Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Coming Ox Driver

Today, I ran onto this article from WND, which is a website I usually tolerate for news and nothing more. This story took me by surprise.

The article explains how one man, Mark Biltz, with whose ministry I am familiar, is claiming to have uncovered how the constellation "Boötes" is possibly a sign of Christ's second coming which has been in the night sky since creation. Boötes, he claims, is Hebrew for "the Coming One", and is depicted as a man holding a sickle, which is specifically related to end times iconography in Revelation. This portion of the article is what kept me reading, as I had recently been pondering the significance of the sickle in the context of that chapter.

From the article: "The word 'assemble' is the same word that is translated as 'Arcturus' in Job," he said. "So it means the same thing, to assemble, to come. And if you'll notice the word 'come' is 'bo,' which is the name of this constellation: 'Bo-otes.' So this constellation .... He's got a sickle in one hand and a spear in the other. This is a sign of the Messiah who says 'I'm coming.' That's what this constellation is all about, the Coming One. In Revelation it talks about He has a sickle in His hand."

Well, I apologize to those who are getting interested, because I'm going to have to pull some rugs out.

From the above image, by golly, it's as plain as the nose on your face that he's right...! But, let's look at the constellation as God intended, without all the doodling:

Hmm... I don't see the sickle from this angle...

Okay, I'll make it easier by emphasizing the pertinent stars (yes, I did this myself and am very pleased):
So, how we get the intricate drawing at the top of the article from playing connect-the-dots with these stars, I'll never know, because I not only don't see the sickle, I lost the man.

Actually, Boötes has been depicted as holding anything from a spear and leashed dogs, to nothing but a club. In fact, Boötes is Greek for "Ox driver", and is related to the Latin "bovis" meaning "cow", which is a far cry from the translation, "the Coming One".

Biltz, in my experience with his doctrines, generally rejects the King James Version of the Bible, and, in fact, proves many of his points by drastically changing the wording of the scripture to fit his perspective. This is not to say he is deliberately trying to deceive people, but he is deceiving them. WND has been so deceived.

Also in the article is mentioned how a star in the constellation Boötes sent out a large gamma ray burst in 2008. Some said it was a sign from God that Jesus was to return very soon. In my laborious search of the Bible I didn't find an exploding star as a sign of His return, but I will keep looking. Apparently, "gamma ray burst" is not in the KJV. 

I suggest we look to the Bible for proof of anything anyone says about God and His plan.

"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." ~John 5:39

"These [Bereans] were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." ~Acts 17:11

Due to popular (my mom's) request to clothe Boötes:


CarolineNot said...

I say that nearly-nekked man, penciled from the vain imagination of some knucklehead, is among the most ridiculous things I've ever seen. It's been a while since I read the text of this post, and I'm sorry I don't remember what you wrote. Dropping by to see what might be happening over here, I spotted that image again and couldn't resist commenting on it.

Since he's an imaginary man, and you seem to possess a talent for fine-tuning graphics, might you consider appropriately clothing the cartoon?

Son3 said...

Aye. Ma work 'ere is don. (Scottish accent.)

CarolineNot said...


The Rattler - III said...

Hey III, I read the last week but had to run. I didn't get your sarcasm till half way through. I was really saying to myself, "this doesn't sound like Son's usual common sense." This was an awesome piece. People really get caught up in predicting the Kings return but alas... to no avail. I have a hard enough time seeing figures in clouds much less random stars. I guess it's too much left brain... or is it right brain?

Son III said...

Thanks, Rattler - III!

I don't have a problem with reading the signs of His return - heck, He told us to watch, but I think this sort of thing is just too much.


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