BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON
PETRA PATTERN OF ORION
The Day of the LORD and 2nd Advent
by Luis B. Vega
for PostScripts News (PSN) | www.PostScripts.org
‘YHVH is my Rock (Petra), my Fortress and my Deliverer. MY GOD is my Rock (Petra) and in Him I take refuge’. -Psalms 18:1-2
The purpose of this article will be a blending of what the Battle of Armageddon will be like based on snippets from Isaiah and Revelation and how the ancient site of Petra that plays a key role correlates astronomically with the Belt Stars of the constellation of Orion. This study will only and can only emphasize certain key aspects based on scriptural clues pertaining to this battle. Foremost, the ancient site of Petra and the Battle of Armageddon are linked by the Abomination of Desolation event. This event, referred to by Jesus relates Petra in light of what the Prophet Daniel was shown of what will occur at the midpoint of the Tribulation Period. The conclusion of the Time of Jacob’s Trouble will see the return of Jesus Christ to save the Remnant in the areas of Petra and Bozrah, etc. A background of Astro-Archeology will be presented first and then what some interpret as being the Battle of Armageddon will be considered.
In the new genre of Astro-Archeology, it is being discovered that most often than not, ancient sites around the world have a celestial correspondence to the constellations of the Stars. Thanks to the modern computer and GPS satellite imagery, ancient sites like Petra and others can be studied in a completely new way. This study suggests that Petra has this Orion Star pattern. This constellation depicts the ‘hero’, the ‘mighty conqueror’ that projects power and majesty, etc. As it pertains to Petra, what this study will highlight is the Biblical connection it will have in the Last Days pertaining to Jesus’ return. Most Biblical scholars believe that the inference to Petra was suggested as it was commonly understood by the 1st century Jewish mindset of the place the Jews would flee to. Petra appears to be a place of refuge for the Jewish Remnant as a sort of 2nd ‘Exodus’ back into a ‘Wilderness’ based on Biblical prophecy yet to occur.
The importance and significance of Petra will play a key role in Biblical Prophecy as laid-out by Jesus in the Olivet Discourse. Petra is an ancient rock fortress area in the present nation of Jordan about 100 miles south of Jerusalem. It is understood by those that study Eschatology that in the End of Days, the Remnant of Israel, however many that will be will flee to Petra to escape the wrath of the False Messiah or AntiChrist that double-crosses Israel at the midpoint of the Tribulation Period. This timing is stipulated by the now infamous Revelation 12 Sign in that as a Manchild is ‘raptured’ up to Heaven, the Woman flees to the ‘Wilderness’ where she is to be protected for 1260 days or 3.5 years. The wording of the event states that ‘wings’ were given to the Woman, thus many suggest that perhaps it will involve some sort of airlift operation.
A 2nd Exodus
The Jews are experts at transporting their ‘Remnants’ from other countries as with Operation Magic Carpet, Operation Moses, Operator Solomon, etc. The newly birthed nation in 1948 evacuated many of the Jews from various Middle Eastern and African nations. Such airlifts appeared to be given ‘wings’ to Israel as it will be likewise in the Last Days. Prophetic passages like Micah 2:12 and Isaiah 63:1-6 describe the area of Petra in Jordan as the place where Jews flee when the Antichrist begins his persecution against Israel. Although Lucifer seeks to devour this particular Remnant of Jews, they will be supernaturally protected. The Bible states that instead, Lucifer by way of the AntiChrist and False Prophet will then make ‘war with the Saints and will weary them’.
These ‘Saints’ are not those of the Church Age. Such are the ones that will bear the Testimony of and to Jesus and refuse to take the Mark of the Beast after the Rapture and into the Tribulation Period. The Mark will occur during the 2nd half of the Tribulation Period specifically known as the Time of Jacob’s Trouble. It is estimated that this area of Petra can accommodate up to an estimated 1 million people. New discoveries have been made where miles of underground network of chambers have been found that can accommodate such a population for a ‘Remnant’. As it is, since the Peace Accords between Israel and Jordan were made in 1994, 1 of the stipulations of the Treaty was that Jews from Israel could visit Petra. This study suggests that this ‘Exodus’ into this Petra wilderness might mirror the Exodus out of Egypt in Israel’s past from Egypt. During the Exodus, it was recorded that about 600,000 men of age were counted.
This count would then exclude the older men and women and all the younger children. Some estimate that a company of up to 3 million people left Egypt on that Passover night. The contingent also accounted for all those non-Hebrews that joined the Jews in leaving Egypt, etc. Thus, could it be prophetically a mirror of such a company of Jews going into the ‘Wilderness’ in similar fashion and numbers? Based on such a timeline, this Petra ‘Exodus’ would be when the AntiChrist breaks the ‘Covenant with the Many’ and stops the Daily Sacrifices within the 3rd Temple. It is at this time that Jesus warned from the past foreshadowing from Daniel of a future Abomination of Desolation that would occur in the Holy of Holies. This would be the prophetic time in which the false Messiah would walk in the Holy of Holies, stand there and then sit on the Ark of the Covenant and proclaim to Israel and the world his exclusive divinity as the Creator God.
Given that this would still be considered blasphemy by the Jews as it was the same case with Jesus, all the devout and observing Jews will recognize this betrayal. Such Jews and others will recognize their grave mistake in having accepted this false Messiah that ‘came in his own Name’ that Jesus warned Israel about. This midpoint of Daniel’s last prophetic Week of Years will be the start of the Great Tribulation where the 2 Beasts will enforce the Mark of the Beast that will be tied to the worldwide economic and medical grid, etc. All economic, political and religious allegiance will be given to the Beasts. It will be the Dragon or Lucifer personally that energizes and possesses the AntiChrist as a counterfeit Messiah and copy of the incarnation of Jesus Christ. Interestingly, it is Jordan that will be one the nations the Antichrist will not be able to subdue. Perhaps this was allocated prophetically for the Remnant to flee to, etc.
The Great Tribulation
The Bible states per Zechariah 12 that 2/3 of Israel will parish by the time the Battle of Armageddon occurs. This Time of Jacob’s Trouble will be far worse than the Nazi Holocaust. It will not only involve the Jews but the entire human race at large as the persecution to come will be worldwide. Humanity thinks, in part due to Cognitive Dissonance and Learned Helplessness that perhaps the world will get better and there will be lasting peace coming. The Apostle Paul plainly taught that the Last Days on Earth are going to go from bad to worse and that the last generation will be and see the worst of Humanity in its degeneration. Jesus warned that the last generation would be as corrupt as that of Noah’s day and Lot with Sodom and Gomorrah, etc. In fact, Jesus stated that if He did not return to intervene, all of Humanity would be killed.
This is such a sad commentary in that multitudes of humans have sided, do and will with Lucifer’s deception and false promises not realizing his hatred for Humanity and his quest to destroy it. It is becoming more clear that in some fashion, the disclosure of UFO’s also will play a role in the End Times leading up to the Battle of Armageddon. Realize that 2 Armies will be coming from Heaven. The 1st Army is led by Jesus with the Raptured Bride of Christ riding on white horses. The 2nd Army will be that of YHVH’s Holy Angels. It has not been fully discussed but perhaps the UFO element will be the ‘Great Deception’ that will pivot such against each other and the need for a celestial army contingency also. In part, such an ‘Alien’ disclosure will no doubt have the narrative that the UFOs will be the ‘good’ Aliens that have come to help ‘save’ Humanity and that will fight alongside the AntiChrist and False Prophet against Jesus.
The world is being brainwash into thinking that Jesus, His Followers and His Holy Angels are the bad ones and ‘evil’ Aliens come to conquer the world and take away Lucifer’s Kingdom, and restored ‘Golden Age’, etc. During the Battle of Armageddon, Jesus will battle the earthly humans as the Holy Angels will battle the Fallen Angels and their disguised UFO ‘Aliens’ disembodied demons. Despite such deception, YHVH does not let Himself be without truth or a Witness during the entire 7-year long Tribulation Period. It will be a dichotomy in that as armies of the Luciferians and Fallen Angels, and literal demons manifest on Earth bent on destroying Humanity, multitudes will be saved nonetheless. This effort will be the result of the 144,000 Jewish Evangelists let loose on the world for the 1st half of the Tribulation Period. Then the 2 Witnesses, primarily focused on Israel’s resentence will close-out the 2nd half with a quest to redeem Israel.
This cohort of 144,000 is not to be confused or assumed they are part of the Rapture of the Bride of Christ as seen in Revelation chapter 4. The confusion seems to come from the fact that there are 7 Raptures in Revelation. The midpoint ‘Rapture’ corresponds to that of the Revelation 12 Sign and rapture of the 144,000 once they complete their Gospel Commissionand along with all those they saved, etc. Such will constitute the ‘Manchild’ euphemism. Also, contrary to popular belief pertaining to the Revelation 12 Sign, it has not been ‘fulfilled’. There is no Temple, the AntiChrist has not been revealed, nor has the Remnant fled to Petra and on and on. These separate Witness cohorts will fulfill Israel’s lost opportunity and directive to have been the Light and Salt of the Nations in taking the Gospel of the true Messiah to the ends of the world.
The Cleft in the Rock
The opportunity and privilege to spread the Gospel and represent the Royal King of the Universe was given to a Gentile ‘Woman’ instead, the Church Body of Jesus Christ. However, once the Church Age ends which cannot overlap the Tribulation Period and the Jewish Commission or ‘Witness’, the transference of the Gospel will be given over to the believing Jews. Imagine 144,000 ‘Apostle Pauls’ let loose on the world with such a similar zeal and passion to save not only their fellow Jewish Brethren but the lost world. Sadly, the general spiritual state of the entire world and Israel will be one of a hardened heart and defiant mindset. This rebellious attitude is seen in the AntiChrist himself that curses YHVH and those that live in Heaven, the raptured Bride of Christ and those that fled to Petra, etc.
The Biblical name of Petra was Sela in the land of Bozrah. Petra is the Greek word for ‘rock’. Another name for Petra is the Rose City due to the red color of the stone out of which it is carved. Petra is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Geographically, Petra is nested in a basin among the mountains and the heart of Mount Seir, which forms the eastern flank of Arabah Valley that runs from the Dead Sea to Eilat in the Gulf of Aqaba. The Edomites were descendants of Esau that settled in this region. Thus, the area is also indicative of the red hair Esau is said to have had.Herod the Great was an Edomite for example. The Edomites lived here when Israel came from Egypt during the Exodus but the descendants of Esau refused to allow Moses and the Israelites passage through their land on their way to Canaan. Thus, Edom is associated with the color red and prophetically is symbolic of Israel’s enemies.
Petra became a crucial oasis in the desert as the caravan route linked various trading centers of the whole Middle East. The Arab Bedouin tribe, the Nabataeans eclipsed the ancient Edomites and saw many phases of its culture go through change. During the kingdom years of Israel, King Saul and King David both fought the Edomites. When King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon destroyed Jerusalem in 586 BC, the Edomites gave aid and comfort to this enemy of Israel. For this, the Edomites were strongly condemned by the Prophets Isaiah, Ezekiel Jeremiah, and Obadiah. Specifically, Jeremiah predicted that the city would lose its power and become uninhabited. Specific to the Orion Star pattern at Petra, the following observations are suggested.
The core of the ancient Petra Temple Complex is situated at an approximate 45 degree counter-clockwise rotation from the Great Pyramid complex in Giza. It appears that there are 3 main ancient temple structures that correlate to not only the Great Pyramid complex of Giza but to the Orion Belt Stars. This Orion 3-Star alignment is as follows. The Temple of the Winged Lions or Lion corresponds to the Great Pyramid of Khufu and the Orion Star of Alnitak. The Main Temple at Petra appears to correspond to the pyramid of Khafre and the Orion Belt Star of Alnilam. The 3rd ancient Petra structure of Ez-Zantur appears to correspond to the pyramid of Menkaure and the Orion Star of Mintaka, etc. What is further interesting is that pertaining to the Temple of the Winged Lions or Lion, it is suggested that the ‘Winged Lion’ was and is actually a rendition of a much older motif that constituted a ‘Winged Dragon’.
The Battle of Armageddon
It is no coincidence that this precise ancient temple of the ‘Winged Lion’ at Petra was named as such. Given the celestial correspondence, the Orion Star of Alnitak is adjacent the famous ‘Horsehead Nebula’. In essence, it is really a ‘Winged Dragon’. In ancient cultures, such celestial motifs were depicted in varying degrees. For example such a ‘Winged Dragon’ later on became a ‘Winged Griffin’. Then through cultural assimilations, such a motif then morphed into a ‘Winged Lion’, etc. In terms of some measurements, it is rather interesting that the distance from each of the 3 core ancient temples at Petra is roughly .13 nautical miles. Petra is exactly 100 miles from Jerusalem and 260 miles to the Great Pyramids of Giza. What is also rather unique is that all 3 sacred sites, Petra, Jerusalem, and Giza have this Orion Star pattern.
In terms of how Petra will play a major role in the very Last Days and the Battle of Armageddon specifically, it is understood by many Bible students that when Jesus returns, He will be like as an ‘Orion’ that literally will descend from the Heavens. This will be the great Parousia or appearing of Jesus Christ from the eastern sky. This is also called the Day of the LORDand the ‘vengeance of our God’ fulfillment, etc. This event will be seen worldwide as it will be the time when every eye will behold Jesus’ Glory and Majesty. This ‘appearing’ is in contrast to the Epipháneia that occurred at the Rapture of the Bride of Christ, like a ‘thief in the night’ 7 years prior. It is stated in the Bible that by Jesus’ mere ‘brightness’, He will vanquish Lucifer and his ‘Unholy Trinity’. The following sequence of events might transpire based on Biblical clues. Jesus will pierce the fabric of space and time to descend and defend the Remnant of Israel in the area of Bozrah.
Jesus will then swing by Petra before He then confronts the armies of Lucifer in the Valley of Megiddo. It will only be after such a slaughter that He then touches down on the Mount of Olives as foretold by Zechariah. Indecently, this route takes on a phi ratio trajectory. Jesus, the true Messiah will Himself confront the false Messiah sitting on David’s Throne, the Mercy Seat. In Revelation 19, the return of Jesus is depicted as one who is riding a white horse with the Armies of Heaven behind Him as His vintages are dipped in red blood. Where is this blood from? One such possible place is that of the initial area of Bozrah and the vicinity of Petra, etc. This prophetic supposition is compiled from many Old Testament passages that give a glimpse and/or clue that have to be pieced together. A main source is Isaiah 34.
The Watchman of Isaiah sees a very graphic figure coming toward him from the land of Edom and the city of Bozrah or the Petra region. Many believe this Messianic passage is referring to the coming of Messiah, the 2nd advent. Also in Habakkuk 3:3, it states that YHVH comes from Teman. This is the Holy One from Mount Paran, etc. Teman is north of Bozrah towards Jerusalem but is located in the same area that constitutes Mount Seir. Thus, such clues from the Old Testament perhaps are pinpointing to where Jesus along with the Raptured Saints of the Church Age will appear first at the 2nd advent. If this scenario is true, then Micah 2:12-13 would corroborate with those that flee into the Wilderness from Revelation 12. Petra will be the Remnant’s literal hiding place in the ‘Cleft of the Rock in the Last Days as Moses was also in the land of Median.
The Rock of Offense
Revelation 12 states that the Antichrist and the armies of the world are drawn at some point to the Bozrah area in an attempt to route-out the Jewish Remnant but will not succeed. In fact, oddly enough, as the AntiChrist has total dominion over the Nations of the world, Jordan escapes his grasp. That is why Zechariah 12:7 to 13:1 says that the LORD will ‘save the tents of Judah first’. Thus, when Jesus Christ comes back a 2nd time, He will come to Bozrah first, saving the believing Remnant, before going to Petra and, then Megiddo and finally to Jerusalem through Teman. This coming ‘Orion’ figure to save the Remnant of Israel constitutes the whole campaign of what is commonly referred to as the Battle of Armageddon. In Isaiah 63, the Watchman continues to ask, ‘Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with His garments stained crimson or red?’ As already noted, here is another example of the poetry of the Bible.
As Edom signifies ‘red’ and Petra, ‘rock’, so too now at this prophetic time will the true Rock of Israel, Jesus execute His Wrath, ‘red hot’ and with blood against the world. Jesus will come to fulfill the 2nd part of Isaiah 61:2b He did not read in the synagogue of Nazareth …’and the vengeance of our GOD’, etc. Jesus, as the Son of David is coming back as ‘Messiah ben-David’, the conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah. This is the Rock that comes from Heaven to crush the 10-Toe Confederation of Luciferian nations that concludes the Roman lineage of Nebuchadnezzar’s Statute, etc. There will be 5 nations from the western dominion of what ancient Rome was and essential still is. Then there will be 5 nations from the eastern lands that includes parts of the Middle East. The capitol of the western ‘leg’ was and is Rome. The capitol of the eastern ‘leg’ was and is Constantinople, or Istanbul currently.
Istanbul is currently under Muslim occupation and suggests the ‘clay mixed with iron’ or that of Islam with Catholicism and Luciferianism. This mix will constitute the hybrid religion of the AntiChrist and False Prophet. This is one reason why Bible scholars think the AntiChrist might be a Muslim, although a false assertion. It could very well be the case that the AntiChrist will come up from the eastern ‘leg’ of the last vestiges of the Roman rendition of the last Beast Empire, etc. Nonetheless, the Antichrist will be a Jew, as Jesus was, is and will be. It is with the help of this hybrid Luciferian pseudo-Chrislam religion that the New World Order will have control of all the Nations in general. Jesus will return when such a New World Order will have been set up. It is this political and religious ‘Masonic Order’ that Jesus comes to destroy in the ‘winepress of His fury’.
YHVH’s Wrath through Jesus Christ is pictured as being like a ‘winepress’. It was usually a shallow pit with a hole on the side leading out to a container where the wine was collected. Jesus will one day execute His Wrath and crush such Luciferian armies in this ‘winepress’. The imagery of a crushing of grapes is striking. As individuals trample on grapes in the press, some juice will also splatter on the clothes like blood. The word blood used is Nesah, meaning ‘squirting blood’. Jesus will literally confront the enemies of His people and trample them under foot like grapes. The bloodshed will be so immense that their lifeblood spirts-out and splatters on His garments. In this case pertaining to blood, it will not be Christ’s. The stains in Jesus’ garments are not His own blood that had been shed for the world on the Cross of Calvary nearly 2000 years ago.
The Winepress of Wrath
The Watchman in Isaiah continues to ask, ‘Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of His strength? It is Jesus. This ‘Orion’, this Divine Warrior answers… ‘It is I, (first person) speaking in righteousness, mighty to save.’ In Isaiah 62 it also depicts how YHVH will come to marry the land or Israel once again in reconciliation as He had ‘divorced’ Israel prior and focused His attention to the Gentile Nations to graft them into the stock of Israel. A noted this 2nd advent of Jesus is the occasion when all on Earth will see the slender and power of Jesus. It will be the Parousia where Israel is saved from the onslaught of Lucifer, his AntiChrist, the False Prophet and all the armies to include the Fallen Angel ‘UFO’s armies as well, etc.
It appears that there will be 2 Heavenly Armies that will return with Jesus. One army will be the Angelic Army as disclosed in Matthew 16:24. The other army is that of the Church AgeBelievers and Followers of Jesus as depicted in Jude 14-15 and Revelation 19:14, etc. Although Jesus’ ‘Warrior Bride’ will be escorting Him to such conquests, it appears that the Armageddon battles are all left to Jesus to avenge alone. This will be the dreadful Day of the LORD. The Bible states that the blood flowing-out from the armies of the Nations will rise as high as the horses’ bridle for a distance of 1,600 stadia or about 200 miles or 320 kilometers. For a visual perspective, this length is almost the entire breath of the modern State of Israel. Specifically, 200 miles would be from the Galilee Basin in the north to the port of Eilat in the south. This blood is that of His enemies. These are the enemies of all that is pure, true and good, etc.
This entire length happens to include the Jordan River and the Dead Sea basin. Such a shallow elevation and convection in the topography would or could accommodate such a horrific feat of a ‘river of blood’. Based on the following mathematical calculations, it would appear that at least 200 million men will be slaughtered in the various stages of the Battle of Armageddon. The Bible gives 2 dimensions of this ‘river of blood’. The length of the river of blood is to be 200 miles or 1,056,000 feet or 320 kilometers. The height is also given, up to a horses’ bridle. This would be an average height of 64 inches or about 5 feet or 1.6 meters. The only speculation is how wide would such a volume of human blood consist of. One will conservatively take the same measure of the width of the horse to be 8 feet or 2.4 meters for the dimension of the possible width.
For the purposes of this study, the width of the volume in cubic feet will remain with the dimension of an average horse’s width, that being about 8 feet. Other speculation based on width will vary the outcome. This is a very conservative volume as no doubt, the breath might involve the average width of the Jordan River, for example. Given that an average human body has nearly .2 cubic feet of blood or about 1.3 gallon or 4.9 liters, then it computes that roughly 200,000,000 people would have to be killed at least. Thus, over 500 million men and perhaps even women of the armies of the Nations will be gathered. Such will have their blood fill the horrific ‘river of blood’ with a volume of such a determined dimension in terms of length, height and width. What is rather intriguing is that given the language of Revelation, there is an instance where such a number of men come across Eurasia to attack Israel. Such will be the armies of the Kings of the East or the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ that is said to number 200 million.
This amount corroborates the cubic feet of blood such men would shed to constitute the horrific ‘river of blood’ that Jesus will execute as depicted in Revelation. The pressing of the winepress or ‘Wrath’ by Jesus will continue into the Valley of Megiddo that leads up to Jerusalem where the final confrontation between the 2 Anointed Christs will take place. The following formula would give approximately how many men would be involved and die to generate such a ‘river of blood’. The following observations are given. Given there are .2 cubic feet of blood/human body or about 1.3 gallon or 4.9 liters
Length Width (horse) Height (horse bridle)
1,056,000 feet x 8 feet x 5 feet
200 miles 96 inches 64 inches
320 km 2.4 m 1.6 m
= 42,240,000 cubic feet
= 42,240,000 cubic feet / .2 cubic feet
= 211,200,000 bodies/men died
The first 3.5 or 1260 day portion of the Tribulation Period will the showcase of the return of the supposed ‘Golden Age’ of the Luciferians. Such will seek to convince the world and Nations of Lucifer’s counterfeit Utopia or restored Paradise and ‘Garden of Eden’. Although the Bible does state that a worldwide peace will ensue and the AntiChrist will cause ‘craft to prosper’, that is economic growth, the false kingdom of Lucifer will be plagued by celestial calamities and war nonetheless. Realize also that during all this time of the various Battle of Armageddoncampaigns, Jesus is executing His judgment from the air. As noted, He then only touches down on the Mount of Olives in the last campaign phase of the entire battle.
The actual Battle of Armageddon just refers specifically to the Valley of Megiddo where all the armies of the Nations will assemble. What a spectacle such a ‘pressing of the winepress’ of Jesus’ fury will be and look like. The trampling of the ‘winepress’ of Jesus’ Wrath climaxes outside Jerusalem. It will be when Jesus first touches-down on the Mount of Olives. It will literally be the same spot from where Jesus ascended in the presence of His Disciples after His resurrection. This was a prophetic foreshadowing of how in the sight of all Israel, in particular the 12 Disciples represented the 12 Tribes of Israel that would also literally see with their own eyes the return of the King as Zechariah 12 states.
‘And I will pour out on the House of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a Spirit of Grace and Supplication. They will look on Me, the One they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a Firstborn Son. (John 3:16) On that Day the weeping in Jerusalem will be as great…’
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