Biblical Astronomy

July 2005


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Nehemia Gordon from Jerusalem, Israel compiled the following New Moon Report for the month of July and the beginning of the Fifth Biblical Month (the month of Av) on the corrected Hebrew calendar.


“On July 7, 2005 the New Moon was sighted from Israel.  The new moon was first sighted by Magdi Shamuel at 20:04 from Ashdod.  The moon was then sighted by Neria Haroeh at 20:10 from Masliah and by Ferenc Illesy, Devorah Gordon, and Yehuda Hassin at 20:15 from Jerusalem.”


The first day of the Fifth Month began at sunset on July 7, 2005.  The next New Moon is expected to be sighted near sunset on August 6, 2005.


Below is a simulation of the new crescent Moon, Venus and Mercury in the constellation Cancer looking over the west-northwest horizon about 30 minutes after sunset on July 8 as seen from areas in the eastern time zone of the United States.  This was 8 hours after the new moon was spotted in Israel. 



Chart 397 shows the first crescent New Moon in conjunction with Saturn in the constellation Cancer as seen from Jerusalem on July 7, 2005 about 30 minutes after sunset.  At the same time, the planets Nogah (Venus) and Catab (Mercury) are in conjunction in the same constellation.  This is indeed a very unique event.  I was not aware of this one until very recently.


Chart 397 – Conjunction of New Moon and Saturn plus Venus and Mercury on July 7, 2005


The main theme for the sign Cancer is Messiah’s redeemed possessions held fast or a place of safety or refuge, a stronghold, for Messiah’s sheepfolds.


Here we have the Moon (Yahweh’s faithful witness in conjunction with Saturn (Satan), while at the same time, Nogah (the bright and morning star) is in conjunction with Catab (Gabriel).  It appears that Satan is perhaps breaking into the stronghold, but Messiah along with Gabriel is protecting the sheepfold.  I am not sure if this is the correct interpretation of this event; I am only speculating. I really don’t believe that Messiah’s stronghold can be broken into.  And I do not know if this has anything to do with the attacks in London much earlier that day (about 10 hours earlier from Jerusalem local time). The crescent Moon conjunction with Saturn may be a factor to consider here as a sign to radical Muslims to attack.  The moon and Saturn were also in conjunction and very close together on the evening of September 10, 2001.  See the article from the November 2001 issue of Biblical Astronomy later in this newsletter.




The planet Nogah (Venus) and the star Regulus came into conjunction in the constellation Arieh (Leo) in the early evening of July 22, 2005. 


Chart 398 shows the position of Nogah in Arieh when it was in conjunction with Regulus on that evening.  Catab (Mercury) is also seen here between the feet of the Lion.          



Chart 398 – Venus and Regulus in conjunction on July 22, 2005


From the earliest of times, Regulus has been known as the King star; not only for the constellation Arieh (it is the brightest star in that constellation) , but it is the King star of all of the stars in the Mazzaroth, even though there are many stars that are much brighter than Regulus. 


So here we have the bright and morning star representing Messiah in conjunction with the King star of the Lion of Judah, or the King of Judah, who is also Messiah.  This is an interesting conjunction but not at all rare since Venus comes into conjunction with Regulus at least once per year.


From a Biblical Astronomy viewpoint, I do not believe that this conjunction has anything to do with the bombings in Egypt at that time. But, the radical Muslims may have a unique astrology that they may have been following for this event and the July 7 event. 


They do seem to attack at times when a crescent moon is seen with a bright planet or star nearby.  Such was the case the night before each of the World Trade Center attacks.  The one attack in the 1993, and the latter in 2001.  There was also another lunar-planet configuration with a different planet the evening after the 9/11 attack, on September 12, 2001.  The July 7, 2005 attack on London occurred 10 to 12 hours before the Crescent Moon conjunction with Saturn.  This New Moon Crescent in conjunction with Saturn was seen from the Mid-east and Europe, not from the United States.  The New Moon Crescent in conjunction with Venus and Mercury was seen from the United States, but not from the Mid-east and Europe.  The Crescent Moon and Planet is a symbol on a number of flags of Muslim countries.


On July 17/18, 2005 the Moon occulted the star Antares in the constellation Scorpio.  This was visible from the United States, but not from Israel and Europe. 


Below is an article from the November 2001 issue of Biblical Astronomy on the lunar-planet configurations before and after the attacks on the World Trade Center.


THE CONJUNCTION OF THE MOON AND PLANET FACTOR – by Robert Scott Wadsworth November 2001


The facts reported in this article may be purely coincidental, but they are interesting nonetheless.


During its orbit around the earth, the moon passes all the planets at least once every month.  There are certain times that the moon passes particularly close to the planets as seen from the earth.  Such was the case of the occultation of Venus on July 17, 2001 and the occultation of Saturn on September 10, 2001 (See the Sept/Oct issue of Biblical Astronomy).  There was also a very close approach of the moon to Jupiter on September 12, 2001 as shown on Chart 233.  This occurred in the constellation Gemini.  As seen from Alaska, the moon occulted Jupiter at this time. 


Of course both of the recent occultations of September 10, and 12 occurred one day before and one day after September 11, 2001, when the World Trade Center was attacked and destroyed by terrorists from radical Muslim factions.


The crescent moon and star is a special emblem to Muslim nations.  It is seen in the flag of some Muslim nations, such as Turkey, Algeria and Pakistan. The closeness of the moon and star on these flags suggests such an astronomical event as an occultation.  The brightest “stars” as seen from earth are the planets Venus and Jupiter.  The planets Mars, Mercury and Saturn are also very bright when at their maximum magnitude.


I read some years ago that certain Muslim factions see the sign of the moon and star as a sign for successful aggression against their enemies and that they plan special events around that sign.  (I cannot find the article and have so far found nothing else to substantiate this.  If any of the readers of this article know about such information, please send it to me).  Again, this is when the moon passes particularly close to a planet.    


I find this interesting in light of the fact that a bright crescent moon passed the very brilliant planet Venus on February 25, 1993 in the constellation Pisces.  The first bombing of the World Trade Center took place one day later, on February 26, 1993.


If there is some connection between the lunar-planet occultations and when certain Muslim factions plan attacks on their enemies, it doesn’t mean that such attacks will be successful or actually carried out every time this celestial event occurs.”


I know the newsletters are running late and that the events of July 2005 have already occurred.  I hope to get caught up in August, with the August issue being finished and sent by August 12, and the September issue by August 24.  We will see.





Well, not really, but that is what some pranksters would have you believe.  I have been flooded with e-mails over the past two months inquiring if a certain e-mail going around is factual.  There are a few versions of this prank or hoax e-mail going around.  Below is the text of one of them.  The word Chuck should give you a clue.


Subject: Red Planet


Hi Gang!  This should be interesting!  Chuck

The Red Planet is about to be spectacular!  This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history.  The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.  Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth in the Last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years before it happens again.

The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky.  It will attain a magnitude of -2.9 and will appear 25.11 arc seconds wide.  At a modest 75-power magnification.By August 27, Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.

Mars will be easy to spot. At the beginning of August it  will rise in the east at 10 p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m.

By the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30 a.m. That's pretty convenient to see something that no human being has seen in recorded history. So, mark your calendar at the beginning of August to see Mars grow progressively brighter and brighter throughout the month.

Share this with your children and grandchildren.


This e-mail is pretty much a hoax or prank.  The event that it is speaking of (less the erroneous statements in the text) occurred on August 27, 2003.  Most of you should remember that event.  I did a number of articles on it in the 2003 newsletters.


The facts are a bit off in this e-mail.  Mars came closer to the earth in about the last 60,000 years, not 5,000.  And it will be that close or closer again at least three times in the next 1,007 years.  That Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye is another clue to this being a prank.  It is just such an absurd statement.  In order for Mars to look that large to the naked eye, it would have to come within 600,000 miles of the earth, not 34.65 million miles. 


There is another website that is making the statement that certain celestial events occurring in August are “astounding.”  The celestial events that the article mentions are occurring, but there is nothing “astounding” about them.  They are normal events that occur all of the time.  For instance one event is that Jupiter is in a certain position in Virgo or Bethulah.  There is nothing rare or astounding about this since Jupiter is in that same spot at least once every twelve years, with the other planets of Venus and Mars in that constellation at the same time with it as well.  I will not go into the name of the person who wrote the article, nor the website that it is on.  The only reason that I am mentioning it here is because I am also getting a number of e-mails inquiring about this as well and hope to curtail more of them by writing about it here.  There are no foreseeable rare or “astounding” celestial events occurring in August.  Though the Perseids Meteor Shower may be fun to watch around August 12.




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Ophiuchus and Serpens


Ophiuchus and Serpens


The struggle with the enemy



Complementing Scripture to this constellation picture:  Genesis 3:15 – YHWH Elohim speaking to serpent:


And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed;

            He will crush your head, and you will bruise his heel. (Combination of KJV, NIV and The Scriptures)


The Seed of the woman is the coming Messiah, who turned out to be, and is, Y’shua (Jesus).


The name Ophiuchus is from the Hebrew and Arabic name Afeichus, which means the serpent held.


Stars in Ophiuchus (the Serpent Holder) and meanings of their names


Ras al Hagus (Arabic) – the brightest star and in the head means, the head of him who holds.


Triophas – not identified, means treading under foot.


Saiph – in the foot of Ophiuchus that the stinger of the Scorpion is poised to strike, means bruised.


Carnebus – not identified, means the wounding.


Megaros – not identified, means contending.


Stars in Serpens (the Serpent) and meanings of their names


Unuk – brightest star and in the neck, means encompassing.  Another Hebrew name is Alyah, the accursed.   From this Al Hay (Arabic), the reptile.


Cheleb, or Chelbalrai (Arabic) – the next brightest star, means the serpent enfolding.


From E.W. Bullinger’s The Witness of the Stars, page 57 concerning Ophiuchus –


 “He is at one and the same moment shown to be seizing the serpent with his two hands, and treading on the very heart of the scorpion, marked by the deep red star Antares (wounding).”


“In Scorpio we see merely the effort to wound Ophiuchus in the heel; but here we see the effort of the serpent to seize THE CROWN, which is situated immediately over the serpent’s head, and to which he is looking up and reaching forth.


The contest is for Dominion!  It was the Devil, in the form of a serpent, that robbed the first man of his crown; but in vain he struggled to wrest it from the sure possession of the Second Man.  Not only does he fail in the attempt, but is himself utterly defeated and trodden under foot.”


The serpent is also attempting to seize our crowns.  It is written concerning the assembly in Philadelphia in Revelation 3:11 – “I am coming soon.  Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.”  (NIV)