Part 1: Sun, Moon, & Stars

A look at prophecy keys, and how family hierarchy is represented by the sun moon and stars in the bible.


Prophetic books in the bible (ie: Daniel and Revelation) use prophecy keys throughout the entire bible to unlock them. Genesis 37:9-11 is an excellent example of this. It defines the sun and moon as symbols of a father and mother, respectively. 


Now he [Joseph] had still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, “Lo, I have had still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”

He related it to his father [Jacob] and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?”

Genesis 37:9-11

Sun and Moon

Since the symbols of the sun and moon have been interpreted for us here, we can go use these keys to unlock scriptures that mention them throughout the bible. Just use a bit of common sense. If it’s destructive to something else, it’s likely a paradox or not meant to be used in that context. 

Sheaves of Wheat

Note that this passage also defines sheaves of wheat as “brothers”,  but we’re going skip over the sheaves of wheat for the most part in this article since we’ll be looking at brothers in context of stars. I will mention that the sheaves of wheat interpretation is the root symbol or prophetic key pair for “all flesh is grass” in Isaiah 40:6. 


Stars for the most part are also a symbol for children or our brothers, just like the sheaves of wheat. They can also be angels, who will be like our brothers someday, but that’s outside the scope of this article, at least for now. 

He took him outside and said, ‘Look up at the sky and count the stars–if indeed you can count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’

Genesis 15:5

Scriptural Enterpretation

We are instructed in the bible to use the bible alone to interpret its prophetic symbols. That’s exactly what we’re doing here by taking the interpretation of Josephs dream and realizing that now we know what the sun and moon stand for in bible prophecy.

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture comes from one’s own private interpretation. For no prophecy was ever brought forth by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

The Sun, Moon, and Stars

Here’s just one example of how we can use these keys in prophecy. Lets look at Revelation chapter 21, where the sun and moon are mentioned.

But I saw no temple in the city (new Jerusalem), because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, because the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its lamp. By its light the nations will walk, and into it the kings of the earth will bring their glory.

Revelation 21:22-24

Using prophetic interpretation based on Genesis 37:9-11, we know that Revelation 21:23 is saying that the role of our earthly fathers and mothers will be out shown by Gods presence in the city with us. While still being our parents and elders, they will be akin to brothers and sisters in light of Jesus. 

Psalm 119:105 says “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.”, no longer will it be our parents advice that has the potential to shine so brightly. In heaven and the new earth, our parents will continually point us to what Jesus said, especially now that we’ll all finally really understand it. 

Mothers Symbol and Science

Lets look at another prophecy regarding the sun and moon, and again, the new Jerusalem.

"Your sun will no longer set, Nor will your moon wane; For you will have the LORD for an everlasting light, And the days of your mourning will be over.

This one is saying that fathers will no longer die (mothers are implied as well), and women’s monthly cycles will no longer be present. Other translations say, “The moon will no longer withdraw herself”. This was symbolic of the ‘new moon’ (when the moon is completely dark), a moon cycle which happened to be timed exactly once per reproductive cycle in women (the average). According to Leviticus 15:19-33, women were to withdraw themselves from the home for hygenic reasons during this moment of their reproductive cycle, and thus, the mothes (or moons) light no longer shone in the home for a short period.

Understanding reproductive cycles

Now, you are probably thinking, “come on Don, is it really talking about a woman’s monthly cycle here?”, and to that I say, yes.  Many times, the bible mentions it literally, calling it a woman’s “customary impurity” (the time when the mother [symbolically, moon] withdraws herself).

It’s likely you have been unaware that women’s cycles are tied directly to the cycles of the moon, but since 28 days is the mean average across all women of every applicable age (see this link), and the average between the moons cycles are 28 days, the cycles of woman and the moon mirror each other.

*Note that 28 days is also 4 weeks, a number divisible by seven. So is pregnancy, which is 10 times that length at 280 days, or 40 weeks. We’ll discuss this in part 2. In this way, the creation of additional humans is in harmony with the seven day week cycle. 

Understanding moon cycles

28 days, four weeks more or less, is the mean average for the moons cycle. That’s the average between the 29.530 days from full moon to full moon (its synodic period, the moons relationship with the angle of the sun), and the 27.321 days it takes the moon to circle the earth  (its orbital period, a 360 degree circle around the earth [1], Wikipedia) . 

Note that the moon must go further than 360 degrees to reach full/new moon to full/new moon. This because as the earth circles the sun, the angle of where the light is coming from changes. 


[1] Note the green area to the left, that's how far extra (beyond a 360 degree orbit) the moon must travel each month to reach the same visual cue in the sky again (ie: new moon to new moon) which takes her 29.53 days. See: Wikipedia

So lets say we measure the cycle from full moon to full moon (~29 days), this cycle is our visual cue that the moon has completed a full cycle; but in all reality, the moon completed her 360 degree orbit around the earth on the 27th day.

Trippy, right? I could go on and explain the ironic link between pregnancy and the distance between the sun and moon (father and mother symbolically), but rather than sound like a mad scientist just yet, I’ll leave it for another day.

This video helps make sense of it

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In this video above: it is easy to compare the orbit of the moon (27.321 days) to when full or new moons occur (29.530 days). Use the orbit chart on the top left. You will see that the moon travels a little further than 360 degrees during each phase. 

What Job Really Meant To Say

Here’s another great one. Jesus wasn’t the first person to say that looking at a woman (or a man for that matter) to lust after them was a sin, it was Job who said it first. 

if I have looked at the sun when it shone, or the moon moving in splendor, and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my mouth has kissed my hand, this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges [the Trinity], for I would have been false to God above.

Job 31:26-28

In this passage from Job, we can really see what he was saying, when we understand the prophetic keys. Without them, we can miss it entirely.

Job is saying, if I had looked at a father at full brightness (uncovered or naked), or at a woman moving in splendor (really noticing how her body moves), and I kissed my hand (became taken by self arousal), then I would be guilty before God. 

Earlier in the chapter, Job mentioned lust in another way, saying:

I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin? What would be my portion from God above and my heritage from the Almighty on high?

Job quite literally meant to say, lust and masturbation are a sin. Jesus also said this, pointing out that chasing lustful thoughts is a sin.

You have heard that it was said, "You shall not commit adultery;" but I tell you that everyone who gazes at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Everything Jesus taught is always discussed in the old testament, sometimes in less than obvious ways, and I think this is a great example if it. He only ever clarified or fulfilled what was already in Gods word. 


Isn’t it amazing how much more we are able to glean from unlocking just one set prophecy keys?  We haven’t even been able to discuss the stars yet, so stay tuned for more; and remember, whenever you are reading books like Revelation, be sure to rely on keys in the bible like this, then we can be of one mind, of one Spirit, and see the true meaning in what is being said together. 

Isn’t Gods pattern in creation incredible?

I began building the flare bible study app to map out all the prophecy keys in the bible. Now that I have very little time to continue development, it is likely that will be the only map I’ll finish. I’m hoping it will happen by 2021. 

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