The Lyre, The Altar, And The Dragon: Mazzaroth Series Part 11

Revelation 5:8-10
Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp (Lyre), and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.  And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
10 And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.”
(Lyra:  The Ascending Eagle with the Harp.)
In Part 10 we met Sagittarius, The Archer, who’s arrow is aimed directly at the heart of the scorpion, a picture of our great enemy, satan.
The three minor constellations, or decans, associated with this major star sign continue the story of this mighty Archer.”  They chronicle his triumph over our great enemy, his exhausting of God’s judgment, and His defeat of the great dragon.
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Not Astrology.
Let me set first your mind at ease, Church.  Though pagan cultures were confused and deceived and gave these star patterns strange names, there is no doubt that God, Who made the stars and set them in motion, is telling the story of His Son.
As I’ve said before, for 2500 years, there was no written word of God.  The gospel story was told by reading the story in the night sky.  This is not astrology.   The devil invented that perverse system to keep man from learning about Jesus.  Follow the link near the end of this article to find out how and why it all came about if you missed that part.
 
Lyra:  The Lyre
In Lyra we see a picture of a triumphant eagle rising with a harp.  Kind of a strange combination, right?  What does it mean?
The harp, or lyre, is one of the oldest musical instruments.  Genesis 4:21 mentions it as being in use during the lifetime of Adam.  It depicts the praise of which the greater Sagittarius, Jesus, is so deserving.  But why an eagle with a harp?  
Eagles, like hawks, are a natural enemy of the serpent.  In it’s rising heavenward with the lyre, it symbolizes praise, singing, and rejoicing rising up to God for His great triumph over our enemy!
Lyra, pictured with an eagle ascending, also speaks of Jesus as He rose from death.  He ascended from the depths of the earth and thence to the highest heaven, having soundly defeated the devil with his own weapon:  Death.  
 
 
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Names Of The Stars.
The ancient name of the brightest star in this constellation has been passed down to us from the Jewish people.  Their name for it is, “Vega,” which means, “He shall be exalted,” pictured above.  It directs our attention to the praise from the harp as indicated in the opening scripture from Revelation 5.

Vega is a pure white star.  In fact, it is one of the brightest in the heavens.  The Hebrew root word, from which Vega is derived, “Gaah,” is used by Moses in the very first song recorded in scripture.

Exodus 15:1.
“Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the Lord, and spoke, saying:

“I will sing to the Lord,
For He has TRIUMPHED GLORIOUSLY!
The horse and its rider
He has thrown into the sea!”
Our English word for “Victory,” comes from this very same root word!
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You’ll notice the ancient name for a second star in the picture of Lyra above:  “Shelyuk.”  In Hebrew it means, “The Fishing Eagle.”  They also assigned a second name to the star:  “Sulaphat,” which means “The Springing Up.”  Put these names together and it paints a picture of  “The Fishing Eagle Springing Up!”
Isn’t that how birds fish?  They dive into the water, grab and kill their prey, then rise upward into the heavens again in triumph.
Descriptions From Other Cultures.
Arabian astronomers had a name for this star.  They called it, “Al Nesr, The Eagle.”  As expected, the most ancient planisphere, Denderah in Egypt, also describes this star grouping.  They saw it as a triumphant hawk or eagle ruling over the serpent; “Fent-kar,” in their language which means, “The Serpent Ruled.”  Notice the past tense.
These are all reasons why we offer praise and worship to our God, Who reigns forever and ever, AMEN!  That praise is perfectly expressed in Revelation 19:1-2!
 “Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments.”
  
No wonder we shout with all the angels and saints, with a loud voice:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”
Ara:  The Upside Down Altar.
Psalm 138:8
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.”
 
Ara, the next decan in our story, is seen as an altar with burning coals atop, turned upside down, and spewing all of it’s contents out over the South Pole.  A typology of the regions of outer darkness, the river we call “the Milky Way,” it is pictured in some star charts as “The lake of fire.”
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Aren’t we glad, as believers, that we are NOT going to end up there!!!
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God’s Demands.
The Altar represents God’s demands on mankind.  The Priests of the Old Covenant offered sacrifices continually on an altar in order to cover their sins, because man cannot possibly attain to His standards.  We routinely fail.
Knowing that, and because He’s a good Father, God made provision for us so that sins could at least be covered…..until the day Jesus would come and wash them away with the blood of His perfect sacrifice!!!
These offerings were like “Promissory notes” for the saints of old that Jesus cashed for them when He met with them in Paradise after He died.
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(For more on that topic, follow the link below:
This altar depicts the fires of judgment that should have rained down on us but that Jesus took it in our stead!  HALLELUJAH!
(Ara:  The Upside Down Altar.)
The word, “Ara,” the name of the upside down altar actually means, “Finished,” in Greek!
Remember the devil’s perversion?  Because of it, the Greeks, and many other cultures, saw a confused story.  They personified this constellation and invented a “goddess” of revenge and destruction named “Adresta.”  How sad.
How did all this perversion begin, who started it and why is another story in and of itself that we’re not going to discuss here.  Please follow the link below to read all about it:

In Arabic it was called, “Al Mugmara,” which means “The Completing,” conveying the idea of perfecting or finishing.  In Psalm 138:8, David says, “The LORD will perfect that which concerns me.”  Both the word, “Mugmara,” and the Hebrew word for perfect share the same root word: “Gamar.”

Are reminds us that Jesus came and finished the work so we would not have to suffer judgment if we accepted Him as our substitute payment for God’s demands!

Guiding Monument In Egypt.

In Part 3, we discussed how God arranged for a monument to be built at the border of Egypt so that ancient cultures would know how to read the story.  He did it because this is a circular narrative.  You have to know where it begins and ends in order to read it correctly.

That’s why devil was able to confused the narrative.  His “version” begins with Aries, the Ram.  Well Church, it doesn’t start there:  It begins with Virgo, the Virgin and Child, which is Jesus, and ends with Leo, the Lion, which is also JESUS!!!

Start at the wrong place and you get all kinds of nonsense.  That’s where much of mythology comes from:  A confused version of the story in the stars.

(For more on the topic of the Sign at the Border of Egypt, follow the link below:

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/the-sign-at-the-border/)

Final Sacrifice.
Now, because of Jesus, there is no need for man to make any more sacrifices for sin.  Jesus is the final One!  He finished the work of redemption.  There is no other Name under heaven by which we must be saved.  No other sacrifice will do.  No other is acceptable.
The Jewish people used two terms that are rooted in the same word, “Ara:” Aram, which is the Hebrew name for “Syria,” and “Mara,” which means “bitter” or “to utter destruction and a curse.”  Remember the bitter waters of Mara?
As for Syria, they were, and in fact still are, Israel’s mortal enemy.  What you see here clearly represents the curse brought upon all men by Adam’s rejection of God.

Names Of The Stars.
Sadly for us, no ancient names of the stars in this constellation have been passed down to us.  However, the Egyptian Denderah has a different and very illuminating take!

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(Dendera/ Egyptian Planisphere)

Egyptian Zodiak Or Denderah.

The Egyptians saw this star grouping as a human figure holding in his hand an instrument called a “Flail.”  This is the very same one used on our Jesus at the scourging post.  A cat of nine tails, or scourge, was used to inflict maximum damage with minimum effort. It literally ripped our Lord to shreds as he took that inhuman beating in our place.

Remember when He died how the Father ripped the veil of the Temple in two?  Paul refers to the veil in Hebrew 10:19-20:

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,”  The entire Tabernacle of Moses is a picture of Jesus.  The veil represents His flesh.  It was torn just as His flesh was torn at the scourging post.

For more on the construction of the Tabernacle, you may follow the link below:

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/four-times-covered/

The Egyptians called Ara by this name:  Bau, which means “He Who Cometh.”  Because of what Jesus did, the curse, instead of being placed on us, is now placed on our enemy who shall be cast into the lake of fire!  He and his followers, both angelic and, sadly, some human ones, will be the ones eternally under the scourge of the flail.

Put Your Trust In Jesus!

That is why it is so critical we understand these things and put our trust in Jesus, the perfect sacrifice that was offered in our place.  God doesn’t want man to suffer in hell.  It was designed for the devil and his angels, not for man.
But, He is a great Respector of your free will.  If you want to slap His hand away that is freely offering you His priceless gift, HE WON’T STOP YOU.  That’s free will right there.

Draco:  The Dragon.

Revelation 12:10-12
10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

(The Great Dragon:  Draco.)

The final decan of this major constellation is none other than “Draco:  The Dragon.”   Pictured above, it appears as a gigantic snake, writhing and winding about among the stars.  His head is in the process of  being crushed under the foot of Hercules, a decan belonging to Scorpio, the previous major constellation.

In this story, there is a lot of this crossing over of the Strong Man either crushing, or defeating in some way, the great dragon or serpent, representing the devil.  That’s our Jesus Who fought our great enemy wherever he was found and won it all!

The Dragon.
The Greeks called this star grouping, “Drakon,” meaning “the Dragon.”  But it also means, “The Trodden Down.”  Remember the curse in Genesis 3?  God said that the “seed of the woman would crush (tread down) the serpent’s head.”  Now, no such creature as a dragon exists in nature, of course.  So, what is a dragon?  It’s just an overgrown snake.
There are several places in scripture where this non-existent creature is mentioned.
Isaiah 27:1 says, “In that day the Lord with His severe sword, great and strong,  Will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent,  Leviathan that twisted serpent;
And He will slay the reptile that is in the sea.”
Sounds like final judgment for the devil, doesn’t it?  Notice that this reptile is “In the sea.”  The Sea in scripture is a picture of the peoples of the world.  The devil and his henchmen are everywhere and in everything.
Job 26:13
“By His Spirit He adorned the heavens;
His hand pierced the fleeing serpent.”
Names Of The Stars. 
The brightest star in this constellation is called, “Thuban,” in Hebrew, which means, “The Subtle.”  It is located in the second coil from the tip of the tail.  Believe it or not, 4,000+ years ago, THIS WAS THE POLE STAR!  It indicated that satan was–PAST TENSE–the “prince of this world.” (John14:30).
This is discussed in greater detail in the article about the Cancer, the Crab, and the North Star:

The Arabs called Thuban, “Al Dib: The Reptile”  Another Arabian name for it is “Al Waid,” meaning “Him Who is About to be Destroyed.”  Wow!  Pretty descriptive if you ask me!

The Denderah.

The Egyptians as usual depict this constellation a bit differently.  The Denderah Zodiak of Egypt depicts the Serpent or “Fent,” as being trampled under the forefoot of Sagittarius. They called the figure “Her-fent: The Serpent Accursed.”

HALLELUJAH!  Jesus, The Great Archer and our Champion, took all the punishment we deserved, destroyed the devil with his own weapon, death, crushed his head, exhausted all God’s judgment for our sin, and ascended on high, triumphant over all!  He is deserving of highest praise!!!
Thank you, Abba, for sending Jesus to defeat our deadly enemy and restoring to the Church this beautiful story in the stars told through the Lyre, the Altar, and the Dragon.
Please follow the link below to part 12.  We’ll be talking about the jeweled crown in the sky that rightfullly belongs to the King of kings and Lord of lord, Jesus!

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