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Star of Bethlehem Foretells Heavenly Marriage


Conjunction Morning Star, Mighty Warrior

Return of Star of Bethlehem

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February 23, 1999 (Day 54):  The Star of Bethlehem returned over Israel and the USA on the night of February 23 to foretell the heavenly Marriage of the Lamb.  The Star of Bethlehem which foretold the birth of Christ was very likely the conjunction of two planets, the Mighty Warrior (Jupiter) and the Morning Star (Venus).  There were two conjunctions of these planets near the time of the birth of Christ, one on August 12, 3 BC and the second June 17, 2 BC.  The first event foretold the birth of Christ to the Magi, and the second guided them to the young child at his home in Nazareth.  The Mighty Warrior symbolizes the Lord Jesus Christ as the victor on the Cross and at the Second Advent, while the Morning Star symbolizes the Lord Jesus Christ who will return for His bride at the Rapture and  to conquer the enemies of Israel in His Second Advent.

The conjunction of the Morning Star (Venus) and the Mighty Warrior (Jupiter) was a magnificent celestial display which occurred at 19:43 UT.  The planets came within .1 degree on February 23.  The last conjunction of these planets was February 17, 1975, and the next will be August 27, 2016.   "A planetary conjunction this spectacular has only happened a few times in U.S. history," noted Sky & Telescope columnist Fred Schaaf. "During evening in the contiguous U.S., there hasn't been a Venus-Jupiter conjunction that was significantly better, with the planets closer together and higher in a dark sky, since January of 1702!"1

The moon, which was new at the annular eclipse on February 16, became a crescent and pointed out the path toward the Ringed Planet (Saturn), which stands for God of the Covenants. as it moved daily from February 17-20th.  The Morning Star will pass near the Ringed Planet on March 20, 1999.  The planet that represents the Savior (Mercury) is also part of the scenes.  The Savior Planet represents Jesus Christ in His First Advent (incarnation), while the Morning Star represents Jesus Christ in His return at the Rapture and the Second Advent.  The Ringed Planet (Saturn) represents all the covenants between the Lord and mankind beginning with the Adamic Covenant.  These covenants promised the Messiah, who is Jesus Christ.

Why the Star of Bethlehem Was Two Planets

Why did God so choose to make the Star of Bethlehem a conjunction of two planets?  One of the reasons is now apparent.  By representing the birth of Christ with two planets, He symbolized the Lord Jesus Christ in the Marriage relationship with believers.  Marriages in the ancient world were arranged by the parents, who signed the marriage contract sometimes years before the actual marriage of the children.  After the signing of the contract, the two children were legally married, although the marriage was not yet consummated.  In the interim, the man would go to prepare a home for his bride.  Later, he would return to take his bride.  He would announce to the father of the bride that he had come for his wife, and the father would give the bride to the husband.  The couple would travel to their new home or to the groom's home where they would have a wedding feast and consummate the marriage.  The sexual relationship of the couple constituted the consummation of the marriage.

The story of the Lord Jesus Christ parallels this pattern.  After Adam and Eve sinned, the Lord gave them the Adamic Covenant, which promised a Savior.  That Covenant and others that followed, e.g. the Noahic and Abrahamic Covenants, corresponded to the Marriage contract.  When the Lord Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, that represented the groom going to pick up his bride at her home.  However, when Jesus Christ announced His arrival to pick up His bride, the bride reneged on the wedding contract (John 1:11).  The Jews were the bride, but they rejected their Savior and sent Jesus Christ to the Cross where He paid for the sins of the world.  The Lord Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose again the third day still without His bride.  He ascended into Heaven after 40 days still without His bride.

Having been rejected by his bride, the Lord called out a new royal family, the Church, to be his bride.  He is waiting in Heaven now until the bride is complete - until all members of the body are saved.  He will return one day for His bride.  That event is called the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17) when Jesus Christ, the Morning Star, will return and announce with the trumpet of Gabriel that He has come for his bride, the Church.  Then the Church will be resurrected and rise to meet the Lord in the air.  Then the wedding feast of the Lamb will occur in Heaven for Christ and the Church (Revelation 19:7-9).
 

Symbolism of Star of Bethlehem

Planet
First Advent
Rapture
Second Advent
Morning Star
(Venus)
Star of Bethlehem (Matt. 2:2) Royal Messiah Returns for Bride (Church) (1 Th 4:15-17) Lord Returning with the Church (Rev. 6:2; 19:11-14; 22:16)
Mighty Warrior
(Jupiter)
Victory of the Cross (Eph. 4:8) Waiting for Enemies to be Footstool (Heb. 10:13) Victory over Enemies (Rev. 19:11-16)

The First Advent of Jesus Christ was predicted as the star of Jacob in Numbers 24:17, which is a reference to the Savior Planet (Mercury).  The star of Jacob was Jesus Christ as the descendant of Jacob.  The birth of Jesus Christ was foretold by the star of Bethlehem, the conjunction of the Morning Star and Mighty Warrior.  Jesus Christ is called the Morning Star (Revelation 22:16).  The Morning Star in the star of Bethlehem pointed to the destiny of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Royal Messiah who would return for His bride at the Rapture and the Conqueror who would return at the Second Advent.  This is per the Marriage analogy where the Right Man goes to pick up his wife with whom he has a legal contract.  At the Rapture the Lord returns for His bride, and at the Second Advent the Lord returns with His bride to His home on the earth for the Millennium.

The conjunction of the Morning Star with the Mighty Warrior (Jupiter) adds more meaning because the Mighty Warrior represents the Lord Jesus Christ in His victory on the Cross and future victory at the Second Advent, His battlefield royalty.   At the Second Advent, the Lord will be the Mighty Warrior and King of kings who will destroy His enemies (Hebrews 10:12-13) and the enemies of Israel in the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16).  The Cross was the great victory in the Angelic Conflict, but it was not seen by unbelievers.  The great victory of the Second Advent will be seen by everyone.

The conjunction of the Morning Star and the Mighty Warrior is a scene of two planets coming together, which also represents Marriage.  The question arises, which is the Right Man?  In conjunction, the two planets become a system in which the Morning Star (with the Church Bride) symbolizes Right Woman and the Mighty Warrior as King of kings symbolizes the Right Man.  The Church became the Bride of Christ when the Jews (the first Right Woman) rejected Him.  At the Second Advent, the Lord Jesus Christ who is the symbolic Right Man of the Church will also restore Jewish believers to a symbolic Right Woman status.  However, Jewish believers will not have the Royal Family status of the Church.  He will be their King but they will not be royalty.

Conclusion

The conjunction of the Morning Star and Mighty Warrior on February 23, 1999 is a reminder of the approaching Rapture of the Church and Second Advent at the end of the Tribulation.  The key to understanding the meaning of the conjunction of the planets is the pattern of Marriage Culture in the ancient world.  The heavenly relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is symbolized by the Marriage relationship, and that is what the conjunction of the Morning Star and Mighty Warrior means.

The recent conjunction was the first one in 24 years, a number which symbolizes the strategic Plan of God for Israel and Satan's counterattack of it.  It was the last conjunction of these planets before the year 2000, which represents crossing the Jordan.  It occurred on the 23rd, a number that refers to a Spiritual up trend in history as related to the Jewish with Bible Doctrine who qualified to cross the Jordan.  The Number of Levites in second year of exodus was 22,000 and in fortieth year was 23,000 (Nu. 3:39 cf. 26:62).  The day of the conjunction was the 54th, which represents redemption and refers to the redemption solution, the victory of the Cross as portrayed by the Mighty Warrior (Jupiter) with the Great Red Spot.
wolf conjunction
Prior to the conjunction, a lone female wolf strayed out of Idaho into Oregon in search of a mate.3,4,5  This represented the Right Woman whom the Lord takes to the Right Man per the divine order of precedent (Genesis 2:22).  Idaho represents Asher, royalty, in the Client Nation model while Oregon represents Benjamin, the wolf.  The Church is the Royal Family of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The wolf leaving Idaho in search of a mate represents the Royal Family (the Church) in search of the Lord.  The scene of the Right Woman going to meet the Right Man is prior to signing the Marriage contract, and prior to the return of the Right Man for his bride.  The lone wolf saga occurred prior to the conjunction that represented the return of the Lord at the Rapture for His bride.

The opportunity to become Royal Family of God is open until the Rapture of the Church.  After the Rapture, the door will be closed.  Those who want salvation and Royal Family status as bride of Christ can have it by believing in Jesus Christ.

Believe on the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).  And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).  For in this way God loved the world so much that He gave His uniquely born Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have Eternal Life (John 3:16).x
When a lone wolf ranges over 300 or 400 square miles and the Star of Bethlehem reappears, it means the Lord is faithful: the Plan of God will be fulfilled as promised, and the clock is ticking.  The Rapture can occur at any time; and when it does, only those who have personally believed in Jesus Christ will go to Heaven.  Salvation is a private matter, but it is a decision that every individual must make.  With the wolf howling and the heavens flashing, the issue of salvation takes on an added urgency.  Now is the time to believe in Jesus Christ.  Now is the day of Salvation.  One day, perhaps soon, the Rapture will occur, and only those with tickets to Heaven will take flight.

 References

1. "Planets Parade at Dusk,"  Sky and Telescope, February 17, 1999.  http://www.skypub.com/news/pr_venus-jupiter.html
2.  Martin Ratcliffe, Alister Ling.  "February's cold, crisp evenings are highlighted by a meeting of the celestial gods," Astronomy Magazine, February 1999, http://www2.astronomy.com/astro/SkyEvents/Current/SkyEvents.html
3.  Bill Monroe, Richard Cockle, "State, federal agencies want wolf on prowl back in Idaho,"  Oregonian, February 20, 1999.  http://www.oregonlive.com:80/news/99/02/st022003.html
4.  Bill Monroe.  "Gray wolf enters Oregon from Idaho," Oregonian, February 18, 1999.
http://www.oregonlive.com:80/news/99/02/st021816.html
5.  Larry Wood.  "Wolves and Sheep," February 23, 1999.  19990221.htm (Archived).


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