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About the Book

It probably started at the beginning of time that events of a coming Messiah were planned and then organized for the salvation of man. Old Testament Prophets foretold his coming in veiled imagery as types and shadows. But is it possible, that the Israelites and their neighbors understood that a “desired son” would be born to a virgin mother, who would set up a government that could free his people and rule the World in peace?

Could remnants of such a story be right before our eyes? We live in a busy world, paying little attention to the creation all around us. If we look up, and pay attention, a glorious view of heaven awaits us. Paul the Apostle told us that Moses patterned the Tabernacle according to things he saw on the Mount. High on the Mountain Top Moses was instructed of a pattern to build a mobile home so that God could dwell in their midst. Could it be that the pattern was taken from the very stars, among which God himself dwells?

Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.                                            (Hebrews 8:5)

It is from this verse the idea for the title comes from, that while Moses was on the mount he saw (in the stars) or was instructed of a pattern.

The tabernacle built by Moses is patterned and organized according to the example and shadow of heavenly things. As one seeks to understand this pattern of the tabernacle and then considers it to be ordered after heavenly things, one must ask the question: What heavenly things? If the heavens truly do testify of Christ and of the great plan of salvation, then the heavens themselves hold the key to better understanding Moses’ teaching, as well as his governing of Israel through the organization of the priesthood.

Ancient civilizations created a pantheon of deities and myth, and among them were those reportedly from the Heavens. Little is known about where or when these ideas started, nor how they evolved over time. Idols and the iconic worship of cults, swept away all reason, resulting in a trail of tall tales, and silliness that persist even to this day. These misguided and deceived people pursue in vain their “sign” among the stars.

There are amazing correlations however, between the myths of ancient societies and Biblical scriptural text. The Creator Himself prepared the heavens as a testimony to His existence and future mission. As such, one should consider them, (the constellations) as a voice, which have through the generations of man, borne the same consistent testimony of the great plan and promise of the atonement of Jesus Christ.

This book walks through all 48 constellations reviewing their symbolic representations, types,  mythology, order and proximity to other constellations, star names, similarities to works of art, all with an eye to scripture.

In preparing this work, I have had to rely on the minimal writings of a few people who have ventured down this path. Much time and effort have been expended to review every star-name, searching for its roots to the best of my abilities using Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, and Latin dictionaries. But it is my sincere desire to share some of the insights I have gained through much study and prayer so that this work might inspire others to look to the testimony of the heavens. This study represents my personal views, patterned according to doctrines I hold sacred. It is my hope that this work may be added to in the future, so that not one jot or tittle will be passed over, as we comprehend the overwhelming plan and design of our Creator.

From the beginning of time with Adam to the advent of the Saviors birth, these signs in the heavens formed an understanding through type and shadow of the mission of the Messiah. My testimony is strengthened and God is glorified when I see yet another record of the one I worship. A true follower of Christ cannot ignore this great prophecy in the skies. The Heavens like the Old Testament, hints about the coming redeemer veiled by the Prophets and therefore understood by the people as the words of Paul suggest:

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
(1Corintians 13:12)

With the Birth of Jesus, his life, teaching and doctrines, the old religious ideals fell from prominence, and were eventually replaced and forgotten. One needn’t suppose to find any new or secret doctrine hidden among the stars; these heavenly pictures act as another testament to our scriptures. A friend recently suggested to me: “I will use the rest of my life just trying to understand the concepts of faith and repentance. Can we ever be able to fully contemplate the Atonement”? Some may feel that this study is a distraction from the weightier matters of the doctrine of Christ. In the book of revelation 19 at the latter part of verse 10 John teaches:

“Worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy “  (Revelation 19:10)

Clearly it is in this way; that the constellations share their testimony of Jesus, and thus it becomes through this spirit of prophecy that yet another witness of Christ is portrayed and our worship is perfected. Not from another book written by the frail hands of man, but the creation itself declares that this person “JESUS” the only person who has ever lived on earth who fulfills these pictures in heaven. Not the Buddha, not Mohammed, not Gandhi, not Hari Chrisna, nor any great world leader, or President!  It is the Christ! 

Tim Adams