The Message of the Stars Chapter 3 - Scorpio by Rabbi Ian K. Michaels
SCORPIO – The Conflict and the Victory
This third chapter of the Gospel gallery in the heavens expresses the very heart of the Gospel and reiterates the first prophecy of the coming Saviour given in Genesis – what is known as the protevangelium the battle to be fought between Messiah and Satan.
… (the Seed of the woman) shall bruise your head and you shall bruise His heel. [Genesis 3:15b]
The major constellation is a giant scorpion called Al Akrab in Arabic, which means “Scorpion,” but also “The Conflict” or “War.” In the Coptic language it is called Isidis, meaning “Attack of the Enemy.”
The brightest and most well known star located at the heart of this constellation is called Antares – an ancient Arabic name thought to mean “The Wounding” (cutting or tearing). Another bright star in the tail of the scorpion is known as Lesath – a Hebrew name meaning, “The Perverse.”
Satan is the perverse one who seeks to kill the Seed of the Woman. Knowing the line from which Messiah would come, his futile attempts have been numerous throughout history; * Pharoah tried to kill all the sons of the Hebrews * Althaliah tried to destroy all the royal seed of Israel * Haman tried to have all the Jews killed * King Herod had all the boys two years and under killed in Bethlehem
And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto Elohim, and to His throne….And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of Elohim and have the testimony of Y’shua the Messiah. [Revelation 12:5 & 17]
OPHIUCHUS, THE SERPENT HOLDER The first decan is Ophiuchus which in Greek simply means “The Serpent Holder.” It portrays a great man struggling with a giant serpent and he is trying to keep the serpent from accomplishing what the serpent wants to do. The serpent is in the act of reaching out to grasp The Crown. We learned from studying the house of Libra that this Crown in the heavens has replaced the Cross in the night sky over Jerusalem for the past 2,000 years. The Crown is the reward that Messiah won after His suffering and we who suffer for Messiah’s sake are promised a crown as well. Ophiuchus is a reminder that there is One mightier than our enemy and that Satan will never achieve his age old ambition to grasp the Crown. Ophiuchus is postioned directly above The Scorpion. One foot of the man is poised to deliver a fatal wound to the Scorpion’s head while the other foot is being struck by the stinger on the Scorpion’s tail. Here is the protevangelium displayed;
(He) shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel. [Genesis 3:15b]
Coming out of the Arabic into Greek, the name of Ophiuchus.is “Aesculapius.” In Greek mythology, Aesculapius was a son of Apollo. Homer describes Aesculapius with all the attributes of a man. He was a god-man. According to the mythology, he was a healer and was also reported to have brought the dead back to life by means of blood taken from the side of the goddess of justice. He was called “The Physician,” “The Desired One,” “The Health-Giver,” “The Universal Remedy.” Finally, he suffered death by the lightnings of Heaven but was raised from death to glory by the influence of his father, Apollo.
It does not take a great deal of wisdom or insight to see the light of the original glory hidden in this mythological story. Y’shua the Messiah is the “God-man.” He is the Healer who brings us life out of death by the blood taken from His side. He is the Great Physician, the Desired One and the Universal Remedy. He suffered death by the very lightning bolts of Heaven (the wrath of Elohim) which came upon Him that we might receive eternal life. After His suffering, He was raised back to life by the influence of His Father (the authority given to Him from His Father).
SERPENS, THE SERPENT The Serpent is one of many constellations where Satan is illustrated. Throughout the zodiac, we see him as Scorpio, the Scorpion, Serpens, the Serpent, Draco, the Dragon, Cetus, the water snake, Hydra, the Many-Headed Monstrous Snake and Cerberus-the Three-Headed Monster that guarded the gates of Hell. Here, in Serpens, we see Satan attempting to gain The Crown but overpowered and restrained by Messiah.
A great promise is given to all those who would be Messiah’s followers. The victory won at the Cross is given to be shared with all His disciples;
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. [Luke 10:19]
HERCULES, THE MIGHTY ONE This third and last decan more fully expresses the working out of the Gospel. As the pagan nations began to lose sight of the original revelation of the coming Messiah, mythological men were assigned to express the attributes contained in each of the constellations and the stories they represented. Hercules is seen upside down, immediately over Ophiuchus, on a planisphere. In Hebrew, Hercules is called Gibbor which means “Mighty.”
For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given…and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God… [Isaiah 9:6]
In Hebrew, “the Mighty God” is “El Gibbor.” Hercules is a picture of the Hero-God – El Gibbor, who destroys the power of the enemy.
Hercules is shown down on one knee with a mighty club raised over his head. One of his feet is on top of the head of Draco, The Dragon. just as Ophiuchus is shown with one of his feet on top of the Scorpion. The brightest star located in the forehead of Hercules is called Ras-Al-Gethi, meaning “The Head of Him Who Bruises.”Hercules has in his hand Cerberus, The Three-Headed Monster that guarded the gates into Hell.
Like Samson, who ripped off the gates of the city and carried them away, our Messiah descended into Hell, destroyed the power of Satan, has led captivity captive, has taken the faithful of old out of Sheol and led them up into the very presence of Elohim.
I Am He that Lives, and was dead; and behold, I Am alive forevermore, Amein; and have the keys of hell and of death. [Revelation 1:18]
…when He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive and gave gifts unto men. [Ephesians 4:8 & Psalm 68:18]
The second brightest star in Hercules means “The Branch Kneeling.” This takes us back to Virgo who had a branch in one hand. This reminds us that the One who comes to redeem the world is the Branch- the One who springs forth.
The Phoenicians worshipped Hercules as a saviour who would come to deliver them. The greeks called him Herakles and they worshipped him as one of the greatest of their hero-gods. To them, Hercules was not simply a man. He was not simply a god. He was a “god-begotten” man. This mythological figure was engaged in the most difficult and wonderful feats known as “The Twelve Labors of Hercules.” One of these was the cleansing of the Augean Stables where thousands and thousands of animals were kept, but none of the stables had ever been cleaned. Scripture tells us that we are a “stench in the nostrils of Elohim” because of our sin. Only Messiah can cleanse the stench of our Augean Stable. Interestingly, Messiah was born in a stable and came for the purpose of cleansing our stables. As He was willing to be born in a stable in Bethlehem, so is He willing to be born in the stables of our hearts. Hercules diverted a river to cleanse the Augean Stables. Our “Greater-Than Hercules” did not use water, but rather with His own precious blood He has cleansed the stables in innumerable millions of hearts of those who have trusted in Him! Hercules also slew the three-headed snakelike monster, which is seen in his hands, and the dragon which guarded the golden apples of Hesperides. Y’shua, by destroying Satan, allows us not the golden apples of Hesperides; rather, He allows us access to the very tree of Life itself.
SUMMARY This third house/chapter in the zodiac is about the greatest conflict and the greatest victory. Four times we see Satan illustrated and four times defeated; The Scorpion is crushed, the Serpent is kept from the Crown, the Three-Headed Monster is removed from the gates of Hell and the Dragon is underfoot. This chapter explicitly illustrates how mighty our “Greater-Than - Hercules.” Messiah is to be. As you will see in the chapters to come, the same power and authority is shared with all who are truly His.
References: "The Gospel in the Stars" by Joseph Seiss & “The Real Meaning of the Zodiac” by Dr. James Kennedy, Ph.D.