On Dec. 21, 2017, on the winter solstice, the constellation Sagittarius (the archer) moves behind the sun.
Sagittarius is the fourth chapter of the Star Bible, picturing an archer drawing back on his bow to shoot an arrow. The arrow is Christ (Isa. 49:1-7), and the constellation represents the first coming of Christ. The constellation also plays an important role in the Advent of Christ, even though we believe He was born in March, not December.
Genesis 1:14 tells us that the sun, moon and stars are signs to mark "seasons," or appointed times, as well as "days and years." A wobble in the Earth's rotation creates a phenomenon called the precession of the equinoxes which moves the stars backwards from the season change points 1 day every 70 years. Thus, the "signs", the zodiacal constellations, change seasons over long periods of time averaging 2,100 years, creating a great celestial prophetic time clock. Prior to the Advent of Christ, those seasonal sign changes occurred with the flood of Noah, the call of Abraham, the Exodus and the exile. Seasonal sign changes also marked the coming of Christ.
Sagittarius is the sign of the coming of the seed of woman. The winter season represents Christ's descent and suffering on earth (Hos. 6:3)—in 7 B.C., the sign of Christ's coming,
Sagittarius was moved by the precession of the equinoxes into the season of Christ's coming, winter. This prophetic celestial sign occurred at the same time as the conception of John the Baptist and was one of the signs in the sun, moon and stars which would have been observed by the wise men. In fact, the star of Bethlehem appeared on the meridian of winter, Dec. 21, at the time of Passover in 5 B.C. to make the unmistakable statement that Christ had come.
See our YouTube presentation "The Story of the Star of Bethlehem" at "International Star Bible Society" for the whole story of the signs leading up to the birth of Christ. You can also read about it with a free download of our book The Stars of His Coming.
Since 7 B.C. the precession of the equinoxes has taken the constellation Sagittarius almost all the way through the winter solstice. In A.D. 2121, the constellation Ophiuchus (the serpent held) will take the place of Sagittarius and move into the winter solstice. This change we believe to be one of the signs in the sun, moon and stars of Christ's second coming.
This year, join the wise men, who knew the signs in the sun, moon and stars of Christ's Advent, in worshipping Christ.
And have a Merry Christmas!
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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