Weekend vacation ideas for While the Hebrew Bible has a very negative view of astrology, it does hold out the possibility that God could at certain times communicate messages through comets. An important example is found in Numbers , a text we shall explore in detail in chapter Here we ind a striking prophecy from the Mesopotamian seer Balaam I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel. Balaam’s mysterious reference to a celestial body identiied as a star and a scepter note the synonymous parallelism is most naturally interpreted as speaking of a long-tailed comet. He is envisioning the Messiah as a cometary scepter, strongly intimating that his coming will be attended by a great comet. Balaam seems to imply that this comet would do something extraordinary in connection with its rising to announce the Messiah’s coming. In particular, the oracle appears to prophesy that the comet would look like a scepter at a key stage of its apparition. A second prophetic oracle that declares that a cometary apparition would convey a positive message from God is found in Isaiah , another verse that we shall examine closely in chapter The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. Weekend vacation ideas 2016.