Let’s quickly review Part 1… The heavenly bodies were created not only “to divide the day from the night, and to give light upon the earth, but they were set for SIGNS, and for SEASONS, and for DAYS, and for YEARS.
The stars were all named by God…(Psalm 147. 4 ) Most of these names have been lost; but over 100 are preserved in the Arabic and Hebrew, and are used by astronomers today, though their meaning is unknown to them. Many of them are used in Scripture as being well-known, though the translations are somewhat speculative: Arcturas, the bear…eg. Job 9. 9….Orion (Pleiades) Mazzaroth, (the 12 signs)…See Isaiah 13 10 & Amos 5:8…
These names and the 12 “signs” go back to the foundations of the world. Jewish tradition, preserved by Josephus assures us that the Bible astronomy was invented by Adam, Seth, and Enoch.
We see evidence of it as early as Genesis 11: 4, where we read of the Tower of Babel having “his top with the heavens”. There is nothing about the wrongly supplied italics ” may reach unto” . The words, doubtless, refer to the signs of the Zodiac pictured at the top of the Tower, like the Zodiacs in the Temples Of Denderah and Esneh in Egypt.
The Babylonian “Creation Tablets” refer to them, though their primitive meaning had either been corrupted or lost. It is the same with the Greek mythology which is a corruption of primitive truth which had been lost and perverted.
We have to remember that our written Scriptures began with Moses, say in 1490 BC: and thus for more than two thousand years, the revelation of the hope which God gave in Genesis 3:15 was preserved in the naming of the stars and their grouping in SIGNS AND CONSTELLATIONS.
These groupings are quite arbitrary. There is nothing in the position of the stars to suggest the pictures originally drawn around them. The Signs and Constellations were first designed and named; then the pictures were drawn around them respectively. Thus the truth was enshrined and written in the heavens, where no human hand could touch it.
In later years when Israel came into the possession of the written “Scriptures of truth”, there was no longer any need for the more ancient writing in the heavens. Hence the original teaching gradually faded away, and the heathen, out of the smattering they had heard by tradition, evolved their cosmogonies and mythologies.
Comments: The study in these first two lessons has been mainly historical and to provide background information for the main theme…THE COMING ONE…JESUS… often referred to as the “Branch”… we will get into the main theme more in the third and probably fourth lesson… please visit other studies at my blog…littleraventhepoet.blog…or on Twitter….@Frank Payton13… or visit my entire body of work…again at littleraventhepoet.blog…. also continual thanks go to the great E. W. Bullinger… and his master piece found in the Companion Bible… where a lifetime of studies can be found in the 198 appendixes…alone…