Monday, June 25, 2018

If Women Can’t Teach in the Church then I Can Own a Slave


I have been a major supporter of women’s rights to minister in the church for a very long time. This subject has been a “parking lot” discussion for me because I know that Jesus Christ came to set people free, not shackle them to cultural norms from pre-Christian traditions.

Recently I was in a conversation with someone who brought up a valid point of logic on the debate of women ministering in the church, or more particularly, within the five-fold ministry of Ephesians 4:11. We were discussing the interpretation of 1 Corinthians 14:35 and 1 Timothy 2:11ff which seem to forbid women to minister in the church. He said that those who will not let women minister in the church must by deduction allow for slavery too. Good point!

Upon closer examination of these verses, it’s evident that they are not referring to women in general, but to wives of ministers who were trying to crowd in on their husband’s place and authority.

And if they (the wives of the prophets) will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands (the prophets) at home: for it is a shame for women (the wives of the prophets) to speak in the church. ~1 Corinthians 14:13

Let the woman (wife) learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman (wife) to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. ~1 Timothy 2:11–13

Neither of these verses were meant for women in general but were specifically addressing the wives of ordained ministers. They were being admonished for disrupting their husbands’ messages and being told to discuss them at home instead. These words were not meant to shackle women or limit their authority but to address a problem that was occurring at these churches with the ministers’ wives.  

My friend and I were also discussing the cultural norms of the communities to whom these instructions were given—communities that were based upon sex and idol worshiping and that considered women as “property,” rather than as human beings. We were also discussing the evolving revelation of liberty, beginning with Christ’s earthly ministry. Churches who forbid women to minster in the church often say that they are literally interpreting the Scriptures. First of all, if they were literally interpreting them, they would need to point out that the context identifies “the women” in these verses as the wives of the ministers, and not women in general. Second of all, a literal interpretation would also take into consideration the truth that Christ came to set us free, not to keep us bound.

My friend then made the dazzling deduction that the title of this posting is based upon. He said, “If those who disallow women to minister in the church are justified by their ‘literal’ interpretation of the Scriptures, then by the same logic they would have to accept and legitimatize slavery because that culture also allowed slavery, as shown by the Scriptures that deal with how a servant (slave) is to act towards his master and vice versa” (Ephesians 6:5­–8; Colossians 3:22–24). In other words, to be logically and deductively consistent, if women cannot minister in the church then it must also be okay to own slaves.

My friends, Jesus Christ came to set us free, not to laden us with heavy burdens in order to justify our flesh. Jesus came to set slaves free and He came to set women free (which, in some cultures, would be relevant to both). Properly interpreted, there is no restriction on women ministering in the church. According to Galatians 3:28, in Christ Jesus, there is neither male of female. We are all set free to serve him regardless of race, sex, country and/or culture.

He who the Son sets free is free indeed (John 8:36).



Thursday, March 29, 2018

VICTORY OVER LYME DISEASE

Having spent most of my life in the woods, hunting, fishing and hiking, I thought little of it when I was bitten by several ticks while clearing brush at my southwestern Virginia home in March 2016. There were no red circles in any noticeable spots, and I continued on my merry, unsuspecting way. However, within a couple of weeks, I began noticing levels of fatigue, to the end that I thought I had mono. Then, by mid-April, the joint pain started; and by mid-May, the inflamed pain in my wrists, thumbs, and lower back was so severe that it warranted a trip to my chiropractor, a friend and medical confidant. He promptly told me that there was no way I could be experiencing simultaneous subluxation (dislocation of joints) in my back, wrists, and thumbs. As I drove to my medical doctor’s (MD) office, reality began to set in—the dreaded Lyme disease had come upon me. No matter how profusely I rebuked it, it did not depart. To make matters worse, I was scheduled to leave soon with my wife for a visit to Rome, Italy, and a Mediterranean cruise. 


I already had a background understanding of Lyme disease because in 1996 my fishing buddy, Jim Navarro (one of the earliest diagnosed carriers of the disease), told me of his bout with it. Years earlier, he had contracted it while on a fishing trip close to Lyme, Connecticut. (Lyme is the town where the disease was first discovered, which explains its name.) When he returned home to Maine, he had no idea why he was getting weaker and weaker until one day he collapsed at work. They rushed him to the hospital where the medical staff was completely baffled by his condition. After many years of suffering, as more was known about the disease and the medical world was starting to understand how easily it spread, he was finally diagnosed accurately. Sadly, a few years later Jim died from what I believe were complications of Lyme disease, and my eyes were opened to the stealth of this evil, and sometimes lethal, enemy.  



Well, you can’t kill a guy’s fishing buddy without reprisal, so I began dabbling into research about Jim’s attacker. What I discovered led me into yet another esoteric world of secrets. I found that the virus was scientifically developed on Plumb Island, New York, as a biological warfare weapon and then tested on ticks to see its effect. It “accidentally” escaped and floated across the Long Island Sound to Lyme, Connecticut. Shortly thereafter, juvenile arthritis and other complications were showing up in 138 teens who all had one thing in common—they had spent time in the woods in Lyme, Connecticut, in 1975. By 1986, an average of 1500 cases per year of this disease was being reported in Lyme, Connecticut, alone. 


Lyme disease is a dastardly concocted bacterium strategically released for biological warfare, which was either purposely released or perhaps carelessly dropped from the clutches of absent-minded scientists at Plumb Island in the early 1970s. Regardless, it is currently spreading in pandemic proportions and has become a major nemesis to over half of the United States. The following definition of the disease is from Wikipedia.

Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis, is an infectious disease caused by bacteria of the Borrelia type which is spread by ticks.[2 Lyme disease is the most common disease spread by ticks in the Northern Hemisphere.[13] It is estimated to affect 300,000 people a year in the United States and 65,000 people a year in Europe.[2][4] Infections are most common in the spring and early summer.[2] Lyme disease was diagnosed as a separate condition for the first time in 1975 in Old Lyme, Connecticut.[14] It was originally mistaken for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.[14] The bacterium involved was first described in 1981 by Willy Burgdorfer.[15] Chronic symptoms are well described and are known as post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, often called chronic Lyme disease.[12] Some healthcare providers claim that it is due to ongoing infection; however, this is not believed to be true, due to the inability to detect infectious organisms after standard treatment. Infections are most common in the spring and early summer.[2] ~Wikipedia 


My buddy Jim first noticed the attack on his systems when they were already weak, just as I did mine, and this made it harder to detect. It spread through his body, as years later it began to do through mine. It destroyed Jim’s body; but, by God’s grace, I gained victory over Lyme disease and survived to tell my story. So, Jimmy, this Bud’s for you.


My Story


My bite occurred in mid-March 2016, and by mid-June I could barely get out of bed. My wife often had to pull me out, run hot water in the tub, and then walk me over to it where I would soak for long durations just so I could move and accomplish something that day. One morning while soaking in the tub, the pain actually grew more intense, causing my fury to rise and my anger to burn even hotter than the water. I literally spate an imprecation, “I did not deserve this damnable scourge!” I yelled at God, “Tell me one possible good thing that could come from this damnable Lyme disease!”  I was sort of shocked when I heard the Lord say, “How about two?!! Number one, you can learn how to suffer and shut up, and number two, you can also learn how to help others overcome it.” 



I guess that pretty much closed that “bitch session.” I most definitely learned lesson number one: how to suffer and shut my mouth. My wife even commented how “shut-mouthed” I became about my pain. God taught me how He perfected His Son through suffering and how Jesus shut up and took the pain. I learned how He uses us to fill up Christ’s sufferings now too and that we should be like Him by shutting up and taking the pain like He did. I really hurt throughout the duration of the disease but now that it is over, I will admit that I am a better person for it. It is sort of like my house burning down (which happened during the same time)—it looks good in my rear-view mirror. Suffering hurts, but it is profitable and necessary if you want to reign with Jesus (Romans 8:17–18).


Lesson number two, learning how to help others overcome it, is the reason for writing this. The first lesson on suffering made me a lot more compassionate, having been pulverized and tenderized through the process. Almost everyone I know who has gone through Lyme disease or any other debilitating situation has developed levels of compassion and empathy that seem to flow out of them when they hear of someone else going through a similar trial. When my accountant told me he had Lyme disease, I literally broke down and wept as I realized what he would probably have to go through. I feel that way any time I hear someone has it. This overflowing compassion that has developed within me through my suffering is what motivates me to help others gain victory over it. 


In mid-May of 2016 when I went to my MD and took the generic antibody blood-test, it did not test positive for Lyme. I discovered that it’s not that unusual for inaccurate test results if the disease is either too new in your system for your body to have produced antibodies or too long within your system for your fatigued body to produce them anymore. My MD knew better and prescribed a two-week course of doxycycline. I remember it well since we were scheduled to fly to Rome, visit the Vatican, and then catch a Mediterranean cruise ship. The doxycycline seemed to work somewhat over the vacation but at the end of the two weeks, it seemed like the blood hounds from hell hit both my joints and fatigue levels. My MD again prescribed a two-week course of doxycycline, but by this time the Lyme was wise to the antibiotics and began to hide from them. 


One of the blessings during my escapade was that another one of my fishing buddies, Jeff Pittinger, became my Lyme disease coach. Jeff had it several years back, as did his son and daughter; and his counsel and encouragement was a huge blessing. At the end of every one of his calls, I’d be inspired to say, “Well Jeff got over it, and so can I.” He gave me the best advice when he said, “Go see a specialist.” As I contemplated about Jimmy, I made the choice to heed his advice; and I am glad I did.


Through the Lyme Disease Association, Inc. list of doctors (https://www.lymediseaseassociation.org/doctors), I found Dr. Alicia Hollis, a certified osteopathic doctor in Roanoke who really knows her stuff. God bless her and all who have worked to help solve this misery-mystery. Unfortunately, she no longer accepts insurance claims, and because of her expertise, she is expensive. I am going to share with you how she helped me; and that way, if you can’t afford to see a specialist, you can at least get the information she gave me. However, if you can afford a specialist, I highly recommend going that route.


On my initial visit, I filled out a short survey of my symptoms (find online at https://www.lymediseaseassociation.org/images/NewDirectory/Resources/DrB_SymptomList2005Pdf.pdf). Next, Dr. Hollis ordered a blood test called IGeneX, which is a much more critical test than the antibody test that an MD does. The blood samples from the IGeneX test are centrifuged and shipped off to California, so it takes about a month to get the results. However, it pinpoints the kind(s) of tick-borne bacteria you have, and there are a host of them. (My IGeneX test results indicated that I had Lyme disease [Lyme borreliosis] and relapsing fever.)


Dr. Hollis told me that we could attack the Lyme disease with pharmaceuticals or herbs, and I quickly responded, “Both!” She immediately put me back on doxycycline, and I stayed on it for three months.  (Doxycycline is the antibiotic that is typically prescribed to treat tick bite issues.) In my situation, it worked well on the relapsing fever which the IGeneX test revealed, but it did not work on the actual Lyme disease itself.  


The Lyme disease was a different story—it resisted the antibiotic and went underground. Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium called spirochete, and it is hard to kill. When antibiotics show up, the spirochetes build a protein sheath around themselves for protection and hide in the white part of your joints where there is less blood flow. The spirochetes first attack locally where the bite occurred but then move into your joints, then into your nervous system, and then to your brain. I also learned about a bodily response to the bacteria dying off that is called the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction. When this happens, it causes you to feel even worse as the bacteria dies off. (No pain, no gain.) The following definition is from Wikipedia.

A Jarisch–Herxheimer reaction (English: /ˌjɑːrɪʃ ˈhɛərkshaɪmər/) is a reaction to endotoxin-like products released by the death of harmful microorganisms within the body during antibiotic treatment. Efficacious antimicrobial therapy results in lysis (destruction) of bacterial cell membranes, and in the consequent release into the bloodstream of bacterial toxins, resulting in a systemic inflammatory response.
Jarisch–Herxheimer reactions are usually not life-threatening. ~Wikipedia


After I took the antibiotics for three months straight and they had done their job on the relapsing fever but not on the Lyme disease, Dr. Hollis put me on a medication protocol of herbs and supplements. I am extremely grateful for the people who have researched these products, especially when I remember that my friend Jim Navarro didn’t have the same advantage back then. I am thankful for Dr. Alicia Hollis and the osteopathic profession’s understanding of multiple ways of dealing with the disease. I am also thankful God provided the finances not only to see Dr. Hollis but also to buy the necessary herbs and supplements. They were affordable but still a considerable expense, as Dr. Hollis’ bill was. Not everyone is in such a state, and that is why I’m providing the names and contact information of the products. 


The medical protocol Dr. Hollis gave me that I am now passing on to you was specifically for killing Lyme borreliosis. Whether it is effective for other tick-borne diseases, I do not know. There were not just the herbs and supplements, but several other things that contributed to my victory over the disease. Life style changes, including dietary adjustments, were a big part of this. 


The Supplements


LB Core Protocol. LB Core Protocol is an herbal combination that attacks the Lyme borreliosis. It is distributed by Green Dragon Botanicals in Brattleboro, Vermont, (877-591-1874), and can be found online at the following link:  http://greendragonbotanicals.com/products/lyme-protocols/lb-core-protocol.html. LB Core Protocol ingredients are: Japanese Knotwood root, Cat’s claw vine bark, Andrographis herb, Sarsaparilla root, and Dandelion herb. I was prescribed 3 capsules 3 times a day for a couple of months and then 6 capsules 2 times a day for another month. 



Interfase Plus. Interfase Plus is an enzyme that dissolves the protein sheath surrounding the spirochetes. It is made by Klaire Labs, Reno, Nevada, (888-488-2488), and can be bought through other distributors online as well as Amazon at
https://www.amazon.com/Klaire-Labs-InterFase-Plus-Caps/dp/B002MQMA2G/ref=sr_1_3_a_it
?ie=UTF8&qid=152182591&sr=83&keywords=interfase+plus. Its purpose is to dissolve the protein sheath surrounding the spirochetes. I took these once a day for several months and then twice a day for another month, on an empty stomach.  The combination of this enzyme with the herbal supplement above seemed to be the major contribution to killing the spirochetes. 


Immune System Builder. Also, building my immune system was a prerequisite. Dr. Hollis recognized that the Flax Hull Lignans I was already taking (from Flax Lignan Health in Mansfield, Texas, (817-710-6918) were the best she could recommend. I’m pleased to endorse such a fine product and company. This immune system builder is so good that it actually arrests the development of AIDS. It is also available online at https://flaxlignanhealth.com/about-flaxlignanhealth.


NOTE: As a Shaklee distributor, I also highly recommend their products and know that taking them throughout the years has helped not only my immune system but my overall health as well. 


Lifestyle Changes


Hot Tub and Sauna. Also pivotal to my success, and included in the protocol from Dr. Hollis, was the use of the hot tub and sauna. My joint discomfort became so great that the hot tub and sauna became my place of stretching and limited exercise. I could not get in the swimming pool because it made my muscles contract from cold. The heat of the hot tub would loosen the tension in my hands, wrists and lower back, and then I could stretch them in the sauna. It became a means of survival for me and resulted in a lot of people hearing a lot of Bible if they cohabited my heated surroundings. I have later learned that being in a temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour will kill spirochetes too. (I learned this from yet another fishing buddy, Mike Evans, who I am currently coaching through his recovery from Lyme disease.)



Alkaline Diet. One of the most important aspects of my recovery came from a statement that Dr. Hollis made to me. I had been progressing well in all areas but one—my pH. The fact that she even brought it up shocked me because medical doctors never check it. She said, “If you do not get your body alkaline, it is going to be very hard to kill this.” This cut me like a knife because not only have I studied and learned quite a bit about the significance of our acid/alkaline pH balance, but I have also written several articles and booklets on it. When she said this, I immediately knew that this was the cause of my struggle to gain victory over Lyme disease, and it’s probably why a lot of people have a hard time getting rid of it. I knew it was time to change my pH through my diet. Since I had written several publications on the subject and its effects upon cancer and other diseases, I knew the drill. 


NOTE: My booklets (I Ain’t Takin’ Acid Anymore, The Cancer Answer [available in hard copy and e-book formats]), and a free PDF entitled “The pH of Foods Chart” can be found at LMCI.org in the e-store. (Go to “Booklets” for the booklets and “PDFs” for the chart.) Another PDF on the site that could be helpful is “Breathing for Life.” 


Apparently, the whole alkaline issue is the main one that holds back a complete recovery from the disease: the body is acidic to the point that it has the type of “soil” that Lyme disease (and other diseases) can easily thrive in. Disease cannot grow in an oxygenated environment, so diet and exercise are vital. 
To compound my problem, I had been fudging in my diet and consuming acidic drinks, including coffee. I struggled with this aspect of the treatment partly because of the ketoacidosis I had from blood-sugar issues. I have since been working together with my MD and gotten my blood sugar under better control and, by the grace of God, my pH has normalized and I am no longer a Lyme disease grower. When my pH returned to alkalinity, the Lyme disease began to disappear. 


Conclusion


From the time of contracting Lyme disease until the time of my victory was about 20 months. I tried colloidal silver, hydrogen peroxide, glutathione, and a host of other remedies that I continued throughout my time of recovery. I also tried an herbal antibiotic in addition to the doxycycline. However, the list below contains what I believe were the keys to my victory over Lyme disease. 



LB Core Protocol (the herbal supplement recommended by Dr. Hollis)

Interfase Plus (the enzyme supplement recommended by Dr. Hollis) 
Sauna, hot tub, and exercise (to relax and stretch muscles, to help oxygenate my body)
Flax Hull Lignans (for building my immune system)
Proper pH alkaline level (this is what took me over the top to victory) 


As I said before, Lyme disease is looking good in my rearview mirror! I hope and pray that this might help you or someone you know. Although I didn’t include this in the list, it is also a blessing to find someone around you who has already conquered the disease to coach you. 


Beyond Victory—Future Prevention of Lyme Disease


To avoid future tick bites, exercise caution in the following ways when you are outdoors. 



Cover up—wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, preferably tucked into boots or socks.

Make sure bare skin does not come in contact with high grass.
Use bug spray (there are non-chemical ones available in health-food stores).
Do a tick check and bathe every night before going to bed, especially if you live in, or have visited, tick-infested areas.


If you do get a tick bite: remove the tick if it’s still imbedded, wash the tick bite thoroughly, put a mixture of Neosporin ointment and Adolph’s meat tenderizer on it, and cover it with a band aid. (It probably won’t even itch.) Lyme disease does not usually develop unless the tick has remained intact for over 24 hours. 


NOTE: Please understand that everything I can possibly provide is included within this blog posting, so there is no need to contact me for further information. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Saturn in Retrogrades and Conjunctions Too

In my past blog article and YouTube postings, I have pointed out that the planets Jupiter and Mercury are simultaneously retrograding, proclaiming the importance of the great celestial sign as foretold in Revelation 12:1 and 2. Now I have even more evidence to add to this—Saturn has also been retrograding during the same time frame and comes into conjunction with a star of great significance. Wait until you see what it has been circling and what it means.

Saturn changes constellations about every two years and has been ever so slowly retrograding around the left foot of the constellation Ophiuchus with the main constellation of Scorpio. The retrograde began on March 26, 2017 and terminated on August 28, 2017. The circle Saturn drew on the ecliptic path was relative to the star Saiph.






“Ophiuchus” is a Greek name that means “serpent holder,” which shows the aggressiveness of this symbol that represents Messiah. It’s depicted as one of heaven’s “giants” wrestling a snake and stomping a scorpion, then being stung by the scorpion and bruised in the process. Jesus of Nazareth referred to the truth of this constellation in Luke 10:19.

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.                                                                                                                                        Luke 10:19

The star that Saturn has been pointing out in its retrograde is the one on the left (from our perspective) in Ophiuchus’ heel. This star has the Hebrew name Saiph, which means “bruised,” and it is same word that it is used in Genesis 3:15.

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.                                                                                                                       Genesis 3:15

Genesis 3:15 prophesies that the seed of the woman, the Messiah, would crush the head of the serpent’s seed, bruising His heel in the process.

In my previous blog on the conjunctions and retrogrades of Jupiter and Mercury, I made a big deal about conjunctions and the dates they occurred. During the five-month period of time that Saturn retrograded around Ophiuchus’ left foot, there is no doubt that it also came into conjunction three times with Saiph, although Saturn’s movement is so slow that it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact dates. However, the fact that it repeated this conjunction three times is what brings so much significance to the message it was announcing—“I am coming to crush Satan under My foot. I am coming to fulfill Genesis 3:15. I will put down all rebellion and disobedience.”


Saturn

Out of all the planets in our solar system, Saturn’s name and meaning has probably been the most distorted and misunderstood. Perhaps because its name resembles “Satan” in English, it has received a bad reputation; but hopefully, the following explanation will help redeem it. Although Saturn is the name of the Roman god of agriculture, plenty, and harvest, the more plausible etymological explanation is that it came from the Hebrew name, shabatti, where the Hebrew word “sabbath” also came from, meaning “seventh” or “sanctified.” In scriptural numerology, “7” means “perfect,” “complete,” or “mature.” This understanding of Saturn’s name represents completeness and maturity, rather than Satan and the picture of the devil dressed in a red suit. With that in mind, Saturn could represent the complete and finished works of the Messiah; and its retrograde around Saiph, the bruised, begins to make sense.

Saturn’s retrograde shows the Messiah’s complete and finalized work as He throws down Satan and his minions. The circle that Saturn has been drawing around Ophiuchus’ foot has been declaring the fulfillment of Genesis 3:15. It says, “I am coming to finish my work. I am coming to crush the head of Satan and to throw him out of heaven.”

This parallels the message of Revelation 12:7ff and its prophecy of a war in heaven waged by Michael and his angels against Satan and his angels. The message of Saturn’s retrograde in Ophiuchus’ foot is this: Satan will be cast down, which will transfer the war in heaven to Earth and bring to pass the next section of Revelation 12.

Note: Even if we attribute satanic characteristics to Saturn, it was still retrograding around, or under, the foot of Ophiuchus, so the meaning would be the same—Satan is cast down and is underfoot.


Strong Words

Remember that three retrogrades were occurring simultaneously in the heavens during the solar eclipse of August 21st. One of the ways to interpret the significance of an eclipse is to search out the darkness around it during its totality to see what is being declared. Jupiter, the king planet was retrograding around Spica, saying “The kingdom of heaven is coming to Earth.” (It could have also been saying that the bride is going to the wedding chamber in heaven.) Meanwhile Mercury, the messenger, was circling Regulus, proclaiming, “The King is coming and a new sheriff is coming to town!”  And Saturn, the finisher of faith was saying, “I will throw down the thief and claim my kingdom.” In the mouth of two or three witnesses let every truth be established. These are not the words of a hit-or-miss human prophet—these are the celestial witnesses that are the true messengers, foreordained by God to announce these times of the coming of the Lord.

These are strong words. But for those who are looking for the Lord and the promise of His coming, they are words of comfort and hope. On the other hand, to the foolish, unprepared virgins (Matthew 25:1ff), it is a time for some last-minute preparations before they are forced to face the dire consequences.

I believe that the signs in Revelation 12:1 and 2, as well as verses 3 and 4, are heavenly warnings of what is to take place shortly on Earth. I can see the possibility of the bride being taken, because Revelation 12:17 indicates that there will be some believers left. (The rest of Revelation 13 and 14 also chronicles some of that action.) It is not a place where you want to be. Yet, can you imagine the witness to the world if the bride of Christ were taken off the Earth? It could quite possibly evoke rage and envy from Israel and hatred from the rest of the world. What a witness it would be for those who are saved but will need to go through more tribulation to be purified.

We can play a lot of “what if” games but that does not alter reality. The will of God, which He planned a long time ago, is coming to pass on Earth; and He is, and has been, announcing it in the heavens.  

Jupiter, the king planet said it, Mercury the messenger confirms it, and Saturn, the final word, establishes it. The King is coming, and He will cast down Satan.


Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Magi Alert!!! The Alpha and Omega of September 23rd, 2017 Retrogrades of Mercury and Jupiter

Millions of eyes were focused on the skies of August 21st during the Great American Eclipse; and now as we look toward the September 23rd phenomenon, another secret treasure is unfolding. Mercury, Kova Chammah—the Sun’s messenger—has been retrograding since July 25, and will continue doing so until September 9, 2017, around the omega star Regulus. In addition, Jupiter, Tsedeq—the king planet—has also been retrograding around the alpha star Spica in Virgo, the virgin. These retrogrades, which bookend the September 23rd event that is taking place at the beginning and ending of the Mazzaroth (between Virgo and Leo), are heralding the coming of Alpha and Omega!

As if this were not enough, during the solar eclipse, Mercury’s retrograde was drawing a circle around the Earth, Moon, Sun, and Regulus—all while the world was watching the eclipse. The signs in the background of the Sun contained a great mystery; and the daytime curtain was pulled back for all to see it. The truth was no longer hiding but was brought out in plain sight as the Sun was blacked out by the Moon’s shadow; so anyone in the path of totality was able to see this wonder. An amazing four-celestial-sphere linear conjunction was in plain sight during the Great American Eclipse 2017. What does all this mean?

When the probabilities of all these signs and wonders in the skies are considered, they should dazzle any mathematician and statistician. My recent YouTube post on the event of September 23rd, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP3SicH2NPI, shows the almost inconceivable probability of the celestial lineup of this date—19.25 quadrillion to 1. And now there is data that confirms the importance of the event with additional celestial understanding of its meaning.  

This exciting news should thrill anyone who believes in the intricacies of the celestial, eternal God-clock and His ever-watchful care over His Word. Remember the key to unlocking the mysteries of the heavens is the same one for unlocking the Bible: It is all about the Messiah. Many of us already know His name; but we need to pray that millions more come to know Him through the messages being practically shouted from the heavens during this time. Please share this news and check out the link at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg15HWE2R4zAanq88xM6Avw.


Alpha and Omega

Alpha (A) and Omega (Ω) are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, or aleph and tav in Hebrew. They mean “beginning” and “end,” respectively, and form a type of an encoded name for Messiah, found in Revelation 1:8. There is a definite beginning and ending marker in the zodiac, specifically between Virgo and Leo. This recent discovery in the celestial scriptures concerning these two retrograde bookends frames the huge significant sign in the heavens that will occur on September 23rd. The one bookend retrograde occurs in Virgo (the beginning of the zodiac) and the other is happening in Leo (the ending constellation of the zodiac). I have been teaching my fellow magi the importance of retrogrades as a means of interpreting the celestial messages for some time now. With these two currently going on above us at such a pivotal time, we will see this applied in a very real way. I cannot overemphasize the depth of this truth—it is layers and layers deeper than most stargazers could conceptualize; and I am not saying this to be condescending, but to express the depth and importance of it.  

It will be necessary to cover a brief lesson in Christological astronomy in order to grasp the significance of this alpha and omega truth. The Mazzaroth (the Hebrew name for the zodiac) begins in the constellation of Virgo. Virgo represents the virgin (Mary) who gave birth to the Messiah. It then ends in the constellation of Leo, which represents the lion of the tribe of Judah—the King of kings. They are the beginning (Alpha) and end (Omega) of the circle of ecliptic constellations that tell the story of Messiah.

·         He was born of a virgin (Virgo)
·         He was a sacrifice for sin (Libra)
·         He was wounded (Scorpio)
·         He overcame death and Satan (Sagittarius)
·         He was raised from the dead (Capricorn)
·         He gave the Holy Spirit to His followers (Aquarius)
·         Which empowered them to rule over Satan (Pisces)
·         And to reign in life (Aries)
·         He is coming as the bull (Taurus)
·         For His bride (Gemini)
·         To reign with Him (Cancer)
·         As the Lion—King of kings (Leo)

There is even now a celestial light show taking place in Virgo around the star Spica, or Al Zemach—the righteous offspring, and in Leo around its primary star Regulus, known as the King star and the omega star of the Mazzaroth. Not only are the retrogrades occurring in the alpha and omega constellations (the beginning and ending constellations of the Mazzaroth), but they are specifically around Spica, the alpha star of the heavens, and Regulus, the King Star of Leo, which we are designating as the omega star of the Mazzaroth. These simultaneous retrogrades are messages at the beginning and the end of the Mazzaroth and signify that the First and the Last—Jesus—is coming to Earth.

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. ~Revelation 1:8

Celestially, the Lord is the Alpha and the Omega, the Virgo and the Leo, and the Righteous Branch and the Coming King. These two retrogrades are signaling the coming of the Alpha and the Omega.  




Simultaneous Conjunctions

Furthermore, when two celestial bodies align with the celestial north within a certain degree boundary, another astronomical event occurs called a conjunction.1 On September 9th, Mercury, the messenger, will be in conjunction with the omega star Regulus and Jupiter will be in conjunction with the alpha star Spica. Both of these planets will be directly aligned on that day with the major stars of the two constellations. Then, within two weeks, as these two planets continue in their movement, they will both be in exact positions to fulfill the celestial picture from Revelation 12:1 and 2. It is beginning to look like the woman (Virgo) is the bride of Christ, and the King (Leo) is the Bridegroom—the Coming King. Could it be that He is coming to take His bride away in preparation for His 1,000-year reign upon the Earth?

Has anyone considered that Jesus may have been referring to Jupiter coming out of the womb of Virgo as the fulfillment of Matthew 24:8 when He said that the beginning of tribulation begins with birth pangs?

All these are the beginning of birth pains. ~Matthew 24:8 (NIV)

It appears this September 23rd date may be a good candidate for the beginning of the Great Tribulation. Mercury, the prophetic herald, and Jupiter, the King, are saying this. This might be the post-figure and celestial re-presentation of John the Baptist announcing the coming of Jesus of Nazareth, proclaiming, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Let’s not overlook the truth that John the Baptist and Jesus both commanded the people to repent to prepare for it.


Retrograde of Mercury

Who pointed out the fact that during the magnificent solar eclipse of August 21
st, Mercury, the Sun’s messenger, was retrograding directly around the eclipse? I admit that I did not see that while my wife and I were privileged enough to witness its totality in Casper, Wyoming. During totality, when we removed our solar shields, I looked for Regulus, but the alignment was only 1 degree away and the corona of the Sun obscured it. But, regardless it was there, even though I could not observe it at the time with my naked eyes. Regulus was in direct alignment with the Sun, Moon, and Earth in the heart of Leo the Lion of the tribe of Judah. In other words, the Earth, the Moon, the Sun, and the star Regulus were in conjunction. Four celestial spheres in alignment and conjunction is quite rare indeed. Yet, as an additional surprise, Mercury was drawing a circle around it—showing its extreme significance.

A retrograde is what led the wise men (the magi) to Jesus in Nazareth (not Bethlehem) when He was a young child (not a newborn baby). Retrogrades are optical illusions that occur when one celestial object overtakes another moving celestial object. When observing the background behind the other object, it (the second object) appears to go backwards and then forward.

In this sense, it appears that a planet stops for a brief time and then goes briefly backwards, and then stops again and reverses back into its prograde movement. This makes it seem to draw a circle or ellipse in that portion of the sky. When any planet begins its retrograde motion, it appears to stand still.

When they (the magi) had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.                                                                   Matthew 2:9
Years ago when I was teaching my youngest daughter Elisabeth about astronomy, I asked her, “Do you think it would be important if the planet Mars drew a circle in the sky?” “Oh, my goodness yes!” she exclaimed. Then, with amazing perception, she asked, “What is it drawing the circle around?” Great question, Elisabeth! In the instance of this particular retrograde, Mercury has been drawing a circle around the primary star Regulus since July 25th—almost a month before the Great American Eclipse. As it was drawing its circle around Regulus, it also came into conjunction with it three times, as if it was repeating it for emphasis. As the Sun’s messenger, it heralds and announces in much the same way John the Baptist did for Jesus of Nazareth. This is what Mercury is doing for Jupiter in the retrogrades culminating on September 9th when both of them re-enter prograde motion and come into conjunction with the primary star in the respective constellations.

The conjunctions are restating the message of Regulus during the retrograde. The number three means complete; and Regulus has several meanings from ancient languages, including “regal” or “kingly” (Latin) and “to trample under foot” (Hebrew).

The solar eclipse at Regulus and the retrograde around it is pointing to the Alpha constellation of Virgo where Jupiter is moving out of Virgo’s womb. Regulus is playing the role of John the Baptist who announced “prepare the way for the coming of the Lord.” The meaning of Regulus is important—and it is announcing “prepare the way for the coming of the King.”

Certainly, Regulus means king, no doubt. It is the king star in the king constellation; and Jupiter, the king planet, retrograded with it three times in the year of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Yet, Regel (its Hebrew name) means “to trample under foot,” which is displayed in the constellations where Leo has its paws over the top of Hydra, the great sea serpent.

The triple conjunction of Mercury around Regulus says the same thing three times: “The King is coming; the King is coming, the King is coming, and He is coming to throw down Satan; He is coming to trample him under foot; and He is coming to rend him to pieces.” These messages are in agreement with Jupiter’s message: “The King arriving,” as announced in Virgo. Remember, these retrogrades are taking place in the Mazzaroth’s Alpha and Omega constellations and stars.

The following table will give you the positions of Mercury and its retrogrades and conjunctions for an approximate two-month period. This is the herald that announces the coming of the King (Revelation 12:1 and 2) and the casting down of Satan (Revelation 12:3 and 4.)


Mercury Retrograde and Conjunctions
July 25–September 23, 2017

Date of Conjunction
and/or Retrograde
Mercury, the Messenger 
Message Announced
July 25, 2017
1st conjunction with Regulus
The King is coming to cast down Satan.
August 14, 2017
Retrograde begins
Pay attention:
the King is coming!
September 4, 2017
2nd Regulus conjunction
The King is coming
to cast down Satan.
September 9, 2017
3rd conjunction with Regulus
The bright and morning star/ the King/and the Judge
is coming.
September 16, 2017
Conjunction with Mars
The warrior is coming
to cast down Satan.
September 23, 2017
In position for the great sign of Revelation 12:1ff
The King is coming.
The bride is ready.


Dancing with Regulus

In addition to all the great signs of September 23, 2017 and Revelation 12:1–4ff, we have seen what the Mercury retrograde means, but the light show is not over. If the attention was not drawn to Jupiter and Spica, we might easily confuse the most important event with what is happening in and around Regulus. In less than two months, Regulus is involved with six major celestial arrangements—one of which was the August 21st solar eclipse.

Remember that Regulus is the Messiah’s Omega star, announcing His coming; and these celestial phenomena mark that prophetic fulfillment. Regulus is also mentioned in Genesis 49:10 as the “lawgiver between the feet of Leo, the lion of the tribe of Judah.”2 In Yeshua of Nazareth’s first coming, Jupiter circled Regulus, showing that He was bringing the new law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Mercury’s encircling of Regulus in our current time is pivotal because it is showing that a new law is coming and that there will be a new sheriff in town soon. This is what Mercury and Regulus are saying too. This new sheriff will not tolerate the rebellion of Satan, the dragon, nor any of his cohorts. He will shortly bind Satan for a thousand years. He is not coming with a shepherd’s crook but with a rod of iron, a sword and a serious attitude. (When one enters the battle with an attitude and his vesture dipped in blood, he is obviously not there to negotiate.) The archangel Michael will enforce the rule (Revelation 12:5ff), and Satan will be cast down—according to the new lawgiver’s (symbolized by Regulus) new laws for His millennial reign. Rebellion will not be tolerated. The King is coming to rule with a rod of iron. Repenting ahead of time is the key to receiving Him with joy and not trepidation. 


Regulus Conjunctions and the Eclipse
July 25–September 23, 2017

Date

Regulus in Conjunction with
Meaning
July 25, 2017
Mercury, the messenger:
the 1st herald
The King is coming.
Satan is cast down.
August 21, 2017
Sun, Moon, Earth, eclipse
Judgment on Satan’s kingdom:
Babylon USA
September 4, 2017
Mercury, the messenger:
the 2nd herald
The king is coming.
Satan is cast down.
September 5, 2017
Mars, the warrior
The warrior is coming to cast Satan down.
September 9, 2017
Mercury, the messenger:
the 3rd herald
The king is coming.
Satan is cast down.
September 19, 2017
Venus, the bright and morning star
The bright and
morning star is coming.
September 23, 2017
In array with 3 planets, connecting Alpha and Omega
The King is coming
to take His bride.

This many conjunctions of Regulus within a two-month time period is highly unusual and rarely duplicated. In light of Jupiter’s retrograde in Virgo, it is unprecedented. The bookend retrogrades of Jupiter around Spica in Virgo and Mercury around Regulus in Leo are breathtaking, but Regulus’ participation in its eclipse alignment with the Sun, Moon, and Earth is beyond the realm of possible recurrence.  


Summary

The retrogrades of Jupiter and Mercury simultaneously being in conjunction with the Alpha and Omega stars of Spica and Regulus make up the bookends of the great sign of Revelation 12:1–4. The addition of the triple retrogrades of Mercury underwrites the coming judgment foretold in Revelation 12:3 and 4 and the casting down of Satan chronicled in the remainder of Revelation 12–14.

The aligning of the three planets with the crown of nine stars in Leo could symbolically picture a headdress for the bride of Christ as they dutifully march in processional order for the start of the ceremony. Regulus the King, being coronated by Mercury the herald, along with Spica the righteous branch, being honored by the Jupiter the king, make a perfect wedding picture for Virgo and Leo.


Men and Brethren, What Shall We Do (Acts 2:37b)?

This appeal from those who were pricked in their hearts for crucifying the Son of glory seems appropriate for all of us now have the fear of God in us and want to do what is right. In the depth of my heart, I believe the simple command, “Repent,” summarizes what we can do to change any potential outcome. If Yeshua ben Yahweh is coming for His bride, nothing can prevent that, but the outcome for us as individuals can be changed if our lamp is trimmed.

It is feasible that the bride of Christ could be gathered to the Bridegroom on, or about, the day of September 23rd, or shortly afterwards throughout the fall feasts. Meanwhile, the foolish virgins of Matthew 25:1–13 will watch them leave with embarrassment because they were asleep at the switch and were not watching to be ready. Scripturally, the bride of Christ will come out of the body of Christ just like the bride of Adam came out of the body of Adam. It appears that if the bride is taken, then the rest of the body of Christ will be left here during the Great Tribulation. Revelation 12:17–14:20 indicates that the dragon will persecute the remnant of the woman’s seed and those who keep the commandments of Jesus Christ. I believe this pretty much says that there will be some believers who will go through the Great Tribulation—or at least be here after September 23rd. I know a lot of people who confess Jesus as their Lord but need a good scrubbing in their conscience, their soul, and their character; and they will surely get a chance to do so during that time. And they will also have the opportunity during that time to make the choice of either living their faith or taking the mark of the beast and suffering the eternal consequences.

Eternal consequences is a serious issue and we should take these things to heart. The statistical probabilities of the occurrence of these events are almost incomprehensible, and yet they are upon us now with absolute documentation. The ball is already in motion, and there is no possibility of reverse engineering. How fitting that no one could see them until computerized astronomy revealed them to us. We must be living in the end times when knowledge increases (Daniel 12:4). We have been warned.  

These are truly great signs in the heavens accompanying the great sign of Revelation 12:1–4 on September 23rd, 2017.

Coupling these celestial events with biblical prophecies and historical occurrence involving the nation of Israel, the odds are highly favored that the Great Tribulation, or Jacob’s Trouble, may begin this fall. Other celestial phenomenon may be visible in the heavens during this time too. It is a great time to be alive if we are armed with the Truth. We are children of the day and are not to be asleep.

Look up! Your redemption draws nigh. Even so. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.


Notes

1.       Conjunctions are defined as celestial objects aligning toward the celestial north. Currently, astronomers set degree limitations of how close they need to be for it to be considered a conjunction. However, to the ancient magi who measured with their eyes and not a telescope, a conjunction was considered a celestial alignment of at least two spheres that were contained within the same constellation, aligned toward the celestial north.

2.      “Lawgiver,” chaqaq (Hebrew), is used 18 times in the Scriptures.