If you follow me on social media or on this blog, you know by now that I’ve been mildly obsessed with Comet Leonard over the past few weeks. The only reason I became interested in Comet Leonard was because of Comet Erasmus! They go together. I believe they are messages from God, and it’s like He had one big thing to say to us, but He said the first half of his sentence around Christmas of 2020, and the second half of it during the Christmas season of 2021.
I wanted to wait until Leonard was done doing all the amazing comet-things it was going to do before I wrote this Blog, but Leonard has been so full of surprises and full of spiritual meaning even up to this very moment, I decided to just go ahead and publish what I know so far! The comet is predicted to reach perihelion (closest distance to the sun) on January 3, and then, according to all the experts, be ejected from our solar system, “never” to be seen again. (And by never they mean that it’ll be back in 80,000 years 💁🏻♀️.) Now is a good time to begin to peel the layers of messages I believe the Lord is sending through these signs in the heavens. SO, let me tell you a story.
The Chronological Telling of How God Began Speaking Through These Signs in the Sky:
In November of 2020, I somehow stumbled upon the fact that a comet named Erasmus had entered our galaxy. The Lord told me to look up the meaning of that name. If you need to get up-to-date on all that Erasmus means, and how a comet named that unusual name popped up on humanity’s radar at the same time as a *matching prophetic dream*, then you must go back to my earlier blog posts here and read! But to summarize: Erasmus represents true, authentic believers in God through Jesus, who remain steadfast in their faith and who never give up. The Christians represented by Erasmus are true intercessors… prayer warriors… who persevere through persecution and delay. Comet Erasmus was predicted by the astronomy/science community to “not make it.” Expectations were not high that this comet would survive its journey or turn into anything bright or noteworthy. But Erasmus did! ON CHRISTMAS DAY it brightened beyond all expectations and also turned red, white and blue. As an American prayer warrior, that pretty much made my Christmas!
Comet Erasmus had been predicted to be gone from earth’s view by December 14th. Yet, it stayed. It was gracing the sky the night of the Great Conjunction of 12/21/20. Remember that? People were calling it The Christmas Star? But it was actually the conjunction of two very bright planets, Saturn and Jupiter. It really touches me that Erasmus hung around for that. (Again, read previous blogs here to gain full understanding!) And then of course, I was deeply touched again on 12/25/20 when Erasmus did its red, white, & blue thing. Then, on January 3rd, Erasmus left. But have you ever watched WWE Wrestling? Where they do the tag-team stuff? Because ON JANUARY 3rd, *as* Comet Erasmus was tagging out, it tagged in Comet Leonard! Not even joking. On the same day Erasmus left, Comet Leonard was discovered. There is great meaning here. God is showing us that whatever Comet Leonard means, it’s connected to what Erasmus represented.
But something ELSE also happened on January 3rd! (Ya can’t make this stuff up!) I had been praying for weeks and weeks, all during the whole Comet Erasmus/Great Conjunction season, asking the Lord for our ‘Word’ for the upcoming new year, 2021. This is something that I do every year, and He is so gracious and kind to answer me each time. I will receive from Him a prophetic word that I know will characterize our new year, for my family and for our church. It’s one of my favorite things to pray about, because when the answer comes, it feels like a breath of fresh hope is being breathed out over the next 12 months, and you get this Peace that, no matter what happens, He is with you! It also helps our church have some guidelines about what to expect for the coming year. It’s all so comforting. But last year, Late 2020 came and went, with me fervently asking, but no answer was given. I was beginning to get frustrated in the waiting, but then… you guessed it!… on January 3rd the Lord finally said it! He told me— “Brilliant Justice.”
Well, that sounded great to a red-blooded American like me, who prays daily for God’s justice to sweep across our country. I thought back to Erasmus exploding into red, white and blue brilliance on Christmas Day, and I thought… HE’S DOING IT!! God is going to bring Brilliant Justice to us in 2021! I was so excited. And then, God added more! He showed me an image… I’ll call it a mini-vision because it did have some movement to it. I saw a person’s lower leg, ankle and foot. And it was in motion. I had no clue what this could have to do with Brilliant Justice, so I asked Him. He answered me by saying “I wonder if there’s a letter in the Hebrew alphabet that is a pictogram of a person’s foot in motion.” Hahaha I LOVE it when God phrases things like this, because, you know He already knows! And He’s wanting you to look it up! So, I did. And sure enough, I found that very thing. The letter gimel in Hebrew (looks like our letter C) began as a pictogram of a foot in motion. The meaning behind it was that of a rich man running to bestow mercy on a poor man. (If you think about it, it’s the gospel in a nutshell.) So sitting there at my desk on January 3rd, being my usual short-sighted self, I thought, “GOOD. The Lord is about to hurry and bring Justice upon our land and within our culture.” But I’d missed it— I missed His actual point.
Now, it’s important to note here, that ON January 3rd, I didn’t know one thing about Comet Leonard. No one did, except the guy named Greg Leonard who discovered the comet, and a few people at NASA to whom Greg reported his findings. Here’s the thing about comets: when they’re first discovered they are not usually talked about much. That’s because comets are unpredictable and a large percentage of them fizzle into non-events, and never make it into the News cycle. So let’s picture little Sally, hoping for God’s brilliant justice to break out over America, sitting at her prayer-desk all throughout January, thinking back on all the excitement of Erasmus, the Great Conjunction, prophetic dreams, and now this deeply encouraging ‘Word’ for 2021. The new year was young, and SURELY God was about to do something exciting! Little Sally was hopeful.
But then, 2021 unfolded like the worse-cousin of 2020. As I dutifully thanked God each morning for his promise of Brilliant Justice, I began to realize that what I was seeing in real life, in News headlines, media posts and even in our personal lives, was actually just MORE injustice. I doubled down. I prayed harder. I found scriptures about justice to pray aloud. I’m a veteran Christian/prayer warrior and I know NOT to give up and HOW not to give up. I used all the tools I’ve picked up over the years (decades!) of being a warrior. But by June of 2021, I was…. whiney. I took it the Lord. I prayed, “LORD! You said ‘Brilliant Justice’!!” He responded, “Yes. Notice I didn’t say SWIFT.” And then He did the most beautiful, tender, helpful thing! He re-showed me the gimel, the image of the rich man running, eager, to pour out mercy on the poor man. In January, I’d assumed I was the “poor man”, victimized by evil persons running an evil agenda. But I was not the poor man. I am RICH. I’m in Christ! He has called me to the glorious riches of His inheritance! 🙌🏻 (Ephesians 1:18) In God’s mind, the “poor man” is anyone who doesn’t yet know His Son. He RUNS to show them mercy. (See the parable of the prodigal son!) So halfway thru the year of 2021, I realized, OHhhh, we’re waiting. In God’s mercy, people are being given time to repent. To turn to Him. To receive His love and forgiveness in their hearts. I knew then that it was time to keep on being like Erasmus. Keep on being faithful, devoted, true to Christ despite persecution and delay, honoring HIS timing.
But remember, alllll this time, Comet Leonard was *out there*, speeding toward earth. It’s just that average people like me, were unaware. And, whatever Comet Erasmus meant… Comet Leonard was going to connect with that!
Fast forward to November of 2021. No sweeping “Brilliant Justice” had happened, but the words ‘Brilliance‘ and ‘Bright’ did keep popping up on my newsfeed. Why? Because Comet Leonard was getting closer and closer to earth, and had survived its interstellar journey very well. Astronomy sites, and then quickly mainstream media, were excited to publish articles about how Leonard was turning out to be the “BRIGHTEST Comet of the Year.” Every single article mentioned its brilliance, and also one other quality— it was FAST! Comet Leonard was coming toward our skies at a rate of 45 miles per second!
Then the Lord told me to look up the meaning of this comet’s name. Leonard means “strength of a Lion.” I instantly knew that this comet would represent Jesus as the Lion of Judah. Let’s think about this: Erasmus,the symbol of persevering steadfastness and prayer, tagged out while tagging IN the Lion of Judah. This would be a good time to list all the ways Comet Leonard has done something, or become something, that expresses the qualities, or likeness, of Jesus in His role of Lion of Judah. I’m not going to over-explain, I’m just going to list and hope that you see it:
• the BRIGHTNESS (think Brilliant justice)
• the FAST speed
• the amazing TAIL (one morning the Lord asked me why & when does a Lion swish its tail. I looked it up and learned that it’s for communicating with, or sending signals to, members of its pride. Sometimes to indicate its mood, sometimes to warn them during a hunt. Then later I saw many enthusiastic posts from the astronomy community proclaiming, with photos to prove, that Comet Leonard’s tail was literally swishing! Some said “dancing!”)
• the fact that Leonard was proclaimed by astronomers and journalists to be “the whole world’s comet” because it would be visible from every continent (John 3:16)
•WHAT IT DID ON CHRISTMAS DAY (okay this one deserves a photo)
The tail experienced what they call a “detachment event” and a photographer captured it. I was stunned when I realized that this created a profile image of The Lord Jesus within the comet. And He’s regally holding His scepter. (Photo cred: Michael Jager)
• What Comet Leonard did on December 26th!
• What it did on the last few days of December! The tail of Comet Leonard grew and grew and became SO LONG that professional astro-photographers could no longer capture the comet within one frame! It is very rare to have a comet with a tail as long as Comet Leonard’s.
I’ll close this blog entry with two scriptures that come to mind as I, and thousands of other comet enthusiasts, have pondered the massive size and length of this comet’s tail:
Isaiah 6:1-3, where it talks about Isaiah’s vision of the Lord— “I saw the Lord… high and exalted, and the train of His robe filled the temple…. and they (angels) were calling to one another ‘Holy holy holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory!’”
Psalm 57:5, where King David (who also is a member of the Tribe of Judah!) proclaims— “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!”
Comet Erasmus and Comet Leonard are signs. And like I always say, the sign is not the thing… the sign is what points to the thing!
It’s getting late now on this final evening of December, 2021. I have more to say, and Comet Leonard is still around for a few more days, so I think I’ll post again in a day or two. And guess what? Just like last year, here I am going into the New Year, and God hasn’t given me our ‘Word’ for 2022 yet! Haha! 😄This is amazing! I’m sure it’s coming any moment now…