Monday, August 2, 2021

Is There a Difference Between Astronomy & Astrology?

Maria Merola 

© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance December 2004

YaHuWaH is the one who has created all things, and he is the one who has given us the method for which he wants us to divide the day from the night, the seasons, days, and years: Genesis 1:

14 And Elohiym 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 :

15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

16 And Elohiym made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

17 And Elohiym set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and Elohiym saw that it was good.

YaHuWaH is the one who has given us the moon (lesser light) to rule the night, and the sun (greater light) to rule the day.

Astrology for Fortune Telling is an Abomination

While YaHuWaH commands us not to use “astrology” or “observing the times” as a means to divine the future or to study human behavior, we must realize that the “wise men” that came from the East to see YaHuW’shuwa in Bethlehem were from Babylon (Chaldeans) and they were astrologers:

Daniel 5:7-15“.... bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spoke, and said to the wise men of Babylon, …And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation thereof: but they could not show the interpretation of the thing.”

As you will read in the account above, the astrologers could not interpret spiritual truths through the use of studying the stars. They did not have a direct relationship with YaHuWaH, the Almighty Elohiym of Yisra’el, and so they were worshipping the stars or consulting them. In scripture, stars are angels (Revelation 1:20), and some of these stars are “fallen angels”, and so to consult the stars to tell the future or to analyze human behavior like the Zodiac is practicing witchcraft or sorcery. 

The prophet Daniel trained astronomers back in his day in the proper biblical context. He taught them what signs to look for in the future when five hundred years later; the birth of Messiah was expected to arrive as foretold by the prophets. Daniel was not using “astrology” but rather“astronomy” according to its original intent and design. According to the Torah, the study of the stars was to be used for “signs and for seasons” of prophetic events. We are not supposed to be use the stars for the purpose of divining the future our own personal forecast. Even our Messiah told us that the “signs” of the end times would be foretold in the heavenly bodies to include the stars:

Luke 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Back in biblical times, there was no word for “astronomy” in the vocabulary. The term “astrology” and “astronomy” were synonymous with each other.

The term “astronomy” did not come into existence until the 1300’s after the scriptures were written. This term was used to distinguish between the scientific study of the heavenly bodies, versus “astrological” witchcraft and soothsaying by use or receiving divination from the fallen angels Astronomy is totally different than Astrology!

Five hundred years before our Messiah came to earth in human flesh, these “astrologers” had been trained by Daniel as they awaited the coming of the prophesied Messiah. When the time had come, YaHuWaH knew that these men would understand the signs in the stars, and so he spoke to them in a way that they could understand. He gave these kings a “sign” in the heavens to let them know that YaHuW’shuwa was born of a virgin and that he was NOT a reincarnation of the pagan sun god as many of the pagans had celebrated the reincarnation of the sun god on December 25th for centuries before the arrival of YaHuW’shuwa Messiah to earth.

Daniel 8:10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.

Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

In Matthew 2:2-10 the scriptures record the events where the wise men saw the star that led them to find YaHuW’shuwa. The Greek word for star in these verses is “aster” meaning “a star as strown over the sky.” This word “aster” comes from the Greek root word “stroo” meaning to “spread like a carpet.” This means that the wise men that followed the star of Bethlehem saw not only one star, but a blanket of stars that were strewn across the sky as a constellation. This gives more credibility to what Ernest L. Martin revealed in his research about the constellation of Virgo (Bethulah) being seen on September 11th 3 B.C. the day that YaHuW’shuwa was born.

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YaHuWaH had spoken to the children of Yisra’el not to do that which the heathen nations surrounding them were doing, as they used divination (fortune telling) by use of the stars or astrology (observer of times):

Deuteronomy 18:10-11 “There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.”

The real essence behind the improper use of observing the stars has to do with “worshipping” created things rather than the creator.

Satan uses the things that YaHuWaH has created and wants us to pervert them to use them for selfish purposes. We are commanded to worship the CREATOR who made the stars rather than the CREATED THINGS OR THE STARS!

Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of Elohiym into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

Yah wants us to have a direct relationship with him and he wants us to seek him in all things, not the stars or things in creation such as constellations to find answers to life’s questions. You see the word “stars” in scripture signifies the angels. YaHuW’shuwa told John in the book of Revelation, the mystery of the “seven stars”:

Revelation 1:20 “The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven congregations: and the seven candlesticks which you saw are the seven churches.”

The angels that fell from heaven are now become “devils” as they are seen scripture as “stars” that were “cast to the earth” by the dragon. We read here that Satan deceived one third of the angels in heaven when he was cast them out of heaven:

Revelation 12:4 “And his tail (the dragon) drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.”

YaHuW’shuwa had also seen this event when he was in eternity past in heaven:

Luke 10:18 “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.”

Isaiah the prophet had also spoken of this event that happened in eternity when Lucifer had fallen from heaven. The word Lucifer in Hebrew literally means “brightness” or “to shine” “to make a show or to boast” it also means “son of the morning” and this means that Lucifer was a “son” or a creation of YaHuW’shuwa the true “morning star” (Revelation 2:28, 22:16).

Isaiah 14:12 “How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations.”

The reason why Yah condemns the use of astrology to divine the future is because “seeking the stars” is actually seeking “angels” for the answers and we are to seek only YaHuWaH. In fact, Yah tells us that Satan transforms himself “as an angel of light”:

2nd Corinthians 11:14 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”

It is for this very reason that we are commanded not to “seek” after the stars or constellations for personal guidance and direction, because “stars” are “angels”! We are commanded rather to seek him that made the stars or the angels:

Amos 5:8 “Seek him that makes the seven stars and Orion, and turns the shadow of death into the morning, and makes the day dark with night: that calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out upon the face of the earth: YaHuWaH is his name.”

There is a difference between “Astronomy” and “Astrology.” Astronomy is simply observing constellations, whereas Astrology is using the stars to predict the future for ourselves. Is Yah against constellations? No, he created these constellations:

Job 9:9 “…Which makes Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.”

The Hebrew word for Arcturus is a constellation meaning “the bear”; the Hebrew for Orion means “constellation” and the Hebrew for Pleiades means “the seven stars” which YaHuW'shuwa gave us the meaning for in Revelation 1:20 as the “seven angels” that watch over the “seven congregations.”

And so we see that while Yah created these constellations, and he used them to guide the wise men to find YaHuW’shuwa, he does not want us to worship these stars and use them for fortune telling. The prophet Isaiah spoke under inspiration of YaHuWaH and rebuked those who seek after the stars and astrology. There is severe judgment for using the stars to forecast the future by use of divination:

Isaiah 47:13-14 “You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save you from these things that shall come upon you. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame…”

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