As we know, God hides His messages to us in every single thing we experience in our day, both good and bad, internally and externally, big and small. The last week, I’ve seen three very noticeable things in the sky, which I’m still pondering on.
On the night of the full moon a little while ago, I rushed over to my window to see who’d just switched on the floodlight outside that was shining straight into my living room. There was no floodlight. What there was, was a massive super-shiny moon that looked more like a sun.
Me and my daughter stared at it together for around five minutes (she actually asked me if it was the sun, when she first came over to the window…) and marvelled at it. Since when does a moon look like a sun?
The next weird thing happened yesterday (Monday by the time you read this.) Strangely for me, I got pretty antsy mid-morning and suddenly decided I had to get out of my house and take a long walk around Jerusalem instead.
I headed off towards Emek Refaim and the German Colony, and as I was walking along near Yemin Moshe and Sir Moses Monteriore’s windmill, I suddenly noticed that the clouds looked pretty strange and kind of ‘ghostly’ for want of a better word.
There were a lot of thin, wispy clouds that were placed vertically in the sky, like figures with arms, instead of the more usual horizontal layout. As I was staring up at the clouds, I noticed a square in the middle of one of them that was very brightly lit up with colours.
Initially, I thought it was someone’s wall projector gone astray, but after I checked around a little, I realised that it was kind of a framed, small section of a rainbow. But the colours were so intense in it!
As I was watching that small square rainbow (which hung around for around 20 minutes - the longest I’ve ever seen a rainbow ‘hanging’ there to be observed), I noticed another, much fainter rainbow behind it. Wow! Double rainbow! So cool!
But as I was watching this latest development, I saw yet another rainbow show up - rainbow number 3! Dear reader, I know double rainbows are unusual, but not unheard of. But I have never in my whole life seen three rainbows together like that.
As I was standing there on the pavement, head thrown back, for all the world looking like the eccentric weirdo I’m sometimes accused of being, God added a couple more final touches to this awesome tableau: A few fist-sized puffy clouds showed up, and suddenly changed colours to electric greens, blues, purples and pinks.
And all this at 12-midday on a sunny, relatively cloud-less day in Jerusalem! I was gobsmacked. I’ve never seen anything like this. Then, I noticed there was a semi-circle band of light around the middle of half the sky, kind of like a glowing equator. I was looking for the sun to be behind it, as that would help to at least explain that strange celestial phenomenon - but dear reader, I couldn’t see it.
After 20 minutes of gawking at this and wishing I had a camera, God finally broke the picture up, the clouds drifted away, and I continued walking on to Emek Refaim.
(Did anyone else out there see this happening in the Jerusalem sky, on Monday around midday?)
After all that, the third thing I saw in the sky was much more pedestrian: Again yesterday, but now in the night, my husband and I saw something that looked like a very bright light in the sky. At first I thought it was a helicopter beam, but we looked at it for five minutes and it was completely stationary. I’m not an expert, but I don’t think helicopters can do that, can they? Just hang in the sky without moving a jot for five whole minutes? (And maybe more, but we stopped looking at that point.)
I thought maybe it was a Russian space station. My husband thinks maybe it was a planet, as it was so bright. Or maybe it really was just a helicopter beam and I’m woefully ignorant.
Speaking for myself, I took the unusually bright, sun-like moon as a sign that the Jewish people’s time to ‘shine’ has nearly arrived.
The three rainbows were gorgeous, awe-inspiring - and also perplexing. Does that mean there’s triple din, or judgment going on in the world at the moment? That God wants to destroy creation 300% more than usual, God-forbid? I can’t really believe that was the message, because the whole scene was so stunningly beautiful and awe-inspiring. Dafka, I got a good feeling from those rainbows.
And the last weird light / planet / star-thing, I’m reserving judgment on until I find out whether helicopters definitely can’t just ‘hang’ stationary in the sky for five minutes.
So that’s my contribution to the ‘weird stuff going on in the heavens’ online discussion. I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that it all is very, very meaningful, especially for the Jewish people.
Just I have no clue, honestly what it actually all means.