a reply to: Utnapisjtim
Now, you won't get used to this, but I am actually gonna refer to Acts in this post, chapter 6, since it has a rather mysterious reference to seven
apostles being elected to manage the Treasury or τράπεζα "Trapeza" -- the Bank. Now, for some reason the translators of Acts has translated
Trapeza to mean "table" as in "dinner table", but as the author of Acts writes in Luke 19:23 (same guy), trapeza can also mean bank. The same
connection between table and treasury, is evident in It. Banca "Bench" the word that became Eng. Bank (via Fr. Banque) to mean 'financial
institution'. The apostles weren't waiters, they were running what has become one of the wealthiest organisations in the world. The Church.
"[…]Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this
duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word." And what they said pleased the whole gathering [ESV]
The apostles appointed seven highly reputed men amongst them and appointed them treasurers and set them "before" the apostles i.e. gave them authority
over and above the apostles in running the churches:
and they chose Stephen ("Crown"), a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip ("Loves Horses"), and Prochorus ("Lead Dancer"), and
Nicanor ("Conquerer"), and Timon ("Honour"), and Parmenas ("Endurance"), and Nicolaus ("Conquerer of Laodikeia"), a proselyte of Antioch. These they
set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them. [ESV]
Now is it just me or does the meaning of the names of these guys seem somewhat similar to the seven different themes in the letters to the angels of
Ephesos (Moon - Gabriel): Parmenas, common theme: "Endurance"
Smyrna (Sun - Michael): Stephen, common theme: "Crown"
Pergamon (Jupiter): Prochorus, common theme: "Administer"
Tyatira (Venus): Nicanor, common theme: "Conquer"
Sardes (Mercury): Timon, common theme: "Honour"
Philadelphia (Saturn): Philip, common theme: "Love"
Laodikea (Mars): Nicolaus, common theme: "Kingship"
The way I understand this, is that if these seven "treasurers" or "deacons" are the seven angels of the seven churches in Revelation 2 & 3, Jesus
wasn't the only son of God to walk upon the Earth nearly two thousand years ago. And it fits. Michael throws the Dragon down from heaven, Stephen
dismissed the constellation Draco when he described the Northern Sky, and called it the Father (if you over-expose a photo of Draco revealing the
fainter stars, you see, not a serpent, but the contours of a king seated on a throne), and at his right stands the Son of Man (the Big Dipper). The
angel who witnessed thus, was stoned by a pack of accusing Jews lead by Saul Paulus. So when Jesus reveals Stephen as Michael and the angel of Smyrna,
he also reveals Satan - The Blind Dragon - as Saul Paulus. So what's new?
edit on 19-10-2014 by Utnapisjtim because: formatting + typo +