“I taught Ephraim to walk,
Taking them by their arms;
But they did not know that I healed them.
I drew them with gentle cords,
With bands of love,
And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck.
I stooped and fed them.”
At one time it was believed that these bands were simply a part of the constellation of Pisces. Not so! They are actually the first decan associated with the Fishes. This little star grouping is going to help us understand and unravel the mystery of what these two fish and what, or rather who, they represent.
The Band connects these two fish. It is secured to the tail of each one They are inexorably binding them to one another.
It makes two very interesting intersections. The middle of it is secured to the back of the head of Cetus, the sea monster. One side leads directly up to the tail of the fish swimming upward, the other to the fish swimming toward Aquarius.
Curiously, the foreleg of Aries, the Ram, is draped over the side of the cord whose distal end is bound to the fish swimming along the ecliptic with the sun’s course. This act indicates He is the One Who owns and upholds the Fish.
What does all of this mean?
Two Covenant Peoples.
There are three groups of people in the world as God sees it: Jews, Gentiles, and the Church. Two of these groups have a Covenant with Him: The Jewish people through Abraham and The Church because of Jesus. These two fish are pictures of the two groups. One is under grace, the Church, having intersected with Jesus. The other is under law because they rejected their Messiah. That’s why they are going in different directions.
Cetus, the sea monster, is a picture of the devil. At one time, he had control over both groups. But Jesus came and changed all that. The Jewish people are still somewhat subject to his attacks as they only have a partial covenant. The full Covenant includes Jesus.
The Ram is positioned between Cetus (the Devil) and the Fish and is holding back the devil. It was during the time when Aries was most prominent in the sky that Jesus died on an earthly cross. How amazing that God caused the stars to line up with events that were happening on earth when Jesus was here in the flesh!
The Fish representing the Church is swimming along in the direction of the sun. It is heading toward the water pourer, a picture of Jesus, Who told us in John 4: 14, “…whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
And in Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.”
This is a beautiful picture of our Good Shepherd Who leads us in the paths of righteousness. We are the ones who are hungry for His word and desire to be filled with the water of life that pours forth from Him.
As for Israel, Paul has this to say to remind us that it is because of the Jewish People that we have a Redeemer in the first place, for Jesus was born as a Jew. HE HAS NOT, NOR WILL HE EVER, FORGET ISRAEL.
“For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:
“The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
For this is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”
Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”
Jesus knew that the Jewish people would ultimately reject Him as their Messiah. That’s why He wept so loudly and vehemently just before entering Jerusalem the week of His death.
When He hung on the cross, one of the things He prayed over them was this: “Father, forgive them. They know not what they do.” In effect, He put the whole nation under the Trespass offering. That was offered to cover sins of which the offerer was UNAWARE. Their rejection of Jesus qualified in that category!
(Follow the link below for a more complete discussion on that topic:
Though God has not forgotten Israel, because of their rejection, they went their own way and got into trouble. When they were dispersed into all nations of the world in 70A.D., after the Temple was destroyed, they wandered from place to place, rejected by the peoples of the nations into which they traveled.
This is sadly depicted by this Fish intersecting with another of the decans of Pisces: “Andromeda: The woman in chains.” They were quite literally in chains on many occasions during their wanderings, the most glaring of them was the Holocaust.
Ancient Names For The Sign.
The ancient Arabs called this constellation, “Al Risha: The band, or bridle.” Why a bridle?
In the Old Testament, the same root word in Hebrew used for risha, “Resen,” is used in Psalm 32:9 which says, “Do not be like the horse or like the mule,
Which have no understanding,
Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
Else they will not come near you.”
James 2:2-3 gives us New Testament clarity, saying, “For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.
Ancient Names For The Stars.
Unfortunately, no names have been preserved for us which is a shame because, as you can see by the picture above, there are many of them. We’ll have to rely on the messages from the other decans to gain some more understanding. But first, let’s check out the Denderah.
Last but not least is the Egyptian take on this sign. They saw it as human figure with a tail, walking. The hieroglyphics of this constellation indicate that he is “He comes.” Their name for it, “U-or,” means “He who comes,” or literally, “He to come, He to come,” repeated twice, which indicates the certainty of His return.
All of these clues put together so far indicate that we have two groups of covenant people that are inexorably bound together. Both have been impacted by Jesus: One in a positive way, one more negatively.
Satan used to have a claim over both groups but Jesus came and changed all that. He took over the reigns and gained back control of the mystical Fish people, i.e. The Church and natural Israel. The latter is still in bondage to the law being ignorant by and large to the Gospel, though many Jewish people today have discovered their Messiah.
And last of all, this Great King Who sacrificed everything for the fish, is going to return very soon. His coming will be swift, perhaps like the twinkling of an eye? There are two returnings: One for the Fish people, the other with the Fish people in two as He returns to judge the world.
Please follow the link below to Part 23 where we’ll learn about Andromeda. Who is this woman in chains?
(Link is mis-numbered, please disregard.)