SIGNS IN THE STARS

This article contains all the limited yet worthwhile knowledge that I have on the subject of astrology as relating to the biblical event of the birth and death of Christ and how these events have been recorded in the stars for us. This article in not written as an astrologer nor even an astronomer; I am neither of these. It is written purely from the standpoint of one who seeks to understand as much of God and His plans for us, as is possible. For these reason alone it may contain errors, although I have researched it as far as I am able and am reasonably satisfied as to the accuracy of the facts herein.

Firstly it is beyond any reasonable doubt that God placed the stars in the skies for us to serve as signs of seasons and times. The scriptural text is taken from the Concordant Translation which is a strictly literal translation. So strict in fact that it can almost be thought of as a dictionary. To obtain a copy of this tremendous work, together with the NIV and YLT versions for comparison, go to http://www.scripture4all.org/ where there is a free download available to all.

Gen 1:14 - 15 And saying is the Elohim, "Become shall luminaries in the atmosphere of the heavens, to give light on the earth, to separate between the day and the night. And they come to be for signs and for appointments, and for days and years."
And there come to be luminaries in the atmosphere of the heavens to give light on the earth. And coming is it to be so.

Lk 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun and the moon and the constellations, and on the earth pressure of nations in perplexity, at the resounding of the sea and the shaking

These stars and planets, for that is what they are, were known to the ancients, and not only known to them but used by them also. They were named and we can clearly see this in Job as he says:  Job 9:9 Who is making the Great Bear, Orion And the Pleiades, besides the chambers of the south,

ASTROLOGICAL HOUSES

The signs (or houses as they are known in astrology) of the zodiac, rotate in the heavens in the reverse order that they appear in the yearly almanacs, so Aries would follow Taurus and not Taurus following Aries. The signs change in ascendance approximately ever 2,166.66666666r years and a great year is equal to 26,000 years. Many have assumed that the word 'zodiac' comes from the Greek zoe, to live. The root of zodiakos, is actually zoad. Zoad means a way, or a path, or a going by steps. Some of the early Christian groups were known as The People of the Way.

Jesus said that His Fathers house had many mansions. He also said that He goes there to prepare a place for us. The heavens certainly have many houses and the number 12 is not just significant to our western astrology nor even the series of constellations which make up our zodiac.

THE WINTER SOLSTICE

This next all has to do with the winter solstice on 21st December.

On the 21st December each year the Sun reaches the lowest point in the heavens and ends its descent; however, it does not immediately start to rise. As in the story of a bee being able to stop a train, nothing can reverse its direction without first stopping. So in the northern hemisphere as the ‘wobble’ of the planet achieves its most oblique angle to the sun, there is a noticeable delay (or stop) of several days while it perhaps gathers energy for the corresponding movement which will bring us back into spring and summer. The Sun will therefore appear at the same angle, relative to the earth for that time. On the third day after this, it rises one degree higher relative to the earth than it was the previous 2 days.

At this time if we were to draw a straight line through the 3 major (or brightest) stars in Orions Belt (also mentioned in the bible at least twice), and known for thousands of years as The Three Kings, it would pass straight through Sirius (The morning star). Continue the straight line through Sirius and it will intersect the Southern Cross constellation.

THE SOUTHERN CROSS

The Southern Cross marks the point on the horizon where the Sun will rise on the 21st December. One other point about the Southern Cross is that it is used in navigation. Because the Southern Hemisphere does not have the equivalent of the Northern Hemispheres North or Pole Star, the arms of the cross are used to determine the point of the South Pole. By drawing a line between the arms and then bisecting that line at right angles it will point to the South Pole.

And so we can see that the Sun dies on the cross on the 21st December and start to rise again on the 3rd day, the 25th December after its altitude has lain as ‘dead’ for 3 days.

 The last time the Southern Cross was visible from Israel was around the time of Jesus on earth. Following is an encyclopedic reference to it:
Crux (pronounced /ˈkrʌks/) is a constellation; the smallest of the 88 modern constellations, but one of the most distinctive. Its name is Latin for cross, and it is dominated by a cross-shaped asterism and is commonly known as the Southern Cross because it is today visible only from the southern hemisphere, although it was visible in the north during the time of the Ancient Greeks. Crux is bordered by the constellations Centaurus, which surrounds it on three sides, and Musca.

Constellations

Musca (pronounced /ˈmʌskə/, Latin: fly) is one of the minor southern constellations. The constellation was one of twelve constellations created by Petrus Plancius from the observations of Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman. The soft X-ray transient Nova Muscae 1991 is a binary object consisting of a star and a black hole. During the 1991 outburst which led to its discovery, radiation was produced through a process of positron annihilation. Musca also contains the unusual planetary nebula NGC 5189, located about 3,000 light years from earth. Its uniquely complex structure resembles a miniature crab nebula. Also within the constellation is the Hourglass Nebula.

I am now probably reading too much into this but just thought it interesting that something named an hour glass should be found, and this only recently. Is this a warning that time is getting short?

Times move on and as God placed the cross in the night sky primarily as a sign for the Jews I think they would surely have noticed it and followed its slow descent in the night sky over several thousand years. Following the appearance of Jesus, there was no longer any need that they should have sight of it.

Due to the rotation of the houses, it continued moving southward and so finally after it had served its purpose for us, it dipped below the horizon.

THREE KINGS, EGYPT AND JESUS

Before we move on though, it would be well to comment that the three kings followed the star in the east (Sirius)(were behind it) which led them to where Jesus was born in Bethlehem. (Another name given to Jesus was the Bright Morning Star). There is so much symbolism within this that it would require a separate article to cover it all. Amongst the things I haven’t mentioned are His lowly birth relating to the low angle that the Southern Cross appeared in the heavens. His lowly upbringing around Nazareth and Galilee which is the lowest inhabited point on earth being around 1,000 meters below sea level. His lowly occupation. Born the lowest of the low and not least his lowly nature and demeanor. How He told us many times that the first should be last and the last shall be first. Whoever thinks of himself as great etc.

Now when Moses left Egypt, the Egyptians worshipped the Bull or Taurus. When Moses came down the mountain he was angry with the Hebrews because they had made a bull calf from Gold and were worshipping it.

The Egyptians were clinging to old gods though as at this time (or thereabouts) the current constellation was Aries and the Jews adopted this and the sign of the Ram as a symbol of their nation and used the rams horn or shofar to bring downs the walls of Jericho. In fact they still sound the shofar to this day and use it in their ceremonies.

At the time of Christ, the house in ascension was Pisces. It would be as well to mention here some further observations that should be made with reference to the night sky at the time of Jesus birth.

Firstly as noted there was the Southern Cross and had this been the only sign then maybe it would have left room for debate or doubt as to its meaning. Together with the Cross though was the following sign:

The constellation of Virgo (the virgin) was also visible and in proximity. The virgin is depicted holding a harvested sheaf. Another name for Virgo is the House of Bread, and surely it is no coincidence that the literal translation of the word Bĕyth Leḥem (Bethlehem) is House of Bread!
In the story of Ruth we find Naomi who changed her name to Mara. Ruth was the grandmother of David who is the line of Jesus. The altered M is the sign of the Virgo Constellation.

Altered M

Finally, as regarding constellations it is also worth considering the constellation of Centaurus which virtually surrounds the Cross. I have provided another Encyclopedic reference to provide a concise explanation.
Centaurus contains the Alpha Centauri system, a triple star system consisting of a bright binary star to which the much fainter red dwarf Proxima Centauri is gravitationally bound; Proxima is the nearest known star to the Sun.
In addition to Alpha Centauri, the 4th brightest star in the sky, a second first magnitude star, β Centauri, is part of Centaurus.
One of the stars in Centaurus is a burnt out white dwarf that has crystallized into the largest known diamond in the galaxy. Scientists have named this star Lucy after the Beatles song "Lucy in the sky with diamonds".[1]
Centaurus contains ω Centauri (NGC 5139) which, despite being the constellation's "omega" listing, is the brightest globular cluster and largest of its kind in the Milky Way.
So from Alpha to Omega the stage is set.

As can clearly be seen, included in the design of the altered M above is the fish symbol associated not only with Pisces, but also with Christianity. Ruth met Boaz through gleaning in his fields behind his maidens and eventually was married to him. When Jesus started preaching He said:

CLV Mt 9:37

Then He is saying to His *disciples,  "The harvest, indeed, is vast, yet the workers are few.

CLV Mt 9:38

Beseech, then, the Lord of the harvest, so that He should be ejecting workers into His *harvest."

He used fishermen and called them fishers of men. The symbol of Christianity as aforesaid is the fish.

He used fish in other ways also. In one case after his death the disciples had been fishing all night and caught nothing. He told his disciples to cast their nets into the sea once more, and they caught a multitude of fish. The NUMBER of fish caught was 153

This is very symbolic as in Gematria and Jewish counting, to mention any one number can also imply another. So 153 is the sum total of all number between 1 and 17 (1+2+3+4+5+6+ until +17 = 153) and therefore when saying 153 one is also implying the number 17.

JOSEPHUS

Maybe because the Hebrew numbering system is based upon their alphabet, numbers are very often used in a mystical manner and not just for counting. As an illustration of their fascination or close attention to numbers, consider the following extract from the Antiquities of the Jews by Josephus who wrote during the years AD 70-100:
Accordingly, he came to Jerusalem in the eleventh year of king Zedekiah, and pillaged the temple, and carried out the vessels of God, both gold and silver, and particularly that large laver which Solomon dedicated, as also the pillars of brass, and their chapiters, with the golden tables and the candlesticks; and when he had carried these off, he set fire to the temple in the fifth month, the first day of the month, in the eleventh year of the reign of Zedekiah, and in the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar: he also burnt the palace, and overthrew the city. Now the temple was burnt four hundred and seventy years, six months, and ten days after it was built. It was then one thousand and sixty-two years, six months, and ten days from the departure out of Egypt; and from the deluge to the destruction of the temple, the whole interval was one thousand nine hundred and fifty-seven years, six months, and ten days; but from the generation of Adam, until this befell the temple, there were three thousand five hundred and thirteen years, six months, and ten days; so great was the number of years hereto belonging.

The number 17 is the addition of 10 plus 7. The number 10 implying man and 7 the number of completion. Consider also the case of Noah in Gen 7:11. It was on day 17 that the flood commences and all creatures died. It was again on the 17th day that the waters receded and the Ark landed on Mount Ararat. Finally it was on the 17th that Jesus arose from the dead.

The value given to the letter M in Hebrew is 40. As mentioned above in the case of the altered M, the letter M and symbology seems to abound in relation to Christ and not only concerning Christ but throughout the scriptures. Surrounding Jesus we can start with His birth and the virgin (Virgo) depicted by the altered M. The sheaf of wheat associated with His time of birth around the harvesting season. His Mother Mary (although her Hebrew name was Miryam). The two sister Mary and Martha and of course Mary Magdalene. The forty days and forty nights in the wilderness and the forty days that He remained on earth following His resurrection.

According to one interpretation, the Virgo constellation depicts Astraea, the virgin daughter of the god Zeus and the goddess Themis. However it is worth noting that there exists another daughter to zeus but with a different mother. In Greek mythology, Artemis [(Greek: (nominative) Ἄρτεμις, (genitive) Ἀρτέμιδος)] was the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She was the Hellenic goddess of forests and hills, virginity/fertility. This same Artemis appears in acts:

Ac 19:26 - 27

and you are beholding and hearing that, not only of Ephesus, but of almost the entire province of Asia, this *Paul by his _persuading causes a considerable throng to stand aloof, saying that they are not gods *which are coming~ into being throughby means of hands.
Now, not only is this endangering our *party, intoby it coming to be confuted, but the sanctuary of the great goddess Artemis also is being into thereby reckoned nothing. Besides, her *magnificence is |about to be |pulled~ down also, whom the whole province of Asia and the |inhabited~ earth is revering~."

THE GREAT YEAR

So at the end of this cycle all things will be complete. Completion date by many is believed to be the 21st December 2012, although I have no real scientific evidence of this.

So what exactly will occur around this date? To start with, as far as I am aware, this measurement is dependant entirely on the ancient Mayans who based their calendar (the Tzolkin) on the cycles of the Pleiades for the Long Calendar and the Sun, Moon and Mercury for their Short Calendar. The long calendar gave them the ability to plan out their calendar for thousands of years past and future.

On December 21, 2012, a celestial alignment will occur which is believed will act as a sort of time check with the rest of the galaxy, and will synchronize us with it. The planets Pluto, Uranus and Neptune will be in perfect alignment with the center of our galaxy, an extremely rare event that takes place only once in 26,000 years.

Let me say though that we are only around 0.01 degree off that point, so logically one would expect that any effects from the alignment would be felt in a minor way even now.

NASA

Most of what is said to occur and the effects it will have on our world is of a psychic/spiritual nature and is beyond my caring to delve into. However, there are physical things that could possible occur and science has hinted at some and declared others to be so. One thing is that NASA has predicted that there would be very intense solar storm in 2012, and the sun would reverse its magnetic poles because of the ending of the 11-year sunspot cycle. This would cause disturbances in the Earth’s own magnetic fields.

This has several implications for us. One thing is that as this alignment has never been recorded before, we have no prior knowledge of the total effect it could have on the things which we have experience of. The sun for instance has an 11 year cycle of extra magnetic storms that generally leave us unaffected. I can remember back many years ago when we were warned that the storms due to occur on the sun could stop radio and television waves. Today that could also include satellite transmission as well. The rule here is that the sum of anything can be greater than its parts.

The only spiritual thing that I can say that I am interested in is the return of Christ. If 2012 turns out to be the year, then all I can say is that it is each of us personal responsibility to be ready for it. We are due to start (or should even now be in) the start of the age of Aquarius.
Exactly when we really enter into the house of Aquarius in not known - at least by me. However on that date that our solar system aligns with the center of the galaxy would seem a fair guess.

When the disciples asked Jesus where they should make ready for Him, He told them to go to a town and there they would see a man carrying a pitcher of water. Go in to the house that he enters and make ready there. The sign of Aquarius is one of a man carrying a pitcher of water.

THE CROSS

In Christianity the cross on churches is often made as a cross within a circlet.  When the ancient astrologers (and even today’s) want to graphically depict the 12 houses, they draw it in the same way and it predates Christianity by thousands of years

 Each quarter of the circle equates to one quarter of a great year - around 6,500 years
The whole cycle is 26,000 years.(I think science has it as 25,800 years).

Six days shalt thou labour for the Lord thy God created the earth in 6 days and rested on the 7th. Is this telling us something I wonder? With all the sevens abounding in scripture why should not Gods plan for the age be measured by a cosmic clock?

I know there is much more to this! The Zodiac is made up of 12 houses... My fathers house has many mansions. The Sun moves around the heavens and the 12 houses, Jesus the Son moved or traveled around with 12 disciples
The 12 brothers of Joseph. Joseph sold for 20 pieces of silver, Jesus for 30.

What else there is to this will have to wait because at the end of nearly 3,500 words today, enough is enough.

I hope that for those with open minds this has provided some food for thought, but please do not shout heretic at me because the church knows all that I have said and believes much more besides. They don’t tell the laity though because the laity are sheep to be led; either to the slaughter or to what ever destination the church has decided upon.

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