The Witness of the Stars3

By E.W. Bullinger

Edited by J.E Bradburn

 

SAGITTA (The Arrow)

The arrow of God sent forth

It is not the arrow of Sagittarius, for that has not left his bow. That arrow is for the enemies of God. This is for the Son of God. It was of this that He spoke when He said, in:

 

Psalm 38:2 (KJV) For thine arrows stick fast in Me, and thy hand presseth Me sore.” He was “stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted, He was wounded for our transgressions 

 

Isaiah 53: 4—5 (KJV)

4 “Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.”

5 “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”

 

Here the arrow is pictured to us in mid heaven, alone, as having been shot forth by an invisible hand. It is seen in its flight through the heavens. It is the arrow of God, showing that redemption is all of God. “It was the will of God” which Jesus came to do. Not a mere work of mercy for miserable sinners, but a work ordained in eternity past, for the glory of God in eternity future. This is the record of the Word, and this is what is pictured for us here. The work which the arrow accomplishes is seen in the dying Goat, and in the falling Eagle. There are many other stars in the heavens in a straighter line, which would better serve for an arrow. Why are these stars chosen? Why is the arrow placed here? What explanation can be given, except that the Revelation in the stars and in the Book are both from the inspiration of the same Spirit?

There are about 18 stars, of which four are of the 4th magnitude. The Hebrew name is Sham, destroying, or desolate.

The picture above shows SAGITTA (the arrow) AQUILA (the Eagle) DELPHINUS (the Dolphin)

 

AQUILA (The Eagle)

The smitten one falling

Here we have an additional picture of the effect of this arrow, in the pierced, wounded, and falling Eagle, gasping in its dying struggle. And that pierced, wounded, and dying Saviour whom it represents, after saying in: Psalm 38:2 (above) and then added in verse 10

 

Psalm 38:10 (KJV) “My heart panteth, My strength faileth Me: as for the light of Mine eyes, it also is gone from Me.”

 

Zech 13:6 (KJV) “And one shall say unto him, ‘What are these wounds in thine hands?’ Then he shall answer, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of My friends.’”

 

The names of the stars, all of them, bear out this representation. The constellation contains 74 stars. The brightest of them (in the Eagle’s neck), is a notable star of the 1st magnitude, Called in Arabic, AL Tair the wounding. The star (in the throat) is called in Arabic Al Shain, the bright, from a Hebrew root meaning scarlet coloured, as in (Joshua 2:18 KJV). The star (in the back) is called Tarared, wounded or torn. (in the lower wing) is named Alcair, which means the piercing, and (in the tail), Al Okal, has the significant meaning wounded in the heel.

How can the united testimony of these names be explained except by acknowledging a Divine origin? even that of Him who afterwards foretold of the bruising of the Virgin’s Son in the written Word; yea, of Himwho telleth the number of the stars and giveth them all their names.

 

DELPHINUS (The Dolphin)

The dead one rising again

This is a bright cluster of 18 stars, five of which are of the 3rd magnitude. It is easily distinguished by the four brightest, which are in the head. It is always figured as a fish full of life, and always with the head upwards, just as the Eagle is always with the head downwards. The great peculiar characteristic of the dolphin is its rising up, leaping, and springing out of the sea. When we compare this with the dying goat and falling eagle, what conclusion can we come to but that we have here the filling in of the picture, and the completion of the whole truth set forth in Capricornus?

Jesus “died and rose again.” Apart from His resurrection His death is without result. In His conflict with the enemy it is only His coming again in glory which is shown forth. But here, in connection with His people, with the multitudes of His redeemed Resurrection is the great and important truth. He is “the first fruits of them that slept;” the He too, is here represented as a fish. He who went down into the waters of death for His people; He Who could say “All thy waves and thy billows are gone over Me” (Psalm 42:7 KJV), He it is who rises up again from the dead, having died on account of the sins of His redeemed, and risen again on account of their justification (Rom 4:25 KJV). http://www.godsplan.org.uk/justification.htm

This is the picture here. In the Persian Planisphere there seems to be a fish and a stream of water. The Egyptian has a vessel pouring out water. The ancient names connected with this constellation are Dalaph (Hebrew), pouring out of water; Dalaph (Arabic), coming quickly; Scalooin (Arabic), swift (as the flow of water); Rotaneb or Rotaneu (Syriac and Chaldee), swiftly running. Thus, in this first chapter of the Second Book we see the great Truth of Revelation set forth; and we learn how the great Blessings of Redemption were procured. This truth cannot be more eloquently or powerfully presented than in the language of:

 

Dr Seiss: (The Gospel in the Stars).

“This strange goat fish, dying in its head, but living in its after part—falling as an eagle pierced and wounded by the arrow of death, but springing up from the dark waves with the matchless vigour and beauty of the dolphin—sinking under sin’s condemnation, but rising again as sin’s conqueror –developing new life out of death, and heralding a new springtime out of December’s long drear nights—was framed by no blind chance of man. The story which it tells is the old, old story on which hangs the only availing hope that ever came, or ever can come, to Adam’s race. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm To what it signifies we are forever shut up as the only saving faith. In that dying Seed of the woman we must see our sin bearer and the atonement for our guilt, or die ourselves unpardoned and unsanctified. Through His death and blood shedding we must find our life, or the true life, which alone is life, we never can have.” 

 

“Complete atonement Thou hast made,

And to the utmost farthing paid

Whate’er Thy people owed:

Nor can His wrath on me take place,

If sheltered in His righteousness,

And sprinkled with the blood .

 

If my discharge Thou hast procured,

And freely in my room endured

The whole of wrath divine,

Payment God cannot twice demand,

First at my bleeding Surety’s hand,

And then again at mine.

 

Turn, then, my soul, unto Thy rest;

The merits of Thy great High Priest

Have brought thy liberty;

Trust in His efficacious blood,

Nor fear thy banishment from God,

Since Jesus died for thee.”

 

CHAPTER 2

THE SIGN AQUARIUS

(The Water Bearer)

Their blessings ensured, or the living waters of

blessing poured forth for the redeemed

 

The Atonement being made, the blessings have been procured, and now they can be bestowed and be poured forth upon the Redeemed. This is the truth, whether we think of Abel’s lamb, of patriarchal sacrifices, the offerings under the Law, or of that great Sacrifice of which they all testified. They all with one voice tell us that atonement made is the only foundation of blessing.

This was pictured and foreshown in the heavens from the beginning, by a man pouring forth water from an urn which seems to have an inexhaustible supply, and which flows forth downwards into the mouth of a fish, which receives it and drinks it all up.

In the ancient Zodiac of Denderah it is in the same idea, though the man holds two urns, and the fish below seems to have come out of the urn. The man is called Hupei Tirion, which means the place of him coming down or poured forth. In some eastern Zodiacs the Urn alone appears. This agrees with its other names—Hebrew, Deli the water-urn, or bucket as in (Numbers 24:7 KJV); the Arabic Delu is the same. There are 108 stars in this Sign, four of which are of the 3rd magnitude. Their names, as far as they have come down to us, are significant.

The star (in the right shoulder) is called Sa’ad al Melik, which means the record of the pouring forth. The star (in the other shoulder) is called Saad al Sund, who goeth and returneth, or the pourer out. The bright star (in the lower part of the right leg) is well known today by its Hebrew name Scheat, which means who goeth and returneth. The bright star in the urn has an Egyptian name—Mon or Meon, which means simply an urn. Aquarius is the modern Latin name by which the sign is known, It has the same meaning which is, the pourer forth of water.

Can we doubt what the interpretation of this sign is? The Greeks, not knowing Him or whom it testified, were, like the woman of Samaria, destitute of that living water which He alone can give. They therefore invented some story about Deucalion, the son of Prometheus; and another, saying he is Ganymede, Jove’s cup bearer” But, as an astronomer says, “We must account otherwise for the origin of this name; for it is not possible to reconcile the symbols of the eleventh with Grecian mythology.” The eleventh, because everyone begins to reckon from ARIES, and not as we have done from VIRGO, as shown by the riddle of the Sphinx http://www.godsplan.org.uk/witnessofthestars.htm No! we must go further back than that, and not cramp our vision, and distort the Scriptures, by confining our thoughts to “the Church.” The Church is nowhere seen in these Signs, as it is nowhere revealed in the Old Testament. This we shall enlarge on when we come to the sign Pisces. Meanwhile we must read the Witness of the Stars as if there had been no Church! 

Christ is first. Yea, He is all in all. The Scriptures testify of Him; and the very stars in this Sign tell of:

1.      His going away https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascension_of_Jesus

2.      His coming again http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm.

These prophetic signs have to do with Him, with the Atonement He wrought, with the conflict He endured. with the blessings He secured, with the victory He shall win, and the triumph He shall have. For it is written: It tells of that glorious day when.

Numbers 24:7 (KJV) He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and His seed shall be in many waters, and His king shall be higher than Agag, and His kingdom shall be exalted.

 

Isaiah 32:1—2 (KJV)

1 “Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.”

2 “And a Man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.”

 

It speaks of that glorious time when Israel shall be restored, and their “eyes shall see the King in His beauty”; when the peace of Zion shall no more be disturbed, “but there the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams”

(Isa 33:17, 20—21KJV). Then (Isa 35:1, 6. Isa 41:18.Isa 44:2, 3, 6.KJV)

This is the meaning of the sign. The MAN Christ Jesus, who was humbled in death will yet be seen to be the pourer forth of every blessing. Physically pouring forth literal waters, removing the curse, and turning this world into a paradise:

 

Isaiah 51:3 (KJV) “For the Lord shall comfort Zion: He will comfort all her waste places; and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.”

 

And morally pouring forth His Spirit in such abundance as to fill the whole earth with peace, and blessing, and glory, “as the waters cover the sea.” Upon Israel restored He will pour out His blessing. They will be sprinkled with clean water, and possess a new heart and a new spirit. (Ezek 36: 24—28. Joel 2 28—32 KJV). Such are some of the Scriptures which tell of this glorious Water-pourer. We need not rob Christ of His glory, or Israel of her blessing, in order to see in all this Pentecost or the Church. These are quite independent of the great line of prophetic truth. They are parenthetical, and distinct, and true, quite apart from the glorious prophecies of Israel’s scattering and gathering. The physical marvels referred to in the texts above can never be satisfied or exhausted by any spiritual fulfillment. We may make an application of them as far as is consistent with the teaching of the epistles; but the interpretation of them belongs to the Person of Christ, and the nation of Israel. That interpretation is pictured for us in the Sign, and in its three constellations.

 

PISCES AURTRALIS (The Southern Fish)

The blessings bestowed

This first constellation is one of high antiquity, and in great contrast with several modern ones near it, e.g. the Balloon, the Sculptors Apparatus, the Microscope, Euclid’s Square, the Telescope etc, etc. and its brilliant star of the 1st  magnitude was a subject of great study by the Egyptians and Ethiopians. It is named in Arabic Fom Al Haut, the mouth of the fish.  There are 22 other stars. The constellation is inseparable from Aquarius, in connection with which we have shown it. In the Denderah Zodiac it is Aar, a stream.

It sets forth the simple truth that the blessings secured by the MAN—the coming Seed of the woman, will be surely bestowed and received by those for whom they are intended. There will be no failure in their communication, or in their reception. What has been purchased shall be secured and possessed.

 

                                                           PEGASUS (The Winged Horse)

                                                             The blessings quickly coming

Not only shall they be received, but they shall be brought near. They will not have to be fetched, but they will be caused to come to those for whom they are procured, and will yet be brought by Him who has procured them. In the Denderah Zodiac there are two characters immediately below the horse, Pe and ka. Peka or Pega, is in the Hebrew the chief, and Sus is horse.  So that the very word  (Pegasus) has come down to us and has been preserved through all the languages.

The names of the stars in this constellation declare to us its meaning. There are 89 altogether; one of the 1st magnitude, two of the 2nd, three of the 3rd, nine of the 4th, etc. And as astronomers testify, “they render Pegasus peculiarly remarkable.” The brightest, (on the neck of the horse at the junction of the wing), comes down to us with the ancient Hebrew name of Markab, which means returning from afar. The star (in the near shoulder) is called Scheat, i.e. who goeth and returneth.  The star (at the tip of the wing) bears an Arabic name—Al Genib, who carries. The star (in the nostril) is called Enif  (Arabic), the water. The star (in the near leg) is called Matar (Arabic), who causes to overflow.

These names show us that we have to do with no mere horse. A winged horse is unknown to nature. It must therefore be used as a figure; and it can be a figure only of a person, even of Him who is “the Branch,” as the star Enif shows, who said

if I go away I will come again,”  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm as the star Scheat testifies. He who procured these blessings for the redeemed by His Atonement, is quickly coming to bring them; and is soon returning to pour them forth upon a groaning creation. This is the lesson of Pegasus:

“Come, blessed Lord, bid every shore

And answering island sing

The praises of Thy royal Name,

And own Thee as their King.

 

Lord, Lord! Thy fair creation groans—

The earth, the air, the sea—

In unison with all our hearts,

And calls aloud for Thee.

 

Thine was the Cross with all its fruits

Of grace and peace divine:

Be Thine the Crown of glory now,

The palm of victory Thine.”  

CYGNUS (The Swan)

The Blesser surely returning

This constellation repeats, emphasises, and affirms this glorious truth. It has to do with the Great Blesser and His speedy return, as is testified by all the ancient names connected with it. In the Denderah Zodiac it is named Tes-ark, which means this from afar. It is a most brilliant and gorgeous asterism of 81 stars; one of the 1st or 2nd, six of the 3rd, twelve of the 4th magnitude., etc. It contains variable stars, five double stars, and one quadruple. The star marked “61 Cygni” is known as one of the most wonderful in the whole heavens. It consists of two stars which revolve around each other, and yet have a progressive motion common to each!

This mighty bird is not falling dead like Aquila, but it is flying swiftly in mid heaven. It is coming to the earth, for it is not so much a bird of the air, but a bird peculiarly belonging to both the air and the waters. Its brightest star (between the body and the tail), is called Deneb (like another in Capricornus), and means the judge. It is also called Adige, flying swiftly, and thus at once it is connected with Him who cometh to judge the earth in righteousness. The star (in the beak) is named Al Bireo (Arabic), flying quickly. The star (in the body) is called Sadr (Hebrew), who returns as in a circle.

The two stars in the tail, now marked in the maps as rr 1 and rr 2, are named Azel, who goes and returns quickly; and Fafage, gloriously shining forth.    

The teaching then of the whole Sign of Aquarius is clear and complete. The names of the stars explains the constellations, and the names of the constellations explain the sign. so that we are left in no doubt.

By His atoning death (as set forth in Capricornus) He has purchased and procured unspeakable blessings for His redeemed. This sign (Aquarius) tells of those blessings being poured forth, and of the speedy return of Him who is to bring “rivers of blessing,” and to fill this earth with blessing and glory “as the waters cover the sea.”

 

 

 

“Then take, Lord, thy Kingdom, and come in Thy glory;

Make the scene of Thy sorrows the place of Thy throne,

Complete all the blessing which ages in story

Have told of the triumphs so justly Thine own.”

 

THE SIGN PISCES (The Fishes)

The blessings of the redeemed in abeyance

In this third chapter of the Second Book we come to the results of the Redeemer’s work enjoyed, but in connection with conflict, as is seen in the last of the three sections (the constellation of Andromeda, the chained woman), which leads up to the last chapter of the book, and ends it in triumph over every enemy.

The Sign is pictured as two large fishes bound together by a Band, the ends of which are fastened separately to their tails. One fish is represented with its head pointing upwards towards the North Polar Star, the other is shown at right angles, swimming along the line of the ecliptic, or path of the sun. The ancient Egyptian name, as shown on the Denderah Zodiac, is Pi-cot Orion, or Pisces Hori, which means the fishes of Him that cometh. The Hebrew name is Dagim, the Fishes, which is closely connected with multitudes, as in Gen 48:16 (KJV) “The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”

It refers to the fulfillment of (Gen 1:28 KJV), “Be fruitful and multiply.” The multitude of Abraham’s seed is prominent in the pronouncement of the blessings, where God compared his future posterity to the stars of the sky, and the sand upon the sea-shore. “A very great multitude of fish,” as in Ezek 47:9 KJV And it shall come to pass, that everything that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and everything shall live whither the river cometh.

The Syriac name is Nuno, the fish, lengthened out (as in posterity). The sign, then, speaks of the multitudes who should enjoy the blessings of the Redeemer’s work.

And here we must maintain that “the Church,” which is the “body of Christ,” was a subject that was never revealed to man until it was made known to the Apostle Paul by a special revelation. The Holy Spirit declares:

 

Romans 16:25 (KJV) Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,”

 

Eph 3:9 (KJV) he declares that it “From the beginning of the world hath been hid in God”; and in Col 1:26 (KJV) that it “hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints.”  In each scripture which speaks of it as “now made manifest,” or “now made known,” it is distinctly stated that it was a “mystery,” I .e. a secret, and had, up to that moment, been hidden from mankind, hidden “in God.” Unless we can see this very clearly, we cannot “rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15 KJV).And if we do not rightly divide the word of truth, in its subjects and times, and dispensations, then; we must inevitably be landed in confusion and darkness, interpreting of the Church, scriptures which belong to Israel.

The Church, or Body of Christ, is totally distinct from every class of persons who are made the subject of prophecy. Not that the Church of God was an afterthought. No, it was a Divine secret, kept only as God Himself could keep it. The Bible therefore would have been complete (so far as the Old Testament prophecies are concerned) if the Epistles (which belong only to the Church) were taken out. The Old Testament would then give us the kingdom prophesied; the Gospels and Acts, the King and the kingdom offered and rejected; then the Apocalypse would follow, indicating how that promised kingdom will yet be set up with Divine judgement, power, and glory.

If these Signs and these star-pictures be the results of patriarchs, then this Sign of Pisces can refer “His Seed,” prophesied of in Isaiah 53: He shall see His seed.”  It must refer to (Psalm 33:12. Psalm 37:22. Psalm 115:14—15. Isaiah 61: 9. Isaiah 65:23 all KJV). The prophecy of this Sign was afterwards written in the words of Isaiah 26:15—the song which shall yet be sung in the land of Judah: See (Isa 9:3 R.V. Jeremiah 30:19. Ezek 36: 10—11 Ezek 37:26 All KJV).

Indeed, this Sign of PISCES has always been interpreted of Israel. Both Jews (Judah) and Gentiles (Samaria) have agreed in this. ABARBANEL, a Jewish commentator, writing on Daniel, affirms that the Sign PISCES always refers to the people of Israel. He gives five reasons for this belief, and also affirms that a conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Saturn always betokens a crisis in the affairs of Israel. Because such a conjunction took place in his day (about 1480 A.D) he looked for the coming of Messiah. How inconsistent when there were three such conjunctions in one year all in the same Sign of PISCES, immediately preceding the birth of the woman’s Seed; and in addition to this the new star which had been foretold. See under Coma.

Certain it is, that when the sun is in PISCES all the constellations which are considered noxious, are seen above the horizon. What is true in astronomical observation is true also in historical fact. When God’s favour is shown to Israel, “the Jews enemy” puts forth his malignant powers. When they increased and multiplied in Egypt, He endeavoured to compass the destruction of the nation by destroying the male children; but their great Deliverer remembered His covenant, defeated the designs of the enemy, and brought the council of the heathen to nought. So it was in Persia; and so will it yet be again when the hour of Israel’s final deliverance has come.

There can be no doubt that we have in this Sign the foreshowing of the multiplication and blessing of the children of promise, and a token of their coming deliverance from all the power of the enemy. But why two fishes? and why is one horizontal and the other perpendicular? The answer is, that not only in Israel, but in the seed of Seth and Shem there were always those who looked for a heavenly portion, and were “partakers of a heavenly calling.” In Hebrews 11:” we are distinctly told that Abraham: Hebrews 11:10 (KJV) “For he [Abraham] looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” They were “strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (v13). Strangers are those without a home, and pilgrims are those who are journeying home “they seek a country” (v14). They desired “a better country, that is, a HEAVENLY: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He hath prepared for them a city” (v 16). It is clear, therefore, that what are called the Old Testament Saints” were “partakers of THE HEAVENLY CALLING” Hebrews 3:1 (KJV), which included a heavenly portion and a heavenly home; and all through the ages there have been “partakers of the heavenly calling.” This is quite distinct from the calling of the Church, which is from both Jews and Gentiles to form “one body,” a “new man” in Christ (Eph 2:15 KJV). It must be distinct, for it is expressly stated at the end of that chapter (Heb 11:40 KJV) that God has “PROVIDED (margin foreseen} SOME BETTER THING FOR US.” How can this be a “better thing,” if it is the same thing? There must be two separate things if one is “better” than the other!

Our Calling in Christ is the “better thing.” The Old Testament saints had, and will have, a good thing. They will have a heavenly blessing, and a heavenly portion, for God has “prepared for them a city,” and we see that prepared city, even “the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Rev 21:2 KJV).

This is the “heavenly” portion of the Old Testament saints, the Bride of Christ. The Church will have a still “better” portion, for “they without us should not be made perfect” Heb 11:40 (KJV). The fish shooting upwards to the Polar Star exquisitely pictures this “heavenly calling”; while the other fish, keeping on the horizontal line, answers to those who were content with an earthly portion. But both alike were divinely called, and chose, and upheld. The names of two of the stars in the sign (not identified) are Okda (hebrew), the united, and Al Samaca (Arabic), the upheld. These again speak of the redeemed seed, of whom, and to whom, Jehovah speaks in that coming day of glory in:

 

Isaiah 41:8—10 (KJV)    

08 But thou, Israel, art My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham My friend.”

09 “Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art My servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.”

10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

 

This s the teaching of the Sign; and the first constellation takes up this thought and emphasises it.

 

The Band

The redeemed bound, but binding their enemy

The band that unites these two fishes has always formed a separate constellation. It is shown in Plate 21 http://www.godsplan.org.uk/witnessofthestars.htm (the blue image). Thr Arabian poems of ANTARAH frequently mention it as distinct from the Sign with which it is so closely connected. ANTARAH was an Arabian poet of the 6th century. Its ancient Egyptian name was U-or, which means He cometh. Its Arabic name is Al Risha, the band, or bridle. It speaks of the Coming One,  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm not in relation to Himself, or to His enemies, but in His relation to the Redeemed,

http://godsplan.org.uk/christtheredeemer.htm. It speaks of Him Who says:

 

Hosea 11:4 (KJV) “I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.”

 

But it speaks also of His unloosing the bands with which they have been so long bound. In the picture these fishes are bound. One end of the band is fastened securely around the tail of one fish, and it is the same with the other. Moreover, this band is fastened to the neck of Cetus, the sea monster, while immediately above is seen a woman chained as a captive. These both tell the same story, and, indeed, all are required to set forth the whole truth. The fishes are bound to Cetus; the woman (Andromeda) is chained; but the Deliverer of both is near. Cepheus, the Crowned King, the Redeemer, “the Breaker,” the Branch, is seen coming quickly for the deliverance of His redeemed. These are the three constellations of this sign, and all three are required to set forth the story.

 

ANDROMEDA (The Chained Woman)

The redeemed in their bondage and affliction

This is a peculiar picture to set in the heavens. A woman with chains fastened to her feet and arms, in misery and trouble; and bound, helpless, to the sky. Yet this is the ancient foreshowing of the truth

In the Denderah Zodiac her name is Set, which means, set, set up as a queen. In Hebrew it is Sirra, the chained, and Persea, the stretched out. There are 63 stars in this constellation, three of which are of the 2nd magnitude, two of the 3rd, twelve of the 4th, etc. The brightest star (in the head), is called Al Phiratz (Arabic), the broken down. The star (in the Body) is called Mirach (Hebrew), the weak. The star (in the left foot) is called Al Maach, or Al Amak (Arabic), struck down. The names of other stars, not identified, are Adhil, the afflicted; Mizar the weak; Al Mara (Arabic), the afflicted.

Aratus speaks of Desma, which means the bound, and says:- “Her feet point to her bridegroom Perseus, on whose shoulder they rest.”Thus, with one voice, the stars of Andromeda speak to us of the captive daughter of Zion. and her coming deliverer thus addresses her:

 

Isaiah 54:11-14 (KJV)

11 “O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.”

12 “And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.”

13 “And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.”

14 “In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.”

 

Also (Isa 51:21—53:3 (KJV)

 

Jeremiah 14:17 (KJV) “Therefore thou shalt say this word unto them; Let mine eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease: for the virgin daughter of My people is broken with a great breach, with a very grievous blow.”

 

This picture sets forth her deliverance is reserved for the next chapter (or Sign), where it comes in its proper place and order. We are first shown her glorious Deliverer; for we never in the heavens or in the Word, have a reference to the sufferings without an immediate reference to the glory.

CEPHEUS (the Crowned King)

                                                                       The Redeemer coming to rule

Here we have the presentation of a glorious king, crowned and enthroned in the highest heaven, with a sceptre in His hand, and His foot planted on the very Polar Star itself. His name in the Denderah Zodiac is Pe-ku-hor which means this one cometh to rule http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm

The Greek name by which He is now known, Cepheus, is from the Hebrew, and means the branch, and is called by EURIPIDES the King. An old Ethiopian name Hyk, a king. There are 35 stars, viz, three of the 3rd magnitude, seven of the 4th, etc. The brightest star (in the right shoulder), is called Al Deramin, which means coming quickly. The next, (in the girdle)is named Al Phirk (Arabic), the Redeemer. http://godsplan.org.uk/christtheredeemer.htm The next (in the left knee), is called Al Rai, which means who bruises or breaks.

It is impossible to mistake the truth which these names teach. The Greeks, although they had lost it, yet preserved a trace of it, even in their perversion of it; for they held that Cepheus was the father of Andromeda, and that Perseus was her husband. 

Yes; this is the glorious King of Israel, the (“King of kings, and Lord of lords.”) It is He who calls Israel His “son,” and will yet manifest it to the entire world. After speaking of Israel’s restoration, says:

 

 Jeremiah 31:1, 9. (KJV)

1 “At the same time, saith the Lord, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people.”

9 “They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is My firstborn.”

 

As He said to Moses: “Thus saith the Lord, Israel is My son, even my firstborn”

 

 

Here is the foundation of Israel’s blessing http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Lineage4.htm. True, it is now in abeyance, “but the Lord reigneth,” and will in due time make good His Word, for

 

Psalm 33:11 (KJV) “The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.”

 

This leads us up to the last chapter of the Second Book, which shows us the fulfillment of all the prophecies concerning the redeemed and the sure foundation on which their great hope of glory is based.

 

Chapter 4

THE SIGN ARIES (The Ram or Lamb)

The blessings of the redeemed consummated and enjoyed

 

 

This Second Book began with the Goat dying in sacrifice, and it ends with the Lamb living again, “as it had been slain.” The goat had the tail of a fish, indicating that His death was for a multitude of the redeemed. In the two middle Signs we have had those fishes presented to us in grace, and in their conflict. We come now to the last chapter of the book: and, as we have seen, like each of the other books, it culminates with victory and triumph. 

Here we are first shown the foundation on which that victory rests, namely, Atonement. Hence, we are taken back and reminded of the “blood of the Lamb.” This is pictured by a ram, or lamb, full of vigour and life; not falling in death as Capricornus is.  

In the Denderah Zodiac its name is Tametouris Ammon, which means the reign, dominion, or government of Ammon. The lamb’s head is without horns, and is crowned with a circle. The Hebrew name is Taleh, the lamb. The Arabic name is Al Hamal, the sheep, gentle, merciful. This name has been mistakenly given by some to the principal star, The Syriac name is Amroo, as in the Syriac New testament:

 

John 1:29 (KJV) “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

 

The ancient Akkadian name was Barra-ziggar. Bar means altar, or sacrifice, and ziggar means right making; so that the full name would be the sacrifice of righteousness. There are 66 stars in this sign, one being of the 2nd magnitude, two of th4th, etc.  Its chief star, (in the forehead), is named El Nath, or El Natik, which means wounded, slain. The next, (in the horn), is called Al Sheratan, the bruised, the wounded. The next is called Mesartim Hebrew), the bound.

How is it there is no conflicting voice? How is it that all the stars unite in one harmonious voice is testifying of the Lamb of God, slain, and bruised, but yet living forever more, singing together, singing together:

 

Rev 5:12 (KJV) “Saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”

 

This rejoicing connected with the Lamb shines faintly through the heathen perversions and myths: for HERODOTUS tells us how the ancient Egyptians, once a year, when it opened by the entrance of the sun into ARIES* (TAURUS) then marked the spring Equinox. slew a Ram, at the festival of Jupiter Ammon; branches were placed over the doors, the Ram was garlanded with wreaths of flowers and carried in procession. Now the sun entered ARIES on the 14th of the Jewish month Nisan, and another lamb was then ordered to be slain, even “the LORD’S passover”—the type of that Lamb that should in the fulness of time be offered without blemish and without spot. Owing to the precession of the Equinox’s http://www.godsplan.org.uk/precessionoftheequinoxes.htm  the sun, at the time of the Exodus http://www.godsplan.org.uk/exodus34.htm, had receded into this sign of ARIES, which then marked the Spring Equinox (which today is the 21st March). But by the time that the antitype—the Lamb of God, was slain, the sun had still further receded, and on the 14th of Nissan, in the year of the Crucifixion, stood at the very spot marked by the stars, El Nath, the pierced, the wounded or slain, and Al Sheratan, the bruised or wounded! God so ordained “the times and seasons” that during that noon day darkness the sun was seen near those stars which had spoken for so many centuries of this bruising of the woman’s Seed—the Lamb of God.

 

Genesis 3:15 (KJV) “And I will put enmity between thee [Satan] and the woman [Israel], and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise [crush] thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.”

 

Was this design? or was it chance? It is far easier to believe the former. It makes a smaller demand upon our faith; yes, we are compelled to believe that He who created the sun and the stars “for signs and for cycles,” ordained also the times and the seasons, and it is He who tells us that WHEN THE FULLNESS OF TIME WAS COME,” God sent forth His Son:

 

Galatians 4:4 (KJV) “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,”

 

That “In due time Christ died for the ungodly” Romans 5:6 (KJV) “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.”

 

CASSIOPEIA (The Enthroned Woman)

The captive delivered, and preparing for her

Husband, the Redeemer

In the last chapter we saw the woman bound; here we see the same woman freed, delivered, and throned. ULUGH BEY says its Arabic name is El Sider, which means the freed. In the Denderah Zodiac her name is set, set up as Queen. ALBUMAZER says this constellation was anciently called “the daughter of splendour.” This appears to be the meaning of Cassiopeia, the enthroned, the beautiful.( Cassiopeia is a constellation in the northern sky, named after the vain queen Cassiopeia in Greek, who boasted about her unrivalled beauty. The Arabic name is Ruchba, the enthroned. This is also the meaning of its CHALDEE name, Dat al cursa. There are 55 stars in this constellation, of which five are of the 3rd magnitude, five of the 4th etc. This beautiful constellation passes vertically over Great Britain every day, and is easily distinguished by its five brightest stars, forming an irregular W. This brilliant constellation contains one binary star, a triple star, a double star, a quadruple star, and a large number of nebulæ.

In the 1572 Tycho Brahe discovered in this constellation, and very near the star (under the arm of the chair), a new star, which shone more brightly than Venus. It was observed for nearly two years, and disappeared entirely in 1574. The brightest star (in the left breast), is named Schedir (Hebrew), which means the freed. the next, (in the top of the chair), likewise bears a Hebrew name—Caph, which means the branch; it is evidently given on the account of the branch of victory which she bears in her (left) hand. She is indeed highly exalted, and making herself ready. Her hands no longer bound, are engaged in this happy work. With her right hand she is arranging her robes, while with her left she is adorning her hair. She is seated upon the Arctic circle, and close by the side of Cepheus, the King.

This is “the Bride, the Lamb’s wife, the heavenly city, the new Jerusalem,” the “partakers of the heavenly calling.” He who has redeemed her is “the Lamb that was slain,” and He addresses her thus:

 

Isaiah 54:5—8 (KJV)

5 “For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is His name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall He be called.”

6 For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused,” saith thy God.

7 “For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.”

8 In a little wrath I hid My face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee,” saith the Lord thy Redeemer. http://godsplan.org.uk/christtheredeemer.htm

 

Isaiah 62: 3—5 (KJV)

3 “Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.”

4 “Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah:[means] for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.”

5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.”

 

Jeremiah 31: 3—12 (KJV)

03 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”

04 “Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.”

05 “Thou shalt yet plant vines upon the mountains of Samaria: the planters shall plant, and shall eat them as common things.”

06 “For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the Lord our God.”

07 “For thus saith the Lord; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O Lord, save Thy people, the remnant of Israel.”

08 “Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither.”

09 “They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is My firstborn.”

10 “Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.”

11 “For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.”

12 “Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.”

 

Can we close our eyes to the testimony of these scriptures—that Israel is the Bride of the Lamb? When we have all these, and more, why should we read “the Church” into these ancient prophecies, which was the subject of a long subsequent revelation, merely because in (Ephesus 5:25 KJV) Christ’s love to His Church is compared to a husband’s love for his wife? “Husbands, love your wives, even AS Christ also loved the Church.” There is not a word here about the Church being His wife. On the contrary, it reveals the secret that the Church of Christ is to be the mystical “Body of Christ,” part of the Husband in fact, “One new man” (Eph 2:15 (KJV)! whereas restored Israel is to be the Bride of this “New Man,” the Bride of Christ, the Lamb’s wife! Blessed it is to be united to Christ as a wife to a husband, but glorious beyond all description to be “one” with Christ Himself, part of His mystical Body.

If men had only realised the wondrous glory of this mystery, they would never have so wrongly divided the Word of Truth by interpreting Psalm 45 of this Mystical Christ. If we “rightly divide” it, we see at once that this Psalm is in harmony with all the Old Testament scriptures, which must be interpreted alike, and can be interpreted only of Israel however they may be applied. Having spoken of the Godhead and glory of this King (faintly and in part for shown by Cepheus). the Holy Spirit goes on in the latter part of the Psalm to speak of the Bride—the Queen: Then shall she sing her Magnificat:

 

Psalm 45:9—17 (KJV).

09 “Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the Queen in gold of Ophir.”

10 “Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house;”

11 “So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty:* for He is thy Lord; and worship thou Him.”

12 “And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour.”

13 The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.”

14 “She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.”

15 “With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king's palace.”

16 “Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.

17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.

 

Isaiah 61:10-11 (KJV)

10 “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh Himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.”

11 “For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.”

 

Ezekiel 16:14 (KJV) “Thy beauty; for it was perfect through My comeliness, which I put upon thee (Jerusalem), saith the Lord.”  Those who interpret the Queen here of the Church as the Bride, interpret the “Virgins” in Matt 25, of the Bride also. But how inconsistent! If the “Virgins” in (Matt 25 KJV), then where is the Bride? If the Queen is the Bride (The Church) in Psalm 45, then who are the “virgins her companions”? Both cannot be the correct interpretation. In fact, both are wrong, and hence the confusion. The Bride must be interpreted by the Old Testament scriptures, and the prophecies which belong to Israel must not be robbed and given to the Church. They cannot be thus diverted without bringing confusion into the Scriptures,  and causing loss to our souls.

This, then, is the TRUTH set forth by this enthroned woman. The blessing founded on Atonement, and the Redemption wrought by the Lamb that was slain, result in a glorious answer to Israel’s prayer, “Turn our captivity, O Lord”.

 

Psalm 126:4 (KJV) “Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.”

When they that have “sown in tears shall reap in joy,” and the Lord shall loosen her bonds, and place her enthroned by His side. This, however, involves the destruction of her enemy, and this is what we see in the next section.

CETUS (The Sea Monster)

(The great enemy [Satan] bound)

When John sees the New Jerusalem, the Bride, the Lamb’s wife (Rev 21:10, 2), Satan has been bound already: for we read, a few verses before:

 

Revelation 20:1-3 (KJV)

1 “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.”

2 “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,”

3 “And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.”

 

This is what we see in the second section of this chapter—the second constellation in ARIES. The picture is that of a great Sea monster, the largest of all the constellations. It is the natural enemy of fishes, hence it is placed here in connection with this last chapter, in which fishes are so prominent. It is situated very low down among the constellations—far away towards the south or lower regions of the sky. Its name in the Denderah Zodiac is Knem, which means subdued. It is pictured as a monstrous head, trodden underfoot by the swine, the natural enemy of the serpent. The hawk also (another enemy of the serpent) is over this figure, crowned with a mortar denoting bruising. It consists of 97 stars, of which two are of the 2nd magnitude, eight of the 3rd, nine of the 4th etc. The names of the stars interpret for us infallibly the meaning of the picture. The brightest star (in the upper mandible), is named Menikar, and means the bound or chained enemy. The next, (in the tail), is called Diphda, or Deneb Kaitos, overthrown, or thrust down. The star (in the neck) is named Mira, which means THE REBEL. Its name is ominous, for the star is one of the most remarkable. It is very bright, but it was not until 1596 that it was discovered to be variable. It disappears periodically seven times in six years! It continues at its brightest for fifteen days together. M Bade  says that during 334 days it shines with its greatest light, then it diminishes, until it entirely disappears for some time (to the naked eye). In fact, during that period it passes through several degrees of magnitude, both increasing and diminishing. Indeed its variableness is so great as to make it appear unsteady!

Here then is the picture of the Great Rebel as shown in the heavens. What is it, as written in the word? The Almighty asks Job:

 

Job 91:1—10 (KJV)

01Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?”

02Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?”

03Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?”

04Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?”

05Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?”

06Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?”

07Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?”

08Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.”

09Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?”

10None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before Me?”

 

But he whom man cannot bind can be bound by the Lamb, and He is seen with “the Band  that has bound the fishes, now in His hands, which He has fastened with a bright star to his neck saying, (Read Isa 51: 22:23. Isa 26:21—27:1.

Ps 74:12—14 All KJV). And the Second Book closes by revealing to us this glorious “Breaker.”

 

PERSEUS (“The Breaker”)

“The Breaker” delivering the redeemed

Here we have set before us a mighty man, called in the Hebrew Peretz, from which we have the Greek form Perses, or Perseus (Rom 16:13 KJV). It is the same word which is used of Christ in Micah 2:13 (KJV). When He shall surely “gather the remnant of Israel” (v 12).

Micah 2:13 (KJV) The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the Lord on the head of them.

This is what is pictured to us here. We see a glorious “Breaker” taking His place before His redeemed, breaking forth at their head, breaking down all barriers, and breaking the heads of Leviathan and all his hosts. In His right hand He has His “sore, and great, and strong sword” lifted up to smite and break down the enemy. He has wings on His feet, which tell us that He is coming very swiftly. In His left hand He carries the head of the enemy, whom He has slain. In the Denderah Zodiac His name is Kar Knem, he who fights and subdues. It is a beautiful constellation of 59 stars, two of which are of the 2nd magnitude, four of the 3rd, twelve of the 4th, etc. Their names supply us with the key to the interpretation of the picture. The star in the waist is called Mirfak, who helps. The next in (the right shoulder), Al Genib, which means who carries away. The bright star in the left foot is called Athik, who breaks! In his left hand he carries a head, which, by perversion, the Greeks called the head of Medusa, being ignorant that its Hebrew root meant the trodden underfoot.* (See Job 39:14—15 KJV). It is also called Rosh Satan (Hebrew), the head of the adversary, and Al Oneh (Arabic), the subdued, or Al Ghoul, the evil spirit.

The bright star (in this head), has come down to us with the name Al Gol, which means rolling around. It is a remarkable phenomenon that so many of these enemies should be characterised by variable stars! But this head of Medusa, like the neck of Cetus, has a star. Al Gol is continually changing. In about 69 hours it changes from the 4th magnitude to the 2nd. During four hours of this period it gradually diminishes in brightness, which it recovers in the succeeding four hours; and in the remaining part of the time invariably preserves its greatest lustre. After the expiration of this time its brightness begins to decrease again. Fit emblem of our great enemy, who, “like a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 KJV); then changing into a subtle serpent (Gen 3:8 KJV); then changing again into “an angel of light”

(2 Cor 11:14 KJV). “Transforming himself “ continually, to devour, deceive, and destroy.

This brings us to the conclusion of the Second Book, in which we have seen the Redeemed blessings, delivered out of all conflict, saved from all enemies. We have seen their Redeemer, “the Lamb slain from the foundation of (this) world,”  http://godsplan.org.uk/fleshage.htmthe Conqueror,) “the King of kings and Lord of lords.”

 

This is the Revelation recorded in the heavens. This is the prophetic testimony inspired in the Book. And this is the heart-cry prompted by both.:

“Come, Lord, and tarry not,

Bring the long-looked-for day;

Oh, why these years of waiting here,

These ages of delay?

 

Come, for Thy saints still wait;

Daily ascends their cry:

@Th Spirit and the Bride say, Come’;

Dost Thou not hear their cry?

 

Come, for creation groans,

Impatient of Thy stay;

Worn out with these long years of ill,

These ages of delay.

 

Come, for thine Israel pines,

An exile from Thy fold;

Oh, call to mind Thy faithful word.

And bless them as of old .

 

Come, for Thy foes are strong;

With taunting lips they say,

‘Where is the promised advent now,

And where the dreaded day?’

 

Come, for the good are few;

They lift the voice in vain;

Faith waxes fainter on the earth,

And love is on the wane.

 

Come, in Thy glorious might;

Come, with Thine iron rod;

Disperse Thy foes before Thy face,

Most mighty Son of God.

 

Come, and make all things new,

Build up this ruined earth;

Restore our faded paradise,

Creation’s second birth.

 

Come, and begin Thy reign

Of everlasting peace;

Come, take the kingdom to Thyself,

Great King of righteousness.”

                                              Dr. Horatius Benar.

In this Third and Last Book we come to the concluding portion of this Heavenly Revelation. Its subject is Redemption completed, and consummated in triumph. No more sorrow, suffering, or conflict; no more the bruising of the heel of the Redeemer. We have now finished with the prophecies of “the sufferings of Christ,” and have come to those that relate to “the glory that should follow.” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/stars.htm 

No more reference now to His first coming in humiliation. No more coming “forth” to suffer and die, a sacrifice for sins; the reference now is only to His Second Coming in glory; His coming “unto” this earth is not to suffer for sin (Hebrews 9:28 KJV), but it will be a coming in power to judge the earth in righteousness, and to subdue all enemies under His feet. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm Like the other two Books, it consists of four chapters.

1.      The first chapter is the prophecy of the coming Judge of all the earth.

2.      The second sets before us the two fold nature of the coming Ruler.

3.      The third shows us Messiah’s redeemed possessions—the Redeemed brought safely home, all conflict over.

4.      The fourth describes Messiah’s consummated triumph.

 

 

Chapter 1

THE SIGN TAURUS (The Bull)

Messiah, the coming judge of all the earth

The picture is that of a Bull rushing forward with mighty energy and fierce wrath, his horns set so as to push his enemies, and pierce them through and destroy them. It is a prophecy of Christ, the coming judge, and Ruler, and “Lord of all the earth.” The Egyptian Zodiac of Denderah already, 4000 years ago, had forgotten the Truth to which the prophecy referred, and called him Isis, i.e. who saves or delivers, and Apis i.e. the head, or chief. The Bull is clearly represented, and in all the zodiacs which have come down to us is always in the act of pushing or rushing.

The name of the sign in Chaldee is Tor. Hence, Arabic, Al Thaur; Greek, Tauros; Latin, Taurus, etc. The more common Hebrew name was Shur, which is from a root which means both coming and ruling. There are several Hebrew words for bulls and oxen, etc. But the common poetical term for all is Reem, conveying the idea of loftiness, exaltation, power, and pre-eminence. We find the root in other kindred languages (Etruscan, Sanscrit, etc), and it can be traced in the name of Abraham, which means pre-eminent or high father; Ramah, high place, etc. The stars in Taurus present a brilliant sight. There are at least 141 stars, besides two important groups of stars, which both form integral parts of the sign.

The brightest star (in the bull’s eye), has a Chaldee name—Al Debaran, and means the leader or governor. The star (at the tip of the left horn) has an Arabic name –El Nath, meaning (was) wounded or slain. Another prophetic intimation that this coming Lord should be first slain as a sacrifice. Then there is the cluster of stars known as the Pleiades. This word, which means the congregation of the judge or ruler, comes to us through the Greek Septuagint as the translation of the Hebrew kimāh, which means the heap or accumulation, and occurs in (Job 9:9; 38:31—32, and Amos 5:8 (KJV). It consists of a number of stars (in the neck of Taurus) which appear to be close together. The brightest of them, marked on all the maps,* has come down to us with an Arabic name—Al Cyone, which means the centre, and has given the idea to some astronomers that it is the centre of the whole universe. The Syriac name for the Pleiades is Succoth, which means booths. Another group of stars (on the face of the Bull)is known as The Hyades, which has the similar meaning of the congregated.

*The others have names, but they were given by the Greeks from the names of the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione. The Hyades were their sisters. Together they tell us that the saints will be secure with this mighty Lord when He comes to rule. The Pleiades and Hyades are sometimes spoken of as constellations, but this is a mistake; they are integral parts of Taurus.

Other stars not identified, are named Palilicium (Hebrew), belonging to the judge; Wasat (Arabic), centre, or foundation; Al Thuraiya (Arabic) the abundance; Vergiliæ. (Latin), the centre (Arabic, vertex) turned on, rolled round. Everything points to the important truth, and all turns on the fact the Lord is COMING TO RULE! This is the central truth of all prophecy. “The Testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” All hope for Creation, all hope for the world, all hope for Israel, all hope for the Church, turns on this, that “Jesus is coming again,” and that when He comes His saints, “the daughters of the King” (like the Pleiades and Hyades), will be with Him.

There is nothing “of the Church” revealed here. When we read this Sign of Taurus, therefore, we are to understand that His Church will be with Him, safe from all judgement. There is very much in the Scripture of the Book, (as there is in the prophecies of the heavens) about the coming of the Lord in judgement; and bout this time of His indignation. For Enoch, who doubtless was used in arranging these prophetic signs, uttered the prophetic words,

 

Jude 14—15 (KJV)

14 “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, ‘Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints,

15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.’”

 We have said that at a very early period these signs were appropriated to the Twelve Tribes of Israel, and born upon their “standards.” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Order%20of%20Encampment.htm  This may be traced in the Blessing of Jacob (Genesis 49 KJV), and in the Blessing of Moses (Deut 33 KJV) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm. Taurus was assigned to Joseph, or rather to his two tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, like the two powerful horns:

Read (Deuteronomy33:17 (R.V.), Psalm 44:5 (KJV), Isaiah 13:11—15 KJV).  Speaking of that day, the Holy Spirit says by Isaiah:

 

Isaiah 34:2—8 (KJV)

2 “For the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations, and His fury upon all their armies: He hath utterly destroyed them, He hath delivered them to the slaughter.”

3 “Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.”

4 “And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.”

5 “For My sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of My curse, to judgment.”

6 “The sword of the Lord is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea.” (Edom)

7 “And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.”

8 “For it is the day of the Lord's vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.”

 

Isaiah 26:21 (KJV) “For, behold, the Lord cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.”

 

This is the united testimony of the two Revelations. It is pictured in the heavens, and it is written in the Book. It is the prophecy of a coming Judge, and of a coming judgement. http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm  It is, however, no mere Bull that is coming. It is a man, a glorious man, even “the Son of Man.” This is the first development shown in the first of the three constellations belonging to the sign.

 

ORION (The Coming Prince)

Light breaking forth in the Redeemer http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Orion.htm

This picture is to show that the coming one is no mere animal, but a man: a mighty, triumphant, glorious prince. He is so pictured in the ancient Denderah Zodiac, where we see a man coming forth pointing to the three bright stars (Rigel, Bellatrix, Betelguez) as his. His name is given as Hagat, which means this is he who triumphs. The hieroglyphic characters below read Oar. Orion was anciently spelt Oarion, from the Hebrew root, meaning light. So that Orion means coming forth as light. The ancient Akkadian was Urana, the light of heaven.  

Orion is the most brilliant of all the constellations, and when he comes to the meridian he is accompanied by several adjacent constellations of great splendour. There is then above the horizon the most glorious view of the celestial bodies that the starry firmament affords; and this magnificent view is visible to all the habitable world, because the equinoctial line (or solstitial closure) passes nearly through the middle of Orion.

Aratus thus sings of him:

“Eastward, beyond the region of the Bull,

Stands great Orion. And who when night is clear,

Beholds him gleaming bright, shall cast his eyes in vain

To find a Sign more glorious in all heaven.”

The constellation is mentioned by name, as being perfectly well known both by name and appearance, in the time of Job, and as being  an object of familiar knowledge at that early period of the world’s history.

 

Job 9:9 (KJV) “Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.”

 

Job 38:31 (KJV) “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?”

 

Amos 5:8 (KJV) Seek Him that maketh the seven stars 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:”

 

 (Hebrew. Chesil, which means a strong one, a hero, or giant. It contains 78 stars, two being of the 1st magnitude, four of the 2nd, four of the 3rd sixteen of the 4th, etc. A little way below (in the sword) is a very remarkable nebulous star. A common telescope will show that it is a beautiful nebula. A powerful telescope reveals it as consisting of collections of nebulous stars, these again being surrounded by faint luminous points, which still more powerful telescopes would resolve into separate stars. Thus beautifully is set forth the brilliancy and glory of that Light which shall break forth when the moment comes for it to be said, “Arise, shine , for thy light is come.

The picture presents us with “the Light of the world” His left foot is significantly placed upon the head of the enemy. He is girded with a glorious girdle, studded with three brilliant stars; and upon this girdle is is hung a sharp sword. Its handle proves that this mighty Prince is come forth in a new character. He is again proved to be “the Lamb that was slain,” for the hilt of this sword is in the form of the head and body of a lamb. In his right hand he lifts on high his mighty club; while in his left hand he holds forth the token of his victory—the head and skin of the “roaring lion.” We ask in wonder, “Who is this ?” and the names of the stars give us the answer. The brightest, (in the right shoulder), is named Betelguez, which means the coming of the branch (Mal 3:2 KJV). The next, (in the left foot), is named Rigel, or Rigol, which means the foot that crusheth. The foot is lifted up, and placed immediately over the head of the enemy, as though in the very act of crushing it. Thus, the name of the star bespeaks the act. The next star, (in the left shoulder), is called Bellatrix, which means quickly coming or swiftly destroying. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Orion.htm

The name of the fourth star (one of the three is the belt), carries us back to the old, old story, that this glorious One was once humbled http://www.godsplan.org.uk/nativityofjesus.htm that His heel was once bruised. Its name is Al Nitak, the wounded one. The star (in the belt) is called Mintaka, dividing as a sacrifice. (Lev 8:2). Similarly the star (in the right leg) is called Saiph, bruised, which is the very word used in (Genesis 3:15 KJV) thus connecting Orion with the primeval prophecy. Like Ophiuchus, he has one leg bruised; while, with the other, he is crushing the enemy (serpent) underfoot.

 

Genesis 3:15 (KJV) And I will put enmity between thee (Satan) and the woman (Israel), and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.

 

This is betokened by other stars, not identified, named Al Rai, who bruises, who breaks (as in Cepheus); and Thabit (Hebrew), treading on. Other (Arabic) names relate to His Person: Al Giauza, the branch; Al Gebor, the mighty; Al Mirzam, the ruler; Al Nagjed, the prince; Niphla (Chaldee), coming; and Meissa (Hebrew), coming forth. Such is the cumulative testimony of Orion’s stars, which, day after day, and night after night, show forth this knowledge. That testimony was afterwards written in the Book [Holy Bible]. The Prince of Glory, who was once wounded for the sins of His redeemed, is about to rise up and shine forth for their deliverance. Their redemption draweth nigh: for—(Isa 42: 13—14 KJV).

Then it will be said to His people (and the setting of the prophecy in its beautiful introverted structure shows us the beauty and glory of the truth it reveals)*

a | Arise,

    b | Shine; for thy light is come,

         c | And the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

              d | For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,

              d | And gross darkness the people;

        c | But the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.

    b | And the Gentiles shall come to thy light.

a | And kings to the brightness of thy rising      (Isa 60:1—3 KJV)

                 *Note that

In a and a, we have the rising of Israel;

In b and b, the light that is come upon her;

In c and c, the glory of the Lord; and

In d and d, the darkness of the world.

 

This is “the glory of God” which the heavens constantly declare (through the stars) [Psalm 19:1 KJV). They tell of that blessed time when the whole earth shall be filled with His glory (Num 14:21; Isa 11:9) KJV; when “the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together” (Isa 40:5 KJV), as all see now the beauty of Orion’s glory.

But side by side with the glory which the coming Light of the world shall bring for hos people, there is “that wicked,” whom the Lord “shall destroy with the brightness of His coming.” Hence, as in the concluding chapter (IV.) of the First Book (of which this Third Book is the expansion) we had in LYRA (the harp), as Praise prepared for the Conqueror; and in ARA (the burning pyre), as Consuming fire prepared for His enemies: so in the first chapter of this book, we have in ORION, Glory prepared for the Conqueror; and in ERIDANUS, the River of wrath prepared for His enemies. This brings us to-- 

 

ERIDANUS (The River of the Judge)

The river of wrath breaking forth for His enemies

It issues forth, in all the pictures, from the down coming foot of Orion. While others see in it, from the ignorance of fabled story, only “the River Po,” or the “River Euphrates,” we see in it from the meaning of its name, and from the significance of its position, the river of the Judge. In the Denderah Zodiac it is a river under the feet of Orion. It is named Pe-ta-t, which means the mouth of the river.

It is an immense constellation, and our diagram is on a smaller scale than the others (which are all in relative proportion, except where otherwise noted).According to the Britannic catalogue, it consists of 84 stars; one of the 1st magnitude, one of the 2nd, eight of the 3rd, etc. The brightest star (at the mouth of the river), bears the ancient name of Achernar which is in, as its name means the after part of the river.

The next star, (at the source of the river), is named Cursa, which means bent down. The next, (at the second bend in the river), is called Zourac (Arabic) flowing. Other stars not identified, are Pheat, mouth (of the river); and Ozah, the going forth. Here, then, we have a river flowing forth from before the glorious Orion. It runs in a serpentine course towards the lower regions, down, down, out of sight. In vain the sea monster, Cetus, strives to stop its flow. It is “the river of the Judge,” and speaks of that final judgement in which the wicked will be cast into the lake of fire. It was evidently originally associated with fire; for the Greek myths, though gross perversions still so connect it. According to their fables, something went wrong with the chariot of the sun, and a universal conflagration was threatened. In the trouble, Phaeton (probably a reference to the star Pheat) was killed and hurled into this river, in which he was consumed with its fire. The whole earth suffered from such a burning heat that great disasters ensued. We see from this myth two great facts preserved in the perverted tradition, viz, judgement and fire. 

ARATUS also preserves the connection,

For yonder, trod by heavenly feet,

Wind the scorched waters of Eridanus’ tear swollen flood,

Welling beneath Orion’s uplifted foot.”

Is not this testimony afterwards written in the Book? Daniel sees this very river in his vision of that coming day, when the true Orion will come forth in His glory. He says, I beheld till the thrones were placed, and one that was ancient of days did sit:…His throne was fiery flames, and the wheels thereof burning fire. “A FIERY STREAM ISSUED AND CAME FORTH FROM BEFORE HIM.” This is the River of the Judge; for he goes on to say, “the judgement was set, and the books were opened” (Dan 7 9—11 R.V.). We have the same in Psalm 97:35, which describe the scene when the Lord shall reign:

 

Psalm 97:35 (KJV)

3 “A fire goeth before Him, and burneth up His enemies round about.”

4 “His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.”

5 “The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.”

 

It is So in, Psalm 50:3. Habakkuk 3:5. Isaiah 30: 27—33 Nahum 1:5—6.Isaiah 66:15—16 all (KJV)

 

With this agree the New Testament scriptures, which speak of “the Day of the Lord,” (2 Thessalonians (1:7—8 KJV). This is the true Eridanus. It is no mere “picture.It is a dread reality! It is written in stars of fire, and words of truth, that men may heed the solemn warning and “flee from the wrath to come”! But we ask, “Who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall stand when He appeareth” (Malachi 3:2. Nahum 1:6 KJV). The answer is given in the next picture.

 

AURIGA (The Shepherd)

Safety for the redeemed in the day of wrath

Here is presented to us the answer to the question, “Who may abide the day of His coming?”

 

Isaiah 40:10-11 (KJV)

10 “Behold, the Lord God (Adonai Jehovah) will come with strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him: behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.”

11 He shall feed His flock like a shepherd: He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.”

 

This is exactly what is presented before us in this last section of the chapter, which tells of the coming judgement http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm. We have had the picture of a mighty Bull rushing forth; then the fiery of the Judge; and now we see a Great Shepherd. He is seated upon “the milky way,” holding up on his left shoulder a she goat. She clings to his neck, and is looking down affrighted at the terrible onrushing Bull. In his left hand he supports two little kids, apparently just born, bleating, and trembling with fear. ARATUS says, “She is both large and bright, but they—the kids—Shine somewhat feebly on Auriga’s wrist.” Is not this the Great Shepherd gathering the lambs in his arm? and carrying them in his bosom? Is he not saying: “I will save My flock, And they shall no more be a prey.” Ezek 34:22.

And David My servant shall be King over them, and they shall have one shepherd.” (ib 37:24). “And they shall fear no more, Nor be dismayed, Neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord.” (Jer 23:4 KJV)

 

AURIGA is from a Hebrew root which means a shepherd. It is a beautiful constellation of 66 stars; one of the 1st magnitude, two of the 2nd, nine 0f the 4th, etc.  The brightest star, (in the body of the goat), points her out as the prominent feature of the constellation, for its name Alioth (Hebrew) means a she goat. It is known by the modern Latin name Capella, which has the same meaning. The next star, (in the shepherd’s right arm), is called Menkkilinon, and means the band, or chain of the goats, and points out the truth that they are never more to be lost again, but to be bound, with the bands of love, to the Shepherd for evermore. The name of another star is Maaz, which means a flock of goats. Can there be any mistake as to who this Shepherd is? for the bright star in his right foot is called El Nath (like another in Aries), It is also reckoned in the horn of Taurus. Which means wounded or slain. This is He, then, who was once bruised or wounded in the heel. He is “the GOOD Shepherd,” who gave His life for the sheep (John 10:11 KJV), but He was the “the GREAT Shepherd” brought again from the dead (Hebrews 13:20 KJV); and is now the CHIEF Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4 KJV) seen in the day of His coming glory. Another star emphasises this truth, for it is named Aiyuk, which also means wounded in the foot. (the same as in 2 Sam 4:1 KJV). The star marking the kids is called Gedi (Hebrew), kids,  

In Latin, the word Auriga means a coachman or charioteer, the band in his right hand being taken as his reins. But the incongruity (something that does not seem to fit in with or be appropriate to its context) of a charioteer carrying a she goat, and nursing two little kids, never struck them; nor did the fact that he has no chariot or horses! When man blunders in the things of God, he does it thoroughly!

 

Matthew 25:31-34 (KJV)

31 “When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory:”

32 “And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:”

33 “And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 “Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, ‘Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:’”

 

In the Zodiac of Denderah the same TRUTH was revealed more than 4,000 year ago; but the Man, instead of carrying the sheep, is carrying a sceptre, and is called Trun, which means sceptre or power. But this is a strange sceptre, for at the top it has the head of a goat, and at the bottom, below the hand that holds it, it ends in a cross! With the Egyptians the cross was a sign of life. They knew nothing of “the death of the cross.” Here then, we see life and salvation for the sheep of His flock when He comes to reign and rule in judgement. The truth is precisely the same, though the presentation of it is somewhat varied.  

 

Malachi 4: 1—3 (KJV)

1 “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.”

2 But unto you that fear [revere] My name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.”

3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.”

 

In Psalm 37: 38—40 (KJV) this day is repeatedly referred to, the day when “the wicked shall be cut off”; and it concludes by summarising the same great truth. Oh, that all who read these pages may heed the solemn warning, and flee for refuge to Him who now, in this day of grace, is crying,

 

Isaiah 45:22 (KJV) Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”

 

Chapter 2

THE SIGN GEMINI (The Twins)

Messiah’s reign as Prince of Peace

All the pictures of this sign are confused. The Greeks claimed to have invented them, and they called them Apollo and Hercules. They are so given in our illustration. The Latins (Romans) called them Castor and Pollux; and the name of a vessel in which Paul sailed is so called in Acts 28: 11 (KJV),

The name in the ancient Denderah Zodiac is Clusus, or Claustrum Ho: which means the place of Him who cometh. It is represented by two human figures walking, or coming. The second appears to be a woman. The other appears to be a man. It is a tailed figure, the tail signifying He cometh. The old Coptic name was Pi-Mahi, the united, as in brotherhood. Not necessarily united by being born at the same time, but united in one fellowship or brotherhood. The Hebrew name is Thaumim, which means united. The root is used in Exodus 26: 24 (KJV): “They (the two boards) shall be coupled together beneath.” In the margin we read, “Hebrew. twinned” (R.V. double).The Arabic Al Tauman means the same.

We need not trouble ourselves with the Grecian myths, even though we can see through them the original and ancient truth. The two were both heroes of peculiar and extraordinary birth—sons of Jupiter. They were supposed to appear at the head of armies; and as they had cleared the seas of pirates, they were looked upon as the patron saints of navigation. (Hence the name of the ship in Acts 28:11 KJV). They were held in high esteem both by Greeks and Romans; and the common practice of taking oaths and of swearing by their names has descended even to our own day in the still surviving vulgar habit of swearing “by Gemini!”

The more ancient star names help us to see through all these and many other myths, at to discern Him of whom they testify; even Him in His twofold nature—God and Man—and His twofold work of suffering and glory, and His twofold coming in humiliation and triumph. http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm

There are 85 stars in the sign: two of the 2nd magnitude, four of the 3rd, six of the 4th, etc. The name (in the head of the one at our right hand) is called Apollo, which means ruler, and or judge; while (in the head of the other) is called Hercules, who cometh to labour, or suffer. Another star, (in his left foot) is called Al Henah, which means hurt, wounded, or afflicted. Can we ever doubt as to what the meaning of this double presentation represents? In Ophinchus we have the two in one person: the crushed enemy, and the wounded heel. But here the two great primeval truths are presented in two persons; for the two natures were one Person, Go and man in one Christ.” As man, suffering for our redemption; and as God, glorified for our complete salvation and final triumph. A star (in the centre of his body), is called Waset, which means set, and tells of His who “set His face like a flint” to accomplish this mighty Herculean work; and, when the time has come, “steadfastly set His face to go” to complete it.

He bears in his right hand (in some pictures) a palm branch. In the one from which our illustration is taken, it is a club; but both the club of this one and the bow of the other are in repost! These united ones are neither in action nor are they preparing for action, but they are at rest and in peace after victory won. The star (in the knee of the other, Apollo”) is called Mebsuta, which means treading under feet. The names of other stars, which are not identified, have come down to us with the same testimony. One is called Propus (Hebrew), the branch, spreading; another is called Al Giauzâ (Arabic), the palm branch; another is named Al Dirâ (Arabic), the seed, or branch.

The day has here come to fulfill the prophecies concerning Him who is “the Branch of Jehovah,” “The man whose name is the Branch.”

 

Isaiah 4:2 (KJV) “In that day shall the branch of the Lord (Jehovah) be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.

 

See also: (Isa 32:1—2 KJV. Jeremiah 26: 5—6 R.V. Jeremiah 33: 14—15 R.V). This is what we see in this sign—Messiah’s peaceful reign. All is rest and repose. We see “His days,” in which “the righteous will flourish; and abundance of peace, so long as the moon endureth” (Psalm 72). But for this blessed time to come, there must be no enemy| All enemies must be subdued. This brings us to the first section of this book.

 

LEPUS (the Hare), THE ENEMY (Satan)

The enemy trodden underfoot

The names of the three constellations of this Sign, as well as the pictures, are all more or less modern, as is manifest from the names being in Latin, and having no relation to the ancient names of their stars. To learn their real meaning, therefore, we must have recourse to the ancient Zodiacs. (The act of seeking assistance from something else in a time of difficulty).

In the Persian Planisphere the first constellation was pictured by a serpent. In the Denderah (Egyptian) Zodiac it is an unclean bird standing on the serpent, given as Bashti-beki. Bashti means confounded and Beki means failing. ARATUS says, “Below Orion’s feet, the Hare Is chased eternally.”

It is a small constellation of 19 stars (all small), three of which are of the 3rd magnitude, seven of the 4th, etc. The brightest (in the body), has a Hebrew name, Arnebo, which means the enemy of Him that cometh. The Arabic, Arnebeth, means the same. Other stars, not identified, are Nibal, the mad; Rakis. The bound (Arabic, with a chain); Sugia, the deceiver. There can be no mistaking the voice of this united testimony. For this enemy is under the down coming foot of Orion, and it tells of the blessed fact that when the true Orion, “the Sun of Righteousness, shall arise,” and “the true light” shall shine over all the earth, Heshall tread down the wicked

(Mal 4), and every enemy shall be subdued under His feet. “it is He that shall tread down our enemies” (Psalm 60:12 KJV),

As He has said:

 

Isaiah 63: 3—4 KJV

3 “I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with Me: for I will tread them in Mine anger, and trample them in My fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon My garments, and I will stain all My raiment.”

4 “For the day of vengeance is in Mine heart, and the year of My redeemed is come”.

 

CANIS MAJOR (The Dog), or SIRIUS

(The Prince)

The coming glorious Prince of Prices (Sirius)

This second constellation carries on the teaching, and tells of the glorious Prince who will thus subdue and reign. In the Denderah Zodiac he is called Apes, which means the head. He is pictured as a hawk (Naz, caused to come forth, coming swiftly down). The hawk is the natural enemy of the serpent, and here it has on its head a pestle and mortar (around his neck), indicating the fact that He shall crush the head of the enemy. In the Persian Planisphere it is pictured as a wolf, and is called Zeeb, which in Hebrew has the same meaning. Plutarch translates it Leader. In Arabic it means coming quickly.

Its ancient name and meaning must be obtained from the names of its stars which have come down to us. There are 64 altogether. Two are of the 1st  magnitude, two of the 2nd, four of the 3rd.four of the 4th, etc.Of these (in the head) is the brightest in the whole heavens ! It is called Sirius, the Prince (Sar), as in (Isa 9:6 KJV)

Sirius (Our English word “Sir” is derived from this word) was, by the ancients, always associated with great heat. And the hottest part of the year we still call “the dog days,” though, through the variation as observed in different latitudes, and the precession of the equinoxes, its rising has long ceased to have any relation to those days. Virgil says that Sirius “With pestilential heat infects the sky.” Homer spoke of it as a star “Whose burning breath taints the red air with fevers, plagues, and death.”

It is not, however, of its heat that its name speaks, but of the fact that it is the brightest of all the stars, as He of whom it witnesses is the “Prince of princes,” “the Prince of the Kings of the earth.” Though this “Dog Star” came to have an ill-omened association, it was not so in more ancient times. In the ancient Akkadian it is called Kaṡiṡta, which means the Leader and Prince of the heavenly host. While (as Mr Robert Brown, Jnr, points out) “the Sacred Books of Persia contain many praises of the star Tistrya or Tistar (Sirius), ‘the chieftain of the East’

The next star, (in the left forefoot), speaks the same truth. It is named Mirzam, and means the prince or ruler. The star (in the body) is called Wesen, the bright, the shining. The star (in the right hind leg) is called Adhara, the glorious. Here there is no conflicting voice; no discord in the harmonious testimony to Him whose name is called “Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God…the Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 KJV)

The names of the stars no meaning whatsoever as applied to an Egyptian Hawk, or a Greek Dog. But they are full of significance when we apply them to Him of whom Jehovah says:

 

Isaiah 55:4 (KJV) “Behold, I have given Him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.”

 

This is “the Prince of princes” (Dan 8:23—25 KJV) against whom,” when transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance…shall stand up.” but he shall be broken without hand ,” for he shall be destroyed “with the brightness of His coming. (2 Thess 2:8 KJV). But Sirius has a companion, and this brings us to-

 

CANIS MINOR (The Second Dog)

The exalted Redeemer (Procyon)

The same facts are to be remembered concerning the Greek picture, and Latin name of this constellation. The Egyptian name in the Denderah Zodiac is Sebak, which means conquering, victorious. It is represented as a human figure with a hawk’s head and the appendage of a tail. This small constellation has only 14 stars according to the Britannic catalogue. One of the 1st magnitude, one of the 2nd, one of the 4th, etc.

The brightest star, (in the body), is named Procyon, which means REDEEMER, and it tells us this glorious Prince is none other than the one who was slain. Just as this chapter begins with two persons in one in the Sign (Gemini), one victorious, the other wounded; so it ends with a representation of two princes, one of whom is seen triumphant and the other as a Redeemer. This is confirmed by the next star (in the neck), which is named Al Gomeisa (Arabic), the burdened, loaded, bearing for others. The names of the other stars, not identified, still further confirm the great truth; viz, Al Shira, or Al Shemeliya (Arabic) the prince or chief of the left hand, answering to the star in Sirius. One right, the other left, as the two united youths are placed. Al Mirzam, the prince or ruler; and Al Gomeyra, who completes or perfects. This does indeed, complete and perfect the presentation of this chapter: Messiah’s reign as Prince of Peace; the enemy trodden underfoot by the glorious “Prince of princes,” who is none other than the glorified Redeemer. This is also what is written in the Book: Isa 49:24—26 RV. Isa 59:19—20 KJV. Isa 53:12 KJV).

 

CHAPTER 3

THE SIGN CANCER (The Crab)

Messiah’s redeemed possessions held fast

With regard to the sign of Cancer, one thing is certain, that we have not got the original picture, or anything like it. It does not agree with the names of its three constellations which have come down to us, or of its stars. In the ancient Denderah Zodiac it is represented as a Scarabæus or sacred beetle*. *The Scarabæus, passing its early existence as a worm of the earth, and thence issuing as a winged Denison of heaven, was held sacred by the Egyptians as an emblem of the resurrection of the body. According to the Greeks, Jupiter placed this Crab among the signs of the Zodiac. In Sir William Jones’s Oriental Zodiac we meet with a crab, and an Egyptian Zodiac found at Rome bears also the crab in this sign.

The more ancient Egyptians placed Herm Anubis or Hermes, with the head of an Ibis or hawk, as the symbol of the sign now allotted to Cancer. The Denderah name is Klaria, or the cattle folds, and in this name we have the key to the meaning of the sign, and to the subject of this chapter. The Arabic name is Al Sartan, which means who holds or binds, and may be from the Hebrew to bind together.

 

Genesis 49:11 (KJV) Binding His foal unto the vine, and His ass's colt unto the choice vine; He washed His garments in wine, and His clothes in the blood of grapes:”

 

There is no ancient Hebrew word known for the crab. It was classed with many other unclean creatures, and would be included in the general term “vermin.” The Syriac, Sartano, means the same. The Greek name is Karkinos, which means holding or encircling, as does the Latin, Cancer, and hence is applied to the crab. In the word Khan, we have the traveller’s rest or inn; while Ker or Cer

is the Arabic for encircling. The ancient Akkadian name of the month is Sub-kul-na, the seizer or possessor of seed. The sign contains 83 stars, one of which is of the 3rd magnitude, and seven are of the 4th magnitude, and the remainder of inferior magnitudes. In the centre of the Sign there is a remarkably bright cluster of stars, so bright that thy can be sometimes seen with the naked eye. It looks like a comet, and is made up of a great multitude of stars. Modern astronomers have called it the Beehive. But its ancient name has come down to us as Praesepe, which means a multitude, offspring.

The brightest star (in the tail), is called Tegmine, holding. The star in the lower large claw is called Acubene, which, in Hebrew and Arabic, means the sheltering or hiding place. Another is named Ma’alaph (Arabic), assembled thousands; Al Himarein (Arabic), the kids or lambs. North and South of the Nebula Praesepe are two stars, Orientalists which speak of by a name evidently of some antiquity. Asellus means an Ass, and one was called Asellus Boreas, the northern Ass; while the other, Asellus Australis, is the southern Ass. The Sign was afterwards known by a symbol which stands for these two asses.* * The Ass was the emblem of Typhon, the king who smites or is smitten. (Dual meaning). This connects it with the tribe Issachar, who is said to have borne upon the Tribal standard the sign of the two asses. This is doubtless the reference in Jacob’s blessing

(Read Gen 49:11 KJV). Have we not here the gathering up of the teaching of this signMessiah’s redeemed possessions held fast. Here we come to the completion of His work. In Cancer we see it with reference to His redeemed, and in the next (the last) Sign, LEO, with reference to His enemies.

The three constellations develop the truth. What is now called Ursa Minor is the Lesser Flock; Ursa Major gives us The Sheepfold and the Sheep; wile Argo, The Ship, shows the travellers and the pilgrims brought safely homeall conflict over.

To accomplish this, we see the true Issachar bowing his shoulder to the bear. HE could say, “My soul is bowed down” (Psalm 57:6 KJV). HE became a servant, and humbled himself to death. HE undertook the mighty task of saving His people from their sins. “Their Redeemer is strong” (Jeremiah 50:34 KJV); for help was laid on “One that was mighty” Psalm 89:19 KJV); And His redeemed shall come to a resting place that is good, and to a land that is pleasant. No earthly Khan on earth affords them a home. They look for a heavenly home, and in the many mansions of the Father’s house they shall find eternal rest. Here we see that sheltering home to which the names of these stars point; where the assembled thousands (Ma’alaph) shall be received into the true Klaria, even the “everlasting habitations.” These are now to be shown to us.

 

URSA MINOR (The Little Bear)

The lesser sheepfold

Here we come to another grievous mistake, or ignorant perversion of primitive truth, as shown in the ancient names of these two constellations. It is sufficient to point to the fact that no bear is found in any Chaldean, Egyptian, Persian, or Indian Zodiacs, and that no bear was ever seen with such a tail! No one who had ever seen a bear would have called attention to a tail, such as no bear ever had, by placing in its very tip the most important, wondrous, and mysterious Polar Star, the central star of the heavens, around which all others revolve. The patriarchal astronomers, we may be sure, committed no such folly as this. The primitive truth that there were two, or a pair of constellations is preserved; and that of these two, one is larger, and the other smaller. But what were they? We have the clue to the answer in the name of the brightest star of the larger constellation, which is called Dubeh. Now Dubeh means a herd of animals. In Arabic, Dubeh means cattle. In Hebrew Dōhver, is a fold; and hence in Chaldee it meant wealth. The Hebrew Dōhveh, means rest or security; and certainly there is not much of either to be found or enjoyed with bears!

The word occurs in Deut 33:25 (KJV): “As thy days so shall thy strength be.” This accords with what we have already seen under “CANCER”: “Couching down between the sheepfolds, he saw a resting place that it was good. Here are the two Sheepfolds, then; The Greater fold, and the Lesser; and here is the rest and security which the flocks will find therein.

But in Hebrew there is a word very similar in sound, though not in spelling—dōhv, which means a bear! So we find in Arabic dub; Persian, deeb and dob. We can see, therefore, how the Hebrew  Dōhver, a fold, and dōhv, a bear, were confused; and how the Arabic Duban, cattle, might easily have been mistaken by the Greeks, and understood as a bear. The constellation, which we must therefore call THE LESSER SHEEPFOLD, contains 24 stars, viz, one of the 2nd magnitudes, two of the 3rd, four of the 4th, etc. The brightest star, (at the point of its tail), is the most important in the whole heavens. It is named Al Ruccaba, which means the turned or ridden on, and is today the Polar or central star, which does not revolve in a circle as does every other star, but remains, apparently, fixed in its position. But though the star does not revolve like the others, the central point in the heavens is very slowly but steadily moving. When these constellations were formed the Dragon possessed the important point, and the star in Draco, marked this central point. However, by its gradual recession, that point is sufficiently near this star Ruccaba, in the Lesser Sheepfold, for it to be what is called “the Polar Star.”

·        But, how could that have been known six thousand years ago? 

·        How could it have been known when it received its name, which means the turned or ridden on?

That it was known is clear: so likewise was it made known in the written Word that the original blessing included not merely the multiplication of the Seed of faithful Abraham, but it was then added:

 

Genesis 22:17 (KJV) “That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

 

This star was called by the Greeks the “Cynosure” ARATUS seems to apply this term to the whole of the seven stars of the Lesser Bear. Mr Robert Brown, Jnr, shows that the Lesser Bear, once supposed to be Hellenic, is non Hellenic, and possibly Euphratean (Euphrates); in origin, from a word which he translates An-nas- sur-ra, and renders it, as it literally means, high in rising, i.e. in heavenly position.” Is this not the primitive truth of the Revelation? Will not this Lesser Fold be high, yea, the highest in heavenly position?

The Polar Star has been removed from the Dragon, and is now in the Lesser Fold; and when the Dragon shall be cast down from the heavens, the heavenly seed will be safely folded there. But this is the Lesser Sheepfold. These are they who all through the ages have been “partakers of the heavenly calling,” who desired a better country, that is, a heavenly; wherefore God “hath prepared them a city,” the city for which Abraham himself “looked.” This was no earthly city, but a city “whose builder and maker is God “(Heb 11:10—16 KJV). These have always been a smaller company, a “little flock,” but the Kingdom shall be theirs, even the Kingdom of God, for which they now look and wait. They have not yet received promises the promises; but, having seen them afar off” by faith, they “were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Heb 11:13 KJV). Their Messiah has accomplished “the redemption of the purchased possession,” and in due time the redeemed will inherit it, “unto the praise of His glory” Eph 1:13). http://godsplan.org.uk/christtheredeemer.htm

The bright star is named Kochab, which means waiting Him who cometh. Other stars, not identified, are named Al Pherkadain (Arabic), which means the calves, or the young (as in Deut 22:6 KJV), the redeemed assembly. Another, Al Gedi, means the kid. Another is Al Kaid, the assembled; while Arcas, or Arctos (from which we derive the term Arctic regions), means, according to one interpreter, a traveling company; or, according to another, the stronghold of the saved.

But there is not only the heavenly seed, which is compared “to the stars of heaven,” but there is the seed that is compared to “the sand of the sea “—the larger flock or company, who will enjoy the earthly blessing. This brings us to—

 

URSA MAJOR (The Great Bear)

The fold and the flock

Of these it is written:-  The Tanakh describes the Edomites as descendants of Esau. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edom 

 

Obadiah 17-19 New International Version (NIV)

17 “But on Mount Zion will be deliverance; it will be holy, and Jacob will possess his inheritance.”

18 “Jacob will be a fire and Joseph a flame; Esau will be stubble, and they will set him on fire and destroy him. There will be no survivors from Esau.” The Lord has spoken.”

19 “People from the Negev will occupy the mountains of Esau, and people from the foothills will possess the land of the Philistines. They will occupy the fields of Ephraim and Samaria and Benjamin will possess Gilead.”

 

It is a large and important constellation, containing 87 stars, of which one is of the 1st magnitude, four of the 2nd, three of the 3rd, ten of the 4th, etc. It always presents a splendid appearance, and is perhaps, therefore, the best known of all the constellations. In the Book of Job (9:9, and 38: 31—32 KJV) it is mentioned under the name of Ash. “Canst thou guide Ash and her offspring? which is rendered in the A.V, “Arcturus and his sons ,” and in the R.V, “The Bear with her train” (sons). The Arabs still call it Al Naish, or Annaish, the assembled together, as sheep in a fold. The ancient Jewish commentators interpreted Ash as the seven stars of this constellation. They are called by others Septentriones, which thus became the Latin name for North. The brightest star, (in the back), is named Dubhe, which, as we have seen, means a herd of animals, or a flock, and gives its name to the whole constellation. The star (below it) is named Merach (Hebrew), the flock (Arabic, purchased). The star (on the left) is called Phaeda, or Phacda, meaning visited, guarded, or numbered, as a flock; for His sheep, like the stars, are both numbered and named (See Psalm 147:4 KJV). “He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.” The star is called Alioth, a name we have had in Auriga, meaning a she goat. The star (in the middle of the tail) is called Mizar, separate or small, and close to it Al Cor, the Lamb (known as “g”).

The star (at the end of the so called tail)is named Benet Naish (Arabic), the daughters of the assembly. It is also called Al Kaid, the assembled. The star (in its right foot) is called Talitha.

The names of other stars, not identified, all give the same testimony: El Alcola (Arabic) the sheepfold (as in Ps 95: 7; and 100:3); Cab’d al Asad, multitude, many assembled; Annaish, the assembled; Megrez, separated, as the flock in the fold; 

El Kaphrah, protected, covered (Heb redeemed and ransomed). There is not one discordant voice in the rich abundance of this testimony. We have nothing to do here with the Grecian myths about bears or wild boars. We see only the innumerable seed gathered by Him who scattered (Jeremiah 31:10 KJV). Many are the Scriptures we might quote which speak of this gathering and assembling of the long scattered flock. It is written as plainly in this Book as it is in the heavens. The prophecies of this gathering are as conspicuous in the Word of God as the “Seven Stars” are in the sky. It is difficult even to make a selection from the wealth of such promises; But few are more beautiful than that in:

 

Ezekiel 34: 12—16 (KJV)

12 “As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out My sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.”

13 “And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.”

14 “I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.”

15 “I will feed My flock, and I will cause them to lie down,” saith the Lord God.

16 “I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.”

 

It is of this judgement with which this book, and indeed the whole of Revelation, ends, in the next and final chapter. But before we come to that we have one more picture in the third constellation of this Sign, which combines the first two in one.

ARGO (The Ship)

The pilgrims’ safe at home

This is the celebrated ship of the Argonauts, of which HOMER sung nearly ten centuries before Christ. Sir Isaac Newton puts the expedition of the Argonauts shortly after the death of Solomon (about 975 B.C.)

Whatever fables have gathered around the story there can be no doubt as to its antiquity. Some think that the story had its origin in name, as well as in fact, from the Ark of Noah and its mysterious journey.

http://godsplan.org.uk/noah.htm All that is clear, when divested of mythic details, is that the sailors in that ship, after all their dangers, and toils, and battles were over, came back victorious to their shores.

The “golden fleece,” for which the Argonauts went in search, tells of a treasure that had been lost. *Jason,” the great captain, tells of Him who recovered it from the Serpent, which guarded it with ever watchful eye, when none else was able to approach it. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm And thus through the fables and myths of the Greeks, we can see the light primeval shine; and this light, once seen, lights up the this Sign and its constellations, so that teaching cannot be misunderstood.

ARATUS sings of Argo:

“Storm-foremost hauled; no mark of onward speeding ship.

Sternward she comes as vessels do

When sailors turn the helm

On entering harbour: all the oars backwater,

And gliding backward, to an anchor comes.”

 

It tells of that blessed homecoming, when—

 

Isaiah 35:10 (KJV) And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”

 

It tells of the glorious Jason, The Græco-Judean equivalent of Joshua or Jesus. of whom it is asked:

Isaiah 51: 9—11 (KJV)

09 “Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon.”

10 “Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?”

11 Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.”

 

Jeremiah 31:11—12 (KJV)

11 “For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.”

12 “Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.”

 

This is the return of the great emigrant ship (Argo) and all it company of travellers (for this is the meaning of the word Argo). In Kircher’s Egyptian Planisphere Argo is represented by two galleys (as we have two sheepfolds), whose prows are surmounted by ram’s heads; and the stern of one of them ends in a fish’s tail. One of the two occupies four segments of the sphere (from Taurus to Virgo), while the other occupies the four from Leo to Capricorn. One half of the southern meridians is occupied with these galleys and their construction and decorations. Astronomers tell us that they carry us back, the one to the period when the Bull opened the year (to which time VIRGIL refers); and the other to the same epoch, when the summer solstice was in Leo—“an era greatly antecedent (something which comes before) to the Argonautica expedition. How else, they ask, do we account for the one ship having her prow in the first Decan of Taurus, and her poop in the last Decan of Leo? or for one galley being freighted with the installed Bull, and the other with the solstitial Lion?” These are the words of an astronomer who knows nothing whatever of our interpretation of the heavens which is set forth in this work. It will indeed be a large vessel, the true Argo, with its company of travellers, “a great multitude which no man can number.” All this is indicated by the immense size of the Constellation, as well by the large number of its stars.

There are 64 stars in Argo (reckoning by the Britannic catalogue); one of the 1st magnitude, six of the 2nd, nine of the 3rd, nine of the 4th, etc. Only a small part of the ship’s poop (deck) is visible in Britain. The brightest star, near the keel), is called Canopus or Canobus, which means the possession of Him who cometh. Soheil (Arabic) the desired; and Subilon, the Branch. Is not all this exactly in harmony with the rest of the sign? And is not this what is written in the Book?

Read (Jere 30:10—11 KJV).The whole chapter (Isa 60), should be read if we wish to understand the great teaching of this Sign, which tells of Messiah’s secured possessions, the safe folding of His blood bought flock, the blessed return of His pilgrims, and their abundant entrance into everlasting rest.

 

Isaiah 60 KJV)

01 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

02 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.

03 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

04 Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.

05 Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.

06 The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the Lord.

07 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of My glory.

08 Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?

09 Surely the isles shall wait for Me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because He hath glorified thee.

10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in My wrath I smote thee, but in My favour have I had mercy on thee.

11 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.

12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

13 The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of My sanctuary; and I will make the place of My feet glorious.

14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee; The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

15 Whereas thou has been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.

16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

17 For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors’ righteousness.

18 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.

19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.

21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified.

22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in His time Amen.

 

Chapter 4

THE SIGN LEO (The Lion)

Messiah’s consummated triumph

Here we come to the end of the circle. We began with Virgo, and we end with Leo. No one who has followed our interpretation can be in any doubt that we have here the solving of the Riddle of the Sphinx. FOR ITS HEAD IS VIRGO AND ITS BODY AND TAIL IS LEO!

 

Psalm 97:6, and 111:6); they prophesy “day by day”, “night by night,” The question is:

·        What do they prophesy?

·        What knowledge do they show forth?

·        What glory do they tell of?

 

The answer is-Genesis 3:15 (KJV) “And I will put enmity between thee (Satan) and the woman (Israel), and between thy seed and her Seed; It shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise His heel.”

 

The one great central truth of all prophecythe coming of One, Who, though He should suffer, should in the end crush the head of the old serpent, the Devil.

                          Lion of Judah

·        But, where are we to 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 it’s position a little each year, till in about every 2000 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 this book, written in the Heavens, began with the Sign “Virgo” (Virgin), and will end with the signLeo” (Lion). The word “Sphinx” is from the Greek Sphingo, to join; because it binds together the two ends of this circle of the heavens.

The number of the signs is twelve, the number of governmental perfection or “rule”: It is the number or factor of all numbers connected with government: whether by Tribes or Apostles, or in measurements of time, or in things which have to do with government in the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:18 (KJV) “And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: And God saw that it was good.” They are divided into three books of four chapters (or Signs) each: twelve being the product of 3 x 4, i.e. of Divine truth working in the heavens and in the earth (see app 10). https://levendwater.org/companion/append10.html.  Each book, therefore, consists of four signs; and these are all arranged by structure, in exactly the same way. Each is introversion (a central dimension of human personality).

In Leo we reach the end of the Revelation as inspired in the Word of God; and it is the end as written in the heavens. BAILLY (Astronomy) says, “the Zodiac must have first been divided when the sun at the summer solstice was in 1o Virgo, where the woman’s head joins the Lion’s tail,” As to is antiquity there can be no doubt. JAMIESON says, the Lion does not seem to have been placed among the Zodiacal symbols, because Hercules fabled to have slain the Nemean Lion. It would seem, on the contrary, that Hercules, who represented the Sun, was said to have slain the Nemean Lion, because LEO was already a Zodiacal sign. Hercules flourished 3,000 years ago, and consequently posterior (behind) to the period when the summer solstice accorded with LEO” (Celestial Atlas, page 40). 

There is no confusion about this sign. In the ancient Zodiacs of Egypt (Denderah, Esneh) and India we find the Lion. The same occurs on the Mithraic monuments, where Leo is passant, as he is in Moor’s Hindu, and Sir William Jones’s Oriental Zodiacs. In Kircher’s Zodiacs he is courrant; in the Egyptian Zodiacs he is couchant. In the Denderah Zodiac he is treading upon a serpent, as shown in Mr Edward Cooper’s Egyptian Scenery. Its Egyptian name is Pi Mentekeon which means the pouring out. This is no pouring out or inundation of the Nile, but it is the pouring out of the cup of Divine wrath on that Old Serpent. This is the one great truth of the closing chapter of this last Book. It is:

 

THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH AROUSED FOR THE RENDING OF THE PREY.

His feet are over the head of Hydra, the great Serpent, and just about to descend upon it and crush it. The three constellations of the Sign complete this final picture:

 

1.      Hydra, the old Serpent destroyed.

2.      Crater, the Cup of Divine wrath poured out upon him.

3.      Corvus, the Bird of prey devouring him.

 

The Denderah picture exhibits all four in one. The Lion is presented treading down the serpent. The Bird of prey is also perched upon it, while below is a plumed female figure holding out two cups, answering to Crater, the cup of wrath.

The hieroglyphs read Knem, and are placed underneath. Knem means who conquers, or is conquered, referring to the victory over the serpent. The woman’s name is Her-ua, great enemy, referring to the great enemy for which her two cups are prepared and intended. The Hebrew name of the sign is Arieh, which means the Lion.* There are six Hebrew words for Lion, and this one (Arieh) is used of the lion hunting down his prey.*1) Gor, a lion’s whelp. 2) Ciphir, a young lion when first hunting for himself. 3) Sachal, a mature lion in full strength. 4) Laish, a fierce lion. Labia, a lioness; and 6) Arieh, an adult lion, having paired in search of his prey (Neh 2:12; 2 Sam 17:10; Num 23:24 KJV).

The Syriac name is Aryo, the rending Lion, and the Arabic is Al Asad; both mean a lion coming vehemently, leaping forth as a flame! It is a beautiful constellation of 95 stars, two of which are of the 1st magnitude, two of the 2nd, six of the 3rd, thirteen of the 4th. The brightest star (on the Ecliptic), marks the heart of the Lion (hence sometimes called by the moderns, Cor Leonis, the heart of the Lion). Its ancient name is Regulus, which means treading underfoot. The next star, also of the 1st magnitude (in the tip of the tail), is named Denebola, the Judge or Lord who cometh. The star (in the mane) is called Al Giebha (Arabic), the exaltation. The star (on the hinder part of his back) is called Zosma, shining forth.

Other stars, not identified, are named Sarcam (Hebrew), the joining; intimating that here is the point where the two ends of the Zodiacal circle have their joining. Another star has the name of Minchir al Asad (Arabic) the punishing or tearing of the Lion. Another is Deneb Aleced, the judge cometh who seizes. And another is Al Dafera (Arabic), the enemy put down.

What can be more expressive? What can be more eloquent? All is harmony, and all the names unite in pointing us to what is written of “the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.” And why is Messiah thus called? Because it is applied to Him in:

 

Revelation 5:5 (KJV) And one of the elders saith unto me, “Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.”

 

Matthew 24:27-28 (KJV)

27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm

28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles [vultures] be gathered together.”

 

In connection for His rising up for judgement: and because the Lion is known to have been always borne upon the standard of Judah, whether in the wilderness (Num 2) or in aftertimes. In Israel’s dying blessing the prophetic words foretold of Judah:

 

Genesis 49:8—9 (KJV) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Lineage3.htm

8 “Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee.”

9 “Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?”

 

See also (Numbers 24:8—9; Amos 3:4, 8. Isa 42: 13). And this is what is meant and included when the Elder says for Joh’s comfort, “the Lion of the Tribe of Judah hath prevailed,” and hence, is “worthy…to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.” (Rev 5)

 

Whether we look, therefore, at the primeval Revelation in the heavens, or at the later Revelation in the Word, the story is one and the same. And what we see of Leo and his work in both, we find developed and described in the three constellations of the Sign.

Hydra (The Serpent)

The old serpent destroyed

The time has at length come for the fulfillment of the many prophecies pictured in the heavens: and in its three final constellations we see the consummation of them all in the complete destruction of the Old Serpent, his seed, and all his works. It is the special work of the Messiah, as “the Lion of the Tribe of Judah,” to trample it underfoot. It is pictured as the female serpent (Hydra), the mother and author of all evil. Hydra has the significant meaning, he is abhorred!

It is an immense constellation extending for above 100o from east to west, beneath the Virgin, the Lion, and the Crab. It is composed of 60 stars; one of the 2nd magnitude, three of the 3rd, twelve of the 4th, etc. The brightest star, (in the heart of the Serpent), is sometimes called by the moderns Cor Hydra on that account. Its ancient name is Al Phard (Arabic), which means the separated, put away. Another is called Al Drian, the abhorred.  Another star is named Minchar al Sugia, the piercing of the deceiver. There can be no doubt as to what is taught by the constellation of Hydra, nor is it necessary to quote the Scriptures concerning the destruction of the Serpent. We pass on to consider the second.

Crater (The Cup)

The cup of divine wrath poured out upon him

“God is the judge.

He putteth down one, and setteth up another,

FOR IN THE HAND OF THE LORD THERE IS A CUP,

And the wine is red; it is full of mixture,

And He poureth out of the same:

But the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall

wring them out and drink them.”    (Psalm 75:8 KJV. Also read Psalm 11:6).)

 

This is no fabled cup of Bacchus; but it is “The cup of His indignation” (Rev14:10 KJV) & Read Rev 18 :19 (KJV). This is what we see set forth in this constellation. The cup is wide and deep, and fastened on by the stars to the very body of the writhing serpent. The same stars which are in the foot of the Cup form part of the body of Hydra, and are reckoned as belonging to both constellations. This cup has the significant number of thirteen stars)the number of Apostasy).  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/significanceofnumbers.htm The two--Al Ches, which means the Cup, and— (В) determine the bottom of the Cup.

 

CORVUS (The Raven)

The birds of prey devouring the serpent

Here is the final scene of judgement. We have had Zeeb, the Wolf; now we have Oreb, the Raven. Her-na is its name in the Denderah Zodiac. Her means the enemy; and Na, means breaking up or failing. That is to say, this scene represents the breaking up of the enemy (Satan). There are nine stars (the number of judgement) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/thenumbernine.htm in this constellation. The bright star (in the eye) is called Al Chibar (Arabic), joining together, from the Hebrew Chiba (Num 23:8 KJV), which means accursed. This star, then, tells of the curse inflicted. The star (in the right wing) is called Al Goreb (Arabic), from Hebrew Oreb, the Raven. A third star is named Minchar al Gorab (Arabic), and means the Raven tearing to pieces. This brings us to the end. There is nothing beyond this. Nothing remains to be told. We know from the Word of God that—

 

Proverbs 30:17 (KJV) “The eye that mocketh at his father, And despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out.”

 

We remember how David said to the Giant Goliath—a type of this enemy of God’s people—

 

1 Sam 17:46 (KJV) “This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.”

 

When the great day of this judgement comes, an angel standing in the sun will cry “to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come, and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; that ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great” Rev19: 17—18 (KJV)

 

And after these awful words shall be fulfilled, in the closing words of the prophecy of Isaiah, Jehovah tells us how—“They shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against Me; For their worms shall not die, Neither shall their fire be quenched; And they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.”

 

This is the teaching of the whole Sign of Leo! It is all summed up in:

 

Jeremiah 25: 30—33 (KJV)

30 “Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, ‘The Lord shall roar from on high, and utter His voice from His holy habitation; He shall mightily roar upon His habitation; He shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.’”

31 “A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy with the nations, He will plead with all flesh; He will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the Lord.”

32 “Thus saith the Lord of hosts, ‘Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.’”

33 “And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.”

 

Here is the conclusion of the whole matter! Here is the final triumph of the Son of Man in the consummated victory of the Seed of the woman: (Judah and the http://godsplan.org.uk/fulltentribes.htm).

 

Rev 5:12 (KJV) Saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”

 

O what a bright and blessed world

Tis groaning earth of ours will be,

When from his throne the tempter hurled,

Shall leave it all, O Lord, to Thee!

 

But brighter far that world above,

Where we, as we are known, shall know;

And, in the sweet embrace of love,

Reign o’er this ransomed earth below.

 

O blessed Lord! with longing eyes

That blissful hour we wait to see; 

While every worm or leaf that dies

Tells of the curse, and calls for Thee.

 

Come, Saviour! The o’er all below

Shine brightly from Thy throne above,

Bid heaven and earth Thy glory know,

And all creation feel Thy love.”

 

Man has ever sought to rob Christ of His glory. He (Satan) has long since done his best to obliterate His name and His work from the Revelation which had been written in the stars of light. (Genesis 3:15 KJV) When He humbled Himself, and came as the promised Seed of the woman (Israel), men “saw no beauty in Him that they should desire Him.” And these were religious men. It was religious men, not the common rabble, whom the Old Serpent made use of to wound Him in the heel. The Devil could not touch Him himself; he must use them as his instruments; and it was only religious men that could be so used.

It was the “chief priests and scribes,” men learned in the Scriptures, whose very knowledge of the Word was used to compass His death amongst the Babes at Bethlehem. (Matt 2:4—6 (KJV). It was the same priests and scribes who were used to put Him to death, and give the long prophesied wound in the heel. Religion without Christ is enmity against God! Knowledge of the Scriptures where the heart is not subject to Christ, and where Christ is not seen in them, is powerless and lifeless. It is true of the Scriptures, as it will be of the heavenly Jerusalem—“THE LAMB IS THE LIGHT THERE OF” (Rev 21:23 KJV).

The Church of Rome has been used of the great enemy to rob the Lamb of God of His promised glory. JEROME, in his Latin translation of the Bible (405 A.D.), wrote “ipse,” meaning He, in Gen 3:15 (KJV), as the “bruiser of the serpent’s head” And, in spite of the fact that JEROME himself so quotes it in his commentary, and that it is masculine  in all the other translations of the Bible, Rome has first corrupted JEROME’S Vulgate by changing the “e” into “a,” and putting “ipsa” which means (she) instead of “ipse” (He); then she has so translated this perversion in various languages around the world! So that in all her versions, in her pictures and statues, in the decree of Pope Pius 1X, which promulgated the dogma of the “immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary,” this lie of the Old Serpent (Satan) has been foisted on unnumbered thousands of deluded souls, who have thereby been deceived into putting Mary in the place of Jesus; the “co-Redemptress” (it would appear that the term co-Redemptress is not theologically true, or at least does not express the truth) in the place of the Redeemer; the creature in the place of the Creator; the woman in the place of (Israel) the woman’s Seed; Until the outcome is reached by emblazoning, in huge gilt letters, on the outside of a large church in Rathmines, Dublin, MARLÆ PECCATORUM REFUGIUM,” To Mary the Refuge of Sinners!

So complete has been the success of the subtlety of the Satan, that he has beguiled thousands of Protestants to unite in circulating these corrupted versions of the Word of God, thus giving currency to the Devil’s lie. This is done on the plea of expediency, in order that these versions come to many as Protestant truth instead of Popish error; but thus misleading those who were seeking for light, while confirming Papists in their darkness.

 

   http://www.godsplan.org.uk/pureHeavenlytruth.htm

But through all the “wisdom of the Serpent” we can detect his lie. It is very thinly veiled, and the Old serpent has not succeeded in blinding the eyes which the Spirit of God hath opened. True, we see in all Rome’s pictures and statues the foot of Mary on the Serpent’s head, but the foot is not coming down, nor is the head crushed! Rather is the woman’s foot resting on its head; and the woman itself supported by the Serpent. The whole system of Mary-anity is thus seen to be the outcome of the Serpent’s wisdom in opposition to the true Christ-ianity.

How different are the primeval star pictures of the heavens. There, the club is lifted up, the foot is coming down, yea, the foot is actually planted upon the enemy, treading the Scorpion underfoot. Rome may corrupt the words of the Book, but she cannot touch the stars of the heavens! The Devil himself cannot move them from their places. He may choose and use his servants and agents for corrupting the Scriptures written in the Book, but he cannot change the Revelation of the stars.

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/thestarsalso2.htm  There,—no woman’s foot is seen upon the serpent’s head! There,—no woman usurps the place of the all glorious Redeemer.

In Ophinchus we see HIM in dread conflict with the Serpent, and we see HIS foot upon the Scorpion’s heart (SCORPIO). We see HIM, the Risen Lamb   (ARIES), binding Cetus, the great Monster of the Deep; we see HIM in the glorious Orion, whose foot is coming down on the enemies head (Lepus); we see Him in the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (LEO), about to tread down that Old Serpent (Hydra) the Devil; we see HIM in the mighty Hercules, who has his foot on the head of the Dragon, (Draco), and His uplifted club about to inflict the long threatened blow; we see HIM crowned in Cepheus , with all His enemies subdued, and His right foot planted upon the Polar Star! http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm True, we do see a WOMAN in this heavenly and Divine Revelation; for there are four women. Two are connected with the REDEEMER, and two with the REDEEMED. The Redeemer is seen in the one (VIRGO) as the “promised Seed”; In the other (Coma), He is seen as the child born, the Son given. The Redeemed are represented in one as a captive chained (Andromeda), with no power to wage conflict with an enemy, but a prey to every foe; in the other Cassiopeia she is enthroned, with no necessity for conflict. For with one hand she waves the palm of a victory which another (Perseus) has wrought on her behalf, while with her right hand she is preparing and making herself ready for “the marriage of the Lamb.” Thus pure and undefiled is this primeval fountain of Divine Truth. Thus harmonious is it with the written Word of God. And He who gave them both to enlighten a dark world which lieth in the power of the wicked one, has filled both with one subject—“The sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow.” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/stars.htm

These are set forth by the Holy Spirit in a double sevenfold expansion of the prophetic promise of Gen 3:15 (KJV), giving seven steps in His humiliation and seven in His glorification Phil 2 :5—11 (KJV).

 

Genesis 3:15 (KJV) “And I will put enmity between thee [Satan] and the woman [Israel], and between thy seed and her seed   http://www.godsplan.org.uk/parables.htm;  it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.”

                            (The extreme ill will, or hatred, that exists between enemies). (Hence; Brexit, wars, Gas chambers, and all the other evils of society).

Phil 2:5—11 (KJV)

05 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

06 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

07 But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

08 And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

09 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Amen

“Come, then, and, added to Thy many crowns,

Receive yet one, the crown of all the earth,

Thou who alone art worthy! It was thine

By ancient covenant, ere Nature’s birth;

And Thou hast made it Thine by purchase since,

And overpaid its value with Thy blood.

Thy saints proclaim Thee King; and in their hearts

Thy title is engraven with a pen

Dipp’d in the fountain of eternal love.

Thy saints proclaim Thee King; and Thy delay

Gives courage to their foes, who, could they see

The dawn of Thy last advent, long desired,

Would creep into the bowels of the hills,

And flee for safety to the fallen rocks.”

.    .    .    .    .    .    .    .

 

“Come, then, and, added to Thy many crowns,

Receive yet one, as radiant as the rest,

Due to Thy last and most effectual work,

Thy word fulfilled, the conquest of a world.”

 

“FOR SIGNS AND FOR SEASONS

We have seen the great truths which are taught from the position, and forms, and names of the heavenly bodies. There are also truths to be learned from their motions. When God created them and set them in the firmament of heaven, He said in:

 

Genesis 1:14 (KJV) And God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:”

 

Here the word “signs” is othoth (plural of oth, from the root, to come). Hence, a sign of something or some One to come. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm

 

In Jeremiah 10:2 (KJV) and Jehovah says, “Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.”

 

The word “seasons” does not denote merely what we call the four seasons of the year, but cycles of time. It is, appointed time (from the verb, to point out, appoint). It occurs three more times in Genesis, each time in connection with the promised Seed—

 

1.      Gen 17: 21 (KJV) “At this set time in the next year”

2.      Gen 18:14 (KJV) “At the time appointed I will return”;

3.      Gen 21:02 (KJV) “At the set time of which God had spoken.”

Precession of the Equinox

Gen 1:14 (KJV) (above) is therefore, “They (the sun, moon, and stars) shall be for signs (things to come) and for cycles (appointed times).” Here, then, we have a distinct declaration from God, that the heavens contain not only a Revelation concerning things to come in the “Signs,” but also concerning appointed times in the wondrous movements of the sun, moon, and stars. The motions of the sun and moon are so arranged that at the end of a given interval of time they return into almost precisely the same position, with regard to each other and to the earth, as they held at the beginning of that interval. Almost precisely,” but not quite precisely. There will be a slight outstanding difference, which will gradually increase in successive intervals, and finally destroy the possibility of the combination recurring, or else lead to combinations of a different character (so there would be no confusion).

Thus the daily difference between the movement of the sun and of the stars leads the sun back very nearly to conjunction with the same star as it was twelve months earlier, and gives us the cycle of the year. The slight difference in the sun’s position relative to the stars at the end of the year, finally leads the sun back to the same star at the same time of year, so, at the spring equinox, and gives us the great Precessional cycle of 25,800 years.  So, too, with eclipses. Since the circumstances of any given eclipse are reproduced almost exactly 18 years and 11 days later, this period is called an eclipse cycle, to which the ancient astronomers gave the name of Saros; and eclipses separated from each other by an exact cycle, and, therefore, corresponding closely in their conditions, are spoken of as being one and the same eclipse. Each Saros contains, on average, about 70 eclipses. Of these, on the average, 42 are solar and 28 are lunar. Since the Saros is 11 days (or, more correctly, 10 point 96 days) longer than 18 years, the successive recurrences of each eclipse fall 11 days later in the year each time, in 33 Sari will have travelled on through the year and come round very nearly to the original date.

But as the Saros does not reproduce the conditions of an eclipse with absolute exactness, and as the difference increases with every successive return, a time comes when the return of Saros fails to bring about an eclipse at all. If the eclipse be a solar one before this takes place, a new eclipse begins to form a month later in the year than the old one, and becomes the first eclipse of a new series. This is the history of one such eclipse: On May 15 (Julian), 850 A.D. there was a new eclipse of the sun, and it occurred as a partial eclipse. On August 20th (Julian) 1012 A.D. this new eclipse became total. From that time it has become an annular eclipse, the latitude of the central shadow gradually shifting southward from the north, until on December 17th (Julian), 1210, it had reached N. Latitude 240. It turned northward again after 1210, until March 14 (Julian), 1355, when it fell in N. Latitude 430. Then it turned south, and has moved steadily in that direction, until on March 18 (Gregorian), 1950, its last appearance as an annular eclipse will have taken place. On May 22 (Gregorian), 2058, it will fall so far from the node that a new eclipse will follow it on June 21. It will make three more appearances as an ever diminishing partial eclipse, and be last seen on June 24th (Gregorian), 2112. Its total life history, therefore, will have been 1,262 years and 36 days, and will have occupied 70 Sari.

In the above life history of an eclipse* * These facts were kindly supplied by Mr E.W. Maunder, of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. There is not the slightest difficulty as to its identification. The Saros shows no break, and no interruption; nor does the character of the eclipse suffer any abrupt change. The district over which it is visible moves in a slow and orderly fashion from occurrence to occurrence over the earth’s surface.

Now the important point is this, that if we take the prophetic reckoning of 360 days to the year, we have the following significant Biblical numbers:-

1.      In the first place, we already have the 70 Sari divided into two portions of 33 and 37. A perfect cycle is accomplished in 33 Sari, or 595 years, when the eclipse, by a series of unbroken Sari, has accomplished a passage through the year of 360 days; or, if we reckon only the whole numbers, i.e. the 18 completed years, we have for the 33 Sari the period of 594 years, while the remaining portion of 37 Sari makes 666 years, (37 x 18); and the whole 70 Sari makes 1260 (594 +666).

The true interpretation will in any case still remain, and will surely be literally fulfilled in its own time. The Word of God will be vindicated; its prophetic truth will be verified; God Himself will be glorified; and His people saved with an everlasting salvation. Meanwhile the members of His Body will “wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come” (1 Thess 1:10 KJV). They will live:-

 

Titus 2:13-14 (KJV)

13 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”

14 Who gave himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

 

They will “look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ,” from heaven, believing that there is no hope either for “the Jew, the Gentile, or for a groaning creation, until the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus Christ, whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of ALL HIS HOLY PROPHETS SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN” (Acts 3:19—21 KJV).

 

The true interpretation will in any case still remain, and will surely be literally fulfilled in its own time. The Word of God will be vindicated; its prophetic truth will be verified; God Himself will be glorified; and His people save with an everlasting salvation.

 

Titus 2: 13—14 KJV

13 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”

14 “Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

 

“The world is sick, and yet not unto death;

There is for it a day of health in store;

From lips of love there comes the healing breath,—

The breath of Him who all its sickness bore,

And bids it rise to strength and beauty evermore.

 

Evil still reigns; and deep within we feel

The fever, and the palsy, and the pain

Of life’s perpetual heartaches, that reveal

The rooted poison, which, from heart and brain,

We labour to extract, but labour all in vain.

 

Our skill avails not; ages come and go,

Yet bring with them no respite and no cure;

The hidden wound, the pent up woe,

The sting we smother, but must still endure,

The worthless remedies which no relief procure,—

 

All these cry out for something more divine,

Which the worst woes of earth may not withstand;

Medicine that cannot fail—the oil and win,

The balm and myrrh, growth of no earthly land,

And the all-skilful touch of the great Healer’s hand.

 

Man needs a prophet: Heavenly Prophet, speak,

And teach him what he is too proud to hear.

Man needs a priest: True Priest, Thy silence break,

And speak the words of pardon in his ear.

Man needs a King: O King, at length in peace appear.”

 

AMEN