Daily Tidbits 1/24 – Draco

Hevelius, Firmamentum, 1690

The constellation Draco (which is the Latin word for dragon) is seen in the North pole surrounding Ursa Major and Ursa Minor which represent the two sheepfolds of the Good Shepherd.  As seen in the above picture, the foot of Hercules (who is a picture of Messiah) is located directly above the head of Draco.

Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He will bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.

In ancient times the North pole was likened unto a tree, the ‘tree of Summit.’  Depending upon the story this can be pointing to the Tree of Life or the tree of knowledge, both of which were in the midst of the Garden.  All of human history traces back to these two trees.  To the left in this picture is Cepheus which is a picture of the King on the throne.  Ursa Major is not seen in the picture but would be to the right hand side of the tail of the serpent show how the serpent infiltrates the flock of the Good Shepherd and keeps it divided.  This is the story of Scripture.  Christ Jesus comes to destroy the works of the devil which has divided mankind from their Creator and themselves (Ephesians 2:14; Romans 5:1).

Scripture refers to this constellation specifically in Job 26:13 & Isaiah 27:1 calling it the ‘crooked or piercing serpent.’

Job 26:13  By His Spirit the heavens were beautiful; His hand pierced the fleeing snake.
Isa 27:1  In that day Jehovah shall visit the sea monster, the darting serpent, with His great and fierce and strong sword; even on the sea monster, the twisting serpent; and He shall slay the monster that is in the sea.

The phrase ‘crooked or piercing serpent’ comes from the Hebrew נחשׁ בריח ‘nachash beriyach.’    בריח ‘beriyach’ literally means bars which a fugitive flees from.  This is the word used for the bars in the Tabernacle (Exodus 26:26-29).

Psalm 107:16 speaks of the LORD delivering man from these bars.  Psalm 107 has amazing imagery of the LORD delivering mankind from the hand of the enemy…Draco.

Psa 107:1  O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psa 107:2  Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

{Satan is the enemy of mankind, in Hebrew שטן ‘satan’ literally means enemy or the one who opposes.}

Psa 107:3  And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
Psa 107:4  They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.  {The wilderness is where dragons dwell Deuteronomy 8:15; Job 30:29; Psalm 44:19; Malachi 1:3}

Psa 107:5  Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.  {This is where satan tempts Matthew 4:2-4}
Psa 107:6  Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
Psa 107:7  And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
Psa 107:8  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Psa 107:9  For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
Psa 107:10  Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron {Hebrews 2:14};
Psa 107:11  Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:
Psa 107:12  Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.
Psa 107:13  Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
Psa 107:14  He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
Psa 107:15  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Psa 107:16  For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.
Psa 107:17  Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
Psa 107:18  Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.
Psa 107:19  Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.
Psa 107:20  He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Psa 107:21  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Psa 107:22  And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
Psa 107:23  They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;  {This is where the beast dwells Psalm 74:13; Ezekiel 32:2}
Psa 107:24  These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.
Psa 107:25  For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
Psa 107:26  They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
Psa 107:27  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.
Psa 107:28  Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
Psa 107:29  He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
Psa 107:30  Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
Psa 107:31  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Psa 107:32  Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
Psa 107:33  He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground;
Psa 107:34  A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.  {Isaiah 34:9}
Psa 107:35  He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings.  {Isaiah 35:7}
Psa 107:36  And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation;  {Hebrews 11:10, 16}
Psa 107:37  And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.
Psa 107:38  He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.
Psa 107:39  Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.
Psa 107:40  He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.
Psa 107:41  Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.  {Psalm 113:7-8; Luke 1:50-55}
Psa 107:42  The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth {Psalm 63:10-11}.
Psa 107:43  Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.

The war between good and evil is displayed in this constellation.
Rev 12:1  And a great sign was seen in the heavens, a woman having been clothed with the sun, and the moon was underneath her feet; and on her head a crown of twelve stars;
Rev 12:2  and having a babe in womb. She cries, being in labor, and having been distressed to bear.
Rev 12:3  And another sign was seen in the heavens. And, behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns! And on his heads were seven diadems,
Rev 12:4  and his tail drew the third part of the stars of the heaven, and he throws them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman being about to bear, so that when she bears he might devour her child.
Rev 12:5  And she bore a son, a male, who is going to shepherd all the nations with an iron staff. And her child was caught away to God, and to His throne.
Rev 12:6  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place, it having been prepared from God, that there they might nourish her a thousand two hundred and sixty days.
Rev 12:7  And war occurred in Heaven, Michael and his angels making war against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels made war,
Rev 12:8  but they did not have strength, nor yet was place found for them in Heaven.
Rev 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, the old serpent being called devil, and, Satan; he deceiving the whole habitable world was cast out onto the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Rev 12:10  And I heard a great voice saying in Heaven, Now has come the salvation and power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ, because the accuser of our brothers is thrown down, the one accusing them before our God day and night.
Rev 12:11  And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the Word of their testimony. And they did not love their soul even until death.

Psalm 87 links to Revelation 12 where the battle between the two seeds is seen.

Psa 87:4  I will mention Rahab {Rahab is linked with the dragon Job 26:12-13; Isaiah 51:9} and Babylon to those who know me; behold, Philistia and Tyre with Ethiopia; this man was born there.

Psa 87:5  And it shall be said to Zion, This man and that man was born in her; and the Highest Himself shall establish her.
Psa 87:6  In recording the peoples Jehovah shall mark down, This man was born there. Selah.

Here we see Rahab and the heathen nations vs. Zion.  Earthly vs. Heavenly.  The tree of knowledge vs. the Tree of Life.  The mark of the beast vs. the Mark of God.

Psa 74:12  For God is my King of old, who works salvation {ישועה ‘yeshuah’ – source of the name Jesus} in the midst of the land.
Psa 74:13  You broke the sea by Your strength; You burst the heads of sea-monsters in the waters.
Psa 74:14  You cracked open the heads of leviathan; You gave him to be food for the people of the wilderness.
Psa 74:15  You divided the fountain and the torrent; You dried up mighty rivers.

The word for cracked in verse 14 is רצץ ‘ratsats’ which literally means to crush.

Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He will bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.

Interestingly, the origin of the Latin word ‘draco’ comes from the Greek word ‘drakon’ meaning to be trodden upon.  ‘drakon’ traces back to the Hebrew word דרך ‘derekh’ which means a way or path, something that is trodden upon.

Gen 49:17  Let Dan be a serpent on the way, a horned snake on the path that bites the horses’ heels, and its rider falls backward.
Gen 49:18  I have waited for your salvation, O Jehovah.

In the Egyptian zodiac at Denderah the serpent is under the feet of Sagittarius (the archer – Psalm 7:12-13; 64:7) and is named ‘Her-fent’ which means the ‘serpent accursed.’

The brightest star in the constellation of Draco is ‘Thuban’ which means the subtle.  The next star is in the head of Draco and is called ‘Rastaban’ which means ‘head of the subtle one.’  In Arabic this star is called ‘Al Waid’ which means the one ‘who is to be destroyed.’  Another star in the head is called ‘ Ethanin’ which means a ‘long serpent’ or ‘dragon.’  Other stars in the constellation are ‘Giansar’ meaning the ‘punished enemy,’ ‘Athik’ meaning the ‘fraudful’ and ‘El Asieh’ meaning ‘the bowed down.’

Psa 89:5  And the heavens shall thank Your wonders, O Jehovah; also Your faithfulness in the assembly of the saints.
Psa 89:6  For who in the sky shall be ranked with Jehovah, who among the sons of the mighty is like Jehovah?
Psa 89:7  God is greatly to be feared in the congregation of the saints, and to be adored by all around Him.
Psa 89:8  O Jehovah God of Hosts, who is a strong Jehovah like You? And Your faithfulness is all around You.
Psa 89:9  You rule the pride of the sea; when its waves rise high, You still them.
Psa 89:10  You have broken Rahab in pieces, as one slain; You have scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm.
Psa 89:11  The heavens are Yours, and the earth is Yours; the world and its fullness, You founded them.
Psa 89:12  You have created the north and the south; Tabor and Hermon rejoice in Your name.
Psa 89:13  You have a mighty arm; Your hand is strong, Your right hand is high.
Psa 89:14  Justice and righteousness are Your throne’s foundation; mercy and truth go before Your face.
Psa 89:15  Blessed is the people knowing the joyful sound; O Jehovah, they shall walk in the light of Your face.
Psa 89:16  They shall rejoice in Your name always; and they are exalted in Your righteousness.

Isa 51:9  Awake! Awake! Arm of Jehovah, put on strength. Awake, as in days of old, everlasting generations. Was it not You cutting in pieces Rahab, and piercing the sea monster?
Isa 51:10  Was it not You drying up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who set the depths of the sea a way for the redeemed to pass?
Isa 51:11  Yea, the ransomed of Jehovah shall return and come to Zion with singing, and everlasting joy shall be on their head; gladness and joy shall overtake them; sorrow and sighing shall flee.
Job 9:13  God will not withdraw His anger; the helpers of pride (רהב ‘rahab’) stoop under Him.

Job 26:12  With His power He quiets the sea (ים ‘yam’), and by His understanding He shatters pride (רהב ‘rahab’).

BDB Definition:
1) pride, blusterer
1a) storm, arrogance (but only as names)
1a1) mythical sea monster
1a2) emblematic name of Egypt
Part of Speech: noun masculine
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: from H7292, bluster(-er)

Keil & Delitzsch commentary
. רַהַב, which here also is translated by the lxx τὸ κῆτος, has been discussed already on Job_9:13. It is not meant of the turbulence of the sea, to which מָחַץ is not appropriate, but of a sea monster, which, like the crocodile and the dragon, are become an emblem of Pharaoh and his power, as Isa_51:9.

Without doubt, רהב denotes a demoniacal monster, like the demons that shall be destroyed at the end of the world, one of which is called by the Persians akomano, evil thought, another taromaiti, pride. This view is supported by Job_26:13, where one is not at liberty to determine the meaning by Isa_51:9, and to understand נָחָשׁ בָּרִחַ, like תַּנִּין in that passage, of Egypt.





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