“Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn.
And, the labourer is worthy of his reward.” (1 Tim. 5:17,18)
Shor is represented by the 14th letter of the
Hebrrew alphabet and has a value of 50
The Hebrew letter Tet represents a “seed, offspring, to continue, fish, activity.” These are all words that relate specifically to the work of the busy activity of the apostles in preaching the gospel after the Holy Ghost fell upon them on the day of Pentecost, the 50th day. The “seed” the apostles sowed was the Word of God. Those who were taught of them “continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42).
Taurus follows after the sign of Aries which represented “the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world.” (Jn. 1:29)His death being foreshadowed by the patriarch Abraham, who offered up a ram in place of his son as a burnt offering unto the LORD. (See Gen. 22:13)
Following the death of Jesus as the Lamb of God in Aries, the next great milestone we come to in the history and redemption of God’s people, is the work of the apostles and the great commission entrusted to them.
“Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.” (Mt. 28:18-20) NKJV
The “age” he may have been speaking of here is the Age of Pisces, the Two Fish. At the beginning of his ministry when Jesus began to call his disciples, many of whom were “fishermen”, he said unto them: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mt.4:19-20) NKJV. This was a fulfillment of the promise given in the book of Jeremiah after the two houses of Israel (i.e. the two fish) had been scattered and sent into captivity because of their sins.
“Behold, I will send for many fishermen,” says the Lord, “and they shall fish them; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.” (Jer. 16:16) NKJV
The first part of this verse was fulfilled at the beginning of the Age of Pisces, the second part of the verse will be fulfilled in the Age of Aquarius. (See Jer. 2:19 and Rev. 6:15-17)
But now back to our story concerning the Sign of Taurus and the Pleiades.
In Solomon’s temple there were 12 Oxen of brass used to hold up a Sea of water.
“It stood on twelve oxen: three looking toward the north, three looking toward the west, three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east; the Sea was set upon them, and all their back parts pointed inward. It was a handbreadth thick; and its brim was shaped like the brim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It contained two thousand baths.” (1 Ki. 7:25-26)
In Biblical times, Oxen were used for burnt offerings, for plowing the fields, and threshing out the grain.
In the New Testament Paul compares laboring oxen to the work of the Apostles who were laboring in the work of preaching the gospel.
“For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope. If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?” (1 Cor. 9:9-11)
In the parable of the “tares of the field”’ Jesus declared that “the field” represented “the world”. (Matthew 13:38). Thus, the world was the “field” the apostles of the Lamb (i.e. the twelve oxen) were plowing.
The word plow means “to turn up the earth (an area of land) with a plow, especially for the planting of seeds”. When the unbelieving Jews were trying to seek out the apostles in the house of Jason we read:
“And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also.” (Acts 17:6) See also Ps. 146:9.
Another clear analogy of comparing the work of the apostles to that of laboring oxen is found in Paul’s first letter to Timothy:
“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. 18. For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, the labourer is worthy of his reward.” (1 Tim. 5:17,18)
All twelve of Christ’s disciples who were commissioned to “plow the field” of the world and sow the “good seed”, the word of God, were from the Southern Kingdom of Judah. This is significant, for In the Old Testament it was prophesied by the prophet Hosea:
“Ephraim is as an heifer that is taught, and loveth to tread out the corn; but I passed over upon her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to ride; Judah shall plow, and Jacob shall break his clods.” (Hos. 10:11)
A further clue solidifying Taurus, as representative of the 12 Apostles going forth to preach the gospel, is the nearness of Aries, “the Lamb of God” to Taurus. Both share many of the same stars, as the two constellations overlap one other. The Ram is facing the opposite direction, yet looking back at Taurus as if to say, “I will not forget you.” After commissioning his disciples, his team of 12 oxen, to preach the gospel in all the world, the Lord promised his disciples:
“And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:20)
We have now seen some very convincing evidence from the Bible, that Oxen were used metaphorically to refer to the work of the Apostles in fulfilling the great commission! They went forth to “plow the field“ of the world, “turning it upside down” to sow the “good seed” of the word of God.
Like the 12 Oxen in Solomon’s temple facing outwards towards the four directions of the compass holding aloft the sea of water, so also the 12 Apostles went forth into all the world to preach the everlasting Gospel of the kingdom. They held aloft on their back as it were that “fountain of living water”, (the Word of God) carrying it forth to the whole world.
THE TRIBE OF JOSEPH
Joseph is the tribe the best relates to the story in the sign of Taurus.
“Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him” (Gen. 49:22-23).
“let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren. His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh” (Dt. 33:16-17)
The two horns of the Ox
The Hebrew word for horns is naggach meaning: “to push, thrust, wage war against” [H5055].
The Apostle Paul states:
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” (1 Cor. 10:3,4)
Again he says:
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph. 6:12)
This warfare against Satan’s kingdom is clearly pictured in the sign of Taurus. The bull is seen pushing fiercely with its horns against the head of a lion that has been slain in the hand of Orion, the Hunter. The lion represents the Devil, a defeated foe!
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Pet. 5:8)
Following the death of the Lamb of God in Aries, the sign of Taurus gives us a picture of the busy activity of the disciples and early believers represented by Oxen plowing the field (i.e. the world), turning it upside down to sow the good seed, the word of God to bring forth a harvest of souls for the heavenly garner.
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
The two horns of the Oxen are symbolic of “power.” (See Dan. 8:7). Those two powers being the Word of God and the Holy Ghost.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12)
“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Acts 2:21)
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38)
Having identified the work of the Apostles in the Sign of Taurus, what would be the spiritual significance of the beautiful open star cluster upon its back, known affectionately as the Pleiades? This is the incredible story I will be telling in my new book I’m currently writing called, “The Sweet Influences of the Pleiades.”