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Spoke 22 - Tav

Song of Songs, Acts, Revelation

My Wedding Ring

Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee. Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.

Song of Solomon 8:5f (Spoke 22, Cycle 1)

My Wedding Ring

The Circle and the Cross. I wear the symbol of the seal of my solemn oath to be faithful and true to my wife "as long as we both shall live" in the ring upon my finger. The true meaning of the Bible Wheel and the purpose of all creation is revealed in the great themes of Spoke 22, which involve the Seal of God, the Consummation of Creation, and the Marriage of the Lamb. In a large and true sense, the Bible is the divine Marriage Certificate testifying to God's Covenant with the Church, His Bride, sealed with the Cross! cross Indeed, the Bible is composed of the Old and New Covenants, and the essence of these covenants is expressed by God in terms of marriage, as it is written in Jeremiah 3:14:

Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

Jeremiah 3:14

And in Ephesians 5:30f:

For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Ephesians 5:30f

And in Isaiah 54:5:

For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

Isaiah 54:5

Bible sealed with the cross
God's Wedding Ring

God applied this truth to my heart and amplified it beyond measure on November 29th, 2003 when He gave Rose to be my wife. I didn't realize it at the time, but the rings we chose (our bands are identical) form an image of God's Holy Word. Rose found them serendipitously when the Christmas 2003 JC Penny catalog happened to fall open to the jewelry section. She instantly knew they were perfect, because it is through the Cross that Christ saved our souls, and it is Christ that unites our hearts in love. We both really liked the way that the wedges pointed to the Cross as central.

The day after our wedding, I was looking at my ring and thanking God for Rose when He opened my mind to the depth of its divine meaning. First, there is the natural and universal understanding of the ring as a perfect symbol of the unbroken unity of marriage. Our Pastor spoke of this during our vows, saying:

Gold, precious amongst metals, fittingly represents the precious ties that unite husband and wife. These rings, endless until broken by outside forces, are fit symbols of the unbroken partnership of marriage, which should continue until broken by death. Let them be unto you constant reminders of your obligations to each other, and mute incentives to their fulfillment.

As a perfect and unbroken circle, the symbol of the ring naturally carries the idea of unity and wholeness, the essence of true and godly Marriage, where the "two shall be one flesh." The circle must be closed, excluding all other people or desires "as long as we both shall live." I experienced this truth when I made my vows to Rose. As long as there remained the slightest possibility that I could leave Rose and go my own way, our relationship was "open" and "unsealed." But when I gave my true word and vowed before God and man to remain faithful "as long as we both shall live", God closed the gap and united our hearts as one in perfect and complete unity.

The link between Marriage, Death, the Seal of the Covenant, and the Cross of Christ is as deep as deep can be. It comes from the very Heart of God and defines the essence of the Gospel. Christ sealed God's new covenant of our salvation with His blood on the Cross, as prophesied in Psalm 22, the Psalm of the Cross, and Genesis 22, the Genesis of the Cross. This then manifests in the structure of the Bible Wheel. The Cross on the ring is identical to the ancient form of the 22nd Letter Tav (cf. The Seal of God). It naturally represents the idea of a Seal, so God's use of it in the design of His Holy Word safeguards against all adultery, corruption, addition, or subtraction from the Bible's pure content.

Stained glass Bible Wheel
Stained Glass Bible Wheel
made by my wife, Rose.
The inner gold ring re-
presents the Inner Wheel
of Revelation. The outer
gold ring represents the
Alphabetic Circle.

And now, to my utter amazement I see that my wedding ring is an image of the Bible Wheel - a perfect Circle sealed with the Cross . It unites everything I have learned about the geometric structure and spiritual meaning of God's Word. The ramifications are as overwhelming as they are obvious. The 22nd Book of the Bible is the Song of Solomon, the Marriage Song! (Cf. [Inner Wheels] > Matthew 22). Note also that the whole Bible is triply sealed by the Cross:

  • The Bible Wheel is sealed on Spoke 22 with Tav = .
  • The tri-radiant cruciform structure seals the whole Bible.
  • The last Book on Spoke 22, Revelation, forms an Inner Wheel of 22 Spokes that reiterates the whole Alphabetic Circle, from Aleph to Tav = .

All this conspires through the Spirit of God to declare that the Bible Wheel is even more than the Divine Seal and Capstone of the Holy Bible; it is God's Wedding Ring to His Bride the Church. Eternal Fidelity. Endless Glory! Such grace He has poured out upon us. Every time I look at my wedding ring, I see not only my vows to love and cherish my wife Rose "as long as we both shall live" but I also see God's Holy Vow to us to save our souls and to bring us into everlasting life through the shed blood of Jesus Christ upon the Cross. This is the everlasting Gospel - the Truth of God that touches the utter depths of my soul, down to its very root - "as long as we both shall live." Praise His Holy Name. Amen. Amen. Amen.

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