The ancient Israelites held deep significance to letters and names. What is rarely spoken of though, is the fact that the names given to various
people and towns have very deep archetypal truths associated with them. Just as Jesus was the manifestation of the archetypal Logos (Reason /
Intelligence), so too are the names throughout the Old Testament associated with particular psychological traits and circumstances. This is
exemplified by the fact that the names of the people involved in the lineage of Jesus, prophecy about the coming of Christ:
Name prophecy continued (link)
All throughout the Old Testament, people or places are named in association with what that town or person represents. For example, Egypt means
‘shut-in’, exemplifying the fact that this totalitarian government was squandering the development of the children of God. There is also Babel /
Babylon which means “Confusion”. Babylon was known as a luxurious civilization, and it was these luxuries that distracted many people from their
birthright. This is the meaning of the Babylonian captivity. The only Israelites immune from the Babylonian takeover were the poor people, and the
Rechahbites who were still living a lifestyle of camping according to Moses’ Law.
These archetypal names hold enduring meaning, which are later used symbolically by other Old and New Testament writers. Isaiah mentions Babylon often,
and it may be referring to the literal city of Babylon, but most importantly it refers to the enduring idea that an overly indulgent civilization runs
the risk of coming to a deluded state of consciousness. For this reason, Isaiah repeatedly begs his fellow Israelites to come out of the Babylonian
Go out from Babylon,
declare this with a shout of joy, proclaim it,
send it out to the end of the earth;
say, “The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob!”
So now we see this is not just applicable to the Babylonian exiles, but also the enduring archetype of an exodus out of a confused civilization. He is
also not just referring to Jacob the historical person, but more so the archetypal meaning of Jacob, which is “to follow” and “to supplant /
overcome”. Therefore we can now read the above Biblical verse as:
Leave the city of confusion and declare with a shout of joy, proclaim it, and go out to the whole world and say “The Lord has redeemed his servant
who follows Him and overcomes”
Jacob was given these names because he was the second born of twins, and therefore was called as a ‘follower’, and was called an ‘overcomer’
because he usurped his older brother’s birthright. Jacob and Esau should be viewed archetypically as one single soul. Esau is the fleshly part,
represented by his hairiness, while Jacob is the spiritual aspect which rises up and overcomes by following the inclinations of the Spirit stirring us
up from within.
Jacob was eventually renamed to Israel, which means “Wrestles with God / Triumphant with God”. This was Jacob’s transformative state, the second
birth alluded to by Jesus later on. Jacob was therefore triumphant with God because he contended with God, striving for that truth even when Esau’s
armies threatened his life. This is how the Old and New Testament writers portrait archetypal truths. It is important to note it is not just enduring
psychological and spiritual truths, but also physical occurrences that hold perpetual meaning. The Truth becoming flesh / the embodiment of Truth.
Take for example the place where Jacob wrestled with God. He named the place “Peniel” which means ‘I saw God’s face’. After striving with
God, Jacob came face to face with God. The enduring archetypal truth is exhibited most definitely with Peniel. ‘Peniel’ is pronounced the same as
“Pineal”. The Pineal gland is hypothesized to be the seat of the soul, and is the only singular non-dual structure in our nervous system. The
pineal gland is believed to be the place where we see / sense God. The fact that Jacob named the place where you see God as ‘Peniel’ (pronounced
‘Pineal’) demonstrates the validity of these enduring truths.
Jacob is then told not to take a wife from the nearby cities, but instead to go to Pan-aram to find his wife. Without knowing that each city / village
name holds deep meaning, we would lose the integral part of this command. ‘Pan-aram’ means “higher plane”. Therefore, to translate into
contemporary language, Jacob was commanded to go and find his wife in a higher plane. Surely enough, he comes to a well where he is greeted by his
eventual wife ‘Rachel’, which means ’ewe’. Ewe is a female sheep, and this is an indication that Jacob, who is now Israel, which means
triumphant with God, is now made to be a shepherd to a lost sheep of Israel.
This story is re-embodied later by Jesus shepherding in a lost Samaritan (agnostic) woman at the same well that Jacob shepherded Rachel. Just like
Rachel knew through intuition that Jacob/Israel was ‘of her kind’, so too did this lost Samaritan woman quickly realize that Jesus was her
Messiah. This is how these stories take deep archetypal effect, because they are embodied by Jesus the Logos and complete the foreshadowing from ages
ago. Again, this is what it means for the Word (Logos) to become incarnate, it is the embodiment of Truth. This is our destiny. Both of these mirrored
events take place by a well, which represents a spring or forthcoming of sustenance. Both Jacob and Jesus represent this spring of life, so much so
that Jesus claims the spring of Life he has within him endures eternally for those who partake in it.
These symbolic manifestations are not just applicable to times of old, but also in our every day life. If you take notice, you will realize many
manifestations that come to be in a symbolic way. An example I like to use best is the time I had lost my laptop for a couple days. My laptop
contained all of my creative work, and so it represented exactly that – my creativity. Eventually I found it buried underneath a pile of dirty
laundry. What this instance was telling me was that my creativity was being buried by my untidiness and lack of organization. Another instance was
when I was going to feed my cat some milk as a treat. The cat would start to drink the milk out of the bowl before I was finished pouring, causing me
to incidentally pour milk on his head. The message was not for the cat, but for me. I was being told to be patient and wait until the bowl is full
before I start to indulge, otherwise I will be left embarrassed with milk dumped on my head.
Jesus knew of these archetypal workings, and therefor would often say that certain things must happen for prophecy to be fulfilled. These unchanging
enduring archetypal truths is what makes the Bible a timeless codex on life for those who can read it with open arms. If you wish to study the Bible
like this, whenever you come across the name of a place or person, simply google “(the name of the place/person etymology” and it will give you
the proper meaning of that name. Then insert that meaning in place of the word to discover the enduring truth they are referring to. These instances
occur many, many times in the Bible. Prophecy is often fulfilled based on the meaning of names.