The REAL Story In The Stars Part 39: Ursa Major, The Greater Sheepfold.

John 3:14-17

“…as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”


In Ursa Major we have another very recognizable grouping of stars in the sky. It is pictured as a much larger bear than that of Ursa Minor.  Again, this is not like any bear in existence today as it has a very long tail, kinda like a raccoon.  Very strange! 🤔

The Greater Sheepfold.

We in the West, today we call these two constellations “The Big and Little Dippers,” similar to the kind settlers used in the days of covered wagons.  Older planispheres however, except Egypt of course, saw it as “The Greater Sheepfold.”

In the Lesser Sheepfold, we saw a sheep enclosure where the animals were all inside the structure.  In Ursa Major, there are sheep inside as well; but there are also sheep sitting just outside the doorway looking in the direction of three sheep wandering over in the direction of Boótes, the Shepherd-Guardian, sickle in hand.

Boótes, holding his sickle, is a picture of Jesus protecting the sheep as well as for harvesting souls for the Kingdom of God!  These three sheep seem very interested in and attracted to Him.  They appear to be joining Jesus in spreading the Gospel. Hmmm…..Evangelical sheep! 😁

You’ll notice that the two stars named, Merak and Dubeh, in the first picture, are directly in line and pointing to the star at the very tip of the handle of Ursa Minor, Cynousure, which we learned in the previous article means, ”The Center of the Universe,” a picture of Jesus. In the section below on the meaning of the names of the stars, the reason for this alignment will become very clear! 😉


Picture Of The Church.

We saw in the Lesser Sheepfold a picture of the nation of Israel.  The Greater Sheepfold, by contrast, depicts the much larger mostly non-Jewish Church, described by Jesus in the scripture below:

John  10:14-16 “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.”

Mystery Of The Church.

The organization we know as “The Church” was a concept that was shrouded in mystery for centuries.  In fact, it came a quite a shock to the Jewish people when Gentiles started getting saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. 

John, whose gospel was written last of all being that he was the youngest of the disciples, was the beneficiary of all the Apostle Paul’s teachings on Grace.  That’s why it is only in his Gospel where you will find the phrase in the opening scripture:  “For God SO LOVED the world…..”  

His Gospel demonstrates that God always intended to include all of us in His plan of salvation, not just the Jewish people. You see, they did not understand that Gentiles would not only be saved but form the organization we call the Church.  They were quite exclusionary in the thinking in that they thought the Messiah was only for Israel.  They did not understand that God wanted to save the whole world.  

Aren’t you glad that we were on His mind!?  And which part of the Body of Christ is most responsible for spreading the Gospel around the globe?  The non-Jewish Church, of course!

Now, as usual, we’re going to check out the names for the sign and its stars to see if they confirm our suspicions.


Ancient Names For The Sign.

The Hebrews called this sign, “Ash,” which means, “The Assembled.”  In the KJV, Job mentions Boótes calling the Shepherd by the star located in His left knee:  “Arcturus.”

Job 38:32 declares,  “Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season?
Or can you guide the Great Bear (Arcturus) with its cubs?”


The “Cubs” are the sons of “Arcturus, the Shepherd.”  They are the three bright stars in the handle of the Dipper.  The Arabs called this constellation, “Al Naish,” or “Annaish:  The ordered or assembled together (as in a Sheepfold).” Sounds like the Church, doesn’t it? 😁

Now, let’s check out the names of the individual stars and see if they paint the same picture.


Ancient Names Of The Stars.

The brightest star in this star sign is “Dubheh,” and Arabic name meaning, “Herd of Animals,”  Pretty descriptive!  Second in order of magnitude in this constellation is a Hebrew-named star called, “Merach: The Flock.”  This name in Arabic means, “The Purchased.”

The next brightest star, “Phaced, or Phacda,” is an Arabic name meaning, “Visited, Guarded, Numbered.” Hebrews 11 alludes to these two flocks of people in verse 12:  “Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.” Sounds like how God described Abraham, doesn’t it?

The Jewish people are always depicted as the sand on the seashore. But the Church is as numerous as the stars in the heavens.

The star next in order of magnitude is Alioth,” meaning, “The She-goat, The Ewe,” in Hebrew, same as in the constellation, “Auriga: the Shepherd.”  It is a typology of the Church. “Mizar,” the next star closest to Boótes is an Arabic name meaning, “Separate or small.”  Right next to this Shepherd, also an Arabic name,  is, “Benet Naish: The Lamb, The daughters of the Assembly,” and is also called, “Al Kaid: The Assembled.” (Arabic).

Here is a little piece of information that is VERY telling!  The name of one small star in the lower right corner of this Sheepfold, is “Talita or Talitha.”  It brings to mind the story of Jairus’ daughter who died just prior to Jesus’ arrival at her house at her father’s request.  

Her story cannot be fully understood until you know the actual meaning of the Aramaic words recorded by the Holy Spirit:  Talitha Cúmi. I will briefly explain:

Jairus’ Daughter.

The Tallit is the Hebrew word for the prayer shawl all Hebrew men were required to wear.  Jesus Himself wore one of these, pictured below:


Jesus took off His prayer shawl, a picture of His righteousness and Grace and spoke the above words, “Tallitha Cúmi.” The phrase actually means, “Little girl under the tallit, Arise!”

This account of the young 12-year-old girl is recorded in all three synoptic gospels. All three accounts are always connected with the woman healed of a bleeding disorder with which she was afflicted for 12 years. Both together are a picture of the Church today.  

It may have appeared as if she was dead and gone, particularly her youngest members.  But fear not! Grace has brought back to life as if raised from the dead.  She was not dead; only sleeping!

(If you’d like a more complete discussion of this topic you’re welcome to follow the link below:

Here are a few more stars whose names we know, though their exact locations are no longer known:  El Acola, “The Sheepfold,” and Arabic name; Megrez: “The Separated,” as in Cut off in the fold,” from the Hebrew; Cab’d al Asad: “The wealth of The Multitude,” another Arabic name; El Kaphrah: “The Protected, The Covered,” also an Arabic name, which means, “The Redeemed, The Ransomed,” in Hebrew; and Dubheh Lachar: “The Latter Flock,” another Arabic name.

We also have four stars that were named by the ancient Greeks.  They are “Helike: A company of Travellers;”  “Amaza: Coming and Going;” “Arctos: Traveling Company;” and “Calisto: The Sheepfold, Set or appointed.”

The Latin name we all know, “Ursa,” meant either “The Bear,” or “The Strong.”

In any event, this Sheepfold is filled with a company of those who have been Separated (from the world and unto Jesus), have been cut off from this cursed earth, are the protected, The covered of the redeemed, the ransomed flock of the latter days, a wealthy multitude, a company of traveling companions of The Good Shepherd.

Yep! That is DEFINITELY the Chruch!


The Denderah.

Last but not least, let’s check with the Egyptian Denderah.  In this most ancient planisphere, they saw in this sign one they called, “Fent-Har,” the enemy of the serpent (Fent), Who terrifies (Har).  Thus, He was the One Who terrifies the serpent!

They pictured this One as a female swine coming while holding a ploughshare.  Swine are the natural enemy of serpents while the ploughshare is an implement for bruising.  Again we see the theme of the serpent being bruised by this Champion, the enemy of the serpent.

There will be even more about this decan unveiled when we study the following one:  Argo, The Ship!  You may follow the link below if you wish to continues this series:

The REAL Story In The Stars Part 40: Argo, The Ship.

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