The Encoded Sword & Shepherd’s Staff
A Geographical Proof that the Book of Revelation is Inspired
Summary of Findings
The Book of Revelation contains many mysterious codes. My work here is a contribution to the greater body of scholarship showing that the Book of Revelation is divinely inspired scripture from Yahweh the Father, through His Son Yahshua the Messiah.
I’m a non-denominational Christian, and a UCLA Geography graduate, and I’ve been blessed with a small glimpse of codes in the geographical context, which I’ve documented as follows:
1. Symbolic Images. The seven lampstands of Revelation symbolically originate in Jerusalem at the Temple Mount, because when these 8 locations (7 lampstands + 1 Temple Mount = 8 locations) are mapped in sequence on the face of the earth, they reveal amazing images, such as: a double-edged sword and a shepherd’s staff (2-d surface view), and a tabernacle door and key hole (3-d surface view).
2. Time Codes. In the sword & staff image, when ‘one mile = one year’ the image tracks precisely 7 major world history events that changed the world – and the eighth (the end of Laodicea) is scheduled to occur in the year 2018AD.
These Images are the Product of Higher Intelligence
To prove these images are the product of higher intelligence, we simply recognize that at the time the Book of Revelation was written (the 1st century AD), the very best maps available to humans were highly inaccurate (see examples below). And this is a key observation, because inaccurate maps make it impossible for the author of the Book of Revelation (writing in the first century AD) to have used a man-made map to secretly encode the Book of Revelation with images by selectively choosing seven locations (Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamus, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea). Therefore logically, the source of these images would be either higher intelligence, or pure coincidence. And coincidence is especially unlikely given the unique encoding (i.e., golden ratio, time-codes, etc).
So here’s the geographical proof: in the 1st century, even the best cartographers at the time had very inaccurate maps of the Mediterranean region where the sword and staff is located. For example, here is one of the best maps they had available at the time:
Even in the next century, Ptolemy’s map is still extremely inaccurate for the Mediterranean region:
It would be impossible to find the sword and staff with maps this inaccurate in 150AD, further confirming that the author of the Book of Revelation (writing well before 150AD) could not have used any man-made map to secretly encode this image.
Indeed, only when we get to the 12th century can we find a man-made map (example here) where it would be theoretically possible to map out a very rough and imprecise sword and staff.
My Journey Discovering This Information
It was by fortune that I discovered the sword & staff image on my first attempt mapping the 7-churches — it just occurred to me one day to do it (and to draw circumferences like a clock, which eventually pointed a straight line of Pergas to Mt. Hermon). Looking back, it seems against all odds that there would be no trial & error to find something like this originally. And then on top of that unlikely beginner’s luck, the one missing piece of the puzzle that I would eventually need to unlock the time-code just happened to be the very answer I had already found six months earlier: time, times, and 1/2 time = 690. It’s just so unlikely for all of it to come together as a grand coincidence; and in my opinion, these doors only opened through my faith in Yahweh.
Initial Images – Partial Sword & Short Staff
In the summer of 2012, I was fortunate to discover the first of several images encoded in the Book of Revelation – the first image I found looked like a partial double edge sword and a short shepherd’s staff – it appeared very simply using Google Earth Pro when I drew a straight line from the Temple Mount and in sequence to each of the seven assemblies (called “lampstands”) in Revelation Chapters 2-3. The key to this discovery was to use the literal ancient Aramaic text of Revelation, not a Greek or English translation, because the literal Aramaic text identifies the third assembly as “PRGMUS” (the place) and “PRGMA” (the people from that place), but the Greek identifies “PERGAMOU” (a different place) and “PERGAMO” (a different people).
In the image above, the straight red lines make an incomplete sword, and the straight brown lines make a short shepherd’s staff. Each angle or endpoint represents the center of a key location of one of the ancient cities according to my best research into antiquities.
Because Revelation 1:4 states that the assemblies are “in Asia”, we have the opportunity to deduct something logical — if conventional Christianity locates all the assemblies within a small section of Anatolia (modern day Turkey), why does the literal text direct us to the larger area of “Asia” and not that specific area of Anatolia? I think it’s a valid question, and this ‘sword and staff map’ provides evidence of the answer – when conventional Christianity strayed from the literal text of Revelation, it strayed from Yahshua’s sword and staff.
Second Set of Images – Full Sword & Staff
Following coincidences in my research (and life actually), I realized the need to continue mapping the line past Pergama on Cyprus. This created a straight line from Thyatira (the 4th assembly) through Perga (Anatolia/Turkey) and Pergama (Cyprus/Chittim) – this line brings you through ancient Sidon and exactly to the UN radar dome at the summit of Mt. Hermon. I found that very intriguing. Indeed, tracking the other direction (northwest), this same line extends to a point directly north above Pergamon Anatolia on the exact perimeter of the red circle radius that makes up the line from Ephesus to Laodicea…
The history of Mt. Hermon (aka, Mt. Sion, or Sirion) is very interesting, and supernatural depending on what you’re reading — for example, Mt. Hermon is the place of the ‘transfiguration’ event in the gospel. Also, the summit of Mt. Hermon (called Ardis) is identified in the Book of Enoch 6:1-6 as being the place where fallen angels descended to earth before producing offspring called nephilim/giants. (See also Genesis 6). So it has positive attributes and negative ones as well, which was emphasized in the admonition to this assembly in Rev 2:13, “I know where you inhabit – the place of the throne of Satan.”
Satan is described in Ezekiel 28:2-19 as being the king of Tyre with a seat in Tyre. Does that make Tyre the location of Satan’s throne? What about Cyprus and Mt. Hermon? Well, Satan’s throne is referenced in Isaiah 14:13 as “in the sides of the north.” Cyprus, Tyre, and Mt. Hermon all fit the description of being off the side of Jerusalem and to the north. By contrast, Pergamon Anatolia does not fit the description in Isaiah 14:13.
Moreover, Rev 2:14 connects Pergamus to Balaam, who is associated with a sword and staff in Numbers 22. Balaam’s story also incorporates the numbers three and seven (compare here, where we are discussing the third assembly of seven total). And note also that Balaam was at a wall in the mountains when he struggled with the angel – the correlation is that this assembly is in the mountains right at the border (‘wall’) between Lebanon and Syria. Balaam was eventually killed by the sword (Num. 22:23, 31; 25:5; 31:8).
The Book of Revelation references the two-edge sword repeatedly (Rev 2:12, 2:16, 19:15, 19:21). And the shepherd’s staff is also connected with the messiah Yahshua. (See e.g., John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd…”). Note that the Aramaic word for ‘rod’ (wbya or shavta) can also be translated ‘staff’, which is especially important here because Rev 19:15 describes the two terms together (two edge sword and rod of iron). For more on the rod of iron, see Rev. 5:5, 11:1, 12:5, 19:15, and 21:12; and see also Psalm 2 and 23:4, Jer 1:11 and 48:17, Gen 30:37-41 and 32:10, Isa. 10:5, Exodus 4:2-4, 7:8-24, 21:20, Judg. 6:21, Numbers 17:1-10, 22:27, Prov 13:24.
Interpreting the Meaning
One place to start is Ezekiel 20:37-40 (Young’s Literal Translation), “I will make you pass under the staff, and will bring you within the bond of the covenant. I will purge out the rebels among you, and those who transgress against me; I will bring them out of the land where they reside as aliens, but they shall not enter the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord. As for you, O house of Israel, thus says the Lord God: Go serve your idols, everyone of you now and hereafter, if you will not listen to me; but my holy name you shall no more profane with your gifts and your idols. For on my holy mountain, the mountain height of Israel, says the Lord God, there all the house of Israel, all of them, shall serve me in the land; there I will accept them, and there I will require your contributions and the choicest of your gifts, with all your sacred things.”
The key point is that Mt. Hermon is underneath the messiah’s staff in this image, not above it. So, if/when fallen angels descend again upon Mt. Hermon, this map evidence helps further prove what the trustworthy already know: the messiah rules all who pass under his staff. A fallen being (whether he calls himself an angel or alien) might be able to make a crop circle or fly a spaceship, or teach sorceries and wield tetrahedrons, but these are just transient powers. YHVH gives powers and YHVH can take away those powers. YHVH controls all of these sagas in order to create and enforce beauty and justice and salvation, and life and death. The way I see the evidence, YHVH carved this particular saga for our generation and provides evidence like the above on the earth for our edification.
Indeed, in the big picture, I’ve come to expect we are looking at clocks and complex geometries embedded where the Book of Revelation points. As here for example, the distance between the Temple Mount and Ephesus is 618 miles, which is significant because 618 is the golden number (that is, the famous golden ratio (phi) is .618). The golden ratio is found throughout life on earth and in the universe. Indeed, I found this designation of phi in this sword and staff image to be an open invitation to calculate the angles and find polygons. It’s an exciting research project!! And here is what I’ve found here in the infancy of this research – the golden mean (phi) spiral overlays well onto the sword and staff, as these four representative examples show:
Some Initial Time Signs
The great pyramid of Giza (which is highlighted at Isaiah 19:19 as a sign throughout the ages) is well studied – the distance from the great pyramid of Giza to the UN Radar Dome is 365.07 miles.
Given two circles: (1) epicenter of Temple Mount and radius ending at the great pyramid of Giza, and (2) epicenter of the great pyramid of Giza, and radius ending at Temple Mount. This creates a vesica pisces of course. What is interesting is that the line that goes through the two apexes continues directly to Thyatira (the fourth assembly named in Revelation 2:18-29). Thyatira is at the top of the shepherd’s staff in our image. The text of Rev 2:27 promises this assembly “And he who overcomes and keeps my works I will give to him authority over the nations to rule them with a staff of iron and as vessels of a potter they will be broken. For thus I received from my Father.”
Next, to show the phi ratio (1.618) we map two vesica pisces through the gold point method (epicenters Temple Mount and Giza Pyramid)
Here are the interesting findings for our map: (1) the perimeter of the large northern circle (epicenter of Temple Mount) runs right through Laodicea, (2) The golden ratio point lands almost exactly on the edge of the sword, (3) the straight line (green) through the nexuses of the vesica pisces runs directly to Thyatira, and (4) the northwestern nexus point hitting the phi ratio is precisely 100 miles from Thyatira (which is also 123 miles from the cave location on Patmos where John was exiled, 80 miles from Ephesus, 70 miles from Sardis, 50 miles from Philadelphia, and 24 miles from Laodicea).
The distance between the Temple Mount and Great Pyramid is 273.5 miles. When we create the vesica pisces, we have two halves with a midpoint of 136.75. This appears significant as the fine structure constant (alpha) is 1/137. This number helps measure the strength of an electromagnetic interaction.
The distance between the epicenter of Laodicea and ancient Babylon = 816 nautical miles. 816 x phi (.618) = 504.315 miles. The 504 relationship regarding the earth, the moon, and the great pyramid was documented well, for example, by researcher David Flynn. The distance between the ruins of ancient Babylon and Temple Mount = 541 miles. This is also the distance between eastern Laodicea (2.60 miles from the eastern amphitheater ruins) and the Temple Mount.
All together (541 + 541 + 816) these three numbers total 1898. If we multiply this by the decimal of the natural number e (137), the result is a symmetrical 260.0260 (1898 x .137 = 260.0260). The number 260 is the answer to the famous mathematical problem of the 8×8 square.
Compelling evidence shows that YHVH controls the mathematics of our world and beyond. Rather than being limited, the evidence shows that YHVH can occupy multiple times and locations (spacetimes) at once in order to give separate and/or overlapping meaning to those events. Applying that logic here, Pergamon Anatolia is important, just as Pergama Cyprus is important. They each have relative meaning, and we humans have mathematical and logical tools to search out those meanings. And the very process is a joy, especially when we trust that Yahshua the messiah has already conquered the world! John 16:33. That’s the best part, He conquered it!
It is a blessing and a gift just to be alive and to witness these spacetime joys and parallels. We have also received the benefit of YHVH’s prophets who are trustworthy witnesses to YHVH’s ability to predict, set, and control spacetime. In my opinion, as we enter the age of extraterrestrial influence, we can take solace that our world remains still under YHVH’s dominion. The bible states that YHVH creates good and evil (see e.g., Isaiah 45), and YHVH keeps in check the great Satan and the fallen beings who walk amongst men. We can find some of their histories in the bible.
The book of Genesis (Chapter 6) describes the first encounter with fallen angels. It began with ‘friendly contact’ and ‘learning about earth’s mysteries’ as the fallen angels had a great deal of sophisticated information to share. But in the end, the result was moral corruption and destruction. A similar sentiment is found in the Book of Enoch.
We learn also from Moses in the Exodus – The Pharaoh’s sorcerers went tit-for-tat with Moses in order to test Moses and the Jewish people. First the staff of Moses turned into a snake, and the Egyptian sorcerers somewhat matched that marvel because they possessed the power to do so. Then water was turned to blood, and the Egyptian sorcerers were able to match that marvel also (again, to a lesser degree), because they had the power to do so. Personally, I expect fallen ones to have powers just as Satan has powers. I recommend that we not be persuaded just by the power and signs. Crop circles can be presented as a fine example, as are the apparent ability of some UFOs to travel at warp speed.
The lessons we can learn from reading about Noah and Moses include that it is not power alone that should impress us, but rather virtue. If you focus properly on YHVH, your strength will grow toward YHVH. If you focus on alien powers and signs like a whore looking for the next big thrill (sign), you will give your strength to alien powers. Similarly, if you focus your energy on the commandments of Yahshua to respect and love the Father, and to show that trust by loving and helping others (as for example by caring for the needy), then you can expect to reap what you sow in a positive way. And if you focus your trust on gaining extraterrestrial technology and restructuring your DNA and so forth, you can read what will happen to you because the same thing happened to many dead men before you.
Indeed, according to the prophecy in the Book of Revelation, there will be fallen angels at the end of our age, and there will be signs. Daniel too distinguished between the ‘sons of men’ and the ‘inhabitants of the earth’. I would consider it wise to not be too impressed by the powers of any extraterrestrial (whether they claim to be an alien or an angel), but rather the key is to understand that what is happening here on earth is prophesied – man is receiving the wrath of YHVH for our sins. And thank goodness justice will be done in this world of organized crime that hide behind military-industrial-pharaceutical-agricultural-economic-political complexes!
I recommend following Yahshua, as the gospel specifies that he has the truth, and that trusting him and obeying his law is the way to be reconciled with the Father for our generation.
Third Set of Images – Computer Modelling
In the year 2013, I had a breakthrough in the research… I live in a geodesic dome with large triangle windows facing north-south. I was standing in my living room when I noticed the morning sunlight coming through one of these windows naturally forming the shape of the shepherd’s staff described in this post. I felt this was a gift from YHVH to assist my research – showing me that the two-edged sword & shepherd’s staff that appears on the face of the earth is actually pointing toward something higher-dimensional. Thus began my quest to use modern software to reverse-engineer the 3-d cause of the 2-d sword & staff image.
Indeed, I also found it was curious that the two-edged sword is pointed so it looks just like light shining through an open door, the very thing described in Revelation 4:1 after the seven assemblies receive their message…
Another key breakthrough came from two vivid dreams I experienced in August — a doorway to a garden and a shepherd’s staff as the key to the door. In one dream I was studying Aramaic with my Concordance – that was the first time I had ever dreamt in Aramaic (didn’t feel supernatural, but rather very natural). When I woke up after the Concordance dream I felt it was a small sign that Yahweh is approving of my studies here.
The sword & staff appears on the face of the earth when we shine sunlight through two specific shapes at a precise time and location on earth. Awesomely:
These images show that the two-edge sword appears as sunlight through an open tabernacle door in Israel! Specifically, the door is in the same shape (trapezoid) and approximate dimensions (see image below) as the Jewish Tabernacle entrance door described in the old testament. I built this door using Sketchup architectural software and Google Earth Pro — so these images are basically the actual distances and actual light/shadows as they would appear on earth (with the exception that I’m not bending light due to earth curvature. Also, the map orientation is adjusted slightly southwest such that the north line runs directly through the center of the door in Sketchup. For those interested in the technical details, note that even minor variations in the shape of the door and orientation of the map will dramatically affect the results — so results are malleable depending on the input data.
Another important caveat is that only some of the tabernacle door’s dimensions are given in the bible, so I’ve just done the best I can to match the information available. The door is scaled up proportionally to the actual distance between the Temple Mount and Mount Hermon: 625,000 feet. It’s a big door, approximately the size of 24 Mount Everests!
As for the shepherd’s staff, it manifests as light shining through a uniquely shaped keyhole. In the ancient temple in Jerusalem, the Jewish priests used a special key for their altar, such as this one:
And here is the key used in the Sepulchre church in Jerusalem:
The door/sword is straight (alyza), like the door in Matthew needed to enter heaven (Matthew 7:13, ‘enter by the straight door’).
The tabernacle that forms the door looks like a pyramid with a missing capstone. The shepherd’s staff provides a capstone with its triangle shape. Yahshua is the shepherd and his name in Aramaic means Yah’s rock. More on that below…
The sword/door comes from Yahshua’s mouth (Revelation 1:16, 2:12), so perhaps it is made of words. If it needs a handle, one might say that would be Yahshua’s mouth in Israel. See e.g., Psalm 149:6.
If this sword image is revealing a door as my findings suggest, then do the chosen enter at the temple mount edge of the door or the other edge at Mt. Hermon, or perhaps anywhere in the area from Temple Mount to Mt. Hermon? Notice this clue in the admonition to the first assembly Ephesus in Revelation 2:4-5, “your former love you have left, remember from where you came and do the works former”. Consider also what Yahshua advised the Samaritan/northern woman by the well in John 4:22 that salvation comes through Judeans (yhudya).
Another option is to place a smaller trapezoid inside the door, so the outline remains very narrow and a person walking on earth would only be able to enter at either pole/extreme (hot or cold): Temple Mount or Mt. Hermon, but not in between.
The ancient tabernacle was placed in the court towards the west, but with its entrance oriented east-wards, so that according to Josephus: “when the Sun arose it might send its first rays upon it.” See also Ezekiel 43:1-5. And here we’re looking at that same description, morning sunlight from the east through a door facing east-west (map orientation is especially relevant here).
The temple was in some ways grander and more spectacular than the tabernacle that came before it. Perhaps this sword & staff, modeled after the tabernacle, will also be followed by a grander and more spectacular door & key modeled after the temple. What if the coordinates are already written in the stars, but no human has discovered them or published the images yet? See e.g., The Celestial Symbolism of the Hebrew Temple & Tabernacle, (highlighting especially the phi ratios).
Imagine a key, when inserted into the top of the staff/keyhole and turned from right to left (like reading Hebrew or Aramaic), lifts the crook in the staff upward/outward to open the door. If we read that Philadelphia was empowered with the keys of David the shepherd (Revelation 3:7), and with/after Laodicea we see the open door (Revelation 3:20, 4:1), this imagery makes sense.
If the keys of David in Rev 3:7 are a clue pointing toward ‘shepherd staff keys’, it also brings to mind Simon Peter (kapa) who was given keys to heaven (Matthew 16:19) and told to tend the sheep (John 21). Peter is a rock, but not the rock. Yahshua is the rock. He is Yah’s rock. He is a better choice than the capstone rock on the pyramid or any other rock available to man. Consider how belief in Yahshua’s name is a potential key to the door/sword. Peter the rock put Yahshua the rock first, which is our example and the reason why Peter was chosen by Yahshua as the church leader. Peter used a sword in John 18 and Peter proved he inherently possessed a key when he affirmed it in Matthew 16:16. And Yahshua responds in Matthew 16:17-18, “Blessed are you Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you but rather my Father who is in heaven. Also I say I to you that you are kapa and on this kapa I will build my church.”
What is the church other than a covenant holder? The seven assemblies can be seen as seven colors/music-notes/wave-functions/etc that interact to form one church. They need to work together and the result is a saga on whatever levels you focus upon: virtues, vices, admonitions, promises, accounting, judgment.
So where is this church highlighted in Matthew 16:18? In Yahshua. In analyzing Matthew 16:18 consider 1.618 = phi the golden ratio. This sword & staff represents the golden ratio as highlighted above (and more to come). If you’re inclined, learn about phi as you learn about this sword/door and staff/key. Studying the heart and mathematics is a way to study life as you focus on YHVH.
Consider how the door is likely made of words – as the sword comes from Yahshua’s mouth, it would logically be made of words. And according to the gospel, words come from the heart.
Imagine the ‘aleph bet’ of your heart knocking and the door opening – the key would be a virtuous heart. This reminds me of the verse to the assembly Thyatira in Revelation 2:23, “I examine the emotions and the heart”. Note the wordplay of key (qlyda) and emotions (kulyTha). If I recall correctly, it was this wordplay that helped me think of the heart as a potential key to the door, the shepherd’s heart. Note also the wordplay of door (ThrEaa) and this lampstand Thyatira (Thautyra). In Rev 3:20, Yahshua stands at the door and knocks (aquSh). And this root word for knock (aquSh) is again used in Rev 14:2 while the lamb is on Mt. Zion. Do you envision a door at Mt. Zion?
Regarding the heart-key theme, note that 528 hz is measurable as the musical frequency of love for the human heart. And in the following image the length of the yellow shepherd’s staff is 527 miles. I take this as a small sign that my map measurements are somehow off by a mile, just like the line measurement from Temple Mount to Ephesus is 617 or 618 miles (618 is the golden number). How do you pinpoint the location of an historical assembly of faithful people covering some distance – it’s a challenge of possibilities – so on some level I’d really like to analogize it to photon wave-particle mechanics and the probabilistic nature of focus.
I can theorize that Laodicea must turn and repent (Rev 3:16-19) because it needs to open the bottom portion of the lock on the key hole. The lock can be opened either way (hot or cold), but if Laodicea takes the middle approach then the crook on the staff is not opened. Or another way to analyze this riddle follows the way that light travels when forced through a narrow gate/opening. When the path is wide, the extremes cancel each other out and aren’t noticeable because trillions of straight/easy traveling photons take center stage. But when the path is narrow, the extreme photons receive the path- see e.g., pages 56 and 80 of Quantum Electrodynamics by Richard Feynman.
At first when I saw the shepherd’s staff outline I thought it might be a snake’s forked tongue:
My initial reaction was negative to this early image, but then I remembered John 3:15, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness thus is about to be lifted up the Son of Man so that everyone who believes in him will not destruct but will have life dlEalm.”
And with synchronistical symbolism, the sunlight is shining through this ‘snake head’ at 6:18am (.618 = golden ratio) on the date of 3/12, which reminds of John 3:12, the passage that immediately precedes the reference in John 3:16 to Yahshua as the snake in the wilderness. John 3:12 reads, “If about earthly things I have told you and you do not believe, how if I speak to you about heavenly things will you believe”. Intriguing example, right?
Then as I continued carving out the forms inside the staff (perhaps just as they would be carved out from wood in a real shepherd’s staff) I found a series of triangular shapes. What do they represent? I think it’s cool that they match the symbol of ‘north’ on the google earth map – a nice little trail marker perhaps. There were many triangular objects in the temple — for example, the ramp leading to the copper altar was a triangle of similar shape.
The triangles on the roof of the temple also match. Or what if the staff head is meant to outline a tsadee in Aramaic script? Or perhaps the triangles represent sets of cherubim wings. Or what if the staff is budding leaves and almonds, like Aaron’s staff in Numbers 17. I’m not certain of any answer, or that there is meant to be only one answer, but I’m faithful that the answers will be found in the Messiah Yahshua.
Fourth Set of Images – Eye of the Needle
In the year 2014 it occurred to me (while I was reading the Crawford Codex – the oldest Aramaic text on earth of the Book of Revelation), the spelling of the assembly laydyqya (“Laodiceans”) at Rev 3:14 differs from the spelling ldyqya (“Laodicea”) at Rev 1:11. As shown above, when prgmus (“Pergamus”) in Rev 1:11 was spelled a second way as prgma (“Pergama”) in Rev 2:12, the dichotomy revealed a sword & shepherd’s staff encoded on the face of the earth. Perhaps this dichotomy with Laodicea was another clue, I wondered…
So, what did the alternate spelling/mapping of Laodicea reveal? Surprisingly, a sewing needle is revealed when Laodicea (now called Beirut) in Lebanon is mapped rather than Laodicea in Anatolia. And incidentally, the line runs right through Pergama on Cyprus, which is a nice trail marker of meaningfulness.
This needle is a biblical sign for we Laodiceans who have claimed to be “rich” per Rev 3:17 — as we remember Matthew 19:24, “And again I say to you, it is easier for a rope to enter the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter into the kingdom of Alha.”
In the Google Earth map image above, the eye of the needle is formed in the middle of assemblies four through six (Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia), while the point of the needle touches down in assembly seven: Laodicea, Beirut.
This eye of the needle here would be in the Gediz river, basically between Adala and the famous but small Lake Marmara, which would translate “lord lord” in Aramaic, though in the ancient days it was named Lake Gyges after a shepherd turned king whose legends are curiously philosophical and involve names like Ardys (also the name for the summit of Mt. Hermon).
What is the meaning of all this? I will venture that when you in Laodicea are “hot” (Khmyma), then you are open like the open crook on the shepherd’s staff. Or if you choose to be “cold” (qryr) instead, then you are closed like the closed loop of the sewing needle. Both options are satisfactory as both are functional – the “hot/open” shepherd’s staff catches the necks of the sheep and leads them to cool water; the cold/closed needle sews the shepherd a wool coat. But if you are “lukewarm” (pShura), then you are partially open and partially closed, which is not satisfactory for either function: an open loop needle will not hold thread well, and a misshapen shepherd’s staff will not properly catch the stiff-neck of a sheep.
For history on the different Aramaic spellings of the name Laodicea, and the three different places in Asia associated with that name, see The Rabbinic ‘Enumeration of Scriptural Examples’: A Study of a Rabbinic Pattern of Discourse With Special Reference to Mekhilta D’R. Ishmael (1973), pg. 140.
Interestingly, if you draw straight lines between these three Laodicea locations (Anatolia, Lebanon, and Syria), the result is 980 miles, which is also the exact length of the sewing needle image. Another coincidence?
980 is a meaningful number because, as discovered by Galileo, it represents our calculation for the gravitational constant of acceleration on the surface of the earth:
When the assembly locations are mapped just right (a challenge of possibilities given the archaeological evidence), expect geometrical relationships here with meaningful ratios and numbers (such as the electromagnetic coupling constant: 1/137).
Of these three Laodicea possibilities, who is hot, who is cold, and who is lukewarm? Above Laodicea in Anatolia was Hierapolis, which had the hot springs from which Laodicea received its water. These waters arrived in Laodicea lukewarm because they had to travel so far. Waters are like peoples. Imagine waters traveling through these images — from the Temple Mount to Ephesus to Smryna, then to Pergama, and on to Thyatira, then Sardis, then Philadelphia, and finally the waters are in Laodicea. If only the Laodicean will realize how close he can be to Yahshua, he will feel the hot spring inside. I think logically, hieraopolis is a state of mind.
Remember Rev 3:18, “I counsel you to buy from me gold that is tried by fire so that you may become rich and garments white to clothe yourself so that not should be revealed the shame of your nakedness and eye salve apply to the eyelids so that you may see.” Do we Laodiceans get more excited about gold/money that helps enforce the world debt system, or do we have zeal to protect instead the Father’s golden ratio growing in the natural world (people, plants) to create real value… Do we Laodiceans understand from John 9:6 that the eye salve is clay (the people of this world)? Are we willing to put this clay before our eyes that we may see and repent from the errors of materialist conquest?
It is meaningful that Laodicea is the concluding assembly in Revelation. I think when the seven assemblies come together they are like the seven colors of the rainbow working together – they make white, like the white clothes worn in heaven promised to those in Laodicea who conquer this world in Yahshua. Rev 3:18. When all of the assemblies come/sign together in the conclusion of this age we are experiencing, we see the image of the eye of the needle. I think the Father is revealing mysteries here. Other people may see other things (ie., ox-goad, ice-pick, nothing), and that’s fine by me. We see what we are given to see, and hear what we are given too.
The Peshitta of the famous verse Matthew 19:24 helps me understand the “eye” (Khrura) of the needle represents a portal to heaven. This is no ordinary word in Aramaic because the language reveals it as wordplay for white and freedom (Khur). It’s all very mathematical and beautiful when diverse peoples come together in peace, love, and harmony.
By contrast, this world governed by dangerous leaders and consumers uses different needles to control one another.
There is a better way than what is happening in this world. Finding the way is finding Yahshua:
Fifth Set of Images
Also in the year 2014, I had another breakthrough, by realizing that the sword & staff likely represents the Revelation 12 woman in the wilderness. Basically, when miles on earth are converted to years, the lines of the sword & staff trace the history of the woman through time – each of the 7-churches mark a world-changing event in history (where the world wouldn’t be the same without the event):
- 68AD – Jerusalem overthrown by civil war so the woman must flee (sword begins in Jerusalem)
- 687AD – construction of the dome of the rock (sword point in Ephesus)
- 727AD – founding of the papal states (2nd sword point in Smyrna)
- 1328AD – black plague commences (end of sword, beginning of staff in Pergamus)
- 1917AD – end of WWI and founding of the League of Nations (top of staff in Thyatira)
- 1945AD – first nuclear bomb, end of WWII, founding of the UN (top crook of the staff in Sardis)
- 1973AD – Arab-Israeli War, founding of petrodollar, end of Vietnam War (middle crook of the staff in Philadelphia)
- 2018AD – unknown, this would be the last part of the clock (bottom crook of the staff in Laodicea). Is there anywhere else the woman can flee, or is she out of time?
Note that these assemblies of people (“churches”) would cover pretty large areas on the ground — logically much larger than the narrow epicenter points in my image on which the numbers depend, so I can selectively choose data (choose an epicenter from a relatively large area) to match my theory (which is problematic). But interestingly/fortunately, there are not many world-changing events in the time frames here, so I really can’t run wild with the data – it’s still mostly firm. For example, if I tried to move my epicenter of Smyrna 9-miles northwest, then my timeline focuses on the Siege of Constantinople in 718AD, and this would disrupt the remaining dates (which therefore keeps me honest).
So according to this theory, the length of the sword & staff is 1,950 miles. And this number matches the numbers in Revelation 12 — the woman is in the wilderness for 1950 days (1,260 days + 690 days = 1950 days). The text states this literally in the first part and by riddle in the second part – first (literally), she is there for 1,260 days (Rev 12:6), then she flees again for 690 days (“time” (60), “times” (600), and “one-half time” (30). 60 + 600 + 30 = 690). Here is the riddle decoded:
There are lots of clues that Revelation is encoded beyond our imagination. For example, there are 7-churches and the word for church EadTha literally means “time sign”. This suggests that even on the surface the sword and staff is a “time sign” with encoded dates. Or in Rev 12:6, the place aThr given to the woman means ‘space’ and ‘time’ metaphorically. Or with regard to the 690 code, note that Eadn = time, and Eada= distance. So there are clues in the text directing readers to compare time and distance.
The x-factor of this sword & staff research has always been the third assembly, Pergamus. I think it is meant to be dynamic and multi-layered in meaning, but for purposes of this 1950 code, I think it’s important that tangential evidence locates PRGMUS between Tyre (Satan’s original throne per Ezekiel 28:2-19) and Mt. Hermon. For over two years I have searched online and in physical libraries for archaeological evidence of PRGMUS in this area shared by Israel, Syria and Lebanon, and I find very close matches in name, but no definitive proof. For example, there are many “burg” towns around Mt. Hermon because berg=mountain. And then mus=removed. So PRGMUS means “removed from the mountain”, and therefore PRGMUS might be around Mt. Hermon as this evidence suggests; for now, it is possible.
Another Breakthrough – the two witnesses of Revelation 11 are Ephesus and Smyrna
In the year 2015 I deduced the historical identity of the two witnesses in Revelation 11, simply by realizing this image of the ‘double-edged sword & shepherd’s staff’ tracks the events in Revelation 11 (just as it tracks the events in Revelation 12 as highlighted above).
Perhaps this will not be surprising as the two witnesses are literally called “two lampstands” in Revelation 11, and Ephesus and Smyrna are literally the first two lampstands named in Revelation 2.
But this will also surprise and hopefully bring smiles to some readers. In a different way, it will also leave others confused or skeptical or indifferent, and that’s okay. As for me, I know I was surprised when I put these pieces together – I realized that either the sword & staff reveals the identity of the two witnesses of Revelation 11, or at least it foreshadows their identity (favoring a wheels within wheels interpretation of Revelation, where Rev 11 is fulfilled first by a big wheel in history (1,950 years), and then fulfilled in a smaller wheel (around 7-years) during the tribulation at the end of this age, and who knows how much more).
In a nutshell, the two Revelation 11 witnesses/lampstands are the first two lampstands in Revelation 2 (Ephesus and Smyrna). The historical timeline of the sword & staff reveals that Ephesus & Smyrna represent ‘faithful Catholics’ (probably ‘Messianic Judeans’ under Catholic protection, or ‘Hebrew Catholics’ especially) during the 1,260 years of their witness/martyrdom (68AD through 1328AD).
Now, people who read my work know that I can be quite critical of the Catholic Church when I discuss Church transgressions and crimes in history. I was certainly not expecting to find this evidence supporting the Catholic church as the home (or guardian) for Yahshua’s chosen. But indeed, it is where the hard evidence points.
Rev 11:1-2 begins with 42-months of someone trampling the holy city, which likely represents the Roman siege of Jerusalem that lasted 42 months (from mid-66AD through part of 70AD). That time period begins the sword in our image, because believers in Yahshua must flee Jerusalem (as the sword moves toward Ephesus). Remember that Rev 11:1-2 instructs John to measure; even to measure “to those who worship in it”. How do you measure people in the temple? Do you see it yet? Do you feel it in your heart? The golden ratio is a sign to you…
And then in Rev 11:3 we are introduced to the two witnesses (who are called “two lampstands”) that testify for 1,260 days in sackcloth (incidentally, the sackcloth is a clue that Yahshua’s chosen are a specific group of humble and faithful people under Catholic protection, rather than the often decadent Catholic institution as a whole). These two lampstands represent the first two lampstands in Revelation 2 (Ephesus and Smyrna), because these two lampstands define the shape of the sword that is precisely 1,260 miles long. 1,260 miles = 1,260 years. Above, we saw this miles-to-years conversion working in Revelation 12, and it works here too in Revelation 11.
Rev 11:5 says that enemies dbEaa dnahr (“who seek/agree they will cause harm”) to the witnesses are hkn (“likewise”) themselves killed. The Aramaic grammar here is important, to avoid doctrinal presumptions about the logistics here; so please refer to the Crawford codex. And indeed, during these 1,260 days (meaning years in this particular prophetic cycle), people from every religious persuasion were killing each other as Roman Catholicism rose to a zenith of power in the developed world. During this time Jews and Muslims and Catholics killed their enemies (often each other) and were killed by their enemies (especially during the Crusades over Israel). During this time many Jews continued to convert to Catholicism (often through forced conversions). And indeed, at the end of this time, in 1328, Catholicism reached its pinnacle, because in this year (1328) the black plague became pandemic, which changed the world – in only a ‘little time’ (recall this expression from Revelation 12, regarding the dragon’s power) the plague brought the church and the world into a state of both chaos and genocide.
Rev 11:6 says that during the 1,260 days the witnesses send plagues, such as stopping rain, and turning water into blood. We find no hard historical evidence for literal miracles like these, so in this theory ‘water’ would be symbolic for ‘peoples’ (i.e., holy wars shed blood of peoples), and the ‘rain’ would be symbolic for ‘blessings’ (i.e., Catholicism dominated the world during this time and therefore Catholics could stop rain/blessings by withdrawing support for any area or community; or in another theory, it was the Jewish moneylenders who really directed commerce and war and were able to grant or withdraw support for whomever they pleased). Note too how the authority to ‘shut heaven’ reminds of Yahshua’s promise in Matthew 16:18 that Simon Peter was given the keys to heaven, to bind and loose at his will.
Then in Rev 11:7 shduThhwn (“their testimony/martyrdom”) is completed (in 1328 the sword is complete and the new image begins of the shepherd’s staff); at this point a war begins against the two witnesses (the duration of this war is not specified in Rev 11), and then the two witnesses are eventually slaughtered by the beast that rises from the sea. In this theory, the beast would represent the ‘masses’ (often self-proclaimed “Christians”) who tortured and slaughtered Jews and Messianic Jews (‘Jew sympathizers’) during the time of the black plague (especially beginning around 1346). The most infamous ‘reason’ for persecution was the claim that Jews caused the plague by poisoning wells. Notably, this was not the first time ‘Christians’ had engaged in mass-slaughtering of Jews and minorities, but scholars agree it rose to an unprecedented level of genocide/holocaust during these years of the black plague. For helpful insights, see David Nirenberg’s book Communities of Violence. The Catholic pope at the time (Clement) issued an order to stop the genocide (indeed, Catholic history is filled with examples of Catholics protecting Jewish people), but still many angry people (protesters, or ‘Catholic Protestants’, if you will) rejected his orders and continued to slaughter Jews and others. The key take away point is that the ‘Church’ was divided and could not control its own rage – the beast from the sea/people likely came from within its own people. So the sword and staff also gives a clue as to the identity of the beast of the sea: the Roman See?
Then in Rev 11:8-9, for 3.5 days (meaning years prophetically) the bodies of the witnesses lay in the streets of their lord (which could refer to Jerusalem as the place where Yahshua was crucified, and/or Rome because Peter is the ‘lord’ of the Catholics), so these witnesses’ bodies cannot be buried. This phenomenon is well-documented during the black plague as bodies piled up in the streets and were not buried (especially in Rome). Note also that the Aramaic of 11:9 states ThlTha ywmyn wplgh (“three days and a/its half”) – so it may refer to 4.5 days (3 x 1/2 = 1.5; and 3+ 1.5= 4.5) rather than 3.5 days.
Also in Rev 11:9, it is important to note that people from different languages, tribes, and nations see these bodies in the streets. During these 3.5 years of Rome (1346-1349), there were more pilgrims coming and going from Rome than there were actual residents. Rome was the foremost tourist/pilgrimage destination of the entire world.
Regarding Rev 11:10… people gave gifts to each other in the form of inheritance because of their deaths. Scholars have documented the distinct change in gift-giving patterns during the black plague. Likewise, testimonials have shown people engaged in curious forms of celebration (i.e. weddings, drinking wine, singing uplifting songs) to cope with the stresses of the plague. Historians have also documented ‘Christians’ celebrating over the genocide of Jews where ‘Christians’ were claiming the Jews tormented the world. Many ‘Christians’ circulated the false rumor (blood libel) that the Jews caused the black plague by poisoning wells. (Note the dalet before ‘they tormented’ in Rev 11:10, because it can be read like a quote (that is, quoting the persecutors who are accusing the Jews of tormenting the world).
Then in Rev 11:11-12, after 3.5 or 4.5 days (again, years) the witnesses are given new life and rise up in the clouds. Again, there is no historical evidence for a literal fulfillment of this prophecy. So we examine the symbolism – in the bible, clouds represent people, so here in Rev 11 this would represent the life-saving protection that Jews received from the Polish people as the black plague progressed. Indeed, the Jews were on track to become ‘virtually extinct’ by about 1350 until the King of Poland (Casimir the Great) offered them sanctuary from the groups that were literally hunting Jews, burning them en masse, etc. Accordingly, there was mass-exodus of Jews to Poland at that time.
Then in Rev 11:13, at the end of these 3.5 or 4.5 days (years) there is a great earthquake and 7,000 men die, and a remainder repents. In the entire world, there was only one historic earthquake during this time frame that could possibly meet this description, and it was the greatest earthquake in Rome’s recorded history (an estimated 8.5 on the Richter scale), in the year 1349. Apocalyptic fever was high during this time, as the masses believed the black death and the great earthquake were plagues from God. According to historians, there were countless Christians who thought it was the end of the world.
After this earthquake in 1349 Rome was ravaged, and there was a great purging/repenting in Rome. An entire movement had begun around flagellation, for example. Catholicism was also in the midst of financial scandals and critical territorial struggles (especially with France), which is why many historians label this time period around 1349 as the turning point of Catholicism. And indeed, this is precisely when Protestantism arose – which eventually changed the entire world.
Rev 11:14 helps confirm this as we read that two woes are gone (representing the two lampstands associated with Ephesus and Smyrna) and now the third woe comes (representing the third lampstand of Pergamus).
So putting all the pieces together, we see the sword (Jerusalem, Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamus) represents early Catholicism (or Messianic Jews under Catholic protection), and the staff (Pergamus, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea) represents late Catholicism/Protestantism (or again, Messianic Jews under Catholic/Protestant protection). The sword & staff are divided in one perspective, but unified in another, just like Catholicism and Protestantism.
In Rev 11:15, the seventh angel sounds his trumpet (which reminds of the 7-assemblies) as we read that the kingdom of Alha and the messiah has arrived. (Alternatively, you can read huTh here as the third person singular past indicative (“he was”) — the conventional reading of huTh here is a passive verb (“has become”), such that Alha and the messiah are now taking reign over earth. Curiously though, the angel’s words here in the alternative reading are a riddle or tribute where the answer is Yahshua — “he was the kingdom of this world, and he was our Alha, and he was His chosen one, and he is made king to a world/age worlds/ages.”) If the conventional reading is correct (passive verb), does this time somehow represent the fall of early Catholicism and the rise of Protestantism? Perhaps, but I think that view would be too simplistic and earthly. Rather, what was happening in the 14th century was a spirit of religious freedom for both Protestants and Catholics.
Indeed, there were Protestants who killed and tortured people just as there were Catholics who performed such shameful deeds. But there were also Catholics and Protestants who were tolerant and caring and loving, so the arrival of the kingdom of Alha represented the freedom to pursue one’s ideals directly in the messiah, because the Protestant Reformation (regardless of any virtues of Protestantism itself) created a new freedom of religion for both Catholics and Protestants. Just like when Yahshua proclaimed freedom by overturning the money tables in the temple, or the apostles proclaimed freedom by choosing to follow the exiled Yahshua, so too the Protestant Reformation symbolized the rejection of the almighty religious institution (whether Jewish or Catholic or other) to lead a man. Our leader is not Yahshua-ism, or Protestantism, or Catholicism. Our leader is Yahshua directly. Realize this fact in this moment, in your life with Yahshua, and the kingdom of Alha has come near to you.
In Rev 11:16-17 we see the 24-elders praising Alha and thanking Alha for reigning. This represents Alha controlling time (i.e., 24 hours each day), which is relevant to the sword and staff because it is built by one time sign EadTha (“church”) upon another.
In Rev 11:18 the nations rage and are destroyed. This represents the wars at the top of the staff (Thyatira = WWI; Sardis = WWII; Philadelphia= Arab/Israeli War; Laodicea = WWIII?)
Also in Rev 11:18 we read that the time has come to judge the dead and for Yahshua to give rewards to his servants, and to destroy those who destroy the earth. This represents the end of the age with plagues and a reaping of the earth, which is symbolized by the great tribulation that is coming at (or after) the end of the staff (in Laodicea). Can you feel it coming, and can you feel it now? Do you see the wheels within wheels?
In Rev 11:19 we read that heaven opens and the ark of the covenant becomes visible. In a way, this represents the entire sword & staff image that reveals (as shown in my post above) an open tabernacle door and key to the temple, which is where the ark of the covenant is kept. Remember again Simon Peter’s keys to heaven.
And then the chapter concludes in Rev 11:19 with the great signs of lightning, thunder, voices, and fire. These are among the many signs to expect at the end of this age (likely at the 7th trumpet), shortly before the millennial reign is going to begin.
Per Matthew 16:18, there is one church built on Simon Peter. And that one church either represents Roman Catholicism or it does not. This sword and staff suggests the one church is either Catholic or under Catholic protection, and that whether you’re a Messianic Jew or a Roman Catholic or a Protestant, the real church is in Yahshua.
Sixth Set of Images – Throne of Satan
Also in 2015, I discovered something interesting about the “throne of Satan” (Rev 2:13) — a 9-8-9 triangle encoded plainly as Pergamon in the Greek Book of Revelation is actually something bigger under the light of the Aramaic Book of Revelation (encoded as Pergamus) – it only works though if you consider both Greek and Aramaic. The secret is that the top of Satan’s throne in Greek is the Great Pyramid in Egypt, and the bottom of Satan’s throne in Aramaic is Mt. Hermon.
As if there weren’t enough mysteries already about the Great Pyramid of Giza (Isaiah 19:19) – its dimensions (base 11, height 7) are secretly encoded (as the location of Satan’s throne) above/against the sword & staff when you put the Greek transcription (“Pergamon”) atop the Aramaic transcription (“Pergamus”). This puts the literal Aramaic Revelation (with sword and staff in charge) at odds with the Greek translation (with its pyramid), and yet they work together to reveal the wonders of Revelation!
And moreover, the pyramid of Pergamon (Greek translation) within the pyramid of Giza (Greek translation) points at the island of Patmos where John received Revelation, go figure!
Pergamon Anatolia (the traditional seat of “Satan’s throne”) sits atop a 9-8-9 acute isosceles triangle formed by hypothetically extended lines of the sword & staff, and that triangle is pointing directly at the island of Patmos. To map this 9-8-9 triangle (45 miles x 40 miles x 45 miles) and finding Patmos:
1. Draw straight lines between the three top points (Pergamon, Smyrna, Thyatira) to form the 9-8-9 triangle. Also draw a radius from Ephesus (first assembly) to Laodicea (last assembly). Naturally, this creates a circle. But surprisingly Pergamon Anatolia is precisely due north from the radial point on that circle (10 miles away) that conjoins Pergamus Cyprus and Perga Anatolia (recall that Pergamus and Perga are already in conjunction in the sword & staff (which allowed us to locate the third assembly at Mt. Hermon)).
2. From the midpoint of Thyatira and Pergamon, draw a straight line through Smyrna and it brings you directly to Patmos.
The images here are full of interesting numbers and relationships. Possibilities abound! For example, continue the straight line from Philadelphia to Sardis, and at mile 70 it lands at the center line of the triangle. Then draw a radius from that center point to Smyrna, and the 22-mile circle traces the edge of the original line from Thyatira to the top of the circle that is the radius of Ephesus to Laodicea. It’s just really beautiful how it all lines up so nicely as you go from example to example…
Commentary on Sixth Set of Images
Here is what I think all this means – our Father uses conjunctions and ratios, among countless other tools and methods (like synchronicities in your life), to reveal His dominion over space and time . For me, this latest discovery was another very synchronistic one, connecting my very first research oddity with this latest finding (suggesting to me again how the Father predestined my research from the beginning).
But signs are just signs. Imagine the signs & wonders that scientists 1,000,000 or 1,000,000,000,000 years from now could theoretically accomplish. Levitation could be a simple trick that you teach your pet; teleportation of objects would theoretically be as simple as 3-d printing today; and who knows how many dimensions mankind would theoretically access in the future. But theoretically, even in 1,000,000,000,000 years, only the Creator of our known universe should be able to fulfill prophecies by aligning the free will interpersonal circumstances of diverse beings and the natural order of physics with such exquisite precision. If you take out the free will, then any alien should be able to accomplish it and the beauty is lost, which is one reason why the movie The Matrix (regarding simulated free will) leaves one feeling empty.
But when we keep faith in Messiah, with possibilities, we feel uplifted. Yahshua is beyond comforting in this measure, through YHVH.
Indeed, ‘supernatural’ powers such as creating a new star or reading a human mind are not really persuasive of omnipotence. But the ability to transcend the temporal dimension (which sets an order in our minds) and encode the natural order of physics to glorify the Messiah to our little free will perspectives as humans on earth, that is special to us because it shows not only power over creation itself, but that the Father actually cares about our perspectives! Conjunctions on the face of the earth are just among the little birthday presents we get to open here and now that glorify the Messiah. We love Him so much, it’s true; but He loves us so much more!!
Ultimately we are learning a greater lesson — when we follow the physical laws of the universe, we learn about creation, and by induction our Creator. When we follow the laws we place on others (i.e., Torah, golden rule, any law we observe jurisdictionally), we learn about ourselves exercising creative and destructive powers within the Father’s creation. YHVH gives us power because He wants us to learn about our gifts of power.
The Messiah Yahshua followed and fulfilled the law of Israel’s jurisdiction because that order in time revealed the character of the Father more than even the supernatural gifts (like walking on water), because to our human perspectives at this time in the scientific age (when we can easily walk on water with science) supernatural signs are just futuristic physics (for the most part).
Looking back, we certainly appreciate Yahshua’s supernatural qualities during his first coming, but they are not by themselves a sustainable foundation for belief in divinity, I think. Rather, it makes more sense to build a foundation on loving the order He set, and the reconciliation to order through the life He delivered; and to love the Father, and the reconciliation to the Father through forgiveness. This is the natural order given to us for learning here, and right now. Our words cannot even express how much we love the Father. And His love for us is divine.