Fear Not The Planets, The alignments, Constellations, Planet X, Fear None Of This As The Heathen Does, And Many Christians
Jer 10:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
A primitive root; properly to prostrate; hence to break down, either (literally) by violence, or (figuratively) by confusion and fear: - abolish, affright, be (make) afraid, amaze, beat down, discourage, (cause to) dismay, go down, scare, terrify.
and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; by which are meant, not any extraordinary signs, such as are predicted in Joe_2:30, and by our Lord, as signs of the last destruction of Jerusalem, and of his coming, and of the end of the world, Mat_24:3, but ordinary signs, which are no other than the sun, and moon, and stars, which are set up for signs and seasons, and days and years, Gen_1:14, and as long as they are observed as signs of places and of times, it is well enough; but if more is attributed unto them, as portending things future, and as having an influence on the birth and death, dispositions and actions of men, when in such a conjunction, situation, and position, it is wrong; which is what is called judicial astrology, and to which the Chaldeans were much addicted, and is here condemned;
nor should men possess themselves with fears with what shall befall them on such accounts, since all things are under the determination, direction, and influence of the God of heaven, and not the signs of them; especially they should not be so observed as to be worshipped, and to be so awed by them as to fear that evil things will befall, if they are not; and to this sense is the Syriac version, "the signs of the heavens do not worship, or fear". Jarchi interprets them of the eclipses of the luminaries, which may be thought to forbode some dreadful things (l):
for the Heathen are dismayed at them; which is a reason why the people of God should not, because it is a Heathenish fear; or, "though the Heathen" (m), &c.; though they are frightened at such and such conjunctions and positions of the stars, and fear that such and such dreadful things will follow;
And never regard the supreme Being and first cause of all things; yet such who have the knowledge of the true God, and a revelation of his will, ought not to be terrified hereby; see Isa_47:13. This text is brought to prove that the Israelites are not under any planet (n); since the Heathens are dismayed at them, but not they.
Signs of heaven — The Gentiles did not acknowledge a Great First Cause: many thought events depended on the power of the stars, which some, as Plato, thought to be endued with spirit and reason. All heavenly phenomena, eclipses, comets, etc., are included.
Signs of heaven - Extraordinary appearances, such as eclipses, comets, and the like, which seemed to the pagan to portend national calamities. To attribute importance to them is to walk in pagan ways.
Be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed - The Chaldeans and Egyptians were notoriously addicated to astrology; and the Israelites here are cautioned against it. The signs of the heavens may mean either the sun, moon, planets, and particular stars or constellations; or the figures or characters by which they represented these heavenly bodies.
God forbids his people to give credit or fear the constellations and conjunctions of stars and planets which have no power of themselves but are governed by him, and their secret motions and influences are not known to man and therefore there can be no certain judgment of it,
Learn not - The Jews being to live among the Chaldeans in their captivity, where many of them were already, the prophet admonishes them against the Chaldean idolatries, who were all much addicted to astrology. The signs - This was so common among them, that Judicial astrologers, of what nation soever, were generally termed Chaldeans. The Heathen - Leave this to Heathens; it doth not become God's people.
I. A solemn charge given to the people of God not to conform themselves to the ways and customs of the heathen. Let the house of Israel hear and receive this word from the God of Israel: “Learn not the way of the heathen, do not approve of it, no, nor think indifferently concerning it, much less imitate it or accustom yourselves to it.
Let not any of their customs steal in among you (as they are apt to do insensibly) nor mingle themselves with your religion.” Note, It ill becomes those that are taught of God to learn the way of the heathen, and to think of worshipping the true God with such rites and ceremonies as they used in the worship of their false gods. See Deu_12:29-31.
It was the way of the heathen to worship the host of heaven, the sun, moon, and stars; to them they gave divine honours, and from them they expected divine favours, and therefore, according as the signs of heaven were, whether they were auspicious or ominous, they thought themselves countenanced or discountenanced by their deities, which made them observe those signs, the eclipses of the sun and moon, the conjunctions and oppositions of the planets, and all the unusual phenomena of the celestial globe, with a great deal of anxiety and trembling.
Business was stopped if any thing occurred that was thought to bode ill; if it did but thunder on their left hand, they were almost as if they had been thunderstruck. Now God would not have his people to be dismayed at the signs of heaven, to reverence the stars as deities, nor to frighten themselves with any prognostications grounded upon them.
Let them fear the God of heaven, and keep up a reverence of his providence, and then they need not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, for the stars in their courses fight not against any that are at peace with God. The heathen are dismayed at these signs, for they know no better; but let not the house of Israel, that are taught of God, be so.
This may seem like a little matter to some readers, but it is a big mater. I have read, heard, listened to many Christians talk of Planet alignments, planet X, (a hoax by the way), the constellations like in my post Virgo is not the women in Revelations Chapter 12, and such.
I called out the whole ELEin comet and I was correct, how, it did not fit in the orthodox bible prophetic timeline, the word.
Gills commentary said correctly, he is not saying signs in the sky concerning the end times. Luke alone adds, there shall be fearful sights and signs in the sky.
My question is what are these fearful sights and signs in the sky Luke talks about, we are given no bible information on these, and so, as always, every celestial event, many Christians simply fall and sub come to , this must be one of the signs in the sky. It is similar to being carried away with every wind of doctrine.
There are many out in Cyber world that claim this or that, it goes viral and in fear and panic Christian fall for it, like Virgo, the sign and the dragon constellation.
I am sad to read on End time pilgrim he posted the same thing as Agusto Perez, a false prophet and others, it has gone viral and was conjured up from the cult of the black virgin in France, I wrote a lot on this. See the constellation Virgo is not the women in Rev ch. 12 to read what I am saying and read the truth on this matter.
It is a must read, here is the link to that detailed teaching.
Due to the days we live in, everything that happens, people get all fearful and think it is significant to bible prophecy, it causes them to be put is dismay, fear, panic.
This should not be the case at all, not for the true remnant bride, these are non- issues. Planet X the big one, it is a hoax I am telling you now, with out any doubt, this planet if its even out there, will have no effect on earth in 2012, thanks to the Mayan Calendar viral bull on the net and in movies.
As I called our ELEin comet, I do now officially declare the same, Planet X is a hoax and will 100% a non-event.
People in that camp, many so called watchman , think this is why America and other countries have so many underground bases, they said comet ELEin was the reason, now its Planet X, next year it will be Planet Y, or Z. These well known bunkers are for when the economy falls and chaos is on the nations, when society in the West breaks down, that is the reason and nothing astrologically, mark my words, once again it does not line up with the proper orthodox prophetic time line, fact.
Beloved fear not the constellations, do not listen to these people, many of them, as I wrote before, that call themselves watchmen, all but one, say we are already well into the tribulation, and antichrist, seal one the white horse has not taken place, thus we are in the birth pains, and no one knows how long the birth pain time frame is, the bible is silent on this.
This looking to the planets and stars is a distraction, it takes the person from working while it is light, we are to work while it is light, for when darkness comes, the mid trib, no man can work, (meaning caring on as usual), until than and now, have peace, do not fear, the internet gets more crazy by the day, just when you think you have heard and read it all, out comes yet another non- biblical thing and it goes viral, and many are distracted.
Distractions are the Devils work, he wants people wrapped up in so much fear, they are to afraid to carry on and go out and win souls and do his work. Distractions, fear, are the daily bread many eat, the bread of sorrows and it causes disobedience, we must be able to say one day as Paul did.
“I have ran the race, I have finished my course, I have not been disobedient to the heavenly vision”, this is our call, may we run the race and keep running until we win, a fitting ending seeing the Olympics are on. LOL.
Jer 10:21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.
Jer 10:22 Behold, the noise of the bruit is come, and a great commotion out of the north country, to make the cities of Judah desolate, and a den of dragons.
Jer 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.