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The Ichthys or 'fish' symbol is still a symbol for the Church. The fish became a unique symbol for Christianity. In fact, the symbol carries great meaning because it is actually an acronym for for "Ίησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ", (Iēsous Christos, Theou Yios, Sōtēr), which translates into English as "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior"..
Iota (i) is the first letter of Iēsous (Ἰησοῦς), Greek for "Jesus".
Chi (ch) is the first letter of Christos (Χριστός), Greek for "anointed".
Theta (th) is the first letter of Theou (Θεου), Greek for "God's", the genitive case of Θεóς, Theos, Greek for "God".
Upsilon (y) is the first letter of (h)uios (Υἱός), Greek for "Son".
Sigma (s) is the first letter of sōtēr (Σωτήρ), Greek for "Savior".
So, in the Messianic Seal of Jerusalem, the base of the menorah and the tail of the Ichthys come together to form the Star of David (Magen David). While the Star of David came into more common use in the Middle Ages, it dates back to the sixth century B.C. as a symbol for the nation of Israel/Judah with David as Israel's greatest king. The Star of David also symbolizes Jesus of Nazareth as he was a descendant of David, often referred to as the "Son of David". This long hidden, yet compelling symbol powerfully demonstrates the inextricable link between Judaism and the Church.
This symbol serves as a sort of logo for Teleios Ministries because it so wonderfully symbolizes the link between our faith in Messiah Jesus, our Savior, and the Jewish faith.
This early, first century symbol, discovered on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem portrays the menorah, and the Ichthys or 'fish' coming together to form the Star of David.
The menorah is representative of Jewish worship and dates all the way back to the days of the Tabernacle when the Lord commanded Moses to have the golden menorah made, in the form of an almond tree, from 75 pounds of hand-hammered gold, including the utensils (Exodus 25:31-40). The menorah is still on the Israeli coat of arms and is the symbol of the Knesset.