5779 Rosh Hashanah / Feast of Trumpets / Yom Teruah
I have divided this Rosh Hashanah teaching into 4 Segments for ease of use.
Part 1 Prophecy
Part 2 Gospel of the Stars
Part 3 The Magi & The Birthday
Part 4 Traditions & End Times
The Following is Part 2 – The Gospel of the Stars
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Has God revealed His plans in His creation, especially in the stars?
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
The stars are revealing knowledge to us about Jesus
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
God let man name the animals but, God named the stars on Day 4 and He made each one with a purpose. Its name tells you its purpose.
Long before Moses wrote down the story in the Torah, God wrote the story in the stars.
We can look up and literally read the Bible.
Revelation 13:8 identifies Jesus as, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. (Meaning from Day 1 thru Day 6)
Let’s track back to Day 4 When Jesus created the Sun, Moon, Stars, and Time
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night;
and let them be for signs and seasons [months], and for days and years.
The word translated seasons is [mo-ad] – it means appointed times
It probably doesn’t mean the four seasons, but more likely months, because the phrase “appointed times” is only used for the Feasts,
which were determined by the new moon, which is at the beginning of every Biblical month.
You may be familiar with the word zodiac – it’s often associated with astrology
When I was a kid, they put the horoscopes right beside the comics in the newspaper
Hopefully because they knew they were fake, but I suspect there was a less than noble agenda?
Astrology says a man can tell something about himself from the stars. That’s not truth.
The Bible says that the stars tell us something about God and His plan for the world.
The Bible condemns everything about astrology – it’s occultism.
Because God created us and He alone sets our destiny.
Astrology tried to corrupt the story by changing the characters into mythological deities with silly stories.
The real story in the stars was written by God Himself – it’s the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Stars Prophesy
Stars have a Purpose:
Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons…Gen 1
When God was speaking with Job, He asked,
“Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loose the belt of Orion?
Can you bring out Mazzaroth [Constellations] in its season? Or can you guide Arcturus?
Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you set their dominion over the earth? Job 38
According to Arabic tradition, the signs of the zodiac came originally from Enosh, the son of Seth, and the son of Adam.
In Eden after Adam and Eve sinned, how did God describe how He would redeem them?
It was the story of the future Messiah, the Seed of the woman, crushing the head of the serpent (Satan).
One of the many ways we see Jesus as the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world is when we first see death enter the world.
God killed animals to cloth Adam and Eve and we see blood sacrifices beginning soon after.
Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. This was also built into the design of the universe.
The constellation Ara is an altar. The Milky Way usually represents the smoke rising from the altar.
There is a Ram and a Bull constellation. A herdsman like you would find in Bethlehem raising sacrifice animals.
There is a serpent constellation to tell the Eden story. There is the great dragon, we know as Satan.
An Eagle, which is associated with the gift of prophecy. There is the dove, which speaks of Noah and the Flood.
There are several wreaths or crowns to speak of royalty and marriage. There is a cup or chalice, used in Sabbath meals, Passover and in communion.
There is a celestial river, which you will find flowing from the throne of God. And of course the Southern Cross.
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When the Bible says “Jesus was slain from the foundation of the world”, it means several things, including that the testimony or story is written into the universe itself.
The story of Jesus as Redeemer was literally written in the heavens using the constellations when they were made. And this is the ancient story.
Many of the pictures in the sky have been corrupted over the years.
Ursa Major & Minor with BOOTES
When you see the Big Dipper, you are also looking at an ancient picture called:
Dovhen, or The Sheepfolds
Due to a linguistic error, the Greeks switched the Hebrew word for bear, “Dohv”, for the Hebrew word for Sheepfold, “Dovhen.
So, we now have the Greater and Lesser Bear instead of Sheepfolds.
Thankfully God named the Stars and so many retain their ancient names.
The star at the end of the handle of the Dipper means “Assembly”, which is “The Church” in Greek.
The two stars on the end of the Dipper mean “Flock” and “Purchased”
Just behind the Fold of Sheep is The Herdsman Bootes, which means “The Coming One”.
Jesus is identified pretty clearly by two of the stars: Nekkar or “Pierced One” And Izar Means “Prince With God”
“I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob, I will surely gather the remnant of Israel;
I will put them together like sheep of the fold, like a flock in the midst of their pasture;
They shall make a loud noise because of so many people.
Now when you see the Big Dipper remember God Named Those Stars As Part Of His Story From The Beginning Of Time.
Here is what God did on Day 4:
God named the stars and their names had meaning
Zodiac actually comes from astronomy – in Hebrew it’s ‘zoad,’ meaning ‘path’ or ‘way.
It refers to the way the sun appears to pass through the 12 constellations during the year.
The sky is actually laid out like a clock with each ancient constellation marking a number on the clock.
It takes a month for the sun to pass through each one, so when it makes a full circuit, a year has passed. That was the ancient calendar.
Let them be for signs and months, and for days and years;
It had original Hebrew/Aramaic names from creation (that told the Gospel story). The names were not based on false gods of mythology.
The book of Job was probably written a few hundred years after the Flood, and the Pleiades and Orion are both mentioned by name.
Because the constellation was named before the Tower of Babel, and you can find these stars carved on cave walls.
The Bull (Taurus) and Orion both appear in cave art dating back 500 years before Noah’s Flood, without names of mythology.
The specific twelve constellations we recognize today as the zodiac is referred to as the Mazzaroth in Job 38. In Job 26:13, Job says God formed the constellation figures.
The story that Jesus wrote on the stars begins the same time creation does – In the Fall at Rosh Hashanah as the Sun passes across the Virgin constellation.
The Virgin Bethulah
This is the most interesting of the constellations God created.
She’s holding a branch in her hand, and a baby on her lap. Bethulah is Hebrew for Virgin.
The constellation is called many names all around the world, but they all mean “virgin.”
In the 8th Century, an Arabian astronomer named Albumazar described Bethulah as: “a young woman, whose Persian name denotes a pure virgin sitting on a throne, nourishing an infant boy…having a Hebrew name [which in Greek is called CHRISTOS].” Albumazar was a Muslim.
The first and brightest star is Zerah – Meaning Seed.
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”
On day 16 when Adam and Eve fell, God had already written their story in the stars.
In Isaiah 7, the prophet tells Ahaz to ask a sign from God either from the depths (the ocean), or from the height above (the heavens or stars).
Ahaz refuses, but Isaiah says God will give a sign, and God chose the Heavens about which Isaiah said, “The LORD Himself will give you a sign. ‘Behold the Virgin will conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”
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The Constellation Comah
The Hebrew name means “the Desired or Longed for.”
Haggai 2:7 says of the Messiah, “The Desire Of All Nations Will Come.”
Abram is overwhelmed because he doesn’t have a son, even though God promised he would have a son.
“The word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision… He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and – tell the stars – if indeed you can count them.” [most Bibles say count the stars – but the early versions said tell the stars and that’s the correct word]. Then He said to him, “So shall your seed be.”
Galatians 3:16: The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed…meaning one person, who is Christ.
So God is saying “Your seed will produce the Messiah.”
The word translated from Hebrew as “count” in modern versions is “caphar” [Saw far]
It means recounting something or to tell the story. God isn’t telling Abram to count the stars. He is telling him to tell the story that was written in the stars which was passed on from the beginning.
So Abram looks up and points to the Virgin Constellation…and he says the virgin will give birth. I imagine about this time it occurred to him at if God’s plan was for a virgin to have a son, then it was also possible for a barren old woman bear a son?
Abram pointed to the first star, the brightest star, Zerah meaning Seed.
Then God said to him, “So shall your seed be.”
God wasn’t just saying you’re going to have a son. He was saying you are going to have a son who will start the lineage that will produce The Seed.
Another star means the “Beautiful LORD.” Another star means “The One Sent Forth” or “The Sent One”. And still another means “Branch”
Isaiah 4:2 “In that day the Branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious;” The Branch (Messiah) is to come as the Seed of the Virgin.
Centaurus (the Southern Cross is at its feet)
This constellation is an altar called Ara, with scales where souls were weighed.
The first star means “the price is deficient.” It is also the root for the Hebrew word “stolen”.
The next star is called Kaphar which means “the atonement.” Kapher is the name of the covering where the blood was poured from sacrifices onto the Ark of the Covenant.
Two bright stars in Centaurus point the way to the southern cross.
So these stars show that our lives fall short of God’s standard – the price is deficient – we are weighed in the balance and found wanting.
But the Price that Covers is the atonement made by the Messiah for all humanity by shedding His blood on the cross to cover our sins.
SCORPIUS (Ophiuchus, Serpens, and Corona)
The Scorpion’s tail is called Lesath which means “Perverse One”.
The brightest star in the Scorpion is Antares meaning “against the Lamb”.
The constellations around show (the strong man) restraining (the Serpent) from reaching (the Crown). He is bringing his heel down on the star called “Against the Lamb”. The star in his heel is called “Bruised” (Gen. 3)
The star picture of the Scorpion and the Strong Man provides a clearer picture of how the seed of the woman would bruise, or crush Satan’s head.
God didn’t just tell Adam and Eve what was coming. He painted it in the sky so they could see it and remind themselves and their children that God was not angry with them but was in fact the very One who would redeem them.
A Warrior with a bow and arrow pointed towards the star Antares, the heart of the Scorpion.
It’s a (half man – half horse), which represents a two-natured person: God and Man – that’s Jesus.
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The Goat was a sacrificial animal – Jesus was the literal sacrifice for our sins. The sea is a picture of humanity -Jesus was the ‘son of man’ – from humanity.
The brightest star in this constellation is a double star called “the Judge who is the sacrifice.”
On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the goat, played a double role.
One goat would be the sacrifice. A second goat was designated as a ‘scapegoat’ who would vicariously carry the sins of the people into the wilderness.
Jesus was both: “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5)
“Water Buckets” poured out down to a fish.
Isaiah 44:3 The Lord spoke through Isaiah “I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground; and I will pour my Spirit upon your seed and my blessing on your offspring…” This is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
It means fish (plural.)
• The Children of Israel
• The Gentile Believers
One of the two fish in the constellation is marked by a circle of stars.
The old star charts show the hoof of Aries the Ram resting on the band which binds the two fish together.
It is The Ram Or The Lamb. The brightest star is El Nath.
El means God. Nath means “broken, poured out.”
1 Corinthians: 11:24 “this is my body which is broken for you…”
Shur the Bull
Which also means “to return” or “to come back”.
There are two distinct star groups in Shur:
• One means “congregated”
• The Pleiades means “gathering”
The Bible sometimes refers to the Pleiades as the “seven stars”.
In Revelation, Christ is holding the seven stars in His hand, representing the seven churches.
Peretz the Hero
(later called Perseus) The name means “the One who Breaks Open the Way” as in Micah 2:13.
“The one who breaks open will come up before them; they will break out, pass through the gate, and go out by it; Their king will pass before them, with the Lord at their head.”
The star Atik means “Ancient One”, God is called “The Ancient of Days”. The star Menkib means “something to ride upon.”
Meaning Joined Together. It that looks like two people attached.”
One star means “wounded” or “bruised.” Another means “to trample underfoot, tread down”. Another star means “appointed”.
The Messiah was to come twice: The first time to labor and be wounded, or bruised. Then to fight and vanquish His enemies.
Isaiah 22:5 “The LORD, the LORD Almighty, has a day of tumult and trampling and terror in the Valley of Vision”. (Armageddon).
(Hebrew for Butterfly)
• In Egypt it was a Scarabeus Beetle.
• In India it was a Crab.
• In Sumeria saw it as a Crayfish.
In each case, the creature rose to a new life out of its old shell.
Job 19 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!
Ariel the Lion(Serpent – Crow – Cup)
The Brightest star is Regulus. It literally means to “tread under foot”. Because kings did this to their enemies.
The second brightest star means “The Coming Judge”.
The next brightest star is El Gibbor which means “The Mighty God or Mighty man.”
Isaiah 9 “And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God (El Gibbor), Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace….”
So the story starts with a Virgin giving birth and ends with the victorious Lion of Judah, the Mighty God-Man, the Coming Judge who will Tread Under Foot the enemy.
Ariel is “treading under foot” the Fleeing Serpent, whose brightest star is Alphard “the Accursed One”. When that happens, the crow and the other raptors are called to the battle of the great Day of God at Armageddon where they feed on the flesh of the armies. This is the day when the Cup of God’s Wrath is outpoured, which is the significance of the constellation Crater the Cup.
***I found the following site to be very helpful and inspiring beyond words as I was studying and doing research for all that entails the Gospel in the Stars. Ray
Genesis Science Research