GLEN ROSE, TEXAS
Sunday, June 24, 2001
Glen River Chapel
Bible Reading: Genesis 6:1-5
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
Up until here, the Bible has concerned itself with the history of individual men. We are now going to step out of the scientific realm and into the mass history of the human race. The date on Genesis 6:1 is not given. However, with men reproducing as far back as Enos and Cainaan (3700, 3600 BC) by even a normal population rate of reproduction, there would have been at least 4,000,000 people on the earth by the time Noah shows up in 2945 BC.
And depending on how you read Genesis 6:3, the sons of God could have been cohabiting with the daughters of men anywhere from 100 to 800 years before Noah shows up.
At the midpoint Satan and his rebel angels are "cast down to the earth , a place no longer found for them in heaven". At that time the devil and his powers of the air will be forced to remain on the earth to be judged by almighty God. While Satan is still able to navigate the heavenly regions, and even "walk to and fro IN the earth (Job)", he is setting up the world to accept the fallen angels as "aliens", or interdimensional beings of some sort.
If Satan's goals could be summed up and prioritized, they would appear this way:
Satan knows his future, his angels must prepare the world for their impending arrival. The main focus of their preparation is to create an open and welcome environment for their immanent return in the future as the "gods".
Satan has taken all the major references, all typology, and prophecy regarding the first and second comings of Jesus Christ and twisted the information to fit the endtime "working of error". There is a body of non-biblical prophecy that has been disseminated throughout the world via folklore, myth, media and popular culture.
Myths can be viewed as foreshadowing the facts of Scripture, or as corruptions of them. This view, which is not contemporarily popular, is surprisingly enlightening when attention is focused on meaning of names, characters and places of Classical myth in relation to Biblical stories.
The most relevant and necessary tool for discernment of theological interpretation of myth is a foundation of understanding concerning the origins and meaning of the celestial zodiac.
Psalm 19:1: "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands."
Most Christians recoil at the thought of delving into the profane practice of Astrology even if merely studying it from a comparative distance. The Bible is clear about God's condemnation of the practice of Astrology . However, one needs to keep in mind the modus operandi of the Enemy. Satan focuses his lies and distortions in the most effective places. These places are without exception, where God's truth is revealed. Since the most effective and believable lie is one sandwiched between two truths,so it is with the zodiac.
The pictures found today in the zodiac were not developed by the Greeks, but were in place perhaps as early as 4000 B.C. predating even the civilizations of Sumeria . These pictures were not merely arranged in haphazard order to aid in the tracking of the star movements, but with the purpose of depicting an epic narrative.
This understanding of the zodiac reveals an intelligence and prophetic understanding that was corrupted through time by the "the opposer". The zodiac was never intended to be monitored to reveal destiny, with the stars in control of men's lives, rather it was established as a pictorial story of God's plan of salvation on earth. God is in control of the stars and men.
The key to understanding the celestial zodiac, surprisingly, is found in the enigmatic figure of the ancient sphinx.
Sphinx were usually placed at entrances to palaces or temples of antiquity. This positioning implied power, authority and protection. The bodily form the sphinx is always a combination of at least two of four animals, a lion, bull or eagle with the head of a human.
The combination of all four creatures in one constitutes what is called in Hebrew, a kerubim or cherub. The word kerubim means "one who prays", or "one who intercedes."
The Bible also defines cherubim as a type or order of angel. Sphinx are an aggregate of at least two of four creatures, always the same four, which represent what the Bible calls a cherubim, a type of angel.
Why were angels depicted in antiquity as sphinx?
What is the meaning behind the four earthly creatures that compose them?
Contrary to modern astrology , the true meaning of the celestial zodiac and the symbols of the ecliptic, the course the sun appears to travel the heavens, have been lost to the majority of mankind. However it's purpose can be understood if one connects the sequence of pictures in story form.
But where to begin? What point in the circle of heaven is its beginning? its ending?
Sphinx in Greek means to "connect or bind together".
A sphinx combines the head of a woman and the body of a lion. This fixes the bench mark for the beginning and ending of the celestial narrative, beginning with Virgo and ending with Leo.
What about the four creatures of a cherub?
Look to four of the brightest stars in the zodiac;
All four of these stars are arranged three signs apart, in the four corners of the heavens.
When the zodiac was arranged these stars appeared on the horizon corresponding to the spring and fall equinoxes and the summer and winter solstices. These four stars rose before the sun in the east in sequence with the four seasons. Since the precession of the equinoxes completes its cycle in 14,000 years, the earth's position relative to these stars has changed and they no longer mark the seasons.
The constellations rarely if ever imply the shapes found in the zodiac, yet the sequence and the types have remained consistent from greatest antiquity to this day. The answer to the mystery behind the zodiac and its apparent narrative can be found in the ancient symbols themselves, their relation to each other and their correspondence to prophecy in the Bible.
David knew the meanings of the names of the stars. The names of the starts were terms
Messiah, the coming Judge of all the earth
The Hebrew name means both coming and ruling
The brightest star (in bull’s eye) Al Debaran means the leader
The star El Nath (at tip of left horn) means wounded or slain
The cluster of stars (Pleiades) means congregation of the judge
Gemini, the twins. Castor is the suffering redeemer, and Pollex is the king. Symbols of the first and second coming of Christ.
Messiah’s Reign as Prince of Peace
This is the whole story of God's atonement work on earth, its beginning and ending are symbolized by the sphinx.
The Greek myth Oedipus Rex contains symbols of relevance to corrupted truth. When Oedipus encountered the Greek sphinx, he was asked a riddle. "What speaks with one voice, yet in the morning walks on four legs, walks at noon on two legs and in the evening walks on three legs?" Oedipus was the only man to answer correctly. The answer was "man". Upon hearing her riddle solved the sphinx screamed in rage, threw herself to the rocks below her lofty perch and died. Such a simple answer to this enigmatic question leaves one to ponder its significance.What more can be gleaned from the content of the story?
The sphinx as it has been stated was actually a symbolic depiction of an angel. This angel was not, however, anything like the dutiful messengers of God described in scripture but a horrible monster bent on the destruction of any man it came in contact with.
At this point it will be helpful to understand some basic principles of the meaning of numbers in scripture. With insite into the symbolic meaning that numbers posses as they occur in the Bible one will understand the full meaning of the "riddle of the sphinx" The study of the meaning of numbers in scripture is called Biblical Numerics or Biblical Numerology. This study is intrinsic to theology and history of the Bible because of the language it was written in, Hebrew and Greek. These two languages share the aspect of using letters for words and also a system for counting. The spiritual meaning for numbers that continuosly show up in scripture, intentionally put there by God, can be discerned. The following list is a brief description of the symbolic meaning of primary numbers.
One: The symbol of unity, primacy and beginning, in all languages. Two: The first number that can be divided from itself, it symbolizes division or difference. Three: Is the number of divine perfection. It is the number of the Trinity. It has the necessary dimensions for substance,. . length, breadth, and height. Four: Represents the number for God, 3 + 1, the number of beginning, thus 4 is the symbol of creation. Five: Is 4+1, Creation plus, a new beginning. 5 = grace or favor. Six: Is the number of imperfection, the number of man. Creation plus division 4+2, or Grace with man's addition to it 5+1. Seven: Is the number of completion. It is the number of spiritual perfection.Ceation lasted 6 days, God rested on the 7th. Eight: is the number of resurrection 7+1 completion plus newness. Nine: Symbolizes judgment. Akin to the number 6, six being the sum of its two factors(3x3=9 and 3+3=6), it is significant of the end of man. Ten: symbolizes completeness of order, after ten the numbers repeat. Eleven: If ten is the completeness of order, then eleven is the subversion and undoing addition to that perfect order. Twelve: is the symbol of governmental perfection or rule (3x4) -- God's rule over his creation. There are 12 signs in the zodiac, 12 apostles, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 months in a year etc.
Returning to Oedipus Rex and the story of the sphinx, we find the symbolic types much more clear. Oedipus, whose name literally means wounded in the foot, was on his way to Thebes, the city of light. The king of Thebes had proclaimed that he would give the kingdom and the hand of his daughter in marriage, to anyone who destroyed the sphinx .
The sphinx, a symbolic angel, asked the question, "What speaks with one voice, yet walks on four feet in the morning, two feet at noon and three feet in the evening?" The question, decoded, should read like this, "What creature, spoken into creation by God,(1) walked before God in perfection at the beginning,(4) fell from grace and was divided from God,(2) and will be redeemed and made perfect by God,(3)? The answer was man, but the real question couched ingeniously in the riddle was this, who will redeem man, what is his name?
The earliest prophecy in the Bible concerning the redemption of fallen man is in Gen. "I will put enmity between you and the serpent. You will strike at his heel, and he will crush your head, ergo,"wounded in the foot". If the numbers of the riddle are added together 1, 4, 2, and 3, the sum is 10, the number of perfection of order. If the numbers pertaining to walking on the earth before God are added together, the sum is 9, the number of judgment..
Clearly the story of the sphinx was inspired from a source of even greater antiquity. We need only open our Bibles to find out what that inspiration was.