Last night we began our study with a broad introduction to astronomy learning about the Mazzaroth and how God placed the stars in the heavens for signs or messages to us. In fact He wrote the greatest message ever across the sky on the fourth day of creation, He wrote the message of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ! Now that you know that astronomy is scripturally based where astrology is Satan’s perversion of God’s story in the sky let’s move on to study the first sign of the Mazzaroth – Virgo, the Virgin.
The Mazzaroth begins with Virgo and ends with Leo, that’s pretty cool since Virgo is the Virgin, representing Mary, and Leo is the Lion, and we all know who the Lion is, Jesus the Lion of Judah. The traditional names for this constellation as well as the mythological ones, emphasize the virginity of the woman represented by the constellation Virgo. She is known as the virgin, maiden, maid of virgin pureness, etc. She also has a corporate association w the nation of Israel as we have discussed when studying the Revelation 12 sign. Virgo, the virgin, Israel, God’s chosen people from whence His Son was born and the church as the body of true believers was conceived in her.
Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, seeing I am a virgin?” Luke 1:34
A great sign was seen in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. Revelation 12:1
In one hand she holds a sheaf of wheat, Spica the best of her seed. Spica refers to the seed of the woman; I think we all know who the only seed of a virgin woman was – Christ, the incarnate son of God who is 100% divine and yet 100% human. It is very fitting that the one known as the Bread of Life is represented by a sheaf of wheat. In Virgo’s other hand she holds a branch, all the ancient cultures emphasize the importance of this branch she holds. Christ is the Branch of the line of David. Al Zimach (Spica) means the shoot, Al Azal means the branch, and Subilon means the ear of wheat.
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. Jeremiah 23:5
Just like all the major constellations Virgo has three decans associated with her. Coma is the first and might seem familiar to some of you. It is the depiction of a mother and her child whom she is feeding, a child with a Hebrew name. Some nations also called the child by his Greek name Ihesu or Ieza both of which mean Christ. This woman, this loving mother, is identified as the same woman as in Virgo – the virgin mother just as her child is always identified with the seed and the Branch across all ancient cultures. The Hebrew word Coma means the desired one, or the longed for, and is the exact same word used to describe Christ as the Desire of all nations in the following verse from scripture.
and I will shake all nations, and the desirable things of all nations shall come, and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. Haggai 2:7
Next, we have Centaurus the half-man, half-horse; two creatures in one just as Christ is both fully God and fully man having two natures in one being. The Greeks considered centaurs to be wise, powerful, and immortal all while being despised by the people who considered them to be offensive. There is even a legand of the centaur, Cheiron, which says that even though he was immortal, he willingly laid down his own life and died that his friend might live. This concept is echoed in the words of Jesus as well as His very actions on the Cross. The name of this constellation in Hebrew means the despised and it’s brightest star is none other than Cheiron, which is the Hebrew root for the pierced. Another star Pholas means the making of prayer, while the star Toliman means the heretofore and the hereafter or the beginning and the end. The coolest thing about Toliman though is that it is actually growing brighter in the sky! The Centaurus rides over the Southern Cross which is in the darkest part of the night sky.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Revelation 1:8
Virgo’s final decan is maybe my favorite – Bootes or the Coming One. For He is coming and I long with great eagerness and antcipation for the day when my Sweet Lord calls me home. This third decan is the picture of a strong man with a staff in his hand. It is the image of the Good Shepherd looking over His flock. The Greeks often confused this man with a ploughman , but the name of the brightest star Arctures means watcher or keeper. Arktos, another star, means the enclosure or fold. The star located on the right side of Bootes is Al Katurops is known as the rod or the branch and is connected with the shepherd’s staff.
For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces. Zechariah 11:16
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:3
I think we see a very clear picture already of how God’s plan of salvation was told every single night across the sky for all to see and seek if they would only look up for their redemption draweth nigh although the prefer not to see it.
I am linking to the video by Pastor Mark Correll on Virgo, I highly recommend his study on the stars – it is intense and in-depth without loosing you in the technical side of astronomy. It is very much worth the time each video requires.
As always my beloved brothers and sisters in our sweet Lord and Savior, may the Father bless and keep you.