Mel Gable draws our attention to the sun, moon, planets, and stars as heavenly signs. That was one of the purposes for which God created them.
Mel gives the heavenly sign for the first judgment: “It is an eclipse with the planet Saturn and the moon with the sun which turns the earth into darkness during the daytime.” (12) The date is indicated with the accompanying illustration, October 2393. A problem with this is that when I researched eclipses at www.eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov, I found no eclipse of the sun in October. There will be one in November, 2393 but it is only a partial one.
Here are some other dates Mel predicts:
May 2354, the birth of the Antichrist.
June 2393, the Antichrist is revealed.
“November 2393 marks the battle between mankind and the Antichrist controlled by Satan.” (18)
June 2394, Second Trumpet Judgment
October 2394, a comet, Third Judgment
June 2398, Antichrist and False Prophet thrown into the lake of fire.
Mel makes many statements without giving his source. For example, he says Mercury is a sign of the Antichrist and identifies the “horns” on Mercury's symbol as representing Satan empowered. (113) He does not list a source for this insight. He also has a chart on page 66 giving symbols for good and evil spirits, then draws some conclusions from it. He fails to give the source for that chart.
I do have some other issues with Mel's book. He says he does not use Scripture out of context but here is an example of him doing just that. He quotes Matt. 24:35-36 (of that day and hour no one knows, not even the Son) and 2 Peter 3:7 (the present heavens and earth being reserved for fire). He writes, “Only God the Father knows when this earth will pass away. It doesn't say Christ will not know when He will return.” (8) However, Mel fails to add Matt. 24:37. This verse clearly indicates the topic of the previous two verses is the coming of the Son of Man, not the earth passing away with fire.
Mel has also used pagan sources for the meanings of some of the celestial objects. For example, he uses an astrology book to determine the characteristics of Saturn (12). He also uses pagan religions and myths to the same end. (One example is on p. 105.) His use of these sources, some unidentified, makes me very uncomfortable with his work.
Sometimes his statements don't make sense to me. For example, on page 77, there is an illustration with the following caption: “June 2397 end of month, the sun eclipsed by planet Neptune”. I don't understand that. Neptune is outside of the earth's orbit so would never “eclipse” the sun as seen from the earth.
You can see the software Mel used to generate the images in his book at http://www.starrynighteducation.com/skychart/. I have gone to that site, as well as used the edition of the software I have (which is older, and a free education edition), and have not been able to duplicate his illustrations. The “light tunnel” (83 and on the cover of the book) that is used to return Christ's armies to earth, is an illustration of light that just does not make sense to me (and I have a degree in physics). Also, he speaks of radiant light reflecting off one-third of the planets (Saturn and Uranus are shown) and the moon creating an amber glow to the sky. (52) That reflected sunlight from such distant planets would even affect our sky is just not believable.
Mel has gone to a great deal of work on this book. That his predictions are nearly four hundred years in the future mean that none of us will be alive to see if he is right or not.
Find out more at www.heavenlysigns.org.
Mel Gable has been a Christian for more than fifty years. His career includes corporate management of high-tech silicon IC design companies, as well as engineering management positions with several large companies. He received his BSEE degree from the University of Michigan. He is retired and lives in Gig Harbor, Washington.
Westbow Press, 128 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author for the purpose of this review.