Nehemia Gordon from Jerusalem, Israel compiled the following New Moon Report for the month of June and the beginning of the Fourth Biblical Month.
The next new moon should be visible from Jerusalem near sunset on July 23 when the moon will be 3.66% illuminated and 11.1o above the horizon at 5 minutes past sunset.
PENUMBRAL LUNAR ECLIPSE
There will be a penumbral lunar eclipse that will be visible throughout the United States with optical aids on July 6/7, 2009. According to NASA, this eclipse will not be visible to the naked eye. The following is from the online NASA Lunar Eclipse page at http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/lunar.html
“July's penumbral eclipse is only of academic interest since the magnitude is just 0.156. Although the Moon will be above the horizon from most of Canada, the eclipse is so minor as to be completely invisible to the naked eye.”
eclipses occur when the moon passes through the penumbral or light shadow of
the earth and are very difficult if not impossible to see. Lunar eclipses occur about two weeks before
or two weeks after a solar eclipse. The
solar/lunar eclipses occur about every six months. At times, there can be two penumbral lunar
eclipses, which occur two weeks before and two weeks after a solar
eclipse. Such is the case with the
upcoming solar/lunar eclipse cycle.
There is a penumbral lunar eclipse on June 6/7, a solar eclipse on June
22, and another penumbral lunar eclipse on
498 shows the position of the moon in
Sagittarius at the peak of the penumbral eclipse as seen from Portland, Oregon
on the evening of
Chart 498 – Position of the moon in Sagittarius at the peak of the Penumbral Eclipse on July 5
TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
will be a total eclipse of the sun on
Chart 499 shows the position of the sun in the constellation Cancer at the peak of the eclipse as seen from eastern China.
Chart 499 – The sun and the moon in Cancer at the peak of the Total Solar Eclipse on July 22
The constellation Cancer represents a place of refuge or safety for Yahweh’s sheepfold. In the chart the position of the planet Mercury (Catab) is between the two stars Asellus Borealis (the Northern Ass) and Asellus Australis (the Southern Ass). Donkeys or Asses are placed in with sheep herds to protect them from predators such as wolves and coyotes. Mercury represents the archangel Gabriel who is perhaps giving a hand to the donkeys here by blowing his shofar to issue a sound of alarm or warning to the sheepfold.
There are some neat celestial sights in July though they do not have any apparent meaning as particular signs. Nevertheless, they make for good viewing. Below is a simulation from Astronomy.com of the early pre-dawn sky about an hour before sunrise on July 15 as seen from the eastern United States (will be a nice view for the rest of the U.S. as well). At that time, Venus will be shinning very brightly between the horns of Taurus. Mars is also clearly visible above and fairly close to Venus. If you happen to be up at that time, take a gander toward the eastern horizon.
The constellation Taurus represents Messiah, the coming Judge of all the earth. Venus represents the Bright and Morning Star and Mars represents the archangel Michael or blood and war, or, the atoning blood of Messiah. The horns of the reem represent the wrath of God thrusting forward against His enemies.
A waning bright crescent moon joins the show in the early predawn sky on July 18 as seen on the simulation below.
The moon here is just below the star cluster the Pleiades which represents the seven stars of Revelation 1:16, 20.
JULY METEOR SHOWERS
The following is an article from Astronomy.com concerning meteor showers in July.
Meteor season starts to rev up
“July begins a 2-month period of heightened meteor activity. A few small showers grace the night sky while one of the biggest — the Perseids — begins to ramp up as the month winds down. A Last Quarter Moon will mar the Perseids' peak in August, but late July gives us a good look at the early ones. The best views of meteors come after (because they then hit Earth's leading hemisphere) when the Moon is out of the sky. The Moon cooperates from a few days before New Moon (July 21) until month's end.
The top July meteor shower should be the Southern Delta Aquarids. They peak the night of July 27/28, so the best views will come before dawn on the 28th. The shower remains active several days before and after. At the peak, you can expect to see up to 10 meteors per hour from a dark site. Those who live farther south, where the radiant lies higher in the sky, will see more meteors.”
The radiant of the Delta Aquarids is in the constellation Aquarius, which represents Yahweh’s blessings being poured forth upon His people. May His blessings shower down upon us.
Chart 500 – Radiant of the Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower in water urn of Aquarius
Chart 500 shows the radiant of the Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower
in the urn of Aquarius from where
Yahweh’s blessings are poured forth. At Pentecost on
This is the good news, that anyone who confesses and believes the above can become a fellow heir, of the same body, and made a partaker of His promise in Messiah through the gospel.
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YHVH bless you in the abundance of His love.
CETUS (the Beast from the Sea)
The great enemy bound
Cetus is a decan constellation to the Sign Aries.
Knem (Dendurah) – subdued.
Cetus (Lat.) – sea monster, whale.
Job 41:1-10 (R.V.) – "Canst thou draw out
Leviathan with a fish hook? Or press down his tongue with a cord?
Canst thou put a rope into his nose? Or pierce his jaw through with a hook?... Shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him? None is so fierce that he dare stir him up."
Isaiah 26:21-27:1 – "Behold, the LORD cometh forth out of His place To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity... In that day the LORD, with His sore, and great, and strong sword, Shall punish Leviathan, the piercing serpent, And Leviathan, the crooked serpent; And He shall slay the dragon that is in the sea."
Psalm 74:12-14 – "For God is my king of old, Working salvation in the midst of the earth. Thou didst divide (marg. Heb., break) the sea by Thy strength, Thou brakest the heads of the dragons (RV marg., sea monsters) in the waters. Thou brakest the heads of Leviathan in pieces."
Revelation 13:1, 5 (NIV) – “And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea... 5The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority forty-two months.”
Revelation 19:19-20 (NKJV) – “And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Revelation 20:1-3 (KJV) - “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2And he laid hold on the Dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
Stars in Cassiopeia and the meanings of their names
Menkar (Heb.) – the bound or chained enemy.
Diphda (Heb.) or Deneb Kaitos – overthrown, or thrust down.
Mira (Heb.) – The Rebel.
The constellation Cetus represents both the dragon mentioned throughout Revelation and the beast from the sea who comes from the dragon and to whom the dragon gives his authority to continue for 42 months and make war against the saints (Rev. 13:5-7). Cetus is also the Leviathan of Job 41:1-10, Psalm 74:14 and Isaiah 26:21-27:1.
In Greek mythology it was the sea monster Cetus that was sent to out to devour Andromeda. The Biblical portrayal of Andromeda is The redeemed in their bondage and affliction and also the picture of the captive daughter of Zion (Isaiah 52:2). In Revelation 12 the dragon/serpent sets out to devour the woman who brought forth the man-child. She is given two wings of a great eagle that she might fly into a place prepared for her in the wilderness where she is nourished for a time, times and half a time (42 months) from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth a flood to devour the woman, but the earth opened her mouth and devoured the flood and saved the woman (see Rev. 12:13-17).
Cetus is pictured with two bands attached to his neck. These are the two bands that are attached to the two fish of Pisces. The fish represent the nation of Israel as a whole and also the two houses of Israel, Ephraim and Judah. They are seen here bound to Cetus which represents various nations throughout history, including, Egypt, Babylon and an upcoming dark and evil kingdom of the dragon.
Fortunately, the ram Aries, which represents Messiah Y’shua is seen here breaking the bands with his foreleg, setting the captives free. The front paws of the beast are seen trying to block the flow of the river Eridanus, which in ancient times was known as the river of fire. As suggested by E.W. Bullinger in his book The Witness of the Stars, p. 130, “In vain the sea monster, Cetus, strives to stop its flow. It is “the river of the Judge,” and speaks of that final judgment in which the wicked will be cast into the lake of fire.” The beast has a destiny with this lake.
In its portrayal as the dragon, Cetus represents the great enemy bound. The brightest star in the constellation is Menkar, which means the bound or chained enemy. This star is located in the snout of Cetus. The scriptures that goes with this portrayal is Revelation 20:1-3.
During the Fall Feasts each year, Cetus is seen standing on the Mediterranean Sea in the pre dawn skies looking west from Jerusalem. This is a portrayal of Revelation 13:1 as written in the NIV (see above).