Philippians 4 – Appeal to Rejoice in the Lord & The Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius

Like I said earlier, I can’t believe Benedict hasn’t been committed.

Much of what he said is true, the way the world is becoming, but it IS NOT due to the Zodiac.  What is happening in our world is happening because of the change of people.  More people are walking away from God, whether they know it or not.

Astrology is fascinating simply because what it says is usually correct.  The problem is that the celestial bodies DO NOT control the world or our lives.  God is in charge of all things.

But as I have said before, Jesus is coming and because of that the devil is working overtime to destroy as many souls as he can.

This is the last chapter of Philippians and tomorrow we’ll start with…

Philippians 4
Appeal to Rejoice in the Lord

1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.

3 And I entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellow laborers, whose names are in the book of life.

  4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

“Rejoice in the Lord always” – under all kinds of circumstances, including suffering.

When we suffer we should still thank God because it is not His fault that we are suffering so we can’t blame it on Him.  Or maybe it is His doing, if so, be thankful that He is using you for some reason and know that He turns all bad to good (Rom 8:28).

5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

“Careful” – or “anxious” with self-centered, counterproductive worry, not legitimate cares and concerns for the spread of the gospel.

“In everything by prayer” – anxiety and prayer are two great opposing forces in Christian experience.

“Thanksgiving” – the antidote to worry (along with prayer and petition).

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

“Peace of God” – not merely a psychological state of mind, but an inner tranquility based on peace with God – the peaceful state of those whose sins are forgiven.

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

“Whatsoever state…to be content” – Paul genuinely appreciates the gifts from Philippi but he is ultimately dependent on them.

12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

“I know…abased…abound” – prosperity, too, can be a source of discontent.

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

“All things” – this refers to any and all situations that Paul faced or would face – and this pertains to us too.  This was the first scripture I memorized and that was in 1983.  Yet, I was not saved until 2007 – it’s a long story.

14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. 

15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.

16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.

17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.

“Acceptable, well pleasing to God” – because of Christ’s work for us and God’s work in us.

19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

“God will supply” – see Matt 6:25-33.

20 Now unto God and our Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.

22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.

23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

It was written to the Philippians from Rome by Epaphroditus.

The Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius

The purpose of this document is to discuss the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius in order to understand the influences of these two sidereal ages on our day-to-day lives.

Actually, astrology reveals to us the influence celestial bodies have on our personal destinies. They also exert a great influence on our lives as a global community.

The celestial bodies may reveal certain things, e.g., farmers and fisherman studied the sky to help them know when they should do this or that, but nothing more.  I would see nothing wrong with that, but God tells us not to live our lives by the sky.

“And 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, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven” (Deut 4:19).

The stars, moon, sun, planets, etc. DO NOT influence our personal destinies.  We choose our end result.  If we accept Jesus Christ into our heart we will spend eternity with Him.  If we don’t accept Him we will spend eternity in hell with the devil, that’s all there is to it.

On the cosmic level, we know that twelve constellations cut across the zodiac. These make up the natural zodiac; they do not move and they always remain in the same place around the zodiac.

However, because of a particular movement of the Earth’s pole, the Sun crosses the Equator at a slightly different point every year. With the passing years, this point shifts from one degree approximately every 72 years and shifts signs approximately every 2,156 years.

I’m sure that the above paragraph is correct, and the one below is true only true to individuals that live by the devil Zodiac. 

The Zodiac is here because the devil put it here, but it cannot affect anyone’s life unless they want it to and if they want to then it will affect it the way the devil wants it to affect it.

We live in an evil world, thanks to Adam and Eve, and all of our lives are controlled by either Jesus or by Satan.  We get to choose which one will control out life.

This movement is called precession of the equinoxes. A complete cycle lasts around 25,868 years. At the end of each cycle, there is complete synchronization between each sign and each constellation.

Some people debase astrology, claiming that astrological signs do not exactly correspond with constellations. Nonetheless, as we have just described, this is a normal phenomenon of great importance that can be explained from the astrological viewpoint.

Therefore, every 2,156 years, a new age begins. From 498 A.D. to the year 2,654, the spring equinox occurs in the Pisces constellation. Consequently, we are technically in the Age of Pisces.

Other lunatics say we are in the Age of Aquarius.

It should be pointed out, however, that an age’s influence is strongly felt around 500 to 800 years before the exact juxtaposition of the signs and constellations. Therefore, the coming of Christ into this world inaugurated the Age of Pisces.

The fish is the sign of Pisces and some say that the fish signifies Christ – yeah, right.

In this document, we briefly describe the Age of Pisces, along with the Age of Aquarius that is already influencing us as it is about to dawn upon us soon.

The Age of Pisces

The symbol of fish indeed serves to interpret the Age of Pisces. This age’s influence has lasted for at least two thousand years. Here are some examples.

* Christ named his disciples “Fishers of Men”, alluding to fish, to fishing.

Can you believe this person has not been committed?

* He was born, the Bible says, of a Virgin, the Virgo being the opposite sign of Pisces. Let us also point out that the sign of Virgo is also associated with the wheat head, immaculately white. Indeed, Christ nourished the multitude of people who followed Him with fish and bread.

Some Western religions (Catholicism, among others) have been spread by celibate priests who wanted to remain chaste and pure as the wheat head. These priests devoted themselves to the worship of the Virgin. This very clergy enjoined us to eat fish instead of meat on Fridays.

The pope still wears a miter, which is in the shape of a fish.

The sign of Pisces is a sign of sacrifice, charity, mercy, compassion and pardon. The entire Christian religion therefore strives in this way. The annual religious period that corresponds to the sign of Pisces is Lent, a period of sacrifice.

The fish was also the symbol of the early Church. Its shape was used in the catacombs in order to identify the first Christians. In this respect, “Ichtus”, a Greek word, represented a fish.

The detestable superstition of St. Cyprian’s idolatrous parents devoted him from his infancy to the devil, and he was brought up in all the impious mysteries of idolatry, astrology, and the black art.
When Cyprian had learned all the extravagances of these schools of error and delusion, he hesitated at no crimes, blasphemed Christ, and committed secret murders.

There lived at Antioch a young Christian lady called Justina, of high birth and great beauty.

A pagan nobleman fell deeply in love with her, and finding her modesty inaccessible, and her resolution invincible, he applied to Cyprian for assistance. Cyprian, no less smitten with the lady, tried every secret with which he was acquainted to conquer her resolution. Justina, perceiving herself vigorously attacked, studied to arm herself by prayer, watchfulness, and mortification against all his artifices and the power of his spells.

Cyprian finding himself worsted by a superior power, began to consider the weakness of the infernal spirits, and resolved to quit their service and become a Christian.

Agladius, who had been the first suitor to the holy virgin, was likewise converted and baptized.
The persecution of Diocletian breaking out, Cyprian and Justina were seized, and presented to the same judge.

She was inhumanly scourged, and Cyprian was torn with iron hooks.

After this they were both sent in chains to Diocletian, who commanded their heads to be struck off, which sentence was executed.

Reflection -If the errors and disorders of St. Cyprian show the degeneracy of human nature corrupted by sin and enslaved to vice, his conversion displays the power of grace and virtue to repair it.

Let us beg of God to send us grace to resist temptation, and to do His holy will in all things.

The first Christians made an ideogram out of it: that is, they took each letter of the word “I-c-h-t-u-s” to form other words related to Christ, “Iesus Christus Theou Uios Sôter”. This expression can be translated into “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior”.

This could be true, I have never seen such a thing, but I have no proof it isn’t true.

* According to the Bible, Christ transformed water into wine. It was a miraculous event. The sign of Pisces is a water sign.

* Sitting with His disciples at His last supper, He took bread and wine and said: “This is my body, this is my blood”. Since then, bread and wine are served as sacrifice during mass, and the priest receives communion under both kinds; during mass, he elevates wine and the white, pristine host, along with the chalice.

Wow, that information right there should tell us that we are in the Age of Pisces.

Christ often pronounced His teachings alongside a lake. Remember the miraculous draught of fishes: there again, a multitude of fish was caught by His disciples.

Christ was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan river. Today, newborn babies are still baptized with water.

According to Tertullian, a Latin priest who lived in the 2nd century after Jesus Christ, a Christian born of baptismal waters is compared to a small fish, to the image of Christ Himself. For Tertullian, baptism is as essential to a Christian as water is to a fish.

No, baptism is not essential.  When someone is baptized they are doing in the honor of Jesus and is showing others that he or she loves Jesus.  But it is not necessary to get to heaven.

Baptism is like a wedding ring.  Wearing one does not make you married, it symbolized a marriage.

Also to be mentioned here is the Holy Water, available in churches, with which Christians cross themselves. Again, the importance of water is obviously present in the Church’s liturgy; this is easily understandable because the sign of Pisces is a water sign. Still today, priests sprinkle Christians who accompany them with Holy Water.

First off I need to point out that the Christians here are not Christians, but Catholics, there is a big difference.

And this Holy Water, you can purchase some Miracle Spring Water from Peter Popoff, he’ll mail it to you.  He also has a “Divine Transfer Kit.”

The sign of Pisces is associated with Neptune, with faith and divinity. During the Age of Pisces, all humanity was invited to believe in God. The lives of martyrs, strong believers, were ended in the worst tortures, as a proof of their faith.

The sign of Pisces is also associated with the sacred sites and sanctuaries that attract crowds of Christians who come to pray. Finally, a sign of divinity, of faith and also of heresy, the sign of Pisces is associated with religious conflicts and crusades, which notably occurred in the Middle Ages.

The “Enemies” were called “infidels”, in other words, “those who were not of our faith”. Christians then fought against enemies under the pretense that they did not share their religious convictions. These crusades were headed by pious, faithful, well-intentioned knights, all keyed up by religious fervor.

The wording there is incorrect, it says that “Christians then fought against enemies.”  It should be reworded to say, “Christians were attacked by their enemies.”

Since the Age of Pisces is not yet over, we still feel its effects: in fact, religious wars are still raging on in the world, although this phenomenon will progressively disappear as we are influenced by the Age of Aquarius.

Religious wars have been here forever because the devil is the one starting them, not the Age of Pisces. 

And remember that this article says, “this phenomenon will progressively disappear as we are influenced by the Age of Aquarius.”  That is not going to happen, the devil will never give up trying to destroy Christians.

Yet, there can be alterations, e.g., Rick Warren and his Chrislam, but the war against Jesus will never end until He returns.

The sign of Pisces also corresponds to the twelfth house of the zodiac, house of prayer, of reclusion. During the Age of Pisces, we witnessed the creation of monasteries: for a greater part, the lives of monks and members of numerous religious communities consisted of meditation and praying to God.

He Was Pierced for Our Transgressions

There were even cloistered religious communities whose members refused any contact with the outside world, preferring to devote themselves to spiritual activities.

The influence of the sign of Pisces, which represents reclusion, has also manifested itself in other similar concepts. For instance, purgatory or hell are both reclusive areas where the soul cannot communicate with God.

Purgatory does not exist it is a fabrication made up by the Catholics.  Pope Francis even says that if you follow him on Twitter then you will do less time in Purgatory when you die.

In fact, the sign of Pisces is the symbol of forgiveness, of secrecy, of reclusion. This is why, for centuries, Christians have confessed their sins, in secret, in a reclusive place (a confessional). It was the sacrament of pardon.

Christians don’t go to confessional, Catholics do and we confess our sins to other Christians and Christ, but only Jesus can forgive, not the Catholic priest.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Rom 10:9-10).

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (Jas 5:16).

The sign of Pisces is also associated with mercy: this is why Christians often asked God to have mercy on them. The “Kyrie Eleison” was in fact sung (“Lord, have mercy upon us”) at mass on Sundays.

Let us also point out that the feet are the body parts associated with the sign of Pisces, therefore symbolizing pilgrims on their journeys and missionaries who travelled to far-away lands to spread Christian faith.

To undertake a smaller-scale pilgrimage in their own area, people could always pray at the twelve Stations of the Cross in churches. Besides, on Maundy Thursdays, (a pagan even) a special ceremony is devoted to the washing of the feet of a dozen of the faithful by the Pope and by priests in their own parishes. 

The Age of Pisces was, in fact, a very spiritual one. The Pope is recognized as a spiritual leader, infallible, to whom we have to obey and in whom, along with God, we have to believe.

Just because someone believes in you doesn’t make you a good person , good at what you do, or save you from hell.  Some people believe in Obama.

The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III (825 B.C.) is from Nimrud and was discovered in 1846.
It stands 6.5 feet tall and commemorates Shalmanesar III’s conquests and depicts vassal kings paying tribute.

King Jehu of Israel is shown in Semitic dress bowing to the ground before the Assyrian ruler.

The Prophet Isaiah says, the tables will be turned, and all the world will know how much the Lord loves you and how wonderfully God cares for you.

Finally, let us point out that Venus, the planet of love, is exalted in the sign of Pisces: this is an influence of the message of love from Jesus Christ who died on the cross to redeem us, out of His love for us. He also taught us to love God with all our hearts and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Yes, Jesus did teach that, but most people have selective hearing.

The Age of Aquarius

As previously seen, technically speaking, around the year 2,654, we will experience the Age of Aquarius to its maximum. Until then, we will feel its influence increasingly.

Oh no, I have thought that Jesus would return in my lifetime, I must be mistaken because who am I to argue with Benedict Elie (the author of this article).

It is an age characterized by technical progress, by technology, by spectacular inventions: printing, media, medication, internal combustion engines, automobiles, airplanes, rockets, electricity, electric lights, water heaters, telephones, radios, televisions, movies, photography, photocopiers, fax machines, watches, clocks, radars, telecommunications, Internet, information super-highways, satellites, high-tech household appliances, voice mail, answering machines, microwave ovens, computers, compact discs, CD-ROMs, magnetic cards, smart cards, automatic teller machines (ATMs), Walkman’s, stereo systems, tape recorders, video cassette recorders, headphones, projectors and more.

The above paragraph was written in 2004, which is after all of the above items were made.  Poor Benedict, he certainly isn’t a psychic, but might be a psycho.

Americans have even sent an astronaut to the moon. Our world no longer has any frontiers. In a certain way, we have gained a particular freedom that transcends the limits of space and time.

Isaiah 48

The influence of this age has also brought us the atomic bomb, divorce…

Scientists will take over from priests. We are already in a society based upon knowledge, information and communication. Soon, we will come to know real universal fraternity.

You mean knowledge hasn’t always been important?

The sign opposite Aquarius is the sign of Leo. This indicates to us that we must focus our efforts in the pursuit of excellence, perfection and mutual respect. During the Age of Aquarius, Man will really be the King of Creation, in the image of his Creator.

Our New Challenges

We are currently being influenced by the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius. In fact, we are progressively leaving the Age of Pisces and progressively entering the Age of Aquarius. We are therefore in a position midway between these two astrological ages.

The greatest challenge we will have to face is of a moral order. Indeed, we are leaving a period that lasted two thousand years, during which our spiritual lives were dictated by religious authorities.

Of a moral order?  Most of the world has forgotten what it means to have morals.  I guess we are in the Age of Aquarius because we aren’t dictated by religious authorities but crooked politicians and cops.

The influence of religions will lose ground in favor of personal moral standards. The problem is that we will need to make an effort to develop these new standards, for we will be engulfed in a technological world, as previously seen in the description of the Age of Aquarius. It will not be easy to build new moral standards; they will have to be personal and adapted to the new circumstances of life.

People and the United States have already built “their own” moral standards, such as homosexuality, massive drug use, perversion, pornography, pedophilia (the Catholics got monopoly here).

Religious dogma will be replaced by laws. Christian charity intended for the individual will be gradually replaced with services to the population, provided by public service workers. These new services will be controlled by laws and regulations.

In short, everything will be provided for, but in a public, secular way. Already, in several countries, health care, social services, education, etc. are provided by the State.

Benedict is talking about Socialism and it’s been in the works since 2008 in the White House.

In short, the State will increasingly acquire more importance at the expense of the churches. The State will also increasingly regulate our activities. Morally speaking, we will develop moral standards whose foundations will be based, for instance, on a Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

So much for “Separation of Church and State.”

Isaiah 47

Christian symbols (like Holy Water, for instance) will take on much less importance. Already, these days, few people go to Sunday service, and when we are in desperate need for money in order to survive, we increasingly turn first to social welfare, which is provided by the State.

Fewer people go to church for two reasons, the main reason is because more people are walking away from God and other is because most churches now days are crooked – they should run for office.

Your Mission on Earth

It is certainly appropriate to ask ourselves why we were born and what our mission is on earth. In this respect, the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius can shed light on this for us. In fact, we are currently in the Age of Pisces, while being influenced by the Age of Aquarius.

The influence of the Age of Pisces invites us to show love, goodness, mercy, compassion and generosity towards our fellow human beings.

In this respect, Jesus said to His apostles: “Love your neighbors as yourselves”. Moreover, the Lord’s prayer encourages us to “ask God to forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”.

What is more, the influence of the Age of Aquarius invites us to show altruism and favor scientific, systematic or technological solutions. Those whose careers will be specialized in these fields will certainly be at an advantage.

The influence of the Age of Aquarius also started at the time of the French Revolution. The popular slogan at that time was “freedom, equality, fraternity”, three values that have influenced us since then.

Babylon trusted in sorcerers and astrologers.
All their idolatry, superstitions, and witchcraft will prove worthless; nothing will be able to save Babylon from God’s judgment.

In fact, what matters is to establish our freedom in a positive and constructive way, respecting the opinions and rights of others. Equality among humans is another objective to reach, notably in the economic world, which implies everybody having the same advantages and almost the same purchasing power.

Universal fraternity is, finally, another important objective to reach, in order to end wars and conflict among people and nations. Actually, Uranus is associated with the sign of Aquarius.

Sir William Herschel, an astronomer, discovered this planet in 1781, a few years before the French Revolution. At the same time, Uranus was transiting the sign of Leo associated with the Sun and France. Uranus itself is a symbol of sudden changes, progress, etc.

The Age of Aquarius invites us to elevate our souls through love of our fellow man and to take the scientific and technological means at hand to improve our comfort and well-being. Hence,

Man shall fully achieve his role on Earth by asserting himself as the King of Creation, attaining self-fulfillment and self-control, and controlling nature.

Mankind will never be the King of Creation, people’s self-control dwindles more and more each day, and we could never control nature that is God’s creation.

From an astrological point of view, two values represented by two opposite signs (and two planetary positions) are the focus of the Age of Aquarius: the Sun in Leo and Uranus in Aquarius. The Sun in Leo invites us to take care of ourselves, love ourselves and fully develop all our talents. Uranus in Aquarius invites us to show altruism and love others.

These two values (self-love and love of others) are not irreconcilable. Actually, we are encouraged to enjoy a just part of the benefits and joys of life in tune with ourselves and others. A fair balance is to be reached between one’s aspirations and needs and those of others. In the centuries to come, such fair balance should easily lead us down the path to happiness.

In short, these two ages invite us to broaden our souls by showing love towards our fellow human beings and by taking the available scientific and technological means to improve our well-being and comfort.

Therefore, Man will fully realize his role on earth by establishing himself as the King of Creation, by fulfilling himself, by being in control of himself and nature.

…the Book of Colossians.

Philippians 3 – The Example of Paul & The Astrological Years

It’s hard for me to believe that anyone would spend their life creating or studying such nonsense, but there are a lot of people that do that.  I don’t say this only because I believe in Jesus, I say it because it is absolute foolishness. 

At the beginning of the article it says:

Some astrologers believe the changes upon Earth are caused and marked by the influences of the given astrological sign, associated with the Age, while other astrologers do not follow the causative model and believe it is a matter of synchronicity.

Astrologers number one are way off because the Zodiac has nothing to do with anything  other than messing up people’s minds.

Astrologers number two are also incorrect, because “synchronicity” means:

The simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.

Everything that happens on earth, in outer space, in the ocean, everywhere is controlled by God.  And in a since you could say that everything is in sync, but not everything is in order.  Everything that takes places occurs due to His purpose.

“…all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28).

Some people say that we are in the Year of Pisces and others say we are in the Year of Aquarius, the year I’m in is 2014 and I believe the Year of the Lord is coming in my life time, not anytime soon though. 

If you agree with me on what I have said about the above article (if you don’t that’s okay, it’s human to err, you’ll catch on)  you are going to howl tomorrow when we talk about…

Philippians 3
The Example of Paul

1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.

2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

Beware of the Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Mormons, Rick Warren, Billy Graham, Oprah, etc.

3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:

5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;

6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

3:7-14 – Paul’s confidence in Jesus.

8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

3:12-14 – the Christian life is like a race, elsewhere Paul uses athletic imagery in a similar way (1 Cor 9:24-27; 1 Tim 6:12; 2 Tim 4:7-8; cf. Matt 24:13; Heb 12:1).

12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

  15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

“Let us walk by the same rule” – put into practice the truth they have already comprehended.  We are responsible for the truth we currently possess.

If you don’t speak the truth, even though you believe in Jesus, you have nothing.  For example, Rick Warren believes in Jesus, but he tells lies, he agrees with the Muslim’s that God and Allah is one and the same.

17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

3:18-19 – see v. 16

19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ:

21 Who shall change our vile body that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

The Astrological Years

Astrology is the work of the devil.

An astrological age is a time period which astrology postulates parallel major changes in the development of Earth’s inhabitants, particularly relating to culture, society and politics.

There are twelve astrological ages corresponding to the twelve zodiacal signs in western astrology. At the completion of one cycle of twelve astrological ages, the cycle repeats itself.

Astrological ages occur because of a phenomenon known as the precession of the equinoxes. One complete period of this precession is called a Great Year or Platonic Year of about 25,920 years.

There are two broad approaches about the effects upon the world due to the astrological ages.

Some astrologers believe the changes upon Earth are caused and marked by the influences of the given astrological sign, associated with the Age, while other astrologers do not follow the causative model and believe it is a matter of synchronicity.

Many astrologers believe that the Age of Aquarius has arrived recently or will arrive in the near future. On the other hand, some believe that the Age of Aquarius arrived up to five centuries ago, or will not start until six centuries from now.

Despite all references provided by various sources, astrologers cannot agree upon exact dates for the beginning or ending of the ages.

Age of Cancer: 8640 to 6480 BC

Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe.
The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point.

Each gate is in the general shape of a T. Mandalas often exhibit radial balance.

The term is of Hindu origin. It appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other Indian religions, particularly Buddhism.

In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of aspirants and adepts, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction.

In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.

Cancer rules: Food, Agriculture, Houses and house building, Community, Motherhood, and Family.

This age hosted the Neolithic Revolution and the invention of agriculture around the world. The traditional dates for the Neolithic Revolution are 9000 to 6000 B.C., a rather exact fit for the Age of Cancer.

The traditional area for this new activity was the Near East. This was part of a matrix that included Eastern and Mediterranean Europe, and the Nile river valley.

Another agricultural matrix began as early as 9000 B.C. in Southeast Asia, up into central China. New Guinea and the Rajasthan desert area of India was also a part of this matrix.

And in the New World agriculture was being invented from the Yucatan in Mexico and Central America down the west coast of South America through Peru. Houses were built and people settled into permanent year around communities, giving up the roving life of the hunter-gatherer.

Scores of communities were settled throughout the Near East, leaving us ample record of their lives in the dry air of the deserts of the Middle East.

There is little record of community living in the wetter climates of Southeast Asia or Central America, where building materials likely had rotted away thousands of years ago.

Age of Gemini: 6480 to 4320 BC

Gemini rules: Movement, Trade, Communication, Hand/eye coordination, the Mind and ideas.

The Age of Gemini opened up new vistas for exploration and interaction across large distances.

Across the Near East we see an explosion of crafts industries with huge stone and bone industries creating a wide variety of articles, a statue industry and a bread industry.  

Gemini Age man began using his mind and his hands to create a more interesting life for himself.

The ceramics industry is the most remarkable of these industries in part because of the decorations used. Although ceramics were created before this age, it was right at 6500 B.C. that they exploded both in excellences of craftsmanship, and in the sheer numbers of vessels created.

Almost immediately, everywhere, they were created with abstract decorations on them that led, over time, to beautiful polychrome glazes with a wide variety of abstract symbols for decoration. Ceramics also appeared in Europe, the artic fringe of Eurasia, in China and the Malay Peninsula.

Mandala of Astrological Protection.
The Srid-pa-ho mandala is a powerful ancient image based upon traditional Tibetan calendar charts which follow natural cycles of time, the seasons and the planets, it is associated with enhancing physical and emotional balance.

Offering protection from negative influence arising from seasonal, planetary or cosmic phenomena, the mandala has the protector deities of Manjushri, Avalokitesvara and Vajrapani, top center, adding their powers of wisdom and compassion.

You can purchase this online for under $2,000.

These symbols, such as crosses and swastikas carried a new Gemini religious symbolism with them. Art during the Age of Cancer was representational.

As we enter the Age of Gemini abstract symbolism quickly replaced representational art as the predominant form of art. Abstract imagery carried much more meaning and information for the Gemini mind.

Essentially all of our modern language families were created here. Experts agree that the proto-Indo-European language was begun around 5000 B.C. This is the parent language of almost all of the languages spoken today.

Other experts indicate that a parent to the Chinese language was created around 4800 B.C. in China.

Experts at what?  Confusion?  Stupidity?

The Gemini individual began to explore beyond the boundaries of the local village, and over the course of the age a huge trading network was created by 5000 B.C. that extended from the Mediterranean Basin through the Near East and up into southern Russia.

In Gemini fashion the main commodity traded was information and knowledge.

A similar trade network was created in the Archaic Culture in North America that extended out from the New England area west to the Yellowstone and south to the Caribbean.

Age of Taurus: 4320 TO 2160 B.C.

Taurus rules: Money and wealth, Monumental building, Permanence, Solidity.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the majority of Jews were Taurus.

Sometime after 4800 B.C., the U’baid people in Mesopotamia moved out onto the harsh, resource poor river plains of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.

There they invented money as a means of trade, and invented banks and banking to support the use of money.

During birth the horoscope of the child is immediately calculated by astrologers. Woodcut from J. Rueff, De conceptu et generatione hominis, 1587.

By the time astrology became “religion and science at the same time” – the oldest known personal horoscope is from the year 410 B.C. – it had already undergone a long period of development.

Astrology is not just a phenomenon of European religious history; it is to be found in all the great religions and in all cultures – in more or less complex forms.

Today astrology is still a constituent part of a religiously influenced way of life in many parts of the world.

Whether in India or South America, even some scientists first consult an astrologer before embarking on longer official trips.

Their trading villages were remade into market towns. Their banks soon began to float loans and collect interest.

Bartering gave way to the development of a money economy, along with business and banking, and the use of copper as a universal medium of exchange, the first known coinage.

Money was deposited into these early U’baid banks to be applied, much as we do today, towards projects of civic improvement, which would in turn make more money. By 3500 BC these new U’baid towns were rich with imported goods.

A whole new basis for community living was created. Indeed the sole archaeological indicator for growth during this age was the incremental increases in wealth found at these and other sites around the world.

The religions of this age were bound to the ideal of money and wealth. The gods showed their favor in a very Taurus way by showering wealth and goods on those who worshipped them. The temples became the center for the collection and redistribution of wealth, and priests were the administrators of this activity.

The earliest examples of writing were temple business accounts listing what was coming into the temple warehouses, and what was being given out.

Although writing is traditionally a Gemini quality, we can see here that Taurus was solidifying Gemini thought, in a very practical Taurus way, into a permanent Taurus business record.

Now I’m convinced that the Jews are Taurus, they will take anything they can get. 

Adolf Hitler killed the Jews because he grew up around them and despised them because they were thieves.  Many people hate Hitler for killing so many Jews, look at what they are doing now.

Taurus spiritual thought revolved around the ideal of creating heaven here on earth by building cities in a hierarchal fashion to mimic the perceived structure of heaven. Towns were built with their walls facing the four directions.

Temples were built as the center of town. Over the course of centuries they were constantly being rebuilt over the old foundation.

Eventually these temples grew into huge mountainous pyramid structures called ziggurats in Mesopotamia that could be seen from miles away. The Egyptian pyramids were built at this same time. New finds in Peru have found huge pyramids being built there at this same time. In this same process towns grew to become cities.

Cultures began to organize themselves along hierarchical lines as well, creating class structure. India’s caste system began at this time. Most calendars give starting dates around 3000 B.C. as they began to organize time and the year around the equinox and solstice dates.

Holy days were set so that a natural cycle of rituals marked the passage of time. In this way time was honored as hierarchical and sacred.

Kundurru (boundary stone) of the Babylonian king Melichipak II. with sun, moon and Venus.
The myths of the star-gods describe which functions and capabilities these gods possess.

A short outline of these characteristics looks something like: the sun embodies life and light also beyond death, but also the death-bringing drought.

The moon is beneficial for life and growth in general; Ishtar-Venus embodies as evening star, love, and as morning star, struggle; Nergal-Mars, war and death; Nabu-Mercury, knowledge and science; Marduk-Jupiter, priestly and worldly rule; and Nimib-Saturn, difficult (field)work and everything difficult and transitory.

The Scorpio opposite energy can clearly be seen here as well. Scorpio rules death and rebirth. The Pharaohs of Egypt and the ruling Ens of the various city-states in Mesopotamia were buried in huge monumental tombs.

With them they took much of their wealth and usually all of their servants so that they would be comfortable, in Taurus fashion, in the afterlife. Similar burial practices were found in the Archaic Culture in North America dating to this same period.

Age of Aries: 2160 to 0 B.C.

Aries rules: War and fighting, Challenge, Individuality, Independence.

Aries marks an important shift in world consciousness. The older matriarchal ideal of Taurus monumental solidarity, where everyone had his or her defined place in society, was the antithesis of the incoming Arian ideal of individualism.

Around 2500 B.C. mythologists note a worldwide mythic solarization happening where the new young hero god rises up and defeats the older goddess, thus inaugurating a new order in heaven.

Patriarchal paradigms replaced matriarchal paradigms everywhere, and men took over the running of society. Hero mythologies were created honoring these new gods and the masculine warrior ideal.

Aries brought with it war on a huge scale. This age was one of continual fighting. Empires were created. Sargon of Akkad created the first known military empire around 2300 B.C.

Following him, conquest became the norm, with a long list of empires being created through conquest, and then being conquered by another, until the rise of Rome in the first century B.C.

The ancient Greeks came to epitomize this energy and their Olympic religion glorified the warrior mentality.

Gods and goddesses fought with each other. They chose sides in human wars so that they could take part in the glorious human battles being fought.

Here Saturn and his children, performs official duties by farmer, craftsman, banker etc.
An important point concerning the acceptance of Hellenistic astrology among ancient scholars is also its compatibility with the geocentric world view of Greek natural science and cosmology.

Claudius Ptolemy (100-176 A.D.) attempted, in his astrological text “Tetrabiblos,” to adapt the divinatory astrology in the Egyptian tradition to the natural-scientific world view by leaving out all references to revelations and limiting himself completely to a sober presentation.

But no contradiction arose thereby, for Aristotle, whose scientific authority in cosmological questions remained unchallenged until the early modern period, likewise saw gods in the luminous stars whose effects reach beyond the ether into the sublunar world.

Marcus Manilius reports that it was gods who had inspired the priests on the Euphrates and on the Nile to their knowledge of the laws of the cosmos. Stoic influence is clearly recognizable in Manilius’ astrological world view.

The Biblical Old Testament is an Aries tale. It was first written down around the 7th century B.C., well into the Age of Aries.

Now how would they know this unless they were there or maybe they have been channeling the dead, they probably channel the Wright Brothers because they can’t be wrong.

Although God is said to be a loving God, references to the older Taurus age mentality, he is portrayed in the written account as stern, jealous, and vindictive. In Aries fashion he is fighting for his own ascendancy over rival gods.

He is pictured as a general leading his army of “Chosen People” in conquest of the “Promised Land” of Canaan. Those who do not follow his commands or commandments are punished or threatened with punishment for insubordination. He is often portrayed as smiting the enemies of his chosen.

This is correct, but the insubordination isn’t explained, which is something a liar or politician would do when they’re trying to pull a fast one.

The insubordination was that the people worshiped false gods which is the same thing as worshiping God’s archaeologist’s enemy, the devil. 

They ignored God except when they were in a bind, they got what they deserved.  Well no, they deserved much worse.

In China, the militaristic Shang Dynasty overran the peaceful Lung Shan culture around 1850 B.C. inaugurating a long history of warfare. They were in turn overrun by the more powerful Chou Dynasty in 1122 B.C.

Recent finds in Peru have unearthed a city called Casma dating to 1500 B.C. The pyramid temples have images of war and fighting carved into their walls.

Age of Pisces: 0 B.C. to 2160

Pisces rules: Transcendence, Spirituality, Contact with Other Worlds, Fear, Prophets and Prophecy, Dissolution, Dreams, Illusion, and Lack of Direction.

The Age of Pisces has been an age of great world religions (false religions), starting as early as 700 B.C. The eras of an age mark a transition point where new energies are felt that lead to new directions that will welcome in the new age.

This happens about 700 years before the new age begins. We notice that around 700 BC the Prophetic Revolution began the process of changing a local Semitic religion into the great world religion of the Hebrews.

Around 500 B.C. Lao Tzu introduced Taoism to China. The Buddha was doing the same thing in India. Hinduism was also undergoing a Pisces shift.

The warrior gods such as Agni were demoted while Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva were all elevated in importance as gods of a new transcendent reality beyond the mortal relative world. These were all religions of transcendence.

Judaism led to Christianity and Buddhism spread to encompass most of the Orient. These religions spread beyond national boundaries to become the first multinational organizations in history.

Wrong again, Judaism did not lead to Christianity.  The people of Antioch  called Jesus’ disciples Christians after His resurrection and ascension because all the disciples lived the life that Jesus taught them to live.

The old-Egyptian zodiac of Dendera with the Gods of the decades.
The zodiac was populated by a multitude of gods and demons which were not, or not only, connected to the planets or fixed stars, but which occupied the systematically divided areas of the sky.

These gods and demons then became decisive for humans when the sun passed through their particular region of the sky. But with this the interpretation of horoscopes became a very complicated affair.

For every point through which the sun passed was determined by at least three gods or demons.

The deity of a zodiac sign reigned a whole month, namely as long as the sun was passing through this sign. At the same time, the sun passed through one of the three decades of a sign of the zodiac, each one lasting for ten days.

And on top of that were the single degrees which the sun passed through in a day.

The way, the Egyptian astrology is familiar with further divisions of a region with its particular gods – the so-called borders: divisions of variously large degrees – so that actually more than three gods determine the quality of a particular time of day.

Buddhism did not start after Christianity, Buddhism was here before Jesus was.

National governments became theocracies, the secular arm of society working at the behest of the spiritual paradigm they represented.

Europe was the Holy Roman Empire, a Christian empire following Christian precepts. Islam was created at the outset to also be a religious Moslem governing body. The same was true for Tibet. It was a spiritual nation.

It’s never surprises me that whenever something evil or just a flat out lie about Christianity/Jesus the Catholics are involved.

The Holy Roman Empire was not a Christian Empire, the only Christian Empire there is is Jesus Christ, the head of the church and the church is Christians.

Islam is very similar to Judaism and Judaism was also here before Jesus – they are both evil.

War was turned inward in this age. The enemy was no longer just an external force or challenge. It was internal, and there was seen to be a great battle between good and evil, God and Satan that was constantly tearing at our souls.

The Church battled amongst itself while trying to create a set dogma for correct belief. The Inquisition was established to weed out incorrect thought and belief. Women were persecuted, tortured, and burned for the irrational belief that they were pagan and associates of Satan.

This is true, people were executed for being pagans or associates of Satan, but they were not pagans or Satanist, they were Christians and the executioners were pagans and Satanists.

Pisces fear rose to great heights to overshadow the compassionate and loving message of Christ. As a sad result Christianity ended up becoming the most violent institution in history.

I just can’t believe the garbage written in this article.  The last sentence directly above makes no sense.  Christians, true one, not just those that say they are Christians (like most Jews, the Mormons, the Catholics, Rick Warren, Oprah, etc.) are like Jesus and He was not violent.

In the Orient fear was focused in a different but equally Piscean direction. The great Satan was replaced by the idea that this earthly existence, the Wheel of Life, was a prison, and that we must transcend or escape to a higher heavenly awareness in order to be happy and free. Pisces rules imprisonment and escapism.

That’s incorrect, first off there is nothing great about Satan, unless murder, homosexuality, child molestation, lying, stealing etc., is great.

The great wars of this age were religious wars. The Crusades were fought to wrest the Holy Land from the Muslims creating a basic militaristic division between Muslim and Christian that still affects us today.

There has always been a division between Christians and the Muslims and everybody else because Christians worship Jesus, the Muslim’s worship Allah, who might be related to Rick Warren.

Claudius Ptolemy as a father of the astrology. Woodcut of E. Schön (1515).
Astrology lived on in a hardly modified form in the Middle Ages. In the sixth century A.D., Rhetorios appears in the Byzantine Empire as a compiler of the astrological tradition, following especially the Egyptian-Hellenistic line.

An important impulse for the astrology of the Middle Ages is given by various Arabian astrologers who, under Muslim rule, further develop the “mundane” astrology (concerning meteorological and social events).

In the year 762, the Jewish astrologer Messahalla, who converted to Islam, determined the date of Baghdad’s founding.

In the 8th century A.D., Al Kindi and his disciple Abumassar appear. They are concerned with mundane problems as well, with the so-called “Great Conjunctions,” which were supposed to give information about important political events and developments concerning the entire human race.

The astrology of the Middle Ages reaches the heart of Europe, in addition to the Byzantine line especially by way of the Arabian science which is taught in Toledo and Salamanca, and experiences a renewed flourishing with the Renaissance.

Age of Aquarius:
2160 to 4320

Aquarius rules: Brotherhood, Utopia, Genius and Science, Immortality, Hopes Dreams and Wishes, Revolution, Electricity.

Although we are not in the Age of Aquarius yet, we can see what is happening historically as we close in on that age. 700 years prior to Aquarius takes us back to the fifteenth century. This was the time of our Renaissance.

Science rose up to rival religion as the new Aquarian paradigm. Along with this was a new focus on humanism and the human potential.

In addition, the Aquarius Era was from 1800 to 1980. This era saw the Industrial Revolution and the revolutionary advances of the Twentieth Century. Science and technology have revolutionized our world.

…the Year of Pisces and Aquarius.

Philippians 2 – Obligations of Christians & The Zodiac

Hydra is the longest constellation in the sky and is also the largest in terms of area.
It is so long that it takes more than six hours to rise completely.

Along its northern side, we can observe the zodiacal signs of Cancer, Leo, Virgo and Libra.
The stars in the serpent’s head appear to be at the same distance but they are really very far away from each other.

In Greek mythology, Hercules slew Hydra, a horrible serpent with many heads that grew back as soon as they were cut off.

Killing the Hydra was one of Hercules’ twelve labors, during which he also defeated Leo, the lion, and Draco, the dragon.

People even use the Zodiac to describe the year, or actually the centuries.  Have you heard of the Astrological Ages?  It is not only ridiculous, but demonic, i.e., idolatry.

Tomorrow we will start a two day study with…

Philippians 2
Obligations of Christians

1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

These first five sentences is what Jesus meant when He told the scribe to obey the second commandment:

“…Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself…” (Mk 12:31).

6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

“In the form of God” – affirming that Jesus is fully God.

7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

“Form of a servant” – realize that God lowered Himself to become a puny human being and not only that, He basically bowed down to us – can’t we do the same for Him?

8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Crux – The Southern Cross
If you live in the Southern hemisphere, or if you are vacationing in someplace like Hawaii, you can see a small but beautiful constellation with the shape of a cross.

Its name is Crux and it is located very close to the constellation of Centaurus.

The brightest star in Crux is called Acrux.

Not only did He lower Himself and serve us, He also let us beat and kill Him for the sole purpose of letting us live, and not only live, but to live forever with Him.

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

2:10-11 – bow…confess” – God’s design is that all people everywhere should worship and serve Jesus as Lord.  Ultimately all will acknowledge Him as Lord, whether willingly or not.

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

We complain about a lot of things and we have no right to do so.  When Jesus was here the only complaints He had was when people dishonored God (e.g., Matt 21:13), He never complained about the way He was treated, even while He was being crucified He said:

“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…” (Lk 23:34).

Aries is a constellation in the northern hemisphere. Its name means “ram” in Latin.
That line there is the “ram” what an imagination, but you’ll see that the Greeks had better imaginations then that.

In Greek mythology, the constellation is identified with the myth of the Golden Fleece, sought by Jason and the Argonauts.

It is said that the ram was offspring of Poseidon.

In the myth, it helped king Athamas’ children Phrixus and Helle escape over the sea after their step-mother had arranged a plot to have them killed.

15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.

17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.

18 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.

19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.

20 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.

21 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.

22 But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.

23 Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me.

24 But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly.

25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labor, and fellow soldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.

Astrology is idolatry. Who is the best at idolatry is the Catholic faith.
It is one of the largest religions in the world, with over 1 billion Roman Catholics.

The pope is revered tremendously by Catholics all over the globe.

GOD SAYS:
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God…” (Ex 20:1-15).

Did the Catholics not read that part of the Bible? Oh, they have their own Bible, maybe it’s not there.
Why is there a huge statue of the pope, and Jesus-so tiny?

Why isn’t Christ being magnified?

26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.

27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.

28 I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.

29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation:

30 Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.

 

The Zodiac

God told us not to live by what we see in the sky:

And 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, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven (Deut 4:19).

But mankind has been doing it for centuries upon centuries.  People used the sky to know when to plant their crops and things, and I believe that would be okay and even useful, if that is all they used it for.

God told us not to use the sky as a symbol of how to live because He knew what would come of it. 

Since the beginning of time people have used the sun/sky/stars/planets to manipulate others, to control, more now than ever.  People aren’t looking into the sky to know when to feed their family, but how to rip off their neighbor.

The Zodiac was created due to people studying the constellations and now psychics and fortune tellers are using it. 

It’s idolatry:

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Ex 20:3).

Archaeologists uncovered temples to the Moon-god throughout the Middle East.
From the mountains of Turkey to the banks of the Nile, the most wide-spread religion of the ancient world was the worship of the Moon-god.
In the first literate civilization, the Sumerians have left us thousands of clay tablets in which they described their religious beliefs.

As demonstrated by Sjoberg and Hall, the ancient Sumerians worshiped a Moon-god who was called many different names.

The most popular names were Nanna, Suen and Asimbabbar. His symbol was the crescent moon.

Given the amount of artifacts concerning the worship of this Moon-god, it is clear that this was the dominant religion in Sumeria.

The cult of the Moon-god was the most popular religion throughout ancient Mesopotamia.

The Assyrians, Babylonians, and the Akkadians took the word Suen and transformed it.

The Muslims say that the name of the Moon-god is Allah, the god they worship. And that is okay, because there is no real Moon god.

Anyone can manipulate the above scripture (the devil is the best at doing such things) and say it doesn’t pertain to the Zodiac.  But if you know God then you know that He doesn’t have to spell it out word-by-word. 

If you don’t know God, it would be wise to get to understand Him so you won’t get lost or stay lost.  If you are going to drive across country a smart person would use a map.

 The Zodiac

The constellations have been called humanity’s oldest picture book. For 5,000 and more years, people have looked into a clear night sky and seen the same stars we see today.

 They isolated groups of stars and connected them to each other with imaginary lines, much as we play connect-the-dots.

In the past, people had an excellent knowledge of the night sky. They were able to tell when to plant and when to harvest, and later they navigated the seas with the stars’ help.

Characters of myth and legend were used to name and tell the stories of the stars. Here are a few.

The group of stars that looked like a man with a sword was named Orion, for the famous hunter in Greek mythology.

The pattern that looked like twin boys they called Gemini, the Twins.

The large, bright group of stars in the shape of a lion is known as Leo. According to Greek mythology, Leo was the fierce lion killed by Hercules.

There are millions of stars, but only 5,780 are visible to the naked eye. The largest constellation is Hydra, the Sea Serpent. The smallest constellation is Crux, the Southern Cross.

There has been much speculation as to the origin of the constellations.
Until recently it has usually been assumed that they evolved from the fancies of primitive imaginations, but research now suggests that they were designed as a pictorial scientific coordinate system.

A coordinate system is a set of imaginary lines for measuring positions, like the lines of latitude and longitude for determining locations on the earth.

The constellations perform a similar function, but they employ pictures, which make it easy to identify stars without need of instruments.

Moreover, this evidence points to a time and place that they originated: about 2700 B.C at about 36° north latitude.

There are three main lines of evidence that point to this date and location.

Twelve constellations, together called the Zodiac, form a belt around the earth. As the earth revolves around the sun, a different part of the sky becomes visible until, after a year, the earth has completed one trip and starts again.

Each month, one of the 12 constellations appears above the horizon in the east to begin its march across the sky. Night after night, the constellation appears to move across our sky until it disappears below the horizon in the west and the next constellation appears in the east.

The word Zodiac comes from both Greek and Latin. It means “circle of figures” or “circle of life.” According to the ancient Romans, the year began on the spring equinox, with Aries.

The dates shown next to the signs may not be exactly correct because I have seen different dates in different places.  

I’m sure everyone has, and that right there should let you know that God is not the creator of the Zodiac because He never makes errors nor does he waver.

Read the short description of each sign and tell me that they are not ridiculous.

Aries (The Ram) – March 21-April 19

In Greek mythology, Aries was a winged ram with golden wool. His hide became the much-desired golden fleece.

Taurus (The Bull) – April 20-May 20

Jupiter, the supreme Roman god, turned himself into a bull when he swam from Phoenicia to Crete.

Gemini (The Twins) – May 21-June 20

This constellation reminded the Greeks of Castor and Pollux, the mythological twin sons of Zeus. It was thought to bring good luck to sailors since it appeared at the end of the winter storm season.

Cancer (The Crab) – June 21-July 22

Cancer represents the crab that Juno, queen of the gods, sent to rescue Hydra. But Hercules stepped on the crab, crushing it to death. To reward the crab for its heroic attempt, Juno chose it to represent this constellation.

One of the most easily recognized of all constellations, Orion lies near to the Milky Way, and thus contains many open clusters and some of the best nebulae in the heavens.
Led by the bright stars Betelgeuse and Rigel, this constellation holds many fine telescopic and binocular objects, along with some of the most photographed regions of the sky.

Leo (The Lion) – July 23-August 22

This large constellation honors the strength and bravery of the lion.

Virgo (The Virgin) – August 23-September 22

Virgo is traditionally depicted as a maiden holding an ear of grain to symbolize the harvest.

Libra (The Scales) – September 23-October 22

Libra is the symbol of balance. This constellation appears at the time of the autumnal equinox, when days and nights are equal.

Scorpio (The Scorpion) – October 23-November 21

In mythology, Scorpio (or Scorpius) was the scorpion that attacked and killed the hunter Orion.

Sagittarius (The Archer) – November 22-December 21

This constellation is usually pictured as Chiron the archer, who is a centaur (half man, half horse). Chiron is said to be aiming his arrow at Scorpio to avenge the death of Orion.

Capricorn (The Sea Goat) – December 22-January 19

In many cultures, Capricorn has the head of a goat and the tail of a fish. The goat, an expert climber, represents the sun’s climb from its lowest position in the sky. After December 22, the shortest day, the sun’s time in the sky increases daily.

Gemini is one of the constellations of the zodiac.
It was one of the 48 constellations described by the 2nd century A.D. astronomer Ptolemy and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations today.
Its name is Latin for “twins,” and it is associated with the twins Castor and Pollux in Greek mythology.

Aquarius (The Water Bearer) – January 20-February 18

The Babylonians believed that this group of stars represented an old man pouring water from a jar. The Greeks saw Ganymede, the cup bearer of the gods, who poured the water of life.

Pisces (The Fishes) – February 19-March 20

Leo is the fifth of the twelve Zodiac constellations.
Depicted as a crouching lion facing the west, with a sickle of stars marking the head and mane of the animal, this constellation is seen mostly in the evening.

Pisces represents Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, and her son Cupid. To escape from a monster, they turned into fish and jumped into a river.

…the Astrological Ages.

Philippians 1 – Prayer for Thankfulness & Phillipi

Ruins of ancient temple in Thassos Island – Greece

The other day, we had talked about Astrology and to show how old it is, how long people have been duped by the devil with it, tomorrow we’ll look at…

Philippians 1
Prayer for Thankfulness

1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

2 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

An island with crystal beaches and lush greenery, Thassos is the northernmost island of the Aegean Sea, very close to the coasts of the mainland.
Ideal for family and relaxing holidays, Thassos island has gorgeous beaches, either organized or totally secluded.
The mountainous villages in the inland have traditional architecture, with stone houses, paved streets and grey-tiled roofs.
The surrounding landscape is great for trekking with paths leading to abandoned places, castle ruins and caves.
The most interesting sightseeing in Thassos Greece is the Ancient Agora, while the Monastery of Archangel Michael offers breathtaking view to the Aegean Sea.

3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,

Paul always thanked God for all believers, but he also thanked Him for everything he had or didn’t have.  Paul thanked God for the good times he had and the bad times.  He thanked Him for allowing him to live on earth and to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;

6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

“Work in you” – Paul was confident, not only of what God had done “for” the readers in forgiving their sins, but also of what he had done “in” them.  “Work” refers to God’s activity in saving them.

“Day of Jesus Christ” – His return, when their salvation will be brought to completion.  It is God who initiates salvation, who continues it and who will one day bring it to its consummation.

7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.

“Partakers of my grace” – not even imprisonment and persecution can change such sharing.  Even in Paul’s imprisonment they willingly identified themselves with Paul by sending Epaphroditus and their financial gifts. 

They had become one with Paul in his persecution, and all believers become one in Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, i.e.,” the old and new man of self” (Rom 6:6-10; Eph 2:15-16, 4:22-32;  Col 3:9-17).

Via Egnatia was the main Roman road, from the Adriatic Sea along the northern shore of the Aegean Sea through Thrace to Byzantium.
The Via Egnatia was built by a Roman senator named Gnaeus Egnatius, who served as praetor with the powers of proconsul in the newly conquered province of Macedonia in the late 140s B.C.

Like all Roman roads, the pavement of the Via Egnatia was about six meters wide.
In Philippi, large tracts survive. The road passed along the central market, and a sewer made sure that the street was never too wet or dirty.

It was repaired several times; on one place, you can still see that old tombstones and honorific inscriptions were reused.

8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

“Filled with the fruits of righteousness” – what is expected of all Christians, see the note in v. 7.

12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;

Everything that happened to Paul God allowed or caused for His purpose.

13 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;

14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:

“The one preach Christ of contention” – those who preach with wrong, insincere motives do so out of a sense of competition with Paul and so think they are making his imprisonment more difficult to bear.

After preaching the gospel in Philippi, Paul passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia on his way to Thessalonica.
Amphipolis was one of the most important cities of Macedonia in antiquity – it was the capitol of one of the four republics into which the Romans divided Macedonia in order to break up her political unity.

The Via Engatia ran through the city, and is one of the reasons the city remained important during the time for the early church.

The remains of four early basilicas have been discovered and make it clear that Amphipolis was a notable religious center.

“Not sincerely” – not all preaching of the gospel is based on proper motives but out of greedy desire to increase their pocket book and/or to be admired by others, e.g., Rick Warren, the Catholic Church.

17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel.

18 What then? Notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

“For me to live is Christ” – the new man.

“To die is gain” – the old man.

22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor: yet what I shall choose I wot not.

“Fruit of my labor” – the spreading of the gospel and the up building of the church.

23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

Philippian Jail
This traditional place of Paul and Silas’s imprisonment is of dubious authenticity, but it remembers the attack on these men and their subsequent flogging and imprisonment.

25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;

26 That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.

27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.

29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

30 Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

Philippi

Philippi is located about 9 mi. inland (north) of Neapolis (modern Kavala).

It was founded in the fourth century B.C. After the battle of Philippi, in 42 B.C., veterans of the Roman legions were settled there and in 27 B.C. the city became a Roman Colony.

It was an important city of Macedonia, and the main highway from the east that headed towards Rome, the 493 mile long Via Egnatia, ran through the city.

The city of Philippi in Paul’s day boasted a remarkably colorful history:

* In 359 B.C. the orator Callistratus and some Greek colonists from the island of Thasos founded a colony, called Krenides in northern Greece near Macedonia and Thrace.

* In 356 B.C. Philip II of Macedon seized the gold mines near the site, fortified the city wall, drained the nearby marshes, constructed a theater, increased the city’s size and renamed it after himself.

* Alexander the Great (the son of Philip II) used Philippi as a base for his conquests.

* In the 2nd century B.C. Macedonia was captured by the Romans and Philippi became a Roman outpost.

* In 42 B.C., in the civil war following Julius Caesar’s assassination, Octavian (Augustus) and Mark Antony defeated the forces of Cassius and Brutus at a major battle near Philippi.

* Octavian, also victorious in a subsequent war against Mark Antony and Cleopatra, renamed the city Colonia Julia Augusta Philippensis and settled a number of Roman veterans there.

* Paul’s missionary work in Europe began at Philippi, and it was there that the first baptisms in Europe took place (Acts 16:9-33).

Situated near the Via Egnatia, Philippi lay between Asia and Europe and was thus an excellent base of operations for Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth, since she could acquire this commodity from the east and sell it to Romans and Greeks in the west.

Acts 16:12 is sometimes taken to mean that Philippi was the administrative center of the district of Macedonia, but the Greek text of this verse is uncertain and may actually mean that Philippi was “a city of the first district of Macedonia.”

Paul arrived in Macedonia around 50 C.E.
Paul arrived by boat, most tourists arrive by by plane.

Paul landed at Neapolis (now Kavala), a small beautiful fishing village at the time and now a small, still beautiful, city with an aqueduct built at the time of sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (1521-1566) still pretty much intact.

Thessalonica, a city then, a bigger city now, the capital of the Greek province of Macedonia. Paul traveled about 9 miles on foot with a couple of companions along the Via Egnatia to Philippi.

Tourists travel about 90 miles on a large air-conditioned tour bus along the modern highway to Philippi.

Evidence from Pliny the Elder (Natural History, 4.38) indicates that the capital city of this region was Amphipolis. A theater that was in use in Paul’s day can still be found in Philippi, and a stone crypt near the forum is traditionally identified as Paul’s jail, although this tradition has not been verified.

The Philippi of Paul’s day was essentially a Roman city in Greece. Its Roman citizens enjoyed the same legal rights as those in Italy, and Latin became the common language of the city.

The heavy Roman presence in Philippi may account for the greeting from “Caesar’s household” in Phil 4:22. Still, Paul reminded his Christian readers, their citizenship was in heaven (Phil 3:20).

…the Zodiac.