The Prophet Daniel: Master Astrologer
The fourteenth verse of the first chapter of the book of Genesis, the first book of the Hebrew Tanakh (Bible) and therefore the first book of the Christian Bible, speaks of the “lights of heaven” being for “signs.”
In the first chapter of Ezekiel, four creatures with four “faces” of a lion, a man, an ox, and an eagle are described. That is because they were not only symbols for the four tribes of Israel, but also symbols for the four fixed signs of the zodiac (Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius and Taurus), and they are associated with the four letters of the Hebrew alphabet used for the name of God. And that happens to be why the same symbolism was also mentioned in the fourth chapter of the Christian apostle John’s book of Revelation.
That is because the origins of Astrology date back way before the time of Moses. The signs of the heavens were studied and well known by most of the different ancient cultures all over the world. The ancient Jewish people were no different in that respect.
Of course, these days some people dismiss Astrology as nonsense. Fundamentalist Christians are among them, because they interpret Mosaic law in books like Deuteronomy as forbidding Astrology. However, that is a misinterpretation of scripture, based on ignorance of historic facts and universal spiritual knowledge.
What the ancient leaders of Judaism forbid was things like sorcery and conjuring as practiced by unscrupulous people who had a self-serving agenda which may also be at the expense of or to the detriment of others. The intent was to forbid evil or pretentious people from exploiting and taking advantage of the ignorance and fears of gullible people who fall prey to evil magic or trickery. But the writers of Judaic scriptures in the Torah and Tanakh (Old Testament) did not forbid Astrology, which is clear if you understand the scriptures.
That is perhaps most evident in the book of Daniel, because he obviously used good “divination” and used symbolism that is easily recognized as astrological. And the king who Daniel served mentioned that Daniel's wisdom and vision was far superior to the court's magicians and sorcerers who did not have true wisdom.
It is also evident that the Christian apostle John was well versed in the book of Daniel, and in Astrology.
In fact, that is why John wrote in the last chapter of his book of Revelation that in the realm of the spirit an angel showed him “a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of it, and on either side of the river, there was a Tree of Life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”
The twelve manner of fruits are for the twelve zodiacal signs for the twelve months of the year, and that “Tree of Life” (like the real “Zion”) actually symbolizes the spiritual foundation and reality of the eternally ever-evolving Source of Creation.
The Tree of Life is on both sides of the “river” flowing from the “throne of God,” which refers to the fact that the Divine Light-Energy-Source and Essence of all life and form has “two sides” to it --- a male and female aspect (Understanding and Wisdom, according to the Kabbalah), a positive and negative, a yin and yang, which is also symbolized by the star of David, the symbol of Judaism, which is the female and male delta signs superimposed and united.
That is why David’s son Solomon wrote: “Wisdom is beneficent and kind. She is the aura of the power of God, the radiance of the eternal Divine Light, a spotless mirror of God. She renews all things, and passing into holy souls from age to age, She produces friends of God and prophets. She is firm, but Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all Her paths are peace. She is a Tree of Life to them that lay hold upon Her. And Wisdom is far better than weapons of war.”
Now, getting back to Daniel and the Christian apostle John, it is crucial now to understand that John also wrote with understanding of Daniel’s vision of the “fall of Babylon,” in which Daniel used some very specific astrological symbolism.
Being a Seer and the chief adviser to the court of ancient Babylonian King Nebuchednezzar, Daniel was asked to interpret a dream that the king had. And, it turned out, that the dream represented a symbolic pattern and sequence of imperial rulership from that time right up to our time.
Before he interpreted the king’s dream, Daniel described it in this way: "There was an image with a head of fine gold; his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, his legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. A stone struck the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and broke them to pieces. ... And the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth." (Daniel 2:32-35)
That "stone" is not a material stone or rock, but is the very same "stone" mentioned by the prophet Isaiah as the spiritual "cornerstone and foundation" of the "kingdom" to come. (Isaiah 28:16)
That "stone" is the esoteric symbol known by Kabbalistic Jews and Qabalistic Christians who are familiar with Astrological symbolism. It is the symbol for divine truth which can be expressed in truly righteous judgment, which will indeed shatter the image of the "King of Babylon" so that we may no longer be ruled by sovereign heads of state, but at long last have government of, by and for the people.
That makes more sense when you consider Daniel's interpretation of the dream.
Daniel said that the image of the king at that time was the head of gold. After his kingdom there would arise another, inferior kingdom, and another third kingdom of brass (or bronze), which shall bear rule over the earth, and a fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron. But, as iron breaks in pieces, it shall break in pieces. And, because the feet of the image of the king are part iron and part clay, the fourth kingdom shall be divided ... but the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And finally when the stone (of true judgment) shatters the image of the King of Babylon, God shall set up a new kingdom, which shall never be destroyed. God’s new kingdom will not be left to other people, and it will include and embrace all other kingdoms and nations in the world, and it shall stand for ever. (Daniel 2:38-45)
That does not mean that there will be a "holy king" who rules that "kingdom," because in God’s new “kingdom” only God in heaven will be the Sovereign Head, which the people of earth are all joint heirs to the “thrones” of our nations.
We, the nations of earth, will have governments that are actually of the people, by the people, and for the people, under God only. And no longer shall money rule, nor will individuals play god. We shall have representative, democratic government that promotes the general welfare, ensures domestic tranquility, and uses the common wealth for the common good.
You see, the prophet Isaiah reported that God said this: "Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation, [so that] he that believes shall not make haste." (Isaiah 28:16)
Who is "he that believes"? He is the modern son of man, the modern Messiah, the servant of God who delivers the judgment. And that was written so that he could rest assured, not make haste, and trust that God’s agenda is carried out according to God’s timetable, which is unknown even to the son of man.
Furthermore, even though Isaiah also wrote that the son of man would send his work before him but have it rejected for so long that he would fear it was all in vain and for naught, he would at least expect to be rejected by his generation. After all, that is what Jesus of Nazareth predicted as well.
"The days will come when people will want to see one of the days of the son of man, and they shall not see it. So they will look here and there, but do not follow them. For as the lightning lightens all parts under heaven, so shall also the [work of the] son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected by his generation." (Luke 17:20-25)
That speaks not of Jesus of Nazareth, but of the modern son of man, because Jesus was accepted by multitudes in his generation, and he suffered only on the last day of his life. But Jesus understood the prophecies of Isaiah, even though some of his followers whose writings made it into the official Christian Church canon apparently did not.
The modern son of man knows and says that the all-embracing "kingdom" that will stand for ever is the same one foreseen in the book of Revelation, which states: "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of 'His' Christ; and 'He' shall reign for ever and ever." (Revelation 11:15)
Not that the Lord our God is a man. As Moses wrote, "God is not a man, nor a son of man," which is why Jesus of Nazareth said: "God is greater than I," and "You have not heard God's voice or seen God's shape at any time."
The point is that God and the Ancient One (the original soul made good, which Jesus represented) shall reign Supreme in heaven. And, as it will be in heaven, it will start becoming so on earth, spiritually. For as Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven comes not with observation in the world, but from within.”
We simply need to realize it.