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On Feb. 16, as the new noon begins a new month on the lunar calendar, the Chinese and many Asian people will celebrate the beginning of a new year.

For the Chinese, the movements of the moon across the sky also define their zodiac. Thus, instead of the dividing the sky into 12 sections based on the sun's path through the constellations, the lunar zodiac divides the sky into 28 sections based on the movements of the moon against the stars. And, like its solar cousin, the lunar zodiac is very ancient. The earliest lunar zodiacs follow the solar zodiac almost entirely, beginning in the stars of Virgo and ending in the stars of Leo. The message is also the same as the solar star Bible, with, for example, star groupings from Virgo, meaning. "desired son;" Libra, meaning "redeeming;" Capricorn, meaning "sacrifice;" and Aquarius, meaning "outpouring." thus, there is a 28- chapter lunar Star Bible, which also tells the story of Christ.

Over the ages, the Chinese lunar zodiac has moved away somewhat from its ancient progenitor. The Chinese attempted to substitute their god- king-emperor into the celestial place of Christ, believing that the emperor came from the celestial region surrounding the North Pole. This region, which contains the constellation Draco the dragon, explains the spiritual root of emperor worship, Satan the dragon and the dragon as the national emblem of China. Even so, the original message can still be found in about 75 percent of the 28 lunar zodiac "mansions." Thus, we see an ox as a "sacrificial victim" in the stars, representing the scapegoat of Capricorn; an "empty tomb" near the resurrection constellation Delphinus, a "witness to the drinking in" within the Pentecostal constellation Aquarius, and the "warrior" from the second-coming constellation, Orion.

We also owe the Chinese a great debt, because it was their astronomers who recorded the star of Bethlehem in 5 B.C. and located it in the lunar mansion containing the bright star Altair (the wounding). This information is vital because it in verifies the historicity of the star of Bethlehem and allows us to locate its remains, the black hole x-1 Cygnus, which was at zenith over Bethlehem in 5 B.C.

One of the more attractive Chinese lunar mansions contains the famous Pleiades star cluster which can be seen high in the Western sky after sunset tonight. To the Chinese, the Pleiades mean "reunion with the dead," while a similar Star Bible meaning is attributed to the Pleiades and the nearby beautiful cluster of the Hyades, which both represent the earthly and the heavenly saints who will join in reunion when Christ returns.

So tonight, read the Star Bible in Chinese as you enjoy the Pleiades and their message of Christ's return.

Ron Allen is a Christian businessman, CPA and author who serves in local, national and international ministries, spreading a message of reconciliation to God, to men and between believers. He is founder of the International Star Bible Society, telling how the heavens declare the glory of God; the Emancipation Network, which helps people escape from financial bondage; and co-founder with his wife, Pat, of Corporate Prayer Resources, dedicated to helping intercessors.

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