Leap of Faith: Daily Lessons About Jesus Christ
Chapter: Five Point Star/Pentagram (Pages 263-266)
The five holy wounds or five sacred wounds refer to what are believed to be the five piercing wounds that were suffered during the crucifixion of Jesus. These wounds are not explicitly mentioned in any of the canonical Gospels until the resurrection, although John the Evangelist states that no bones were broken. In the course of His Passion, Jesus suffered other wounds as well, such as those from the crown of thorns and from the flagellation.
Two of the wounds were through either his hands or his wrists, where nails were inserted to fix Jesus to the crossbeam of the cross on which he was crucified. The most plausible region for the nail entry site in the case of Jesus is the upper part of the palm angled toward the wrist since this area can easily support the weight of the body, assures no bones are broken, marks the location where most people believed it to be, accounts for where most of the stigmatists have displayed their wounds, and it is where artists through the centuries have designated it, and lastly it would result in apparent lengthening of the fingers of the hand because of the nail compression. However, this is all theory. One day we will all see and understand the crucifixion of Jesus.
The scars of Jesus are those of which the entire world has pierced Him. In His second coming I believe that Jesus will have the scars to show from where He was crucified in His first coming. They will not be open wounds as many would like to believe, but they will be scars without a doubt. I believe that He will have multiple scars from the nails that pierced His hands. I believe that He ma have at least two in His right hand and one in the center of His left. These wounds are very important in recognizing the sacrifice He made for us so long ago and in our present day…
“And after eight days again His disciples were inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst, and said, “Peace be with you.” The He said to Thomas, “Reach here your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand, and put it into My side; and be not unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and My God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”
John 20:26-29 (nasb)
Blessed are those who have not seen His scars but know Him by His actions and His voice. His people know Him without a doubt. They perceive Him perfectly. However, those without faith do not and will not ever perceive Him. He is visible to only those who believe. Does this make it clear to all of the world that has not taken time to know how He will appear? It should make perfect sense.
Now, for those who believe that they are tough enough to make it without God, there is a time coming when you will know that He is God. I highly suggest that those who doubt and continue to doubt take the time to recognize the truth in all that is written in the Bible. Take time to study and listen to what God is revealing to you. Comprehension is only attained by reading God’s Word. You do not have to believe in anyone or anything here on earth, but you are commanded to read God’s Word and to know how His Son will appear in His coming. This is not a game. This is as real as it gets. Jesus is very real. Why would you ever doubt His existence? If you do, have you taken the time to figure out why? You might want to take a look at yourself from outside the box. Reality check.
A pentagram is the shape of a five-pointed star drawn with five straight strokes. The word pentagram comes from the Greek word “pentagrammon,” a word meaning roughly “five lined” or “five lines.”
Pentagrams were used symbolically in ancient Greece and Babylonia and are used today as a symbol of faith by many Wiccans, akin to the use of the cross by Christians and the Star of David by Jews, but know that the true star of David is twelve parts in completion. The pentagram has magical associations, and many people who practice Neopagan faiths wear jewelry incorporating the symbol. Christians once more commonly used the pentagram to represent the five wounds of Jesus. The pentagram has associations with Freemasonry and is also utilized by other belief systems. However, the symbol itself has been misused and in a way that has been directed away from God…It is important to think on a deeper level when it comes to God and the crucifixion of Jesus.
The word “pentacle” is sometimes used synonymously with “pentagram,” and this usage is borne out by the Oxford English Dictionary, although that work specifies that a circumscription makes the shape more particularly a pentacle. Wiccans and Neopagans often make use of this more specific definition for a pentagram enclosed in a circle. (Reference Modern Day Symbols and their Meanings…)
The first known uses of the pentagram are found in Mesopotamian writings dating to about 3000 Bc.
In Babylonian context, the edges of the pentagram were probably orientations: forward, backward, left, right, and “above.” These directions also had an astrological meaning, representing the five planets Jupiter, Mercury, Mars, Saturn, and Venus as the “queen of heaven” (Ishtar).
A reversed pentagram, with two points projecting upwards, is a symbol of evil and attracts sinister forces because it overturns the proper order of things and demonstrates the triumph of matter over spirit.
“The flaming star,” when turned upside down, is the hieroglyphic sign of the goat of black magic, whose head may be drawn in the star, the two horns at the top, the ears to the right and left, the beard at the bottom. This is a sign of antagonism and fatality. It is the goat of lust attacking the heavens with its horns. Matthew 2:1-2 says, “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east, and have come to worship Him.”
This star likely resembled that of a flaming star. Can you imagine the brilliance of the colors that the star must have projected (similar to the Northern Lights)? God’s brilliant work once again. Remember, God is the ultimate artist. He made the world and everything in it. How can you say that there was not a brilliant mind behind it all?
The Star of David consists of twelve parts, symbolizing the twelve tribes of Israel. Let us do away with all former things and represent the Arch of the Covenant.
These ancient symbols are critical to understanding how the world has been misled. If we pay attention to the significance of all things being upright, as they were intended, we are able to make sense of the ancient symbols. However, man has taken many symbols and abused them as a result of evil and Satan in the world.
Be mindful of these facts. For in the End this is how God will distinguish between those that have been sealed by God and the world that does not know Jesus.
Leap of Faith: Daily Lessons About Jesus Christ
Chapter: The Scars of Jesus (Pages 25-27)
“Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole Roman cohort around Him. And they stripped Him, and put a scarlet robe on Him. And after weaving a crown of thorns [possibly a wire crown-have you ever seen one? or a Green crown of thorns…], they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they kneeled down before Him, “saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spat on Him, and took the reed and began to beat Him on the head. And after they had mocked Him, they took His robe off and put His garments on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him. And as they were coming out, they found a man of Cyrene named Simon, whom they pressed into service to bear His cross.”
Matthew 27:27-32 (nasb) (emphasis added)
Pay close attention to color and the significance of scarlet. Now understand that our blood is purple while in our body and scarlet/red when it is exposed to oxygen. This is how we make sense of the two different colors and how they are one and the same.
Now in reference to the temple and the Lamb and Revelation 21:22:
“And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads, and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself ! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”
Matthew 27:39-40 (nasb) (emphasis added)
The truth be told, Jesus has seen the visions and remembers His crucifixion. He remembers the blood flowing down over his head from his wounds. His wounds are visible to those who look closely. To be clear, the scars of Jesus, from the crown that they pressed down upon his head and twisted until it cut open his head, are very real…But, remember in the End, we will only know Jesus by faith…For He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself…
We are able to feel those that have been sealed by God—for those who have been sealed by God have been sealed from the sun across their forehead, but most importantly in their heart, symbolic of God’s love, perfection. This may be visible to those who have been enlightened by God. Our imperfections define us, and our efforts are shown upon our foreheads. For example, reading and in-depth study of the Word of God. Strive for the seal of God. Read. We are sealed according to our dedication to scripture. Be mindful of this important observation.This will be a good indicator of where people stand in accordance with prophecy and the Testimony of Jesus Christ.
Colossians 3:12 (nasb) says, “And so, those who have been chosen [called] of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience” (emphasis added).
Do not judge, but recognize this to be a reality. Miracles of God can happen if we believe in the Trinity and that God’s Son is without deceit. Jesus knows that he is accountable to God and has taken the direction given to him by God in order for us to see a panoramic image of God’s perception of the world in which we live.
Jesus solely desires for us to be hanging out, having fun, and celebrating our New Life. His crucifixion brought him no empowerment or place in the hierarchy. He never wanted to be the one to carry the burden. He was chosen, being adopted as God’s Son, to complete the mission of bringing hope and truth to the world that we live, so corrupted by human nature. By believing in God and being filled with His Holy Spirit we are no longer living by human nature; we are living by God. It is a new way of life and a path toward achieving all of your dreams. God wants you to have all of your dreams. God wants you to understand Him.
Jesus has been through times when he walked alone in sheer darkness with only God’s Word. There have been times in the life of Jesus that he was forced to trust God, having been brought into a dark world, experienced it, and learned what it meant to repent in order to see the divine being that we are all capable of discovering. This was the training of Jesus into becoming the source of divine wisdom that God intended for him to be, a light to mankind.
If you have doubt, just remember the scars.
First Peter 2:24 (niv): “And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.”
Galatians 1:4 (niv): “Who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever an ever. Amen.”