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The Comet ISON – Hanukkah 2013 Connection

Just a few weeks ago, I interviewed a pastor named Mark Biltz. Through his own research, he discovered an interesting series of lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015 that will fall on important Jewish feast days, according to the Hebrew lunar-based calendar. If you missed the interview you can check it out here.

Since my discussion with Pastor Biltz, I must admit that I have been provoked to upgrade my understanding of what the Bible refers to as the “last days.” As a student of eschatology (the study of the endtimes) for over 20 years, I have spent a lot of time thinking about the Bible’s prophetic texts. In many ways the prophecies are like a maze or a riddle that must be solved. Only the meek and lowly can discern God’s most intimate secrets. Nevertheless, God always informs His people prior to taking an action that has ramifications upon mankind.

“For the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7)

When the final days of God’s judgment upon this earth commence, He will have already alerted those “who have ears to hear.” Many in God’s remnant church have reported having strong spiritual sensations that we are entering those final days now.

For those who remain unconvinced, check this out.

After seeing this report, I immediately googled, “comet november 2013.” I quickly found information on this comet. It is called Comet ISON, also known as C/2012 S1 (ISON). It was discovered on September 21, 2012, and appears to be on a trajectory that is heading right towards our Sun.

According to NASA, the comet will be 15 times brighter than the moon in the night sky, and visible in broad daylight. The comet’s enormous tail, visible in the night sky, could create a worldwide sensation.

While researching, I learned that Comet ISON was projected to either impact our Sun (or hopefully just graze it) on November 28, 2013.

So like Pastor Biltz, I decided to check this date with the lunar-based Jewish calendar just to see if that day had any significance. I was surprised to find that November 28, 2013 marks the first day of Hanukkah 2013, according to the Hebrew lunar-based calendar.

So what is God proclaiming to His people right now through these signs in the sky?

Admittedly, I do not know the meaning of this connection. I just discovered it two days ago and just now had a chance to post this piece online to hopefully spark a discussion.

What I do know is that, all throughout the Bible, God operates on a lunar-based calendar. This is the same calendar adopted by the Jewish people. Perhaps there is no deeper meaning. If you have thoughts or comments, please leave them below this article.

Finally, astronomers have noted that Comet ISON may be very similar to the Great Comet of 1680 — also known as “Newton’s Comet.” (Quick Note: It is called Newton’s Comet because it was used by Isaac Newton to test and verify Kepler’s laws.) This 1680 comet was the first one to be visibly discovered by telescope. It too was reportedly visible in broad daylight and had a spectacularly long and wide tail that lit up the night sky.

Below are some pictures and drawings portraying eyewitness accounts of the Great Comet of 1680.

The Comet ISON - Hanukkah 2013 Connection

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Verschuier-The Great Comet of 1680-733179

It looks like we are going to get quite a show in the heavens this November!

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19 Responses so far.

  1. Ward Kelly says:

    Fascinating…thanks for posting!

  2. I’ve been reading the book of Jude lately. He matter-of-factly discusses topics (nephilim, cosmic entities, homosexuality, etc.) that would never be heard nowaday from the pulpit. When you have an institutional church world that deliberately puts their hands over their ears, it’s another sure sign we’re in the last days or end times. Doug Hamp estimates J-Day (my term for His return) in a 10 year window starting around 2018.
    I hope I’ll be here to experience it!

  3. Terry Dinsmore says:

    At the very least, God must have a sense of humor to unveil this heavenly phenomena during the Feast of Lights, and cause NASA to name it ISON (like 1 Son, who is the Light of the World! Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

    • Jude Stringfellow says:

      Interestingly, I saw the I-Son as I’s Son. As in “I Am”. Or, as it was in the movie “Indiana Jones” where the “I” was the actual letter for the English letter “J” and the character was confused as the he believed Jehovah was spelled with a “J”, but in reality it was with the “I”. So, ISON could be “I’s Son”. Either way, I love it, and no it can’t be by chance. I know Jesus is coming soon. (Just wish it was SOONER!)

  4. ali says:

    would be interesting to find details about the date of the Newton Comet and any significant Jewish holidays… What was going on, etc.??.

    Thanks for this most informative post.

    • Greg says:

      The Great Comet of 1680 was discovered in November 1680, exactly 333 years to the month from the appearance of Comet C/2012 S1 Ison. That number is significant biblically. The number 3 is a divine number representing God. Three 3’s suggests an emphasis such that God may be speaking through a “heavenly sign”. Recall Genesis 1:14 God created the sun, moon and stars for “signs”, appointed times, days and years. A comet may be a type of star. It may associated with Numbers 24:17 Baalam’s prophesy of the sceptre coming out of Israel. In 66 AD a comet stood over Jerusalem according to Josephus and in 70 AD the temple was destroyed. The number 333 is very interesting when you study the Gematria of the number.

      • The Hebrew שלג is translated as “snow” and is transliterated as sheleg. Snow is a transitional form of water and signals the changing of seasons. See Job 24:19 and Proverbs 25:13-14.

      • The Hebrew כָּל חַדְרֵי בָטֶן is roughly translated as “the whole interior of the body” and is transliterated as kol cheder beten. This structure is found in Proverbs 20:27 where it describes the revealing nature of the spirit.

      • The Hebrew לְךָ אָמַר לִבִּי is translated as “my heart said to you” and is transliterated as lecha amar leb. This structure is found in Psalms 27:8 where it commands one to seek the face of God (see Isaiah 59:2, Psalms 27:9, Psalms 80:3, 2 Corinthians 4:2-6).

      • The Hebrew בְּיֹ֪ום רָ֫עָ֥ה is translated as “day of trouble” and is transliterated as yom ra’. See Psalms 27:5 and Jeremiah 51:2.

      • The Hebrew כְּר֣וּב הַסֹּכֵ֔ךְ is translated as “covering cherub” and is transliterated as cakak kerub. The covering cherub is cast down in Ezekiel 28:16-17. For a more in depth discussion of Ezekiel 28 see Lucifer Has Fallen.

      Using biblical numerics as a clue, verses associated with 33:3 are interesting too:

      • Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. Psalms 33:3

      • Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. Jeremiah 33:3

      • If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Ezekiel 33:3

      • At the noise of the tumult the people fled; at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered. Isaiah 33:3

      Looking at the 33rd book of the OT, Malachi 3, and then moving forward another 33 books to Revelation 3 we having interesting reading too.

      There will be three comets traversing the same path this Fall, the third one just discovered last week. Threes speak of divine perfection.

    • Bethany says:

      Comet C/2012 S1 was discovered in September 2012 by Russian astronomers Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok using data from the ” International Scientific Optical Networ” (ISON)…. http://stereo-ssc.nascom.nasa.gov/comet_ison/

  5. Cathy says:

    Please note that the eclipses do not appear on “Jewish” feast days. They are GOD’S appointed times. He established them. The Jews, however, are the only ones that correctly observe them. More interesting is who changed them? We ignore God’s timetable/calendar out of ignorance and at our own peril.

  6. Jon says:

    I discovered that significant date as well a couple of months ago, also after hearing about the tetrad blood moons occurring on the feast days of the Lord in ’14/’15. Here is some more interesting information about Comet ISON. I too believe the comet is a sign/warning/harbinger to God’s people who are watching.

    Discovery of ISON announced on September 24th 2012. The date was the anniversary of the dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem (826 BCE).

    As mentioned, comet ISON’s closest proximity to the sun (it’s perihelion) lands on the first day of Chanukah, which is the anniversary of the Re-dedication of the Holy Temple in 164 B.C.

    Comet ISON’s closest proximity to earth occurs on December 26th, the day after Christmas. Interestingly, December 1st begins the season of Advent, which is the season to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah (Judaism), and to be alert for His Second Coming (Christians).

    As mentioned in the article, comet ISON’s orbital elements are similar to that of the Great Comet of 1680; however, what’s interesting is that the year 1680 was exactly 333 years ago. In numerology, this number signifies divinity.

    On a side note: There is also another comet named Encke, which I believe is coming from the opposite direction of ISON. It’s closest proximity to Mercury will occur on November 21st 2013, which occurs one week from comet ISON’s perihelion. What’s interesting about this, is that there is a prophecy that two comets will collide providing a “Great Warning from God to the inhabitants of the world”. This prophecy is detailed in the sighting of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Garabandal, for all you curious believers.

  7. Jon says:

    I discovered that significant date as well a couple of months ago, also after hearing about the tetrad blood moons occurring on the feast days of the Lord in ’14/’15. Here is some more interesting information about Comet ISON. I too believe the comet is a sign/warning/harbinger to God’s people who are watching.

    Discovery of ISON announced on September 24th 2012. The date was the anniversary of the dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem (826 BCE).

    As mentioned, comet ISON’s closest proximity to the sun (it’s perihelion) lands on the first day of Chanukah, which is the anniversary of the Re-dedication of the Holy Temple in 164 B.C.

    Comet ISON’s closest proximity to earth occurs on December 26th, the day after Christmas. Interestingly, December 1st begins the season of Advent, which is the season to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah (Judaism), and to be alert for His Second Coming (Christians).

    As mentioned in the article, comet ISON’s orbital elements are similar to that of the Great Comet of 1680; however, what’s interesting is that the year 1680 was exactly 333 years ago. In numerology, this number signifies divinity.

  8. Boaneger says:

    Comet Isons arrival will coincide with the celebration of the Jews Chanukah which means festival of lights by reclaiming the Holy Temple from the Greek invaders. Probably this might be the sign of the coming or rebuilding of the Third Temple in mount Moriah which is also being believe by Bible scholars that will bring us to end times and this will lead to the tribulation period and soon the second coming of Jesus the Mesiah. Prepare your selves the time is near, are you ready to meet the Lord?

  9. tom says:

    Interesting that it is exactly 350 years from the 1680 comet to the present day comet projected to appear in November. Could it be something cyclic here?

    • Carol says:

      When you look at 350 years ago, 1680 Come, you can not help but think that is 7 Jubilees ago. Certainly 7 is God’s number. God is letting us know with his signature in the sky that we are in the final days. Isn’t 7 completion? On the seventh day God rested in Genesis. Just a thought.

  10. Joanna says:

    You are on the right track. Check out http://www.thereturnofchrist.webs.com for full message of comet Ison. Its a good one.

  11. Rush says:

    http://www.eyeofsiloam.com/SignOfJonas/The%20Hieros%20Gamos%20of%2011-28-2013/index.html

    This page compares the End Time of the culture in 1680 to the End Time of the culture today.

    God could not be more revealing to those who seek the options to denials

  12. leo boer says:

    In his Blood Moon presentation Mark Biltz mentions Komet ISON and the date November 28, 2013 as perihelium. He also mentioned this date as Chanuka date. In another presentation I heard that 28 November is also Thanksgiving.

    Then I wondered if this could mean anything. I used http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us and checked how many times Thansgiving falls together with Chanuka. I found that from 1900 unto 2100 it only matched ones, and that is 2013!! I could almost not believe it.

    The conclusion must almost be that ISON signals US/Israel connection. It could signal how important this connection is and for US is maybe a last warning. The US made already some big mistakes (Jonathan Cahn, The Harbinger)and is already under judgement, but making a mistake and unlink itself from Israel would be a catastrophical mistake.

  13. Gregory says:

    Comet Ison 2012 S1 appears as a naked eye comet November 2013, exactly 333 years after the disovery of the Great Comet of 1680 discovered November 1680. The number 333 is significant. One gematria phrase for the number 333 is “day of trouble” (Psalms 27:5 and Jeremiah 51:2) and another is “my heart said to you” Psalms 27:8 where scripture commands one to seek the face of God. The symbolism of the number 333 suggests a transition, change as in awakening spiritually. 333 represents a triple measure of divine perfection.

    Looking to scripture based on 333 we find: Jeremiah 33:3 states: “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. Ezekial 33:3 states: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Ezekiel 33:3. If one goes to the 33rd book of the OT/Torah Malachi chapter 3 we find God speaking judgmentally to Israel. Proceeding another 33 chapters we find Revelation 3 where God addresses the churches of Sardis, Philadelpia and Laodicea.

    Finally, since Comet Ison will appear at Chanukah, it does have a connection to Chanuukah: the number 333 is the value of “Chanukah candle” Shabbat 21b. (נֵר חַנֻכָּה). This relates back to 333 equaling the value of “all the inner chambers” as the beginning of that verse is, “The candle of God is the soul of man, searching through all the inner chambers.” Proverbs 20:27. The Chanukah candle gives off essential light that has the power to cleanse all of an individual’s inner chambers.

    There have been comets warning of wars and judgment. Josephus the historian said that a comet stood “like a sword” over Jerusalem for a year. 70 AD saw temple destruction. Comets preceded Israel’s national birth in 1948 (Eclipse Comet 1948), prior to Israel recapturing Jerusalem in 1967 (Comet Ikeya-Seki 1965).

    New Comets serve as warnings too of impeding judgment. Shoemaker-Levi hit Jupiter (King Planet) on Av 9 (1994) (Jewish Temple destruction day) for 7 days with 22 impacts. Seven is the number of spiritual perfection and 22 is the number of the Hebrew Aphabet encompassing the Aleph and the Tav or first and the last or the Alpha and Omega. All of God’s word stands between the Aleph and the Tav. A early warning sign to Israel of God’s great and terrible day, the time of Jacob’s trouble. In 1997 Hale Bopp appeared, thought by many to be Noahic comet based on Harvard U professors study of its 4210 year orbital cycle. As in the “days of Noah” so shall it be in the end times.

    Ison may be the “sceptre” arising from Israel as prophesied in Numbers 24:17 heralding the return of the King Messiah. We shall see.

    These heralds of change which God has set “moedim” for His appointed times, speak clearly. The tetrad of blood moons arriving in 2014 and 2015 and the two solar eclipes on Nissan 1 and Tisri 1 (the civil and religious new year days 2015) speak loudly and clearly to those “who have eyes to see and ears to hear”.

    There are so many signs in the sun, moon and stars……which stand as witnesses to His Word. The season of His return is upon us.

    Come quickly LORD !

  14. Jacob says:

    Rev. 12 sign seen in heavens 2017. Comet ison is sign to get us to look up

    http://revelation12seeninheavens2017.wordpress.com

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