2. O-PHI-U-CHUS (The
man grasping the serpent). The struggle with the enemy.
3. HERCULES (The
mighty man. A man kneeling on one knee, humbled in the conflict, but holding aloft the
tokens of victory, with his foot on the head of the Dragon). The mighty Vanquisher
seeming to sink in the conflict.
The Redeemer's Triumph
SAGITTARIUS (The Archer).
The two-natured Conqueror going forth "Conquering and to conquer."
1. LYRA (The Harp).
Praise prepared for the Conqueror.
2. ARA (The Altar).
Consuming fire prepared for His enemies.
3. DRACO (The Dragon).
The Old Serpent— Devil, cast down from heaven.
The Second Book
"The result of the Redeemer's
Their Blessings Procured
CAPRICORNUS (The fish-goat).
The goat of Atonement slain for the Redeemed.
1. SAGITTA (The Arrow).
The arrow of God sent forth.
Such are the contents of this wondrous book that is
written in the heavens. Thus has God been speaking and emphasizing and developing His
first great prophetic promise of Genesis 3:15.
Though for more than 2,500 years His people had not this
Revelation written in a book as we now have it in the Bible, they were not left in
ignorance and darkness as to God's purposes and counsels; nor were they without hope as to
ultimate deliverance from all evil and from the Evil One.
Adam, who first heard that wondrous promise, repeated it,
and gave it to his posterity as a most precious heritage— ground of all their faith,
the substance of all their hope, the object of all their desire. Seth and Enoch took it
up. Enoch, we know, prophesied of the Lord's coming, saying, "Behold the Lord cometh
with ten thousands of His saints to execute judgment upon all" (Jude 14). How could
these "holy prophets, since the world began," have recorded their prophecies
better, or more effectually, or more truthfully and powerfully, than in these
star-pictures and their interpretation? This becomes a certainty when we remember the
words of the Holy Spirit by Zacharias (Luke 1:67-70):
"Blessed be the Lord God of Israel;
For He hath visited and redeemed His people,
And hath raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of His servant David;
As He spake by the mouth of HIS HOLY PROPHETS
WHICH HAVE BEEN SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN."
The same truth is revealed through Peter, in
Acts 3:20, 21: "He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you; whom
the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath
spoken by the mouth of all HIS HOLY PROPHETS SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN."
These words have new meaning for us, if we see the things
which were spoken "since the world began," thus written in the heavens, which
utter speech (i.e. prophecy), and show forth this knowledge day after day and night after
night, the heritage of all the earth, and their words reaching unto the ends of the world.
This Revelation, coinciding as it does in all its facts
and truths with that afterwards recorded "in the Volume of the Book," must have
had the same Divine origin, must have been made known by the inspiration of the same Holy
We now proceed to compare the two, and we shall see how
they agree at every point, proving that the source and origin of this Divine Revelation is
one and the same.
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