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29“Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
30“I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, Blood, fire and columns of smoke.
31“The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood Before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.
32“And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the LORD Will be delivered; For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem There will be those who escape, As the LORD has said, Even among the survivors whom the LORD calls.
originally posted by: ElectricUniverse
BTW, the cross as depicted in the sword seems to be the one used by Templars in Portugal.
The Knights Templar organization, already well established in Portugal, upon persecution by King Philip IV of France simply changed their name from Knights Templar to Knights of Christ. One of the larger Templar holdings in Portugal is the Convent of Christ in Castle Tomar. Built in 1160 as a stronghold for the Knights Templar, it became the headquarters of the renamed Order of Christ (Portugal), often called or referred to as "the Order". One of the lesser known facts about the Knights Templar is that they had a small fleet of ocean going Ships [18 known], mainly used for cargo, transport, and high speed messaging that saw service from the Mediterranean to France and England. They also had inland river boats. At one point, the Templars owned the island of Cyprus.
Under the modern city lies the Roman city of Sellium. After the conquest of the region from the Moors in the Portuguese Reconquista, the land was granted in 1159 as a fief to the Order of the Knights Templar. Its Grand Master in Portugal, and Tomar's somewhat mythical founder, Gualdim Pais, laid in 1160 the first stone of the Castle and Monastery that would become the headquarters of the Order in Portugal. Local traditional legends preach that the choice was for mystical reasons and by divine inspiration, from practices like geomancy by the Grand Master, based on exercises taken from luck and predestination. Reinforcing this magical view is the fact that the lot was part of a small chain of seven elevations (lugar dos sete montes), which became known as the city of seven hills, as the seven hills of Jerusalem, the seven hills of Rome or the seven columns of Constantinople. The foral or feudal contract was granted in 1162 by the Grand Master to the people. The Templars ruled from Tomar a vast region of central Portugal which they pledged to defend from Moorish attacks and raids. Like many lords of the unpopulated former frontier region of central Portugal, the villagers were given relatively liberal conditions in comparison with those of the northern regions of Portugal, in order to attract new immigrants. Those inhabitants who could sustain a horse were obliged to pay military service in return for privileges. They were not allowed the title of Knight which was reserved to the monks. Women were also admitted to the Order, although they didn't fight.
four cycles of the sun : summer cycle, fall cycle, winter cycle, and spring cycle to explain the symbolism connected to the Christ myth. "Throughout the Bible, Jesus (the sun) is always traveling. While in its glory the Sun (Jesus) brings truth and light to the world." Jabbar selects ten events from the gospel of Jesus Christ and uses astronomical analogy to explain the Christ myth that evolved from them. One example is the depiction of Christ entering Jerusalem riding upon a colt and an ass.
The astronomical analogy states : Jerusalem is the summer solstice, the apex, the highest point in the sun's travels. Ever since the sun crossed the vernal equinox, its focus has been on Jerusalem. The Christ entering Jerusalem riding upon two asses refers to two prominent stars which the sun rides (crosses) within the constellation of Cancer (the sign of the summer solstice). The stars are: Asellus Borealis (Northern Ass) and Asellus Australis (Southern Ass) First we need to determine the time of the year when Jesus is supposed to have entered into the Holy City and most know it was in the Spring at the Passover season. Jerusalem is the Summer Solstice, the Apex, the highest point of the Sun's (Father's) travels. Let us remember that the Sun (Father) crossed the Vernal Equinox (tracking upward from the Southern Hemisphere and cross the equator northward on its way toward Spring and the Vernal/Spring Equinox). The Gospels instruct us that Jesus (personified as the Sun) enters Jerusalem riding upon two asses. This refers, as mentioned above, to two prominent stars which the Sun rides (crosses) within the constellation of Cancer (the sign of the summer solstice) on it way to the Summer Solstice (again symbolized in Ancient mythology as Jerusalem). The mythos required the riding of "two asses" or these "two stars". The stars are Asellus Borealis (Northern Ass) and Asellus Australis (Southern Ass) are the two asses in the "Jesus Story".