"Stars and Constellations" In The Bible

Many Christians seem wary about studying the sun, moon and stars.  Many of us have become so repulsed by astrology that it seems better to ignore the heavens all together rather than risk being associated with that garbage. Skeptics of the Rev 12 Sign often play upon this fear and falsely associate any study of the heavens with the term, failing to draw a distinction between Astrology and Biblical Astronomy.

I understand the apprehension to a point.  When I first learned about the 'Great Sign' I had to study the Bible just to confirm that it was ok to study this topic.  Rick Larson talks about going through this process himself in the introduction to his famous Star of Bethlehem presentation.  When sharing the Rev 12 Sign with others, it is good to keep in mind that we must draw a clear distinction between looking at the stars in a way that will draw us closer to Jesus, and in a way that will lead us away from Him.  It is critical to do this early on because this apprehension has become so prevalent among our Christian brothers and sisters today and is the primary stumbling block keeping them from looking into this sign.

Milky Way
Additionally, keep in mind that prior to the 1900's, when the sun went down the stars came out in all their glory.  Nowadays electricity, street lights, and an array of entertainment options have greatly diminished the stars impact on our daily lives.  For thousands of years the constellations were used for everything from navigation to the sharing of the Gospel.  In short, for the vast majority of human history the stars were greatly appreciated by mankind.  Now they are an afterthought.  In fact, back in 1994 in Los Angeles during a blackout, the 911 operators were flooded with calls from frantic citizens baffled by the "cloud of light in the sky".  Little did they know they were seeing the beauty of our Milky Way for the first time.

Similarly, some of us need to see the beauty of the stars in the Bible for the first time.  This post intends to do just that... serve as RESOURCE and a GUIDE to "Stars and Constellations" in the Bible.  I have broken this study down into key 7 Facts, using Scripture to back up each statement.  I pray this blesses you and becomes an often used resource in your evangelism and  studies.

Note on August 7th: A companion study to this article has now been posted titled: "Woman in Labor" In The Bible.  Check it out to get further Biblical backing regarding Revelation 12 Sign.

Fact 1: God Made The Stars.

We all know that God made the stars.  If God made them we should not be afraid to study them.  I know this is basic, but we must start here.  God made them.  They are OK to look at.  You are much less likely to be deceived looking up at the heavens than down at your iPhone!  We are told to look up (Luke 21:28)... so not doing so is actually the position which is out of line with Scripture.

Genesis 1:1  (God made them...)
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:14-18 (God made them... and it was good.)
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years,
and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.
And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars.
And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,
to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

Psalm 33:6 (God made every single starry host.)
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
and by the breath of his mouth all their host.

Isaiah 40:26 (Not only did He create each one and guide each one, but He NAMED them all!)
Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.

Other supporting verses: Ps 146:6, Ps 121:2, Ps 136:7-9, Job 9:8, Neh 9:6, John 1:3, Col 1:16

Fact 2: Stars Are In The Bible... A Lot.

I could fill up this page with verses about the stars.  In my ESV Comprehensive concordance the a form of the word "star" is used 105 times. Stars are an integral part of Gods creation, along with the sun, moon and planets (aka wandering stars). Not only are the stars ignored outside, but they are even more forgotten about inside the pages of the Bible. Here is a small sample of verses to get reacquainted.

Gen 15:5a (God told Abram to look up and number the stars.... similar to what we are doing!)
And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.”

Psalm 147:4-5 (Another verse showing that God names the stars. They are important to Him.)
He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.

Jer 33:32 (Even before telescopes the Bible described innumerable stars.)
As the host of heaven cannot be numbered and the sands of the sea cannot be measured, so I will multiply the offspring of David my servant...

Matt 2:10 (If the 'Wise Men' rejoiced when looking at the stars, wouldn't we be wise to do so?)
When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.

1 Cor 15:41 (Paul clearly appreciated the heavens... why shouldn't we?)
There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

Daniel 12:3 (The stars are painted in a positive light here as well.)
And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

Rev 12:1 (A GREAT sign... in the sky, with the Sun Moon and Stars!  More on this later...)
And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

Other supporting verses: Ps 8:3-4, Rev 8:12, Joel 3:15


Fact 3: God Named The Constellations And Guides Their Path.

God clearly made the stars and they are in the Bible a lot, but what about the constellations?  As soon as we start talking about those then it must be astrology right?  Wrong.  God Himself uses the Mazzaroth (Hebrew word for the 12 Signs Constellations) as an example of His power.  In fact He is the one who brings them out and guides them!  If you doubt the importance of the constellations, look at the huge effort Satan has put in counterfeiting Gods original message to mask them from us. Sadly, he has been so successful that now most Christians refuse to look up at the stars for fear of being associated with astrology.

Job 38:31 (Look at the verbs in this verse, astronomers have confirmed that the Pleiades is gravitationally bound, while Orion is unstable.  This knowledge has been in the Bible since the beginning, yet astronomers just recently 'discovered' it.)
Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loose the cords of Orion?
 
Job 38:32-33 (This is God talking... He personally brings out the constellations...The Mazzaroth.  He guides them.  The "Bear" is the basically the Big Dipper / Ursa Major)
Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season,
or can you guide the Bear with its children?
Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you establish their rule on the earth?

Job 9:9 (Here is at least 4 separate a constellations listed in a single verse!  The Pleiades and Orion are my personal favorites.)
who made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the south;

Amos 5:8 (Again, God is given credit for not just making the Stars, but the constellations as well.)
He who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning and darkens the day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the surface of the earth, the LORD is his name;

Other supporting verses: Jer 31:35-36, Isaiah 13:10, Isaiah 26:13 

Fact 4: The Heavens Communicate Information

Psalm 19 is a critical chapter to dive into when you are interested in learning more about Biblical Astronomy and the purpose of the heavens.  In it the Psalmist compares the heavens to the Law/ Torah.  Both reveal knowledge, both are forms of communication.  The heavens are the universal language... available to all people.  They are also God's time clock. They are for signs, and signs convey messages and information.  Look at the words used to describe the heavens in this amazing Psalm...

Psalm 19:1-4
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.

Other supporting verses: Romans 1:20, Ps 50:6, Ps 97:6, Matt 2:2, Gen 1:14

Fact 5: The Stars were made for SIGNS

On the very first page of our Bible God tells us about the purpose for creating the lights in the heavens.  The very first thing He says is that they were made for SIGNS.  Signs provide information.  They can guide us, warn us, inform us.  Sometimes signs have flashing lights on them if they are really important.  In the Bible you could consider the word "great" to be those flashing lights as we see in Rev 12:1.  We would be wise to watch for signs, especially GREAT signs.  Were should we look?  Probably in the place He says they will be... in the heavens!  

Genesis 1:14 (First reason listed SIGNS.  Second reason... seasons, aka appointed times/feast days.)
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years,

Luke 21:25a (Jesus Himself told us there would be signs using the sun, moon and stars)
And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves,

Revelation 12:1 (It's called a Great sign... God doesn't waste words!  )
And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

Other supporting verses: Matt 24:30, Rev 12:3. Rev 15:1, Luke 21:11, Jer 10:2, Joel 2:30

Fact 6: We Are Not To Worship The Stars

We are Christians, not astrologers... our study of the stars is really a study of Him who made the stars.  We are watching because He told us to watch in this location.  We should not glorify a sign or the constellations, we should only glorify Christ. We must place our faith not in the sign or in the heavens, but in Him who made the heavens!  Faith placed in anyone or anything other than Christ Himself will lead to disappointment.  The stars are awesome, and the Rev 12 Sign is an exciting study, but let us all be sure to keep our focus and hearts in the correct place so we do not stray into astrology or idolatry, sins that plagued people of the past and are still prevalent today.

Deut 4:19 (The heavens should draw us closer to God, not away from Him)
And beware lest you raise your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them, things that the LORD your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.

Deut 17:2-5 (God forbids worshipping the sun, moon and stars... Worship HIM alone.)
If there is found among you, within any of your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, a man or woman who does what is evil in the sight of the Lord your God, in transgressing his covenant, and has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, or the sun or the moon or any of the host of heaven, which I have forbidden, and it is told you and you hear of it, then you shall inquire diligently, and if it is true and certain that such an abomination has been done in Israel, then you shall bring out to your gates that man or woman who has done this evil thing, and you shall stone that man or woman to death with stones.

Isaiah 47:13-14 (Astrology is not Biblical.  Let the Bible guide your study of the stars and trust Biblical prophecy to teach you about the future things that will come upon us.)
You are wearied with your many counsels; let them stand forth and save you, those who divide the heavens, who gaze at the stars, who at the new moons make known what shall come upon you.

Job 31:26-28  (Don't not let the spendor of the heavens entice you away from the spendor of the Creator)
if I have looked at the sun when it shone, or the moon moving in splendor, and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my mouth has kissed my hand, this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges, for I would have been false to God above.

Other supporting verses: 2 Kings 23:5, Ezek 8:16-17, Jude 25, Rev 22:9

Fact 7: The Revelation 12 Sign is an Astronomical Event

In this verse we read about a great sign in heaven... the original word for heaven here means sky.  The context tells us it is an astronomical event because it uses specific terms like sun, moon, stars which are in the sky of course.  We know it is an alignment because it gives specific locations for these things and says the sign "appeared".  In other words, its not always up there but formed at some point in time. It gives us enough unique factors so that we can narrow down the specific day of this appearance which seems to be unique in all known history.

Revelation 12:1-2
And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.  She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.




In closing, I believe this should give you a firm foundation to stand on when Biblically studying the heavens. There is so much more that could be shared however.  Books have been written about how the Stars conveyed the Gospel Message.  Amazing videos and images are out there showing the majesty and power evident in the cosmos.  But if the verses above aren't enough I will leave you with this 22 minute clip from Chuck Missler.  If I have failed perhaps Chuck can hammer this point home:
It is ok for a Christian to study the stars!!


Comments

  1. Excellent study Brad!
    “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” Revelation 22:16 (ESV)

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    1. Thank you! Interesting to note that on September 23rd and 24th Venus is a very bright morning star! It will be the brightest part of the crown.

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    2. Did you all know that The Bethlehem star appeared the night Abram was born? It is recorded in Jasher chapter 8. Jasher is a book mentioned in Joshua that tells us thing are recorded in. Greater details of Genesis through Joshua.

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    3. I wonder why the Book of Jasher wasn't included in the Canon of Scripture. It must have more than just that one truth.

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  2. Excellent post. Thanks for pointing out that the text clearly states that the sign 'appeared' which means that we should be looking for something that 1) matches the description given and 2) forms at some point in time. I keep going back to the fact that the description was written down 2000 years ago and that this alignment happens this September. It's pretty hard to fake that.

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    1. Agreed JR. Excellent Article Brad!

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    2. Thanks JR and James... To think that this was written down so long ago, and is now appearing NEXT MONTH is quite something to say the least! Appreciate your kind words.

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    3. Wow! Thank you Brad, a much needed study. Amen to the seven FACTS, not conjecture or theory, but Biblical truth. At 11:10 in the CM-Signs in the Heavens video, he states (I'm paraphrasing) the stars look nothing like the pictures they represent, but the order of brightness tells the story, perhaps this could help RM visualize the constellation Virgo. ~Tryphosa

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    4. Thank you. Glad the points are clear. I don't necessarily blame RM for not knowing, he is a busy guy and this isn't his forte.... but I can't emphasize enough how much you can learn by simply going outside and looking up.... even just a few hours would have helped soften the edges so to speak.

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  3. Both thumbs up! Great help in argumentation!

    Luke 21:28:
    And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

    I wonder, if this verse is a command to look up to the shamayim especially in regard to the REV12 sign....

    Watching the heavenly, incorruptible and unchangeable signs given from our LORD seem to be a very proper source of information and revelation.
    I could not help smiling about the mention of the iPhones....

    Awaiting his soon return
    Stephan

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    1. Yes Stephan! In Luke 21:25 we are told about sign in the sky... then there in Luke 21:28 we are told to look up when these things BEGIN to happen.... This could surely be talking about RIGHT NOW. Oh how I wish the church headed those words.... Our redemption is drawing NEAR!!!

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  4. I've often wondered if the "1/3 of the stars falling from the sky" was a double entendre partially referring to light pollution making it appear as if there are less stars.

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    1. Interesting thought. Thank for sharing!

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    2. Dear 4thPointOfContact I personally think that Rev8:12 and Matth24: 22 are connected. Sort of 18-hours-day for the elect of Israel fleeing into the wilderness at mid-trib. I have read somewhere some asteroid strike (Wormwood?) could speed up earth rotation. Together with the effects of Rev16:8-9 it's also plausible to me from a scientific point of view. Stay blessed! :)

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  5. Thank you Brad - great article and a very helpful list of scriptures for reference. It seems like so many Christians think "astronomy" and "astrology" are the same thing and they don't bother to learn the difference. It seems to me that in these last days God is obviously trying to get our attention and is using the sign he placed in the sky millennia ago to do so! He's the ultimate sky-writer!! He told us to watch for His coming and to "look up" as our redemption nears. If this "sign" wasn't to have a special significance for us who are watching for our Lord's return, (1) it wouldn't be in the Bible in the first place, and (2) it could have easily come and gone without anyone having discovered ahead of its occurrence that it matches up precisely with what Rev. 12:1-2 describes. With the help of astronomy software like Stellarium, God's perfect timing was such that this "sign" was discovered BEFORE it happens - not afterwards! Just some of my own observations for thought. God bless you, brother! Maranatha!

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    1. Yes... most of our 'siblings' fail to differentiate between the two and throw the baby out with the bath water. I totally agree with everything you said!! Thanks for the encouragement! I greatly appreciate you sharing these thoughts and I think you are right on the money. : )

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    2. Astronomy is the scientific study of the planets and stars. It has nothing to do with what the arrangement of those bodies are communicating to human beings. Anything that attempts to do that is astrology. Sticking a Christian label on it doesn't change that. In fact it makes it worse. God specifically told His people NOT to use the stars or planets to determine what He was telling them. He sent prophets to do that first, then when Jesus came, He speaks to us through His Son. Hebrews 1:1-2.

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  6. Brad, what a timely (Oh My!) and excellent piece here, thank you. When, on a recent post about the Scottie/Ron interview, I outlined our Father's use of the heavens, primarily, to communicate His-Story (History), in advance (Isaiah 46:10), to ALL generations, tribes and tongues, it wasn't robustly supported with chapter and verse and I was concerned it wasn't adequately supported within that post. Then you come along and so thoroughly address the topic that, oh well, I think you get my point. Well done and Thank you!

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    1. Thank you. This was clearly a stumbling block for Ron as I know it is for many others. Chuck did not have this issues... Ron must have been on vacation those days! Glad this was helpful!

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  7. Excellent article Brad. Thank you for your time and effort in putting it together. I don't think those who accuse us of dabbling in astrology have any idea how utterly absurd they appear when the false accusation is exposed by the light of God's Word. Watchman35

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    1. EXCELLENT POINT! It is a sure tip-off that they haven't done the minimal amount of homework required to even have an opinion on the matter. A "tell" so to speak... God's word clearly refutes that claim.

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    2. Brad, there isn't a single verse in scripture that indicates that Christians should look at star patterns to try to determine what God is telling us. Not one. The only verses in the Bible that address the issue, specifically say NOT to do that. Just because you claim this is not astrology, doesn't make it so. Mixing evil with good doesn't make the evil better.

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  8. Super article! I still remember the excitement I felt when I first learned of the Revelation 12 sign several years ago. I also remember how difficult it was even say the words Leo and Virgo, it just seemed evil! The words would remind of the song "The Age of Aquarius", or sayings like "what's your sign, I'm a ….", enough to make me want to throw up! Satan has done a number on us, that's why there is such an attack on the sign. He's not stupid, and he knows his time is short! Really Short! In these final hours it's time to pray that all who can be saved will be saved before the "Mighty and Terrible Day of the Lord".

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    1. Thanks George. Yes, I have no problem with people having that disposition from the beginning as I felt the same way to a point. But if you are going to form an opinion about the sign, or especially publically denounce it, you owe it to your audience to at least do your homework and speak about things in a Biblically accurate way. The information is clear, but we must take some time to look at it and allow God's word to speak to us the truth of the matter regarding this subject. It is all proof of how prevalent the deception and lies have spread throughout the church.

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    2. When God said the heavens were to be a sign, He meant it in the Hebrew manner - a TOKEN. Not a message. The word is owth. My wedding band is a sign from my wife that she loves me. We take the communion bread and wine...those things are a sign of what Christ did for us. See the difference?

      The stars and planets are a sign of God's glory. Indescribable and unthinkable size, power and magnitude...no matter what era we live in.

      Isn't it wonderful that God made the universe so enormous, that even with modern telescopes the vastness of the universe is still mind-boggling?

      THAT is the sign. Psalm 19:1.

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  9. I am blown away, the presentation is perfect! Thanks Brad!

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    1. Keep fixing typos, but thank you! : ) You get what you pay for!! : ) Haha just kidding!

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  10. Check out www.revelationchapter12.com for some more technical information about the heavens.

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    1. Paul, those charts are quite interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. "Virgo's Child" in Simple Jewish Gematria Equals 125
    Revelation 12:5

    "Giving Birth" in Simple Jewish Gematria Equals 125
    Revelation 12:5

    "The Lion King" in Simple Jewish Gematria Equals 118
    118 - Revelation 5.5 = 112.5
    1 x 1 = 1
    Revelation 12:5

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    1. Thank you for your insight Anom also Perry stone just did a presentation on thhis topic too using The original language es

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  12. Well very good it's my opinion that we are the only thing Yah created.people have been brainwashed and when they look up there thinking alien attack nothing about Yah and his creation

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  13. Well very good it's my opinion that we are the only thing Yah created.people have been brainwashed and when they look up there thinking alien attack nothing about Yah and his creation

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  14. Well very good it's my opinion that we are the only thing Yah created.people have been brainwashed and when they look up there thinking alien attack nothing about Yah and his creation

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  15. Well very good it's my opinion that we are the only thing Yah created.people have been brainwashed and when they look up there thinking alien attack nothing about Yah and his creation

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  16. Well very good it's my opinion that we are the only thing Yah created.people have been brainwashed and when they look up there thinking alien attack nothing about Yah and his creation

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  17. Well very good it's my opinion that we are the only thing Yah created.people have been brainwashed and when they look up there thinking alien attack nothing about Yah and his creation

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  18. what does god want us to take away from Orion?

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    1. God contrasts Orion with the star wormwood which points to idols worship (false gospels). So, we seek God through Orion in that we acknowledge that God alone as the power to bind or loose us from Satan and sin.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnBXwZVtWAs&t=242s

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  19. Read the Book of Enoch. It says very interesting things about things in the heavens.

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  20. Let me start by saying im a follower. love God an in a church teacher. i've been looking in to this, and well a little confused. there are some catholic scholars who study the constellation an says the the women and crown re appears every 190 too 344 years. and said there is no different in 2017. it will appear an the disappear. sooo how can we go by a constellation if it comes and goes? just wanting to learn more on this. also what dose the bible say on the 7 trumpet feast that's held in Israel. ive been told there's been 6 feasts already an the last one i whats going to sound the trumpets? please email me. kaymeben89@gmail.com thanks.

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Colossians 3:2-4

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Philippians 3:20-21

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.