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Exciting study we have going regarding the Mazzaroth = the zodiac. Background is needful before we can go into the signs of today which are soon to appear in the next couple of months. It is also to make clear that we are not talking about “astrology” which is a man concocted pseudo science that has no place in a Bible study. However, God put the signs into the sky for His creation “man” to see and observe and eventually put together with His Word. God wants us to know His will as well as His Word; His signs affirm both.

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Study for July 22, 2017

We have seen that the Mazzaroth (Hebrew for the Ecliptic/zodiac) equates to a circular firmament which God put into the sky when He created it in Genesis 1 and it contains the sun, moon and all the stars which God has named, Psalm 147: 4  He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. We also learned last week that the various groupings of stars still carry the names and shapes which they received about 4000-5600 BC. There are many more constellations in connection with the major twelve (at least three each) but our concentration will be on the twelve. As this firmament is a circle, a question arises as to where one begins in the Mazzaroth. We could use the calendar as a beginning point but considering that God actually put the firmament together at creation, which most consider in the month of Tishri when the Jewish people celebrate their New Year, it makes more sense then, from a biblical point of view, to start our study at the constellation which is in that time frame – the constellation Virgo 8/23-9/23.

Virgo, Latin for Virgin, is first referenced as a sign in Genesis 3: 14  And the LORD God said unto the serpent,….: 15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. This could be identified as the “start of it all”; the summation of the gospel; all that follows is directed or targeted toward this end. All hope for “man”, all hope of creation was bound up in the promise of a coming Redeemer; One who would be born of a Virgin, Who would first suffer but then afterwards triumph! Interesting point to make: if we begin with Virgo as our start, the end of the Mazzaroth would be then Leo – the Lion. (You can already detect the gospel right there.) Do you know that the “riddle of the Sphinx” of Egypt is tied up in the stars? The Sphinx has the body of a lion and the head of a woman! The word “Sphinx” is from a word which means “to bind closely together”; it therefore is designed to show where the two ends of the Zodiac were to be joined together and where the great circle of the stars of the heavens begin and end, which is to say, where the story/plan of God in the signs of the stars begins and ends.

Virgo is represented by a woman with a branch in her right hand and some ears of corn in her left hand – thus giving a two-fold testimony of the Coming One. The name of this sign in Hebrew is “Bethulah” which means “virgin”. There are two major prophecies regarding her seed – a beginning and an end so to speak: Isaiah 7: 14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Also in Matthew 1:23) Then: Isaiah 9: 6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. (Also Luke 2:11) Coming as a baby, yet His end is a Kingdom without end.

Virgo has one star of the first magnitude = the brightest star in the constellation located in the ear of corn of her left hand, in Hebrew is called “Tsemech” meaning “branch”. The modern Latin name of the star is “Spica” which means “an ear of corn” and is the name referenced if looking at this constellation on the internet today. This name foretells of the Redeemer who is so named in four places in Scripture – italics used for emphasis. Jeremiah 23: 5  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. 6  In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.(The words in caps = Jehovah Tsidkenu, so the Branch is also named Jehovah.) The Redeemer is named The Branch in Zechariah 3: 8  ….: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH, and in Zechariah 6: 12  And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD. And in Isaiah 4: 2  In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. Again the Branch is called “of the LORD” which = “Jehovah” which restates that the Redeemer to come is none other than Jehovah Himself.

As noted there are three smaller constellations associated with this first large one which we study. 1) Coma = Desired (of all Nations), 2) Centaurus = the Despised (Sin Offering), and 3) Bootes =To Come/Coming (It is probable that the ancient name was Arcturus which means “He Cometh”). Virgo begins the first “book” describing the Redeemer: His First Coming.