Jehovah’s Word in the Heavens

 

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee [Satan] and the woman, [Christ] and between thy seed [Satan's] and her seed; [Christ's] it shall bruise thy head, [Satan] and thou shalt bruise His heel [Christ].

 

In the Zodiac of Denderah, the same truth was revealed more than 4,000 years ago; but the Man, instead of carrying the sheep, is carrying a sceptre, and is called Trun, which means sceptre or power. However, this is a strange sceptre, for at the top it has the head of a goat, and at the bottom, below the hand, that holds it, it ends in a cross! With the Egyptians, the cross was a sign of life. They knew nothing of "the death of the cross." Here, then, we see life and salvation for the sheep of His flock when He comes to reign and rule in judgment. The truth is precisely the same, though the presentation of it is somewhat varied. The connected teaching of the two constellations, Eridanus and Auriga, is solemnly set forth.

 

In Genesis 3:15 she is presented only as a woman; but in later prophecies her nationality is defined as being of the stock of Israel, the seed of Abraham, the line of David; and, further, she is to be a virgin. There are two prominent prophecies of her and her seed: one is connected with the first coming in incarnation,

 

 Isaiah 7:14 (quoted in Matthew 1:23). Therefore, the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

 

Virgo (Beginning) The Sign Virgo http://www.friendsofsabbath.org/Further_Research/e-books/Bullinger%27s%20Works/witness_of_stars/chap11.htm

 

Isaiah 49: 6 And He said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end ofearth.

 

Behold in the section of the Libra Constellation there is an arrow pointing to A Lion (Leo, Lion of Judah) Trampling underfoot the serpent (Draco, Satan). The one central TRUTH in all prophecy (Genesis 3:15).

 

(1) Jeremiah 23:5 --"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, That I will raise unto David a righteous BRANCH (i.e., a Son), and a KING shall reign and prosper."

    The account of His coming as King is written in the Gospel according to Matthew, where Jehovah says to Israel, "Behold thy KING."

 

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

 

Matthew 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

 

 (2) Zechariah 3:8-- And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord:

In the Gospel according to Mark, we find the record of Jehovah's servant and His service, and we hear Jehovah's voice saying, "Behold my SERVANT."

 

Isaiah 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom My soul delighteth; I have put My spirit upon Him: He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

(3) Zechariah 6:12--"Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the MAN whose name is the BRANCH."

 

In the Gospel according to Luke we behold Him, presented in "the MAN Christ Jesus."

 

(4) Isaiah 4:2--"In that day shall the BRANCH of JEHOVAH be beautiful and glorious."

 

So that this Branch, this Son, is Jehovah Himself; and as we read the record of John we hear the voice from heaven saying, "Behold your GOD."

 

Isaiah 40:9 O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

 

This is the Branch foretold by the star Al Zimach in the ear of corn. The Greeks, ignorant of the Divine origin and teaching of the sign, represented Virgo as Ceres, with ears of corn in her hand. In the Zodiac in the Temple of Denderah, in Egypt, about 2000 BC (now in Paris), she is likewise represented with a branch in her hand, but ignorantly explained by a false religion to represent Isis! Her name is called Aspolia, which means ears of corn, or the seed, which indicates, even though the woman is seen, it is her Seed (Messiah) who is the great subject of the prophecy.

 

Libra http://www.friendsofsabbath.org/Further_Research/e-books/Bullinger%27s%20Works/witness_of_stars/chap12.htm

 

In the first chapter of this book, we saw that this Coming Seed of the woman (Christ) was, among other things, to give up His life for others.

 

The second chapter is going to define and develop the manner and object of this death.

 

The name of the Sign, together with its three constellations and the names of the stars composing them, give the complete picture of this Redemption.

 

The Sign contains 51 stars, two of which are of the 2nd magnitude, one of the 3rd, eight of the 4th, etc.

 

The Hebrew name is Mozanaim, the Scales, weighing. Its name in Arabic is Al Zubena, pruchase, or redemption. In Coptic, it is Lambadia, station of propitiation (from Lam, graciousness, and badia, branch). The name by which it has come down to us is the Latin, Libra, which means weighing, as used in the Vulgate (Isa 40:12).

 

Isaiah 40:12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

 

Libra contains three bright stars whose names supply us with the whole matter. The brightest a (in the lower scale), is named Zuben al Genubi, which means the purchase, or price which is deficient. This points to the fact that man has been utterly ruined. He is "weighed in the balances and found wanting."

 

Psalm 49:7, RV "None of them can by any means redeem his brother, Nor give to God a ransom for him; For the redemption of their soul is costly, And must be let alone for ever."

"Surely men of low degree are vanity (Heb. a breath),

 

Psalm 42:9, RV And men of high degree are a lie; In the balances they go up; They are altogether lighter than vanity" (Heb. a breath). This is the verdict pronounced and recorded by this star Zuben al Genubi. Is there then no hope? Is there no one who can pay the price?

 

Yes; there is "the Seed of the woman." (Christ). He is not merely coming as a child, but He is coming as an atoning sacrifice.

 

Scorpio Chapter III The Sign Scorpio. The Redeemer's conflict.  http://www.friendsofsabbath.org/Further_Research/e-books/Bullinger%27s%20Works/witness_of_stars/chap13.htm

We come now right into the heart of the conflict. The star-picture brings before us a gigantic scorpion endeavouring to sting in the heel a mighty man who is struggling with a serpent, but is crushed by the man, who has his foot placed right on the scorpion's heart.

 

The Hebrew name is Akrab, which is the name of a scorpion, but also means the conflict, or war. This is referred to in;

 

Psalm 91:13-- "Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder. The young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet."

 

David uses the very word in Psalm 144:1, where he blesses God for teaching his hands to war.

 

Psalm 144:1 Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:

 

The Coptic name is Isidis, which means the attack of the enemy, or oppression: referring to "the wicked that oppress me, my deadly enemies who compass me about"

 

Psalm 17:9 From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.

 

The Arabic name is Al Akrab, which means wounding him that cometh.

 

The brightest star, a (in the heart), bears the ancient Arabic name of Antares, which means the wounding. It is called by the Latins Cor Scorpii, because it marks the scorpion's heart. It shines ominously with a deep red light. The sting is called in Hebrew Lesath (Chaldee, Lesha), which means the perverse. The stars in the tail are also known as Leshaa, or Leshat. (Antares seems also to have been known as Lesath).

 

·        The scorpion is a deadly enemy (as we learn from Revelation 9), with poison in its sting, and all the names associated with the sign combine to set forth the malignant enmity, which is "set" between the serpent and the woman's Seed.

 

·        That enmity is shown more fully in the written Word, where we see the attempt of the enemy (in Exodus 1) to destroy every male of the seed of Abraham; and how it was defeated.

 

·        We see his effort repeated when he used Athaliah to destroy "all the seed royal" (2 Kings 11), and how "the king's son" was rescued "from among" the slain.

 

·        We see his hand again instigating Haman, "the Jews' enemy," to compass the destruction of the whole nation, but defeated in his designs.

 

·        When the woman's Seed, the virgin's Son, was born, we are shown the same great enemy inciting Herod to slay all the babes in Bethlehem (Matt 2), but again he is defeated.

 

·        In the wilderness of Judea and in the Garden of Gethsemane the great conflict is renewed. "This is your hour and the power of darkness," He said to His enemies.

 

·        The real wounding in the heel was received at the Cross. (Stake) It was there the scorpion struck the woman's seed. He (Christ) died, but was raised again from the dead "to destroy the works of the devil."

 

To show us this; to prevent any mistake; to set forth the fact that this conflict only apparently ended in defeat, and that it did not really so end, we have the first two constellations belonging to this sign presented in one picture! Indeed, the picture is threefold, for it includes the sign itself!

 

If these pictures had been separated, then the conflict would have been separated from the victory; the deadly wound of the serpent's head from the temporary wound in the Victor's heel. Hence, three pictures are required, in which the scorpion, the serpent, and the man, are all involved, in order to present at the same time the triumphant issue of the conflict.

Hence, we must present, and consider together, the first two sections of this mysterious chapter.

 

Sagittarius The First Book The Redeemer (His First Coming) "The sufferings of Christ" Chapter IV Redeemer's triumph http://www.friendsofsabbath.org/Further_Research/e-books/Bullinger%27s%20Works/witness_of_stars/chap14.htm

 

This is the concluding chapter of the first great book of this Heavenly Revelation; and it is occupied wholly with the triumph of the Coming One, who is represented as going forth "conquering and to conquer."

 

The subject is beautifully set forth in the written Word.

 

 Psalm 45:3-5

3 Gird Thy sword upon Thy thigh, O most mighty, [Gird Thyself] with Thy glory and Thy majesty,

4 And in Thy majesty ride propserously, Because of truth, and meekness, and righteousness;

5 And Thy right hand shall teach Thee terrible things. Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the King's enemies; whereby the people fall under Thee."

 

John, in his apocalyptic vision, sees the same mighty Conqueror going forth. "I saw (he says) a white horse, and He that sat on him had a bow,...and He went forth conquering and to conquer"

 

Revelation 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.2

 

This is precisely what is foreshadowed in the star-pictured sign now called by the modern Latin name Sagittarius, which means the Archer.

 

The Hebrew and Syriac name of the sign is Kesith, which means the Archer.

 

As in Genesis 21:20

 

The Arabic name is Al Kaus, the arrow. In Coptic it is Pimacre, the graciousness, or beauty of the coming forth. In Greek it is Toxotes, the archer, and in Latin Sagittarius.

The names of the brightest stars are significant:

Hebrew, Naim, which means the gracious one. This is exactly what is said of this Victor in the same Psalm (45), in the words immediately preceding the quotation above:

 

"GRACE is poured into Thy lips;

Therefore God hath blessed Thee for ever."

 

Hebrew, Nehushta, the going or sending forth.

 

We see the same in the Arabic names, which have come down to us: Al Naim, the gracious one; Al Shaula, the dart; Al Warida, who comes forth; Ruchba or rami, the riding of the bowman. An ancient Akkadian name in the sign is Nun-ki, which means Prince of the Earth.

 

Again, we have the picture of a Centaur as to his outward form, i.e. a being with two natures. Not now, far down in the south, or connected with His sufferings and sacrifice as man; but high up, as a sign of the Zodiac itself, on the ecliptic, i.e. in the very path in which the sun "rejoiceth in his going forth as a strong man."

 

According to Grecian fable, this Sagittarius is Cheiron, the chief Centaur; noble in character, righteous in his dealings, divine in his power.

 

Such will be the coming Seed of the woman in His power and glory:

 

Psalm 45:6—7 

6 Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.

7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

 

In the ancient Zodiac of Denderah he is called (as in Coptic) Pi-maere, i.e. graciousness, beauty of the appearing or coming forth. The characters under the hind foot read Knem, which means He conquers.

 

This is He who shall come forth like as an arrow from the bow, "full of grace," but "conquering and to conquer."

In all the pictures he is similarly represented, and the arrow in his bow is aimed directly at the heart of the Scorpion. Thus ARATUS said of Cheiron:

 

"'Midst golden stars he stands refulgent now,

And thrusts the scorpion with his bended bow."

 

In this Archer we see a faint reflection of Him who shall presently come forth, all gracious, all wise, all powerful; whose arrows shall be "sharp in the heart of the King's enemies."

 

Psalm 64:7-10

"God shall shoot at them with an arrow;

Suddenly shall they be wounded.

So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves;

All that see them shall flee away.

And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God;

For they shall wisely consider of His doing.

The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in Him;

And all the upright in heart shall glory."

 

"Christ is coming! let Creation

From her groans and travail cease;

Let the glorious proclamation

Hope restore, and faith increase.

Christ is coming,

Come, thou blessed Prince of peace."

 

Capricornus Chapter I (The Sea Goat)The goat of atonement slain for the redeemed http://www.friendsofsabbath.org/Further_Research/e-books/Bullinger%27s%20Works/witness_of_stars/chap21.htm

 

In the First Book we have had before us the work of the Redeemer set forth as it concerned His own glorious person. In this Second Book it is presented to us as it affects others. Here we see the results of His humiliation, and conflict, and victory—“The sufferings of Christ" and the blessings they procured for His redeemed people.

·        In Chapter I, we have the Blessings procured.

·        In Chapter II, their Blessings ensured.

·        In Chapter III, their Blessings in abeyance.

·        In Chapter IV, their Blessings enjoyed.

It is most noteworthy that this Second Book opens with the Goat, and closes with the Ram: two animals of sacrifice; while the two middle chapters are both connected with fishes. * The reason for this we shall see as we proceed.

 

* There is a fish tail here. The third Decan of CAPRICORNUS is a fish (Delphinus). There is again a fish (Piscis Australis) in the next sign (AQUARIUS), and then the following sign is PISCES, or the Fishes. So that the Redeemed Multitudes are presented throughout this Second Book. Both are combined in the first chapter, or "Sign" of Capricornus.

 

In all the ancient Zodiacs, or Planispheres, we find a goat with a fish's tail. In the Zodiacs of Denderah and Esnėh, in Egypt, it is half-goat and half-fish, and it is there called Hu-penius, which means the place of the sacrifice. In the Indian Zodiac it is a goat passant traversed by a fish.

 

There can be no doubt as to the significance of this sign.

In the Goat we have the Atoning Sacrifice, in the Fish we have the people for whom the atonement is made. When we come to the sign PISCES we shall see more clearly that it points to the multitudes of the redeemed host.

The Goat is bowing its head as though falling down in death. The right leg is folded underneath the body, and he seems unable to rise with the left. The tail of the fish, on the other hand, seems to be full of vigour and life.

 

The Hebrew name of the sign is Gedi, the kid or cut off, the same as the Arabic Al Gedi. CAPRICORNUS is merely the modern (Latin) name of the sign, and means goat.

 

There are 51 stars in the sign, three of which are of the 3rd magnitude, three of the 4th, etc. Five are remarkable stars, a and b in the horn and head, and the remaining three g, d and e, in the fishy tail. The star a is named Al Gedi, the kid or goat, while the star d is called Deneb Al Gedi, the sacrifice cometh.

 

Other star-names in the sign are Dabih (Syriac), the sacrifice slain; Al Dabik and Al Dehabeh (Arabic) have the same meaning; Ma'asad, the slaying; Sa'ad al Naschira, the record of the cutting off.

 

Is not this exactly in accord with the Scriptures of truth? There were two goats! Of "the goat of the sin-offering" it is written,

 

Lev 10:16,17

16  And Moses diligently sought the goat of the sin offering, and, behold, it was burnt: and he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron which were left alive, saying,

"God hath given it to you to bear the iniquity of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the LORD".

 

 of the other goat, which was not slain,

 

Lev 16:22 17 Wherefore have ye not eaten the sin offering in the holy place, seeing it is most holy, and God hath given it you to bear the iniquity of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the Lord? "he shall let it go into the wilderness".

 

Here is death and resurrection. Christ was "wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities." "For the transgression of MY PEOPLE was He stricken" (Isa 53).

He laid down His life for the sheep.

 

In the first chapter of the First Book we had the same Blessed One presented as "a corn of wheat." Here we see Him come to "die," and hence not abiding alone, but bringing forth "much fruit"

 

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

 

The living fish proceeds from the dying goat, and yet they form only one body. That picture, which has no parallel in nature, has a perfectly true counterpart in grace; and "a great multitude, which no man can number," have been redeemed and shall obtain eternal life through the death of their Redeemer.

 

Astronomers confess that the perverted legends of the Greeks give but "a lame account" of this sign, "and it offers no illustration of its ancient origin."

 

Its ancient origin reveals a prophetic knowledge, which only He possessed who knew that in "the fulness of time" He would send forth His Son.

 

We now come to the three constellations, which give us three pictures setting forth the death of this Sacrifice and of His living again.

 

Aquarius (The Water Bearer) Their blessings ensured, or the living waters of blessing poured forth for the redeemed http://www.friendsofsabbath.org/Further_Research/e-books/Bullinger%27s%20Works/witness_of_stars/chap22.htm

The Atonement being made, the blessings have been procured, and now they can be bestowed and poured forth upon the Redeemed. This is the TRUTH,

·        Whether we think of Abel's lamb, of patriarchal sacrifices,

·        The offerings under the Law,

·        Or of that great Sacrifice of which they all testified.

They all with one voice tell us that atonement made is the only foundation of blessing.

This was pictured and foreshown in the heavens from the beginning, by a man pouring forth water (Truth) from an urn which seems to have an inexhaustible supply, and which flows forth downwards into the mouth of a fish, (People) which receives it and drinks it all up.

 

In the ancient Zodiac of Denderah it is the same idea, though the man holds two urns, and the fish below seems to have come out of the urn. The man is called Hupei Tirion, which means the place of him coming down or poured forth.

 

·        In some eastern Zodiacs the urn alone appears.

 

·        This agrees with its other names--Hebrew, Deli, the water-urn, or bucket (as in Numbers 24:7); the Arabic Delu is the same.

 

·        There are 108 stars in this Sign, four of which are of the 3rd magnitude. Their names, as far as they have come down to us, are significant.

 

·        The star a (in the right shoulder) is called Sa'ad al Melik, which means The record of the pouring forth.

 

·        The star b (in the other shoulder) is called Saad al Sund, who goeth and returneth, or the pourer out.

 

·        The bright star d (in the lower part of the right leg) is well known today by its Hebrew name Scheat, which means who goeth and returneth.

 

·        The bright star in the urn has an Egyptian name--Mon or Meon, which means simply an urn.

 

Aquarius is the modern Latin name by which the sign is known. It has the same meaning, the pourer forth of water.

 

Can we doubt what the interpretation of this sign is?

The Greeks, not knowing Him of whom it testified, were, like the woman of Samaria, destitute of that living water which He alone can give. They therefore invented some story about Deucalion, the son of Prometheus; and another, saying he is Ganymede, Jove's cupbearer! But, as an astronomer says, "We must account otherwise for the origin of this name; for it is not possible to reconcile the symbols of the eleventh sign (because everyone begins to reckon from Aries, and not as we have done from Virgo) with Grecian mythology."

No! we must go further back than that, and not cramp our vision, and distort the Scriptures, by confining our thoughts to "the Church." The Church is nowhere seen in these Signs, as it is nowhere revealed in the Old Testament. This we shall enlarge on when we come to the sign Pisces. Meanwhile we must read the witness of the stars as if there had been no Church!

 

Christ is first. Yea, He is all in all. The Scriptures testify of Him; and the very stars in this Sign tell of His going away and His coming again. These prophetic signs have to do;

·        with Him,

·        with the Atonement He wrought,

·        with the conflict He endured,

·        with the blessings He secured,

·        with the victory He shall win,

·        and the triumph He shall have.

For it is written:

 

Numbers 24:7 "He shall pour the water out of His buckets, And His seed shall be in many waters, And His king shall be higher than Agag, And His kingdom shall be exalted."

 

It tells of that glorious day when

 

Isaiah 32:1-2

1 A King shall reign in righteousness; And princes shall rule in judgment;

2 And a MAN shall be as an hiding place from the wind, And a covert from the tempest; As RIVERS of WATER in a dry place."

 

It speaks of that glorious time when Israel shall be restored, and their "eyes shall see the King in His beauty"; when the peace of Zion shall be no more disturbed, "but there the glorious LORD will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams"

 

Isaiah 33:17,20,21

17 Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.

20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.

21 But there the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.

 

Then

 

Isaiah 35:1, 6

1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose,

6 For in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert

 

Isaiah 41:18 I will open rivers in high places, And fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, And the dry land springs of water”.

 

Isaiah 44:2, 3, 6

2 Fear not, O Jacob, My servant; And thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen, For I will POUR WATER upon him that is thirsty,

3 And floods upon the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit upon thy seed,

6 And My blessing upon thy offspring. Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, And his Redeemer the LORD of hosts

 

This is the meaning of the Sign. The MAN Christ Jesus, who was humbled in death, will yet be seen to be the pourer forth of every blessing. Physically pouring forth literal waters, removing the curse, and turning this world into a paradise:

 

Isaiah 51:3 "Making her wilderness like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the LORD."

 

And morally pouring forth His Spirit in such abundance as to fill the whole earth with peace, and blessing, and glory, "as the waters cover the sea." Upon Israel restored He will pour out His blessing. They will be sprinkled with clean water, and possess a new heart and a new spirit.

 

Ezekiel 36:24—28  

24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

 

Joel 2:28—32

28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my Spirit.

30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.

32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.

 

Such are some of the Scriptures which tell of this glorious Water-pourer. We need not rob Christ of His glory, or Israel of her blessing, in order to see in all this Pentecost or the Church. These are quite independent of the great line of prophetic truth. They are parenthetical, (added as an extra comment or parenthesis) and distinct, and true, quite apart from the glorious prophecies of Israel's scattering and gathering. The physical marvels referred to in the texts above can never be satisfied or exhausted by any spiritual fulfilment. We may make an application of them as far as is consistent with the teaching of the epistles; but the interpretation of them belongs to the Person of Christ, and the nation of Israel. That interpretation is pictured for us in the Sign, and in its three constellations.

 

Pisces The Second Book. The Redeemed "The result of the Redeemer's sufferings."

Chapter III The Sign Pisces (The Fishes) The blessings of the redeemed in abeyance

In this third chapter of the Second Book we come to the results of the Redeemer's work enjoyed, but in connection with conflict, as is seen in the last of the three sections (the constelation of Andromeda, the chained woman), which leads up to the last chapter of the book, and ends it in triumph over every enemy.

The Sign is pictured as two large fishes bound together by a Band, the ends of which are fastened separately to their tails. One fish is represented with its head pointing upwards towards the North Polar Star, the other is shown at right angles, swimming along the line of the ecliptic, or path of the sun.

The ancient Egyptian name, as shown on the Denderah Zodiac, is Pi-cot Orion, or Pisces Hori, which means the fishes of Him that cometh.

The Hebrew name is Dagim, the Fishes, which is closely connected with multitudes, as in Genesis 48:26, where Jacob blesses Joseph's sons, and says, "Let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth." The margin says, "Let them grow as fishes do increase." It refers to the fulfilment of Genesis 1:28, "Be fruitful and multiply." The multitude of Abraham's seed is prominent in the pronouncement of the blessings, where God compared his future posterity to the stars of the sky, and the sand upon the sea shore. "A very great multitude of fish," as in Ezekiel 47:9.

The Syriac name is Nuno, the fish, lengthened out (as in posterity).

The sign, then, speaks of the multitudes who should enjoy the blessings of the Redeemer's work.

And here we must maintain that "the Church," which is "the Body of Christ," was a subject that was never revealed to man until it was made known to the Apostle Paul by a special revelation. The Holy Spirit declares (Rom 16:25) that it "was kept secret since the world began." In Ephesians 3:9 he declares that it "from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God"; and in Colossians 1:26, that it "hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints." In each scripture which speaks of it as "now made manifest," or "now made known," it is distinctly stated that it was "a mystery," i.e. a secret, and had, up to that moment, been hidden from mankind, hidden "in God." How, then, we ask, can "the Church," which was a subsequent revelation, be read into the previous prophecies, whether written in the Old Testament Scriptures, or made known in the Heavens? If the Church was revealed in prophecy, then it could not have been said to be hidden or kept secret. If the first revelation of it was made known to Paul, as he distinctly affirms it was, then it could not have been revealed before. Unless we see this very clearly, we cannot "rightly divide the word of truth" (2 Tim 2:15). And if we do not rightly divide the word of truth, in its subjects, and times, and dispensations, we must inevitably be landed in confusion and darkness, interpreting of the Church, scriptures which belong only to Israel.

The Church, or Body of Christ, is totally distinct from every class of persons who are made the subject of prophecy. Not that the Church of God was an after-thought. No, it waws a Divine secret, kept as only God Himself could keep it. The Bible therefore would have been complete (so far as the Old Testament prophecies are concerned) if the Epistles (which belong only to the Church) were taken out. The Old Testament would then give us the kingdom prophesied; the Gospels and Acts, the King and the kingdom offered and rejected; then the Apocalypse would follow, showing how that promised kingdom will yet be set up with Divine judgment, power and glory.

If these Signs and these star-pictures be the results of inspired patriarchs, then this Sign of PISCES can refer to "His seed," prophesied of in Isaiah 53 "He shall see His seed." It must refer to

 

Psalm 33:12 "The nation whose God is the LORD, And the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance."

Psalm 37:2 "Such as be blessed of Him shall inherit the earth."

Psalm 115:14—15 

14 "The LORD shall increase you more and more,
15 You and your children, Ye are blessed of the LORD."

Isaiah 61:9 Their seed shall be known among the Gentiles. And their offspring among the people; All that see them shall acknowledge them That they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed."

Isaiah 65:23 "They are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, And their offspring with them."

The prophecy of this Sign was afterwards written in the words of Isaiah 26:15--the song which shall yet be sung in the land of Judah:

Isaiah 26:15 "Thou hast increased the nation, O LORD, Thou hast increased the nation."

And in Isaiah 9:3 (RV), speaking of the glorious time when the government shall be upon the shoulder of the coming King:

Isaiah 9:3 "Thou hast multiplied the nation, Thou hast increased their joy."

Of that longed-for day Jeremiah sings (30:19):

Jeremiah 30:19 "I will multiply them And they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, And they shall not be small."

Ezekiel also is inspired to say:

Ezekiel 36:10, 11

10 "I will multiply men upon you, All the house of Israel, even all of it: And the cities shall be inhabited,
11
And the wastes shall be builded; And I will multiply upon you man and beast, And they shall increase and bring fruit."

Ezekiel 37:26 "Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; It shall be an everlasting covenant with them! And I will place them, and multiply them, And will see My sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore."

Indeed, this sign of PISCES has always been interpreted of Israel. Both Jews and Gentiles have agreed in this. ABARBANEL, a Jewish commentator, writing on Daniel, affirms that the Sign PISCES always refers to the people of Israel. He gives five reasons for this belief, and also affirms that a conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Saturn always betokens a crisis in the affairs of Israel. Because such a conjunction took place in his day (about 1480 AD) he looked for the coming of Messiah.

Certain it is, that when the sun is in PISCES all the constellations which are considered noxious, are seen above the horizon. What is true in astronomical observation is true also in historical fact. When God's favour is shown to Israel, "the Jew's enemy [Satan]" puts forth his malignant powers. When they increased and multiplied in Egypt, he endeavoured to compass the destruction of the nation by destroying the male children; but their great Deliverer remembered His covenant, defeated the designs of the enemy, and brought the counsel of the heathen to nought. So it was in Persia; and so it will yet be again when the hour of Israel's final deliverance has come.

There can be no doubt that we have in this Sign the foreshowing of the multiplication and blessing of the children of promise, and a token of their coming deliverance from all the power of the enemy.

·        But why two fishes?

·        Why is one horizontal and the other perpendicular?

The answer is, that not only in Israel, but in the seed of Seth and Shem there were always those who looked for a heavenly portion, and were "partakers of a heavenly calling." In Hebrews 11 we are distinctly told that Abraham "looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God" (v 10). They were "strangers and pilgrims on the earth" (v 13).

·        Strangers = those without a home,

·        Pilgrims = those who are journeying home:

"They seek a country" (v 14). They desired "a better country, that is, a HEAVENLY: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He hath prepared for them a city" (v 16). It is clear, therefore, that what are called the "Old Testament Saints" were "partakers of THE HEAVENLY CALLING" (Hebrews 3:1), which included a heavenly portion and a heavenly home; and all through the ages there have been "partakers of the heavenly calling." This is quite distinct from the calling of the Church, which is from both Jews and Gentiles to form "one body," a "new man" in Christ.

Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

 It must be distinct, for it is expressly stated at the end of that chapter (Hebrews 11:40) that God has "PROVIDED (marg. foreseen) SOME BETTER THING FOR US." How can this be a "better thing," if it is the same thing? There must be two separate things if one is "better" than the other! Our calling in Christ is the "better thing." The Old Testament saints had, and will have, a good thing. They will have a heavenly blessing, and a heavenly portion, for God has "prepared for them a city," and we see that prepared city, even "the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of HEAVEN, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband."

Hebrews 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

This is the "heavenly" portion of the Old Testament saints, the Bride of Christ. The Church will have a still "better" portion, for "they without us should not be made perfect" (Heb 11:40).

The fish, shooting upwards to the Polar Star, exquisitely pictures this "heavenly calling"; while the other fish, keeping on the horizontal line, answers to those who were content with an earthly portion.

But both alike were divinely called, and chosen, and upheld. The names of two of the stars in the sign are Okda (Hebrew), the united, and Al Samaca (Arabic), the upheld. These again speak of the redeemed seed, of whom, and to whom, Jehovah speaks in that coming day of glory in

Isaiah 41:8-10

08 "But thou, Israel, My servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, The seed of Abraham My friend;
09 Thou whom I have taken hold of from the ends of the earth, And called thee from the corners thereof, And said unto thee, Thou art My servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away;,

10 Fear thou not, for I am with thee; Be not dismayed, for I am thy God! I will strengthen thee; Yea, I will help thee; Yea, I will UPHOLD thee with the right hand of My righteousness."

 

This is the teaching of the Sign; and the first constellation takes up this thought and emphasises it.

Aries The Second Book The Redeemed "The result of the Redeemer's sufferings" Chapter IV:  The Sign Aries (The Ram or Lamb)

The blessings of the redeemed consummated and enjoyed This Second Book began with the Goat dying in sacrifice, and it ends with the Lamb living again, "as it had been slain." The goat had the tail of a fish, indicating that his death was for a multitude of the redeemed. In the two middle Signs we have had these fishes presented to us in grace, and in their conflict. We come now to the last chapter of the book: and, as we have seen, like each of the other books, it ends up with victory and triumph. Here we are first shown the foundation on which that victory rests, namely, Atonement. Hence we are taken back and reminded of the "blood of the Lamb."

This is pictured by a ram, or lamb, full of vigour and life; not falling in death as CAPRICORNUS is. In the Denderah Zodiac its name is Tametouris Ammon, which means the reign, dominion, or government of Ammon. The lamb's head is without horns, and is crowned with a circle.

The Hebrew name is Taleh, the lamb. The Arabic name is Al Hamal, the sheep, gentle, merciful. This name has been mistakenly given by some to the principal star, a. The Syriac name is Amroo, as in the Syriac New Testament in;

 

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

 

Bar means altar, or sacrifice; and ziggar means right making; so that the full name would be the sacrifice of righteousness.There are 66 stars in this sign, one being of the 2nd magnitude, two of the 4th, etc. Its chief star, a (in the forehead), is named El Nath, or El Natik, which means wounded, slain. The next, b (in the left horn), is called Al Sheratan, the bruised, the wounded. The next g (near to b ), is called Mesarim (Hebrew), the bound.

·        How is it there is no conflicting voice?

·        How is it that all the stars unite in one harmonious voice in testifying of the Lamb of God, slain, and bruised, but yet living for evermore, singing together,

"Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing"

 

Revelation 5:12

 

This rejoicing connected with the Lamb shines faintly through the heathen perversions and myths: for HERODOTUS tells us how the ancient Egyptians, once a year, when it opened by the entrance of the sun into ARIES (TAURUS then marked the Spring Equinox),

·        Slew a Ram, at the festival of Jupiter Ammon;

·        Branches were placed over the doors,

·        The Ram was garlanded with wreaths of flowers and carried in procession.

 Now the sun entered ARIES on the 14th of the Jewish month Nisan, and another lamb was then ordered to be slain, even "the LORD's Passover"--the type of that Lamb that should in the fullness of time be offered without blemish and without spot.

Owing to the precession of the equinoxes, the sun, at the time of the Exodus, had receded into this sign of ARIES, which then marked the Spring Equinox. But by the time that the antitype--the Lamb of God, was slain, the sun had still further receded, and on the 14th of Nisan, in the year of the Crucifixion, stood at the very spot marked by the stars a, El Nath, the pierced, the wounded or slain, and b, Al Sheratan, the bruised or wounded! God so ordained "the times and seasons" that during that noon-day darkness the sun was seen near those stars which had spoken for so many centuries of this bruising of the woman's Seed--the Lamb of God.

·        Was this design?

·        Or was it chance?

It is far easier to believe the former. It makes a smaller demand upon our faith; yes, we are compelled to believe that He who created the sun and the stars "for signs and for cycles," ordained also the times and the seasons, and it is He who tells us that "WHEN THE FULNESS OF TIME WAS COME, God sent forth His Son"

 

Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

 

and that "in due time Christ died for the ungodly"

 

Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

 

Taurus The Sign Taurus (The Bull) Messiah, the coming Judge of all the earth

The picture is that of a Bull rushing forward with mighty energy and fierce wrath, his horns set so as to push his enemies, and pierce them through and destroy them. It is a prophecy of Christ, the coming Judge, and Ruler, and "Lord of all the earth." The Egyptian Zodiac of Denderah already, 4,000 years ago, had forgotten the truth to which the prophecy had referred, and called him Isis, i.e., who saves or delivers, and Apis, i.e., the head or chief. The Bull is clearly represented, and in all the zodiacs which have come down to us is always in the act of pushing, or rushing.

 

The name of the sign in Chaldee is Tor. Hence, Arabic, Al Thaur; Greek, Tauros; Latin, Taurus, etc. The more common Hebrew name was Shur, from a root which means both coming and ruling. There are several Hebrew words for bulls and oxen, etc. But the common poetical term for all is Reem, conveying the idea of loftiness, exaltation, power, and pre-eminence. We find the root in other kindred languages (Etruscan, Sanscrit, etc.), and it can be traced in the name of Abram, which means pre-eminent or high father; Ramah, high place, etc.

 

The stars in Taurus present a brilliant sight. There are at least 141 stars, besides two important groups of stars, which both form integral parts of the sign.

 

The brightest star, a (in the bull's eye), has a Chaldee name--Al Debaran, and means the leader or governor. The star b (at the tip of the left horn) has an Arabic name--El Nath, meaning wounded or slain. Another prophetic intimation that this coming Lord should be first slain as a sacrifice.

 

Then there is the cluster of stars known as the Pleiades. This word, which means the congregation of the judge or ruler, comes to us through the Greek Septuagint as the translation of the Hebrew kimah, which means the heap or accumulation, and occurs in;

 

Job 9:9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

 

Job 38:31—32

31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?

 

Amos 5:8 Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord is his name:

 

It consists of a number of stars (in the neck of Taurus) which appear to be near together. The brightest of them, marked h in all the maps, * has come down to us with an Arabic name--Al Cyone, which means the centre, and has given the idea to some astronomers that it is the centre of the whole universe. The Syriac name for the Pleiades is Succoth, which means booths.

* The others have names, but they were given by the Greeks from the names of the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione. The Hyades were their sisters. Together they tell us that the saints will be secure with this mighty Lord when He comes to rule.

 

Another group of stars (on the face of the Bull) is known as The Hyades, * which has the similar meaning of the congregated. * The Pleiades and Hyades are sometimes spoken of as constellations, but this is a mistake; they are integral parts of Taurus. Other stars are named Palilicium (Hebrew), belonging to the judge; Wasat (Arabic), centre or foundation; Al Thuraiya (Arabic), the abundance; Vergiliae (Latin), the centre (Arabic, vertex) turned on, rolled round.

Everything points to the important truth, and all turns on the fact that the Lord is COMING TO RULE! THIS IS THE CENTRAL TRUTH OF ALL PROPHECY.

·        "The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

·        All hope for Creation,

·        All hope for the world,

·        All hope for Israel,

·        All hope for the Church,

 

turns on this, that "Jesus is coming again," and that when He comes His saints, "the daughters of the King" (like the Pleiades and Hyades), will be with Him.

 

There is nothing of "the Church" revealed here. The Church will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, to be for ever with the Lord.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

 

Before He thus comes unto the world in judgment.

·        He will come forth to receive the members of His Body unto Himself,

·        before He thus comes with them to destroy all His enemies and "judge (or rule) the world in righteousness.”

·        When we read this Sign of Taurus, therefore, we are to understand that His Church will be with Him, safe from all judgment.

 

There is very much in the Scripture of the Book, (as there is in the prophecies in the heavens) about the coming of the Lord in judgment; and about this time of His indignation.

For Enoch, who doubtless was used in arranging these prophetic signs, uttered the prophetic words, "Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints to execute judgment upon all and to convict all that are ungodly".

 

Jude 14, 15

14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.

 

At a very early period these signs were appropriated to the Twelve Tribes of Israel, http://godsplan.org.uk/fulltentribes.htm and borne upon their "standards." This may be traced in the Blessing of Jacob (Genesis 49), and in the Blessing of Moses (Deuteronomy 33). Taurus was assigned to Joseph, or rather to his two tribes of Ephraim (UK) and Manasseh (USA), like the two powerful horns:

 

 Deuteronomy 33:17, RV The firstling of His bullock (marg. his firstling bullock)--majesty is His, And His horns are the horns of the wild-ox (Reem). With them He shall PUSH (marg. gore) the peoples, all of them, even the ends of the earth.

 And they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, And they are the thousands of Manasseh."

 

It is not, however, merely by men alone that this will be done, for David sings…

 

Psalm 44:5 Thou art my King, O GOD... Through Thee will we PUSH down our enemies; Through Thy Name will we tread them under that rise up against us."

 

Isaiah 13:11-15 

11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.

13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

14 And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.

15 Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword.

 

Speaking of that day, the Holy Spirit says by Isaiah:

 

Isaiah 34:2—8  RV 

2 For the LORD hath indignation against all the nations,  And fury against all their host:

3 He hath utterly destroyed them, He hath delivered them to the slaughter...

4 The LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, And a great slaughter in the land of Edom,

5 And the wild oxen [Reem] shall come down with them, And the bullocks with the bulls;

6 And their land shall be drunken with blood, And their dust made fat with fatness.

7 For it is the day of the LORD's vengeance,

8 The year of recompense in the controversy of Zion."

 

 

 Isaiah 26:21 Behold, the LORD cometh forth out of His place  To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: The earth also shall disclose her blood, And shall no more cover her slain."

 

·        This is the united testimony of the two Revelations.

·        It is pictured in the heavens,

·        It is written in the Book.

·        It is the prophecy of a coming Judge, and of a coming judgment.

 

It is, however, no mere Bull that is coming, It is a man, a glorious man, even "the Son of Man." This is the first development, shown in the first of the three constellations belonging to the sign.

 

Gemini The Third Book The Redeemer (His Second Coming)  "The glory that should follow"

Chapter II The Sign Gemini (The Twins) Messiah's reign as Prince of Peace

All the pictures of this sign are confused. The Greeks claimed to have invented them, and they called them Apollo and Hercules. The Latins called them Castor and Pollux, and the name of a vessel in which Paul sailed is so called in…

 

 Acts 28:11 And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.

 

The name in the ancient Denderah Zodiac is Clusus, or Claustrum Hor, which means the place of Him who cometh. It is represented by two human figures walking, or coming. The second appears to be a woman. The other appears to be a man. It is a tailed figure, the tail signifying He cometh.

The old Coptic name was Pi-Mahi, the united, as in brotherhood. Not necessarily united by being born at the same time, but united in one fellowship or brotherhood. The Hebrew name is Thaumim, which means united. The root is used in…

 

Exodus 26:24 "They (the two boards) shall be coupled together beneath."

 

In the margin we read, "Heb. twinned" (RV double). The Arabic Al Tauman means the same. We need not trouble ourselves with the Grecian myths, even though we can see through them the original and ancient truth. The two were both heroes of peculiar and extraordinary birth--sons of Jupiter. They were supposed to appear at the head of armies; and as they had cleared the seas of pirates, they were looked upon as the patron saints of navigation. (Hence the name of the ship in Acts 28:11). They were held in high esteem both by Greeks and Romans; and the common practice of taking oaths and of swearing by their names has descended even to our own day in the still surviving vulgar habit of swearing "By Gemini!"

 

The more ancient star-names help us to see through all these and many other myths, and to discern Him of whom they testify; even Him..

·        In His twofold nature--God and Man.

·        His twofold work of suffering and glory.

·        His twofold coming in humiliation and in triumph.

 

There are 85 stars in the sign: two of the 2nd magnitude, four of the 3rd, six of the 4th, etc.

 

The name of a (in the head of one) is called Apollo, which means ruler, or judge; while b (in the head of the other) is called Hercules, who cometh to labour, or suffer. Another star, g (in his left foot), is called Al Henah, which means hurt, wounded, or afflicted. Can we have a doubt as to what is the meaning of this double presentation? In Ophiuchus we have the two in one person: the crushed enemy, and the wounded heel. But here the two great primeval truths are presented in two persons; for the two natures were one Person, "God and man in one Christ."

·        As man, suffering for our redemption;

·        As God, glorified for our complete salvation and final triumph.

A star, e (in the centre of his body), is called Waset, which means set, and tells of Him who "set His face like a flint" to accomplish this mighty Herculean work; and, when the time was come, "steadfastly set His face to go" to complete it.

 

He bears in his right hand (in some pictures) a palm branch. Some pictures show a club; but both the club or bow are in repose! These united ones are neither in action nor are they preparing for action, but they are at rest and in peace after victory won. The star e (in the knee of the other, "Apollo") is called Mebsuta, which means treading under feet. The names of other stars have come down to us with the same testimony. One is called Propus (Hebrew), the branch, spreading; another is called Al Giauza (Arabic), the palm branch; another is named Al Dira (Arabic), the seed, or branch.

 

The day has here come to fulfil the prophecies concerning Him who is "the Branch," "the Branch of Jehovah," "the man whose name is the Branch."

 

Isaiah 4:2 "In that day shall the Branch of Jehovah be beautiful and glorious; And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely For them that are escaped of Israel."

 

Isaiah 32:1—2 

1 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, And princes shall rule in judgment;

2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind.

 

Jeremiah 23:5—6  RV

5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD,  That I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, And He shall reign as King and deal wisely, And shall execute judgment and justice in the land.

6 In His days Judah shall be saved, And Israel shall dwell safely: And this is His name whereby He shall be called, The LORD is our Righteousness.

 

Jeremiah 33:14—15  RV

14 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, That I will perform that good word which I have spoken Concerning the house of Israel and concerning the house of Judah.

15 In those days, and at that time. Will I cause a Branch of Righteousness to grow up unto David; And He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.

 

This is what we see in this sign--Messiah's peaceful reign. All is rest and repose. We see "His days," in which "the righteous shall flourish; and abundance of peace, so long as the moon endureth" (Psalm 72).

 

But, for this blessed time to come, there must be no enemy! All enemies must be subdued. This brings us to the first section of the book.

 

Cancer (Scarabaeus) (Cattle Folds) The Third Book The Redeemer (His Second Coming) "The glory that should follow"

Chapter III The Sign Cancer (The Crab) Messiah's redeemed possession held fast

With regard to the sign of CANCER, one thing is certain, that we have not got the original picture, or anything like it. It does not agree with the names either of its three constellations which have come down to us, or of its stars. In the ancient Denderah Zodiac it is represented as a Scarabaeus, or sacred beetle. * In the Zodiac of Esneh and in a Hindu Zodiac (400 BC) it is the same.

* The Scarabaeus, passing its early existence as a worm of the earth, and thence issuing as a winged denizen of heaven, was held sacred by the Egyptians as an emblem of the resurrection of the body.

According to the Greeks, Jupiter placed this Crab amongst the signs of the Zodiac.

In Sir William Jones's Oriental Zodiac we meet with a crab, and an Egyptian Zodiac found at Rome bears also the crab in this sign.

The more ancient Egyptians placed Herm Anubis, or Hermes, with the head of an ibis or hawk, as the symbol of the sign now allotted to CANCER.

The Denderah name is Klaria, or the cattle-folds, and in this name we have the key to the meaning of the sign, and to the subject of this chapter.

The Arabic name is Al Sartan, which means who holds or binds, and may be from the Hebrew to bind together.

 

 Genesis 49:11 Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:

 

There is no ancient Hebrew word known for the crab. It was classed with many other unclean creatures, and would be included in the general term "vermin." The Syriac, Sartano, means the same. The Greek name is Karkinos, which means holding or encircling, as does the Latin, Cancer, and hence is applied to the crab. In the word Khan, we have the traveller's rest or inn; while Ker or Cer is the Arabic for encircling. The ancient Akkadian name of the month is Su-kul-na, the seizer or possessor of seed. The sign contains 83 stars, one of which is of the 3rd magnitude, and seven are of the 4th magnitude, and the remainder of inferior magnitudes.

In the centre of the Sign there is a remarkably bright cluster of stars, so bright that they can be sometimes seen with the naked eye. It looks like a comet, and is made up of a great multitude of stars. Modern astronomers have called it the Beehive. But its ancient name has come down to us as Praesepe, which means a multitude, offspring.

The brightest star, z (in the tail), is called Tegmine, holding. The star a (or a1 and a2), in the lower large claw, is called Acubene, which, in Hebrew and Arabic, means the sheltering or hiding-place. Another is named Ma'alaph (Arabic), assembled thousands; Al Himarein (Arabic), the kids or lambs.

 

North and south of the nebula Praesepe are two stars, which Orientalists speak of by a name evidently of some antiquity. Asellus which means an Ass, and one was called Asellus Boreas, the northern Ass; while the other, Asellus Australis, is the southern Ass. *

* The Ass was the emblem of Typhon, the king who smites or is smitten. This connects it with the Tribe of Issachar, who is said to have borne upon the Tribal standard the sign of two asses. This is doubtless the reference in Jacob's blessing…

 

Genesis 49:11 RV "Issachar is a strong ass, Couching down between the sheepfolds;  and he saw a resting-place that it was good;  and the land that it was pleasant;  and he bowed his shoulder to bear,  and became a servant under task work."

 

Have we not here the gathering up of the teaching of this sign--

 

·       Messiah's redeemed possessions held fast.

 

Here we come to the completion of His work. In CANCER we see it with reference to His redeemed, and in the next (the last) Sign, LEO, with reference to His enemies.

 

The three constellations develop the TRUTH. What is now called Ursa Minor is the Lesser Flock; Ursa Major gives us The Sheepfold and the Sheep; while Argo, The Ship, shows the travellers and the pilgrims brought safely home--all conflict over.

 

To accomplish this, we see the true Issachar bowing his shoulder to bear. He could say, "My soul is bowed down"…

 

Psalm 57:6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

 

·        He became a servant, and humbled Himself to death.

·         He undertook the mighty task of saving His people from their sins.

"Their Redeemer is strong"

 

Jeremiah 50:34 Their Redeemer is strong; the Lord of hosts is his name: he shall thoroughly plead their cause, that he may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.

 

for help was laid on "One that was mighty"

 

Psalm 89:19 Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people.

 

And His redeemed shall come to a resting-place that is good, and to a land that is pleasant. No earthly Khan on earth affords them a home. They look for a heavenly home, and in the many mansions of the Father's house they shall find eternal rest. Here we see that sheltering home to which the names of these stars point; where the assembled thousands (Ma'alaph) shall be received into the true Klaria, even the "everlasting habitations." These are now to be shown to us.

 

Leo (End) The Third Book The Redeemer  (His Second Coming)

 "The glory that should follow" http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm Chapter IV The Sign Leo (The Lion) Messiah's consummated triumph

 

Here we come to the end of the circle. We began with VIRGO, and we end with LEO. No one who has followed our interpretation can doubt that we have here the solving of the Riddle of the Sphinx. For its Head is VIRGO and its Tail is LEO! (Lion of Judah) In LEO we reach the end of the Revelation as inspired in the Word of God; and it is the end as written in the heavens.

BAILLY (Astronomy) says, "the Zodiac must have been first divided when the sun at the summer solstice was in 1o Virgo, where the woman's head joins the Lion's tail."

As to its antiquity there can be no doubt. JAMIESON says, "the Lion does not seem to have been placed among the Zodiacal symbols, because Hercules was fabled to have slain the Nemean Lion. It would seem, on the contrary, that Hercules, who represented the Sun, was said to have slain the Nemean Lion, because Leo, was already a Zodiacal sign. Hercules flourished 3,000 years ago, and consequently posterior to the period when the summer solstice accorded with Leo" (Celestial Atlas, p. 40). http://www.ianridpath.com/atlases/jamieson.htm  

There is no confusion with this sign. In the ancient Zodiacs of Egypt (Denderah, Esneh) and India we find the Lion. The same occurs on the Mithraic monuments, where Leo is passant, as he is in Moor's Hindu, and Sir William Jones's Oriental Zodiacs. In Kircher's Zodiacs he is courrant (running); in the Egyptian Zodiacs he is couchant (lying down).

In the Denderah Zodiac he is treading upon a serpent, as shown in Mr Edward Cooper's Egyptian Scenery.

 

Its Egyptian name is Pi Mentekeon, which means the pouring out. This is no pouring out or inundation of the Nile, but it is the pouring out of the cup of Divine wrath on that Old Serpent. This is the one great truth of the closing chapter of this last Book. It is

 

THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH AROUSED FOR THE RENDING OF THE PREY.

 

His feet are over the head of Hydra, the great Serpent, (Satan) and just about to descend upon it and crush it.

 

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee [Satan] and the woman, [Christ] and between thy seed [Satan's] and her seed; [Christ's] it shall bruise thy head, [Satan] and thou shalt bruise His heel [Christ].

 

The three constellations of the Sign complete this final picture:

 

 1. Hydra, the old Serpent destroyed. (See Denderah image above)

 2. Crater, the Cup of Divine wrath poured out upon him.

 3. Corvus, the Bird of prey devouring him. (See Jamieson Atlas link above)

 

The Denderah picture exhibits all four in one.

1.      The Lion is presented treading down the Serpent.

2.      The Bird of prey is also perched upon it,

3.      While below is a plumed female figure holding out two cups, answering to Crater, the cup of wrath.

4.      The hieroglyphics read Knem, and are placed underneath. Knem means who conquers, or is conquered, referring to the victory over the serpent.

 

The woman's name is Her-ua, great enemy, referring to the great enemy for which her two cups are prepared and intended.

 

Revelation 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

 

The Hebrew name of the sign is Arieh, which means the Lion. There are six Hebrew words for Lion, and this one is used of the Lion hunting down his prey.

 

    1. Gor, a lion's whelp.

 2. Ciphir, a young lion when first hunting for himself.

 3. Sachal, a mature lion in full strength.

 4. Laish, a fierce lion.

 5. Labia, a lioness.

 6. Arieh, an adult lion, having paired, in search of his prey.

 

 Nahum 2:12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.

 

2 Samuel 17:10 And he also that is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, shall utterly melt: for all Israel knoweth that thy father is a mighty man, and they which be with him are valiant men.

 

Numbers 23:24 Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.

 

The Syriac name is Aryo, the rending Lion, and the Arabic is Al Asad; both mean a lion coming vehemently, leaping forth as a flame! It is a beautiful constellation of 95 stars, two of which are of the 1st magnitude, two of the 2nd, six of the 3rd, thirteen of the 4th. The brightest star, a (on the Ecliptic), marks the heart of the Lion (hence sometimes called by the moderns, Cor Leonis, the heart of the Lion). Its ancient name is Regulus, which means treading under foot. The next star, b, also of the 1st magnitude (in the tip of the tail), is named Denebola, the Judge or Lord who cometh. The star g (in the mane) is called Al Giebha (Arabic), the exaltation. The star d (on the hinder part of the back) is called Zosma, shining forth. Other stars are named Sarcam (Hebrew), the joining; intimating that here is the point where the two ends of the Zodiacal circle have their joining.

Another star has the name of Minchir al Asad (Arabic), the punishing or tearing of the Lion. Another is Deneb Aleced, the judge cometh who seizes. And another is Al Dafera (Arabic), the enemy put down.

 

·        What can be more expressive?

·        What can be more eloquent?

·        All is harmony, and all the names unite in pointing us to what is written of "the Lion of the Tribe of Judah."

 

·        And why is Messiah thus called?

·         Because it is applied to Him in Revelation 5:5 in connection with His rising up for judgment: and because the Lion is known to have been always borne upon the standard of Judah, whether in the wilderness (Numbers 2) or in aftertimes.

 

Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

 

In Israel's dying blessing the prophetic words foretold of Judah:

 

Genesis 49: 8—9 

8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee.

9 Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?

 

In the prophecy of Balaam we read:

 

Numbers 24:8—9

8 He shall eat up the nations his enemies,  And shall break their bones, And pierce them through with his arrows,

9 He couched, he lay down as a lion, And as a great lion; who shall stir him up?"

 

The same testimony is borne by the Prophet Amos:

 

Amos 3:4, 8

4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

8 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

 

When "the Lion of the tribe of Judah" is roused up for the reading, the Spirit describes the scene in…

 

Isaiah 42:13: The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, He shall stir up jealousy like a man of war; He shall cry, yea, roar; He shall prevail against His enemies."

 

And this is what is meant and included when the Elder says for John's comfort, "the Lion of the Tribe of Judah hath prevailed," and hence, is "worthy...to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing" (Revelation 5).

 

Whether we look, therefore, at the primeval Revelation in the heavens, or at the later Revelation in the Word, the story is one and the same.  And what we see of Leo and his work in both, we find developed and described in the three constellations of the Sign. Such are the contents of this wondrous book that is written in the heavens. Thus has God been speaking and emphasising and developing His first great prophetic promise of…

 

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee [Satan] and the woman, [Christ] and between thy seed [Satan's] and her seed; [Christ's] it shall bruise thy head, [Satan] and thou shalt bruise His heel [Christ].

 

Though for more than 2,500 years His people had not this Revelation written in a book as we now have it in the Bible, they were not left in ignorance and darkness as to God's purposes and counsels; nor were they without hope as to ultimate deliverance from all evil and from the Evil One.

 

Adam, who first heard that wondrous promise, repeated it, and gave it to his posterity as a most precious heritage--the ground of all their faith, the substance of all their hope, the object of all their desire. Seth and Enoch took it up. Enoch, we know, prophesied of the Lord's coming, saying, "Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints to execute judgment upon all" (Jude 14). How could these "holy prophets, since the world began," have recorded their prophecies better, or more effectually, or more truthfully and powerfully, than in these star-pictures and their interpretation? This becomes a certainty when we remember the words of the Holy Spirit by Zachariah;

 

Luke 1:67-70

67 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; For He hath visited and redeemed His people,

68 And hath raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David;

69 As He spake by the mouth of HIS HOLY PROPHETS

70 WHICH HAVE BEEN SINCE THE [This] WORLD BEGAN."

 

The same truth is revealed through Peter, in Acts 3:20, 21: "He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you; whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all HIS HOLY PROPHETS SINCE THE [This] WORLD BEGAN."

 

Acts 3:20—21

20 And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:

21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

 

These words have new meaning for us, if we see the things which were spoken "since the world began," thus written in the heavens, which utter speech (i.e. prophecy), and show forth this knowledge day after day and night after night, the heritage of all the earth, and their words reaching unto the ends of the world. This Revelation, coinciding as it does in all its facts and truths with that afterwards recorded "in the Volume of the Book," must have had the same Divine origin, must have been made known by the inspiration of the same Holy Spirit.

 

We now proceed to compare the two, and we shall see how they agree at every point, proving that the source and origin of this Divine Revelation is one and the same.

 

1.      HYDRA (The Serpent) The old serpent destroyed

The time has at length come for the fulfilment of the many prophecies pictured in the heavens: and in its three final constellations we see the consummation of them all in the complete destruction of the Old Serpent, [Satan] and all his seed, and all his works.

 

It is the special work of the Messiah, as "the Lion of the tribe of Judah," to trample it under foot. (See Denderah image above)

 

It is pictured as the female serpent (Hydra), the mother and author of all evil. Hydra has the significant meaning, he is abhorred!

 

It is an immense constellation extending for above 100 degrees from east to west, beneath the Virgin, the Lion, and the Crab. It is composed of 60 stars; one of the 2nd magnitude, three of the 3rd, twelve of the 4th, etc. The brightest star, a (in the heart of the Serpent), is sometimes called by the moderns Cor Hydrae on that account. Its ancient name is Al Phard (Arabic), which means the separated, put away. Another is called Al Drian, the abhorred. Another star is named Minchir al Sugia, the piercing of the deceiver.

 

There can be no doubt as to what is taught by the constellation of Hydra, nor is it necessary to quote the Scriptures concerning the destruction of the Serpent. We pass on to consider the second.

 

2. CRATER (The Cup)

 The cup of divine wrath poured out upon Him "God is the Judge.

 He putteth down one, and setteth up another,

 

 Psalm 75:8 FOR IN THE HAND OF THE LORD THERE IS A CUP, And the wine is red; it is full of mixture,  And He poureth out of the same: But the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out and drink them."

 

Psalm 11:6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares,  Fire and brimstone, and a horrible tempest: THIS SHALL BE THE PORTION OF THEIR CUP."

 

This is no fabled wine-cup of Bacchus; but it is "The cup of His indignation" "The cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath"

 

Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

 

Rev 16:19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

 

This is what we see set forth in this constellation. The Cup is wide and deep, and fastened on by the stars to the very body of the writhing serpent. The same stars which are in the foot of the Cup form part of the body of Hydra, and are reckoned as belonging to both constellations. This Cup has the significant number of thirteen stars (the number of Apostasy). The two--Al Ches (a), which means the Cup, and (b)--determine the bottom of the Cup.

 

 3.  (The Raven) The birds of prey devouring the serpent

Here is the final scene of judgment. We have had Zeeb, the Wolf; now we have Oreb, the Raven. Her-na is its name in the Denderah Zodiac. Her, means the enemy [Satan]; and Na, means breaking up or failing. That is to say, this scene represents the breaking up of the enemy.

There are nine stars (the number of judgment) in this constellation. The bright star a (in the eye) is called Al Chibar (Arabic), joining together, from the Hebrew Chiba (Numbers 23:8), which means accursed.

 

Numbers 23:8 How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the Lord hath not defied?

 

This star, then, tells of the curse inflicted. The star b (in the right wing) is called Al Goreb (Arabic), from Hebrew Oreb, the Raven. A third star is named Minchir al Gorab (Arabic), and means the Raven tearing to pieces.

 

This brings us to the end. There is nothing beyond this. Nothing remains to be told. We know from the Word of God that--

 

Proverbs 30:17 The eye that mocketh at his father, And despiseth to obey his mother, The ravens of the valley shall pick it out."

 

We remember how David said to the Giant Goliath--a type of this enemy of God's people

 

1 Sam 17:46 I will smite thee, and take thy head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth.

 

When the great day of this judgment comes, an angel standing in the sun will cry…

 

Revelation 19:17—18

17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And after these awful words shall be fulfilled, in the closing words of the prophecy of Isaiah, Jehovah foretells us how--

 

Isaiah 66:24 They shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against Me; For their worm shall not die, Neither shall their fire be quenched; And they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

 

This is the teaching of the whole Sign of LEO! It is all summed up in…

 

Jeremiah 25:30-33

30 Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The Lord shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.

31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the Lord.

32 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.

33 And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.

 

·        Here is the conclusion of the whole matter!

 

·        Here is the final triumph of the Son of Man in the consummated victory of the Seed of the woman:

 

Revelation 5:12 Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing" ().

 

"O what a bright and blessed world

 This groaning earth of ours will be,

 When from its throne the tempter hurled,

 Shall leave it all, O Lord, to Thee!

 But brighter far that world above,

 Where we, as we are known, shall know;

 And, in the sweet embrace of love,

 Reign o'er this ransomed earth below.

 O blessed Lord! with longing eyes

 That blissful hour we wait to see;

 While every worm or leaf that dies

 Tells of the curse, and calls for Thee.

 Come, Saviour! Then o'er all below

 Shine brightly from Thy throne above,

 Bid heaven and earth Thy glory know,

 And all creation feel Thy love."

 

Man has ever sought to rob Christ of His glory. He has long since done his best to obliterate His name and His work from the Revelation which had been written in the stars of light. When He humbled Himself, and came as the promised Seed of the woman, men "saw no beauty in Him that they should desire Him." And these were religious men. It was religious men, not the common rabble, whom the Old Serpent made use of to wound Him in the heel.

The Devil could not touch Him himself; he must use them as his instruments; and it was only religious men that could be so used.

 

It was the "chief priests and scribes," men learned in the Scriptures, whose very knowledge of the Word was used to compass His death amongst the babes at Bethlehem.

 

Matt 2:4-6

4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.It was the same priests and scribes who were used to put Him to death, and give the long-prophesied wound in the heel.

 

·        Religion without Christ is enmity against God!

·         Knowledge of the Scriptures where the heart is not subject to Christ, and where Christ is not seen in them, is powerless and lifeless.

·        It is true of the Scriptures, as it will be of the heavenly Jerusalem--"THE LAMB IS THE LIGHT THEREOF"

 

Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

 

TAKE NOTE!

The Church of Rome has been used of the great enemy [Satan] to rob the Lamb of God of His promised glory. JEROME, in his Latin translation of the Bible (405 AD), wrote "ipse," HE, in Genesis 3:15, as the "bruiser of the serpent's head."

 

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee [Satan] and the woman, [Christ] and between thy seed [Satan's] and her seed; [Christ's] it shall bruise thy head, [Satan] and thou shalt bruise His heel [Christ].

 

And, in spite of the fact that JEROME himself so quotes it in his commentary, and that it is masculine in all the other ancient translations of the Bible, Rome has first corrupted JEROME's Vulgate by changing the "e" into "a," and putting "ipsa" (she) instead of "ipse" (He); then she has so translated this corruption and perpetuated this perversion in various languages! So that in all her versions, in her pictures and statues, in the decree of Pope Pius IX, which promulgated the dogma of the "immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary," this lie of the Old Serpent has been foisted on unnumbered thousands of deluded souls, who have thereby been deceived into putting Mary in the place of Jesus;

 

·        The "co-Redemptress" in the place of the Redeemer;

·        The creature in the place of the Creator;

·        The woman in the place of the woman's Seed;--

·        Until the outcome is reached by emblazoning, in huge gilt letters, on the outside of a large church in Rathmines, Dublin, "MARIAE PECCATORUM REFUGIUM," to Mary the Refuge of Sinners!

 

So complete has been the success of the subtlety of the Serpent, that he has beguiled thousands of Protestants to unite in circulating these corrupted versions as the Word of God, thus giving currency to the Devil's lie. This is done on the plea of expediency, (the quality or state of being suited to the end in view : suitability, fitness0  in order that these versions might come to many as Protestant truth instead of Popish error; but thus misleading those who were seeking for light, while confirming Papists in their darkness.

 

But through all the "wisdom of the Serpent" we can detect his lie. It is very thinly veiled, and the Old Serpent has not succeeded in blinding the eyes which the Spirit of God has opened. True, we see in all Rome's pictures and statues the foot of Mary on the Serpent's head, but the foot is not coming down, nor is the head crushed! Rather is the woman's foot resting on its head; and the woman herself supported by the Serpent.

 

The whole system of Mary-anity is thus seen to be the outcome of the Serpent's wisdom in opposition to the true Christ-ianity.

 

How different are the primeval star-pictures of the heavens. There, the club is lifted up, the foot is coming down, yea, the foot is actually planted upon the enemy, treading the Scorpion under foot.

 

·        Rome may corrupt the words of the Book, but she cannot touch the stars of heaven!

·        The Devil himself cannot move them from their places.

·        He may choose and use his servants and agents for corrupting the Scriptures written in the Book, but he cannot change the Revelation of the stars.

·        There,--no woman's foot is seen upon the Serpent's head! There,--no woman usurps the place of the all-glorious Redeemer!

 

·        In Ophiuchus we see HIM in dread conflict with the Serpent,

·        and we see HIS foot upon the Scorpion's heart (SCORPIO).

·        We see HIM, the Risen Lamb (ARIES), binding Cetus, the great Monster of the Deep;

·        we see HIM in the glorious Orion, whose foot is coming down on the enemy's head (Lepus);

·        we see HIM in the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (LEO), about to tread down that Old Serpent (Hydra) the Devil;

·        we see HIM in the mighty Hercules, who has His foot on the head of the Dragon (DRACO), and His up-lifted club about to inflict the long-threatened blow;

·        we see HIM crowned in Cepheus, with all His enemies subdued, and His right foot planted upon the Polar Star!

 

True, we do see a WOMAN in this heavenly and Divine revelation; for there are four women. Two are connected with the REDEEMER, and two with the REDEEMED.

1       The Redeemer is seen in the one (VIRGO) as the "promised Seed";

2       in the other (Coma), He is seen as the child born, the Son given.

3       The redeemed are represented in one as a captive chained (Andromeda), with no power to wage conflict with an enemy, but a prey to every foe;

4       in the other (Cassiopeia), she is enthroned, with no necessity for conflict. For with one hand she waves the palm of a victory which another (Perseus) has wrought on her behalf, while with her right hand she is preparing and making herself ready for "the marriage of the Lamb."

 

·        Thus pure and undefiled is this primeval fountain of Divine truth.

·        Thus harmonious is it with the written Word of God.

·        And He who gave them both to enlighten a dark world which lieth in the power of this wicked one, has filled both with one subject--"The sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow."

 

These are set forth by the Holy Spirit in a double sevenfold expansion of the prophetic promise of Genesis 3:15, giving seven steps in His humiliation and seven in His glorification

 

Phil 2:5-11

05 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

06 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

07 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

08 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

09 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

 

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.* The passage consists really of two members, each of which is arranged as an introversion, where the subject of 1 corresponds to 7; 2 corresponds to 6; etc.

 

CHRIST JESUS

1.Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery (a thing to be grasped at and held) to be equal with God;

2.But made Himself of no reputation (Gr. emptied Himself).

3.And took upon Him the form of a servant.

4.And was made in the likeness of men:

5.And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself.

6.And became obedient unto death,

7.Even the death of the cross.

 

WHEREFORE [WHY]

1.God also hath highly exalted Him,

2.And given Him a name which is above every name:

3.That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

4.Of things in heaven,

5.And things on earth,

6.And things under the earth;

7.And that every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

"Come, then, and, added to Thy many crowns,

 Receive yet one, the crown of all the earth,

 Thou who alone art worthy! It was thine

 By ancient covenant, ere Nature's birth;

 And Thou hast made it Thine by purchase since,

 And overpaid its value with Thy blood.

 Thy saints proclaim Thee king; and in their hearts

 Thy title is engraven with a pen

 Dipp'd in the fountain of eternal love.

 Thy saints proclaim Thee king; and Thy delay

 Gives courage to their foes, who, could they see

 The dawn of Thy last advent, long desired,

 Would creep into the bowels of the hills,

 And flee for safety to the falling rocks."

 

********************

 

"Come, then, and, added to Thy many crowns,

 Receive yet one, as radiant as the rest,

 Due to Thy last and most effectual work,

 Thy Word fulfilled, the conquest of a world."

 Cowper