The Message of the Stars Chapter 12 - Leo
by Rabbi Ian K. Michaels
LEO, THE LION
We come now to the twelfth and final chapter of this study of the Zodiac. If you have started from the beginning at Virgo and read every chapter up to this point, I am sure that, like me, you can say that your faith and wonder at the glory of YHWH has been strengthened. How awesome Our Elohim is to have written these prophecies in the heavens revealing His plan for our redemption. Through diligent search, we find the true purpose of the Zodiac to be self evident; the detailed prophetic message to man of a coming Savior, His virgin birth, His death on a cross, His resurrection, His impartation of new life to us, His return as Judge and King, the destruction of Satan and the end of all evil, our union with Him, and the eternal reward for the righteous.
Leo means virtually the same, whether you look at it in the Arabic, Hebrew, Coptic or Syriac. It means “He that Rends, That Tears Asunder.” The lion is a majestic, kingly and noble creature. It is the king of beasts and is spiritually represented by the King of kings. The lion is a very familiar figure throughout the Scriptures. When Jacob blessed Judah , he told him he would be a lion. David, the great son of Judah , was a man of war and went forth to conquer. So too, the greatest son of Judah is described as “the Lion of the tribe of Judah ; the root of David.”
In Revelation 5:5 John was told: “Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah , the root of David, has prevailed to open the book” – this book which contained the mystic blessings of Elohim which seemed to have been forfeited by the sin of man forever. There was no one able to break the seven seals and restore to man the lost blessings – none but the Lion and when John was called to look upon this Lion, he saw a Lamb as it had been slain. There is no end to searching our Elohim. He is the Aleph and the Tav, the beginning and the end. He is the Lamb and He is the Lion. At His first coming, our Messiah was the Lamb, meek and humble, who willingly shed His blood to save us. But, at His return to the world, He will be the Lion, terrible and mighty, who comes in great power and glory!
Therefore I will be unto them as a lion….I will devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them. [Hosea 13:7-8]
Now consider this, you that forget Elohim, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. [Psalm 50:22]
We see here in these Scriptures where YHWH represents Himself as a Lion – “He that Tears Asunder” which is the meaning of Leo, The Lion. The stars in this constellation make the meaning even clearer. The chief star, situated in the lion’s breast bears the name of Regal, which means “The Treading Underfoot.” It is said that the forepaw of the lion can exert the same force as dropping a twenty-five pound hammer. With one blow of its paw it can break the backbone of an ox or crush the skull of a horse. With one stroke its claws can cut four inches into the flesh of another beast. No wonder man is ill-equipped to fight with a lion! This is an awesome and terrifying representative of YHWH when He is stirred up to wrath.
The picture of this constellation shows a lion who is about to land with both paws onto the head or neck of a serpent. Some of the other stars in Leo are Denebola, which means “The Judge,” “The Lord Who Comes Quickly”; Zosma, meaning “The Shining Forth,” “The Epiphany” (or “Manifestation,” as when Messiah shall come again); Minchir al Asad, meaning in Arabic “The Punishing” or “Tearing of Him Who Lays Waste”; Al Defera, meaning “The Putting Down of the Enemy.” These paint a vivid picture of the wrath of the Lamb; the coming forth of Messiah in final judgment and victory over His foes.
We see an order to the events as they will play out in time. The previous sign of Cancer and all of its decans, showed how the people of YHWH, His Bride, will be brought to safe harbor. Messiah will securely bring His own unto Himself. But then, before the end, there will be the destruction of His enemies. In this final sign of The Lion it is incontestable that this is a picture of the destruction of the wicked.
HYDRA, THE SERPENT
The first decan of Leo is the constellation Hydra, which is a very huge serpent. On a planisphere, it is outside of the ecliptic taking up one-third of the entire circle. The head of the serpent is beneath the feet of the Lion – yet another reminder of the protoevangelium, the first presentation of the gospel given to us in Genesis 3:15. Messiah, we are told in Scripture, came into this world in order to destroy the works of Satan. This is what we have seen presented repeatedly in the pictures given throughout the entire Zodiac. In this final picture, Satan is about to fall into the clutches (the claws) of the Lion and be completely destroyed. The great Serpent was first seen at the center of the ecliptic in Draco, The Dragon. The brightest star in that Serpent is Thuban, The Subtle, which was the original Pole Star. Satan assumed the center of attention after the Fall of man as he brought all the world into subjection to his vile will. But now, at the end of the story, we see in Hydra that the Serpent is on the outside of the great circle of the ecliptic. This picture is our assurance that in the end, when The Lion comes, the so-called “prince of the earth” will be cast out into outer darkness and utterly destroyed.
There are many myths about Hydra. In Greek mythology, this great monster dwelt in the Lernaean Lake – a picture of the corruption and vileness of this world. It was said to be a hundred-headed monster (from which the term “hydra-headed” monster is derived). Every time somebody would cut off one of Hydra’s heads, two others would appear, making it impossible to destroy the monster that way. These heads of Hydra could only be destroyed by fire. No one but Herakles (in Roman, Hercules) could defeat this Serpent, which he did by cutting off the heads and applying a red hot iron to sear the wounds to prevent them from multiplying again. This task was of course beyond the abilities of any mere man. It required a Hero, a “God-Man” of super-human strength. Hercules and Leo are one and the same, as are all the heroic figures in this prophetic painting of redemption given us in the Zodiac. Satan will only be defeated by our coming “El Gibbor,” our “Mighty One,” Y’shua, our Hercules and our Leo. The name Hydra means “He is Abhorred.” The brightest star in this constellation is located in the neck of the monster and is called Al Phard, meaning “The Separated,” “The Excluded,” “The Put Out of the Way.” John tells us that the Devil shall be bound with a great chain and cast into a bottomless pit. Another star in this constellation is Minchir al Sugia, meaning “Tearing to Shreds of the Deceiver.”
CRATER, THE CUP
This cup is called “The Cup of Wrath.”
The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of Elohim, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation; [Revelation 14:10a]
Upon the wicked He shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and a horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. [Psalm 11:6]
For in the hand of YHWH there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and He pours out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them. [Psalm 75:8]
This cup is fixed right on the back of the Serpent. As a matter of fact, the two stars which make up the base of the cup are also a part of the Serpent, so that the cup is affixed to Hydra. We are reminded that it was through the serpent that the curse originally came into the world. This curse which has so plagued the world over the centuries is now to be poured out upon Satan and upon all of his followers.
CORVUS, THE RAVEN
Finally, we come to the third and last decan of Leo, the final figure in the great gallery and portraiture of the heavens, known as Corvus, The Raven. On a planisphere the Raven is also shown on the back of the Serpent. All three of the decans of Leo are connected, and are outside the ecliptic of the sun. Here is a picture of life in outer darkness, cast away forever.
The eye that mocks at his father, and despises to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out. [Proverbs 30:17]
David spoke to Goliath saying that after he killed him, he would give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines to “the fowls of the air” (1 Samuel 17:46). This is also the kind of thing we read about at the battle of Armageddon;
And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great Elohim; That you may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bound, both small and great….And the remnant were slain with the sword of Him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of His mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. [Revelation 19:17-18 & 21]
Flesh eating birds accompany the destruction of the wicked. Corvus, The Raven is here to remind us of this. The name of this constellation in Arabic is Minchir al Gorab, which means “The Raven’s Piercing or Tearing to Pieces.” The brightest star, located in the eye of this ill-omened bird is called Al Chiba, which comes from the Hebrew and means “The Curse Afflicted.”
The Lion who tears apart, The Cup of YHWH’s wrath, and The Raven to eat the flesh; all falling upon The Serpent… How can there be any doubt as to what the meaning of this final chapter is for unbelievers? This brings us to the end of Book Three, “Redemption Completed” (Taurus to Leo) and the end of the prophetic witness that YHWH has given us in the stars. How awesome He is to have given us, in addition to the gospel of the Scriptures written in pen, this gospel written with a diamond-studded pen of the starry skies. More than ever, we know now that the heavens do declare the glory of Elohim (Psalm 19:1) and that He has not left us without witness (Acts 14:17).
References: “The Gospel in the Stars” by Joseph A. Seiss and “The Real Meaning of the Zodiac” by Dr. James Kennedy, Ph.D.