A Brief Examination of ‘Root and Branch’ Star of David Cross-References for Revelation 22:16

I, Jesus…am the Root and Branch of David, the bright, Morning Star.

– Book of Revelation 22:16


‘Root and Branch’ Cross-References for Revelation 22:16
– (Isaiah 11:1) A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his ROOTS a BRANCH will bear fruit.
– (Romans 15:12) And again, Isaiah says, ‘The ROOT of Jesse will spring UP, one who will ARISE to rule OVER the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.’
– (Revelation 5:5) Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the ROOT of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.’
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The official cross-references listed for Revelation 22:16 include a specific Old Testament prophecy from the Book of Isaiah which reads: ‘A shoot will come UP from the stump of Jesse, from his Roots, a Branch will bear fruit.’ Because of its blatant use of the ‘Root and Branch’ metaphor, this passage alone should be proof enough that the word ‘Branch’ may indeed be synonymous with the more common term ‘Offspring’ used in most English Biblical translations of Revelation 22:16- ‘I, Jesus…am the Root and Offspring of David.’
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ROOT/BRANCH OLD TESTAMENT: A shoot will come UP from the stump of Jesse; from his Roots, a Branch will bear fruit. (Isaiah 11:1)
ROOT/BRANCH NEW TESTAMENT: And again, Isaiah says, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring UP, one who will arise to rule OVER the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.’ (Romans 15:12)
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Not only that, but it also seems that St. Paul himself makes reference this same passage from Isaiah in his New Testament Letter to the Romans, where he mentions both the Root (Downward Triangle) and how it shall also metaphorically ‘spring UP’ (Upward Triangle) in a prediction concerning ‘one who will ARISE to rule OVER the nations’.


Clearly, Paul’s use of language can be seen as a blatant display of the Biblical tradition- ‘As Above, so Below’, or in this particular case where the Root is mentioned first- ‘As Below (Root) so Above (Branch)’. The metaphorical understanding to these two Biblical cross-references (Isaiah 11:1 and Romans 15:12) may be seen as follows:

OLD TESTAMENT: A shoot will come UP…From his Roots, a Branch will bear fruit. (Isaiah 11:1)
NEW TESTAMENT: The Root of Jesse will spring UP…who will ARISE to rule OVER the nations. (Romans 15:12)
SYMBOLIC INTERPRETATION: A Downward Triangle shall bring forth an additional Upward Triangle, just as a living tree Root Below will inevitably result in the growth of a new Branch Above. For just as the Star of David requires the presence of both Triangles to become a Star, so too a living tree needs both Roots and Branches simultaneously in order to grow and prosper.

DOWNWARD TRIANGLE: Stump of Jesse, His Roots (Isaiah), Root of Jesse (Romans)
UPWARD TRIANGLE: A shoot will come UP, a Branch will bear fruit (Isaiah), will spring UP, will ARISE to rule OVER the nations (Romans)
BOTH TRIANGLES: The metaphorical family lineage (or family tree as it were) that both the Prophet Isaiah and the Christian Disciple Saint Paul are clearly referring to without ever actually using the word ‘Tree’. With this in mind, the most appropriate symbol for a tree would not only include the Upward Triangle, but would also need the Downward Triangle in order to symbolically represent the underground root system which supports the tree and prevents it from falling over.

THE FINAL EQUATION
GEOMETRY: Downward Triangle + Upward Triangle = Both Triangles Together
TRADITION: Root of David + Branch of David = Star of David
REVELATION: ‘am the Root’ + ‘and Branch of David’ = ‘the bright, Morning Star’

Should We fear Evil in the Heavens Above Looking DOWN at Us on the Earth Below?

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For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against Principalities, against Powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in HIGH PLACES.

– Ephesians 6:12 King James Version (KJV)

An objective analysis of the terminology this particular New Testament Letter clearly displays means that the author Saint Paul is on Biblical record admitting he is AGAINST, not FOR, these Angelic upper level spiritual forces of ‘wickedness’ (evil). This same passage also appears to be locating the enemy of mankind as being Above their heads, rather than Below their feet.

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In addition, one would think the most logical way to defend against these ‘rulers of darkness’ would be to set up celestial strongholds somewhere deep down in the Earth Below (Sheol) where the evil grasp and lustful gazes of any wicked Heavenly forces could not reach them. Let me repeat that again- Heavenly evil…

That’s right, Evil from the Heavens Above and not from the Earth Below. The full implications of this Biblical passage appear to quite  ‘Earth-shattering’ indeed.
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+ To be AGAINST those in Heaven Above is to be FOR and/or WITH those fighting back in the Earth Below +
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Against spiritual wickedness in high places. – King James Version (KJV)
Against spiritual wickedness in high places. – 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
Against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. – Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)
Against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the Heavenly places. – New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Against the wicked spiritual forces in the Heavenly world. – Good News Translation (GNT)

While there may be at least some superstitious believers who, on principle, would automatically oppose this sort of Judeo/Christian thinking, the words in Ephesians 6:12 are not ever going to change from ‘Heavenly places’ (obviously located above) or the even more specific ‘high places’, into the more traditional locations of ‘wickedness’ and ‘evil’ deep within the earth below. The specific choice of words in this New Testament passage is indeed quite spiritually unsettling, but there appears to be nothing believers can do about it.

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Keep in mind, that over the centuries, more than a few Judeo/Christian theologians have claimed that, instead of the hot, volcanic interior of Earth being the physical archetype for the burning flames of Hell, it was, in fact, the Sun where those condemned to Hell were located (both spiritually and physically). Once again, this may well mean that the phrase ‘spirits of wickedness in HIGH PLACES’ should be taken literally, due to the fact it quite accurately describes how humans perceive the Sun (High Above), around which their home Planet known as Earth (Down Below) continues to revolve.
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>— List of Different English Translations of Ephesians 6:12 —<
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For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the Heavenly places.

– Ephesians 6:12 – New American Standard Bible (NASB)

For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the Heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age.

– Ephesians 6:12 – Good News Translation (GNT)

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in High places.

– Ephesians 6:12 – King James Version (KJV)

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in High places.

– Ephesians 6:12 – 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.

– Ephesians 6:12 – Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)
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FINAL NOTE ABOUT THE ALL-SEEING EYE OF THE PYRAMID: The opposite of the ‘high places’ spoken of in Ephesians 6:12 would best be symbolized by the Eye Below the pyramid, not the Eye Above it, way up high in the sky, where only the Angels can ever tread.