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Secular Media Taking Notice Of The Signs In The Heavens

The Chicago Tribune has published an article titled Why extremely rare events keep happening all the time, where journalist Faye Flam makes note of the myriad of extremely rare astronomical events that seem to have occurred at breakneck speed over the past year or two:

Something weird seems to be happening in the heavens. This week marks a coincidence of the full moon and the summer solstice. Some astronomers are calling this combination of maximum moonlight and the Northern Hemisphere's longest day a rare event.

It comes close on the heels of last month's rare passage of Mercury in front of the sun, September's rare pairing of a lunar eclipse with a so-called supermoon, the rare 2014 "tetrad" of lunar eclipses, the rare 2012 transit of Venus, and a plethora of once-in-a-lifetime planetary alignments, one earlier this year, one in 2014 and one in the summer of 2013. Next year there will be a rare total eclipse of the sun.

If these sorts of events are so rare, why do they happen so often?

She attempts to answer her own question by suggesting that rare events happen all the time in any given year - that is just the nature of the universe.  Every night sky is unique in some way:

Likewise, there are many ways that different combinations of the sun, moon and planets can align in some interesting pattern. Planetary alignments are always unique, said astronomer Alan MacRobert, an editor at Sky and Telescope. "Whenever there's an alignment of planets you'll read that it has not happened in 20,000 years," he said. But that's the case of every night sky. "There are an infinite number of configurations of the solar system and every one is rare," MacRobert observed. The universe is superabundant with possibilities, and that's part of what makes astronomy fun.

There is a glaring problem with the article's conclusion, however: while there have been rare and unique astronomical events occurring every day since the beginning of time, the vast majority of these are rightfully ignored because they appear to the intelligent observer entirely mundane.

What makes a sign a sign is that it catches the observer's attention.  To a sentient being it appears significant.  The observer recognizes the pattern and it isn't a subtlety.

As I'm driving down the highway there may be any number of strange, unique, rare things occurring all around me, but the street signs, traffic lights, or the person who just cut me off are the only things that are going to catch my attention because they are important, significant, and purposeful.  They are there to be noticed.

So too God's signs in the heavens, which as Faye Flam admits, seem to be happening with incredible frequency all of a sudden.

What made this week's "Strawberry Moon" so interesting is that this rare occurrence of a full moon falling on the Summer Solstice last happened in 1948, the year Israel became a nation.

And the "Blood Moon Tetrad" was interesting because the Bible mentions blood moons preceding Jesus' return a number of times.  On top of that, the last two Blood Moon Tetrads occurred around the time of Israel's rebirth and the conquest of Jerusalem, respectively.

The astronomical alignment in September 2017 is interesting because it appears to be the only time in history, at least that anyone is aware of, where there is a perfect match of the description in Revelation 12:1-2.

Read more about signs in the heavens here and here.


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