Shadows of Messiah – Spring Triangle

Shadows of Messiah - Spring Triangle


The Spring Triangle is a sign in heaven which declares Spring.  The triangles connects Arcturus, Spica and Denebola.  Arcturus is a picture of the Shepherd, in the constellation of Bootes which speaks of the one who cometh with a sickle and sword.  Spica is the BRANCH in the constellation of Virgo the virgin.  Denebola means the judge/deliverer or tail of the lion in the constellation of Leo, the wrath of the King.


Aviv (‘Spring’) in heaven

The word ‘Aviv‘ is translated as ‘ear’ in two verses of the Scripture (Exodus 9:31; Leviticus 2:14). This word in English comes from the Old English ‘ear’ which means a ‘spike, ear of grain.’ It traces back to Greek word ‘akoste’ which means barley.

There is another interesting connection between Aviv on earth and Aviv in heaven in the star Spica. Spica is a Latin word which means ‘ear of grain’ and corresponds to the Greek word stakhys. This is the origin of the English word ‘spike’ which is related to the English word ‘ear’ mentioned above.

Spica is the star in the hand of the constellation Bethulah (Virgo) and corresponds to the Hebrew word צמח ‘tsemach’ (the BRANCH Isaiah 4:2; Jeremiah 23:5,6; Zechariah 3:8; 6:12). צמח ‘tsemach’ has the meaning of a sprouting plant.


The Messiah is likened to a plant rising from the ground


Isa 11:1 And a Shoot goes out from the stump of Jesse, and a Branch will bear fruit out of his roots.

Isa 11:10 And it shall be in that day, the Root of Jesse stands as a banner of peoples; nations shall seek to Him; and His resting place shall be glory.

Isa 53:1 Who has believed our report? And to whom is the arm of Jehovah revealed?

Isa 53:2 For He comes up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form nor magnificence that we should see Him; nor form that we should desire Him.

Zec 6:12 And speak to him, saying, So says Jehovah of Hosts, saying, Behold! The Man {Joshua – Hebrew form of the name Jesus} whose name is THE BRANCH! And He shall spring up out of His place, and He shall build the temple of Jehovah.


This BRANCH is capitalized in most English versions of the Scriptures because it is a direct reference to the Messiah. The word used here is צמח ‘tsemach’ and is used 5 times in reference to the Messiah in Scripture.


Isa 4:2 In that day the Branch of Jehovah will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth for pride and for glory for the survivors of Israel.

Jer 23:5 Behold, the days come, says Jehovah, that I will raise to David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and act wisely, and He shall do justice and righteousness in the earth.

Jer 23:6 In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely. And this is His name by which He shall be called, Jehovah our Righteousness.

Jer 33:15 In those days, and at that time, I will cause a Branch of Righteousness to grow up to David. And He shall do judgment and righteousness in the land.

Jer 33:16 In those days Judah shall be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell in safety. And this is the name that shall be called on her: JEHOVAH OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Zec 3:9 For, behold, I will bring forth My Servant, the BRANCH. For behold, the stone which I have given before Joshua, on the one stone are seven eyes. I will engrave its engraving, says Jehovah of Hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.


The New Testament further links the BRANCH (צמח ‘tsemach’) to the heavenly bodies.

Luk 1:78 through the tender heart of mercy of our God, in which the Dayspring from on high will visit us,


Robertson’s Word Pictures


The dayspring from on high (anatolē ex hupsous). Literally, rising from on high, like the rising sun or stars (Isa_60:19). The word is used also of a sprouting plant or branch (Jer_23:5; Zec_6:12)


Notice that Spica is in line with Arcturus. Arcturus is mentioned above in Job 38 (עיש ‘ayish’).


Bright star Arcturus is a harbinger of spring


“Arcturus’ appearance in the evening sky is a welcome sign in our northern climes, because it heralds the coming of the spring equinox, or first day of spring….Arcturus, like any star, rises 4 minutes earlier every day. Soon, the earlier-rising Arcturus will first beam at dusk, instead of nightfall or evening. Around the time that happens, spring will return to our northern hemisphere!”


Arcturus is the brightest star in the constellation Boötes which is speaking of the Shepherd with with a spear and sickle (Revelation 14:15-16) whose name means ‘the Coming One.’


In Job 9:9, Arcturus is linked to the constellation of Ursa Major, the bear.  The Greek word for bear is ἄρκτος ‘arktos’ which comes from the root ἀρκέω ‘arkeō’ which means to possess unfailing strength and to defend or ward off an enemy.  This is is the job of the Shepherd, who defends His sheep.


The bear is another connection to Spring as the bear is an animal that hibernates during winter and ‘resurrects’ during the Spring. The English word ‘hibernate’ comes from חרף ‘charaf’ which means winter, the time of darkness and death and a picture of the piercing of Messiah as well as the betrothal of the bride.  Hibernation is a time where animals go into their dens for 3 months and sleep until spring.  A picture of Messiah in the earth for 3 days and 3 nights where He resurrects during the Spring season and His people.


Hos 6:1  Come and let us return to Jehovah. For He has torn, and He will heal us. He has stricken, and He will bind us up.

Hos 6:2  After two days He will bring us to life. In the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live before Him.


The Greek word ἄρκτος ‘arktos’ is used to translate four words in the Septuagint.


The first is הן ‘hon’ which means to look at or behold a thing.  Amazingly, this is a picture of looking up towards the North star which is where Ursa Minor (the little bear) resides.  Ancient man, especially shepherds would look toward the north start as a guide for direction when they journeyed.

The second word translated from ἄρκτος ‘arktos’ is כול ‘kul’ which means to sustain, nourish and guide.  This again, is pointing to the Shepherd.

The third word translated from ἄρκτος ‘arktos’ is מצא ‘matsa’ which means to find.

Eze 34:11  For so says the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep, and seek them out.
Eze 34:12  As a shepherd seeks his flock in the day that he is among his scattered sheep, so I will seek out My sheep and will deliver them from all the places where they were scattered in a day of cloud, and thick cloud.

The fourth word translated from is ἄρκτος  is רע ‘ra’ which is the Hebrew word for a shepherd.  The Hebrew word for bear is דוב ‘dov’ which literally is a picture of the father who sits at the door of the tent.  The door of the tent was the place of relaxation for the father. Here he would watch his family, livestock and the road for approaching visitors (Genesis 18:1).  The root of דוב ‘dov’ is דב which means to rest, to be quiet as in the father sitting at the door of the tent.  This word is also related to mourning and sorrow as a time of quietness.


The shepherd would sit at the door of the tent where he could watch his family and livestock.  If there was danger He would arise.  In the Scriptures, when God arises, all the earth is silent before Him (Revelation 8:1; Habakkuk 2:20; Zechariah 2:13; Zephaniah 1:7-18; Psalm 76:8-12).


Another Arcturus link


Job 39:1 Do you know the time when the wild goats of the rock bear? Do you observe the calving of deer?

Job 39:2 Can you tell the months they fulfill; or do you know the time for their bearing

John Gill commentary


Job 39:2 Canst thou number the months that they fulfil?…. Which some understand both of wild goats and hinds. Common goats fulfil five months, they conceive in November, and bring forth in March, as Pliny (f) observes; but how many the wild goats of the rock fulfil is not said by him or any other I know of: the same writer says (g) of hinds, that they go eight months;

or knowest thou the time when they bring forth? naturalists (h) tell us, that the hinds conceive after the rise of the star Arcturus, which rises eleven days before the autumnal equinox; so that they conceive in September; and as they go eight months, they bring forth in April; but then the exact time to a day and hour is not known. Besides, who has fixed the time for their bringing forth, and carries them in it through so many dangers and difficulties? None but the Lord himself. Now if such common things in nature were not known perfectly by Job, how should he be able to search into and find out the causes and reasons of God’s providential dealings with men, or what is in the womb of Providence?

(f) Nat. Hist. l. 8. c. 50. (g) Ib. c. 32. (h) Ib. & l. 2. c. 47. Aristot. Hist. Animal. l. 6. c. 29. Solinus, c. 31.



Denebola depicts the ‘Judge who comes with haste.’  It is tail of the Lion in the constellation Leo which displays the King of Kings.  When does the Judge come?  At the Resurrection.


Psa 50:4  He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge {דּין ‘diyn’} his people.

Psa 50:5  Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.

Psa 50:6  And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.


The Hebrew word for judge is דן ‘dan’ which literally means the “door of life”.  In ancient Hebrew, the concept of a judge was one who restores life or a deliverer.


Denebola gets its name from the Arabic phrase ذنب الاسد ‘danab al-asad’ which means “tail of the lion”.  The English word tail comes from the Hebrew word תל ‘tal’ which is linked to the tassels on the corners of the garments of believers.  The word טלית ‘taliyt,’ the garment with four corners for ציצת ‘tsitsit,’ is linked to the same Hebrew root.


Scripture links the four corners of the garment with the coming of the Lord.


Mal 4:1  For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
Mal 4:2  But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.


Further connecting Denebola to the ציצת ‘tsitsit’ is the color blue.  ציצת ‘tsitsit’ were to contain a ‘ribband of blue’ (Numbers 15:38) and Denebola is a blue star.  The word ribband in Numbers 15:38 is פתל ‘patal’ which comes from the root תל ‘tal,’ which is also the source of the English word tail.


Isa 11:12  And He shall lift up a banner for the nations, and shall gather the outcasts of Israel, and gather those dispersed from Judah, from the four wings of the earth.


It is on the four wings that the ציצת ‘tsitsit’ hang (Numbers 15:38).


The Torah commanded that the ציצית ‘tsitsit’ were to be on the four corners of the garment:


Deu 22:12  Thou shalt make thee fringes upon the four quarters of thy vesture, wherewith thou coverest thyself.

What is interesting is that the Hebrew word for corners, (כנפות ‘kanafot’), is the same Hebrew word translated as wings in:


Exo 19:4  Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.

Exo 19:5  Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

Exo 19:6  And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

ציצית ‘tsitsit’  are a part of the garments of His kingdom of priests.


1Pe 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

ציצית ‘tsitsit’ were a part of the garments of the King.


Mal 4:2  But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

Grabbing the ציצית ‘tsitsit’ of Messiah’s garment completes us/perfects us.  The four corners of the earth/four corners of His garment…



The above word is spelled exactly the same as תכלת ‘tekhelet’/ציצית ‘tsitsit’ with the addition of a י ‘yod.’  The letter י ‘yod’ represents the hand, so it can be seen that the hand grabbing the ציצית ‘tsitsit’ of His garment brings perfection/completion.  This connects again to the cross.  On the cross, the last words of Messiah were ‘it is finished’ {כלה ‘kalah’}.


Joh 19:30  ויקח ישוע את־החמץ ויאמר כלה ויט את־ראשו ותצא רוחו׃


In Hebrew, the word for finished/complete is also the same as the word for bride, כלה ‘kalah.’  Where does the bride dwell?  Under the shadow of the wings of her husband (Ruth 3:9).


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