Last year when I began planning our homeschool year I felt a strong push to work in two main subjects in our science plan – geology had been my plan for a while for 6th grade but as I planned I kept feeling God was saying to study astronomy as well. Since I try not to argue with Him about our son’s education, I went with it and we spent half a year on geology then the second half on astronomy. Man was it an eye opening experience! It was our study of the stars that led me to Scott Clark and his discovery of the Revelation 12 sign this Sept. 23 as well as the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21, but the greatest thing about the study was learning the truth about the stars and why they are there. To think that every time we look up at the night sky we are seeing the Gospel right there, that the stars aren’t just to look pretty, give us light, etc. but to tell us of God’s ultimate plan – Jesus and the salvation of man.
I am going to break this down into a series of smallish posts that give you just the very basics then include a video from Mark Correll each night that takes it farther. If you are interested I highly recommend watching the videos, they are incredibly informative yet understandable. In my post I will give you the milk version, Pastor Mark gives you the baby food version – some meat but not too much. I don’t want to overwhelm you but I think it is so important that we all see just how incredible God is and that He is very much in control, declaring the end from the beginning as he placed the very stars we will be learning about in their locations on the fourth day of creation.
And God made the two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:16
He made the stars also – that always feels like they were almost an afterthought, the sun and moon get to rule over their respective times, the scriptures call them great lights. Then they continue with “He made the stars also” like they really don’t matter, but they do, more so than the great lights in a way, for they tell the story of salvation for all time. It was written across the sky in the garden when man fell, Adam knew the story and passed it on to his sons, we know Seth continued the tradition and the story was eventually passed to Noah, then Abraham and finally the story began to be written down by Moses leading eventually to our more complete version of it, the Bible. But God’s original picture story in the sky is still right there for us to see each night. So let’s get started with an overview.
As we saw in the passage above from Genesis God placed the lights in the sky to be for signs as well as lights and marking of time. The Hebrew word interpreted signs means messages, God uses the lights to give us messages – this is found throughout scripture. A perfect example is the Star of Bethlehem that led the Magi to worship Jesus – they followed a sign in the heavens, in the stars. God placed billions of stars in the sky, and yes He has a purpose for all of them, but some He placed in a very specific and important area for us on earth to be able to view them with the naked eye and to connect the dots to make the pictures that tell His story each night.
He placed twelve of these pictures along the perfect spot for the sun to “travel” through each year. (Watch the videos for a better understanding of this but the sun us really stationary and the earth moves which makes it appear the sun is traveling.) Those 12 main pictures or constellations are known as the Mazzaroth in the Bible, although today they are more commonly called by Satan’s perversion of them the zodiac.
Canst thou lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season? or canst thou guide the Bear with her train? Job 38:32
The constellations and their pictures are the same for every nation, tribe and tongue on earth, always have been always will be. They even have the same basic meanings in every ancient culture around the world when traced back. This is one of the things that most fascinates me about this, that even though the devil tried to twist and pervert God’s truth the seed of it stayed the same and has some all the way down to us today. Especially when you consider that the constellations don’t really look like what they represent much so the fact that all ancient cultures kept the same constellations and basic pictures. That’s God preserving His story there and means that there was one original source for the designations of the Mazzaroth or zodiac.
Job is the oldest book in the Scriptures, written around the time of Abraham over 4,000 years ago, it speaks of the constellations by name.
Canst thou bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? Knowest thou the ordinances of the heavens? Job 38:31-33
Knowing this we know that the study of the stars, that God created and even pointed out to us, is not wrong or evil when kept in the proper respect. We study the stars to know their Creator (and ours) more intimately. We do not worship the stars or look to them as the source of our answers – which is what those who have bought into the deceivers perversion of the Mazzaroth have done. The study of astrology is Satan’s perversion, it is the worship of the stars where astronomy is the study of them. We are studying them and glorifying the Father for His astounding grace and mercy as well as wisdom to have placed the salvation plan in the heavens from the beginning so man might come to know His Son and thus be saved. The stars are there to give glory to the Creator.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language; their voice cannot be heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run his course. Psalms 19:1-5
I mean just look at the names of some of the constellations! Right their in the sky above we have the Virgin, the Mother and Child, the serpent, the King, a Crown, the serpent striking the man’s heel, the dying sacrifice, and the living fish – the symbol of the church or body of true believers. There is an altar, an arrow, a Cross, a stream of water (symbolizing the outpouring of the Holy Spirit into the fishes mouth) and of course the Lion which we all know is Jesus the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. (Many of these will be familiar to you from my posts on prophecy and Revelation.)
On the fourth day of creation God wrote the Gospel message with His own hand in the sky, long before He ever wrote it on paper and well before man had fallen to need that message. The message of our precious Lord and Savior was given to us not just in the holy scriptures but in nature as well for both were written by the same hand. The original plan for man’s salvation was given to Adam in the Garden. Just picture God walking and talking with him, pointing out the constellations (because trust me someone has to point them out to you, there kinda like the world’s hardest dot to dot ever), and explaining it all to him. Adam then told it to his sons of whom Seth passed it on to his and so forth. In fact Arabic tradition states that the understanding of the stars and their meanings originated with Seth and Enoch.
Just a couple more important things then we will wrap up tonight’s study. twelve signs of the Mazzaroth or zodiac move around the ecliptic, path the sun travels through the sky. They are the twelve house or tabernacles of the sun each of which has three decans or minor constellations associated with it. The word decan comes from the word meaning piece which makes sense since these minor constellations tell a piece of the story and further explain their major constellation. Each major constellation takes up 30% of the sky and twelve times thirty equals the 360 degrees of a complete circle. It is intriguing to note that their are twelve chapters in the heavenly story book, twelve months in a year, twelve tribes of Israel, and twelve apostles.
Starting tomorrow we will be looking at each of the twelve major constellations and their three decans – one per night starting with Virgo the Virgin. Much of the research for this study comes from a wonderful book entitled The Gospel in the Stars authored by Joseph A. Seiss in 1882, although written in an older style it is highly recommend for those wishing to go further than my posts or Pastor Mark’s videos will take you, for those wanting real meat after their milk and baby food. So until tomorrow evening may the Father bless and keep you my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ.