Orion is called  ‘the Glorious One’ ‘the Hunter’ ‘the Prince’. The heavens declare the glory of the Lord (Ps 19:1) and this January constellation shows that the coming One is not a beast, but a triumphant, glorious Son of Man & Prince of Peace.

Amos 5:8, “He made the Pleiades and Orion; He turns the shadow of death into morning And makes the day dark as night; He calls for the waters of the sea And pours them out on the face of the earth; The LORD is His name.”  (See Job 9:9 & 38:31 above)

Each winter night when I am out my eyes are automatically directed to this star group and I felt compelled tonight to study it again. I can always spot this star grouping by Orion’s belt, ‘the three kings’ and I connect the timing to right after Christmas and Hanukkah. Orion is the most brilliant of all the constellations and I hope you enjoy Orion as much as I do!! [ In 2012 it can be seen January 1-15 SE at 8pm; Jan 16-31 S at 9pm, Feb 1-14 S at 8pm; Feb 14-18 SW at 9pm; March 1-31 SW at 7-8pm & April 1-15 W at 9pm]

Orion is a decan constellation of Taurus.  Below are 2 pictures of Orion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This constellation is brilliant, bright and shows forth Jesus as “The Light of the World”.

  • John 8:12, “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
  • John 1:4, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (5) And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend  it.” (NLT reads, ‘and the darkness can never extinquish it.’; the NIV reads, ‘but the darkness has never understood it’)
  • John 9:5,As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
  • Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Isaiah 60:1-3, arise shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you)

Different Names

  • In Hebrew the word is Chiseil, meaning ‘a strong one’, ‘a hero’.
  • Orion was originally spelled Oarian, from the Hebrew root word, ohr, meaning light
  • In Egyptian it is Hagat, which means ‘this is he who triumphs
  • The ancient Akkadian is Ur-ana, the ‘light of heavens

Interesting facts about Orion

  • There are 78 stars that make up this constellation, many of such brilliance and brightness that they are specifically named.
  • brightest in the shoulder is named Betelgeus, which means ‘the coming of the branch ’(Malachi 3:2) This is a star of great size- 700 million miles in diameter, while the earth’s diameter is almost 8,000 miles.
  • Betelgeus is a red star and Rigel is a blue star and is hotter than Betelgeus
  • The next in brightness is in the foot and called Rigel or Rigol which means ‘the foot that crushes’. The foot is lifted up, and placed immediately over the head of the enemy, as though in the very act of crushing it.
  • The next star in the left shoulder is called Bellatrix, which means ‘quickly coming’ or ‘swiftly destroying
  • The three in the belt are called ‘the three kings’
  • Job 38:31, “Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, Or loose the belt of Orion?”
  • One of the three in the belt is Al Nitak, the ‘wounded One
  • Another star in the belt is Minaka, ‘dividing’ as a ‘sacrifice’
  • From his belt hangs a sharp sword. The handle is inthe form of a head and body of a lamb. In the belt is a very fuzzy looking star, but it is a Nebula (cloud of gas). At the end of this article I will put a photo from the Hubble Telescope of the Orion Nebula.
  • In his right hand Orion lifts up a mighty club
  • In his left hand he lifts up the token of his victory, just as David did of Goliath. The head looks much like a ‘roaring lion’ who has been slain.
  • In the right leg is called Saiph,bruised’ (connecting to Gen 3:15) with the other leg He is crushing the enemy
  • Other stars Al Rai, ‘who bruises’, ‘who breaks’; and Thabit (Hebrew) ‘treading on’; Al Giauza, ‘the branch’; Al Gebor, ‘the mighty’; Al Mirzam, ‘the ruler’; Al Nagjed, ‘the prince’; Niphla, ‘the mighty’; Nux, ‘the strong’; Heka, ‘coming’; Meissa, ‘coming forth’
  • The Equator of the Heavens passes nearly through the middle or Orion
  • Even though the stars in Orion appear together, they actually are at different distances from us. Betelgeuse is about 430 light-years away, while Rigel is about 800 light-years away. That means the light you see from Betelgeuse started out 430 years ago, but the light from Rigel started out 800 years ago–before Christopher Columbus sailed the Atlantic Ocean.

You may wonder how each constellation is named. Psalm 147:4 tells us “He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by [their] names.”.  As you follow the name of the brightest star in each constellation and go down according to their brightness you will see the entire story apear. The entire set of 12 constellations and their decans all tell the story of Jesus Christ from His First Coming to His glorious Second Coming.

We add our voice to John the Apostle and say, “He who is the faithful witness to all these things says,”Yes, I am coming soon!”Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20)

Comments
  1. jeannie pearson says:

    thanks, Mary. You always redirect my thoughts to the heavens

  2. Charlene says:

    Do you have any insight about the triple conjunction that occurred Feb 25 and 26?

  3. chayah shalom says:

    are you an astronomer?
    No, I am a Bible Teacher and understand the times we are in by the truth I find in the Bible. God is the Creator of all things

  4. Sara says:

    I really like your study on Orion. Have you ever heard of the expression, “the dragon may fight, but Orion will strike”? I appreciate the history on the constellation. Thank you.

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