Will You Know the Answer Before Time Runs Out?
“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” - Proverbs 25:2
When Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden, God did not just leave them on their own completely. Remember, God told Eve that He would bring about a descendent that would correct the problem that Adam created (Gn 3:15). So how did God make sure that they would know His plan and be able to remember and communicate the plan? He used the stars. Really? Are you talking about astrology? No, God even forbade the use of astrology (Lv 19:26; Dt 18:14). I am talking about the constellations. I know that astrology uses the constellations but that is part of the counterfeit. Hey, you’re making me get ahead of myself! God stated from the beginning that the stars were for signs (Gn 1:14) as well as for seasons, days and years. I know what you are thinking. Constellations are about gods and demi-gods that the Greeks and Romans cooked up. Well, that is what we are taught and the Greeks and Romans did make embellishments, but that is not their beginning. I think after the failure of Cain, Adam and Eve’s first son, God told them the story he had put into the stars about the plan he was going to implement. Yes, He could have presented it
earlier, but if so, I don’t think Eve would have been so keen on thinking that Cain was the one to whom God was referring when he stated that a descendent would crush Satan’s head. I know this may be a little hard to take in, but let’s see if the constellations don’t really tell us the Biblical story.
There has been a lot of work done by Seiss[i]and others[ii],[iii],[iv]in this regard. Now I don’t intend to reiterate everything that has been stated about this, but there are a few things I would like to point out. Granted, Seiss and others may have made a lot more out of this than can be truly substantiated, but myths usually arise from an original truth that gets distorted over time. And, there is a lot of corollary that is hard to ignore. The original symbols and message cannot be known for sure. However, it has to be fairly simple, as a lot of the imagery and reference we have today would not have been known to those living pre-flood. Although God may have wanted the imagery that Seiss and others have identified to become known over time, it is either not the case or it is there for the mystery hunter to find because the story becomes distorted not too far after the flood. However, my goal is to try and understand what would someone like Adam and Eve with no hindsight have seen in the constellations and what would God have told them so that it would be clear and understandable? So, what would the original story have been, why, and why did it get distorted? It would have to be simple, clear, and comprehendible. Therefore, I am summarizing it here so that we can understand what it was and how it was later counterfeited. I feel the original story would have the key elements to provide knowledge, hope, and to teach the next generation.
As you may know, there are 12 constellations and each of these constellations has 3 decans or sub-constellations associated with each one. Please refer to the figure at end of this chapter. It is impossible to know the names applied to these constellations and decans as they were described when God first explained
them. However, we can get the gist of what once was. Let’s explore them.
Virgo - Coma - Centaur - Bootes
Virgo: The origin and traits of the coming Messiah
This begins the fulfillment of Gn 3:15
A virgin is holding a branch (representing the promised seed - the promised Messiah)
1st decan: Coma - son of the virgin (the promised Messiah)
2nd decan: Centaur - half man/half horse
Mythology stated that this creature was born in heaven but that it became hated by both gods and mortals. Christ was rejected by the Jewish leaders and God had to turn His back on Him when bearing sins on the cross.
Represents Christ, the Messiah, being both God and Man
3rd decan: Bootes - the Coming One: Shepherd and Harvester
This figure has a shepherd’s staff and a sickle which represent God’s love and care, and God’s judgment and justice, respectively.
Libra - Crux - Victim - Crown
Libra: The main reasons for the coming Messiah
Scales represent justice
1st decan: Crux - Southern Cross
Mode of payment that justice required
2nd decan: The Victim
Represents the death and burial of the Messiah
3rd decan: Northern Crown
It is vertical over Jerusalem once every year.
It represents the future role of the Messiah.
Scorpio - Serpens - Orphiuchus - Hercules
Scorpio: Satan’s Character and conflict with the Messiah
Conflict: “...and you will strike his heel” (Gn 3:15)
1st decan: Serpens
It represents Satan.
Notice that he is headed for the crown as well.
2nd decan: Orphiuchus
the Serpent Holder
Christ, the Messiah, is holding back the serpent from obtaining his goal.
His foot is on the scorpion’s head.
3rd decan: Hercules
the Mighty Warrior
His foot is crushing the head of the serpent.
It symbolizes the promise “...he will crush your head...”(Gn 3:15).
Sagittarius - Lyra - Ara - Draco
Sagittarius: Fate of Satan
He is also known as The Archer - again half man- half animal.
He represents Christ as the God-Man.
His arrow is pointed at Scorpio, i.e., Satan.
He is the over-comer.
1st decan: Lyra
Praise goes to the Over-comer.
2nd decan: Ara
The name also means “a funeral pyre” and is meant for the serpent.
3rd decan: Draco
This symbol represents Satan.
In mythology, Hercules slayed the dragon (a monster with 100 heads) guarding the golden apples of the
Capricorn - Sagitta - Aquila - Delphinus
Capricorn: The work of Atonement
Capricorn means not only goat, but atonement, a sacrifice for sin.
This atonement leads to life - the sign of the fish.
This is the symbol the early church used to represent their new life in Christ.
The letters spelled out fish (icthus) in Greek: ΙΧΘΥΣ.
These are the first letters of each word of the phrase: Jesus Christ, Son of God, and Savior.
1st decan: Sagitta
This is the arrow delivering justice.
The arrow pierces the heart of a person and they either accept the atonement or accept the consequence.
2nd decan: Aquila
The eagle is denoted as pierced and falling.
This symbolizes the Savior’s death.
The Savior’s death brings others to Him.
The eagle is a royal bird and natural enemy of the serpent.
Some of the stars in this decan:
Al Tair: wounded
The scarlet colored or covered with blood
The wounded in the heel.
3rd decan: Delphinus
This was symbolized as a vigorous fish leaping upwards.
This conveys the idea of springing up out of death.
Aquarius - Pisces Australia - Pegasus - Swan
Aquarius: What Christ brings to those who accept His Atonement
This figure is also known as the Water Bearer who is pouring water out of an urn.
This symbolizes the giving of the Holy Spirit.
1st decan: Pisces Australia - Southern Fish
This represent those receiving the Holy Spirit and are made alive.
2nd decan: Pegasus
the Winged Horse
Known as the Horse of the Fountain
This represents the swiftness of the “good news” being spread.
3rd decan: The Swan or Northern Cross
The swan is noted for its beauty and regal nature.
This is a picture of Christ and how he changes the image of those who accept Him.
Some of the stars in this decan:
Deneb- the Judge to Come
Azel- Who Goes and Returns
Fafage- Glorious, Shining Forth
Sadr- Who Returns in a Circle
Adige- Flying Swiftly
Arided- He Shall Come Down.
Pisces - The Band - Cephus - Andromeda
Pisces: Those who belong to the Messiah
These are the Old Testament and New Testament Saints.
1st decan: The Band
The band binds the two fish to Cetus, the sea monster, i.e. Satan, because of the rebellion of Adam and Eve. However, we see that Aries, the Lamb, the Messiah, is taking the bands from Cetus. Therefore, the Old Testament saints looked forward to their Messiah and the New Testament saints look back to their Messiah for their faith in his atoning work.
2nd decan: Cephus
the Royal Branch -the King
This is a king seated wearing a royal robe, bearing a scepter and having on his head a crown of stars.
One foot is on the solstitial colure, the meridian of the celestial sphere which passes through the poles and the two solstices: the first point of Cancer and the first point of Capricorn.
The other foot is on the pole star.
He grips the Ribbons in his right hand (the same as the bands holding Pisces).
This represents the exalted glory of the Messiah.
The star on his right shoulder is Al Deramin, meaning “The Quickly Returning.”
The star on his girdle is Al Phirk, meaning “The Redeemer.”
The star on his left knee is known as “The Shepherd.”
3rd decan: Andromeda
She represents the Bride of Christ and is in chains.
However, notice that the chains have been broken - by the atoning work of the Messiah.
Aries - Cassiopea - Cetus - Perseus
Aries: The Lamb Who Conquers
This is the Ram or Lamb who represents the Atoning Messiah, our Savior Jesus Christ.
We see that it is he who has taken the bands of Pisces from Cetus to Himself.
This fulfills the scripture “...no one can snatch them out of my hand.” (Jn 10:28).
1st decan: Cassiopeia
the Glorified Woman
She represents the Bride of Christ who will one day reign with Him.
2nd decan: Cetus
the Sea Monster - the Leviathan - the Rebel
This represents Satan who is cast down and chained.
The fish were bound to him but Aries took them from him.
He had Andromeda in chains but Aries broke her chains.
Stars in this decan:
Mira: The Rebel (this star is of a second magnitude but dwindles to become invisible once every 300 days - a symbol of the arch-Deceiver)
Menkar: The Chained Enemy
Diphda - The Overthrown or The Thrust-Down.
3rd decan: Perseus
He breaks the chains of Pisces and Andromeda
He conquers the sea monster.
In mythology, Perseus defeats Medussa (whose head is of many serpents).
Tarus - Orion - Erandus - Aurgia
Taurus: The Coming Judgment
This constellation is known as The Bull; however, this is not the bull we know today.
This is the reem (translated in KJV as “unicorn”), a fierce, mighty and untamable beast.
This is a symbol of Christ as the Angry Judge.
The star as the bull’s eye is Al Debaran , meaning the Captain, Leader or Governor.
The hind part of the bull is in the lamb Aries showing that the gentle Lamb becomes the beast of Judgment.
In mythology, this bull was always snow-white, the color of righteousness and royal judgment.
1st decan: Orion
the Mighty Hunter
Stars in this decan:
Star in right shoulder - Betelguese - the Branch Coming
Star in left foot - Rigel - The Foot that Crushes.
2nd decan: Eridanus
the River of the Judge
This is a fiery river that consumes.
It goes through the feet of Cetus meaning he will perish in it.
3rd decan: Aurgia
He is pictured as a mighty man seated, holding a band or ribbon in his right hand and his left arm is holding a she goat and there are two kids in his lap.
He is the Good Shepherd.
In the midst of judgment, His people, his flock, are kept secure, or, He still receives his flock during judgment that comes.
Mythology did not know what to make of this star cluster and call it the Charioteer due to a miss translation of one of its names even though it had nothing to do with a chariot.
Gemini - Lepus - Sirus Major - Sirus Minor
Gemini: The Duality of the Messiah
This demonstrates the dual aspect of Christ: The Deliverer (his first coming) and as The Judge (his second coming).
1st decan: Lepus
the Hare or Enemy of the Coming
Orion is crushing it with his foot and it enters the River of Judgment.
2nd decan: Sirus Major
The name means Prince (the sent Prince), Guardian, the Victorious.
3rd decan: Sirus Minor
The Egyptians called this star cluster Sebak, meaning Conquering, Victorious.
Its principle star is Procyon, meaning Redeemed.
Another star - Al Gomeiza - meaning Enduring for the Sake of Others.
Cancer - Ursa Minor - Ursa Major - Argo
Cancer: The Redeemed
Known as the crab or scarab beetle.
Cancer comes from the words Khan, meaning traveler’s resting-place, and cer, meaning embraced or encircled. Therefore, cancer means Rest Secured.
The scarab beetle was a symbol of resurrection to the Egyptians. The scarab starts out underground, then forms a chrysalis and then emerges into a winged creature above ground.
In the middle of this constellation is a multitude of stars called Praespe (bee hive), meaning Multitude or the Innumerable Seed. It represents the gathering of those resurrected.
1st decan: Ursa Minor
These are not bears but sheepfolds.
The word Dober means sheepfold, but Greeks mistook this for Dob which means “bear.”
These are likely the Old Testament saints.
2nd decan: Ursa Major
This is the great sheepfold.
These are likely the New Testament saints.
3rd decan: Argo
This represents the transfer from the earthly to heavenly realm.
Leo - Hydra - Crater - Corvus
Leo: The Victorious Messiah
Christ is represented as the victorious King of Kings.
Stars in the constellation:
Regulus - the Feet which Crush
Denebola - The Judge, The Lord Who Comes in Haste
Al Giebha - The exalted
Zosma - Shinging Forth
Minchir al Asad - Punishing of Him Who Lays Waste
Deneb al Eced: The Judge Coming
Al Defera - Putting Down the Enemy.
1st decan: Hydra
This represents Satan trying to flee.
This is the triumph of the Seed of the Woman crushing the serpent’s head.
2nd decan: Crater,
the Cup of Wrath
The stars that form the bottom of the cup are part of the serpent; therefore, the curse is fastened to him.
3rd decan: Corvus
the Raven (or Crow)
This bird is tearing at the body of the serpent with its claws and pecking with its beak.
The star in the eye of the bird is called Al Chiba, meaning “The Curse Inflicted.”
It is a sign of absolute destruction of the serpent and his power.
We are then back to the constellation Virgo. Some say this juncture represented the coming Messiah as the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last and is why the Sphinx in Egypt has the head of a woman and the body of a lion because it represents this juncture of the constellations.
So, how would the story have gone? Perhaps something like this:
The Promised One to come would be born of a virgin (Virgo) which would indicate that this promised one would not be entirely human but also deity (Centaur) and come with a dual purpose of love and justice (Bootes). The reason for his coming would be to pay for the justice that God required (Libra). He would have to die to pay for the required justice (Southern Cross and Victim) but this would not deter his other mission of becoming the conquering king (Northern Crown). The Adversary, Satan, would be against him and his efforts (Scorpio). Although the Adversary is headed for the same crown as destined for the coming one (Serpens),
the Promised One will hold him back from obtaining his goal (Orphiuchus) with the Promised One eventually crushing the head of the Adversary (Hercules). This Promised One is unique (Sagittarius), testifying to God’s character which the Adversary is trying to challenge. Praise will go to the Promised One (Lyra) who will overcome the Adversary (Draco) and cast him into the fire (Ara). The payment for justice comes in a unique way for the Promised One comes as a sacrifice but death does not destroy him but transforms him (Capricorn); although the death blow (Sagitta) reaches its mark and causes the Promised One from heaven (Aquila) to fall, the Promised One springs back to life (Delphinus). This act of the Promised One allows the outpouring of the third part of the God-head, the Holy Spirit (Aquarius), which is as a sea giving life to those who desire to follow the Promised One (Pisces Australia). This good news is spread swiftly (Pegasus) as those given life tells others of how the Promised One has changed them into a new creature (The Swan, or Northern Cross). Therefore, the Promised One rescues those that have been chained to the Adversary (Pisces), through the rebellion of Adam: those before his coming as well as those after his coming. He takes the chains or bands (Bands) from the Adversary, frees them and takes them unto Himself (Andromeda) and they will one day reign with Him when he becomes the exalted one (Cephus). Therefore, the Promised One who came as a sacrifice (Ares) becomes the chain-breaker (Perseus), the conqueror over the Adversary (Cetus) who held control over all of Adam’s descendents due to Adam’s rebellion but are now released by the Promised One. This Promised One then becomes the judge of fury (Tarus) who becomes the mighty hunter (Orion) who conquers the Adversary and takes from the Adversary His own who He now protects from the Adversary as He reigns victorious (Aurgia) and sends His fury against the Adversary as a river of fire and judgment (Eridanus) which consumes Cetus, the Adversary. The Promised One thus fulfills His dual mission (Gemini). He comes as the Deliverer and the Judge: crushes the Adversary (Lepus) who enters Eridanus, comes as the Redeemer (Sirus Minor) and as the Prince who rules (Sirus Major). The Promised One then provides a place of rest for those restored to him (Cancer). He provides a way for them to travel from their earthly abode to his Heavenly abode (Argo) where they become His and are under His protection forever (Ursa Major and Ursa Minor). The Promised One then reigns victorious forever (Leo). Although the Adversary may try to flee (Hydra), the fury and wrath of the Promised One (Crater) is released on the Adversary who is utterly destroyed (Corvus).
Therefore, from the beginning the stars prophesied of the origin and traits of the coming Messiah prophesied in Genesis 3:15, the reason for his coming, how this contrasts to the character of Satan and causes the spiritual conflict; however, the fate of Satan is prophesied. Mankind is saved from this fate by the atoning
work of the Messiah and how this atoning work will change those who accept it. The Messiah is the one who conquers sin and also brings future judgment. Yet, because the Messiah is both Redeemer and Judge, He saves those He has redeemed from the coming judgment, vanquishes Satan and his followers and is the
victorious King of Kings.
What a marvelous story in the stars. It is such a shame that it was mutilated so long ago that it is almost obliterated from its majestic message. Yet, we now have the scriptures that tell us the same story in more detail and with an even clearer message.
Will you ever look at the stars the same way again?
I think this is the message that Enoch was preaching to the people of his day. The people had already started to forget what they were to be teaching their children. He preached that justice was coming (Libra) and the Promised One would one day come with his saints (Pisces) – the gathered ones (Ursa Major and Ursa
There was at least one other sign that were given to those that lived pre-flood. There was at least one major individual in each generation through whom God worked. God is multifaceted and the prophetic words that his
people proclaim are usually for both those that hear the words as well as those who will come after so that the truth is meant for all time. These individuals through whom God worked were called patriarchs. From Adam all the way down to Noah. Each name had a meaning, which if heeded, would have prepared them for what Noah was predicting would happen and also what the stars were proclaiming. Here are their names and meanings:
Name Meaning of Name
Mahalalel The blessed God
Jared Shall come down
Methuselah His death shall bring
Lamech The despairing
Noah Rest, comfort
Therefore, if we put these together, what message do we get?
Mankind has been appointed mortal and will live in sorrow, that is, he is appointed to die and cannot save himself. However, God is committed to restoring His relationship with mankind so He will descend to where mortal man dwells and teach man of his ways and will die in his place to pay the justice required so that His death will bring those mortals who are in despair rest and comfort both in the present life and for always.
Isn’t that very similar to the message in the stars? Isn’t God clever? Both author and hero.
However, let’s look at the meaning of Methuselah’s name: “His death shall bring.” Would that have a meaning for the people living during the time of Methuselah? Well, we need to understand that these patriarchs lived a very long time and overlapped each other by many, many years, so that they could help piece the meaning of their names to the people. Also, both Lamech and Noah were alive during the last years of Methuselah. Therefore, they were able to put all of the pieces together for the people. Noah was preaching that a flood was coming. Now, this was strange to the people because they had never seen rain much less a flood. However, what did Methuselah’s name represent to them? His death was going to bring something. Noah was telling them what it would bring. Also, Noah’s name meant what God was preparing: rest and comfort through the ark. Yet, they did not listen. The same year that Methuselah died, the flood occurred and the population missed out on the rest and comfort God had provided in the ark. This is just as true for the entire message. God has provided a way for all of mankind from the coming destruction that many, many prophets have predicted. He has provided rest and comfort – an eternal rest and comfort for all who will hear. Are we listening?
So, if that was the message, why did God allow it to get destroyed? Well, as always, Satan is trying to annul what God is doing and counterfeit the message so that he can better deceive. However, God is always in control of these matters. He even uses Satan to bring about His own will. God had not intended for this
message to necessarily continue because He had a more personal plan to employ. Satan may have thought he won in this regard, but this did not thwart God’s plan.
However, this is not to minimize the deception that Satan was able to employ through Nimrod and his wife Semiramis. What they intended has had ramifications throughout history and the effects are even felt today. So what did Nimrod achieve that was so deceptive? The tower.
The tower of Babel is that significant? Isn’t that one of those myths you talked about? Interesting how the truth becomes myths and myths “truth” isn’t it? No, the premise behind the tower was all about rebellion against God and God’s wishes for His beloved mankind. God wanted the people to multiply and scatter so that no one person would have significant control over a vast population. Satan, through Nimrod, wanted to achieve the opposite. He wanted world domination and he felt this would be achievable at this early time in history. He failed, of course, but has been trying ever since. The cohesive power, however, was not Nimrod’s military power, although he had that, but the mass religious sway he was able to gain.
The practices of Nimrod and Semiramis were quite deceptive., The tower that was built was a type of ziggurat which was used to appease the gods with Nimrod elevated to godlike status. The constellations were then to tell a story – not of God’s plan – but a plan for mankind to make his own way into the heavens. The men of valor pre-flood were venerated and made into the gods that should be worshipped. The worship of mother and son deity was initiated with the elevation of Semiramis and son exalted to god status. So, you can see how all of this counterfeit then permeated all cultures when God thwarted Nimrod’s immediate plans for domination by causing various languages to be spoken (Gn 11:7-9). As the people went their own way grouped by languages each could understand, these teachings went with them and their stories began to be distorted further with each culture but the main central themes were maintained.
God, however, had further plans where He would now work with individuals rather than the population in general. This would allow Him to concentrate the truth and His efforts on a select group of individuals who could then influence those around them to hear the truth of the message being proclaimed. There would be less chance of the truth getting diluted by the masses and the elect, those chosen individuals, would keep the truth more pure than would the masses.
The timeline starts to get very bright and clear here. Why? Let’s find out.
Mazzaroth: Constellations and Decans This specific term is used only once in the Bible: Job 38:31-32. However, it means "many stars" or a grouping of stars, i.e., constellations. It is different from astrology. The Mazzaroth was to understand God's timeline for mankind. Astrology was a distortion of this to tell how the stars affect the lives of mankind - a practice forbidden by God.
[i]Joseph A. Seiss, The Gospel in the Stars(Westcott & Thomson, 1884).
[ii]John P. Pratt, “Review of Gospel in the Stars” http://www.johnpratt.com/items/docs/gis/gis_review.html(accessed 22-Jun-2012).
[iii]Kenneth C. Fleming, God’s Voice in the Stars (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1981).
[iv]E.W. Bullinger, The Witness of the Stars (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1974).
Bullinger, The Witness of the Stars, 20-22.
Chuck Missler, “A Hidden Message: The Gospel in Genesis” Koinonia House http://www.khouse.org/articles/1996/44/(accessed 08-Jul-2012).
Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1959), 21-40.
Steve White and Terri White, “Nimrod and Babylon: The Birth of Idolatry” Koinoniahttp://koinonia-all.org/bible/nimrod.htm (accessed 22-Jun-2012).
Philadelphia Faith, “Nimrod: Father of The Mother of Harlots” The PhiladelphiaFaith.org http://www.thephiladelphiafaith.org/antichrist/2_mystery_babylon/antichrist_myst_bab_nimrod_father_of_harlots_good.html(accessed 22-Jun-2012).
André Parrot, The Tower of Babel (London: SCM Press Ltd, 1955), 15, 26, 57-69.
Bullinger, The Witness of the Stars, 10-15.