Wednesday, November 7, 2012

ISON: A New Sign in the Heavens



We are entering into a year that has a most exciting message to the church. A comet is bringing a message of heavenly knowledge to us. The constellations it will pass through tell us to:  take hold of the promised souls, the Bride is getting ready for the Bridegroom. The King is on the way and the harvest is ripe; the price has been paid and the conflict is going to be settled, while the enemy will be pierced.  The sheepfold will be set free from the wolves. The five enemies will all be exposed, and the millennial kingdom will be revealed. That is quite a message. But God does not simply give us knowledge to be fat and happy; this is our prayer guide for the end time harvest.  Utilizing prayers, supplications, and giving of thanks, we can pray for the unsaved to receive true salvation.

What would be a good way for God to get our attention?  How could we best understand what he wants us to know? His word is written in the scriptures, but scripture is (today) unchangeable.  Is it possible that God would send a message, write us a note so to speak, for our day and time? Could God make a grand announcement so that everyone can see, and would not be subject to fallible men to rely on prophecy and word of mouth to communicate? What has been the pattern in the church at large over the years in communicating God’s plan has not been taught in every denomination due to differences of the doctrines of man. But God doesn’t care to speak to just one denomination, but to all of His people.  This is similar to a plane with a banner trailing behind, flying all over the world, so that all could see and read the message. Several years ago we spoke of praying for people groups all over the world so that the missionaries would be effective in their witness. God is giving us the details for praying for the lost, and the planets and stars are a wonderful guide to His plan. 

Note the diagram below using Stellarium as a back drop.  The Comet ISON will come in from outer space in Cancer and Gemini in a retrograde orbit, then join the ecliptic in Leo.  It will pick up speed being at our closest point in Scorpio, and then leave the ecliptic, moving out through Serpens and Draco if it does not burn up.





To some, the discovery of a new comet is an exciting event.  There is a new sign, discovered on or about September 24, 2012, the comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) and it’s on its way to naked eye viewing in the next year. Some believe this comet will be similar to the comet of 1680, visible in the daylight hours.  ISON will be making its closest approach to the sun November 29th 2013 approximately .987AU to earth and only .019AU to the Sun. An  AU is an astronomical unit and an astronomical unit is the measurement of the distance from the Earth to the Sun. This could cause the comet to burn out as its closest distance to the sun is only 800,000 miles from the sun.  But today the predicted trajectory is quite interesting to look at as it comes in from the constellation Gemini and later moves along the ecliptic but what is even more fascinating is ISON’s path as it moves away from us.  From the Book of Daniel we read about a time near the end, before the millennial reign of Christ.

Dan 12:1-4 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.2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.KJV

The word knowledge in the text is the word daath which is derived from the word yada which is to ascertain, but daath has included with it the word ha which would denote the as in the knowledge.  Therefore there will be an increase in the knowledge.  Not simply any knowledge but in the context the knowledge of the word.  The words were shut up and sealed until the time of the end. In the mean time many will be looking for it. They will search everywhere. Then the knowledge will be increased. 

George M Lamsa’s translation of verse 4 from the Aramaic Peshitta:
Dan 12:4 But you, O Daniel seal these words and  be silent, and seal this book even to the time of the end; many shall want to know the end, and knowledge shall be increased. 

The Aramaic might suggest that those wanting to know the end will find out about it. From the Prophecy Forum by Larry Cockerham we have further understanding of verse 4.
 A secondary meaning of this verse has to do with an inordinate fascination for knowledge concerning latter day predictions concerning the Lord's return. According to many Bible scholars this is truly the case. Lehman Strauss states: "Knowledge of the book of Daniel is increasing and will continue to increase among the true believers in Christ, and this will be followed by the same increase of knowledge among Jewish believers in the tribulation."2 Walvoord states that "in the Hebrew the word for "knowledge" is hadda'at, literally, "the knowledge," that is, understanding of this long prophecy. Some consider the sentence as referring to the eyes of a reader running "to and fro" in reading the Word of God (cf. 2 Chr 16:9)."3 William MacDonald strongly supports the secondary meaning when he states, "it teaches that many will study the prophetic Word and knowledge of it shall increase in the Great Tribulation."4 http://www.prophecyforum.com/run.html

I would say that the one who continues reading this would be one who is hungry for knowledge.  Compared to Daniel, the master astronomer and teacher of the Magi, we are just scratching the surface of understanding how the heavens speak; day unto day they speak and night unto night they show us knowledge. It would seem, in order to get our attention, so that we look at the knowledge in the heavens, the Lord sent us a comet. This comet will have a long tail and eventually will be visible during daylight hours.  We are used to seeing comets at night, but rarely do we see one in the day.  The heavens show us knowledge in the day light hours; this is something to pay attention to.

At this present time ISON is in the constellation of Cancer.  Cancer denotes holding onto something or someone, as one hugging another.  Also like one who holds the seed. Holding on to many people as a shepherd would to gather his sheep into a fold.  In this picture we have the greater and lesser sheepfolds and the ship bringing home the weary travelers. God knew that in this day and time we would have computers and computer programs to search the heavens.  Therefore it is no surprise to Him that we are seeing the position of this comet as a message to those who are saved being brought into His fold.  That is the first message we are gathering from ISON. Now for a disclaimer, we do not know when the Lord is coming to gather His people, the episunagoge, therefore this message could be literal, as he is coming now, or figurative, as he is coming soon.  How soon is anyone’s guess as we simply don’t know.

From January to August, 2013, ISON is in the constellation of Gemini.  It is traveling into our near earth solar system from the constellation of Gemini.  It would seem to start in a retrograde at the top of the head of Pollux looping around the head of Castor and circling the midsection of Castor and then the mid section of Pollux. By Mid July the comet starts moving very quickly towards the ecliptic path and then moves onto Cancer.  If this was all there was to ISON we could be satisfied as to what the constellation and its retrograde is saying to us, but there is much more to look at. 

The understanding of this comet ISON in Gemini is that as it is coming towards us, it is like a crown upon Pollux as the bridegroom.  The comet will encompass Castor joining the two, as in marriage, one flesh.  Therefore what the knowledge of the heavens is declaring is that the Bridegroom is coming for His Bride. Our prayer target therefore would be for the bride to make herself ready. Everyone should have their oil in preparation for the Bride groom. Pictures of ISON are noted in the four red markings.











In 2013 the Messianic Feasts occur earlier in the year than in 2012.  Feast days, were important to the Lord so as to cause people to look to Him.  On special days we should look to the knowledge of the heavens. Jesus’ triumph over principalities and powers tells us he overcame the monsters surrounding Pisces.   On March 26th, 2013 we have Passover, and while the Sun is in Pisces, it speaks of the redeemed. This is not a time of sorrow but instead a time to rejoice, Jesus was our Passover lamb, the ultimate sacrifice that died, but rose again after three days and three nights in the grave. He redeemed us, and now we are the body of Christ. Our target for prayer may include adding to the redeemed, adding to the bride.

Col 2:15-17 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.KJV

Body
March 26, 2013
ISON
Gemini
Sun
Pisces
Moon
Full/Virgo
Mercury
Aquarius
Venus
Pisces
Earth
Virgo
Mars
Pisces
Ceres
Taurus
Jupiter
Taurus
Saturn
Libra
Uranus
Pisces
Neptune
Aquarius


This is a time of year that the ancients were frightened of, as during the season of Pisces there are five visible monsters in the sky over the course of the night, with four visible at one time.  We have Cetus, Hydra, Draco, Serpens and Scorpio all visible in the night sky and Passover is no exception.  ISON is in Gemini, which is pointing to the bride; it is a message for her. The Sun in Pisces denotes the redeemed, the church, and at this time we see the band of Pisces holding back Cetus, a picture that reminds us that as long as the body of Christ is on the earth we are holding back evil.  Along with the sun we have Venus, Mars, and Uranus.  These speak of the passion (the redeemed), the war (for the redeemed), and the hidden secrets of heaven, possibly our redemption completed.  The message and the deep things of earth (Mercury and Neptune) are about the Holy Spirit being poured out, and the gifts given to the redeemed. This is a good time for us to utilize those gifts in prayer. We are in the time of gathering the harvest for the kingdom (Earth and Moon) and it is fully disclosed as reflected by the full moon.  We also see the King coming in judgment to rule, and the breaking of the prideful one (Jupiter and Ceres). Our rest and motivation to serve is in the understanding that Jesus paid the price for us. This, as is always the case, is a good time to reap the harvest of the redeemed using our gifts given by the Holy Spirit.  The monsters are still bound and the King is coming, the bride is waiting for the bride groom. Pray these things through for adding to the church and binding the enemy while praying for the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the redeemed.

Bar 3:34 The stars shined in their watches, and rejoiced: when he calleth them, they say, Here we be; and so with cheerfulness they shewed light unto him that made them.KJV

Pentecost falls on May 15th, 2013, and something very interesting is occurring on this date. 

Body
May 15, 2013
ISON
Gemini
Sun
Taurus
Moon
1stQuarter/Cancer
Mercury
Taurus
Venus
Taurus
Earth
Ophiuchus
Mars
Aries
Ceres
Gemini
Jupiter
Taurus
Saturn
Libra
Uranus
Pisces
Neptune
Aquarius

With several planets in Taurus, we see the Son coming to judge and rule; that’s the message and the passion of the Messiah. While we are binding and crushing evil on earth with the living water of the Holy Spirit, only a small portion of the sheepfold is visible. Is it possible that only a few will be utilizing the gifts of the spirit in a public way to keep back the enemy, while the rest of the sheepfold wages war in the secret place? This could be an indication to take the war to your prayer closet. We could be praying for the sheepfold, to wage war from the secret places. The Lamb who was slain is coming, ready for victory. The pride of the bride will be broken and she is to strengthen herself. Pray for her humility. The church is to prepare for heaven because the price that could not be paid by us was paid by Jesus. While we celebrate Pentecost as the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the Church, we can pray for the church to gain a new perspective on the judge who comes to judge.  The war over the Lamb who was slain is an indication that we could pray for the unsaved to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus who was slain and comes again as King.

While the 9th of Av is not a feast day, it is an interesting day to see what is occurring in the heavens. July 15th-16th is the 9th of AV. The day commemorates the destruction of the first and second temple, albeit 655 years apart on the same day.  The day also commemorates other tragedies in Jewish history and is a day of fasting and mourning. 

Body
July15-16, 2013
ISON
Gemini
Sun
Gemini
Moon
2nd Quarter/ Virgo
Mercury
Gemini
Venus
Leo
Earth
Sagittarius
Mars
Gemini
Ceres
Cancer
Jupiter
Gemini
Saturn
Libra
Uranus
Pisces
Neptune
Aquarius

With the Earth in Sagittarius and five bodies in Gemini it would seem that this is a scary day; the war and message are for the bride, those who believe on Jesus the Messiah. Incidentally, one would not have to mourn if one made Jesus Lord of his life.  Sometimes tribulations bring people to Jesus; we could pray that the war brings forth the fruit of salvations.

Ecclus 43:9-10 The beauty of heaven, the glory of the stars, an ornament giving light in the highest places of the Lord.10 At the commandment of the Holy One they will stand in their order, and never faint in their watches.KJV

By August 1st, 2013, ISON is in the constellation of Cancer, and then it continues to move towards the ecliptic.  While in the constellation of Cancer, the planet Mars starts to track along with ISON. Rosh Hashanah starts September 5th, 2013.  On the Feast of Trumpets, ISON is in Cancer along with Mars. This is the start of the New Year.  On this day throughout history people were to be outside assessing whether or not they could see the sliver of the moon to call it Rosh Hashanah. Then by two witnesses it would be confirmed and announced by the Sanhedrin, blowing one hundred trumpet blasts to signal the New Year. This is the time we speak of where no man knows the day or hour; because of the lunar cycle it was not a set day every year.
Body
September 5, 2013
ISON
Cancer
Sun
Leo
Moon
New Moon/Leo
Mercury
Virgo
Venus
Virgo
Earth
Aquarius
Mars
Cancer
Ceres
Leo
Jupiter
Gemini
Saturn
Libra
Uranus
Pisces
Neptune
Aquarius







This heavenly message is a celebration as it is our new year and the birth of our Messiah.  The New Year starts with the announcement of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the messiah whose true identity was not fully disclosed, the same one who was broken for our sins. ISON is pointing out the sheepfold, this is where there is war, wolves entering in but the Holy Spirit is being poured out in the earth.  We can pray for the sheepfold to rise up in the gifts and callings of the Holy Spirit. The Bride is rising up as a leader because the price was paid and the church is holding back the enemy and deep gifts are being poured out. We could pray for the wolves to be exposed and for the harvest to be brought in, while the bride rises up in leadership over the unsaved.

Dan 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.KJV

September 14th is Yom Kippur and the 19th Sukkot starts. On the Day of Atonement, we have a slightly different heavenly message.

Body
September 14, 2013
ISON
Cancer
Sun
Virgo
Moon
Full/Pisces
Mercury
Virgo
Venus
Libra
Earth
Pisces
Mars
Cancer
Ceres
Leo
Jupiter
Gemini
Saturn
Libra
Uranus
Pisces
Neptune
Aquarius

The harvest is ready to be reaped; the kingdom ready to be built, the church continues to hold back the sea monster.  Pray it through. The Messiah is going forth to conquer the enemies, three fourths of his mission is revealed. The message is the harvest, the redeemed are blessed. ISON is pointing out the sheepfold to us and the battle of wolves continues there. Pray for none of the sheep to be lost. Ceres reminds us that The Lion was wounded but it was His passion to pay the price for us.  This is a great picture for reconciling ourselves back to God. Pray again for the unsaved to hear about the Lord. The only change in the message we have from Atonement to Tabernacles is the Moon in Pisces is full possibly denoting the church is fully seen.  At the end of Tabernacles the moon is waning to ½ in the club of Orion and Mars is in Leo. Sounds like the weapon and the war is of particular note to us and we can use the weapons in prayer.

We may start to see ISON with our naked eye on October 14th, as we will be able to find it along with Mars and Regulus in the constellation of Leo in the early morning hours.  September 24th ISON enters into Leo but will be easy to spot because of Regulus. Its tail will be visible as well.






Let’s look at the meaning of Leo. In Leo we see the Lion coming to destroy the enemy.  The Lion treads on the serpent hydra, which is the meaning of the star Regulus, treading under foot. When we look at Mars which tells us of war, and Regulus, treading under foot, we see ISON pointing to the victory of the Lion of the tribe of Judah.  Here we can offer prayers of thanksgiving for the knowledge of victory.

ISON will be in front of Spica on 11/17/2013. Spica in Hebrew is Tsemech, the word means branch, which is used four times of the Messiah in scripture giving us a clue as to who he is.

Jer 23:5-6 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE Lord OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.KJV
Zech 3:8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.KJV
Zech 6:12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord: KJV
Isa 4:2 In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.KJV

He is called the Lord our righteousness, the Servant, his name will be The Branch and will build the Temple of the Lord; and he will be the branch who is beautiful and glorious. This last prophecy of the Messiah is a millennial prophecy. If ISON was sent to get our attention, this is a great place to focus our meditations for a while. We can pray that people get to know him as the righteous branch and make him Lord of their lives.

On November 1st ISON comes along the ecliptic in Libra and picks up speed moving through three constellations in three weeks. ISON moves into Virgo November 5th.  On the 22nd it moves into Libra and the 26th it moves into the claw of Scorpio.

The constellation of Scorpio/Ophiuchus is where ISON is at its closest. This is where it is at its greatest chance for extermination. It will also be the brightest and easiest to see at this point.  The 29th of November 2013 is the day it is closest to the sun and making a sharp turn back away from the Sun to tell a greater story.   What day is November 28th 2013? It is the American holiday called Thanksgiving.  But it is also another holy day, Chanukah, or the Feast of Lights.  The message God is trying to tell us by using this comet to address us, is that there is conflict on the earth in the time of Scorpio the scorpion. The kingdom is suffering violence, pride and brokenness, and the earth is under judgment. The message is that the price of sin had been paid because the passion of the conqueror is coming. This time period denotes a great time of concentrated prayer over the church and the unsaved.  It may not be a bad time for fasting prior to this date. As we engage the enemy in this time of battle we have to keep in mind that he has been revealed to us as ISON is very visible, therefore it would be wise to engage in corporate prayer for the subduing of this enemy.

During the time of Ophiuchus an interesting phenomenon occurs in which a helium wind is blowing from outer space. This helium wind does not hit the Earth but it may add additional interest to the comet in the first few weeks of December. Ophiuchus has been known for this helium wind which will be pulled by the gravitational forces of the sun.  With ISON passing by the sun, and then out it may in fact pass through this helium wind. While helium is an inert gas it would not react to ISON except to possibly change its direction or the direction of its tail.

Body
November 28, 2013
ISON
Claw/Scorpio
Sun
Ophiuchus/Scorpio
Moon
3rd Quarter/Virgo
Mercury
Libra
Venus
Sagittarius
Earth
Taurus
Mars
Virgo
Ceres
Virgo
Jupiter
Gemini
Saturn
Libra
Uranus
Pisces
Neptune
Aquarius




 It then boomerangs around the sun and starts to leave through Ophiuchus, Serpines, Draco.




  
Body
November 28, 2013
ISON
Claw/Scorpio
Sun
Ophiuchus/Scorpio
Moon
3rd Quarter/Virgo
Mercury
Libra
Venus
Sagittarius
Earth
Taurus
Mars
Virgo
Ceres
Virgo
Jupiter
Gemini
Saturn
Libra
Uranus
Pisces
Neptune
Aquarius
The Festival of Lights, and Thanksgiving of 2013 will be the time we can see this bright comet very well.  On the 29th of November, the comet will change directions and its tail will be ahead of the comet as the tail of a comet points away from the sun.  We will then need to reevaluate it’s trajectory as it moves out into outer space. There seems to be war in the kingdom and a breaking of pride.  If ISON does not break up, it will be very bright during November, brighter than the moon.  From November to January, ISON will be visible in both hemispheres.  The projected course it will take through the constellations will continue through Ophiuchus and run through the serpent Serpens. It will continue to move between Hercules and Corona Borealis. It will be in Hercules for nine days, ending around December 25th.





What comes next is rather fascinating as ISON then moves through Draco from December 25th to January 1st. Will this be a time when the enemy is exposed? Will it be a season of crushing the enemy? It remains to be seen, but the neon sign that ISON brings to call attention to the knowledge written in the heavens gives us hope and confidence in Him who called us.  Pay attention to the signs and seasons, the Lord is coming for His Bride but also as a warrior to subdue the enemy.  As we wait for confirmation on ISON’s trajectory, a plan can be made for prayer and intercession during this time.  As we know Christmas brings an open door for us to freely speak of Jesus and his coming, this is a great time to pray for the lost and pray for the binding of the enemies who blind their minds. Solomon had great insight in the things of the Lord and he wrote about the heavens.

Wisdom 7:15-19 God hath granted me to speak as I would, and to conceive as is meet for the things that are given me: because it is he that leadeth unto wisdom, and directeth the wise.16 For in his hand are both we and our words; all wisdom also, and knowledge of workmanship.17 For he hath given me certain knowledge of the things that are, namely, to know how the world was made, and the operation of the elements:18 The beginning, ending, and midst of the times: the alterations of the turning of the sun, and the change of seasons:19 The circuits of years, and the positions of stars: KJV

Because the Wisdom of Solomon is such a smooth and cohesive book it is a wonderful read.  Solomon was taught by the Holy Spirit about heavenly knowledge. He tells us not to worship the things God made, but to look at them and they will reveal God to us.

Wisdom 13:1-5 Surely vain are all men by nature, who are ignorant of God, and could not out of the good things that are seen know him that is: neither by considering the works did they acknowledge the workmaster;2 But deemed either fire, or wind, or the swift air, or the circle of the stars, or the violent water, or the lights of heaven, to be the gods which govern the world.3 With whose beauty if they being delighted took them to be gods; let them know how much better the Lord of them is: for the first author of beauty hath created them.4 But if they were astonished at their power and virtue, let them understand by them, how much mightier he is that made them.5 For by the greatness and beauty of the creatures proportionably the maker of them is seen.KJV

Remember the Creator.  He is the one we worship. The time to share His message of the coming Messiah is now; the heavens are declaring his coming.  He is coming.  During this time we have seen five enemies pointed out. Firstly, we see Cetus bound by the church at Passover. Secondly, we see Hydra stepped on by the Lion of the tribe of Judah just after the Fall Feasts. We then see both Scorpio crushed and Serpens held back during the Feast of Lights and Thanksgiving, and a few days following. Lastly, we see Draco pierced between Christmas and New Years. I would say that ISON’s message is not only about the redeemed bride in the fold, but also about the vanquishing of the enemy.

Mal 4:1-3 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.KJV

What a great message and commission to His Beloved.

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