BIBLE MYSTERIES -
the Mystery of
The TURN OF THE AGE
Nothing in this tract is based on a belief in astrology; however, we must first
lay the necessary foundation for the universal calendar [on the
title page] of all prophetic events, and most especially Bible
There is likely little disagreement among laymen, scientists and
astrologers that we are presently near the end of the Piscean Age (though some may wince
at the terminology). This is determined quite scientifically by
'precession' a process
by which the Earth's polar axis inscribes a circle on the northern sky
due to a bit of 'wobbling' (much as a child's toy top does just prior
to falling over):
In one 'age' the 'wobbling' pole traverses a
thirty degree arc, or,
hypothetically one complete sign of the 'Zodiac'. (In reality the
of fixed stars do not lend themselves to such neat divisions).
It can be accepted that Our Lord Jesus Christ began his ministry early
in the Piscean
Age (while the polar axis is inclining towards this
portion of the sky) hence, some believe, the association of early
Christianity with the symbol of the fish. It can
also be accepted that
we are now on the threshold of the Aquarian
Age, when the north polar end of the Earth's axis will be
pointing more towards that part of the heavens.
The rotation axis of the Earth describes, over a period of 25,700
years, a small circle (blue) among the stars, centered on the ecliptic
north pole (the blue E) and
with an angular radius of about 23.4°, an angle known as the
obliquity of the ecliptic. The direction of precession is opposite to
the daily rotation of the Earth on its axis. The orange axis was the
Earth's rotation axis 5,000 years ago, when it pointed to the star
Thuban. The yellow axis, pointing to Polaris, marks the axis now.
. . . . . . .
Still pictures like these are only first approximations as they do not
take into account the variable speed of the precession, the variable
obliquity of the ecliptic, the planetary precession (which is a slow
rotation of the ecliptic plane itself, presently around an axis located
on the plane, with longitude 174°.8764) and the proper motions of
Beyond this, agreement becomes questionable. For example, there is no
fixed term in years for an 'age,' but scholars believe that it falls
close to within 2,150 to 2,160 years. Likewise, there is no agreement
about exactly when the Piscean Age
supplanted the previous Age of Aries,
but it is generally conceded that it was close to 150 B. C.
Adding 2,160 years to 150 B. C. yields the date 2010 A. D. This is
likely very close to the actual date. As the calendar on the title page
indicates, the Millennial Age should start close to Christmas in the
year 2012 [modern calendar].
The ancient Mayan calendar
sets the end of this 'cycle' as being quite close to the winter
solstice of 2012 A. D. [modern calendar]. If an exact moment must be
set, this writer is inclined to accept this date as satisfactory.
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