And I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven, Now has come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ; for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, who accused them before our God day and night; for they have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; for they loved not their own lives, but kept the testimony even unto death. Therefore, rejoice, O Heavens, and you that dwell in them.
—Revelation 4:4 NC
You’ve no doubt heard by now about the upcoming conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, set to reach its maximum in less than 24 hours. And you’re probably also aware that this conjunction will happen to occur on this year’s Winter Solstice. As with other signs overhead, many will take notice, but comparatively few will view this sign as much more than a curiosity or interesting coincidence—which is unfortunate—because this particular alignment is one of the most significant mileposts yet in the Lord’s unfolding Marvelous Work.
At this point we should note that interesting occurrences abound in the heavens and on the earth. Eclipses, alignments, unique celestial configurations, earthquakes, storms, floods and disasters all occur regularly, and in and of themselves may not have much meaning. But the signs themselves aren’t the point; rather, they are pointers to events happening in this creation. The meaning of any particular sign is based on the events with which it coincides, or to which it draws attention.
Take this conjunction between Saturn and Jupiter as an example. These two planets pass near to each other every 20 years due to their differing orbits, so their approach by itself is unremarkable. But in the current conjunction, they’ll appear from Earth to be closer together than they’ve been since 1623, though the 1623 conjunction wasn’t visible from Earth because the planets were too close to the sun to be seen. Therefore, we have to go back 800 years, to the year 1226 to find another pairing that was both this close and visible in the sky. (Visibility in the sky by the unaided eye is important: if God is drawing attention to something, he does so in a way that all who have eyes to see can see.)
OK, so the first such conjunction in 800 years—that’s pretty remarkable. This is not merely a once-in-a-lifetime event, but a once-in-centuries event. And to add to the wonder, it’s happening on the Winter solstice, which is the day with the greatest amount of darkness and least amount of light this year (at least in the Northern Hemisphere.) NASA is saying it’s pure coincidence that this close alignment is happening on the Winter Solstice. But they’re only saying that because it’s never happened before.
So with these remarkable alignments noted, let’s talk in greater detail about the signs overhead and the unfolding events on earth with which they align. To begin I’d like to go back to a prior major sign that garnered much attention three years ago.
The Sign of the Woman
You may recall the “Revelation 12 sign” or “sign of the Woman” from September 23, 2017. I’ll quote the relevant text from the New Covenants edition of the scriptures:
And there appeared a great sign in heaven, in the likeness of things on the earth: a woman, clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. And the woman, being with child, cried, travailing in birth and pained to be delivered. And she brought forth a male child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up unto God and his throne. (Revelation 4:1 NC)
In this sign, the woman was Virgo, the virgin, who appeared clothed with the sun and the moon at her feet on the day of the sign. The crown of twelve stars was formed by the 9 stars of Leo (just above her head) and the planets Mercury, Venus and Mars appearing in Leo’s star field to round out the roster. On September 23 that year, Jupiter, which had been in the womb of Virgo for 42 weeks (a full gestation) left the womb.
Joseph Smith shed significant light on this sign in his inspired translation work when he added definitions for the woman and the child she brought forth:
And the dragon prevailed not against Michael, neither the child, nor the woman — who was the church of God — who had been delivered of her pains and brought forth the kingdom of our God and his Christ (Revelation 4:3 NC)
The woman, therefore, represents the church of God, which should not be confused with any earthly church, organization or institution. Christ himself defined his church, and warned there can be no other definition:
Behold, this is my doctrine: whosoever repents and comes unto me, the same is my church. Whosoever declares more or less than this, the same is not of me, but is against me. Therefore, he is not of my church. (JSH 10:19, NC; D&C 10:67-68 LDS)
The birth of the kingdom of our God and his Christ is what this sign memorialized, as portrayed by Jupiter emerging from Virgo’s womb. But there was a catch. The dragon stood waiting to devour the woman’s child:
And there appeared another sign in heaven; and behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was delivered, ready to devour her child after it was born. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred sixty years. (Revelation 4:2 NC)
With Scorpius at the feet of the woman, crowned by the stars of Libra, it appears the dragon waiting to devour the child is well represented by the combination of Scorpius and Libra. And there, at the end of the dragon’s tail, between the dragon and the serpent (Serpens) we find Saturn.
Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun, and second largest of the planets. It is named for the Roman god of agriculture, wealth and plenty. When the Romans conquered Greece, Saturn took on the mythology of the Greek titan Cronus, who stood waiting to devour at birth the child prophesied to overthrow him. Saturn, therefore, seems to embody the role of the dragon, Satan, accuser of the brethren.
Jupiter, representing the kingdom of God, is much brighter than Saturn. It is the fifth planet from the sun, and largest in the Solar System. Jupiter is named for the chief deity of the Roman religion, the Father of the sky and king of the gods. His symbol was the eagle, and his primary weapon was the thunderbolt. He was therefore often portrayed as an eagle holding a thunderbolt in its claws.
Now that we’ve got the players in mind from the sign of the Woman, let’s return to the coming conjunction.
Jupiter and Saturn, moving in opposite directions relative to one another, have been approaching their confrontation for months as Saturn dives toward Earth at about twice the rate of Jupiter. Relative to one another, Saturn, the lesser light, is descending rapidly, while Jupiter, the greater light, ascends.
…neither was there place found in Heaven for the great dragon who was cast out, that old serpent called the Devil, and also called Satan, who deceives the whole world, he who was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation 4:3 NC)
This conjunction marks a confrontation between the dragon and the kingdom of God, on the day of greatest darkness. The events before and after the confrontation are significant because, as I mentioned, the signs only take on meaning because of the events to which they draw attention. The good news is that this confrontation, prophesied for millennia, ultimately results in light increasing and the kingdom of God triumphing over the dragon. This conjunction at the solstice marks a very significant point in history.
The kingdom was born nearly three-and-a-half years ago when the Lord, for the first time in nearly 200 years, offered his covenant to those who would receive it. A group of repentant believers accepted the covenant on September 3, 2017, 20 days before the sign was given, and 13 days after the first in the pair of solar eclipses slashing an X across the United States.
The covenant was received in person at the Egyptian Theater in Boise, Idaho. Though they had entered the theater as gentiles, those who received the covenant exited the theater as the Lord’s covenant people and members of the House of Israel. As such, they received the right to this land of promise on condition of obedience—so they literally walked out of “Egypt” and entered the promised land on that date, which was the day after Rosh Hashanah, or feast of trumpets (and which really deserves its own blog post.) An earthquake swarm ensued in Idaho in conjunction with that event, and continued for months.
The best way to illustrate how this all fits into the unfolding timeline is to, well, put it all on a timeline. I’ve made an illustration to pick out some of the more important signs and events that center around the fulcrum point of this conjunction. You’ll notice that all the events are in pairs, exactly equidistant from the center, down to the day.
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What is even more impressive is that these two center days, December 21 and 22, are BOTH the days of minimum light in 2020. Although December 21 is technically the solstice, because the sun is a fraction of a degree lower that day than any other, both the 21st and 22nd have EXACTLY the same amount of daylight and night, down to the second, each having 8 hours, 56 minutes and 0 seconds from sunrise to sunset. They are a perfectly equal pair. The 20th ends a 1260-day period, and the 21st begins another 1260-day period.
Let's Take a Look at the Pairs
The 1260-day period begins with the prayer for covenant being received by revelation. The receipt of this revelatory prayer started the 7-year effort. The opposite end of this chiasmus may well therefore associate with another inspired prayer. Time will tell.
Then, 5 days later, the Answer to the prayer came, defining and explaining the Lord’s offered covenant, 1255 days from the center. This is important because there were exactly 1255 days between the command to build the Nauvoo temple and the deaths of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, which ended the opportunity. I don’t think we can expect a longer window then they were given. As they did 1255 days ago, events 1255 days from now may involve a covenant opportunity as well.
Next, we see the first of a pair of full solar eclipses, with totality paths that will form an X across the USA. I take the first as a warning to the gentiles that the time is up on us to repent or be swept off. The Lord always sends ample warning to those ripening in wickedness, before he sweeps them off. We have warnings in the Book of Mormon, and in this sign. This opening eclipse may pair with events that involve destruction and removal from the promised land of those who will not serve the God of this land, who is Jesus Christ. (See Ether 1:7 NC)
The next pair consists of the covenant actually being received, which gave a legal right to inherit the land, paired with the final eclipse completing the X across the USA, marking the time for removal of those who do not have the right to inhabit the land.
At this point it’s worth noting that the exact midpoint of the two solar eclipses was actually December 14, 2020—the day the electoral college met and cast their votes, choosing to strenuously ignore the breathtaking levels of fraud, deception and malfeasance manifested by overwhelming evidence that the election was a corrupt sham effort to install an unwanted and evil agenda. In light of this knowledge, they still cast their votes for wickedness. X marks the spot, indeed. Our best hope is that the Lord recognizes that their votes do NOT actually represent the voice of the people choosing wickedness.
Let’s move on to September 23, 2017, when the sign of the woman marked the birth of the kingdom. And though the prophecy in Revelation informs us the woman must flee into the wilderness, we can take comfort knowing there is indeed a place there prepared of God. Remember also, her child, the kingdom, will ascend to God and his throne. The coupled event in the chiasm is the spring equinox of 2024, which is the day that light fully overcomes darkness that year and continues growing through the end of this timeline. The center point is now, and from this point forward, the kingdom of God ascends to ultimate triumph.
As you can see, I took the liberty of adding some political events in red, that also happen to center around this hinge point. As you can see, one month from now, Saturn will touch the horizon, representing the dragon being cast down to Earth. On that day, we will inaugurate a President.
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It all hangs in the balance, and our choices at this time have a great deal to do with how the second half of the chiasmus will play out. Oh, the prophecies will be fulfilled either way—of that we can be sure. But the choices we make as a nation right now will largely determine the levels and types of destruction required to bring about the Lord’s purposes. Oh that we would repent!
Section 172 of the T&C relates a remarkable vision that involves a doomed train full of people obliviously rushing down a mountain to destruction, while a car drives up the mountain to safety. The train passengers end up in a holocaust of destruction, while the occupants of the car find safety hiding in the cavity of a rock.
I find this vision remarkable because it involves worldliness and wickedness plummeting downward to destruction at a high rate of speed, while those in the car climb upward to safety at a slower, more measured pace. The unforeseen bend in the tracks causes the wreck and entire destruction of the train, while the occupants of the car narrowly escape.
Descending Saturn and ascending Jupiter bear witness of this vision. This hinge point in history is the bend in the tracks.
And after these things, I heard another voice, saying, Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, yea, and they who dwell upon the islands of the sea, for the Devil has come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time; for when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman who brought forth the male child. Therefore, to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might flee into the wilderness, into her place where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
—Revelation 4:5 NC
Note: The information included here came from several good friends who shared their thoughts, insights, and findings. I'm most grateful to them for pointing these things out to me and allowing me to share them here.