Did you know the Bible Encourages astrology? When telling the epic of the creation of the world and universe, the Bible states specific reasons for the creation of the heavenly bodies: stars, sun, etc.
The Bible states:
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs…. (Genesis 1: 14 top)
The lights in the firmament to divide the day from the night are not now being created. Remember, this is not a creation story, but a reformation story. The epic is letting the reader know that the lights in the firmament are now visible from earth.
Along with the sun, moon and stars being in the sky to divide the day from the night; these celestial objects in the sky would also be for signs.
The Hebrew word translated into the English word, signs is “`oth.” This Hebrew word gives reference to a signal in the sense of something that directs, or something that would emit information to be seen beforehand. For instance: red spots on the face could be a sign of the measles. The Hebrew word, “oth,” translated into our English word, “signs” is defined: “a signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen” (Strong’s H226). From this Hebrew definition; we can conclude that one of the functions of the “lights in the firmament” is to predict future events, to act as signals in the sky that would shed light on upcoming times and events, which would occur in human history. This sort of observation of the stars and planets is called Stella Theology. Its more familiar name is “Astrology.” Astrology is,
“the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world.”
“Astrology” Google Definition
Above: an accurate composite photo of our night skies exhibiting the different star constellations. According the Cornell University there are only 88 official constellations. But astronomers haven't made up new constellations for hundreds of years because; today when stars are discovered, they are considered to be a part of whatever constellation they are closest to.
The three Great Faiths of today: Christianity, Islam and Judaism, speak down against Astrology (calling it the work of the Devil). But here we see in the first chapter of the Torah and Christian Bible’s Genesis accountant we see that Astrology (the study of celestial bodies to receive “signs”) is encouraged.
The Winter Solstice
A good example of the “lights of the firmament” (i.e. celestial bodies of the cosmos) acting as “signs” to shed light on upcoming events can be drawn from an old pagan celebration termed the Winter Solstice.
The Winter Solstice, which would eventually become Christmas in Christianity, is an astronomical phenomenon: a time of year in the northern hemisphere that marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year (i.e. it points as a sign when the sun’s daily maximum elevation in the sky is the lowest.)
WINTER SOLSTICE AND THE ANCIENTS
Winter Solstice observation was a very important time to the ancient because communities were not certain of living through the winter, and had to be prepared during the previous nine months. Starvation was common during the first months of the winter (i.e. January to April) in the northern hemisphere. Therefore, our ancient ancestors would give midwinter festivals: feast celebrations full of food and drink – before deep winter began. Most cattle were slaughtered before the winter celebrations so they would not have to be fed during the winter. Thus, it was almost the only time of the year when a supply of fresh meat was available. The majority of wine and beer made during the year was finally fermented and ready for drink at this time as well.
Although the Winter Solstice begins on December 22nd, since the times of the Romanized calendar, the Winter Solstice is said to begin on the eve of December 21st.
THE SUN'S MOVEMENT
During the last six months of the year, the sun inclines more and more every day in the northern sky resulting in shorter days, longer nights, colder weather and the death of crops.
Sun’s Movement in the Sky
Above: a graft drawing showing the sun’s movements across the skies from the month of July until December the 25th Christmas. .
The word “solstice” is derived from the Latin word “solsistere.” “Sol” in Latin means “sun.” “Sistere” in Latin means, “stand still.”
During the Winter Solstice, which truly begins on December 22nd and ends on December 24th; the sun in the sky seems to stop moving (i.e. cease to decline in the northern sky,) because it does not move on the horizon (See drawing above). Therefore, it was taught by cultures throughout the ancient world that towards the end of each year when the days got shorter and the nights got longer, their solar-god (i.e. their personification of the sun) was dying. As winter approached throughout autumn, it was taught by the ancients that the sun was dying, that the sun would die on December 22nd, and that the sun would be dead for three days (i.e. Dec. 22nd, Dec. 23rd, and Dec. 24th.) Then the sun (the solar-god) would be born again on December 25th.
Note: On December 24th the length of daylight reaches its minimum. December 24th is the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. And on December 25th the sun begins its ascent back into the northern sky bringing longer days, and eventually the growth of crops and warmth. This is why December 25th was known to the ancients as the birth of the sun of God. In ancient Egypt it was the birth of the Egyptian solar-god Horus. In Rome, it was the birth of the Persian solar-god Mithra. Today, instead of the birth of the “sun of God,” December 25th is termed the birth of the “Son of God” Jesus.
Note: the true meaning of Easter is a celebration of light. Easter, which also derived from paganism is when light officially overshadow darkness as the length of day light becomes longer than the length of night.
The Winter Solstice - Video
DEAD ON THE CROSS (CONSTELLATION)
Thousands of years before the entry of Christianity into the world, the Winter Solstice doctrine taught its pagan converts that their solar-god was not only dead on December 22nd of every year, but he would be dead on a cross for three days before his rebirth.
Their reason for teaching this was as follows: every year during the Winter Solstice when the sun is at a standstill, as mentioned above, the stillness would last three days, from the 22nd of December through the 24th. During these three days, the sun in the sky would sit in the front of a star constellation called the Crux Constellation: a grouping of stars shaped like a cross. The word “crux” translated to English from Latin is “cross.” Thus, in relation to Horus and the other solar-gods of old, the pagans believed and taught, their solar-god (their sun) died on the cross and was dead (still) for three days.
The Crux Constellation
Above: composite photo of the crux star constellation shown to the right side of the photo along with the names of the four major stars that make up the Crux Star Constellation.
Thousands of years later with the birth and explosion of Christianity on the scene, especially in Rome, this pagan teaching of the solar-gods with their annual three day deaths on the cross was connected to the Christian messiah Jesus.
Now that we understand the Winter Solstice celebrations and why the pagans of old gave homage to the sun on and around December 25th, we will take a look at the story of the birth of Jesus found in the Bible’ book of Matthew and see further how the celestial bodies in the cosmos are used as signs that point to monumental events on earth.
THE THREE KINGS (OF ORION’ BELT)
In the story of Jesus' birth, it is written, Magi (traditionally: three kings) followed a star in the East in search of the son of God that was to be born. It is written, the star the Magi followed rested over the place where the son of God was to be born. This story taken from the Christian Bible’ book of Matthew goes as follow:
"....there came Magi from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him."
"....they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was."
Matthew 2: 1-2; 9 NKJV
On the night of December 24th as seen from the northern sky, the three stars in Orion's belt, which are called today the same thing they were called in ancient times: “Three Kings;” these three stars align with the brightest star in the eastern sky, a star called Sirius. All four, The Three Kings (or stars) of Orion’s belt and the star Sirius line up on December 24th and point to the place where the sun will rise on Christmas, December 25th.
The Winter Solstice
Above: a drawing of what takes place in the cosmos during the Winter Solstice (i.e. Christmas.) This event has been observed for thousands of years under the guise of the birth dates of the ancient Solar-gods: Mithra, Horus, Baal and etc.
Although the Bible makes no claims that there was a count of “three Magi” (three kings); it was verbally taught since the days of the creation of the Nativity that there were not five, two, six or ten: but “three kings” that sought out the son of God in search of his birth place. Why three kings? As mentioned earlier: the “three kings” is an astrological event in the epic of the solar-god’ allegory. The “three kings” part of the story was verbally added to the story of Jesus’ birth to make the story of Christ birth align with the story of the solar-gods: Mithra in particular who was the central figure of worship on December 25th in Rome during the rise of Christianity in the fourth and fifth century CE.
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