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The Witness of the Stars
E. W. Bullinger
The Second Book
"The result of the Redeemer's sufferings"
Aquarius (The Water Bearer)
Their blessings ensured, or the living waters of
blessing poured forth for the redeemed
18. Aquarius (the Water Bearer)
Piscis Australis (the Southern Fish)
The Atonement being made, the blessings have been
procured, and now they can be bestowed and poured forth upon the Redeemed. This is the
truth, whether we think of Abel's lamb, of patriarchal sacrifices, the offerings under the
Law, or of that great Sacrifice of which they all testified. They all with one voice tell
us that atonement made is the only foundation of blessing.
This was pictured and foreshown in the heavens from the
beginning, by a man pouring forth water from an urn which seems to have an inexhaustible
supply, and which flows forth downwards into the mouth of a fish, which receives it and
drinks it all up.
In the ancient Zodiac of Denderah it is the same idea,
though the man holds two urns, and the fish below seems to have come out of the urn. The
man is called Hupei Tirion, which means the place of him coming down or poured
In some eastern Zodiacs the urn alone appears.
This agrees with its other names--Hebrew, Deli, the
water-urn, or bucket (as in Numbers 24:7); the Arabic Delu is the same.
There are 108 stars in this Sign, four of which are of the
3rd magnitude. Their names, as far as they have come down to us, are significant.
The star a (in the right shoulder) is called Sa'ad
al Melik, which means The record of the pouring forth.
The star b (in the other shoulder) is called Saad
al Sund, who goeth and returneth, or the pourer out.
The bright star d (in the lower part of the right
leg) is well-known today by its Hebrew name Scheat, which means who goeth and
The bright star in the urn has an Egyptian name--Mon
or Meon, which means simply an urn.
Aquarius is the modern Latin name by which the sign is
known. It has the same meaning, the pourer forth of water.
Can we doubt what is the interpretation of this sign? The
Greeks, not knowing Him of whom it testified, were, like the woman of Samaria, destitute
of that living water which He alone can give. They therefore invented some story about Deucalion,
the son of Prometheus; and another, saying he is Ganymede, Jove's cup-bearer! But,
as an astronomer says, "We must account otherwise for the origin of this name; for it
is not possible to reconcile the symbols of the eleventh sign (because everyone begins to
reckon from Aries, and not as we have done from Virgo) with Grecian mythology." No!
we must go further back than that, and not cramp our vision, and distort the Scriptures,
by confining our thoughts to "the Church." The Church is nowhere seen in these
Signs, as it is nowhere revealed in the Old Testament. This we shall enlarge on when we
come to the sign Pisces. Meanwhile we must read the witness of the stars as if there had
been no Church!
Christ is first. Yea, He is all in all. The Scriptures
testify of Him; and the very stars in this Sign tell of His going away and His coming
again. These prophetic signs have to do with Him, with the Atonement He wrought, with the
conflict He endured, with the blessings He secured, with the victory He shall win, and the
triumph He shall have. For it is written:
"He shall pour the water out of His
And His seed shall be in many waters,
And His king shall be higher than Agag,
And His knogdom shall be exalted." Numbers 24:7
It tells of that glorious day when
"A King shall reign in righteousness;
And princes shall rule in judgment;
And a MAN shall be as an hiding place from the wind,
And a covert from the tempest;
As RIVERS of WATER in a dry place." Isaiah 32:1, 2
It speaks of that glorious time when Israel shall be
restored, and their "eyes shall see the King in His beauty"; when the peace of
Zion shall be no more disturbed, "but there the glorious LORD will be unto us a place
of broad rivers and streams" (Isaiah 33:17,20,21). Then
"The wilderness and the solitary place
shall be glad for them;
And the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose,
For in the wilderness shall waters break out,
And streams in the desert." Isaiah 35:1, 6
"I will open rivers in high places,
And fountains in the midst of the valleys;
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
And the dry land springs of water." Isaiah 41:18
"Fear not, O Jacob, My servant;
And thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen,
For I will POUR WATER upon him that is thirsty,
And floods upon the dry ground;
I will pour My Spirit upon thy seed,
And My blessing upon thy offspring.
Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel,
And his Redeemer the LORD of hosts." Isaiah 44:2, 3, 6
This is the meaning of the Sign. The MAN Christ Jesus, who
was humbled in death will yet be seen to be the pourer forth of every blessing. Physically
pouring forth literal waters, removing the curse, and turning this world into a paradise:
"Making her wilderness like Eden,
And her desert like the garden of the LORD." Isaiah 51:3
And morally pouring forth His Spirit in such
abundance as to fill the whole earth with peace, and blessing, and glory, "as the
waters cover the sea."
Upon Israel restored He will pour out His blessing. They
will be sprinkled with clean water, and possess a new heart and a new spirit (Eze
36:24-28; Joel 2:28-32).
Such are some of the Scriptures which tell of this
glorious Water-pourer. We need not rob Christ of His glory, or Israel of her blessing, in
order to see in all this Pentecost or the Church. These are quite independent of the great
line of prophetic truth. They are parenthetical, and distinct, and true, quite apart from
the glorious prophecies of Israel's scattering and gathering. The physical marvels
referred to in the texts above can never be satisfied or exhausted by any spiritual
fulfilment. We may make an application of them as far as is consistent with the
teaching of the epistles; but the interpretation of them belongs to the Person of
Christ, and the nation of Israel. That interpretation is pictured for us in the Sign, and
in its three constellations.
PISCIS AUSTRALIS (The Southern Fish)
The blessings bestowed
18. Aquarius (the Water Bearer)
Piscis Australis (the Southern Fish)
This first constellation is one of high antiquity, and its
brilliant star of the first magnitude was a subject of great study by the Egyptians and
Ethiopians. It is named in Arabic Fom al Haut, the mouth of the fish There are 22
The constellation is inseparable from AQUARIUS. In the
Denderah Zodiac it is called Aar, a stream.
It sets forth the simple truth that the blessings procured
by the MAN--the coming Seed of the woman, will be surely bestowed and received by those
for whom they are intended. There will be no failure in their communication, or in their
reception. What has been purchased shall be secured and possessed.
2. PEGASUS (The Winged Horse)
The blessings quickly coming
19. Pegasus (the Winged Horse)
Not only shall they be received, but they shall be brought
near. They will not have to be fetched, but they will be caused to come to those for whom
they are procured, and will yet be brought by Him who has procured them.
In the Denderah Zodiac there are two characters
immediately below the horse, Pe and ka. Peka or Pega, is in
Hebrew the chief, and Sus is horse. So that the very word (Pegasus)
has come down to us and has been preserved through all the languages.
The names of the stars in this constellation declare to us
its meaning. There are 89 altogether; one of the 1st magnitude, two of the 2nd, three of
the 3rd, nine of the 4th, etc. And, as astronomers testify, "they render Pegasus
The brightest a (on the neck of the horse at the
junction of the wing), comes down to us with the ancient Hebrew name of Markab,
which means returning from afar. The star b (in the near shoulder) is called
Scheat, i.e., who goeth and returneth The star g (at the tip of the
wing) bears an Arabic name--Al Genib, who carries. The star e (in the
nostril) is called Enif (Arabic), the water The star h (in the near
leg) is called Matar (Arabic), who causes to flow.
These names show us that we have to do with no mere horse.
A winged horse is unknown to nature. It must therefore be used as a figure; and it can be
a figure only of a person, even of Him who is "the Branch," as the star Enif
shows, who said, "If I go away I will come again," as the star Scheat
He who procured these blessings for the redeemed by His
Atonement, is quickly coming to bring them; and is soon returning to pour them forth upon
a groaning creation. This is the lesson of Pegasus.
"Come, blessed Lord, bid every shore
And answering island sing
The praises of Thy royal Name,
And own Thee as their King.
Lord, Lord! thy fair creation groans--
The earth, the air, the sea--
In unison with all our hearts,
And calls aloud for Thee.
Thine was the Cross with all its fruits
Of grace and peace divine:
Be Thine the Crown of glory now,
The palm of victory Thine."
CYGNUS (The Swan)
The Blesser surely returning
20. Cygnus (the Swan)
This constellation repeats, emphasises, and affirms this
glorious truth. It has to do with the Great Blesser and His speedy return, as is testified
by all the ancient names connected with it.
In the Denderah Zodiac it is named Tes-ark, which
means this from afar.
It is a most brilliant and gorgeous asterism of 81 stars;
one of the 1st or 2nd, six of the 3rd, twelve of the 4th magnitude, etc. It contains
variable stars, five double stars, and one quadruple. The star marekd "61 Cygni"
is known as one of the most wonderful in the whole heavens. It consists of two stars which
revolve about each other, and yet have a progressive motion common to each!
This mighty bird is not falling dead, like Aquila, but it
is flying swiftly in mid-heaven. It is coming to the earth, for it is not so much a bird
of the air, but a bird peculiarly belonging to both the earth and the waters.
Its brightest star a (between the body and the
tail), is called Deneb (like another in CAPRICORNUS), and means the judge.
It is also called Adige, flying swiftly, and thus at once it is connected with Him
who cometh to judge the earth in righteousness.
The star b (in the beak) is named Al Bireo
(Arabic), flying quickly.
The star g (in the body) is called Sadr
(Hebrew), who returns as in a circle.
The two stars in the tail, now marked in the maps as p
I and p II, are named Azel, who goes and returns quickly; and Fafage,
gloriously shining forth.
The teaching, then, of the whole sign of AQUARIUS is clear
and complete. The names of the stars explain the constellations, and the names of the
constellations explain the sign, so that we are left in no doubt.
By His atoning death (as set forth in CAPRICORNUS) He has
purchased and procured unspeakable blessings for His redeemed. This sign (AQUARIUS) tells
of those blessings being poured forth, and of the speedy return of Him who is to bring
"rivers of blessing," and to fill this earth with blessing and glory "as
the waters cover the sea."
"Then take, LORD, thy kingdom, and
come in Thy glory;
Make the scene of Thy sorrows the place of Thy throne,
Complete all the blessing which ages in story
Have told of the triumphs so justly Thine own."
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