Is it OK to study the Zodiac?
I recently learned the zodiac is separate from and much older than astrology. Www.dictionary.com gives this definition for the zodiac: “a band of the sky along which the sun, the moon, and most of the planets move. It is divided into twelve parts, with each part named for a nearby constellation. Note: The twelve constellations, or signs, of the zodiac are important in astrology.” The zodiac is an ancient construct based on astronomy, which is the study of the heavens and all the objects out in space.
There is strong evidence that the zodiac has been in use since the days of Adam and Eve. One of the evidences is the similarity of star and constellation names throughout all cultures of the world. The zodiac tells a story, THE story! It is referenced in Isaiah 46:10, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure’”. I cannot describe the story details in this short article, I will just say that these constellations tell the story of redemption from beginning to end.
Passages containing the word ‘heaven’ or ‘heavens’ are going to get new scrutiny from me. Here is the first passage I had to look at with a new understanding. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Rom 1:18-20)
I used to gloss over the phrase ‘from heaven’ and decided that these verses meant that no man has an excuse to shun God because His hand is so obvious throughout the Creation – the perfect symmetry and beauty of a flower, the sedimentary rock layer (read ‘flood’) over the face of the whole earth, the metamorphosis of a caterpillar, the hush of overwhelming awe at the birth of baby, and countless other examples.
However, these verses say God’s attributes are revealed from heaven and that they are clearly seen. For thousands of years people studied the stars. They had to. It was their only calendar. Only very recently have men, in general, moved indoors and forsaken the study of astronomy. Verse 18 says, “God’s wrath is revealed from heaven”. A section of the zodiac describes God’s coming wrath against ungodliness and unrighteousness. Perhaps the ‘ungodly suppression of the truth’ refers to the substitution of astrology in place of astronomy? Were you aware that the zodiac appears to have a divine origin? Were you aware that it predates the forbidden study of astrology? Were you aware God so loved the world that He put his story of redemption in the constellations? Perhaps a devious plan devised by a devious someone has kept us from this information. It seems his time to deceive is just about up.
Many constellations are mentioned in the Bible. Only in the last ten to twenty years have we had access to capable computers and sophisticated computer programs that enable us to see into space, from the distant past and far into the future. We are just now beginning to pinpoint when and where in the sky certain constellations and celestial events have appeared and will again appear. The “woman clothed with the sun …”, from Rev. 12:1 is the constellation Virgo. It is expected to appear, exactly as described, on the Feast of Trumpets in 2017. That will be exciting! But that is another subject for another article. For now, let us rejoice that God’s eternal power and divine nature have been clearly perceived – in the heavens – in the zodiac!