Several of you who have managed to wade through my 3rd story on the Shroud of Turin have asked what was the 3rd heavenly sign in Chapter 4 that accompanied the crucifixion of Jesus. When I reread my text I saw that this was not made explicit. Sorry!
The first heavenly sign was the darkening of the sun as attested in several of our new testament descriptions. The second heavenly sign was the constellation, the Ram, clothed in the sun (that is behind the sun), which happens every year in the Spring for about a month. This could be seen as Jesus, signified by the constellation the Ram, returning to his Father, signified by the Sun (or perhaps this is just a coincidence). The 3rd heavenly sign was the rising of the full moon on the evening of Passover in eclipse. As many of you know, a moon can only be in eclipse when it is full, and a full moon in eclipse is referred to as a blood moon since it often takes on a reddish hue during eclipse.
What many folks do not know, however, is that the full moon rose in eclipse in Jerusalem on Friday, April 3, of the year 33 AD, the day often attributed as the day of Jesus’ crucifixion. Peter also alludes to this blood moon in his Pentecost speech in Acts 2:20-22.
My 4th story is on Noah’s flood and some of very interesting science:
- Fossils of 50,000 year old Mediterranean Salt water fish found in sediments of the now brackish water Caspian sea,
- A homo sapiens mitochondrial DNA bottleneck in the middle east area about 50,000 years ago; and
- A 2% frequency of Neanderthal DNA in all current homo sapiens, except Africans that is thought to have originated about 50,000 years ago.
If any of you want to be beta-readers of this new text, please let me know. I am also looking for a catchy title…
His Peace indeed!