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APRIL CALENDAR OF EVENTS
APRIL 3 - Mars (Michael) will be in conjunction with Saturn (Satan) in the constellation Pisces (represents the people of Israel). It was Michael who defended the people of Israel from Satan or their enemies in the Old Testament (Daniel 10:13 and 10:21), and is most likely doing so now and in the very near future.
Daniel 12:1 (KJV) - And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time; and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
It was on April 3/4, 1996 (the Passover that year) that there was a blood red total lunar eclipse seen over Jerusalem. The comet Hyakutake was also visible at this time. See "A Voice Crying in the Heavens", 2nd ed., pp. 103-107 for celestial events which occurred on April 3/4, 1996.
APRIL 10 - According to the popular Jewish calendar, sunset April 10 to sunset April 11 is the Passover and First Day of Unleavened Bread in 1998. It was on April 10/11 (depending on what location on Earth the observations were made) in 1996 and 1997 that the two comets, Hyakutake (1996) and Hale-Bopp (1997), were in the same exact position in the Heavens; in the forehead and between the eyes of Rosh Satan (the head of Satan) in the constellation Perseus. See "A Voice Crying in the Heavens", 2nd ed., pp. 131-132, and the September, 1996 issue of Biblical Astronomy for further insight.
Passover Sacrifice in Jerusalem
The following is from a March 24 news release by The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement - "On the 10th of April the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement, together with the Chai v'Kaiyam organization, intend to hold a Passover sacrifice on the Temple Mount. This reportedly will be done on an alter which is already prepared. The government of Israel has been asked to grant permission to hold a sacrifice on the Temple Mount this year.
The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement is determined to hold this sacrifice whether or not the government grants their permission. If permission is not granted to enter the Temple Mount, then the sacrifice will be performed in the City of David before the Southern gates of the Temple Mount, the main gates used by the Israelites to enter the Temple Mount during the time of the First and Second Temples. "Even though the Passover sacrifice has to be performed on the Temple Mount, we shall sacrifice it in the City of David as a symbolic act and as a first step for the fulfillment of this important commandment."
APRIL 13 - Sunset April 12, to sunset April 13, is the date of the Passover/First Day of Unleavened Bread according to the sighting of the first crescent light of the new moon after sunset, March 29. See the March, 1998 issue of Biblical Astronomy.
Pilgrimage to the Temple Mount
The following is from a March 24 news release by The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement. - "On April 13, the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement together with many Israelis will make a unique pilgrimage to the Temple Mount and march in the streets of the Old City and around all the gates of the Temple Mount. "Exactly as it was done in Biblical times, before Passover we shall cut the Omer, the first wheat, from the fields of Israel and bring it to the Temple Mount as a thanksgiving sacrifice and offering to the G-d of Israel."
"After the pilgrimage we will march in the Old City with flags, music and dancing. We shall also march around the walls of the Temple Mount and to all the gates of this holy site. Near the gates we will pray from the Psalms, dance and sing biblical songs. The most unique place on the march will be in front of the Eastern Gate. There we shall pray for the opening of the gate and the coming of Mashiach ben David through this special gate. There we shall swear to continue our campaign and activities with all our devotion and dedication and that we shall do everything to ensure that the terrible abomination on the Temple Mount will be stopped and moved and that the Third temple will soon be built in our lifetime."
Saturn is at superior conjunction, or at its furthest distance from the earth for the year on April 13.
APRIL 23 - The planets Jupiter (God) and Venus (Jesus Christ) will come into close conjunction in the constellation Aquarius. A bright crescent moon will also be visible very close to the conjunction of the two planets, which themselves will be burning bright in the pre-dawn skies.
The constellation Aquarius is representative of God's blessings being poured forth or the pouring out of the river of life or holy spirit. "I will pour out water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour out my Spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring;" "I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions" (Isa. 44:3; Joel 2:28). Joseph Seiss in his "Gospel in the Stars" refers to Aquarius as representing the record of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts.
Some of the stars in this constellation are Sa'ad al Melik (the record of the pouring forth or outpouring), Saad al sund (who goeth and returneth, or the pourer out), and Scheat (who goeth and returneth).
Charts 55 and 56 show the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus with the crescent moon near-by at 4:30 a.m., Israel Standard Time (add one hour for Daylight Savings Time). Figure 5 shows the approximate position of the moon and the planets at the time of conjunction as seen from Jerusalem. The moon and the planets are in the waterflow proceeding forth from the urn. The moon will be seen under the planets from the United States, and seen closer to the planets from the east coast. The best times for viewing this event from the U.S. will vary, depending on what latitude your location is. The far south will have a longer viewing period. If you go out about an hour before sunrise in your local area, you should get a good view of the event which will be visible above the east-northeast horizon. If Jupiter and Venus have not yet risen, then keep your eyes open for meteors while you wait.
Earlier in the morning in the skies over Jerusalem, the moon will pass conjunction with the stars Scheat (who goeth and returneth) and Markab (returning from afar) which are in the constellation Pegasus (The blessings quickly coming).
Another interesting celestial event that will be occurring on April 23, is the yearly Lyrid meteor shower which has its peak activity on this date. This shower should show some moderate activity with about 10 meteors per hour. The meteors radiate from the constellation Lyra (the Harp), which should be almost directly overhead just before dawn.
The constellation Lyra is symbolic in giving praise to the Lord or praise prepared for the conqueror such as is given in Rev. 5:8-14, 11:16-17 and 19:5-7. I suggest you read these. What is being portrayed in the heavens on the morning of April 23 is the outpouring of God's blessings or Spirit to His people, and praise being given to God and His son Jesus Christ.