The Book Corner
God’s Voice in the Stars by Kenneth C. Fleming Loizeaux Brothers, 1981 143 pp., $3.95
Reviewed by Janice Walter, Librarian, Plymouth Christian Academy, Plymouth, Michigan
Did you ever wonder how Job knew for a certainty that his redeemer liveth and that he would some day rise again? Did he read it somewhere? Did someone tell him? After reading Kenneth Fleming’s book on the stars, I wonder, perhaps, if Job “read” the message in the stars!
Yes, the stars do tell a story that, to the ancients before the written Word of God was available, was God’s way of conveying His message to man. In the book of Job the constellations are mentioned more frequently than in any other book of the Bible. But, because Satan has so completely polluted and corrupted the astrological signs, few people are even aware that in very ancient times their original intent was to carry God’s message to His people. Does all this sound new and astonishing to the reader? Well, you’re not alone! Never — before reading this book —did I look upon the stars as anything more than a declaration of God’s creative handiwork.
In a very methodical and well-researched book, the author presents evidences to convince the reader that the stars were “God’s early prophetic revelation of the gospel to man … It is in the names of the stars and constellations that the gospel first becomes apparent.” In a very interesting chart that lists the 24 brightest stars, the author gives their meaning, referring to a Bible passage related to that particular star. The 12 signs of the Zodiac are also listed in their proper prophetic Biblical sequence, and the significance of each is defined. In considering the 12 signs of the Zodiac, it is necessary to begin at the proper place. Astrologers begin with Aries, but the Biblical Zodiac begins with Virgo.
The first three chapters give a general introduction to the subject of astrology. They are very interesting and will open up new perspectives to the reader concerning the stars. However, at that point the author meticulously begins a discussion of each of the 12 constellations. He goes into great detail analyzing each constellation and their decans (meaning A Part and referring to other related constellations). It is the writer’s objective to prove through Scripture and name origins that the original intent of the stars was to convey prophetic messages to God’s ancient people.
The book can be useful in two ways: (1) to the amateur astronomer who wants to learn about the stars, their origin and meanings; and (2) as a reference source on the Zodiac and 12 constellations, and their significance in prophetic Biblical teachings.