The letter Lamed represents a shepherd’s staff as a symbol of authority, to teach, yoke, and royalty. All of these words apply directly to Aries, the Lamb of God and Chief Shepherd and bishop of our souls, Christ Jesus when he walked the earth, beginning his ministry when he was “about 30 years of age.” (Lk. 3:23) He was betrayed by 30 pieces of silver.
“Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.” (Gen. 22:1-3)
As Abraham and his son journeyed to Mt. Moriah, Isaac said unto his father:
“Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him.
And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said,
‘Abraham, Abraham!’ So he said, ‘Here I am.’ And He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.’ Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.”
The offering up of the Ram in place of Abraham’s Son, was a foreshadowing of God the Father giving up his Son for the sins of the world.
To this end Abraham understood. When Isaac asked his father “where is the lamb for a burnt offering”, Abraham replied: “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” In place of his son Isaac, God provided a “ram” for the burnt offering. But Abraham understood the greater significance of the Lamb that he said God would provide, for Jesus told the Jews: “Your father Abrahadm rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” (John 8:56)
The highest point of Mount Moriah where Abraham offered up the ram in place of his son is Golgotha where Christ was crucified.
When Christ showed up on the banks of the Jordan River, John the Baptist cried out: “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)
Godfrey Higgins (1772-1833), who’s main interests were the history of religious beliefs and practical sociology states:
“This constellation was called the ‘Lamb of God.’ He was also called the ‘Savior,” And was said to have saved mankind from their sins. He was always honored with the appellation of ‘Dominus’ or ‘Lord.” He was called the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of world.” The devotees addressing him in their litany, constantly repeated the words, ‘O Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. Grant us Thy peace.’”
Aries is pictured as a Ram with his left foreleg stretching out across the bands attached to the two fish in Pisces. This is significant, for we read:
“And the Egyptians evil entreated us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard bondage: And when we cried unto the LORD God of our fathers, the LORD heard our voice, and looked on our affliction, and our labour, and our oppression: And the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders.” (Dt. 26:6-8)
“Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver?” (Isa. 50:2)
When the sun was in Aries over 3000 years ago the first Passover took place in Egypt. The children of Israel were instructed by the LORD to take a lamb of the first year without blemish and to kill it on the 14th day of Abib. They were to place its blood on the doorposts and on the lintel of their houses thereby protecting them from the angel of death.
“Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.” (Ex. 12:13)
This was a foreshadowing of a bigger deliverance from the bondage to sin, by the offering up of the Lamb of God for the sins of the whole world. It is a feast that is still to be observed by all of God’s children who have accepted Christ as their Passover Lamb slain for their sins.
“It is a night to be much observed unto the Lord for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the Lord to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.” (Ex. 12:42)
Christ our Passover
In like manner, it was 2000 years ago while the sun was in the sign of Aries, that the Lamb of God, with outstretched arms was nailed to the cross to make a way to be free from the bondage of sin. This occurred on the identical 14th day of Abib. Type had met anti type in the slaying of the true Lamb of God for the salvation of his people, and forgiveness of sins.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Gal. 5:1)
Feast of Unleavened Bread
The 14th day of Abib was followed by the seven day feast of Unleavened Bread beginning on the 15th day of Abib. (See Exodus 12:15-20; Leviticus 23:6) The spiritual significance of this observance is elaborated upon by the Apostle Paul:
“Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (1 Cor. 5:7-8)
The Feast of Firstfruits
The first day of the feast of unleavened bread which came the day after Passover, was followed by the feast of firstfruits.
“And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.” (Lev. 23:9-11)
“Now the children of Israel camped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight on the plains of Jericho. And they ate of the produce of the land on the day after the Passover, unleavened bread and parched grain, on the very same day. Then the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land; and the children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the food of the land of Canaan that year.” (Jos. 5:10-12)
It is clear in Joshua 5:10-12 that the Israelites celebrated Firstfruits on the 16th of Abib. Flavius Josephus, who was a member of the priesthood, wrote that "On the second day of Unleavened Bread, which is the sixteenth day of the month, they first partake of the fruits of the earth." In modern Jewish observance, Firstfruits always falls on the 16th day of Abib.
The resurrection of Christ on the “third day” and his ascension to his Father on that selfsame day was the fulfillment of this feast.
“But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.” (1 Cor. 15:20-23) NKJV
On the 16th of Nissan, the third day after the slaying of the Passover lamb, the children of Israel were to observe the Feast of Firstfruits.
“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.” (Leviticus 23:10-11) NKJV
As the High Priest was to take a sheaf of ripening barley grain on the 16th of Nissan and wave it before the LORD to be accepted on behalf of the people, so Christ when when he rose from the grave on the third day (Nissan the 16th), ascended to the Father to present himself as the wave sheaf offering to be accepted on behalf of his people.
When Mary met him in the garden on the morning of the resurrection Jesus said to her:
“Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ ” (John 20:17) NKJV
After Mary’s departure Christ then ascended to the Father to present himself before the LORD as the the wave sheaf offering, the “firstfruits” of the spring harvest “on the day after the sabbath.”
“But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.” (1 Corinthians 15:20-23)
When Christ ascended to the Father to present himself before the LORD as the wave sheaf offering on the morning of his resurrection, the inhabitants of heaven exclaimed in great jubilation:
“Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah” (Psalm 24:7-10)
THE BINARY AGE - Aries/Libra
The opposing sign of Aries is Libra, “the Balances” representing the law given to Moses on Mt Sinai, and the redemption of his people out of slavery in Egypt. This deliverance was a foreshadowing of a greater deliverance by the Lamb of God from the spiritual bondage of sin represented by Andromeda, “The Chained Woman” in Pisces, referred to as the “bondwoman” in Galatians.
“But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.” (Gal. 4:23-26)
One of the minor constellations of Aries is Cassiopeia, “the Freed Woman”, enthroned in heavenly places beside Cepheus, “the Celestial King.” Dressed in her royal apparel she holds aloft a palm branch in her left hand, a symbol of victory, and in her right she draws attention to the apparel she is wearing, “the fine linen clean and white” (Rev. 19:8). The following Scriptures shed light on what we are seeing in this picture:
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (Jn. 8:32-36)
“But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Gal. 4:29-5:1)
The Aurora Borealis, aka, “The Northern Lights”
This astonishing picture taken from Finland is the Aurora Borealis. It is emanating from between the region of the north pole and the North Star directly above it.
Because of it’s appearance of the bottom of a garment or of a curtain, it has been nicknamed as “The hem of His garment.” This is incredibly significant in light of the Scriptures and the star constellations located in this region of the sky. In the book of Isaiah we read:
“It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in.” (Isa. 40:22)
“Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.” (Ps. 57:5)
The star constellation that’s located directly above the north star and the north pole of the earth is Cepheus, “the Celestial King.” Cepheus represents the King of Israel sitting on his royal throne in the heavens with his left foot upon the North Star. In his left hand he holds aloft a scepter extended outwards towards the neighboring constellation Cassiopeia, “the Freed Woman”, the Lamb’s wife in Aries.
The extension of the scepter towards the neighboring constellation Cassiopeia is a gesture of “favor” such as when Queen Esther drew near to the king.
“Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king’s house, over against the king’s house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house. And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre.” (Est. 5:1,2)
Cassiopeia dressed in her “royal apparel”, is representative not only of the Lamb’s wife but she symbolizes “the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Rom. 8:21), i.e. “the freed woman.”
Cassiopeia is pictured as “sitting in heavenly places” as the bride of the King of Israel, enthroned at his side and dressed in her royal apparel! In her left hand she holds a palm branch, a symbol of victory, and with her right hand she draws attention to the royal apparel she has purchased, the fine linen clean and white!
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved); And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” (Eph. 2:4-7)
Might this “white garment” as seen in the Aurora Borealis in the north be a reminder of the counsel of the Faithful and True Witness to his people:
“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” (Rev. 3:18-22)
When this counsel is heeded the following Scripture will be fulfilled:
“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” (Rev. 19:7-8)
HEBREW TRIBE: Zebulun
The tribe associated with Aries, “the Lamb of God” is Zebulun which means: “Exalted” H2074. “Primitive root, to inclose, i.e. to reside:--dwell with. To exalt, honor, dwell exaltedly, gift”. H2082
These are all words that relate to Christ:
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.” (Phil. 2:8-10)
“For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.” (Jn. 5:22-23)
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23)
The numerical value of Zebulun is 95. Words having the gematria of 95 include: Water, Die, King, Lord, Forsake, Escape, Praise, Sea. Once again these are all words that relate to the story of the Messiah:
* He was the “living water”
* The King of the Jews, King of Israel
* He was called Lord
* He was forsaken by his disciples
* Many times he escaped out of the hands of his enemies
* He received praise
* The majority of his ministry was by the Sea of Galilee
Birth of Zebulun
“And Leah said, God hath endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun.” (Gen. 30:20)
Christ was the Bridegroom, the Husband who came to dwell with his Bride, Israel.
“Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.” (Gen. 49:13).
Much of the teaching of Christ was on the shores of Galilee, a haven for fishing vessels.
“And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun in thy going out, and Issachar, in thy tents. They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness.” (Dt. 33:18,19)
Those out of Zebulun are “they that handle the pen of the writer.” (Jdg. 5:14)
Aries represented the coming of the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world. He came to set us free from the bondage of sin represented by the minor constellation Cassiopeia, “the Freed Woman. “
“So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Gal. 4:31-5:1)
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (Jn. 8:36)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (Jn. 3:16-17)