Biblical Astronomy

July 1997

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The Comet Hale-Bopp will again be visible in the northern hemisphere from late August through late October in the early morning hours before sunrise. It will be difficult at best to see the comet with the naked eye, but it will be visible through binoculars and telescopes. Though the comet will not be very bright at that time, it will be in an interesting position in the heavens. Hale-Bopp will be in the constellation Argo (Noah's Ark) from mid August to late December. Argo represents a place of refuge for God's people in a time of great trouble on Earth. Such was the case during the Great Flood (see the article "The Great Flood" in the August, 1996 issue of Biblical Astronomy). This is particularly interesting since Hale-Bopp, as seen from Earth, comes from the constellation Pavo which represents Argos (Noah) the shipbuilder of Argo (see "A Voice Crying in the Heavens", page 61), and was last seen in this part of the solar system "in the days of Noah"!

Another interesting tidbit (this will cost you nothing extra) came to me via e-mail from Bob Schlenker, Christian Research Ministries, from an e-mail sent to him by Bill Cloud, Voice of Evangelism Ministries. The following is a quote from this message: "This upcoming Jewish year 5758 is spelled tav, shin, nun, chet. Nun, chet spells the name "noah". The year forms an acrostic for the "season of Noah." The year 5758 will begin this September according to the Hebrew Calendar (October according to the Jewish Talmudic Calendar). At either reckoning, Hale-Bopp will be in Noah's Ark at this time.

Chart 38 shows the path of Hale-Bopp from June 1, 1997, to September 4, 1997. The comet is not visible in the northern hemisphere of the earth from June 1, to early August. The comet passed through the constellation Monoceros from mid June to mid August. Monoceros (the Unicorn) is a modern constellation and not one of the original 48 constellations of the Mazzaroth, if it was, I would quote Daniel 8:5. It may have been part of Canis Major or Canis Minor in ancient times.

Chart 39 shows the path of Hale-Bopp from September 4, 1997, to December 1, 1997. The three constellations Puppis, Vela, and Carina are the modern names of the constellations which, as a whole, make up the ancient constellation Argo. Carina is the keel of the ship, Puppis the stern, and Vela the sail. I do not believe that Noah's Ark had a sail (it was more like a floating barge), but in its more ancient form, the picture of the constellation Argo may have appeared different.


Isaiah 19:19, 20 (KJV) - In that day shall there be an alter to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the Lord. And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the Lord because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them.

Many believe that the alter and pillar referred to here in Isaiah is the Great Pyramid of Giza. In ancient times, Egypt was divided into Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt. The Great Pyramid of Giza is on the border separating the two divisions, and also in the midst of Egypt, thus fulfilling the location given in Isaiah 19:19 of the alter and pillar of the Lord. It is also believed by many that this pyramid was constructed long before the Great Flood. The following is quoted from the Watcher Ministries website:

"The Decending Passage of the Great Pyramid is perfectly aligned with the center of the zenith of the heavens. Because of the precession of the equinoxes, a Pole Star shines precisely down the Decending Passage only once every several thousand years. In 2170 B.C. Alpha Draconis (Thuban, the Subtle One) shown directly down the Decending Passage. A new Pole Star will finally become aligned within the next few years; this star's name in Arabic is Al Ruccaba (The Revolved Upon). This is the principle star in the constellation Ursa Minor. To the ancients this constellation represented "The Stronghold of the Saved".

Each year the North Star shines further down the Decending Passage. It will illuminate the entrance to the Well Shaft, tellingly referred to as the Point of Last Escape, in 1997. The North Star will shine on the floor of the Subterranean Passage seven years later in 2004." See the October issue of Biblical Astronomy "Possessing the Gates of the Enemy" for more information on the Pole Star.

This could be very well be depicting a seven year tribulation period lasting from 1997 to 2004. With all of the other celestial signs and important calendar dates occurring this September, this could very well be the case, though it remains to be seen.

According to the popular Jewish Calendar (both Jewish Talmudic and Hebrew), the first day of the Jubile begins on the Day of Atonement, September 25, 2004. This is in agreement with Arthur Spier in his book "The Comprehensive Hebrew Calendar", paragraph C, page 225 in which he states "The 50-year cycle, or the Yobel (Jubilee) years. They were counted according to Maimonides, only as long as the Temple was in existence. Every 15th and 65th year in each century of the World Era are the Yobel years, and the intermediary years represent the seven cycles of the Shemittah (release) years. 2815, 2865, 3815, 3865, 4815, 4865 would be examples of the Yobel years." The year 2004 on the Gregorian Calendar is the year 5765 on the Jewish Calendar. The Stewarton Bible School asserts that the Jubile year falls on the 28th and 78th year on the Gregorian Calendar, and that the last Jubile was in 1978, and the next Jubile will be in 2028. Ralph Lyman, a Pyramidologist, contends that the last Jubile was in 1974. I contend that while Israel was not considered a nation after 70 A.D., the temple destroyed (no longer in existence) and most of the Judaens dispersed, that it could not fulfill the law in returning the land back to its original inheritants. Israel became a nation again in 1948. If God reckons the beginning of the counting of 49 years from that date, then the Jubile year will begin this September. But I can not say for certain if this is the case, only God knows. It also makes sense that the Jubile year will begin when Jesus Christ returns to the earth; when the land will be returned to the tribes of Israel, and all debts forgiven, and every man returned to his family, and liberty proclaimed throughout all of the land. The Lord will appear on Earth after the tribulation period, which could be in the year 2004. The beginning of Jesus Christ's millennial reign will be the grandest of Jubiles thus far. The Lord will set us straight at that time on God's Sacred Calendar.

Enclosed in this newsletter is an article from the Stewarton Bible School on The Sacred Calendar of the God of Israel, which goes into a bit more detail than the article that was in June's newsletter on how errors have crept into the Jewish calendar over the past centuries. Next month's issue of Biblical Astronomy will include the Sacred Calendar of God's feast dates from 1995 to 2004.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.