The Fall Constellations

Many Christians have shied away from learning the constellations, and particularly the zodiac constellations, because of their association with astrology.  In doing so, we have forgotten the much more ancient biblical truth that God placed the stars in the sky for signs and seasons.  A study of the stars and of the ancient star charts is not only fascinating but also enlightening, leading us to worship the God who "made the stars also."  Woven throughout each session are many Scriptures that uncover the depth and breadth of the Gospel.

 

This retreat consists of:

  • four main sessions
  • constellation workbook activities
  • night-time constellation identification
  • two family devotionals
  • songs related to the stars


Introduction:  A Review

This brief introduction reviews the apologetic for trusting the concept of the Gospel in the Stars, the movement of the stars and planets, and the 12 zodiac constellations.

 

1st main session:  Pisces and Its Decans

Pisces and The Band are a beautiful illustration of Christ's words in John 10:16.  There are other historic implications associated with these constellations.  Its other decans depict one aspect of Christ and His Church.

Workbook and Family Activity: 

Using star stickers that show the size and color of the stars, each of the 4 constellations taught in this session are outlined.  Night-time star gazing:  With a laser flashlight to point the way, each of the 4 constellations will be located (weather permitting).

 

2nd main session:  Aries and Its Decans

A small faint constellation, Aries points backward to the cross and forward to the book of Revelation.  Its decans reveal the powerful work of Christ and give a very different aspect of the Church.

Workbook Activity: 

Using star stickers that show the size and color of the stars, each of the 4 constellations taught in this session are outlined. 

 

3rd main session:  Taurus and Its Decans

Taurus charges across the sky with firm resolve and power-packed purpose.  With this constellation begins the prophetic outline of Christ's second coming. 

Workbook and Family Activity: 

Using star stickers that show the size and color of the stars, each of the 4 constellations taught in this session are outlined.  Night-time star gazing:  With a laser flashlight to point the way, each of the 4 constellations will be located (weather permitting).

 

4th main session:  Star Facts and Wonders

The facts and figures embedded in the study of astronomy are nothing short of mind-blowing!  This session discusses another purpose for the design of the stars and gives many "fun facts to know and tell."  It also defines and describes other astronomical bodies and wonders.

Workbook and Family Activity: 

A worksheet is provided to fill in the figures of some of these astounding facts.  A physical outside activity attempts to demonstrate the mathematical genius of God.

 

Family Quiet Time 1:  How God Used the Stars with Job

Stars were one of the wonders of creation that God used in His questions to Job.  Job is most probably the oldest book in the Bible, and it names some of the same constellations we identify today.
 

Family Quiet Time 2:  What Else Has God Said about the Stars?

Journey through the Bible to find more verses in which God has referenced the stars.