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The Gospel In The Stars

While researching the astronomical alignment next September that may be the sign John saw in Revelation 12, it occurred to me to revisit the possible dates surrounding Christ’s first advent and see if there were any other “signs in the sky” around that time.  I’ve already written extensively on possible dates for Jesus’ birth (primarily based on Craig Chester and Rick Larson’s research and The Bethlehem Star documentary), so I won’t touch on that here, suffice to say that the argument goes Jesus was conceived on the Feast of Trumpets in 3 BC, was born in June of 2 BC, and was visited by the magi on December 25th of 2 BC.  These dates require Herod to have died in 1 BC, rather 4 BC, which is a position growing in scholarly support (see here, here, and here).  I’ve been scouring through research trying to find what are the most likely dates for the key events around the end of Jesus’ first advent, so after comparing the various theories and research papers out there, here are the most persuasive dates to me:

Jesus’ Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem: Sunday, March 29, AD 33

Daniel 9:25 gives the exact duration of time between a certain decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem and the arrival of Jesus as the “Anointed One” (the Bible says Jesus was anointed at Bethany, the day before His entry into Jerusalem).  There has been a lot of scholarly research into this and the current leading theory proposed by Dr. Harold Hoehner and Dr. Thomas Ice, and refined slightly by several others, has the decree given in early March or April of 444 BC and the Triumphal Entry on Sunday, March 29th, or Monday, March 30th, of AD 33.  Depending on which way you calculate the dates, Daniel’s 69 “weeks” of years, when converted to days, falls exactly on either the 29th or 30th of AD 33.

Jesus’ Crucifixion: Friday, April 3, AD 33 (Passover)

I’ve heard a number of arguments in defense of a non-traditional day of the week for Jesus’ crucifixion, such as Wednesday or Thursday, but I find arguments for the traditional date of Friday to be far more convincing.  While Jesus does once make mention of “three days and three nights” in reference to the time between His crucifixion and resurrection—connecting His looming death to the “sign of Jonah”—this was likely a Jewish idiom and elsewhere the resurrection is said to occur literally on the third day, not on the fourth day (Mt. 16:21; 17:23; 20:19; Lk. 13:32; 24:7, 24:46; see also 1 Cor. 15:4 and Hos. 6:2).  In addition to this, the Bible also plainly says Jesus died on the day before the Sabbath (Mt. 27:62; Mk. 15:42; Lk. 23:54; Jn. 19:14) and was raised to life on the first day of the week (Mk. 16:2; Jn. 20:1).  Quoting from an article called Dating the Crucifixion:

All four Gospels state that Jesus was crucified on Preparation Day, a Friday. This is also the common consensus of the Church Fathers and scholars throughout church history.

Having Passover (Nisan 14) fall on a Friday, which was also Preparation Day, limits the dates for Christ’s crucifixion to either April 7, AD 30 or April 3, AD 33.  We can then possibly eliminate the AD 30 date based on four more pieces of evidence:

1. The first is a historical record from Jerome, whose source was the secular historian Phlegon, pinpointing the darkness that lasted for three hours the day Christ died (from about noon to 3:00 PM) to the fourth year of the 202nd Olympiad (AD 32 or 33):

In the fourth year, however, of Olympiad 202, an eclipse of the sun happened, greater and more excellent than any that had happened before it; at the sixth hour, day turned into dark night, so that the stars were seen in the sky, and an earthquake in Bithynia toppled many buildings of the city of Nicaea.

In effect, without understanding their significance, Phlegon had both substantiated and pinpointed the date of the three hours of darkness and the earthquake that the Bible records as happening on the day Christ died.  Furthermore, we learn that the paintings and movies of the crucifixion that you’re familiar with are wrong—it wasn’t just a subtle darkness from clouds, it was day turned to night—so dark the stars were visible.

2. The second piece of evidence is actually from the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which maintains a database of historical earthquakes.  From AD 1 to AD 50 only one significant earthquake occurred in Israel and it happened in AD 33 according to four different sources—a fifth source mentions the AD 33 date, but attempts to disparage the possibility purely because of what the spiritual implications are.

3. The third piece of evidence is based on the date of the execution of the Roman Aelius Sejanus under Tiberius Caesar, which would likely put the crucifixion after AD 31.

4. And the fourth piece of evidence is the Apostle Peter’s sermon on Pentecost recorded in Acts 2 where he quotes from the Prophet Joel in attempting to convert the 3,000 who were gathered to hear him.  Acts 2:14–22:

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

‘In the last days, God says,
  I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
  your young men will see visions,
  your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
  I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
  and they will prophesy.
I will show wonders in the heavens above
  and signs on the earth below,
  blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness
  and the moon to blood
  before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls
  on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.”

Just 52 short days before Peter spoke these words, the sun was darkened in the middle of the day during the crucifixion.  And speaking of “blood and fire,” the blood of Christ had been shed in an open public display and now on the day Peter spoke, tongues of fire had descended onto the gathered disciples.  What about the moon turning to blood?  Well it just so happens that on Friday, April 3, AD 33, a partial lunar eclipse was visible across Israel as soon as the moon rose that night.  When lunar eclipses are higher in the sky they often look light red or orange, but when low on the horizon as it was that night, the red hues are often darkened into the color of blood.

Putting all the evidence together, I believe Jesus was killed on April 3, AD 33, and having perhaps been born in June of 2 BC, He died at the age of 33, just a few months short of turning 34.

Jesus’ Resurrection: Sunday, April 5, AD 33 (First Fruits)

By identifying the date of the crucifixion we can find the remaining dates easily.  Jesus rose on the first day of the week (Mk. 16:2; Jn. 20:1), on the third day from His crucifixion, which would have been Sunday, April 5, AD 33.

While researching this article I made a startling discovery.  From Craig Chester and Rick Larson’s work we have already identified Jupiter as Christ’s star: it is the “king” planet representing the chief deity in ancient cultures throughout the Middle East and is covered in stripes just as Jesus was (Isa. 53:5), has a Great Red Spot akin to Jesus’ spear wound, and is the earth’s primary celestial defense against dangerous asteroids and comets, functioning like a cosmic vacuum cleaner (1 Pt. 2:24; Isa. 53:4–6).

What I discovered is that during Christ’s crucifixion and subsequent resurrection, the planet Jupiter was situated right in the middle of the constellation Gemini, which is Latin for “twins”:

The constellation of Gemini is near-universally depicted as two men embracing after having been separated by death.  In Roman and Greek mythology, one of the twins named after its brightest star “Pollux,” was the immortal son of the chief deity.  The other twin was Castor, the son of man.  The mortal Castor dies and Pollux pleads with his father to grant Castor immortality and his father agrees—the two are then united in the heavens forever.  I believe this pictures God and Adam reconciled through Jesus’ death and resurrection:

In Babylonian astronomy, which was probably even closer to the Biblical Mazzaroth (Job 38:32) in meaning, the twin Castor is called Meshlamtaea and the twin Pollux is called Lugalirra.  It took my breath away when I discovered that Meshlamtaea means “The One who has arisen from the underworld” and Lugalirra means “Mighty King.”  Jesus is the Mighty King who has arisen, conquering death and hades.  The message could not be any clearer: the Mighty King who has arisen is the bridge between the immortal deity and mortal man because He (Jupiter) stands right between them (as shown above) as the mediator.  This sign in the heavens was not hidden by the Sun—in fact it was visible to the unaided eye over Jerusalem and Israel on the nights of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  You can use any astronomy software to see for yourself.

But it gets even more amazing than this.  I discovered that Jupiter had been undergoing retrograde in Gemini and first entered the constellation on June 15, AD 32, around the time of Christ’s 33rd birthday.  During its retrograde motion, Jupiter travels from Castor to Pollux and then back to Castor and then back to Pollux again, which symbolizes that it is Christ who restored fellowship between God and man.

Jesus’ Ascension: Thursday, May 14, AD 33

The Bible says Jesus remained on earth for 40 days following His resurrection (Acts 1:3), so Jesus would have ascended to Heaven on Thursday, May 14, AD 33.  Amazingly this is right at the time Jupiter finally leaves the constellation Gemini, symbolizing that Jesus’ visitation to mankind was coming to an end.  Jupiter had been in Gemini for exactly 333 days.

Let’s now put this incredible picture together: Jesus died on April 3, AD 33, at the age of 33, and His Passion was symbolized in the sky over a period of exactly 333 days, a sign that began on or around His 33rd birthday.  Only God could orchestrate something like that.

Conception Of The Church: Sunday, May 24, AD 33 (Pentecost)

Pentecost is 50 days (inclusive) of First Fruits and always falls on a Sunday (the day after the Sabbath), so we can easily pinpoint Sunday, May 24, AD 33 as the actual date of Pentecost.  It was on this day that Jesus, who is now reigning in Heaven, sends the promised Holy Spirit to indwell the Church.  This indwelling is the permanent seal of our future redemption (Eph. 1:13; 4:30).

The Holy Spirit came upon Mary at Jesus’ conception (Lk. 1:35), not His birth, so we can make a strong case that the Church was conceived on Pentecost, not born.  The Church is now alive and well, but has been gestating for two millennia.  What happens next is the actual birth of the Church when what we are to be is finally revealed and when we finally “see the light” (1 Jn. 3:2).

Revelation 12 pictures the future birth of the corporate Church and its rapture to Heaven (Rev. 12:1–5).

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  1. SWEET!!!!!!!

  2. Excellent work, thanks. After the blood moons came and went I've been hesitant to put much stock into the Sept 23rd alignment, but after reading this, it makes me want to pay closer attention.

    1. It's true that the blood moons have come and gone, but as Daniel Matson points out in a recent article, the blood moons of 2014 and 2015, that fell on the Lord's Feasts, and the Venus/Jupiter conjunctions are all playing a supporting role for what is yet to come. This paragraph in particular really hit home for me...

      "Therefore, the lunar tetrads and conjunctions play their supporting role in pointing to the Feast of Trumpets and the Sign of the Woman that are coming this year. This would be September 21st and 23rd respectively. The alignment of the Great Pyramid comes the morning of September 20th. The rarity of the signs and the linkage should bring no question to their importance. These signs will not occur again anytime soon and one is spelled out clearly in the final book of the Bible. As Jesus said, there would be signs in the heavens, and if these are not them, then what else could we possibly be looking for? In the end there are no alternatives."

      source: http://watchfortheday.org/thesign.html

    2. One other except from Matson's article...

      "The Revelation 12 Sign of the Woman has been there in the text for all to read for nearly two thousand years. It is the only great sign mentioned in the Bible. That should be a big hint and a hint we all failed to see until very recently. It has been a neon flashing sign so big that it was missed in plain sight. The problem was that many saw this sign as a picture before Jesus was born, but no such alignment occurs then. It is also not an allegory of non-conclusive heavenly imagery to make Revelation colorful. It is a sign in the physical heavens and it is in just a few months."

  3. Great work, I can't wait to share this with my family and friends!

    Matthew M.

  4. Thank you for putting this all together, Gary. Excellent find about Jupiter in Gemini. Wow! More confirmation about the legitimacy of the Great Sign coming this Fall involving Jupiter in the womb of Virgo. At that time we could be saying, "Happy Birthday, brothers and sisters!" All in the presence of our Savior.

    1. That would be pretty stinkin' cool! Come, Lord, come.

  5. Just would like to make a brief comment on the timeline / date of the Crucifixion. This could not have occurred on a Friday (Good Friday is a Catholic tradition), and you also don't get 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the earth until the resurrection on Sunday morning.

    More accurately, the crucifixion of Jesus would have taken place on Wednesday, and He would have been placed in the tomb Wednesday before sundown, as the yearly Sabbath fell on Wednesday sundown to Thursday sundown. And then the women only had part of Friday to do the preparations, before the weekly Sabbath commenced at sundown Friday. Counting from Wednesday sundown to Saturday sundown will give you the required 3 days / 3 nights (Sign of Jonah) of Jesus being in the belly of the earth. This is of importance in order to fulfill Jesus' foretold sign, which can't be fulfilled with the dates the Catholic religion provides for us.

  6. Gary, our family honors the feasts of the Lord and I typically give a bit of instruction to my family during each of our feast celebrations. As I was preparing for such a teaching the morning of passover of 2012 I received an amazing confirmation from the Lord. The point of my message was on the exact timing of God. Of course, I told my family about the confirmation that day, but had never written it down to share with others. The bottom line is that God confirmed the exact time of Christ's death to me. He died at 3:01:00 pm on April 3, 33 AD. If you'd like, I can recall the events and document it and perhaps post it on the discussion board.

    1. Please do! I would like to hear it.

    2. Gary, I wrote this up and put into the section on Daniels 70 weeks. It seems most pertinent to that topic due to the timing of Jesus' death.

      You won't believe what happened when I was finished writing it, but I'll save the mystery for you so I don't spoil it.

  7. Gary,
    I read this today as part of a study on Ascension Day as a possible rapture date (https://www.heavenlyperspectives.org/item/25-should-we-consider-ascension-day-as-a-potential-rapture-date-in-2018.html). I sincerely believe you are an American Isaiah. Your understanding, perception and ability to meld historical data with the scriptures is astounding and can only be regarded as the hand of Hashem working through you. I thank God that I was led to you by an innocuous post on Facebook. I anxiously await our meeting on the day of the rapture. May God bless and keep you always.

    1. Ha! Quite a compliment, but in reality I'm a selfish, broken person, saved by grace, trying my best to follow the LORD's leading and trying my best to listen to what He has to say.

      Thank you for sharing that article, I will definitely check it out. Ascension Day is definitely on my radar (:

  8. I was really skeptical about astronomy connecting it to astrology, and what God does to those who believe in the starts as in Isaiah 44, 45, 46....but you have explained the rev.22 sign significantly well...for me to understand even the Bethelem star...thanks and God Bless

  9. Every since I was a child, I KNEW these dates! I dont know why I knew them but it just ALWAYS felt right. I stopped going to church at an early age because whenever I tried to talk to elders about it I was never taken seriously and they wouldn't or couldn't ever answer my questions. There are a lot of things that I just know and sometimes even predict events before they happen which really freaks people out except for my youngest son. He told me that when I got older, I was going to stop trying to convince people and turn into the old man sitting on the porch quietly humming and the only thing I'd say would be "saw that coming". And he's right. That's exactly what I do. My wife, whon I love dearly, says I'm here alien husband. After being alive all these years and seeing something scholarly to back my intuitions has given me a revitalized spark to charge my soul until im called into the next realm.



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