Friday, January 6, 2017

THROUGH THE FIRE!

Vicki and I have been overwhelmed by the goodness and generosity of God’s people in the face of our recent tragedy. We have received so much response that it took Vicki an entire day to record what we have been given monetarily. We are deeply grateful for your benevolence. We would like to send out personal thank-you notes eventually, but it may be awhile before we can do that. In the meantime, please receive this as a genuine thank you from our hearts. You have been amazing.
Just this morning—less than two weeks later—Vicki and I agreed that eventually we will be thankful that this fiery trial happened; but presently, we are still processing the destruction of our possessions and the fearsome power of a consuming fire. In this letter, I hope to share some of the lessons we have already learned, and are continuing to learn, from this unexpected event—which are far greater than any worldly possessions.

The Fire
Just before going to bed on the evening of December 14, the Lord told me that Satan had greatly withstood me in the subject of Christological Astronomy. A few hours later, our back porch caught on fire. The Lord supernaturally awakened me, and I got Vicki (and our dog Mickey) out of the house with only seconds to spare. Not to be melodramatic, but the body of Christ almost lost their most apostolic teachers for the subject of Christological Astronomy. Plain and simple, this incident resembles the book of Job; it was an assassination attempt upon mine and Vicki’s lives. The word Vicki and I both received was, “He redeemed our lives from destruction.” We have wreaked havoc on the devil and his kingdom for many years. The reality is that we have become a serious threat to Satan’s kingdom, but Jesus redeemed our lives from destruction.
The whole ordeal with the fire began that night at about 9 pm, when I had cleaned out the wood stove and put the coals in a container on the back basement porch. As much as it sounds like Job, a gust of wind that was approximately 30 miles-per-hour came up in the early hours of the morning (December 15) and apparently blew the can over. Because there were a few live embers within the coals, it ignited a plastic gas tank for my motorcycle, which then quickly spread to our almost six cords of firewood stacked right behind the house. The continuing winds directed this blazing inferno straight into our home and forged the fire so intensely that it was incinerated in its entirety within one hour. Almost immediately after the house was consumed, the winds subsided. The fire marshal said that this was the hottest fire he had ever witnessed. Regardless, my beautiful wife and I stood in the side yard and witnessed our home with all our earthly possessions completely destroyed in a blazing fire. Among the scars and trauma registered in my mind of that night, I have deeply embedded in my memory also a powerful picture of Vicki standing in her nightgown, glowing orange from the reflections of the inferno, with her hands raised to the heavens praying and quoting Bible verses.
I can tell you that I hurt more for her than I hurt for me, but she is a rock and one of the godliest people I have ever known or even read about. Of all that we lost, the thing that hurt me most was the burning of her artwork. But Jesus redeemed my life from destruction—He personally told me that He got her artwork and that it would be in her home in glory. Hallelujah! We lost everything—all of our earthly possessions, including our two cars parked outside the house. Besides Vicki’s artwork, we lost all my guns and ammo, and the contents of our safe, which included enough assets to buy the house (which we were preparing to do). When you listen to this month’s CD (January 2017) entitled “Through the Fire / Bitter or Better,” you will hear Vicki share about the few remains and their possible prophetic meanings. The closing monthly CD for 2016 (December) was on the subject of suffering, and we have now been given the opportunity to live it out.
Both Vicki and I have been vociferous about our beliefs concerning the end times and hard times, and we had made physical preparations to help many people in the face of a catastrophe. I believe we were also both spiritually prepared for this tragedy because we have been storing God’s amazing, powerful Word in our minds, and that has yielded a peace that passes understanding throughout this ordeal. In addition, we believe that God is increasing our spiritual preparation by the lessons He is teaching us from this event, and that is worth far more than all we have lost.

Some Lessons We Have Learned
After my wailing and moaning subsided, I took the time to ask the Lord how He felt about the situation. The lessons He taught me and continues to teach me are incredibly comforting and revealing. As I tell you what He said, you will know that He said these things since there’s no way I am clever enough to think them up. When I asked Him how He felt about it, I heard sort of a light chuckle and then He said, “I got what I wanted out of the fire.” I knew He meant Vicki and me. At first, His response sort of shocked me, but then I realized the simplicity and brevity of it. He added, “I am sorry for the loss of your things, but when I see what you have up here, it is not worthy to compare.” He continued, “I have heard your moaning over the loss of Vicki’s  artwork. No more tears.” He ended with, “I have them and they will be hanging in her home in glory.” This last statement affected me deeply as I saw His individual compassion on me.
I also asked Him, “People have said, ‘the Lord gives and the Lord takes away.’ Would you please comment on that?” He answered, “I did not burn your house. I am not that way and I am not that cheap. You opened the door with the bucket of coals and the devil capitalized on it and burned your house.” What a valuable lesson. Later, in a different conversation, He also told me that it was a planned assassination attempt on Vicki and me because of our contribution to Christological Astronomy and the glory of the Astrologos we are striving for. This has made me incredibly more aware of the precious cargo that we are carrying and even more dedicated to sow it into the world.
He added, “If you and Vicki had died in the fire, you would have more today here than you would even have had if the fire had not occurred.” He said, “I redeemed your life from destruction because I had mercy on your children.”
I know that He woke me up. When I shared this with the fire marshal, we both praised God for it. Two days later a house fire not too far from us killed all three occupants. It wasn’t until several days later as we were sharing with our home fellowship that it suddenly hit me just how close we came to dying in the fire.
Vicki and I have agreed to not play the devil’s game of “What if,” so I am not going to dwell too long on it, but what if Vicki and I had died in the fire? What would it have done to my family? When I shared this with our staff, Joe Dobrota added, “That includes your spiritual children.” I tremble at God’s mercy.

More Lessons
One of the biggest lessons is the power of memorized scripture. As I laid down to go to sleep the first night after the fire, as soon as I closed my eyes, I was viewing the “video” of my initial discovery of the flames behind my house and experiencing the same trauma at the realization that we were about to lose our lives. (I have taught about situations like this in Mending Cracks in the Soul.) As soon as this flashed into my mind, the conditioning of God’s Word and spiritual preparation for traumatic video replays such as these kicked in and I immediately started quoting Psalm 91. The more my mind wanted to see the flames and make me associate to fear, the more I willed my mind to press into the scriptures. I even began grammatically diagramming verse 1, and when it was finished, I moved onto verse 2, and was diagramming verse 8 when I fell asleep. Then I woke up at 4 am. As soon as I was awake, another scene of the fire—it bursting into the house as the whole back part of the house was ablaze—flashed in my mind. As soon as I saw it, I doused it with Psalm 103. I got down to about verse 5 and woke up at 6 am to a third picture of trauma—seeing the whole house on fire. I hosed that one down with Ephesians and before I knew it, it was 8 am and I was rested and not a victim to trauma. So this is the lesson: overcome trauma with truth. If I had not memorized scripture verses from God’s Word, I could have been a basket case with a fractured mind for a long time, if not forever. Generally, a progression sets in: after trauma comes anxiety, then sleeplessness, then off to the doctor for pain pills and/or sleep aids. Then the next thing you know, self-pity sets in, demons of depression come in, you bear the consequences of being a victim, and a life is destroyed.
Vicki has been my inspiration and my cheerleader in memorizing scripture. Every day I already had the Word running through my mind to overcome the symptoms of Lyme disease and to live above the pain; so when the fire came, we were both prepared. May we exhort you—even if just because this lesson cost us so dearly to see plainly—please memorize some Bible. Don’t delay, start today!
Some lessons have come directly from the Lord, but others have come from several of our friends who have been prophetically reliable for many years and have spoken some words that bear witness in our hearts. One friend prophesied that the glory of the body of Christ’s giving and expression of compassion and love is a far greater glory than the burning of precious possessions. We have received loving gifts from local churches (including the Baptists and the Roman Catholics), and even from complete strangers, such as my granddaughter’s school teacher. Truly, the glory of the whole body of Christ working together to bless us is producing a greater glory than the plundering of our earthly things.
Another friend commented that I have pioneered works my whole life and ministry. He said, “It appears that the Lord has given you an apostolic teaching mantle on suffering and is giving you some great lessons that you can share with us. He continued, “The last several teachings you have sent us have been on suffering; now it appears that He is giving you a promotion and some new material.” I responded that I did not volunteer for an apostle of suffering any more than Paul did, but who am I to question the Potter? I am committed to getting as much out of this as I can. What the devil has meant for harm, God will use for good.
Also, about two weeks prior to the fire, my daughter Sarah had a dream that I was killed. Since then she has been praying repetitively and fervently, “God have mercy on me and don‘t let my parents die.” Obviously, He heard and answered her prayers. We also have several testimonies of people waking in the middle of the night just in time to pray for Vicki and me before, during, and after the fire. Mercy, mercy, mercy.
Always remember, it is how you respond to taking a big hit that reveals if you are a champion with a strong depth of character. “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small” (Proverbs 24:10). The fire has also ignited resolve in our hearts to fulfill our purposes, and we are thankful for the extension of time we have been given to do that. I actually have less fear now than ever before because Jesus redeemed our lives from destruction. Satan made two mistakes: 1) trying to kill us; 2) failing in the attempt.
Lots of lessons—expensive and precious. Praise the Lord, I have my wife and I have my life.
How You Can Help
For those of you who may be wondering how you can help us, here are some suggestions.
  • Please pray that we can learn as much out of this as we can and that we would share the lessons with God’s people. I knew when I was ordained and especially as an apostle that I would be set up for such things. Please pray for peace, grace, and at least a double portion of restoration.
  • We need money to buy back what was plundered. Vicki and I are thankful for the burning of some ballast, but there are some things we would like to replace. Checks, made payable to Dale M. Sides, may be sent to the LMCI address: 1029 Turnpike Rd., Suite F, Bedford VA 24523. (Please note that such checks are NOT tax-deductible; they are personal gifts.) Many of you have already done this. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
  • I had the thought last night that if anyone has a house full of really nice furniture (perhaps left by parents or grandparents) that they don’t want and are willing to donate, it could be a great answer to what we need. What we lost in the fire, at least at this time, was our inheritance to give to our children. They have assured us that our lives now are their inheritance. In addition, if you know anyone who would like to make a sizeable donation to the ministry, we could buy or build a location for Vicki and me to live in.
  • We so appreciate the gifts that you have already given and your wonderful hearts of benevolence. However, please do not give us what you would normally send to sponsor LMCI. We appreciate your kindness, but it’s in a time like this that if we are not wise, we could end up with personal things while the ministry suffers.
I am planning our strategy carefully. A spiritual warrior’s most effective and powerful position is on his knees. All of his moves and weapons are launched best from this position. We have weapons of power and authority to command God’s heavenly purposes to come to earth. Thanks for joining us in the operation of these.
In summary, Vicki and I have both adopted the same attitude as the Lord—we got what we wanted out of the fire, and that was each other. We have both had to deal with trauma but we are so grateful for the scriptures we have memorized that have freed us from it. This is one of the greatest lessons of all and we are committed to continue teaching people this vital key on how to prepare for hard times. It has become more valuable than all our earthly treasures.  
Vicki and I have a cute little furnished house to move into on January 1st while the other house is being rebuilt. This temporary home is right next door to Joe and Mary Ellen Dobrota. We are presently staying with our daughter Sarah and her husband Keven and enjoying the therapy of our grandchildren. My granddaughter Kaitlin said to me the other night as I was putting her to bed, “Pop (my affectionate grandfather name), I am sorry that your house burned down but I know something good that can come out of it.” “What?” I asked. She said, “You can write a book about what you learn.” Out of the mouth of babes!
From the first night of the fire, Vicki and I began confessing “Jesus Christ makes all things new.” Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your love, prayers, and support for us.
God bless you all. We love you.
P.S. Please note that we have already received all the clothes that we need; and although we will eventually need furniture, we presently have no place to store it. However, we would love to receive some furniture once the new house is finished, which should be within six-to-eight months. We will certainly let you know when that happens. 



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Victimized by Suicide (And How to Overcome It)

In August of 1999, I was in the President of Nigeria’s office when I got a phone call that continues to ring in my ears today. It was my wife’s voice informing me that my mother had taken her life. At that split second in time, I unknowingly became a victim of suicide. Even now, I have to work to forget the helpless feeling that came over me. As I tried to grasp my loss and grief, I fell to my knees weeping. My mother had stolen my relationship with her—and there was nothing I could do about it but cry and moan.

To this day, I have tried to redeem some good out of that situation, and all I have been able to recover is the lesson of how to overcome the victimization of suicide. I hope that this can help you or someone you know who has experienced the trauma of a loved one committing suicide.

Victimization is the consequence of a bad situation happening to you over which you had no control. It can be the result of an accident or a violation such as abuse, rape, abduction, or a robbery. The main victimization of suicide is that your loved one has stolen their relationship away from you. When someone you loved and knew so well commits the abuse (in this case, suicide) it sets it apart from a situation where a stranger has committed the offense.   

The whole direction and focus of your life from that point on will be determined by how well you are able to forgive the offense your loved one committed against you. A victim of any tragedy can be tempted to carry a helpless, hopeless attitude that affects every area of their life, including all their other relationships. Yes, people do get victimized, and suicide is one of the ways this happens; but there are ways to overcome it. It is not easy, but it can be done.


Forgiveness

The only way I know to overcome the victimization of suicide is to forgive the one who committed the act of taking their life. I learned this lesson rather abruptly after carrying the unforgiveness of my mother around for almost 10 years. At a deliverance conference, I was confronted with the question of who I needed to forgive. I cannot tell you how many times I have asked this of others in my deliverance meetings, but this time, the question was addressed to me. When I consulted the Lord, He responded with, “Your mother.” Even though I had counseled others about this very thing in their lives, I was stunned by His response and realized I had been weighed down with the same offense. The realization hit me that I needed to forgive my mother for stealing my relationship with her. What could be more dastardly that to steal someone’s relationship with their mother, especially when it is the mother who steals it? The betrayal and loss is irrevocable. So there I was, staring down this huge offense and realizing that I had to forgive her—for my own sake. My dilemma was—how?

Forgiveness can be tricky. I actually believe it is one of the most difficult Christ-like characteristics to develop. It necessitates acting from your spirit and not your soul. Your soul, or mind, struggles against it because it holds the offense in its memory. Therefore, the decision must be made from your spirit, contrary to your mind, and then spoken from your mouth. It is a heart decision that presents itself in the physical realm by speaking it out. In my case, it was saying, “I forgive my mother,” and then, in essence, handing the Lord her I.O.U. note. We give Him the offense and trust Him to do justice with the debt that the person owes you. It is not that the person gets off scot-free but that you allow Jesus to hold the note and decide what to do with it. As you continue to speak forgiveness towards the offender, you will accept it in your heart. You will know it has reached your heart when you can trust Him to handle it.


Empathy

As I said, forgiveness of the person is paramount. Another concept that helped me in processing this was trying to imagine what caused the person to have such thoughts. This helped make me more empathetic toward them. The one who commits suicide at some point believed a lie that was exacerbated by demons of deception, including self-pity. To some degree, the study of iniquity can open our understanding of generational curses to help us see why people are the way they are and why they act the way they do. On the other hand, there are some things we will never know or understand in our earthly lives.


Don’t Play the “What If?” Game

When our mother took her life, my brother Larry shared something he heard Charles Stanley say, “Those things you don’t understand, put them in a bag, tie it up, give it to the Lord, and never open it again.” Great advice! Failure to do this can open the door for the devil to play the “What If?” game. What if you had been with the person or had gone to see her or called, then such and such would not have happened. NO! Don’t play that game! The devil tried to play it with me by whispering, “Well, if you had been with her then she would not have done this.” The truth of the matter is that she would have done it anyway. Don’t play the game. Control your thinking and give the things you do not understand to the Lord.


Remember the Good

Don’t let their suicide overshadow your loved one’s goodness and accomplishments. Remember the good things about them. It is easy to allow tragedy to overcome us in times of weakness, but we must “hold fast to the good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).


In Closing


I hope that this article helps you or someone you know who has become the victim of a loved one’s suicide. The ultimate peace and reconciliation of the tragedy rests with the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the judge of the living and the dead. He holds the keys and only He truly knows the heart of man. He is a just and righteous judge.  

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

HOW SONS OF BELIAL HAVE INVADED AND TAKEN CONTROL OF OUR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES


There is an intentional siege underway by sons of Belial who have bought their way into influential positions within our universities and colleges, allowing them to selectively choose faculty who will teach humanistic, liberal doctrines that are anti-Christian. Many of our major universities began as Christ-centered places of higher learning. Duke University began as Trinity College, and Yale and Harvard were both Bible-based colleges until certain rich people with unsavory motives began donating large sums of money to them. These wealthy people were given board positions so they could hire those who would teach what they wanted taught and fire those who would not. Such donors are dominated by the spirit of anti-Christ, and their scheme is a secret ploy to control our society.

If you think that I am paranoid and no schemes are afoot to capture our young people through liberal education, do an internet search on “Illuminati; Free Masons; and Phi Beta Kappa,” and brace yourself as your rose-colored glasses are ripped off. Sons of Belial are baiting and hiring the brightest minds out of our schools to help move their global agenda toward a one-world government in preparation for the coming of the anti-Christ. This is no joke.

I apologize for not writing this article sooner because I’ve known of this dastardly snare for at least 10 years. Perhaps if I had blown the whistle back then, more students and their parents would have been prepared for the mine-field that was lying in wait for them at most of the four-year colleges in our country. About 10 years ago, the Holy Spirit led me to do research on children of the devil, biblically called “sons of Belial.” This opened my eyes not only to how to identify them but also to discover some of their schemes and methods (methodia in the Greek). One of the most powerful ways to control the social and cultural compass of a nation is to control the curricula at its educational centers, even beginning as early as primary school, all the way through the upper levels of learning. The premise is that if you can change the thinking of the future educators who come out of the brighter and more scholarly populous, you can change the whole idealism of a society. Indoctrinating the teachers and future leaders of our nation is what they are doing, but why they are doing it is despicable: it is an anti-Christ agenda.

God damn Satan and all his children who have turned the truth of God into the lie and led our children away from the faith of Christ into humanism and atheism. There are many teachers and professors in colleges who, for the price of a paycheck, preach the doctrines of devils and lead people away from the belief in the true God. I do not need to damn those people because they have already damned themselves. They are hirelings who have sold their souls and character for riches and for the kingdoms of this world and the glory of them. I would like to pray for salvation rather than damnation for these wolves who are dressed in sheep’s clothing, but whichever one, let it come quickly and suddenly. I would like for all of them to know that God has reserved special places of torment for those who deceive the little ones away from following God and suppress the truth in unrighteousness.

Many college professors are people who failed to make a living in their field, so they returned to school to get their masters and PhDs so they could teach it instead. They are often intellectual theorists with little to no practical expertise; but they honor themselves in their lecture halls by appearing as an authority on their topic. In reality, they don’t have a clue about the real world. If you strip away their fellowship grants and paychecks, they would probably be homeless (or a politician). They are revered by students who don’t realize that they weren’t even able to make a career in their field; so, subsequently, their material is based upon nothing more than parroted comments from an even older professor who, like them, couldn’t make it in the same field either.

This is deeply personal for me. I am infuriated at the devil for stealing so many young people through these lies and schemes. From 1994–2011, I hosted and ran a teen ministry through week-long camps where I was personally involved in kids’ lives, teaching and counselling them, leading them in deliverance, baptizing most of them, and speaking prophetic words over them. They were all great and most of them left these weeks excited about the Lord. Some of them are still doing well; some are not. However, if I did a tally of them, I would bet that I lost as many (or more) to collegiate intellectualism and its deception than to drugs. It is heartbreaking to me and to their families—especially to their fathers and mothers who trained them to know the Lord Jesus and follow His ways. They send them off to college only to see their faith stolen in the educational snares of humanism and atheism.

The Bible does promise that if you bring up your children in the ways of the Lord then they will not depart from it. Lots of parents gave up that right to bring them up when they turned them over to the public schools. From my observations, I can tell you that I have seen more kids come back to the Lord from drugs than from intellectualism and humanism.

Imagine a young Christian girl who marches off to college totally unaware of the snare that has been set for her. She gets into a class where the professor does the same thing that Satan did to Eve. He asks a couple of questions that cause her to consider the logic, and before long, she has joined in with the popular consensus of the class. She may think she has a whole “new” idea that she came up with herself, when in reality the professor led her and the other students to that point, just as Satan did with Eve.

Even wrong logic seems logical until its true premise is examined. For example, those who propound the theory of evolution actually expect their classes to believe that everything was created out of nothing. The irony is that in the process of their deception, these students are also getting strapped with thousands upon thousands of dollars’ worth of student loans—all to listen to lies and distortions intentionally schemed to destroy their faith in God and in His laws and morality. In essence, they (or their parents) are financially feeding the machinery that is destroying their faith and ultimately their lives.

This happens in the public universities as well as the private ones, except the sons of Belial are government agents who provide national and state funds to do the same thing. In all my years of ministry around the world, the most hostile and caustic environment I have ever had to minister in was the campus center at Ohio State University. The spiritual atmosphere was swarming with confusion due to the web of deception, beliefs in many gods, false humility, and intellectual pride that most of the students and faculty were under. Doctrines of demons love to hang out in places of higher education where they can easily infiltrate and create confusion. If they can get the students to doubt their belief in God, and especially Christ, they have won. Make no mistake, college students in any society form the next generation of leadership, and it continues on into subsequent generations as long as sons of Belial remain in control.

Their plan does not end at colleges and universities, because that’s where the schoolteachers come from. All grade school and high school teachers are required to have a college education, so most of them are exposed to this poison of humanism and atheism so that they can take it with them into their teaching careers. They not only are carriers, but now they can disseminate it into the young and impressionable minds in their classrooms. The aim of sons of Belial is to ensnare these teachers to propagate the same lies they themselves learned in college. We can see this even in the primary schools where the teachers are teaching alternative life styles and aberrant behavior to their students. Then, as the kids progress to the higher grades, they encourage the use of condoms and often give them away free to high schoolers. Of course, there are teachers who disagree with this, but they are coerced by the faculty director who is being controlled by the school board who is getting funds from the federal government.

As bad as it is now, even I had a dose of it when I began my own college career many years ago. In the fall of 1968, I walked into the worst nightmare of my life. I had taken an extra year to “prepare” myself for what was coming, but it still body slammed me almost immediately as soon as I left the freshmen registration and headed straight into a lecture hall on world history. The professor began with, “This is the history of man and not God, because there is no God.” Those were the first words out of his mouth to 600 glassy-eyed freshmen at 9:00 am on the first day of classes. Thus began the challenge of refusing to let my faith get blown all to hell. The drugs, sex, and rock n’ roll was bad enough, but the worst of that time for me was the poison of evolution and atheism being fed to me in class. Even in 1969, the ichthyology (fish science) professor had to teach the curriculum based on evolution, which he knew was a lie. Just think where it is today. Nowadays some college professors are hired for a song and a dance and give credits to athletes who don’t even attend class.

A Word to the Teachers and Professors


I would like to ask these professors and teachers, “Where is your integrity?” Are you teaching lies under the guise of education? Are you a hireling? Whether you teach in the church or in the school system, it is still available to pervert the right ways of God.

Do not be fooled into thinking the intellectual model is superior to the spiritual one. You are a spirit that has a mind. You are greater than your intellect and can choose to engage the spirit realm through the Holy Spirit. God’s spirit realm is far superior to the intellectual realm of this world, regardless of how much knowledge one accrues.

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. ~James 3:1

Teachers will be accountable to God. Being a teacher is an honorable calling according to societal standards. So act honorable. Refuse to teach and say things that are contrary to your conscience and especially Scripture. God bless you, and may He have mercy on us all.

Public schools are generally traps and snares of liberalism and humanism built by government funds and staffed by the people they train to teach what they say. God has been cleverly removed and replaced by humanism. Derek Prince (one of my favorite teachers) would say, “The religion of the antichrist will be humanism.” This is one of the reasons I have deeply distrusted our present administration, because it embodies this humanistic reverence, which feeds into globalism. Humanism is the foundation of globalism. Atheism is where reason discounts and denies God and allows behavior contrary to Scripture and even moral ethics.

This agenda was not born overnight—there has long been a hidden hand driving it and the lie that feeds into it. It is the lie of globalism’s one-world government and its religion of humanism. This is the dope being fed to our children in colleges, high schools, grade schools, and primary schools—today.

Who [they] exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. ~Romans 1:25

Humanism is the promotion of the importance of humans over God. It ultimately will lead to making mankind his own deity and excuse the need for obedience and sensitivity to right and wrong. It leads to self-worship and atheism. The ultimate fruit of intellectualism is the false “theorem” that there is no God. This is the doctrine being taught in colleges by those who cannot find work in their field. They are the ones who propound theories that have no basis in reality or godliness.

My prayer and desire for this article is to not only disclose their agenda but to warn our youth before they fall into its snare. This anti-Christ scheme has been orchestrated by sons of Belial to destroy morality and faith in God through humanism and atheism. It is moving through our educational systems, funded by those who have sold their souls for wealth and fame rather than surrendering to the true God and His ways.

That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness by which they lie in wait to deceive. ~Ephesians 4:14

© 2016 Liberating Ministries for Christ International, Inc.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Celestial Fulfillment of Revelation 12:1 and 2


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. ~Revelation 12:1–2

Revelation 12 is a puzzle to Bible prophecy students. It appears to have already been fulfilled, yet it also portends a future fulfillment. The solution to this apparent paradox is that both past and future fulfillments are true—as is often the case with other prophetic Scriptures. It was fulfilled (on September 11, 3 bc) and will be fulfilled (on September 23, 2017). The purpose of this post is to discuss this second fulfillment on September 23, 2017.

If you are a student of Bible prophecy, pay attention. This is a major marker in the book of Revelation for end-time events and potentially of the gathering of the bride of Christ unto the coming bridegroom.

September 23, 2017, which is Rosh Hashanah, has all the appearances of fulfilling Revelation 12:1–2. (Note: the Jewish standard lists Rosh Hashanah 2017 as being sundown on September 20–sundown September 22; however, the celestial standard begins Rosh Hashanah 2017 with sundown on September 22 when the moon is under Virgo’s feet. In Jewish reckoning, sundown is the start of a new day, so sundown on September 22 would be considered the beginning of September 23rd.) In addition, October 5, which is the beginning of the Feast of Tabernacles, appears to fulfill Revelation 12:3–4. These dates of the 2017 Jewish New Year and fall feasts bear the signs of a major occurrence according to both biblical and celestial reckoning. As far as we know, the planet and star alignments found on September 23, 2017 that line up with Revelation 12:1–2 have never before happened in history, nor will they happen again.

Some of the major points that should cause us to take notice of this time are as follows.

·      It is the new moon.
·         September 23, 2017 is the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Shoshana).
·         October 5, 2017 is the Feast of Tabernacles.
·         It could be the culmination of the year of Jubilees.
·       Mercury, Venus, and Mars will be over Virgo’s head, accompanying the nine major stars of Leo, forming the headdress, or crown, of the bride of Christ.
·        Jupiter will be in Virgo, having just retrograded in the womb area, making its descent down the birth canal. This is perhaps one of the most amazing fulfillments of prophecy by Jupiter, the King planet, and it could be the sign that Jupiter (Hebrew name: Tsedeq), is indeed “His Star” that the wise men followed at Messiah’s first coming.

On September 23 of 2017 (September 22, 5:36 pm, Jerusalem time), the sun will be in Virgo, clothing the woman, and the (new) moon will be under her feet, just as Revelation 12:1 prophesies. Just over Virgo’s head will be Mercury, Venus, and Mars along with the 9 major stars of Leo to produce the garland of 12 stars. In addition, Jupiter is in Virgo’s mid-section (the birth canal), depicting an approaching birth—perhaps the Kingdom of Heaven. The following screenshot from the Stellarium astronomy computer program illustrates this.



I have long suspected from reliable evidence that Jupiter is His Star of Matthew 2:2 and that the Magi (the wise men) followed it when it announced Messiah’s first coming. Jupiter’s Hebrew name is Tsedeq, which means the King of Righteousness. When Yeshua of Nazareth was born on September 11, 3 bc, Jupiter/Tsedeq was retrograding and in triple conjunction with the king star, Regulus (located in the constellation Leo). From our perspective on Earth, it appeared to draw a circle around Regulus. In September 2017, Jupiter/Tsedeq will retrograde in Virgo and be in double conjunction with Spica, the star of the righteous offspring, appearing to draw a circle around it.

This retrograde of Jupiter/Tsedeq and Messiah’s coming in glory in Virgo’s womb should echo in the valleys as we shout it from the mountain tops. The following screenshot from Stellarium depicts this Jupiter/Tsedeq retrograde just before the Feast of Trumpets 2017.




                    
This event is every bit as powerful and prophetic as the announcement of Messiah’s first coming. At Messiah’s first coming, Jupiter/Tsedeq, the King planet/His Star, retrograded and appeared to draw a circle around the king star, Regulus, in Leo. In September 2017, Jupiter/Tsedeq will retrograde and appear to draw a circle around Spica, the righteous branch or offspring, which is in Virgo. Regulus and Spica are both the primary stars of Leo and Virgo, respectively. These two constellations are pivotal in Messiah’s story line—Virgo shows His birth and Leo shows His reign—in both comings. That these retrogrades happen around their primary stars is more than quite significant.

The fact that Jupiter is located in Virgo’s birth canal at this time is huge. This could be the announcement of the gathering of the Church or more likely the catching away of the bride of Christ. Remember that the text of Revelation 12:1–2 mentions the crown of stars. Crowns are biblically used to represent rewards, so the garland of light that will adorn Virgo may be a depiction of the bride’s rewards. Virgo is the woman of the heavens; it can represent the bride of Christ.

In addition, the arrangement of the three primary planets above Virgo’s head resembles a bridal headdress. Astronomers sometimes call arrangements like this a string of pearls. These three planets are in direct line with Regulus the king star; and they form a link between Leo and Virgo, the beginning and end constellations, in a rare display. Wow!

Three points of reference are necessary to accurately pinpoint one’s location. If we apply this same principle to accurately decipher these signs, our three points of reference would be the following.

1. The written Scripture
2. The progress of prophecy
3. The forecasted celestial arrangements of September 23–October 5, 2017 (according to the Stellarium computer program)

The Jubilee Year

In addition to the three references just mentioned, we also should consider that Rosh Hashanah 2017 is quite likely the closing of a Jubilee year (if we count the Jubilees of recent Israel from 1916/17 to 1966/1967). If the Jewish year count of 5777 includes the 243 years left out due to intentional text manipulation in the Masoretic text, then we are potentially in the year 6020. Give or take the 20 years, we are at the threshold of the 120th Jubilee of mankind. Some believe that Genesis 6:3 provides the accumulative number of Jubilee years until the end. A Jubilee Year is 50 years long, and Genesis 6:3 states that man’s days will be 120 years; thus, 50 X 120 = 6,000 years.

And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” ~Genesis 6:3

This would also be the fulfillment of Judah ben Samuel’s prophecy of this Jubilee being the time of Messiah’s coming. Judah ben Samuel was the German Jewish Rabbi that lived in the mid-1100s and prophesied of the 400 years of domination over Israel, the restoration of the land and nation, and the coming of Messiah according to the Jubilee year count.

It appears that we are truly living during a period of likely biblical end-time happenings. Whether it’s the gathering of the bride of Christ or the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven, the fall feasts days of 2017 will be prophetically fulfilling. (This could also include the fulfillment of the prophecy concerning Wormwood in Revelation 8:11.)

Note: My book, The 1,000 Year Reign of Jesus Christ on the Earth, would be relevant right now and can be ordered online from the e-store at LMCI.org.

David Meade’s book, Planet X—2017 Arrival, brought these celestial happenings of September 23, 2017 to my attention, although it does not cover the fulfillment of the Jubilee or retrogrades or interpretation of the planets. He did however, mention one of my hallmark references on this time period regarding the prophecy of Wormwood. I figure if a mountain (asteroid) falls to the earth and kills at least a third of the people, then even I could figure out that the end times had come. David Meade came to the same conclusion I had already come to—Wormwood is on the way and could possibly manifest during this same time period too.

Empirical evidence is telling us that something out of this world is shaking our world. The apocryphal book of 1 Enoch 1:6 prophesies that every mountain and island will be moved out of their place during this time. That is before the prophecy that the Lord will come with ten thousands of his saints in 1 Enoch 1:9. These events happen around what many Christians refer to as the mid-tribulation. Let’s hope and pray that Messiah’s called-out ones will get taken off the planet and escape Wormwood.

Look for a future blog where I will discuss more about Wormwood, Planet X, and Revelation 12:3–4.


© 2016 Liberating Ministries for Christ International, Inc.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

THE HISTORY AND TRUTH OF THE ZODIAC

The Zodiac’s intended interpretation was, and still is, the foundation of God’s truth to all mankind, regardless of geographical or cultural differences. Yahweh revealed Himself and His plan to the ancients through the Zodiac; however, its beauty and simplicity was quickly and deviously covered up by a perversion that stems all the way back to the Babylonian mystery religion. It’s understandable that the very mention of the word “Zodiac” can send many people into contortions because of its deviant distortions.

Astrology, which should more accurately be called “astrodivination,” has been very unkind to the foundational history and truth of the Zodiac’s celestial revelation. Yet, God’s plan written in the skies has not changed one jot or tittle since that original revelation, except that some of its prophecies have been fulfilled and some of its future ones are lining up even now. In this blog posting, I will present an understanding of the Zodiac’s true origin and explain how and why its meaning has been perverted through the ages. By God’s grace, its mystery will be unveiled so that we can clearly see one of the great revelations of our age.

The amazing message that the Zodiac and the heavens have continuously heralded is that a Messiah would come from heaven to Earth as mankind’s Redeemer and King.

Each one of the original pictures of the 12 basic constellations, as well as their 36 decans, reveals information about the Messiah—including His character, His trials, His victories, and His return to Earth. That is quite a different interpretation of the constellations than the world perpetrates through astrology and horoscopes. The Zodiac’s intended message has been perverted into a greedy game run by charlatans using the heavens as a divining tool just as they use tarot cards, Ouija boards, crystal balls, and palm readings, etc.

In this quest, we will look at the history of the Zodiac and the false religious images that have been refashioned and pasted over the original images that revealed Messiah. Once they are removed, we will again be able to see the true Messianic depictions. We will also briefly discuss how your own birth sky reveals information pertinent to your unique potential destiny and calling.

Simply put, the message of the heavens and the Zodiac is about the Messiah—His person, His character, and His coming.

It also reveals to each of us the aspects of the Messiah that we have been individually called to champion and display. While it’s true that these are personal messages for each of us, they are not intended to lead us into fame and fortune as astrologists propound, but rather into an understanding of Messiah and how we can represent Him here on Earth. Your personal message is about your character, your unique abilities and calling—basically, who you have been called to be in Christ (Messiah).

Since the waters have been so muddied through deception, we must act as detectives sifting through and sorting out clues. We will see what the Zodiac was originally intended to be and how it was to be read. Once the whole picture and its truth are presented, you will be amazed at how easy it is to grasp and how fun it is to interpret the pieces.

Once we remove the layers of added paint off the canvas of the heavens and uncover the true masterpiece, it will be easy to see where the Babylon Mystery religion’s doctrines and myths of the Watchers and Nephilim were layered on top of it. As these truths are recovered through documented research and you see the integrity of the original message, your faith will grow in its truth.


The Background of the Zodiac

Years ago, I was privileged to hear a teaching called, “How Did We Get the Bible?” That teaching did more to build my faith in the written Scriptures than all the classes I had taken on Greek and Hebrew and scriptural structure, combined. I learned that the Bible came from holy men of God speaking as they were moved and directed by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21) and that I could trust the revelation. I believed that then, and I believe it now; and I also now know and believe that, similarly, the ancient Old Testament fathers and prophets received revelation from the Holy Spirit to name the stars (Psalm 147:4; Isaiah 40:26) so that they could interpret the heavenly scriptures. Through the knowledge of the star names, they were able to piece together the intended pictures of the constellations, which then enabled them to interpret the whole plan that was being displayed in the sky. The Holy Spirit gave the patriarchs of old such as Adam, Seth, Enoch, and Noah, etc., understanding of the heavenly scriptures. This same knowledge is available to us so that we can believe the integrity of the words written in the heavens just as we do the ones written upon the pages of the Bible. Both are declarations of God through divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit. As we exhume the star names and constellational meanings, the message of Messiah becomes clear. 

If we do not believe what the heavenly scriptures say, they will not profit us—just as Hebrews 4:2 says about the preached Word.

For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. ~Hebrews 4:2

Because of today’s computer technology, we can now also examine our own birth skies to see His attributes that we were uniquely called to represent. As the background of the true Zodiac is validated, we should grow in our faith about what it says to us, even the personal message it contains within our birth skies.

Note: We have designed a site for you to see your birth sky and its interpretation at http://astronomy.lmci.org.

Zodiac. The word “zodiac” is not, in itself, a malevolent word; however, it does have evil connotations that can be attributed to the pretended art of astrodivination, more commonly known as “astrology.” The Online Etymology Dictionary says “zodiac” comes from an Old French word meaning “a circle of little animals.”1 But Bill Banks says the following from his book, The Heavens Declare.

One sixth of the constellations are inanimate, and therefore, a word denoting animals or life could not adequately describe the constellations.

Instead the word “Zodiac” comes to us from the Hebrew root word zodi or sodi for “A Way.” This latter word actually appears on some of the old star charts. “Zodiac” itself comes directly from the Greek word zodiakos, derived from this Hebrew word and therefore denotes The Way or The Path (lit. a way of steps) which the sun appears to follow through the heavens.2

Literally, the Zodiac is the path of the Sun on the celestial sphere, which is known as the ecliptic or the ecliptic plane.

We tend to picture it as a line drawn against the backdrop of the heavens. This invisible line or actual path of the Sun determines the 12 major constellations of the Zodiac. The Bible calls the heavens a tent (Isaiah 40:22), so this line would be like the major seam inside that huge tent. The ecliptic intersects certain stars and sections of the heavens repeatedly, year after year after year, etc., and the groupings of stars (constellations) that it consistently runs through are the 12 major constellations. 

Constellation. The word “constellation” was put together from the Latin words con (together) and stellos (stars) and simply means a group of stars. According to the Bible, not only did God (Yahweh), via the Holy Spirit, give the ancient patriarchs the star names but He also showed them how to group them together into constellations. In a clear night sky, they are easy to find if you know what you are looking for.

The oldest existing catalogues of the Zodiac contain 48 groups of stars, or constellations. In addition to the major 12 that are directly on the line that the Sun inscribes across the sky, there are also 36 that are in close proximity and contribute to the message of those 12. These are divided up so that each of the ecliptic 12 constellations are assigned three, which are called decans. The decans are located near their main constellation and they amplify its message.

The names of the constellations have been somewhat distorted and then popularized by astrology, but with an understanding of their intended message from the star names within them, it becomes clear what they were actually meant to represent. Although the pictures have been altered through mythology, the Messianic virtue and message can still be seen. For example, Virgo shows the virgin birth of Messiah and the trend changer He would be. Libra, the scales, shows His sacrificial nature that paid the price to balance the scales for all of mankind. Scorpio depicts the scorpion stinging the heel of the Messiah who is represented by Ophiuchus, which shows that He would be wounded to redeem mankind. Each picture (constellation) contributes to the whole story. In my book, Christological Astronomy—Interpreting Christological Profiles from the Heavens, I go through each of the 12 constellations in detail and show their amplifiers (decans) and the star names that make up their interpretations.3

Mazzaroth. In Hebrew, the Zodiac is referred to as the Mazzaroth, which is referenced as “line” in Psalm 19:4.

Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun. ~Psalm 19:4

Note: Jesus of Nazareth called Himself “The Light of the World” and “The Way.” These titles indicate that Jesus was the prophetic fulfillment of the Sun. Ignorance of celestial terminology and its Christological reference has hidden the truth of its Messianic prophecy and of its fulfillment through the person of Jesus of Nazareth.

The actual term “Mazzaroth” appears in Job 38:32.

Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season? or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs? ~Job 38:32

Mazzaroth (a noun) stems from the verb, “nazar,” which means “to separate.” This tells us that the Zodiac/Mazzaroth is not only a line (made by the Sun’s path) but it also forms divisions as it crosses the 12 major constellations, and these provide distinctions in time and meaning. A major error of astrodiviners is that they equally divide these constellations at exactly 30 degrees, and this violates the proper rules of separating the Zodiac/Mazzaroth. The Way (Zodiac) needs to be rightly divided in order to be properly interpreted, just as the Bible needs to be rightly divided (2 Timothy 2:15) and properly interpreted (2 Peter 1:20).

Not only did astrodiviners improperly divide the ecliptic plane, but they also forgot to factor in the astronomical law of precession that has resulted in Earth’s wobble of 31.9 degrees backwards since the astronomy tables were codified.4 Around 130 bc, the Greek astronomer Hipparchus of Nicea discovered the law of precession,5 and the historian Josephus records in his chronicles that the patriarchs of old also knew about this. Present-day astrologers ignore this scientific fact and stick to their old charts, even though this has been known for centuries. When computer technology came of age, it flushed out this error and forced astrologers to face it (although most of them still ignore it). 

The following tables show the old traditional astrological dates vs. the actual astronomical dates that are presently valid. The traditional astrological table is 2,300 years out of date, so when someone tells me that they have been involved in astrology, I surmise pretty quickly that they do not know the accurate location of the Sun, which means their whole premise is based on error.  No astrological reading is accurately calculated if the 2300 year-old tables are used. Yet, the interest in errant astrology continues, and this should be enough to alert us to the magnitude of our quest and the prize of our discovery.

TRADITIONAL
ASTROLOGICAL DATES
ACTUAL ASTRONOMICAL DATES
TODAY (c. 2000 C.E.)
Constellation
Date Span
Days
Constellation
Date Span
Days
Aries
21 Mar – 19 Apr
 30
Aries
19 Apr – 13 May
 25
Taurus
20 Apr – 20 May
 31
Taurus
14 May – 19 Jun
 37
Gemini
21 May – 20 Jun
 31
Gemini
20 Jun – 20 Jul
 31
Cancer
21 Jun – 22 Jul
 32
Cancer
21 Jul – 9 Aug
 20
Leo
23 Jul – 22 Aug
 31
Leo
10 Aug – 15 Sep
 37
Virgo
23 Aug – 22 Sep
 31
Virgo
16 Sep – 30 Oct
 45
Libra
23 Sep – 22 Oct
 30
Libra
31 Oct – 22 Nov
 23
Scorpio
23 Oct – 21 Nov
 30
Scorpius
23 Nov – 29 Nov
 7



Ophiuchus
30 Nov – 17 Dec
 18
Sagittarius
22 Nov – 21 Dec
 30
Sagittarius
18 Dec – 18 Jan
 32
Capricorn
22 Dec – 19 Jan
 29
Capricornus
19 Jan – 15 Feb
 28
Aquarius
20 Jan – 18 Feb
 30
Aquarius
16 Feb – 11 Mar
 24/25
Pisces
19 Feb – 20 Mar
 30/31
Pisces
12 Mar – 18 Apr
 38

The point is that the Sun’s path intersects the heavens repeatedly year after year and this line is divided into 12 uneven parts. God purposely designed it this way to tell His story (plan) of Messiah, with each constellation contributing to the account. As the ancients observed and learned from these star pictures, and as they watched their courses throughout different times of the year, they were not doing it for fortune or fame. They saw Messiah’s pattern in the sky, the depiction of a super human who would be sent from God, and this spurred them to look for His coming. When we accurately interpret and apply God’s Word from heaven as they did, then we also will be inspired and motivated by His eternal plan of redemption, as well as His purpose for us as individuals.

The true way to read the Zodiac is the way the holy patriarchs of old did. They read the heavens looking for a Messiah and basing their lives upon the truth they saw. 

It is evident that the 12 ecliptic constellations, along with their corresponding decans, give the Zodiac a much deeper meaning than simply “the path” of the Sun. That’s why it is so vital that we divide the ecliptic plane properly to derive its accurate interpretation. When the separation points are drawn from the celestial center of our galaxy, the proper divisions of the heavens can be seen.

The following is a proper illustration of all of them, corrected with their ancient star names and divided according to ancient astronomical laws submerged within the Scriptures that can unlock their true messages.




“Constellation Map of the Heavens” illustration adapted from William D. Bank’s book, The Heavens Declare. Used by permission.


The Stars

God named the stars (Psalm 147:4, Isaiah 40:26) so that each one would represent something about either the Messiah or the enemy He would subdue. Through His Holy Spirit, these names were revealed to the patriarchs of old so they could read and understand His plan written in the skies; and they subsequently endeavored to live in anticipation of Messiah’s coming and rule. Providence preserved these names—even through the decimation and eventual loss of the ancient Hebrew language. Part of our quest is to recover the beauty and truth of the Mazzaroth/Zodiac by tracking these accurate star names back through antiquity.

Once the true messages of the 48 constellations were interpreted, imaginary lines were drawn about them to memorialize those meanings. This helped them and their future generations to remember the truth of the story that was being continually displayed above them night after night.

Genesis 1:14 lays the mandate for reading and interpreting the celestial lights.

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years.” ~Genesis 1:14

The lights are for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and I believe this means they can be interpreted according to the day and year. There are other keys to dividing the ecliptic plane that will open our understanding, but the synthesis of this discussion is that we can rely on the 48 constellations of the heavens just as we rely on the 66 books of the Bible.


About the 48

This is where the rubber meets the road. In order to recover the true meaning of the Zodiac, we must get back to the original star names and constellation pictures. The initial perpetrator of these errors can be traced all the way back to Nimrod and the Babylon Mystery Religion.

The International Astronomers Union (IAU) presently recognizes 88 constellations in the heavens; however, 40 of these were added through the years mainly as a result of explorers in the southern hemisphere who saw unfamiliar groups of stars and decided to name them. These additional 40 might be helpful to those who simply like to locate stars on their telescopes, but they have no real substance in our quest to understand the history and truth of the Zodiac. Since they were given names by people and not by God, they are not relevant to our search to uncover the accurate meaning of the Zodiac.

Francis Rolleston, a vital apostolic pioneer in this field, studied the ancient Zodiacs in an amazingly detailed manner to discover the revelation of the star names and many of the hidden truths about the true celestial word. She wrote the following in her book, The Mazzaroth, in 1850.

The ancients divided the heavens by forty-eight constellations, imaginary and arbitrary divisions, sometimes, but not always, comprising remarkable stars. Among the twelve signs, Taurus, Scorpio, and Virgo have bright stars, leading the eye to fix on them as constellations, but the others have not; and would not be naturally distinguished as such. It is therefore evident that the distinction of the starry heavens into constellations, like the division of the earth into districts, is the work of man’s imaginations for his own purposes. In this case the purpose was to declare the glory of God.6

By “the ancients,” Rolleston was referring to the ancient astronomers and guardians of the Mazzaroth. It is well documented that Claudius Ptolemy (circa ad 137) had a solid star catalogue of the 48 constellations with most of its names in Greek. He references Aratus of Sodi (circa 270 bc) in his research as did Paul of Tarsus in his discourse at Mars Hill. Aratus’ star catalogue is almost identical to Ptolemy’s, showing his structure of the heavens in 48 constellations.

Also, Walter Maunder in his book, The Astronomy of the Bible, quotes from the fifth table of the Babylonian Creation epic (dated between 1900 bc and 1500 bc).7 Though the epic is deeply mythological, it nonetheless references the basic 48 constellations.

In the following illustration we see another ancient zodiac—the Egyptian Denderah Zodiac (circa 2300 bc)—which displays 48 constellations, with its obvious changes from the Holy Spirit’s original revelation stemming from Nimrod’s erroneous teachings that made their way to Egypt.


Image Credit: http://solariapublications.com/2011/04/09/hello-world/

The historian Flavius Josephus chronicled that Abraham (circa 2000 bc) corrected the Egyptian astronomers when he saw their images.8

From historical, astronomical, and mythological sources, it appears the 48 constellations are the basis of the celestial revelation that stretches back into ancient history, even to the antediluvian period (pre-flood era). Here is a brief look at these 48 constellations and their accurate meanings.     

Virgo
The prophecy of the promised seed
   Coma
   The desired
   Centaurus
   With two natures
   Bootes
   The coming one with branch
Libra
The redeemer’s atoning work
   Crux
   The cross endured
   Lupus
   The victim slain
   Corona
   The crown bestowed
Scorpio
The redeemer’s conflict
   Serpens
   Assaulting the man’s heel
   Ophiuchus
   The man grasping the serpent
   Hercules
   The mighty man victorious
Sagittarius
The redeemer’s triumph
   Lyra
   Praise prepared for the conqueror
   Ara
   Fire prepared for his enemies
   Draco
   The dragon cast down
Capricornus
The result of the redeemer’s sufferings
   Sagitta
   The arrow of God sent forth
   Aquilla
   The smitten one falling
   Delphinus
   The dead one rising again
Aquarius
The blessings assured
   Piscis Australis
   The blessings bestowed
   Pegasus
   The blessings quickly coming
   Cygnus
   The blesser surely returning
Pisces
The blessings in abeyance
   The Band
   The band ties together Jews and Gentiles
   Andromeda
   The redeemed in bondage
   Cepheus
   The deliverer coming to loosen
Aries
The blessings consummated
   Cassiopeia
   The captive delivered
   Cetus
   The great enemy bound
   Perseus
   The “breaker” delivering
Taurus
Messiah coming to rule
   Orion
   The redeemer breaking forth as light
   Eridanus
   Wrath breaking forth as a flood
   Auriga
   Safety for his redeemed in the day of wrath
Gemini
Messiah as prince of princes
   Lepus
   The enemy trodden under foot
   Canis Major
   The coming glorious prince
   Canis Minor
   The exalted redeemer
Cancer
Messiah’s redeemed possessions
   Ursa Minor
   The lesser sheepfold
   Ursa Major
   The fold and the flock
   Argo
   The pilgrim’s arrival at home
Leo
Messiah’s consummated triumph
   Hydra
   The old serpent destroyed
   Crater
   The cup of wrath poured out
   Corvus
   The birds of prey devouring
                       

Ancient History and Origin of the Zodiac

The secret to deciphering the puzzle of the heavens is that it is all about the coming Messiah. When we understand this, we can clearly see through the erroneous characters that replaced the original ones. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Daniel 2, along with Daniel’s interpretation, holds an interesting parallel to the corruption of the Zodiac. The major kingdoms prophesied through that dream to dominate Israel are the same ones that affected the original depictions of the constellations. In the dream, the head of gold represents the Babylonians/Chaldeans; the chest and arms of silver, the Medo-Persians; the belly and thighs of bronze, the Greeks; and the legs of iron and feet of iron and clay, the Romans. Each of these kingdoms “pasted” their own figures over the original ones according to their differing mythological/religious beliefs, perverting their original messianic messages.

These changes can be easily understood when we look at the religions of those kingdoms. The Babylonians/Chaldeans were influenced by Nimrod’s polytheistic beliefs, and the Medo-Persians followed suit.9 The Chaldeans, according to Flavius Josephus, contributed to the Egyptians’ mythological beliefs as well. The Greeks and Romans also added their own mythological figures, many of which actually came from the nephilim of Genesis 6 who were the deified heroes of their societies. If you will take the time to trace the Christology of the planets from their ancient Hebrew names, you will see how fascinating this topic is—especially as the overall truth begins to surface.


Abraham—Guardian of the Mazzaroth

We followed the source of the 48 constellations back to the ancient Babylonian mythology, so we know that this knowledge existed at least by circa 1900 bc. However, the ancient zodiac called the Denderah of Egypt that we discussed earlier came from around 2300 bc. But it can be traced back even further because there is evidence from the book of Jubilees and from the history of Josephus that Abraham was a vital guardian of the Mazzaroth, as he obtained all the writings of Noah, Enoch, and other ancient patriarchs; and these were written on astronomy and geometry.

This is what Josephus recorded about Abraham in his Book of Antiquities.

He was a person of great wisdom, both for understanding all things and persuading his hearers, and not mistaken in his opinions; for which reason he began to have higher notions of virtue than others had, and he determined to renew and to change the opinion all men happened then to have concerning God; for he was the first that ventured to publish this notion, that there was but one God, the Creator of the universe; and that, as to other [gods], if they contributed to the happiness of men, that each of them afforded it only according to his appointment, and not by their own power. This opinion was derived from the irregular phenomena that were visible both at land and sea, as well as those that happen to the sun, and moon, and all the heavenly bodies, thus: “If [said he] these bodies had power of their own, they would certainly take care of their own regular motions; but since they do not preserve such regularity, they make it plain, that in so far as they cooperate to our advantage, they do it not of their own abilities, but as they are subservient to Him that commands them, to whom alone we ought justly to offer our honor and thanksgiving.” For which doctrines, when the Chaldeans, and other people of Mesopotamia, raised a disturbance against him, he thought fit to leave that country; and at the command and by the assistance of God, he came and lived in the land of Canaan. And when he was there settled, he built an altar, and performed a sacrifice to God. Berosus mentions our father Abram, without naming him, when he says thus, “In the tenth generation after the Flood, there was among the Chaldaeans a man righteous and great, and skillful in the celestial science.” ~Josephus, Book of Antiquities, Book I, Chapter 7:1b–2a (154–158)10

According to Jubilees 12, Abraham was an avid observer of the stars. In this record, we read an account of how he was visited by God on the new moon of the seventh month in the year 1951 AM (Anno Mundi, “since the creation”).

And in the sixth week, in the fifth year thereof, [1951 A.M.] Abram sat up throughout the night on the new moon of the seventh month to observe the stars from the evening to the morning, in order to see what would be the character of the year with regard to the rains, and he was alone as he sat and observed. And a word came into his heart and he said: ‘All the signs of the stars, and the signs of the moon and of the sun are all in the hand of the Lord. Why do I search (them) out? If He desires, He causes it to rain, morning and evening; And if He desires, He withholds it, And all things are in his hand.’ And he prayed that night and said, ‘My God, God Most High, Thou alone art my God, And Thee and Thy dominion have I chosen. And Thou hast created all things, And all things that are the work of thy hands. Deliver me from the hands of evil spirits who have dominion over the thoughts of men’s hearts, And let them not lead me astray from Thee, my God. And stablish Thou me and my seed for ever That we go not astray from henceforth and for evermore.’ And he said, ‘Shall I return unto Ur of the Chaldees who seek my face that I may return to them, am I to remain here in this place? The right path before Thee prosper it in the hands of Thy servant that he may fulfil (it) and that I may not walk in the deceitfulness of my heart, O my God.’ And he made an end of speaking and praying, and behold the word of the Lord was sent to him through me, saying: ‘Get thee up from thy country, and from thy kindred and from the house of thy father unto a land which I will show thee, and I shall make thee a great and numerous nation. And I will bless thee And I will make thy name great, And thou shalt be blessed in the earth, And in Thee shall all families of the earth be blessed, And I will bless them that bless thee, And curse them that curse thee. And I will be a God to thee and thy son, and to thy son’s son, and to all thy seed: fear not, from henceforth and unto all generations of the earth I am thy God.’ And the Lord God said: ‘Open his mouth and his ears, that he may hear and speak with his mouth, with the language which has been revealed’; for it had ceased from the mouths of all the children of men from the day of the overthrow (of Babel). And I opened his mouth, and his ears and his lips, and I began to speak with him in Hebrew in the tongue of the creation. And he took the books of his fathers, and these were written in Hebrew, and he transcribed them, and he began from henceforth to study them, and I made known to him that which he could not (understand), and he studied them during the six rainy months. ~Jubilees 12:16­–28

As mentioned earlier, Josephus recorded that when Abraham traveled through Egypt, he taught them proper understanding of astronomy and arithmetic, among many other things. These are things he learned out of the books he translated from Noah and Enoch.

For whereas the Egyptians were formerly addicted to different customs, and despised one another's sacred and accustomed rites, and were very angry one with another on that account, Abram conferred with each of them, and, confuting the reasonings they made use of, every one for their own practices, demonstrated that such reasonings were vain and void of truth: whereupon he was admired by them in those conferences as a very wise man, and one of great sagacity, when he discoursed on any subject he undertook; and this not only in understanding it, but in persuading other men also to assent to him. He communicated to them arithmetic, and delivered to them the science of astronomy; for before Abram came into Egypt they were unacquainted with those parts of learning; for that science came from the Chaldeans into Egypt, and from thence to the Greeks also. ~Antiquities of the Jews, Book I, Chapter 8:211

Josephus’ account records that the science of astronomy the Egyptians had at that point came from the Chaldeans, and this would have been adapted from Nimrod’s polytheistic distortion of the heavens. (We know this because of the Denderah Zodiac.) Abraham arrived in Egypt shortly after 2000 bc and “delivered to them the science of astronomy,” for “they were unacquainted with those parts of learning,” as Josephus states it.

Note: How amazing that to this day, we can look into the night sky and see the same things Abraham taught the Egyptians. If ever we sit around a camp fire on a starry night, I will show you some of the same things he showed them.

Abraham believed in the God who cannot be seen but is written about in the heavens, and he became a patriarch of that celestial knowledge. He was not only the father of all who believe but of the heavenly message that revealed God’s Son who would be both Redeemer and King.
Abraham did not come from a monotheistic culture but was, in fact, born into a four-generation idol-worshiping family. However, the history of his early life reveals a very unusual upbringing that introduced him to the one true God. According to the Book of Jasher, when Nimrod threatened to kill Terah’s newborn baby Abram, Terah hid him away in a cave for the first 10 years of his life.

And Terah took Abram his son secretly, together with his mother and nurse, and he concealed them in a cave, and he brought them their provisions monthly. And Yehovah was with Abram in the cave and he grew up, and Abram was in the cave ten years, and the king and his princes, soothsayers and sages, thought that the king had killed Abram. ~Jasher 8:35–3612

When he came out of the cave at 10 years old, he then went to live with his ancestors Noah and Shem who taught him the ways of the one, true God.

And when Abram came out from the cave, he went to Noah and his son Shem, and he remained with them to learn the instruction of Yehovah and His ways, and no man knew where Abram was, and Abram served Noah and Shem his son for a long time. And Abram was in Noah’s house thirty-nine years, and Abram knew Yehovah from three years old, and he went in the ways of Yehovah until the day of his death, as Noah and his son Shem had taught him.                                                                                                                                        Jasher 9:5–6a13

God committed to Abraham the secrets of the patriarchs of old, especially the knowledge of the heavens. Abraham passed these down to Isaac, and Isaac passed them down to his sons as well. Through Jacob’s sons, Israel became the vanguard of truth. However, Abraham would have also taught Ishmael and the other six sons he had after Sarah’s death. These would have then carried their knowledge of the constellations to the Far East, including India. This explains why the Indian Zodiac agrees with the western ones and prophecies of the Messiah are found in several places in the ancient Indian Vedas.

Note: During one of my India trips, an apostle who was a converted high-caste Brahamin shared with me that a common belief amongst the Brahmins is that they are descendants of Abraham (hence the name “Brahmins”).

We can see this knowledge being carried down through the generations, especially in light of the dream Joseph had about the 11 stars that bowed down to him (with either Joseph or Benjamin possibly being the 12th star). That was representative of the 12 major constellations, one of which each of Jacob’s 12 sons had as an ensign (Joseph’s two sons Ephraim and Manasseh represented him).14 The following illustration shows the 12 constellational banners of the 12 tribes of Israel.


The children of Israel were entrusted with the secrets. The brilliant minds of Israel held the secrets of the universe with its knowledge of a Messiah and coming king. Israel is renowned for its brilliant scholars, mathematicians, and astronomers.15

In my opinion, the inner secrets of the heavens, including the interpretations of the 48 constellations, were most likely kept by Israel among the treasures of the temple. A terrible thing happened on the way to fulfilling Daniel’s prophecies of the kingdoms that would rule over Israel: the temple was destroyed and the secrets probably stolen during the Babylonian captivity.

Daniel—Another Guardian of the Mazzaroth

Yahweh alone inhabits eternity and sees the end before the beginning, so He was well aware that the children of Israel would rebel against Him and be cast to the utter parts of the nations. He knew that Israel was headed into captivity and that even their native tongue, the Hebrew language, would be lost, along with the secrets of the Mazzaroth. The breathtaking reality is that He hid the Mazzaroth’s secrets in other languages.

In the book of Daniel, we see that He chose to hide these secrets within a 17-year-old teenager and some of his compatriots who were taken as prisoners during the Babylonian captivity. When the temple in Jerusalem was ransacked and the celestial mysteries fell into the hands of those who did not understand them, God would use Daniel to publish these secrets—most notably the prophecy of His Son’s coming.

We first saw that God entrusted Abraham as a guardian of the Mazzaroth, and now we see His providence moving Daniel into the Babylonian and Persian kingdoms with this knowledge as it was passed down to him through the generations. This was Yahweh’s divine design—to place and protect this knowledge in the Babylonian and Persian kingdoms by bringing in a troop of young Jewish men who were wise in understanding. They were seers and secret tellers who had the ability to quickly learn other languages and translate His message into Chaldean and then into Indo-Arabian. From there, the celestial revelation of a coming Messiah was publicized amongst the most renowned scholars—out of which came the Magi, the wise men who would follow the heavenly signs to find the Lion of the Tribe of Judah more than 500 years later.

Daniel became known as the wisest teacher across two world empires—both the Chaldean and the Persian. His knowledge of the 48 constellations was spread to all the nations of the world, which explains why the Magi who searched for the fulfillment of the prophecy came not only from Persia but also India and other remote nations. They were all aware of the signs in the heavens according to the secrets that Daniel had translated and dispersed.

Daniel’s prophetic and scholastic influence impacted the Babylonian and Persian kingdoms and left a huge footprint upon both secular and religious history. His legacy spans hundreds of years and still lives on. The Medo-Persian Empire was in full bloom during his time, and the language of the heavens was spread far and wide, becoming a cultural belief throughout the region. It was during this era that the wise men (Magi) were formed and began teaching some of the inner secrets. Although two Arab scholars, Albumazer (ad 850) and Ulugh Beigh (ad 1450), contributed accurate star names, those names likely stemmed from Daniel’s knowledge as it was preserved and passed down by the Magi (who in the process learned about the coming of the King of the Judeans and began looking for His coming). There is every reason to conclude that Daniel could be considered the father of astronomy since he promulgated it within the very cultures who then spread it around the world.

Note: Daniel’s influence can also be seen on the Greek culture in the poetry of Aratus of Soli (270 bc) 16 and then Ptolemy (ad 137).


Errors and Misinterpretations

The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. ~Deuteronomy 29:29

Just as with the Bible, when God gave the revelation of the heavens to mankind, He entrusted it to His patriarchs. Since the stars and constellations could not be changed, Satan began his quest to steal God’s glory out of the heavens by perverting the messages. God, in His infinite wisdom, made sure that even through the enemy’s perversions the truth could still be recovered so that His glory could once again be understood from the canopy above our heads.

The first attempt to pervert the message of Messiah began with the fallen angels teaching mankind about astrology—particularly the message of worshiping the heavens and the fallen angels who put themselves in the place of the promised Messiah. Enoch chapter 8 provides some insight on this.

And Azazel taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals of the earth and the art of working them, and bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all colouring tinctures. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways. Semjaza taught enchantments, and root-cuttings, ‘Armaros the resolving of enchantments, Baraqijal (taught) astrology, Kokabel the constellations, Ezeqeel the knowledge of the clouds, Araqiel the signs of the earth, Shamsiel the signs of the sun, and Sariel the course of the moon. And as men perished, they cried, and their cry went up to heaven. ~Enoch 8:1–3

Much of this knowledge was washed away at the time of the flood, but the book of Jubilees gives a pertinent detail concerning the integrity of the Mazzaroth.

In the twenty-ninth jubilee, in the first week, [1373 A.M.] in the beginning thereof Arpachshad took to himself a wife and her name was Rasu’eja, the daughter of Susan, the daughter of Elam, and she bare him a son in the third year in this week, [1375 A.M] and he called his name Kainam. And the son grew, and his father taught him writing, and he went to seek for himself a place where he might seize for himself a city. And he found a writing which former (generations) had carved on the rock, and he read what was thereon, and he transcribed it and sinned owing to it; for it contained the teaching of the Watchers in accordance with which they used to observe the omens of the sun and moon and stars in all the signs of heaven. And he wrote it down and said nothing regarding it; for he was afraid to speak to Noah about it lest he should be angry with him on account of it. ~Jubilees 8:1-5

Kainam (Cainan) the grandson of Noah, must have known that he was translating an evil writing, because he was afraid to tell Noah about it. This also indicates that Noah knew of the erroneous teachings of astrology before the flood. When Cainan found this writing, he took it upon himself to translate it, and this explains how the astrodivination deceptions were carried over to the other side of the flood.  It’s likely that this was the Zodiac Nimrod used when building the ziggurat on top of the tower of Babel. Cainan’s translation became a major source of misinformation about the Zodiac that spread to Egypt and Greece. Josephus’ account of Abraham’s time in Egypt documents that this misinformation came to Egypt from the Chaldeans (Nimrod), and now we can see how that happened. Josephus’ Antiquities of the Jews, Chapter 8 Section 2, verses 167 and 168 gives the details.

For, seeing that the Egyptians were addicted to a variety of different customs and disparaged one another’s practices and were consequently at enmity with one another, Abraham conferred with each party and, exposing the arguments which they adduced in favour of their particular views, demonstrated that they were idle and contained nothing true. Thus gaining their admiration at these meetings as a man of extreme sagacity, gifted not only with high intelligence but with power to convince his hearers on any subject which he undertook to teach, he introduced them to arithmetic and transmitted to them the laws of astronomy. For before the coming of Abraham the Egyptians were ignorant of these sciences, which thus travelled from the Chaldaeans into Egypt, whence they passed to the Greeks. ~Antiquities of the Jews, 8:2 (last part of 167 and 168)

Through the Denderah Zodiac, circa 2300 bc, we can see the Egyptian, Chaldean, and Greek Zodiacs with all their erroneous changes. These perversions parallel the religious cultures of the kingdoms that overtook Israel, as prophesied within Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Daniel 2. The Babylonian culture was the biggest culprit because of Nimrod’s influence upon it. He misrepresented the constellations as telling of him and the fallen angels, and this wreaked the greatest damage upon the truth of the original Zodiac (Mazzaroth). From there the error was compounded as the Persians and Greeks, and later the Romans, added their mythologies. Not surprisingly, the main target of the errors was the true person of Messiah.

The Greeks freely plastered their nephilimic gods over the Messianic constellations. For example, they overlaid Hercules upon the Redeemer, they pasted Sagittarius (a centaur) over the horseman, a Centaurus over the constellation that shows Messiah’s suffering and glory, and they also changed the hawks hunting the serpent into dogs chasing a rabbit. Apparently, the Greeks and Romans thought it their right to alter God’s glory that was revealed in the heavens into creatures that have nothing to do with anything.

The Romans followed suit by adopting their own version of nephilimic worship and adding their figures and names to reflect it. They also named the planets after their false gods, which covered up their true interpretations. Following the Roman reign, the Roman Catholic Church propounded these lies by deifying the celestial figures. Fortune tellers took advantage of people’s gullibility by embellishing these messages with fables that lured more of the masses into their snare. The truth of Messiah written in the skies moved further and further away, affecting not just the message but also the incentive to read and interpret the heavens.

The ancient truths of the Zodiac that speak of Christ have been missing for millennium, but God protected them for those who would search for them later. Through His wisdom and foreknowledge, He preserved the star names that originally determined the meanings of the constellations, so that their true depictions could be recovered.

Those who believe that the stars were meant for signs usually concur that they foretell certain significant events, and there is history that supports this. Once we understand the true interpretations of the constellations, it will become evident that the location of the planets at any given time are always broadcasting a Christological message.

Astrologers, more accurately called astrodiviners, distorted the heavenly communications of Messiah—His character, redemption, and glory—into deceptive messages that would lure people into believing lies and conjured prophecies. In some cases, demons have been involved in the prognostications of these astrodiviners to bring their so-called predictions to pass. In any case, the true messianic messages were buried through their alterations.

So, from Nimrod and the ensuing Babylon mystery religion all the way through the Persian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman reigns over the world, they changed the Zodiac’s truths into forgeries and lies and undermined the confidence and trust that people should have had in God’s heavenly message. The beautiful truths of the promise of the coming Redeemer and King as displayed in the skies were lost because of the charlatans, soothsayers, and all those who did not recognize the original revelation given to the patriarchs. I personally believe that the plunder of God’s glory revealed in the heavens remains the most injurious theft in mankind’s history.


Conclusion

Astrologers and astrodiviners have perverted the Zodiac and changed the truth of God into a lie whereby they deceive people and extort money from them. Regardless of Satan’s clever deceptions, God protected the true interpretation of His celestial word and gave us scriptural keys to unlock it. The “line” referred to in Psalm 19 is one such key to understanding the message. In addition, He preserved the star names in other languages because He foreknew the Hebrew language would be lost for a season.

The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, And rejoices like a strong man to run its race. Its rising is from one end of heaven, And its circuit to the other end; And there is nothing hidden from its heat. ~Psalm 19:1–6

The heavens do declare the glory of God, but because the knowledge of reading the heavens was lost for such a long time, many people missed out on this aspect of relationship with Him. In addition, those who lived down through the ages without the benefit of God’s written Word missed out on the knowledge of the coming Messiah because His truth written in the heavens was not passed down through the generations as it should have been.  

The original 48 constellations of the Zodiac were God’s revelation to the ancient patriarchs and by consulting the proper star names, we can reconstruct His message and interpret it. Perhaps regaining some faith in the integrity of the Zodiac will help to recapture some of this lost glory.

The Zodiac (the path, which is the “line” of Psalm 19) tells the story of the Messiah and His two comings, one as Redeemer and the other as King. The heavens show the character of Messiah, and by learning the proper locations of the Sun, Moon, and planets on a specific date, those characteristics become clear, relative to that particular night sky. The location of celestial spheres against the back drop of the Zodiac on any particular day and year, according to Genesis 1:14, will show the signs and significance of that day and the Christological characteristics it heralds. God knew the day and year of your birth before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4), and what was displayed in the sky on that date holds information about which part of Messiah you were called and empowered to represent.

With this information in mind, perhaps we can come to the subject of the celestial revelation of the heavens and sort truth out from the error and appreciate the revelation of the coming Redeemer and King. We can be the ones who turn this around and regain God’s glory by knowing and sharing the truth of the Zodiac’s message to mankind. The message of the Zodiac is about Messiah—not only Who He is but also which part of Him you were uniquely called to represent. 

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Notes
  1. The definition of “zodiac,” Online Etymology Dictionary, accessed November 16, 2015, http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=zodiac.
  2. William D. Banks, The Heavens Declare (Kirkwood MO: Impact Christian Books, Inc., 2013), 18.
  3. Dale M. Sides’ Christological Astronomy e-book can be ordered at LMCI.org.
  4. Dale M. Sides, “Christological Astronomy Profile Report: Sample Date Search Report Level 3,” accessed November 17, 2015, http://astronomy.lmci.org.
  5. Information on Earth’s precession was found on the “Educational Web sites on Astronomy, Physics, Spaceflight and the Earth’s Magnetism,” accessed November 17, 2015, http://www.phy6.org/stargaze/Sprecess.htm.
  6. Frances Rolleston, Mazzaroth, (New York NY: Cosimo Classics, 2007), 2.
  7. Walter Maunder, The Astronomy of the Bible (Charleston SC: Forgotten Books, 2012), 243–244.
  8. The Works of Flavius Josephus, translated by William Whiston 1737. Antiquities of the Jews, Book 1, Chapter 8:2, accessed November 17, 2015, http://www.sacred-texts.com/jud/josephus/ant-1.htm.
  9. “Bible Verses About Nimrod,” Bible Tools, accessed November 12, 2015, http://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Topical.show/RTD/cgg/ID/388/Nimrod.htm.
  10. Flavius Josephus, translated by William Whiston, The New Complete Works of Josephus (Grand Rapids MI: Kregel Publications, 1999)
  11. Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, accessed November 30, 2015, http://www.sacred
    -texts.com/jud/josephus/ant-1.htm
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  12. Michael Didier, “We are Israel Blog,” accessed December 1, 2015, http://weareisrael.org/2012/05/28/abram-and-nimrod/.
  13. Ibid.
  14. E. W. Bullinger, The Witness of the Stars, (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1972), 17–19.
  15. Lisa Katz, Judaism Expert, “Jewish Accomplishments” online article, accessed December 1, 2015, http://judaism.about.com/od/americanjewry/a/accomplishments.htm.
  16. Aaron Atsma, “Aratus Phaenomena,” accessed November 19, 2015, http://www.theoi.com/Text/AratusPhaenomena.html.


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