Transit of Mercury linked to Biblical Armageddon prophecy?

Transit of Mercury (EricandHolli)


Is the transit of Mercury today a sign of Armageddon? Some seem to think so:

May 9, 2016

Transit of Mercury linked to Biblical Armageddon prophecy

SENSATIONAL claims have emerged linking today’s transit of Mercury to a Biblical prophecy of destruction.

And Armageddon apparently starts at 11.12am when Mercury appears in front of the sun – where it will remain until 6.42pm.
YouTube channel The Prophetico said the way in which the planets will align in conjunction with star constellations could mean the end is near.The planet Mercury is set to pass in front of the Sun in line with Earth on May 9 in a natural phenomenon which occurs 13 times a century.

However, this time around could hold more significance as there is seemingly some spooky celestial behaviour.

The narrator begins by describing how May 6 marks the start of a new moon cycle, with it also being a super-moon – where the moon reaches its closest point in its orbit to Earth.

It goes on to say that three days later, on May 9 when the Mercury transit is in full swing, the moon is in a crescent, or sickle, state to viewers from Earth.

The number three is significant here as according to it is related to sex sins in the Bible. …

The Prophetico goes on to say: “The moon itself has been turned into a sickle, so literally turning Orion’s club into a mace as he strikes the lion’s whelp along the cheek, during the transit [of Mercury]”.

The Prophetico warns that this could be a sign that this could be interpreted as the end times for humanity.

He says: “When we take a look at this, take note that Orion is the sign of the smite per Micah chapter five.”

In Micah, chapters three through five, Micah asks God to take down the leaders who have “corrupted the people and lied to them”,according to

The site goes on to say that Micah calls for destruction and “God’s reign to be established”.

May 9, 2016

In a rare cosmic occurrence, Mercury has begun to move across the sun.

It’s called the transit of Mercury, and it started at around 7 a.m. local time in Washington.

During the event, the smallest planet will move across the sun for about 7.5 hours.

The last transit was in 2006, and the next one will be in 2019 and then again in 2032. Transits happen around 13 times each century, according to astronomers.

May 9, 2016, heralds a relatively rare astronomical phenomenon: Mercury will transit across the face of the sun. … on May 9, when the Mercury transit occurs, the moon will be in a crescent state to viewers on Earth.

The Express notes, “The number three is significant here as according to it is related to sex sins in the Bible.”

Additionally, from a vantage point in Jerusalem, the crescent moon will line up with the Orion star constellation, turning Orion’s club in to a “mace.” The Prophetico goes on to say: “The moon itself has been turned into a sickle, so literally turning Orion’s club into a mace as he strikes the lion’s whelp along the cheek, during the transit [of Mercury]”.

The positions of the sun and the planets – Venus, Mercury, Earth, Mars, and Saturn – create another crescent.

Is the ‘transit of Mercury today possibly a sign that ‘Armageddon‘ has began?



First of all, there are too many biblically-required events that have not happened yet.  Because of that,  Armageddon as mentioned in Revelation 16:6 is over 7 years away.  It is not an event for this year (watch also Can the Great Tribulation Start in 2016?).

Second of all, there is no biblical mention that the transit of Mercury, per se, has significance prophetically.  The last transit of Mercury (shown at the beginning of this post) was NOT prophetically significant.

Back in 2012, some pointed to the transit of Venus as being a sign of the end of the world, but I denounced that back then (see 2012′s rare ‘Transit of Venus’ is coming).

There are many false prophets.

Third, lets look at the prophecy in Micah 5:

1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. (Micah 5:1, KJV)

While Micah 5 does discuss troops gathering together, and there is a gathering of troops at Armageddon in Revelation 16:16, there is no discussion of an astronomical event in Micah 5:1 nor Revelation 16:16.

So why mention any of this?

There are three reasons.

The first is that it was interesting to me as Church of God News since a couple of news sources cited  That is a website by a former WCG member named Alan Ruth. But it should be noted that Alan Ruth’s website does not tie Mercury in with Micah 5, yet some have referred to his site related to this.

The second is to warn people that many false prophets have arisen and more will.  Be careful to look at what the Bible actually teaches in places like Matthew 24 and Daniel 11 and do not be deceived by seemingly ‘sophisticated’ arguments.

The third reason is to warn people that just because there are false prophets and false prophecies, that does not mean that God cannot have any true prophets and that God’s prophecies will fail.

The Apostle Peter warned that people would scoff at prophecies in the end:

1Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), 2 that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, 3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.  11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. (2 Peter 3:1-13, NKJV)

Also notice Jesus’ warning:

11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.  14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:11-14)

While it could be argued that Peter is perhaps mainly warning those outside the Church of God, Jesus’ comments seem to be more directed towards those within the COG.

Many do not have the love of the truth towards the Bible, biblical prophecy, and getting the good news of the Kingdom of God to the world as a witness. This may be why Jesus provided such a dire warning for most Christians in the end times in Revelation 3:14-22, and also why the other COG groups have so many incorrect prophetic teachings (a listing of three dozen are in the article The Laodicean Church Era).

Getting back to the ‘transit of Mercury,’ the idea that today marks the beginning of ‘Armageddon‘ is false speculation.

What is NOT speculation is for me to declare that according to what Jesus taught in Matthew 24, Armageddon is at least seven years away.

As far as prophetic teachings go, we in the Continuing Church of God “have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19, KJV).”


Because we really do rely on what the Bible teaches.

Today’s transit of Mercury does NOT mark the end of the world.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

Armageddon Dr. Thiel, from Tel Megiddo in Israel, discusses Armageddon, some of its history, and what the Bible says about it. Is this the place where forces in the world will gather to fight? Will they fight here or is the related battle somewhere else. Dr. Thiel answers these questions and more.
Does God Have a 6,000 Year Plan? What Year Does the 6,000 Years End? Was a 6000 year time allowed for humans to rule followed by a literal thousand year reign of Christ on Earth taught by the early Christians? Does God have 7,000 year plan? What year may the six thousand years of human rule end? When will Jesus return? 2023 or 20xx? There is also a video titled The 6000 Year Plan: Is the end of humanity’s reign almost up? Here is a link to the article in Spanish: ¿Tiene Dios un plan de 6,000 años?
When Will the Great Tribulation Begin? 2016, 2017, or 2018? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? What happens before the Great Tribulation in the “beginning of sorrows”? What happens in the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord? Is this the time of the Gentiles? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord? Who are the 144,000? Here is a version of the article in the Spanish language: ¿Puede comenzar la Gran Tribulación en 2016 o 2017? ¿Es el Tiempo de los Gentiles? You can also see the English language sermon video: The Great Tribulation from the Mount of Olives. A shorter video is: Can the Great Tribulation Start in 2016?
The ‘Peace Deal’ of Daniel 9:27 This prophecy could give up to 3 1/2 years advance notice of the coming Great Tribulation. Will most ignore or misunderstand its fulfillment? Here is a link to a related sermon video Daniel 9:27 and the Start of the Great Tribulation.
Is There A Secret Rapture for the Church? When and Where is the Church Protected? What does the Bible really teach? Does the Church flee or is it taken up just prior to the great tribulation? Who really is left behind? There is also a YouTube video with information Did Jesus Teach a Pre-tribulation Rapture?
The Gospel of the Kingdom of God This free online pdf booklet has answers many questions people have about the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and explains why it is the solution to the issues the world is facing.
The Gospel of the Kingdom of God was the Emphasis of Jesus and the Early Church Did you know that? Do you even know what the gospel of the kingdom is all about? You can also see a YouTube video sermons Why Teach the Kingdom of God? and The Gospel of the Kingdom.
Iraq, the King of the South, Armageddon, and Prophecy What will happen to Iraq? Is it the prophesied Mystery Babylon? What is Armageddon and how does that have to do with Iraq? Here is a related video Iraq, Armageddon, & Prophecy.
Jordan in Bible Prophecy What does the Bible show will happen to the inhabitants of Jordan? Will they escape and then be punished? A related video is titled Jordan, Petra, and Armageddon.
Dreams, the Bible, the Radio Church of God, and the Continuing Church of God How has God used dreams in the past? Does God still use dreams? Did He use any involving those in the Continuing Church of God? A related sermon is also available: Dreams, COGs, and One Man Rule.
The Laodicean Church Era has been predominant circa 1986 A.D. to present. The Laodiceans are non-Philadelphians who mainly descended from the old WCG or its offshoots.  They do not properly understand the work or biblical prophecies and will face the Great Tribulation if they do not repent. One video of related interest is 17 Laodicean Errors in Prophecy.
How To Determine If Someone is a True Prophet of God There are many false prophets. How can Christians determine who is a true prophet? There is also a sermon-length video titled How to determine if someone is a true prophet of God. Here is a related link in Spanish/español: ¿Cómo determinar si alguien es un verdadero profeta de Dios?
Continuing Church of God The group striving to be most faithful amongst all real Christian groups to the word of God.

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