Berenices in Prophecy
The name Berenice or Bernice seems to have been a name that was associated with royalty. They are listed in the Encyclopedias. The first one was wife of Ptolemy I sir named Soter, her son Ptolemy II (Philadelphus) decreed divine honors to her on her death. He named his daughter after her. This Bernice is the one mentioned in Daniel 11:6; "And in the end of years they shall join themselves together; for the king's daughter of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement: but she shall not retain the power of the arm; neither shall he stand, nor his arm; but shall be given up, and they that brought her, and he that begat her, and he that strengthened her in these times." She was also called by the title Cleopatra, and the story is also preserved in I Maccabees 10: 57, 58.
" 'But she shall not retain the power of the arm;' that is, her interest and power with Antiochus. So it proved; for shortly afterward, Antiochus brought back to the court his former wife Laodice and her children. Then says the prophecy, 'Neither shall he [Antiochus] stand, nor his arm,' or posterity. Laodice, being restored to favor and power, feared lest in the fickleness of his temper Antiochus should again disgrace her by recalling Berenice. Concluding that nothing short of his death would be an effectual safeguard against such a contingency, she caused him to be poisoned shortly afterward. Neither did his children by Berenice succeed him in the kingdom, for Laodice so managed affairs as to obtain the throne for her eldest son Seleucus Callinicus.
" 'But she [Berenice] shall be given up.' Laodice, not content with poisoning her husband Antiochus, caused Berenice and her infant son to be murdered. 'They that brought her.' All of her Egyptian women and attendants, in endeavoring to defend her, were slain with her. 'He that begat her,' margin 'whom she brought forth,' that is, her son, who was murdered at the same time by order of Laodice. 'He that strengthened her in these times,' was doubtless her husband, Antiochus, or those who took her part and defended her.
VERSE 7 But out of a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate, which shall come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress of the king of the north, and shall deal against them, and shall prevail. . . .
"The branch out of the same root with Berenice was her brother, Ptolemy III called Euergetes (briefly mention in the prologue of Ecclesiasticus). He had no sooner succeeded his father Ptolemy Philadelphus in the kingdom of Egypt, than, burning to avenge the death of his sister Berenice, he raised an immense army and invaded the territory of the king of the north." Daniel and the Revelation p. 237, 238. The Scripture has a unique way of preserving the true account of history, false writers and story tellers can't change whats been written. Daniel chapter 11 is one of those accounts.
Ptolemy III (Euergetes) not only had a sister by the name Berenice, but also a wife by that name. During her husbands absence on an expedition to Syria she dedicated in fulfillment of a vow, her hair to Venus for his safe return, and placed it in the temple of the goddess at Zephyrium, but it disappeared, and Conon, the astronomer of Samos, claimed it had been blown to heaven by the winds and formed the constellation Coma Berenices is simply a vocalized "ph", or "f". The "f" is the sixth letter in the English alphabet, the "v" is the sixth letter in the Ashkenazi Hebrew alephbeth. Whatever the case both Bernice, Berenice and Veronica mean the same "bringer to victory".
Mary brought in this holy child and nourished Him in the Scriptures and He grew up without sin as a perfect sacrifice, died on the cruel cross for your sins and mine, and obtained the victory over the Devil, spoiling all jurisdiction. Unto thee, YAHUSHUA "shall it come, even the first dominion." Micah 4:8.
The great theme of Revelation 12 tells the same story as this constellation.
In the constellation Virgo are some names of stars that are very significant. "In her hand is the brightest star in the constellation, with a Latin name (Spica) meaning 'THE EAR, or SEED, of CORN.' The original Hebrew names for this star were Zerah ("SEED") and Tsemech ("BRANCH"). So Virgo is the holder and bringer of an illustrious SEED, contemplated as far greater than herself. It is the embodiment of her hope and trust. And in her hand she bears a BRANCH." Sting of the Scorpion: The Truth Behind Star Signs p. 15
The star Zavijaveh means "THE GLORIOUSLY BEAUTIFUL." Isaiah said; "In that day shall the BRANCH of YAHUWAH be beautiful and glorious." ch 4:2.
The identification is unmistakable. The virgin awaits her promised son. And is still further defined by Virgo's three decans, or explanatory sidepieces. The first of these is Coma.
Coma, in the Hebrew and Oriental dialects, means 'THE DESIRED', 'THE LONGED FOR'. Many might suppose that Berenices hair is what was desired, but they miss the point and must look a little higher for the eternal realities.
The picture that the ancients drew in the sky was of a woman nourishing an infant boy. An Arabian astronomer Albamazer (805-885 A.D.), a non-Christian, describes this zodiac sign:
"There arises in the first Decan, as the Persians, Chaldeans, and the Egyptians, and the two Hermes and Ascalius teach, a young woman whose Persian name denotes a pure virgin, sitting on a throne, nourishing an infant boy, said boy having a Hebrew name, by some nations called Ihesu, with the signification Ieza, which in Greek is called Christ." Quoted in Sting of the Scorpion p. 17
The Cherokee nation refer to the Messiah as "Tsi sa", other nations as Chisa, the English equivalent is Jesa, a corruption of "yesha" #3468 meaning deliverance, which resembles Ieza. (A Chickasaw dictionary that I have seen called the Creator "Chihoowah", the English equivalent would be "Jehoowah").
Notice the name Ihesu, John Wycliffe the Morning Star of the Reformation, wrote the Saviour's name back in the 1300's as "Ihesus", a Greek-Latin corruption of Jeshua, Joshua, and Jehoshua which originally was YAHUSHUA.
This constellation is telling the story of "The Desire of All Nations" Haggai 2:7
The name Berenice or Bernice is also very significant, they also have the same meaning as the name Veronica, which is just a variation. The B and V have often switched places in history. Theodoret and Epiphanius early Greek writers of the Gnostic Christian church wrote the sacred name as Iabe, a variation of Iave, or Yave as the Spanish monks prefer. Ibernia is also written Ivernia, ancient names for Erin or Ireland. Some Jews like to put Avraham, instead of Abraham. Yacov instead of Yacob. Tel Aviv instead of Tel Abib etc. Because my wife's name is Veronica, I have a special interest in looking into these things. Bernice is an ancient form of Greek Pherenike, from pheros [bringer] and nike [victory].
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