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Sunday, July 12 2015
Isaiah 24: When Do Eclipses Happen On The Christian Holy Days?
"Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously"
The LORD's Calendar (that was created before any humans existed - it is the LORD's Calendar; see In The Beginning Was The Word and The Identity Of The LORD God) was declared on the fourth day of Creation (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
"1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
The LORD's monthly calendar, which is a lunar calendar, always begins at the time of the New Moon (see The New Moon Calendar). The Full Moon therefore always occurs in the middle of the Biblical calendar month, half-way through the 29 days, 12 hours and 44 minutes of the lunar month.
The seven-day week is the only element of the Calendar that is not directly observable in nature - the week was created and declared when all of the other things were Created (see What Does Sabbath Mean? and When Did The Ten Commandments Begin?). The existence of the 7 day week is proof in itself that the LORD exists.
The LORD's true Christian Holy Days are commanded by the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) to be observed according to His calendar. Passover (see Passover: The Days From Sacrifice To Resurrection and Nisan 15: The First Day In The Tomb On The Passover High Day) and the Days of Passover / Unleavened Bread (see Unleavened Bread: Why Observe The True Christian Holy Days?) always begin on the fourteenth day of the first Biblical-calendar month - which is always at the time of the Full Moon (see The Passover Moon At Midnight).
"23:4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.
Due to the geometry of the orbits of the Sun, Moon and Earth, an eclipse of the Moon can only occur when the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon i.e. at Full Moon (see the illustration below). Throughout the time since Passover was instituted by the LORD, many Passovers have been accompanied by an eclipse of the Moon (an eclipse of the moon doesn't occur every month or every Passover because the alignments must also be precise in their cycle).
So too, the Feast of Tabernacles (see Why Christians Observe The Messiah's Feast Of Tabernacles) begins on the fifteenth day of the seventh month. Throughout the time since the Feast of Tabernacles was instituted by the LORD, many Feasts of Tabernacles have begun at the time of an eclipse of the Moon.
How and when an eclipse of the Moon happens:
Also due to the same geometry of the orbits of the Sun, Moon and Earth, an eclipse of the Sun can only occur when the Moon is between the Sun and the Earth i.e. at New Moon (see the illustration below). As with eclipses of the Moon, an eclipse of the Sun doesn't occur every month because the alignments must also be precise in their cycles.
Another of the LORD's true Christian Holy Days, the Feast of Trumpets (which portrays and prophesies the coming return of the Messiah; see The Feast Of Trumpets: The First Christian Salvation Day), begins on the first day of the seventh month. Throughout the time since the Feast of Trumpets was instituted by the LORD, many Feasts of Trumpets have been observed at the time of an eclipse of the Sun.
How and when an eclipse of the Sun happens:
While some believe that the darkness that came over the land in the 3 hours before the Messiah died on the Cross (see Nisan 14: The Day That The Messiah Was Crucified) was an eclipse of the Sun, it could not have been. As explained, eclipses of the Sun can only occur at the beginning of the lunar months - Passover always occurs in the middle of the lunar month. As well, the darkness lasted for 3 hours - the longest that a total eclipse of the Sun can last is less than 8 minutes.
There could have been an eclipse of the Moon on the day that the Messiah was Crucified, but the Full Moon, at which time an eclipse of Moon can happen, rises at sunset - the miraculous darkness happened in the afternoon, from "the sixth hour" (the sixth hour of daylight i.e. 12 noon on a modern clock) to "the ninth hour" (the ninth hour of daylight i.e. 3 pm on a modern clock). The darkness was not an eclipse of the sun or the moon.
"27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour." (Matthew 27:45 KJV)
Many of the prophets were given to see and record the great "signs in the heavens" in the time just prior to the return of the Messiah. Much of what Isaiah recorded here was also prophesied by the Messiah Himself in His famous "Olivet prophecy" of Matthew chapter 24 - that the Messiah repeated in greater detail to the apostle John in the Book of Revelation ("1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John" Revelation 1:1 KJV). While eclipses of the Sun and Moon can occur on the Holy Days that have always been about Jesus Christ (see The True Christian Holy Days), there will be much more in the time of His return.
"24:1 Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. 24:2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him. 24:3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.
Fact Finder: (a) What does the Bible say about the Sun in history and prophecy? (b) Were the Israelites ever corrupted into worshipping on "Sunday"?
This Day In History, July 12
100 BC: Julius Caesar (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) was born (historians differ over whether the date was July 12 or 13).
927: English King Æthelstan made a treaty with King Constantine II of Scotland that Constantine would not form an alliance with the Vikings. It is regarded as the beginning of the unification of Britain.
1191: The armies of the Third Crusade (1189-92), led by England's King Richard ("The Lionhearted"), captured the Syrian seaport of Acre (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1290: Jews were expelled from England by order of King Edward I.
1543: England's King Henry VIII married Catherine Parr, his sixth, and last, wife.
1580: The Ostrog Bible, one of the earliest Bibles in a Slavic language, was published (see also The Word Of God In The Tongues Of Man).
1609: Henry Hudson first saw the North American continent (see also Thanksgiving).
1690: The Battle of Boyne, the most important date on the Northern Ireland Unionist calendar; on that date, William of Orange vanquished his Catholic rival, King James II, in a victory that established England's Protestant ascendancy. It is celebrated in Northern Ireland by "Orangemen" and resented by Catholics to this day.
1691: William III defeated the allied Irish and French armies at the Battle of Aughrim, Ireland.
1704: In areas occupied by Sweden, the gentry deposed Augustus, elector of Saxony, as king of Poland and elected Stanislaw Leszczynski, the chief official of Poznan, king of Poland.
1794: British Admiral Lord Nelson lost his right eye at the siege of Calvi, in Corsica.
1806: The Confederation of the Rhine was established in Germany (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1812: During the War of 1812 (1812-1814), the U.S. invaded Canada at Windsor, Ontario.
1918: The Japanese battleship Kawachi blew up at Shunan, Japan; over 600 of its crew were killed.
1941: Moscow was bombed by the German Luftwaffe for the first time.
1944: Winston Churchill made the decision to allow Jews to form a military unit to fight the Nazis; 2 months later, the Jewish Brigade, 25,000 strong, was formed. Without Churchill, the Jews would never have got it, and the experience of working together at the brigade level was critical to the Jewish military success 4 years later - in the establishment of the modern state of Israel (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1974: President Richard Nixon's aides G. Gordon Liddy, John Ehrlichman and two others were convicted of conspiracy and perjury in connection with the Watergate crimes.
1994: Germany's Constitutional Court lifted the ban on use of German troops for combat missions outside of the country.