In the study below all dates and times are based in Jerusalem. Eden was in that generalized region and the times and seasons spoken of in Genesis were to Adam In that region. Also the Promised Land promised to the Jews is in that region. Being on a circular planet we must need to mark a starting or home region to calculate times and seasons. I have chosen to use the region that perhaps was chosen by God for this purpose.

In this study we will be looking at a series of signs in the heavens that would occur based on two premises. The first is that the conjunction of the sun and moon each month in the skies over that region begin the Jewish month. The second premise is that the 1st new moon (conjunction) after the vernal equinox begins the new Jewish year as the date of Abib 01. I know that many are still studying these premises and some may hold other positions but I am considering  the evidences given in this study.

In 2Kings  23:5 we read “And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.” God warns us that we are not to worship the created things in the heavens such as the sun and moon. In Deuteronomy chapters 4 and 17 this is also clearly shown. For this reason many are afraid to even look into the heavens for signs from God. Yet the scriptures teach that although we are not to worship or pray to these things, God will use them to give signs and for seasons.

Consider the following verses.

“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years: (Gen 1:14)

He appointed the moon for seasons: The sun knoweth his going down. (Psa 104:19)

For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light; the sun shall be darkened in its going forth, and the moon shall not cause its light to shine. (Isa 13:10)

Joe_2:10  The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:

Joe_2:31  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

Joe_3:15  The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

Mat_24:29  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:

Mar_13:24  But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,

Luk_21:25  And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Act_2:20  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

  And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

Rev_8:12  And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

Rev_12:1  And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

And there are many others that show that there will be signs given to us in the heavens, especially concerning the sun and moon being darkened and turned into blood. So understanding this lets explore some dates and begin to explore what our Father may be showing us in the sky.

One other point must be understood if we are to make sense of the times in this study. The Bible day goes from evening to evening. This is why we begin the Sabbath at sunset Friday. Thus if we look at any given day on the Gregorian calendar, we must remember it is a 24 hour block that began on the previous Gregorian day. For example let’s take a random day such of January the 20th. Biblically, it is a 24 hour block of time that began at sunset on January 19th and ends at sunset on January the 20th.

In this understanding we will now began our look at some of God’s times based on these premises. We will begin in the spring of 2013. The equinox was on March the 20th as seen in the chart below. I have included several years to show that during the next few years, the day falls consistently on March the 20th.

Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2013

Equinoxes:

March  20 2013 11:02 GMT

September 22 2013 20:44 GMT

Solstices:

June 21 2013 05:04 GMT

December 21 2013 17:11 GMT

Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2014

Equinoxes:

March  20 2014 16:57 GMT

September 23 2014 02:29 GMT

Solstices:

June 21 2014 10:51 GMT

December 21 2014 23:03 GMT

Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2015

Equinoxes:

March  20 2015 22:45 GMT

September 23 2015 08:20 GMT

Solstices:

June 21 2015 16:38 GMT

December 22 2015 04:38 GMT

Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2016

Equinoxes:

March  20 2016 04:30 GMT

September 22 2016 14:21 GMT

Solstices:

June 20 2016 22:34 GMT

December 21 2016 10:44 GMT

Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2017

Equinoxes:

March  20 2017 10:28 GMT

September 22 2017 20:02 GMT

Solstices:

June 21 2017 04:24  GMT

December 21 2017 16:28

 

We need then only find the 1st new moon after that date to begin the Jewish year. Consider the following picture. It shows the next conjunction as seen from Jerusalem.

Here we see the sky as it was over Jerusalem on April 10 at 2:30 pm. The sun and moon are seen to be in conjunction. This marked the 1st day of Abib falling in the 24 hour period beginning on the sunset of the April 9th and ending at sunset on the 10th. Now let’s move forward to the 16th day of Abib. This would be the 24 hour period beginning at sunset on the 25th going to sunset on the 26th of April 2013. This being the second day  of the feast of unleavened bread and is also the feast of first fruits. At a little past 11pm on the 25th of April (in Jerusalem), the moon went into partial eclipse as seen in the following picture.

 This eclipse began a remarkable group of six eclipses that would fall on the Lords feast days over the next three years. Each subsequent eclipse would become more profound. As many of us only partially understood the significance and timing of this event, so the eclipse was only partial. As the eclipses will become more full and profound, so our truth is to grow as well. Below is a chart showing the lunar eclipses from 2011-2015.  Although the eclipse in April of 2013 was only a partial eclipse, it marked a beginning of signs in the sun and moon that would point to two remarkable events foretold in prophecy and pointed to in the Lords feasts.

Lunar Eclipses: 2011 - 2015

Calendar Date

TD of Greatest Eclipse

Eclipse Type

Saros Series

Umbral
Magnitude

Partial/Total
Duration

Geographic Region of Eclipse Visibility

(Link to Figure)

(Link to RASC Observers Handbook)

2011 Jun 15

20:13:43

Total

130

1.700

03h39m
01h40m

S.America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Aus.

2011 Dec 10

14:32:56

Total

135

1.106

03h32m
00h51m

Europe, e Africa, Asia, Aus., Pacific, N.A.

2012 Jun 04

11:04:20

Partial

140

0.370

02h07m

Asia, Aus., Pacific, Americas

2012 Nov 28

14:34:07

Penumbral

145

-0.187

-

Europe, e Africa, Asia, Aus., Pacific, N.A.

2013 Apr 25

20:08:38

Partial

112

0.015

00h27m

Europe, Africa, Asia, Aus.

2013 May 25

04:11:06

Penumbral

150

-0.934

-

Americas, Africa

2013 Oct 18

23:51:25

Penumbral

117

-0.272

-

Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia

2014 Apr 15

07:46:48

Total

122

1.291

03h35m
01h18m

Aus., Pacific, Americas

2014 Oct 08

10:55:44

Total

127

1.166

03h20m
00h59m

Asia, Aus., Pacific, Americas

2015 Apr 04

12:01:24

Total

132

1.001

03h29m
00h05m

Asia, Aus., Pacific, Americas

2015 Sep 28

02:48:17

Total

137

1.276

03h20m
01h12m

e Pacific, Americas, Europe, Africa, w Asia

 

The first of these events as shown in the feast of first fruits. “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.”  (Lev 23:10-11) Many see this Sabbath as the 1st day of the feast of unleavened bread. Thus the second day would be the feast of first fruits or wave offering.

 This pointed to was the promise of the woman (Church of Revelation 12) bringing forth the man child Christ who will gather the first fruits unto God.  Consider these two quotes.

"And I looked, and lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with Him an hundred and forty and four thousand, having His Father's name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: and they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God" [Revelation 14:1-5].  This Scripture represents the character of the people of God for these last days. The everlasting gospel is to be preached, and it is to be practiced in true missionary work carried forward not after the wisdom that men may devise, but after the wisdom of God. All who walk in safe paths are to understand that the third angel's message is of consequence to the whole world, and must be carried to the world in clear, straight lines, and in its distinctive features, as Christ revealed it to John. 18MR 27-28.

In this quote Ellen While clearly references the 144,000 as being the final anti- type of the first fruits as seen in Revelation 14. The woman of Revelation 12 is God’s church throughout time. Christ was brought forth of Mary and died for our sin. In his resurrection he became the first raised unto God. The feast of first fruits pointed first to him and those that rose with him on Abib 16th. This event pointed to another time when those in the end of time in whom Christ would be born again within. His character would shine forth in his people who being dead to self would rise as new creatures in him. The feast of first fruits will culminate  ultimately in His people, the 144,000 at the end of time who take the 3 angels messages to the world in the power of the 4th Angel of Revelation 18. We will explore this more later. For now let’s look at the second date.

Now we will move forward to the fall feast time in seventh month of Tishrei. Once again we will base the beginning of the month on the conjunction of the sun and moon. Here is a picture of that event from starry night software.

  The conjunction occurred on the 5th day of October at 0334 Jerusalem time. Based upon our even to even principle, this occurred on the 24 hour block of time going from the evening of the October 4th to the evening of October the 5th. This conjunction made that time period Tishrei 01 or the first day of the seventh month. Now let’s move forward to Tishria 15 which is the 1st day of the Feast of Tabernacles.

“Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.” (Lev 23:34)

Counting forward from the 24 hour block of Tishrie 01, this lead us to the block of time extending from the evening of 18th to the evening of the 19th of October 2013. Below is the image.


 At 0351 in Jerusalem, the moon will fall into the penumbral shadow of the earth. It is a more complete eclipse, but will not fall into the full numbral shadow of the earth.  Below is a picture that helps explain this.

File:Geometry of a Lunar Eclipse.svg

Now why would God be placing a sign on the feast of tabernacles? As the feast of first fruits pointed to the sealing and work of the 144,000, the Feast of Tabernacles would point to our work, protection, and final deliverance. Consider the following quote.

     “Like the Passover, the Feast of Tabernacles was commemorative. In memory of their pilgrim life in the wilderness the people were now to leave their houses and dwell in booths, or arbors, formed from the green branches "of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook." Leviticus 23:40, 42, 43. 

     The first day was a holy convocation, and to the seven days of the feast an eighth day was added, which was observed in like manner.  At these yearly assemblies the hearts of old and young would be encouraged in the service of God, while the association of the people from the different quarters of the land would strengthen the ties that bound them to God and to one another. Well would it be for the people of God at the present time to have a Feast of Tabernacles--a joyous commemoration of the blessings of God to them. As the children of Israel celebrated the deliverance that God had wrought for their fathers, and His miraculous preservation of them during their journeyings from Egypt, so should we gratefully call to mind the various ways He has devised for bringing us out from the world, and from the darkness of error, into the precious light of His grace and truth.”  {PP 540} 

On two different dates, it would seem that the Lord has placed his sign in the heavens, to bring our attention to times we live in and the focus of our work. Could it be that the time of these two feasts will meet their antitype in fulfillment shortly. If so, God will show us clearly. Not just in the mouth of this years witness alone. 

“One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.” (Deu 19:15)

In the first eclipse of the year there was a witness shown in the heavens of the importance of the feast of first fruits. Its timing was based on the conjunction of the sun and moon. Note that in the timing of this eclipse, if an individual waited for a sighting of the moon, this eclipse would occur prior to the feast of Tabernacles, falling instead in between Yom Kipper and Tabernacles.  We will see this more fully as we examine the subsequent eclipses.

Let’s move on to the year 2014. Equinox is again on March 20th. This time the new moon conjunction fall as shown below.

The conjunction occurred on March 30, 11:45pm. This falls during the 24 hour period from the evening of March 30 to the evening of March 31, 2014 making that 24 hour period Abib 01. Again let step forward the days to the 16th day of Abib in the year 2014. This day will again fall on the Feast of First Fruits.  The 24 hours will fall from the evening of April 14th to the evening of April 15th.  And on cue, shortly after 10 am on the morning of the 15th the moon will again slip into the shadow of eclipse, this time into the complete umbra shadow of the earth. It will take over 3 ˝ hours to pass through it. It will turn blood red and stay that way for more than an hour.

The significance of this should not be lost. For the second year in a row, The moon has gone into eclipse and the second time it is complete.

“The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.” (Isa 60:19)

“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.” (Joe 3:14-16)

God will have a people who will do his bidding and be his voice. Brethren, could it be that the signs in the heavens are proclaiming that the time is at hand.

Now let us quickly move to the fall of 2014. Using our model let us look at the month of Tishrei. The seventh month begins with the conjunction of the sun and moon on the September 24 at 09:14 in the morning. This makes the 1st day of the 7th month from sunset September 23rd to sunset September the 24th. Now we will again move forward to the 15th day of Tishrei. This lead us to sunset from October the 7th to sunset October the 8th.  Does God once again proclaim his sign from the heavens.

At around 1 pm on the 8th of October of 2014, the moon will again begin to slip into the shadow of the earth’s umbra. It will once again spend almost 3 ˝ hours traversing the shadow and will be completely blood red for almost an entire hour.

It should again be noted that if you use the sighted moon to calculate the new moon, that this will not occur on the 15th of Tishrei but on the 13th or 14th, nullifying the signs message. But let us look at the 3rd witness, the year 2015.

Again spring equinox is on March 20. This time God will give another sign of His timing.  Let’s look at March the 20th. On this year, the new moon conjunction occurs on the 20th as well. Take a look at it in the picture below. What do you see?

At around 2pm on March the 20th, the sun and moon will appear to touch each other over Israel while between the united states and northern Europe the sun will slip into total eclipse behind the moon. The Jewish year begins with the sun and moon being darkened. Abib one falls from March 19 sunset to March 20 Sunset 2015.Now let us move quickly to the 16th day of Abib and see if once again God sends forth a sign from the heavens. Abib 16 begins at sunset on April the 3rd and ends on the 4th at sunset. Around 2 pm on the afternoon of April the 4th, on Abib 16, the moon is turned to blood yet again. It will again darkened for over 3 ˝ hours and red as blood for over an hour.

With this event, the Lord has now put signs in the heavens 3 times proclaiming the importance that we learn the lessons of the Feast of First Fruits. He is also giving evidence to all who will hear, the truth concerning his chosen 144,000 and their work. These will be those who are singing the song of Moses and the Lamb. Remember Malachi.

“Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:” (Mal 4:4-5)

“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.” (1Th 5:1-4)

Yet the Lord would not have us ignorant of times in which we live. There is yet more signs He is sending. Once again let’s now move to the month of Tishrie, this time to the first day again. The significance of the first day of the seventh month is what?

“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.” (Lev 23:23-25)

“But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.” (Mal 3:2-3)

We need to look at that day. The conjunction of sun and moon occur on September the 13th of 2015.

Between the hours of 9 am and 10 am in Jerusalem the conjunction occurs. In the southern hemisphere, they will come so close that they will overlap in a partial eclipse of the sun. The sun will be darkened and the moon will give no light as the trumpet sounds.

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEplot/SEplot2001/SE2015Sep13P.GIF

The 24 hours of Tishrei are from sunset September 12th through sunset September 13th, 2015. These should sound a clear warning to anyone who is looking yet there is yet another sign to be given in the heavens.

On the feast of tabernacles, God will, as in the previous 2 years, set a sign in the heavens. This time it falls on the 16th day which begins at sunset on the 27th and goes to the evening of the 28th of September. This is the second day of the feast of tabernacles. Shortly after 5am the moon is again darkened and becomes blood red.

After this, there are no other eclipses that fall anywhere close to the feast days for hundreds of years. It is interesting to me that with the sited moons, these events will pass on days of no importance.