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Monday, June 15 2015
Song Of Solomon 5: The Colors Of Beryl
"The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl"
Beryl is a mineral that takes its name from its chemical composition beryllium aluminium cyclosilicate. While nearly clear in its purest form, "impurities" (some would prefer to call them enhancements) make it available in a number of varieties with a wide range of beautiful colors, including white, green, yellow, blue and red (see the photograph below).
"Beryl" is specified in a number of the Holy Scriptures, from ancient times to the yet-future.
"28:15 And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with cunning work; after the work of the ephod thou shalt make it; of gold, of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine twined linen, shalt thou make it. 28:16 Foursquare it shall be being doubled; a span shall be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof. 28:17 And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row. 28:18 And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. 28:19 And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst. 28:20 And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their inclosings. 28:21 And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet; every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes." (Exodus 28:15-21 KJV)
The cherubim seen by Ezekiel in Babylon (see Ezekiel: The Work Of The Watchman) had "wheels" (see The Whirling Wheels) that were "like unto the colour of a beryl" (i.e. the color of the variety of beryl that was commonly-known to the Israelites).
"1:14 And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning. 1:15 Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces. 1:16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel." (Ezekiel 1:14-16 KJV)
Beryl was one of the precious stones worn by the then-righteous angel before he became the first liberal, the first rebel and the first self-inflicted loser (and the spirit of all liberals, rebels and self-inflicted losers ever since; see also It's Getting Much Easier To Be A Winner) known thereafter as "Satan" (see What Is Satan's Real Name? and Which Way Is Right And Left?; also Iniquity In History And Prophecy)
"28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." (Ezekiel 28:13-15 KJV)
The angel Gabriel, who retained his own righteousness and wisdom, kept his genuine beauty, including the appearance of beryl, that Satan threw away, as seen by the prophet Daniel (Daniel 8:16, 9:21) i.e. "His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning" (see The Prophet Daniel: The Hiddekel Vision).
"10:4 And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel; 10:5 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: 10:6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.
Beryl will be one of the foundation stones of the New Jerusalem (see The Church: Mission Accomplished). Notice also that the only Biblical mention of the famous "pearly gates" is when they are on Earth.
"21:19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; 21:20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. 21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass." (Revelation 21:19-21 KJV)
Beryl is mentioned in the Song of Solomon, by the lady (see Why Is Song of Solomon In The Holy Bible?), in describing then-righteous Solomon: "His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl."
"5:1 I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.
Fact Finder: Although Satan has become hideously evil in behavior, has he remained beautiful in appearance?
This Day In History, June 15
763 BC: The Assyrians (see Jonah: Three Days And Three Nights and Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes) recorded a solar eclipse (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?) that was later used to determine the dates of other events in the history of ancient Mesopotamia i.e. Iraq (see also The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).
923: King Robert I of France was killed at the Battle of Soissons.
1184: King Magnus V of Norway was killed at the Battle of Fimreite.
1215: King John sealed the Magna Carta, the "Great Charter" of English liberties, at Runnymede, near Windsor. The Magna Carta was a key building block of constitutional law in the English-speaking world that many countries, even centuries later, used as the basis of their Constitution - while often ignoring or failing to credit the principles of the Magna Carta that they copied and claimed as their own.
1381: The Peasants Revolt ended in Britain with its leader Wat Tyler being beheaded in London.
1389: The Ottoman Empire defeated the Serbs and Bosnians at the Battle of Kosovo (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1467: Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, died; he founded the Burgundian state that rivalled France in the 15th century.
1520: Pope Leo X excommunicated Martin Luther for refusing the Pope as his leader. Luther nevertheless maintained almost all of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines, as do the "Protestant" churches of today (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Antichristians).
1567: Mary, Queen of Scots, was captured at the battle of Carberry Hill, near Edinburgh.
1744: British Admiral George Anson returned to England after circumnavigating the globe in an expedition that lasted nearly four years.
1846: The Oregon Boundary Treaty was signed by Queen Victoria and U.S. President James Polk. The treaty set the boundary between British North America and the breakaway colonies at the 49th parallel from the crest of the Rockies to the middle of the channel between Vancouver Island and the mainland.
1888: Crown Prince Wilhelm became Kaiser Wilhelm II, the last Emperor of the German Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire).
1898: A tidal wave killed 22,000 people in Japan.
1992: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it is "permissible" for the U.S. to "forcibly extradite" anyone from other countries without any regard for the sovereignty of those countries - while at the same time proclaiming it illegal for any other country to do the very same thing to anyone in the U.S. (see also The Real Supreme Court).
1994: Israel and The Vatican established full diplomatic ties.
2002: An asteroid missed the Earth by only 121,000 kilometers, about 1/3 the distance between the Earth and the Moon.