The Stars Also.

Rebellion to Revelation.

In the first mention of the heavenly bodies, the purpose of the Creator is clearly stated. Genesis 1:14-19 reveals the fact that they were created, not only “to divide the day from the night, and to give light upon the earth”; but, they were set “for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years”.

                                                                                                                                                   The stars are numbered and named. There are twelve signs of the Zodiac, called “the stars” in Gen 37: 9 (eleven of which bowed down to Joseph’s, the twelfth). The word Zodiac means the degrees or steps, which marks the stages of the sun’s path through the heavens, corresponding to the twelve months.

The stars were all named by God (Psalm 147: 4) Most of these names have been lost; but over 100 are preserved through the Arabic and Hebrew, and are used by astronomers today, though their meaning is unknown to them. Many of them are used in Scripture as being well known, though the translations are somewhat speculative.

                                         These names and the twelve “signs” go back to the foundation of the world. (Flesh age). Jewish tradition preserved by Josephus assures us that this Bible astronomy was invented by Adam, (Father) Seth, (Son) and Enoch (Grandson). We see evidence of it as early as Gen: 11:4 where we read of the Tower of Babel having “his top with the heavens”. There is nothing about the wrongly supplied italicsmay reach unto”. The words, doubtless refer to the signs of the Zodiac, pictured at the top of the Tower, like the Zodiacs in the Temples of Denderah and Esnėh in Egypt.

The Babylonian “Creation Tablets” refer to them, though their primitive meaning had been either corrupted or lost. It is the same with the Greek mythology, which is a corruption of primitive truth which had been lost and perverted. 

 

Twirling Swords

 

 We have to remember that our written scriptures began with Moses, say in 1490 B.C.: and thus for more than 2500 years, the revelation of the hope which God gave in Gen. 3:15 was preserved in the naming of the stars and their grouping in Signs and Constellations.These groupings are quite arbitrary. There is nothing in the positions of the stars to suggest the pictures originally drawn around them. The Signs and Constellations were first designed and named; then the pictures were drawn around them respectively. Thus the truth was enshrined and written in the heavens, where no human hand could touch it. In later years when Israel came into the possession of the written “Scriptures of truth” there was no longer any need for the more ancient writing in the heavens. Hence, the original teaching gradually faded away, and the heathen, out of the smattering they had heard by tradition, evolve their cosmogonies and mythologies.

 

Psalm 19 contains a vivid reference to these two Books of revelation. That is why there is the very sudden change of subject at verse 7; a change which still perplexes and baffles all the skill of commentators. The teaching is  preserved in the structure of the Psalm, where we have…

 

A [1-4-. The Heavens.

 

B [-4-6. “In them, the sun”.

 

A [7-10 The Scriptures.

 

B [11-14. “In them, Thy servant”.

 

In this structure, every line emphasizes the elaboration of the design: for, while, in the first half, all the terms are literary, in the latter half they are all astronomical, thus welding the two portions of the Psalm into one harmonious whole.

 

For the meaning of the words, reference must be made to the Psalm itself. We can only note here that the first part does not refer to the wonders of creation, but to the eloquence of it’s teaching and revelation: they “declare”, tell, or narrate (Gen 24:66, Psalm 71:15), they “utter speech”, but without words (omit “where” in verse 3); Heb=they “show forth”, exhibit (Gen 3:11.

 

Psalm 97:6, and 111:6); they prophesy “day by day”, “night by night”, The question is: What do they prophesy? What knowledge do they show forth? What glory do they tell of?

The answer is-Genesis 3:15. And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her Seed; It shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise His heel. The one great central truth of all prophecy –the coming of One, Who, though he should suffer, should in the end crush the head of the old serpent, the Devil.

But, where are we to open this book? Where are we to break into this circle of the Zodiacal signs?

Through the “Precession of the Equinoxes” the sun gradually shifts it’s position a little each year, till in about every 2000 years it begins the year in a different sign. This was foreseen; and it was also foreseen that succeeding generations would not know when and where the sun began it’s course, and where the teaching of this Heavenly Book commenced, and where we were to open it’s first page. Hence the “Sphinx” was invented as a memorial.

It had the head of a woman and the body and tail of a lion, to tell us this book, written in the Heavens, began with the sign “Virgo” (Virgin), and will end with the sign “Leo” (Lion). The word “Sphinx”is from the Greek Sphingo, to join; because it binds together the two ends of this circle of the heavens.

The number of the signs is twelve, the number of governmental perfection or “rule”: It is the number or factor of all numbers connected with government: whether by Tribes or Apostles, or in measurements of time,or in things which have to do with government in the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:18. And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: And God saw that it was good.

They are divided into three books of four chapters (or signs)each: twelve being the product of 3 x 4, i.e. of Divine truth working in the heavens and in the earth.(see app 10).

Each book, therefore, consists of four signs; and these are all arranged by structure, in exactly the same way.

Each is an introversion (a central dimension of human personality). Thus we have the three books:

 

 

 

First Book. The Redeemer.

 

(His first coming)

 

A| VIRGO. The prophecy of the promised seed.

 

B| LIBRA. The redeemer’s work. (grace)

 

B| SCORPIO. The redeemer’s conflict.

 

A| SAGITTARIUS. The prophecy fulfilled.

 

 

 

Second Book. The Redeemed.

 

(His work and it’s results)

 

C| CAPRICORNUS The prophecy of deliverance.

 

D| AQUARIUS. Results of work bestowed.

 

D|PISCES. Results of work enjoyed.

 

C| ARIES. The prophesied deliverance fulfilled. 

 

 

 

Third Book. The Redeemer.

 

(His Second Coming)

 

E| TAURUS. The prophecy of coming judgement.

 

F| GEMINI. The redeemer’s reign of glory.

 

F|CANCER. The redeemer’s possession safe.

 

E|LEO. The prophecy of triumph fulfilled.

 

Each of the four chapters in each of these three Books consists of three sections; and each section is represented by a Constellation. There are thus thirty six (3 x 12) Constellations, which, with the twelve Signs, make forty eight (4 x 12) in all.They may thus be set forth:

 

 

 

The First Book The Redeemer.

 

“The sufferings of Christ.”

 

1. VIRGO (A)

 

The prophecy of the promised seed.

 

1.COMA (=The Desired). The woman and child the desired of all nations (in the most ancient Zodiacs)

 

2. CENTAURUS (With two natures). The despised sin offering.

 

3. BOOTES. The coming One with branch.

 

 

 

2. LIBRA (B)

 

The Redeemer’s atoning work.

 

1. CRUX The Cross endured.

 

2. LUPOS. The Victim slain.

 

3. CORONA. The Crown bestowed.

 

 

 

3 SCORPIO (B)

 

The Redeemer’s conflict.

 

1. SERPENS. Assaulting the man’s heel.

 

2. OPHIUCHUS. The man grasping the serpent.

 

3. HERCULES. The mighty man victorious.

 

 

 

4 SAGITTARIUS. (A)

 

The Redeemer’s Triumph.

 

1. LYRA. Praise prepared for the conqueror.

 

2. ARA. Fire prepared For His enemies 

 

3. DRACO. The dragon cast down.

 

 

 

The Second Book. The Redeemed.

 

1. CAPRICORNUS (C)

 

The result of the redeemers sufferings.

 

1.SAGITTA. The arrow of God sent forth.

 

2. AQUILA. The smitten one falling.

 

3. DELPHINUS. The dead one rising again.

 

 

 

2. AQUARIUS. (D)

 

The Blessings assured.

 

1. PISCIS AUSTRALIS. The blessings bestowed.

 

2. PEGASUS. The blessings quickly coming.

 

3. CYGNUS. The Blesser surely returning.

 

 

 

3. PISCES. (D)

 

The Blessings in abeyance.

 

1. THE BAND. The great enemy. Cetus.”

 

2. ANDROMEDA. The redeemed in bondage.

 

3. CEPHEUS The Deliverer coming to loosen.

 

 

 

4.ARIES. (C)

 

The Blessings consumated.

 

1. CASSIOPEIA. The captive delivered.

 

2. CETUS. The great enemy bound.

 

3. PERSEUS. The “Breaker” delivering.

 

 

 

The Third Book. The Redeemer.

 

“The glory that should follow.”

 

 

 

1. TAURUS. (E).

 

Messiah coming to rule.

 

1. ORION. The redeemer breaking forth as light.

 

2. ERIDANUS. Wrath breaking forth as a flood.

 

3. AURIGA. Safety for His redeemed in the day of wrath.

 

 

 

2. GEMINI.(F)

 

Messiah as Prince of princes.

 

 

1. LEPUS. The enemy trodden underfoot.

 

2. CANIS MAJOR. The coming glorious Prince.

 

3. CANIS MINOR. The exalted Redeemer.

 

 

 

3. CANCER (F).

 

Messiah’s redeemed possessions.

 

1. URSA MINOR. The lesser sheepfold.

 

2. URSA MAJOR. The fold and the flock.

 

3. ARGO. The pilgrim’s arrival at home.

 

 

 

4. LEO. (E).

 

Messiah’s consumated triumph.

 

1.HYDRA. The old serpent destroyed.

 

2. CRATER. The cup of wrath poured out.

 

3. CORVUS. The birds of prey devouring.

 

It will be noted that the modern names are used, but only for the purposes of readier identification. Some of these names were given in ignorance, by those who had lost the primitive signification of the twelve Signs and of the thirty-six Constellations.

 

The Hebrew and Arabic names of these, and of the principal stars contained in them, are full of truth, and eloquent in their teaching.

 

Antiquities of the Jews - Book I

Josephus. Chapter 2 paragraph 3. Now Adam, who was the first man, and made out of the earth, (for our discourse must now be about him,) after Abel was slain, and Cain fled away, on account of his murder, was solicitous for posterity, and had a vehement desire of children, he being two hundred and thirty years old; after which time he lived another seven hundred, and then died. He had indeed many other children, (8) but Seth in particular. As for the rest, it would be tedious to name them; I will therefore only endeavor to give an account of those that proceeded from Seth. Now this Seth, when he was brought up, and came to those years in which he could discern what was good, became a virtuous man; and as he was himself of an excellent character, so did he leave children behind him who imitated his virtues. (9) All these proved to be of good dispositions. They also inhabited the same country without dissensions, and in a happy condition, without any misfortunes falling upon them, till they died. They also were the inventors of that peculiar sort of wisdom which is concerned with the heavenly bodies, and their order. And that their inventions might not be lost before they were sufficiently known, upon Adam's prediction that the world was to be destroyed at one time by the force of fire, and at another time by the violence and quantity of water, they made two pillars, (10) the one of brick, the other of stone: they inscribed their discoveries on them both, that in case the pillar of brick should be destroyed by the flood, the pillar of stone might remain, and exhibit those discoveries to mankind; and also inform them that there was another pillar of brick erected by them. Now this remains in the land of Siriad to this day. The Bible mentions Orion 3 times: Job 9:9, Job 38:31 , and Amos 5:8. Job 9:9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. Job 38:31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? 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 thr earth: The Lord is His name:

The Pharaohs of the fourth dynasty were well aware of the importance of the stars, and they knew considerably more about astronomy than previously thought. The three main Giza Plateau Pyramids were designed in alignment with the Belt Stars of Orion. Ancient Egyptians were highly spiritual; their architecture symbolic of their beliefs. The stars were associated with Osiris, the god of death and underworld.

The metaphysics it is believed that the connection between Orion and Earth, particularly the Great Pyramid, is set up by a blueprint or architectural design created by the patterns of sacred geometry. This in turn also links with theories about aliens, or ancient astronauts, and the geometry of Earth and Mars.

The twirling sword of Orion; together with the four cherubims, who were placed by God to prevent (keep or guard) the way to the tree of life, and preserve the hope of re-genesis for a ruined creation by Satan Gen 2:15.

 

We conclude therefore, that the Cherubim are celestial or real spirit-beings, associated in some way with the embodiment of creation’s hope as expressed. They are represented by the symbolic heads of the four great divisions of animate creation: the lion (of wild beasts) the ox (of tame beasts) the eagle (of birds) man (of humanity)

 

Rom 8:19-23.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creature(man) waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

 

20 For the creature (man) was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him Who hath subjected the same in hope,

 

21 Because the creature (man) also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

 

22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

 

23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

 

The emblematic representations made of them connect that hope with “the hope of Israel” and associate it with the blood-sprinkled mercy seat, and the rent veil…

 

Heb 10:10-20.

 

10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

 

11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering often times the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

 

12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

 

13 From henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool.

 

14 For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

 

15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that He had said before,

 

16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

 

17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”

 

18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

 

19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of jesus,

 

20 By a new and living way which He has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh;

 

 

 

The Works of Philo Judaeus

 

The contemporary of Josephus, translated from the Greek

 

By Charles Duke Yonge

 

VII. (21) But we must now consider what the figurative allusions are which are enigmatically expressed in the mention of the cherubim and of the flaming sword which turned every way. May we not say that Moses here introduces under a figure an intimation of the revolutions of the whole heaven? For the spheres in heaven received a motion in opposite directions to one another, the one sphere receiving a fixed motion towards the right hand, but the sphere of the other side receiving a wandering motion towards the left. (22) But that outermost circle of what are called the fixed stars is one sphere, which also proceeds in a fixed periodical revolution from east to west. But the interior circle of the seven planets, whose course is at the same time compulsory and voluntary, has two motions, which are to a certain degree contrary to one another. And one of these motions is involuntary, like that of the planets. For they appear every day proceeding onwards from the east to the west. But their peculiar and voluntary motion is from west to east, according to which last motion we find that the periods of the seven planets have received their exact measure of time, moving on in an equal course, as the Sun, and Lucifer, and what is called Stilbon. For these three planets are of equal speed; but some of the others are unequal in point of time, but preserve a certain sort of relative proportion to one another and to the other three which have been mentioned. (23) Accordingly, by one of the cherubim is understood the extreme outermost circumference of the entire heaven, in which the fixed stars celebrate their truly divine dance, which always proceeds on similar principles and is always the same, without ever leaving the order which the Father, who created them, appointed for them in the world. But the other of the cherubim is the inner sphere which is contained within that previously mentioned, which God originally divided in two parts, and created seven orbits, bearing a certain definite proportion to one another, and he adapted each of the planets to one of these; (24) and then, having placed each of these stars in its proper orbit, like a driver in a chariot, he did not entrust the reins to any one of them, fearing that some inharmonious sort of management might be the result, but he made them all to depend upon

 

himself, thinking that, by that arrangement, the character of their motion would be rendered most harmonious. For every thing which exists in combination with God is deserving of praise; but every thing which exists without him is faulty.

 

VIII. (25) This, then, is one of the systems, according to which what is said of the cherubim may be understood allegorically. But we must suppose that the sword, consisting of flame and always turning in every direction, intimates their motion and the everlasting agitation of the entire heaven. And may we not say, according to another way of understanding this allegory, that the two cherubim are meant as symbols of each of the hemispheres? For they say that they stand face to face, inclining towards the mercy-seat; since the two hemispheres are also exactly opposite to one another, and incline towards the earth which is the centre of the whole universe, by which, also, they are kept apart from one another. (26) But the only one of all the parts of the world that stands firmly was most appropriately named Vesta{10}{hestieµ, as standing (hestoµsa).} by the ancients, in order that there might be an excellently arranged revolution of the two hemispheres around some object firmly fixed in the middle. And the flaming sword is a symbol of the sun; for as he is a collection of an immense body of flame, he is the swiftest of all existing things, to such a degree that in one day he revolves round the whole world.

 

IX. (27) I have also, on one occasion, heard a more ingenious train of reasoning from my own soul, which was accustomed frequently to be seized with a certain divine inspiration, even concerning matters which it could not explain even to itself; which now, if I am able to remember it accurately, I will relate. It told me that in the one living and true God there were two supreme and primary powers--goodness and authority; and that by his goodness he had created every thing, and by his authority he governed all that he had created; (28) and that the third thing which was between the two, and had the effect of bringing them together was reason, for that it was owing to reason that God was both a ruler and good. Now, of this ruling authority and of this goodness, being two distinct powers, the cherubim were the symbols, but of reason the flaming sword was the symbol. For reason is a thing capable of rapid motion and impetuous, and especially the reason of the Creator of all things is so, inasmuch as it was before everything and passed by everything, and was conceived before everything, and appears in everything. (29) And do thou, O my mind, receive the impression of each of these cherubims unadulterated, that thus becoming thoroughly instructed about the ruling authority of the Creator of all things and about his goodness, thou mayest receive a happy inheritance; for immediately thou shalt understand the conjunction and combination of these imperishable powers, and learn in what respects God is good, his majesty arising from his sovereign power being all the time conspicuous; and in what he is powerful, his goodness, being equally the object of attention, that is this way thou mayest attain to the virtues which are engendered by these conceptions, namely, a love and a reverential awe of God, neither being uplifted to arrogance by any prosperity which may befall thee, having regard always to the greatness of the sovereignty of thy King; nor abjectly giving up hope of better things in the hour of unexpected misfortune, having regard, then, to the mercifulness of thy great and bounteous God. (30) And let the flaming sword teach thee that these things might be followed by a prompt and fiery reason combined with action, which never ceases being in motion with rapidity and energy to the selection of good objects, and the avoidance of all such as are evil.

 

 

 

The seven (creative) planets.

 

 

 

The seven days of the week have been the outcome of the influence of the seven creative planets and gave the names of the days of the week, in every land or clime. Take any nation you may choose, this fact remains the same, and is so expressed in almost every language, Chinese, Assyrian, Hindu, Egyptian, Hebrew, Greek, Latin, French, German, or English. In modern languages Monday or Moonsday in English becomes Montag in German or Lundi (Lune) in French, Lunes in Spanish, and so on until one comes to Saturday or Saturn's day, the day on which God ordered the Hebrews that no work should be done, and in giving them this command He said, It is a sign between Me and the

children of Israel for ever. And strange as it may seem, Saturday, year by year, in our modern civilization is becoming more and more a day of rest.

 

In connection with this thought, it is worthy of remark that Saturn, the last planet in the series of the seven creative planets of our solar system, in all religions, Hebrew or otherwise, represents cessation, or rest from labor in another sense. In this strange example one can see the connection between the seven days of the week and the seven creative planets, Mercury,Venus, Earth, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn; and it throws a new light on the verse, God made the sun, moon and stars and appointed them for signs and for seasons and for days and for years. Even Mr. Maunder, the eminent author of so many works on astronomy, calls attention to this strange division of the week into seven days when he says in his Astronomy of the Bible: "the period of seven days does not fit precisely into either months or seasons of the year. It is not a division of time that man would naturally adopt, it runs across all natural division of time," but this author, not seeing or perhaps knowing the great hidden truth contained in the number 7, worried only over the point, that it was not a division of time which man would naturally adopt.

 

But as everything on the earth and above the earth has its meaning, and especially its secret or soul meaning, its place, position, and number, in the order of things, which is the highest form of design, every day of the week, every hour of the day, and every minute of the hour, has both its meaning and number.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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