William Branham and the Zodiac of Healing:
In 1933, H.L. Cornell published the "Encyclopaedia of Medial Astrology, a modern-day reference book to the medieval practice of using the sun, moon, and stars to help predict and diagnose various diseases. Those familiar with this practice are well aware that it long predates medieval times, dating back far before known history in many ancient cults. The Asclepius cult, for instance, was the ancient Greek god of medicine was also credited with powers of prophecy.
Many are familiar with the symbol displayed on the entrances of medical practices and hospitals with a brass serpent winding up a winged staff, mistakenly believing that this sign is a representation of the brass serpent that God asked Moses to erect for healing. But the disc and the wings are symbolic of ancient Egypt, whose healing god Ophiuchus was known as the "Serpent Bearer." Ophiuchus is one of thirteen constellations that cross the ecliptic, located within the twelve divisions of the Zodiac.
Ophiuchus is the oldest known usage of this constellation, though some scholars believe it may be linked to Babylonian mythology. But this ancient Egyptian god is believed to be linked to later healing cults throughout the ancient world. To the ancient Greeks, the constellation represented the god Apollo struggling with a huge snake that guarded the Oracle of Delphi. Later, it was identified with the Ophiuchus cult. In Roman mythology, the figure represents the healer Asclepius, who learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one serpent bringing another healing herbs. In medieval Islamic astronomy (Azophi's Uranometry, 10th century), the constellation was known as Al-á¸¤awwaÊ¾ "the snake-charmer". This was likely the origin of Cornell's "Encyclopaedia of Medical Astrology."
In Branham's mythology, Ophiuchus returned back to his Egyptian origins. Branham claimed that our "age" had returned back to the very tip of the capstone of the pyramid, which the Egyptians believed to be the time when the sun god Ra was at his greatest power. The capstone pointed to noonday.
Some researchers mistakenly believe that Branham was unfamiliar with the art of Astrology, simply because he lists Leo the Lion as the first and last sign of the Zodiac. Modern interpretations understand Aries, the Ram, to be the first sign in the figures that ancient cults believed to be deities. But closer examination of ancient mythologies give a much different understanding of the signs and constellations. Beside the Great Pyramid of Giza sits the Sphinx, a gigantic statue of Leo the Lion. The Egyptian cults built the Sphinx's lion-shape to reference to the constellation of Leo. And that the layout and orientation of the Sphinx, the pyramids at Giza pyramid and the Nile River are an accurate reflection or "map" of the constellations of Leo, Orion's Belt within Orion, and the Milky Way.
Also, Branham understood that the twelve "houses" of the Zodiac were interpreted as twelve "ages" by the ancients. Like the Egyptians, he placed significant importance on Leo, telling his congregation that we are living in the "Leo age." What is comical about his healing cult mythology is that he uses the name "Cancer" as a play on words to confuse the people. While the Zodiac sign had nothing to do with the deadly disease that gripped the hearts of his congregation in fear, Branham stresses the similarities for no reason other than its name.
"God wrote three Bibles. One of them was the Zodiac in the skies. That's the first Bible. Man was to look up to realize that God is from above. Follow the Zodiac; did you ever study it? It even gives every age, even the cancer age. It gives the beginning, the birthâ€”the birth of Christ. What is the first figure in the Zodiac? The virgin. What's the last figure? Leo the lion. The first coming and the second coming of Christ, all of it is written in there. Then the next Bible was written, was in stone, called pyramids. God wrote in the pyramids. If you study them, watch the ancient histories and wars, how they were built before the antediluvian destruction. The third was wrote on paper, the Bible, for the great, smart intellectual world to come. Now, as God has moved down through the age, we're at Leo the lion. We're at the capping of the pyramid."
Branham, 60-0522E - Adoption #4
"You observe days and months and seasons and years! I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain."
Galatians 4:10-11 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5km5BXzCom8