20 September 2017: Up to this point Eschatology Today has deliberately concentrated on Revelation 12:1-2. The reasoning is simple. The sign in these first two in-progress verses are separate from the second, or "another" sign which follows in verse three. They are set apart and distinct signs in both time and place.
The first sign has been taking shape in the heavens over the past nine months and concludes this Saturday. This sign will not occur again in the future. Scripture tells us, as also already touched upon, that the heavens shall be shaken, heavenly bodies in space, planets and stars, will be moved from their places by the power of God. This appears to occur no later than the middle of the 70th Week.
Therefore, a near future occurrence of this very unique astronomical alignment in Leo and Virgo would be preempted from ever occurring again in the future. With this shaking and moving of the heavenly bodies the constellations themselves will likely be completely altered. The constellations only exist as seen from the earth in the night sky and nowhere else. It seems obvious that at the time of their shaking and moving they will have completely fulfilled the Lord's anointed purpose as signs. A new heaven will exist in the future. Therefore, first sign of Revelation 12:1-2 is entirely exclusive to the present time, right here, right now.
The second sign, Revelation 12:3, as mentioned briefly in previous posts, is a picture of the Antichrist in the form of his completed earthly kingdom, the fourth beast kingdom consisting of seven heads and ten horns. The second sign of Revelation 12:3 then is clearly a picture of an earthly realm as is made crystal clear by reading in context the entirety of Daniel 7.
In Daniel 7 we read that the fourth and final beast begins as ten, but is reduced to seven when Antichrist, the eleventh rising little horn among them, subdues three of the kings (horns) among the ten, rips their horns out by the roots to place them upon his own head. Therefore verse three is a literal event which occurs at the start of the 70th Week. Without question the Bride of Christ will have been taken from this earth prior to the occurrence of the sign of Revelation 12:3. As can be seen in Revelation 12:6 this period of time is without any doubt the second half of the 70th Week, the great Tribulation as some refer to it; the Megas Thlipsis as Jesus referred to it in His discourse on the Mount of Olives.
We may as well also now look at Revelation 12:7-17. These verses are a type of recap of the events described in the sum of the previous verses. Give great attention to verse seventeen as it describes the woman from verse one as also having other offspring. At this period of time during the Megas Thlipsis these other offspring of the woman can only be the innumerable Saints of the 70th Week - those who have received Salvation by the Blood of the Lamb through the testimony of the 144,000 Jewish priests who had the seal of the living God placed upon their foreheads in Revelation 7.
UPDATE 21 September 2017 - 1 Tishrei 5778: And the spoke to Moses, saying,“Speak to the people of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of solemn rest, a memorial proclaimed with blast of trumpets, a holy convocation." Leviticus 23:23-24
This is the day the Lord proclaimed to Moses. According to Leviticus 23:2 today is one of the days the appointed to be proclaimed as "sacred assemblies." It begins at sundown today and concludes sundown tomorrow. The purpose is to anticipate and prepare for the coming of our Messiah.
This is the only feast which begins with a new moon. Tonight when the first sliver of the new moon is seen the Shofar will sound. In fact there will likely be heard the trumps of thousands of shofar as the new moon is seen around the world. This will commence the events leading to the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. His coming will not catch us as "a thief in the night" because we are keenly alert; we have been fervently watching very closely all of the signs in the season of His coming. We are the 5 virgins, lamps oiled, who go out to meet Him as His procession is seen coming.
Numbers 10:10 says, "Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at Rosh-Hodesh (head of the month), you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your God: I the your God.”
Also, Number 29:1 says, "And in the seventh month, on the first of the month, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. For you it is a day of blowing the trumpets."
Another term for this in the Hebrew tradition is Yom Teruah. It means a day for a sharp blast of war, a blast of alert or a blast of joy. Literally, Yom Teruah is a "Day of Blasting or Shouting." The last of these blasts or shouts is directly associated with the coming of the Lord for His bride.
With the Revelation 12:1-2 sign ongoing in the heaven above, and in concert with the Feast of Trumpets/Rosh-Hodesh and Yom Teruah we stand looking up for the coming of our Lord. Amen.