The Sign of the Dragon

27 Oct

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In a previous study on Revelation 12 I mentioned the woman that John saw in the heavens, and showed that she represented Israel, giving birth to Jesus, according to the flesh (cf. Hebrews 7:14; Romans 1:3; Revelation 5:5; 22:16). Continuing in this study, John saw another wonder (G4952 – semeion) or sign in the heavens. It was a dragon, which in the context of the sign of the woman being Virgo, this second sign must be Draco the dragon constellation (Revelation 12:3) that appears in the sign Sagittarius.

Although some of the signs have been corrupted, given different names with different stories behind them, it was God who originally set them in the heavens and called them out by name (Psalm 147:4). He had a purpose in doing so. Otherwise, why would he do such a thing? Does he number the trees of the earth or the earth’s rocks and call them by name? There isn’t a record of him doing that, but, knowing that God has a purpose for doing the things he does, we are able to conclude that there must be some meaning behind the stars in the heavens. The Scriptures seem to say the Lord singled out the constellations and named them, so we could honor him by seeking out why he had done such a thing (Proverbs 25:2).

We need to keep in mind that from the very beginning, God set the lights in the heavens not only to give physical light to the earth, but to be for signs in their seasons (Genesis 1:14-18), not for the purpose of predicting personal matters in one’s life (Isaiah 47:13), but for the purpose of revealing the spiritual work of God (Psalm 19:1; 97:6). Paul, speaking of the Gospel that is written in the heavens, claimed it went to all people throughout the world (Romans 10:13-21). Nevertheless, as I said above, these things were corrupted by those who didn’t want to have God in their knowledge. The Lord named all the stars (Psalm 147:4), even the constellations (Job 9:9; 38:31), and these things speak of the work of God (Psalm 102:25). Although they knew the Lord at one time (Romans 1:18-20), men corrupted that knowledge by changing the work of God into the fashion of men, birds, beasts and creeping things (Romans 1:21-23, 28).

How could Enoch have known how to walk with God, since there is no record of a preacher showing him how to do it (Genesis 5:22)? How could Noah have walked with God (Genesis 6:9) and become a preacher of righteousness (2Peter 2;5), since, except for commanding him to build an ark, it isn’t recorded that God told him how to walk with him or how to preach the things Noah preached? Nevertheless, the names of the stars and the constellations that are in the heavens preach the Gospel throughout the world, and John in Revelation 12 points to two of those signs, the one (Virgo) predicting the birth of the Messiah, who was to rule from heaven, and the other (Draco) pointing to the evil works of those who tried to prevent that from happening.

John described what he saw, saying it was a red dragon, having seven heads and seven crowns upon his heads. Actually, the constellation, Draco, has only one head, but taken together with all the constellations pointing to him, he has seven heads. There are also seven stars in Draco’s head and tongue, which proceeds out of its mouth. Therefore, since we know the dragon is Satan or the Enemy, the Devil or Slanderer (Revelation 12:9), we may look for his other heads elsewhere in the Zodiac to discover their meaning there.[1]

The sign, Draco, appears only in the northern hemisphere, and is circumpolar, which means it never sets; it is always visible in the northern sky. Its brightest star, Thuban, meaning subtle in Hebrew, used to be the polar star some 4600 years ago, but due to the wobble of the earth’s axis (precession of the equinox), it has moved out of the true northerly direction. So, in the days when the great pyramid was supposed to have been built, Thuban, which is in the tail of Draco, was the polar star. Therefore, one could say that Satan, the “god of this world” (2Corinthians 4:4, cf. Revelation 12:9), was the guiding light, exerting a subtle influence upon our world.

One of the minor constellations in the sign, Virgo, is Coma,[2] meaning the desired (of the nations – cf. Haggai 2:7). The constellation is that of a woman holding a child. In the heavens the head of Draco is positioned to strike at the child, soon after he was born (Revelation 12:4). So, although these things are written in the stars for us to understand, they depict things that were to occur on earth (e.g. Matthew 2:1-18). They prophesied of the times of Jesus and his Apostles.


[1] Besides Draco we find Satan in the constellations: Serpens, Cerberus (three headed monster), Cetus, the sea monster (known as Leviathan in the Bible: Job 41:1; Psalm 74:14; Isaiah 27:1), and Hydra, the monstrous serpent who winds its way through four constellations (or 1/3 of the stars of heaven, see Revelation 12:4), five beasts, seven heads. What is interesting is they all get slain or are bound by a strong man in the heavens, who is Christ.

[2] This is an ancient name of the constellation, which on modern maps is Coma Berenicae, the wig of Berenice, wife of Ptolemy III, an obvious corruption of the original ancient constellation. See E.W. Bullinger, The Witness of the Stars, pages 34 & 35.


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2 responses to “The Sign of the Dragon

  1. Eddie

    October 28, 2019 at 07:35

    Greetings Patricia, and thank you for your interest in my studies. Lord bless you.

    We agree that Psalm 147 refers to the Jews returning to their homeland from Babylon, but who wrote the Psalm, Haggai, Zechariah, or even Ezra, is of little consequence in my opinion. Otherwise, its authorship would be clearer. We also agree that the mention of “stars” often refers to the leaders of Israel (Genesis 37:9-10), but not always, as Genesis 15:5 does refer to literal stars, but their number was meant to encourage Abraham, in that the number of his descendents would also be innumerable.

    We don’t agree that Psalm 147:4 refers to the actual leaders of the returning Israelite families. If such were true, then Psalm 147:5 falls flat. How would knowing the number of the heads of Judah’s families point to the Lord’s infinite knowledge? For this reason alone, Psalm 147:4 must refer to the literal stars, otherwise, how could the returning pilgrims have been encouraged? What else points to the Lord’s infinite knowledge?

    Thanks again, Patricia, for reading my blog, and I hope you have a great day.

  2. Patricia Watkins

    October 27, 2019 at 21:23

    Hi Eddie,

    The first reference you gave from Psalms 147:4 about God calling all the stars by their names is not speaking of the stars making up the constellations. It’s talking about each of the named families of the post-exilic return. God called each of those returning families by their father’s name, and all those names are listed in the census of Ezra chapter 2.

    The children of Israel were often spoken of as “stars”, as we see especially in Joseph’s dream of the eleven “stars”, (his brothers, the sons of Jacob), bowing down to himself in Genesis 37:9-10.

    Psalms 147 is a Psalm authored by Haggai and Zechariah. These two prophets ministering to the people returning from the Babylonian captivity spoke of gathering the people in the post-exilic return in the verses 2 and 3 preceding Ps. 147:4.

    “The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.” (in the post-exilic return).

    “He healeth the the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” (by restoring them to their homeland again, and re-establishing the city, the temple, and the cities of Israel).

    “He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.” (by counting each of the fathers’ family names listed in the register of the returning Jews in Ezra 2’s census of the people).

    God once told Abraham that his seed would be as numerous as the stars in Genesis 15:5. That symbolism of the “stars” being representative of the people of Israel is repeated other places in scripture, even in Jude, where the wicked among the people are called “wandering stars” in Jude verse 13.

    So, while I would agree that God intended for the heavenly astrological bodies to be “…for signs and for seasons, and for days and years” (Gen. 1:14), I don’t think that this particular Psalms 147:4 verse about the symbolic “stars” can be used to support the point of your post.

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