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. . . . . .in the beginning....

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

.God spoke and life was created.......in the heavens and on the earth.... And God saw that it was good.

 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: (Gen 1:14)
 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,2
 

The lights in the firmament of heaven…., and let them be for signs and for seasons.

Signs: 226. 'owth, oth; prob. from H225 (in the sense of appearing); a signal (lit. or fig.), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc.:--mark, miracle, (en-) sign, token.

 

Seasons: 4150. mow'ed, mo-ade'; or  mo'ed mo-ade'; or (fem.)  mow'adah (H2 Chron. 8 : 13), mo-aw-daw'; from H3259; prop. an appointment, i.e. a fixed time or season; spec. a festival; conventionally a year; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); technically the congregation; by extension, the place of meeting; also a signal (as appointed beforehand):--appointed (sign, time), (place of, solemn) assembly, congregation, (set, solemn) feast, (appointed, due) season, solemn (-ity), synagogue, (set) time (appointed). 

 

When one examines the wholeness of this definition, one can see that this is referring to events or appointed times of meetings, and not specifically as seasons of Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer, rather God’s calendar of events when he will perform happenings either through miracles or monumental events.   For millenniums prior to His dictations to Moses, to explain the beginning, God put this calendar of monuments and appointed times in the LIGHTS OF HEAVEN.  The lights in order to pictorially show these events, had to be assembled in an order to where the lines can be connected to the dots, much like we do in the “Connect the Dots” coloring pages or games. 

 

In order for these connected dots to make a picture, the lights (stars) have to be placed in a certain order.  These clusters of stars we call Constellations. So did God call them  as such when he spoke to Isaiah (13:)

 

9  Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

10  For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.

11  And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

 

Constellations: 3685. Keciyl, kes-eel'; the same as H3684; any notable constellation; spec. Orion (as if a burly one):--constellation, Orion.

Here not only is Isaiah being told of God’s event in a time but tells us that it will happen in a specific season (by the sign).  He also notes more to Job and Amos of this particular constellation.

 

(Job 9:9 KJV)  Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

 Arcturus: 5906. 'Ayish, ah'-yish; or  'Ash, awsh; from H5789; the constellation of the Great Bear (perh. from its migration through the heavens):--Arcturus.

(Job 38:31 KJV)  Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

 

(Amos 5:8 KJV)  Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:

 

So what about these signs of star clusters which we call Constellations?   These have been noted by Astronomers since Galileo which the scientific community constantly watches beginning with the discovery of the telescope in 1608 credited to Hans Lippershey (which is believed that Galileo used the same designed) to the first "practical" reflector in 1668 discovered by Isaac Newton1 , and by our  own little household telescopes to the giant orbiting Hubble.

 

However, when was man first told about these Constellations and how did they first come to know and understand them?

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(1)       http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_telescope