The rebellious children of Israel forced to wander in the wilderness with scorpions and serpents.
“Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought…” (Dt. 8:15)
Aqrab is represented by 6th letter of the
Hebrew alphabet and has a value of 6.
The letter Vav conveys the idea of a nail or tent peg, To pierce, secure, connect. The meaning of this letter relates to the journeying of the children of Israel for 40 years in the wilderness dwelling in their tents. It will also relate to the piercing Christ received on the cross in 6 different locations.
Scorpio follows after the sign of Libra, the Scales, where we saw symbolized the deliverance of the children of Israel from bondage in Egypt and the reception of the Law given to Moses on Mt. Sinai.
The next great milestone in the history of Israel is the 40 years they were forced to wander in the wilderness because of their lack of faith and rebellious spirit in not taking possession of the land of Canaan. Moses sent twelve spies, one from each of the twelve tribes of Israel, to search out the land of Canaan. Two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, brought back a favorable report, saying:
“Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” (Num. 13:30).
However, the other ten spies trembled and feared when they saw the giants in the land and brought back an evil report which greatly discouraged the children of Israel, saying:
“The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” (Num. 13:32,33)
“Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel. And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes: 7 And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. 8 If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. 9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not. 10 But all the congregation bade stone them with stones.” (Num. 14:5-10)
But because the children of Israel “believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation” (Psalms 78:22), the children of Israel were not permitted to enter the promise land. They would have to spend the next 40 years wandering in the wilderness, a year for each day they spied out the land.
The LORD said unto Moses, “because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice, they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it.” (Num. 14:22-23) NKJV
At the conclusion of the 40 years, Moses is recounting Israel’s history, how the YHVH provided for them in the wilderness:
“Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; 16. Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end.” (Dt. 8:15,16)
Here is where we see the connection between the sign of Scorpio and the experience of the children of Israel in the wilderness: “wherein were fiery serpents and scorpions.” One of the minor constellations of Scorpio is Serpens, the Serpent. Thus, we have both the “serpent” and the “scorpion” in the sign of Scorpio just as there was in the wilderness.
The Hebrew name for Scorpio is Akrab meaning: “fig. a scourge or knotted whip.” H6137.
According to Strong’s Concordance, a scourge is used for “chastisement, fig. of national judgment.” H7752. The sign of Scorpio then is a fitting symbol for the children of Israel who were “chastised” for their great sin at the border of the Promise Land in rebelling against YHVH.
The word “chastise” is used in the New Testament when Pilate said of Jesus: “I will therefore chastise him, and release him.” (Lk. 23:16).
In all of the ancient myths, Scorpio was a cursed and warlike constellation. A fitting representation of the curse that fell upon the children of Israel who had to wander in the wilderness for 40 years with scorpions and serpents because of their rebelliousness and lack of faith.
SCORPIO A SYMBOL OF DEATH
The Maya’s refer to Scorpio as “the sign of the death god” (Hades). In the New Testament, Paul equates death with that of a “sting”, a symbol of sin and death:
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.” (1 Cor. 15:55,56)
There is a close association between the sting of death which is sin in Scorpio, and the law of God represented by the Scales in Libra which Scorpio is pictured in the heavens as attacking, i.e. rebelling against the Law of God. Paul tells us that “the wages of sin is death”. (Romans 6:23). It was the sins of Israel, beginning with the worship of the golden cafe at the foot of the Mt. Sinai that led to the death of an entire generation from 20 years and upward in the desert, “wherein were fiery serpents and scorpions”.
Pictured below is the altar that still exists at the foot of the REAL Mt Sinai (Jabel El Lawz) in Northwest Saudi Arabia. “For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.” (Galatians 4:25) Etched on the boulders of the altar are ancient Egyptian apis bulls found nowhere else in Saudi Arabia.
Golden Calf Altar near Jabel El Lawz
“The Mountain of the Law”
Jabel El Lawz in Northwest Saudi Arabia,
the ancient land of Midian where Moses fled to.
Cue the video below to the 27 min mark for a spectacular
and awe inspiring tour of this holy mountain of God!
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For a majestic tour of the real Mt. Sinai, cue the following video to the 27 minute mark.
ISRAEL LIKENED TO “SCORPIONS”
The LORD spoke unto the prophet Ezekiel concerning the children of Israel and said:
“And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God. And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them. And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.” (Ezekiel 2:3-7)
Here we see that “scorpions” are synonymous with those who “rebel” against the LORD. A fitting symbol for the rebellious house of Israel in the sign of Scorpio when they were in the wilderness.
The scorpion is descriptive of Satan as well, who’s title means, “the Adversary”. He was the first to rebel against the LORD in heaven. (See Isaiah 14:12-20; Ezekiel 28:12-19; Revelation 12:7-9)
FORESHADOWING OF CHRIST IN SCORPIO
Scorpio represents the curse and chastisement of God when we rebel and sin against him, but we need not be discouraged, for “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree”. (Galatians 3:13).
“Christ was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8)
It was “through death” that Christ was able to “destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Hebrews 2:14,15)
Fortyyears in the Wilderness
Just as the children of Israel were led into the wilderness for 40 years where they tempted the LORD, so too “was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered.” (Matthew 4:1,2)
Whereas the children of Israel gave in to the temptations of the devil to tempt the LORD in the wilderness and lusted after the rich food of the Egyptians that they were accustomed to, Jesus resisted the devil’s temptations and fasted during his 40 days in the wilderness. He spent one day for each of the 40 years that Israel was in the wilderness tempting and rebelling against the LORD. Where Israel had failed, Jesus prevailed!
Serpents & Scorpions
Israel was in the wilderness for 40 years wherein were “fiery serpents and scorpions”, symbols of Satan who is “the father of lies” and death. When Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days he also encountered a serpent, “that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world”. (Rev. 12:9)
As has been pointed out, the sting of the scorpion represents sin and death. Jesus received the sting of the scorpion, the sting of death, when he took upon himself the sins of the whole world (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2). Futhermore, it was the Jews, the “rebellious” children of Israel, who in the Old Testament were referred to as “scorpions”, that caused Jesus to be put to death, crying out “crucify him, crucify him. (Lk. 23:21)
In a broader since we are all guilty of inflicting the sting of the scorpion upon the Saviour of the world, for it is written:
“He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isa. 53:5,6)
The Greek word for scorpion is σκορπίος skorpío which means: “to pierce; a "scorpion" (from its sting).” G4651
It was prophesied of Christ, “dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.” (Ps. 22:16)
As the Hebrew word for Scorpio, Akrab means “to scourge, a knotted whip”, so Jesus said to his disciples:
“Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.” (Luke 18:31-33)
We then see the fulfillment of Christ’s words:
“Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death. And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands.” (Mark 14:64-65)
Another clear revelation of the foreshadowing of Christ in the sign of Scorpio is this passage:
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 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.” (Jn. 3:14-16)
It just happens that one of the minor constellations of Scorpio is Ophiuchus, the Serpent Handler.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE HEBREW LETTER VAV (6)
Vav is the 6th letter of the Hebrew Alphabet. The Early Semitic pictograph was a y-shaped nail, hook, or tent peg “Y” meaning “to pierce or connect.” The Vav was used in the tents in the wilderness and in the tabernacle itself for the linen curtain around the courtyard and for the coverings of the Tabernacle.
Besides being a letter, Vav is also the Hebrew word for the conjunction “and.” In his battle against the serpent (the Devil) and the brood of “serpents and vipers” (the religious leaders) Christ was pierced in 6 locations of his body. His two hands, two feet, forehead, and side. His victory on the cross over the serpent and over death itself “connected” heaven AND earth together, bridging the gap that sin had made between God and man as a result of man’s fall.
SCORPIO IS A WATER SIGN
There are many allusions to water in the story of the exodus and the 40 years that the children of Israel dwelt in the wilderness.
1. The parting of the Red Sea where the wasters were divided. (Exodus 14:21-22)
2. The bitter waters at Marah that were made sweet. (Exodus 15:22-25)
3. The 12 springs of water at Elim (Exodus 15:22)
4. The rock Moses struck at Horeb that caused water to burst forth out of the rock when the children of Israel thirsted for water and grumbled against Moses and tested the LORD (Exodus 17:1-7). “He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river.” (Psalm 105:41)
5. 1. When Moses was on the mount for 40 days receiving the 10 commandments, he drank no water or ate food. (Exodus 34:28)
6. The great flood of Noah occurred when the Autumnal Equinox was occurring in the sign of Scorpio.
The Split Rock at Horeb
from which water gushed out.
The glyph for Scorpio is the letter M with a stinger or arrow tip attached to the end of it.
In Scorpio, the number 40 relates to:
1. The 40 years Moses was in Egypt. (Acts 7:23)
2. The 40 years Moses tended sheep for his father-in-law Jethro in Midian. (Acts 7:30)
3. The 40 years Moses led the children of Israel in the wilderness.
4. The 40 days Moses was on the mount to receive the law. (Exodus 24:18)
5. The 40 days Moses was in the mount after the sin of the golden calf. (Deuteronomy 9:18,25)
6. The 40 days the spies searched the land of Canaan. (Numbers 13:26; 14:34)
7. The 40 days Jesus was tempted in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:2)
8. The 40 days Jesus was seen of his disciples after his death and resurrection. (Acts 1:3)
9. The 40 days and 40 nights it rained in Noah’s flood when the autumnal equinox was occurring in the sign of Scorpio. (Genesis 7:4,12,17)
In Virgo, the Virgin, representative of “the Virgin Daughter of Zion,” “the virgin of Israel, the number 40 may relate to the following:
1. The 40 days of repentance (Teshuvah), beginning on the first day of Elul in Virgo, culminating on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement on the 10th of Tishri in Libra. Teshuvah alludes to a time of repentance that is linked to Moses interceding for 40 days when Israel sinned with the golden calf. (Exodus 32)
2. The 40 days it takes the sun to pass through the Virgo constellation.
CORRESPONDING HEBREW MONTH: Cheshvan/Bul
Meaning: “In the since of rain” H945/ “Produce (of the earth) food” H944.
Over 4000 years ago, when the Autumnal Equinox was occurring in Scorpio, is when it first rained upon the earth for 40 days and 40 nights, destroying all plant life and all that had the breath of life in its nostrils. Only Noah and all that were with him in the Ark survived. (See Genesis 7:4-23)
Also, it was in the wilderness that for 40 years God provided food for the children of Israel. He “rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.” (Psalms 78:24)
“Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” (John 12:24)
CORRESPONDING HEBREW TRIBE: Dan
Meaning: “to judge, contend, plead, to act as judge, minister judgment; to plead a cause. to execute judgment, requite” H1777
Symbolized by the sign of Scorpio is the judgment upon the prince of this world, Satan, (John 16:11), his head being bruised. (Genesis 3:15) The judgment upon man by a worldwide flood, and upon Israel for their rebellious nature resulting in that entire generation perishing in the desert.
“Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD”. (Genesis 49:16-18)
The emblem of the tribe of Dan was the serpent, in fulfillment of Jacob's prophecy in Genesis 49:17: "Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward." However, the prince of the tribe of Dan replaced the serpent with an eagle.
To Dan was given the symbol of Scorpio, which, in the ancient Egyptian zodiac was a snake. However, when the time came to hoist the symbol of the snake, Ahiezer refused and chose instead the symbol of an eagle.
According to Unger's Bible Dictionary:
'Dan's position in the journey was on the north of the Tabernacle, with Asher and Naphtali. The standard of the tribe was of white and red, and the crest upon it, an eagle, the great foe to serpents, which had been chosen by the leader instead of a serpent, because Jacob had compared Dan to a serpent. Ahiezer substituted the eagle, the destroyer of serpents, as he shrank from carrying an adder upon his flag. It may prove worthwhile to consider the possible connection to the tribe of Dan whenever an eagle is used as the symbol of subsequent leaders or nations.' "
CORRESPONDING HEBREW FESTIVALS:
There were no feasts of the LORD observed in this month, however, the feast of Jeroboam, the king of the northern kingdom of Israel, set up a rival feast on the 15th day of the 8th month when the sun is in Scorpio.
We learn in 1 Kings 12:25-33 that King Jeroboam was afraid that those who lived in his kingdom in the north would still go down to the southern kingdom of Judah to worship at Jerusalem, since that was where the temple was located.
“Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made. 33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.”
This Feast was set up as a “rival” to the feasts that were ordained of the LORD. Unfortunately, many of the festive holidays that western society observes today are of pagan origin, adopted by the Roman Church and “Christianized”. Setup as “rivals” to the Festivals of the LORD in the Bible that the Jews and early church continued to observe (less the ceremonial sacrificial elements of the feast). The Roman Church wanted to distance themselves from the Jews and the Christians who were still observing these “Jewish” holy days by adopting the holidays of the pagans. These holidays include: Sunday Sacredness, Good Friday/ Easter, Halloween, Christmas and New Years Day. (See Appendix for the contrast between the festivals of the LORD and the rival festivals of the Gentiles).
By observing these holidays in place of the holy days of the LORD, we are sadly following in the ways of Dan. This is part of the “rebellious” nature of the scorpion. Proverbs 16:25 tells us that “there is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
The Butterfly Nebula (NGC 6302)
Located next to the sting of the scorpion.
This celestial butterfly located next to the sting of the scorpion, the sting of death, is symbolic of renewal, transformation, resurrection and immortality. Christ received the “sting of death” on the cross, and was resurrected to newness of life and everlasting immortality three days later! Next to the sting of death is the promise of eternal life.
“But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” (2 Tim. 1:10)
“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” (Jn. 11:25)
“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Cor. 15:53-55)
The books of record used in heaven for the judgment?
Zooming in on the
left wing of the butterfly.
Pictured inside the butterfly, to the left of its body, is this incredible image of two brown colored books side by side with at least 5 individuals above it. Four more directly just above the books and another further up and to the right above those looking curiously at the books. There is a dark shadowy image of a person (who i believe represents Satan) that has one of his hands directly across the top pages of the book. I believe these books represent the books of record in heaven that are used in the judgment to determine who shall be found worthy of eternal life.
Says the prophet Daniel:
“I beheld, till thrones were placed, and One that was Ancient of Days did sit: His raiment was white as snow, and the hair of His head like pure wool; His throne was fiery flames, and the wheels thereof burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him: thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.” (Dan. 7:9,10) RV
John the Revelator, describing the same scene states:
“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works...15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:12,15). The lake of fire is depicted in the next sign of Sagittarius in Ara, the Altar and is located to the right of the Butterfly Nebula.
The book of life contains the names of all who have ever entered the service of God. Jesus said to His disciples: “Rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20). Daniel, looking down to “a time of trouble, such as never was,” declares that God's people shall be delivered, “everyone that shall be found written in the book.” And John the revelator says that those only shall enter the city of God whose names “are written in the Lamb's book of life.” (Dan. 12:1; Rev. 21:27)
In addition to the book of life, there is another book called, The book of remembrance in which are recorded the good deeds of “them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon His name.” (Malachi 3:16). Their words of faith, their acts of love, are registered in heaven. Nehemiah refers to this when he says: “Remember me, O my God, ... and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God.” (Neh. 13:14).
“God did not design that His people Israel, should wander forty years in the wilderness. He promised to lead them directly to the land of Canaan, and establish them there a holy, healthy, happy people. But those to whom it was first preached, went not in “because of unbelief.” Their hearts were filled with murmuring, rebellion, and hatred, and He could not fulfill His covenant with them.”
“For forty years did unbelief, murmuring, and rebellion shut out ancient Israel from the land of Canaan. The same sins have delayed the entrance of modern Israel into the heavenly Canaan. In neither case were the promises of God at fault. It is the unbelief, the worldliness, unconsecration, and strife among the Lord's professed people that have kept us in this world of sin and sorrow so many years.” Manuscript 4, 1883, E. G. White.
To those especially born under the Sign of Scorpio, the promise is given:
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
“But thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.” (Isaiah 49:25)
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:19,20)
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Cor. 15:51-55)
“But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” (2 Tim. 1:10)
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