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Passover 2014 - Full Moon
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by Jim Ayars

 
For those of you who may be interested, next Monday evening (April 14) is the eve of Passover, and, as always, the evening just before the full moon (it will be full at 3:42 a.m. EDT). If you live in the Northern hemisphere, and the evening sky is clear (or nearly so), watch for the following. 
  
--the full moon will rise in the east just before sunset. 
--the setting sun and the full moon will both be visible together for 10 to 15 minutes. 
--after the sun sets, the constellation Virgo (the virgin) will appear, with the full moon under her feet. Prior to sunset, she was clothed with the sun and not yet visible.
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:  Rev. 12: 1
And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. 12: 2
--as the evening progresses, you will see the constellation Boötes to Virgo's right (your left as the observer). 
--as the evening progresses, you will see Serpens Caput (the Serpent's Head) rising over the horizon, waiting at Virgo's feet.
And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.  Rev. 12: 3
--still later, you will see Ophiochus (Michael) sitting on the Serpent's back, conquering the Serpent. 
--after that, the tail of the Serpent will sweep across 1/3rd of the nighttime sky as he chases Virgo across the heavens into the wilderness to the west. 
And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.   Rev. 12: 4
--finally, as the full moon sets in the west, the sun will rise once again in the east. At that time, this annual Passover Panopy ends. 
 
You will thereby witness the fact that Revelation 12 is a description of the nighttime sky on the eve of Passover. Every year, on the evening preceding the first full-moon after the first new moon on or after the Vernal Equinox, this nighttime celestial drama repeats. Combined with the other terms in the chapter, the focus in Revelation 12 is Passover. Given the additional details describing the man child, (i.e., He will rule the nations with a rod of iron -- a direct reference to the Messianic coronation Psalm 2:9 -- who was snatched away to God and to His throne -- a direct reference to the subsequent ascension of Jesus), we know that this passage describes the birth, ministry, death, resurrection, and glorification of Jesus. It is contended that this chapter is also a reference to the proper dating of the time of Jesus' birth. Jesus, our Paschal Lamb of God, was born at Passover time, and was sacrificed to take away the sin of the whole world at Passover time.
Just if you're interested. 
‚ÄčBlessings in Him whose life, death, resurrection, and ascension we celebrate at this time of the year.