Leap of Faith: Daily Lessons About Jesus Christ
Chapter: Religious/Biblical Symbols (Pages 277-281…)
“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool. If you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” Truly, the mouth of the Lord has spoken. (Battle of Megiddo…”
Isaiah 1:18-20 (nasb)
I love these verses, because they help to give us clues as to how we may identify Christ in His second coming.
“And I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lamp stands; and in the middle of the lamp stands one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His breast with a golden girdle (Similar to a Badge-that has supreme Authority and Power). And His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes like a flame of fire; and His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been caused to glow in a furnace, and His voice like the sound of many waters.”
Revelation 1:12-14 (nasb) We also see that Jesus identifies that He has a new name…
“He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this: I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews, and are not, but lie-behold, I will make them to come and bow down at your feet, and to know that I have loved you. Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell upon the earth (In the End, this is how God will separate the followers of the beast from those of God). I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, in order that no one take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write upon him the name of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name.”
Revelation 3:7-12 (nasb)
“And the Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Him asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. But He answered and said to them, “When it is evening, you say, “It will be fair weather, for the sky is red. And in the morning, There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening. Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?”
Matthew 16:1-3 (nasb)
“And another sign appeared in heaven; and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems (Key Reference-Historical Roman Empire and the symbol of the Scorpion-Be mindful that the Romans Gambled over who would get the robe of Jesus and embedded in the concrete or stone (In Jerusalem) is the symbol of the Scorpion…)
(Key Note: The “deathstalker” is a species of scorpion, a member of the Buthidae family. It is also known as Palestine yellow scorpion, Omdurman scorpion, Naqab desert scorpion and many other colloquial names…The name Leirus quinquestriatus (Latin origin) roughly translates into English as “Five Striped smooth-tail”. Other species of the genus Leiurus are also often referred to as “deathstalkers.”)
Continued: “And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven, and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.”
Revelation 12:3 (nasb)
Know that this is the second birth of Christ. A rebirth… This takes place in a very real physical/spiritual sense that only she knows and her Son knows. Be aware of this. This will also help you identify who the dragon/Satan is…
Also, be mindful of your actions… Matthew 7:1-3 says, “Do not judge lest ye be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye.”
The crescent moon and star is internationally recognized as a symbol of the faith of Islam. The symbol is recognized on the flags of several Muslim countries and is even part of the official emblem for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Christians have the cross, the Jewish people have the star of David, and the Muslims have the crescent moon.
The crescent moon and star actually pre-date Islam by several thousand years. Information on the origins of the symbol suggest that these ancient celestial symbols were used by people in Central Asia and Siberia in their worship of the sun, moon, and sky gods. There are also reports that the crescent moon and star were used to represent the Carthaginian goddess Tanit or the Greek goddess Diana (Reference the Statue of Liberty…)
The city of Byzantium (later known as Constantinople and Istanbul) adopted the crescent moon as its symbol. It is believed by many that they chose it in honor of the goddess Diana. Others indicate that it dates back to a battle in which the Romans defeated the Goths on the first day of a lunar month. In any event, the crescent moon was featured on the city’s flag even before the birth of Christ.
It was not until the Ottoman Empire that the crescent moon and star became affiliated with the Muslim world. When the Turks conquered Constantinople, five points of the star are speculated to be symbolic of the “Five pillars” of Islam.
For hundreds of years, the Ottoman Empire ruled over the Muslim world. After centuries of battle with Christian Europe, it is understandable how the symbols of this empire became linked in people’s minds with the faith of Islam as a whole.
When we consider colors and the symbolism behind them, we must be mindful. Colors tell a great deal about the character of a person and can be symbolic of their personality, feelings, and emotions… Red is a symbol of blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination, as well as passion, desire, love, and control.
Crimson red symbolizes the presence of God and the blood of martyrs.
The color black in the Bible is symbolic for death, fear, and ignorance and was used to indicate authority and power. The color black is associated with Good Friday.
It is wise to see the significance of these colors from both sides of the spectrum. I choose to see the biblical side of these two very important colors as simply symbolic of the blood of Christ and the death of Christ. When we acknowledge the death of Jesus Christ and His resurrection, we are able to know the truth of the Bible. This in a nutshell is what the Bible teaches us through and through. If someone does not believe in the resurrection, then they simply have not been saved.
The cross is another important symbol in the Bible, but everyone that wears a cross may not be a Christian or know what it means to be saved. (Key Point- What might the symbol be that, in the End, Jesus and His Angels wear to execute Judgment upon the earth…God’s will…the Number 8 is a piece of the puzzle..Alos, “Golden” and possibly with a set of scales to symbolize God’s ultimate Judgment upon those that are running around worshipping false gods and false religion…) The death, or crucifixion, of Christ is a very deep understanding of what He has gone through. Symbolism is the key. He has died for us in order that we may live to know Him. He is waiting for everyone to seek Him in order that everyone will be saved. That is all that He desires of us as Christians.
What does the Bible say?
Luke 11:9 (nasb) says, “And I say to you, ask and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
First Peter 5:6-7 (nasb) says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.”
Colors can be symbolic of the utter desire that radical Islamist are seeking to attain in order to control our world. Remember Islam has taken biblical truth and twisted it in order to deceive and set their own ordinances and standards of living. Also, recall that all of Islam is of the same belief and mindset, not only radicals, and evil controls their minds…They do not speak God’s language… One point that we must always be aware of is that Satan has superhuman power, and the greatest trick that he has every pulled off was convincing the world that he does not exist, or disguising himself…How might he do this? Well, angels can take many forms right? Hmmm…makes you think for minute… He used this trickery in order to convince people that they do not need to worship Jesus in order to live. This can be recognized as master manipulation and sociopathic behavior… Satan has insulted Jesus to his face with explicit language and the use of the “middle finger”, which is a Satanic symbol often portrayed as an upside down cross… and the entire kingdom of heaven has now witnessed it...(Especially the most powerful people in the world…) Satan prowls around looking for someone to devour at all times and sets traps, the same idea as using wire to catch an animal…or a net… We must stay on guard and fight with the truth, which comes from the Bread of Life or the Hidden Manna from Heaven…
“There is nothing hidden that shall not become evident, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come to light. Therefore take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him shall more be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be take away from him.”
Luke 8:17 (nasb)
Leap of Faith: Daily Lessons About Jesus Christ
Chapter: Innocent Lion Glowing in the Dark (Pages 75-76)
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation.”
1 Peter 4:12-13
“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil prowls around like a roaring lion (Speaking explicit language and words full of hate and jealousy of God…), seeking someone to devour…”
1 Peter 5:8
“And I began to weep greatly, because no one was found worthy to open the book, or to look into it; and one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”
We should know that the devil goes around boasting like a “roaring lion.” Recognize that the devil is easily recognized and powerless to those with faith and who are warriors with Christ. He cannot battle with those who have built themselves up into a strong foundation of Christ. Jesus is the Lion from the Tribe of Judah, the Root of David. This is important in recognizing Christ as well as his arch nemesis, Satan or the devil. Remember that Jesus is innocent, and His job is to protect and serve His people. He is a shepherd for His sheep. He is a guide to those who are lost and without faith. He is the example for us to follow. Jesus Christ has put up with and battled Satan and his army every single day in order for us to be safe.
He is a warrior and a lion for those who believe in Him. Jesus has your back. Never doubt Him.
1 Peter 5:4 says, “And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory” (emphasis added).
Hebrews 13:20 says, “Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord.”
Psalm 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.”
Jesus may also be recognized as the lion in the dark who walks beside us at all times. He is the light that shines through the darkest hour. He has the power to save all, and by believing in Him, we live in a constant state of safety. We cast all of our cares and concerns upon Him, for He cares more than we can begin to know or understand. He is our protector and guardian through all of our trials and tribulations…