Let’s Work Together! Pentecost 2020 – Is It Over Yet?

Ok you guys, let’s cooperate!  In my previous article Chasing Pentecost 2020, I went through calculations to determine Pentecost based on the Sadduccees (May 31, 2020 – 8 Sivan), Pharisees (May 29, 2020 – 6 Sivan), Essenes (June 7, 2020 – 15 Sivan), and Karaites (May 31, 2020 – 8 Sivan).   I explained that based on these calculations and the rationale for each, I believed that May 31 was the most probable date for Pentecost 2020.  I still think that is likely so… However… There is much speculation in the watching community that Pentecost 2020 may fall on June 5, June 6, or June 7.  There is also speculation that it may fall in July!  Are these dates true possibilities?  Let’s search the scriptures as a group to see if it is so!

From what I have currently looked into, I’m going to start the post off with this hypothesis:

** It is plausible that Pentecost MAY fall on June 5, 2020 and coincide with a full BLOOD RED (strawberry) MOON that ECLIPSES over Israel. **

Pentecost seems to be one plausible day for the rapture to occur.  Now, I understand that we are to be spiritually ready and watching *every day* for the rapture.  We must never conclusively state that the rapture WILL be on a certain date (“date-set”) – because we are human, and fallible.  What we can do is our very best to study the scriptures, piece together the threads that are woven throughout, and come up with rational possibilities.  Some watch(wo)men hate this “high watching”, and some thrive on it.  Let’s not judge our fellow watching brothers and sisters by how they watch!  If you like to dig in for possible clues, then I welcome you to come along for this study!  If you don’t like this kind of thing, I totally respect that.

I’m guessing, if you have been watching Bible prophecy unfold for any length of time, you have discovered that although people have come up with some pretty good clues, no one has successfully nailed “the day and the hour” yet.  This is why it is imperative we don’t teach or cling to a certain possibility as “for sure”.  I get it, we all are longing to go home!  But our hope and faith is in Jesus Christ, not in a rapture date.

In defense of “high watch possibilities”, I would gently suggest that you consider the context of when “no one knows the day or the hour” was said, and to whom.  I would also suggest that although this phrase was said way before the development of the International Date Line, the rapture, whenever it occurs, will be on a different day and at a different hour for each one of us!  Pretty, clever, hey 🙂

If you’re game to continue, let’s answer some questions together.  I will put them here in RED, and when you collectively agree they have been answered I will update below, and change the writing to GREEN.  If you have a helpful link or resource to contribute on this topic, please message me on Facebook (Stephanie Dawn, the lion pic), by email (fjdministry@gmail.com), or submit it as a post in the group Even at the Doors: Pre-tribulation Rapture Watchers.

  1. Is it reasonable to consider a celestial calendar?
  2. Is it possible that Pentecost 2020 may fall on June 5 or 6?
  3. Is it possible that Pentecost 2020 may fall on June 7?
  4. Is it possible that Pentecost 2020 may fall in July based on a double 50-day count?

The Sun, Moon, and Stars as Markers

First off, let’s explore together if it is reasonable to be searching for a celestial calendar as a possibility.  In brief, God taught the story in the stars to Adam and the other ancients, who passed it down through their generations.  The gospel in the stars is told faithfully night after night, month after month, year after year using God’s celestial calendar.

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.

(Psalm 19:1-4)

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.  And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars.  And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.  (Genesis 1:14-18)

He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.  (Psalm 147:4-5)

Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loose the cords of Orion?  (Job 38:31)

Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season,
or can you guide the Bear with its children?
Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you establish their rule on the earth?  (Job 38:32-33)

…who made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the south… (Job 9:9)

He who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning and darkens the day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the surface of the earth, the LORD is his name… (Amos 5:8)

And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves… (Luke 21:25)

And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.  (Revelation 12:1)

The study of the gospel in the stars, the Mazzaroth, is nothing new.  The ancients were very familiar with the sun, moon, and stars as a celestial timepiece!  Mark Correll has a YouTube series called Gospel in the Stars, which Barry Awe is basing his videos on.  I would love to hear some feedback on this from others!  It may answer some of the questions we have posed here.

Many were awakened to God’s clock in the heavens during the study of the Revelation 12:1-2 sign on September 23, 2017.  I would like to direct you to these posts if this area of study is new to you:

It’s possible we can determine the true year we are in, from this heavenly calendar.  I explored that possibility here, What Time Is It On God’s Celestial Calendar?, and here – Calendars, Calendars, Calendars… 360 Days Versus 365 Days Per Year – The Clue of Enoch.  The quick answer is that it seems we might possibly be in year 5993 currently…  I don’t know for sure, and time will tell, but I love exploring the possibilities!

I’m going to have to write more in-depth on this topic should we still be here in a couple of weeks; however, that’s what I want to talk to you about.  It seems that Pentecost 2020 may still be yet to come based on God’s calendar in the sun, moon, and stars.  Maybe this “high watch” ain’t over yet?

I would suggest that scripture clearly supports the use of a celestial calendar for appointed times, seasons, days, months, and years.  What isn’t as clear, is if we can also use it for Sabbaths.  Why is this important to research?

The calendar that results in a June 6 Pentecost date uses a lunar Sabbath model.  Barry Awe is using a lunar Sabbath model in his videos.

Critical Analysis – Lunar Sabbaths (“Moonths”)

Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in all your dwelling places.  (Leviticus 23:3)

Question: Is the lunar sabbath model biblical?

Barry Awe’s counting method in his videos is not new – it is known as the “lunar sabbath” model.  A quick review of the lunar sabbath poses some possible inconsistencies with scripture.  To understand if we should consider the model, we need to be willing to examine its’ criticisms.

There is some variance within the model, but the most consistent focuses on Sabbath days 8, 15, 22, 29.

When studying the Sabbath, the best place to start is in the Beginning, when God established the Sabbath. It is important to notice that the Sun, Moon, and Stars were not even created until the 4th day, so we are already running into some problems with this theory that the Sabbath is based on the moon phases. However, as we examine it even closer, we see that God rested on the 7th day, but the Lunar Sabbath calendar says the 8th day of the month is the Sabbath. God would have had to skip day 1, and began creating on day 2 for this to work according to the Lunar Sabbath theory.  (from: Lunar Sabbath Deception)

Barry Awe uses Sabbath days 7, 14, 21, 28.  I cannot find any articles to support either method, but it would seem most accurate to use days 7, 14, 21, and 28 based on the creation week.  We absolutely know from scripture that the 7th day of the creation week was a day of rest.

Let’s examine the other main criticism!  In the Lunar Sabbath model, the last sliver of moon is generally seen on the 28th day of the month, and one, two, or three “dark” days follow.  The new month (“moonth”) begins with the first sliver of moon – confirmed by two witnesses.  The main issue which seems to contradict scripture is that at the end of every month there will be a week with more than 7 days in it.  Thus, either extra “work” days or extra “rest” days must be inserted.  In scripture there are examples of people doing work on new moons, and no examples of a week with more than 7 days.  Is it possible that God has told us to have a week every month that doesn’t end with a 7th day of rest???  I think we need to explore this issue before we can determine the validity of using the lunar sabbath model.

I will list resources here as they are given to me – keep in mind that these quite possibly will be Torah-observant or orthodox Jewish resources.  As such, please do not rely on these sites for teaching on the Christian faith.  These sites all seem unanimous in their conclusion that the Lunar Sabbath model is *not* biblical.  This doesn’t mean that it’s wrong, necessarily, but it does mean we should examine their arguments against it.

Critical Analysis – The Feast of Firstfruits

In the lunar calendar model, as well as in the Essenes calculation model, the Resurrection of Christ occurs a number of days before the literal Feast of Firstfruits.  Generally, we are looking for Jesus to bodily and personally fulfill all 7 Feasts of the Lord.  Thus, I consider the determination of FirstFruits a major stumbling block to both the Essenes and Lunar Sabbath models.

Critical Support – Jesus’ Ascension right before a Sabbath

Lest you begin to think everything points against a lunar Sabbath model, it doesn’t.  This model is the only one which results in Jesus’ Ascension on day 40 being right before a (lunar) Sabbath, so that the disciples can make a “Sabbath journey” to Jerusalem right after (Acts 1).

Critical Support – Pentecost on a Full Moon

Since the Feast of Pentecost is the only one not given a specific calendar date, it must always be calculated.  The lunar Sabbath model seems to be the only model which will consistently place Pentecost on a full moon.  Is there scripture that supports Pentecost occurring on a full moon?  Well, not exactly.  If you have studied my interpretation model, I believe the rapture occurs immediately before or alongside the dramatic releasing of all 7 seals off the scroll of judgement seen by the prophet Daniel.  Each seal is currently restraining something, and upon its’ release, there is a specific effect seen.  The release of seal 6 results in the entire (full) moon being turned blood red.  Now, I do think that atmospheric conditions will come into play – likely from volcanic ash – but the moon does appear to be “full”.  I don’t believe that the rapture MUST occur on a full moon, but it does seem to occur shortly before one, with a “full blood moon” appearing during or shortly after.  So as far as my interpretation of a rapture model goes, I find Pentecost on a full moon to be a very interesting connection.

 

With those grains of salt taken, let’s see where the lunar sabbath model would bring us in regards to Pentecost 2020.

Celestial Day Counts – Pentecost

“You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering.  You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath.  (Leviticus 23:15-16)

With fair warning given on the use of a lunar calendar (“moonth”), such as Barry Awe has used in his presentations, let’s go ahead and calculate the Pentecost possibility just in case.  Then we will have a little discussion about our findings.  I encourage you to verify these dates and alignments in a program such as Stellarium, Starry Night, or others, as well as at Renewed Moon.  I welcome feedback, as it is difficult to wrap my head around all the different calendars playing out at once.  Some notes before we begin:

  • Remember that on the Hebrew calendar, the days start at sunset and end at sunset.  I have thus listed the gregorian days as two dates – the “day” starts the evening of the first date and ends the evening on the second date.
  • All my times/days/moon phases etc. are based off Jerusalem, Israel.  (+3 UTC)
  • Sighting of the first sliver of the renewed moon is tracked by the observation of witnesses on the site Renewed Moon.  We will use this site to confirm what is being visualized in Stellarium.
  • We can confirm the first day of the month in retrospect by when the Full Moon occurs.  Using a lunar calendar, the full moon will always fall on the 14th day of the month (moonth).  We can use several sites to confirm sunset times, full moons, new moons, and a number of other neat things.  Note that even these have a few hours of variance!  I will use the 2 linked below, and list both days/times.
  • Lunar Calendar for Jerusalem, Israel 2020 (Time Hub Zone)
  • Moon Phases for Jerusalem, Israel 2020 (Time and Date)
  • I’m going to use days 7, 14, 21, and 28 as sabbaths, based on the creation week – this is what Barry Awe uses in his model.
  • I’m going to count the Omer on the “dark moon” days.  Barry paused his omer counts on those days, but I see no reason for doing so.  When counting Jesus’ 40 days of appearing to His followers before His ascension, we see that these days must be counted on the “dark days” too.
  • Renewed Moon sighting was reported by 2 witnesses in Israel on the evening of March 25 (March 26 Hebrew calendar time); Literal Barley crop sample confirmed “abib” on March 26; Per Barry Awe – the star Spica (Abib) seen rising the evening of March 26 (considered March 27 Hebrew time after sundown).
  • Based on these evidences, it would seem Nisan 1 would be possibly March 25/26 (Renewed Moon) or March 26/27 (per Barry Awe).
  • I will use Barry’s dates here, but keep in mind that the Gregorian calendar dates could be shifted backwards by one day.  I will remind you of this at the end!

Start of the New Year:  Nisan 1 – March 26/27 

  • March 27/28 – 2 Nisan
  • March 28/29 – 3 Nisan
  • March 29/30 – 4 Nisan
  • March 30/31- 5 Nisan
  • March 31/April 1 – 6 Nisan
  • April 1/2 – 7 Nisan  ** Lunar Sabbath
  • April 2/3 – 8 Nisan
  • April 3/4- 9 Nisan
  • April 4/5 – 10 Nisan
  • April 5/6 – 11 Nisan
  • April 6/7 – 12 Nisan
  • April 7/8 – 13 Nisan  ** FULL MOON April 7 11:35pm / April 8 5:35am **

“These are the appointed feasts of the Lord, the holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at the time appointed for them.  In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight, is the Lord’s Passover.  And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread.  On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work.  But you shall present a food offering to the Lord for seven days. On the seventh day is a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work.”  (Leviticus 23:4-8)

Passover: April 8/9 – 14 Nisan – Jesus dies ~3pm  – Lunar Sabbath  (moon continues to be full this day)

  • Homework – can anyone verify the Lamb constellation enters “grave” of the earth during the night at this time?  Is the moon in the constellation “scales”?  Are these reliable signs?
  • NOTE: This is called “preparation day” for the holy day of unleavened bread.  It would also be a lunar sabbath.  I’m not sure if that causes issue or not – we should examine this.
  • Note: “twilight” comes *after* sunset, this can be followed at timeanddate.com.  My current understanding is that Jesus celebrated Passover at the very beginning of 14 Nisan, at twilight.  That night (still 14 Nisan) He was taken captive, tried, and then in the afternoon (still 14 Nisan) He was crucified.  Clarification on this is welcome!

Unleavened Bread begins: April 9/10 – 15 Nisan

  • Homework – can anyone verify the Lamb constellation enters “grave” of the earth again during the night?  Where is the moon?
  • NOTE: using a conventional calendar model, the first day of unleavened bread generally does NOT fall on a sabbath.  Leviticus 23 tells us that 15 Nisan is a sabbath – thus, it is called a “high holy day” or additional sabbath in the conventional model.  I find this interesting, as using a lunar sabbath model, this day would always be a sabbath.

Unleavened Bread day 2:  April 10/11- 16 Nisan

  • Homework – can anyone verify the Lamb constellation enters “grave” of the earth again during the night?  Where is the moon?

Resurrection: April 11/12 – 17 Nisan – Appears Day 1 – Unleavened Bread Day 3

  • Homework – Do the constellations indicate a resurrection on this day?  In Barry Awe’s videos, on April 11 he indicates that the moon rises “as a champion”.  Is this so?

Let’s do a time in the grave check:

    • 14 Nisan 3pm – partial day 1 (approximately 4 hours)
    • 15 Nisan 24 hours – full day, full night
    • 16 Nisan 24 hours – full day, full night
    • 17 Nisan – partial night, rises at some point during this night

Total – 2 full days, 2 full nights, 1 partial day, 1 partial night; in Hebrew tradition this would count as “3 days and 3 nights”

Unleavened Bread Day 4: April 12/13 – 18 Nisan – Appears Day 2

Unleavened Bread Day 5:  April 13/14 – 19 Nisan – Appears Day 3

Unleavened Bread Day 6:  April 14/15 – 20 Nisan – Appears Day 4

Unleavened Bread Day 7: April 15/16 – 21 Nisan – Appears Day 5 – Holy Convocation ** Lunar Sabbath

Morrow After Sabbath/ FIRSTFRUITS: April 16/17 – 22 Nisan – Appears Day 6 – Omer 1

  • April 17/18 – 23 Nisan – Appears Day 7 – Omer 2
  • April 18/19 – 24 Nisan – Appears Day 8 – Omer 3
  • April 19/20 – 25 Nisan – Appears Day 9 – Omer 4
  • April 20/21 – 26 Nisan – Appears Day 10 – Omer 5
  • April 21/22 – 27 Nisan – Appears Day 11 – Omer 6

Sabbath 1:  April 22/23 – 28 Nisan – Appears Day 12 – Omer 7 – sun and moon in conjunction, New moon begins

  • April 23/24 – 29 Nisan – Appears Day 13 – Omer 8

New Moonth: April 24/25 – 1 Iyyar – Appears Day 14 – Omer 9

  • April 25/26 – 2 Iyyar – Appears Day 15 – Omer 10
  • April 26/27 – 3 Iyyar – Appears Day 16 – Omer 11
  • April 27/28 – 4 Iyyar – Appears Day 17 – Omer 12
  • April 28/29 – 5 Iyyar – Appears Day 18 – Omer 13
  • April 29/30 – 6 Iyyar – Appears Day 19 – Omer 14

Sabbath 2:  April 30/May 1 – 7 Iyyar – Appears Day 20 – Omer 15

  • May 1/2 – 8 Iyyar – Appears Day 21- Omer 16
  • May 2/3 – 9 Iyyar – Appears Day 22 – Omer 17
  • May 3/4 – 10 Iyyar – Appears Day 23 – Omer 18
  • May 4/5 – 11 Iyyar – Appears Day 24 – Omer 19
  • May 5/6 – 12 Iyyar – Appears Day 25 – Omer 20
  • May 6/7 – 13 Iyyar – Appears Day 26 – Omer 21  ** Full Moon May 7 7:45am / 1:45pm

Sabbath 3:  May 7/8 – 14 Iyyar – Appears Day 27 – Omer 22

  • May 8/9 -15 Iyyar – Appears Day 28 – Omer 23
  • May 9/10 – 16 Iyyar – Appears Day 29 – Omer 24
  • May 10/11 – 17 Iyyar – Appears Day 30 – Omer 25
  • May 11/12 – 18 Iyyar – Appears Day 31 – Omer 26
  • May 12/13 – 19 Iyyar – Appears Day 32 – Omer 27
  • May 13/14 – 20 Iyyar – Appears Day 33- Omer 28

Sabbath 4:  May 14/15 – 21 Iyyar – Appears Day 34 – Omer 29

  • May 15/16 – 22 Iyyar – Appears Day 35 – Omer 30
  • May 16/17 – 23 Iyyar – Appears Day 36 – Omer 31
  • May 17/18 – 24 Iyyar – Appears Day 37 – Omer 32
  • May 18/19 – 25 Iyyar – Appears Day 38 – Omer 33
  • May 19/20 – 26 Iyyar – Appears Day 39 – Omer 34
  • May 20/21 – 27 Iyyar – Appears Day 40 – Omer 35

Sabbath 5:  May 21/22 – 28 Iyyar – Omer 36 – NEW MOON BEGINS – Jesus’ Ascension  on a Sabbath (40 days of appearing completed) 

This is where I explain why I continue to count the Omer on “dark days”.  We know from Acts 1 that Jesus appears to His followers for 40 days following His ascension, and then in “not many days from now” Pentecost occurs.  Using the Gregorian calendar, Firstfruits is always placed on a Sunday.  Starting a 40 day count on a Sunday will always land on a Thursday.  How then do we explain the final verse in this passage?  I suggest it is normally ignored, since it doesn’t fit with our traditional calculations.

In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.  He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me;  for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”  He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.  And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes,  and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”  Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away.

(Acts 1:1-12)

My friends, if we count 40 days from Jesus’ ascension using this celestial calendar, we land on a Sabbath – exactly as Acts 1:12 is saying.  I think this is another “grain of salt” to consider!

  • May 22/23 –  29 Iyyar – Omer 36

New Moonth: May 23/24 – 1 Sivan – Omer 37

  • May 24/25 – 2 Sivan – Omer 38
  • May 25/26 – 3 Sivan – Omer 39
  • May 26/27 – 4 Sivan – Omer 40
  • May 27/28 – 5 Sivan – Omer 41
  • May 28/29 – 6 Sivan – Omer 42

Sabbath 6:  May 29/30 – 7 Sivan – Omer 43

  • May 30/31 – 8 Sivan – Omer 44
  • May 31/June 1 – 9 Sivan – Omer 45
  • June 1/2 – 10 Sivan – Omer 46
  • June 2/3 – 11 Sivan – Omer 47
  • June 3/4 – 12 Sivan – Omer 48
  • June 4/5 – 13 Sivan – Omer 49

Sabbath 7: June 5/6 – 14 Sivan – Omer 50 – **Full Moon June 5 4:12pm / 10:12pm

Morrow After the 7th Sabbath: June 6/7 – 15 Sivan – PENTECOST

Several interesting things of note:

  • The Full Moon (100% illumination) is seen for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS in June, instead of just one.  The next full moon won’t be until August.
  • The full moon in June is called a STRAWBERRY MOON and is BLOOD RED.  This is not unusual, each month has a full moon with a special name and color, and red does repeat – it’s just I find it interesting in light of the “blood moon prophecy”.
  • There will be a penumbral lunar eclipse overnight between June 5-6, lasting for 3 hours.  This will be visible in Israel and the eastern side of the world.  (We won’t see the eclipse in North America).
  • Using these day counts above, Pentecost would fall on June 6/7.
  • Remember how I told you that based on the sighting of the first sliver of moon in Jerusalem confirmed by Renewed Moon could shift the Gregorian dates all back by one day?  The full moons, as confirmed by 2 sites, also would allow for this date shift.  If we did so, Pentecost would fall on June 5/6.  The Hebrew dates listed would remain unchanged.
  • The full moon will occur from 4:12pm June 5 and extend to June 7, Jerusalem time.  This encompasses BOTH methods of day counts this year – how convenient!

To incorporate both possible day counts, *high watch* for Pentecost would start at sundown June 5 (7:42pm) and end at sundown June 7 (7:42pm), Jerusalem time.  To correct for your own time zone, understand that Jerusalem is +3 UTC.  Link to converter.  Several common zones I get asked about:

MDT/CST: 10:42am June 5 to 10:42am June 7

EDT: 12:42pm June 5 to 12:42pm June 7

 

 

Resources:

Barry Awe – June Rapture in the Stars?

I will quickly review Barry Awe’s, “Gospel in the Stars”, here.  I watched Parts 6.25, 6.5, 6.75 and would recommend this series to consider. Although he has more videos available, I think these 3 likely cover everything fairly well.  A note of precaution – Barry suggests that the rapture of the church *will* occur on June 6 in a number of his videos.  As I have mentioned above, we should never state that a date will for certain be the day of the rapture, but we can certainly consider *high watches*.  I do not agree with a few other things that Barry says, but I encourage you to watch with discernment.  “Chew the meat and spit out the bones” as they say…

6.25 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwA3g-wXDrs
6.5 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkWc-L1t8OY
6.75 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKxVMSebUFQ

I took copious notes and I won’t type those all up here. What I want to give is a brief overview and review.  First, Barry gives conflicting dates (+/- up to 2 days) in his videos.  I definitely understand the confusion with the Hebrew calendar, but it is important that you note that there is some margin of error in this study of up to 2 days either direction.  I would encourage you to verify this for yourself in Stellarium, Renewed Moon, and Time and Date.

Barry’s presentation of the gospel in the stars is, as far as I understand it, accurate. I am not super well versed in the constellations, but the overview was very easy to understand. It agrees with other presentations I have read/seen on the subject and in Stellarium which I was viewing in 2017 . For those who would like to go more in depth, this is probably a good place from which to springboard.  (If we have time!)

Here are a few of my notes:

  • He makes an interesting presentation for the lunar sabbath model
  • The astronomical alignment with how to begin the new year (Nisan) is also compelling.  When using a “renewed moon” model, these will agree by definition.
  • I disagree that the actual barley isn’t relevant, because the celebration of FirstFruits did require a literal firstfruits offering of the crops.
  • Using a celestial calendar confirmation would likely be in agreement with literal crops.
  • What Barry doesn’t take into consideration is that while the celestial calendar is unchanging, post flood our earth’s rotation DID change. So in order to keep the crops cycling properly for the feast offerings, corrections would need to be made (such as the leap month of Adar 2). This would keep the star Spica (Abib) in agreement with the barley crop Abib.
  • I believe that preflood and post rapture the earth will go back to literal 360 day year rotations and thus again coordinate perfectly with the celestial calendar.  As far as calculating Passover and Pentecost this year, this doesn’t really come into play as they are in agreement currently (the barley crop was literally abib when Abib Spica was in alignment with the sun).   I mention it solely because it DOES come into play with YEAR counts.
  • Barry’s date and day counts are based on his videos and images from Stellarium.  His time stamp is set for varying times.  This is actually unfortunate, as it would be easier to count the days if it were set to after midnight on the Gregorian calendar because of how the Hebrew calendar works.
  • In Barry’s date stamp, it is sometimes actually already the next day, so to speak.
  • Barry *skips* omer counts on the new moon dark days.  I’m not sure that I see the rationale for that, so I am trying day counts both with and without skipping.

Other Resources:

  • Mark Correll’s multi-part YouTube series called Gospel in the Stars.
  • (Resources to be added as feedback is received)

 

Why Consider The Lunar Model?

Perhaps you are wondering why we would even bother to consider the lunar model, since it has several scriptures which appear to refute it?  Well, the rapture of the church seems to possibly be tied to the Feast of Pentecost.  The rapture also seems to occur right before or during a specific blood moon sign.  This “blood moon” is described as being the “full” or “entire” moon….  Have I piqued your interest?

In our previous post of Pentecost Prophecies:

I have been fascinated by the way Peter quoted Joel 2 in Acts 2:16-21.  He specifically delivered this sermon on the first Pentecost of the Church Age.  Through this passage, I would suggest that Peter is possibly defining not only the beginning of the church age, but also its’ end.  Should we look?

The Church is Conceived

First, Peter affirms that the Holy Spirit coming down at Pentecost was a partial fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy:

 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

[start of church age]

17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
18 even on my male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.

[church age]

Verses 17-18 mark the beginning of the Church Age – its’ conception, if you will.  On this first Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came down in power upon all the believers gathered together.  They spoke in languages to them unknown, proclaiming the good news to those who had gathered to celebrate this feast in Jerusalem from among the nations.  This created quite a stir, causing some to wonder if they were drunk!  Peter affirms that they have not been drinking alcohol, but have been filled by the Holy Spirit of God.

The church age reveals the mystery of the new birth; being “born again” spiritually and sealed by the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. “Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”  John 3:5-8

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30

Instead of only coming upon God’s prophets and holy men, the Holy Spirit from this point forward has been gifted to all who believe – not limited to Jews.  In this way the Holy Spirit has come upon “all flesh” (all races).  Note that this passage applies to the entirety of the church age, not just to the end of it.  Through Paul, God reveals more details of these gifts, which aren’t just limited to prophecy, visions, and dreams. Romans 12:6-8 lists gifts of prophesy, serving, teaching, exhortation, generosity, leadership, and mercy.  1 Corinthians 12:4–11 includes words of wisdom, words of knowledge, faith, healing, miracle working, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues. 1 Corinthians 12:28 mentions gifts of miracles, healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.   God says about these gifts:

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;  and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.  (1 Corinthians 12:4-7,11)

It is clear why Peter quotes Joel 2:28-29 on Pentecost as fulfilling that part of Joel’s prophecy.

The Pregnant Pause

There is a “pregnant pause”, so to speak, between Verses 18 and 19.  This marks the mysterious church age, in which we currently live.

The Church is Birthed

Bear with me on this imagery, but from other passages of scripture we have discovered that the church is referred to as “sons” or the “baby” in Revelation 12.

[church age]

19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
20 the sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

[end of church age]

Verses 19-21 mark the end of the Church Age – its’ birth.  This is the redemption of our bodies!  This is the removal of the Restrainer – the Holy Spirit’s ministry in the body of Christ as a Temple!  Note that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved, before the day of the Lord.  The end of the Holy Spirit’s sealing ministry in the church will be marked by wonders in the heavens, signs on the earth, blood, fire, vapor of smoke, darkened sun, and a blood red moon.  These events clearly did not occur on the first Pentecost, so why would Peter mention them in his sermon – on Pentecost?  Could it be that he is announcing the future fulfillment of the remainder of Joel’s prophecy on some future Pentecost?

Putting Peter’s sermon together:

 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

[start of church age]

17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
18 even on my male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.

[church age]

19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
20 the sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

[end of church age]

What Peter Did NOT Quote

I believe that what Peter did NOT quote is just as important to study as what he DID quote.  Let’s examine the passage Peter is referring to in Acts 2, which is found in Joel chapter 2:28-32:

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions.Even on the male and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit.“And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Peter stops quoting Joel here.  We discussed these verses already above.  Now let’s see what comes next:

And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.  For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.  (Joel 2:28-32)

The question we must ask is, why did Peter stop where he did?  We know that only verses 28-29 were fulfilled in his day.  Why did he include verses 30-32a, but leave off 32b?  If he was just referencing the entire prophecy, surely he would have included verse 32b as well.

Put another way, if the ending of the church age has nothing to do with Pentecost, why didn’t Peter stop quoting Joel after verse 29?

I believe Peter may be clearly defining the ending of the church age for us, on Pentecost. That’s why he included verses 30-32a in his sermon, on Pentecost.  I can think of no other reason why he would include verses 30-32a and leave off 32b.  He did NOT include verse 32b, as that part will be fulfilled at the second coming.

If Peter is telling us that the church age will end with the signs detailed in Acts 2:19-21, where do we find a match for this in scripture? There is only one place:

When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb,for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” (Revelation 6:12-17)

When the fullness of time for the wrath of God arrives, the body of Christ will be redeemed from the earth and stand before the Lamb in heaven.  I believe that all the seals will open at once, at the time when we are whisked away to heaven. On the earth, the effects of the seals being released will begin – including the singular BLOOD MOON SIGN, which seem to occur on or right before a FULL MOON.  Do you see now why I am interested in considering this “lunar calendar” model?

I have written quite a bit about the prophetic blood moon, and the possible connection with the feast of Pentecost.  Here are some additional posts if you are interested:

The Blood Moon Sign

The Prophetic Significance of Blood Moons and How They Relate to the Rapture of the Church

Seals, Sealing, and the Ministry of the Holy Spirit

The Feasts of God – His Appointed Times

Everything You Need to Know About Pentecost, the Feast that Ties It All Together For The Church

Pentecost Part 1 – The Giving of the Law, The Giving of Grace

Pentecost Part 2 – The Feast That Marks Dispensation Changes and Birthdays

Pentecost Part 3 – Pentecost Prophecies

Pentecost Part 4 – Temples of God and the Removal of the Restrainer

Pentecost Part 5- Another Feast of Unknown Day and Hour?

Pentecost Part 6 – God’s Covenant Changes on Pentecost – It’s All About the Blood

Pentecost Part 7 – A Picture of a Pentecost Rapture in Hebrews 12

Pentecost Part 8 – Pentecost, Joel 2, and the Coming of the Day of the Lord

Pentecost Part 9 – The Trumpets and the Feasts

Pentecost Part 10 – The First Trump and the Last Trump – On Pentecost?

Pentecost Part 11 – God’s Battle Cry in the Last Trump

Pentecost Part 13 – The Resurrection on the Last Day

Pentecost Part 15 – The Day the Skies Open

 

 

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