We just celebrated, ‘Pentecost, 2.0 at church last Sunday the 20th. One of the songs we sang was;
The proclamation went forth, into all the earth and the word to the end of the world.– This hymn (as it was explained to me) is talking about the gospel being taken around the world by the faithful. Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. (Have you ever preached the gospel to your pets? It does say every creature and animals were also affected by The Fall.)
While it is good to commemorate and emulated the gospel being preached throughout the world, that’s not what this passage of scripture is really talking about. Let’s take a look at it in its full context, shall we?
New King James Version
The Perfect Revelation of the Lord
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
18(19) The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament[a] shows [b]His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
4 Their [c]line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
In them He has set a [d]tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
6 Its rising is from one end of heaven,
And its circuit to the other end;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
Yeowzers! That’s quite powerful and describes something a bit different from people going forth does it not? So what is going on in this bible verse?
The ESV version does not quite capture the meaning because it uses the word voice and not line. 4 Their voice[b] goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. I can see, however, where the translator might have become confused. Perhaps this is how it became associated with the apostles/disciples then all Christians going forth to preach the gospel? An ‘iffy’ translation of scripture can certainly make things murky but the Orthodox Christians do not use modern translations for their readings/hymnography. I think the reason for the hymn being used at Pentecost to describe people going forth is a ‘type and shadow’ of what is really being talked about in this passage of scripture, however, this is not what the Psalm is talking about but it’s not a mistake. Stick with me here.
Taking a closer look at verse 4, we see this, ‘their LINE has gone out through all the earth’. -this verse is talking about the lines of the constellations declaring prophetically; the coming of Christ, His character, His plan of redemption, and the coming of His kingdom.
The book of Psalms is an OT book. The OT is commonly used to point to Christ, and the NT is used to confirm and prove the OT was right and show/preach the gospel to people. HOWEVER, before we had the bible… God gave us stars, and planets, and other heavenly bodies to give us hope and comfort. Job, one of the oldest known to exist manuscripts talks about the redeemer. How did he know?
Job 19:25-27 For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;
26 And after my skin is [a]destroyed, this I know,
That in my flesh I shall see God,
27 Whom I shall see for myself,
And my eyes shall behold, and not another.
How my [b]heart yearns within me! NKJV
You might say, ‘His ancestors told him and the information was passed down from generation to generation.’, and you would be right but there is more to it than that. Before there was scripture, yes, there was oral tradition. However, even scripture can be changed and manipulated, science can be corrupted and manipulated but one thing, or rather trillions of things, that cannot be changed are the stars.
I’m shocked Wikipedia didn’t mess this up but here you go:’Some Persian and Arabian traditions ascribe the invention of astronomy to Adam, Seth and Enoch. Some scholars suggest that the signs of the zodiac, or Mazzaroth, and the names of the stars associated with them originally were created as a mnemonic device by these forefathers of the Hebrews to tell the story of the Bible. Historian Flavius Josephus says Seth and his offspring preserved ancient astronomical knowledge in pillars of stone.‘
It’s a deal to absorb. Go ahead… take a moment. Maybe have a bite of chocolate. Breathe.
So… when some cocky atheist thinks he has you over the barrel when he says, ‘tell me about God without using the bible!’. You can tell him, meet me in a dark field, on a clear night, and we’ll talk.
Ok maybe skip the evil laughter. Or not. It’s up to you but the point is you CAN 100% use the stars to tell people about the gospel and so much more. What more can there BE?!, you might ask? You can tell people what God sang over them at the time of their birth. Now, let’s pause a moment here so I can reassure you that this is NOT astrology. This is astronomy. Christ’s astronomy. God created EVERYTHING including the night sky and all that is contains. God did not create the sky so that we should fear it. It has been corrupted by the Evil One but that doe snot mean that ALL and EVERYTHING associated with the stars is evil and/or corrupt. Just as guns don’t kill people; you never heard of anyone being jumped and murdered by a gun wandering around. It is people who do bad things under the influence of evil.
Astrology is the corrupted version of Christ’s astronomy. the sad thing about it is, astrology isn’t even accurate. There are millions of people in the world staking big decisions on an outdated, and inaccurate, system. The planets move folks, have you updated your charts to keep up with that movement? No? Uh-oh.
Where does this all come from anyway? Well, Dr. Dale M. Sides of Liberating Ministries, Inc. has put together a workbook; Christological Astronomy so that you can learn more about this amazing gift from God, however, let’s go back a couple centuries and take a look at the true ‘rediscovery’ of the meaning of the stars and constellations.
Here is a reading list:
The Witness of the Stars, E.W. Bullinger
Mazzaroth: Or, the Constellations, Followed By Mizraim; Or, Astronomy of Egypt (Illustrated), Rolleston, Frances
There are more books you can read if you like. This is just a sampling of material available. Some of these books were written several hundred years ago.
Before you dismiss all of this as new-agey weirdness remember; The Magi (the three wise men) heard about the birth of Jesus from the stars and used His star to find Christ and worship Him!
Matt 2:2″Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.”
Just because most of us cannot see, or do not look at, the night sky does not diminish the use of the stars and planets in revealing the gospel. We think we are so modern and progressive but God never changes. He is the same always and He has faithfully kept His word uncorrupted by placing it in the sky above us.
P.S., Jesus’ birthday is 9/11. Of course we all should know that. We celebrate His birth in December (and that’s ok I’m not attacking Christmas) but it’s not the actual day He was born. There should never be any argument, debate, or question about the date of the birth of Christ. There’s a record of it for heaven’s sake! A record written right above our heads.
I will be writing more posts on this interesting and compelling topic as I progress in my own studies. I will eventually post profiles for celebrity birth dates.
BTW, Dale sides did a profile for Donald J. Trump and it is interesting. Watch it in the video below.