Star of David/Flower of Life by John David Harwood
Many people are actually unaware of how the true Star of David is designed. The actual Star of David is a circle with twelve parts. The Star of David divides naturally into twelve equal parts. Be mindful that from a biblical standpoint the Star of David represents the twelve tribes of Israel, so its division into twelve parts makes sense. Each of theses parts manifests Christ only when the whole star is centered around Jesus, Jesus being at the very center of the star.
Therefore, remember, that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)—remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and all foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in the flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.
Ephesians 2:11-22 (niv)
The design of the Star of David is symbolic of the entire creation of the earth.
He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved. Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told to you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: that bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.”
Isaiah 40:20-23 (kjv)
The flower of life is the modern name given to a geometrical figure composed of a multiple evenly spaced, overlapping circles. If we apply the flower of life, which was used in ancient times throughout the world as a symbol of the creation of the world, to the Star of David, it would contain twelve parts.
The flower of life is considered by some to be a symbol of sacred geometry, said to contain ancient, religious value depicting the fundamental forms of space and time.
The flower of life can be found in the temples, art, and manuscripts of cultures from all over the world. The following are some of the locations in which the flower of life symbol has been sighted:
Egypt: the Temple of Osiris in Abydos and at Mount
China: the Forbidden City and various temples
Japan: various temples
India: the Harimandir Sahib (Golden Temple), Hampi,
and the temples at Ajanta
Bulgaria: ancient city of Preslav (893 Bc) and in ruins of
Kabile, near the city of Jambol
Turkey: various old Roman sites
Italy: Italian art from the 13th century
North Africa: Morocco
Middle East: Lebanon and various Islamic Mosques
South America: Peru
North America: Mexico
Great Britain: in Westminster Abbey within the 13th
century Cosmati pavement
Since ancient times the flower of life has been a symbol for all of creation, in all religions around the world. Many religions have adopted the symbol for artistic design used in their places of worship.
The concept of the tree of life has been adopted by some Hermeticists and pagans. The symbol of the tree of life may be derived from the flower of life.
Leonardo Da Vinci studied the flower of life’s form and its mathematical properties. He drew the flower of life itself, as well as various components such as the seed of life.
Sacred geometry can be described as a belief system attributing a religious or cultural value to many of the fundamental forms of ding to this belief system, the basic patterns of existence are perceived as sacred, since contemplating one is contemplating the origin of all things. By studying the nature of these forms and their relationship to each other, one may seek to gain insight into the scientific, philosophical, psychological, aesthetic, and mystical laws of the universe.
When we consider the creation of the world, God began with a single spot and from there He created the world. The symbolic nature of the number twelve is applied directly toward the twelve tribes of Israel. By seeking Scripture for understanding, we read in the book of Revelation to John about the identity of Jesus Christ:
Revelation 22:16 (kjv) says, “I, Je’-sus, have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of Da’-vid, the bright and morning star.”
Revelation 22:13 (kjv) says, “I am Al’-pha and the O-me’-ga, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”
True Baptism by John David Harwood
But the Scripture has shut up all men under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. Therefore the law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:22-28 (nasb)
True baptism is not a display of immersion under water, sprinkling, or pouring out of water, but true baptism occurs when one is baptized through Scripture. (Not to say that the symbolic tradition is not important or highly empowering…rejuvenating…a new life…)
The baptism of Christ is one that we need to think about on a very deep level. The use of the word baptizo in Jewish usage first appears in the Mosaic laws of purification where it undeniably means a mere “washing” or “cleansing.”
John the Baptist pursued the tradition of immersion as a ritual act of initiation and purification. John used the act of baptism as a critical change in the condition of the soul, manifested in a remission of sins through repentance. John’s baptism was only
transitory—his baptism of repentance was but preparatory to a baptism of identification.
The true meaning is understood only in the light of redemptive death and resurrection of Christ. Christ referred to his death in the words, “I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished” (Luke 12:50, kjv).
Paul attributed baptism as its spiritual significance to the quality of entry into the righteousness of Christ through an identification with Christ Himself. It is regarded as the means of the death and resurrection of Christ. True baptism is, therefore, the incorporation of the believer into Christ’s righteousness and an infusion of that righteousness into the believer.
The words of Christ in Luke 12:49-51 (nasb): “I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished! Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division.”
When we read about the true baptism that Christ Himself had undergone, it was a baptism that allowed him to discover his identity. He was able to discover His true identity, which was concealed for a specific amount of time according to the Father. Christ was sent as a man in order to know man. The second man, following His baptism, was His true identity in His perfect heavenly state. This is whom everyone awaited according to the prophecy foretold long ago. How genius is God? How awesome is His work? We cannot begin to imagine the depth of God. He knew us all before we came into the world, and His prophecy is perfected in fulfillment. There is no need to attempt to convince anyone otherwise, for His words ordained through Scripture are perfect.
The Return of Christ
And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear and for looking after those things which are coming upon the earth: for the powers of heaven will be shaken. And then they shall see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Luke 21:25-27 (kjv)
Once again we see where the “center point of alignment” is to be observed as to the appointed time for the return of Christ. This goes in accordance with many other signs in the Bible, such as the Lamb being in the center of the throne, the twelve tribes surrounding the Lamb, the twelve prophets/disciples of Jesus, and finally the twelve months of the calendar. The number twelve itself holds a very significant value throughout the entirety of the Bible. Christ is at the center of it all.