The Redeemed, Delivered
Do you remember that in Greek mythology, Cassiopeia was the mother of Andromeda and the wife of Cepheus, King of Ethiopia? She was a beautiful, but conceited, woman who bragged that she was more beautiful than the sea nymphs. Those sea nymphs became so angry that they demanded that Neptune, ruler of the sea, doll out some kind of retribution. He ordered that her lovely daughter, Andromeda, be chained to a rock on the sea coast where she could be eaten by the sea monster, Cetus.
It’s interesting that this particular sign has become especially perverted from its original meaning. In fact, this beautiful woman is symbolic of the Church — the Bride of Christ. She is the new, SAVED Andromeda. Remember that Andromeda was the Church of Jesus Christ enslaved by the bondage of the world. Then Aries (the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world) came and broke The Band (the sources of bondage — the world, the flesh, and the Devil) and allowed the woman to escape that slavery. She is now enthroned as the beautiful Bride of Christ “without spot or blemish” ready for the final Marriage Supper. Notice the names of the stars and their meanings. It’s quite simple to see that this woman has been freed — she is Andromeda glorified! She radiates the glory of her Husband, who alone gives her eternal and abundant life.
The Big Picture
Here is the picture of a beautiful woman, holding the robe in her right hand (see Blessing vs. Birthright page) that has been given to her by Cepheus when He returned for her. In her other hand is a branch. The significance of this branch could be several things. One might be the reference in John 15:4-5 to believers in Jesus Christ being “branches.” Those verses say, “Remain in me (Jesus), and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Clearly, this branch that Cassiopeia holds could be symbolic of our (the Church, the Bride) abiding in Christ.
Another significance to this branch might be connected to the branch we see Virgo holding. She is holding a branch very similar with four shoots. As we discussed on her page, those four shoots represent the executive offices of Jesus — the Branch of Man, the Branch of David, the Branch of My Servant, and the Branch of Jehovah. Each of those offices has a different administrative task. With Cassiopeia, we see a very similar branch which may represent our (the Church’s) authority in these areas as well, since we are co-heirs with Christ.
One final note about this beautiful picture of Cassiopeia. Notice that she is seated. She is in the presence of the DIVINE ROYAL family, and she is actually seated! This is a privilege without equal, an unspeakable honor given to those (us!) who do not deserve it. She is the Bride of Christ, the beauty of His Righteousness.
The Gospel Truth
This sign is the starry picture of the Bride of Christ, the Church. Notice that God Himself drew her with the dominant theme of beauty. We are the object of the admiration and rejoicing of Heaven! Not even the angels understand such a mystery! They have desired to look diligently into this great manifestation from the moment our Lord first condescended to enter into the human race as a baby in a manger in Bethlehem. We, who are the least of all and who deserve none of this great mercy, will be given the highest honor of all created things — union with Christ.
The Star Names
Pay careful attention to the meanings of the stars. They will always back up the message in the Gospel Truth above.
CASSIOPEIA (Gk) “the enthroned, the beautiful”; El Seder (Arb) “the freed”; Set (Egy) “as a queen”; Ruchba (Arb) “the enthroned”; Dat al Cursa (Chld) “enthroned”; Schedir (Hbr) “the freed”; Caph (Hbr) “the branch”
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