Posted: August 8, 2010 in false teachers, Israel, Messianic seal

messianic seal pot


The story goes that after 2000 years during an excavation some monk discovered a number of artefacts and promptly hid them.  Years later he brought them to someone’s attention. Upon some of the artefacts was inscribed the above seal.  Know known as the messianic seal.

Many today embrace this seal  as the proof that Christianity was nothing more than an off shoot of Judaism  and as such Christianity needs to be reconciled to its mother religion.

The seal is made up of two symbols: The Menorah candle candlestick which was used in Jewish worship and the fish which was an early Christian symbol.  By combining both they produce a pentagram.  The Fish symbol is a first century representation for Christ (coined from the Greek word for fish, the Greek letters representing  ‘Jesus Christ God Son Saviour’. We see this symbol widely used even in our days.  So as we will see we will have a Greek symbol, amalgamated with Hebrew symbolism in the shape of the Menorah.

Archaeological problems

The pentagram also causes problems. According to one Jewish archaeologist:

Yehuda Repuano, a field and research archaeologist working for the Israeli government says

The first thing that aroused his suspicion that it was not an ancient Jewish-Christian symbol was the use of a Magen David, the Star of David.   It is well known that it only became a symbol of Judaism beginning in medieval times.

The lamp was from the Late Hellenistic period (somewhere around the first century BC), before the birth of Yeshua. The bowl was hand made from the Ayyubid/ Mamaluk period (13th to 16th centuries AD), or Ottoman period (16th to 20th centuries AD). The symbol was etched on to the lamp which though earlier than the birth of Yeshua, could have been added during the Hellenistic period or any time thereafter. The bowl was typically painted with red pigment. The symbol was also painted onto the bowl, but in a slightly different color which appeared to be on top of the original paint of the bowl. Thus, the symbol must have been painted no earlier than the 13th century AD.   However, it was likely added to the bowl at a much later time.  It is hard to say where this symbol came from and what the motive is for its having been presented as ancient.    My guess is that the monk was not altogether straight forward with Mr Schneider and may have created it.   Although Hebrew Christianity has been around for some time, I understand that Messianic Judaism was revived only in 1967.     Before this time I doubt that such a combination of a Magen David, fish and menorah would have been put together in such a manner.

So it would seem that the different artefacts may have come from different time periods and the inscriptions appear to be also from different time periods as well. This would in fact make sense because as we will see there is a combination of Jewish Greek imagery and Aramaic writing being ascribed to this seal.

Despite the above facts many have grasped this seal as if it had come down from heaven as some prophetic sign to unite Judaism and Christianity.  However the practical aspect is that this is more of a take over of Christianity by Judaism.

Spurious  and unscriptural evidence.

There is no evidence that the seal was ever the seal of the Jerusalem church. The fact that the Bible makes NO mention of such a seal should immediately arouse our suspicion.

As we can see from the statement of the archaeologist who believes that the origin for such a combination is modern rather than first century. In which I would totally agree with.

There is one piece of writing in Aramaic scratched on a carved rock which is translated “oil of the spirit”, however why would anyone scribble something on the side of a rock?  They believe that this might be some vague reference to the book of James

Jam 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, ANOINTING HIM WITH OIL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD:

However the words “oil of the spirit” and “anointing with oil” are not identical.

Some commentaries suggest that this was a medicinal rubbing of ointment rather than spiritual.  To place this scribble on a piece of rock beggars the reason WHY? They were hardly going to anoint a person with a rock?  If you walked out and found a common garden brick with the words “oil of the spirit” inscribed on it.   You would just trash the thing as a joke.

I am quite confident this seal is a fake.  Jewish ceremonial worship and Christian worship were becoming altogether different.    However the damaged has already been done.


Act 15:1 And certain men which came down from Judea taught the brethren, [and said], Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.

Act 15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command [them] to keep the law of Moses.

Is this not what these Pharisees believe was their divine mandate.  They wanted an amalgamation of the Old Covenant with all its rituals and the New Covenant which did away with all these rituals.

Act 15:10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

Act 15:24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, [Ye must] be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no [such] commandment:

Now the apostles declared that they have given no such command but as you see this commandment is being ignored for this new revelation in the guise of the messianic seal.

The impact of this seal has become significant because people are quickly bringing into the church these very same ideas and practices, which the apostles had to content with.

Let me reiterate what the apostles agreed on “: to whom we gave no [such] commandment:” But the advocates of the seal would reject these verses for some misguided desire to united Judaism and Christianity into some new Judaist religion.

Now we have to remember that the church in Jerusalem was under persecution for most of the time.  Why would anyone then go around labelling pots and stones with a logo which would expose anyone who had these pots in their possession?

The fish was a secret symbol to help believers recognise each other, so why advertise it to the world.  We cannot be certain when Christians began to use this logo as a means of identification.   But we can be certain that it would not have been placed on some ceremonial piece of apparatuses.

There is absolutely NO connection with the church as such.  Yet based upon fragile evidence people have incorporated this logo as if it was the gospel. Now we have Christians incorporating Jewish practices and religious festivals as if God had commanded it.  Growing beards and wearing Jewish prayer shawls.  I will go as far as to say that many have become so enamoured by Judaism that it has almost become the worship of Judaism.  They have done just what this logo has projected.  They have elevated Judaism unto a pedestal and in so doing abandoned their Christian faith.

The fact that the symbolism sees the menorah standing over the fish would give people the impression that Judaism is superior to Christianity.  Again this cannot be the case.  The New is far superior to the Old Covenant.  So again even in symbolism there are serious flaws.    I personally cannot emphasis enough that this is a false seal invented by someone who was religious but never saved.  Someone who had an agenda to unite what cannot be united.

Even by some stretch of the imagination just say the seal was first century which I seriously doubt, what does it prove?  Without some written statement to go with this symbol we cannot know for certain what significance a piece of scratching on the side of a pot has.   Even Egyptian Hieroglyphics have more meaning than this. We have no knowledge who inscribed the logo or when it was inscribed or even why it was inscribed.

One authority on the seals says “at least two of the eight artefacts were obviously ceremonial pieces which may have well been used by James the Just, the brother of Jesus, who is said to be the first pastor of the church, or perhaps even by one or more of the Twelve Apostles.”

This is the type of frilly nonsense written by so called authorities, who are not saved. James was may have been a leading figure in the early church but he was never seen to my knowledge as one of the twelve.

What ceremonial purposes would these pots have?  Again we are presented with some broken pots with a scribble on it and people are left to interpret them in whatever way they feel inclined too.

Some try to see this as a marriage of Judaism and Christianity?  No this cannot be!

Whatever the origin of this logo might have been, it is the way many seek to use it today that should trouble any true believer.  Many have seen this as some sign that Christianity and Judaism should merge.  Yet few understand that Judaism as we know it today is not the Judaism of the apostle’s day.  With the demise of the temple Judaism was then reinvented in such as way to exclude temple sacrifices. Further more Judaism then as it does today rejects Jesus as their messiah.  What does the Bible say about those who reject Jesus as the messiah?  The Bible calls them “antichrist” So what we have here is a merging of an antichrist religion which rejects the messiah with a religion that seeks to embrace Jesus as their Messiah.  Brethren this can’t happen.  This would be like trying to merge iron and clay.

2Jo 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

I john 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

2Cr 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness

The Menorah represented a type and a feature of a covenant that was passing.  Jesus said you

Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

The menorah that once gave light inside the temple was transferred   to a light put within the believer.  The Christian is now the New Testament candlelight.

The apostles would have known this.  But the man who scratched this messianic logo onto some pots did not.

1 Cr 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

The apostles would have known this also. So the temple became the believers.  And the light was placed within the believer.  The symbolism of the external temple had passed away and therefore trying to merge the two symbols of a covenant that has passed with a New Covenant just does not fit.  The two religions cannot meet or merge.

In one is the finished work of Calvary, the other requires a consistency of sacrifices.  Christianity is the covenant which is written within, and the other in tables of stone.  In Christianity it is faith orientated and the other is righteousness by trying to keep the  law.  The New says you can’t be righteous by the keeping of the law, but only by faith.   Under the Old covenant the Holy Spirit came upon certain believers at certain times and for certain purposes.  In the New the Holy Spirit comes upon all believers and dwells within every believer permanently.  You can quickly see that there can be no merging of symbols because neither of them can meet.

2 Cr 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

The kingdom went from being a physical expression represented in a literal temple to a spiritual kingdom within the believer.

Men have placed this messianic symbol on a level superior to scripture and have used it to interpret our relationship with a false religion.

The Bible however is our guide not some logo on some broken pots.  The Bible becomes the signpost which directs our paths.  While men have placed this seal onto a pedestal.  It is time to break down this altar, and throw down its pillars and call it for what it is, an idol and an abomination and the work of men’s imagination.

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  2. Alejandro Ramos says:

    I wonder who is the author of this article… so full of inaccuracies… the only thing he (she) is right about is when he (she) says that Messianic Christianity has been around for a while… for about 2,000 years!!! HA, HA, HA!!!

  3. You seem to mix up what is Messianic and what is nothing more than a piece of pottery. One points us to Jesus and the other points us to Judaism. Can you tell the difference?

  4. Believer in the LORD says:

    There are some points in this article I agree with and I can see where the author is coming from (e.g. the concern of the origin of the messianic seal and the seal becoming an idol).
    However, I do strongly disagree with the majority of the statements made in the article. And all that I will say: I believe that the Lord Jesus did not come to create a new religion or belief system called Christianity. All His teachings were based on the Word of God (not on Judaism) that was known to the Jewish people of that time.

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