Gold Girdled Breasts
By Gary Amirault
In the Original King James Bible of 1611, in Revelation 1:13 we find this unusually phrased Scripture. I am going to spell each word as it appears in the original edition of the KJV. "And in the midst of the seuen candlestickes, one like vnto the Sonne of man, clothed with a garment downe to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle."
The New King James reads, "girded about the chest with a golden band", while the New International Version reads, "with a golden sash around His chest".
Recently, I read an article that quoted that Scripture from the KJV and found that word "paps" a bit strange. In looking up the Greek word translated "paps" by KJV and "chest" by the NIV, I discovered that in this case, the KJV was correct and the NIV was misleading. Usually the KJV is in error, but not this time. The Greek word is "mastois". (For those of you who know Greek, you know the last letter is not the final "s" symbol, but I couldn't find that symbol in this font so I used the regular "s".) It is the same word found in Luke 11:27 where the woman said to Jesus, "Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed you!" Jesus' response was, "More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"
We find this word used again in a very peculiar way in Revelation 15:6. "And the seuen Angels came out of the temple, hauing the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linnen, and hauing their breasts girded with golden girdles." Original KJV of 1611
The New King James and the NIV use the word "chest", but I think incorrectly.
As I pondered these Scriptures, in the light of "paps" or "breasts" being the correct translation, I thought about the fact that a baby has to have it's mother to keep it's life going, but it can do without the father. The mother has the first shot at winning the affection of the child. The mother went through the pain of child birth, not the father. As I pondered these things, I remembered some of the teachings by Stacy Wood and others who pointed out that the female and the feminine gender in Scripture often symbolizes the soul while the male or masculine gender often refers to the spirit. I began to see how mankind's affection and strength and loyalty has been won by the woman (soul) and the father (spirit) has taken a clear second place. I then was brought to the Scripture in Revelation 12:5-6. "She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days."
In the previous verse we are told she was in pain giving birth, but before she could nurture the male child, it was immediately caught up to God (the Father and Spirit) and His throne (authority or rulership) while she was fed by a "they".
I declare to you this day, there will come a many membered man child (Spirit centered) who will not be taught and nurtured by a woman (soul-centered), but immediately will be caught up to be fed by a man (Spirit) whose milk (True Word) is covered with Gold (the nature of the Father). This many membered man-child's first loyalty will be to the Father who is the source of all power, righteousness, and truth. The girdle, in the old Testament, was symbolic of these attributes. The woman, is without true milk and she herself needs to be nurtured by a "they" for a certain period of time. These "they" may be humans or spirits since the word "angel" can refer to a human being. Since Adam and Eve, the woman has had a position which has not produced maturity, but there is a Man who is many membered, in the midst of the seven lampstands, and He will give True Food. He will not steal the loyalty of the children and give a false view of the Father. He will glorify the Father and tear down the Babylonian terror-filled false image of the Father the church has painted for the last 1600 years.
My child, come to your loving Heavenly Father, who loves you beyond anything you can imagine. He loves your family, friends, and enemies just the same. Rise up and meet Him in the air and leave your heavy idols on the ground and you will find rest, strength, truth, and love in His loving arms, and the peace that passes all understanding will be your swaddling clothes. Rest, my child, your Father has given you all things. I weep, as I think of how many of us have received such a horribly distorted image of the Father of us all. May you be set free to be released into the arms of the One who gives True Food, your heavenly Father.