The Lord Jesus Christ was born at the beginning of the Age of Pisces. He was the High Priest of the Church. Thus, He is symbolized by the fish pointed toward Heaven along the Z-axis. The congregation of believers in Christ is symbolized by the other fish, which is pointed toward the Ecliptic along the X-axis. The two fish also symbolize a witness. Thus, Pisces also symbolizes Christ and Christian witnesses who take the Gospel into the world.
The two fish on the cord of Pisces also symbolize Positional Sanctification and Eternal Security of believers in Christ who are reconciled to God and satisfy His Justice and Righteousness. The fish on the cord are symbolically set apart to God. One fish symbolizes Christ and the other fish symbolizes the believer. So the believer is tied to Christ, which represents Positional Sanctification. Positional Sanctification mean set apart in union with Christ. At the moment of Salvation the believer is purified from all his sins and entered into union with Christ spiritually. He can never lose this status. He will always be saved because he is bound to Christ. That is Eternal Security.
When God looks down from Heaven at mankind, He sees Jesus Christ, who is symbolized by the fish pointed toward Heaven. Since the believer, as symbolized by the other fish, is tied to Christ, then God is satisfied with the believer because of Christ. Jesus Christ satisfied the perfect Justice of God when the sins of the world were judged on the Cross. And God the Father is satisfied with the Righteousness of Christ, since Christ shares the Righteousness of God. And since, the believer is tied to Christ, God is satisfied with the believer's Righteousness. The Righteousness of the believer comes from Christ and God at the moment of Salvation.
Pisces, from Latin, is the plural of piscis, meaning fish. Pisces is symbolized by the Mediator planet, Uranus (F). Unlike the other planets, Uranus has an axis pointed east and west, which corresponds to the fish pointed toward the Ecliptic. Because Jesus Christ was both God and man, He could be a mediator between God and man. He could satisfy all the Righteous demands of God, and also bear the sins of man. A mediator is also an intercessor. Pisces is also symbolized by the Tribe of Levi (Gen 49:5-7). Aaron, of the Tribe of Levi, became the first High Priest of Israel, and his sons became priests.
Jesus Christ was uniquely qualified to be the mediator between God and mankind since He was both God and perfect humanity.
For there is one God and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Tim 2:5)When Jesus Christ died on the Cross as a substitute for mankind, He satisfied all the requirements of God and the needs of man.
After Jesus Christ died physically, He was resurrected and went to Heaven in His resurrection body and became the High Priest of the Church.
Hebrews 4:14-15Jesus Christ could not be a Levitical Priest, since He was from the Tribe of Judah and not Levi. He became a priest like Melchizedek, a Gentile who did not come from a family of priests (Gen 14:18, Heb 5:5-6, 10; 6:20). The Lord Jesus Christ became the High Priest of the Church, and Christians are members of His royal family (Heb 7:25; 8:1; 9:11, 24).
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.
Hence, also, He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)The Church Age Believer, as symbolized by the fish pointed toward the Ecliptic, is both royalty and a priest in association with Jesus Christ, the King and High Priest.
But you are a chosen family, a royal priesthood, a Holy nation, a people for God's possession, that you may declare the excellencies of Him who called you out from darkness into His marvelous Light. (1 Pet 2:9)The Lord Jesus Christ is in Heaven as the defense attorney for any believer who sins.
6 and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father; to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 1:6)
My little children, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have a Defense Attorney face-to-face with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous One; (1 Jn 2:1)
When the Exodus generation complained against God and Moses, the Lord sent fiery serpents into the camp to bite the people and many died. The people begged Moses to intercede for them.
So the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, because we have spoken against the Lord and you; intercede with the Lord, that He may remove the serpents from us.” And Moses interceded for the people. (Num 21:7)The Lord had Moses put a bronze serpent on a pole, and those who were bitten could look at the bronze serpent and live. Here, Moses acted as a priest and interceded for the people.
When David was about to kill Nabal, Abigail sent gifts to David and went out on her donkey to meet David who was coming for Nabal with a head of steam.
1 Samuel 25:23-24Abigail was fearless in the crisis as she stationed herself between David and her alcoholic husband, whom David was seeking to kill. She was thinking clearly with objectivity and divine viewpoint that stopped David in his tracks. She was beautiful, intelligent, and on top of the situation. She convinced David that killing her worthless husband was not compatible with the grace of God for David's life.
23 When Abigail saw David, she hurried and dismounted from her donkey, and fell on her face before David, and bowed herself to the ground. 24 And she fell at his feet and said, “On me alone, my lord, be the blame. And please let your maidservant speak to you, and listen to the words of your maidservant. 25 Please do not let my lord set his heart against this man of Belial, over this Nabal (fool), because as his name is so is he. Nabal is his name and vulgarity (nebalah) is with him; but I your maidservant did not see the young men of my lord whom you sent.
1 Samuel 25:27-29She recognized David as the next King of Israel and pointed out that he did not need the blood of her worthless husband on his record.
27 “And now let this gift which your maidservant has brought to my lord be given to the young men who accompany my lord. 28 “Please forgive the transgression of your maidservant; for the Lord will certainly make for my lord an enduring house, because my lord is fighting the battles of the Lord, and evil shall not be found in you all your days. 29 “And should anyone rise up to pursue you and to seek your life, then the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living with the Lord your God; but the lives of your enemies He will sling out as from the hollow of a sling.
1 Samuel 25:30-31David listened to Abigail and recognized the divine viewpoint which she communicated.
30 “And it shall come about when the Lord shall do for my lord according to all the good that He has spoken concerning you, and shall appoint you ruler over Israel, 31 that this will not cause grief or a troubled heart to my lord, both by having shed blood without cause and by my lord having avenged himself. When the Lord shall deal well with my lord, then remember your maidservant.”
So David received from her hand what she had brought him, and he said to her, “Go up to your house in peace. See, I have listened to you and granted your request.” (1 Samuel 25:35)Esther
When Ester learned of a plot to annihilate the Jews (Esther 3:6), she risked her own life to intercede for them before the king of Persia. If she went to the king unannounced, He could kill her or choose to listen. She decided to take the chance. She said to Mordecai.
“Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16)Ester went into the king's court, and he was willing to receive her graciously and grant her petition.
Esther 5:2-3Ester prepared a banquet for the king in order to discuss her petition. The wicked, Haman, the Prime Minister, had been inspired by Satan to destroy the Jews as he periodically tries to do in history. On the second day of the banquet, the king asked Esther to make her petition, and he would grant it even to half his kingdom. Esther rose to the occasion to intercede for the Jews.
2 And it happened when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, she obtained favor in his sight; and the king extended to Esther the golden scepter which was in his hand. So Esther came near and touched the top of the scepter. 3 Then the king said to her, “What is troubling you, Queen Esther? And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it will be given to you.”
Then Esther spoke again to the king, fell at his feet, wept, and implored him to avert the evil scheme of Haman the Agagite and his plot which he had devised against the Jews. (Esther 8:3)The king granted Esther's petition, and the Jews were saved from a holocaust. This illustrates the fearlessness of the Pisces type, who stands in the gap to intercede for others in the crisis.
Of course the greatest example of intercession was the willingness of Jesus Christ to go to the Cross to pay for the sins of the world and deliver them from death.
Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,Jesus Christ set aside the independent use of His deity in order to become a man and die on the Cross as a substitute for all mankind in the greatest act of intercession. Born at the beginning of the Age of Pisces, He was the greatest Pisces type.
And He will divide the booty with the strong;
Because He poured out Himself to death,
And was numbered with the transgressors;
Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,
And interceded for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53:12)
And He saw that there was no man,
And was astonished that there was no one to intercede;
Then His own arm brought salvation to Him;
And His righteousness upheld Him. (Isaiah 59:16)
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even the Death of the Cross. (Phil 2:8)The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit also intercedes for man.
And in the same way the Spirit gives us a helping hand to our weaknesses; for we do not know how we should pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 but He who searches the hearts knows what the thinking of the Spirit is, because He (Holy Spirit) intercedes for the saints on the basis of the will of God.
Matthew 13:47-48Netting fish is the illustration of reaping the harvest of believers and casting away unbelievers into eternal judgment. Jesus Christ brings together the congregations of Jews and Gentiles through the Cross (Eph 2:14, 16). The illustration of Jesus Christ as the vine and the believers as the branches is quite similar to the symbol of Pisces as the Lord and His congregation (John 15:5).
47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind; 48 and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down, and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away.
Christ interceding for His congregation is also illustrated in the miracle of feeding the multitude. In the great miracle, which is recorded in all four Gospels, Jesus Christ fed 5,000 men plus women and children from five rolls of bread and 2 small fish (Matt 14:17-21; Mk 6:38-44; Lk 9:13-17; Jn 6:9-14). Jesus Christ was unwilling to send the congregation home hungry. So, He performed a miracle to feed them.
And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)He sent the disciples out to evangelize the world.
Matthew 28:18-20He explained to the disciples, who were his witnesses:
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Luke 24:46-48He told the disciples:
46 and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and rise again from the dead the third day; 47 and that a change of mind because of forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 “You are witnesses of these things.
but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)Christians in the Church Age are ambassadors for Christ, who represent Jesus Christ in the world and before angels. They go out like the fish pointing toward the Ecliptic to witness to the lost in the world and defend the faith.
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal (entreating) through us; we beg you as the representative of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
The fish on the Z-axis represents Christ, the High Priest of the Church. (Heb 3:1; 4:14; 7:26). The fish along the X-axis represents the believer, who belongs to Christ. God was satisfied with Christ; therefore, the believer is reconciled to God (Rom 5:10, 11; 2 Cor 5:18-20; Col 1:20-22).
The believer tied to Christ on the cord symbolizes Eternal Security. The believer in Jesus Christ has Eternal Life and will never perish.
For you see, in this manner, God Loved the world, that He gave His uniquely born Son that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have Eternal Life. (John 3:16)The Eternal Life of the believer is guaranteed by Christ and God.
John 10:28-29The fish on the Z-axis represents Justification of the believer because Jesus Christ was Judged for sins (Rom 3:24, 28; 5:1, 9, 16, 18; Tit 3:7).
28 and I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish; and no one is able to snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand.
Romans 3:24, 28The fish on the X-axis symbolizes the believer, who has the Righteousness of God, which is imputed at the moment of Salvation (Rom 8:10; 9:30; 10:10; 2 Cor 5:21; Eph 4:24; Phil 3:9).
24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the Law.
But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.(1 Cor 15:20)Christ was the first to receive a resurrection body. Christians will receive their resurrection bodies at the Rapture, and Old Testament saints and Tribulation martyrs will receive Resurrection bodies at the Second Advent. The resurrection body will be decorated with eternal rewards for service in this life.
The Cord on which the two fish of Pisces are strung represents Eternal Security. It symbolizes the believer bound to Christ (Hos 11:4; Jer 31:2-3; Matt 16:19; 18:18).
I drew them with cords of a man, with cords of Love,The Lord even loved the Exodus generation, who rejected Him and died in the wilderness. He drew them along in the wilderness with cords of a man - that is, small cords to lead a man as opposed to ropes for animals. He was like a person who pulls the yoke back and up from the jaws of his ox so that the animal can eat. And He gave Israel manna to eat. Jeremiah described the Lord's love for the remnant of Israel similarly (Jer 31:2-3).
And I became to them like those who lift a yoke upon their jaws,
And gently I gave him food. (Hosea 11:4)
Bondslave of Christ
The cord that binds the fish in Pisces also represents the bondslave of Christ, the believer bound to Christ. When the angel explained to Mary how she would become pregnant with the Christ child, she said:
Then Mary said, "Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:38)She accepted God's will with the humility of a "bondslave of the Lord (Jehovah)" (Luke 1:38, 48). Similarly, Simeon called himself a bondslave of the Lord when he saw the Christ child (Luke 2:29). A demon possessed fortuneteller proclaimed Paul to be a bondslave of the Most High God (Acts 16:17). Paul called himself a bondslave of Christ in the salutation to his epistles (Rom. 1:1). And the Lord's bondslaves will live with Him (eternally bound to Him) in the New Jerusalem in Heaven (Rev 22:3).
Slaves of God
The cord of Pisces also symbolizes the slaves of God (Rom 6:22-23; Ja 1:1; 1 Pet 2:16).
Romans 6:22-23Bondage to Sin
22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The cord of Pisces also symbolizes bondage to sin. The bottom of the cord is tied to the Sea Monster, which symbolizes Satan, the author of sin. Everyone descended from Adam has Adam's original sin and an Old Sin Nature. Jesus Christ, who was born without an earthly father, did not have a Sin Nature. He paid for the sins of the world to set mankind free from bondage to the Old Sin Nature.
Elihu described bondage of sin as those who are "bound in fetters, and are caught in the cords of affliction" (Job 36:8). Jeremiah described the yoke of his transgression during the fall of Jerusalem.
“The yoke of my transgressions is bound;A demon from Satan bound a woman and bent her double for 18 years before Jesus Christ healed her (Luk 13:11-16). Paul admitted his bondage to the Old Sin Nature (Rom 7:14). And he compared immature believers to children brought up under the Mosaic Law with the implication that young children were often watched over by slaves (Gal 4:3).
By His hand they are knit together;
They have come upon my neck;
He has made my strength fail;
The Lord has given me into the hands
Of those against whom I am not able to stand. (Lamentations 1:14)
So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental teachings of the world. (Gal 4:3)However, Jesus Christ paid for the sins of the world on the Cross to set us free from bondage to sin so that we can become adults.
Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God. (Galatians 4:7)Bonds of a Slave or Criminal
The cord of Pisces attached to the Sea Monster also symbolizes the bonds of a slave or a criminal. Samson was bound in chains when he was captured.
Then the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes; and they brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze chains, and he was a grinder in the prison. (Judges 16:21)David mourned the death of Abner after he was wrongfully killed by Joab. Abner had not been bound like a prisoner.
2 Samuel 3:33-34After the fall of Jerusalem, King Zedekiah was blinded and bound in bronze chains and imprisoned in Babylon (Jer 52:11). Jesus Christ was arrested by Jewish authorities and bound (John 18:12; Matt 27:2). A demon possessed man was so strong that he broke the chains used to bind him before Jesus cast the demons out and healed him.
33 And the king chanted a lament for Abner and said, “Should Abner die as a fool dies? 34 “Your hands were not bound, nor your feet put in fetters; as one falls before the wicked, you have fallen.” And all the people wept again over him.
Mark 5:3-4Fallen angels who intermarried with women before the Flood are kept in eternal bonds awaiting their final judgment in the Lake of Fire.
3 and he had his dwelling among the tombs. And no one was able to bind him anymore, even with a chain; 4 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces, and no one was strong enough to subdue him.
And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day. (Jude 6)Bonds of Love and Peace
The cord of Pisces also symbolizes the bond of love (Hos 11:4), which includes peace and harmony.
And beyond all these things put on love, which is the uniting bond of completion. (Col 3:14)The bond of love unites believers, and the bond of peace harmonizes and brings rapport.
being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)Author: Larry Wood, http://www.Biblenews1.com