Biblical Astronomy: The Hebrew Mazzaroth
This page is my little introduction to some resources on Biblical astronomy.
This is not to be confused with astrology, which is the study that assumes
and attempts to interpret the influence of the heavenly bodies on human
affairs. Biblical astronomy recognizes that God created the heavens and
they are for signs to us. They are also the origin of our marking of time.
Most people today have grown up with the names of the 12 signs of the
Zodiac as their only education on the naming of stars and constellations.
In reality, the names remain the same today as ancient cultures called them
before the flood. In fact each name carries a meaning that, when put together
in the constellation, tells a story. Curious what that story is? Read on...
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
and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights
in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it
was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the
day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the
earth, 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. And the evening
and the morning were the fourth day.
There’s some truly amazing “coincidences” that happen
in the stars. In reality, I don’t believe in coincidences like these.
I would recommend a background understanding of the Hebrew Mazzaroth. Chuck
Missler has a great mp3 download for $7.95 called
Signs in the Heavens where he goes over some of these ancient constellations
that spell out the plan of salvation in the stars starting with what we
call Virgo (representing the virgin birth of the Messiah) and end with Leo
(the Lion of the tribe of Judah).
by Lyuben Piperov: Sofia, Bulgaria
The Lord Jesus said that
in the time of the end there will be a sign in the sky, “the
sign of the Son of man in heaven” (Matthew 24:30), the
Greek word translated ‘heaven’ here being used both for
the abode of God and the celestial firmament. There are two ways of
interpreting such prophecies, the figurative/metaphorical way and the
literal/physical way. In the last few centuries more attention has been
paid to the former method than to the latter, but I would like to share
with readers a recent discovery I have made of a literal fulfillment
of the prophecy.
The link between the Lord Jesus and the fish
is well known. In the Gospels we read that some of the disciples of
Jesus were fishermen, that Jesus fed thousands of hungry people with
bread and fish miraculously multiplied, and that he caused large numbers
of fish to be caught by miraculous means. Later the fish became a symbol
of Christianity, because in Greek the initial letters of the statement ‘Jesus
Christ, God’s Son, Savior’ make the Greek word for fish.
There is a remarkable astronomical link with this fact, which we will
The constellations are arbitrarily divided areas
of the sky in which are stars that may be quite different from each
other in brightness, spectral class and distance from the earth. There
are eighty-eight of them today. Some were named by Europeans less than
500 years ago during expeditions into the southern hemisphere. The twelve
constellations of the Zodiac, through which the sun makes its annual
course (as it appears to us), have long been identified as such, the
identification of some constellations being traceable back to the Babylonians
or even to more ancient Near East civilizations. The constellation known
as Pisces has been known as such since the first century A.D., and,
together with Venus as the Bright Morning Star, played a major role
in East Mediterranean astrology.1
During the era of the great geographical discoveries, when the oceans
were widely explored, there arose a need for a unified method of naming
stars, the only navigational aids in the open seas. The German astronomer
Johannes Bayer (1572-1625) introduced, in his 1603 stellar atlas
Uranometria Nova, the practice of designating the brightest stars
in the constellations by the letters of the Greek alphabet. Today it
is not the only method of denoting stars, but, apart from the individual
names given to the brightest stars, it is the most convenient one.
Usually the brightest star in a constellation is designated
alpha (α), the first
letter in the Greek alphabet, but this is not so in the case of the
constellation Pisces. Here the star designated omega
(ω), the last letter of the Greek alphabet, is
slightly brighter than alpha and much brighter than the star
beta (β), the second letter.
It is in fact the third brightest star, after eta
(η) and gamma
(γ), among the approximately seventy-five stars
in Pisces visible to the naked eye. The reason for this change from
the normal way of designating stars in a constellation remains a puzzle.
At this point, let me remind you of what the Lord Jesus says of
himself in the book of Revelation: “I
am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last”
(Revelation 22:13; cf. Revelation 1:8,17; Revelation 2:8; Revelation
21:6). In the same chapter he refers to himself as “the
bright and morning star” (Revelation 22:16).
present the sun is in Pisces at the time of the vernal (spring) equinox.2
However, due to a slight wobbling of the earth on its axis, the position
of the sun within the twelve constellations of the Zodiac gradually
moves backwards over the years, the whole process being calculated as
taking 26,000 years before it is back in the same position again.3
As there are twelve Zodiac constellations, this means that the sun remains
in a particular constellation of the Zodiac at the time of the spring
equinox for just over 2,000 years. The sun moved into the constellation
of Pisces, the Fishes—representative, as shown above, of the Lord Jesus
Christ—shortly before his birth, and is calculated to leave Pisces and
enter Aquarius, the Water Carrier, in the next 100 years. The present
age is therefore sometimes referred to as the Age of Pisces.
We now need to consider the concept of the meridian. This is an imaginary
line running from the horizon due north of an observer through the heavens
to the horizon due south of an observer. The meridian at the vernal
equinox is called the zero meridian, and it runs through the constellation
of Pisces in which the sun is situated. At the time of the birth of
Jesus Christ the nearest visible star in Pisces to the zero meridian
would have been that designated alpha (α).
However, due to the slow movement of the sun through the Zodiac, mentioned
above (the precession of the equinoxes), the nearest star in Pisces
to the zero meridian, in fact the nearest of all the 1,800 brightest
stars as listed in a star catalogue, is now that designated
omega (ω). It is calculated
that it will be exactly on the zero meridian early in 2012.
is surely significant that, in the constellation with a name that is
particularly identified with the Lord Jesus, a star designated
alpha by astronomers was closest to the zero meridian
at the time of His birth, and a star designated omega
is closest to the zero meridian at the time when we expect him to return.
This is especially so when, as explained above, astronomers have departed
from their normal convention and designated one of the brightest stars
in the constellation omega.
is more. I mentioned above the fact that the planet Venus was referred
to as the Bright Morning Star by the ancients,4
a title used of the Lord Jesus in Revelation 22, in close proximity
to the reference to him as “Alpha and Omega”. On 30 March
Venus became the ‘Morning Star’ and will remain so till
the end of 2001. Moreover, for the period 24 January to 10 June (137
days) it was situated in the constellation of Pisces, a rare astronomical
event. Such a long sojourn in one constellation was only possible because,
instead of moving straight on through the heavens, the path of Venus
in our skies performed a loop within the constellation of Pisces. Also,
on 11 and 12 April Venus passed very close to the star omega
(ω) in Pisces, probably the closest for millennia.
Whatever might be the figurative application of Matthew 24:30, these
remarkable astronomical phenomena surely provide a literal fulfillment
of “the sign of the Son of man in heaven”, and warn us that
the day of his return is near.
- See the article, “Starry fish in the firmament”,
E. C. Krupp, Sky and Telescope, USA, Dec. 1998. 16).
- The term ‘equinox’ refers to the two occasions
each year, spring and autumn, when day and night are of
- This phenomenon is called ‘the precession of the
- Venus orbits between the earth and the sun. It is therefore
visible (when it can be seen at all) either for a few hours before
sunrise or for a few hours after sunset, never throughout the night.
This led the ancients to refer to it as both the Morning Star and
the Evening Star, thinking they were different ‘stars’.
The First Book. The Redeemer. “The sufferings of Christ.”
The Second Book. The Redeemed.
- VIRGO (A) The prophecy of the promised seed.
- COMA. (= The desired). The woman and child the desired of
all nations (in the most ancient Zodiacs).
- CENTAURUS (with two natures). The despised sin-offering.
- BOOTES. The coming One with branch.
- LIBRA (B) The Redeemer’s atoning work.
- CRUX. The Cross endured.
- LUPUS. The Victim slain.
- CORONA. The Crown bestowed.
- SCORPIO (B) The Redeemer’s conflict.
- SERPENS. Assaulting the man’s heel.
- OPHIUCHUS. The man grasping the serpent.
- HERCULES. The mighty man victorious.
- SAGITTARIUS (A) The Redeemer’s triumph.
- LYRA. Praise prepared for the Conqueror.
- ARA. Fire prepared for His enemies.
- DRACO. The dragon cast down.
The Third Book. The Redeemer. “The glory that should follow.”
- CAPRICORNUS (C) The result of the Redeemer’s
- SAGITTA. The arrow of God sent forth.
- AQUILA. The smitten One falling.
- DELPHINUS. The dead One rising again.
- AQUARIUS (D) The Blessings assured.
- PISCIS AUSTRALIS. The blessings bestowed.
- PEGASUS. The blessings quickly coming.
- CYGNUS. The Blesser surely returning.
- PISCES (D) The Blessings in abeyance.
- THE BAND. The great enemy, “Cetus.”
- ANDROMEDA. The redeemed in bondage.
- CEPHEUS. The Deliverer coming to loosen.
- ARIES (C) The Blessings consummated.
- CASSIOPEIA. The captive delivered.
- CETUS. The great enemy bound.
- PERSEUS. The “Breaker” delivering.
- TAURUS (E) Messiah coming to rule.
- ORION. The Redeemer breaking forth as Light.
- ERIDANUS. Wrath breaking forth as a flood.
- AURIGA. Safety for His redeemed in the day of wrath.
- GEMINI (F) Messiah as Prince of princes.
- LEPUS. The enemy trodden under foot.
- CANIS MAJOR. The coming glorious Prince.
- CANIS MINOR. The exalted Redeemer.
- CANCER (F) Messiah’s redeemed possessions.
- URSA MINOR. The lesser sheepfold.
- URSA MAJOR. The fold and the flock.
- ARGO. The pilgrim’s arrival at home.
- LEO (E) Messiah’s consummated triumph.
- HYDRA. The
old serpent destroyed.
The cup of wrath poured put.
The birds of prey devouring.
The Hebrew Mazzeroth By Chuck Missler
Can you bind
the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in his season?
or can you guide Arcturus with his sons? Do you know the ordinances
of heaven? can you set the dominion thereof in the earth?
In the Torah, we are told that astrology is not simply a superstition,
but a capital crime - punishable by death! Many people tend to get astronomy
and astrology mixed up, however no astronomer takes astrology seriously,
there is simply no feasible basis for it. For example, a French statistician
sent the horoscope for one of the worst mass-murderer’s in history
to 150 people and asked how well it fit them, 94% thought they recognized
themselves in the description. An Australian researcher reversed the
readings of 22 people and 95% identified themselves in those readings.
Two astronomers tracked and published predictions of some well-known
astrologers and astrological organizations for 5 years, and out of 3000
predictions, only 10% came to pass. Astronomers have posed some rather
pointed questions and statements for astrologers to consider:
- What is the likelihood that one twelfth of the worlds population
is having the same kind of day today?
- Why is the moment of birth, not conception, so crucial to astrology?
- Why don’t all identical twins have the same personality?
Their nature is more often opposite!
- If it was a matter of influence, the obstetrician who delivers
the baby turns out to have about six times the gravitational pull
of mars and about two thousand billion times it’s tidal force!
- If astrological influent is carried by an unknown force, why
is it independent of distance?
- The influence of mars is identical for a horoscope whether it
is on the same side of the sun or seven times further away on the
Psalm 19: 1-6
declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech and night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth and their words to
the end of the world. In them he has made a tabernacle for the sun,
which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices
like a strong man to run it’s race. It’s rising is from
one end of heaven, and it’s circuit to the other end; and
there is nothing hidden from it’s heat.
A number of people scoff at the above Psalm, because it sounds like
the Psalmist is saying the sun goes around the earth, and everyone since
Copernicus knows that the earth revolves around the sun, and the sun
is still. so obviously the Psalmist is a little confused. However that’s
myopia on the part of the critic because while we rotate on our axis
and revolve around the sun in orbit, the sun appears is on an orbit
of it’s own and revolves around our whole galaxy! So it’s
interesting to note that the Psalmist is actually so much broader in
his horizon that we would have thought possible - particularly in the
time of David.
The band of stars on both sides of this path which is known toady
as the Zodiac is called the Mazzeroth in Hebrew. The names of these
stars, Virgo, Pisces, Capricorn, Leo etc., are familiar to us today,
because they are used by astronomers and navigators to designate various
areas of the sky. Sadly they have also been exploited by astrologers
for occultic purposes which are so very far from the truth. The 12 signs
have nothing to say about man, however they do have a great deal to
say about God’s plan of redemption for mankind - from the virgin
birth (Virgo) to the triumph of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Leo)!
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