Mr. Welch has been offering this Biblical teaching for over ten years. This study will introduce participants to the original Hebrew understanding of the twelve major constellations that we erroneously refer to as the Signs of the Zodiac. Prior to the man-made corruption of Astrology these signs were known as the Signs of the Mazzaroth and were designed by God to show forth the knowledge of the Gospel story. These programs will include both a Power Point presentation and some time out under the stars!
These seminars are based upon the scholarly work of Frances Rolleston, author of Mazzaroth, Lutheran Pastor Joseph E. Seiss, author of The Gospel in The Stars, and Anglican Minister E. W. Bullinger, author of The Witness of The Stars. All content is Biblically based and thorough in presentation including worksheets for all participants. These presentations are available on the grounds of our camps, on the grounds of your church, or an appropriate location of your choice that is convenient for needs of your group.
The Gospel in the Stars
What sign are you born under? As a Christian, being asked this question should raise at least one eyebrow because we understand that this question comes from the occult worldview of the Astrologer; that arcane belief system that teaches worship of the stars. Our Bible states very clearly that God viewed this activity as one of the more serious offenses. Under the law of the Torah, the penalty for casting a horoscope was death. Yet, in our culture today it is common practice to consult the Signs of the Zodiac for guidance and direction. Small Astrological scrolls are available for sale at the grocery check-out stand, or simply turn to the comics section in your daily newspaper to see what kind of day the stars have predicted for your “sign”.
Why this stark contrast between the Biblical teaching and our cultural understanding? Why would God take this apparently harmless activity so seriously? Where did these signs come from? These are some of the questions addressed in my class “The Gospel in the Stars”. This study is based upon the work of three devout Christian scholars of the 19th century: Frances Rolleston, Joseph E. Seiss, and E. W. Bullinger. During that time the Christian faith began to come under severe attack from the academic community. Charles Darwin rocked the world with his new “science” of origins. German higher criticism taught that we should read the Bible as literature and that, coupled with the Documentary Hypothesis, supposedly revealed that the various books of the Bible had not actually been written by the authors ascribed to them. Archeological findings did not seem to fit the history of the Bible and finally, it was said to have been discovered by the academic powers-that-be that the Christian faith was simply the most recent evolutionary stage in a series of primitive creation myths dating back to the ancient Sumerians. One of the proofs of this view was said to be that of the imagery and meanings associated with the 12 constellations throughout primitive history as gleaned from ancient astronomical charts and manuscripts.
In Genesis 1:14 we read, “And 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 for seasons, and for years,” (KJV underline added for emphasis). Signs are meant to be read; they proclaim a message. In Psalm 147:4 we read, “He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names“ (KJV underline added for emphasis). God has not only numbered each star but He has named each one. In our own Milky Way Galaxy it would take a person 2,500 years, counting at the rate of one-per-second, to count all of the stars. In Psalm 19: 1-3 we read, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard” (KJV underline added for emphasis). Here we understand that there is knowledge to be gained, no matter what language you speak on earth, if you understand the message of the signs.
In Hebrew the 12 constellations that we call the Signs of the Zodiac were known as the “Mazzaroth” but the meaning imbued in this term is far more complex and far-reaching than what is currently associated with those constellations. These 12 signs are present in all ancient civilizations going back as far as Babylon. In addition, we find that ancient civilizations ascribe the naming of the stars and constellations, in fact the very beginnings of astronomy itself, to Adam and his sons Seth and Enoch. All false belief systems have their origin in Babylon under the rebellious King Nimrod (recognized as a “type” of the anti-Christ). Among these deceits is the corruption of the original meaning of the Mazzaroth into something more akin to what we now understand as the Zodiac of Astrology. If you made a series of specific signs to guide others along a path, wouldn’t it be disturbing to find that someone had changed the signs, such that no one could find the correct pathway? This is why we find such a strong reaction from God to involvement in Astrology, the false Mazzaroth.
Frances Rolleston took it upon herself to spend several decades researching these ancient documents and comparing these to the Biblical text. The results of this exhaustive study were published in 1865 as a compilation of detailed and complex notes in her book, Mazzaroth. What she found was that by careful study of the names of the stars within the constellations, as well as the meanings of the names of the constellations themselves, and; a careful study of the Hebrew roots, and Hebrew terms, associated with these findings we discover a very profound “knowledge” showing forth. A message is revealed; the most important message of all time. A message that must have been conveyed from father to son, night after night, in that time before the flood; before the Gospel was written in His Word. This message is further elucidated and clarified in two books based upon her work. The Gospel in the Stars, by the Lutheran Pastor Joseph E. Seiss, and The Witness in the Stars, by the Anglican Minister E. W. Bullinger; both well respected Bible scholars and Christian authors of the 19th century.
If we begin with the constellation Virgo, meaning the virgin, and continue through the 12 signs, we conclude with Leo, the lion of Judah; the returning messiah! These twelve signs can be viewed as three books, each consisting of 4 constellations. The first book tells the prophecy of the messiah, born of a virgin, balancing the scales by paying the price for redemption that could not be paid, entering into conflict and severe wounding at the hands of the enemy, and finally in ultimate triumph slaying the enemy and bringing with Him a harvest of the redeemed. The second book speaks of the fruit of His labors: the Church. The third and final sequence of “signs” makes up the final book, of the knowledge that is shown forth, night unto night: the story of His Second Coming and final triumph.
Praise God! His Gospel is even written in the stars! Even in the darkness of night we are covered, and comforted, by the truth of His Word: The Gospel in the Stars.