I had a thought while staring into the abyss motionless under the warm running water of my shower just now, sparking this random and unplanned blog post.
Here we go…
When many of us grew up, there were nine planets in the solar system. It was like a fixed point in our brains. As kids, memorizing this list was an early right of passage of nerd pride: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. In August 2006 however the International Astronomical Union (IAU) downgraded the status of Pluto to that of “dwarf planet“. This means that from now on only the rocky worlds of the inner Solar System and the gas giants of the outer system would be designated as actual planets. With that in mind, according to the Copernican Principle of Heliocentric evolutionary dogma there are only 8 planets in our solar system.
The reason Pluto is not consider a planet is simple. It has not yet cleared the neighborhood of its orbit in space. Because it does not follow this rule, Pluto is no longer considered a planet.
In short, Pluto is not a planet in our solar system. There are only 8 planets.
Now, since we exist on one of these so called planets there are only 7 observable planets for us to see in the night sky.
Assuming I haven’t lost anyone yet, here is the part where I might. But whatever, I am diving into it anyway.
From my reading of the Bible I have concluded that there is a distinct correlation between the stars and the angels of heaven. For example, in Genesis 2:1 we find that God created the heaven and earth and all the “hosts” of them. And with that, there are countless scriptures where the phrase “the hosts of heaven” is referring to angels and stars as one. On top of this we have epic verses like the following one that clearly suggest that stars, can, will, and have… fallen to the earth, and that those stars are in fact angels.
Revelation 9:1 – And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit (and to the star was given a key).
I could load this blog post down with scriptures to back this view, but rather than doing that I want to keep it short by getting to the point regarding the planets of our solar system specifically, from a biblical perspective.
Based on the Copernican Principle of Heliocentric evolutionary dogma there are only 7 observable planets. What makes us know that they are planets is their orbit. Every planet in our solar system except for Venus and Uranus rotates counter-clockwise on their axis as seen from above the North Pole; that is to say, from west to east. West to east however is the official direction in which “all the planets” orbit the sun.
In short, all of the planets travel across our night sky from west to east. With that said, for an observer on the earth, all celestial objects move from east to west with these 7 objects being an exception to the rule (over time traveling in the opposing direction).
Now… for the epiphany I had in the shower.
In ancient times there was what is called the gods of the five wandering stars. They were named Phainon (planet Saturn), Phaethon (planet Jupiter), Pyroeis (planet Mars), Eosphoros (planet Venus) and Stilbon (planet Mercury). In ancient Greek they were depicted as youths diving into the earth, something that matches exactly with several biblical depictions of stars either falling or being cast to the earth.
The two remaining planets Uranus and Neptune are invisible to the naked eyes which is why they were not known as the 7 wondering stars.
What I am getting at is the simple fact that the bible is not the only place where the stars are attributed as being living beings with the capability of falling to the earth while at the same time being garnished by the Greeks with the phrase “wondering stars”.
With all of that laid out here is the biblical point I am trying to make.
Jude 1:5-13 – And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
So here is my question…
If the stars are in fact not beings, but just big balls of gas, dust, and rock… why does the bible suggest that these wondering stars have stepped out of their intended habitation and in turn will be punished with both everlasting chains and eternal darkness for stepping out of line?
Why would God take the time to punish an inanimate rock?