Witness of the Stars
The Witness of the Stars by E. W. Bullinger 1893
Table of Contents
The First Book
(His First Coming)
"The sufferings of Christ"
The Prophecy of the Promised Seed of the Woman
VIRGO (The Virgin. A woman bearing a branch in her right hand
and an ear of corn in her left). The Promised Seed of the woman.
1. COMA (The Desired. The woman and child). The Desired of all
2. CENTAURUS (The Centaur with two natures, holding a spear
piercing a victim). The despised sin offering.
3. BOOTES (a man walking bearing a branch called ARCTURUS,
meaning the same). He cometh.
The Redeemer's Atoning Work
LIBRA (The Scales). The price deficient balanced by the price
1. CRUX, The Cross endured.
2. LUPUS, or VICTIMA, The Victim slain.
3. CORONA, The Crown bestowed.
The Redeemer's Conflict
SCORPIO (The Scorpion) seeking to wound, but itself trodden
1. SERPENS (The Serpent struggling with the man).
2. O-PHI-U-CHUS (The man grasping the serpent). The struggle
with the enemy.
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). The mighty Vanquisher
seeming to sink in the conflict.
The Redeemer's Triumph
SAGITTARIUS (The Archer). The two-natured Conqueror going forth
"Conquering and to conquer."
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
The Second Book
"The result of the Redeemer's sufferings"
Their Blessings Procured
CAPRICORNUS (The fish-goat). The goat of Atonement slain for the
1. SAGITTA (The Arrow). The arrow of God sent forth.
2. AQUILA (The Eagle). The smitten One falling.
3. DELPHINUS (The Dolphin). The dead One rising again.
Their Blessings Ensured
AQUARIUS (The Water-Bearer). The living waters of blessing
poured forth for the Redeemed.
1. PISCIS AUSTRALIS (The Southern Fish). The blessings bestowed.
2. PEGASUS (The Winged Horse). The blessings quickly coming.
3. CYGNUS (The Swan). The Blesser surely returning.
Their Blessings in Abeyance
PISCES (The Fishes). The Redeemed blessed though bound.
1. THE BAND--bound, but binding their great enemy Cetus, the sea
2. ANDROMEDA (The Chained Woman). The Redeemed in their bondage
3. CEPHEUS (The King). Their Redeemer coming to rule.
Their Blessings Consummated and Enjoyed
ARIES (The Ram or Lamb). The Lamb that was slain, prepared for
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 His redeemed.
The Third Book
(His Second Coming)
"The glory that should follow"
Messiah, The Coming Judge of All the Earth
TAURUS (The Bull). Messiah coming to rule.
1. ORION, Light breaking forth in the person of the Redeemer.
2. ERIDANUS (The River of the Judge). Wrath breaking forth for
3. AURIGA (The Shepherd). Safety for the Redeemed in the day of
Messiah's Reign as Prince of Peace
GEMINI (The Twins). The twofold nature of the King.
1. LEPUS (The Hare), or THE ENEMY trodden under foot.
2. CANIS MAJOR (The Dog), or SIRIUS, the coming glorious Prince
3. CANIS MINOR (The Second Dog), or PROCYON, the exalted
Messiah's Redeemed Possessions
CANCER (The Crab). The possession 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.
Messiah's Consummated Triumph
LEO (The Lion). The Lion of the Tribe of Judah aroused for the
rending of the Enemy.
1. HYDRA (The Serpent). That old Serpent--the Devil, destroyed.
2. CRATER (The Cup). The cup of Divine wrath poured out upon
3. CORVUS (The Crow, or Raven). Birds of prey devouring him.
For Signs and For Seasons
Such are the contents of this wondrous book that is written in
the heavens. Thus has God been speaking and emphasizing and
developing His first great prophetic promise of Genesis 3:15.
Though for more than 2,500 years His people had not this
Revelation written in a book as we now have it in the Bible,
they were not left in ignorance and darkness as to God's
purposes and counsels; nor were they without hope as to ultimate
deliverance from all evil and from the Evil One.
Adam, who first heard that wondrous promise, repeated it, and
gave it to his posterity as a most precious heritage--the ground
of all their faith, the substance of all their hope, the object
of all their desire. Seth and Enoch took it up. Enoch, we know,
prophesied of the Lord's coming, saying, "Behold the Lord cometh
with ten thousands of His saints to execute judgment upon all"
(Jude 14). How could these "holy prophets, since the world
began," have recorded their prophecies better, or more
effectually, or more truthfully and powerfully, than in these
star-pictures and their interpretation? This becomes a certainty
when we remember the words of the Holy Spirit by Zacharias (Luke
"Blessed be the Lord God of Israel;
For He hath visited and redeemed His people,
And hath raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of His servant David;
As He spake by the mouth of HIS HOLY PROPHETS
WHICH HAVE BEEN SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN."
The same truth is revealed through Peter, in Acts 3:20, 21: "He
shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you;
whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of
all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all HIS HOLY
PROPHETS SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN."
These words have new meaning for us, if we see the things which
were spoken "since the world began," thus written in the
heavens, which utter speech (i.e. prophecy), and show forth this
knowledge day after day and night after night, the heritage of
all the earth, and their words reaching unto the ends of the
This Revelation, coinciding as it does in all its facts and
truths with that afterwards recorded "in the Volume of the
Book," must have had the same Divine origin, must have been made
known by the inspiration of the same Holy Spirit.
We now proceed to compare the two, and we shall see how they
agree at every point, proving that the source and origin of this
Divine Revelation is one and the same.
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The Witness of the Stars by E.W. Bullinger
Revised: Thursday, March 18, 1999
"... freely ye have received, freely give." (Mat 10:8)
The Witness of the Stars
E. W. Bullinger
Some years ago it was my privilege to enjoy the acquaintance of
Miss Frances Rolleston, of Keswick, and to carry on a
correspondence with her with respect to her work, Mazzaroth or,
the Constellations. She was the first to create an interest in
this important subject. Since then Dr. Joseph A. Seiss, of
Philadelphia, has endeavored to popularize her work on the other
side of the Atlantic; and brief references have been made to the
subject in such books as Moses and Geology, by Dr. Kinns, and in
Primeval Man; but it was felt, for many reasons, that it was
desirable to make another effort to set forth, in a more
complete form, the witness of the stars to prophetic truth, so
necessary in these last days.
To the late Miss Rolleston, however, belongs the honor of
collecting a mass of information bearing on this subject; but,
published as it was, chiefly in the form of notes, unarranged
and unindexed, it was suited only for, but was most valuable to,
the student. It was she who performed the drudgery of collecting
the facts presented by Albumazer, the Arab astronomer to the
Caliphs of Grenada, AD 850; and the Tables drawn up by Ulugh
Beigh, the Tartar prince and astronomer, about AD 1450, who
gives the Arabian astronomy as it had come down from the
Modern astronomers have preserved, and still have in common use,
the ancient names of over a hundred of the principal stars which
have been handed down; but now these names are used merely as a
convenience, and without any reference to their significance.
This work is an attempt to popularize this ancient information,
and to use it in the interest of truth.
For the ancient astronomical facts and the names, with their
meaning, I am, from the very nature of the case, indebted, of
course, to all who have preserved, collected, and handed them
down; but for their interpretation I am alone responsible.
It is the possession of "that blessed hope" of Christ's speedy
return from heaven which will give true interest in the great
subject of this book.
No one can dispute the antiquity of the signs of the Zodiac, or
of the constellations. No one can question the accuracy of the
ancient star names which have come down to us, for they are
still preserved in every good celestial atlas. And we hope that
no one will be able to resist the cumulative evidence that,
apart from God's grace in Christ there is no hope for sinners
now; and apart from God's glory, as it will be manifested in the
return of Christ from heaven, there is no hope for Israel, no
hope for the world, no hope for a groaning creaton. In spite of
all the vaunted promises of a religious world, and of a worldly
church, to remove the effects of the curse by a social gospel of
sanitation, we are more and more shut up to the prophecy of
Genesis 3:15, which we wait and long to see fulfilled in Christ
as our only hope. This is beautifully expressed by the late Dr.
And is there none before? No perfect peace
Unbroken by the storms and cares of life,
Until the time of waiting for Him cease,
By His appearing to destory the strife.
No, none before.
Do we not hear that through the flag of grace
By faithful messengers of God unfurled,
All men will be converted, and the place
Of man's rebellion be a holy world?
Yes, so we hear.
Is it not true that to the Church is given
The holy honor of dispelling night
And bringing back the human race to heaven,
By kindling everywhere the Gospel light?
It is not true.
Is this the hope--that Christ the Lord will come,
In all the glory of His royal right,
Redeemer and Avenger, taking home
His saints, and crushing the usurper's might?
This is the hope.
May the God of all grace accept and bless this effort to show
forth His glory, and use it to strengthen His people in waiting
for His Son from Heaven, even Jesus which delivered us from the
wrath to come.
Ethelbert W. Bullinger
For more than two thousand five hundred years the world was
without a written revelation from God. The question is, Did God
leave Himself without a witness? The question is answered very
positively by the written Word that He did not. In Romans 1:19
it is declared that, "that which may be known of God is manifest
in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible
things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen,
being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal
power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse." But how was
God known? How were His "invisible things," i.e., His plans, His
purposes, and His counsels, known since the creation of the
world? We are told by the Holy Spirit in Romans 10:18. Having
stated in v. 17 that "Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the
Word (the thing spoken, sayings) of God," He asks, "But I say,
Have they not heard? Yes, verily." And we may ask, How have they
heard? The answer follows--"Their sound went into all the earth
and their words (their teaching, message, instruction) unto the
ends of the world." What words? What instruction? Whose message?
Whose teaching? There is only one answer, and that is, THE
HEAVENS! This is settled by the fact that the passage is quoted
from Psalm 19, [one] part of which is occupied with the
Revelation of God written in the Heavens, and the part with the
Revelation of God written in the Word.
This is the simple explanation of this beautiful Psalm. This is
why its two subjects are brought together. It has often
perplexed many why there should be that abrupt departure in
verse 7--"The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul."
The fact is, there is nothing abrupt in it, and it is no
departure. It is simply the transition to the second of the two
great Revelations which are thus placed in juxtaposition. The
first is the Revelation of the Creator, El, in His works, while
the second is the Revelation of the Covenant Jehovah in His
Word. And it is noteworthy that while in the first half of the
Psalm, El is named only once, in the latter half Jehovah is
named seven times, the last being threefold (Jehovah, Rock, and
Redeemer), concluding the Psalm.
Let us then turn to Psalm 19, and note first--
The Structure* of the Psalm as a whole.
A. 1-4. The Heavens.
B. 4-6. "In them" the Sun.
A. 7-10. The Scriptures.
B. 11-14. "In them" Thy Servant.
* For what is meant by "Structure," see A Key to the Psalms, by
the late Rev. Thos. Boys, edited by the present author.
In the Key to the Psalms, p. 17, it is pointed out that the
terms employed in A and B are astronomical, * while in A and B
they are literary Thus the two parts are significantly connected
* Vis., in A (vv 7,8),--
"Converting," from to return, as the sun in the heavens.
"Testimony," from to repeat, hence, a witness, spoken of the sun
in Psalm 89:37.
"Sure," faithful, as the sun (Psa 89:37).
"Enlightening," from to give light, as the sun (Gen 1:15,17,18;
Isa 60:19; Eze 32:7).
In B (vv 11-13),--
"Warned," from to make light, hence, to teach, admonish.
"Keeping," from to keep, observe, as the heavens (Psa 130:6; Isa
21:11). Or as the heavenly bodies observe God's ordinances.
"Errors," from to wander, as the planets.
"Keep back," to hold back, restrain.
"Have dominion over," from to rule. Spoken of the sun and moon
in Genesis 1:18. "The sun to rule the day," &c. (Psa 136:8,9).
Ewald and others imagine that this Psalm is made up of two
fragments of separate Psalms composed at different periods and
brought together by a later editor!
But this is disproved not only by what has been said concerning
the structure of the Psalm as a whole, and the interlacing of
the astronomical and the literary terms in the two parts, but it
is also shown by more minute details.
Each half consists of two portions which correspond the one to
the other, A answering to A, and B to B. Moreover, each half, as
well as each corresponding member, consists of the same number
of lines; those in the first half being, by the caesura, short,
while those int he last half are long (or double).
A. 1-4. Eight lines
B. 4-6. Six lines = 14 lines
A. 7-10. Eight lines
B. 11-14. Six lines = 14 lines.
If we confine ourselves to the first half of the Psalm * (A and
B, verses 1-6), with which we are now alone concerned, we see a
still more minute proof of Divine order and perfection.
The Structure of A and B.
A&B. C. 1. The heavens.
D. 2. Their testimony: incessant. (Pos.)
E. 3. Their words inaudible. (Neg.)
D. 4. Their testimony: universal. (Pos.)
C. 4-6. The heavens.
* The other half of the Psalm is just as perfectly arranged. For
example, there are six words used (vv 7-9) to describe the
fulness of the Word of God, and they are thus placed,
F. Two feminine singulars. (Law and Testimony.)
G. One masculine plural. (Statutes.)
F. Two feminine singulars. (Commandment and Fear.)
G. One masculine plural. (Judgments).
Here we have an introversion, in which the extremes (C and C)
are occupied with the heavens; while the means (D, E and D) are
occupied with their testimony.
The following is the full expansion of the above, with original
emendations which preserve the order of the Hebrew words and
thus indicate the nature of the structure:
C. a. The heavens
b. are telling (1)
c. the glory (2) of God:
c. and the work of his hands
b. is setting forth (3)
a. the firmament.
D. d. Day after day (4)
e. uttereth (5) speech,
d. And night after night
e. sheweth knowledge.
E. f. There is no speech (what is articulate)
g. and there are no words; (what is audible)
g. and without being audible, (what is audible).
f. is their voice (what is articulate).
D. h. Into all the earth (as created)
i. is their line (6) gone forth;
h. And into the ends of the world (as inhabited)
i. Their sayings.
C. j. For the sun He hath set a tent (an abode) in them;
k. l. and he as a bridegroom (comparison)
m. is going forth from his canopy, (motion: its rising)
l. he rejoiceth as a mighty one (comparison)
m. to run his course. (Motion: its rapid course.)
k. n. From the end of the heavens (egress)
o. is his going forth, (egress)
o. and his revolution (regress)
n. unto their ends: (regress)
j. and there is nothing hid from his head (i.e. from him (7))