Fish Tales

Red ichthusThe fish is supposedly a Christian symbol. Jesus Christ called his earliest disciples when he said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19; cf Mark 1:17).[1] Jesus told the Pharisees, “An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign, and there shall no sign be given to it but the sign of the prophet [Jonah]. For as [Jonah] was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:30-40; cf 16:4, Luke 11:29-30). The whale was nothing other than “a great fish” (Jonah 1:17). Predictably then, the early church used ichthus, the Greek word for fish, as an acrostic: Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior.

Yet other ancient cultures used the fish as a religious symbol too. As an “emblem of fruitfulness,” the fish was “adopted by seafaring tribes in the representation of their gods” (Smith). Since the Hebrew word for fish is dag, Israel called the Philistines’ god Dagon (Judges 16:23). He had “the face and hands of a man and the tail of a fish” (Smith). However, Dagon wasn’t unique to the Philistines. He was originally a Mesopotamian and “Assyrio-Babylonian deity” (Easton). As a result, among the things that God forbade as idolatrous, he named “the likeness of any fish” (Deuteronomy 4:18).

Some people may say, “This is all ancient history.” They don’t know that the fish as a pagan symbol is alive and well. It appears in the Zodiac as Pisces, the Latin plural for fish. According to New Age/pop astrology, we’re in the Age of Pisces. The “New Age,” aka New World Order, is the Age of Aquarius. Therefore, can the fish be “redeemed” as a Christian symbol? Should Christianity have any symbols? The early church’s ichthus acrostic was created out of thin air. It isn’t biblical. Let’s not forget God’s commandment that we not worship “the likeness of any fish” (Deuteronomy 4:18)!

I say all this because of the Pentecostal church I’ve sporadically attended since the 1990s, the one I keep writing about due to the pagan symbols I keep seeing on Sunday mornings. Its pentagonal sanctuary has three stained-glass windows set within triangle-shaped alcoves. Two windows each contain a single fish. Pointed upward, they face one another in the back corners of the sanctuary. Every time I look at these fish, I think about ichthus, Dagon, and the Age of Aquarius.

Pine cones and twin animalsIn the apex, behind the choir loft, a single eye with rays and a cross fills the third stained-glass window. You guessed it: the “third eye.” This occult symbol represents human enlightenment in ancient religions (e.g. Hinduism), the New Age movement, and Freemasonry. [See my article “Nature: Savior or Terror?”] What shocked me was the recent discovery of ancient statues in which antithetical twin animals, pointed upward, flank a pine cone symbolic of the third eye. Richard Cassaro discovered such animals in Asian (elephants), Egyptian (snakes), and Roman (peacocks) statues. These animals aren’t random. They’re highly prized in their respective cultures, like the fish in Christian culture.

The word “antithetical” is itself a red flag. Think of yin/yang, light/dark, up/down, male/female, black/white, etc. Modern Western culture loves to put such opposites on display. Just go to your local movie theater. It loves to combine or synthesize them too. Why? Today’s pagan culture wants to produce human enlightenment (third eye) via occult copulation. It’s a satanic inversion of Jesus’ Incarnation. Just who is this third or all-seeing eye? The antichrist!

So, are the twin fish in the sanctuary of this Pentecostal church “Christian”? No. Ancient occult paganism is on display. After the church was built in the mid-1970s, the Holy Spirit showed up during the inaugural service. He said, through a message in tongues, “I don’t like your building.” Neither do I.

Sources Cited
Easton’s Bible Dictionary (1897)
Smith’s Bible Dictionary (1863)


[1] King James Version (KJV), unless otherwise noted

Images: Amazon, Richard Cassaro

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