“For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:
“The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
For this is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”
Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
Cepheus is the final decan of the major star sign, “Pisces.” He is pictured as a bearded King with a crown on his head draped in royal robes. He is in a seated position as if on a throne, holds a scepter his upraised left hand stretched out to Cassiopeia, and is holding a portion of his robe with his right hand. Cassiopeia is a minor constellation belonging to the next major sign,”Aries, the Ram.”
What is most telling is this: He is standing squarely on the pole star with his right foot. All the stars in the heavens literally revolve around him. For the first time, we see in this celestial story a kingly figure actually wearing the crown on his head. This can be none other than our Lord Jesus!
In our last decan, we discussed the sad history of the Jewish people, but also her restoration as a nation. Many of them at last has come to realize that Jesus was the Messiah for whom they were looking and have accepted Him as their Savior. Hallelujah! In this sign we see that The Church, comprised of both saved Jews and Non-Jews, will meet up with the King when He comes to call for her in the rapture.
Let’s look next at the names for the sign, which reveal even more!
Ancient Names For The Sign.
Once again, the ancient names echo the story. The Hebrew name for this sign is “Cepheus,” which means, “The Branch.” It brings to mind the passage below from Jeremiah 23:5-6.
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord,
“That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness;
A King shall reign and prosper,
And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
In His days Judah will be saved,
And Israel will dwell safely;
Now this is His name by which He will be called:
THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”
The Egyptians called him, “Per-Ku-Hor: This One Comes To Rule.” This is even more descriptive of Cepheus! The Ethiopians knew him as, “Hyk: The King.” The Greeks borrowed the Hebrew name for this constellation, though others of their nation called him simply, “The King.”
In any case, no matter the language, culture, or national origin, the consensus of every one of them saw this sign as “The King;” Not “A king,” but THE King.”
Ancient Names Of The Stars.
In the ancient names of the stars that have been passed down to us is a continuation of this theme of Cepheus as The King.
Beginning with the brightest star, located in the right shoulder, is a star with the Arabic name, “Al Deramin: Coming quirky, as in a circle.” This echoes the theme of many of the other constellations that speak of this Champion or King from heaven who came to earth and is going to return!
The next star in order of magnitude also comes down to us from the ancient Arabs: Al Phirk: The Redeemer,” located at his waist. The next brightest located on his left knee and also an Arabic name, is “Al Rai, or Errai.” It means, “He who bruises or breaks.” This has also been taken more commonly to mean, “The Shepherd.”
”Al Derab,” or “Al Deraf,” is another Arab-named star which means, “Coming in a circle.” We are not sure of the precise location of this star, however.
Two more stars with Hebrew names, whose locations are also uncertain, are “Cheicus, or Caucus,” meaning “To Come as in a Circle,” and “Regulus: Treading Underfoot.”
This echoes a message we have heard before: That THE great King Who, came to earth, is going to return and tread His enemies underfoot. He will bruise and break them, yet Shepherd the sheep of His flock.
As usual, the Ancient Egyptians have their own take. They saw this constellation as the large foreleg of an animal that connects with a smaller figure of a lamb. It is shown to have the same pose as that of Aries, the next major constellation, denoting the Lamb’s possession and control over the Band that connects all the Fish of Pisces. He is also the one who upholds both groups.
Are you sensing a pattern here? Long ago, God promised He would send His Champion to crush the head of the serpent, save all of mankind, and return one day to rule the world in righteousness and peace. All of these pictures in the night sky, put in place long before His word was recorded, line up perfectly with all His promises in Scripture that we can read in our Bibles today. He Who promised is faithful and will accomplish all that He said He would do!
To continue this story in the stars, you may follow the link below to part 25 and learn about Aries, the Ram, another beautiful picture of our Lord Jesus:
(Link is mis-numbered, please disregard.)