|Revelation 21, Page 24-03|
(Repeating) 21:19 And the foundations of the instruction which protects us were organized with all manner of solidified truths. The first foundation was singularity to Yehuveh; the second, no idols; the third, no idol worship; the fourth, no vanity;
21:20 The fifth, Sabbath-keeping; the sixth, six days of work; the seventh, family honor; the eighth, no killing; the ninth, no adultery; the tenth, no stealing; the eleventh, honorable communication; the twelfth, balanced use of passion.
Bible, KJV Translation:
(Repeating) 21:19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
21:20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
Significant Words and Comments:
Commentary on Revelation 21:19-20a expansion (25 August 2008):
The Third Foundation Stone
“The third, a chalcedony,” representing the third commandment [“Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them.” Exodus 20:5-6], therefore identifying the chalcedony [G5472] stone as representing absolutely no idol-worship. The corresponding Hebrew-translated stone from the breast-pocket is carbuncle [H1304]. (25 August 2008)
There are no corresponding Hebrew references in Torah. The reference to carbuncles in Isaiah 54:11-12 is from 'eben [H0068], simply meaning “to build; a stone,” and has no apparent certainty of being a stone at all: “O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.”
This solidified life-structuring commandment stone corresponds with the tribe of Zebulon and the constellation Gemini. The Jacob’s and Moses’ prophecies regarding Zebulon are: “Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea,” that is, not worshipping any idols will be the refuge for those who want to come out of drifting confusion and uncertainty. Regarding the sea, see notes on Revelation 5:13, 6:14, and 8:8. “He shall be for an haven of ships,” that is, turning from all forms of idol worship becomes a safe refuge from corrupting and perverting efforts to regulate others or allow them to regulate them. See the full discussion of ships in notes on Daniel 11:20 and Revelation 8:9. “His border shall be unto Zidon,” that is, the boundaries of no-idol-worship are at that place where men unite with Yehuveh. Zidon comes from a Hebrew root [H6672: tsuwd] meaning “to lie along side, be a companion to.” “Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out,” that is, when we truly break out of all idol worship, we will discover true joy! Like not making idols, not serving them will elevate and uplift us: “They shall call the people unto the mountain,” is, those who fully reject every form of idol-making will appeal to everyone around them to rise to the heights of Yehuveh’s exalted righteousness. “There they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness,” in the exalted mindset of serving Yehuveh and trusting Him for everything, those who reject every false dependence will yield the only things appropriate for us to yield: self-dependence, self-protection, self-provision, etc. “For they shall suck of the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in the sand,” clearly states that the prosperity Yehuveh provides when we turn to Him in every reliance will bring us abundant, valuable returns. Genesis 49:13; Deuteronomy 33:18-19.
I know of no direct Scriptural references to Gemini. The Sun is in Gemini from approximately 21 May to 20 June, depending on the year. During this time we must reconsider all our patterns of worship and allegiance. This is the time of the Feast of Seven Sabbaths (Penticost) when we are to reconfirm our covenant with Yehuveh. What better time to recognize, turn from, and utterly abandon every personal form of idol worship. The idol worship we recognize must be rejected and removed!
Originally Written: 25August 2008
Latest Update: 25 August 2008
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