Thousands of websites on the internet are claiming that the alignment of the planets and stars on September 23rd, 2017 will be or may be the fulfillment of Revelation 12:1, 2. Even though the stars and planets rarely align like they will on September 23rd, 2017, similar alignments have taken place in past history. The Sun, Moon, and planets in our post picture have been enlarged for viewing purposes. They are located in the picture near where they will be on September 23rd 2017. You can left click with your mouse on the picture to see a larger view of it. The King James Bible must be used to read the Scripture references in this writing in order to get a true understanding of the verses!

There are conflicting views presented on the various websites about the meaning of the stars and planets alignment coming on September 23rd, 2017. Many of these websites are saying that the star/planet alignment may be a sign of the impending Rapture of the Church, the Second Coming of Jesus to the Earth, or even the end of the world. Revelation 12:1, 2 is not a prophecy about the Rapture, the Second Coming or the end of the world. Revelation 12:1, 2 is prophecy that has already been fulfilled in Israel.

The rare alignment of the stars and planets on September 23rd is not a fulfillment of prophecy in Revelation 12:1, 2. On that day the Sun will be in the constellation known as Virgo, (the virgin). A constellation is a pattern formed in the second heaven by such objects as stars and planets. That day the Moon will be at Virgo’s feet. The planet Jupiter will appear to be coming from the womb of Virgo. The planets Venus, Mars, and Mercury will be above Virgo in the constellation know as Leo (the lion). Many people are claiming that this alignment on September 23rd will happen only once in 7,000 years.

First, many astronomers will tell you that some of the things that will happen in the star alignment on September 23rd have occurred very often in the past. Once a year, for about a month, the Sun appears in the constellation Virgo. For a day or two each month, the Moon appears near the feet of Virgo, the virgin. The planet Jupiter appears near the womb of the constellation Virgo for a day or two about every 12 years. The Sun, Moon, and Jupiter were in these positions in 2005. (1)

Second, many people are promoting the star alignment on September 23, 2017 to be a rare one time event because of the three planets that will be above the head of Virgo in the constellation Leo. They claim that the constellation Leo has nine stars as viewed by the stellar computer program called Stellarium. With the addition of the three (wandering stars) planets Venus, Mars, and Mercury, it is claimed that it identifies with the 12 stars in the crown described in Revelation 12:1. Many people in the past and present call the planets Venus, Mars, and Mercury wandering stars because they appear to be bright like stars on some nights. But, unlike a star, they do not possess their own source of light. The three (wandering stars) planets get their light from the Sun shining on them. (2)

Even though nine stars are connected in the Leo constellation by the Stellarium stellar software, the star program displays more than nine stars located in the Leo constellation. There are other stellar programs that connect more than nine stars to form the pattern of Leo the Lion constellation. Professional astronomers understand that there are more than nine stars in the Leo constellation. (3) (4) (5) In fact, Wikipedia online lists more than 125 stars in the Leo constellation. (6)

One astronomer points out that the stars of Virgo and Leo along with the (wandering stars) planets have been in a similar alignment in the past. On September 24th of 1827, September 6th 1483, September 5th of 1293, and September 14th of 1056, the Sun, Moon, and (wandering stars) planets have been located in the Virgo and Leo star constellations. (7) The star and planet alignment on September 23rd 2017 is not as rare as some people would falsely lead you to believe. It absolutely is not a one time event in 7,000 years. It is apparent that the coming star and planet alignment on September 23rd 2017 is not a fulfillment of Revelation 12:1, 2.

The star/planet alignment on September 23rd, 2017 is not a sign of the impending Rapture of the Church. The Church is not promised any signs, including signs in the second heaven, as to the time the Rapture will take place. The Jewish and Gentile believers of the Church are to have faith in God’s Word about the Rapture printed in the Bible. Believers of the Church are not promised to see a sign in the second heaven announcing that the Rapture is about to take place.

2 Corinthians 5:6-8 “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

The Jews have always looked for signs regarding the fulfillment of prophecy.

1 Corinthians 1:22-23 “For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;”

The Jewish people expected the Messiah to rescue them from Roman oppression. But, when Jesus did not free them from Roman oppression, He was rejected as their Messiah. The Jews did not realize that they needed a Saviour. They were given a sign of their need for a Saviour, but they missed it. The Jewish people still need a Saviour.

Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son [Jesus], and shall call his name Immanuel.”

The Rapture of the Church is imminent. This means that it could happen at any time. We do know that it will happen before the prophesied seven-year Tribulation. There are many Scriptures that teach a Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church. Just one example is that the Church is mentioned many times in the book of Revelation before the Tribulation begins, as described in Revelation 6. But, not once is the Church mentioned where the seven-year Tribulation is described in Revelation 6-18. This is because the seven-year Tribulation is for Israel, not the Church. The seven-year Tribulation will be a time when God deals primarily with Israel, as prophesied by Daniel, Daniel 9:27. The second half of the seven-year Tribulation will be great Tribulation for Israel. The seven-year Tribulation is a time of testing for Israel, not the Church. The Church will be taken to Heaven just before the seven-year Tribulation begins. The Rapture of the Church can not be predicted by the star and planet alignment of September 23rd, 2017.

The star/planet alignment on September 23rd, 2017 is not a sign of the Second Coming of Jesus to the Earth. Jesus gives the time frame and some of the events that will happen just before His Second Coming. The prophesied seven-year Tribulation will take place just before the Second Coming of Jesus. Jesus mentions the Abomination of Desolation in the Temple in Jerusalem taking place before His Second Coming. The Abomination of Desolation takes place beginning in the middle of the seven-year Tribulation.

Matthew 24:15-16 “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:”

We are also shown that the Jews flee into the wilderness during the Abomination of Desolation in the last half of the seven-year Tribulation in Revelation 12.

Revelation 12:6 “And the woman [Israel] fled into the wilderness, where she [Israel] hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her [Israel] there a thousand two hundred and threescore days [three and one-half years].”

Jesus also tells us that immediately after the seven-year Tribulation is over there will be signs in the heavens signaling His Second Coming. But, it will be much different than what will be observed when the stars and planets align on September 23rd, 2017. The Sun will eclipse in darkness. The Moon will not give her light and the stars will fall from heaven.

Matthew 24:29-30 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

Since the seven-year Tribulation and the signs in the heavens must come just before the Second Coming of Jesus, the alignment of the stars and planets on September 23rd, cannot be a sign of the Second Coming of Jesus. The seven-year Tribulation prophesied by Daniel and John has not taken place. If the Rapture takes place today, the Second Coming is prophesied to be after the seven-year Tribulation.

The star/planet alignment on September 23rd, 2017 is not a sign of the end of the world. There are many people who believe that there is a hidden planet headed our way to destroy the Earth. This planet is called Planet X or Nibiru. Some of these people believe that Planet X will appear on September 23rd. They believe that Planet X may destroy the Earth sometime in October. This is contrary to the Scriptures. The Earth will be destroyed and replaced by God in the future, 2 Peter 3:9-13.

Revelation 20:4 “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”

Revelation 21:1 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”

The Earth will not be destroyed until after the thousand year reign of King Jesus on this Earth. The thousand year reign will come after the seven-year Tribulation. Since the end of the world is at least one thousand and seven years away, the star and planet alignment on September 23rd, 2017 cannot be a sign of the end of the world.

Revelation 12:1, 2 is prophecy that has already been fulfilled in Israel. It definitely is not prophecy about the alignment of the stars and planets on September 23rd, 2017.

Revelation 12:1-2 “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman [Israel] clothed with the sun, and the moon under her [Israel’s] feet, and upon her [Israel’s] head a crown of twelve stars [twelve tribes of Israel]: And she [Israel] being with child [Jesus] cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.”

Some people try to falsely claim that the woman of Revelation 12 is the Church. The church certainly did not give birth to the child, Jesus. Israel gave birth to Jesus. As a virgin, Mary was chosen by God to represent Israel. She was from the line of David.

Matthew 1:20-23 “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people [Jews] from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son [Jesus], and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

There is a principle set in the Bible called the law of first mention. Often in the Bible, when something is first mentioned, it is defined. When we study the first mention of doctrines, or a word or phrase, it becomes clearer what the same thing means when it is mentioned later in the Bible.

When we read about the woman clothed with the Sun, and the Moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars, we immediately think about the dream that Joseph had about his family.

Revelation 12:1-2 “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman [Israel] clothed with the sun, and the moon under her [Israel’s] feet, and upon her [Israel’s] head a crown of twelve stars [twelve tribes of Israel]: And she [Israel] being with child [Jesus] cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.”

Genesis 37:9-11 “And he [Joseph] dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.”

The Sun, Moon and stars, described in Revelation 12:1, 2 certainly is similar to the dream that Joseph had about his family in Genesis 37:9-11. In the dream that Joseph had, the Sun represented his father, Jacob. Jacob was later named Israel, by God, Genesis 32:28. Jacob is the father of the twelve men who are the founding fathers of the nation of Israel, Genesis 49:1-28.

In the dream of Joseph, the Moon represents Rachel, the mother of Joseph. She is the mother who gave birth to two of the founding fathers of Israel. She was also the stepmother to the rest of the founding fathers of Israel. The eleven stars, in the dream of Joseph, represent his eleven brothers, who are the founding fathers of Israel.

In Revelation 12:1, there are twelve stars, instead of eleven stars, as seen in the dream of Joseph. This is because Joseph is added to his eleven brothers to make a crown of twelve stars. The twelve sons of Jacob were the first governing leaders of Israel. This is similar to the twelve apostles that will hold governing positions in the judgment of Israel, Matthew 19:28.

The child, Jesus, whom the woman, Israel, gave birth to will govern the whole world, from Israel, during His Millennial reign, Isaiah 9:6. In the dream, the Sun, Moon and eleven stars all bowed down to Joseph. Joseph is a beautifully painted picture of Jesus in the Old Testament. Every knee shall bow before Jesus one day in the future, Romans 14:11.

It is apparent that Israel is the woman who is travailing to give birth to a child, Revelation 12:2. This prophecy of Israel travailing to give birth to Jesus the Saviour was given in Isaiah 66 and other places, Micah 5:1-3.

 Isaiah 66:6-7 “A voice of noise from the city [Jerusalem], a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies. Before she [Israel] travailed, she [Israel] brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child [Jesus].”

God reminds us in Revelation 12:1, 2 that Israel, the woman, gave birth to Jesus their Saviour. As we read the rest of Revelation 12, we find that Israel will be faced with many problems during the seven-year Tribulation. Just like Satan tried to destroy Jesus at His birth, that Old Serpent, Satan will try to destroy Israel during the coming seven-year Tribulation. God will protect Israel during the last half of the seven-year Tribulation. King Jesus will come to the rescue of Israel in the Battle of Armageddon, Zechariah 14. Revelation 12:1, 2, has nothing to do with the alignment of the stars and planets on September 23rd, 2017.

Even though Revelation 12:1, 2 has already been fulfilled, this does not mean that the stars and planets never mean anything. We are told that the Sun, Moon and stars are used to give signs, Genesis 1:14-16. The Sun, Moon, and stars represent God’s promise to preserve and protect the nation of Israel, Jeremiah 31:35, 36. A star was used to lead the wise men to Jesus after His birth, Matthew 2:1-11. The Sun Moon and stars will be used as a sign of the Second Coming of Jesus, Matthew 24:29, 30; Luke 21:25-28; Revelation 6:12, 13. God created all of the stars and planets. He knows them all by name, Psalms 147:4. Jesus is pictured by the Sun, Malachi 4:2. Jesus is called the Morningstar, Revelation 22:16. The planet Venus is identified as the morning star. Jesus is also called the Daystar, 2 Peter 1:19-21. The day star is most likely the Sun.

We are forbidden in the Scriptures to worship the stars or use any form of astrology, Isaiah 47:13, 14. Seeking the advice of a fortune teller or to be guided by a horoscope is a form of Satan worship. To practice astrology is evil, but studying astronomy can be used to glorify God who created the stars and planets. Astronomy is a scientific study of the stars, planets, moons, and other objects in space. The science of the Bible is 100% correct. It is filled with true astronomy facts. Sadly, Satan has even corrupted astronomy. In the science of astronomy, the planets are named after false gods. God names some of the stars and constellations in the Bible. In order for the reader to understand what planets or star constellations we are referring to, we had to use the planet and star constellation names used in astronomy. Remember, God created and controls all of the stars and planets, Colossians 1:12-18. God even created and placed many of the stars in constellations to represent different patterns, Isaiah 13:10.

It appears that the stars including the constellations are used by God to send messages to mankind. Of course, if someone misreads these messages in the second heaven, they could believe or teach heresy. God never gives a message in the stars that are contrary to the Bible. English speaking people need to use the King James Bible. The Scriptures tell us that the purpose of the stars is to send a message to sinful mankind.

Psalms 19:1-6 “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.”

Astrology has corrupted the names and meaning of the stars and planets. But, they still send the message of salvation to mankind. The star constellation called Virgo would be better named Israel. Israel gave birth to King Jesus. The star constellation called Leo would be better named The Lion of the Tribe of Juda. Jesus is The Lion of the Tribe of Juda. The Sun is like a bridegroom. One day Jesus the Bridegroom will come to get His Bride, the Church. Everything in God’s creation points us to Him. The stars paint a beautiful picture for all to see.

The Church is not promised a message in the stars for when the Rapture will take place, but you can be certain that it will happen in God’s timing. Could the Rapture happen on the Feast of the Trumpets? Certainly! The Feast of the Trumpets falls on September 21st and 22nd in 2017. Only God knows when the trumpet will sound for the Church.

1 Corinthians 15:52 “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

Remember, none of us are promised another breath. If you die without repenting and believing on Jesus as your Saviour, you will face Hell followed by the Lake of Fire. Ask Jesus to save you from the penalty of your sins today. Do not trust your own good works to save you. Only the work of Jesus on the cross can save you.

HIBM Editorial by Avi Goldstein * Star Alignment Of September 23, 2017 Is Not A Fulfillment Of Revelation 12:1-2 Prophecy! – Dr. K. Daniel Fried, Editor in Chief – copyright © 2017

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