A Watch in the Night

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    A Watch in the Night

    I don’t think that anyone can seriously dispute the fact that we are living in a very interesting time in history, unless you’ve got your head buried in the sand so deep that the only thing sticking out is your feet! The US political stage changes by the minute and gives the news outlets material that they haven’t seen in decades. The world events (or should I say chaos) takes backseat to the the politics, but it’s there, if you want to see how our fellow humans and brethren are faring on this planet.

    2017 is turning out to be a year that has already seen its share of events that will be analyzed, scrutinized, theorized, politicalized and recorded about in future history books that are already being written as we speak.

    One event that is about to take place that is grabbing world attention is the forthcoming, once in a lifetime solar eclipse, and if your not a UB reader and haven’t heard of it you would be in that “feet sticking out of the sand” category!

    There is also an event that some say is of great prophetic significance that will happen on September 23 of this year. It seems that on this date, the sun will be in the constellation Virgo (the virgin), along with the moon near Virgo’s feet. Additionally, Jupiter will be in Virgo, while the planets Venus, Mars, and Mercury will be above and to the right of Virgo in the constellation Leo. Some people claim that this is a very rare event and that it supposedly is a fulfillment of a sign in Revelation 12:1-2 reads:

“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.”

    The purported prophecy from John describes "a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head." The proponents of the Revelation 12 Sign say that the woman represents the constellation Virgo and the crown of twelve stars represents the nine stars of the constellation Leo in conjunction with Mercury, Mars, and Venus. The moon appears to be under the "feet" of the constellation Virgo in September 2017 and the sun will be passing through the constellation, which they say is what is meant by the woman being "clothed with the sun".

    The second verse of the twelfth chapter goes on to say that the woman "was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth." Some Christians suggest this will be fulfilled because the planet Jupiter will be traversing the constellation after having undergone apparent retrograde motion. After entering what they perceive to be Virgo's "womb", Jupiter exits the lower part of the "womb" 42 weeks later, which is the approximate length of a human gestation (normal gestation periods lasting from 37 to 42 weeks).

    It was also discovered that the apparent retrograde of Jupiter in the womb of Virgo was preceded by C/2017 E1 (Comet Borisov) which is being called the Conception Comet. This comet traveled from the loins of the constellation Leo to the womb of the constellation Virgo just before the entrance of Jupiter into the womb. Some proponents of the Revelation 12 Sign are suggesting that this comet represented the divine insemination of the woman, which subsequently produced the male child (Jupiter).

    It is also interesting to note that Revelation 12 Sign also coincides with the High Holy Day of Rosh Hashanah on the Jewish calendar, which is also called the Feast of Trumpets. (See Ricks Blog, Feast of Dedication) The Feast of Trumpets is the first of the Fall Feasts and its timing is traditionally based on the visibility of the new moon, which in 2017 is expected to be between September 21st and the 22nd. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year celebration, in this case marking the end of the year 5777 (sometimes abbreviated to the 777) and the beginning of 5778. ( see Ricks Blog 777) The Feast of Trumpets in Jewish tradition is believed to be a day when the dead will be resurrected and judgement will begin while Christians believe the period describes the tribulation period found in the book of Revelation.

    The complete astronomical alignment occurs on September 23, 2017. Interpretations of Revelation 12 vary, but the general consensus of those groups suggests that the September 2017 alignment is the Great Sign which is described in this passage of Scripture: that the woman represents the nation of Israel, (Who is Israel? Ricks Blog to come) which they believe is about to enter into a multi-year period of Tribulation,

    The apocalyptic symbol of a woman in labor is found throughout Jewish and Christian Scriptures, which proponents suggest is evidence of the September 2017 alignment's importance in prophecy. These particular Scriptures include Isaiah 13:6-13, Isaiah 26:17-21, Isaiah 66:7-11, Jeremiah 30:4-11, Jeremiah 49:23-27, Micah 5:3, Matthew 24:8, Mark 13:8, and 1 Thessalonians 5:3.

    While critics can divide the individual aspects of the Revelation 12 Sign in order to debunk its rarity, it is the combination of the many facets of the sign that create its one occurrence in history.

    Our time hear on this planet is but a blink of an eye to the Father and it says that a thousand years is but a watch in the night. In paper 176 our Creator admonishes us to be wise regarding the ripening of an age, and that we should be alert to discern the signs of the times. For me, that is what I will do !

“2:2.2 There is finality of completeness and perfection of repleteness in the mandates of the Father. "Whatsoever God does, it shall be forever; nothing can be added to it nor anything taken from it." The Universal Father does not repent of his original purposes of wisdom and perfection. His plans are steadfast, his counsel immutable, while his acts are divine and infallible. "A thousand years in his sight are but as yesterday when it is past and as a watch in the night." The perfection of divinity and the magnitude of eternity are forever beyond the full grasp of the circumscribed mind of mortal man.”

Rickey H. Crosby (Petitor Veritatis)