The opening verse in the book of Revelation states that this is “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and SIGNified it by his angel unto his servant John.” (Rev. 1:1)
What is said of the book of Revelation may also be said of the Mazzaroth. Both the book of Revelation and the Mazzaroth are a revelation of Christ and his people in “signified” pictorial language. The word “signified” means “to communicate a message through the use of signs.”
The message contained in the Mazzaroth through the use of SIGNS or celestial pictures was communicated to the forefathers of astronomy, to Adam, Seth, Enoch and to Abraham. Just as the book of Revelation and the rest of Scripture was inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Tim. 3:16), so also was the Mazzaroth.
“By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent. Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him?” (Job 26:13-14)
What is significant about this verse is that it states that “these are parts of his ways.” That is, the heavens and the constellations he made but how little we hear of these ways. God speaks to his people in many different ways and the Mazzaroth in the heavens is one of these ways.
“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets…” (Heb. 1:1) NKJV
In verse 3, a blessing is pronounced upon “those who read and those who hear the words of this prophecy.” Likewise, a blessing will be upon those who read and hear the prophecy conveyed in the signs of the Mazzaroth.
In the book of Revelation, all the books of the Bible meet and end. It is estimated that approximately 95% of the book of Revelation is derived from the previous 65 books. Thus, it becomes imperative to study the entirety of Scripture in order to correctly interpret the “signified” language in the book of Revelation. Much of the symbolism employed in the book of Revelation is borrowed imagery from the books of Genesis, Exodus, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Daniel and Zechariah.
UNLOCKING THE SYMBOLISM OF THE MAZZAROTH
The study of Mazzaroth must be approached in the same way as the book of Revelation. To unlock the meaning of its symbols you will need to read the entirety of Scripture just as you did to unlock the symbolism employed in the book of Revelation. Let the Bible interpret itself as much as possible, rather than speculation, then you will be on a more firm foundation. Many of the star name definitions that are being purported in other books on this subject are unreliable and have been debunked. Therefore, I have relied much more heavily upon the Hebrew names of each of the 12 signs and the Hebrew words for the other minor constellations. As an example, the minor constellation of Bootes in Virgo, simply means “a herdsman.” Then look up that word in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance to validate the meaning of this word for yourself. Do not rely upon others to tell you what it means without giving you a reliable source to prove it means what they are telling you it does.
(Click on the Testimony link in the menu bar to read my full story of how I came to find out about these erroneous star name definitions which put me on a clearer path of understanding).
Another pitfall to interpreting the Mazzaroth I find is that the
majority of authors on this topic focus exclusively on the New Testament in relating the symbolism of the Mazzaroth to the gospel, but it is much bigger than this. The revelation of the Mazzaroth is not only about Christ and his work of atonement, but also about his people, the 12 tribes of the children of Israel.
One of the principles I use to unlock the symbolism of the book of Revelation and the mystery of the Mazzaroth is “the law of first mentioned.” As an example, the first mention of a “Virgin” in the Bible is Rebecca who was the mother of Jacob (Israel). This tells me right away that Virgo, “the virgin” has something to do with his people Israel. The next step is to look up the meaning of the word itself. A virgin means “to be separate, pure, set apart.” This is a perfect description of what God requires of his people. To come out from the world and be separate, set apart to himself, and pure, as a chaste virgin unto Christ.
Let the Bible interpret itself. See how these symbols are employed elsewhere in Scripture and it’s meaning will become much clearer. It will also be beneficial to look up the meaning of the word to broaden your understanding of it. Then do additional word searches on the expanded meaning of that word. It takes a little extra work, but it’s well worth the effort when you can begin to crack the code of the symbolic language used in the book of Revelation.
Like the book of Revelation, the book of the Mazzaroth displayed in the heavens can be studied in the same way. A correct understanding of the SIGNified language used in the heavens will require a thorough knowledge of the history of the children of Israel in the Bible. Since each of the 12 tribes of Israel correspond with one of the 12 signs of the Mazzaroth, it becomes imperative to study all you can about each tribe. The meaning of their names at their birth and the blessings upon them in Genesis 49 and Deuteronomy 33. Numbers 24 is also another important chapter to focus on. Look at the image below comparing the 12 tribes with the 12 Mazzaroth Signs. In my 9 years of study I have found this alignment to be the most Biblically accurate. After you have studied as much about each tribe as you can, then begin to focus more on the history of Israel as a whole. Read the major prophets such as Isaiah and Jeremiah. This will help you unlock the symbolism of the first seven Signs of the Mazzaroth from Virgo to Pisces.
The 12 Signs of the Mazzaroth highlight 12 major milestones in the history of the 12 Tribes of Israel in both the Old and New Testaments. In each sign is also a foreshadowing of the work of the Messiah to come, the King of Israel.
THE REAL “STAR WARS” THAT TOOK PLACE IN HEAVENS!
I will now show you a few examples of this imagery of “signified” language that is used in both the book of Revelation and in the Mazzaroth. We will focus our attention on Revelation 12 dealing with the war that took place in heaven.
We read, “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.” (Rev. 12:1,2) NKJV
“TheMother & Child”
The story of the revelation of Jesus Christ and his people begin in this sign, the sign of Bethulah (Virgo, “the Virgin”). The woman is a representation of Eve, the mother of all living and her “seed” in the sheaf of wheat in Bethulah’s left hand. It represents Abraham’s wife Sarah, the ancestral mother of Israel. Sarah’s daughter-in-law Rebekah also who is the first woman referred to in the Bible as a “virgin.” Rebekah was the literal mother of Israel (or Jacob). Lastly, the children of Israel as a whole, are also here represented which is referred to in the Bible as “the virgin daughter of Zion.” (Isa. 37:22)
The child that was born to the woman in verse 2 is depicted in Coma, with the woman admiring the young child upon her knee. The child in this context can refer to Isaac, the child that was promised to Abraham and Sarah in their old age, as well as Jacob the son of Isaac and Rebekah. And lastly, and most significantly that child is “the Holy One of Israel”, the promised SEED of the woman, “the desire of all nations” spoken of in Genesis 3:15, Yeshua the Messiah of Israel!
John describes this woman as a great “SIGN” that appeared in the heavens. The Virgo constellation is the greatest of the 12 zodiacal constellations in terms of mere size. It takes the sun 7 weeks to pass through the constellation Virgo, longer than any other constellation in the heavens. The woman is clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet. On the ecliptic this is where the sun passes through the Virgo constellation. Astronomically speaking, when the sun is in the sign of Virgo, she is said to be “clothed with the sun.”
The woman with the crown of 12 stars represents the bride of Christ, comprised of the 12 tribes of Israel, the 144,000. In Revelation 14:4 it says:
“These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are VIRGINS. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.”
In Revelation 12:3-5 another “SIGN” is introduced:
“And another SIGN appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.”
Draco, the Dragon with his tail wrapped around Ursa Minor falling away from the sides of the north.
In verse 9 we are told who the dragon represents:
“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Rev. 12:9)
In Isaiah we read:
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.” (Isa. 14:12-13)
This coveted position sitting “above the stars of God” and upon “the mount of the congregation” is the position of Cepheus, the Celestial king. Cepheus sits just above Ursa Minor and has his left foot upon the north star in its tail. Ursa Minor then is a representation of “the stars of God” and of the “congregation.” But these stars of God have now fallen along with the dragon who is drawing them down to earth with his tail.
As a second witness to the correctness of this interpretation we need not look very far. The central star on the back of Ursa Minor is called “Kochab” which is the Hebrew word for “star or stars.” The “congregation” then is most likely referring to “Ursa Minor, the Lesser Bear” which is not a bear at all for bears do not have long uplifted tails that both Ursa Major and Ursa Minor are depicted as having. To be consistent with the sign of Cancer, it represents a “lesser fold” as opposed to the “greater fold”. This passage in the book of Matthew may be the correct meaning of these two folds:
“Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 5:19)
The “lesser fold” then may be a reference to the “congregation or assembly of the wicked”, those who break the commandments of God and teach others to do the same. The “greater fold” referring to the congregation of the righteous, the “sons of God” who follow the Good Shepherd (Bootes) wherever he leads, they keep the commandments of God and teach others to do the same.
That the “sons of God” refers to the “greater fold” in Ursa Major, is hinted at in the following passage:
“Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?” (Job 38:32)
Bootes, “the Herdsmen”
Bootes, “the Herdsmen” in the above picture holds a sickle in his left hand. In his left knee is the bright star “Arcturus” identifying this person with the Biblical Arcturus in Job 38:32.
His “sons” are just behind him in Ursa Major, the “Greater Fold” “who keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus.” (Rev. 14:12; 22:14)
The dragon and his angels who made war in heaven over the law of God shall then be called “least” by those of the righteous who dwell in heaven.
The “tail” of the dragon that drew a third of the stars of heaven to the earth is a symbolic of the “lies” Satan used to deceive them causing their fall.
In Isaiah 9:15 it says:
“The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.”
Our last verse is Revelation 12:14 where it says:
“And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” (Revelation 12:14)
This language is borrowed from the book of Exodus where it says:
“And Moses went up unto God, and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself.” (Exodus 19:3-4)
If you look at any picture of Virgo, you will see that she is always depicted with two wings of a great eagle!
Thus the entire war that took place in heaven is revealed in the very heavens themselves! This story is prominently portrayed in the signs of Cancer, Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius. To learn more click in the Menu bar above.