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              as create the observable heavens for future and past heavenly events. All that is needed is to provide a given
              latitude and longitude of observation on the earth.  In minutes, the software can reproduce the numerous sky
              maps by computer hardware, which calculates using these equations. This software can be used to animate the
              night or daytime skies at any speed in time. This will make years, months or days pass within a moment of a real
              time clock.  This is what has been used to create the “Heavenly Signs - Grand Design for Christ’s Return” pictures
              incorporated in this book. This has been done by running computer software called “Starry Night” by Simulation
              Curriculum Corporation. What is the significance of heavenly bodies? In traditional astrological nomenclature,
              the stars were divided into “fixed stars”, (Latin stellæ fixæ), which means the stars and other galactic or
              intergalactic bodies as recognized by astronomy; and “wandering stars” (Greek: πλανήτης αστήρ, planētēs astēr),
              which we know as the planets of the solar system. These stars were called “fixed” because it was thought they
              were attached to the firmament, and are the most distant from earth of the heavenly spheres. The fixed star
              movement across the sky is very predictable based upon their relationship to other stars and typically rise from
              the east and go down in the west much like the sun. So, what is meant by God saying “And I will grant wonders in
              the sky above”? The Hebrew word for “wonder” is   תֵפֹ מ mopheth: a wonder, sign, portent – marvel    A “wonder” would be
              an unusual event in the heavens (you should marvel at it) such as: stars changing their relative positions in the same
              star cluster, or radiant light above the heavens changing direction and then coming down onto the earth during
              the same day. It is an amazing wonder that God had set the motion and movement of these heavenly bodies at
              the time of creation to be used as signs. This includes the Bethlehem Star marking the birth of Jesus Christ in
              time and in space. This heavenly event showed the Magi the birth of a King. What will be the signs for the End
              Times? Remember, God has also named all the fixed stars, wandering stars, and constellations in the sky. There
              must be significance to the names as well as the motion in the heavens given to us as signs. When we encounter a
              star, planet or constellation throughout this book we will go into its meaning and significance.
              The Time Known through Heavenly Signs

              The Prophet Joel and the Apostle Peter said there will be “wonders in the sky” as signs. Heavenly signs will provide
              an accurate date of these heavenly events which are unique in the skies. God set the rules of the heavens during
              creation, which is demonstrated through the fulfillment of His Word. In Job 38:33, God asked him “Do you know
              the ordinances of the heaven or fix their rule over the earth”?  The Disciples asked Christ what would be the “sign of Your
              coming, and of the end....”  Christ answered them with a long list of events that must occur prior to His return.
              Christ understood in detail the order of events prior and during the Tribulation period.  Many believe in the fact
              that neither the day nor the hour is known. In Colossians 1:16, it states “For by Him all things were created, both in the
              heavens and on the earth, visible and invisible...”  This includes heavenly signs. This belief comes from quoting scripture
              out of context. In Matthew 24:34, it uses “generation,” that is the time from creation until its destruction by fire.
              Matthew 24:35-36 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. But of that day
              and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”
              2 Peter 3:7 “But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day
              of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.”

              Only God the Father knows when this earth will pass away. It doesn’t say Christ will not know when He will
              return. There will be no signs in the heavens when the present heavens and earth will pass away with fire. Christ
              as the creator must understand the timing. It is because “the ordinances of the heavens” were determined at the time
              of creation.  Christ has foreknowledge relating to this “generation.” The angels in heaven do understand the End
              Times. This is why the Archangel Michael described those events to Daniel over 500 years before Christ’s birth.

              6  Thomas, R. L. (1998). New American Standard Hebrew-Aramaic and Greek dictionaries : Updated edition. Anaheim: Foundation
              Publications, Inc.

              7  New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (Mt 24:35–36; 2 Peter 3:7). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.
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