“For the Lord has called you
Like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit,
Like a youthful wife when you were refused,”
Says your God.
“For a mere moment I have forsaken you,
But with great mercies I will gather you.
With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment;
But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,”
Says the Lord, your Redeemer.”
Andromeda is the final decan in the story of Pisces and the Mystical Fish people, i.e., the Church. She appears to be a healthy young woman in a seated position with chains on all four limbs. Her head is usually bowed as if despairing of help. Her dress has been torn exposing one breast, having been ravaged or taken advantage of.
The Greeks told the following story about this woman.
Andromdea was the daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia, two other constellations we will discuss later. Her uncle, “Phineas,” was in love with her, but she didn’t love him. The other “gods” were so angry they sent the sea monster, “Cetus,” to pillage the countryside becasue the nymphs fo the land, who were her competitors, were jealous of her.
Jupiter Ammon at last decreed that Andromeda be chained to a rock near Joppa in Palestine to be devoured by Cetus. Luckily for her, she was rescued by Perseus who married her. Her name in Greek means, “Man-ruler.”
Picture Of The Church?
Some have suggested that this woman signifies the Church, but I sincerely doubt it. Remember the two fish of Pisces? One was headed toward Aquarius, a picture of Jesus. But the other was headed in a completely different direction. That fish just “Happens” to intersect with this star sign. Why?
If you understand Jesus’ primary mission on earth, it isn’t hard to figure out. He came to reach the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Don’t believe me? He says it plainly in Matthew 15:24 to the Syro-Phoenician woman with the demon-possessed daughter.” “But He answered and said I was not sent EXCEPT to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Yes, Jesus died to save the whole world. But the Gospel wasn’t given to the Gentiles in general until AFTER He returned to His Father. True, a few non-Jewish people interacted with Him, like the woman in the verse above. But as a whole, the Gentile outreach didn’t begin until the Holy Spirit fell the day Peter preached at the house of the Cornelius, the Centurion.
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Off The Path.
It was the Jewish people who veered off on the path God had in mind for them. Like the woman in the mythological story the Greeks cooked up, she didn’t love “Phineas,” whose name means, “Oracle,” by the way. The Jewish people rebelled against all the “Oracles,” or prophets, God sent to her, even killing some of them. Finally, God sent His beloved Son to them, Whom they ultimately crucified and rejected, with the help of the Romans.
They were given a 40-year grace period to turn around. When they did not, in 70 A.D., God allowed the Romans to destroy their temple. They were dispersed into the nations of the world, wandering among them for some 2,000 years. The Jewish people were subject to all kinds of persecution and abuse, the worst of which was the Holocaust, a gigantic stain on human history.
Every single one of those nations, however, that mistreated God’s people have either been completely destroyed or have slipped from prominence on the world stage. EVERY ONE.
The Bible calls Israel, “Virgin daughter,” in the passage below from Jeremiah 31:3-5
“The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt,
O virgin of Israel!
You shall again be adorned with your tambourines,
And shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice.
You shall yet plant vines on the mountains of Samaria;
The planters shall plant and eat them as ordinary food.
Even so, God has not forgotten them nor forsaken them. They are Jesus’ natural family! He loves them with an EVERLASTING love. Though He turned He turned and dealt with the Gentiles for 2.000 years, He never stopped loving them, though He was definitely hurt by their rejection.
Then in 1948, out of the ashes of the Holocaust, the Jewish people were given a place to call, “Home.” They were brought back to their own land again. God has been with them, fighting for and defending them against all odds. Click on the link below to read some interesting, though perhaps little known, history of the early days of that tiny nation. It’s abundantly clear that, without God, they would not have survived!
Ancient Names For The Sign.
The Hebrews give us the most ancient name for constellation: “Sirra,” which means “The Chained.” They had another name for it which paints a picture: “Persea, The Stretched Out.” Sounds like torture to me!
You read above that the Greeks called her, “Andromeda.” Her name also carries this meaning: “Set Free From Death.” One of their poets, Aratus, the poet, referred to her as “Desma, The Bound.”
This certainly doesn’t sound like the Church to me, though the early Church did suffer persecution and we have seen pockets of it from time to time. But no other nation on earth has suffered as much as the Jewish people. NONE. They have been hounded, harassed, hunted, tortured, murdered, and unfairly blamed for everything that goes wrong in the world.
Ancient Names Of The Stars.
In harmony with the names for the star and the mythological lore, the names of the stars are even more enlightening. The first in order of brightness, located in her head, is called, “Al Phiratz,” which means, “The Broken Down,” in Arabic.
The second brightest star carries a Hebrew name: “Mirach,” which means, “The weak.” The third brightest located in her left ankle has two different Arabic names: “Al Maach and Al Amak.” Both mean “The Struck Down.”
Here are a few more names of stars in Hebrew that are associated with this Sign but we don’t know their exact position anymore: “Adhil,” which means, “The Afflicted, and “Mizar,” which means, “The Bound.”
An Arabic name that has come down to us would be totally unbelievable were it not of such obvious antiquity: Al Mosealah: Delivered From The Grave, Sheol, Hades, or Hell.”
Remember the valley of dry bones? Literally out of the ashes of the Holocaust God raised up the Jewish people to became a nation once again. The names of the sign and of the stars all seem to describe in excruciating detail their sad, gut-wrenching story.
In The Denderah we will see further evidence that this can only be talking about the Jewish people.
The ancient Egyptians of the temple at Denderah identified in hieroglyphics this sign as “Set,” as in “Set up as a King or Queen.” There are also hieroglyphic characters below her picture calling it by the first Hebrew name: “Sirra: The Chained.” They saw her as a regal female personage who is touching the bands of Pisces.
To sum it all up, Andromeda appears to be a beautiful, regal woman who has been ravaged, seated and chained for a time. But her situation is only temporary for she has a Champion, a Savior, a Lover who is coming to rescue her whom we will meet next in Cepheus! It perfectly echoes Paul’s words in Romans 11:25-27.
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.”
Please follow the link below to Part 24 where we’ll learn about Cepheus, the King!
(Link is mis-numbered, please disregard.)