The Witness of the Stars by: E. W Bullinger
Cepheus (the Crowned King)
Here we have the presentation of a glorious king, crowned, and enthroned in the highest heaven, with a sceptre in his hand, and his foot planted on the very Polar Star itself.
His name in the Denderah Zodiac is Pe-ku-hor, which means this one cometh to rule.
The Greek name by which he is now known, Cepheus, is from the Hebrew, and means the branch, and is called by EURIPIDES the king.
An old Ethiopian name was Hyk, a king.
There are 35 stars, viz., three of the 3rd magnitude, seven of the 4th, etc.
The brightest star, a (in the right shoulder), is called Al Deramin, which means coming quickly. The next, b (in the girdle), is named Al Phirk (Arabic), the Redeemer. The next g (in the left knee), is called Al Rai, which means who bruises or breaks.
It is impossible to mistake the truth which these names teach. The Greeks, though they had lost it, yet preserved a trace of it, even in their perversion of it; for they held that Cepheus was the father of Andromeda, and that Perseus was her husband.
Yes; this is the glorious King of Israel, the "King of kings, and Lord of lords." It is He who calls Israel His "son," and will yet manifest it to all the world. In Jeremiah 21, after speaking of Israel's restoration, Jehovah says: "At the same time, saith the LORD, will I be the God of all the families of Israel,
And they shall be My people... For I am a father to Israel, And Ephraim is My firstborn."
As He said to Moses: "Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn" (Exo 4:22).
Here is the foundation of Israel's blessing. True, it is now in abeyance, but "the LORD reigneth," and will in due time make good His Word, for
"The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever. The thoughts of His heart to all generations."