Angels In Orbit
his phrase, the title of my new documentary DVD, speaks of the concept of the angelic host of heaven as having an association with the planets and stars. Although the ancients repeatedly recognized a link between the starry lights in the sky and the angels, modern man continues to dismiss such notions as so much fantasy.
One of the reasons for this is found in a process called anthropomorphization - a twenty-dollar word that refers to the process of describing inanimate things in humanoid terms. Indeed, man has been imaging God and angels in a human shape for thousands of years, but the Scriptures actually provide evidence the angels can also be seen as planets, stars, and other stellar bodies.
Many have read the passage in Revelation where Jesus Christ refers to "seven stars," which He holds in His right hand, as angels associated with the churches:
"The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches...." (Revelation 1:20)
Please understand this does not mean that angels are never seen in a human-like form, for there are numerous Scriptures where they are definitively represented as such - the famous account of the angels visiting Sodom and Gomorrah immediately comes to mind. Indeed, whenever we see "the angel of the LORD," He is usually pictured in human form.
However, this connection between the angelic host and the planetary bodies is also repeatedly seen. In addition to Christ's "seven stars" seen in Revelation, we find a 2nd witness to the fact that stars are created, angelic entities in the Old Testament writings of the prophet Amos. There, the ancient Israelite urges the reader to turn to God, as opposed to the creation, in order to find life.
In a chapter that emphasizes the Day of the Lord as a day of great "darkness," the prophet hints at a connection between the seven stars (angels), and the tribulation in which the day turns to night:
"Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night..." (Amos 5:8)
The Deep Is The Darkness Of The Universe
In references to the fallen angels, who are called the Nephilim in the book of Genesis, the New Testament provides imagery that displays them as having broken loose from any form of order, or orbital circuit around a larger power. For instance, the book of Jude references these fallen angels as stars:
"These are....wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever." (Jude 1:12,13)
It may be quite significant that these stars are described as having lost their orbital moorings, for the symbolism of the ancient Israelite practice of the wandering "scapegoat" in the wilderness provides a similar picture. This animal was part of the ritual repudiation of sin, as one goat was sacrificed for the sins of Israel, and the other, although held in contempt, was released and allowed to escape and wander in the wilderness -- hence the term scapegoat.
The Scriptures confirm there is a time when these devils expect to be judged, for they cried out in alarm when they beheld Jesus.
"What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?" (Matthew 8:29)
Just as the live scapegoat was chained and confined before being exiled into the wilderness, the New Testament tells us these planetary angels are confined until the time when they are banished into outer darkness.
"And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day." (Jude 1:6)
Ancient Catastrophes Linked To The Planets
The refusal of contemporary theologians to recognize the role of the stars and planets in Old Testament judgments of God has resulted in false doctrine on a massive scale. A good example of this is found in the Preterist apostasy.
Preterism, or those who falsely teach the tribulation occurred shortly after the time of Christ, claim the various verses dealing with mountains melting, and stars falling from the sky are strictly metaphors, and symbolize the fall of leaders.
However, the Scriptures plainly link physical judgments with stellar intervention. In the Song of Deborah, for instance, at the defeat of the horse-drawn chariots of the Canaanite general Sisera, we find these very unusual statements:
"They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera. The river of Kishon swept them away...Then were the horsehoofs broken by the means of the pransings, the pransings of their mighty ones. (Judges 5:20-22)
The famous Strong's Lexicon tells us the term "mighty ones" originates with a Hebrew word that means angel, and it is clear the English text itself calls them stars. Furthermore, when we realize the river that "swept" away the troops of Sisera could easily be attributable to a powerful gravitational pull from a foreign body, we are presented with scientific logic harmonized with the Word of God.
Indeed, the idea of a body of water, such as the river Kishon, being impacted by a huge tidal pull is not exactly without precedent. A relatively short time before this amazing event the Scriptures described the Red Sea standing straight up - even as the Israelites walked across the floor of that famous sea:
"And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left." (Exodus 14:22)
Thunderbolts From Heaven Described As A Blast
In the Angels In Orbit television program, I provide a computer graphic representation of the slaughter of 185,000 Assyrians, which the Scriptures describe as a "blast" delivered by the Angel of the LORD. Speaking through Isaiah to good king Hezekiah, God promised to destroy the vast Assyrian army:
"Behold, I will send a blast upon him...And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses." (II Kings 19:7,35)
This phenomena is elsewhere described as the "Sword of the LORD," and heathen historical records, which are usually dismissed as mythical, describe it a "thunderbolt" sent from heaven. We now know that when planetary bodies pass near each other, electrical energy bolts can jump from one body to another.
Furthermore, because we have already linked at least a portion of the angelic host of heaven to the planetary bodies and stars, we find further evidence as to just why so many ancients worshiped (and feared) the planets.
The Angels Have Intellect
While many blind guides found in the church reject such data because they fear what they do not understand (Jeremiah 10:2), the fact is, the angels who are identified with these stellar bodies have intellects - and this is a level of existence which is still not fully understood.
When the ancient Israelites were led by the LORD, He repeatedly instructed them to remain separated from the Gentile nations. He sternly warned them not to turn away from Him and worship the host of heaven, which was associated with the fallen angels. He told them never to mingle their seed with these nations,
"...lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them..." (Deuteronomy 4:19)
Even though verses of this nature coherently connect the sun, moon, and stars with the "host of heaven," few believers connect these starry entities with verses that conclusively show this host is flatly stated to be angelic. For instance, in the time of Ahab and Jezebel, the prophet Micaiah tells the king
"I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left." (I Kings 22:19)
Although the various angelic identities are somewhat obscured due to linguistics and the passage of time, we now know that key adverse deities, such as Baal, Nebo, and Moloch can be traced to Mars, Mercury, and most importantly, Saturn. Furthermore, the Scriptures themselves provide us with the names and images, which help Christians to determine true doctrine.
For example, Angels In Orbit cites from ancient writings, which provide a link between the flood of Noah, and the planet Saturn, whereas internal evidence in the Old Testament directly implicates the planet Mars with the fiery death of the prophets of Baal, when they were confronted by the amazing Israelite prophet Elijah.
Mars has also been linked to the previously mentioned destruction of the vast Assyrian host that mysteriously died after surrounding Jerusalem in 702 BC. The fact is, there is a connection between the Elijah vs the Prophets of Baal event in the 10th century BC, and the Assyrian slaughter of the 8th century BC. The link between these two deadly confrontations is found in data that connects both stories to the planet Mars - who was worshiped under the name of Baal during that period.
In fact, non-Biblical historical literature even claims the vast Assyrian army died as a result of some sort of fiery electrical discharge that burned them, whereas the prophets of Baal are also said to have perished from fire. This is particularly significant since the Scriptures tell us that God declared He would send "a blast" upon the invading Assyrian army.
These subjects, and much much more, are covered in detail in the
amazing new television program Angels In Orbit.
- James Lloyd
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