1 John 3:1-3
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”
In Gemini, 9th of the 12 major constellations, we see two joyful, strong young men seated side by side. They are named, “Castor (Apollo to the Greeks),” the figure on the right, and “Pollux (Hercules to the Greeks),” the figure on the left. These two were the twin sons of Jupiter in the stories of myth.
Pollux holds either a club or a branch in his right hand in a relaxed position. Castor has an unstrung bow and arrow in his upraised left hand and a harp, or lyre, in his right hand. Pollux is pictured with his arm around Castor, embracing him.
Acts 27-28 recounts the story of Paul traveling to Rome by a ship called “The Twin Brothers,” mentioned in Acts 28:11- “After three months we sailed in an Alexandrian ship whose figurehead was the Twin Brothers, which had wintered at the island. 12 And landing at Syracuse, we stayed three days.” The Twin Brothers ware Castor and Pollux!
Both the Greeks and Romans used their names when they swore an oath: “By Gemini,” they would say. Today, people would say something similar: “By Jimminy.” Now you know where that phrase came from. 😁
These two figures first of all speak of our Lord Jesus and His dual nature. The club at rest and the unstrung bow speak of a conflict that is now finished. They are restful and in a seated position as Jesus was seated at the right hand of the Father when He ascended back to heaven. The harp, or lyre, indicates there an occasion for music and a cause for rejoicing. I should say so! After all, He accomplished our redemption!!!
It is not surprising that these two are identical twins. Reminds us of the scripture in 1 John 3:2 which says, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
These figures also suggest that as Jesus is, so are we in this world. His death, resurrection, and glorious triumph over death and the powers of darkness gave birth to a whole host of others like Himself: Us, Church! After all, Christian means, “Little Christ.” Also, these two being seated, rejoicing that the conflict is over, depicts Jesus being bodily reunited with His Bride. That’s the Rapture!
One day soon He will call for us and we will be changed. In the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, we will receive our new bodies, and He will bring us home to be with Him forever. And so we will always be with our Lord! As the opening scripture says, “Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”
And what hope is that? The hope of the RAPTURE, of course!
Castor and Pollux, according to myth, were the sons of Jupiter were famous for their bravery. In time of war, they were pictured as leading armies of horsemen into battle. The Greeks even went so far as to picture them as riding on white horses. When Jesus bodily returns to earth with His Church, you will be riding on white horses!
These great hunters, according to legend, were credited with removing all pirates from the surrounding seas. Pirates, in those days (even today) were always a great danger to anyone sailing the oceans. This is why the twins were considered the patron gods of sailors. It is most likely the reason why the Alexandrian ship was so named on which Paul sailed to Rome on the last leg of his journey.
Sounds like what Jesus does for us in that He goes before us and prepares the way!
In other mythological stores, the twins were considered to be divine saviors of men and gave them special aid. They reportedly served to arbitrate disputes between people as well as leading avenging armies into battle.
The dual roles they possessed depict the dual nature of our Lord Jesus: Savior/Suffering Servant; King/Priest; God/Man; King/Divine Servant; Offerer and Offering.”
👉🏻👉🏻Get this: It was said that one of the twins was mortal, the other immortal. 😮 The immortal one was purportedly Pollux who, you’ll notice, has his arm around the waist of his brother, the one holding the harp.
This is a picture of us, Church! We are the mortal ones who will put on immortality; the ones who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb! That’s why Castor is holding the Harp. Who else has greater reason to sing praises to God for all eternity?
We are also the ones to whom Jesus has revealed His “Dark sayings” on the harp, according to Psalm 49: 4 “I will incline my ear to a proverb;
I will disclose my dark saying on the harp.”
What is a “Dark saying?” One that is hidden, as in the dark or in a parable. But you and I are not in the dark. No! We are the Children of light. We have the Holy Spirit Who leads us into all truth and reveals those sayings that were once hidden in the “Dark.”
So you see, even in the skewed tales of myth we find pictures of the real Hero of our story: Our Lord Jesus!
Ancient Names For The Sign.
The ancient Hebrew name for this constellation was “Thaumin,” which means “The United.” Both the Arabs and Syrian names for Gemini, along with the Hebrew name, convey the idea of completion, the completion of a year, or the culmination of a long betrothal.
The Hebrew word, “Thaumin,” is used in Exodus 26:24, referring to how the golden boards of the Tabernacle were “To-a-mim (coupled) together.” The root from which this word is derived is “toam,” which means, “Twin.” Each board was exactly like every other; in other words, they are “Twinned.” (To read more on the Golden Boards of the Tabernacle, you may follow the link below:
The Syrians called Gemini by the above Hebrew name while the Arabs called this star sign, “Al Tauman: The Twins or The Pair; The Completly Joined!” That sure paints a picture, doesn’t it? They also called them, “Clusus or Claustrum Hori,” which means, “The station or Place of the Coming One.”
The Greeks named them, “Didumoi,” which means “Twins,” and the Latin name, with which everyone is familiar also means, “The Twins.”
So what do the star names tell us? Let’s see if they agree.
Ancient Names Of The Stars.
The brightest star in this constellation is “Castor.” In both Greek and Latin it means “The Ruler or Judge.” The arrow signifies he is coming quickly.
The second brightest star is “Pollux,” which also means “The Ruler or judge.” He is carrying in his hand either a club or a branch, signifying that he is The Branch. Pollux is sometimes called “Hercules,” which we already know means “The strong One coming to suffer or labor.” That’s a picture of Jesus!
The star third in order of magnitude is located in the left foot of Pollux. The Arabs named it “Al Henah: The hurt or afflicted.” Fourth in order of magnitude is “Mebsuta,” a Hebrew name meaning “Treading underfoot.” Time after time we see these themes of this Great Champion Who, in the process of securing our freedom, fought with an enemy that was too strong for us, Who bruised His heel treading upon that great enemy.
Is anyone confused about Whom the stars are speaking? This can be NONE OTHER THAN OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST!!!
“Wasat,” a star with an Arabic name, means “Established, As A Foundation,” or Set, as in “Set up or appointed to rule.” The exact positions of next three stars are uncertain but are well worth including here. They are “Propus,” a Hebrew name meaning “The Branch Spreading;” “Al Dira,” from Arabic meaning “The Seed of Branch.”
The third star, “Al Giauza,” means The Palm Branch or Stem.” This bring to mind the beautiful passage in Isaiah 11, describing our Lord Jesus:
“1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
2 The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.”
In this most ancient planisphere of Denderah, Egypt, we see the figure of a young man leading a woman by the hand. He has a tail which tells us, “This One Cometh.” In His coming, He is accompanied by this young woman whom He has taken to be His new bride. He is leading her to a place where she may share in His glory with Him,
The Egyptians named this figure, “Pi-mahi,” which means, “The United.”
Why do we have a cute little bunny in the night sky? We’re going to find out next when we study Lepus, the Hare, and why this little creature is a picture of the devil. You may follow the link below to continue this series: