Amos Prophesied a Solar Eclipse
Would Occur at the Messiah’s Death
This interlinear Scripture study portrays the prophecy of Amos given 800 years prior to the Messiah’s crucifixion declaring a “stricken sun was to occur at midday” on the precise day of the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON’S DEATH. This was to be the celestial sign of the true Messiah. Did this actually occur? How might this demonstrate which lunar phase is the true New Moon, and which one occurs in the middle of the month?
The Celestial Sign of the True Messiah
In the Tanakh (O.T.), the prophet Amos reveals several profound truths regarding the promised Messiah. He might as well have said, “this shall be a sign to you,” that you will recognize the true Messiah as He is the one who will die on the day of your Feast of Passover, which will be marked by a “stricken sun at midday.”
Historically, all of this went over Yashrael’s (Israel’s) heads, as they believed the purpose of the true Messiah was to deliver them from their temporal enemies and put them in high esteem among the nations of earth. Farthest from their minds was any possibility that might state otherwise.
Most likely, these verses in Amos 8 were among the passages the Yahusha our Messiah quoted from on the road to Emmaus, identifying Himself as the true Messiah, as He unfolded the truths and purpose of His first coming, which had to be as the sacrificial Lamb for the purpose of swapping the sins of mankind for His own righteous life. This marvelous event was to be marked as a signal by a solar eclipse. Placing all things related to Himself in the context of the Sanctuary service, He must have shared that the first phase of His ministry was ordained to be the LAMB SLAIN and not as the KING, for the sins of all mankind, past, present and future. But most of Yashrael remained blind to the warnings given, so remained blinded by their traditions and erroneous beliefs and hard hearts.
The Stricken Sun and Occulted Moon at Passover
Every 29 to 30 days (or 12 – 13 times per year) the moon passes between the earth and the sun. This dark lunar phase is called the conjunction. A solar eclipse occurs approximately 2.4 times every year when the moon perfectly blocks the light of the sun for a portion on the earth, obscuring earth’s view of it. Note that the only lunar phase that can come between the sun and earth is the occulted dark moon at the very moment of conjunction. For all lunar phases identify the precise location of the moon in its orbit around the earth as well as its approximation to the sun.
From this evidence alone, we discover that if the dark lunar phase occurred at noon creating a solar eclipse on the 14th day of the lunar month of Abib, then by extension, 15 days earlier the full moon ruled the sky as the true New Moon of Scripture. It ruled together with the stars all night from east to west announcing the new month had begun. This most pivotal event was to be marked by the mid-month solar eclipse to fulfill the Scriptural criteria
Between verse 9 and 10 in the Scripture Word Study above, Amos uses very descriptive language to insure that the meaning and context of these verses could not be lost. For instance there is no way to construe this eclipse to be a lunar eclipse, as it states in three ways with three witnesses that it was the sun that was darkened by a conjunction lunar phase: 1) stricken sun; 2) at midday; 3) by the day luminary. Thus, Amos leaves no room for assumptions as he goes on to state in verse 10 that the feast upon which this “stricken sun” was to occur, would be turned to lamentation and mourning for the death of the only begotten son.
The festivities that had normally highlighted the Passover Feast was to disintegrate into lamentation and mourning as the realization sunk in that the long promised Messiah of Israel had been murdered by their own religious leaders, with the support of the crowd at large. No pen can justly record the horror of that day, nor Hollywood movie adequately display the events. For although it was the will of the Eternal Father and the Messiah, Himself that He must lay down His life as a Redeemer of mankind, it did NOT remove the facts of the twisted participation of both the Jews and the Romans, as led by Satan, to bring this to fruition.
Sack cloth appears to have been worn on the heads of some of the leaders of Israel who realized the abomination they had participated in.
According to Leviticus 23, there were only two Levitical feasts each year that were well understood to commence at the half way mark of the lunar month. The first was the spring Feast of Passover/Unleavened Bread and the fall Feast of Tabernacle
s. These are the only feasts upon which a solar eclipse can ever occur. Don’t miss the fact that here in Amos 8:10, (chag #2282) is linked to the occulted sun and not to a full moon lunar eclipse.
At the time of Amos, every sun that had ever been darkened had been blackened by the occulted moon, so technically a “stricken sun” was always what we consider today as a “solar eclipse.” As a result, the prophecy of Amos regarding the “stricken sun” at the Feast of Passover was in no way surprising. Might this uncontroverted evidence demonstrating that the occulted sun was a result of the occulted moon on the 14th of Abib, as declared by Amos, and fulfilled at the crucifixion of the Messiah, be worthy evidence that the New Moon had always been the full moon among the Creator’s committed followers? This being so, the occulted lunar phase had always perpetually marked the commencement of both the Feast of Passover and Tabernacles?
Four Recorded Eye Witnesses
The Renewed Covenant writers Matthew 27:45, Mark 15:33, Luke 23:44-45, and Dionysius the Areopagite (Greek Astronomer) were four eye witnesses that recorded this epic fulfillment of Amos’ prophecy. Individually, yet in one accord, each determined that the miracle of this darkened sun event, lay with its profoundly unusual length. It was Luke alone, of the followers of Yahusha, who clarified that the darkness over all the earth was overtly related to the occulted sun, although the other two disciples covertly stated it.”But, you may ask, how did each of these disciples of the Messiah really declare the darkness was related to the sun itself? The answer lay in the fact that they all identified the time of day as the 6th to the 9th hour. There are precisely 12 hours allotted by the ruling sun for every daylight as presented on a sundial or divided in the sky (John 11:9). All are agreed that the sun was shining as usual from sunrise to the 6th hour. Therefore, it was the sun that was obscured until the 9th hour. At the 9th hour the sun was shining again as usual until it set at the end of the 12th hour at its natural time. The words “stricken sun” is not even necessary here, because the use of the term “hour” testifies as the measuring unit of time representing the sun itself.
In letters written under the name Dionysius the Areopagite, the author claims to have observed a solar eclipse from Heliopolis at the time of the crucifixion. Parker, John (1897). “Letter VII. Section II. To Polycarp–Hierarch. & Letter XI. Dionysius to Apollophanes, Philosopher.” The Works of Dionysius the Arepagite. London: James Parker and Co. pp. 148–149, 182–183.
According to the Orthodox Church in America, Dionysius, who is mentioned in Acts 17:34, was from Athens and received a classical Greek education (i.e. Atticism). He studied astronomy at the city of Heliopolis, and it was in Heliopolis, along with his friend Apollophonos where he witnessed the solar eclipse that occurred at the moment of the death of the Lord Jesus Christ by Crucifixion. (The connection between the events was surely realized by him at a later date.) But even so, at the time of the eclipse he said, “Either the Creator of all the world now suffers, or this visible world is coming to an end.” Hieromartyr Dionysius the Areopagite the Bishop of Athens, Wikipedia.org
There are therefore a total of four eye witnesses that testify that the “sun” was what was darkened on that most important day of earth’s history.
A Miraculous Event
Might this prophecy of Amos, as many declare, have been referring to an out-of-the-ordinary miracle, where-upon Yahuah caused the sun to simply be obscured during the time of the full moon? Well, we know that Yahuah can do anything He chooses within parameters of His own laws. However, if He had done this, it would have created much confusion, and we know He is not the author of confusion. Secondly, we have the testimony of more than three witnesses as to the details of the events of that day. These were intelligent men who knew how to read the sky, and while they declared there was darkness over the land, they did not say it was darkened in any abnormal way, other than the duration or intensity of the sun being darkened by the conjunction lunar phase, as regularly occurs on the day of a solar eclipse.
If the sun had been darkened during the time of a full moon, it would have been recorded as an outrageous and supernatural miracle. Matthew, Mark and Luke would no doubt have thought and recorded that the moon was supernaturally moved 180 degrees out of its position to darken the sun and itself to be turned dark, as that was the only known way the sun had ever been previously darkened. But the eye witnesses Matthew, Mark, Luke and Dionysius the Greek astronomer, did not question the event as being a normal “darkened sun” occulted event, but only its length. If it had not been anything other than a normal placement of sun and moon, they would have assuredly declared this.
The Sun, Moon and Stars Testify in Unison
The true miracle here was in the extraordinary length of time of the solar eclipse and the intensity of its darkness. As recorded by Phlegon, this solar eclipse occurred during the fourth year of the 202nd Olympiad. Its darkness was so complete that the stars could be seen in the shamayim (heavens) and there was a great earthquake. This earthquake may have even been the direct result of the moon being brought closer to the earth as science has now learned will cause an earthquake.
The church historian Eusebius of Caesarea (A.D. 264 – 340), in his Chronicle, quotes Phlegon [second century A.D.] as saying that during the fourth year of the 202nd Olympiad:
“A great eclipse of the sun occurred at the sixth hour that excelled every other before it, turning the day into such darkness of night that the stars could be seen in heaven, and the earth moved in Bithynia, toppling many buildings in the city of Nicaea.” Chronicle, Olympiad 202, trans. Carrier (1999)
The record of that day by the Greeks must not be overlooked with regards to the stars shining at noon, as they were expert astronomers who fully utilized the sun, moon, and stars for all their timekeeping.
It appears that Divine intervention utilized the occulted moon that was already in relative position to or at the moment of a solar eclipse. Yahuah merely brought the moon closer to earth and/or caused it to align with the sun for three hours. A three hour eclipse is not unheard of, as these events are recorded by NASA. These occur during a perigee moon, when the moon is larger and closer to earth. This would not only facilitate the earthquake, but also the stars could well have become visible in the shamayim to serve Yahuah’s prophetic purposes.
So what might a sorrowing Eternal Father want to portray to earthlings on that epic day of conflicting emotions of the death of His only begotten son, through an epic three part orchestrated “signal” event of the sun, moon and stars?
With the added assistance of Divine intervention, the astronomical sign portrayed in this Stellarium image above illustrates what could have been. NASA holds no record for this occurring at noon in that region for any date within a 20 year period. But it is my firm belief that on that day both the occulted sun and the occulted moon were together at the feet of the “he lamb,” the constellation Aries, at precisely midday.
Might our sorrowing Eternal Father utilized this timely astronomical event to announce to the whole earth, “Behold, My Only Begotten Son is the Lamb, who takes away the sin of the world?” This is the very story revealed and synchronized to the stars. For it is by starting the New Year by utilizing the full moon as the New Moon, together with the constellation Bethula (Virgo), on the 14th of the month, the constellation Aries will be in the sky at precisely noon, allowing the three part orchestration of sun, moon, and stars to announce the prophetic fulfillment of the grand and all-encompassing event.
For it appears Yahuah had advanced knowledge that the New Moon subject would become a controversy in the centuries following the crucifixion of His Son. So He placed the authenticity of the true lunar phase displayed in the middle of the lunar month in the safety of the Abrahamic Covenant. It is this foundational covenant that also suggests the promised Messiah and His pre-ordained night of the crucifixion. Thus we can know with certainty that Passover, the 14th of the lunar month, nearly 2000 years later, was also on a dark lunar phase. Consequently, the full New Moon is established on yet another principle in Scripture. Refer to, The Night was Dark.
Why do the Jews overlook these verses that highlight either a darkened sun or a conjunction moon? Might it be because the truth carries with it incriminating evidence that they are no longer synchronized with the shamayim true beacon of astro-luni-solar time, the “full” New Moon, and the alignment with the constellations? There is much extenuating evidence of a continuing cover-up.
Famine for Discerning the Signs of the Promise
As a final statement, Amos declares in this prophecy that a time was coming, when there would be a famine in the land, not for food or water but for “discerning the signs that pertain to the Promise” in the shamayim. (Refer also Daniel 7:25, describing an assault on the Yahuah’s calendar and laws.) This is apparently the result and punishment of Israel’s refusal to acknowledge and receive Yahusha as the authentic Promised Messiah and Lamb substitute for the sin of mankind. Has this famine of discerning the signs occurred? Yes, it has on many levels, but none more profoundly than this area of the true Scriptural lunar phase as New Moon. No doubt this most important sign in the shamayim, the full New Moon was utterly replaced by a dark moon or crescent during the years immediately following the crucifixion. While the new methods of reckoning time may have become official in the fourth century under the leadership Constantine, this losing of the ability of Israel to know the signs may have begun earlier as it is recorded at length within the records of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
It is the Dead Sea Scrolls that identify a lengthy period of calendar wars between three basic factions:
- Those that followed a 364 day solar calendar with no monthly interaction of the moon or lunar phases.
- Those who believed the Crescent Moon to be the true New Moon on a 354 day lunisolar calendar, the marker for the count to the feast days.
- Those who continued to adhere to the full moon that shines from the east unto the west together with the stars, announcing the New Moon day, the beacon for the Sabbaths and all the qadosh Feast Days.
Although today, many of the professionals involved with the Dead Sea Scrolls date them as having been written during the first to third century BCE, it is also revealed that they could have been written as late as the first and second century AD. And in light of the Amos 8:11 prophecy it appears these calendar wars began in earnest following the crucifixion. For there was now even greater motivation for the leaders of Israel to remove the time-centric incriminating evidence as far from themselves as possible. For it was the full moon that synchronized the duties of the Kohen to the temple lamb sacrifice and its markers, along with Amos 8:9-11, that perpetually identified their guilt of slaying the Son of Yahuah, their sworn Elohim.
Thus it was, for nearly 2000 years, true time as synchronized to the worship rhythms of Yahuah’s seat of power has been wholly obscured by the combined efforts of both the Jews and the Romans. All the world has wandered after this two headed pied piper into deep darkness and over the cliff of deceit, all because they sought desperate ways to hide their guilt and shame. (Click on image to enlarge.)
Yahuah is drawing His people back to the original method of measuring time. His method contrasts greatly to measuring time from earth with a line through the dark moon, and the sun, and marking the constellation Pisces (otherwise known as Dagon the fish god) at noon, when it is not even visible.
Yahuah ordained that time was to be measured by the moon together with the stars by night. And that means ruling together all night long. This is done by drawing an imaginary line from earth by night through the full moon (as the true New Moon) in the spring on the eastern horizon at sunset, which marks the constellation Bethula (Virgo), announcing the following morning as New Year’s Day or the true Rosh Hashanah. Folks, this image is 180 degrees opposite of the Babylonian timekeeping method begun with Nimrod at the Tower of Babel and adopted by the Jews after the crucifixion. Isn’t it time Yahuah’s people and followers of His ONLY SON, Yahusha the Messiah, step up to the plate and take back the calendar for YAHUAH’S TRUTH and HONOR?
In its pure and perfect brilliance, it is the marvelous full moon that has been missing from the formula along with the constellation Bethula. This great sign commences the year and the lunar month as it rules the entire night. It regulates and measures time and synchronizes earth with the worship rhythms that were lovingly laid out at creation. For Yahuah is the Father of Lights, not extinguished or partially lit lights, but full and radiant lights that shine in their brilliance.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the FATHER OF LIGHTS, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning [full sun, full stars, full moon]. James 1:17But the path of the just is as the shining LIGHT, that shines more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. Proverbs 4:18
Today, Yahuah is calling His obedient followers to restore His Signs that have become lost. The rich, clear sound of the New Moon shofar can be heard once again from a not too distant hill, at sunset, at the commencement of full New Moon each lunar month. Its voice may be heard above earth’s clatter of confusion announcing a full and complete restoration of the Almighty Father’s years, months, Sabbaths and all the sacred Feast Days. Most of the world, busy with life’s endeavors, will neither hear nor respond to it. For the secret to restoration is “seeking for truth with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
- It was Yahuah through Amos who made this prophetic declaration.
- This declaration was made approximately 800 years prior to the crucifixion.
- The SUN was to be stricken at midday. This is when Total Solar Eclipses occur.
- The text gives a second witness that the darkness that occurred was from the luminary, not dark clouds or other mysterious miracle.
- At this same precise appointed time as the stricken sun, the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF YAHUAH was to die.
- As a result of this shocking feast day event, the festivities would be turned to mourning.
- This was to be the prophetic fulfillment of the PROMISE. This is the promise first given in Eden and passed down from generation to generation of the coming Messiah, who was Himself to be the Lamb slain for the sin of all mankind.
- This fulfillment of the Promise occurred on none other than the Feast of Passover, the 14th of the lunar month of Abib.
- What has been hidden, as a result of the curse, is that the full moon announces New Moon day to begin the following morning at sunrise. This is because 14 days later Passover occurs when the moon is dark (in conjunction), the only time it can obscure the sun and create a solar eclipse.
- Immediately following the crucifixion event, and no doubt as a punishment upon Israel for not receiving the Messiah with open arms, a curse was pronounced that there would be a famine in the land for discerning the SIGNS pertaining to the PROMISE of Yahuah. These SIGNS relate to the true full New Moon for months; and the count of days and the count of weeks; and the full moon together with the constellation Bethula for New Year’s Day. For without these SIGNS, it is impossible to locate the true New Moon days, the true feast days, or the true Sabbaths.
- For nearly 2,000 years since that day, the famine of discerning the Signs of His Feast Times has continued. All this time the SIGNS have not been discerned or reckoned correctly. But Yahuah is now restoring His truths as He wakes up His people in preparation for His soon return, and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
- The calendar wars that are apparent in the Dead Sea Scrolls provide evidence that indeed this curse of not discerning the SIGNS occurred very shortly after the crucifixion of the Messiah. Some world powers would lead us to believe the calendar wars occurred a hundred years earlier, but the weight of evidence in Scripture states otherwise.
In answer to the wake-up call of our soon returning Messiah, may we respond with:
So teach us to number our days that we may present to you a heart of wisdom. Psalms 90:12
FOR GREAT IS OUR ALMIGHTY YAHUAH, AND GREATLY TO BE HONORED AND PRAISED!