Saturday, June 30, 2012

Mazzaroth – A Baffling Riddle, or Not?

Extract from the Book of Job, Chapter 38 Verse 32
From the Original 1611 KJV Bible
The unfamiliar word Mazzaroth is only found once in the Holy Bible in the Book of Job (Job 38:32). This is but one reason why the precise meaning thereof is difficult to decipher. If there were multiple occurrences thereof in other scriptures, or other ancient text it would have been much easier to interpret.

With the full realization that much speculation has already been published regarding this extraordinary word, I will not add to the prevailing confusion, but will merely point out what it is not, and then deliver a most surprising conclusion at the end. This posting will also mention a few basic conclusions one can make by simply using our God-given logical reasoning. The Bible was not written in a code form that can only be deciphered by an elite few. Although it was written in the ancient past, the sophistication of God’s Word has the remarkable knack of delivering powerful messages that are applicable in our present time, and also to times in the future.

Although it is commonly accepted that the Book of Job was written in the Hebrew language, there are some scholars who believe it was translated into Hebrew from another language, perhaps Aramaic (not to be confused with Arabic). It is thus possible that translators may have left some words and phrases untranslated because of their closeness to Hebrew. Source: The Book of Job by John E. Hartley.

Whatever the case, the true meaning of Mazzaroth vanished over the ages, mainly due to the ungodly works of zodiacal Astrology and the accompanying new age pseudo-science it created. It has truly entangled this ancient term in a web of speculation and irrelevant gossip.

However, all is not lost as the word is applied in a portion of scripture that deals with specific celestial objects and their unique phenomenon (as reflected upon in the previous post).

For the sake of convenience I’ll repeat the relevant scripture:

[31] Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
[32] Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?
- Job 38:31-32

Numerous biblical commentaries on the Book of Job, as well as several biblical translations have attempted to fuse God’s Word with Astrology and have thus jumped on the bandwagon to misconstrue this unfamiliar word with the zodiac. The fact that they are all wrong is a reflection of Satan’s power here on earth and his adamant disregard for God’s written laws, which specifically condemns Astrology - Isaiah 47:13-14 (See also The False Gospel in the Stars by Barbara Aho.) The zodiacal explanation has gained wide popularity, and the number of publications, online and in print form, attempting to justify this viewpoint is growing by the hour.

Incidentally, in Yiddish, a High German language of Ashkenazi Jewish origin, the term mazalot came to be used in the sense of "astrology" in general, surviving in the expression "mazel tov," meaning "good luck." (Source). It has an uncanny phonetic resemblance to the English word “Mistletoe”, don't you think?.

As I’ve stated so many times before on this blog – I prefer the 1611 King James Version (KJV) which has left the word untranslated, but for interests sake - here are a few examples of how other English Bible versions (corruptions) have interpreted the relevant text:

Astronomy - A self-teaching guide
New International Version (NIV)
Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons…
Complete Jewish Bible
Can you lead out the constellations of the zodiac in their season…
Amplified Bible
Can you lead forth the signs of the zodiac in their season?
New International Reader’s Version
Can you bring out all of the stars in their seasons?
GOD’S WORD Translation
Can you bring out the constellations at the right time…
New American Standard Bible
Can you lead forth a constellation in its season…
Young’s Literal Translation
Dost thou bring out Mazzaroth in its season? (uncorrupted)
American Standard Version
Canst thou lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season? (partially uncorrupted)

Text sourced from www.biblegateway.com

The mere placement of the word among other prominent celestial objects such as, Pleiades, Orion, and Arcturus, is already an indication that Mazzaroth is possibly a name for a celestial object. At this point in time we don’t know what it is… All we know is that it is coupled to a season. This fact stands out so prominently that even the corrupted versions of the Bible are unable to conceal it.

For the sake of those who have not read the previous post, I feel it is necessary to briefly recap what was reflected upon therein:

Pleiades is bound
Pleiades has been recognized as a cluster of bound stars since antiquity. Astronomers estimate that it will remain bound for another 250 million years, after which it will disperse due to gravitational interactions with its galactic neighbourhood.

Orion’s bands are loose
Orion is a prominent constellation located on the celestial equator and visible throughout the world. Every star in Orion is travelling its own course, independent of all the others. In other words, the bands are not bound like the Pleiades cluster.

Arcturus with his sons (52 or more other stars) are guided.
Arcturus is the brightest star in the constellation Boötes. Arcturus (and 52 or more other stars) are moving rapidly (122 km/s) relative to the solar system. They’re like wild horses who can only be guided by a higher God-like power. The group of 52 other stars ‘running’ with Arcturus were only discovered in the year 1971.

Let’s briefly examine the visibility of the these celestial objects from our little spot in the universe:

The Pleiades are a prominent sight in winter in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

Orion is a prominent constellation located on the celestial equator and visible throughout the world – North and South.

Arcturus is visible from both hemispheres in the sky, as it is located less than 20 degrees north of the celestial equator.

Mazzaroth arrives or appears (brought forth) at a specific time… Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? In other words, in the context of the sentence, and presuming it is a celestial object like the others, one can imply that the object (Mazzaroth) is not always visible, whether from either the Northern or Southern Hemisphere.

In Job 9:9 Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, are mentioned together with the “chambers of the south,” which are obviously a reference to a celestial phenomenon in the Southern Hemisphere, about the Antarctic, or southern pole. Several researchers have attributed the word "chambers" in the context of this scripture to mean hidden - the unseen regions of the Southern Hemisphere. But why then does Job 38:32 not use the same term? --- For the same reason why He did not use the word “heaven”, “heavens” or the term, “host of them” (examples: Genesis 1:14, Genesis 2:1, Nehemiah 9:6, Psalms 33:6, Isaiah 34:4, and Isaiah 45:12).

Bearing in mind that the ancients did not recognize a distinction between planets and stars, it is thus possible that Mazzaroth was an earlier name for a prominent and very bright planet, like Venus for example. Venus "overtakes" the Earth every 584 days as it orbits the Sun (known as its synodic period). As it does so, it changes from the "Evening Star", visible after sunset, to the "Morning Star", visible before sunrise.

Professor Giovanni Schiaparelli (1835-1910) an Italian astronomer and science historian also recognized in Mazzaroth the planet Venus in her double aspect of morning and evening star. Source

It is the brightest object in the sky after the Sun and the Moon. As bright and as brilliant as it is, ancient people did not understand why they could not see it at midnight like the outer planets, or during midday, like the Sun and Moon. It outshines the planets Saturn and Jupiter, but soon disappears. Source

The Greeks thought of the two as separate stars, Phosphorus and Hesperus, until the time of Pythagoras in the sixth century BC. The Romans designated the morning aspect of Venus as Lucifer, literally "Light-Bringer", and the evening aspect as Vesper.

Venus is mentioned in Isaiah 14:12:
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”
The morning star (son of the dawn) is translated as Lucifer in the Vulgate Bible, but it is not a reference to Satan as most Christians believe… It’s a precise reference to the planet Venus - meaning "light-bearer" - equivalent to the Greek term phosphoros.

How then did Venus, “weaken the nations!” ???

The relevant text in Isaiah is referring to the great destruction, the first flood (not to be confused with the flood of Noah), that occurred on earth before the time of Genesis, and which left the entire planet (earth) covered in water… “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” – (Genesis 1:2)

Reference to this earlier demolition of earth can also be found in the book of Jeremiah - (Jeremiah 4:22-27). The planet Venus must therefore have had some connection with that earlier destruction, as a result of the war in heaven (Rev. 12:7).

See also an earlier posting on this blog – Exposing the Synagogue of Satan - Part 1

The following Biblical verses sourced from the KJV are self-explanatory:
“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.”
(Revelation 22:16)
“And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.”
(Genesis 9:11 – Words spoken after the 2nd massive flood on earth involving Noah)
“I (Jesus) am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?”
(Luke 12:49)
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump (when Jesus returns): for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
(I Corinthians 15:51-52)
“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
(Matthew 24:27)
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:”
(Matthew 24:29, Mark 13:24, and Luke 21:25)
When God asked Job the question: “Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season?” – was He perhaps referring to a future devastation on earth, when Jesus Christ shall return at a time appointed by God?

Yes, I know there will be many who’ll say it’s all a play with words… I wholeheartedly agree! But - at least it’s a beautiful ‘play’ that expresses once again what a wonderful and intriguing story there is in the collection of works we call the Holy Bible.

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