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Comet LovejoyJanuary 7-9 will be the best viewing for Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2, which some call the New Year Comet. This ‘frozen dirt ball’ will be approximately 44 million miles from the earth, but will be able to be seen with binoculars or even the naked eye.  The comet is named after Amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy, who discovered this object August 17, 2014, from Brisbane, Australia.

Comets are often seen as a bad omen, appearing years before a major war or natural disaster.  A few examples are of a comet was sited before the Exodus, the first Passover and the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD.  In Natural History, Pliny wrote that it was a “terrible comet…(that) was twisted like a coil, and it was very grim to behold.” Exodus 9:19 records  “So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, so very heavy that there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.” The Jewish Talmud records ‘stones fell in Egypt and were very hot.’ Josephus wrote about a  heavenly appearance resembling a sword in the sky before the destruction of the Temple.

October 2011  Astronomy magazine carried an interesting article on comets. The first paragraph caught my attention, “..This makes them an object of popular fascination and has led to their common association as omens of significant events on Earth. (The destruction of Jerusalem by Roman Emperor Titus and the Norman conquest of England are two famous examples)”  [please remember astronomy is a science, astrology is witchcraft]

God many times will use a comet as a sign of upcoming events. Job 38:22, “Have you entered the treasury of snow, Or have you seen the treasury of hail(23) Which I have reserved for the time of trouble, For the day of battle and war?“ (see my post of 9/25/11 and 9/26/11 for history of comets and wars in our time)

Keep looking up! Our redemption is drawing nigh! It is very interesting to have this heavenly appearance in this Shemitah Year.

FOUR COMETS RISING IN THE EAST?  Below is photos from Spaceweather.com.

Image credits: Sormano Astronomical                                 Observatory (Nov. 7, 2013)

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From left to right we see first Comet LINEAR X1, Comet ISON, Comet Encke and then the brightest of them all to the far right is Comet Lovejoy. These can been seen in the east before dawn. Bring your telescope or binoculars for best view of all of them.  Comet Lovejoy should be able to be seen with a naked eye.

This is extremely rare to have 4 comets for our back yard viewing! Comets have been very quiet in our century and the first comet of this Century was Pan-Starrs, last February. That comet was in our viewing when Pope Benedict XVI resigned and meteorite exploded over Russia. From historical records, comets have been known as a bad omen and they often appear several years before a major war or natural disaster.

Comet ISON is not going to be as big as it was originally expected, but will still put on a good show. ISON is .12 – 1.2 miles across, compared to Hale-Bopp which was 19 miles across. At Thanksgiving, Comet ISON will be closest to our earth, 40 million miles away, traveling at 425,000 miles an hour.

Below is a great viewing guide from Astronomy.com for our November 24 pre-dawn viewing.

ISONNovember 24

Biblical guide to what you are viewing. I put the Hebrew names in italics.

  • VIRGO, Bethulah, ‘the Virgin’, represents ‘the promised Seed of the woman’ (Is 7:14)
  • SPICA, Tsemech,  ‘the Branch’. In the Bible Tsemech (H6780) is exclusively used for the Messiah.
  • LIBRA, Mozanaim, ‘the Scales’, representing the scales, weighing (Dan 5:27)
  • Planet MERCURY, Kockav, ‘the Messenger Star’
  • Planet SATURN, Shabbtai, rest, representing the “Lord of the Sabbath’ 
  • HYDRA, ‘the Serpent’, takes up 1/3 of the ecliptic circle (Rev 12:9, 20:2)

On this viewing you will see the constellation that represents the birth of Jesus (Virgo) and the constellation that reveals the end of the devil (Hydra).  I John 3 8 tells us, “He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.