THE BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION OF
THE SIGN OF BETULAH (VIRGO), “The Virgin”
The Covenant made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, their seed multiplying “as the stars of heaven.”
“And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.” (Gen. 24:16)
Betulah is represented by the 19th letter of the
Hebrew alphabet and has a value of 100.
The letter Kuf, anciently pictured as the sun setting on the horizon has the meaning of going down, light and darkness, and division. It is the first letter of the Hebrew word kodesh indicating “apartness, holiness, sacredness, separateness.” This is the theme of the sign of Betulah (Virgo), “The Virgin.”
The call came to Abram to “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee.” (Gen. 12:1). The gematria for the phrase “Get thee out” is 100. Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac, the promised child was borne unto him through Sarah.
Virgo marks the starting point of the history and redemption of the children of Israel as revealed in the 12 signs of the Hebrew Mazzaroth (or Zodiac). The key to unlocking the mystery of the Mazzaroth lies in the 12 simple Hebrew letters that correlate with each of the 12 signs of the zodiac. In this online presentation I will only be touching upon these letters briefly with the exception of this first sign so that I can demonstrate just how much information a single letter contains as it unlocks the meaning of each sign. I go into more detail with the meaning of the letters and scriptural references in “The Tabernacle in the Heavens” poster that is available from the Mazzaroth Store. In the near future I will be coming out with a book entitled, “The Keys to the Mazzaroth” where I will cover these letters in much greater detail and their connection with the Mazzaroth. With that said let’s begin our story in the sign of Virgo, which just so happens to be the sign I was born in (Aug. 24).
Virgo is portrayed in the heavens as a woman lying prostrate along the ecliptic, (i.e., the pathway of the sun), in the position of a woman giving birth. This is unique in comparison to the other eleven Zodiac constellations which lay perpendicular to the ecliptic, indicating this woman is with child, ready to be delivered. She has two wings of a great eagle upon her back. In her left hand she holds a corn (or sheaf) of wheat containing seed representing “the seed of the woman.” In her right hand she holds a palm branch.
The hebrew name for Virgo is Betulah, meaning: “to separate, a bride; fig. a city or state, maid, Virgin.” H1330.
The first woman referred to as a “virgin” in the Bible is Rebekah whom Abraham’s servant Eliezer found as a wife for Abraham’s son Isaac. (Eliezer’s name means “God is Help” and is representative of the Holy Spirit, the “Helper” finding a wife for the Son).
“And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.” (Genesis 24:16)
Upon accepting Eliezer’s proposal Rebekah “separated” herself from her family, and became the wife of Isaac.
“And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.” (Genesis 24:60)
Here we see that Rebekah was to become the mother of a tremendous multitude and that her “seed” would possess the gate of those which hate them. This corresponds to what we see in the Virgo constellation, with the Virgin holding a sheaf of wheat in her hand indicating fruitfulness.
Rebekah become the mother of two twin brothers, Esau and Jacob. When Jacob wrestled with the angel for fear of his brother who was coming with 400 men to take revenge upon him, he had his name changed to Israel. Thus Rebekah was in effect, “the mother of Israel.” And as the wife of Isaac (a type of Christ, she represents Israel as a whole, who is married to unto Christ.
In the Old Testament God’s people are referred to as the “virgin of Israel” (Jeremiah 31:4) and the “virgin daughter of Zion” (Lamentations 2:13). In Micah 4:10, the daughter of Zion is in birth pangs, just as the woman in Revelation 12:1,2.
“Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.” (Micah 4:10)
In the New Testament Jesus likened the kingdom of heaven “unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. (Matthew 25:1). Likewise, Paul writes, “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:2). And finally, the 144,000 comprised of 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of the children of Israel, are also referred to as “virgins” and as “firstfruits “.
“These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.” (Rev. 14:4)
Note that Virgo holds a sheaf of wheat in her hand representative of the “firstfruits” of the harvest, identifying her with the 144,000 “virgins” in Rev. 14:5, the Israel of God.
The sheaf of wheat or firstfruits, also points us to the “Seed of Abraham” through Sarah.
“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” (Gal. 3:16)
“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.” (1 Cor. 15:20-23)
Virgo is represented by the letter Qoph with a value of 100, thus we must look a little deeper to see how this number ties in with this sign. When we turn to the story of Abraham we see that he was “100” years old when Sarah bore Isaac unto him. Sarah is considered the ancestral mother of all Israel.
The name Sarah means, “princess, a noble woman.” It’s related to the primitive root word Sarar which means, “to prevail:--have power (as a prince).” This is identical to the spiritual name “Israel” given to Jacob when he wrestled with the angel.
“And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” (Gen. 32:28)
Thus we see how Virgo is a representation of not only Rebekah and Sarah, but in a broader sense all those who like Jacob, wrestle with God and man and prevail (overcome), “the Israel of God.”
Now let’s focus our attention on Abraham and see how his experience is related to the sign of Virgo, which is represented by the Hebrew letter Kuf and it’s value of 100.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE LETTER “QOPH” (19, 100)
“Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.” (Gen. 12:1-2)
The phrase “Get thee out” in Hebrew is lekh’-l’khä (לֶךְ-לְךָ) which has a numerical value of 100. God’s people Israel represented by Virgo are called to “come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” (2 Corinthians 6:17).
In the last days the call to all is to “come out” of Babylon. (Revelation 18:4). In like manner, Abraham was called to come out of ancient Babylonia in Ur of the Chaldees. The sign preceding Virgo is Leo, “the Lion” which corresponds to Babylon who is represented by a lion. (Dan. 7:4). Thus the progression is to “get thee out” of Babylon (Leo), and separate yourself to become pure (Virgo, “the Virgin”).
In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul admonished the believers in Corinth to separate themselves from their idols:
“And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” (2 Cor. 6:15-18) NKJV
Abraham was “100” years old when Isaac was born unto him.
The pictograph for the letter Kuf is of the sun going down and setting on the horizon, signifying “darkness, going down, time, division.” The first occurrence of the word “sun” is in the vision given to Abraham concerning what would become of his seed. Notice how several of the above key words are used in this passage:
“And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away. And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. And he (the LORD) said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years (time); And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.” (Genesis 15:9-14)
In chapter 17, the promise given to Abraham was that at a “set time” he would be given a son. “But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.” (Gen. 17:21)
Here we have our starting point of the history and redemption of the children of Israel, the seed of Abraham, as revealed by the letter Qoph in the sign of Bethulah, “the Virgin”. Following the growth of Abraham’s seed in a strange land “as the stars of heaven,” that nation would afterwards be judged.
The theme of division and separation, the going down of the sun, continues throughout the development of Abraham’s seed in Virgo. Beginning with Abraham separating himself from his Father’s house in Ur of the Chaldees (Genesis 12:1) and again from his nephew Lot in choosing to dwell in the land of Canaan, Lot choosing the plain of the Jordon. (Gen. 13:9-12)
When Isaac was born Sarah requested of Abraham to have the bondwoman and her son Ishmael cast out, “separated” from her son Isaac. (Genesis 21:10). Then again when Isaac’s wife Rebekah was pregnant “the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.” (Gen. 25:23)
After Jacob deceived his father Isaac in obtaining the blessing of the first born from his brother Esau, he too was forced to leave his father’s house and “separate” himself from the vengeful wrath of his brother. (Gen. 27:43) The evening of Jacob’s departure he has his famous dream of a ladder let down from heaven to the earth and angels ascending and descending upon it. The Bible tells us that this occurred when the sun was set. Here we have yet another allusion to the letter kuf.
“And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.” (Genesis 28:11)
Twenty years later after Jacob wrestles with the angel he has his name changed to Israel and the sun is seen once again on the horizon:
“And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.” (Genesis 32:30-31)
It is noteworthy that the moment Jacob has his name changed to Israel, the sun rises upon him. God’s people were to be “the light of the world”, “the children of the day.”
It’s only fitting that the paleo Hebrew letter in the first sign of Virgo should be a pictograph of the sun, for we read:
“In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.” (Psalm 19:4-6)
Virgo as a whole represents the virgin daughter of Zion, the children of Israel, which in turn is represented by the letter Qoph, the sun. (Note that the same woman in Revelation 12:1,2 is “clothed with the the glory and light of the sun). Symbolically then, Virgo marks the beginning of the sun’s circuit through all 12 signs of the Mazzaroth. The starting point for the Bridegroom coming out of his chamber to run a race and eventually at the end receives his bride, Israel, the 144,000 which are “virgins” (Rev. 14:4).
Thus we see how the sign of Virgo encompasses the three great patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the children of Israel as a whole referred to in scripture as “the virgin of daughter of Zion, and virgin of Israel.” (See Jer. 18:13; 31:4,21; Amos 5:2)
Besides having a value of 100, Qoph is the 19th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The number 19 represents faith. Hebrews 11 lists 19 individuals who had faith. Abraham was a man of faith.
Qoph is made up of the numbers 10 and 9. The number 10 represents perfect order, the number 9 judgment. Abraham was told;
“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.” (Gen. 17:1-2)
The numbers 10 and 9 together represent perfect divine judgment. Manifested by the pouring out of the 10 plagues upon Egypt.
The first application of Virgo is to Eve “the mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20). Her Hebrew name is חַוָּה (Chavvah) meaning: “life-giver.” [H2331]. The broader meaning of Chavvah is: “living; by implication (intensively) to tell, declare, to show, make known, interpret, explain, inform.” H2324, H2332. The gematria of Chavvah (Eve) is “19”.
In Genesis 3:14-19 judgment is pronounced upon the serpent, the woman and the man. In verse 19 Adam is given the sentence of death: “for dust thou art, and unto dust shall thou return.”
In the 19th chapter of the Bible is the story of the judgment of God upon Sodom and Gomorrah after Abraham had pled with the LORD to spare the cities if there were but 10 righteous people. Notice that this occurs when the sun has risen above the horizon, corresponding to the letter Qoph.
“The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven.” (Gen. 19:23-24)
Likewise, it is in the 19th chapter of Revelation that Christ returns with the armies from heaven to judge and make war upon the earth.
Virgo has two wings of a great eagle, just as we see the woman in Revelation 12 is given two wings of a great eagle where she then flies into the wilderness. This symbolism comes from the 19th chapter of Exodus:
“Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself.” (Ex. 19:4)
The number 19 in numerology represents the beginning or closing of a season of time. The 19 year time cycle, also known as the metonic cycle, is used as the basis for the Hebrew calendar. Every 19 years the sun and moon come into conjunction where there will be a new moon on March 21st.
Another interesting correlation with the number 19 and Bethulah is that the Kingdom of Israel, with its capital Samaria, lasted more than 200 years under 19 kings, while the Kingdom of Judah was ruled from Jerusalem for 400 years by an equal number of kings of the lineage of David.
The Hebrew tribe corresponding to Virgo is Naphtali who was given an inheritance in the promised land which included 19 fortified cities with their villages. (Joshua 19:38). Their gift of land was in the northern most part of what would become the territory of the House of Israel. It encompassed the entire western section of the Sea of Galilee. The gematria of Naphtali is: 2x3x19.
Mary (Hebrew: Miriam) the mother of the Messiah is mentioned 19 times and is another application of the sign of Bethulah, “the Virgin.”
It was “in the sixth month that the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.” (Lk. 1:26-27). Bethulah corresponds to the 6th month of Elul on the Hebrew Calendar.
Of the 48 constellations catalogued by Ptolemy, 19 of them refer to the Messiah.
THE HOUSE OF BREAD
From the earliest of times Virgo has been known as “The House of Bread”. For it is when the sun is in Virgo that the wheat is harvested from the fields from which bread is made of. Notice Virgo has a sheaf of wheat in her left hand. The Hebrew word that corresponds to “house of bread” is Bethlehem, the town where Christ was born. So not only was Christ born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, but his birth corresponds to the sign of Virgo, the Virgin in the heavens in the astrological “house of bread” or Bethlehem.
In relation to “bread”, we have the number “19” surfacing again. In the feeding of the 5000 and the 4000, there were a total of 19 baskets full of bread fragments. (See Mark 8:19,20)
CHRIST AND THE LETTER QOPH
Christ is the embodiment of the letter Qoph, for he is “the Sun of righteousness that arises with healing in his wings.” (Malachi 4:2) As Qoph is related to “time, darkness, light, division and separation” so we see Christ repeatedly identified with these words. When he came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, he proclaimed,
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mr. 1:14-15).
“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman (Bethulah), made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” (Gal. 4:4-5)
“The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.” (Mt. 4:15-16)
Christ is the great divider who separates truth from error, light from darkness, sheep from goats.
“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.” (Mt. 25:31-33)
The letter Qoph also represents holiness (to be separated, set apart unto God), for it is the first letter of the word kodesh which means holiness. Israel was to be a holy and separated nation unto God. Likewise, Christ is called “the Holy One of Israel.” That “holy child” (Acts 4:27) who is “holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners.” (Hebrews 7:26) This holy one is represented by the sheaf of wheat in Virgo’s left hand, the branch in her right hand, and by the child on his mother’s knee in the minor constellation Coma.
The Sign of Bethulah (Virgo) was a call for Abraham to “get thee out” and separate himself from his father’s house in Babylonia. A call of faith to enter into a covenant relationship with his Creator. Ten times Abraham’s faith was tested and proved to be genuine. He was called to live a holy life and to walk before his God and “be thou perfect.”
In like manner, God called his people out of Babylon when it had fallen to the Medes and Persians. At the end of time spiritual Babylon is also represented as having “fallen,” and God is calling his final remnant out of Babylon once again.
“And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird…And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” (Rev. 18:2,4)
The call is not only to come out and be separate from the false teachings and deceptions of spiritual Babylon, but to come out from the world itself. “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” (1 Jn. 2:16-17)
The sign of Virgo also conveys to us to be a holy people, as a chaste or pure virgin unto Christ:
“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” (2 Cor. 11:2)
We are to be as “wise virgin” having enough oil in our lamps that we may be prepared to meet the bridegroom when he cometh and go into the marriage with him. (Mt. 25:11)
The promise given to the seed of the woman in Virgo (i.e. all those who are of the faith of Abraham) is the Promise Land, the glorified new earth: “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.”
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” (Mt. 5:8)
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” (1 John 3:2-3)
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