Shine from East to West
Discover in this short study that the Second Coming of Yahusha the Messiah will occur in like manner as all ruling luminaries shine from east to west. This identifies the true New Moon and the precise night that it rules. A well covered-up secret to the true New Moon is that ALL the Creator’s luminaries, the sun, stars, and moon, visibly shine from the eastern horizon unto the western horizon when they are in the act of ruling time, whether by day, or by night.
A Visible New Moon Must Rise in the East and Set in the West
For as the sunshine comes out from the east and is seen even in the west, thus will be the coming of the Son of man. Matthew 24:27 Aramaic English New Testament
Testimony of the LIGHTS
The sun is consistent day after day with no apparent visual change in its rising and setting. Yet nearly imperceptibly it shifts further north or south with the seasons as is viewed from the perspective of earth. The stars advance from the eastern horizon, clicking off approximately one degree each night of its 360 degree whole circuit.
The moon is uniquely different, as every 24 hours along its westerly journey, it falls behind its previous position by approximately 12 degrees. Each night it appears both as a distinctly altered lunar phase and in a receded location in the sky. This occurs because its position in the sky relative to earth always determines its phase.
And then the moon, ever punctual to mark the times, [as] an everlasting sign: It is the moon that signals the Feasts, a luminary that wanes after being full. The month derives its name from hers. She waxes wonderfully in her phases, a banner of the hosts on high, SHINING in the vault of heaven [the shamayim].” Ecclesiasticus 43:6-8, c.a. 19-180 B.C.
The moon’s purpose was preordained from the beginning to demarcate each day from the next as it cycles thru its 29 or 30 numbered calendar dates. However, it is only on the night of the brilliant (selene #4582) full New Moon, that it highlights with its arising in the east, the precise starry constellation that is to rule for the subsequent month. So it is that the brilliant full moon, which receives its fullness of light from the sun, identifies each ruling starry constellation that arises together with it in the east among the advancing wheel of stars.
Facing North, the image below illustrates the full New Moon arising just after sunset on 06-12-2014 from the eastern horizon in the constellation Virgo (Bethula). According to Revelation 12:1, this is the great sign in the shamayim of Yahuah’s obedient followers from Creation to the end of time. This lunar position in the night sky announces New Year’s Day and defines the rhythm of the years, months, counting to each Feast day and Sabbath. The curved red line identifies the moon’s path along the ecliptic plane as it follows the Mazzeroth, wheel of stars, falsely referred to today as the Zodiac. The other red lines define the constellation boundaries along the ecliptic pathway.
Perhaps you have read Revelation 12:1, “Then an exceedingly important sign appeared in the shamayim (heavens); a woman arose [in the east], arrayed with the sun and the brilliant moon (#4582 selene – brilliant moon) at her feet, and above her head was a crown of twelve stars.” More . . .
Every good gift and ever 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, and full moon]. James 1:17
Then Elohim/Alahim made two great LIGHTS: the greater LIGHT to rule the day, and the lesser LIGHT to rule the night with He made the stars also. Genesis 1:16To Him who made the great LIGHTS, for His compassion endures forever. The sun to rule by day, for His compassion endures forever; the moon and stars to rule by night, for His compassion endures forever. Psalms 136:716Thus says Yahuah, who gives the sun for a light by day, the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, Who disturbs the sea, and its waves roar (Yahuah of hosts is His name. “If those ordinances depart from before Me, says Yahuah, then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever.” Jeremiah 31:35-36
The parameters that our Creator set for this arrangement is ETERNAL, for it changes not, just as He changes not. All the time-measuring models that utilize the dark or crescent lunar phase are challenging the truthfulness of the above three Scripture verses. Knowingly, or unknowingly they have aligned the dark or crescent moon to the sun, then utilized the sun to mark the ruling constellation on the opposite side of the universe by day, when the stars are not visible. This is 180 degrees out of sync with the direction given Moses, David, and Jeremiah. While this is the most commonly practiced modern lunar month tradition, it is nothing short of REBELLION to our Creator!
The Day of Our Messiah’s Crucifixion
This is what was described by Dionysius the Aeropagite, the Greek astronomer eye witness who recorded this occurrence on the day of the crucifixion.
The starry constellations became visible when the occulted moon fully obscured the sun in this extreme occulted solar eclipse. On this 14th day of the lunar month of Nisan, the eclipsed sun and dark moon was visible in Aries, the epic sign of the true LAMB, for all to witness, lasting from the sixth to the ninth hour of the day.
Was this not precisely what Flavius Josephus recorded had occurred at the time of Moses and Israel’s first Passover? Might this have been the prophetic signal of Passover that was to reveal the promised Messiah? Might this have been a visual declaration of the loving Father through His sorrow, “BEHOLD THE LAMB OF YAHUAH THAT TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD?”
Dionysius the Areopagite
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 [Yahusha, the Messiah] 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
The Sun in Aries
In the month of Xanthicus, which is by us called Nisan, and is the beginning of our year, on the fourteenth day of the lunar month, when the sun is in Aries, (for in this month it was that we were delivered from bondage under the Egyptians,) the law ordained that we should every year slay that sacrifice which I before told you we slew when we came out of Egypt, and which was called the Passover; and so we do celebrate this Passover in companies, leaving nothing of what we sacrifice till the day following. The feast of unleavened bread succeeds that of the Passover, and falls on the fifteenth day of the month, and continues seven days, wherein they feed on unleavened bread. . . Antiquity of the Jews, Flavius Josephus, Book 3, Chapter 10, No. 5.
A gradual change in this accounting of time began to develop following the Messiah’s crucifixion, which Scripture records as both the 14th of the lunar month and that it occurred upon the day of the occulted sun, and conjunction moon. Read more.
By the time of Constantine in the 4th century, the Jews, and later the Romans began to declare the dark occulted moon to be the New Moon, the first day of the month, in rebellion to the rules given by the Creator. All had forgotten that the rules of time remain unaltered since creation. These rules from two witnesses declare it IMPOSSIBLE for a dark occulted moon, which is in its closest proximity to the sun, to rule the night together with the stars. This is true for the very reason this occulted moon never visibly occurs together with the brilliant stars, but only occurs during the daylight hours along with the sun. For when this occulted moon arises, it does so simultaneously with the rising of the sun. The sun was ordained to rule the daylight only and is not part of ruling with the moon or stars.
This also applies to the first (FVC) and second visible crescent following the occultation of the moon, although too small to see, these lunar phases are consistently lit in the day sky together with the sun, with only forty-five minutes to two hours in the night sky that follows before setting in the west.
The crescent moon doctrine was fabricated by the rebellious hearted in ancient Babylon around the period of Nimrod and Semiramis. At that time, it was given the name “Sin,” the crescent moon god. Might the Babylonians have traded the truth for error in abject disobedience to their Creator who had established the LIGHT of the brilliant (selene NT#4582) full moon as His beacon for months and years? Might the Babylonians have named it Sin, in defiance, as they knew it was unshameful and unrepentant sin against their Creator?
Taking this one step further, just as the New Moon was changed by 180 degrees, so too it was fraudulently changed from the brilliant (selene #4582) full moon to the dark occulted lunar phase. The Mazzeroth, wheel of the stars (commonly referred to today as the Zodiac) was also transformed by the same 180 degrees. As a result, the Creator’s years that were appointed to commence with the constellation Bethula (Virgo) arising in the east in the spring and highlighted with the full moon, was utterly transformed to commence with the constellation Pisces, otherwise known as Dagon.
In the modern Zodiac, Pisces is most often highlighted as starting the New Year by the dark occulted moon (or first visible crescent) that arises together with the sun. Thus, crossing the boundaries set by the Creator, who defined that the sun and moon were NEVER to rule the sky together with the stars. Yet strikingly, this is precisely what has occurred.
Ironically, this starry constellation of Pisces is not visible when it is highlighted by the sun and occulted moon for the very reason that this occurs during the daylight in which the stars are invisible. According to the rules above the sun was NEVER to rule together with the stars any more than it was allowed to rule with the moon. Therefore, by definition, it is an impossibility for the occulted lunar phase to meet any of the criteria from Matthew 24:27, James 1:17, Genesis 1:14 or Psalms 136:7, which define that the moon and stars are to rule the entire boundaries of the night from the eastern horizon to the western horizon as brilliant LIGHTS, with no shadows of turning.
In Jeremiah 33:19-21, Yahuah speaks of the evil that He would bring upon the house of David and the kingdom of Israel if they broke His covenants. What was the covenant that He was stressing that His people not break?
Thus says Yahuah, who gives the sun for a LIGHT by day, the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a LIGHT by night, who disturbs the sea, and its waves roar, Yahuah of hosts is His name: “If those ordinances depart from before Me, says Yahuah, then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever.” Jeremiah 31:35-36 NKJV
This is specifically referring to the boundary lines of the sun for a LIGHT by day, and the boundary lines of the moon and the stars for a LIGHT by night. This verse explicitly reveals the boundaries of the Creator’s ordained divisions of time as defined by His astro-lunar-solar celestial timepiece. This verse from Jeremiah is our Eternal Father’s promise that these ordinances, as defined in this study will never be changed by Himself, as He changes not. However, the curse of Israel ceasing to be a nation barakah (blessed) by Yahuah, remains a viable possibility according to this same verse, if the covenant is broken by Israel.
Has this occurred? Has the nation of Israel changed the Creator’s set ordinances of the sun, moon, and stars to rule at times other than when they were ordained to rule? YES! As evidenced by the order of the modern Zodiac and highlighted by the occulted moon that rules together with the sun, to mark the starry constellation by daylight! So, based upon this verse alone, does the nation of Israel remain in a Covenant Agreement with the Most High today as they once did 2,000 years ago. NO! For Israel has broken their end of the covenant agreement with the ever-living Yahuah, when they changed His ordinances, the boundary markers in the shamayim, His times and His laws. Thus it is that all the LIGHTS in the shamayim, once created to measure time accurately have all been transformed into the utter darkness of the OCCULT, used to bring all humanity into the worship rhythms of the enemy of souls.
To answer the question that is presented in the first paragraph— the Prince of Darkness has long been engaged in changing the times and laws of the Creator (Daniel 7:25) in hopes that all may perish on that great day. If it could be projected through a faulty Greek translation that this verse in Matthew 24:27 refers only to “lightning,” then a profound witness for the truth would be completely missed. This being that in addition to the visible sun and stars, the visible and brilliant New Moon must also arise in the east and set in the west, so by design it must be the full moon, after all.
Most lunisolar believers today, continue to uphold either the dark or first visible crescent lunar phase as the true New Moon, as there has been few definitive markers for the New Moon in either the Tanakh (OT) or the Brit Hadasha (NT) translations, as they appear to have been obscured somewhat in the Scriptural record. However, this otherwise hidden witness from the book of Matthew declares that the one lunar phase that arises in the east and sets in the west is the one that rules the entire night, just as the sun and stars do. The only lunar phase that answers to this description is the brilliant (selene #4582) full moon.
It is my prayer that this short study has opened your eyes to the truth with regard to our Creator’s signs in the shamayim, as they are consistent with each other, but also as they proclaim the pathway of the LIGHTS in which YAHUSHA, our Messiah and Redeemer, the LIGHT of the world, will return in all His majesty and power, from the east and even unto the west. All Yahuah’s obedient will be in one accord on that last great day, in harmony with the count of years, months, days, and weeks as beaconed by the full New Moon. For it alone displays its fullness of LIGHT in harmony with the boundaries given in Scripture.
Here is a short list of additional studies that illustrate the full moon as the original New Moon in Scripture:
- The night of the Abrahamic Covenant was DARK. This recorded dark night occurred 430 years prior to the Exodus (on the fifteenth of the month, to the very day.) Article/Study
- Amos prophesied that an occulted sun and moon would occur at noon on the day of the Crucifixion. Article/Study
- Luke reveals that the prophetic solar eclipse did occur at noon on the day of the Crucifixion in the middle of the month. Article/Study
- The full moon is FIRST in order among the lunar phases. Article/Study
- All ruling luminaries shine from east to west, across the whole sky for approximately 12 hours. Article/Study
- The moon in the New Jerusalem and in the new earth regulates the fruit on the tree of life and the twelve gates, illustrating that time on earth is synchronized to the moon of Yahuah’s qodesh (sacred) city. Article/Study
- The twelve whole pearl gates of the New Jerusalem link to the rhythm of the twelve full New Moons. Article/Study
- The woman clothed with the sun, with the full moon (#4582 selene – brilliant moon) under her feet and stars above her head, is the announcement of New Year’s Day. Article/Study
- Blow the New Moon shofar on the full moon, because it is the New Moon. Article/Study
- The FATHER OF LIGHTS is represented only by luminaries with no shadow of a turning orbit (full sun, full stars, full moon). Article/Study
- He ordained the full moon for appointed times. Article/Study
- Zechariah declares in prophecy that Yahuah’s original New Moon Day would be changed by a formal decree. Article/Study