THE RADIATING STAR


(STAR OF DAVID)

INTRODUCTION

The blinding glare of the sun in the bleached cloudless sky heralds the day and its colours deepen and intensify in the kaleidoscopic variations as the sun begins to descend toward the West. It cuts down through the horizontal layers of rocks that parallel the contour of the silhouetted landscape. The trees thin out and diminish in sizes to shrubby dwarfs just below the bald rocky summit. The entire scenario paints a picture of silence and solitude as total darkness engulfs the expanse of heavenly space, distorting the usual shapes of physical objects and disguising their somber and insipid colours.

The darkness which envelopes the entire environment seems to reveal small negligible lights which to the eye, are more visible than their illumination. Those tiny sparks of light that hover around the cosmos are called stars. Among those scattered tiny lights that hit the horizon, there is one that shines more than the others, radiating the known seven colours that portray the essence of it’s being.

“There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differeth from another star in glory”

  • 1st Corinthians 15 :41 (KJV)

There are many types of stars – the four point star, five point star, six point star, seven point star, eight point star, nine point star, ten point star, eleven point star, twelve point star.

THE FOUR POINT STAR

This star in known as the natal star and it looks like a cross in shape.

THE FIVE POINT STAR – PENTAGRAM

This particular star is shaped like a human being, which is known to represent the incarnation of Jesus and is regarded as the star of Bethlehem. This is the star that guided the wise men to find the baby Jesus.

The scriptures reveal thus:-

“Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and are come to worship him”.

  • Matthew 2:2 (KJV)

This star symbolizes the epiphany, the revelation of God to Human kind and taking the good news of revelation to the Gentiles. Astrologers of old argued that the star, which by biblical history heralded the birth of Jesus, was an astronomical conjunction of planets and stars but Dr. Ray Bohlin looked at the allegation from different angle and he wrote “It might have been the Shekinah Glory, a physical manifestation of God’s presence on earth”. This star is also often regarded as a symbol of truth and hope. It represents the struggle against darkness.

THE SIX POINT STAR – HEXAGRAM

This is known as the “creator star”. It is known in Hebrew as the Seal of Solomon, Shield of David or Magen David. This is also regarded as six attributes of God – power, wisdom, majesty, love, mercy and justice. We can also call it the Star of David and generally recognized as the symbol of modern Israel or what one may call modern Jewish identity and Judaism. it is an interlaced triangle.

THE SEVEN POINT STAR – HEPTAGRAM

This star represents the seven gifts of the spirit – wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, fear of Lord and delight in the Lord.

“And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord” Isaiah 11:2(KJV)

THE EIGHT POINT STAR – OCTAGRAM

This star represents regeneration – Jesus was circumcised and given His name when he was eight days old according to Jewish custom.

“And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb”

Luke 2:21(KJV)

THE NINE POINT STAR- ENNEAGRAM

This symbolizes the nine fruits of the spirit listed in the Epistle to the Galatians.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance, against such there is no law” Galatians 5:22-23(KJV)

THE TEN POINT STAR – PENTAGRAM

The ten point star represents the apostles of Jesus Christ, each of the points pointing to one apostle, excluding Judas who betrayed Jesus and Peter who denied Him.

THE ELEVEN POINT STAR – HENDECAGRAM

It can represent the idea of primordial unity related to something existing in or persisting from the beginning with such force of qualities it cannot be extinguished.

THE TWELVE POINT STAR – DODECAGRAM

This star may be used to represent the twelve tribes of Israel.

Now we have gone through the various qualities of stars and their significance, so we have to move to a pertinent question which we need an answer.

WHO IS THE STAR OF THIS GENERATION?

He is a ‘Star’ of infinite value spreading brilliance of infinite dimension, the regulating One of the formative world. King of kings and Lord of lords. Mighty One of multitudes, the glittering Star of this generation and One Who has all the qualities of the combination of all the STARS. A special Gem that is now bodily with us and all His messages are to direct those who actually believe in Him as the sent One to lead us to paradise. This Star is no other personality than Apostle Peter Odoemena, the very Son of Man. (May Your Holy Name be adored).

Hear Him –

“I am the Eternity, The Infinity, The perfect Justice. The infallible Rectitude, The Immutable Love, The Creator, Governor, The Supreme Judge. Believe it if you can”

This statement of His was called from the message : The covenant God, PG. 3

His birth was not greeted by Arabs in flowing robes or Africans who sounded gleaming trumpet and drums, dancers from neighbouring communities or of a regal splendor but because the prophecies heralding His coming into this world illustrate the mode of His emergence. The child came and has a harmonious union with the cosmic forces that pervade heaven and earth.

The forerunner Prophet William Branham said this

“There is a little sheep out there somewhere and he will not be satisfied until that came in the fold. By the help of God, and by a vision, and thus saith the Lord, I am returning across the sea. THAT LAST LITTLE SHEEP MAY BE A BLACK ONE, down there, for all I know ….where they don’t even think they have a soul, but God knows different”.

This prophecy was made in the message titled “the Easter seal, page 40, preached on the 4th October 1965 at Phoenix, Arizona USA.

He went further in the message to describe His height, weight and character.

He said

“A black man with average height, average weight, full of compassion very calm and humble”.

Prophet William Branham in another message titled “The spoken word is the original seed “. Page 20 , paragraph 1.

He said

“My mission I believe to the earth is what? Is to forerun the coming word (see) the coming word which is Christ and Christ in him has the millennium and has everything right there because He is the word” (see?)

He has introduced the God man as he was destined and his ministry has come to an end. In another message, he also made it clear that a man will appear who will wind up all things and not a group. Hear Him

“There will arise a messenger at the end of the Pentecostal age and wind up the thing. It will be a MAN. It’s always been and God cannot change His programme He’s the eternal God”

And the Son of Man, Apostle Peter Odoemena collaborated the prophecy of Prophet William Branham when He said in His message tilted “God has counted me worthy putting me in this ministry” page 64:66,

“Thus, as a sacred trust I collected from God and not from man, I am duty bound to carry you safely to the end “I HAVE SENT YOU TO GO AND BRING MY PEOPLE HOME”

In another of His message, Son of Man said

“I am the fountain of the living water. Whoever shall come to me and drink, shall never go thirst, but have everlasting life. Believe if you can”

(Danger of over pampering children p 3.)

Who can authoritatively make such bold statements? Who can confidently say all He has been saying? Who is as courageous as this man to make such utterances and remains unchallenged? He is no ordinary being. He is bundle of truth and His mission is not fake and evidences abound which can put the seeking mind at rest. His claims have been vindicated by the Pillar of Cloud which no one, even Satan, can impersonate! No magical, mystical or occult manipulation can make that happen. It is only God that moves in the cloud. Deuteronomy chapter 31 verse 15 (KJV) says:

“And the Lord appear in the tabernacle in the pillar of cloud: and the pillar of cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle”

All these references are to clear doubts and put everything in perspective so that the reader or hearer will know that He, the Son of Man is not making a false claim. Truth resisted builds hardness of heart. A wise saying tells us that “if we are not in compliance with God, we in defiance of HIM”

The promises made under the new covenant are given to those who hear and believe, those who do and keep it. No true member of God’s holy nation hold dual citizenship, either you are with God’s family or you sojourn with Satan’s family, period! There is no standing on the fence, either you believe or you don’t believe. Our problems remain that human knowledge is often the adversary of Godly wisdom. When we accept the truth, our existence will never be the same again. An unknown author wrote:

“Truth is a virgin often assaulted by the vain of indulgent, prideful and arrogant “

No proud, arrogant or haughty fellow can accept this truth. This fire that is burning the world will not allow him to see the light, that illuminating light that will bring peace, love, health and happiness to his heart. How can he? The blazing fire (word of God) cannot allow his blinded vision (religion) to perceive that radiating Divine light. As Woody Haldrugold stated “how can you bring more light to the ephemerals who are plunged into the fire, because they have already had the light of fire then” As John Rohn said “your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change” As Aristotle added “with the truth, all given facts harmonize; but with what is false, the truth soon hits a wrong note.” Looking at the humility and simplicity surrounding this God of our age, no human being can accept what He is preaching or saying, but by divine help and grace, we are called to Him. It is a known fact that before God can work through you, He must work in you. The words and assurance from the mouth of the Son of Man energize us, strengthen us and make us believe the unbelievable because

“Truth isn’t always what we’d like it to be”

“ The highest ground upon which one may stand is holy ground. This place is so high, that one could climb all their life and never reach it; you must be taken there on the wings of the spirit”

This is truth because the wings of the spirit are the word of God because the scripture says that Jesus told his followers that the words I speak to you are “spirit and life”. There is no other place one can hear the truth in this generation except in the Bride of Christ where God is ministering to His children bodily. We have no other identity than the identity God has conferred on us “Those who seek their identity are of the world. God’s children have found their identity in Christ and seek no other” By an unknown author

We, by His grace, are drinking from the endless fountain of knowledge and our thirst for knowledge, wisdom had been quenched. What a glorious peace we are experiencing for our God has manifested His personality to us in different forms and shapes as an assurance that He that is standing before us is truly who He is. Due to our mindset, harmony is achieved and the magnifying beauty of God energizes us. We don’t waste our time pursuing worldly righteousness because God’s righteousness is quite different from worldly righteousness, church righteousness and self- righteousness.

A writer agreed with this view by saying:

“Don’t waste your life pursuing righteousness; serve Christ and righteousness will follow you.”

CONCLUSION

“Obedience grudgingly given from a rebellious heart is not obedience at all but mechanically rendered legalism”. We have to obey what our Preacher, God and Leader tells us because without obedience, we cannot realize fully the beauty of His message. We can’t even achieve any of those things on our own. We always need His divine Help as Theodore Roosevelt says “keep your eyes on the star and your feet on the ground”

Our star remains our Guide and Director, One who controls the entire universe. The problems we are passing through are experiences of life common to all but as Larry Gray puts it:

“The important thing is not to be bitter over life’s disappointments. Learn to let go of the past, and recognize that every day won’t be sunny. And when you find yourself lost in the darkness of despair, remember, it’s only in the black of night that you can see the stars, and those stars lead you back home”.

We will continue to be grateful for His mercies, love, protection and kindness. May we always yield ourselves to His divine authority, displayed by the bright yellow banner of our obedience.

Stephanie Meyer said “I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the star” and to remain steadfast, we must beware of the religious syncretism i.e (the mingling and fusion of various religious mythologies). Robert Greene added “everyone feels an inner lack but idol worshippers have a bigger emptiness than most people”

This Light that is shining now, the glorious Star, through Thy radiating fingers of rays, continue illuminating us. Sir, hold us firmly by the surpassing brilliance of Thy word and more so, continue to encourage us to recognize Thy absolute reality.

EPILOGUE

Oh! Thou supernatural entity,

The star of all stars,

The master and creator of every living being,

The great warrior and conqueror of the powerful,

Thou art the King of kings and Lord of lords, You are the Living Light that directs the weak,

And

The voiceless, their mouths you have opened.

Through thy hands, the drowning are brought back to the shore,

Through your mouth, the unlearned become learned,

Via your immutable voice, the impossibility becomes possible.

WHO IS THAT MAN THAT CAN STAND BEFORE YOU?

WHO IS THAT MAN THAT CANNOT FEAR YOU?

WHO IS THAT MAN THAT CAN BEAT YOUR WISDOM?

WHO IS THAT MAN THAT CAN BE AS SIMPLE AS YOU ARE?

The great “I AM”, thou are the perfect one,

Only you and you alone move in the pillar of cloud,

The power that strikes like a thunder,

With clinched hands He grips His own,

And

No spanner on earth can loosen His grip.

You are the one who liveth forever,

You’ve shown us your personality in diverse forms,

The present truth you have in our individual minds

And

in euphoric mood we hail your majesty.

Sir, let us, in humility, relax in your bosom forever

Oh! God, lead thou our feet forever on the line of eternal light

AMEN!

Bishop Okoh

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