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Apocalypse of John – Dated astronomically

– This article is the author’s translation of the German version

In the month of March in 1907 the Russian astronomer Nikolai Alexandrovich Morozov (Морозов Николай Александрович, 1854-1946) published the book “Revelation within Thunderstorm and Tempest. History of the Apocalypses Origin.” (After an intervention of the orthodox clergy, the book was placed on the index in the following year.) In his book Morozov makes the case that the Book of Revelation is describing the astronomical constellation over the island of Patmos on Sunday, September 30th, 395 (Julian year). Morozov presumes that the highly educated John was capable to calculate the Saros cycle and, therefore, did observe the sky on this day in attendance of a solar eclipse. (This eclipse did occur indeed – over South America, however[1]).

Morozov states:

1. The weekday of the event is named explicitly:

2. The description of the skies starts quite systematically at the pole with a constellation named Throne (today: Ursa Minor):

3. The text continues mentioning the Milky Way and the signs of the zodiac denoting the four seasons: Lion, Taurus, Sagittarius and Eagle (today: Aquarius):

4. The four horses were interpreted by Morozov as traditional metaphors for the planets Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn. The constellations Sagittarius, Perseus, Libra and Scorpion were sitting on them:

5. Sun and Moon were named explicitly. The only female character within the zodiac is Virgo:

As a Harlot, the planet Venus will be blamed, eventually. Venus, the symbol of female eroticism, united with the red star Antares (Anti-Mars) within the constellation Scorpion:

The description within the Book of Revelation matches exactly the Constellation for the Julian date 30-9-395.

Figure of Rev. Assignment Constellation Body Right ascen. Declination
1 Sun Woman (dress) Virgo Sun 12h 27m 56s -3° 02.9
2 Moon Woman (feet) Virgo Moon 12h 19m 00s -2° 50.5
3 White horse Bow Sagittarius Jupiter 17h 56m 56s -24° 01.5
4 Pale horse Death Scorpion Saturn 14h 40m 40s -13° 45.5
5 Dark horse Balances Libra Mercury 13h 52m 38s -14° 54.5
6 Red horse Swordsman Perseus / Aries Mars 00h 59m 38s +3° 31.2
7 Woman / Whore Red beast Antares, Scorpion Venus 14h 54m 50s 18° 22.9

Right ascension and Declination for the island of Patmos at 15:00 UTC on this day were calculated using the program Yoursky[2]:

Sun, Moon and the 3 outer and 2 inner planets will produce 3.732.480 combinations within the 12 signs of the zodiac (12^5 × 5 × 3). Therefore, an accidental match is quite unlikely.
At this point criticism on Chronology begins: Common understanding says, referring to Irenaeus (Haer. V,30,3), that the Revelation to John has been written down near the end of the reign of the Roman emperor Domitian (81-96). Consequently, either the Relevation has been dated some three centuries too old, or the reign of Domitian has.




  1. ^ Solar eclipse catalogue 300-400: http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/SEcat/SE0301-0400.html
  2. ^ Planetarium program Yoursky (395-09-30 15:00; 37N 27E; Opt.: E,M,N,N) http://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/uncgi/Yoursky