The Bible In The Stars


And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years" --Gen 1:14 (NIV)

The bible teaches against using the stars for the purpose of determining personal events in your life.  It also teaches against methods of trying to determine your future based on the stars using methods such as: palm readers, card reading, zodiac, etc.     I do not promote the study of astrology, and would only suggest any further study in biblical astronomy after you are firmly rooted with a deep understanding of the bible. It is not that such pursuits are completely "untrue", but that there are serious moral and religious pitfalls that could ensnare you.

The bible does teach that certain things such as the stars and Israel are to be watched in order to give indications of what period of time or dispensation we are currently in.

I present this study because this is where I was led and have been given instruction to teach things in the manner in which they were revealed to me…


 

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The Bible In The Stars

The 12 signs of the Zodiac were charted and studied by many ancient nations (Chinese, Egyptian, Chaldean, Greek, etc.).  The names, meanings, and order of the zodiac signs were the same in all nations.

Each Zodiac represents multiple constellations of stars.  The name of the sign is the name of one of the constellations within it.  For example, within the sign of Virgo, there multiple constellations of stars, and one of these constellations is named Virgo. 

If you look at the constellations and the pictures associated with them, you'll realize that there isn't really any logical reason to draw the specific Zodiac figures  based on the positions of the associated stars in that constellation.  In other words, if you look at the scorpion that is drawn from the stars in the constellation of Scorpio, you’ll notice that there is really no way for you to conceive an image of a scorpion based solely on looking at the positions of the stars in that constellation.  You'll also notice that there are some stars in the constellation that are left out of the picture.   This is because the pictures were not drawn to identify the constellation, but instead certain stars within the constellation were chosen with the purpose of identifying the picture!  The figures were already conceived prior to them being mapped to the stars of a particular zodiac. 
The fact that all of the stars weren’t included in the original zodiac symbols emphasizes the point that the ancient pictures were not created to identify the constellation, but only certain stars were used because the purpose was to identify the picture.

The signs of the Zodiac were created for the purpose of conveying ancient stories.  These stories were originally passed down orally from generation to generation.   Since there was no written language to record this story, people associated the pictures with the stars in Heaven to convey the story and as a means of remembering the stories.   The different pictures that form the constellations were created as a way of conveying these ancient stories.  

The ancient stories can be read as a book with twelve chapters.  Each zodiac sign represents the beginning of a chapter.   The signs of the Zodiac are the beginning of the chapters.  Each chapter of the book has a particular topic which tells an ancient story of a virgin who conceives a child that will save the world.  It tells of the savior’s fight against an enemy, the savior’s death, resurrection and eventually returning to earth to rule as king.   The story within the stars can be validated from the fact that if you look at the meaning of the ancient names of the stars they support the subject of that chapter no matter which cultures zodiac you use or no matter which language you choose to as identifying the stars name.  So whether you use the Egyptian, Hebrew, Arabic, Ethiopian, or Greek names for the stars and constellations, you will get confirmation of the same story!

The order of the constellations, and thus the order that the chapters are read is determined by the path that the sun makes through the constellations.  The book starts in the constellation Virgo and ends in the constellation Leo.    The story begins in Virgo where a virgin conceives a child who is to become the savior of the world, and it ends in Leo which tells of the slain savior returning to earth as king.

The story is outlined as follows:

The First Book
A | Virgo.  The Prophecy of the Woman and her Bruised Seed (child).
                B | Libra.  The work accomplished (in grace).
                B| Scorpio. The work accomplished (in conflict).
A | Sagittarius. The fulfillment of the promised victory.

The Second Book
C| Capricorus. The Prophecy of the Promised Deliverance.
                D | Aquarius. Results of the work bestowed (in grace).
                D | Pisces. Results of the work enjoyed (in conflict).
C | Aries.  The Fulfilment of the Promosed Deliverence

The Third Book
E | Taurus.  The Prophecy of the coming Judge of all the earth.
                F | Gemini.  The Redeemer’s reign (Grace and Glory).
                F | Cancer.  The Redeemer’s possession (safe from all conflict).
E | Leo.  The fulfillment of the promised Triumph.

 

For an illustration, I will briefly explain the first book, Virgo -- the story is of the promised seed of a woman.  The book/sign contains 4 constellations: Virgo, Coma, Centaurus, and Bootes.  Coma tells the story of a virgin who gives birth to a savior.  Centaurus, the Centaur, tells of a two natured being which represents the dual nature of this savior coming as both man and God, and also tells how this savior is slain.  Bootes, a man with a spear and sickle, tells of the return of this savior after his death coming back to conquer his enemies.

You can see how the names of the stars and the predictions that are conveyed correlate with the bible predictions of the coming of first Christ and also of the predictions in Revelations of the second coming of Christ.  Many of the names of the stars within the constellation coincide directly with their biblical references.  The names of the stars are Greek, Latin, Arabic, Syrian, and other languages.  If you translate the names of the stars, you’ll see names such as:  “the coming seed”, “the branch”, “the dragon”, “the shepherd”, “the virgin”, “the glorious”, “the mighty”, “the deceiver”, “the serpent”, “the alter”, and so on.  Almost all of the names of the stars in each constellation coincide directly with the ancient story of which the symbol represents.

Many of the symbols of the zodiac signs are creatures that are half of one thing and half of another.  The Egyptians, in order to remember where the book began and ended, created a creature to depict whose front end depicted where the zodiac starts, and whose rear end depicts where the zodiac ends.  Statues and drawings of this creature were place near all drawing and architectures that related to the Zodiac.  The creature has a woman's head to represent Virgo and a lion’s body representing Leo.  This creature is now referred to as "The Spynx"! The Capricorn symbol is half goat and half fish representing the slain goat (the sacrifice) and the fish represents the redeemed people who are saved by the savior (as it means in the symbol for Pisces).

Most of the stories conveyed in the Zodiac are now told within the bible.  Originally the Old Testament scriptures were passed down orally from generation to generation.  Now that the bible is easily accessible in a readable form, it is no longer necessary to obtain the ancient knowledge transmitted in the stars. These original stories have since been modified and made into Greek mythology, and other derivations from the original. Similar to Halloween and Mardi Gras, things that were originally based on the glorification of God have been taken and used for other purposes.

Note: Modern day astronomers/astrologists have attempted to modify the pictures/signs associated with certain constellations for the purpose of including all of the stars in the associated constellation. 

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The Bible In The Stars: Related Scriptures

 


Gen 1:14-19 - Signs and Seasons

14 Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
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signs = othoth = something or someone to come
seasons = appointed times


Num 24:17 - Predictions of the Birth of Christ
17 "I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near.
A star will come out of Jacob;
a scepter will rise out of Israel.
He will crush the foreheads of Moab,
the skulls of all the sons of Sheth.  
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Many believe that this verse is how the “Wise Men” knew when Jesus was going to be born.  They say that this was a prediction that there would be a new star appearing in the Virgo constellation when the savior was born.  The star “Coma’ is believed to have become visible for the first time at the time when Christ was born.

 

Isa 40:26
26 Lift up your eyes on high,
And see who has created these things,
Who brings out their host by number;
He calls them all by name,
By the greatness of His might
And the strength of His power;
Not one is missing.
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Ps 147:4-5
4 He counts the number of the stars;
He calls them all by name.
5 Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;
His understanding is infinite.
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Ps 19:1-6
19:1 The Perfect Revelation of the LORD

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.

In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
6 Its rising is from one end of heaven,
And its circuit to the other end;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
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Isa 13:9-10
9 Behold, the day of the LORD comes,
Cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger,
To lay the land desolate;
And He will destroy its sinners from it.
10 For the stars of heaven and their constellations
Will not give their light;
The sun will be darkened in its going forth,
And the moon will not cause its light to shine.
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Acts 17:26-29
26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.' 29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man's devising.
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In verse 28 Paul is quoting a poem about the Astronomical signs by Aratus called Diosemeia (The Divine Signs). 

Pleiades = the 7 stars
Mazzaroth = the 12 signs of the Zodiac

 

Job 9:9
9 He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades,
And the chambers of the south;
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Job 38:31-33
31 "Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,
Or loose the belt of Orion?
32 Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season?
Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?
33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you set their dominion over the earth?
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Amos 5:8
8 He made the Pleiades and Orion;
He turns the shadow of death into morning
And makes the day dark as night;
He calls for the waters of the sea
And pours them out on the face of the earth;
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Advanced Study (notes only)

 

Leviathan – The Sea Monster = the star Cetus in the constellation Aries
Job xli. 1-10
Isa. Li. 22,23
Isa. Xxvi. 21 – xxvii. 1
Ps. Lxxiv 12-14

Sirius, The Prince is the brightest star. It is associated with heat, and the hottest days of the year (e.g.  “dog days”).  In constellation, Canis Major, or Sirius.

Al Ruccaba (meaning turned or ridden on), known as The Polar Star or the Central Star is the only star that doesn’t revolve in a circle.  The star is in Ursa Minor.  Ursa Minor is “the lesser sheepfold”, referring to the Gentiles.  The star, Draco (Dragon), previously possessed this quality. 

 

Numbers, Cycles, and Years
Date / Time/ Number Significance
1 Year Cycle of the sun with the stars
25,800 years Cycle of the sun with the stars
18 years and 11 days saros - eclipse cycle, same eclipse reoccurs
2150 years one age (aeon)
0 AD Beginning of the Age of Pisces (fish)
2150 AD Beginning of the Age of Aquarius
25, 000 years A great year
70, 594, 666, 1260, 2520 Other numbers of astronomical significance

 

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References
The Witness of the Stars by Ethelbert W Bullinger

 

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