The Returning Lamb of God
Aries has always been thought of in terms of being the “chief” — the Prince of the Celestial Signs, the Prince of the Zodiac. The Greek mythology associated with Aries is of two children, Phrixus and Helle, who were being treated cruelly by their stepmother. Out of pity, Mercury sent a ram with golden fleece to help them escape by carrying them on his back as he flew through the air. However, tragically, Helle fell off during the flight. The ram was sacrificed later, and his fleece was given to a king.
And now the REAL story — and it is the oldest of all love stories. God took pity on His children in their bondage to Satan and sent the Lamb of God — His own Son, Jesus Christ. However, it did require the sacrifice of that Lamb.
With Aries we come to the beginning of the final chapter of this Book Two, the book that examines the present work of Jesus, the Redeemer. Book One revealed His past work of salvation on the cross — and Book Three will discuss His future plans. But this second book has been especially important to us because we are living it right now. We’ve seen the source and result of the conflict of this age on our lives, but now — with Aries — we see the ultimate resolution — the end of that conflict for us. Aries is our returning Redeemer.
The Big Picture
Here is a regal Lamb, not bowed in death, but sitting in royal splendor, crushing the head of the Cetus the sea monster and cutting The Band that binds the fish (Pisces) to that evil one. This sign demonstrates the greatest hope of the Christian — that his Lord will soon return, cutting the bondage to this world (The Rapture), giving him a new, glorified body. Here is the Lamb, who alone is worthy to open the seals, receive glory and honor and majesty and dominion. This is the Lamb that was slain before the foundation of the world.
The Gospel Truth
We find in Aries the completion of our salvation. For just as we have been saved from the penalty of death (the past tense), and just as we are being saved daily from the power of sin (the present tense), even so we will be saved from the very presence of sin (the future tense)! But how do we know that Aries is a picture of the Rapture of the church. (Pay careful attention to the meaning of the names of these stars — especially Mesartim). Look closely at His fore-paw. Aries is breaking The Band that holds Pisces (us– the Church) to the world. That is exactly what the rapture is! As so we see it, so beautifully presented in this majestic portrait. “Behold, the Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world.” And here, he takes His Bride out of the world itself.
The Star Names
Pay close attention to the meaning of the names of the stars because they will always back up the message in The Gospel Truth above.
ARIES (Gk) “ram or lamb”; Tametouris Ammon (Egy) “the reign, dominion, and rule of Ammon; Taleh (Hbr) “the lamb”; Al Hamal (Arb) “the sheep, gentle, merciful”; Amroo (Snsk) “the Lamb of God”; Baraziggar (Ak) “the sarifice of righteousness”; El Nath or El Natik (Hbr) “wounded, slain”; Al Sheratan (Arb) “the bruised, wounded”; Mesartim (Hbr) “the bound, and in betrothed”