Job 38:29  Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?

Job 38:30  The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.

Job 38:31  Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

Job 38:32  Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?

Job 38:33  Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?



In view of the context in which God asks Job, “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?” it is my understanding that they are two of the many ‘ordinance powers’ of the firmament of heaven, which are not only integral components of the very structural composition and function of the firmament of heaven itself, but they are also ‘ordinance powers’ of the firmament that are designed to have a direct influential effect upon the earth in the midst of the firmament. So by being two of what I call the ‘ordinance powers of the firmament of heaven,’ and by being ones that also have a direct and purposed effect upon the earth within the firmament, they therefore exercise an ‘ordinance power’ upon the earth, especially with respect to its position in the firmament. Wherefore with Pleiades having “sweet influences” and Orion having “bands” they exercise powers in the firmament that maintain orderliness and a balance and stability to the earth in its position within it, as well as also being involved in exercising powers that have a regulating effect upon the normality and progression of the earth’s seasons.


Job 37:14  Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.

Job 37:15  Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?

Job 37:16  Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?

Job 37:17  How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind?

Job 37:18  Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?


Though this is their normal function, the time is coming when they will not function as such. For in the Lord’s day God will use their ‘ordinance powers’ in an extraordinary way, especially when it comes to executing a number of the celestial-based judgments that He will bring upon the earth during that time. And it is for this reason that God brings up the issue of Pleiades and Orion in the series of questions that He asks Job, and by which He educates him in what He needs to realize. Hence God speaks to Job about ‘binding the sweet influences of Pleiades,’ and about ‘loosing the bands of Orion.’ For when the present time ‘sweet influences’ are ‘bound,’ and when the present time ‘bands’ are ‘loosed,’ then the present time state of orderliness and balance and stability that the earth has in its position within the firmament will be greatly effected. Moreover the structural composition and integrity of the firmament of heaven itself will also be dramatically altered, and will even start to become unglued, so to speak.


Isa 40:21  Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?

Isa 40:22  It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

Isa 40:23  That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.

Isa 40:24  Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.


Now these kind of drastic things will need to take place in the Lord’s day, especially when it comes to God successfully and thoroughly dismantling, demolishing, and destroying the implementation of Satan’s plan of evil in the earth, (both physically and spiritually), and also purging it of all of its effects. Wherefore when God describes the catastrophic and horrific things that will take place during His day, they include terminology and phraseology, for example, that is descriptive of the firmament of heaven and its components, along with the earth and its position within the firmament, being repeatedly and exceedingly convulsed by “the powers of heaven” being “shaken.” All of this, along with the issue of much of the firmament’s physical makeup and integrity actually being caused to fall apart, collapse, and be dissolved, is what will progressively produce the successful judging, perishing, and passing away of this present evil world. And so when the Lord has His day and these things take place, the issue of ‘binding the sweet influences of Pleiades’ and ‘loosing the bands of Orion’ will be very instrumental in bringing these things to pass.



Rev 6:13  And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

Rev 6:14  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

Rev 6:15  And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

Rev 6:16  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:



Does the Zodiac play into any of this?



Isa 45:12  I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.


My understanding is that it does. However I do not have my mind settled enough on a number of issues pertaining to its role, nor am I satisfied that I have a clear enough picture of the mechanics of its impact upon the nations, to be able to say much about it. I am familiar with the teachings of others, who to various degrees speak of its role as an elaborate ‘pre-Gospel’ type witness. I also am aware that there are other kinds of teachings about it as well. And though I do not deny that there may very well be something to some of these teachings, my own understanding is that the specific “knowledge” that it “shewed,” (in conjunction with what the fulness of the firmament itself shewed), was much more basic. Accordingly it is my understanding that it provided the nations with a very fundamental testimony about some very fundamental things regarding the living and true God to which they could respond.


Pro 3:19  The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.

Pro 3:20  By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.


Along with this I also know that for the most part any proper testimony that it once had has been subject to the Adversary’s policy of evil, and as such it has been perverted, distorted, and/or corrupted by men to a great degree and extent over time. So then with the exception of saying that I believe that it did have a role of impacting the nations, especially for a period of time immediately following the time when God “divided to the nations their inheritance” and established the basic governmental structure of the earth; and also with the exception of saying that I believe that its twelve designated seasonal constellations provided for the corresponding governmental structure in the heavenly places to be able to make a specific positive type impact upon the nations in their governmental structure on the earth; I really am not in the position at this time to be able to confidently say anything else.


Keith Blades

Enjoy The Bible Ministries

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