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Be Still, Pray, and Have Hope (pt. 2) – Signs in the Heavens

Be Still, Pray, and Have Hope (pt. 2) – Signs in the Heavens

In my previous post, I alluded to signs and events that will be happening during the next year.  I want to repeat – I am no prophet and don’t claim to have any special knowledge.  Through various articles and blog posts, I have heard about these things and am simply “connecting the dots.”

I share these things with you because I am saddened and deeply troubled by what I see around me.  So many people seem so upset – in a panic, almost – over the upcoming election and what will happen afterwards.  We have to keep our eyes and hearts on God!!   He has a plan and I believe that He is giving us signs, reminding us that He is with us and that everything will be ok.

What are these signs?  I’m so glad you asked!  Let’s get started!

The first date to take note of is, Nov. 20, 2016.  On that date, in just a few short weeks, several things happen.  First, it is Christ the King Sunday, the feast day on which Catholics honor Christ as our King, Lord of the Universe.  Second, it marks the close of the Year of Mercy, declared by Pope Francis last year.

Third – and this is the big one – on this day, the planet Jupiter (also known as the “king planet”),  will enter the constellation, Virgo, “the virgin.”  Jupiter will remain in Virgo for 9 1/2 months, exiting on Sept. 23, 2017.  On that date, the sun will rise directly behind Virgo, the moon will beat her feet, and above her head will be the 9 stars of the constellation, Leo, along with Mercury, Venus, and Mars, making a crown, of 12, “stars.”

If none of this sounds familiar to you yet, check out the book of Revelation, chapter 12: “And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars: And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered.”

“So what?” you may be asking, “What does it mean?”  Obviously, we don’t know exactly what it means.  What we do know though, is that Revelation describes visions seen by John, describing the end of the age and the second coming of Christ.  John’s vision of the woman crowned with twelve stars has numerous interpretations.  Like all visions and prophesies, they are often recognized in hindsight.  We won’t necessarily know what it means until after it happens.  That doesn’t mean though, that we should ignore the clear parallels between the vision in Revelation and what will be happening in the stars this year.

I feel like I should clarify, I am not talking about astrology – something strictly condemned by the Catholic Church.  Rather, just like the wise men who took note of the star in Bethlehem, 2,000 years ago – God occasionally sends messages to us through His creation, including the stars.  We are not using the stars to tell the future.  We are simply recognizing the possibility that God is using the stars to tell us something important in a direct way.

So, we have potential signs in the stars this year, but that is not all.  Our next date of note is, Aug. 21, 2017.  This is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Knock.  You can read about the miraculous occurrences in Knock, Ireland here.  On that day, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse.  This will be the first total eclipse to go directly across the entire continent in 99 years.

Again, we can ask ourselves – What does it mean?  Why does it matter?  Couldn’t it just be a cool thing to watch?  Sure it could.  Maybe it will be.  Maybe it doesn’t mean anything.  But . . . . what if it does?

I’ll leave you with that for today.  Let’s all think and pray on this information.  We don’t know what any of it means, but the more we learn, it seems like it has to mean something.  For now, God bless you and keep you, and God’s will be done.

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