Star of David?

“Star of David” = Star of Remphan

by Bob & Suzanne Hamrick

Rapture of the Church – Book


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We wish to draw the attention of the Body of Christ to the tragically misguided use of an occult symbol to represent the Israel of the Bible. We refer to what is called the “Magen David”, or the “Star of David”. As we will show, this hexagram of double-interlocked triangles has absolutely nothing to do with the righteous King David, nothing to do with the Israel of the Bible, and everything to do with occultism, pagan idol worship, and so-called Jewish “mysticism” as evidenced and promoted in the Kabballah and the Talmud.

In Acts 7:43 – quoting Amos 5:26 – Stephen makes a direct reference to the Jews’ use of this particular symbol in their continuing idolatry in his day, while confronting the Pharisees:

Yea, you took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which you made to worship them:”

Soon after, in Acts 7:54-60, he is stoned to death by these same idolatrous Pharisees.

Referencing Strong’s Concordance about Remphan, we see:

4481 Remphan {hrem-fan’} by incorrect transliteration for a word of Hebrew origin 3594; n pr m AV – Remphan 1; 1 Remphan = “the shrunken (as lifeless)” 1) the name of an idol worshipped secretly by the Israelites in the wilderness.

3594 Kiyyun {kee-yoon’} from 3559; n pr dei AV – Chiun 1; 1 Chiun = “an image” or “pillar” 1) probably a statue of the Assyrian-Babylonian god of the planet Saturn and used to symbolise Israelite apostasy.[Amos 5:26]

What is the “Star of Remphan”?

The Encyclopaedia Judaica’s article, “Magen David”, acknowledges that the hexagram was used by magicians in connection with Judah Maccabee.

The oldest text mentioning a shield of David is contained in an explanation of a magical ‘alphabet of the angel Metatron’ …among the Hasidei Ashkenaz of the 12th C. But here it was the holy Name of 72 names which was said to have been on this protective shield together with the name MKBY, which the tradition of the magicians connected with Judah Maccabee.” We mentioned some of those very facts in the “Kabbalah, Talismans and Masters of the Name” and other articles in the series, “To Embrace Hebrew Roots.” The article THE SIX-POINTED STAR Part II: History of the Six-Pointed Star, points out that the hexagram is connected with Saturn worship. “The six pointed star is associated with Saturn worship. Therefore, the beast is Saturn/Satan, and his mark is the 6-pointed star…”

The article continues with reference to the TALISMAN OF SATURN . . .

On the first face is engraved…a pentagram or a star with five points. On the other side is engraved a bull’s head enclosed in a SIX-POINTED STAR, and surrounded by letters composing the name REMPHA, THE PLANETARY GENIUS OF SATURN, according to the alphabet of the Magi.” (Christian, p. 304-5)

This then is the true occult origin of the “Star of David”, and it has nothing to do with the righteous King of Israel, with the Israel of the Bible, or with the God of the Bible.

However, it is entirely appropriate for such a pagan occultic symbol to have been chosen in 1896 by the International Zionists for the national flag of the 100% secular entity they deceptively chose to name “Israel”. This 100% man-made “Israel” likewise has ZERO connection to the Israel of the Bible, or any connection with the Biblically-prophesied future, miraculous (and instantaneous!) re-establishment of the righteous remnant of the children of Israel [Daniel 12:1-3] to ALL of the lands promised them by YHVH Elohim. But this will NOT happen until the start of the Millennial Reign of Yeshua haMashiach, as is plainly stated in unequivocal language by the prophet Ezekiel…

21 And say unto them, “Thus saith YHVH Elohim; ‘Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and (I) will gather them on every side, and (I will) bring them into their own land:

22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:

23 Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.

24 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.

25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.

26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and (I will) multiply them, and (I) will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.

27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

28 And the heathen shall know that I, YHVH, do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.’” [Ezekiel 37: 21-18]

Concerning the above passage:

  1. YHVH is the One doing all of the work. No agency of mankind is anywhere even hinted at.

  2. After YHVH returns the righteous remnant, His servant David shall be their prince forever. This will not even be possible until the start of the Millennial reign of Yeshua HaMashiach, which does not happen until the end of the seven years of the Tribulation, at His Glorious Appearing.

  3. At this same time, YHVH will initiate an everlasting covenant of peace for the righteous remnant of the children of Israel who are returned by YHVH. But until the Battle of Armageddon is finished – which will surely involve the city of Jerusalem – neither will this even be possible until the anti-Christ and his forces are disposed of by Yeshua at His return.

  4. YHVH states that His sanctuary and His tabernacle will be established amid the returned children of Israel when the heathen are still around to see it. Since the “heathen” will all be sent to the Lake of Fire at the end of the Millennial Reign, this must all happen at some time prior to that terminal event.

All of which should tell any unbiased reader that the ONLY Bible-prophesied return of the “children of Israel” to the land promised them by YHVH Elohim cannot possibly happen until the Millennial reign starts, AND will ONLY be for the “righteous remnant”, even as is prophesied in all of Scripture. Those who are today busily engaged in “returning” ex-Soviet Ashkenazim to their “homeland” (one to which they have NO blood ties) have NO WAY of determining which Jews are “righteous” before the Judgment Seat of Yeshua and which are not, so… these 100% politically-driven efforts to increase the Jewish population of “Israel” (to try to keep the “Palestinians” from taking over) have ZERO significance as a “fulfillment of Bible prophecy”, as many are falsely teaching today.

FACT: Moreover, since the Jews rejected the New Covenant from YHVH Elohim when they rejected Yeshua as their Mashiach, the Old Covenant – which allowed the blood sacrifices in the Temple as an atonement for sin – has been VOIDED by YHVH Elohim. IT NO LONGER EXISTS. Therefore, for Christians to politically and financially support the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem – and thereby endorse the reinstitution of animal sacrifices for sin – is blasphemy, sacrilege, and an insult to Father YHVH by Whom the body of Christ has been sanctified.

FACT: The righteous remnant will be returned to ALL of the lands so prophesied, and not just to the scrap of land presently tenuously occupied by the 100% secular “Israeli” government.

FACT: YHVH Elohim states His attitude toward “sharing” the glory for such events…

I am YHVH: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” [Isaiah 42:8]

FACT: Moreover, concerning the passage in Daniel 12:1-3 referenced above:

12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince who stands for the children of your people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time your people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

This unquestionably states that only the righteous Jews – those whose names are in the Lamb’s Book of Life – will be delivered. Reconciling this with Paul’s declaration that “all Israel will be saved” – [Romans 11: 26-27] – requires that “all Israel” be understood as “all righteous Jews”, and not as “all who call themselves Jews”, or “all who believe themselves to be Jews”, as some are teaching today. If the latter were true, this would necessarily include the “synagogue of Satan”, those “who say they are Jews but are not” [Revelation 2:9 & 3:9], whom the Lord Yeshua lumps together in Revelation with the Pharisees of his day. From this it should be clear that there are and will be apostate Jews, just as there are and will be apostate Christians, in the end times.

FACT: Moreover, in Isaiah 28: 14-18, YHVH Elohim tells us precisely what His attitude WILL BE toward the 100% secular government of those who WILL BE ruling Jerusalem during the Tribulation (presumably an extension of the present 100% secular government):

14 Wherefore hear the word of YHVH, you scornful men who rule this people which is in Jerusalem.

[Please note that there is no mention here by YHVH Elohim of any kind of covenant relationship between Him and the “scornful (i.e., lawless) men who rule… in Jerusalem” nor between YHVH and “this people which is (merely) in Jerusalem”! No, YHVH next tells us exactly with whom “these people” have chosen to make their covenant, and it is definitely not with Him!!!]

15 Because you have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with sheol are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:”

16 Therefore thus says Adonai YHVH, “Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believes shall not be disturbed.

17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then you shall be trodden down by it.”

The Hebrew word for scornful/scorner – “lutz” (Strong’s H3887) – appears over 25 times in the Tanakh. Here is one:

Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. [scornful = lawless, ungodly, unrighteous, unrepentant]

2 But his delight is in the law of YHVH; and in his law does he meditate day and night.

3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.

4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6 For YHVH knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

And this:

Scornful men bring a city [Jerusalem?] into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath. [Proverbs 29:8]

Taking all of this into account, we find no support whatsoever for the idea that Christians will be earning any kind of a special blessing for supporting the present 100% secular nation of Israel. Praying for, and being a blessing to individual Jews, yes! Telling individual Jews about Yeshua, yes! Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, yes! Loving Jews and all other men, yes!

But for Christians to send money to the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (which is a 100% Jewish charity designed solely to funnel money from gullible, ill-taught Christians to further the political goals of the 100% secular Israeli government and the IFCJ), is sinful. Every dollar sent to such a “charity” is a dollar which is NOT being sent to evangelize the world, or to support other legitimate Christian charities. Those who do so will be held accountable by the Lord.

Other “Messianic Hebraic” charities, such as Jonathan Bernis’ Jewish Voice Ministries International, are seeking to accomplish the same things, but are preaching the pagan, Constantinian “God/man” “Jesus Christ” as savior, in addition to many unscriptural rabbinic beliefs and practices. Are these people helping the poor and miserable in foreign countries? Certainly. Are they preaching the actual Savior, Yeshua of Nazareth, who is clearly and repeatedly identified in Scripture as a man whose existence started with his miraculous conception in Mary’s womb? Hardly ever. Because they are actually worshiping a man as God, exactly as our Lord prophesied, MOST of “Christianity” is ignorantly engaged in idolatry, which is a violation of the Second Commandment. For a more detailed discussion of these issues, please see the other articles and links on our website.

In short, our Father YHVH Elohim and His Son require that we provide first for “our own”, and “our own” can hardly include idolaters, no matter who they may believe themselves to be!

But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. [1 Timothy 5:8]

Bob & Suzanne Hamrick

http://torahkingdomliving.com

Authors of: Exposing Satan’s ‘Left Behind’An exposé of the “Pre-Trib Rapture” Myth, and a commandment-keepers handbook for escaping the AntiChrist (400 pages – 6×9)

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