VIRGO-THE PROMISES OF THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT
A. Virgo is depicted as a woman with a branch in her right hand, and a sheaf of grain/wheat in her left hand.
B. Virgo represents the promises of the Abrahamic covenant.
C. In ancient Egyptian mythology, Virgo scattered the sheaf of grain, and it became the Milky Way. This is an interesting story in light of Genesis 15, where God asks Abraham to look up and count the stars.
D. The promises of the Abrahamic covenant (This Age) – Abraham and his seed crafted and made worthy of the inheritance; the “work of God’s hands” in sanctification and preparation.
1. Bless and preserve Abraham and his seed (quantitatively and qualitatively) unto the formation of a holy, righteous nation worthy of the age to come (Gen. 12:1-3, 13:16, 15:5, 12-16, 17:6, 22:17, 26:24, 28:14, 32:12, 35:11; 46:2-4; Is. 1:21-26, 4:2-4, 5:1-7, 29:15-24, 45:9, 51:1-2, 60:21-22, 64:8; Jer. 31:35-37, Rom. 9:21, 11:28-29).
2. Administer God’s blessing (the Spirit unto life in the resurrection) to the nations in/through Abraham and his seed (Gen. 12:1-3, 18:16-17, 22:15-18, 28:14; cf. Is. 44:1-5; Rom. 8:10-11; Gal. 3:14)
3. Bless Abraham and his seed unto the formation of a holy, righteous community/assembly of nations worthy of the age to come (Gen. 28:1-5; Gen. 35:9-15; cf. Rev. 7)
E. The promises of the Abrahamic Covenant (The Age to Come) – Abraham and his seed receive the inheritance; the “work of God’s hands” in glorification and restoration.
1. Blessing of the Spirit poured out in Day of Lord unto resurrection of Abraham and his righteous seed from the dead (Gen. 15; cf. Is. 44:1-5; Rom. 8:10-11; Gal. 3:14)
2. Give Abraham and his righteous seed the land of Israel/earth as an eternal inheritance (Gen. 12:6-7, 13:14-18; 24:7-8; 28:10-17).
3. Appoint and exalt Abraham and his righteous seed governmentally over this holy nation and holy community of nations (Gen. 17; cf. Rom. 4)
4. Administer God’s blessings to the nations forever in/through Abraham and his righteous seed forever (Gen. 12:1-3, 18:16-17, 22:15-18, 28:14; cf. Is. 40-66).
F. The administration of the promises to Abraham’s “seed”
1. Promises given to Abraham
2. Isaac born miraculously
3. Abraham’s seed (corporate biological) multiplied in Egypt – formation of the nation of Israel
4. Abraham’s seed (corporate biological) oppressed in Egypt – cry for justice; God’s punishes Israel’s enemies in the Exodus
5. Abraham’s seed (corporate biological) enter into Mosaic Covenant – promises now contingent on perfect obedience to God’s revealed standard of justice
6. Abraham’s seed (corporate biological) fall short of God’s standard, unto punishment, expulsion from the land – cry for mercy – how will the promises be fulfilled?
7. Abraham’s seed (singular, biological – Messiah) sent into the world
8. Abraham’s seed (singular, biological – Messiah) obeys the Mosaic Law perfectly
9. Abraham’s seed (singular, biological – Messiah) receives the eternal promises – eternal life, the land, and the kingdom
10. Abraham’s seed (singular, biological – Messiah) pours out the Spirit on Abraham’s seed (corporate, biological, spiritual – believing Jews)
11. Abraham’s seed (corporate, biological, spiritual – believing Jews) are now “one with” Abraham’s seed (singular, biological – the Messiah) through the Spirit as His Bride; in him they are made worthy of the eternal inheritance
12. Abraham’s seed (believing Jews corporately “in” the singular seed Messiah) go to the nations; Israel in Christ can now fulfill her calling as a light to the nations
13. Abraham’s seed (believing Jews corporately “in” the singular seed, the Messiah) preach the gospel, and the Spirit comes on the Gentiles
14. Abraham’s seed (singular – the Messiah) is now “one with” Spirit-filled Gentiles; therefore, they too as believing Gentiles are now Abraham’s seed (non-biologically, but covenantally/through the Spirit in union with/one with a resurrected biological Jew)
15. Abraham’s seed (believing Jews) along with Abraham’s seed (believing Gentiles) are in Abraham’s seed (Messiah); the Bridegroom with a Bride from all nations
16. Abraham’s seed (Jew and Gentile) perseveres through testing at end of the age; cry for mercy on her oppressors
17. Abraham’s surviving biological seed (Jews) repent and turn to Jesus (mystery completed; Rom. 11)
18. Abraham’s seed (singular – the Messiah) returns, and resurrects Abraham’s seed from Israel and Abraham’s seed from the nations – they inherit the earth forever
19. In the resurrection, Abraham and his “seed” inherit the earth forever. Christ inherits the promises, and we inherit them with him as co-heirs.
20. Jerusalem/Israel becomes the capital and praise of the earth under Jesus’ leadership.
Revelation 12:1-5 (NIV)
1A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun (sun rising in Virgo), with the moon (new moon)under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. 2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth (to the Messiah, through whom the covenants would be fulfilled). 3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. 4 His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. 5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.
Genesis 37:9-10 (NIV)
9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?”
Deuteronomy 28:1, 12-14 (NIV)
1 If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God…12 The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.
1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. 2 The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow. 3 You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
 The black and white pictures used in this teaching can be found at Ian Ridpath, “Star Tales,” <http://www.ianridpath.com/startales/startales3.htm>; the color pictures can be found at Ian Ridpath, “Urania’s Mirror,” <http://www.ianridpath.com/atlases/urania.htm>. The other photos come from Starry Night astronomy software.