Nehemia Gordon from Jerusalem, Israel compiled the
following New Moon Report for the month of April 2007 and the beginning of the
Second Biblical Month.
“On Wednesday 18 April 2007 the New Moon was
sighted from Israel. Roy Hoffman first
sighted the moon from Maale Adumim at 19:12 and Bruce Brill first sighted the
moon at 19:21 from El-David (near Tekoa).”
The next New Moon, which will be the
beginning of the Third Biblical Month, should be visible from Jerusalem near
sunset on May 17, 2007.
METEOR SHOWER UPDATE
Comet Lovejoy reached a peak magnitude of
around 7.4 around April 23, which is well outside the naked eye limit. The comet is now fading away. The length of its year is still uncertain so
it may not return for centuries or even millennia.
I have heard no reports on the Lyrid Meteor
Shower that peaked on April 22/23. Since
there have been no reports of a spectacular show, I can only assume that it put
on its normal or average annual show.
There are no foreseeable spectacular
celestial events scheduled for May. The
highlight of the month is the occultation of Saturn on May 14.
On May 22, 2007 the moon will occult (pass in
front of) the planet Saturn. This
event is not a particularly rare event, but an interesting event to observe.
Chart 437 shows the position of Saturn and the
moon at the peak of the occultation just inside the borderline of the
constellation Leo (Arieh) the Lion. As mentioned in previous writings, Arieh
the Lion represents the Lion of the Tribe of Judah destroying his enemy the
serpent in the portrayal of the war between the woman’s seed and the serpent’s
seed and Saturn represents Satan.
Chart 437 – Lunar occultation of Saturn
as seen from Jerusalem at 11:30 pm on May 22, 2007
At the time of the occultation, the moon will
be a waxing crescent moon and will be 39.5 percent illuminated. This will be seen throughout the Mid-east.
Before the occultation the thick crescent moon will be close to the planet Saturn,
which will be shinning fairly bright at a magnitude 0.48. There are certain Muslim cults that see a
crescent moon next to a bright planet as a sign of victory over their enemies,
but here the victory goes to Judah. This
may or may not mean that anything particular will occur around this time, but
is a reminder that Messiah will destroy the enemy nonetheless.
Jupiter (Zedek) will reach opposition and
its closest approach to the earth for the year on June 5, 2007. Opposition is
when an outer planet reaches a position seen from Earth opposite the sun or 180
degrees from the sun as seen in the diagram below.
Chart 438 shows the position of Zedek (Jupiter)
in the constellation Scorpio during opposition on June 5, 2007. Zedek will reach a peak magnitude of
–2.60 and will be shinning very bright at this time.
Chart 438 – Position of Jupiter in
Scorpio during its opposition on June 5, 2007
As mentioned in earlier writings, Zedek
represents both Yahweh our righteousness and Y’shua (Jesus Christ) who is a
high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek (spelling from Psalm
110:4, also see the text in Hebrews 5:6-10).
As also mentioned, Scorpio represents
the enemy of the Seed of the woman and its ancient name Akrab means
conflict or war. See the December
2006/January 2007, February 2007 and March/April 2007 issues of Biblical
Astronomy for the recent rare celestial events that have occurred in this Sign.
The planet Zedek (Jupiter) is in the
process of undergoing some interesting changes in its atmosphere and how it
appears to astronomers as seen from earth through telescopes. I believe that these are normal atmospheric changes
that occur over many years due to storms on the planet but I do not know for
sure at this time how normal or rare they are.
The following article written by Sean Walker
is an April 11, 2007 news release from Sky & Telescope.
“Times, they are a-changin' on Jupiter. The planet is now shining in fine view in the southern sky before dawn, and as first noted earlier this year by amateurs around the globe, Jupiter's familiar dark cloud belts and bright zones are in the midst of a facelift. John Rogers, director of the British Astronomical Association's Jupiter Section, reports that several different latitudes on the planet are showing rapidly developing phenomena.
The new white spots noted on March 29th by Zac Pujic have now spread out within the North Tropical Zone (NTrZ) and the North Temperate Belt (NTeB), disturbing a long swath of the thin, almost invisible NTeB. These spots are bright at all wavelengths from ultraviolet to near-infrared, implying that their cloud tops extend to a high altitude.
The Equatorial Zone (EZ) continues to appear much darker and more turbulent than in previous years, displaying enormous, dramatic plumes and an unusually large, dark Equatorial Band along its center.
The Great Red Spot (GRS) is relatively strongly colored and resides in the newly re-formed Red Spot Hollow — which outlines the famous storm in white, helping to make it appear more prominent than any time in the last decade. If your scope has never shown the Great Red Spot, try again now. (To find the times when the Red Spot will be on Jupiter's central meridian, use our handy Red Spot calculator.)
Meanwhile in the planet's southern regions, Oval BA or "Red Spot Jr." (at the South Temperate Belt) shows no sign of dissipating or turning back to white. Right now a bridge of dark material crossing the South Tropical Zone seems to be interacting with BA, though this is most likely a chance appearance due to them currently being aligned.
Amateurs are encouraged to follow these developments whenever possible. Images may be uploaded to the image archive of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO). Browse the archive to compare people's pictures to what you've observed!”
is an interesting note on the name Jupiter from Mazzaroth by Frances
Rolleston in the Addenda, The Planets.
Jah, corrupted into Ja, offers no difficulty to the Bible student. “Praise Him in His name Jah,” will occur in every one such. Pether, or Piter, to open as a gate, as a line of descent, whence Pater and Father in modern languages, to set free. “Setting free” originates a stream of water of a course of events; and the line of a pedigree is originated by the father, man by Adam, the Jews by Abraham. So Pater may be referred to the Hebrew root Pater, whence “Pater,” Latin, &c. One meaning of Zedek, the Oriental name of Jupiter, is to set free by justifying.
My note: We are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Messiah Y’shua, Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:24)
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YAHWEH!!! MICHELE IS BACK!!!
I lost contact with Michele Abraham in
January and she has been in my prayers ever since. I received a phone call from Michele in early
April. She is now working for Michael
Rood’s ministry in Jefferson, Oregon.
Michele is doing great and has agreed to start doing the constellation
pictures again. She has all the
equipment that she needs for this massive project and hopes to start back at it
soon. At present she is doing this
project without financial recompense. I
hope to raise enough money from those who subscribe to the newsletters and
online book so that this ministry can give to her financially for all her hard
Michele and I work together via phone and
e-mails on how the constellations should appear and at times she draws out two
or three pictures to get the picture with the right balance. So far we have about 1/3 of the constellations
finished and about 32 more to go.
My many thanks to the subscribers of Biblical
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in the past few months by your prayers.
I look forward to serving you in the coming months.
YAHWEH BLESS YOU RICHLY IN HIS GRACE, MERCY AND