This particular article will not only require greater attention and diligence by way of explanation but also a more intense effort to fine descriptive detail. To translate it or intelligently teach this subject, will also require much more documentation than normal, in order to explain the relevance of this significant and outstanding appointment with Biblical and prophetic destiny. It is such a hugely significant convergence of both, history with destiny, that I hope I can personally do justice to clearly, yet simply explain it, for it is a phenomena and a truly profound and strategic other worldly divine message.
Where do I begin? I guess my first step must begin with the description of astronomical star signs in the heavens, which are also established as authentic in the scriptures. I do not believe in, nor refer to the counterfeit explanations relating to astrology, which is forbidden in the scriptures. Let me begin with the very first reference which is in the first book in the Bible the book of Genesis chapter 1 verse 14, It records and reads as follows; “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:”
The word “signs” in the above verse is the Hebrew word signifying, a warning, a miraculous sign, a miracle, an omen. It carries the connotation of a future prophetic proof, a signal or evidence. Does it not make an individual question, why does the Bible in this verse state that the first primary priority of the stars in their created purpose, is to warn or alert as an omen, then secondly and less importantly, to exist to give light. The truth that needs some intense investigation is, who actually created the star signs and who named them and finally, do they actually have any relevance to our society and its future.
Let me first address these questions in order. First; Who created the star signs?
A/ Most people think that Astrology was an idea of mystics, who developed this concept of star gazing and prognostication from the annual or seasonal zodiacal positioning of star signs, in order to predict the future. They see it as a purely theoretical concept more aligned to mysticism than to science. Therefore, they say, as it is forbidden by the Bible, but practiced by the heathen, it has no credibility whatsoever, to Bible believers and as it is an ancient pagan belief system, there is no truth or validity to it at all. But is that true and without hesitation or consideration, I emphatically declare the above assumption is false definitely not true.
Astro, means the limitless heavens or stars, logy has to do with the logics or reasoning and conceptual opinions developed around those star signs. Astrology was actually woven into ancient pagan religion, and became occultist, that is why it is forbidden, but Astronomy which has more to do with the scientific study of the heavens, is not forbidden, it is actually taught and encouraged in scripture. Astrology has become therefore the religion of allowing the star signs to guide and control ones life so that the stars take the place of God in an individual and that one should submit to and worship them, as though they are a divine entity or cosmic God in themselves.
Astronomy however, is different, it is the acknowledgement, that the stars and their symbols are warnings and messages placed in the heavens by the creator, God, for our advantage. A prophetic time clock if you like, to show us where we are, on the path of Gods redemptive plan for our lives, and they inform us how close we are to eternity. The qualifier here though, is a definite command that the stars are not to be worshipped as a God, but recognised simply as a sign or message from God. In ancient Babylon they turned away from God the creator and worshipped the symbols of his creation, rather than the Lord of heaven of whom those signs directly referred. Read the book of Romans chapter 1 verse 20 -23
Romans 1:20 reads, For the invisible things of God from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. :21 Because, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were they thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. :22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, :23 They changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. They then worshipped those symbols in creation rather than the creator, of whom the signs in creation spoke.
Here we see that God created the sun moon and stars, as signs to prove and affirm the reality of an invisible creator, but man began to worship the created signs and not their creator. The 48 signs in the heavens are more commonly known by their Greek name “ZODIAC”, but as mentioned above, most folk do not accept that the signs are created by nor named by the God of the Bible, to which I answered earlier, that is emphatically not true.
In the Book of Job chapter 38 verses 31 to 33 God challenges Job’s ignorance saying,:31 “Can you bind the sweet influences of the heavenly sign of Pleiades, or loose the bands of the star sign of Orion? :32 Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or can you guide Arcturus with his sons? :33 Do you know the ordinances of heaven? Can you set the dominion of them in relation to earth?
The Hebrew Old Testament word seen here in the King James version of the Bible in Job 38:32 MAZZAROTH is the Hebrew counterpart or language that refers to the very same Greek word describing the 48 signs in the heavens, that of the word “ZODIAC”. God is rebuking Job, “Stating you do not control the signs of the Zodiac, you did not create them nor do you bring them out in season. Also you do not have power over them to redirect or change them, only I can do that.” To make it very clear so there is no confusion, God states in Isaiah 40;26 “Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, and who brings out their host by number: and who calls them all by name (or gave them their names) by the greatness of his might, for he is strong in power; not one of the star signs fails.
In these separate passages it is made very clear, God created them, but in answer to the second question presented above, as to who gave them their names?
B/ It is also clearly defined, that the Lord God of Heaven, He named them and He brings them forth in their seasons. Can I add here that most Christians wrongly, have been taught that Satan was behind all the star signs and gave them all their names, his (Satan’s) chosen personal identifying choice names. This is totally wrong, to which I will add proof and make irrefutable shortly. The fact is, to attribute Gods creative biblical truths to Satan is nothing short of heresy worse it is actually blasphemy! God created the Mazzaroth or Zodiac and formed them and gave them all their names.
God did that, not Satan. Satan is not a creator at all, he created NOTHING. Satan or Lucifer (his original name) himself is a created being just like you and I, God alone is the creator. Satan would like you to think he is Gods equal, but he is not and as a created inferior being, he can never be equal to God. His pride convinces him he is a god, but he is a product of the creator, not an actual creator but a marvellous counterfeiter. He is a created being, just like us.
In answer to the third question presented above, do they have any relevance to mankind in today’s contemporary world. The answer is a definite yes.
C/ Job in several places refers to the heavens and how the Lord on high, controls and directs them. It also teaches how the stars were not only placed there for aesthetic beauty sake, but they tell a story and speak forth prophetic truth, relating to Gods eternal purpose. Take for instance Job 26; 13 where it records this incredible truth, “By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.”
A Hebrew derivative of this word “garnish” mentioned in this verse, implies, God has made the heavens likened to a woven tapestry and a tapestry conveys a message or story, for others to see and read. Ancient records of great battles and events were frequently memorised and recorded in Tapestry weavings, as well as via woodcuts and paintings. In these verses directly referenced, it is stating without contradiction that God has woven a prophetic message in the heavenly signs which like a tapestry informs its viewers of a message that the creator desires to disclose to humanity.