One of the early popularizers of the Star Bible was E.W. Bullinger, whose classic book The Witness of the Stars appeared in 1893.
Bullinger acknowledged the foundational work of Miss Frances Rolleston, whose earlier work, Mazzaroth: or The Constellations, had collected the research underpinning the Star Bible. He then set about to organize and interpret the Star Bible research, while always deferring to scripture. The result of his
efforts is a masterpiece which even today enjoys wide popularity.
This is not to say that Bullinger’s interpretations were always correct. His belief that the Church was a mystery not revealed until Pentecost caused him to miss the beautiful picture of Pentecost shown in Aquarius (The Water Pourer) (See our Blog of 2/12/14 “The Real Age of Aquarius”) and the description of the Church contained in Pisces (The Fish) (See Our Blog of 3/19/14 “The Celestial Fish Story”). Most of the modern writers agree that the Star Bible is a sequential prophetic story with Aquarius and Pisces representing Pentecost and the Church age. Even so, his book contains a myriad of useful information and we recommend it to Star Bible students.
One of the things Bullinger did very well was illustrate his book with constellation maps. Perhaps his most memorable picture is the struggle in the Stars on the cover of the 1967 edition of his book. It is a picture of a man holding a snake back from reaching a crown and standing
on a large scorpion. The picture is composed of the constellations Ophiucirus (The Serpent Held), Serpents (The Serpent), Corona Borealis (The Northern Crown), and Scorpio (The Scorpion). It depicts the restraint of evil prior to the advent of Christ (See our Blog of 11/20/13 “The Judgment of the Scorpion”).
Tonight Bullinger’s Struggle in the Stars is at its highest point in the Southern Sky at about 10:00 pm. Ophiuchus it will be directly South of the Zenith, while Scorpio can also be found by locating its bright red star Antares (The Wounding). The target of the struggle, Corona Borealis, is just to the Southwest of the Zenith Point. As always, we recommend binoculars for best urban viewing.
And remember to thank the Lord for Rolleston, Bullinger, and others who rediscovered our beautiful Star Bible.