What is the Purpose & Meaning of the Stars?


Let’s consider these Bible texts to answer this question.

Psalm 19:1   “The heavens declare the glory of God.”

Isaiah 40:26 “Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the one who leads forth their host my number, He calls them all by name.”

Genesis 1:14 “And let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.”

So, what may we conclude about the stars from the above scripture texts?

  1. 1. They declare God’s glory.

  2. 2. God created and named them.

  3. 3. They are for signs, seasons, days and years.

Isaiah 40:26 leaves no doubt that it was God who created the stars. In the first book of the Bible it says He made two great lights and made the stars also. Man hasn’t figured out how God did it, but Psalm 136:5 says by His wisdom He made the heavens. I also take comfort in the fact God did not just toss the stars about in the heavens, but He placed them in specific places for a reason as mentioned in Psalms 8.

In Genesis 2:19,20 God told Adam to name the animals. However, as we previously read in Isaiah 40, it was God who named the stars. There are billions of stars in our galaxy, multiply that by billions of galaxies and you can see why God would be the only one able to name them all.

In Genesis 1:14 we noted they were for “signs and for seasons”. God placed them where He did to indicate prophetic happenings and the seasons told of the times concerning the “signs”. Therefore, when we understand the meanings of the stars and the signs, prophetic events will be revealed.

Let’s consider first the “signs”. When I refer to the “signs” I am referring to those such as Virgo, Gemini, Leo, etc which make up what is called the zodiac. There are 12 signs in all and when people hear of these signs they often think of horoscopes or “astrology”. It is true that astrology uses these signs in their predictions but they did not invent them. We can trace these “signs” and their symbols, with competent research, back beyond the ancient Babylonians. If you follow other civilizations such as the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Aztecs, Mayans, Chinese and others, you will see the same basic symbols. Even the meanings are similar, but unfortunately each culture distorted the “true” meanings to suite their own needs and desires.

Earlier I mentioned how God named the stars and I believe He gave them meaningful names to ultimately give them prophetic significance. There are several informative books on the meanings of the stars and how they relate to Bible prophecy. The first one, which was published in 1863, entitled “Mazzaroth” by Frances Rolleston is a good starting point for comprehensive research  on this subject. She spent years investigating the root meanings of star names in ancient civilizations. She discovered many of the same basic ideas are still apparent in the modern languages of today and thus can be translated correctly into the “true” meanings that God had intended. I would also recommend a book by Kenneth C. Fleming called “God’s Voice in the Stars”. This book will give an even more straightforward, easy to understand explanation of Rolleston’s book on the meanings of the “signs”, expressly connecting past, current and future Bible prophecies.

In the following 3 pages I will present 6 “signs” what I believe to be the correct interpretation originally given to man. It is my personal opinion, after considerable research on this subject, this knowledge of the stars was given to the people in the antediluvian era or pre-flood.

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