Early writings on this subject went into great detail regarding different parts of the constellations, so that practically every star was assigned a special meaning. The gospel message may well have been purposely written in the skies by the Lord. In that case, perhaps the star signs served as memory aids before Scripture was available. Today, of course, the Bible provides a clear message about the plan of God. On the contrary, warnings are given against trusting in the stars.
Caution is needed when searching for the gospel in the stars, since constellation symbols can have many possible interpretations. Since Babylonian times, Satan has counterfeited the zodiac with astrology. Many people still claim to see symbols of the gospel in unusual places: God certainly designed all things, but we must beware of building our doctrine on the details of nature. We can be thankful that the Bible presents the gospel to us so clearly that we have no need for additional evidence of its truths.
Physics as excerpted from Astronomy and the Bible , pgs. Net users generous rights for putting this page to work in their homes, personal witnessing, churches and schools. Is the gospel spelled out in the stars? The purpose of coloring them in that manner is to show how the decans are grouped in the same direction from the centers of the northern and southern circles the ecliptic poles. Note that all of the zodiac constellations are cut in half between the two hemispheres. The meaning seems to be that Christ would "pay the price" in order to redeem mankind.
Indeed, Christians have been "bought with a price" I Cor 6: The corresponding title of the Savior is the Redeemer. The first decan is the Cross , also called the Southern Cross Crux. This is another constellation which was lost to the Greeks, and counted as part of the stars of the Centaur. The Persians included it as a separate constellation, as a man holding a balance in one hand and a lamb in the other. The second decan is called the Beast Lupus , shown above with the Centaur. The type of animal it was is not clear, and it is often called the Wolf.
According to the Greek myth, it was about to be slain by the Centaur to be placed on the Altar Ara. This beautiful little constellation which is indeed a ring of stars, seems clearly to represent the crown in heaven which is the reward for having paid the price. In the stars, it is the crown being eyed by the Serpent, indeed, for which the Serpent is apparently reaching. The Scorpion, Healer, Serpent and Crown.
In the context of the life of Christ, this constellation represents the enemy Death. This meaning is indicated by the three accompanying decans. The first decan is the Serpent Serpens , which is wrapped around a man. Because in the sky the head is on one side of the man and the tail on the other, it is often considered as two constellations, the Serpent's head Serpens Caput and the Serpent's Tail Serpents Cauda.
This constellation tells us that the snake is another symbol of the scorpion. The second decan is the Serpent Bearer , or Healer Ophiuchus. He is the man wrestling the Serpent. Moreover, he is standing on the head of the Scorpion and his other heel is apparently being stung by the scorpion. These vivid symbols recall the great promise given to Eve, that someday her seed descendant would crush the serpent's head, even though the serpent would bruise his heel Gen.
That scripture clearly refers to the fact that Satan would have the power to torture the Savior, but that eventually Christ would overcome and crush Satan and even Death itself with the resurrection. Most of the English translations of constellation names given in this article agree with astronomy books, which generally call this constellation the Serpent Bearer. Here I introduce a new name for this constellation, the Healer, for two reasons. First, a shorter name is sometimes needed, and second, that is the deeper meaning of the constellation. It is not only death, but all disease which is overcome, and indeed, Jesus was the master physician.
He gave his disciples the "power to tread on serpents and scorpions" Luke The constellation reminds us of the caduceus, which is the serpent entwined around the pole, the symbol of medical doctors to this day.
In the Greek myths, this constellation represented Asclepius, the god of medicine, who was so skilled that he could even raise the dead. The third decan is Hercules. At first the Greeks did not recognize who this man was, and called him only "The Kneeler. Later Eratosthenes identified him as Hercules, who triumphed over the dragon,  and that interpretation is probably correct. In any case, here we again see a repetition of the head of a serpent being crushed, and by comparison to the Healer, we can perhaps conclude that the other heel has been wounded.
Hercules was a son of the god Zeus and a mortal woman and who became immortal.
He had twelve great labors to perform, and in an earlier article the twelve great labors of Jesus Christ were summarized. There are two titles of the Savior which could be associated with this group. The principal title is the Judge , referring to the Scorpion who is the messenger of judgment to the wicked. The Greeks showed him with a great cape flowing from his back, but to me it appears that they could not recognize what the wings were.
In any case, the Archer is apparently shooting at the Scorpion. The associated role of Jesus Christ is that of the Savior. The first decan is the Harp or Lyre Lyra.
It is the small, hand-held type of harp, and is usually depicted as made of a tortoise shell by Hermes in the Greek myth or sometimes in the shape of an Eagle. The harp has long been associated with angels and angelic music, probably because it has seen in vision as being held by angels Rev. This gives us a clue that the archer is a symbol of the rejoicing after the victory over Satan and Death.
The second decan is the Altar Ara. In this context it is apparently the altar of sacrifice on which the Savior was slain, as described above. The third decan is the Dragon Draco. It is found at the very top of the sky the ecliptic pole, the center of the upper circle in Figure 1. In this context, it represents Satan who wanted to exhalt himself to the top of the heavens Isa. He is coiled in such a way that the folds of his tail open up such that they could be said to hold about one third of the stars of heaven.
Accordingly, this was most likely the great red dragon sign constellation seen in the heavens seen by John Rev. Again, this is the dragon whose head is found under the foot of Hercules. Thus, these three constellations fit nicely with the theme of Satan having been overcome.
The top half is a goat, and the bottom half is the tail of a fish. Hence it is called the Sea Goat Capricornus. It is wounded and on one knee, and some of the ancient star names indicated that it is a sacrifice. The corresponding role of Jesus Christ is that of the Great Sacrifice. The first decan is the Arrow Sagitta. It is not well understood. Eratosthenes said it was a silver arrow of Apollo. In this context it would be the arrow with which the Sea Goat was slain as a sacrifice. The second decan is the Eagle Aquila. In this context it would probably be a wounded eagle, which is what Rolleston and all who have followed her have proposed.
Such is not clear at all from the figure, but may well be correct. The Eagle and the Arrow might also represent Christ as a messenger from the Father. The third decan is the Dolphin Delphinus. This decan would indicate that the tail of the Sea Goat is that of a dolphin. It is shown jumping out of the water, and very much alive. Anciently, the dolphin was a symbol of life and resurrection. Thus, putting the four all together suggests that two halves of the Sea Goat represent that the sacrificial goat would die for the sins of Israel, but would then resurrect.
He is a man who pours an entire river of water out of a jar, which flows onto the head of a fish. As discussed in my previous articles, this figure represents Christ as the Master Teacher and Lawgiver , who pours out blessings on the heads of his people, or church. The first decan is the Southern Fish Piscis Austrinus.
It is simply a large fish, which receives the water poured out by the Waterman. Sometimes the water is shown entering the mouth of the fish. The fish is a symbol of Christianity, or at least of the Lord's followers, even as the Lord called his "fishers of men. The second decan is the Flying Horse Pegasus. The myths about Pegasus are all about things which happen very late in the story.
He tends to come flying back carrying a hero to victory in the wrapping up scenes. Thus, he seems to be tied to events surrounding the Second Coming. That matches the scriptural symbolism perfectly, that the Savior will return from heaven riding a white horse Rev. The third decan is the Swan Cygnus. The Greek myths are not much help here; there are many variations, but most agree that the Swan represented Zeus in disguise.
The Christian interpreters have mostly associated the Swan with the swift return of the Savior the one who blesses at the Second Coming. Thus both the Swan and the Flying Horse are seen as variations on the same theme. The mythology is that Venus and Cupid jumped into the river to escape a monster and were saved by being changed into fishes. As mentioned above, the fish is a symbol of the Christian Church.
The mythology is not far from being saved by being turned into Christians when baptized in water. So the two Fishes seem to represent two different groups of followers of Christ. But what two groups? The Christian commentators tend to agree that the two are probably the church before Christ and the Church afterward, referring to the patriarchal church of Israel led by Moses, and then to the Christians headed by Christ.
The first decan is the Bands part of Pisces. Moreover, the leg of the Ram Aries is apparently breaking the Bands. That feature is not mentioned in Greek myth, but it is important to understanding the symbolism. A common theme in the scriptures is that Christ will break the bands of death. Here we apparently have a perfect figure of this prophecy. The Ram, which is an adult male Lamb, is seen breaking the bands which tie the two groups of the followers of Christ to the monster.
Thus, the monster could well represent Death, the Ram being Jesus Christ, and the Bands are the bands of death.
Two Fishes Churches at two times. So what do the two fish each represent? When the Savior resurrected, many of the righteous saints did also. One of the slowly moving hands on the great celestial clock is the vernal equinox, the position of the sun in the sky on the first day of spring. It moves one degree every 72 years, and thus can be used to indicate dates.
The numbers on the scale in Figure 2 are the years indicated by that "clock hand. If the size of the fish also refers to this timeline then the first fish represents the early church of Jesus Christ, which lasted until about AD What about the second fish? Figure 2 shows that the equinox crosses the first and last star in the second fish about the years and If this reasoning is correct, then the second fish could represent the saints of a latter-day church of Jesus Christ. The second decan is the King Cepheus. This meaning is less clear, but seems to represent the enthronement of Christ as King.
He is often pictured holding ribbons, which could correspond to the broken bands of the fishes.
The third decan is the Chained Princess Andromeda. The other common symbol of the church of Christ is the woman or bride, whereas Christ is the bridegroom who marries the church. This princess is chained to a cliff and is being offered as a sacrifice to the very same Sea Monster to whom the Fishes are bound. So here we have another figure representing the church being bound. But there could be slight difference in interpretation. The scriptures speak of "the bands of death, and the chains of hell" as distinct from each other Alma 5: Note that the scriptures rarely vary from that imagery of the "bands or cords of death" and the "chains of hell.
First, he broke the bands of death, so that someday all of us will resurrect. He also loosed the chains of hell, so that someday those who follow his commandments can escape bondage to Satan. Thus, the Fishes and Bands represent breaking the bands of death, whereas the story of Andromeda represents loosing the chains of hell. This nuance of detail in interpretation seems to have escaped earlier commentators, but is being proposed here because the symbolism is so consistent in scripture.
He is depicted as a magnificent Ram, with one foreleg extended between the Bands. His other foot in on the head of the great Sea Monster. The Greek myths describe him as the Ram with the golden fleece, which was the object of the journey of all the argonauts on the great journey led by Jason. That journey is also shown in the sky in the constellation of the Ship.
The clear symbolism of the Ram breaking the Bands of Death suggests that the Ram represents the role of Christ as the Resurrection.
He said "I am the Resurrection" John The golden fleece may represent the brilliant, golden aura one has when resurrected with the highest glory, which can shine brighter than the sun. The first decan is the Queen Cassiopeia. If the princess represents the Christian church, then the enthroned queen could represent the final glory to which the church can attain.
Such an interpretation indeed follows the theme proposed for the Ram, and would indeed be an excellent object for a quest of many great heroes. The second decan is the Sea Monster Cetus. He is both the monster to whom the Bands of Death are attached, and also the monster who was to devour the Chained Princess. That would indicate that he represents both death and hell. Jacob, the brother of Nephi in the Book of Mormon, explains that dual imagery: The third decan is the Hero or Bridegroom Perseus. Even as the Ram breaks the bands of death, it is the Hero Perseus who loosed the chains of hell from the Chained Princess.
In the myth, he sees her about to be devoured as he is returning from having slain the Medusa. Before he saves her, he extracts a promise from the onlooking parents King and Queen that if he saves her he can marry her. They agree and he slays the monster with his sword. He then marries the Princess. The returning Hero again matches the scriptural symbolism of the Savior who returns on a white horse from heaven and wields a sharp sword Rev. He is the hero who saves and then marries the church. Thus another title for Jesus Christ associated with this group is that of the Bridegroom.
Indeed, Aratus used that very concept as a synonym for Perseus. He is a great white bull of the variety of wild ox which has two long forward-pointing golden horns. His forelegs suggest that he is charging forward. On the other hand, he has seven doves on his back the Seven Sisters , and some have suggested that the bent legs indicate that he is peacefully reclining. Here it is not the Greek myths, but the Book of Enoch which makes it clear what the white bull represents.
It is the millennial Kingdom of God which will soon govern the earth for a thousand years, after the destruction of the wicked. In the context of the works of Jesus Christ, the Bull represent him as the Lord of Hosts , the leader of the hosts of the armies of Israel, who will vanquish opponents and rule in peace.
The first decan is the Hunter Orion. The is the brightest and most glorious constellation of all. In the Greek myths he is always a Hunter. He looks a lot like Hercules in that he is shown holding a club in one hand, a lion skin in the other, and wears a pearl belt, but the Greeks never confused him with Hercules.
In this context, it must represent Christ, the King of Kings who will reign during the Millennium. Most Christian commentators identify him as Christ during his millennial reign. The second decan is the River Eridanus. It is a river which begins at the knee of the Hunter and proceeds down and was supposed to encircle the southern ecliptic pole, much as the Dragon is coiled about the north ecliptic pole.
In the mythology, this is the river into which Phaethon was cast and his body burned after he failed to control the chariot of the sun. The Christian interpreters have associated it with the river of fire mentioned in Daniel, which issued forth in front of the Ancient of Days: While it certainly appears to be some sort of River of Judgment, it was not considered a River of Fire by the ancients. For example, Jason and the Argonauts navigated it. Nevertheless, the association of this River with that of the Ancient of Days makes sense in interpreting it as explaining more about the Bull. That is, if the Bull is the Millennial Kingdom of God, then the Hunter could be the Ancient of Days who will come and the River the judgment of the wicked.
Moreover, the entire myth of Phaethon losing control of the sun's path in the heavens, and starting the earth on fire sounds a lot like the prophecies of the earth reeling to and for like a drunken man, and the earth burning before the Second Coming. All of these events tie to the beginning of the Millennium. The third decan is the Charioteer Auriga.
He is depicted as man holding chariot reins in one hand and a goat with her two kids in the other. The Greeks had three interpretations of possible charioteers, none of which referred to Phaethon.
The Christian interpreters believe that it is not a charioteer at all, but rather another depiction of the herdsman, indicating that the great King of the Millennium the Hunter is the same as the Good Shepherd. But perhaps it really is a charioteer, possibly referring either to John the Baptist, or another like him, who is a servant of God who will help prepare the way for the Second Coming. This constellation requires more research.
The mythology is really fuzzy on these two, and there is little agreement as to who they really are. Sometimes one is shown with a club to identify him as Hercules and the other with a harp and bow and arrow to indicate Apollo, but Aratus did not mention any such instruments. The Christian interpreters have suggested that it represents God the Father and his son Jesus Christ being identical in looks. To me another possible meaning in this context is that the Immortal One who comes at the Second Coming is the same as the mortal Son of Man who came at the First Coming.
That interpretation is supported by the decans. Referring to the first proposed meaning, the associated title of Jesus Christ would be the Son of God. The first decan is the Hare Lepus. It is shown under the foot of Orion, as if being crushed even as the various other dragons, serpents, and scorpions.
Thus, it is identified with evil and with the enemy. The Persians showed it as a serpent, and the Egyptians showed Orion Osiris standing on a serpent with a bird on the serpent's back. But to the Greeks, this was the Hare which the Hunter is pursuing. The Christian interpreters identify it only with "the wicked" who will be destroyed at the Second Coming, but to me the meaning is much more precise. Why was a hare chosen as the enemy?
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That doesn't sound very ferocious, like a dragon or venomous serpent. Was is not because of the promiscuity of that animal?