In this article, I'm going to introduce you to the incredible cosmic sign of Revelation 12, which was displayed in the night sky in 3 BC, at the time of Messiah's conception. This sign in the heavens may—and I emphasize the word may—be appearing for the second time ever in September of this year, 2017. Some Christians have been claiming that this will mark the time of the Rapture, but I'm going tell you why you should reject that notion, and I'll provide you with an interpretation that is much more feasible.
Interpreting the Sign
This is the sign that John sees: A woman dressed with the sun, who had the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and was crying out from her labor pains, the agony of giving birth.
Who is this woman? Our first clue is the crown of twelve stars, which probably represent the twelve tribes of Israel, since they were previously represented as stars in the prophetic dream of the patriarch Joseph in Genesis 37:9. The second and stronger clue is the identity of the woman's son, who is the one destined to rule all nations with an iron scepter, who was snatched away and taken to God and to his throne. This is unquestionably the Messiah, Yeshua of Nazareth, the resurrected son of YHVH.
Some people will object that the Messiah was not snatched away, but rather took himself away, but that is not the testimony given in the Gospel of Luke. Luke writes that Yeshua was “anephereto,” which means “carried up” by an external actor. Then, in the Book of Acts, an angel speaking about Yeshua uses the word “analemphtheis,” meaning “one being taken up” as a passive subject. These verbs are very compatible with being snatched, especially when we consider how the disciples must have perceived it—having the most important thing in their lives removed from them must have seemed like having gold snatched from one's hand.
If the baby in the vision was Yeshua, that would make the woman Mary, or Miriam, the mother of Yeshua. Right? Not so fast. After her son is taken to the throne room of God, the woman flees to the wilderness on the wings of a great eagle, where she is protected for three and half years. A war kicks off in heaven after the woman is transported to the wilderness. The ancient Dragon, Satan, and his followers are cast out of heaven and can no longer go before God to accuse the saints (note that the saints are said to have conquered Satan by the blood of the Lamb, indicating that the casting down of Satan is something that happens after the crucifixion, not at the dawn of history, as some scholars would have us believe). A voice in heaven rejoices that Satan has been kicked to the curb, but it warns of great trouble for the inhabitants of the earth because the Adversary knows that his time is short.
The Devil then pursues the woman who spawned the Messiah but becomes enraged because he can't harm her, so he decides to go after the rest of her offspring. This indicates that the woman must represent something more than the singular mother of Messiah. And that shouldn't surprise us, because the text describes her as a sign, not a real flesh-and-blood person.
Here is the interpretation of this sign: The woman represents the sum total of Israelites who have saving faith, one of which was the virgin Miriam. These are Messianic Israelites who will be taken to a safe place in the wilderness of the Promised Land (which, incidentally, stretches beyond the borders of the modern-day nation of Israel). This future event may be the second exodus. Note that the woman will be carried by the wings of an eagle, which is the exact same wording that God himself used to describe the first exodus (see Exo. 19:4).
During the first exodus, a mixed multitude joined Israel as they left Egypt, and we should expect that the same will be true again, and believers of any ethnicity will be allowed to join the Messianics as they depart for the wilderness. If you'd like to know more about the theory of the second exodus, I recommend checking out Zach Bauer's YouTube channel, New2Torah.
Chapter 12 v. 17 states that the frustrated Dragon will turn away from the woman and go to do battle against “the rest of her children, the ones who keep God's commandments and hold on to the testimony about Y'shua.” When the sect called the Way first formed after Y'shua's resurrection, and indeed for many months after Penetcost, it was comprised entirely of Hebrew people. The Messianic congregations in Israel eventually sent out men like Paul and Barnabas, who started Gentile congregations in the surrounding nations. Therefore, those who believe in the Messiah but are not physically descended from Abraham are the offspring of the woman and have become part of the family of God.
The Virgin in the Stars
Amazingly, YHVH has written the entire history of mankind into the stars. This is why the first chapter of Genesis states that the stars are for signs in addition to timekeeping. For a full explanation of the story told by the constellations, see ch. 20 of my book, Leviathan's Ruse, Vol. 1.
In the sky, Virgo lies beside the constellation Leo, which represents Y'shua as king, the Lion of Judah. This layout pictures the bride and the bridegroom together, and it is where the story in the Zodiac concludes. Something very interesting was happening in these two constellations in the year 3 BC. During that year, the king planet, Jupiter, moved through the constellation of Leo and passed directly over the star Regulus, which sits in the breast of the lion. Regulus has been known since ancient times as the king star—it is where we get the English word regal. In 3 BC, Jupiter came into close conjunction with Regulus, which is not terribly unusual, but then it did something very rare: it entered into retrograde motion, reversing course not once, but twice, causing a triple conjunction with Regulus. In other words, the king planet traced out a halo over the king star, coronating it over a period of nine months.
That alone is amazing enough, but what will really blow your mind is what was happening simultaneously in Virgo. Just as Jupiter was beginning its coronation of Regulus, Virgo rose clothed in the sun, with the sliver of the new moon under her feet (remember, she's "laying down" to give birth). This alignment just so happened to occur on Yom Teruah, the Day of Trumpets, on September 11th. Yom Teruah is one of YHVH's annual holy days, and we know that all eight of the divinely appointed holidays are dress rehearsals for pivotal events in redemptive history. This leaves no doubt that the alignment of 9/11/3 BC, when the Levitical priests were blowing their trumpets in Israel, was the day of the supernatural conception of the Messiah. Conception is when life begins, not at birth, as is suggested in the modern world.
That being said, the magi in Persia would have seen the conjunction and taken it as their signal to move out. They grabbed their pack-animals (probably horses), loaded up their gear and gifts, and headed for Jerusalem. It was December by the time they completed the journey. They talked with Herod at the palace in Jerusalem and then headed south towards Bethlehem. On December 25 of 2 BC, Jupiter again entered retrograde—this time inside the constellation Virgo—making a full stop above the home where the six-month old Y'shua dwelt.
I see great significance in the fact that God had the magi find and worship Y'shua on that date because the winter solstice occurred on precisely the 25th of December that year. It was the tradition of many ancient heathen cultures to celebrate the winter solstice as the time of the rebirth of the sun, which is why we find so many pyramids, temples, and megaliths aligned to the solstices. By sending the magi to celebrate Y'shua on that day, God was disparaging pagan religious practices. He belittled the sun-god worshipers by glorifying the true light of the world right under their noses as they partied on behalf of Satan's impostor king. For more information on how sun-god worship relates to the Antichrist, grab a copy of my book, Leviathan's Ruse.
The Second Pregnancy of Virgo
However, there are two disclaimers that need to be made about the behavior of Jupiter. Number one is that the planet seems to move out through the side of Virgo for two months during its retrograde motion. It's still close to her, but not exactly in her belly. Whether or not this deviation invalidates the symbolism depends to some extent on the way you choose to draw the constellation, since some representations conform more closely than others to the imaginary lines between the stars. Number two is that the conjunctions with Spica are not as close as were the conjunctions with Regulus.
Right as this celestial birth is being completed, the Revelation 12 sign will (seemingly) occur for a second time. On September 23, 2017, Mercury, Mars, and Venus will be lined up between Regulus and the left shoulder of Virgo. When added to the nine stars of Leo, including Regulus, those three planets (also called “wandering stars”) will complete a crown of twelve stars. Or so they say. But there's a big problem with that. Advocates are borrowing stars from another constellation in order to construct Virgo's crown. That seems like it should be against the rules. Can we turn a lion into a crown?
There's really no need to resort to making a lion-shaped crown of stars which ends up being as big as the virgin herself. The fact is, there's always a crown of twelve stars above Virgo. Most traditional star atlases make note of a ring of stars between Virgo and Leo, calling them a diadem, which means "crown." Thus, the 3 BC alignment didn't need to include a three-planet grouping with Leo in order to be valid; and by the same token, the 2017 alignment of planets under Leo doesn't "complete" the sign.
The sun will be basically in the region of Virgo, but it will not fully overlap Virgo the way that it did in 3 BC. That being the case, it's hard to be very confident about linking Revelation 12 to the 2017 event.
Close, but No Cigar
Many prophecy buffs would have us believe that this Revelation 12 sign is about the Rapture. It's marking the next coming of Jesus and the beginning of the Tribulation, they say.
First of all, this doesn't even fit with the popular theory being touted by these same folks, which predicts that the Rapture will happen on the Day of Trumpets. Second of all, the Rapture is the round-up for a wedding ceremony, not the completion of a pregnancy. And finally, the Bible clearly teaches that the Resurrection of all living and deceased saints occurs after the Great Tribulation (just read Y'shua's clear-as-day sermon in Matthew 24 for confirmation).
When September 23 comes and goes and no one gets whisked away, I want every pre-Trib teacher who pointed to that date to take a big bite of humble pie and shut their mouths while they chew. The pre-Tribulation Rapture false doctrine is doing nothing but harm to the kingdom of God.
A Grim Déjà Vu
Those who have read my book know that I teach a soon return of the first and greatest king of Babylon, whom the scriptures call Asshur. He will be the man that we label the Antichrist. An angel told the apostle John that the beast from the Abyss once was, now is not, and yet will be. This once-and-future king will burst onto the scene via a dark resurrection, his soul ascending from Sheol, from the sides of the Abyss. As incredible as that may sound, it is what the Bible teaches and what occult societies have been working towards for centuries.
It is my suspicion that the Seed of Satan—a fertilized egg made only from the reconstructed genetic material of Asshur—has already been implanted in a virgin surrogate mother. The disembodied soul of the deceased Asshur will be made to come out of the Abyss and into his regrown body. Or perhaps he will be resurrected back into his adult body, which may have already been found under the plains of Giza, but one way or the other, he will return to rule once again.
Please hear me: I am not saying with certainty that we are witnessing the celestial sign of the Antichrist. It's merely a theory waiting to be proved or disproved. It could very well be that this 2017 alignment has no meaning at all, a case of “close but no cigar.” But, considering how close we are getting to the end of the age, it's more likely than not that this alignment does have significance.
The Enemy's Plan Proclaimed
Who was the father of Apollo? It was Zeus, the ruler of the gods, who was often portrayed as a serpent (note: Zeus was also known as Jupiter and Jove). In Revelation 2:13, Yeshua states that Pergamum, the place where Zeus had his greatest altar, was the location of Satan's throne at that time. And Satan is Leviathan, that ancient serpent, the Red Dragon (Rev. 12:3-9). So Apollo is no good guy—he's the Roman version of Satan's Seed.
Virgil was no prophet of YHVH, that he should know with certainty what will happen, but if he was channeling devils who understood the signs in the heavens and the end-game of Satan, then the words he penned may be surprisingly accurate. Of course, Satan (or Zeus) will never succeed in bringing the world to a state of utopia, as the Muses would like us to believe. But he will succeed in bringing his Chosen One into the world to rule it for a short time before Yeshua returns.
The Book of Genesis states that God created the heavenly bodies not only to give light and mark time, but to act as signs for appointed times. I have no doubt that fallen angels understand the prophetic nature of these signs and what they portend, and it would seem that through Virgil they've linked the replay of Virgo's pageant with the return of Satan's Seed.
Embrace Your Destiny
Rather than let this upset you, let it draw you nearer to the heavenly father who has a glorious role planned for you in history's darkest hour—if you will cooperate with him, that is. You and I are to be supernaturally-empowered end-time soldiers who will frustrate the fallen angelic powers at every turn by holding to the testimony of Yeshua against all odds. Be emboldened by the fact that God's word is sure, and no matter how dark the world may get in the last days, we will have the victory. We win.