The Real Story In The Stars: Christmas Series Part 1 of 7.

Psalm 19
“19 The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world.”

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For 2,500 years there was no written word of God.  Nevertheless, the wonderful story of the Gospel, of the Champion He would send, was passed down from father to son. Was it simply oral tradition, as some maintain?  Yes and no.  You see, though it was not recorded on paper or writing tablets, God “wrote” the Gospel story in the night sky.  People of ancient times not only how to read it; they knew what it meant!

The Heavens Declare.

The heavens really DO declare the glory of God.  I used to think that this passage was simply referring to the obvious act of creation.  As marvelous as that was, that is only part of the story.  The Holy Spirit, through David, was trying to tell us in the opening verse that the stars are the Word of God about His beloved Son!

What do they have to do with Christmas?  Well for one thing, reading the story is how the wise men from the East knew of Jesus’ birth, but it only gave them part of the puzzle. They had the general location and knew it had something to do with the Hebrews. That’s why they came to Jerusalem to consult their king.  Herod, as you know, called on Jewish rabbis who brought out their Scriptures.  God’s written word narrowed down their search. So you see, the stars alone were not enough; they needed both that record AND the written word.

Secondly, and most incredibly, the stars also give us a clue to Jesus’ actual birthday!

Let’s take a trip through biblical history and see how the constellations were used to spread the good news of our Savior!

Not Astrology!
Before we begin let me emphatically state that this beautiful love letter to us is NOT astrology. It is THE REAL STORY as our Heavenly Father Himself wrote it.  The devil’s counterfeit is nothing more than another in a long line of pathetic attempts to pervert the Gospel, i.e. the REAL STORY: The One told by The One about THE ONE…..JESUS!

I hope you all know that we have NO business dabbling in horoscopes and astrology.  The stars DO NOT rule our lives:  The Bright and Morning Star, JESUS, does.  AMEN! 

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Jesus Preached The Gospel To Abram.

In Genesis 15, God addressed Abram and told him, “I Am your shield and great reward.” Then He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them. So shall your Seed be. 6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.”

Did God mean, “Count the stars” like 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…..2 trillion, 3 trillion, 4 trillion,…..like that?  No, of course not.  Doesn’t make any sense to say that you can learn about the story of Jesus just by counting all the stars in the sky, does it?  So what did Jesus mean?

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Translator Issues.

The translation in this passage is a bit unfortunate.  The Hebrew word here for “Count” is “Saphar,” which means, “To count, recount or relate.”  In other words, if you can recount…relate or tell…the story in the stars, so shall your “Descendant (Singular) be.”

Notice I didn’t say, “Descendants,” plural?  Here again in this verse, the translation of the original Hebrew is also a bit unfortunate.  The word, “Zera,” translated as “descendants–plural” is actually not plural.  Plural words in Hebrew have “IM” at the end.  “ZERA” means “Seed,” referring to Abram’s offspring or Seed, Jesus. It is SINGULAR.  Jesus is The Seed Who would come from Abraham’s own body, referring back to Genesis 3 where God said that the “SEED of the woman” would crust the serpent’s head. Since women don’t carry the seed, being female, God was prophesying the Virgin birth!

Abram Believed God.

“Galatians 3 says that Jesus “preached to Abram” the gospel story.  How did He do that? By “Saphar–recounting” the story blasted all over the night sky, as the passage below tells us.  Jesus recounted, or told, the story as written in the stars to Abraham, the story of the Champion, the Dragon Slayer, his own DESCENDANT: SINGULAR, Who would come in the fullness of time. That He did!


He goes on to say:

Galatians 3:5. “Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?—6 just as ABRAHAM “BELIEVED GOD, and it was ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” 7 Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.

8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, PREACHED THE GOSPEL TO ABRAHAM beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” 9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with (along with) believing Abraham.”

It says God (Jesus) “PREACHED THE GOSPEL” to him. He did so by showing him the story written in the night sky.  What Abram “Saw” in the stars was irrefutable proof. He believed God and THAT BELIEF was credited to him as righteousness.”   In other words, righteous as you and I are who believe the truth.  It was the very same gospel that you and I believe, though we look back to the cross.  Abram looked forward to that event.

Psalm 19.

This same word, “Saphar,” used in Genesis 15 is the very same word translated, “Declare” in Psalm 19.

“The heavens “Declare: saphar” the glory of God…..”

Now, there is a portion of scripture where Abram is told that his “Descendants” (plural) will be as numerous as the stars in Genesis 26.  There it talks about the numbers of his “Descendants-plural,” referring to natural Israel.

Jesus came as a Jew.  Yes, blessing that passed to the whole world came through the Jewish people, but Jesus is THE ONE through Whom all those blessings flow.

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The REAL Story In The Stars.
In order to learn the REAL story in the stars, we must begin at the very beginning with the oldest book:  Job.

The very first time the Lord spoke to him directly is in chapter 38, where He mentions that the morning stars sang together in vs. 7.  He goes on about the stars and asks him in verses 31-32 of the same chapter, “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades? Can you loosen Orion’s belt? Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs?”

He is obviously speaking of the story in the stars here: The seven stars of the Pleiades and constellations of Orion and the Bear.”  The word for constellations in Hebrew is “Mazzaroth,” which means, “Zodiac.”  Once again, this is not astrology.  God created the stars and put them in place to tell the marvelous story of His Son, literally blasting the story of Redemption FROM ONE END OF THE HEAVENS TO THE OTHER!

Anyone interested in a more complete discussion of the entire story may follow the link below to a 44 part study on the subject:

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/the-real-story-in-the-stars/


Evil Invention.
Why did the devil invent astrology? Because he hates God, and therefore man, because we are made in His image. He knows that man is beloved of God and so valuable to Him as to be priceless. Now, he cannot strike at God directly so he does the next best thing: He strikes at us.

Perverting the gospel story so that man is deceived into not accepting the Lamb of God, Jesus, sends God’s beloved creation to hell. That hurts God more than we can comprehend, hence his desire to confuse the story.  He doesn’t want mankind to learn the truth, get saved, and certainly not to spread the good news to the whole world.


That is why he hates believers because we are the ones who spread the good news.

Now you know why he also hates Israel so much:  The Dragon Slayer came into the world as a Jew.  But he ERRONEOUSLY figured that if he could pervert the story, perhaps he would be able to stop the birth of The Champion and, therefore, stop Him FROM CRUSHING HIS HEAD!

Well…..HE FAILED: UTTERLY AND COMPLETELY!

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Reading The Story.
The astrology of today would have you begin with the constellation of Aries the ram.  But if you start there, you would be totally confused.  It is a circular story, so you need to know where to start.  The REAL STORY begins with Virgo, the Virgin.

Look back into the history of the constellations and you’ll find that ancient depictions of Virgo have her sitting down with a small male child on her lap, as pictured above. She held a stalk of both wheat and corn in one hand.  Jesus is that small child on her lap. He is the bread of life, depicted by the grain of wheat which, when it falls into the earth, dies, that it might bring forth life.  This typifies His death which would bring salvation to the whole world.

Since the story begins with Virgo, then it must end with Leo, the Lion.  The FIRST book of the New Testament, Matthew, is the FIRST to recount the VIRGIN BIRTH of our Savior, and in Revelation, the LAST book of the New Testament, is where Jesus is first called “THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH.”  He is the triumphant King Who crushed the head of the great dragon; our enemy, satan.  

Jesus is the FIRST and Jesus is the LAST!  HALLELUJAH!!!

Message To Natural Israel.
What does all that tell you?  The story in the stars is the entire New Testament up there in the heavens!  It is one of many confirmations to natural Israel that the 27 books of the New Testament are the HOLY WORD OF THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB.

Many other confirmations and clues have been left for the Jewish people to find, proving that the New Testament is Holy Writ. Below is a link to another one of those clues, hidden in the Hebrew text of the Old Testament:
https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/02/28/gods-word-is-health/

Jesus’ Real Birthday?

The constellation Virgo appears in the month of September, in case you were unaware.  Do you know which Jewish feast is celebrated in September? The Feast of Tabernacles: Sukkoth! Hmmm…..very interesting!

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(The Feast of Tabernacles.)

John 1:14 it says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling (TABERNACLED) among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  The word, “Tabernacled” refers to the physical body.  Ours, for example, are temples or “Tabernacles” of the Holy Spirit.

Later on in this series, we’re going to learn more about the story of His birth and some little known, but fascinating history about the Inn which had no room for Him.

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The Night Sky.

God says in Genesis 1:14 that He placed the stars in the heavens “For signs and for seasons.”  The stars are what the Magi were well aware of and what told them that an event of greatest significance had occurred. They followed the “Star” and found the child foretold in the Hebrew Scriptures. This is discussed in greater detail later on in this series.

The “Star.”

In 1603, a scientist named, “Johannes Kepler,” became intrigued by the planetary conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.  He is believed to be the first to identify the Christmas “Star” that guided the Magi to the general location where Jesus was born.  He is akso credited with the most precise date of this event ever.  This alignment of planets became known as, “The conjunction of Kepler.”

Now, let’s dial back the night sky to the time when the greatest of these conjunctions occurred which hints at Jesus’ birth:  7 B.C.  The feast of tabernacles that year occurred on Sept. 20th. Hmmm……could be Jesus’ real birthdate? I think so!

Now let’s scroll forward to the feast of Passover the year that Jesus died. Care to guess in which month that feast fell? April.  And what is the Zodiac sign for April? The Ram!  Jesus was the male Lamb, or Ram, that was sacrificed!

Wow!  Talk about the accuracy of scripture.  Everything….EVERYTHING…..lines up with God’s word, even the stars!  This gives great consolation to our hearts and peace of mind knowing that God holds us the palm of His hand.

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Why 12 Constellations?

12 is a very significant number.  There are 12 constellations; 12 sons of Jacob.  Is there a correlation?  Yes!

Each tribe in ancient Israel was represented by one of these 12 constellations. The tribe of Levi, for example, was charged with the “Balances of the sanctuary,” hence “Libra” typifies them.  Judah, no surprise, is represented by “Leo,” the Lion, because Jesus, THE LION of the tribe of Judah, was born into that tribe.

Why Did God Confuse The Language Of Men?

The key as to why God had to confuse the languages of the people over the issue of the Tower of Babel is directly related to story in the stars. If you’d like to know more about that topic, follow the link below: https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/the-tower-of-babel/

Understandably, this whole topic is a little bit touchy for some because the devil perverted the real story.  Many believers are hesitant, as a result, to learn the truth. Nonetheless, the beautiful, awesome, incomprehensible story is still written there in the night sky for us to see and be blessed by it.  It’s further confirmation of how much we are loved by God, and another of the many reasons why He can unequivocally state that “All are without excuse.” Everyone knows there is a God, whether they admit it or not.

I write about it because I hate that the Church has been robbed of the blessing this wonderful story brings, this love letter from our Daddy written just for us!  Today, of course, we have the written word of God and no longer need to rely on the stars. But the Gospel story is still there.

And that, Church, THE REAL STORY IN THE STARS!

Please follow the link below to Part 2:

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/god-remembered-his-promise/

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