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Monday, November 17 2014
Job 38: What Are The Hunter and The Seven Sisters Doing In Heaven?
"Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?"
Astronomy, which the LORD favors, is often confused with pagan astrology, which the LORD condemns.
Righteous astronomy (see also The Maker Of Mystic Mountain):
"1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good." (Genesis 1:14-19 KJV)
Evil astrology (see also What Is Sorcery?):
"18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 18:12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee." (Deuteronomy 18:10-12 KJV)
A "constellation" is simply a pattern of stars that portray something familiar on Earth. The famous "Big Dipper" (also known as the Plough, the Wagon and the Chariot - among many others, depending on where and when the observer lived) is an example - although it's actually just a part of the Ursa Major, the "Bigger Bear," constellation. Some of the constellations (e.g. Leo, Virgo, Aquarius) have been perverted by astrologers, but all constellations are simply star patterns in the heavens that have nothing to do with heathenism.
The star pattern of "Orion" the hunter is a familiar constellation. The illustration below shows how it was portrayed in ancient astronomy (not astrology) maps. Along with it is an actual photograph of the stars of Orion.
The Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters, is a familiar star cluster in the constellation Taurus. It's actually a cluster of hundreds of stars, but only seven of them are bright enough to see with the unaided eye.
Orion, the hunter, and the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters, are mentioned in the Holy Bible. The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) Himself uses those terms to describe them: "Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said ... Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?" (verse 1 and 31 below).
"38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Fact Finder: What does "heaven" really mean in the Holy Bible?
This Day In History, November 17
375: Valentinian, Emperor of the western Roman empire, died of apoplexy (a stroke) in Pannonia (a Roman province in central Europe) after being enraged by the insolence of "barbarian" envoys who were defeating Rome's legions in the forests of Germany and refusing to bow before the defeated "divine" Caesar. Germany later succeeded Rome as the "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
474: Roan Emperor Leo II died after a reign of 10 months. He was succeeded by his father Zeno, who becomes sole ruler of the Byzantine Empire.
1278: 680 Jews were arrested (293 were hanged) in England for counterfeiting coins.
1292: John Balliol became King of Scotland.
1539: Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto arrived at the location of what is today Mobile, Alabama.
1558: The Elizabethan era began, with the coronation Queen Elizabeth I of England. She restored the Church of England, which had been established by King Henry VIII in 1534, after her half-sister Queen Mary (Mary Tudor) had turned England back under the control of the Church of Rome.
1636: Henrique Diaz, Brazilian general, won a decisive battle against Dutch colonial forces in Brazil.
1796: Napoleon defeated an Italian army near the Alpone River in Italy.
1855: Scottish explorer David Livingston discovered (for Europeans) Victoria Falls in Africa.
1869: The modern Suez Canal opened after 10 years of construction.
1903: The Russian Socialist movement divided into two factions, the Bolsheviks who supported Vladimir Lenin, and the Mensheviks who followed Georgi Plekhanov. By the 1980s the socialist economic system had proven itself to be a dismal failure.
1913: The first ship crossed through the Panama Canal.
1917: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), British Field Marshal Edmund Allenby's troops entered the Jerusalem hills prior to the taking of the city (listen to our Sermon The Balfour Declaration). That same day, German General von Falkenhayn left Jerusalem for Nablus, the Biblical Shechem, 40 miles to the north, while falsely assuring the Ottomans (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) that reinforcements would be sent.
1918: Influenza deaths in the U.S. were reported as higher than the number of U.S. troops killed in battle during the First World War (although the U.S. entered the First World War during only the last 18 months of the 4 year war that devastated Europe from 1914 to 1918; listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1919: King George V of the United Kingdom proclaimed Armistice Day. It was later observed as Remembrance Day, while a U.S. observance of Armistice Day became known as Veteran's Day.
1941: Less than a month before Japan's attack on the U.S. military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Japanese Prime Minister General Tojo outlined a three-point plan he said was aimed at peace in East Asia.
1954: General Gamal Abdel Nasser became Egyptian head of state following the fall of President Mohamed Naguib.
1966: The Great Leonid meteor storm was observed in western North America, estimated at 144,000 meteors per hour / 40 per second - the most intense meteor shower ever observed. The meteor storm lasted less than 1 hour and was caused when the earth passed through a dense patch of the Leonid meteor stream. Leonids enter the atmosphere at 162,000 m.p.h., the fastest of any shower meteors, and burn up at an altitude between 80 and 55 miles.
1967: The U.S. unmanned Surveyor 6 spacecraft became the first man-made vehicle to land and take off from the Moon (the Russians were the first to land an unmanned vehicle on the moon).
1970: The Russian Luna 17 spacecraft landed an 8-wheeled lunar vehicle on the moon.
1973: During the Watergate break in investigation, Richard Nixon made his famous denial to the Associated Press, "People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook." Nixon resigned the next year when he could no longer deny and impede his impeachment and criminal prosecution.
1997: Muslim terrorists disguised as police opened fire on tourists in Egypt, killing over 70 British, Swiss, German and Japanese people.