The Sheepfolds

Jesus talked about two sheep folds he is in charge of.  One sheepfold is his people Israel, the other sheepfold is his followers. 

The other Sheepfold

He said; “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.” John 10:16

Let’s look up at the night sky, at the first stories that were told.  There are two constellations that speak of the sheep folds.  They are in the sign of Cancer called URSA MAJOR and URSA MINOR.  They are known as the Big Dipper and Little Dipper.  The Little Dipper has the Pole Star.

They’re also known as Bears.  In Hebrew Dohver, a fold, and Dohv, a bear, were confused, hence the Big Bear and the Little Bear instead of the Big Sheepfold and the Lesser Sheepfold.  The meaning of Ursa Major is The Sheepfold and the Sheep, and Ursa Minor is the Lesser Flock.

The Sheepfold - Ursa Major and Minor

The other stars confirm the sheepfold;
El Alcola (Arabic), the sheepfold (as in Psalm 95:7; and 100:3),
Cab’d al Asad, multitude, many assembled,
Annaish, the assembled,
Megrez, separated, as the flock in the fold,
El Kaphrah, protected, covered (Hebrew, redeemed and ransomed),
Dubheh Lachar (Arabic), the latter herd or flock,
Helike (so called by HOMER in the Iliad), company of travellers,
Amaza (Greek), coming and going,
and the name of the star at the end of the handle of the Dipper, Alkaid, means “Assembly.”

The source of the information about the constellations is from a book called The Witness of the Stars, written by E. W. Bullinger in 1893.  It complements and illustrates some of the great passages of the Bible, and shows how the story of the King was written in the stars.

Immanuel, God with us

 This Christmas I am going to write about the King.  In order to do him justice I went into the Kingdom, my way of meditating where I read the Bible and weave together signs.  Let me tell you a story ….

Immanuel © Joanne Rolston

Looking at Seth and his children, Adam taught them the history of the world and explained the prophecies of things yet to come, knowing it would have to be transmitted orally in order to survive the coming deluge and ice age.

The facts were in the form of a story, with no scientific explanation or context.  It was the simple truth.

As for He who was to come, the stars would confirm the prophecy.

On this particular night the stars filled the sky with their brilliance.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the skies proclaim his handiwork. Day after day they utter speech, and night after night they show knowledge. They have no speech or language, no sound is heard from them. Yet their sound has gone out through all the earth, and their utterances to the end of the earth. Psalms 19:1-4

“What happened after you ate from the tree of knowledge?”  asked Enoch, a child of the seventh generation.

Weeping, Adam replied; “Our Father looked at us with great grief.  After fashioning us  in his own image we’d lost our glory.  Naked and ashamed, we cowered before him.  Without our covering of light we looked just like animals, like creatures of clay.  I saw the shining innocence in Eve’s eyes give way to self-awareness and sadness.”

“Were you as Gods?” Seth asked.

“No.  We had knowledge, but no power to save ourselves.  The serpent took the whole world.”

Adam’s eyes darkened as he remembered the curse, “My father cursed the form that Lucifer the Archangel had taken, and promised that we would be his enemies – his offspring and ours, the seed of the woman.  Promising a deliverer who would take the fallen world back from him, he said to the serpent “He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)    

Tracing out patterns and explaining the meaning of the constellations, Adam taught the word of God, using the names of the stars.

Pointing to the constellation of Scorpio, where the brightest star Antares, the wounding, shone ominously with a deep red light, Adam said “there the gigantic scorpion is trying to sting in the heel a mighty man, who is struggling with a serpent.  The serpent is crushed by the man, who has his foot placed right on the scorpion’s heart.”

“Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder;
The young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under foot.”

Psalm 91:13

Explaining about the One who would come, who would be born of a virgin, Adam said “Now look up there, children, at Virgo.  Virgo means “the seed of the woman.”  She has a branch in her right hand, representing the one who will be brought forth, and some ears of corn in her left hand, representing seed.”

“Behold, the days come, says the LORD, That I will raise unto David a righteous BRANCH (a Son), And a KING shall reign and prosper.Jeremiah 23:5

mary_baby_jesus

There in Virgo is Centaurus, the “despised”, and Bootes who is “to come,” and Coma “the desired”.

A new star will appear in this sign when He of whom it is foretold will be born.  He will be the desire of all nations, to be despised and rejected by men, giving his life as an offering that we may live.  He is the coming one who will rule and govern the earth.

Ages will pass, and kingdoms will come and go.  After the meaning of the twelve signs is lost, a nation of twelve tribes will arise, and a bloodline will be chosen.  They will prophecy and preserve the truth about him in their scrolls, and He will be born.”

“What sign will be given when he comes?” they asked.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14