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"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32
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Author:  Gerald V. Todd
Bio: Gerald V. Todd
Date:  December 11, 2011
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"Solving" the Riddle of the Sphinx - Why is Christmas More Than a "Holiday?"
Looking back to human origins for the universal Thread of Hope.

In the Book of Genesis, Adam named the animals and was told to be the steward of the Earth. God named the stars "for signs and seasons and times (Psalm 147)." Ancient Wisdom has been passed down in those star names since mankind�s disobedience, something far greater than the mythologists and the musings of astrologers. At the Tower of Babel, the languages of men became confused over their attempts to gain world power through interpreting the movement of the stars, constellations and planets. In 332 BC, Aristotle complained that Greek mythology was a perversion of then Ancient Wisdom. The Thread of Truth was always there, but we are lauded for our ignorance of it.

The pure Thread of Truth, that Ancient Wisdom, was passed down in the stars to all men of all time. The Seed of the Woman of Virgo, the Redeemer, would be wounded in conflict with the evil one, but would crush him. It would take His own pure, blood sacrifice, prefigured until His coming by the ritual offering of a spotless animal.

Perversion entered into that hope with the jealous murder of Abel by Cain and every brother that murdered brother since. Civilizations, especially their infants, virgins and captives have suffered from distorted religion and power lusting mankind's free will ever since. The technology and means have changed, but the sinfulness has not.

DNA tracking has proven we all came from one set of parents in East Central Africa. Science found our true Adam and Eve. (see ) - Our belief systems also apparently came from an original source. The ever present Thread of Truth remained as mankind migrated around the world. From the beginning a simple, wonderful and mysterious hope will ultimately be the basis for mutual respect and common goals among us.

Night-to-night, the brilliant awe-inspiring stars told a story to countless generations. The hope of promised Redemption was passed on as sages and parents taught their children about the hope and cycles of the seasons. The star names and symbols were recorded by wise men of old. To bring mankind�s hopes into focus, the message was implanted in the Tribes of Israel, in their signs, their symbols, and was reflected in their movements. Their prophets recorded it in their sacred Scripture. The world hated them for the innocent challenge imposed by covenant with God.
The Magi astrologers (the "Three Kings of the Orient"), ones who knew how to read the meaning in the stars, saw signs in the heavens that alerted them to watch for a major happening among the people of Israel. A brilliant star (of Bethlehem)appeared in what some say to be the constellation "Comah" in Virgo (now Berenice's Wig!), pictured in the ancient zodiacs as a virgin girl holding a small boy. He was known as "Shes-Nu", the Desired One.

He was born in Bethlehem, as the prophet Micah foretold, in the 65th week of years of the prophet Daniel, of the Tribe of Judah, from whom the scepter would never depart. He died on a Roman cross 33 years later, ending the 69th week of Daniel the prophet.

The stars kept their God-given appointment as two, of the ancient constellation of "Aries, the Lamb" were visible next to the darkened sun as the Redeemer gave up his spirit. The stars, "Al Natik" and "Al Sheratan", meaning "the pierced" and "the bruised, shown as the Temple curtain was torn in two, and the earth shook in the darkness. The Perfect Sacrificial Lamb had delivered Himself up for sacrifice on our behalf. Isaiah, the prophet, prophesied, "...He was wounded for our iniquities; He was bruised for our sins. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His bruises, we are healed."

48 constellations in the sky and 200 star names tell the whole story of redemption. Its order solves the ancient "Riddle of the Sphinx." In the Temple of Esneh, there is a zodiac circle around the base of the temple dome with a woman faced sphinx resting between Virgo and Leo, thereby showing where the story told in the stars is bound together.

Modern astrologers still promote the confusion of the ancient wisdom identified by Aristotle in his time. That ancient wisdom is the hope handed down in the oral tradition, in the ponderings of wise God-seeking sages of all ethnicities and religions. From Adam and Eve to the Hebrew prophets the pure thread of hope ultimately focused on the death and resurrection of the Desired One of Virgo and the triumphant eternal King in Leo. The ancient star names and constellation names and positions tell the whole story and make it clear that even pagan religions and human sacrifice were terribly confused carriers of that ancient wisdom. Mankind�s blessed hope of the ultimate pure blood sacrifice was never lost among those who longed for the love of God and a peace that passes understanding.

This hope, embodied in Jesus the Christ, was passed down through the ages, into the Covenant God made with Abraham, first to the Jew, then to the Gentile, fulfilled in the Child the Magi sought and found. Muslims too, believe in the virgin birth of Christ and hold his mother to be the greatest woman in all history. Perhaps she is the ultimate vehicle of peace among us. We don't know the day or the hour that Jews or Muslims will agree with this hypothesis; or that the world will turn to the ultimate Source of Beauty and Love. Jews have paid a terrible price for carrying the signs of our redemption. Their eternal reward must be great.

This Christmas, rejoice in his birth, the Word of God becoming flesh, to become sin for us, to offer Himself as the fulfillment of the priesthood of Melchisedech. Rejoice that He died, rose, and will come again to the ecstatic Jew who sees his hope fulfilled, and to the grafted in Gentile to enjoy Eternity with Him.

Rejoice in your personal decision to know, love and serve God.

Gerald V. Todd

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Paraphrased from GOD's PROPHETIC ZODIAC, by Gerald V. Todd, 2007, Bakersfield, California - for print and download copies.335 pages with a section called BELs and Whistles that explores some "new" thoughts on human behavior.

Biography - Gerald V. Todd

Jerry is a retired engineer with strong experience in environmental innovation which he still applies today with 2 clean water and energy saving technologies. His life avocation in writing and study of philosophical and biblical themes as they apply to the body politic's spiritual warfare. He survived stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006; now in excellent health. A graduate of the University of Illinois (1958, Industrial Engineering), Jerry had post graduate studies at both the University of San Francisco and the University of Santa Clara in California between 1961 and 1963 (Logic, Marketing). As co Founder and seminar presenter he was awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Valley Christian University operating under California private-post secondary statutes for mid career student, VCU was the pioneer external degree school for mid career students. Its course structures were picked up by several well known Christian colleges. Hosted local broadcast radio and TV shows, "Religion on the Line" and "The News Firm" (jointly with wife, Joanne), respectively. Jerry has published several books that are available at Amazon. Jerry is available to speak as a visiting lecturer at the high school, college or community organization level. Jerry is married 55 years to Joanne Dean Todd 3 children, 8 grandchildren.

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