Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | November 23, 2016

Orion & the Pleiades Speak Truth

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Orion Constellation

Orion Constellation
Shoulders, belt, sword, & feet.

Last week’s article, The Hunter and Seven Sisters, surveyed two groups of stars which are mentioned several times in the Bible: Orion (the Hunter) and the Pleiades (the Seven Sisters).

Several Old Testament books use these two star groups, along with the Bear (Ursa Major, of which the Big Dipper is a part), to seize attention and megaphone truth to mankind (Job 9:8-10; 38:31-32; Amos 5:8).

Orion and the Pleiades in the Bible

The book of Job is probably the oldest book in the Bible. It relates the troubles of a man named Job who lived after the Flood, probably around the time of Abraham.

Job had been proclaiming his innocence of wrongdoing, insisting that his suffering was not fair, and calling for an answer from God. Instead of giving Job an explanation, God asked him a series of unanswerable questions to demonstrate His superior wisdom in ruling the world, including His sovereign decision to permit Job’s suffering. Here are several of the questions that God asked Job related to constellations:
“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades,
Or loose the cords of Orion?
Can you lead forth a constellation in its season,
And guide the Bear with her satellites?”
(Job 38:31-32 NASB)

Astronomers today know that the Pleiades is a gravitationally-bound star cluster. All the stars of the Pleiades are moving in the same direction across the sky at the same speed. In contrast, Orion’s stars are not gravitationally-bound; they are gradually moving away from each other.

Was this bound/unbound nature of the Pleiades and Orion known in Job’s day? It’s very unlikely! The Creator alone would be able to hint to Job that the Pleiades are bound together, but Orion’s stars are “loosed” (not bound). This “inside information” testifies to the divine origin of the Bible.

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Yahweh alone can either bind or release stars, for He is their Creator, the One that made them and placed them in the heavens (Genesis 1:16-18) where they remain to this day.

The 8th-century BC prophet Amos also mentioned the Pleiades and Orion. The nation of Israel was sliding into pagan idolatry, and Amos sought to call Israel back to worship the true God by reminding the people of Yahweh’s great deeds.

Amos urged Israel to seek the One who performed certain stupendous acts:
Seek Him that makes the seven stars and Orion, and turns the shadow of death into the morning, and makes the day dark with night: that calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out upon the face of the earth. The LORD is his name.
(Amos 5:8 KJV)

Amos called for Israel to return to
– the One who made the stars, in particular the One who made the Pleiades and Orion,
– the One who turns night to day and day to night, and
– the One who once judged rebellion with a Flood, pouring the oceans over the face of the earth.

Orion's Belt

Orion’s Belt
Alnitak, Alnilam, Mintaka (left to right)
Best way to locate Orion.

These are awe-inspiring deeds! No mere man can come close to doing them. According to Amos, these are reasons to serve the real Creator God instead of impotent idols.

Amos’ exhortation is still needed today when so many believe the stars, earth, and living things originated from nothing by chance. How absurd!

The Prophet Amos calls mankind to seek the Creator and Judge, the One who made it all and the One who once judged Earth with a Flood.

Note: The words “Seek Him” in Amos 5:8 of the King James version are not in the original Hebrew. But “Seek Him” is in the context in verses 4 and 6, and should be implicitly understood for verse 8. Many other versions in addition to the King James include “Seek Him” in verse 8 in order to render in English the proper sense of the Hebrew passage.

The grandeur of Orion, the sparkling beauty of the Pleiades, the innumerable stars of the universe all point to a Maker, to One who made heaven and earth (Isaiah 37:16).

The majesty of the stars alone should compel men to seek the Creator and Savior before it is too late and judgment comes. It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10:31 NASB)

Questions to Ponder
  1. Why would Orion and the Pleiades be mentioned together three different times in Scripture? (Job 9:8-10; 38:31-32; Amos 5:8)
  2. When you are suffering or sorrowful, how will you apply the questions God asked Job about the stars (Job 38:31-32)?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God. (Psalm 19:1 KJV)
Soli Deo Gloria.

Read the prequel:
The Hunter and Seven Sisters

Read the sequel:
The Milky Way

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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday November 23, 2016 A.D.

Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name. Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power not one of them is missing. (Isaiah 40:26 NASB)


  1. Great insight and application. I really appreciate the biblical context being reinforced by present day science. Thank you for sharing. The truth is out there for those who wish to seek it. God bless!


    • We must remember that the divisions found in todays world were created because mankind decides to create “religion”. Religion segregates and divides (or at least attempts to). I have no doubt that that so many of the wonderful scriptures that we can read today “originally” were felt and understood to have been from a “universal” God, not the jealous, controlling one that has been filtered through the unevolved eyes of primitive man.


  2. Very interesting. The truths of Scripture lead one to conclude that God wants us to seek and find Truth and that we shouldn’t be divided among so many Christian ecclesial communities, with one accepting some points of truth and another accepting so much of another. What a scandal it is for the world to see Truth called relative among all the different followers of Christ. After all, didn’t Christ say “I am the way, the truth and the life,” yet there are so many different ways, so many different “truths” that you’d think if you came from another planet and spoke to 10 or 12 different varieties of Christians that Christ Himself was a relativist.


    • Thanks for reading and for your good thoughts. As you so clearly expressed, Christ was/is certainly not a relativist.


  3. Interesting, seeking.


  4. Thanks a lot for this article. It is very informative . Before Science discovered and named those heavenly bodies the Bible has named them already. The authority of the Bible must supercede .


  5. Awesome awesome this made me know more of my father my creator


  6. I think the Pleiades and Orion are linked to the coming of Jesus. In Revelations Pleiades is the third sign in the Heavens representing the seven angels with the 7 vials. I never hear anyone mention this. I would also like to note that this constellation also looks like a Shofar, (horn).
    On the second question, it is obvious God is in charge of all things. We just need to remember that all Trials are bound by a time period, ordained by His Mighty hand. At times, their purpose is obvious and at other times leave us asking why. Yet all things are for reasons of greater value in our lives. It is what we do and how we receive, that changes the course we are on. It’s up to each of us, as to how we react. Always exclaiming “ This too, Shall pass!” God Bless!


    • The “Problem of Pain” I can’t seem to get around. Nothing that is said like “this to shall pass.” Or “God doesn’t give you more than you can bear.” or what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” or the Job thought that “Where we’re you when I made this.”None of it makes me feel better. It hasn’t passed its gotten worse. It hasn’t made me stronger but weaker. I loved to study the Bible and be available to help if asked. It’s hard to study now. I haven’t learned anything from the pain. I wanted to be an Apologist. Okay. He didn’t want me to I guess. But the pain along with the disability doesn’t leave much for me to do. Knowing some people think God is punishing me for my sins or that I don’t have enough faith to get my pain lifted hurts. But I do believe He has His reasons and I believe He is far to intelligent for me to know His ways. I know I can’t answer the questions anymore than Job did. I still believe and hope and pray I find a way to work for Him. It is hard not to understand why I’m in so much pain. And somebody stronger than me must pray for me. Thanks for listening.


      • Gloria, it is uplifting to hear you speak of God’s inscrutable wisdom and His creative power — when your own circumstances are excruciating. You are right to cling with both hands, however aching & feeble, to the certain truths of the Lord Jesus Christ in His Word. Yes, sometimes our path is through a deep, deep valley — sometimes for a long, long time. Yet He knows you, and He has not forsaken you. See my post Woolly Bears and the Problem of Pain for more on this. Thank you for your heartfelt message, and for reading the Bible-Science Guy blog.


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