GOSPEL IN THE STARS

Is There a Gospel in the Stars?
 
 
Message in the Stars:
There is a major question people in general ask of Christians:  if salvation is only through Jesus, what about those people who lived before, or who never heard of him in other places?  Do they all go to hell?  This is an honest question, and one that deserves an answer.
Our first clue comes from Peter’s second letter:
2 Peter 3:9 – “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
God says he is not willing ONE should perish.

Romans 1 indicates something interesting: 

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
How has God made his eternal power and divine nature plain?  Some people point to the beauty of creation, some to the size of the universe, some to the complexity of life – all these are fine, but this may not be what the Bible is talking about.
Later on in Romans, Paul seems to be following through on this.  In Romans 10, we read something very familiar, but which is answered by Paul in a way not many people pay much attention to:
“As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”  For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’
But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed our message?’  Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.  But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did:
‘Their voice has gone out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.’”
First, “how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.”  Why, if everyone has access to knowledge about the Lord’s nature, do they need good news?  A friend of ours who is a pastor tells of an associate of his who was a missionary in Japan.  After one of his presentations, an old lady came up to him and said, “I am so glad I was here tonight.  You see, I’ve known this story since I was a child.  It’s all written in the names of the stars, but I never knew HIS name, Jesus, before.”
Let’s go back to the verse in Romans 10. Paul asks, “Did they not hear?  Of course they did!”  And then he quotes from Psalm 19.
Let’s look at the opening to Psalm 19:
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.
That’s the NIV.  Here is the old King James:
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 

There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 

Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
In the ancient Alexandrian LXX, it reads:
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament proclaims the work of his hands.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night to night proclaims knowledge. 
There are no speeches or words,
Of which their voices are not heard.
Their voice is gone out into all the earth,
And their words to the ends of the world.
The NIV does lose a little in the translation here: both of the older texts emphasize that “There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.”
So what is it that utters, or pours forth speech; which voice goes out to all the world?  Whatever it is, it shows the glory of God.
Is the glory of God twinkling stars?  Not according to Hebrews 1.  The opening verses are very important in this regard:
“In the past, God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.  The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.”
So the glory of God is not just twinkling stars, but Christ Himself.  If the heavens declare the glory of God, then they are saying something about Christ.  Now, consider the opening of Hebrews: “In the past, God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways.”
Therefore, if we allow Bible to explain Bible, there is something about the heavens which declares Christ.  Look at the fourth line of Psalm 19:  “night after night they display knowledge.”   What knowledge?  Whatever it was, Paul seems to indicate it had something to do with everyone hearing the word of Christ.
There is another indication, also which is explained later by Paul, about a message in the stars.  It comes very early in the Bible, in Genesis 15.  Abraham has no children.  Both before the time described by this passage  and after, God has promised Abraham many offspring:
Genesis 13:16 – “I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.”
Genesis 17:5-6 – “No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations.  I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.”
Thus, God’s promise to Abraham regarding multiple descendants has been established before Genesis 15, and will be reiterated, very clearly, by God.  But in Genesis 15, there is another incident which Paul later explains.
First, the NIV (and we do like the NIV, but there is a mistake here, again)
After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: 
“Do not be afraid, Abram.

I am your shield,

your very great reward.”

But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?”  And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”

Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.”  He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness
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Now the old King James:
After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. 
And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? 

And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. 

And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. 

And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 

And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
There is a word which needs to be examined here as it comes across in the English.  It is used when the LORD tells Abram to ‘count’ the stars. The word in the Greek is ‘arithmos,’ which is ‘something as reckoned up,’ coming from ‘airo,’ meaning ‘to lift, to take up, to take away.’ The meaning of ‘arithmos,’ is much wider than ‘count’ and can mean ‘enumerate’ or ‘reckon.’ In the LXX, the word translated ‘number,’ from ‘if you can number them,’ has the prefix, ‘ek’ or ‘ex’ means ‘among, because of, between, from, by means of, etc.’ The word itself then is ekarithmos (or exarithmos).  
In the Hebrew, the word which becomes ‘count’ in English is ‘caphar,’ which means ‘to score, to mark as a tally, to record, to inscribe, to recount, to celebrate or enumerate. Also to talk or to tell out.’ It comes from a root meaning ‘a book’ or ‘a scroll.’
God did not tell Abraham to count the stars.  That is not the translation of the word used in the Hebrew.  God told him to ‘recount’ or ‘tell’ the stars.  There was a story there that God wanted Abraham to take note of.  And there was something about this story that Abraham believed and it was counted to him as righteousness. 
We know that our righteousness is in Christ.  That has never changed.  Noah was the only righteous man in his time – the belief in a coming Messiah had vanished except for him.  Job knew about it after the Flood:  “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh will I see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes – I and not another.  How my heart yearns within me.”
When God told Abraham ‘so shall your offspring/seed be,’ was God saying the Messiah would be Abraham’s offspring?  Was that what Abraham was to ‘tell’ in the stars? 
Paul explains a bit about this incident in Galatians 3:16:
The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed.  The Scripture does not say ‘and to seeds,’ meaning many people, but ‘and to your seed,’ meaning one person, who is Christ.
The King James and other translations we read today do not use the word ‘seed.’ But it is in the ancient Alexandrian LXX, translated almost 300 years before Christ. That is the version Paul and the Apostles would have known. And here Paull is clarifying that God told Abraham his SEED was being referred to, in the singular, not the Hebrew plural, which would translate ‘seeds.’
If so, we should see some other indication of this belief on Abraham’s part, and we do.  He very possibly thought Isaac was the promised Messiah, the child of the Promise.  First of all, Abraham did receive a very specific promise that he would have a son at a particular time (Genesis 17:15-16, 18:10).  Then, in Genesis 22, we read what appears to be the profoundly disturbing account of God commanding Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. 
What is interesting is that Abraham does not plead for the life of his son.  He does not question God’s command.  Why not?  Did Abraham know the Messiah had to be sacrificed and then would be resurrected?  If so, did he believe his son was the sacrifice?  What we read is that Abraham obeyed “early the next morning.”  They traveled for three days with their servants to make this special sacrifice.  When they arrived, Abraham says this to the servants who accompanied them: “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there.  We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
WE will come back to you.  Abraham indicated they were both coming back. 
Was Abraham aware of the reality of a Resurrection of the Messiah?  Does he think this is what will happen to Isaac?  We don’t know, but not only are his words at the base of the mount interesting, but God’s interruption of the sacrifice is also interesting when God says that He Himself will provide the Lamb.  THE lamb.  One.  That is the Messiah.  Abraham would be the ancestor of Christ, but not His direct father.  The Lord needed to make that clear.
The old Japanese woman indicated the story was in the stars.  Paul refers directly to the Psalm which says the heavens pour forth knowledge NIGHT after NIGHT – that’s when we see the stars.  Abraham was told to “recount” or “tell” the stars and he believed and it was credited to him as righteousness.  Paul says the reference there is to Christ.
So let’s look at the stars.  We read in the Bible that man named the animals.  But we also read in the Bible that God named the stars.
“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 them each by name.”
God does nothing without a purpose. 
Today the idea of looking to the stars, if you are not dealing with the science of astronomy, is called astrology.  The word itself means “the word about the stars.”  But in our culture it is no longer that at all. It has become a reflection of our attempt to be as God, actually, and we think the astronomical signs are about US.  This is entirely perverted.  But you can’t have a perversion unless something was right and straight and true to begin with.
How are we supposed to know the meaning?  How did anyone before know the meaning?  It was the same as reading.  You had to be taught.  We cannot look up into the sky and say, “Oh, look, there’s a lion!”  Just like reading a book, it is something that has to be learned.
The original intent of star names and constellation names was what bound astronomy and astrology together in the past.  For example, if the ‘star’ the wise men were watching for at the time of Jesus’ birth was the big shining thing we see on Christmas cards, everyone would have seen it.  But they didn’t.  The Magoi were watching for something the trained eyes of astronomers would see.  The fact that it was something unique is recorded by other astronomers in the Roman Empire who claimed the heavens were applauding Augustus Caesar.
In Genesis 1:14, we are told the heavenly bodies are for signs, seasons, days and years.  Days and years we understand clearly.  The earth rotating in its axis produces a day,  and its revolving around the sun gives us a year.  What about the reference to seasons?  This would not be a reference to summer, winter, spring or fall at first, but simply the ‘areas of time’ as the year progressed.  In relation to the heavenly bodies, that would indicate the signs of the zodiac, which would later translate into months.
The word ‘zodiac’ is not a bad word in itself!  It comes from ‘zoad,’ meaning ‘path’ or ‘way.  It refers to the way the sun appears to pass through the various constellations during the year.  The diagram below shows the way the zodiac looks today, and it can be seen that it is a bit ‘off’ from what we associate as signs for the various months.  This is due to something called the ‘precession of the equinoxes.’
But the heavenly bodies are also for signs.  What is a sign?  When you see one that says “road closed ahead” or “San Francisco 300 miles” these signs are giving you information.  Psalm 19 says the skies pour fourth KNOWLEDGE night after night.  What is the information there the Bible is referring to? 
The constellations have been known from antiquity and they have been basically unchanged.  Taurus and Ursa Major, for example, appear in cave art.  The names of the stars have retained their meaning in various languages.  For instance, the constellation “Virgo,” meaning “virgin” is referred to as “Bethulah” in Hebrew, “Parthenos” in Greek, “Kanya” in Hindi – all of which mean “virgin.”  This indicates a prior knowledge of the names of the stars and constellations prior to the language confusion at Babel.  This knowledge may well have come down from Noah and even from Adam.  The star and constellation names have been handed down from antiquity.  We can see stars being referred to on cave walls.
Remember our beginning question?  If salvation is only through Jesus, what about those people who lived before, or who never heard of him in other places?  Do they all go to hell?
The simple answer is that the knowledge of God’s promise to rescue people Himself has been known through time in all cultures.  To believe in that promise was to believe in God’s Word.  And the Word was and is Jesus Christ.  The trust that God would keep His Word was salvation for the believers before Christ just as the trust that God has kept His Word through Jesus Christ is salvation for believers today.
In the Bible, we are told Adam named the large land animals and birds, but God named the stars.  When we look at the ancient names, some interesting things emerge.  However, because of the perversion of astrology today, many Christians are afraid to take a look at these names and see if God had a purpose in what He named them. It is wise to remember, however, that names in the past always meant something. Today we choose names for our children because they sound pretty, or we are perhaps honoring a relative or friend. But the ancients used names that meant something. For instance, David means ‘hero, commander, prince.’ Benjamin means ‘son of the right hand.’ This list is, for all intents and purposes, endless. So it should not surprise us when we find that the original names of the stars had meanings. Finding the original meanings is not always easy, and can take a lot of time and research, going back into different languages, root words, etc. But for enough of the stars it is possible, and when this is done, something quite remarkable emerges.
The following is an exploration of this subject, astronomically, historically, and biblically.  It is NOT astrology and we totally repudiate the concept of astrology as it is known today. Today, astrology says a man can tell something about himself from the stars. That is nonsense. In fact, it may go beyond nonsense and into demonic. Their original purpose, as we will see (and which is also stated in the Bible) was to tell us something about God and His plan for the world.
Please recall, “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.” (Hebrews 1:1-2)
So let’s take a look at what we find when we look into this. 
Star Names 
The constellations themselves have been known from antiquity.  Their identities have remained basically unchanged, although a few of the ancient large constellations have been divided up by modern astronomers into smaller constellations.  But for many, the identities remain.   For instance, the constellations of Taurus (the bull) and Orion  appear in cave art dating back to 3000-2900 B.C.
cave art
For those who do not think there is any reference to the stars in the picture of the bull on the left, please note the series of dots above his back. These are the Pleiades. The dots under the eye of the bull are the Hyades, and the four dots to the left of the bull’s nose are the stars in Orion’s belt. The is actually no avoiding this identification.
 
The book of Job is the earliest completed book of the Old Testament, written about 2900 B.C. In Job 38:31-32, the Pleiades and Orion are both mentioned by name.
Around 2700 – 2500 BC, the Sumerians recorded the existence of a “Tablet of the stars of the heavens.” as shown below (courtesy of Wikipedia)
cylindar
•GU.AN.NA “The Steer of Heaven” (Taurus)
•MAŠ.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL “Great Twins” (Gemini)
•AL.LUL “The Crayfish” (Cancer)
•UR.GU.LA “The Lion” (Leo)
•AB.SIN “The Seed-Furrow” (Virgo)
•ZIB.BA.AN.NA/zi-ba-ni-tum “The Scales” (Libra)
•GIR.TAB “The Scorpion” (Scorpius)
•SUḪUR.MAŠ.KU “The Goat-Fish” (Capricorn)
•GU.LA “The Great One” (Aquarius)
•KUN.MEŠ “The tails” (Pisces)
•LU.ḪUŊ.GA “The Agrarian Worker” (Aries)
Sumerian Gudea Cylinder A (2300 BC) has clear mention of many star groups or signs
 
Mesopotamian tablets dating about 1800 B.C. record both star names and the observations of planetary movements.
Dating about 1400 B.C. are Chinese oracle bones which list the Chinese star names.
Babylonian and Chaldean tablets dating from 800 – 600 B.C. record the zodiac signs by name.
Discoveries dating material from 2000 years ago indicate a knowledge of the zodiac in Arabia.
Today, because the astronomical names are now fixed by convention, it is very difficult to find some original names and meanings.  Some appear to be lost for good.  Star and constellation names were fixed in a process lasting from 1603 to 1930.  So to find some of the meanings, if they are to be found, we must search back into the sixteenth century and before.
In 1603, Bayer started the process of standardization by designating stars in the various constellations by letters of the Greek alphabet instead of by names.  When he ran out of Greek letters, he started using Roman letters.  So the brightest star in a constellation would be ‘alpha,’ and the next brightest ‘beta,’ and so on.  This process has been followed ever since.  In 1725 Flamsteed published his catalogue of stars.  In it the fainter ones were designated by number if no Greek or Roman letter had been given previously.  In 1801, Bode published star maps with boundaries for each constellation.  This was the first time these boundaries had been designated.  In 1922 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) held their first meeting.  It was at this time certain star names were assigned and considered to be standardized.  These names were chosen from various languages (Babylonian, Hebrew, Chaldean, Greek, Roman, and Arab and others) according to what they felt was appropriate, or in most common use, at the time.  Most of the names chosen retained either the original meaning, or close to it, in the language chosen.  Some, however, did not. 
In 1930 the process was completed when the IAU standardized the constellation boundaries and names.  88 constellations were named, which included the modern ones formed by splitting some of the older 48 constellaitons and by adding some others in the Southern Hemisphere.
We do have some cross-checks on the more ancient names, however.  As early as 150 A.D., Ptolemy in his Almagest listed 48 constellations and 1022 star names.  His accurate description of the position of each constellation and star he mentioned make it easier to trace today.  (ref: R.C. Taliaferro, The Almagest of Claudius Ptolemy, 1952; also G.J. Toomer, Ptolemy’s Almagest, Duckworth & Co., London, 1984). 
We can even go back a little further.  Hipparchus, in 130 B.C also noted some of the stars and their names.  He mentioned that the names and constellation figures were of “unsearchable antiquity.”  Going back even further, to Eudoxus (403-350 B.C.) in his Phainomena, also recorded a number of star names.  In 1822, Jamison noted some of these ancient names in his Celestial Atlas.
Some of the confusion also started early, however.  In 270 B.C., Aratus of Tarsus wrote the Diosemeia, one long  poem about the constellations and the stars in them.  In this poem he incorporated a number of mythological elements which have even come over into our time.  For example, Alpha in Ursa Major is called Dubhe in Hebrew or Dubah (Arabic) both of which mean fold or flock. The word ‘fold’ implies rest and security and strength as a sheep would find in a sheep-fold. The word is used this way in Deuteronomy 33:25 to describe our strength or security from the Lord. It must now be noted that Dubhe or Dubah has been confused by Aratus with the Hebrew ‘dohv’ or Arabic ‘dub’or Persian ‘deeb’ all of which mean bear. They are pronounced almost the same way and in some concordances the words are consecutive. However, they have vastly different meanings. Because of this linguistic mix-up, we now have the Greater and Lesser Bear instead of the Greater and Lesser flocks or folds.
Aratus’ poem was translated into Latin by Cicero and into English about 1880 by E. Poste and J. Lamb, so many of the mythologies involved in these names persist.
Today, thanks to the internet, we have access to some of the dictionaries of some various ancient languages. Thus, we can go back in time much more accurately than has been done before in tracing the earliest names and meanings of a number of the stars and constellations.
 
 The Zodiac
Aside from cold and warmth, new flowers and harvest, the time of year is also seen by which constellations are where in the sky as seen from earth in its orbit around the sun.  Because of the earth’s orbit around the sun, the background of the stars and constellations in which the sun appears changes.  This is called the ‘zodiac.’  The word itself comes from ‘zoad,’ the Greek word for a way, a path, a step, or circuit.  In Sanscrit the word is sodi. 
zodiac
The specific twelve constellations we recognize today as the zodiac is referred to as the Mazzaroth in Hebrew.  We find this word used in Job 38:32, which means the word was in use extraordinarily early, as Job is probably the earliest completed book of the Bible.  In Job 26:13, Job says God formed the constellation figures.  The ‘fleeing serpent’ mentioned there is Hydra, a constellation which takes seven hours to pass overhead because of its length (it is the longest constellation in the sky).
So there are some indications in the Bible that there is something going on ‘up there’ in the sky that we no longer are aware of, but that the people generations ago knew about.  Let’s see if we can find out anything about this possibility.  If what seems to be indicated is true, then we can see the absolute truth in Paul’s words that no one, no matter when or where they lived, had an excuse; before Christ’s incarnation all people would still have had access to the knowledge that not only would God provide the Messiah, the Savior, the Redeemer for all men, but that He Himself was that Savior.
If Psalm 19 is correct, then we should be able to find something about this in other cultures as well. Actually, one of the answers to this is one of the main tourist attractions in Egypt:  the Sphinx. 
 The famous sphinx, the giant lion with a woman’s head, points exactly due east.  It is so exact it cannot be an accident.  The name ‘sphinx’ itself comes from the Greek ‘sphiggo,’ meaning ‘bind closely together.  On tomb ceilings in Karnak the zodiac is depicted.  This is also true at Dendera on the tomb ceilings there.  In both places are pictures of the sphinx, placed at the end of the constellation Virgo and the beginning of Leo, with the head looking to Virgo and the tail in Leo. 
sphinx
In addition, at the time the Sphinx was carved, about the time of the First Intermediate Period, the axis tilt of the earth and the precession of the equinoxes meant that at that time of the spring  equinox, as the sun was rising, the sphinx was pointed directly at the division between Virgo and Leo.  
This was evidently important.  The tomb ceilings tell us to start at Virgo.  Let’s do that and look at the names of the stars and constellations, going as far back as we can where the names are concerned.  Let’s see what we find. Some associated star groups and constellations will be discussed along with each of the zodiac constellations.
VIRGO and Coma
 
It is necessary to keep in mind that the ‘stick figures’ which connect the stars and the classical drawings which add so much detail can be quite different, as the various cultures choose to add or subtract various parts. Some of the classical drawings will be shown below, but the ‘stick figures’ are what actually show how the stars in each group are connected.
 
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The alpha star is listed above as Spica (its Roman name).  Hebrew name: Zerah.  Meaning:  ‘seed  in Hebrew,’ ‘seed cluster’ in Latin.
The beta star (Beta Virginis, β ) is to the far right.  Hebrew name:  Zavijaveh or Zavijahveh which is a form of Tsebijahweh or Tsebiyahweh.  Tsebi means “beautiful” or “desirable” and JHWH or YHWH is the tetragrammaton, the name of God to the Israelites. Therefore this star name means the “beautiful LORD.” 
The gamma star (Gamma Virginis, γ ) is in the middle of the bottom of the constellation.  The star Gamma has the name Porrima which was the Roman goddess of childbirth. It seems that this name has been substituted for an earlier name, and, indeed, some old star maps show this star (Gamma) as being called Al Tzemech instead of it being an alternative name for Alpha.  In Hebrew, the word Tzemech means “Branch”
Another named star in Virgo is the Epsilon star (Epsilon Virginis ε ), the ‘topmost’ star in the figure aboveCommonly called Vindemiatrix,  it can be shown that this name originated with the poem “Phainomena” by Aratus and literally means “grape-gatherer”. R.H. Allen points out that in ancient times, before Aratus, it was called Al Muredin or Al Muridin, which in Arabic means “The One Sent Forth” or “The Sent One”  In Chinese, this star was called Tsze Tseang “The Second General”
The Hebrew word ‘Zerah’ (the alpha star) is the word used to describe Messiah to Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:15 and to Abraham in Genesis 15:5.  This latter reference is particularly interesting as Abraham had just been listing off the stars by name, and God said to him “So shall your Seed be”.  Rabbi Paul, the Apostle, said in Galatians 3:16 that this “Seed” promised to Abraham was Messiah Himself.  This was in line with the historic understanding of the meaning of the conversation between God and Abraham: the seed, “zerah” was a direct reference to the coming Messiah.   
This understanding points to the fact that Messiah was to come as the “Seed of the Virgin.” This prophecy had  both a general and specific application. In a general sense, the Virgin was a representation of Israel. We can see this in God’s comment through the prophet Isaiah to King Hezekiah of Israel about Sennacherib, King of Assyria, who had just been humiliated at Jerusalem. God said “The Virgin, the daughter of Zion, has despised you and laughed you to scorn.”  The virgin daughter of Zion is the nation of Israel, from whom Messiah came. But prophecy concerning “zerah”  is also specific. 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.” Since the definite article is in the original Hebrew, a very specific virgin was in mind, so that Matthew 1:23 states that this Isaiah 7 passage refers uniquely to Messiah and his First Coming as an atonement for Mankind.

There is also a second application for Alpha star in Virgo.  It  comes from its alternative name “Azimech”, which is a contraction of Al Tzemech. Some old star maps give this name to the alpha star in Virgo, but others to the gamma star.  In Hebrew, the word Tzemech means “Branch” in the same way that the Latin Virga means ‘Branch’. However, in Hebrew Bible, this word is used uniquely of Messiah in Isaiah 4:2, Jeremiah 23:5,6 & 33:15, Zechariah 3:8 & 6:12. Thus  the indication is that the Branch (Messiah) is to come as the Seed of the Virgin.  

Al Muridin is the epsilon starwhich in Arabic means “The One Sent Forth” or “The Sent One.”  This is what Messiah claimed to be numerous times in the Gospel of John. For example “I come not to do my own will, but the will of the Father who sent me” 5:30; 6:38 (see also 6:29, 57; 7:16, 18, 33; 8:26, 29, 42 etc.). In Chinese, this star was called Tsze Tseang, meaning  “The Second General”, which may perhaps symbolize Messiah as the Second Person in the Trinity of the Godhead.
The beta star reinforces all of this in its name, Tsebiyahweh, the “beautiful LORD”  (note the word ‘yahweh’ at the end of the name).
Thus, the part of the story indicated by the constellation Virgo is that Messiah, the Beautiful Branch of the LORD, the Second Person, the Sent One, was to come as the Seed of the Virgin from the nation of Israel. That is the beginning of the Gospel story.
In the sky, Virgo looks like this:
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Coma:
 
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This constellation is the first Decan of Virgo. A Decan is a lesser constellation that is associated with one of the Zodiac figures. To the ancients, the constellation Coma was connected with Virgo. Its original Hebrew name was Kamah or Comah meaning “the Desired, or Longed for.” The word is used in Psalm 63:1 where David said to God that “My soul longs for You.” The word is also associated with chemdah or “desire” which is used in Haggai 2:7 to speak of Messiah saying that “The Desire of all nations will come.” This interpretation is backed up by the Zodiac in the Egyptian Temple at Denderah where there is the figure of a woman and child representing Coma, but the Egyptian name for it was “Shes-nu” or “The Desired Son”. We can go further. Even Shakespeare knew of this signification for in Titus Andronicus Act iv Scene 3, he speaks of an arrow speeding heavenward to “the Good Boy in Virgo’s lap.”
The ancient Sumerian name for this constellation was HE.GAL- a-a. HE means “good,” GAL means “great” and the a-a ending means “son.”
The ancient Akkadian name for this constellation was kakkab nushiKa means “house;”, nu means “king” or “lord;” and shi is “horn,” “offspring” or “power.”
Albumazar (or Abu Masher 787-885 AD) an Arabian astronomer to the Caliphs of Grenada about 850 AD said: “There arises in the first Decan [of Virgo], as the Persians, Chaldeans, and Egyptians … teach, a young woman, whose Persian name denotes a pure virgin sitting on a throne, nourishing an infant boy (the boy, I say) having a Hebrew name, by some nations called IHESU, with the signification IEZA, which in Greek is called CHRISTOS.” A Latin translation of Albumazer’s writings is in the Library of the British Museum. Thus there can be no doubt about Albumazer’s understanding of the star story. This is all the more interesting since he was a Muslim.
Nevertheless, this is NOT what is found on modern maps. Instead of Comah or Chemdah we now have Coma Berenices, or, literally, Berenice’s Hair! Berenice II was the battle-seasoned wife of Ptolemy III (Euergetes), king of Egypt in the 3rd Century BC. Ptolemy Euergetes embarked on the 3rd Syrian (or Laodicean) War, and left Berenice as head of government while he was away. She vowed to consecrate her magnificent hair to Aphrodite if he returned safely. Ptolemy III campaigned into Babylonia for five years until 241 BC and did return safely. His wife’s hair was duly hung in the Temple of Aphrodite. However, shortly after, the hair was stolen, and Conon, the court astronomer in Alexandria (283-222 BC) comforted Berenice by indicating that Jupiter had taken it and made it the constellation Coma Berenices! It may be that the deception was deliberate in this case. Conon knew very well that the constellation’s name was comah (desired) which was very similar to the Greek word “Có-me” or Latin “Coma” both of which mean “hair”. One may be excused for thinking that Conon was, at the very least, covering for the theft. Callimachus, who was the Historian of the Alexandrian Library at the time, made sure that this event was recorded that way on their star maps. So it is through these actions that we have a corrupted name today.  
 
LIBRA, Centaurus and the Southern Cross
 
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The original name of this constellation in the Akkadian language was Tul-Ku, meaning a sacred mound, or an altar.  Akkadians believed that the souls of the deceased were weighed at God’s altar.  The altar became synonymous with the idea of scales, where souls were weighed.  The name for these particular scales was Zibanitu, or Zuben-itu.  Because this Altar, Tul-Ku,was associated with Zuben-itu, the Balance, the two became connected in the Indian language so that the Indian words Tula or in  Tamil (a southern Indian dialect), Tulam or Tolam, all mean “Balance” or “Scales”. In Hebrew the constellation is Moznayim or “Balance” as in Isaiah 40:12. The use of the prefix “Zuben” in some of the star names therefore comes from the ancient Akkadian language.
For this reason, the Alpha  star (the furthest one to the right on the green lines in the diagram above), or Zuben el Genubi (or Ganabi) means “the balance/purchase/price is deficient.” It is also the root from which the Hebrew word “stolen” is derived.
The Beta star (the uppermost star) is Zuben el Chamali (or Shemali),  meaning “the price which covers”, a word whose root comes into Hebrew as meaning “raiment” or “cloth.” The Hebrew name for this star was Kaphar which means “to cover” or “the atonement.”
The star Gamma (connected to the Beta star, coming down to the left) is Zuben Akrabi, meaning “the Price of the Conflict” or “the Price of the War.” This could be referring both to the battle with evil on the cross (the Southern Cross constellation is a Decan of Libra) as well as Armageddon itself.    The possible reference to Armageddon can be drawn due to the fact that Scorpius, the scorpion is the next constellation in the zodiac.  More about the scorpion later, but it is important to note that this constellation always represents ‘against Christ’ or ‘anti-Christ.’  The ancient Akkadians showed something interesting on both their seals and boundary stones.  On these was a picture of the scorpion’s claws seizing the altar of Libra.  In other words, they had combined the two pictures into one and called it the “Constellation of Claws.”
The delta star in Libra is Mulu-Izi, or “Man of Fire.” 
In Revelation 13:13, we find the Antichrist calls down fire from heaven in the sight of men.  This is similar to what Elijah did in the 8th century B.C. to conquer the priests of Baal.  When he did this, Elijah was able to turn a remnant of the people back to the living god.  Revelation tells us the Antichrist will do the same to cause most people to worship him.  His evil rule is brought to an end at the Battle of Armageddon.  This is the “price of the conflict.”
The price of the conflict, however, is also on the Cross, where the payment was made for our sins, and spiritual evil was thus conquered.   So  Libra, the sacred Altar and Balance, also shows 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 Messiah for all humanity, who paid the price by His conflict against evil and shed His blood to blot out our sins.
Associated with Libra is the constellation Centaurus, with the Southern Cross at its feet, or base.
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The two bright stars on the lower left of the photo above are Alpha Centauri and Beta Centauri. They “point” the way to the southern cross, shown as “Crux” in the photograph below. The Southern Cross is in the middle of the photograph above.
http://www.starrynighteducation.com/stargazer/images/1639CruxCentaurus.jpg
 
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A Centaur is either a two-natured person, or a combination of a man and horse as a unit of war
The name of this constellation in Sumerian was EN.TE.NA.BAR.HUM; Habasiranu was the Akkadian name. Taking the Akkadian name apart, we get
ANU = “Head God”; “God of the sky and heavens”; the “One with power to Judge”
HABA = “come” or “comes” or “came”
SIR = “command” or “order”.
Altogether, “Comes to command, the Head God (or Judge).”
It is interesting to note that “Jamieson, in his Celestial Atlas published in 1822, says that the Arabic and Chaldean name for Centaurus was Bezeh. (Bezeh is also a Hebrew word which means ‘the despised one.’)” [D.E. Spencer, The Gospel in the Stars, from Word of Grace, San Antonio, Texas, 1972]
In Isaiah 53, the coming Messiah is spoken of as the Despised One.
Centaurus and Crux received ancient names because they were visible in the Northern Hemisphere 2000 years ago, although they are not now. This is because of the way the axis of the earth itself wobbles a bit.
 
SCORPIUS, Ophiuchus, Serpens, and Corona
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The Scorpion’s tail portion was called Lesath in Hebrew or Lesha in Chaldean which means “Perverse One”. The brightest star in the Scorpion is Antares a form of Anti-Aries meaning “against the Lamb”. While it is true that this constellation is in the opposite part of the sky to Aries the Ram, the complete story is told by the surrounding constellations. The one who is “against the Lamb” is the “Perverse One”, the Antichrist who the Scriptures say will overturn the Altar in the newly constructed Temple in Jerusalem and cause all to worship him instead. The constellation behind the tail of the scorpion is Ara the overturned altar. The rest of the star-story shows the mighty man (or strong man) Ophiuchus restraining Serpens the Serpent from reaching Corona the Crown, and at the same time bringing his heel down on Antares the one who is “Against the Lamb”. The star in his heel is called Shuph or “Bruised” as in Gen. 3:15.
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The Akkadians called Scorpio “Girtab,” the “Seizer,” or “Stinger,” and “The Place Where One Bows Down.” Today Girtab is the name of one of the stars in the tail. Another star in Scorpio is Shaula, which is the Arabic word for “raised tail.”
 
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Ophiuchus restraining Serpens the Serpent from reaching Corona the Crown, and at the same time bringing his heel down on Antares
The biblical story connected to this series becomes rather obvious in the star names and what we see happening. In Genesis 3, God told Satan that the seed of the woman would bruise, or crush, his head. The fact that the scorpion has a tail helps explain visually how Satan could, in return, bruise the heel of the strong man, Christ.
 
SAGITTARIUS
 
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Aratus’ Poem
“Midst golden stars he stands in splendor now,
Piercing the Scorpion with his bended bow”
 
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Sagittarius is depicted as a Centaur with a bow and arrow pointed towards Antares, the heart of the Scorpion. A Centaur, envisaged as half man half horse, represents a two-natured person. There was only one Person in existence who genuinely had two natures, both God and Man – Jesus Christ. He it is who will defeat the Antichrist (Anti-Aries = Antares against the Lamb) portrayed by the Scorpion and mentioned in Aratus’ poem.
Stars in this constellation include:
Kaus Australis – lower part of the bow
Nunki – meaning prince of the earth (Babylonian name, from Akkadian) – also called Sadira, meaning “prominent”
Terebellum, which means “earth war”
 Kaus, meaning “bow”
Some point out that Centaurs were despised in Greek mythology – and Messiah was “despised and rejected of men” (Isaiah 53:3). 
This constellation may also point to the future: Christ comes back to final battle against Antichrist riding on a white horse. He is the mighty prince who is destined to rule the earth.
That occurs after Scorpion (Antichrist) is killed in the final war.
 
CAPRICORN the “sea goat”
 
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The Goat was a sacrifical animal. The sea is an almost universal picture of humanity. The brightest star in this constellation is actually a double star. It is Deneb Al Giedi – “the Judge who is the sacrifice.” The goat, in ancient Israel, had a double role to play. One was designated as a ‘scape goat’ who would vicarously carry the sins of the people into the wilderness. Another goat would be the sacrifice.
The Messiah 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)
In line with the picture presented in this constellation, as well as many passages in the Bible, Jesus referred to Himself as the ‘son of man.’ He was from humanity — that’s the fish part. He was the sacrifice — that is the goat part. And, as the double star informs us, He is also the Judge as well as the Sacrifice.
It is interesting that an entire picture is drawn around this simple star grouping. However the picture has been with us for thousands of years — a goat with a fish tail, or ‘sea goat.’ This ‘sea goat’ was a god in Sumeria. If the gospel in the stars had been known since at least the time of Noah, if not earlier, then the Sumerians were remembering a piece of the story and making a god out of the star group itself.
 
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AQUARIUS and Pisces Austrinus
 
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The Hebrews referred to Aquarius as Deli or “Water Buckets”. In other cultures the picture is shown with a two-handled water or wine jar, with the liquid contents being poured out down to Pisces Austrinus — the southern fish.  Acquarius is a very faint constellation, and we were not able to find any ancient star names associated with it. However, the Sumerian name for the constellation itself translates into “the great one.”
In the Bible, the Hebrew word deli is used in Numbers 24:7 in the oracle of Baalam. “He shall pour the water out of his buckets and his seed shall be in many waters.” This identification seems to be made in the Beth Alpha Synagogue in Israel with the fascinating Mazzaroth (Zodiac) on the floor. There Aquarius is linked with Reuben. As the astral motif indicates a mighty man of stature pouring out the water, we note a parallel with the Son of God pouring out the rivers of living water. In the astral motif, the river flowing out of the urn is the source of life for Pisces Austrinus, the Southern Fish (Jn. 4:14; 7:38). 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…” The star-story is then depicting the mighty God-Man, Jesus Christ, pouring out His Spirit so that those who believe on Him (the Fish) might live in the spiritual sense. The small constellation of Pisces Austrinus is dominated by the first magnitude star Fomalhaut which is Arabic for the “Mouth of the Fish”. 
 
 
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PISCES
 
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In Hebrew this constellation is Dagim, the ‘im’ ending indicating a plural. Dagim means “fishes.” The Syriac word, meaning the same thing, is Nunno. This constellation is also faint, and there are no known ancient star names. One of the two fish in the constellation is marked by a circle of stars.
Biblically, the two fish represent the two bodies, or assemblies, controlled by Christ: Israel being the earthly, or horizontal, fish and the body of believing Christians being the vertical fish. Together they represent both the earthly and spiritual bodies claimed by God.
The old star charts show the hoof of Aries the Ram resting on the band which binds the two fish together. This therefore indicates that there are two bodies or assemblies which the Lamb of God (Messiah) controls. Historically we know that this is the Children of Israel (the earthly or horizontal fish) and the Gentile believers (Church or vertical fish). Together they represent the earthly children and spiritual children of Messiah.
 
ARIES and Cetus
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Aries is the ram, or the lamb. It is Taleh in Hebrew, which means “lamb.” The brightest star is El Nath. “El” is a rather generic word and means “authority, god, or judge.” “Nath” means “broken, or cut in pieces, or poured out.”
1 Corinthians: 11:24 — “this is my body which is broken for you…” Jesus is the Lamb of God; He is the authority, the God, the judge broken for us.
The star picture tells more of the story, however. The ram/lamb’s forefoot is stretched out over the cords which bind the fish in Pisces to the beast, Cetus. Thus the ram is said to either be claiming the fish as his or cutting their bonds which attach them to the beast
Here is Cetus, the sea monster:
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and here is the full picture, showing Aries breaking the bonds attaching the fish to the sea monster:
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The brightest star in Aries, El Nath, is actually part of two different constellations. Because astronomers drew new pictures of the stars, (changing the constellation boundaries) El Nath is now on the tip of the horn of the Bull, and called “the butting” or “the butting one.”  But the Hebrew name means something else and in the ancient star pictures, El Nath was part of Aries the Ram.
TAURUS, the Pleiades and the Hyades
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The Hebrew word for bull or ox is “shur” which also means “to return” or “to come back”. The brightest star is Aldebaran which means “the follower”.  The second brightest is El Nath. There are two distinct star groups in Taurus: the Hyades and the PleiadesHyades means “congregated” while Pleiades comes from the  Hebrew for “gathering” and the Greek “Pleistos” or “Pleion” which means “The many”, “the excellent” or “the great”. The Japanese name for the Pleiades is Subaru, and the Persian name is Soraya. Ancient Greeks called them “the clusterers.” The Bible sometimes refers to the Pleiades as the “seven stars” and sometimes to “Pleiades.” They are mentioned in Job 9:9, 38:31-32; Amos 5:8; Rev.1:16, 20.
In Job it is the Pleiades, but in Revelation, Christ is holding the seven stars in His hand, representing the seven churches. Since the Hebrew word for the Pleiades comes from the root meaning “gathering,” the meaning was inescapable for the early church. Seven gatherings — seven churches. Christ used a star picture people knew and applied it to His Church.
So Christ gave us the main part of the Bible story in this constellation. However, remember that the word for “bull” is also the word for “return,” and this is another important part of the story. We are almost to the end of the Zodiac, and the promise is there that Christ will return.
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The Pleiades, in the heart of the Bull, also known as the Seven Sisters The Hyades, a V shaped formation making up the eyes and nose of the Bull
 
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GEMINI
 
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The Hebrew name for this constellation is Thaumim meaning “Joined Together” as in Exodus 26:24. The Romans called the twins Castor and Pollux which are now the names of the two brightest stars. These are the Latin equivalents of Hercules and Apollo from the Greeks, the mythical twin sons of Zeus, the supreme deity. Hercules was to labor and be the one who suffered while Apollo brought peace and intelligence to civilization.
The star in the left foot of one figure bears the name “Al Henah” which means “wounded” or “bruised.” The star in the right knee of the other figure and bears the name “Mebsuta” which means “ to trample underfoot, tread down (step on many times until flat).” Another star is called “Waset” or “Waseth” which means “appointed”.
The Bible tells us Christ comes twice: the firt time to labor and be wounded, or bruised. Then He returns to fight and vanquish His enemies. In the old Middle East cultures, the victor would either walk on or put his foot on the defeated enemy, thus ‘treading him underfoot.’ It was a sign of total victory. Here again, ancient legends and myths — this time Greek and Roman — hold sufficient remnants of the original truth for that truth to be discerned through the legend’s fog.
Isaiah 22:5  The LORD, the LORD Almighty, has a day of tumult and trampling and terror in the Valley of Vision (or “Zion”) — the reference here is to Armageddon.
 
CANCER
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In Egyptian Zodiacs Cancer is represented as a Scarabeus Beetle. In Hebrew it is ‘Ash’ or Butterfly. To the Indians it was a Crab. Ancient Sumerians saw it as a Crayfish. In each case, the creature concerned rose to a new life out of its old shell. The brightest star is Acubene which is related to the Hebrew word for “hiding place.” This picture is reinforced by the Praesepe cluster. The word comes from Latin, means “a crib, a manger, a hive, or a fold for animals.” In Job 38:32, God asked if Job could “Guide the constellation Ash (‘Butterfly’) with his ‘Multitude’ (‘Offspring’ or ‘Children’ or ‘Sons’)”. This refers to Cancer and the Praesepe cluster. It is all the more significant since Job had stated in his discussion in Job 19:25 “I know that my Redeemer Lives, and He will stand on the Earth in the Last Days. And though after death worms consume my body, yet in my flesh will I see God, whom my own eyes will behold, and not another’s.”
The name “Cancer” may be related to Arabic. In old Arabic this sign was “Khan Ker” which means “priest-prince.”
The meanings of the name of the constellation itself and the associated stars may have to do with the Priest-Prince being our hiding place
 
 
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The Praesepe open cluster in Cancer – 350 stars
 
LEO the Lion, HYDRA the Serpent, CORVUS the Crow and CRATER the Cup.
 
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Leo the Lion was the banner or standard for the tribe of Judah (Numbers 2:2-3; 24:9 compared with Genesis 37:9; 49:8-12). Brightest star is Regulus. Word Regel/Regal/Ragal is the Hebrew or Chaldean word for “foot.” So Regulus literally means to “tread under foot”. Because kings did this to their enemies the word became associated with royalty. The second brightest star is Denebola. In Arabic is means “tail of the lion.” But Dan/Den/Din is the Hebrew root for “Judge,” and bo is “to come,” so it is possible that Denobla means “The Coming Judge”. The next brightest star is named Algeiba (Arabic) or El Gibbor in Hebrew which means “The mighty God-man.” Isaiah  9 – “And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God (El Gibbor), Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace….” The name for another star is Zosma. Because this has many variants nothing certain about its meaning can be said.
So the story ends with the victorious Lion of Judah, the Mighty God-Man, the Coming Judge who will Tread Under Foot the enemy. Leo is “treading under foot” the Fleeing Serpent, Hydra, that Old Serpent, whose brightest star is Alphard “the Accursed One”. When that happens, Corvus 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.
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Even the ancient Egyptians knew the story:
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SOME OTHER CONSTELLATIONS
 
PERSEUS
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In Hebrew, this constellation is Peretz or Parats which is in Greek Perses and Latin Perseus. The Hebrew means “Breaker” or “Deliverer” or “the One who Breaks Open the Way”as in Micah 2:12, 13. There Messiah gathers the remnant of Israel and breaks open the way as their LORD. The star Omicron concurs as it is named Atik or Attiq in Hebrew meaning “Ancient One”. In Daniel 7 this word is used to describe “The Ancient of Days”. The star Zeta is Menkib or Markab which means “something to ride upon.” Daniel 7 pictures this conveyance as the Shekinah Glory Cloud. The star Alpha is called Mirfak or Mirzak (Javelin), with Beta being called  Al Ghoul, the Evil One, whose head is pictured as decapitated. So Messiah, the Ancient of Days (Micah 5:2), comes on the Shekinah at the end of the Age to break open the way and deliver us from the Evil One.
 
AURIGA
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Auriga is usually called the “Charioteer” in modern astronomy. This name has come to be attached to this constellation as a result of the poem about the stars by the Greek writer from Tarsus called Aratus. In his poem he speaks of Auriga “urging on his tardy wain”. However, the star names do not bear out this image that Aratus has given to us. To begin there is the asterism called the “Haedi” or “the Kids”, and the word Capella is from the Latin for “she goat”. In fact the word Auriga is derived from the Hebrew “or” or “aor” meaning “light” and the word “raah” which means “shepherd” or “friend”. Thus “Aor-raah” which gives us Auriga means “The Shepherd of Light”. The star Epsilon bears the name “Al Maaz” which is Hebrew for “The Despised or the Rejected One.” This word is used of the LORD in Numbers 11:20. The second magnitude star Beta Tauri used to be Gamma Aurigae until constellation boundaries were fixed about a century ago.  That star is named “El Nath” which comes from the Hebrew “Nathach” or “Natak” or “Natha” which means “broken” or “poured out”. “El” is the generic word for “god, authority, judge.” Finally the star Beta is called “Menkilinon” or “Menkalion”. This comes from two Hebrew words “Men” meaning a “number” and “Killayon” which means “Consumed” as in Isaiah 10:22, 23. Thus the story is of the Despised or rejected One who is the Shepherd of Light, who poured Himself out to  protect the Kids while the unprotected number outside are consumed. It is of interest to note that the Shepherd is usually shown protecting two Kids – the two groups that belong to Messiah – Israel & the Church.
 
THERE ARE THREE FIRST MAGNITUDE STARS THAT FORM THE “SUMMER TRIANGLE”. They are Vega in Lyra the Harp, Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, and Altair in Aquila the Eagle. 
1. LYRA – The Harp
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The brightest star, Vega, means “Fallen Star,” and as such refers to Lucifer who fell from Heaven and became Satan the Adversary. Lucifer was one of the highest created angels, and was at least the guardian cherub of Eden, and possibly of the entire world. (See our study on Ezekiel 28). There is a strong identification with music in this Ezekiel passage. This is the connection with the Harp. He fell from heaven due to his pride as outlined in Isaiah 14:12 ff.). In Babylonian astronomy, Vega was identified with the “Messenger of Light” in accord with the status of Satan in 2 Corinthians 11:14. The word “Lucifer” means “light carrier.” In Akkadian, Vega was called the “Life of Heaven”, and in Assyrian “The Judge of Heaven” as having the highest position next to God. All told, this star has had some 40 names associated with these connotations. The the second-brightest star has the name Sheliak which derived from an ancient name for a harp. This picks up the music in heaven idea from Ezekiel.
2. CYGNUS, The Swan
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This is one of the most conspicuous constellations in the Northern Hemisphere, immersed in the Milky Way, with a binocular feast of star-fields and 30 open clusters. Cygnus is basically in the form of a Cross. The brightest star, Deneb, has the Hebrew root of Dan, Den, or Din which means Judge. The second-brightest star is called Albireo which means “Sacred Father”. The Greek word “Ieros” meaning “sacred” carries through this idea.
Isaiah 9:6 calls Messiah the ‘Everlasting Father’ and the Scriptures affirm that he is also the Judge to whom mankind will eventually answer.
3. AQUILA –The Eagle
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A fine constellation that straddles the Milky Way and the Celestial Equator. The brightest star, Altair is an intense white star of 1st magnitude that contrasts with its 3rd magnitude orange neighbor Tarazed and 4th magnitude Alshain. In Arabic Al Tair means “the Flyer”. In Persian At Tara means “the Star” while in Hebrew El Tara literally means “the Carrier of God”. the second brightest star in this constellation is named Alshain from the Hebrew “Shani” which means “ Scarlet” and hence came to mean “Blood”. The third brightest star is Tarazed which means “Carrier of Strength” from the Hebrew Tara (carrier) and Zed meaning “strong” or “strength”. Thus Aquila the eagle represents the Shekinah which is the “carrier of God” and which specifically included the 4 Cherubim who each had one of their faces in the form of an eagle in Ezekiel 1 and Revelation 4. Daniel 7 also reveals that it is Messiah who comes in the Shekinah and He was the one who shed His blood as a sacrifice.
URSA MAJOR – Great Bear/Flock/Fold.
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Here we have a mix-up because of Aratus’ poem. Alpha in Ursa Major is called Dubhe in Hebrew or Dubah (Arabic) both of which mean fold or flock. The word ‘fold’ implies rest and security and strength as a sheep would find in a sheep-fold. The word is used this way in Deuteronomy 33:25 to describe our strength or security from the Lord. It must now be noted that Dubhe or Dubah has been confused by Aratus with the Hebrew ‘dohv’ or Arabic ‘dub’or Persian ‘deeb’ all of which mean bear. They are pronounced almost the same way and in some concordances the words are consecutive. However, they have vastly different meanings. Because of this linguistic mix-up, we now have the Greater and Lesser Bear instead of the Greater and Lesser flocks or folds. You can see the “Big Dipper” in orange in the picture above. That is one star group that is very easily recognized by most people.
 
BOOTES
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This name for the constellation originally derives from the Hebrew root bo and Egyptian bau both of which mean “The Coming One”. The brightest star, Arcturus has its name from the poem by Aratus (Greek). It literally means “guarding the bear” from its position behind Ursa Major. The ancient Hebrew name for this star has been preserved in the book of Job and was Auwsh meaning “To Hasten”. The second brightest star is called Nekkar or “pierced one”. The third brightest star is a fine double — one is pale orange and the other is blue-green. Together they are called Izar (from the Yiddish Issur) which means “Prince with God”. 
 
HERCULES  – the kneeling man
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Note that Hercules has his foot on Draco, the dragon, in triumph over it.

The brightest star in Hercules is called Ras Algethi, Arabic for “The Kneeler’s Head”. Another star is called Sarin from Saris, the Hebrew word for “Officer” or “Minister of State.” The Chaldean word sarek means “President”or “Lord”.
One star has the name Maasym, which is Hebrew for “Despised One”. Still another star is Kajam from the Akkadian kittam meaning “justice”.

In this final story presented here, we have the Despised One triumphing over Draco, the dragon, and who is President, or Lord, and who will bring justice to the Earth.
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SEPTEMBER 23, 2017

The possible start of the Tribulation 

The first eclipse came 1,260 days before the coming appearance of a sign that looks to be the fulfillment of  Revelation 12. 

The heavenly sign itself on September 23, 2017 does look to be the sign of Revelation 12.

It is, therefore, time to address this sign as to how it fits the coming time of the end.

 

                                                                               Now a great sign appeared in heaven:
                                                              a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet,
                                                                              and on her head a garland of twelve stars.
                                                      Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.
                                                                                                    REVELATION 12:1-2

                                                                                         

Revelation 12  comes right after the conclusion of the seventh trumpet and what is the end of the seven year tribulation.

With chapter 12, we cut away from that time to a picture of the overall war of Satan upon Israel and the Messiah.

The woman is Israel and the twelve stars are the twelve tribes of Israel.

Paralleling Joseph’s dream, the moon and sun also represented his mother and father (Genesis 37:10), and as we later learn in Revelation 12,

the child is the Messiah.

This sign plays out in the heavens on September 23, 2017  when the sun goes down in Israel.

That day is Tishri 3 and the Fast of Gedaliah.
While the sign of Revelation 12  pictures Israel and the Messiah, it is still a great sign in heaven.

It should be treated as a sign of major significance. The problem is that some have viewed this sign as relating to the middle of the Tribulation.

The reason that is done is because of its context with the dragon (Satan) who is thrown down from heaven to persecute Israel for 1,260 days 

(3.5 years) until the conclusion of the 70th Week.However, this sign is broader in scope since it also refers to the birth of  Yeshuah  over 2,000 years ago. Some have even tried to say this sign played out at the time of Christ’s birth, but the planetary alignments put forward of that time do not compare to what occurs in 2017.

There was an important discovery made here eight years ago regarding the   Great Pyramid 

and its heavenly alignment just three days earlier on September 20, 2017.

It almost seems comical now that the great sign of Revelation 12 was missed at that time while focusing in on three days earlier.

That, along with this sign of  Revelation 12, frame what seems now to become one of the most significant days in future history. That day is known as the Feast of TrumpetsYom Teruah (the awakening blast),  Day of Shouting, the Day of the Resurrection,

Coronation Day, and the Last Trump.

It is believed this day is the day of the transformation of the dead and living saints at the time known as  Rapture!

The Feast of Trumpets or Rosh Hashanah is in the middle of these signs.

The sign of Revelation 12 has many details that are common, but uncommon when all put together.

The first part of the sign is the woman clothed with the sun. This happens every year … (virgo constellation),

but it narrows the time down to one month around the autumnal equinox. That woman is represented by Virgo-the virgin.

She is clothed by the sun from mid-September to early October.  September 23, 2017  Meets these requirements.

The next requirement is that the moon must be under the feet of  Virgo.

With the sun  in Virgo  and her  feet to the east, the moon must be a few days past new moon.

The Hebrew Calendar is lunar and the Feast of Trumpets (September 21, 2017) is on the new moon, September 23-25  places the moon in the correct position. This happens every year on the Hebrew Calendar as long as the new moon did not occur too early or too late in relation to the equinox, which would put the sun too high or low in Virgo. Here it is perfect. The requirement of the moon and sun narrows it down to a few days of the year. The rest of the parts of the sign must then coincide with this time if we are able to observe this sign.

On September 23, 2017 there are four planets in the vicinity that complete the sign and its ultimate uniqueness.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter play their parts. Above the head of  Virgo is the constellation Leo.

In Leo at this time there will be Mars, Venus, and Mercury. With Leo being a constellation of nine principle stars, the three wandering stars make it twelve at this time. Thus the garland of twelve stars is upon the woman. For three planets to be in Leo at this time with all of the other preconditions makes this rare. Combined with the final piece of the picture below is what makes this sign difficult of not nearly impossible to replicate anywhere close to the time in which we live. How rare? A search 150 years before and 150 years after September 23, 2017 produced no results.
The final piece of the sign is Jupiter.

Jupiter was known by the Jews as the planet of the Messiah.

Jupiter enters the sign of Virgo on August 27, 2016, which coincides with a close conjunction of Venus. The next such close conjunction with these two brightest planets is 49 years later.

Jupiter itself enters Virgo about every 12 years.  The August 27, 2016 conjunction comes exactly  400 days before  Yom Kippur  2017.

Yom Kippur always ends Teshuvah, which is a 40 day season of repentance.

Does Jupiter and Venus mark a ten-fold application needed at that time?
 Jupiter then spends those 400 days in Virgo. As the sign of Revelation 12 forms on September 23, 2017 

Jupiter is in the womb of Virgo and is about to be born. Remember, the meaning of Tribulation refers to the period of labor pains before birth.

The world is going to go through a period of delivery to result in the Messianic Kingdom!

This sign speaks to those coming seven years–the worst in human history.

However, we have been warned and God will deliver those who have put their trust in Messiah by taking them to heaven before the seven yearsbegins. For those who will miss that opportunity, God’s Grace will still abound for those who change and believe that Yeshuah HaMashiac is the savior of the world, but they will have to endure the Tribulation.

 

Jupiter, though spends more than 400 days in Virgo. It is provocative that six days before what looks to be the start of the 2520 days of the TribulationVenus and Jupiter make another conjunction (but not visible because of the sun) on November 13, 2017. This is 444 days from the conjunction of August 27, 2016.

Is it any accident then that Jupiter leaves Virgo when the Tribulation will begin?

The next sign in the Mazzeroth (Zodiac) is the scales of Libra–judgmentIt all lines up at the right time!!!
However, let us go back 1260 days from the sign of Revelation 12 to the day of the first lunar eclipse of the Tetrad of 2014-2015. The eclipse of April 15, 2014 occurred at a specific place in the heavens. As a time marker that points to the sign of Revelation 12, it should also have some significance. This eclipse on Passover 2014 occurred right next to star of Spica in Virgo.  Yeshuahs’ own body was sacrificed for us on Passover. He was the Seed of the Woman. He was the ear of grain that must die that life may abound. Spica in Hebrew is Zerah meaning“seed”–the Seed of the Woman. It is the same word as found in the promises of Genesis. It is fitting then that this sign of the lunar eclipsepoints to the sign of Revelation 12, which speaks of the Messiah’s birth, but also to the necessary second part of Yeshuahs’ coming back to earth.
With an interval of 1260 days between the signs, it would seem logical that the day count represented a leg of the Tribulation.

But it cannot anymore unless one is to believe we are in the Tribulation, but we are NOT. However, this sign straight from

Revelation 12 that appears in the sky from September 23 to September 25 ….

cannot be ignored.

Placing this sign in context with all of the other signs and calculations presented here, it would seem that this sign is a warning of the

Tribulation that will soon begin.
The conclusion it looks like the Rapture will occur on the Feast of Trumpets 2017, which would be on September 21.

This day is sandwiched between the sign involving the Great Pyramid and Revelation 12.

If the Tribulation ends on the Day of Atonement 2024, then 2,520 back from that day is November 19, 2017.  The sign of Revelation 12then comes 57 days before the Tribulation. This gap matches the gap between the end of Daniel’s 69 weeks on Palm Sunday and the beginning of the Church on Pentecost.

The sign of Revelation 12 makes sense as a sign warning  to us all that the Tribulation is coming, just as depicted in the sign itself with thevirgin (Israel) about to go through tribulation. For the Church, our time is then short. The requirements of the sign make it extremely raremaking 2017 the only year in which it coincides with the final generation.

By default, it must be a sign that precedes the Tribulation and signs should be a warning of what is soon coming.

But all too often, the heavenly sign of Revelation 12 is glossed over and not looked at as a actual visible sign that can be observed.  

It happens in just over three years. It’s time to get ready…

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While perusing through Jupiter’s position among the stars, there was something else that presented itself.

On the 9th of Av 2024,  Jupiter will be in the sign of Taurus. It will be between the horns.

The common Hebrew name for Taurus is Shurwhich can mean both coming and ruling or in other words, the coming judge.

In short, Taurus represents the coming governor,   Yeshuah HaMashiac, with his congregation (meaning of Pleiades).

 

On the day known for Jewish sorrow due to the number of calamities that have fallen on this day,

Mars comes into conjunction with Jupiter beteween the horns.

Mars, in Hebrew Ma’adim, meaning the Adam, the Red One or the Son of Man

On this day it is believed there will be 60 days left of the Tribulation.

This sign looks to speak of that time when Yeshuah will shortly return to end the Tribulation with the Church accompanying him.

No other signs or conjunctions after this at this time come into view.

However, there will be the final signs of the stars falling from the sky, and the moon and sun being darkened.

It must also be remembered here that on the 9th of Av 1994, Comet Shoemaker-Levy struck Jupiter causing much fear when the effects of such a collision were observed and then imagined upon earth. The 9th of Av 2024 will be the 110th anniversary from WW1 beginning and 30 years from Shoemaker-Levy.

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, 

and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, 

and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the

 Son of Man in heaven and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the

 Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

                                                                      Matthew 24: 29-30

 

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              The Micah Prophecy – The Key to Revelation 12

 

 

                                                                    But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
                                                 Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
                                                               Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
                                                                       The One to be Ruler in Israel,
                                                                   Whose goings forth are from old,
                                                                                 From everlasting.

                                                                      Therefore He shall give them up,
                                              Until the time that she who is in labor has given birth;
                                                                       Then the remnant of His brethren
                                                                      shall return to the children of Israel.

                                                                                         MICAH 5:2-3

                                                          Now a great sign appeared in heaven:
                                             a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet,
                                                          and on her head a garland of twelve stars.
                                   Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.

                                                                                   REVELATION 12:1-2

 
If  November 13, 2017 marks the beginning of the significant spiritual return of Israel, then six days later marks the beginning of the 70th Week of Daniel. This is done by counting 2,520 (7 x 360) days back from the Day of Atonement 2024.

Israel signs the covenant with the Antichrist to begin the 70th Week per  Daniel 9:27. This is Israel’s Covenant with God, which is strengthened by God himself showing the Israelis that all is back on track.

During the transition from the Rapture to the beginning of the 2,520 days would be sixty days ……

and within that time there is the fulfillment of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39.

Only God rescues Israel from the war and Israel is said to recognize that fact.
With the Rapture occurring on the Feast of Trumpets and this war coming from the north, it should be clear to many Jews what just occurred. With an understanding of the Old Testament, it should be clear.

Of course, that is why it is there.

Paul speaks of the Gentiles provoking the Jews to jealousy. If there were a time to be jealous, to see a sizable segment of Gentiles (and some believing Jews) get taken in the Rapture to safety before the coming Day of the Lord would be it. It will mean that many Jews will get on track and believe. With 144,000 Jewish male witnesses found in the book of Revelation, it has been made clear that many in Israel will believe and preach the Gospel of the Kingdom. The seven years begin at a time of Israeli spiritual renewal.

This is why Yeshuah warns Israel of the Antichrist by identifying the time of the Abomination of Desolation,

which occurs in the middle of the 70th Week.

That is the true moment of identification and time the Antichrist will control the land of Israel.

 
One roadblock in understanding the sign of Revelation 12 is by not understanding the layout of the book of Revelation. Chapter 11 takes the reader to the end of the seven years at the seventh trumpet when the earth fully becomes under Yeshuah Messiah our Lord.

Chapter 12 begins further detail on this coming time and starts back at the beginning.

We therefore begin at this sign that represents Israel and the bringing forth of the MessiahBut the point is that this is a heavenly sign placed in heaven to show us when these things will begin.

That is, the continuation of the salvation story through the nation of Israel.

Therefore, the sign of Micah 5 and Revelation 12 is an actual sign in the heavens that can be documented and it is yet future.

It marks the time at which a true return of Israel will occur. It is not an accident that it comes right after the Feast of Trumpets–the time of the last Trump for the Church. This then means (along with everything else documented here on this site) that time is short for the Church. Will believers pay attention and do what must be done and make sure that they are sharing the gospel?

The doors to the Church are still open for those who might believe in our Savior Yeshuah HaMashiac.

Only by believing and putting our trust in Yeshuah will we escape what is soon coming upon the world. It is becoming pretty apparent what is soon coming. If one does not believe until after the Rapture, God’s grace will be sufficient, but it will not be without many perilous trials.

I have completed an analysis of the 23 September 2017  Heavenly Sign.  I checked seven thousand years and found no comparable event.  I checked 6,200 years into the past and 1,200 years into the future which is equivalent to Man’s entire History.

I began the search by looking at every year from the birth of Christ to 78 AD.  I then realized that I only had to check every 12 years in accordance with Jupiter’s orbital period.  I checked from 78 AD to 3215 AD after which I realized that Jupiter is only in the womb of Virgo for 294 days every 83 years.  I then checked from the Birth of Christ to 4248 BC every 83 years checking 12 years either side just in case. I have made an excel spread sheet of the findings which can be downloaded.

You-Tube video …… How rare is the Revelation 12 Heavenly Sign [23 September 2017] Once in 7000 Years.”  

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                       The Oracle in Stone

 

 

In the Bible these are the two prominent passages that point to the Pyramids of Egypt.

    

1  Isaiah 19:19-20

In that Day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border. And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt, for they will cry to the Lord because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them. 

2 Jeremiah 32:20a

Which has set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even unto this day . . .

                                                                    

                                                      

The key seems to put importance on the time of John’s conception in 2.5 BC, since the sun was also at the Christ angle. This is also the angle that bisects Bethlehem, but the significance that coincides with the sun occurred in 2.5 BC with the beginning of the whole Nativity story. This is the starting time of events for the First Coming of Christ.Using 2.5 BC with 2447 BC will then give a new year. This would then be a span of 2444.5 years to cover 63.7 degrees, thereby making the time of 52.6 degrees equal to 2018.5 years. Counting from 2.5 BC to AD 2017 figures to 2018.5 years and would therefore mean that AD 2017    is the year of the

second Christ angle (see diagram).

The ratio of years pointing to AD 2017 also aligns to the Christ Angle positioning of the Morning Star (Venus) and the Star of the Messiah (Jupiter) alignment on September 20-21, 2017 – the Feast of Trumpets and the possible

day of the Resurrection/Rapture.

It is with eagerness and yet with some reservation that this chapter concerning the Pyramids of Giza is written. There is an invariable amount of baggage attached to this subject, but there is also baggage tied to prophecy or any other subject where truth is involved. What is important is that there is valuable information that must be passed along that is a striking discovery concerning the

Great Pyramid complex at Giza and its marking both advents of Messiah.

It is a discovery that is in line with the Bible, history, and the magnificence of the pyramids.

It highlights the time in precise astronomical alignments.

It is a discovery that fits the themes woven into the Bible concerning the coming King and it further supports the scenario being developed. It would appear this is another clue building the case for  Yeshuah’s  soon return.

According to the ScripturesGod has placed wonders in Egypt as a sign at the return of the Lord to deliver those who call on the Lord.

This altar is said to be on the border, but yet in the middle“Giza” means “border” and it is at the border of Upper and Lower Egypt. Therefore, it is also in the middle of Egypt. The Great Pyramid, the last remaining wonder of the ancient world, is located in Giza.

The nature of the Great Pyramid and its complex makes it the only real candidate fitting the prophecy found in Isaiah.

The conclusion that the Great Pyramid  will be used by  God is biblical.

However, there are many who cannot swallow this fact. Most see the pyramids as Egyptian and in the same category as the idolatry practiced by them.

But that assumes they are Egyptian or that Egyptian history can be painted with a single brush.

Jewish tradition recorded by Josephus (Josephus, Antiquities, i 2) and also Arab tradition (Abou Balkhi), place the construction of the Great Pyramid before the Flood of Noah.

Of course it is not surprising that Egyptians would want to lay claim to building the pyramids in order to add them to their national portfolio.There were no hieroglyphs inside when the Great Pyramid was first opened by Calif Al Mamoun in the ninth century  AD. 

No mummies or treasures either, it was empty. Nothing could positively identify the builder with any certainty. It remains an architectural marvel still unexplained as to how it was engineered with technology from literally a different age

a lost era that is best explained as being pre-Flood.

To say the Great Pyramid or even the other pyramids were built before the Flood is not popular—or yet to even admit to a Flood itself.

What is interesting is that the four air shafts of the Great Pyramid are said to have lined up with certain stars (Al Nitak, Kochab, Sirius, Alpha Draconis) at around 2450 BC (Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval, The Mystery of the Sphinx, 64-67). If this is true it would put the time of this alignment at about 100 years before the Flood using a biblical chronology. At this time Noah would be having his three sons who with their wives would make the voyage on the Ark. This makes sense of the Jewish and Arab traditions that teach wise men before the Flood built two pillars to pass on their knowledge. The Great Pyramid and all that it reveals fits this model as one of the likely candidates.

Those who have studied the Great Pyramid are quickly confronted by the mathematical and geometrical knowledge incorporated into its construction. It is a knowledge that was not discovered until the advances in mathematics and measurements of the modern age made it possible. All of these amazing facts can be found, but this is not the direction of this writing.

Instead the need here is to focus on the prophetic implications found in the Great Pyramid. Most have focused on the dimensional measurements of the passageways and chambers to see if a historical map of the future can be made. However, there are different units of measure given by others and at times it all seems too subjective. If the builder of the Great Pyramid really did build it to communicate, then it should be somewhat obvious and easy to decode. If we learn what the Pyramid has shown us, then we can develop a model on what the Pyramid will show us.

That is why we must begin with the Christ angle.

The Christ Angle

The Christ angle is roughly 26.3 degrees or more precisely 26 degrees, 18 minutes, and 9 seconds.

It is the angle of the ascending and descending passageways inside the Great Pyramid.

It is called such because this angle if taken north of east from the site of the Great Pyramid will bisect Bethlehem.

Those who know the story of the Nativity know that Bethlehem is where Yeshuah was born. But this is not all. If one were at Bethlehem at the time ofYeshuah’s birth and looked up to the lower belt star of Orion (Al Nitak—the wounded one) at meridian, the angle of that star above the horizon would be at the same angle as the Great Pyramid itself—51 degrees and 51 minutes (This conclusion is based from measurements given by Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval in their book, The Mystery of the Sphinx, 284. Other star programs when utilized come to different conclusions about the position of Al Nitak at the time of Yeshuah’s birth.

Robert Bauval first suggested the Orion Theory in his 1994 book, The Orion Mystery.

His theory is that the Pyramids known as Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure are aligned representing the belt stars of Orion

that is, if one looks south. The Great Pyramid (Khufu) is represented by the lower left belt star known as Al Nitak and the Great pyramid is the northeast pyramid. This makes sense since looking at Orion at meridian means one will have to look south. However, the Orion Theory puts pyramid construction at 10,500 BC since it holds to a vernal equinox scenario where Orion is at meridian during dawn at the onset of spring. However, the prophetic view incorporated here is that the pyramid complex was built looking forward down the corridors of time. This works if the layout looks to the other equinox, the beginning of autumn when Orion will be at meridian during dawn. Two thousand years ago Orion (specifically Al Nitak) hit the dawn-meridian at August 26th. Now the alignment is at September 20th due to the precession of the equinoxes. So it is now quite close to the Autumn Equinox. Also, the idea of a Spring Equinox alignment in 10,500 BC is simply not possible because according to biblical chronology humanity has existed for just over 6,000 years. While September 20th is quite close to the Autumn Equinox, there is also the possibility that Rosh Hashanah will coincide with the meridian alignment of Al Nitak during dawn. Could Rosh Hashanah be the real factor? The basic idea is that the pyramid complex is a map of the heavens of a point in time when Christ returns. The pyramids show what is to be at meridian (Al Nitak in Orion), and also the causeways heading east from the pyramids show the importance of the rising sun or other items rising in the east. That the Sphinx also looks to the east is a factor as well. The point though was to see when there was a candidate for an alignment of Rosh Hashanah and the meridian alignment of Orion at dawn.

When looking for a time when Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) coincides with September 20th, the nearest year found is 2066 with the next occurrence in 2085. This however puts the time beyond the promise of a generation and beyond the time suggested here. Since Rosh Hashanahbegins at sundown and signs come before events, it seems to make more sense for Rosh Hashanah to begin at sundown on the 20th instead of the 19th of September. This would then put Rosh Hashanah on September 21st. If we look for the next time this occurs, it would be in the years of20172028, and 2047. Of course, the year of 2017  was the same year suggested by the book, Signs of the End,  for the end of the Tribulation, but could 2017 instead be the beginning of the Tribulation or the Rapture on the Feast of Trumpets?  As with everything else the details that follow help establish the intricate planning involved.

Therefore, at dawn the morning before the Feast of Trumpets 2017,  Al Nitak is precisely at meridian. However, there is also the Sphinxlooking east, and yet another piece of the puzzle. Many researchers now believe the Sphinx was originally a lion in its totality. The present body is well eroded by rain with the head in much better condition.  Most likely this shows that it was chiseled on later by the Egyptians. Also, the head is disproportionately small to the body suggesting that the original lion’s head was later fashioned into the head of a Pharaoh.

So the original design was probably a lion looking east, but why? At the alignment scenario with Orion at meridian, the constellation Leo

(the Lion) is in the east. But this alone is just the beginning.

Let us not forget the all-important Christ angle to see where it might come into significance. At the moment Al Nitak is at meridian,

Leo is in the east, but more importantly its star known as Regulus (the King) is precisely at the inclination of the Christ angle.

The Christ angle not only bisected Bethlehem at Yeshuah’s birth, but it also bisects Regulus at this possible time of his coming. The year 2017 is the first year from present that Rosh Hashanah comes immediately after  September 20th—the time Al Nitak hits meridianprecisely at dawn, and also when Regulus hits the Christ angle.The next years that this will occur are 2028 and 2047.

But again there is more to the story.

The Morning Star – Revelation 2:28, 2 Peter 1:19
In analyzing the positioning of the stars, moon, and sun at the time of September 20, 2017, there was also another alignment. Venus will be in conjunction with Regulus at this time.

So at this moment, Venus, the “Morning Star” will be aligned with the “King Star”, precisely at the Christ angle. If a star navigator program is available, set it to Cairo (or more precisely to the Great Pyramid) for 5:42:24.333 am on September 20, 2017 to verify it. This is very precise and a day either way will put the scenario out of alignment in every way. But as will be seen later, there are more alignments to discuss to demonstrate the fact that the Pyramids are the products of planning by the true God who is beyond time and space. The approach to finding these discoveries was following the themes and looking for the improbable. In the alignments, Regulus would have to be at the Christ angle. This was determined before going to the computer for confirmation. And it was precisely at the Christ angle. This is similar in approach to other discoveries here. It is by taking an idea with a very limited possibility to see if it then can be confirmed. To presuppose that Regulus should be at 26.3 degrees and find out that it is indeed so at this precise predetermined time is astronomical–literally. It would be impossible if left to chance. The fact that Venus is also in conjunction with Regulusat this time is really the final straw of over confirmation. But as has been seen before, God prefers multiple witnesses for confirmation, and that is why more still needs to be written here.

Planet of the Messiah
The ascending and descending passageways of the Great Pyramid share the common Christ angle, but one is actually the prime of the other.

Looking at the computer model of the sky when Regulus and Venus are at the Christ angle just prior to dawn, there is again something suspicious. Below the horizon is Jupiter–referred to as the planet of the Messiah by the Jews. It is below the horizon at about the same distance asRegulus and Venus are above the horizon. In other words will the Christ angle below the horizon point to Jupiter at dawn? But which dawn is more accurate?

At the dawn of Rosh Hashanah 2017,  Jupiter is at the precise Christ angle in the opposite scenario as the day before.

Jupiter is below the horizon at 26.3 degrees. Instead of the sun just starting to rise (just starting to break the horizon), the sun’s disk is fully risen with the sun still touching the horizon. So the event is truly prime of the morning before Rosh Hashanah. So Rosh Hashanah is directly tied into the phenomena of the Christ angle. On New Year’s Day for Kings, the planet of the Messiah (the possible “His star” of the Magi) is at the angle as reflected in the Great Pyramid. It is truly the dawn of a new era. (It can also be looked at in another way.  Jupiter will be at theChrist Angle in the western sky at the announcement of Rosh Hashanah in the evening of  September 20.)

So as there are opposite Christ angles, it would appear that the pyramid is a map of this event.

Jupiter is the suffering Messiah  at the descending angle,

whereas     the “morning star” and glorious king are on the ascending angle.  Therefore, the Great Pyramid would be a map of this time when Rosh Hashanah coincides with the dawn meridian of Al Nitak and the positioning of Messiah’s representative planets at the Christ angle.

What are the odds?  It would probably be safe to say that this is practically the only time these alignments could occur in our era.

The alignments suggested by the pyramids are amazing, but what makes it more amazing is the thematic language used. This is actually what led to this discovery. Without the clues of Leo or Regulus, the possibility of a Christ angle at a certain time would not have been investigated. As with all else discovered, the thematic pieces were seen, and then put to the test knowing the unlikely odds. Only a perfect plan would unfold and fit with phenomenal ease against phenomenal odds.

But also, think of the biblical themes and think of the similarities here.

There is Al Nitak “the wounded one”. …. . (Great Pyramid of Al Nitak without its chief cornerstone).

There is also Leo and the “Lion of Judah” with Regulus the “King” and Venus the “Morning Star”

all titles for the Messiah who at this marked time seems to be returning. Please consider the following passages:

Matthew 24:29-30

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory

Revelation 12:1-2

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 

And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

Psalms 118:21-23

I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. 

This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 

1 Peter 2:6-8

Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 

Revelation 22:16 

I, Yeshuah have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright and morning star.

2 Peter 1:19-21

And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 

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The Great Pyramid was built on a flat topped mountain of fairly level granite bedrock called the Giza Plateau. If it had been built elsewhere in the area the ground would not have been able to support its massive weight. It is the largest and most elaborately built of nine great pyramids located about ten miles to the west of the modern city of Cairo.

Though the second largest pyramid that sits in a nearby south-westerly direction from the Great Pyramid appears higher, it is due to its locality on a slightly higher foundation. Further to the southwest again is the third pyramid accompanied by two very small crudely built copies that are largely in ruin.

The three major pyramids at  Giza are completely devoid of Egyptian hieroglyphs inside and out and there has been no evidence of any Pharaoh ever being laid to rest in any of them. This is very significant because the three Pyramids along the Giza Plateau initially had nothing to do with the Egyptians. They were designed by Noah’s grandfather, Enoch, a man who walked with YHWH (Genesis 5:24). The Great Pyramid was originally called “The Pillar of Enoch.” In Hebrew the word “pillar” in Isaiah 19:19 is Matsebhah and refers to an object that is erected to commemorate something memorable. “Observe, Enoch, these heavenly tablets, and read what is written hereon, And mark every individual fact.’ And I observed the heavenly tablets, and read everything which was written (thereon) and understood everything, and read the book of all the deeds of mankind, and of all the children of flesh.” (1 Enoch 81:1-2) “Yea, I Enoch will declare [them] unto you, my sons: According to that which appeared to me in the heavenly vision, and which I have known through the word of the holy angels, and have learnt from the heavenly tablets.” (1 Enoch 93:1-2) Enoch was the first to decipher the story of the Gospel in the stars and prophetically transferred that knowledge in stone. “I know a mystery and have read the heavenly tablets, and have seen the holy books…” (1 Enoch 103:1)The gradual decline in the precision of the architecture of the first pyramid to the third represents man’s gradual departure from holiness. That being said, the quality of the third pyramid is still leaps and bounds ahead of any other pyramid in all of  Egypt. Curious watermarks are still visible today on the Giza Pyramid to those with a keen eye. Thanks to the fabulous lithographs of the late Scottish landscape artist David Roberts, watermarks are clearly visible on his images drawn in 1838 depicting the Sphinx and limestone casing stones of the Great Pyramid, which prove there existence before the time of the Pharaohs. Part of Enoch’s design plan was to have these structures withstand an impending flood. To do this he used a special organic material in the mortar that would resist dissolving in heated water. To this day the material has been unsuccessfully replicated in any known laboratory.

The Great Pyramid was built as a symbol of  Mount  Moriah (the primordial mound of creation) which resides at the centre of the Garden of Eden, the place where YHWH stares continually. All three pyramids at  Giza were deliberately built to represent Orion’s belt, chiefly represented by the three major mountains in  Jerusalem –  Mount  Moriah, the Mount of Olives and  Mount  Zion.

The Pillar of Enoch was built with supernatural knowledge that was handed down to Enoch with the chief principle of:

 

  • Teaching Torah
  • Making man aware of the link between the physical and spiritual realm
  • To foretell specific points and prophetic points in time
  • To provide a portal from the spiritual and physical realm (like  Mount Moriah).

“[Yahweh] You performed miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt and have continued them to this day, both in Israel and among all mankind, and have gained the renown that is still yours.” (Jeremiah 32:20)

 

Josephus Flavius, in his Antiquities of the Jews, Book I, Chapter 2:9-10, wrote concerning the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx, “All these proved to be of good dispositions. They also inhabited the same country without dissensions, and in a happy condition, without any misfortunes falling upon them, till they died. They also were the inventors of that peculiar sort of wisdom which is concerned with the heavenly bodies, and their order. And that their inventions might not be lost before they were sufficiently known, upon Adam’s prediction that the world was to be destroyed at one time by the force of fire, and at another time by the violence and quantity of water, they made two pillars, the one of brick, the other of stone: they inscribed their discoveries on them both, that in case the pillar of brick should be destroyed by the flood, the pillar of stone might remain, and exhibit those discoveries to mankind; and also inform them that there was another pillar of brick erected by them. Now this remains in the  land of  Siriad ( Egypt) to this day.”

 

Out of all the “ Seven Wonders of the World” only the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx remain. YHWH has allowed them to be witnesses to His Greatness. “In that day there shall be an altar to Yahweh in the midst of the Land of Egypt, and a monument at the border thereof to Yahweh, and it shall be for a sign, and for a witness unto Yahweh Tzaveot in the Land of Egypt” (Isaiah 19:19-20). Reference to “…the border…” means the border of  Israel because according to Scripture Israel stretches from  Egypt to the  Euphrates  River. And“…the midst…” refers to the middle of  Egypt because the great Pyramid sits in the centre of  Egypt.

 

The outer mantle of the Great Pyramid was composed of 144,000 casing stones, which were symbolic of the end time 144,000 evangelists. “Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living Elohim. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: ‘Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our Elohim.’ Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of  Israel.” (Revelation 7:2-4)

 

The absence of the “capstone” on the Great Pyramid is also very significant.“The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; Yahweh has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes.” (Psalm 118:22-23) “Therefore I tell you that the  Kingdom of  Yahweh will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.” (Matthew 21:43-44)

 

The prophetic timeline encoded within the measurements of the Great Pyramid of Giza (also sited in the teachings of the false prophet and founder of the Jehovah’s Witness Movement, Charles Taze Russel) is derived from its geometrical features.  Isaiah 19:19 states that there, “shall be for a sign and for a witness unto Yahweh Tzeveot in the  land of  Egypt.”  This is view is supported in Jeremiah 32:20 which speaks of YHWH setting signs andwonders in the  land of  Egypt, even unto this day.” The inclusion of “…even unto this day” stumps those who believe it is referring to the plagues in the time of the prophet Moshe.

 

The Great Pyramid is the only serious contender as YHWH’s “Witness. It is literally a storehouse of scientific, historic and prophetic truth with a testimony that is in water tight perfect accord with Scripture siting in the geographical centre of the surface of the world. “That monument stands in a more important physical situation than any other building erected by man.” (Henry Mitchell, Chief Hydrographer of the United States Coast Survey, 1868) To say that the Great Pyramid was built as a tomb is like seeing  Buckingham  Palace and saying that it was built as a toilet block.

 

Every feature of the Great Pyramid’s architecture (as with the  Holy  Temple) is important and of interest, our greatest interest centres in its silent but eloquent symbolism of YHWH’s plan of the Ages.  The Great Pyramid, viewed from without, had a beautiful appearance of white surface stones mostly removed, representing the plan of Yahweh completed, as it shall be at the end of the millennial age whose crowning feature will be King Messiah YahShua the“precious corner-stone.” (Isaiah 28:16) Zechariah 4:7 refers to its placement at the top of the completed edifice, with great rejoicing, saying, “He shall bring forth the head-stone thereof with shoutings, crying, ‘Grace, grace unto it.’”

 

Interestingly an Arabian by the name of Caliph Al Mamoun, who was ignorant of an official “Entrance Passage” to the great Pyramid, forced an entry in hopes of finding treasure and in so doing paralleled a famous passage in Scripture. “I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.” (John 10:1) The Great Pyramid has only one “Entrance Passage.” Once inside the Great Pyramid one will immediately notice that the interior is predominantly made up of granite. This represents the gold as it is used in the  Holy  Temple. Thus the granite represents Set-Apartness and the limestone represents that which is not Set-Apart (common).

 

The sparse passages of the Great Pyramid have unique functions in relating YHWH’s plan of salvation. From the entrance, the “Descending Passage” represents the spiritually declining life of man after “The Fall.” The “Well” that sprouts out from it near “The Pit.” represents Messiahs death, burial, and resurrection. Images show that the well literally looks like an explosion had burst it open from beneath signifying Moshiach bursting the bonds of death(Acts 2:24), thereby opening up a way to eternal life (Hebrews 10:20). In November 2009, my wife and five other members of tour group, including our Rabbi, went inside the Great Pyramid. We were not able to make our way into the descending passage, the pit, or the well, which was probably for the best if one realises their significance (with the exception of the well of course).

The huge granite plug stopping access to the “First Ascending Passage” represents the Old Covenant “…without holiness no one will see Yahweh.” (Hebrews 12:14) This also symbolises the absence of the law of return of the adulterous bride ( Israel) until the proclamation of the New Covenant in Jeremiah 31. Upon going inside the Great Pyramid through the Caliph Al Mamoun passage we walked straight past this massive plug as we made our ascent toward “The Grand Gallery.” This assent was very confined, causing those seeking access to walk in a perpetual bow until they reach the Grand Gallery. Prof. C. Piazzi Smyth, an Astronomer-Royal for  Scotland, wrote in his work Our inheritance in the Great Pyramid, “From the north beginning of the Grand Gallery, in upward progression, begin the years of our Savior’s life, expressed at the rate of an inch to a year. Three and thirty inch-years, therefore, bring us right over against the mouth of the Well.” At the moment one gets to walk upright in the ascending passage is the point were the well opens out signifying Moshiach’s enabling unmerited power (Grace). So from here one can proceed by grace symbolised by being enabled to walk in an upright fashion with an exceeding height overhead.

 

“…upon the work of Professor Smyth, many able minds have been awakened to search into the various problems presented by the Great Pyramid. Some of these investigators have claimed not only that it embodies great scientific truths, but also that it sets forth symbolically and by measurement the Divine plan of salvation-that, in fact, it is Messianic.” (“The Great Pyramid Passages” by John & Morton Edgar)

 

The Grand Gallery leads up into the entirely granite “The King’s Chamber.” At one end is the “coffer,” the only object within the King’s Chamber that has the exact volume of the Ark of the Covenant with dimensions described by the Scriptures as 2.5 cubits by 1.5 cubits by 1.5 cubits (45 inches by 27 inches by 27 inches). This will be the resting place of the Holy Ark that will be no longer remembered according to Jeremiah 3:16; “‘In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land,’ declares Yahweh, ‘men will no longer say, “The Ark of the Covenant of Yahweh.” It will never enter their minds or be remembered; it will not be missed, nor will another one be made.’”

                                                                          

The  Ark will no longer be remembered because at this future time mankind will have Yahshua HaMoshiach, the real capstone residing as King over the world during the millennial reign. This time will be the final trial period before the final restoration of a New Heaven and a New Earth. HalleluYah!

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The Goodnews according to Matthew from an old Hebrew Manuscript (The DuTillet Text) Third Edition With Hebrew and English translation of facing pages.

The “lost” Hebrew Version of Matthew,

The DuTillet version of Matthew is taken from a Hebrew manuscript of Matthew which was confiscated from Jews in Rome, in 1553. On August 12th, 1553, at the petition of Pietro, Cardinal Caraffa, the Inquisitor General, Pope Julius III signed a decree banning the Talmud in Rome. The decree was executed on September 9th (Rosh HaShanna) and anything that looked like the Talmud, that is, anything written in Hebrew characters was confiscated as the Jewish homes and synagogues were ravished. Jean DuTillet, Bishop of Brieu, France was visiting Rome at the time. DuTillet was astounded to take notice of a Hebrew manuscript of Matthew among the other Hebrew manuscripts. DuTillet acquired the manuscript and returned to France, depositing it in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. It remains there to this day as Hebrew ms. No. 132.

While most scholars have ignored the DuTillet Hebrew version of Matthew, Hugh Schonfield stated his opinion that this Hebrew text underlies our current Greek text. Schonfield writes:

….certain linguistic proofs … seem to show that the Hebrew
text [DuTillet] underlies the Greek, and that certain
renderings in the Greek, may be due to a misread Hebrew
original.
(An Old Hebrew Text of St. Matthew’s Gospel; 1927, p. 17)

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Otot HaMashiach (Signs of the Messiah)

Otot HaMashiach (Signs of the Messiah)

Armilus, Son of the Stone / Armilus the Antichrist. Ten signs will come onto the world adjacent to the coming of MAshiach were revealed to Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, zs’l, as follows:

The first sign:

The Holy One, blessed be He, will cause three kings to arise who are apostates from their religion. They will behave deceptively, for they will make themselves appear to people (as if) they serve the Holy One, blessed be He, but they (in fact) do not serve (Him). They will lead astray and confuse the entire created order, and all the nations of the world will become apostates by following their laws. Moreover, (certain) wicked ones of Israel who have given up hope in (Israel’s) eventual redemption will commit apostasy against the Holy One, blessed be He, and abandon His veneration. Regarding this generation scripture states: ‘truth will be driven away’ (Isa 59:15). What does ‘driven away’ (ne‘deret) mean? It means that those in possession of the truth will become like herds of animals (‘ederim ‘ederim) and they will depart and flee and hide themselves among caves and underground burrows. All the mighty ones of that generation will perish, faithful ones will cease to exist, the ‘gates of wisdom’ will be hidden, and the world will become different. At that time there will be neither king nor prince in Israel, as scripture says: ‘Israel will dwell for many days without a king or a leader’ (Hos 3:4). Jacob will have no academy heads, no gaon, no faithful shepherds, no pious ones, and no wonder workers. The celestial doors will be locked, and the gates of support and sustenance will be closed.

At the time that the Messiah is revealed by His power, a generation will depart and collapse into its grave while still alive due to the harsh, fickle, and disturbing things which those three kings decree. And while they are decreeing that one should commit apostasy against the Temple, the Lord, and the Torah, the Holy One, blessed be He, will decree that the evil empire will enjoy world sovereignty for no longer than nine months, as scripture states: ‘therefore He will give them until the time when she who is pregnant [has given birth]’ (Mic 5:2), and the word ‘therefore’ (laken) signifies here an oath, as where it is said: ‘therefore (laken) I have sworn an oath to the family of Eli’ (1 Sam 3:14). They shall issue harsh decrees, and they shall increase the tax on Israel tenfold. Whoever formerly paid ten now pays one hundred, and everyone who formerly paid eight now pays eighty, and they will cut off the head of all those who do not have it. During all these nine months they will issue one new decree after another, each one harsher than its predecessor.

Then some extremely ugly people from the end of the earth will appear, and everyone who sees them will die due to the terror evoked by them. They will not need to wage war, for they kill everyone by fear of them alone. Each one of them has two heads and seven eyes; they will glow like fire and be as swift in their movement as deer. At that time Israel will cry out and say, ‘Woe! Alas!’ Children from Israel will become frightened, and each of them will come and hide themselves beneath their father and mother, saying, ‘Woe, my father! Alas, my mother! What shall we do?!?’ Their parents will respond to them (saying): ‘Now we must rely on the (promised) redemption of Israel!’

The second sign:

The Holy One, blessed be He, will introduce heat into the world from the heat of the sun, along with consumption and fever, many terrible diseases, plague, and pestilence. Every day there will die among the gentile nations one million people, and all the wicked ones among Israel will perish. (This will continue) until the nations of the world weep and cry out: ‘Woe to us! Where can we go and to where shall we flee?’ Everyone will dig their own grave while they still retain strength and then they will wish for death. They will conceal themselves in arid places and among towers and crevices in order to cool themselves, and they will go into caves and earthen caverns. And if you should ask how the righteous will be delivered from the heat of the sun, (the answer is that) the Holy One, blessed be He, will render that heat medicinal (for them), as scripture says: ‘O those who revere My name, a sun of righteousness will rise for you, and it will heal (you) with its wings’ (Mal 3:20). Balaam the wicked prophesied about these troubles (when he said): ‘Woe to whoever is alive when God brings it about!’ (Num 24:23).

The third sign:

The Holy One, blessed be He, will cause a dew of blood to fall, but it will appear to be water to the gentile nations. They will drink of it and die. Moreover the wicked of Israel—those who have abandoned all hope of redemption—will drink of it and die. However, the righteous—those who have maintained faith in the Holy One, blessed be He—will suffer no harm at all, as scripture states: ‘the wise will shine like the brightness of the sky’ (Dan 12:3). The whole world will become blood for three entire days, as Hosea (sic) has said: ‘I will place portents in the heavens and on earth: blood, fire, and columns of smoke’ (Joel 3:3).

The fourth sign:

The Holy One, blessed be He, will cause a dew of healing to fall in order to counteract the blood, and those who were wavering will drink of it and be healed of their illness, as scripture states: ‘I will be like dew for Israel: he will bloom like a lily and extend his roots like Lebanon’ (Hos 14:6).

The fifth sign:

The Holy One, blessed be He, will turn the sun to darkness for thirty days, as scripture says: ‘The sun will be changed into darkness, and the moon to blood’ (Joel 3:4). After thirty days the Holy One, blessed be He, will return it to its former state, as scripture says: ‘they will be gathered together like a group of prisoners in a pit and locked away in prison, and after many days they will be recalled’ (Isa 24:22). The gentile nations will feel fear and shame, for they will realize that it is on account of Israel that all these signs are occurring, and many of them will secretly become Jewish, as scripture has envisioned: ‘those who observe (a religion devoted to) worthless vanities will abandon their faith’ (Jon 2:9).

The sixth sign:

As we stated above, the Holy One, blessed be He, will grant the wicked Edom sovereignty over the entire world. A final king will arise in Rome, and he will rule the entire world for nine months and bring about the destruction of many regions. His wrath will increase against Israel and he will burden them with a heavy tax. At that time Israel will experience great distress due to the multitude of restrictive edicts and disturbances affecting them which will recur every day. Israel will undergo decline and be subject to annihilation at that time, and there will be no one to help Israel. Isaiah prophesied about this time when he said: ‘he saw that there was no person; he was astonished that there was no one to interpose’ (Isa 59:16).

When the nine months are completed, the Messiah of the lineage of Joseph—whose name is Nehemiah b. Hushiel—will appear accompanied by the tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh, Benjamin, and some of the tribe of Gad. Israelites who dwell in every region will hear that the Lord’s Messiah has come, and a small number from every region and every city will assemble around him to fulfill what is said in Jeremiah: ‘Come back, O apostate children—utterance of the Lord! For I have been your Lord, and I will take one of you from the city and two of you from a family and bring you to Zion’ (Jer 3:14).

The Messiah of the lineage of Joseph will come and fight a battle with the ruler of Edom. He will win a victory against Edom, kill great heaps of them, and also kill the king of Edom. He will devastate the province of Rome. He will recover some of the Temple vessels which had been deposited in the palace of Julianos Caesar and come to Jerusalem. Israel will hear (about this) and gather themselves to him. The ruler of Egypt will make a peace treaty with him. He (Nehemiah) will slay all the people of the regions surrounding Jerusalem up to Damascus and Ashkelon, and all the people of the world will hear (about this), and a great fear will fall upon them.

The seventh sign:

The Holy One, blessed be He, who is the Master of Marvels, will effect a miracle in the world. They say that in Rome there is a marble statue (in) the likeness of a beautiful maiden: she was not fashioned by a human hand; rather, the Holy One, blessed be He, created her so by His power. Certain wicked ones belonging to the gentile nations will come—utterly worthless fellows—and excite ‘her’ and have sexual relations with her, and the Holy One, blessed be He, will preserve their seminal emissions within the statue. He will make a creature with it and form with it an offspring: she will (suddenly) split open and a human form will emerge from her. His name is Armilos the Satan; this is the one whom the gentile nations term ‘Antichristo(s).’ He is twelve cubits long and twelve cubits wide, and the distance between his two eyes is a span’s length, and they are deep-set (and) bloodshot. The hair on his head is like the color of gold, the soles of his feet are green, and he has two heads.

He will come to the wicked Edomites and say to them: ‘I am the Messiah! I am your god!’ They will immediately believe him and elevate him over themselves as ruler, and all the descendants of Esau will join forces with him and come to him. He will march forth and subdue all the regions. He will say to the descendants of Esau: ‘Bring before me my revelation which I gave to you!’ They will bring him their ‘frivolity,’ and he will respond to them: ‘This is indeed what I gave to you!’ He will address the nations of the world (saying) ‘Believe in me, for I am your Messiah!’ They will immediately put their trust in him.

At that time he will send for Nehemiah b. Hushiel and for all Israel, saying to them: ‘Bring to me your Torah and bear witness to me that I am God!’ Suddenly they will grow fearful and be perplexed. But at that time Nehemiah b. Hushiel will arise with thirty thousand warriors from among the forces of the tribe of Ephraim, and they will bring a Torah scroll and read aloud before him: ‘I am the Lord your God! You shall have no other gods before Me!’ (Exod 20:2-3). He (Armilos) will say to them: ‘There is nothing like this at all in your Torah! Come and bear witness to me that I am God just as all the gentile nations have done!’ Immediately Nehemiah will rise up to oppose him. He (Armilos) will command his attendants (saying) ‘Seize him and bind him!’ But Nehemiah b. Hushiel will arise, along with the thirty thousand who are with him, and do battle with him, and they will kill two hundred thousand of his (troops).

The anger of Armilos the wicked will increase in intensity, and he will assemble all the forces of the nations of the world in ‘the Valley of Decision’ (Joel 4:14). They will do battle with Israel, and they (Israel) will slay great heaps of them, whereas they will fatally strike only a small number of Israelites, but the Lord’s Messiah will be killed. The ministering angels will come, take him, and conceal him among the ancestors of the world. The courage of Israel will immediately fail and their strength will dissipate. Armilos the wicked will not know that the Messiah is dead, for if he knew (that were the case), he would not allow Israel to have a single survivor or fugitive. At that time all the nations of the world will expel Israel from their territories and will not permit them to dwell alongside them in their countries. They will say: ‘You see this despicable and lowly people who rebelled against us; can they possibly raise up a king?’ Israel will experience trouble the like of which has never happened to her before during the days of the world up to that time.

At that time Michael will arise to purge the wicked from Israel, as scripture states: ‘At that time Michael, the great prince who watches over the sons of Your people, will arise, and there will be a time of trouble such as not has taken place from the time (Israel) became a nation until that time, and at that time all of your people who are found inscribed in the book will escape’ (Dan 12:1). All of Israel will immediately flee into the deserts, whereas everyone who is entertaining doubts about their religion will turn to the nations of the world and state: ‘This is the redemption for which we have been waiting, for the Messiah is dead!’ All those who are no longer anticipating the redemption will be embarrassed by it (i.e., the Messiah’s demise) and they will turn to the gentile nations. At that time the Holy One, blessed be He, will test Israel and refine them like silver and gold, as it is said in Zechariah: ‘I will bring the third part through the fire, and I will purge them (of dross) as one purges silver’ (Zech 13:9), and as it is written in Ezekiel: ‘I will purge from among you those who rebelled and disobeyed Me’ (Ezek 20:38), and as it is written in Daniel: ‘They will be purged and made white: many will be refined and they will convict the wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but the wise will understand’ (Dan 12:10).

The entire remnant of Israel—the sanctified and purified ones—will remain in the desert of Judah for forty-five days. They will forage and feed on salt-plant and pluck leaves of shrubbery (cf. Job 30:4), and by them will be fulfilled what is said in Hosea: ‘Therefore, behold, I will entice her and lead her out to the desert, and I will console her’ (Hos 2:16). What is the scriptural basis of the forty-five days? Scripture states: ‘from the time of the removal of the daily offering and of the installation of the desolating abomination will be 1,290 days’ (Dan 12:11), and it is (also) written: ‘happy is the one who waits and attains 1,335 days’ (Dan 12:12). Consequently one learns that the difference between these two figures is forty-five days. At that time all the wicked of Israel will perish, for they are unworthy of experiencing redemption. Armilos will come and do battle with Egypt and capture it, as scripture states: ‘and the land of Egypt will no longer escape’ (Dan 11:42). Then he will turn his face toward Jerusalem in order to destroy it a second time, as scripture says: ‘he will pitch the tents of his pavilion between the seas and the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he approaches his end, and no one will help him’ (Dan 11:45).

The eighth sign:

Michael will arise and blow three blasts on the shofar, as scripture attests: ‘and it shall come to pass on that day that a great shofar will be blown, and those who are lost in Assyria will come [along with those cast out in Egypt, and they will worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem]’ (Isa 27:13), and as it is written: ‘and the Lord God will blow the shofar and travel with the storm winds of the south’ (Zech 9:14). At the first blast, the Messiah of the lineage of David and Elijah the prophet will be revealed to those proven righteous ones of Israel, the ones who had fled into the desert of Judah, at the end of the forty-five days. They will restore their hearts, invigorate their weakened hands, and strengthen their tottering knees. All Israel—those who remain throughout the whole world—will hear the sound of the shofar and realize that God has remembered them and that complete redemption has arrived. They will gather together and come (to Jerusalem), as scripture says: ‘those who are lost in Assyria will come [along with those cast out in Egypt, and they will worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem]’ (Isa 27:13). Fear and trembling will fall upon the nations of the world on account of that sound, and terrible diseases will afflict them. Israel will gird themselves for departure, and the Messiah of the lineage of David will come, together with Elijah the prophet and those righteous ones who returned from the desert of Judah and with all those who have assembled from Israel. He will enter Jerusalem, climb the steps of the Temple ruins, and take his seat there.

Armilos will hear that a king has arisen for Israel, and he will say: ‘How long will this despicable and contemptible nation behave this way?’ He will immediately muster all the forces of the nations of the world and come to do battle with the Lord’s Messiah. Then the Holy One, blessed be He, will deem it unnecessary for him (i.e., the Messiah) to engage in battle. Instead, He will say to him: ‘Remain by My right hand!’ (Ps 110:1), and He will inform Israel: ‘Stand still and behold the Lord’s deliverance which He effects for you today!’ (Exod 14:13). Then the Holy One, blessed be He, will wage war with them, as scripture says: ‘and the Lord will go forth and wage war against those nations as at the time He fought on the day of battle’ (Zech 14:3). The Holy One, blessed be He, will rain down fire and brimstone from heaven, as scripture states: ‘I will contend with him using plague and blood; and I will rain down flooding rains, hailstones, fire, and brimstone upon him, his troops, and the many peoples allied with him’ (Ezek 38:22). Armilos the wicked will immediately die, both he and all his army, and so too (will perish) the wicked Edom who destroyed the Temple of our God and exiled us from our land. At that time Israel will exact much vengeance against them, as scripture foretells: ‘the house of Jacob will become fire, and the house of Joseph will be a flame, and the house of Esau will serve as dry chaff: [they will burn them up and consume them, and no survivor will remain for the house of Esau, for the Lord has spoken]’ (Obad 1:18).

The ninth sign:

Michael will blow a loud blast (on the shofar), and the graves of the dead will split open in Jerusalem, and the Holy One, blessed be He, will resurrect them. The Messiah of the lineage of David and Elijah the prophet will then come and resurrect the Messiah of the lineage of Joseph, the one who expired by the gates of Jerusalem. They will send out the Messiah of the lineage of David for the sake of the remnant of Israel that remains scattered among all the lands. Immediately all the rulers of the nations of the world will lift them up on their shoulders and bring them to the Lord (cf. Isa 49:22).

The tenth sign:

Michael will blow a loud blast (on the shofar), and the Holy One, blessed be He, will lead forth all the tribes located beyond the river of Gozan and from Halah and from Habor and from the cities of Media (cf. 2 Kgs 17:6). They will come together with the ‘people of Moses’ (beney Mosheh), (a large group) impossible to number or to measure. ‘The land before them will be like the garden of Eden, and behind them a flame will burn’ (cf. Joel 2:3; note Ezek 36:35), and nothing will remain alive among the nations of the world. At the time that the tribes depart, clouds of glory will encompass them, and the Holy One, blessed be He, will march before them, as scripture states: ‘the breaker will go up before them’ (Mic 2:13). The Holy One, blessed be He, will open for them springs connected with the Tree of Life in order to supply them with water on the way, as it says in Isaiah: ‘I will open rivers on the high places and fountains in the midst of the plains; I will turn the wilderness into a pool of water and the dry land into springs of water’ (Isa 41:18), and it is written: ‘they will not be hungry or thirsty; heat and sun will not afflict them, [for the One showing them mercy will lead them and He will guide them by springs of water]’ (Isa 49:10).

May the Holy One, blessed be He, grant us the merit to witness the redemption soon! May He grant us the merit to see the (rebuilt) Temple! May He fulfill for us the verse in which it is written: ‘Behold I will bring back the captives of the tents of Jacob and show mercy to his places of dwelling; the city (i.e., Jerusalem) will be rebuilt on its mound and the palace will reoccupy its proper place’ (Jer 30:18), and may He confirm for us all of His redemptive deeds and assurances which have been spoken through His prophets! For it is written: ‘at that time I will bring you, and at that time I will assemble you so that I might make you a name and (an object of) praise’ (Zeph 3:20).

The Signs of the Messiah are concluded.

Notes: Translated from the text published by Adolph Jellinek, ed., Bet ha-Midrasch: Sammlung kleiner Midraschim und vermischter Abhandlungen aus der jüdischen Literatur (6 vols.; Leipzig, 1853-77; repr., Jerusalem: Bamberger & Wahrmann, 1938), 2:58-63, who took it in turn from R. Makhir, Sefer ’avqat rokhel (Amsterdam: Nehemiah b. Abraham, 1716), 2b-5b. This edition reprints the Rimini imprint of 1526 (see 2b-4a), which is apparently the first printed edition. See M[oritz] Steinschneider, Catalogus librorum hebraeorum in bibliotheca Bodleiana (Berlin: Ad. Friedlaender, 1852-60), 1638-40. A variant version of this apocalypse appears in Oxford Ms. Heb. d. 11 (2797), the Sefer ha-Zikronot or the so-called Chronicles of YeraÐme’el; see Eli Yassif, ed., Sefer ha-Zikronot hu’ Divrey ha-Yamim le-YeraÐme’el (Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University, 2001), 436-42. Another edition is supplied by Even-Shmuel, Midreshey Ge’ullah, 318-23; cf. his textual notes on pp. 425-26.

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Why Ephraim and Menashe?

Ephraim and Menashe were the sons of Joseph. Just before Joseph’s father, Jacob, dies he calls his two grandsons to him and blesses them, expressing his hope that they become role models for the Jewish people in years to come.

On that day Jacob blessed them, he said, “In time to come, the people of Israel will use you as a blessing. They will say, ‘May God make you like Ephraim and Menashe’.” (Genesis 48:20)

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YA’AKOV’s ONENESS PRECEDES THE KINGDOM

Yechezkel 37:15
Hashem instructs the Prophet Yechezkel to take two pieces of wood and inscribe them with names of the Jewish kingdoms, Yehuda and Yosef. Hashem then said, “Bring them near one another to appear as one and they shall unite in your hands.” Radak interprets this to mean that Yechezkel should hold the pieces alongside each other and they will miraculously unite into one solid piece of wood. He explains that this refers to the future miraculous unification of the Jewish kingdom. The individual pieces of wood represent the individual kingdoms of Israel. Although Hashem unconditionally granted Dovid Hamelech’s dynasty the kingdom of Israel this did not preclude fragmentation. In fact, soon after Shlomo Hamelech’s passing the kingdom suffered a severe split. Yeravam ben Nvat, a descendent of the tribe of Yosef led a powerful rebellion against th e Judean dynasty and gained control over most of the Jewish nation. The split was so intense that the seceding camp of Yosef totally severed ties with its brothers never to return to them. Yechezkel prophesied that these kingdoms will eventually reunite and form one inseparable unit. The unification will be so perfect that it will leave no trace of any previous dissension. The entire nation’s sense of kinship will be so pronounced that it will be likened to one solid piece of wood, void of all factions and fragmentation.

Yechezkel continues and states in Hashem’s name, “And I will purify them and they shall be a nation to Me and I will be G-d to them…My Divine Presence will rest upon them … forever.” (37:23,28) These verses predict the final phase of unity- Hashem’s unification with His people. In the Messianic era all aspects of unity will be achieved. The entire Jewish nation will become one inseparable entity and Hashem will reunite with His people. This unification will resemble that of the Jewish people, an everlasting and inseparable one.

It is important to note the order of this unity. The first phase will be our nation’s unification and after this is achieved Hashem will return to His people.

The Jewish people’s unity is a prerequisite to Hashem’s return to His people. Sefer Charedim explains with this the introductory words of the Shabbos afternoon Amida service. We state therein, “You are one, Your identity is one and who can is likened to Your people Israel one nation in the land.” He interprets these words to refer to the glorious Messianic era. During that period Hashem’s oneness will be recognized through His harmonious interactive system reflected in the oneness of His people. Their perfect unity will provide the perfect setting for Hashem’s revelation to the world. During that time Hashem’s master plan will be expressed through the perfect interaction of His people. Every detail of Hashem’s kindness will serve its intended purpose and reveal His absolute oneness and control over every aspect of this world. Undoubtedly, this will require the Jewish people’s total cooperation and perfect harmonious interaction with one another. Indeed, it can be said that when Hashem’s people unite as an inseparable entity His identity and perfect quality of oneness will be recognized throughout the world. (adapted from Sefer Charedim chap. 7)

In truth, the foundation for this unity was laid in this week’s sedra. Yosef developed an ingenious scheme to silence all his brothers’ suspicions and convince them of their grave misjudgement of his actions. He successfully removed their deep seeded jealousy and hatred and brought about a sincere unification to the household of Yaakov. Yosef and Yehuda, the two powers to be, embraced one another and displayed a true sense of kinship. Unfortunately, irrevocable damage already occurred that would ultimately yield a severe split in the Jewish kingdom. Yosef’s descendant, Yeravam would eventually severe relations with Yehuda’s descendant Rechavam and establish his own leadership. (see Gur Aryeh to Breishis 48:7) However, groundwork was already established to reunite these kingdoms and return the Jewish nation to its original perfect unity.
After Yaakov Avinu discovered Yosef’s existence and salvation the Torah states, “And their father, Yaakov’s spirit was restored to life.” (Breishis 45:27) Rashi quotes the Sages who explain these words to refer to the return of Hashem’s Divine Spirit to Yaakov. (ad loc) Yosef’s absence from Yaakov’s household indirectly prevented Hashem’s Divine Spirit from resting upon Yaakov. Now, after twenty-two dark years Yaakov Avinu’s household was reunited and Hashem returned His Divine Presence to Yaakov.

This development is indicative of the Jewish people’s future experience. The ten lost tribes representing the kingdom of Yoseif will be divided from the Judean kingdom for over two thousand years. This will result in Hashem’s removing His Divine Presence from amidst His people and throughout their long dark exile they will have no direct contact with Him. However, the time will eventually arrive for the Jewish people to reunite and become one inseparable entity. This miraculous unity will immediately lead to a second unity, that of Hashem and His people. In response to their total unification Hashem will return His Divine Presence and rest amongst His people us and “The spirit of Israel will be restored to life”.

We pray to Hashem that we merit total unification thereby yielding Hashem’s return to us resting His Divine Presence amongst us.

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OG

OG.

 

—Biblical Data:Amorite king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth and was conquered by Moses and Israel in the battle of Edrei (Num. xxi. 33), sixty fortified cities, with high walls, gates, and bars, comprising the region of Argob, being taken and given to the children of Machir, son of Manasseh (Deut. iii. 13; Josh. xiii. 31). Og was one of the giants of the remnant of the Rephaim. His iron bedstead in Rabbath, the capital of Ammon, is described as having been nine cubits in length and four cubits in breadth (Deut. iii. 11).

—In Rabbinical Literature:Og was not destroyed at the time of the Flood (Niddah 61a), for, according to one legend, the waters reached only to his ankles (Midr. Peṭirat Mosheh, i. 128, in Jellinek, “B. H.” ii.). Another tradition states that he fled to Palestine, where there was no flood (Rashi to Niddah, ad loc.); while, according to a third legend, he sat on a rung of the ladder outside the ark, and, after he had sworn to be a slave to Noah and his children, received his food each day through a hole made in the side of the ark (Pirḳe R. El. ch. xxiii.). Og was known also as “Ha-Paliṭ” (see Gen. xiv. 13).

It was Og who brought the news to Abraham of the captivity of Lot. This he did, however, with an evil motive, for he thought that Abraham would seek to release Lot and would be killed in battle with the great kings, and that he, Og, would be able to marry the beautiful Sarah (Gen. R. xlii. 12). A long lease of life was granted him as a reward for informing Abraham, but because of his sinister motive he was destined to be killed by the descendants of Abraham. Og was present at the banquet which Abraham gave on the day Isaac was weaned (comp. Gen. xxi. 8). As Og had always declared that Abraham would beget no children, the guests teasingly asked him what he had to say now that Abraham had begotten Isaac, whereupon Og answered that Isaac was no true descendant since he could kill Isaac with one finger. It was in punishment for this remark, one legend declares, that he was condemned to live to see a hundred thousand descendants of Abraham and to be killed in battle against them. (Gen. R. liii. 14). When Jacob went to Pharaoh and blessed him (Gen. xlvii. 7), Og was present, and the king said to him: “The grandson of Abraham, who, according to thy words, was to have no descendants, is now here with seventy of them.” As Og cast an evil eye upon the children of Israel, God foretold that he would fall into their hands (Deut. R. i. 22).

Death of Og.During the battle of Edrei (Num. xxi. 33) Og sat on the city wall, his legs, which were eighteen ells long, reaching down to the ground; Moses did not know what monster he had before him until God told him that it was Og. Og hurled an entire mountain against the Israelites, but Moses intercepted it (Deut. R. l.c.). According to another legend, Og uprooted a mountain three miles long, intending to destroy all Israel at once by hurling it upon their camp, which was also three miles in length; but while he was carrying it upon his head a swarm of locusts burrowed through it, so that it fell round his neck. When he attempted to throw off this unwieldy necklace long teeth grew from both sides of his mouth and kept the mountain in place. Thereupon Moses, who was himself ten ells tall, took an ax of equal length, jumped upward ten ells, so that he could reach Og’s ankles, and thus killed him (Ber. 54b).

Shabbat (151b) and ‘Erubin (48a) also indicate that Og was regarded as an unusually large giant. A legend says that a grave-digger pursued a stag three miles inside of one of Og’s bones without reaching the other end (Niddah 24b).

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