by John P. Pratt
Updated 29 Apr 2017
The following article numbers are used in some of my writings to refer to the articles by the numbers listed here. The article numbers are assigned in chronological order of publication. The references may contain periods or hyphens. Periods refer to section numbers and hyphens to endnote numbers. For example, the reference 3.4.2 refers to article 3 below ("Yet Another Eclipse for Herod"), section 4.2 within that article. On the other hand, the reference 3-38 refers to endnote 38 of that same article. As with these example links, most have actual links to the section or endnote for easy navigation to the reference. I am the author unless otherwise stated. The first 22 articles were published in the volume Divine Calendars: Astronomical Witnesses of Sacred Events.
Article 1. "The Restoration of Priesthood
Keys on Easter 1836, Part 1:Dating the First
Easter," Ensign 15, No. 6 (June, 1985), pp. 59-68.
A summary of the evidence used to date the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, proposing that Sunday, 3 April A.D. 33 (Greg.) is the most likely date. Most of the evidence is from the Bible; with only a few references to L.D.S. scriptures, so it should be almost totally understandable to other readers.
Article 2. "The Restoration of Priesthood Keys on Easter 1836, Part 2:
Symbolism of Passover and of Elijah's
Return," Ensign 15, No. 7 (July, 1985), pp. 55-64.
A summary of the reasons Passover was symbolic of the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ, followed by a discussion of the calendrical significance of the return of the Prophet Elijah to the Kirtland Temple on Easter Sunday, 3 April 1836. It is Part II of Article 1.
Article 3. "Yet Another Eclipse for
Herod," The Planetarian* vol. 19, no. 4, Dec. 1990, pp. 8-14.
The date of the birth of Christ is usually estimated from the date of the death of King Herod, generally believed to have been in 4 B.C. Herod's death date is tied to a lunar eclipse, usually thought to be the one that occurred in March of that year. This article is the first to propose that the correct eclipse occurred in December of 1 B.C. and that Christ was born around Passover of 1 B.C.
Article 4. "Passover: Was it
Symbolic of His Coming?" The Ensign 24, 1 (Jan, 1994), pp
It is widely believed among Christians that the Jewish Passover was symbolic of the death of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 5:7). This is the first article that proposes that Passover also symbolized the birth of Jesus Christ.
Article 5. "When Was Judah's 70-Year Babylonian
Captivity?," Ensign 28, No. 10 (Oct, 1998), pp. 64-65.
Jeremiah prophesied that the captivity of Israel in Babylon would last 70 years. Many commentaries state that the captivity only lasted less than 60 years. This article suggests that if Jewish reckoning is used from the date of the first captives, then it lasted exactly 70 years.
Article 6. "Hebrew Calendar
Testifies of Latter-day Events,"
Meridian Magazine (17 Sep 1999).
Some events of the restoration appear to have been timed according to the Hebrew calendar.
Article 7. "Lehi's 600-Year
Prophecy of the Birth of Christ," Meridian Magazine (31 Mar 2000).
It is proposed the angel's prophecy that Christ would come 600 years after Lehi's departure was fulfilled to the very day.
Article 8. "What Every Mormon
Should Know About Astronony," Meridian Magazine (12 May 2000).
Including the Big Dipper, the Bright and Morning Star, and the Constellations. This is the full text of an earlier shortened version from 12 Feb 1999.
Article 9. "The Star of
Bethlehem's Forerunner," Meridian Magazine (28 Nov 2000).
The splendid Jupiter/Venus conjunction of Jun 2 B.C. was most likely the sign of the conception of Jesus Christ.
Article 10. "Venus Resurrects This
Easter Sunday," Meridian Magazine (27 Feb 2001).
Introduction to the Venus Calendar, noting that the coming Easter Sunday, 15 Apr 2001, would have Venus "resurrecting" as a morning star as it did at the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Article 11. "A Native American
Easter: How the Ancient American Calendar Testifies of Christ,"
Meridian Magazine (28 Mar 2001).
Introduction to the Sacred Round and how the key dates in the life of Christ are significant on the calendar, indicating that the Feathered Serpent of the Native Americans was indeed Jesus Christ.
Article 12. "Coordinates for the
Constellations,"(25 April 2001).
The constellations have proven to be an enduring map, but have never had a coordinate system fit to them. Sidereal coordinates are proposed, measuring longitude along the ecliptic from the star Pi Vir. A Uniform Vernal Equinox is also defined.
Article 13. "Celestial Witnesses
of Christ Breaking the Bands of Death,"
Meridian Magazine (26 Apr 2001).
The morning stars Venus and Mercury appeared to cut one of the Bands of Death constellation while the slowest hand on the great clock in the sky cut the other.
Article 14. "Enoch Calendar
Testifies of Christ," Meridian Magazine (11 Sep 2001).
The Book of Enoch, a "lost book" of the Bible which has been found, describes a 364-day calendar on which key dates in the life of Christ appear to fall on "holy days."
Article 15. "The
Constellations Testify of Christ," Meridian Magazine (9 Oct 2001).
The Book of Enoch claims that an angel revealed the constellations to the ancient Prophet Enoch, and that appears to be true because they testify of Jesus Christ."
Article 16. "The Lion and
Unicorn Testify of Christ, Part I: The Cornerstone Constellations,"
Meridian Magazine (8 Nov 2001).
The four cornerstone constellations correspond to the four faces of the cherubim and the four principal tribes of Israel, and each testifies of Christ.
Article 17. "The Lion and Unicorn
Testify of Christ, Part II: The Four Royal Stars,"
Meridian Magazine (5 Dec 2001).
The four royal stars are the bright stars in the cornerstone constellations. The Book of Enoch explains that they represent faithful servants of Christ and we have enough information to identify them.
Article 18. "How Did the Book of
Jasher Know?," Meridian Magazine (7 Jan 2002).
The Book of Jasher contains detailed correct information about antediluvian patriarchs. How did the author know about them?
Article 19. "From Martyrdom to
Celebration!," Meridian Magazine (6 Jun 2002).
The significance of the Martyrdom date and Nauvoo temple dedication date on the Hebrew Calendar.
Article 20. "Celestial
Witnesses of the Meridian of Time,"
Meridian Magazine (10 Jul 2002).
The year of the birth of Christ is clearly marked as the Meridian of Time both in the Enoch Calendar and also right in the lunar orbital data.
Article 21. "Enoch Calendar:
Another Witness of the Restoration,"
Meridian Magazine (5 Aug 2002).
The Enoch Calendar is a second witness with the Hebrew Calendar that several key dates of the restoration of the LDS Church occurred on holy days.
Article 22. "Seven
Trumpets," Meridian Magazine (27 Aug 2002).
Research indicates that this is the year for the millennial Feast of Trumpets on the Enoch Calendar. What is the significance of that feast, and who are the angels who sound the seven trumpets?
Article 23. "Dead Sea Scrolls May
Solve Mystery," Meridian Magazine (12 Mar 2003).
Using the moon to determine Qumran calendar dates in the Dead Sea Scrolls sheds light on the long-standing enigma of when the priestly temple courses served.
Article 24. "Seven Sacred
Calendars Testify of Christ,"
Meridian Magazine (9 Apr 2003).
The priest cycle appears to be a seventh sacred calendar which testifies of the exact holy days on which key events in the life of Christ occurred.
Article 25. "Venus and the
Beginning of Mortality," Meridian Magazine (9 July 2003).
The Venus Calendar may provide a scientific method of precisely determining the chronology in the Book of Genesis, beginning with the expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
Article 26. "Astronomical
Witnesses of the Great Flood," Meridian Magazine (13 Aug 2003).
A precise date for Noah's Deluge is indicated by sacred astronomical calendars and confirmed by witnesses of Enoch, his father Jared, and even the Savior.
Article 27. "Divine Calendars
Testify of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,"
Meridian Magazine (11 Sep 2003).
Divine calendars indicate precise birth dates for Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Rebekah, and Jacob, as well as for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, resolving the long-standing question of whether or not Noah and Abraham were contemporaries.
Article 28. "Exodus Date
Testifies of Christ," Meridian Magazine (7 Oct 2003).
The Exodus account includes detailed patterns which testify of its precise date and that Jesus Christ was the Messiah whom Moses typified.
Article 29. "The Timing of David
and Solomon's Reigns, "Meridian Magazine (12 Nov 2003).
Sacred calendars provide precise dates for King David, his son Solomon, and the dedication of Solomon's temple, completing the chain of interlocking dates from Adam to Jesus, the son of David.
Article 30. "The Nephite
Calendar," Meridian Magazine (14 Jan 2004).
A precise Nephite calendar is proposed which provides exact dates from Lehi to Christ. The dates for King Benjamin's speech and for the angel's visit to Amulek witness that it may be correct.
Article 31. "The Planets Testify
of the Creator" Meridian Magazine (14 Apr 2004).
The Book of Abraham claim about planetary "set times" leads to startling evidence for design by a Creator. Planetary periods, and even some intervals between conjunctions, are multiples of two sacred time units.
Article 32. "The Planet Uranus
Testifies of Christ" Meridian Magazine (18 Jun 2004).
The planet Uranus (Chronos) not only tracks the earth's millennia, but also testifies of precise dates for Adam and Jesus Christ.
Article 33. "Lost Constellation
Testifies of Christ" Meridian Magazine (14 Jul 2004).
Ancient Egyptians and Persians provide enough clues to restore a lost constellation, testifying of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.
Article 34. "Daniel's Prophecy
Foretells Date of Crucifixion"
Meridian Magazine (15 Sep 2004).
Sir Isaac Newton provided a key to understanding how Daniel prophesied the date of the Crucifixion to the very day.
Article 35. "Jubilee
Calendar Testifies of Christ" Meridian Magazine (17 Nov 2004).
The Jubilee Calendar is proposed as a restoration of an ancient inspired version, with evidence that it is used by the Lord for many sacred events.
Article 36. "The
Zodiac Testifies of Christ," Meridian Magazine (15 Jun 2005).
The zodiac constellation figures may symbolize the twelve key roles of Jesus Christ.
Article 37. "Twelve
Sons, Twelve Constellations," MeridianMagazine (13 Jul 2005).
Relating the twelve tribes of Israel to the twelve zodiac constellations helps unravel the mystery of the Lord's sacred calendars.
Article 38. "Limhi,
Alma, and Passover Patterns," Meridian
Magazine (12 Oct 2005).
The Book of Mormon and sacred calendars provide keys to understand the patterns of the Biblical Exodus.
Article 39. "Joshua's Seventieth
Jubilee," Meridian Magazine (18 May 2006).
Soon we can celebrate seventy jubilees since Joshua crossed the River Jordan.
Article 40. "Decision Days Ahead?,"
Meridian Magazine (21 Jun 2006).
Each of us needs to choose, as in the times of Moses and Elijah, whether we will serve false gods or the one true God.
Article 41. "Enoch's Constellations
Testify of Christ" Meridian Magazine (23 Aug 2006).
The 48 constellation figures from Enoch depict the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Article 42. "Constellations Testify
of Seven Angels" Meridian Magazine (28 Sep 2006).
Scripture, constellations and myth combine to tell the deeds of the seven chief angels in heaven, earth and the underworld.
Article 43. "The Hebrew Calendar Testifies
of the Creator" Meridian Magazine (26 Oct 2007).
The precise lengths of the solar year and lunar month were apparently designed to fit the day-year pattern of the Hebrew calendar.
Article 44. "New Proposed Location for Solomon's Temple"
Meridian Magazine (15 Aug 2008).
Newly discovered evidence indicates possible original location of Solomon's temple.
Article 45. "Venus Testifies of Christ"
Meridian Magazine (10 Feb 2010).
The evening and morning star has eight key orbital places, and each corresponds to one major event in the life of Jesus Christ.
Article 46. "The Prophetic Dream that Saved Martin Luther"
Meridian Magazine (14 Jul 2010).
As the early reformer John Huss was about to be burned at the stake, he prophesied of Martin Luther. Both the date of that prophecy and of Luther's birth appear to be significant.
Article 47. "The Trecena Testifies of the Book of Mormon" (10 May 2011).
The Book of Mormon was apparently restored on a timetable governed by the trecena of the Sacred Round.
Article 48. "Jubilee Witness"
Meridian Magazine (17 Oct 2012).
The Prophet Jeremiah provides a powerful witness identifying 589 BC as a jubilee year.
Article 49. "Venus Calendar Patterns Testify of Scriptures" (26 Apr 2013).
Patterns of multiple dates on the Venus Calendar provide compelling witnesses of many scriptural events throughout history, including the life of Christ, and many birth, death, and even ordination dates of Biblical patriarchs.
Article 50. "Uniform Venus Calendar Testifies of God's Organization" (9 May 2013).
The Uniform Venus Calendar witnesses Jesus Christ, the seven chief angels, noble women, Hanukkah, and the restoration of the latter-day church.
Article 51. "Uniform Enoch Calendar Witnesses Religious History" (22 May 2013).
The Uniform Enoch Calendar is simple, but provides a powerful witness of many holy events throughout history.
Article 52. "The Virgin Mary's Birth and Death Dates" (6 Feb 2014).
Birth and death dates are proposed for the Virgin Mary, derived from Glastonbury traditions and confirmed by links to Christ, great women of the Bible, and even Adam.
Article 53. "Celebrating Life on Twenty Holy Days" (18 Feb 2014).
All twenty of the day glyphs representing phases of life on the Sacred Round correspond to holy days on the Hebrew and Enoch calendars.
Article 54. "Ten Sacred Calendars Testify of Christ" Meridian Magazine (19 Aug 2014).
Key religious events often occur on sacred calendar holy days, allowing precise dates to be deduced afterward. The life of Jesus Christ provides a compelling example.
Article 55. "Uniform Mercury Calendar Testifies of Christ" (2 Sep 2014).
The Uniform Mercury Calendar testifies of important religious dates, especially of the prophets and Jesus Christ.
Article 56. "Stronger Uniform Venus Calendar Witness" (2 Sep 2014).
The new correlation of the Uniform Venus Calendar provides an even stronger witness of Adam, the prophets, and Jesus Christ.
Article 57. "Mars Testifies of Patriarchs and Priesthoods" Meridian Magazine (29 Sep 2014).
The Mars Calendar testifies of patriarchs, priesthoods, temples and of Jesus Christ.
Article 58. "Uniform Mars Calendar Adds Another Witness" (29 Sep 2014).
The Uniform Mars Calendar is another witness to the dates of many sacred events throughout history.
Article 59. "Loaves, Fishes, and a Nephite Easter" (4 Oct 2014).
The Biblical account of Christ's miracle of feeding 5,000 with loaves and fishes parallels the Book of Mormon record of His miracle of producing bread and wine for the multitude. It is proposed that the dates of those two miracles were also very similar, both occurring at Easter time.
Article 60. "Uniform Hebrew and Enoch Calendar Cooperation" (24 Nov 2014).
The newly discovered Uniform Hebrew Calendar was designed to work closely with the Uniform Enoch Calendar, staying synchronized with it indefinitely.
Article 61. "Uniform Hebrew Calendar Witnesses Sacred Events" (2 Dec 2014).
The Uniform Hebrew Calendar testifies of Adam, Christ and many key events of sacred history.
Article 62. "Golden Plates' Life Cycle Testifies of Book of Mormon" (8 Dec 2014).
The Native American Sacred Round and Uniform Hebrew Calendar testify of seven steps of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, symbolized as a life cycle of the golden plates from which it was translated.
Article 63. "Twelve Steps from Christ to Adam" (23 Dec 2014).
A precise chronology from Christ back to Adam is created in twelve steps, requiring only minimal knowledge of Biblical history and the Venus Calendar.
Article 64. "Enoch's Ten Week Prophecy" (24 May 2015).
The Book of Enoch contains a prophecy dividing the history of the world into ten "weeks". This article proposes that those weeks are based on the Enoch Calendar, suggests dates for each week, and interprets the prophecy.
Article 65. "How Leap Years Testify of a Creator" (29 Feb 2016).
The precise length of our solar year testifies of the design of a super-intelligent Creator.
Article 66. "This Easter is Unique in All of History" (1 Mar 2016).
Easter Sunday this year on 27 Mar 2016 is unique in history in symbolizing both the Savior's birth and resurrection.
Article 67. "Star Calendar Testifies of Christ and His Servants" (9 Jul 2016).
Evidence is presented that the Lord is using the Star Calendar described herein to testify of his faithful servants. The witness of the Prophet Joseph Smith is provided in detail.
Article 68. "Sacred Calendars Support Christian Worship on Sunday" (18 Sep 2016).
The holiness of Sunday on many sacred calendars witnesses to it truly being the "Lord's day" on which Christians should worship and commemorate the Resurrection.
Article 69. "Clothed With the Sun, Moon Under Her Feet" (2 Nov 2016).
The prophecy of a woman clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet may refer to rare celestial signs of the Feast of Trumpets in 2 BC, 1832, and 2017, which herald the future birth of her son.
Article 70. "God's Perpetual Hebrew Calendar" (28 Feb 2017).
The Perpetual Hebrew Calendar is a masterpiece of implementing the day-year pattern and now correctly indicates sacred event dates throughout history.
Article 71. "Zodiac Ages and Their Presidencies" (29 Apr 2017).
Precise dates are derived for the zodiac ages defined by the precession of the equinoxes, such as the Age of Aquarius beginning on Sun 20 Mar 1836. Presidencies over each age are proposed.