New Spiritual Year and the “Breaker” (Pharez/Perseus) of Chains
Bear with me as I weave the significance of the “breaker” and the signs of the spiritual new year (Nisan 1) which is March 12th this year. Since the recent near flyby of an asteroid and the explosion of a meteor over Russia, people are more aware of sky objects.
“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:” (Genesis 1:14)
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near.” (Luke 21:25-28)
Comet C/2011 L4, which has been observed by Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) and may be seen with the naked eye during the time of the new moon of Nisan, is a sign from our Creator. Pan-STARRS first viewed the comet between Ophiuchus and Libra on June 1, 2011 as a magnitude 19 comet (magnitude 1 is the brightest). Ophiuchus is the man holding back the serpent; and Libra is the scales of judgment.
The Path of Comet C/2011 L4
By January 1, 2012 Comet C/2011 L4 was travelling through the tail of Scorpius. Then it passed below Corona Astralis (“Southern Crown”) at the feet of Sagitarius. “Ptolemy listed 13 stars in Corona Australis.” (http://www.ianridpath.com/startales/coronaaustralis.htm) There are 13 tribes of Israel: 11 of the sons of Jacob plus two of Joseph's sons, but only 12 tribes received land allotments in Israel since the LORD is the portion of the Levites. To me, this comet is a sign of our Lord Jesus coming to reign the Earth from Israel.
On February 19, 2013 Andrew Pearce observed the comet to be a magnitude 4.2 as Comet C/2011 L4 travelled between Indus and Microscopium; and then it went through Gruis (“the crane”) which used to be part of Pisces Austrinus. In the last days of February 2013, C/2011 L4 skirted Pisces Austrinus (“Southern Fish”) close to its brightest star Formalhaut which means “mouth of the [Southern] fish” in Arabic. The ichthys fish is a sign of Christianity.
Formalhaut photo taken by ESO
“In about 2500 BC, Fomalhaut helped mark the location of the winter solstice, meaning that it helped to define the location in the sky where the sun crossed the meridian at noon on the first day of winter.” - Larry Sessions and Deborah Byrd (website)
Since Ussher placed Noah's flood in 2348 BC, I would suggest Fo(r)malhaut aligned the winter solstice closer to that date and continued such a position for a few hundred years.
“Fomalhaut/Earthwork B in Mounds State Park near Anderson, Indiana lines up with the rising of the star Fomalhaut in the fall months, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.” - Wikipedia
In early March Comet C/2011 L4 will continue its path beneath Aquarius and between it and Sculptor and Cetus (the sea monster). The water being poured out of the vessel held by Aquarius flows into the mouth of Pisces Austrinus. On the Spring Equinox (March 20, 2013), Comet C/2011 L4 will be in Pisces, the two fish banded together akin to the Jew and Gentile believers in Messiah.
Passover New Moon
The dark moon (conjunction) will occur on March 11, 2013, and become a crescent by March 13th; a period of three days. David and Jonathan discussed that “to morrow is the new moon” but the feasting began that evening, and David said his family celebrated a special annual feast that first evening of the dark new moon, which I suggest is the “good day” feast of sheep-shearing (see other article posted today).
“Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, you shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God.” (Numbers 10:10)
“And David said to Jonathan, Behold, to morrow is the new moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king at meat: but let me go, that I may hide myself in the field to the third day at even. If your father at all miss me, then say, David earnestly asked leave of me that he might run to Bethlehem his city: for there is a yearly sacrifice there for all the family. . . . So David hid himself in the field: and when the new moon was come, the king sat him down to eat meat. And the king sat on his seat, as at other times, even on a seat by the wall: and Jonathan arose, and Abner sat by Saul's side, and David's place was empty. Nevertheless Saul spoke not any thing that day: for he thought, Something has befallen him, he is not clean; surely he is not clean. And it came to pass on the morrow, which was the second day of the month, that David's place was empty:” (I Samuel 20:5-6, 14-17)
So as I read the passage, David and Jonathan could tell when a new moon would appear (likely because they saw the last waning crescent the previous evening). The dark moon was a special annual feast for David's family, the new moon was a feast which began the day count of the new month, and the second day of the month was a final feast day in celebration of the new moon. I am assuming that this annual feast of the dark moon (conjunction) was on the last day of the year in Adar to make a sacrifice of thanksgiving for Yahweh's provision during that year. This was followed by the monthly new moon festival which normally lasted two days because it can take two days from the conjunction (observed as a dark moon) before the sliver of new moon can be seen by the naked eye.
“The general consensus of authoritative opinion is that a first sighting of the new moon could occur any time between about 15 and 48 hours after a conjunction. The conjunction being when the earth is between the sun and the moon in perfect alignment. The first sighting of the moon will be after the moon has moved out of this alignment. In sighting the New Moon, one faces the western sky at sunset, drawing an imaginary line from the zenith overhead toward the setting sun, seeking the thin scimitar of light on either side of this imaginary line. The sun sets in the west slightly right of where the new moon will be seen. As the sky darkens the first star is seen which is actually the planet Venus. Gradually the crescent appears as a sliver just above the horizon. The faint New Moon will bulge out to the right, with the horns pointing toward the left. However, in early spring (autumn in southern hemisphere) the “Passover moon” will appear much like a saucer with both horns pointing upward. Variations of this New Moon may be seen in springtime. Biblical months are either 29 or 30 alternating days in length; at times two consecutive 30-day months may occur. Only on the new moon will the moon be invisible until the sun sets. It is as if Yahweh is concealing it so we will intentionally have to look for His sign in the sky.” - Wikipedia (emphasis mine)
The Nisan new moon would appear like a “saucer” awaiting Yahweh to fill the new year with His goodness, and it had to occur on or after the Spring equinox in order for the barley to be ripe for harvest by Passover.
The “saucer” could also represent God's “cup of wrath” (Rev. 14:10; 16:19), and the comet highlighting this year as a year of God's judgment.
More info on viewing Comet C/2011 L4
This site (Sky and Telescope) shows how to find Comet C/2011 L4 during March while looking west at twilight.
“Turns out that for a modest 21st century telescope the Messier catalog of 110 objects is a beautiful tour of astronomical objects of all types. The new Moon weekend in March is the only time of the year when all 110 objects may be viewed marathon style, in a single evening.” - Skywatcher of Arizona Flandrau
Skywatcher of Arizona continued:
“Jupiter still reigns the night in terms of fun planets to watch though Saturn is rising earlier each evening and will be taking over the evening night sky by the end of March. . . .
March 2013 has a special treat for comet hunters as a “sun grazing” comet is heading into the inner solar system almost perpendicular to the plane of the planets. Comet/2011 L4 PANSTARRS is receiving a lot of hype regarding the potential to become a stunning visible comet, some suggested even in the daytime. The reason these types of comets have the potential for such excitement is two fold. First the pass very near the Sun melting away the ice into a large tail. Second, coming in at a right angle to our orbit means we get a great view of that tail spanning out in the sky. These comets are hard to spot in the outer solar system and typically don't get discovered until they are heading in for a close pass. They tend to be large bodies of material too as the highly inclined comets tend have very long orbits on the order of hundreds of years. Comets Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake were similar sun grazers. The Comet PANSTARRS will pass closest to the Sun (0.3 AU, 28 million miles) on March 9 when it will be visible just after sunset in the northern hemisphere.
The latest reports from the southern hemisphere (as of Jan 31) are that Comet PANSTARRS is still just below visual magnitude. After passing the Sun on March 9th the comet will continue to climb higher in our evening sky through the constellation Andromeda. The tail will likely grow dimmer but also spread out during the month of March.” - Skywatcher of Arizona (Flandrau)
Perseus, the breaker of chains
In Greek mythology, king Cepheus was married to Cassiopeia, and their daughter was Andromeda. Andromeda is known as the "chained lady" or "chained woman", and has also been called "Perseus's wife" and "Cepheus's daughter". The Greek myth is that queen Cassiopeia offended the sea nymphs by saying her daughter was more beautiful than they were, and Poseidon sent the sea monster Cetus to punish their country. King Cepheus was told he must sacrifice his daughter to Cetus to save his kingdom. So Andromeda was chained to a rock by the sea but was saved by Perseus who BROKE her chains, and used the head of Medusa to turn the sea monster into stone. Algol (β Persei), the "Demon Star", marks the head of Medusa. Perseus and Andromeda then married; the myth recounts that the couple had seven children together and founded a Greek dynasty.
In Babylonian religion, the stars of Andromeda and Pisces made up the “Lady of the Heavens” which Israel worshipped as the “queen of heaven” (Jeremiah 44:17-25) for a season.
It's interesting that in January 2013 the comet was in the southern crown, and by October it will be in the northern crown: “King of kings”.
Judah married his firstborn to Tamar, but God slew him because he was wicked. Judah's second born, Onan, refused to produce a son with Tamar for his brother; so God slew him too. Judah denied the wickedness of his own sons and blamed Tamar for their deaths, and so deceifully refused to let her marry his third son. Judah's wife died, and Tamar used the frivolity during sheep shearing to obtain a child in Genesis 38:12-30.
“And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound on his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first. And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How have you broken forth? this breach be on you: therefore his name was called Pharez. And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread on his hand: and his name was called Zarah.” (Genesis 38:28-30)
Pharez is pehrets in Hebrew, meaning to break forth, breach, or gap.
Yahweh did not approve of the way Judah raised his sons, so he found a woman, Tamar, who could raise a godly son, Pharaez. Pharez was the son of Judah and Tamar through whom Messiah came. When the marriage of Boaz and Ruth was celebrated, the people of Bethlehem said, “And let your house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give you of this young woman.” (Ruth 4:12)
The Path of Comet C/2011 L4 after the Passover New Moon
March 15-24, 2013, comet C/2011 L4 will pass through Pisces beneath Pegasus. President Obama is likely to arrive in Israel during that time, and he will likely try to keep Israel from building on its land.
March 25-April 11, comet C/2011 L4 will pass through Andromeda.
April 12-17, comet C/2011 L4 will pass beneath Perseus.
April 18-19, comet C/2011 L4 will pass through Cassiopeia.
In May comet C/2011 L4 will pass over Cepheus.
In early June comet C/2011 L4 will pass through the seven stars of Ursa Minor (“little bear”) or little dipper or little dog whose tail points north.
In July comet C/2011 L4 will pass through Draco, the dragon.
In August to mid-September comet C/2011 L4 will pass through Bootes.
In October comet C/2011 L4 will pass through the seven stars of Corona Borealis (“northern crown”).
By mid-November comet C/2011 L4 will begin its year long journey circling Hercules.
I interpret the sign of Comet C/2011 L4 visible on Nisan 1 between Aquarius (who pours out water) and Cetus (sea monster sent to destroy a country) as possible devastation of islands and coastlines this year. The comet will pass through Pisces during equinox and Passover likely, which I think signifies how Yeshua's Bride has returned to celebration of the LORD's feasts together in fulfillment of Malachi 4:5-6:
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”
But right after Passover I expect more extreme persecution of Jews and Christians as the comet passes through Andromeda. I think this will be followed by a major Muslim victory (April 18-19); possibly the establishment of Sharia law in Egypt, or even the declaration of a new world-wide caliphate. Because in Persia, Cassiopeia was drawn by al-Sufi as a queen holding a staff with a crescent moon in her right hand.
In May, “king” Obama might show his true intent and declare Israel must be sacrificed for the good of the world. This may result in God sending one of the seven trumpets or plagues upon the earth in June. And Satan may increase demonic activity in July.
In Chinese astrology the star Arcturus in Bootes was designated as the celestial king's throne (Tian Wang) or the Blue Dragon's horn (Daijiao); but the name Daijiao, translates to "great horn". So from August to mid-September I would expect more outright worship of Obama. Our Lord's response might be one of the seven trumpets or plagues in October.
Hercules crushes Draco beneath his feet, so I hope that means Yeshua returns to reign on earth in 2014.
I am not prophesying! These are just my interpretations of the signs coming in the sky.
Israel will build on its own God-given land and continue to be attacked
“Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of your habitations: spare not, lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes; For you shall break forth on the right hand and on the left; and your seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. Fear not; for you shall not be ashamed: neither be you confounded; for you shall not be put to shame: for you shall forget the shame of your youth, and shall not remember the reproach of your widowhood any more. For your Maker is your husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and your Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. For the LORD has called you as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when you were refused, said your God. For a small moment have I forsaken you; but with great mercies will I gather you. In a little wrath I hid my face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on you, said the LORD your Redeemer. . . . In righteousness shall you be established: you shall be far from oppression; for you shall not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near you. Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whoever shall gather together against you shall fall for your sake. Behold, I have created the smith that blows the coals in the fire, and that brings forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, said the LORD.” (Isaiah 54:2-8, 14-17)