And the Winter Solstice
By Steve Santini
More truths regarding the kingdom of God on earth come to light when the date of the transfiguration is considered. In the year of the transfiguration the winter Feast of Dedication that Jesus attended with his disciples concluded with the winter solstice. The winter solstice has been a prophetic marker since the flood of Noah. In his second letter, after he had ascribed to the transfiguration the figurative type of the Lords second coming, Peter compared the celestial signs accompanying the flood of Noah to the signs of the Lord's coming by using the clause by the same word are kept in store reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. This chapter of the manuscript The Transfiguration searches out the heavenly signs that, in time, will have become common to both the flood of Noah and the Lord's second coming.
By the associations of the scriptural references to the transfiguration and the Feast of Dedication with the phrase beyond Jordan in their further contexts, it was shown in the previous chapters that the transfiguration occurred east of the Jordan River, in the winter, during the Feast of Dedication. The Feast of Dedication began annually on the twenty fifth day of the Hebrew lunar month of Kislev that corresponds to the solar month of December. By applying the September 3 BC date for the birth of Jesus Christ and his thirty year life span, the Feast of Dedication recorded in the gospel of John occurred in 27 AD.1 Then by applying the position of the moon from astronomical software for the month of December in that year, the eight day Feast of Dedication can be shown to end on the winter solstice of 27 AD.
Lunar months of the Hebrew year were reckoned to be twenty nine or thirty days. In modern reckoning the third month of Kislev is assigned a thirty day time span. The succeeding month of Tevet began with the sighting of the crescent moon's first light after it had waned into visual darkness as it moved to a position with the sun. At such positions no reflection of the sun's light back to earth could occur. For the priests to observe the first crescent moon, the moon needed to be about fifteen degrees past the sun.
The solar calendar's date for the first day of the Feast of Dedication on Kislev 25 results from subtracting 5 days from the first day of Tevet. In that year the first day of Tevet fell on December 18 when the moon had moved to a positioned a bit more than fifteen degrees past the sun. Subtracting the 5 days from the first day of Tevet that fell on December 18 would result in December 13 being the day corresponding to Kislev 25. When the 8 days of the Feast of Dedication are added to the first day of the feast that fell on December 13 the result is the last day of the feast falling on December 21- the winter solstice of 27 AD.
Near the end of his life Peter implied that the transfiguration on the holy mount was a prophetic confirmation of the coming of the Lord.
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
We have also a more sure word of prophecy.... 2 Peter 1:15-19a
As Peter was coming to a close in his second letter, he paralleled the flood of Noah with the coming of the Lord as endings of old heavens and earths.
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 2 Peter 3:5-7
Prophetically, as the winter solstice played an important role in the flood of Noah to end that heaven and earth, the winter solstice will also play an important role in the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ with his mighty angels to end this heaven and earth. The Genesis record states that the water for the flood of Noah began on the seventeenth of the second month and ended after forty days.
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. Genesis 7:11-12
In antiquity the first month of the new-year began with the first new moon after the fall harvest was completed. (Ex 23:16, 12:2) Accordingly, the second lunar month of the year would correspond to our November of the solar year.
Bishop Ussher's chronology of the bible places the flood year in 2348 BC. The water broke forth in November of 2349 BC and the floodwaters lasted until November of 2348 BC. The seventeenth day of the second month on the lunar calendar in 2349 BC can, like the first of Tevet, be determined on the solar calendar by means of astronomical software. The fourteenth of a lunar month occurred on the night the moon became full as it moved into a position opposite the sun in the heavens. In 2349 BC the moon was opposite the sun in the heavens in November on its eighth day.
So the seventeenth day of that lunar month, when the water broke forth, would have occurred three days after the full moon on the day that corresponds to the eleventh of November on the solar calendar. The fountains of water ceased flowing forty days later. Forty days later would have been December the twenty-first - the winter solstice of 2349 BC.
On November eleventh in 2349 BC when the water began flowing from the great deep through the windows of heaven the sun was aligned between the earth and the galactic center located at the place where the galactic equator and the ecliptic cross. This location is in the heavenly sign of Sagittarius which was known figuratively in the cultures after the flood as the place of the holy ones.2 Today the alignment of the earth, the sun and the galaxy's center is known as galactic alignment. Anciently, though, it was known to the Hebrews as the sun in its tabernacle. David wrote of the sun's tabernacle in his nineteenth psalm.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. Psalm 19:1-6
The Old Testament prophets considered the sun as a representation of Christ.
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. Malachi 4:2
Anciently, in the East, to be in ones tabernacle or tent meant they were in their position of ultimate authority. So, as represented by the sun, Christ authorized the flood waters to begin on November eleventh 2349 BC.
Not only did the flood commence when the sun was in its heavenly tabernacle, Moses wrote that on the twenty seventh day of the second month in the next year when the earth was dried, Noah, his family and the animals began leaving the ark. (Gen 8:14) The twenty seventh day of the second month on the lunar calendar is exactly one solar year from the seventeenth day of the second month in the previous year. Consequently, after making its annual circuit around the ecliptic, the sun was also in its tabernacle on the day that life began anew on earth in the second heaven and earth.
In this nineteenth psalm, David equated the movement of the heavenly bodies to the words of a language being written. Peter was certainly aware of David's nineteenth psalm. Peter pointed to the future heavens as the place to take heed after he wrote that the experience on the Mount of Transfiguration was a confirmation of the prophecies about the coming of the Lord.
whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts 2 Peter 1:19b
According to definitions given in the Liddell and Scott Greek-English Lexicon, there are words in this verse that, in the Greek language, refer to the sun's light and astronomical locations. For the sun, they are: shineth and day dawn. The words dark place meaning squalid or dirty most likely referred to the dark cosmic dust obscuring the galactic center. In the Aramaic texts of the phrase, the word for dark is defined as to cloud over or obscure. It is used of the darkening over of the moon or stars.3 The Aramaic word for place is defined as holy place and place of the Lord's glory.4
The Greek word translated day star is, as anglicized, phosphorus. It has meanings that include a term for torch bearing deities and a term for torch bearing in the rituals of the Dionysian Mysteries.5 The corresponding word in the Aramaic text means lights: in the arch of heaven, of a fire, of a candle, and of the gospel. In the relative contexts the word refers to lights of the second rank = angels, being clothed in light and light of the eye.6 In this regard, its notable that Josephus referred to the Feast of Dedication, that often included the day of the winter solstice, as the Festival of Lights.
The Greek word translated arise is a prefixed word that means to repeatedly rise unto completion. It was used of the rising of heavenly bodies and/or stellar configurations.7 The associations among these definitions, other scriptures and Eastern beliefs point towards a spiritual season in which and a heavenly configuration from which the holy angels will descend in flaming fire to cleanse the earth for the forthcoming kingdom of God. (2 Th 1:7,8; Lk 9:26-29)
There is a Greek word in this phrase that the King James translators did not translate. It is a Greek adverb meaning where and occurs after the word translated until and before the words day dawn.8 The word until combined with the word where supports the understanding that Peter was exhorting his readers to take heed to a future time and location.
The King James translators, and subsequent English translators, also deflected the astronomical understanding of this phrase by placing the prepositional phrase, in your hearts, at the end of the verse rather than introducing the following verse.9 In your hearts ending the verse suggests that the descriptive words preceding it are to be taken figuratively rather than literally. The widely recognized biblical scholars E.W. Bullinger and Robert Young noticed this deflection from scriptural integrity and offered cogent alternatives. Both offered translations that fashioned the prepositional phrase in your hearts respectively as either a modifier of the prophecy or set apart by a dash marking the beginning of an explanation to introduce the following verse.10 These two translations, in light of the context and scope of the subject, appear to fittingly suit Peter's exhortation for us to look heavenward for specific signs heralding the Lord's coming rather than in our hearts. As Peter wrote just after he likened the coming of the Lord to his experience on the holy mount, it is this heavenly word that is the "more sure word of prophecy." As such it is a confirmation that prophetically secures the experience on the holy mount as a figure of the Lord’s coming.
Later, in his second epistle, Peter wrote that the present heaven and earth are by the same word are kept in store reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. The same word, by the context and scope of the subject, refers to the heavenly word of the sun in its tabernacle and the winter solstice beginning and ending the flood of Noah.
In the case of the flood, the rains that had begun earlier when the sun was in its tabernacle stopped forty days later on the winter solstice. In the case of the transfiguration, the last day of the Feast of Dedication during which the transfiguration occurred was the day of the winter solstice. In light of Peter's usage of the terms same word, the absence of the sun in its tabernacle during the transfiguration also seems prophetic-as a void yet to be filled.
In his letter, after he referred to the same astronomical signs relating to the flood of Noah being similarly present at the end this heaven and earth, Peter likened a day to a thousand years.(2 Ptr 3:8) The author of Hebrews likened the time of the second coming of Lord Jesus Christ with his angels to the Sabbath Day, the seventh day of the week. (Heb 4:1-4) Ussher's chronology dates the beginning to 4004 BC. According to this date, we are now a bit more than six thousand years from the beginning or, according to these scriptural records, into the seventh day, on the cusp of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ with his holy angels.
In our current era that spans decades the sun is presently aligned between the earth and the galactic center on the winter solstice each year rather than the flood year's November eleventh as a result of the gradual, axial precession due to the earth's reverse wobble.11
So, as a result, that which was comparatively missing in the prophetic message of the transfiguration is currently present in the heavens-Christ is now in his tabernacle on the winter solstice-the same day of the solar calendar as his transfiguration.
Through scripture, the transfiguration is associated with the galactic center in another way. When the Pharisees demanded of Jesus when the kingdom of God should come, Jesus responded:
For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. Luke 17:24
The Greek word translated lightning is the Greek noun astrape and the word lighteneth is the Greek participle astrapto. It means flashes of light. This word is also used in Matthew's gospel when Jesus answered his disciples' questions about the coming of the kingdom of God.
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
When the black hole at the center of the galaxy explodes it sends cosmic energy that appears as lightning bolts flashing out through filamentary pathways in the clouds of cosmic dust of the galactic disc-more commonly known as the Milky Way.12
When Luke described the transfiguration of Jesus he used the Greek word exastrapto, a form of the same word that is translated as astrapto in his description of the lightning moving from one part of heaven to another. It is translated as glistering.10
And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. Luke 9:29
The Greek word translated altered is a form of the Greek word heteros. It means the other of two different things. There are two realities in the name Jesus Christ. The name Jesus refers to his pristine soul while the name Christ refers to the spirit of God that was within him without measure. (Jn 3:24) Shortly before the transfiguration Jesus had asked his disciples who they thought he was. (Lk 9:20) Peter answered, "The Christ of God."
It appears that the countenance of Jesus was altered on the mount to the one of Christ's fullness in him and that his clothing was flashing like that which will one day flash from his tabernacle in the heavens. So there, in 27 AD, atop the holy mount, beyond Jordan, on the winter solstice, the scene prophetically foretold of the sun's position in a flashing galactic center on a winter solstice in this era to herald the coming of God's kingdom to earth.
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:16 - 21
1. Ernest L. Martin, The Star That Astonished The World, pp. 67-91 http://www.askelm.com/star/index.asp
2. Sagittarius is the constellation associated with the Hebrew month of Kislev. The Sumerians named Sagittarius Nunki meaning the place of the princes, holy ones, angels or gods.
3. Robert Payne Smith, A Compendious Syriac Dictionary, p. 417 https://musterion8.com/transfiguration/3transwintersolstice/images/p517dark.jpg, http://dukhrana.com/lexicon/PayneSmith/page.php?p=417
4. Ibid, p. 33, place, https://musterion8.com/transfiguration/3transwintersolstice/images/p33place.jpg
5. Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, Sir H. S. Jones, A Greek-English Lexicon,, phosphorus-φώσφορ-ος
6. Smith, p. 330, shine https://musterion8.com/transfiguration/3transwintersolstice/images/p330shine.jpg
7. Liddell, Scott, Jones, arise-ἀνατέλλω
8. Greek New Testament, Stephanus 1550, Textus Receptus, (With Morphological Data) p. 658
9. The Greek texts from which the early English bibles were translated had no chapters, paragraph markings, verses, commas, or periods ending sentences. It was a challenge for seventeenth century translators so far distant from Eastern culture to determine where to end an English sentence in translation and begin the next. https://www.bl.uk/greek-manuscripts/articles/greek-bibles-in-antiquity
10. E. W. Bullinger, Figures of Speech Used in the Bible, p. 470
Robert Young, Young's Literal Translation, 2 Peter 1:19 https://studybible.info/YLT/2%20Peter
11. The sun moves visually about 1/70 of a degree counterclockwise per year as a result of precession. By precession the sun visually appears to travel counterclockwise around the zodiac once every 25,772 years while it appears to travel clockwise in its circuit around the zodiac once a year as result of the earth's orbit. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axial_precession.
12. Paul La Violette, Earth Under Fire, p. 71
NASA's Chandra Detects Record-Breaking Outburst from Milky Way's Black Hole, NASA Release 15-001, January 5, 2015, http://www.nasa.gov/press/2015/january/nasa-s-chandra-detects-record-breaking-outburst-from-milky-way-s-black-hole/#.VKxzZcm7aL2
*This study is an excerpted chapter from an incomplete manuscript entitled The Transfiguration
The completed chapters are:
The Transfiguration: A Mount Beyond Jordan
The Transfiguration: After Six Days and About Eight Days
The Transfiguration and the Winter Solstice
A Journey Unto Revelations' End