Summary of the Celestial Prelude
The narrative of this preliminary set of celestial signs provides a sweeping panoramic view that takes us from Lucifer's preeminent position as the crown of creation, in the First Heavens and Earth, to his fall at the anniversary of creation in the most sacred Hebrew month of Tishri. We are taken through an account of the transfer of kingly authority from the fallen morning star, to the ascendant morning star, capped off with the completion of his downfall presaged in the third Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction. We see vivid imagery of the war in heaven between Michael and his angels, and the dragon and his angels, and the swiftness of the dragon's defeat.
This figuratively brings us to a time during the Church age, when we as Sons of God can stand on the authority of the daystar that has arisen in our hearts; [II Pet. 1:19] and with this power of attorney we can stand above all kingdoms of the darkness of this world. Fittingly, this darkness is symbolized in the lunar occultations in April of 6 BC, and finally the lunar eclipses of 5 BC. Therefore we are witness to the breathtaking accuracy that the Heavenly Father wrote into His celestial epistle's for those with the understanding and heart to decipher and believe the truth of this stellar witness, marking the long awaited coming of the promised seed.
The preceding celestial signs staging the pattern for the birth of Christ, beginning with the first Jupiter-Saturn union of 7 BC, set forth specific signposts that the Magi were on the lookout for starting in 3 BC. As we have seen in the charts comparing the signs of 7-5 BC with those of 3-1 BC, the celestial pattern of conjunctions is strikingly similar. Some points that would have caught the Magi's attention are as follows:
12 Characteristics of the Celestial Prelude
- Jupiter was clearly marked as "his star."
- Jupiter was involved in a triple planetary Conjunction.
- Jupiter was involved in a series of planetary conjunctions.
- Jupiter's retrograde motion would play a key role.
- Jupiter's triple union was followed by a massing of planets.
- This massing of planets was followed by a Mars Conjunction.
- The Jupiter-Mars Conjunction was followed by a series of lunar occultations, and a total lunar eclipse.
- This series of conjunctions would last about two years.
- The annual twenty days when the Sun is in Virgo would be a key.
- The September 15th alignment of Jupiter, Saturn the Earth and Sun in 7 BC that occurred in the evening at sunset, directed the Magi's attention to the end of the 20-day period when Virgo was "clothed with the Sun."
- The second lunar eclipse on September 15th of 5 BC established that the Magi should be watchful of lunar activity during this time. This framed the 42 minute period between Sunset and Moonset on the only day of the year when Virgo "was clothed with the Sun and the moon under her feet."
- The September 15th Heliacal Rising of Jupiter and Saturn foreshadowed the Heliacal Setting of Spica, located between the setting Sun and Moon in Virgo, identifying a 30- minute period when the birth of Christ happened. [Fig. VIIb.]
These twelve celestial pointers provided by the Hand of the Heavenly Father left no doubt as to the time of year, the specific day and even the time of day for the Magi to recognize the time frame of the birth of the only begotten Son of God. God provided the Magi the necessary training and expertise, from their centuries of Zoroastrian tradition, and from men of God like the Prophet Daniel. Thus we have the testimony of history, not to mention, both the Stars and Scriptures about these Gentile astronomers, through whom the Creator preserved the principles of His true science of Astronomy, that would eventually mark the birth of Jesus Christ. These principles governing the unfolding of God's celestial epistles provide some of the greatest available scientific proof, as to the validity of the absolute truth of the identity of the promised seed of the ages. The written Word revealed the timing and some of the details, of the birth of the promised seed, that were corroborated by the witness of the stars.