Biblical Astronomy

February 2006


Editor – Robert Scott Wadsworth <> P.O. Box 2272, Oregon City, OR 97045

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Nehemia Gordon from Jerusalem, Israel compiled the following New Moon Report for the month of January and the beginning of the Twelfth Biblical Month.


“On Monday January 30, 2006 the New Moon was sighted by many observers across Israel.  The New Moon was sighted by: Magdi Shamuel from Ashdod at 17:24; Tim and Deb Arndt from Poriyya at 17:31; Roberto Umana from Tzur Hadasah at 17:35; Hellen Siemens, Ray Dow, Terry Fehr and a group of more than 10 other observers from Jerusalem at 17:44.”


The next New Moon is expected to be visible from Jerusalem, Israel near sunset on March 1, 2006.  This will most likely be the beginning of the Thirteenth Biblical Month and thus this will be an added or additional month to the Biblical calendar this year.




Grzegorz Pojmanski from the Warsaw University Astronomical Observatory discovered a new comet on January 1, 2006.  The name and designation of the comet is Comet Pojmanski C/2006 A1. 


My computer models on this comet showed its magnitude to be well below naked eye visibility during its passing, thus I was not going to do an article on it.  However, from mid February the magnitude of the comet brightened to naked eye visibility.  On February 20, its magnitude was 5.3.  Although this is within the range of naked eye visibility, it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to see with the naked eye in pristine and very dark skies.  However, it may become brighter in late February to early March.  The comet will be visible in the early morning sky (~ 4 am to 5 am).


Below is a photo of the comet taken by Michael Mattiazzo on February 7, 2006.



Chart 409 shows the path of C/2006 A1 from February 10, 2006 to March 11, 2006.  The comet passes through the backside of Sagittarius, the head of Capricornus, and the head of Delphinus. 


Comet Pojmanski will reach perihelion (its closest approach to the sun) on February 22, 2006.  Computer models show the comet reaching its brightest magnitude on February 27.  Chart 410 shows the position of the comet in Capricornus on February 27, 2006 when it may reach its brightest magnitude.  The comet is at its brighter magnitudes as it passes through the head of Capricorn up to Delphinus (the dolphin).


The main theme of the sign Capricornus is: The goat of atonement slain for the redeemed.  The theme of the constellation Delphinus (the dolphin) is: The dead one rising again or the resurrection of Y’shua the Messiah.


The comet passing through these constellations at its brighter magnitudes brings me to remembrance and thanksgiving of what Messiah accomplished for us all by becoming the sacrifice for us and nailing our trespasses to the cross.  While we were yet sinners, he died for us to the end that


Chart 409 – Path of Comet Pojmanski from February 10 to March 11, 2006


Chart 410 – Position of Comet Pojmanski at its projected brightest magnitude on February 27


we are justified by his blood and are saved from wrath through him.  Through the resurrection of the Messiah, we are also raised from death to a new life free from sin.  We can now reckon ourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Messiah Y’shua.


Comet Pojmanski will reach its closest approach to the earth on March 4/5, 2006 at a distance of about 71.7 million miles.   The chart below shows the position of the comet on March 5, 2006 between the constellations Capricornus and Delphinus.






In the January 2006 issue of Biblical Astronomy I included a quote from E.W. Bullinger’s The Witness of the Stars, pp. 62, 63 concerning the constellation Sagittarius, particularly on the man sitting on the horse with a bow, and going forth conquering and to conquer.  In The Witness of the Stars, Bullinger identifies the man in Sagittarius as Messiah and associates him with the man in Revelation 6:2.  However, in his book Commentary on Revelation, which was written some years later, he argues against this point and identifies the man in Revelation 6:2 as the anti-messiah, though he does not argue against the point that the man with the bow in Sagittarius is the true Messiah. 


Most of us have assumed through the years that the man with the bow sitting on the white horse in Revelation 6:2 is the Antichrist.  One thing we should ask ourselves is: did we come to that conclusion from studying the scriptures for ourselves or from hearing it from others. 


There has actually been much debate on this subject over the last century.  In my First and Second Editions (p.112) of A Voice Crying in the Heavens I mention E.W. Bullinger’s thoughts on this subject, both from The Witness of the Stars (published 1893) and his Commentary on Revelation.  I also mentioned at that time (1996), that I agreed with his thoughts on the subject from his Commentary on Revelation that the man in Revelation 6:2 was most likely the Antichrist.  That was a decade ago.  Through more Scriptural study I came into more questions on the subject.  I am really not absolutely sure at this time one way or the other.  Joseph Seiss in his Gospel of the Stars, p.52, (published 1882) also speaks of the man with the bow in Sagittarius as the Messiah and as the man of Revelation 6:2.  Below is an excerpt from his book speaking on Sagittarius.


“When on earth He was despised and rejected of men, but here He is celebrated as ‘beautiful, beautiful, above the sons of man,’ endowed with every grace and invested with all authority and power.  When on earth He was meek and non-resistant, not breaking so much as a bruised reed; but here He is contemplated and addressed as a mounted warrior, riding as a king, armed with bow and arrows, shooting down his enemies.  His character here is that of the Mighty One, girding himself with honor and majesty, and going forth in victory.  John, in his visions of the future, beheld ‘a white horse; and He that sat on him had a bow; and He went forth conquering and to conquer.’  It is the same divine Hero, in the same character, offices, and work, in both instances.  He has a crown, a throne, and a cause – the cause of righteousness over against injustice, usurpation, and tyranny; which cause He enforces with invincible majesty...”


It seems that it was the theology of the 19th century that this man of Revelation 6:2 is Messiah.  This theology appears to have changed in the early 20th century.  I have not yet traced the root or roots of this change.  I implore the reader to study the Scriptures on this subject for him or her self, and not go by assumptions or entirely by what other men comment on the subject, whether it is (meaning no disrespect) E.W. Bullinger, Joseph Seiss, Michael Rood, Bob Wadsworth, Hal Lindsey or whoever.


Some questions that one might consider are:


Why does the release of each of the four horses in Revelation 6 correspond to the Messiah opening each of the first four seals on the book or scroll (most likely the title deed to the earth)?


The first horse went forth and the second went out.  Where did these horses go forth or out from?  In the previous verses John was “before Him That sitteth on the throne.”  Did these horses go forth or out from before the throne of the Almighty?


Are the different colored horses pulling the chariots in Zechariah 6 which are described in verse 5 – ‘These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth’ – related to or the same as the horses of Revelation 6?


There are many more questions that one may ask and contemplate on, but I do not have the time at the moment to do a 50-page dissertation on the subject.  These questions are for your consideration if you wish to consider them.  Please do not e-mail me answers or other questions on this.  I do not have the time to go into hours and days of discussion on this right now.  I am already aware of most theologies on this subject.  I need all the time that I can muster to work on the Third Edition of A Voice Crying in the Heavens.  My goal to finish the book keeps getting pushed ahead.  My goal now is to have the writing finished by the spring of 2007.  This will be a much more comprehensive work than the previous two editions.  I was hoping to have it finished by the late spring of 2006 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the first edition.  But that is just not going to happen.  The completed project is however, well worth waiting for.


These newsletters seem to be released later in the month as the months go by.  Here it is February 24, which is the date that I will finish and mail this issue (February 2006).  I will however (YHVH willing), start working on the March issue immediately and have it written and mailed by March 7.  The April issue should be finished and mailed by March 31, since it will include the Barley Report and New Moon Report that will most likely begin the new Biblical Year and set forth the Feast dates.


If you have e-mailed me a question or questions, or material to look at and I have not yet replied, it is because I am constricted by time though I do answer as many as I can as time allows.  I do not delete the e-mails until I answer them (most of the time).  If they are questions that take a lot of writing to answer or material more than 2 pages long, it may be months before I have the time to reply to them.  Biblical Astronomy is a one-person operation (except for help from the Almighty).  I do not have any staff to write for me, or answer questions, or do the mailing of products, or edit and proof-read my writing for me, or do my research, or answer the phone.  My wife Marcia works full time and keeps busy enough with her job.  I do the best I can but may not be as timely as some would like in some areas. 


There are times when I just get plain burned out and can’t write for days.  At such times I take mini Sabbaticals to rest, read and soak in Scriptures, pray to and praise the Almighty, and get recharged from The Holy Spirit.  It is my up-most desire to share with you what YHVH puts on my heart concerning what He has created in the heavens and the celestial events that are occurring in the heavens as He set them forth in motion at the creation to show us about the coming of the Promised Seed, Messiah, not only in his first appearing where he came to suffer and labor, becoming the despised sin offering for us all, but also in his second appearing as KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS which we all yearn to see. 


What I wrote above about being a one- person operation is actually not entirely true.  I am very thankful for all of your support and prayers.  I am also very thankful for Michele Abraham who is doing all of the paintings for the restoration of the 48 constellations of the Mazzaroth.  She is supplying a major contribution to each monthly newsletter as well as to the upcoming book.  Much thought and work goes into each figure.  Michele has spent countless hours in her research and drawings and we have also spent many hours discussing how to go about each figure.  Restoring the constellations is a massive project and will take time to complete.  We have a goal of getting them done by next spring since they will be a large part of the new book.  But this project would not get done without her steadfast faith in YHVH and her hard work.  Thank you Michele. YHVH bless you and prosper you richly.


I (Bob Wadsworth) am available to teach a Biblical Astronomy Seminar in your area.   Call me or e-mail me at the number or address given in the heading of this newsletter if you are interested.  I am all booked up in May 2006 but I am available for other months.


The shalom of YHVH and His Son Y’shua be with you.








He cometh


Decan constellation of the Sign Bethulah (Virgo).


Ancient Names for this constellation


Bo (Heb.) – to come, meaning the coming.


Bau (Egypt.) – the coming one.


Bootes (Gr.) – is from the Hebrew root Bo, to come.


Arcturus He cometh


Complementing scripture to this constellation picture


Revelation 14:14-16 – And I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and upon the cloud One sat like unto the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle.  And another angel came out of the Temple, crying with a loud voice to Him That sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for Thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”  And He That sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.


Stars in Bootes and the meanings of their names


Arcturus – he cometh, is a first magnitude star and the brightest star in the constellation.


Nekkar – the pierced (or Nekka)


Al Katurops – the branch, treading under foot.


Mirac – the coming forth as an arrow or Mizar – the preserver, guarding.


Muphride – who separates.


Merga – who bruises (or Mergar)


In some ancient planispheres, Bootes is seen with a staff as we have depicted in this picture and others have him with a spear in place of the staff.  Also, some planispheres do not show him holding a sickle but it was most likely included in the more ancient planispheres now extinct.  The ancient name for this constellation, Arcturus, is mentioned in Job 9:9 – “Which maketh Arcturus, Orion and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.”  From ancient times this constellation was known as the shepherd and guardian of the “greater” and “lesser” sheepfolds that are portrayed by Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, thus we put the staff in his right hand instead of a spear.  Bootes portrays the Great Shepherd of the sheepfolds and flocks belonging to the Almighty and also portrays the “Son of Man” coming to harvest the earth at the end of this age.  In the Sign Bethulah (Virgo) we see the birth of Messiah in the main constellation and also in the decan constellation Coma, which also shows him as an infant child, the desired of all nations.  The decan constellations Centaurs and Lupus portray the Messiah going silently before his accusers and becoming the despised sin offering.  In Bootes we see Messiah Y’shua coming back as KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS, harvesting the earth in judgment.