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Signs in the Skies
From time immemorial the stars were named and arranged into constellations shown on star charts as pictures of animals, people and other objects. The Lord God Himself inspired the names of the stars just as He inspired His second Bible, the Great Pyramid, and the Holy Bible we read every day (Job 38:31-33; Psalm 147:4; Isaiah 40:26; II Timothy 3:16-17). The names and the twelve celestial signs (forty-eight if we include their three decans) are consistent with a unity of purpose and meaning throughout history in all ancient nations of the world (Genesis 1:14; Psalm 19:1-6; 50:6; Romans 1:10-20; 10:18). The term zodiac comes from the Greek ‘zodiakos,’ a diminutive of ‘zoon’ or „living creature” as in the cherubim, and means a circle of animals. However, its root meaning comes from the primitive root ‘zoad,’—way, path, or a progression by steps—as does the more ancient Hebrew root word ‘sodi.’ The Zodiacs in the temples of Denderah and Esneh in Egypt, in the Mayan temples of Chichén Itzá, in Persia and Mexico, survive unchanged on astronomical charts to this day.
Earth revolves counterclockwise (Eastward) on its axis and like all planets in our solar system Earth travels counterclockwise in its orbit around the Sun. The constellations of the Zodiac encircle Earth and the Sun in an imaginary belt about 16o wide. This path is called the ecliptic or great circle around which the stars, if they could be seen in daytime by an observer on earth, our luminescent Sun would appear to move through this belt thirty degrees month by month throughout the course of one year. The ecliptic is really the path of the Earth around the Sun. The Moon and planets also lie within the ecliptic or plane in which Earth orbits the Sun, and are thus also within the constellations of the zodiac. It is this belt that we call the Zodiac, with twelve months for its steps, from a plural Hebrew word of Babylonian origin ‘mazzaroth’ (Job 38:32) or ‘mazzaloth’ (II Kings 23:5) meaning lodgings or stopping places—a way by steps—signifying the twelve constellations of the zodiac through which the Sun appears to pass in the course of the year, poetically likened to the „inns, . . . in which the Sun successively rests during the several monthly stages of his annual journey” (The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 312).
During the Seven Church Ages of PART-Word, God was represented in the seven distinct colours of the rainbow through the Light of the Messages or „mystery of the seven stars in Christ’s right hand . . . which are the angels of the seven Church Ages,” reflecting the Covenant He made with the Earth:
Genesis 9:8-18, „God told Noah and his sons, Behold, I establish My Covenant with you, and with your descendants and with the birds and animals you brought with you in the ark—that I will never again send a flood to destroy the earth. And I seal this promise with the sign of a My rainbow in the clouds, as a token of the Covenant which I make between Me and the Earth. When I send clouds over the Earth, the rainbow shall be seen in the clouds, And I will remember My promise to you and every living creature; that never again will the floods destroy all flesh. For I will see the rainbow in the cloud and I will remember My everlasting Covenant with every living creature on the Earth. This is the Token of the Covenant, which I have established between Me and all flesh that is upon the earth”.
This vertical bow was only an arc, because His Covenant was not fully revealed to the Church Age saints as the Bible was sealed with Seven Seals. But John saw those seven colours gathered back into the prism of the Pyramid of His second Bible at the close of the Laodicean Church Age in 1963 and redemption was over. The last saint had been redeemed, and the whole Throne of God is encircled by the horizontal rainbow in the emerald colour of the Logos:
Revelation 4:2-7, „Immediately . . . (insert your name as Christ’s end-time Bride whom John represents throughout this Book, as it was he to whom the seventh angel, William Branham, revealed the Seals after the Church Ages – Revelation 10:4-7) . . . was in the Spirit and saw—O, the glory of it—a throne standing in heaven, and One [not two or three] seated on it. In appearance He resembled jasper and carnelian, and a rainbow that looked like an emerald encircled the Throne. And surrounding the throne were twenty-four thrones seating twenty-four elders, clothed in white with golden crowns on their heads.”
[Jesus, who is the glory of God, is to look upon as Reuben and Benjamin, „the First and the Last, Alpha and Omega, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8). We have a portrait of God overshadowing His glory, the new Jerusalem in Revelation 21:10-11, for the Glory of God is Jesus Christ and the Glory of Jesus Christ is His Church. The prophet Ezekiel saw the vision almost seven hundred years before John:
Ezekiel 1:26-28, „High in the sky above the living creatures was the likeness of a Throne made of a sapphire stone: and upon it was the Son of man, Jesus Messiah. From His waist up he seemed to be like glowing bronze, and from his waist down He seemed to be entirely flame, and there was an amber brightness round about Him like a glowing horizontal rainbow. This was how the appearance of the likeness of the Glory of the Lord appeared to me. And when I saw it, I fell face downward on the ground, and I heard the voice of One speaking”.
Brother Branham said, „I want you to remember, God still exists in the same colors, „from the loins upward, fire, amber color,” shot with a movie camera or with a color camera, „amber from the loins up, from the loins down, and all around, many colors like is in the rainbow in the sky after a rain”: Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever. The Holy Spirit’s still in His power, still in His church in this last day. There you are. Not me, I was just standing there, but it was a picture that was taken. I want you to look at that, just exactly what Ezekiel saw: same colors, the same way, and acted the same way, and flushed the same way, of the living Creatures. What is it? The living Creatures represent the living Church, the Church that’s a living by the power and the resurrection of Christ. Them same amber colors has covered it from the loins upward, from the loins downward.”
„There’s no more guessing; science has took the picture. Look at their colors; just look at the colors of fire in there (See?), the rainbow. Look at this yellowish-emerald color. Now, on this camera, it was just a straight photographer’s camera. On this camera was color, colored pictures, Kodachrome color. Look at the emerald color in there. If I could get it over a light somewhere where you could see it in the back. Can you see now? „Like unto a rainbow,” look at the streaks coming back and forth like the rainbow, every one a different color. We’re going to get into that in a few minutes, what are those colors and what do they reflect” (Revelation, Chapter Four, Part II, p. 613:161-162?]
Revelation 4:5-7, „Flashes of lightning, peals of thunder, and voices in the thunders issued from the Throne. Directly before the Throne were seven lighted lamps representing the seven-fold Spirit of God [signifying all seven Church Ages were fulfilled; the seven portions of the Spirit that had anointed the angels and saints in each Age had left the Earth; Christ’s Mediation as Son of God was fulfilled and it was time for His second or ‘parousia’ Coming in the Office Son of man]. Also in front of the Throne was a shiny crystal-clear sea representing the laver made from the polished copper mirrors of the Israelite women wherein the sacrifice was washed, [as the Church Age saints were washed by the water of the angel’s Message for their day (Ephesians 5:26), showing that the Church Age saints had been redeemed. On the other hand, Christ’s end-time Bride is predestinated to receive the fullness of the Word through the revelation of the Seven Seals, as the 144,000 elect Israelites will receive the fullness by the Seven Trumpet mysteries, consequently we do not require a Mediator and were fully redeemed in Christ on Calvary]. The Bride of all Ages is represented by the four living creatures on the four sides of the Throne, full of eyes before and behind [signifying their intelligence of He that was, which is, and shall come]; the first living creature was like a lion and represented the saints of Pentecost and the Ephesian, Smyrnean and Pergamean Church Ages; the second living creature like an Ox represented the saints of the Thyatirean Church Age, the third beast, with the face of a man represented the Sardisean and Philadelphian Church Ages, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle represented the saints of the Laodicean Church Age and the end-time Bride of this present holy convocation of the fiftieth day of the antitype of Israel’s Pentecostal Feast”.
The PART-Word saints were once under the vertical arc of the spectrum of Light revealed to their Church Age; the other half had not been told as the Bible was sealed when they were redeemed. That other half is the seven Thunders, which are the mysteries contained in the Seven Seals that bring Christ’s end-time Bride to a clear revelation of the fullness of the Word. Thus when John, that is, you, caught the revelation, you saw the Bride of Christ of all Ages redeemed and under the full spectrum horizontal rainbow after the close of the Laodicean Church Age but before the opening of the Sealed Book. So we see that the Bible is the story of God unfolding Himself or changing His form from the Holy Spirit alone with His thoughts to the flesh of His glorified Family. God’s first Throne was His judgment in heaven; His second Throne was in Christ, and His Third Throne is in the heart of His Bride who will judge the earth, and every word or deed against Her will be recompensed (Mark 9:42; II Thessalonians 1:6-10; Revelation 3:9). But if you are unable to subdue and take dominion over the earthly temple of your body and mortal spirit, you are none of His (Romans 8:5-9).
God created time and space for the purpose of redemption. He spent six days of a thousand years preparing this ancient planet for man’s habitation, and allotted six days of a thousand years in which man would labour against sin, to be followed by the millennium of rest, the general resurrection and White Throne Judgment, then the eighth day, which is the „restoration of all things which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:21). So it should be clear that we are now at the very end of the Gentile dispensation, when Christ’s Bride will be resurrected and translated to the Wedding Supper in the Sky, while Earth enters seven years of tribulation.
Signs in the Skies
In his book „God’s Story in the Heavens, the First Bible,” Pastor Morris Ungren said: There was much excitement early in the year of 1986 as the world watched for the return of Halley’s Comet. When it arrived there was disappointment due to the fact that it appeared so small. Brother Bob Brown and I were holding meetings in South Africa as guests of Brother William Retief. After the meetings, we were invited to spend a week in the famous Kruger Wildlife Park, which is about the size of the state of Tennessee. We left Johannesburg about 4:00am and on the road we stopped to look at the comet. It could be vividly seen in the Southern Hemisphere. It appeared small and was seven-stranded like a bridal-veil. We also saw the Southern Cross which cannot be seen in the Northern Hemisphere. Halley’s Comet was last seen in 1910 when the earth passed through its tail causing great awe and concern among the people. Some thought the world was coming to an end. It reappears about every 76 years.
There was an unusual write-up in the newspapers and magazines printed in Africa at the time. There were two graphs depicting the elongated orbit of the comet around the sun and its path through several star groupings, and then on into eternity.
What is Halley’s Comet pointing to? The Gospel has gone from East to West and Christ has now appeared as the Judge. „I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of Days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head like the pure wool.” (This is obviously a prophetic reference to the supernatural cloud, a constellation in the form of a Headstone). „His throne was like the fiery flame, and His wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him: thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him; the judgment was set, and the books were opened” (Daniel 7:9-10).
Halley’s Comet came in over the right shoulder of Orion (the Glorious One) within 12o of Betelgues (The Coming Branch), then passes over the left shoulder of Orion, Bellatrix (swiftly appearing Bride) on toward the Pleiades (the Congregation of Judges); Orion stands with his left foot in the river of the Judge (Eridanus). The Comet’s path goes west, turns south, then back east again. Then the comet moved over the left shoulder of Orion (the Glorious One) looking towards Taurus, the Bull. Then it moved on close beside the Pleiades (the seven stars of Revelation 1:20), this was the congregation of the seven judges, the messengers of the seven Church Ages. Orion stands with his left foot in the river that goes out before him. Its name is ERIDANUS, the river of the Judge. It flows to the west, then turns south and goes back east.
Alpha has become Omega now. The Seals were opened and Christ has become Judge. The Seventh Seal is opened and Revelation 10:1-7 is fulfilled. Seven strands of braided hair coming over the shoulder of Orion (the coming Prince). The comet appears with a bridal-veil, and she as the Bride placed her veil over the shoulder of the Bridegroom to signify that she is now in subjection to Him. He has the preeminence! This is the traditional token of the authority of the husband in Israelite culture (Isaiah 9:6).
The Path of Halley’s Comet between 1915 to 1986: earth passed through its tail in 1910. In 1948 at its aphelion, the orbital point farthest away from the sun (4,496,600,000km), Israel became a nation.
The comet approached at a 40o angle. Forty is the number of judgment [or probation, trial, and chastisement]. In 1986 when the comet reappeared, only those who were looking for it saw it. In 1977 it was just passing Uranus with its three rings of light. That was when the third pull began, it was the year of Jubilee, as the prophet said. The comet at last bore off toward Arcturus and on off out of sight as though going into oblivion. If the stars are for signs as God said they were, was Halley’s comet telling us something on its last trip before to the Millennium?
Josephus speaks of the priesthood of Aaron on the day of Atonement, „Each of the sardonyxes declares to us the sun and the moon; those, I mean, that were in the nature of buttons on the high priest’s shoulders” (Book 111, chapter 8:7). These are the two stars over the shoulder of the Glorious One, Orion. Bellatrix on the left shoulder, the female symbolized by the Moon, and Betelguese on the right shoulder symbolized by the Sun.
[Brother Ungren said the high priest wore „a Sardius stone over one shoulder, and a Jasper stone over the other.” Revelation 4:3, „He who sat was to look upon like a jasper and sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.” In this theophany it is the lustre of the Jasper and Sardine that characterizes the appearance of the One upon the Throne; it is likewise expressive (as the most precious of stones) of the glory of God which lightens new Jerusalem (Revelation 21:11). The Sardine (sardonyx) is BLOOD RED and STRIPED (Exodus:28:9-12; Leviticus 4:6)! One of the most popular of the green jaspers was called Bloodstone, named for the small flecks of red iron oxide found on the dark green surface. However it would seem this is not the ordinary jasper, but the Diamond, as it is compared with transparent crystal].
On February 28, 1963 at Sunset Mountain northeast of Tucson, Arizona, there was the appearing of Christ the Head of the Church in the late evening skies some 30 miles above the desert earth. This fulfilled Mark 13:26, „And then shall they see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.” The May 17th issue of Life Magazine carried four pictures of it on page 112, with the caption, „A High Cloud Ring of Mystery.” On the back side of the page was a Rainbow of Moonbeams over the head of Christ. This picture was taken in Hawaii, the 50th state of the Union. Fifty speaks of Jubilee.
Science Magazine, the official publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science had the Cloud picture on the front cover of its April 19th, 1963 issue. A face is visible in this picture. An abstract was drawn up and printed under the heading ‘Stratospheric Cloud over Northern Arizona’: „An unusual ring-shaped cloud was widely observed over northern Arizona near sunset on 28 February 1963. From initial computations based on the four photos taken in Tucson, 190 miles south of the cloud, its altitude was approximately 35 kilometers. The most distant observation was made 280 miles from the cloud. The cloud remained sunlit for 28 minutes after local sunset. Iridescence [rainbow-like colors] was noted by many observers. Tentatively, the cloud may be regarded as similar to a nacreous [pearly] cloud; but its unusually great height, plus its remarkable shape, suggest that it was a cloud of previously unrecorded type”. This report was written by James E. McDonald, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, University of Arizona at Tucson. The Collier’s Encyclopaedia included a picture and a report on this cloud in its 1963 Yearbook.
Everything in God’s universe exists not for its own sake merely, but for the sake of something higher than itself. In Judges 5:20 it says, „Stars in their courses fought against Sisera.” The Sun and Moon stood still over the valley of Ajalon, in order that Israel might have light to fight the battle of the Lord. The whole universe is subordinate to, and even sacrifices for, the spiritual benefit of those heirs of salvation to whom the very angels are ministering spirits.
Jewish tradition, preserved by Josephus, says that this Bible astronomy [not astrology] was invented by Adam, Seth, and Enoch. We were told by Brother Branham that Job named the constellations, and the first Bible was in the sky, the Zodiac. „God wrote three Bibles,” he said, another Bible was the Miracle in Stone, which was a prophecy in stone by Enoch, who built it. So there is a Gospel in the Great Pyramid of Egypt, which is another book by Brother Ungren.
In a study of this Great Pyramid, it is evident that the builders of that monument understood and recognized the testimony of the stars. For they constructed it in accordance with this testimony. Enoch, being a prophet, encoded in structural form a prophecy. It was in harmony with the Gospel in the Stars. This is true by the fact that the scored line in the descending passage of the pyramid points directly to the Pleiades at a given chronological time. This was in accord with the plan of the builders while the descending passage pointed at the same time to the chief star Draconis in the constellation of the Dragon, or Great Serpent.
A passage in Job 26:13 states, „By His Spirit He hath garnished the heavens; His hand hath formed the crooked serpent.” The Serpent then of Genesis, chapter three was a created being. Job also speaks of the Pleiades in 38:31, and of the constellations of Arcturus and Orion in Chapter 9:9. These names are from great antiquity, for Job lived in the one thousand year era before the flood.
It is interesting to note that Isaiah speaks of these constellations in chapter 40:26. In the timeless beginning, David in Psalm 147:4, declares „He telleth the number of the stars. He calleth them all by their names.” The names of these signs have continued as they are down through the ages.
God asked Job in Chapter 38:32. „Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in His season?” (This is the twelve signs of the houses of the Zodiac.) Of course, this is impossible, for we must enter each house or sign in the order of its time or season.
The apostle Paul referred to this in Romans 10:14-18 when asked, „How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed; And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” Then Paul goes on to state, „But I say have they not heard? Yes, verily. Their sound went out into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world”.
Here, Paul is quoting from the 19th Psalm showing that the star groupings in the heavens formed a symbolic picture to the ancients and bore information and revelation from one end of heaven to the other. These star groupings are a silent witness of an understandable Message to all peoples in a language they understand. Paul declares in Romans 1:20, „For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen. . .” For, „The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1).
The world today prefers Hollywood’s pictures to seeing the „things” of God’s heavens, looking at His works and hearing His speech. His infinite Majesty created and controls the heavens and the earth. „Even His eternal power and Godhead” (Romans 1:20). Men subconsciously know, and especially His saints know, that there is a Divinity from creation.
In the early 18th century Franz Joseph Haydn set to music a hymn by Joseph Addison that is sung in many churches today.
- „The spacious firmament on high with all the blue ethereal sky,
- and spangled heaven, a shining frame, their great Original proclaim.
- The unwearied sun from day to day, doth his Creator’s power display.
- And publishes to every land, the work of an Almighty Hand.
- Soon as the evening shades prevail, the moon takes up the wondrous tale,
- as nightly to listening earth repeats the story of her birth;
- whilst all the stars that round her burn and all the planets in their turn,
- confirm the tidings as the roll, and spread the truth from pole to pole.
- What though in solemn silence all move round this dark terrestrial ball?
- What though no real voice nor sound amidst their radiant orbs be found?
- In reasons ear they all rejoice, and utter forth a joyous voice:
- forever singing, as they shine, „The Hand that made us is Divine:”
In appendix 12 of The Companion Bible, E. W Bullinger states, „These names and the twelve ‘signs’ go back to the foundation of the world. We see evidence of this in Genesis 11:4, where we read of the Tower of Babel having „his top with the heavens.” There is nothing about the wrongly supplied italics „may reach unto.” The words refer to the signs of the Zodiac, pictured at the top of the Tower, like the Zodiacs in the Temples of Denderah, and Esneh in Egypt”.
Aratus, who lived about 400BC, wrote a famous work concerning the heavens entitled „Phaenomena,” in which he described all the constellations and figures in the heavens. He lived in Tarsus, as did the Apostle Paul. His poem „Diosemeia” was a most famous and popular Greek poem next to Homer’s, „Illiad” and „Odyssey.” Paul quotes this poem in Acts 17:28. „For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also His offspring.” That was a quote from „Diosemeia.” In „Phaenomena,” Aratus states (and he is attributing all of this to Zeus, who was the head of the Greek pantheon of gods), „since he himself hath fixed in heaven these signs”.
The Babylonian „Creation Tablets” refer to them, though their primitive meaning had been either corrupted or lost. It is the same with the Greek mythology, which is a corruption of primitive truth which had been lost and perverted.
We must remember that our written Scriptures began with Moses about 1400BC and for more than 2,500 years, the revelation of the hope which God gave in Genesis 3:15 was preserved in the naming of the stars and their grouping in signs and constellations.
There is nothing in the positions of the stars to suggest the pictures originally drawn around them. The pictures were drawn around them respectively. Thus the truth was written in the heavens, where no human hand could touch it. In later years, when Israel came into the possession of the written „Scriptures of Truth,” there was no longer need for the more ancient writing in the heavens. Therefore, the original teaching gradually faded away, and the heathen, out of the little bit they had heard by tradition, evolved their cosmogonies and mythologies (Morris R. Ungren, „God’s Story in the Heavens, the First Bible,” p. 17-24). nl677.htm
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