A new eschatological deception has been in the news over the past month that claims the zodiac and an alignment of planets will produce cataclysmic events on Saturday September 23 leading to the Second Coming of Christ.
I heard about it first during a phone call from someone who was heading to a church meeting that invited a presentation. I told her to look out for Edgar Whisenant again this fake Rosh Hashanah holiday, and like the Edgar Weisenhunt pamphlet, “88 Reasons the Rapture Will Be In 1988” I received in parsonage mail, trashed the foolish thing.
Then I caught an AT&T sponsored documentary entitled “The Sign” that starts out pretty good beforee it nose dives into this latest fools errand.
According to proponents, ministers, astrologers, and astronomers say Revelation’s prophetic revelation of the woman in Revelation 12 is the cultic astrological sign Virgo. They also teach the aligning of Jupiter in her womb and assembledge of other stars making twelve on Virgo’s head will trigger worldly catastrophes on September 23 that lead to the Second Coming of Christ. And they do some mathematical spacing of Israel’s 50-year Jubilee’s since 1917 and speak of an earth-destroying Planet 9, or Planet X, secularists try to interpret as Revelation 12’s dragon.
Read on this site or google the Eschatology Today article, Parables, Anointings, Visions, and Dreams (Understanding God’s Mind in the Charismatic) and you can assess the literal interpretation of John’s vision of the woman crowned with 12 stars (Israel; the birth and ascension of Jesus, and Satan’s persecution of Israel for bringing forth the Christ).
The fact that proponents of this newest ruse ascribe satanic astrology as culpable of the Second Coming should settle the foolishness of this matter immediately with discerning Christian readers.
After reading and trashing the Edgar Whisenant pamphlet 29 years ago received in parsonage mail, I received a call from a fellow Bible College graduate. He sounded dumbfounded as he related how many in a large area church were racking up credit card charges they didn’t expect to pay because of their belief in Whisenant’s (a NASA engineer) 1988 September Rapture message.
This is another Edgar Whisenant ruse. He simply misinterpreted the Scriptures. This ruse, however, applies the cultic mysticism of astrology. Old Testament diviners and soothsayers warned of in Deuteronomy were ancient astrologers who passed off their shtick on the movement of stars like the so called psychics and astrologers of today. Remember Dion Warwick’s fake Psychic hotline of the early 1990s? Same thing. Same horoscope ruse.
Jesus said in Matthew 24:36:
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”
He meant it. And God certainly doesn’t use the zodiac (found in Ziggurats [high places fashioned after the Tower of Babel]) unearthed in the middle east to teach in any way.
For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do so.
I know serious Bible students who consult this site have already blown this foolishness off. You may know others, however, who are confused about this latest September ruse. Help them with this article, if you see the need.
Eschatology Today, the thinking Christian’s Bible journal.