The enemy of our souls and his fallen minions, both in the spiritual realm as well as in the earth twist the truths found in Holy Scripture into an appealing counterfeit that entices the carnal nature of fallen mankind. Yet the underlying reality contains the Father’s hope of redemption, most notably revealed in the sealed Canon of our Bible from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21– and surprisingly also in the 12 Houses of the Zodiac constellations.
Matthew 7:13-14… Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and MANY enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and few there be that find it.
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When my daughter Sarah was in the sixth grade at Redeemer Baptist Elementary School in West Los Angeles, she had a Science project that she was undecided about. Her teacher suggested an astronomy project, and when I met with Mr. K. he loaned me a book he felt I would find provocative. That was a definite understatement. When I read God’s Voice in the Stars by Kenneth Fleming [linked newly updated edition], I learned many things about God’s Creation that I had never heard of nor anticipated before. She received an “A” for her project and report, and I started a journey of discovery that encompassed over 100 hours of study and fascination.
After delving in the substantial resources related to the true primitive meaning of the Zodiac and its 12 houses, I agree with the thesis that God spoke and still speaks the glorious story of Christ and His Redemption of our fallen race by way of the signs of the Zodiac. This series of posts is directly taken from my notes as well as the tape series that I did at the Venice Vineyard Christian Fellowship over four Friday evening services in summer 1991. Please be open to consider the beauty of our God’s testimony in the sky, that dates back to Adam, and preserved an oral tradition of witness until Moses arrived and the Law was given. The Ten Commandments have not been abrogated, but rather expanded by our LORD Jesus Christ as He declared the Kingdom in Matthew Chapter 5-7.
Psalm 19:1-4 (lsm- Recovery Version)… The heavens declare the glory of God, and the expanse proclaims the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night tells out knowledge. There is no speech and there are no words; their voice is not heard. In all the earth their line has gone forth, and their words to the end of the world.
There is a silent testimony in the heavens by God’s design whose purpose is declare the story of redemption. We see in Genesis 1:16 that God created the stars, and in Psalm 136:5 we read that by wisdom God created the heavens. God set the stars in their places and in Psalm 8:3 it says: When I see Your heavens, the works of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained… the word ordained means set or appointed. In the book The Panorama of Creation by Dr. Carl Baugh he states that there is a strong implication in the original Hebrew language that this “set or appointed” means that each and every star was set in specific location and orbit instantaneously– the entire Universe- all at the same moment of time. Our glorious God named and numbered each star… Psalm 147:4,5… He counts the number of the stars; He calls them by their names. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. Isaiah 40:26… Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls all of them by name.
Genesis 1:14… And God said let the there be light-bearers in the expanse of heaven to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and seasons and for days and years…
He has designated the stars and constellations for Prophetic Revelation. The word signs in the Hebrew is avah which means a mark; it is the same word used for signs that Moses did before Pharaoh (Exodus 4:9,17). The signs above in the heavens are designated marks or points of demarcation in God’s message to mankind. The word seasons (Hebrew moed) means fixed or appointed, and is never used in the Bible to signify a season of the year such as summer, etc. but rather indicated an appointed time. For example the Jewish feast days are moedim, with each feast day signifying a very important point of demarcation in God’s dealing with the Hebrew nation… and thankfully by extension ALL of His children, rescued out of fallen mankind.
Therefore “…signs and seasons…” indicate events and periods of time that they encompass– these were used by God to prophetically point to the historical events that would come to pass as the Plan of Salvation unfolded.
Psalm 89:34-37… My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips. Once I have sworn by My Holiness, I will not lie to David: His seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before Me; It shall be established forever like the moon, even like the faithful witness in the sky. SELAH
One defining purpose of God in naming and using the stars in their designated places was for a prehistoric witness to mankind of the Coming Redeemer who would rescue our fallen race from the evil one, destroy his works of darkness and his power over humanity and establish an everlasting Kingdom of Holiness, Peace, and Joy.
What could be our purpose in studying something so controversial such as this; something that has been perverted by astrology, and is therefore so misunderstood?
- To understand how God’s plan of Redemption was revealed to mankind in prehistoric days (between Adam and Moses). This period of at least 2500 years could not have been without an ongoing Witness in order to raise a Godly line (through Adam’s son Seth) that knew God intimately and received His grace by faith.
- Through the many ancient names of the stars that have been rediscovered through archaeology, the story of our Redeemer is developed with great detail, giving insight into the written Holy Scriptures.
- By our clear understanding of the Zodiac Story of Christ, we can effectively refute and help others reject the false religion of astrology that has deceived so many through the perversion of God’s truth revealed in the Zodiac Gospel.
Before we undertake the systematic study of all twelve Houses of the Zodiac… let’s ponder in the rest of this Part I what the Science of Astronomy has discovered regarding the vastness of our Universe (referenced from Wilmington Guide to The Bible).
It is so vast that it takes a beam of light (which travels at 700 million miles per hour) over 100,000 years just to cover the distance length of our galaxy which is called The Milky Way. but our galaxy is only one among many billions in the known Universe. To illustrate the size of our Universe, let’s look at 4 examples:
a) THE PAPER STACK MODEL
- Consider the thickness of a sheet of paper as representing the distance from our planet Earth to the Sun (93 million miles).
- The nearest star (Alpha Centauri) would would require a stack of paper 71 miles high.
- The diameter of our Milky Way would require a 3100 mile high stack.
- To reach the edge of the known Universe would demand a pile of paper sheets….. 31 million miles high!
b) ORANGE AND GRAIN OF SAND MODEL
- An orange represents the Sun.
- A grain of sand is the Earth orbiting around the orange at a distance of 30 feet.
- Pluto (farthest planet in our solar system) is another grain of sand circling the orange at 10 city blocks away.
- Alpha Centauri is 1300 miles away from the orange.
c) HOLLOW SUN ILLUSTRATION
- If the Sun were hollow 1,300,000 Earths could fit inside.
- A star named Antares (if hollow) could hold 64 million of our Sun.
- In the constellation of Hercules there is a star which could contain 100 million stars the size of Antares.
- The largest known star Epsilon could swallow several million stars of the one in Hercules.
d) THE RELATIVE SPEED ILLUSTRATION
- Our Earth is spinning on its axis at 1,000 miles per hour.
- It moves around the Sun at 67,000 mph.
- The Sun moves around our Milky Way galaxy at the speed of 481,000 mph.
- Our galaxy is hurtling through space at 1,350,000 mph.
- Every year we travel 20,936,400,000 miles across empty space!!!
a) Quasars: Light sources discovered at Cal Tech in 1963 which are relatively small, yet produce more energy that 10 trillion stars.
b) Super Novas: These are stars that suddenly increase their luminosity by more than 10 million times.
c) Neutron Stars: This is a star that implodes (by compressing the atoms together) so that a teaspoon of its matter would weight a billion tons on Earth.
d) Black Holes: A phenomenon which occurs when a Neutron Star continues beyond the neutron stage. It’s gravitational forces become so strong that even light can’t escape.
As marvelous, awesome, miraculous, and unfathomable as this is– so is the wonder of the sub-atomic realm. Consider that every single human cell in your body containsall the DNA information that is in your entire body, and the process of cell division is so precise– that every moment it happens it would be the equivalent of dismantling St. Paul’s Cathedral and rebuilding it exactly to specifications in seconds.
Another way to look at this would be– When each cell splits the transfer of information is so exact that its error rate would be less than one single letter in the entire Encyclopedia Brittanica.
Modern science in many disciplines has lead to the incontrovertible conclusion that the universe, all creation in its diverse lifeforms, and the subatomic realm clearly demonstrate Intelligent Design. The Divine Watchmaker has even set His signature in the cell (see Dr. Stephen Meyer‘s outstanding work: The Signature in the Cell).
Oh yes our God’s handiwork declares His Glory, and yet the heavens truly contain a revelation from God: “They prophesy, they show knowledge, they tell of God’s Glory, and set forth His Purposes and Counsels.” (Witness of the Stars– pg. 6… by Dr. E.W. Bullinger– world famous for his Greek/Hebrew Lexicon among other very important reference works).
Job 38: 31-33… Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loose the belt of Orion? Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season? Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs? Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you set their dominion over the earth?
The Pleiades are in the constellation Taurus; Mazzaroth means the 12 Zodiac Houses; the Great Bear is Arcturus; and the word ordinances means procession. The word dominion here does not relate to personal influence but rather testimony. Most scholars consider Job to be the oldest book in the Bible, and perhaps the oldest known book in the world. It goes back well over 2500 years before Christ.
In the historical writings of virtually all civilized nations there exists a description of the major stars in the heavens– called the constellations or Signs of the Zodiac and always shown as twelve. Going back in time to Rome, or further back to Greece, or before that to Egypt, the Persian Empire, Babylon… no matter how far one goes– there is a remarkable phenomenon. Nearly all nations have the same twelve signs, representing the same twelve things and placed in the same order. Archaeologists and historians who have uncovered the oldest tablets, translated difficult hieroglyphics, and researched the most ancient libraries– have all failed to discover how it is that in so many nations the world over the same signs exist.
“Indeed the Zodiacs in the temples of Denderah and Esneh in Egypt are doubtless copies of Zodiacs still more ancient, which from the internal evidence, must be nearly 4,000 B.C. when the summer solstice was in Leo.” (from The Witness of the Stars page 9) The famous Jewish historian Josephus stated concerning the ancient astronomy that it originated in the family of Seth, a son of Adam and predecessor of Enoch (who walked with God). The revelation of the stars was designed to preserve the testimony of God’s dealing with mankind beyond the anticipated judgments of water and fire. Quoting Josephus: “… they made two pillars (one of brick, the other of stone) describing the whole of the predictions of the stars upon them; and in case the brick pillar should be destroyed by the flood, the stone would preserve the revelation.” (Book I Antiquities of the Jews, Chapter 1:3).
Disclaimer: It is very clear that the Bible expressly, explicitly, and repeatedly condemns what is known as astrology. In spite of this command, the fact remains that there was a God given original intent of the Gospel revealed in the stars which lies behind what has been corrupted. We are to separate the precious from the vile (Jeremiah 15:19), and not allow the evil one to continue to deceive us or others with his counterfeit ways (such as the abomination spread far and wide known as The Da Vinci Code).
Quoting Dr. Bullinger in The Witness of the Stars beginning on page 15… “The word Zodiac… from a primitive root through the Hebrew Sodi, which in Sanskrit means a way. Its etymology… denotes a way or step, and is used of the way or path in which the Sun appears to move amongst th stars in the course of the year.
To an observer on the earth the whole firmament, together with the Sun, appears to revolve in a circle once in twenty four hours. But the time occupied by the stars in going round, differs from the time occupied by the Sun. This difference amounts to one-twelfth part of the whole circle in each month, so that when the circle of the heavens is divided up into twelve parts, the sun appears to move each month through one of them. This path which the sun thus makes among the stars is called the Ecliptic. Each of these twelve parts (consisting each of about thirty degrees) is distinguished… by pictures and names, and this, as we have seen, from the very earliest times. They are preserved today in our almanacs and are taught in their order in the familiar rhyme:
The Ram, the Bull, the heavenly Twins, and next the Crab, the Lion shines, the Virgin, and the Scales; the Scorpion, Archer, and Sea-Goat, the Man that carries the Water-pot, and Fish with glittering scales.
These signs have always and everywhere been preserved in this order, and have begun with Aries. They have been known amongst all nations, and in all ages, thus proving their common origin from one source. The figures themselves are perfectly arbitrary. There is nothing in the groups of stars to even suggest the figures… The picture is therefore the original, and must have been drawn around or connected with certain stars, simply in order that it might be identified and associated with them; and that it might be remembered and handed down to posterity.
There can be no doubt, as the learned Authoress of Mazzaroth [Mazzaroth or the Constellations by Frances Rolleston] conclusively proves that these signs were afterwards identified with the twelve sons of Jacob… it is more than probable that each of the Twelve Tribes bore one of them on its standard. We read in Number 2:2 ‘Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the Ensign of their father’s house…’ Ancient Jewish authorities declared that each tribe had one of the signs as its own…”
These ancient star pictures reveal “The sufferings of Christ and the Glory to follow”. Each of these twelve signs pictorially represent a prophetic event in relation to the unfolding story of salvation in the history of the world. The twelve Zodiac Houses have with each of the twelve, three other constellations called Decans. The word decan means ‘a part’ which means they fit like a piece of a puzzle revealing that sign’s message. Therefore the prophetic story of the heavens is told in these 48 constellations.
These 48 star pictures in 12 Houses can be divided into 3 books (in this blog series- parts II, II, IV), each book containing 4 chapters (or Zodiac signs), and each chapter containing a primary and three additional constellations. In each of the constellations, all 48 in total– there are numerous specific stars whose ancient names add meaning to the total picture… just like text in a written chapter of a book. In pagan Astrology the beginning is given as Aries, the Ram– as we saw above in the rhyme. But in divine revelation the beginning is with the House of Virgo, which coincides with and confirms the Jewish calendar that begins with Rosh Hashanah.
We find the key to the correct sequence of the Zodiac in the riddle of the Sphinx which unlocks the mystery. This ancient monument has the head of a woman and the body of a lion. In the Temple of Esneh in Egypt there is a great painting in the portico on the ceiling which shows the whole picture of the Zodiac with all its constellations. Between the figure of Virgo and the figure of Leo– there is a carved figure of the sphinx with the woman’s face looking at the Virgin, and the lion’s tail pointing at Leo. This tells us we begin with the Virgin and end with the Lion. The word sphinx means to bind closely together.
In the three additional blog posts in this particular teaching we will look at:
Book 1: The Redeemer (His First Advent)… Virgo through Sagittarius
Book 2: The Redeemed (The Reward of the Lamb’s Suffering) … Capricorn through Aries.
Book 3: The Redeemer (His Second Coming)… Taurus through Leo
May all who love the LORD take this teaching to heart, study the numerous linked resources- and use this correct understanding to refute pagan Astrology, and rescue many who are bound by the lying spirit of the so-called New Age Movement… the Lie of the fallen rebel prince of darkness, that goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden and the fall of Adam and Eve. May the Power of His Holy Spirit be with you all, in Jesus’ Name, AMEN!
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