Brothers and sisters in Christ, for the last five years, I’ve been eagerly waiting and watching for the return of our Lord, the Bridegroom. Unable to see anything but the staggeringly prophetic signs of the times, I’ve grown increasingly expectant of His arrival. And now, in 2017, we seem to have more than just a sign of the times to herald the Lord’s swift coming. We now have a visible illustration appearing in the stars this September which just happens to be exactly what is described in Revelation 12, and according to those who have used planetarium software to diligently search the last several thousand years of astral alignments, it is the only time this sign has appeared—or will appear any time soon in future millennia—and it’s all pointing to the highly auspicious Jewish festival of Yom Teruah, in which are instituted sacred rites and observances that clearly allude to the rapture.
This may, in fact, be what Jesus spoke of when He said in Matthew 24:30, “Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man…”, an event that is followed immediately by our joining with Christ in the clouds. “… And He will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
If you are watching for the Lord’s soon return, you will not want to miss this.
But first, let’s analyze some symbols.
“And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days.”
Who is the woman, who is pursued by Satan but nourished by God for 1,260 days? She is physical Israel, represented by a remnant of Jews chosen to repent after the rapture. The child she births to rule all nations is the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, who was incarnated through the bloodline of the Jews, hence the Jews’ representation as His mother. Her 12-star crown represents the 12 tribes of Israel, again identifying the woman as blood Israel, who will be the sole focus of the Devil’s persecution in the three and a half years leading to the second coming of Christ.
I say “sole focus” because the Church will not be on earth during that time. As Revelation 12 says, the Dragon only begins His pursuit of the woman after he misses his chance to devour her child.
“And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle so that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time.”
The woman’s child was Satan’s first target,
but the child is “caught up to God and to His throne.”
That’s the rapture.
The child represents both Christ and His Church, for we the Church are one body with Him. He is the Head, and we are the rest of the body. The only reason our salvation works is because we are counted as one body with Him. That’s how all of His merits and perfections are imputed to us who believe.
“And He is the head of the body, the church.”
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
(1 Corinthians 12:27)
Yes, we the Church, the Body of Christ, joining with the Head in the rapture, are imaged here in Revelation 12 as the male child who is finally born, and who collectively will co-rule all nations with Christ in the glorious Millennium to come, just as is spoken of the Christian martyrs who return to life: “… they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.” This is the promise of Father God to all of His children adopted through Christ, spoken to us in Psalm 2:9: “You are my son; today I have become your father. Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will break them with a rod of iron.”
A rod of iron, just as the child wields in Revelation 12.
The point is, Revelation 12 contains a rapture verse. The child is “caught up to God and to His throne.” The phrase caught up is rendered from the Greek word “harpazo”, an active verb implying a desperate or sudden snatching away from danger, a fitting word to use considering the child was the main course on the Devil’s dinner menu. This fits perfectly with the imagery that we are given elsewhere of the rapture’s suddenness. In Matthew 24, Christ tells us, “For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” In 1 corinthians 15:51-52, Paul furthers this sense of the rapture’s suddenness, “… we shall all be changed, in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.” And then again, in 1 Thessalonians 5:2, Paul almost gives us the idea of something being quickly stolen or kidnapped, “… the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”
Much like how Jesus was “taken up” to heaven in Acts 1, the Church also will fulfill the role of the child being caught up to God’s throne. The Head of the Body of Christ ascended first, just as a baby is always born headfirst. The Body of Christ will only be completed—or born—when the Church finds its last members at the end of the age.
And the child is caught up where? “… to God and to His THRONE.” This is why in Revelation 7:9, we see an innumerable throng of saints standing before the throne of God in heaven: “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the THRONE and before the Lamb…” This further proves that, with Christ, in Christ, we the Church are the child being portrayed in the great celestial sign of Revelation 12, and it portrays our rapture, in which we will join with Christ, the Head of our Body, just like a Bride becoming one flesh with the Bridegroom in marriage, hence the ensuing “marriage supper of the Lamb.” (Revelation 19:9)
Now for the sign.
I’m still having trouble fathoming it to be real, that this sign, a celestial alignment perfectly matching the vivid illustrations of Revelation 12, could really be happening this fall, on September 23, 2017.
The woman is represented by the constellation Virgo, which is Latin for “virgin”, as in the virgin Mary who gave birth to Jesus. Virgo is the perfect icon for the woman symbolizing physical Israel, that is, the bloodline of the Jews that brought forth Christ, and therefore the Church also.
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.“
The child is represented by the planet Jupiter, traditionally known in classical astrology as the “king planet”. It is the only major star associated with regal attributes. Obviously, the pagan world of old had enough knowledge of its monarchal symbology that they worshipped it as a sign of their god Zeus Ammon, King of the Gods, called Jupiter by the Romans. But we shouldn’t allow a little heathen confusion to cloud our understanding of the planet’s original association with kingly qualities. So, the planet Jupiter, I’d say, is probably the best casting choice for the role of Revelation 12’s “male child… who is to rule all nations with a rod of iron.”
The conception was late last year.
The planet Jupiter entered into the womb area of the constellation Virgo in mid-December, 2016. Just before exiting the constellation, it then began to perform a retrograde motion, which caused it to move back and forth within the perimeters of Virgo’s torso. This is what’s taking place right now. Jupiter will then exit Virgo from between her legs in mid-September, 2017, this year, depicting the birth of the Body of Christ. Mind you, because of Jupiter’s retrograde motion, the planet remains within Virgo’s body for a total of 9 months before being born—that’s exactly 42 weeks since its conception last December, the precise length of time that spans between the conception of a human embryo and its birth.
Let me say that again.
Virgo the Virgin will birth the king planet between her legs after carrying it in her celestial womb for the same measure of time as the gestation of a human baby.
“And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.”
This sign will be complete on September 23 of this year. On that day, just like Revelation 12 says, the moon will be positioned at Virgo’s feet, and the sun clothing her with light from right beside her shoulder.
Her crown is comprised of the 9 major stars comprising the constellation Leo, which sit just above Virgo’s head, which is then joined by Mercury, Venus, and Mars, thus completing the 12 stars of her crown—but only on September 23, 2017.
That’s what is so auspicious about this sign, and what convinces me that this is indeed Revelation 12’s “GREAT sign”. The sign is only complete with all its elements—the sun, the moon, the stars—on the day of September 23, 2017, which just happens to be the Feast of Trumpets.
For years, many of us have been expecting the rapture to occur sometime during this annual festival at some time in the future.
FEAST OF TRUMPETS
The Feast of Trumpets is one of the seven sacred festivals of God, given to the Israelites through Moses to observe every year. They are called the “Moedim”, meaning “appointed times”, and the rites and observances of each were to be enacted each year like symbolic dress rehearsals for future fulfillments when God would place a major footprint on history.
Found in Exodus 12 and Leviticus 23, the seven Moedim begin in the spring with Pesakh (Passover), which is in close conjunction with the immediately following Matzah (Unleavened Bread). These Moedim were fulfilled by the death and burial of Christ, as He was slain during the Feast of Passover and buried during the following Feast of Unleavened Bread; and a close look at the rites associated with each festival will clearly demonstrate how these two Moedim were, since Moses, annually observed illustrations of the Messiah who would one day become the sacrificial passover lamb, and whose body would become the unleavened bread, which in traditional Seder ceremonies is a striped and pierced flatbread that is broken, wrapped in linens, and hidden, just like the burial of Christ. Immediately following is Yom Habbikurim (the Feast of First Fruits), on which Jesus was resurrected, fulfilling the Moed, since He was “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep”, as Paul refers to Him in 1 Corinthians 15:20.
The 4th feast, Shavuot (the Feast of Weeks), takes place 50 days later. It’s traditionally observed as the day when God gave Torah (the Law) to Moses on Mount Sinai. We call this Pentecost. The feast found its fulfillment when the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) was first poured out on the Apostles in the upper room in Acts 2 and the Church Age began with the salvation of about 3,000 people who were baptized after Peter’s sermon, a reflection of Mount Sinai as God was again writing His law, but this time on the hearts of men. This was a fulfillment of Jeremiah 31:33 — “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,’ declares YHWH. ‘I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.”
After these first four Moedim, the summer passes, and then in the fall, the next and final Moedim commences, Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles). These last three Moedim are closely connected to each other, just as the first three are closely connected; and just as the three spring feasts were fulfilled by Christ’s first coming, the three fall feasts will be fulfilled by Christ’s second coming, as their symbols and rites are clearly associated with apocalyptic events—the rapture, the final judgment, and the establishment of the millennial kingdom on earth. In fact, one might see the long summer period between the spring and fall feasts as a symbol of the Church Age spanning between Christ’s first and second coming.
So, according to this prophetic calendar of Moedim, the next feast day to be fulfilled is
Yom Teruah, the Feast of Trumpets, which befalls this year on September 23,
precisely when the Revelation 12 sign will be appearing
in absolutely perfect formation.
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. ***Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man***, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud *trumpet call*, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
You see where I’m going with this.
Yes, I’m sure you do.
But if you don’t…
Trumpets = Rapture.
Now, I know right afterwards Jesus says, “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”
But consider this…
The Feast of Trumpets is held over the course of two days, so it’s possible that, although we cannot narrow the timing down to a single day or hour, the Lord may be giving us a major heads-up as to what feast it will take place on, since this feast is not a single day long. The Lord may even be giving us knowledge of the year with the appearance of this Revelation 12 sign, in which case, having the year, 2017, and the feast, Yom Teruah, I think the rapture is highly likely to occur this year on or around September 23.
Also, fascinatingly, the Feast of Trumpets commences at the appearance of the new moon, when the moon is nothing more than a bare sliver, whereas Passover and Yom Kippur occur on full moons. It doesn’t traditionally begin until two witnesses attest before the Sanhedrin to the sighting of the new moon. It was often delayed a whole day just because the new moon could not actually be seen in the sky. So, Yom Teruah became known as the only feast day which occurs at a time that nobody knows.
Or, in other words, the feast of which no man knows the day or hour.
Because of the uncertainty of its commencing day, it also became known as the “Hidden Day”, which may speak of the raptured Church being hidden for the subsequent period of God’s wrath on earth.
“Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead. Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by. For behold, the Lord is coming out from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity…”
In the ancient Jewish wedding tradition, the bride is quickly taken by the bridegroom to the wedding chamber that’s been prepared for them — “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” (John 14:2-3) The bridegroom would have first paid the father a price for the bride, which Jesus did in purchasing the Church with his blood. The bridegroom then traditionally gave gifts to the bride, just as Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit before departing. When the bridegroom would finally come to take the bride away to the wedding, he would come suddenly and unexpectedly, and with a company of people shouting and sounding the shofar to announce his coming.
The Feast of Trumpets is also called Rosh HaShanah (Head of the Year) and is the first day of the New Year on the Jewish calendar—a fitting time to officially end one age and begin the next. It has also been known as the “Day of Concealment” because of its commencement on a concealed moon, a new moon, whereas all the other Moedim fall on or near a full moon.
“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the people of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of solemn rest, a memorial proclaimed with blast of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work, and you shall present a food offering to the Lord.”
The rapture is written all over this feast—and it’s the next feast to be fulfilled, just as the rapture is the next event we expect to occur on God’s prophetic calendar.
The Feast of Trumpets is given its name because of its emphasis on the blowing of a ram-horn trumpet during this time, called the “shofar”, which is precisely the instrument associated with the rapture. Numbers 29:1 calls it “a day for you to blow the trumpets.”
“For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the TRUMPET of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.”
(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
“… we shall all be changed, in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last TRUMPET. For the TRUMPET will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.”
(1 Corinthians 15:51-52)
The name “Yom Teruah” means “Day of the blowing of the shofar”. This feast has been called the “Day of the Awakening Blast”, which connects the loud blast of the shofar trumpet with the awakening of those who sleep, a euphemism for resurrection. We might also recall the divine appointment God made with the Israelites on Mount Sinai, when a shofar sounded from heaven like a blaring fanfare announcing God’s arrival.
“On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled. Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain.”
In a similar historical echoing, the appearance of the Lord at the rapture will be announced with the loud blast of a heavenly shofar, and the entire Church will be assembled before Him.
The Feast of Trumpets is certainly a day to pay attention to each year, especially the year on which this feast is specially marked by the Revelation 12 sign—which may or may not also be “the sign of the Son of Man in heaven” spoken of by Jesus in Matthew 24.
It should also be noted that Matthew 25’s parable of the ten virgins gives us the same array of symbology that we find when studying the Feast of Trumpets, themes of waiting for an uncertain day or hour, a loud awakening cry of announcement like the shofar blast, and the hiding of those who bear the light in the night like the concealment of the new moon. Also, the bridal theology strewn across this parable compels me to see a strong connection between the Feast of Trumpets and the wedding of Christ. Think of the “wedding banquet” into which the five wise virgins enter when the “Bridegroom” suddenly arrives. The rapture is all about the Bride and the Bridegroom joining in marriage, the two becoming one flesh, the Body meeting the Head.
The clear symbolic links between the rapture, the Church’s wedding with Christ, and the Feast of Trumpets is absolutely stunning.
The next feast day after the Feast of Trumpets is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. If we analyze the many symbols and observances associated with that feast, we can plainly see that its future fulfillment will be at the second coming of Christ. Going on to analyze Sukkot, the next and last feast, it seems apparent that it will find its fulfillment shortly after Yom Kippur when the millennial reign of Christ is officially commenced. If we are to follow the chronology of the final three feasts — Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot — that means that Yom Teruah is the next feast to be fulfilled, and it, like the others, will be fulfilled by some extremely sacred and historic event, a major divine appointment, befalling sometime before the second coming of Christ and the start of the millennial reign. I can only think of the rapture.
Genesis tells us what the sun, the moon, and the stars are for. They’re for “signs and for seasons”. That’s why God made them. The word for “seasons” in the original Hebrew is “moedim”, which we know refers to the sacred feast days of the Lord.
This year, we have a “great sign” appearing in the heavens this year on one of the Moedim, involving each the sun, the moon, and the stars in what is the only celestial sign illustrated in the Bible besides the star of Bethlehem. It’s clearly an image of the rapture, and it’s pointing to this year’s Feast of Trumpets, and it can only be seen on this feast day from the vantage point of Israel. I think we’re meant to see a clue here.
Also, this year in the Hebrew calendar is 5777, ending on Yom Teruah in September, and is widely agreed to be a jubilee year (every 50th year), which signifies a release from bondage when all slaves are set free and all debts cleared, a symbol of the rapture and redemption of the Church. 7 is also a number representing divine completion throughout the Bible, tripled for special emphasis, as in the year 5777.
Don’t forget to trim your lamps.
“While people are saying, ‘There is peace and security,’ then sudden destruction will come upon them as ***labor pains come upon a pregnant woman****, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are NOT in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.“
(1 Thessalonians 5:4)
I want to thank all the vigilant watchman, such as Pastor Mark Biltz, and YouTube watchman Scott Clarke, for bringing this sign to greater light. According to collective research, this sign hasn’t aligned like this for about 7,000 years, which is before God made the stars, meaning it’s a first and only event.
Above all, I thank God and our saviour Jesus Christ for uplifting us in these last days with myriads of signs to watch for.
“Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning—lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”