The Woman and the Dragon
1 And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 2 She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth. 3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. 4 His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. 5 She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, 6 and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days.
I would like your comments regarding this text and what it means to you...
Personally I would like to share with you something that I found interesting regarding this text. While the imagery is well known, it is not commonly known that the symbology and imagery of this text has everything to do with a specific time period in the past. Specifically it relates to a specifc day:
The 11th of Septemeber, 3 B.C.E
How so might one ask, by using a specific subject called archaeoastronomy we find that this imagery was once reflected in the sky by the stars on that specific day. It also happened to be the 1st of Tishri, the Jewish New Year, also known as Rosh Hoshana. It is the first of the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora'im (Days of Awe) which usually occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere. The day is believed to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of mankind’s role in God's world. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar, which is why it is also called the day of Trumpets.
So, what is so special about this day, that it stands out in the bible?
It is the birthday of Jesus Christ.
Edited by Jor-el, 23 April 2013 - 07:18 PM.