is also known as the month of Av.
Venus will be in conjunction with the star Regulus in the constellation Leo in the early evening sky on July 10. A bright crescent moon will be very close to Venus in the constellation Leo in the early evening sky on July 13.
July 10, 2002
On July 2, Mercury and Saturn will come into conjunction in the lower horn of the constellation Taurus. Chart 277 shows the closest approach of the two planets as seen from Jerusalem in the early morning sky about 30 minutes before sunrise.
On July 3, Jupiter and Mars will come into conjunction in the constellation Gemini. Chart 278 shows the Ecliptic View of the two planets near the time of conjunction. This is in the early evening sky, but the two planets are too close to the sun to be easily seen. It may not be possible to see this event with the naked eye.
There is nothing rare, unique, or unusual about the above-mentioned conjunctions that I can see at this time. These are mentioned here for a matter of record. Rare to very rare celestial events do not occur every month (at least not most of the time). That is why they are rare to very rare events.
Concerning the planetary rendezvous of Jupiter and Venus last month in Gemini, I did a search through the 20th and 21st centuries to see how often this particular event happens, with Jupiter in one figure of Gemini and Venus at its side in the other figure. Though Jupiter is in Gemini for approximately one month every twelve years, and Venus is in Gemini every year, the two do not meet in this particular area of the constellation but for every 83 years and 9 days. There seems to be a cycle, at least for the 200 years that I checked. The last time that this occurred was on May 22/23, 1919. The next time that this will occur is on June 10, 2085. My wife Marcia and I went to an area with a good view of the western horizon and watched this event for about 90 minutes or so. I thought it was an awesome sight, especially knowing what it was portraying. And we just couldn’t resist holding hands at one point, as we were standing there looking at the two planets in the two figures that were holding hands. I almost felt like doing wedding vows again.
MORE ON THE ALIGNMENT OF THE HEELS
I just keep finding more info that pertains to this. For those who are reading Biblical Astronomy for the first time, please read the article “The Alignment of the Heels” in the May 2002 issue of Biblical Astronomy, or else the following information will make little sense to you.
As I was reading through Francis Rolleston’s book Mazzaroth, it was brought freshly to mind that the Vernal Equinox at the time of the creation of Adam was in Taurus and the Autumnal Equinox was in Sporpio (to be more precise, Ophiuchus). I brought up my astronomy program Starry Night to see exactly where the equinoxes were in the constellations in 3961 BC, which is the date that I lean toward as being the year for the creation of Adam. Lo and behold, the Autumnal Equinox point was in the heel (that was getting wounded) of Ophiuchus (the seed of the woman), and the Vernal Equinox point was between the horns of Taurus.
Chart 279 shows the position of the sun at the Autumnal Equinox in 3961 BC. The foot of Ophiuchus in this particular constellation figure is backwards as compared to as it is seen in most planispheres. The sun is actually in the heel of Ophiuchus. This does seem so fitting that the Autumnal Equinox was in this figure at the time of the creation of Adam and the Fall of Adam after which the prophecy of Genesis 3:15 was given.
Chart 280 shows the position of the sun at the Vernal Equinox in 3961 BC. It is between the horns of Taurus. It was between the horns of Taurus that there was a solar eclipse on June 10, 2002 and other celestial events in May 2002. As mentioned in June’s newsletter, Taurus is the tribal symbol for the tribe of Joseph, with the two horns representing Ephraim and Manasseh. As it is written in the Scriptures – Deuteronomy 33:17 (R.V.):
“The firstling of his bullock (marg. his firstling bullock) – majesty is his, And his horns are the horns of the wild-ox (Reem). With them he shall push (marg. gore) the peoples, all of them, even the ends of the earth. And they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, And they are the thousands of Manasseh.” [Ephraim and Manasseh being the two powerful horns].
Over the past three weeks I have been reading a book by Batya Wootten titled Who is Israel? There are some very interesting insights written therein. My good friend and colleague Dan Stockemer sent me that book about 3 years ago, but at that time I only read the introduction and haven’t read anything else of it since, until I felt moved to do so as I was putting a PowerPoint presentation together on the constellations, particularly the constellations representing the nation of Israel and the two sheepfolds. After spending about 3 or 4 days reading the book and going through Scriptures, as I felt compelled to do, I received an early morning phone call from Jean Amodea of Jerusalem Rivers Ministry. This was the first time that we had met. She said she was calling because she felt moved to do so and to encourage me in writing more on how the constellations relate to the two houses of Israel; Judah and Ephraim. She then asked me if I had ever read Batya Wootten’s book, Who is Israel? I told her that I had been reading it over the past 3 or 4 days. This was further confirmation that it was Yahweh who was laying these matters heavily on my heart. So far I have only read about one-fifth of the book, since I am also going through Scriptures pertaining to it and going into prayer on these matters. I also broke away to pursue some ideas that I got from the book on how certain constellations could be interpreted in light of what was written therein. I will be doing a series of articles about these constellations in light of the two houses starting with this newsletter and upcoming newsletters.
I do not know the price of the book, Who is Israel?, but anyone who is interested in obtaining a copy can write for more information to:
House of David
P.O. Box 700217
Saint Cloud, FL 34770
Or, you can go to their website at: www.mim.net
I do not have the space in one newsletter to go into all of the detail of the book to give it the full report that it deserves, but in short, the main subject focuses on the two houses of Israel, Judah and Ephraim. It traces Ephraim from Abraham and shows that Ephraim is considered the firstborn son of Jacob or Israel, and that since Israel is a birthright name, that name went to who was considered the firstborn of Israel who was Ephraim. Yahweh also calls Israel his firstborn son (Exodus 4:22). Later, the ten tribes of Israel in the Northern Kingdom were collectively referred to as Ephraim (I Kings 11:26-37; Hosea 5:12-15, 6:4, 10:11; Zechariah 9:13; Ezekiel 37:15-28 – a must read). After the captivity of the 10 northern tribes to Assyria, they blended in with the Gentiles and lost their identity. It is thought that they spread to other lands as was prophesied in the Scriptures; mostly to Europe, North and South America, and Australia, becoming a multitude of nations. On the other hand, Judah was taken captive by Babylon approx. 125 years later. Judah (the Jews), for the most part, did not lose their identity, and many of them returned to Jerusalem and Israel some 70 years after they were taken captive at that particular period.
Ephraim is now thought to be the Christian congregations throughout the earth. This does not necessarily mean that all of Ephraim are Christians or are in the Messiah at this time, but the nations they have become are predominantly Christian. Quoting from “Ephraimite Hallmarks” in Who is Israel? “Ephraim would become a melo ha’goyim, a fullness of the Gentiles (Genesis 48:19); They would experience a second birth (Jezreel: born anew) and once more be known as “Israel”; They would be like the sand of the sea in number; One of their names would be Sons of the Living God (Hosea 1:10); They would proclaim to their brothers the “Good News” of the great mercy of their God (Hosea 2:1).”
It is in Yahshuah HaMaschiach (Jesus Christ) that both houses are made one again as is written in Ezekiel 37:15-28. This does not necessarily mean that only the 12 tribes of Israel are saved through the Messiah, for it is written that “whosoever” calls on His name, will be saved.
Having said all that, I will now continue with the “alignment of the heels.” I suggest reading Deuteronomy 33:17 again in light of the above.
Even though a straight line could be drawn between the heels of Ophiuchus, Hercules and Orion at the time of the creation of Adam, they were not aligned on the Celestial North Pole, which was in the constellation Draco (the Dragon) in 3961 BC. Therefore, at that time they were not in a true conjunctional alignment. This is a recent phenomenon since this particular conjunctional alignment only occurs when Polaris, also named Arcas, is the North Pole Star. Polaris is in Ursa Minor, which represents one of the sheepfolds belonging to “Him who cometh”, Messiah. Joseph Seiss writes on this Pole-Star on page 127 in his book The Gospel in the Stars (1882) as follows:
“It is part of the promise of the text that the seed of faith is to “possess the gate of his enemies”-- that is, to take the house or possession of the foe – and thenceforward to hold what the enemy previously held. Now, at the time these constellations were formed, and for a long time afterward, the Pole-Star was the Dragon Star, Alpha Draconis. Thus this central gate, or hinge, or governing-point of the earth’s motion, was then in the enemy’s possession. But that Dragon Star is now far away from the Pole, and cannot get back to it for ages on ages, whilst the Lesser and higher Sheepfold has come into its place; so that the main star of Arcas is now the Pole-Star. The seed of faith thus gets the enemy’s gate. And understanding Ursa Minor of the Church of the first-born in heaven, instated in the government of the earth, we have in it a striking picture of the old prophecy fulfilled, when once Satan is cast down and the saints reign with their Lord in glory everlasting.”
We can also see this in light of Ephraim, the first born, who are in the Messiah and who will rule with Yahshuah in His Kingdom. We even see this somewhat foreshadowed now, since it is the nations of the Ephraimites and Judah who now have a certain rule or power (the upper hand) over this present world. I will be getting into this further in an upcoming newsletter when I will write about Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.
When the Messiah was wounded in the heel, part of the prophesy of Genesis 3:15 was fulfilled. Now that the heels that pertain to the other part of the prophecy, the crushing of the dragon’s head, are conjunctionally aligned, with Polaris (Arcas) being the Pole-Star, the season is ripe for this prophecy to come to pass.
TWO HOUSES, TWO FISH
It has been known from ancient times that the sign Pisces represents the nation of Israel. The following is from E.W. Bullinger’s The Witness of the Stars (1893) pp. 96, 97:
“Indeed, this Sign of PISCES has always been interpreted of Israel. Both Jews and Gentiles have agreed in this. ABARBANEL, a Jewish commentator, writing on Daniel, affirms that the Sign PISCES always refers to the people of Israel. He gives five reasons for this belief, and also affirms that a conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Saturn always betokens a crisis in the affairs of Israel. Because such a conjunction took place in his day (about 1480 A.D.) he looked for the coming of the Messiah.”
A hint to this can be seen in the written Scriptures. In Genesis 48:16 Jacob blesses Joseph’s sons, and says “Let them 1grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.” The margin in the KJV says, “1Heb. as fishes do increase.”
The New American Standard Bible has “may they multiply and proliferate abundantly, like multitudes of fish – may they become teeming multitudes.”
In the footnotes concerning this scripture on page 22 of Who is Israel, by Batya Wootten, it is written: “The ArtScroll Tanach Series (commentary from Talmudic, Midrashic and Rabbinic sources; hereafter called ArtScroll, translates the verse “May they proliferate abundantly like fish” (Genesis, Vol. 6, Mesorah, 1982, pp 2115-2117). This verse also can be translated, “May they multiply; may they grow into a multitude of fish” (as translated from The New Concordance of the Tanach by Rimona Frank, Hebrew editor). Perhaps this translation fits best, for “fishers of men” would one day be sent forth to gather scattered Israel (Mat. 4:19).”
The Coptic name for the constellation Pisces is Pi-cot Orion which means fish of him that cometh.
Now the two fish in the constellation Pisces could very well represent the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh as seen from above. But they most likely also represent the two houses of Israel; Ephraim and Judah. What I am about to share with you I could not find in any other writings on this Sign or constellation. Not in Rolleston’s work, or Bullinger’s, or Seiss’ or any other. Yet, when you see it, it seems so obvious.
E.W. Bullinger describes the two fish as such. The fish heading toward the North Pole represents the “Old Testament” saints (pre-Israel) who are heaven bound and have a heavenly inheritance, while the other fish along the ecliptic represents Israel, who has an earthly inheritance. I always had some difficulty with that one. Joseph Seiss describes the two fish as one representing the Church before Christ, and the other representing the Church after Christ. What Bob Wadsworth suggests as to the meaning of the two fish is, the one heading north represents Ephraim or the ten tribes of Israel who were taken captive to the north by the Assyrians, and the other fish as representing Judah who was taken captive to the east by Babylon over 125 years later.
The Sign Pisces represents Israel in affliction and bondage, or captivity as emphasized in its decan constellations of The Band, and Andromeda, the chained women. It is the Messiah, represented by the Sign Aries who will break the bands of captivity and bondage
“Hear now this, thou afflicted… Awake, awake; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem. … Shake thyself from the dust; Arise, and sit down O Jerusalem; Loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion. For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; And ye shall be redeemed without money. Isaiah 51:21-52:3
Chart 281 shows the constellation Pisces overlaid on a map of the ancient Mid-East. I took this picture of Pisces out of Joseph Seiss’ book The Gospel in the Stars, p. 84. It is the same picture that is used in Bullinger’s The Witness of the Stars.
This is somewhat eye opening, since the fish heading to the north is along the same route that the northern ten tribes were taken “captive” around 722 BC. They were first taken north, and then to the east. The other fish is heading in the direction that Judah was taken “captive” by the Babylonians around 586 BC. Some of the Judeans during that captivity were also taken north to Hamath, in line with the northern fish.
Most likely the prophets of old knew about this interpretation of the constellation Pisces. The constellation was in place at least 3,000 years before either captivity. Pisces is shown as the band and 2 fishes in the Denderah Zodiac, which dates to about 2,000 BC. This was over 1,200 years before the first captivity.
I look at this picture of Pisces and the Band in at least two ways; you may see more. But the bands also represent the bands of love that the “Lamb” (Aries) will use to gather Ephraim and Judah back to the land of Israel. It was at those times of captivities that the tribes were scattered throughout the earth, but there will come a time very soon, if it has not already begun, where Ephraim and Judah will be brought back together as one nation in Messiah. This is beautifully set forth in Ezekiel 37:15-28. If you didn’t read it the first time it was mentioned, here it is again.
“The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and for all the house of Israel his companions: And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.
And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these? Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand
And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand and before their eyes. And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms anymore at all: Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwelling places, wherein they have sinned and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever. Moreover, I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.”
The following article is from the Space.com staff dated on June 20, 2002.
“An asteroid about the size of a football field made one of the closest known approaches to Earth last Friday, June 14, zooming by just 75,000 miles (119,229 kilometers) away, less than a third of the distance to the Moon. The object was not detected until June 17, by astronomers working on the LINEAR search program, near Socorro, New Mexico. The space rock, now named 2002 MN, was traveling at more than 23,000 mph (10 km/s) when it passed Earth. The last time a known asteroid passed this close was back in December 1994, according to a statement issued by the Near Earth Object Information Center in the United Kingdom. The asteroid is small compared to some but still capable of causing local devastation had it hit the planet. A similar sized rock is thought to have exploded above Tunguska, Siberia in 1908. Thousands of acres of forest were flattened. Other boulder sized objects and smaller rocks routinely crash through Earth's atmosphere but go largely unnoticed. Astronomers say several close passes -- though not this close -- probably occur yet are undetected each year. Every few months, typically, an asteroid passing within the Moon's orbit is noticed before or shortly after it makes its closest approach to Earth.”
This asteroid missed the earth by about one hour. The asteroid on January 7, 2002 missed us by a little over 8 hours. The one on March 8, 2002 missed us by 4.5 hours, and this one by one hour. Warning shots across the bow?
Yahweh bless you and your family in His super-abundance of grace, mercy and love through His son Yahshuah HaMashiach.