Remember on December 21, 2020 the appearance of the intersecting of planets, erroneously labeled by many as the “Christmas Star”? The two planets that brought forth that great illumination in the southwestern sky just above the horizon, were those commonly named “Jupiter” and “Saturn.” I wise mentor taught us well to not include the work of astrologers or mythology in these Godly equations. So, my first inclination was to ask, “What do the Jews call these planets?”
To the Jews who understand the story written in the heavenlies, “Jupiter” is known as “Justice” and “Saturn” is known as “Rest.” As the appearance of this moed approached in December of 2020, I asked the company the Lord has given us to pray into the matter – to see what He might tell us about this moed. As we moved into the realms of glory by His Spirit, the Lord brought us to a beautiful passage in the book of Isaiah.
Isaiah 51:4-5 [NKJV] 4 "Listen to Me, My people; And give ear to Me, O My nation: for law will proceed from Me, And I will make My justice rest as a light of the peoples. 5 My righteousness [is] near, My salvation has gone forth, and My arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands will wait upon Me, and on My arm they will trust.
We perceived it to be a precious promise that His justice was about to rest in a remarkable way upon our nation (the USA), Israel, and/or perhaps all the earth.
The following July, the equation was punctuated with an exclamation mark when the full moon appeared in the southeastern horizon. In our part of the country, the full moon in July is sometimes referred to as the “thunder” moon, as it is the time of year when it thunders more than any other. Amazingly enough, right along with the full moon that night, in a straight horizontal line, right to left they appeared: the full THUNDER moon, Jupiter (JUSTICE) and Saturn (REST).
Joel 3:16 [NLT] 16 The LORD's voice will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth will shake. But the LORD will be a refuge for his people, a strong fortress for the people of Israel.
Since that time, I’ve preached about these signs across the nation to any congregation that would hear it. Glory to God!
Yet now, here we are at another crucial time in the plan of God. And as we begin this great season of harvest – a new shmittah cycle begins and the Lord has marked it with another sign in the heavenlies on this blessed moed… to punctuate, once again, His faithful word to us.
On this past Monday night, September 26, Jupiter (JUSTICE) appeared in the eastern sky – closer than it has been to the earth in 59 years; closer than it will be again for the next 107 years. JUSTICE has come near to us. And right next to it, just to the left, was a cluster of stars known as the Pleiades. The Greeks refer to them as the seven sisters. Mythology and astrology aside, we understand the number seven to signify “divine perfection.” And here we see it: God’s divine justice coming to the forefront as we move into this new day and blessed time of harvest. Glory to God.
For the sake of the harvest, justice must come!
By the mouth of two or three witnesses let it be established. The first witness came in December of 2020, the second in July of 2021, and now the third on this all-important moed (September 26/27, 2022) – the beginning to a new shmittah cycle, marking the time of harvest and God’s promise for His justice to rest for the sake of His people!
Psalm 130:5-6 - 5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. 6 My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning—Yes, more than those who watch for the morning. (ESV)