The GOSPEL in the STARS
Not many folks have heard about the BIBLE in the STARS.
This is definitely NOT astrology.
Astrology can’t even put three signs together to make a story, …
whereas, the 48 CONSTELLATIONS that make up the TRUE ZODIAC all go together to tell the STORY of JESUS, the REDEEMER.
The story includes HIS BIRTH and LIFE prophesy (the first four major Signs; 16 constellations),
His dealings with HIS ELECT PEOPLE (the second four major Signs),
and HIS COMING and HIS TRIUMPH OVER SATAN (the last four major Signs).
This page also includes the Lunar Zodiac,which, while approaching the subject from a totally different place, still tells the same story of the REDEEMER.
I’ve presented EACH MAJOR SIGN (12), with it’s THREE DECANS, in a table.
The table includes the name and meaning of the constellation, the names for that constellation in other languages, and any pertinent scripture references.
Joseph A. Seiss has written a very good book called The Gospel in the Stars in which he gives an enlightening account of Primeval Man.
BIBLE ZODIAC HARMONY
The constellations are categorized into THREE GROUPINGS
Person, work and triumph of Jesus Christ:
The Fruit of His Work and Mediation, the body of people spiritually born to Him through faith:
The final consummation of the REDEEMER who is REUNITED with HIS REDEEMED:
Notice that the Biblical Zodiac DOES NOT START with ARIES.
While the spring equinox, with it’s rebirth symbolism seems a logical place to start, the first “page” of the book is obscured by that starting point.
If we are to see the whole story of JESUS, then we must START with the VIRGIN (Virgo) birth, of the DESIRED (Coma), TWO-NATURED (Centaurus) one, who will RULE – LEO the LION (of Judah)
If the constellations are viewed in any other order than VIRGO to LEO, the whole story goes out of synch
This is the order that best tells the story of The Redeemer, which PARALLELS the BIBLE.
And let me add here that this story is told at three different levels.
The names of the major SIGNS only begin to tell the story.
The three minor CONSTELLATIONS for each sign fill in more detail.
But, not only the constellation names tell this story.
I looked up ALL the stars I could find names for, and even they enhance the constellation names, filling out the story in even more detail.
That’s the way you’d have done it if you were God, wouldn’t you?
Before we go any further, I want to include this depiction of the Zodiac and the constellations that tell this story.
This way you can refer back to it when we get down to the tables below that have the names and meanings of the different constellations and stars.
I also have a zodiac chart that is made up of drawings of the constellations. I’ll include this one before each of the four sections, or “books.
My apology for the less than perfect quality of the charts.
I have the BOOK of ENOCH and have studied it some.
There is a passage that tells about the FALLEN ANGELS and how they taught men various skills, from swords to sorcery.
Included in the list, it says that, “Baraqijal (taught) astrology, Kokabel the constellations.”
I want to bring your attention to the fact of the two “specialties.”
One would think that astrology, being the “study of the stars” would automatically include studying the constellations. Astrology is, after all, based in those very constellations. Then why the separation of astrology and constellations into two distinctly defined areas?
Seems likely that the “constellations” meant ASTRONOMY, which I see as DIFFERENT than ASTROLOGY.
I would also mention that this passage says nothing about the “invention” of the Zodiac, the constellations, without which astrology couldn’t even exist.
The STARS came first, the CONSTELLATIONS came next, ASTRONOMY probably came third, and ASTROLOGY finished a slow fourth.
My whole point is that in order to understand the Zodiac I speak of, and it’s purpose, and creation, one must “forget” there is such a thing as astrology.
This study has NO connection to astrology.
Like astronomy, it only has some of the same elements; stars and constellations.
One more comment of comparison. Astrology makes extensive use of the planets.
This study of the Zodiac never even mentions the planets.
Not only is this NOT ASTROLOGY, it isn’t even astronomy. It’s GOD.
Why wouldn’t God write the story of redemption in a place the whole world could see? Wouldn’t He put that story everywhere in our lives, the way He put it into the everyday lives of the Israelites in the times of the nation? The Ark is a type of Christ, the sacrifice, the marriage rituals, the temple, even the names of the first ten patriarchs tell the story. And that’s a fascinating little study.
Didn’t God have Paul tells us to look at the stars to see how the “wrath of God” is revealed in the heavens?
Romans 1:18 Do you have another explanation that fits verse 23?
What else can there be in the heavens that man could change from “the incorruptible GOD into an image made like to corruptible MAN, and birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things?”
There isn’t anything up there to change but the pictures of the constellations.
The Greeks changed the constellation of Coma from a seated woman with a child on her lap, to a swatch of hair, and called it Berinice. They obscured the picture that enhanced the main sign of Virgo. The woman holding the child fills out the “seed” concept offered by Virgo, with her stalk of wheat in one hand.
ASTROLOGYY is SATAN’s COUNTERFEIT for “life guidance”.
SATAN’s COUNTEFEITS are always SELF-oriented.
His message through astrology is that your internal “clock,” which began with the star alignment at your birth, governs your life. If you apply this information properly, “You can “do” life on your own, you don’t need God.”
NOT NEEDING GOD to have all HIS KNOWLEDGE and POWER has been Satan’s TACTIC since Eden
Satan is VERY accomplished at COVERING GOD’s TRACKS.
The following tables harmonize the names of the forty-eight constellations of the twelve Signs with their meanings in various languages and selected scriptures.
Following each table I have included a summary of the complete Sign which can be found in E.W. Bullinger’s 1893 book, “The Witness of the Stars, from Kregel Publications.
Here is a key to the letter-abbreviations used to denote the names of the constellations in other languages.
BOOK ONE: The REDEEMER
BOOK ONE : VIRGO The Prophecy of the Promised Seed of the Woman
|SIGN/DECAN||OTHER NAMES||SCRIPTURE VERSE|
|VIRGO-The Virgin||H-virgin; A-branch/ear of corn||Isa 7:14-A virgin will conceive|
|COMA-the desired||H-desired; P-woman feed baby boy||Hag 2:7-desired of all nations shall come|
|CENTAURUS-the centaur||A,C-the despised; H-sin offering||Isa 53:3-despised/rejected of men|
|BOOTES-the coming one||H-the coming; E-one who rules||Ps 96:13-he cometh to judge the earth; Enoch 7&8|
The Promised Seed of the woman, the Desired of all nations, a two-natured being, who will come to harvest.
BOOK ONE : LIBRA The Redeemer’s Atoning Work
|LIBRA-the scales||H-weighing;A-purchase; Co-propitiation||Isa 53:10-sin offering(balance our lacks)|
|CRUX-the cross||H-cutting off; H-limit/finish||Dan 9:26- 62 weeks, messiah cut off|
|LUPUS-the victim||H,A-to be slain||Isa 53:7-lamb to the slaughter; Ez18:4 blood remission|
|CORONA-the crown||H-royal crown; A-,jewel||PS 110:1-thine enemies thy footstool|
The PRICE DEFICIENT BALANCED by the price which covers. The Cross endured by the Victicm slain, who receives the CROWN
BOOK ONE : SCORPIO – The Redeemer’s CONFLICT
|SCORPIO-the scorpion||H-the conflict; A-wound him that cometh||Good vs Evil|
|SERPENS-the serpent||H,A-the serpent held||Gen 3:15-bruise the head; Ps 91:13 tread on the adder|
|OPHIUCHUS-serpent holder:||No other names found||Fighting with Satan|
|HERCULES-the mighty one||E-who cometh; A-strong one||Rev 19:11-white horse; conqueror|
The SCORPION seeking to WOUND, but itself TRODDEN UNDER FOOT. The SERPENT and the MAN STRUGGLING.
The MIGHTY MAN kneeling on one knee, HUMBLED in the conflict, BUT holding aloft the tokens of VICTORY, with HIS FOOT on the HEAD of the DRAGON
BOOK ONE : SAGITTARIUS The Redeemer’s TRIUMPH
|SAGITTARIUS-the archer||H,E,G,A-arrow; Co-beauty of coming forth||Ps 45:3-5-people fall under thee; Ps64: God shoots arrow|
|LYRA-the harp||No other names found [symbolizes rejoicing]||Rev 19:7-be glad, give honor; 5:13 blessing & honor|
|ARA-the burning pyre||A-finishing; G-cursing||Ps 21:9-fire shall devour them|
|DRACO-the dragon||G-trodden on; Co-serpent accursed||Isa 27:1-slay the dragon; Ps91:13 tread on adder|
The two-natured CONQUEROR going forth; PRAISE prepared for the Conqueror and the consuming FIRE prepared for HIS ENEMY the Old SERPENT – the Devil
BOOK TWO : The REDEEMER’S PEOPLE
BOOK TWO : CAPRICORN Their Blessings Procured
|SIGN/DE CAN||OTHER NAMES||SCRIPTURE|
|CAPRICORNUS -the sea goat||Replace of sacrifice; H,A-cut off||Isa 53:8-stricken for my people;Lev 9:15; 16:22|
|SAGITTA-the arrow||No other names found[has no human connection]||Isa 53:4-smitten of God(royal eagle fall)|
|AQUILA-the eagle||No other names found||[royal symbol, falling in death]|
|DELPHINUS-the dolphin||H-pouring out water; A-coming quickly||died but rose again(whole New Testament)|
The GOAT of ATONEMENT for the Redeemed SLAIN by the ARROW of GOD.
The SMITTEN One FALLING, and RISING AGAIN
BOOK TWO : AQUARIUS – Their Blessings Ensured
|AQUARIUS-the water bearer||frostbitten of him coming down||Isa 33:-Lord is rivers/streams;Joel 2:pours out Spirit|
|PISCUS AUSTRALIS-the Southern fish||A-mouth of the fish||blessing is bestowed on the redeemed|
|PEGASUS-the winged horse||H-chief horse||speedy bestowment of living waters|
|CYGNUS-the swan||Ethics from afar||Ps 36:8-9-fountain of life|
The LIVING WATERS of BLESSING POURED FORTH for the REDEEMED who Drink in the BLESSING.
Bringing speedily the GOOD NEWS of the RETURNING REDEEMER
BOOK TWO : PISCES Their Blessings in Abeyance
|PISCES-the fishes||E-fishes of him that cometh||Blesings to Israel & Ethnos(Eph 3:6)|
|THE BAND-the band||E-He cometh||Jer 31:11; Hos 11:4 [held in Satan’s grip]|
|ANDROMEDA-the chained WOMAN||H-the chained; E-set up as queen||Jer 14:17-daughter broken; Isa 52:2 bands of thy neck|
|CEPHUS-the crowned king||H-the branch; E-one cometh to rule||Jer 31:1-I will be God to all the families of Israel|
The Redeemed blessed though bound. (The two Houses of Israel and Judah) by a Band to their great enemy.
The REDEEMED in BONDAGE waiting for their REDEEMER coming to RULE
BOOK TWO : ARIES Their Blessings Consummated and Enjoyed
|ARIES-the ram||Ak-sacrifice of righteousness||Lamb revives, full of life(New Testament)|
|CASSIOPEIA-the enthroned woman||A-the freed; E-set up as queen||Isa 62:3-5-marriage of Christ; Isa 61:10, Isa 54:5-8|
|CETUS-the sea monster||E-subdued||Ps 74:12-14-break dragon’s head; Isa 26:21; 27:1|
|PERSEUS-the breaker||E-who fights & subdues||Christ is the agency of deliverance(many refs)|
The LAMB that was SLAIN.
The CAPTIVE to be DELIVERED and prepared for her for HER HUSBAND, who is BOUND to Cetus, the sea MONSTER, who will be BROKEN by the DELIVERer.
BOOK THREE : The CONFLICT WITH SATAN
|BOOK THREE : TAURUS Messiah, the Coming Judge of All the Earth|
|TAURUS-the bull||E-who saves/delivers; H-coming/ruling||Isa 34:2;26:21; Jud 14-rushing to judge; gore enemies|
|ORION-the glorious one||Ak-light of heaven||Isa 60:1-3-glory of the Lord|
|ERIDANUS-the river||H-riverofthejudge[eri=river;dan=judge]||Dan 7:9-fire/judge–>Ps 97;Ps 1; Isa 30;Isa 66; Nahum 1|
|AURIGA-the shepherd||H-shepherd; E-sceptre/power||Isa 49:10-11-gather the lambs; Fez 34:22|
MESSIAH coming to rule in the person of the REDEEMER.
Whose WRATH is breaking forth on HIS ENEMIES, while HE SHEPHERD’s his REDEEMED in SAFETY.
BOOK THREE : GEMINI Messiah’s Reign as Prince of Peace
|GEMINI-the twins||breaking of him who cometh; H,A,G-the united||Jer33:14 Righteous (2 natured) branch to rule; Jer 23:5|
|LEPUS-the hare||E-confounded/failing||Isa 63:3-4-trample the enemy; Mal 4; Ps 60;12|
|Canis Major-the dog||E-the head; A-coming quickly||Isa 59:19-redeemer shall come to Zion; Isa 49:24|
|Canis Minor-the 2nd dog||E-conquering/victorious||Isa 59:19-redeemer shall come to Zion; Isa 49:24|
The TWO FOLD NATURE of the KING who treads HIS ENEMY under foot. The COMING glorious PRINCE of Prices, the EXALTED REDEEMER
BOOK THREE : CANCER Messiah’s Redeemed Possessions
|CANCER-the crab||E-the cattle-folds; A-holds/binds; Ak-sieze seed||Enfolding of the redeemed|
|Ursa Minor-the little bear||lesser sheepfold(ancient picture)||EZ 34:12-16|
|Ursa Major-the great bear||A-assembled together(great sheepfold)||EZ 34:12-16|
|ARGO-the ship||(many voyagers coming home)||Isa 35:10-ransomed of Lord to Zion; Isa 51; Jer 31; Isa 60|
The possessions held fast in the Lesser and greater SHEEP FOLDS. The REDEEMED PILGRIMS safely journeying HOME
BOOK THREE : LEO Messiah’s consummated Triumph
|LEO-the lion||S-rending lion; A-vehemently leaping as flame||Rev 5:5 Lion of tribe of Judah prevails|
|HYDRA-the serpent||means he is abhorred no other names found||Rev 20:2- Satan chained|
|CRATER-the cup||pouring out something no other names found||Ps 75:8-God’s cup; Ps 11:6 fire/brimstone in the cup|
|CORVUS-the raven||the enemy/breaking up[snake natural enemy]||Rev 19:hybrids eat God’s enemy’s flesh|
The LION of the TRIBE of JUDAH aroused for the rending of the ENEMY, the old Serpent.
The CUP of DIVINE WRATH poured out, while birds of prey DEVOUR HIM.
The LUNAR ZODIAC
The Lunar Zodiac would seem from history to be more ancient than the Solar Zodiac. However, as we shall see, they undoubtedly have a common source. The Lunar Zodiac can be found in India, Arabia and China.
Unlike China and Arabia, the Indian astronomy assigned figures to each of the Mansions of the Moon. The Lunar Zodiac travels around the same ecliptic as the Solar, but is divided into twenty-eight parts. Each of these Mansionshas it’s own particular name.
Joseph A. Seiss has written a very complete account of the Zodiacs, including related subjects, like primeval man. I urge you to get this book called, “The Gospel in the Stars.” About the history of the Lunar Zodiac Seiss says, “Astronomers agree in regarding this LunarZodiac as containing the most ancient remains of the science of the stars.
The Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians knew little or nothing about it, but it is a matter of record in China that it was known and understood in that country as early as the reign of Yao, about twenty-three hundred years before the Christian era, which was before the time of Abraham.
In the Chinese astronomy it begins with Virgo, which would seem to indicate that the Chinese table came from the antediluvian times.”
IF it was meant that the stars should carry a prophetic record of the Gospel, then we would find it also in the arrangement and naming of the Lunar Mansions. And, of course, it is.
For ease of comparison, I’ll table the Lunar Mansions as they occur in relation to the Solar Zodiac.
And from E. Raymond Capt’s excellent introductory study of this subject, I’ll quote the summary for each of the four constellations that make up the twelve signs.
Seed of the Woman, the Desire of nations, Man of double nature in humiliation, exalted Shepherd and Harvester.
|Al Awa||the Desired|
|Simak al Azel||Branch of the Power of God|
|Caphir||the Atonement, the Propitiation by sacrifice|
The Price to be paid, the Cross to be endured, the Victim slain, the Crown purchased.
|Al Zubena||the redeeming, the regaining by purchase, the buying back|
|Al Iclil||the complete submission|
The Conflict, the Serpent’s coils, the struggle with the Enemy, the toiling Vanquisher of evil.
|Al Kalb||the cleaving or wounding|
|Al Shaula||the sting, the deadly wound|
The double-natured One triumphing as a Warrior, he gladdens the Heavens, he builds the fires of punishment, he casts down the Dragon.
|al Naim||the gracious, the delighted in|
|Al Beldah||hastily coming, as to judgement|
Life out of Death, the Arrow of God, Pierced and falling, Springing up again in abundant life.
|Al Dibah||the sacrifice slain|
Life-waters from on high, Drinking the heavenly flood, Carrying and speeding the GOOD NEWS, bearing aloft the CROSS over all the earth.
|Sa’ad al Bula||witness of the rising or drinking in|
|Sa’ad al Su’ud||witness of the swimming or outpouring|
|Al Achbiya||the fountain of pouring|
Multiplication of the REDEEMER’s PEOPLE, upheld and governed by the LAMB, the intended BRIDE bound and exposed on earth, the BRIDEGROOM EXALTED.
|Al Pherg al Muchaddem||the progeny of the ancient times|
|Al Pherg al Mauchher||the progeny of latter times|
|Al Risha||the band, the joined together|
The LAMB found worthy, the BRIDE released and making ready, SATAN bound, the BREAK-er TRIMPHING.
|Al Sheratan||the wounded, that was cut off|
|Al Botein||the treading under foot|
|Al Thuraiya||the enemy punished|
The invincible Ruler come, the sublime Vanquisher, the River of Judgement, the all-ruling Shepherd.
|Al Debaran||the Leader, the Governor, the Subduer|
|Al Heka||the driving away|
The Marriage of the Lamb, the Enemy trodden down, the Prince coming in Glory, his princely following.
|Al Henah||the wounded in the foot|
|Al Dirah||the ill-treated|
The POSSESSION secured, Lesser fold – the CHURCH of the first born, Greater fold – ISRAEL, the Bride, safe folding into the kingdom.
|Al Nethra||the treasure, the possession|
|Al Terpha||the healed, the delivered, the saved|
The King aroused for the rending, the Serpent fleeing, the Bowl of Wrath upon him, his Carcass devoured.
|Al Gieba||the exaltation, the Price|
|Al Zubra||the heaped-up, as sin and delayed punishment|
|Al Serpha||the burning, the funeral-pyre.|
Seiss finishes by saying, “The whole series of these names thus runs parallel with the signs of the Solar Zodiac, and ends up precisely in the same way, proving that they are of a piece with it.”
A last reminder for those who may have lost track. The Chinese had these Mansions, with their names long before the other cultures of history. This Lunar Zodiac wasn’t the product of some group of star gazers corrupting an existing Solar Zodiac.
Amazing, huh? But that’s God. Go where you will. Study any Truth. There He is.
PRIMEVAL MAN: SMART ADAM
I couldn’t end this page without including some background.
In Seiss’ book, “The Gospel in the Stars,” he establishes, through many references, the ANTIQUITY of the ZODIAC.
In fact, he makes it abundantly clear that there can be no mistaking that the Zodiac came from antediluvian times.
A science like astronomy doesn’t appear full-blown as it seems to have done for the ancient Sumerians about 3000 BC.
Then where did the ZODIAC ORIGINATE?
With ADAM, one smart cookie.
See if all this doesn’t make perfect sense. “Adam from the first was in perfect fellowship with the Divine Intelligence, and knew all things that came before him by an intuitive divine insight into their whole nature and intention.
He needed no instructors, for the light of God shone clear and unclouded upon his soul. His whole being was in most thorough accord with God and with the mind of God, for he was the complete image of God.
His wisdom and knowledge were necessarily higher by far than that of any other mere man that ever lived. Even Peter Bale agrees that it is not contrary to the analogy of faith nor to probability, and very proper to the narrative in Genesis, to believe that Adam came out of the hands of his Creator indued with innate science, and he did not lose it by sin as the bad angels are not less knowing since their fall, and as crimes of learned persons do not deprive them of the knowledge they enjoyed before.
He also passes it as determined that the speculative understanding of the first man was endowed with all the philosophical and mathematical knowledge of which human nature is naturally capable.
“Gale gives it as made out from the Mosaic record that Adam without all peradventure was the greatest amongst mere mortals that ever the world possessed, exactly prying into the very natures of things, and there contemplating those glorious ideas and characters of created light and order which the uncreated Light and Divine Wisdom had impressed thereon; and thence he could immediately collect and form the same into a complete system and body of philosophy, as also most methodically branch forth the same into the particular sciences.
Hornius argues that ‘Adam, being constituted in this theatre of the universe, was ignorant of nothing that pertained to the mystery of Nature.’
“It is also a matter of inspired record that God gave to Adam special revelations.
After his fall Jehovah made known to him His purposes concerning the Serpent and it’s seed and the woman and her Seed.
The whole Gospel revelation and promise was therein included, and was given to him, not for himself alone, but to be made known to all his posterity as the great and only hope of man.
“What Adam knew, Seth would thus also know, and so would Enoch.
And living contemporaneously together for more than two, three, or five ordinary lifetimes, there was the sublimest opportunity for them to observe, construct, and mature just such a system as astronomy presents, inwoven as it is with all the great facts, features, and hopes embraced in the promised redemption by the Seed of the woman.
In fact, it was the one great and only opportunity in the history of our race for such an accomplishment.
“And what Adam and his believing children did not know simply as men, they would still know as prophets, which they certainly were.
“Under God, they were the great founders of the world, and were fully alive to the fact. They were the great appointed teachers of the world from the very nature of the case. They were the first great prophets of the world, the original recipients of the revelation of God’s purposes of redemption through the promised Seed of the woman, and as such were under bonds to make known the facts, explain their import, and use every means of recording and transmitting to all men the knowledge of them.
They lived nearly a thousand years, and so had ample time for observation, study, and thorough elaboration to bring the work to finished perfection before being required to leave it.
And over them were the virgin stars, only waiting to be named and grouped, and hung with the records and symbols of the precious treasures of promise and prophecy on which the world’s hopes depended, that they might become the everlasting witnesses to men of the God-given faith and hope which shone in the serene imaginations of these great grand fathers of all sacred prophets.
Nor can I see why a single shade of doubt should linger in our minds that these verily were the men who drew these celestial hieroglyphics, named and grouped the stars, laid out the Zodiacs and their signs, and made the heavens a picture-gallery for all the world, the first and greatest that ever was made, that there mankind might gaze and read the wondrous story of the promised Redeemer, the redemption, and the redeemed.
“And this, and this only, will account for the sacred reverence in which all the ancient peoples held these starry emblems, and even fell to worshipping them and ascribing to them all sorts of divine and prophetic virtues.”
One last point of confirmation. Josephus says that the sons of Seth, knowing of the worldwide destruction to come, made TWO MONUMENTS to PRESERVE KNOWLEDGE, one of which still existed in his day.
Maybe some of you have noticed that Enoch was taken from mankind at the age of 365.
Not as Elijah, in the fiery chariot.
Where did he go, this “first great scribe of God,”: who was shown all things celestial?
God could have surely used such a man to administer the building of such a Monument to Knowledge.