Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Heavens Proclaim the Glory of God - Virgo

  1. The First Book. The Redeemer - His First Coming. "The sufferings of Christ."

    CHAPTER 1: VIRGO - The Virgin. A woman bearing a branch in her right hand and an ear of corn in her left. The promised seed of the woman:

    In this first sign of Virgo, the virgin, we find the truth of the statement given in Genesis 3:15:

    And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”

       The name of this constellation is Bethulah, virgin in Hebrew, and in Arabic she is Adarah, the pure virgin. In the Greek, she is parthenos, again, virgin. In Genesis 3:15 she is presented only as being a woman, but in later prophecies, she is defined as being from the stock of Israel, the seed of Abraham, of the linage of David.    Looking at some of these prophecies we see:

    Isaiah 7:13-14: Then Isaiah said, “Listen well, you royal family of David! Isn’t it enough to exhaust human patience? Must you exhaust the patience of my God as well? All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).

    Matthew 1:23: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”

    Isaiah 9:6-7: For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!

       The brightest star in this constellation is in her hand, and bears the ancient Hebrew name, Tsemach or the Branch, and in ancient Arabic, Al Zimach meaning the branch. One of the great symbols used of, and spoken of by the prophets is the Branch. Some other stars in this constellation also have similar names, Al Azal and Subilon mean, the shoot, the ear of wheat. We find that the language of prophecy is identical with this sign. It is written:

    Isaiah 11:1-3: Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot— yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root. And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. He will delight in obeying the Lord. He will not judge by appearance nor make a decision based on hearsay.

       One of the stars in the branch is Al Mureddin which means "who shall come down", or "who shall have dominion." This star also carries the Chaldee name Vindermaitrix which means "the son" or the "branch who comes."

    Zechariah 6:12: Tell him, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Here is the man called the Branch. He will branch out from where he is and build the Temple of the Lord.

    • COMA: (The desired). The woman and child the desired of all nations (in the most ancient Zodiacs).

         The Egyptians called this sign "Shes–nu" meaning "the desired son". The child has a Hebrew name "Ihesu" with the signification, "Ieza", which in Greek, is called "CHRISTOS" or CHRIST! These are the very words used by the prophets, as it is written:

      Haggai 2:7: And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. (King James version).

      Luke 2:40: There the child grew up healthy and strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God’s favor was on him.

         We see in Coma, the promised seed from woman, a virgin, is a boy, the desired one, nurtured and growing, waxing strong in the Spirit and wisdom of the LORD.

         The Zodiac in the Temple of Denderah, in Egypt, at least 4,000 years old, shows the figure of a woman and child, as shown above. But, the modern maps of the stars show instead a wig. This change was made by Ptolemy III in the third century B.C. The modern name is coma Berenice (the hair of Berenice).

    • CENTAURUS: (the Centaur with two natures holding a spear piercing a victim): The despised sin-offering.

         The brightest star in the fore–foot has come down to us by the ancient name of "Toliman" which means "the heretofore and the hereafter" which marks Him as "the one which was, which is, and which is to come, the Almighty" [Revelation 1:8].

         Another name for this constellation or decan in ancient Hebrew is "Asmeath", which means the sin–offering, speaking of Isaiah 53:10:

      But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands.

         The Greek name of this decan is "Cheiron", which means "the pierced" or "who pierces".

      Zechariah 12:10: “Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died.

      John 19:36-37: These things happened in fulfillment of the Scriptures that say, “Not one of his bones will be broken,” and “They will look on the one they pierced.”

         The decan of Centaurus is one of the lowest constellations, that is, farthest south from the northern center. It is positioned directly ABOVE the constellation named Crux, or cross, or as we know it, the southern cross. This positioning prophesies EXACTLY, the METHOD of death of the despised sin offering, and EXACTLY HOW, he will destroy the enemy. There is NO guesswork here, you only need the eyes to see.

         So in Virgo, we see the promised seed, the man whose name is THE BRANCH, in Coma, we see the promised seed in the form of a son, the desired one, born of a virgin, and nourished and growing strong, filled with the Spirit and wisdom of God. In Centaurus, we see the man having two natures (God and man), the despised sin offering, the pierced one, positioned above the cross, showing the method of His death to come.

    • BOOTES: (A man walking bearing a branch called ARCTURUS meaning the same): The coming One with branch or simply "He cometh".

         The star in the tip of the spear in his right hand, is named in ancient Arabic, "Al Katurops", which means "the branch, treading underfoot". The star just below his waist on his right side is called "Mirac" or "Mizar" or "Izar". Mirac means "the coming forth, as an arrow"; Mizar or Izar means "the preserver, guarding". The star in his left calf is called "Muphride" meaning "who separates". Could the "spear" possibly have started out as a shepherd's staff? This get much more exciting when we realize that one of the constellations sitting adjacent to this one, is Ursa Major, erroneously called "the great bear" and "the big dipper". Due to error and mistranslation, the great bear is really the "Greater Sheepfold", and the same with the lesser bear or "little dipper" which is the "lessor" or smaller sheepfold. As indicated by some of the stars names in Ursa Major, such as : "Mizar" or "guarded or enclosed" [place] and "Dubheh" meaning "herd", or "fold". The Arabs still call this constellation "Al Naish" or "An–naish" meaning "the ordered" or "assembled together" as sheep in a fold. The book of Job refers to "Arcturus and his sons" [Job 38:32] to Ash or Aish, and her progeny. The ancient Jewish commentators say that aish here, means, and refers to the seven stars of the Great Bear. This is exciting to me, as I immediately thought of Revelation 2:1. Who holds the seven stars? It is none other than the LORD, Jesus Christ, Yeshua Ha Mashiach. The one foretold in the starry heavens by God Himself. Other star names in the decan of Bootes, the star in his head, is "Nekkar" meaning "the pierced" [recall Zechariah 12:10] or i's Hebrew name, "Merga" meaning "who bruises". Finally, the sickle in his left hand shows he is reaping, or harvesting the fruit of his planting.

         March 21, 2008: A powerful gamma ray burst detected March 19th by NASA's Swift satellite has shattered the record for the most distant object that could be seen with the naked eye. It was estimated to have occurred at a distance of 7.5 billion light years away, when the previous most distant object to be visible to the unaided human eye was 2.9 million light years away. The burst was 2.5 million times more luminous than the most luminout supernova ever recorded, and this makes it the brightest object ever observed by humans in the universe. And it occurred in the constellation Bootes (the coming one).

         In summary, the constellation Virgo, along with her three decans, show the woman, a virgin, and the promised seed that will destroy the enemy. The virgin and her "seed", the kernel of wheat that would fall to the ground and die for us, and in the subsequent decans, the promised son, the desire of all nations, he grows to manhood having two natures (one divine, one human), the despised of men, our sin offering, and in the last decan of Virgo, the coming One, the one who was pierced, the harvester of the righteous seed, the good shepherd, the High Priest. The coming one of the Revelation, who comes to harvest the Earth, and bring judgment to man.

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The Heavens Proclaim the Glory of God - Introduction

  • Genesis 1:14-19: Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them mark off the seasons, days, and years. Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.
  • Genesis 11:4: Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.”
    NOTE: There is nothing in the original which relates to the height of this tower - it is simply "his top with the heavens" - i.e., with the pictures and the stars of the Zodiac. The tower of Babel was probably a tower built for astrological worship/foretelling. (Depends on if you translate the Hebrew as 'it was built to reach the heavens' ' or it was built unto the heavens (dedicated to the heavens)'.
  • Psalm 19: 1-4: The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.
    The revealing of righteousness, law, conversion, judgment, warnings .... all these things, says David, were shown forth EVERY NIGHT from the foundation of the world. They are written in the sky!
  • Psalm 147:4: He counts the stars and calls them all by name.
    The stars were all named by God. Most of these names have been lost; but over 100 are preserved through the Arabic and Hebrew, and are used by astronomers to-day, though their meaning is unknown to them. Many of them are used in Scripture as being well known.
  • Job 9:9: He made all the stars - the Bear (Hebrew 'ash - Arcturus) and Orion (kesil), the Pleiades (kimah) and the constellations of the southern sky.
  • If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a dynamic group of pictures can be worth millions of words. There is such a thing in the sky above you. In the Hebrew language it's called the Mazzaroth. It is found in Job 38:31-33:
    Job 38:31-32: “Can you direct the movement of the stars - binding the cluster of the Pleiades or loosening the cords of Orion? Can you direct the sequence of the seasons (the Mazzaroth) or guide the Bear with her cubs across the heavens?
  • Isaiah 40:26: Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength not a single one is missing.
  • Amos 5:8: It is the Lord who created the stars, the Pleiades and Orion. He turns darkness into morning and day into night. He draws up water from the oceans and pours it down as rain on the land. The Lord is his name!
  • Romans 1:20: For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

(Above chart is from The Zodiac Testifies of Christ by John P. Pratt:

(Above chart is from Lost Constellation Testifies of Christ by John P. Pratt:

(Above chart is from Nature of the Universe - Chapter 3:
   Of special interest are the twelve zodiac constellations. This band of stars lies in the plane of the solar system. They appear high in the night sky, roughly along the same path traveled by the sun during the day. During the course of each year the zodiac constellations take turns in appearing: for example, Scorpius in summer, Gemini in winter. Job 38:32 makes reference to the bringing forth of these constellations (or "Mazzaroth" in the King James Version) in their season.
  1. The Zodiac - from "zoad", meaning - "a walk, way, going by steps," like Jacob's ladder. The word Zodiac means the degrees or steps, which mark the stages of the sun's path through the heavens, corresponding with the twelve months. The Babylonian "Creation Tablets" refer to constellations, 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.
  2. Constellations - Star figures, also known as"signs", "faces", "houses", "mansions", "tabernacles" - collectively called "Mazzaroth" in Scripture (Job 38:32).
  3. The Zodiac or "Mazzaroth," is made up of 12 major constellations with their decans, 3 each, for a total of 48 star figures. It is said that they cover all the principal stars that are visible to the naked eye. Other constellations exist but most are modern in origin.
  4. Decans - from "deck" - "a piece." The 12 major constellations are said to be divided into 3 books of 4 chapters each. A "chapter" is another name for a constellation and its 3 decans. The constellation story begins with Virgo - the virgin birth - and finishes with Leo - the Lion.
  5. Ecliptic - The circular path of the earth traveling around the sun in one year. The constellations are arranged along this line.
   The groupings of the zodiac 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 there was no longer any need for the more ancient writing in the heavens, the original teaching gradually faded away and the heathen, out of the smattering they had heard by tradition, evolved their mythologies.
   What knowledge do they show forth? What glory do they tell of? The answer is in Genesis 3:15: And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” The one great central truth of all prophecy - the coming One, Who, though He should suffer, should in the end crush the head of the old serpent, the Devil.
The twelve signs are the same in the meaning of their names and their order in all the ancient nations of the world! The Chinese, Chaldean and Egyptian records go back to more than 2,000 years B.C. The Zodiacs in the Temples of Denderah and Esneh, in Egypt, are probably copies of Zodiacs still older - back to nearly 4,000 B.C., when the summer solstice was in Leo.
   But, where do we 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 its position a little each year, till in about every 2,000 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 its course, and where the teaching of this Heavenly Book commenced, and where we were to open its 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 that this Book, written in the Heavens, began with the sign "Virgo", and will end with the sign "Leo". The word "sphinx" is from the Greek sphingo, to join; because it binds together the two ends of this circle of the heavens.
   A great clue to unraveling the mystery of the Sphinx was found in the Temple of Esneh in Egypt where an ancient sky painting is found on the ceiling of the portico. This ancient representation of the heavenly constellations is known as the Denderic Zodiac, and it is estimated that it is 4,000 years old, which would place it close to the time in which Abraham lived. Between the figures of the Lion and the Virgin is a small symbol of the Sphinx, representing the joining of the two characters.
   The Mazzaroth is divided up into 4 "books", each containing 3 "chapters" for a total of 12.

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