Tonight we will begin studying the final four constellations of the Mazzaroth, those pointing to Christ’s second coming with the major constellation Taurus, the Bull. No more do we see the image of our Savior suffering instead we see this bull rampaging, conquering as Christ will one day do when He returns at His glorious appearing. This sign tells of Christ’s return to triumph over and defeat the sin of this world as the righteous judge.
And I saw the heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and he that sat thereon, called Faithful and True; and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. And his eyes are a flame of fire, and upon his head are many diadems; and he hath a name written, which no one knoweth but he himself. And he is arrayed in a garment sprinkled with blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and pure. And out of his mouth proceedeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his garment and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. Revelation 19:11-16
Many ancient names of this constellation mean the bull, not to be confused with the tame domesticated bulls we are used to, nope this is a fierce wild bull just as Christ will be a fierce, angry but just judge. The Egyptians referred to this sign as the Head, Captain, or Mighty Chieftain Who Comes. Al Deberan, the bright star located in the eye of the bull, also means the Captain, Leader or Governor. It bears noting that Taurus rises up out of Aries, the slain Lamb of God. Riding on Taurus’ shoulders is a grouping of seven stars known as Pleiades, which represents the church as seen in the Book of Revelation.
seek him that maketh the Pleiades 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; Amos 5:8
And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth proceeded a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. Revelation 1:16
Orion is the Bull’s first decan known also as the Huntsman or Glorious One. Here we see a mighty hunter, strong and able holding a lion skin in one hand and a club raised in the other. He is most easily identified in the night sky by his belt of three stars from which hangs his sword with a lamb’s head handle, while his foot is stomping or crushing the head of Lepus, the enemy.
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, cursed art thou above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: Genesis 3:14
Orion, the name of this very prominent, beautiful, and easy to recognize constellation means He who comes forth as Light, the Brilliant, the Swift. In his right shoulder we find the bright star Betelguese, which means the Branch coming. The other shoulder has Bellatrix, meaning Swiftly Coming or Suddenly destroying. The foot stomping on Lepus has the star Rigel, the Foot that crushes. The three bright belt stars are Mintaka, Al Nitam, and Al Nitah, they are called “The Three Kings” or Jacob’s rod.
Again therefore Jesus spake unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12
Next we have Eridanus, the Fiery Stream of the River of the Judge. We find many references to rivers or fiery streams of judgement in scripture and it is seen in the sky flowing between Taurus and Orion.
A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened. Daniel 7:10
Our final decan is Auriga, the Shepherd. Taurus’ third decan, seated among the Rampaging Bull, the Mighty Huntsman, and the fiery River of judgement, we see the Good Shepherd.
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd layeth down his life for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know mine own, and mine own know me, John 10:11&14
He is sitting on the Milky Way and is holding a mama goat and her kids in his left arm. Auriga in Latin means a Conductor of the reins or coachman. In his other hand he holds the band that guides the fishes of Pisces together and binds the enemy. Capella, the brightest star, lies at the heart of the mama goat, which has it’s forelegs wrapped securely around the Shepherd’s neck. This is a tender, loving picture of how the Good Shepherd cares for his flock. The star in his right arm is Menkialinon which means the Band of the Goats or Ewes.
What man of you, having a hundred sheep, and having lost one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
As always my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ our sweet Good Shepherd, may the Father bless and keep you.