By Mark Ellis, Special to ASSIST News Service
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS – September 1, 2015) — Did an amateur astronomer and self-described “historical detective” stumble upon a remarkable planetary alignment that corresponds with the date of Jesus’ death on the cross?
“I came across a very unique geometric pattern,” says Miguel Antonio Fiol, an entrepreneur and part-time researcher. “The pattern was a representation of the crucifixion – it pointed me to Jesus of Nazareth,” he says.
With Saturn as the “head” of Jesus complete with a halo or crown of thorns formed by Saturn’s famous rings, Jupiter and Uranus formed the outstretched arms of Jesus, and Earth and Venus represented His feet. Fiol was astonished when he connected the dots and this striking image emerged.
This unusual planetary alignment appeared in mid-March through mid-April of 33 A.D., and has only appeared six times between the year zero and 2000 A.D.
In his research, Fiol used an Orrery model to study the relationships of the planets on April 3, 33 AD, the date several other scholars have favored for the climactic moment in world history.
In 1910, J. K. Fotheringham was one of the first to propose April 3, 33 AD on the basis of its coincidence with a lunar eclipse. In the 1990s Bradley E. Schaefer and J. P. Pratt, following a similar method, arrived at the same date. Astronomer Colin Humphreys, using a different method, confirmed the crucifixion date as April 1st or 3rd, 33.
“More than a few studies have pinpointed that date based on the Bible, calendars, astronomical conditions, even geology,” Fiol notes.
Fiol, a University of Wisconsin-Madison history major, was researching a manuscript when he discovered the odd planetary formation using multiple heliocentric Orrery models to study the date of Jesus’ death via a top-down view of the solar system.
“Even at first glance I knew it looked like the crucifixion,” he adds. “But it took time to uncover all the incredible parallels.”
Fiol was also struck by the fact that the unusual alignment appeared previously in the year 4 B.C., regarded by some scholars as the year of Jesus’ birth.
About the writer: Mark Ellis is senior correspondent for the ASSIST News Service and also the founder of www.Godreports.com , a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from the church around the world to build interest and involvement in world missions.
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