The Witness of the Stars by: E. W Bullinger
"But in Mount Zion there shall be those that escape,
And it shall be holy:
And the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions."
Obadiah 17-19, RV
Ursa Major (the Great Bear)
It is a large and important constellation, containing 87 stars, of which one is of the 1st magnitude, four of the 2nd, three of the 3rd, ten of the 4th, etc. It always presents a splendid appearance, and is perhaps, therefore, the best known of all the constellations. In the Book of Job (9:9, and 38:31,32) it is mentioned under the name of Ash. "Canst thou guide Ash and her offspring?" which is rendered in the AV, "Arcturus and his sons," and in the RV, "The Bear with her train" (marg., "sons"). The Arabs still call it Al Naish, or Annaish, the assembled together, as sheep in a fold. The ancient Jewish commentators interpreted Ash as the seven stars of this constellation. They are called by others Septentriones, which thus became the Latin word for North. The brightest star, a (in the back), is named Dubhe, which, as we have seen, means a herd of animals, or a flock, and gives its name to the whole constellation. The star b (below it) is named Merach (Hebrew), the flock (Arabic, purchased). The star g (on the left of b) is called Phaeda, or Phacda, meaning visited, guarded, or numbered, as a flock; for His sheep, like the stars, are both numbered and named. (See Psalm 147:4) The star e is called Alioth, a name we have had in Auriga, meaning a she goat. The star z (in the middle of the tail) is called Mizar, separate or small, and close to it Al Cor, the Lamb. The star h (at the end of the so-called tail) is named Benet Naish (Arabic), the daughters of the assembly. It is also called Al Kaid, the assembled. The star i (in its right foot) is called Talitha. The names of other stars all give the same testimony: El Alcola (Arabic), the sheepfold (as in Psa 95:7; and 100:3); Cab'd al Asad, multitude, many assembled; Annaish, the assembled; Megrez, separated, as the flock in the fold; El Kaphrah, protected, covered (Heb. redeemed and ransomed); Dubheh Lachar (Arabic), the latter herd or flock; Helike (so called by HOMER in the Iliad), company of travellers; Amaza (Greek), coming and going; Calisto, the sheepfold set or appointed. Many are the Scriptures we might quote which speak of this gathering and assembling of the long scatterd flock. It is written as plainly in the Book, as it is in the heavens. The prophecies of this gathering are as conspicuous in the Word of God as the "Seven Stars" in the sky. It is difficult even to make a selection from the wealth of such promises; but few are more beautiful than that in Ezekiel 34:12-16"As a shepherd seeketh out his flock In the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; So will I seek out my sheep, And will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the people, And gather them from the countries, And will bring them to their own land, And feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers And in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them in a good pasture, And upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: There shall they lie in a good fold, And in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. I will feed my flock, And I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD (Adonai Jehovah). I will seek that which was lost, And bring again that which was driven away, And will bind up that which was broken, And will strengthen that which was sick: But I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment." It is of this judgment with which this book, and indeed the whole Revelation, ends, in the next and final chapter.