By Dennis Huebshman
Before getting into the subject of Horoscopes, let me first give you God’s take on the subject. First, dictionary definitions:
Cambridge English Dictionary: a description of what is going to happen to you based on the position of the stars and planets at the time of your birth.
Miriam Webster: a diagram of the relative positions of planets and signs of the Zodiac at a specific time (such as at one’s birth), for use by astrologers in inferring individual character and personality traits, and in foretelling events of a person’s life. (All Emphasis is mine)
Deuteronomy 18:10-12, “There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or is a sorcerer (11) or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer, one who inquires of the dead; (12) for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord.”
Deuteronomy 4:19, “And beware lest you raise your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you will be drawn away and bow down to them, and serve them, things that the Lord your God has allotted to all the people under the whole heaven.”
Leviticus 19:26, “You shall not eat flesh with the blood in it. You shall not interpret omens or tell fortunes.”
Isaiah 47:13-14, “You are wearied with your many councils; let them stand forth and save you; those who divide the heavens, who gaze at the stars, who at the new moons make known what shall come upon you. (14) Behold, they are like stubble; the fire consumes them; they cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame. No coal for warming oneself in this, no fire to sit before.”
Micah 5:12, “And I will cut off sorcerers from your land, and you shall have no more tellers of fortunes.”
1 Chronicles 10:13-14, “So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord, and consulted a medium, seeking guidance. (14) He did not seek guidance from the Lord. Therefore, the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David, son of Jesse.”
Jeremiah 27:9-10, “So do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your dreamers, your fortune tellers, or your sorcerers who are saying to you, ‘You shall not serve the king of Babylon.’ (10) For it is a lie that they are prophesying to you, with the result you will be removed from your land, and I will drive you out, and you will perish.”
Galatians 4:9-11, “But now that you have come to know God, or rather be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? (10) You observe days, and months, and seasons, and years. (11) I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain.”
Zechariah 10:2, “For the household gods utter nonsense, and the diviners see lies; they tell false dreams and give empty consolation. Therefore, the people wander like sheep; they are afflicted for lack of a shepherd.”
Deuteronomy 18:14, “For these nations which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.”
Astrologers in the Bible also known as “Chaldeans”, were part of a king’s circle of so-called “wise-men”, who practiced divination. The word for astrology in the Hebrew language literally means “divining the heavens” It’s the act of foretelling future events or revealing secret knowledge by means of signs and omens or other supernatural events. (Courtesy of bibleinfo.com)
Before asking Jesus to be my Lord and Savior forever, and before I actually read the Bible for myself, I kept up with my “Daily Horoscope” in the local newspaper. Though I never really took it as “gospel”, there were times I strongly wished my fortune, as told, would come true. It seemed harmless at the time.
Then, after studying God’s word from cover to cover, I was enlightened as to just how crafty and convincing satan can be. After all, he started deceiving mankind in the Garden of Eden with one simple question, “Did God really say?” (Genesis 3:1)
While I listed a few Biblical references here, there were literally hundreds to choose from; going from Genesis all the way through Revelation. If it wasn’t a real issue, why would God devote so much of His “Love Letter” to us about divination and fortune telling?
Some will look at this message and say Horoscopes are harmless; however, I have known people in the past that based their total daily activity on what their Zodiac sign gave them as their daily direction. Yes, some people can look at Horoscopes as a source of amusement. They don’t see any problem at all. However, satan doesn’t need much of an opening to pull someone’s attention away from the Heavenly Father. Playing with snakes may be fine for a while, but eventually one will get bitten. Just ask Eve!
People have sent me messages on social media and in emails offering to give me a “free” reading of my Zodiac chart. I politely decline, and if they persist, I will block them from further contact. I do not go to palm readers, mediums or any other source of occult practices.
My Jesus told me and you that He is the only Way, Truth and Life, and the only way to the Father. (John 14:6) I go to Him in prayer often, and ask Him for direction and Hope. He’s available around the clock, every day, and never too busy to listen. Sometimes, I mentally just ask for His help, and in only a few words. He already knows what we need. If we keep our focus on the Son of God – who is God (John 10:30) – we can never go wrong.
If we ask with good motives (James 4:3), God will hear our prayers and supply our needs (not greed’s). We do have to realize that sometimes, for whatever reason only known to Him, He will say “No”. This should not be taken as a sign of rejection, but through His love for us, He knows our needs better than we do. The closer we get to our Savior, the more we learn about how “temporary” this life is, and how long eternity will be. He wants us to be with Him forever, but leaves it up to us to ask.
Satan loves to use anything he can to come between us and the Father. He knows his eternal destination, but wants to take as many of us with him as he can. He will use every form of trickery and deceit possible, and is the king of liars. He will tell you, “There’s plenty of time to accept Jesus later”, knowing full well we are not guaranteed another hour on this earth. He uses false prophets to say, “There’s many ways to heaven, even without Jesus”, knowing John 14:6 is there. Satan does know the bible, but twists the meaning, as do many false preachers do today.
Others are, “There’s no Hell”, “God’s abominations are Old Testament stuff, and not relevant today: and of course, the one given earlier, “Did God really say?”.
Joshua knew the true Lord God Jehovah, and had the absolute right attitude. Joshua 24:15 tells us he told the Israelites to choose who they would serve, but he and his family would worship the Lord.
You have the same choice to make; Jesus or satan. There are no other options. Also, we do not know the day or hour when Jesus will call His church (all believers) home. Tomorrow could be too late. Think about it; call on Jesus today; ALL who do so will be saved. (Acts 2:21 and Romans 10:13).