Ask The Stars… They Will Tell You!

Did you ever wonder what your future held for you?  Have you ever been tempted to go to an astrologer? Have you ever actually given into the temptation and visited an astrologer?

For many Americans, having their horoscope read is an innocent, fun, and in some cases beneficial pursuit. In fact, based on the latest Harris poll, slightly more than ¼ of Americans believe in Astrology.  (You can access this poll at http://www.harrisinteractive.com/vault/Harris_Poll_2009_12_15.pdf)

Just Google “daily horoscope” and you will see over 6 ½ million websites, most of which are offering access to daily horoscopes.   Yes, undoubtedly astrology, horoscopes and other methods of foretelling future events has found a solid foothold in our society.

So what does the Lord say about all this?  Is it just an innocent pursuit?  Let’s see what the Word of God has to say…

THE SCRIPTURE:

Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail. Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it. Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee.

(Isa 47:12-15)

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, (Psa 19:1-4)

THE STUDY:

Isa 47:12-15

In our first text, Isaiah is receiving a message from God to be delivered to the empire ofBabylon.  In this message Isaiah is telling Babylon of their coming punishment from God for the sins they have committed (vs 1-11)

Then in verse 12 and 13 – the Babylonians were to turn to their sinful pursuits of enchantments, sorceries, and getting counsel from astrologers, stargazers and monthly prognosticators.  They had put these sinful pursuits ahead of serving the Lord in times past…. So they should rely on them now as well. All of those things would prove worthless.

In verses 14-15 – The Lord would do away with all those pursuits as fire burns stubble.  They would not be able to deliver themselves from these judgments, much less the entire nation of Babylon, their merchants and their associates from youth.   None of their past pursuits, or associates, could save the nation nor themselves…

Clearly these verses present two important truths about future tellers….

  1. They are of no lasting value… the Lord is the One who controls all events.  They do not control, nor can they save from future events.  (Isa 44:24-25, Isa 41:21-24)
  2. They will receive judgment from the Lord along with those who look to them.  Clearly, they were sharing in the punishment meted out to the empire of Babylon.  (Isa 8:19-22)

(see also: Dan 1:20, 2:2, 2:27, 4:7, 5:7, 5:11, 5:15 – the astrologers being talked about in the book of Daniel, were unable to interpret or give the solution to the King’s dream.  The entire Daniel account is teaching the impotence of astrologers when it comes to solving life’s issues and understanding God’s will for our lives.)

Psalm 19:1-4

Here we find the answer to the question “Why did the Lord create all the heavenly bodies?”  In many astrologist’s minds, the purpose of the heaven’s existence is to help interpret future events.  However, in our Psa 19: verses we find that the real purpose of the creation of the heavens was to display God’s great power, wisdom and glory.  By looking at the greatness of the heavenly bodies, EVERYONE is given a testimony to God’s existence and greatness.  It is a testimony that transcends national, cultural, language and even continental boundaries.  It is the witness Paul talks about in Romans 1:19-20.

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION

For the Christian….

We need to always remember that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only One who controls our future.  (Dan 4:34-35, Isa 46:9-11)  It is our responsibility to trust Him with our future on a daily basis.  To seek knowledge of what our future holds is a lack of faith on our part.  He will take care of us… we do not need to think, nor worry about what the future may hold. (Matt 6:25-34)

For those who have never trusted in Christ…

The greatest peace comes from trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ to care for our past, present and future. (Phil 4:6-7)  By looking to Christ and trusting in His work on the cross, we can find rest and peace from the burden of our sin. (Matt 11:28-30).

Turn to the Lord, relying totally on Him to give forgiveness, peace and rest… this is the key to knowing we are under His care.   Then the future is no longer an uncertainty to be feared and concerned about… it can now be approached with a confident expectation knowing that He will accompany us and protect us no matter what the future may hold.   (Pro 3:5-6, Psa 32:8, Jer 6:16)

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About Rob Barkman

A retired pastor, Bible teacher and author of 20 years, he is currently ministering through Settled In Heaven Ministries. SIH Ministries is an on-line Bible teaching ministry that was founded by Bro Barkman in 2010. Settled In Heaven’s mission is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by fulfilling two different roles... rendering encouragement and Biblical knowledge to the saints in an effort to enhance their service to Christ; and proclaiming the gospel message to those who are in need of salvation, explaining to them their urgent need to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
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4 Responses to Ask The Stars… They Will Tell You!

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Amen. The Lord has the whole world and everybody in His hands.. Even the stars and the moons and the sun.. and Venus etc. etc. There is nothing my God cannot do. He made them all and if He wants to He can say “Sun hold on, do not set” as he made it so for the Israelites to win a war so many years ago.He can say to your mountain “move” and it will move. In the East it is fengshui based on the flow of energy control they say. Jesus was in the room with His disciples after His resurrection and no wall or door could stop Him from being with His loved ones especially when they were filled with fear. It is fear of the unknown that grips someone who seeks signs from the heavenlies. It is folly to look to the created for directions. We must look to our Creator, the Author and Finisher of our faith O Christians Everybody must look at the cross – not just the wooden cross, nor the crosses round the necks of ladies or rock stars, nor the crosses on door lintels. We must look to the Man on the cross who bore the penalty of sin for you and me. If we turn to Him believe Him as the Son of God who came to save us, it will turn our whole future from hell to heaven! A follower of Jesus need never fear for Jesus is risen and sits on the right hand of His Father interceding for us. He has sent His Holy Spirit to be in us and greater is He Who is in us than the devil who is in the world. So we can have peace for it is well with our souls, though the storms of life may rage all arounnd us. Glory to God our Father through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord forevermore!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Thank you Evelyn for a great comment…. especially “It is fear of the unknown that grips someone who seeks signs from the heavenlies. It is folly to look to the created for directions. We must look to our Creator, the Author and Finisher of our faith O Christians” is so true. Thank the Lord He is in absolute control of all and we can trust Him with our past, present AND future!

  2. Rob, for one tiniest split second, you had me wondering, but I knew you wouldn’t be one of those Christians(?) who think it quite OK to indulge in astrology and other like things.

    I have the certainty of the promises of God, so to consult astrology or any other form of witchcraft (no: it isn’t science!) would be foolishness. My God knows everything and is in control. He wants the very best for me. He knows the end from the beginning. He cannot lie. He cannot break His Word. He has been my Guide for decades, so why should I doubt Him now?

    We serve an amazing God!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Angela,

      I thought you knew me better than that! (haha). Actually, I realize that pagen practice of astrology has crept into the church and God’s people are being misled by it’s teachings and practice. By God’s grace we all will be aware fo the Bible’s stand against such practices and realize that the only message to get from the stars is God’s wisdom, glory and power as Creator of the heavenly bodies and all of nature aournd us. Thanks for the comments. Lord bless.

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