Seven Churches ~ Seven Stars

The heavens declare the glory of God…” Psalms 19:1

Has anyone noticed how the formation of the seven churches in Revelation resembles the constellation called the Seven Sisters or Pleiades?

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This morning I started reading Revelation once again, praying for wisdom and understanding, and lots of discernment for the end times we are experiencing. I have a new Bible, a study Bible with  concordance numbers over the words and plenty of interesting charts and maps. As I read through chapter one, I was once again in awe, visualizing our glorious King and Savior in all His resplendent glory as He reveals Himself to John…I turned the page and there before me is a map of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Jesus is saying to John that this revelation is to be sent to those seven churches in John’s vision, and note that Jesus is holding seven stars in his right hand.

“And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.” Revelation 1:12-16

The map that caught my eye was similar to this one showing the position of the seven churches …

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For the first time I noticed a similarity in the location of the churches and the constellation. Anyone find this interesting?

Pleiades or the seven stars is mentioned seven times in the Bible:

Job 9:9  Which makes Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

Job 38:1 Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

Amos 5:9 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 on the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:

Revelation 1:16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.

Revelation 2:1 To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands.

Revelation 3:1To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.

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