Meet the Authors.
Sarah Burlingame is passionate about Biblical truth. Her diverse church background has taken her through Mainline Methodist, Evangelical, Charismatic and Roman Catholic circles. Her calling as an intercessor led her to receive a certification in Advanced Spiritual Warfare from LMCI (Liberating Ministries for Christ International) lmci.org . Sarah has served as a small group leader, worship planner, liturgical dance leader and online ministry coordinator. She holds a M.S. degree in Education and lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and their sons. They attend North Rome Wesleyan Church.
Joanne Reinhart asked Jesus Christ into her heart at the age of nine in a Sunday school classroom in Maryland. Her journey with the Lord took her through various careers, colleges, and universities. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Art/Dance, Theology, and Education, and a M.S. degree in Educational Administration. Her passion for the Lord is evidenced through worship, dance, and teaching. She was liberated into her spiritual gifts and callings through the teaching resources of LMCI lmci.org . Joanne has danced and taught at Christian conferences and various churches in PA and VA. She currently teaches classical ballet and coaches dance for gymnastics. Joanne attends Lighthouse of Faith Church. She and her husband live in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Colossians 2:8 (GNT)
See to it, then, that no one enslaves you by means of the worthless deceit [deception] of human wisdom, which comes from the teachings handed down by human beings and from the ruling spirits of the universe, and not from Christ.
In the 1986 movie, Labyrinth, the goblin king (played by David Bowie) used all sorts of tricks and wizardry to deceive the heroine, Sarah, (played by Jennifer Connelly) into abandoning her quest to save her baby brother from the king’s capture. There is a spiritual element in this movie that probably few would ever notice…. The deception of the Labyrinth world, parallels the deception found in our own world. No one wants to be deceived yet it is a spiritual force with which we need to battle on a regular basis. The prince of this world is named Satan and he is a thief who comes only to steal and kill and destroy according to John 10:10. Like the Labyrinth, we find ourselves in a world full of “smoke and mirrors” which can make our journey not only difficult but also perilous. In this article, we aim to reveal the truth about what we know today as the Zodiac. Yes, we are talking about the tradition which is still alive today in the form of horoscopes and Zodiac birth chart readings. Why are we, believers of the One true God and His Son Jesus Christ discussing something in which the church has rightly taught to stay away from? Because the Zodiac is a counterfeit that was derived from the truth in order to deceive and blind us from God’s story written in the heavens. Has your interest been piqued? We hope so because this is a fascinating report.
In Chapter 38 of the book of Job, The Lord God reveals His omnipotence in how He made the heavens and earth all that is in them.
Job 38:31-33 (NKJV)
“Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,
Or loose the belt of Orion?
Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season?
Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?
Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you set their dominion over the earth?”
Note: Mazzaroth means constellations.
Psalm 147:4 (KJV)
He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
The Mazzaroth (Zodiac in the Greek) tells a story:
We can “look at the star names to see the message of Messiah. This reveals the true message of the constellation picture.” (Part II, “The Christology of the Constellations”, Christological Astronomy, by Dale M. Sides, p.64, 2011)
There are 12 major constellations, each with 3 subordinate constellations, called decans. Each has significant meaning in the story of Jesus Christ.
The following is HIS STORY in the heavens:
Virgo: The Virgin – The Promised Seed of the Woman
1. Coma – The Desired of all nations.
2. Centaurus - The despised sin offering.
3. Bootes – The coming One.
Libra: The Scales – The Redeemer’s Atoning Work
1. Crux – The Cross endured.
2. Lupus, or Victima - The Victim slain.
3. Cornoa - The Crown bestowed.
Scorpio: The Scorpion – The Redeemer’s Conflict
1. Ophiuchus – The serpent holder, the man grasping the serpent.
2. Serpens – The serpent assaulting the man’s heel.
3. Hercules – The mighty man. A man kneeling on one knee, humbled in the conflict, but holding aloft the tokens of victory, with his foot on the head of the Dragon.
Sagittarius: The Archer – The Redeemer’s Triumph
1. Lyra – The Harp, praise prepared for the Conqueror.
2. Ara – The Altar, consuming fire prepared for His enemies.
3. Draco – The Dragon, the Old Serpent – The Devil, cast down from heaven.
Capricornus: The Fish-Goat – The Goat of Atonement Slain for the Redeemed: The Blessings Procured
1. Sagitta – The Arrow of God sent forth.
2. Aquila – The Eagle, the smitten One falling.
3. Delphinus – The Dolphin, the dead One rising again.
Aquarius: The Water-Bearer – The Living Waters of Blessing Poured Forth for the Redeemed: The Blessings Ensured
1. Piscis Australis – The Southern Fish, blessings bestowed.
2. Pagasus – The Winged Horse, blessings quickly coming.
3. Cygnus – The Swan, the Blesser surely returning.
Pisces: The Fishes – The Redeemed Blessed Though Bound: The Blessings in Abeyance
1. The Band – Bound, but binding their great enemy Cetus, the sea monster.
2. Andromeda – The Chained Woman, the Redeemed in their bondage and affliction.
3. Cepheus – The King, their Redeemer coming to rule.
Aries: The Ram or Lamb – The Lamb was Slain, Prepared for Victory, The Blessings Consummated
1. Cassiopeia – The Enthroned Woman, the captive delivered, and preparing for her husband, the Redeemer.
2. Cetus – The Sea Monster, the great enemy bound.
3. Perseus – The Breaker, delivering the Redeemed.
Taurus: The Bull – Messiah, the coming judge of all the earth, Messiah coming to rule.
1. Orion – The Glorious One; light breaking forth in the person of the Redeemer.
2. Eridanus – The river of the judge; wrath breaking forth for His enemies.
3. Auriga – The Shepherd; safety for the Redeemed in the day of that wrath.
Gemini: The Twins – The twofold nature of the King; Messiah’s Reign as Prince of Princes
1. Lepus – The Hare, or the enemy trodden under foot.
2. Canis Major – The Dog, or Sirius, the coming glorious Prince of Princes.
3. Canis Minor – The second Dog, or Procyon, the exalted Redeemer.
Cancer: The Crab – Messiah’s Redeemed Possessions, held fast.
1. Ursa Minor – The Lesser Bear; the lesser sheepfold.
2. Ursa Major – The Great Bear; the fold and the flock.
3. Argo – The Ship; the redeemed pilgrims safe at home.
Leo: The Lion – The Lion of the Tribe of Judah aroused for the rending of the Enemy; Messiah’s Consummated Triumph
1. Hydra – The Serpent; that old Serpent, the Devil, destroyed.
2. Crater – The Cup of Divine wrath poured out upon him.
3. Corvus – The Crow, or Raven; birds of prey devouring him.
[The Witness of the Stars, E.W. Bullinger, original 1893, reprinted 1970-1980, and Christological Astronomy, Dale M. Sides, 2011]
If you have ever read your Horoscope (who hasn’t?) or had a Zodiac birth chart done, don’t feel badly. Remember what was written in Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.” We’ve all been misled in life but God’s Spirit of Truth is always available to us. Thankfully, we have the resources of these modern day magi we mentioned to help us understand this area of God’s truth. We recommend the works of Helena Lehman at Pillar of Enoch Ministry for in depth articles on the topic of sacred (Christological) astronomy.
Also, if you’ve gone through life (like we have) thinking you were born under one constellation (i.e. Aries), you may find that your true Christological Profile reveals a different placement of the sun on the day of your birth, as well as a complete understanding of your ‘birth’ characteristics as designed by God. (Psalm 139:13, 16)
If you would like to learn more about your true Christological Profile, we encourage you to visit the Christological Profile Computer Program at LMCI Ministries. You will find a computer generated Christological Profile Computer Program, developed by Dale Sides, which will give you a precise analysis of your birth chart based upon God’s Mazzaroth. If you know someone’s birth date and an approximate time of day of birth, you can also give these as gifts. Sarah did this last year for two of her sons and they were very blessed by the knowledge.
We pray that this information has increased your HOPE in our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ. May you continue to have a very blessed Christmas season.
~ Joanne & Sarah
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Matthew 2:10 (NIV)
When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
Since the beginning of human history, people have been both fascinated and curious about the vast cosmos called the universe. There has always been a draw or a pull within humans to the massive unknown called “space”. Our current imaginations have created epic movies such as Star Wars and Star Trek. Our visions have put men on the moon and have created space stations and incredible satellite systems. Space continues to fascinate us, but contrary to what most of us have been taught, early man was not primitive in his understanding of the heavens. Unfortunately, the fall of man (through disobedience in the Garden of Eden) created a separation from God which allowed satan to set up his earthly kingdom of deception, confusion, and ignorance.
However, God placed a story about the true light of the world, Jesus, Our Redeemer, Who would be born of a Virgin (Virgo) and fulfill His earthly destiny: be crucified, buried, and resurrected, and return as a mighty King, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Leo).
So, what did the Wise Men (Magi) see? The astrologers at the time of Jesus were called Magi: They are mentioned in Matthew 2 as ‘Visitors from the East.’ The Magi understood the ancient text written in the stars.
Matthew 2:1-3 (ESV)
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him;
Herod was deeply disturbed because he had heard from the chief priests the story in the stars that foretold of a coming King. This “King of the Jews” threatened king Herod’s throne. The story written in scriptures is familiar to many people, especially now, when traditionally we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas. His birth was the solution to the disobedience of Adam and Eve in the garden.
Genesis 3:1 (NKJV)
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
“Has God indeed said…” is the same type of questioning that the tempter, satan, pressed Jesus with while He was in the wilderness. Jesus answered him each time saying, “It is written…” The Word of God was written in the heavens from the beginning of time as “signs and seasons, and for days and years”. (Genesis 1:14) Satan’s wily deception of Eve in the Garden of Eden was met with his fate that is forever engraved in the stars.
Genesis 3:14-15 (AMP)
The LORD God said to the serpent,…..
“And I will put enmity (open hostility)
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed (offspring) and her Seed;
He shall [fatally] bruise your head,
And you shall [only] bruise His heel.”
NOTE* Genesis 3:15 This is the first prophecy about the Messiah (Christ), who through His death on the cross and resurrection would ultimately defeat Satan, the power behind the serpent, with a death blow. (Is 9:6; Matt 1:23; Luke 1:31; Rom 16:20; Gal 4:4; Rev 12:17)
It was always God’s intention that Jesus would come and dwell among us…. however, when He did, Jesus was among a rebellious creation…. one that would need to be turned back towards Him. God’s plan for man’s redemption was foretold in the heavenly Mazzaroth. Only a few could understand its story. For the most part, the truth of this story has been lost to many people today. The heavens declare the glory of God and tell the story of Jesus Christ that is written in Genesis through Revelation.
This same story in the stars continues to speak… can we understand and know the meaning of their movements? Can they tell our heavenly destiny with the Lord Jesus Christ? What do the constellations in the zodiac (Mazzaroth) declare? We will continue to expound upon this topic in our next blog….will you come and read the heavenly story with us?
Psalm 19:1-6 (NLT)
The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
They speak without a sound or word;
their voice is never heard.
Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world.
God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.
It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.
It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.
The sun rises at one end of the heavens
and follows its course to the other end.
Nothing can hide from its heat.
Thankfully, God never leaves us or forsakes us and He always has a few people to whom He teaches great mysteries. Please continue to follow this story. We will resume this discussion of the Magi and the Mazzaroth along with useful information which will link you to modern day Magi. They can offer you the tools to learn of your own destiny in Jesus through accessing your personal Christological Profiles.
Excerpt from our next article………….. The magi were wise men who studied astronomy with great precision. We have learned that when it comes to understanding who we are in Christ, we have a foe who continuously works to deceive us. The biblical wise men or Magi were true astronomers who held the mysteries of God in their understanding. No doubt there were people envious of their knowledge and sought to claim their wisdom as their own. But, because these people did not know the One true God, they were ripe to be used by satan to confuse their fellow man. They were encouraged by the powers of darkness to twist and pervert the true meaning of astronomy into a warped version which we know today as astrology.
~Sarah & Joanne