In late 2008, I felt the need to start a new life with the Lord and start ministry. Then about a month later, on December 1st, I left work at night and saw big and bright in the southwestern sky, the waxing moon and two stars in a striking configuration. I'd never seen it before (photo below), but I thought it looked like a draftsman's compass. And I strongly felt it was speaking something important to me about naming my future ministry.
Later, I also connected it with the scripture of Joel 2 as one of the signs and wonders in the heavens for our time, foretold by God thousands of years ago when He said, "I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth..." (Joel 2:30; Acts 2:19).
The crescent moon and stars I saw, or actually the planets of Venus and Jupiter, inspired the notion of the 3rd Compass and logo (below). I spoke about how the 3rd Compass actually refers to God and Christ as the Compass Who encompasses all things in my first book[3.2.1] of 2009. The logo was a prominent feature of the book's cover.
Many years later, I found out a waxing moon represents growing towards maturity and fullness. This went with my ministry's main goal of teaching God's people towards realizing the same kind of spiritual growth. I found it interesting that it is the opposite of Islam's waning crescent moon, which symbolizes dying or moving towards death.
Later on as I conducted ministry, I got more guidance from the Lord that the 3rd Compass logo goes with bringing out and refining deeper, more detailed knowledge of the truth and God's kingdom. That also goes with the symbolism of a drawing compass to draw or draft up, since I was drafting up further details about God's kingdom and the spiritual world.
This symbolism further went with my part in revealing important details about how salvation in Christ truly works, so the waxing moon of the heavenly sign also represents going towards fullness of knowledge of salvation in Christ.
I used the simple 3rd Compass logo for some years until I was ready to make new business cards in 2014. I felt I had to update the logo at this time to include the Bride. The Bride, Church, or God's People is a very important part of this ministry, because a main goal is to prepare God's People for the Lord. The Bride is also called New Jerusalem in Revelation 3:12 and 21:2 and Hephzibah in Isaiah 62:4, which means "My delight is in her."
And in Revelation 12 the Bride is shown with her feet above the moon, "A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth." (Revelation 12:1-2).
This prompted me to place the Bride over the moon in the 3rd Compass logo (see logo below), but notably, a week before I worked on the new design, I was led to Psalm 45 from a discarded book I found on the road. It was important for the logo because Psalm 45:9 describes Christ's Bride at the right hand of God's throne in gold of Ophir. Apparently, God brought important symbolism to my attention at the right time, so I made it a point to use gold trim in the Bride's gown in future designs.
The Bride being at God's right hand in Psalm 45 also matches where Christ's Bride would be with Him since Jesus is at God's right hand (Psalm 110:1; Matthew 26:64; Mark 14:62; Acts 2:33-34, 7:55-56; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 12:2). Note my reference to Psalm 110:1 here as it will be important later.
Furthermore, the gold of Ophir was well known to be the purest at the time[2.820.5]
, which would represent a high degree of Godly refinement. That also goes with the 3rd Compass
symbolism of bringing greater detail to the truth since knowledge is also getting refined.
The Holy Spirit is another important topic for this ministry and teaching about salvation, so the Bride's dress has a fire flame design to symbolize how the Holy Spirit is a part of us once we are saved in Christ and that its coming in power appears as "tongues of fire" (Acts 2:1; also Matthew 3:11; Luke 3:16).
I also added a cross to the logo design so it'd be clear everything went with Christ. Later, I added the wings to the Bride to correspond with how she gets the wings of an eagle and flies to safety in Revelation 12 when Satan tries to persecute her, "And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent" (Revelation 12:13-14). The wings and flying to safety refer to how people are given protection when they are righteous and truly belong to the Lord.
"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31).
Originally, I did not use a church name in the logo. I only used the 3rd Compass name for ministry, but in 2014, I legally formed a church and thought 3rd Compass Church did not sound like a good church name. Eventually, I was guided to choose Christ Hephzibah Church because Hephzibah is God's name for the Bride and His People need to remember her Hebrew heritage and fellowship.
The 3rd Compass name is still important, though, and is this ministry's operational name. 3rd Compass originally was a metaphor for God. That's how I introduced the name in my testimonial in my first book, but in 2015 and 2016 during my study of gematria guidance (the numerical value of words), I was very surprised to see that the 3rd Compass name had God's fingerprint in it by its English gematria value, 111.
I was given that number years before in guidance and understood it referred to God as the Holy Trinity, because He is both 1 and 3 at the same time, since 1+1+1 = 3. There is also further meaning in 111 that goes with Jesus' first coming and the Holy Spirit coming to us in completeness[22.214.171.124], so 111 encapsulates God's wholeness in the Holy Trinity becoming complete with Jesus' first coming, death, and resurrection.
3rd Compass equating to be 111 and God, as I mentioned before, puts His stamp of authenticity on the name and this ministry as being truly anointed by Him. After all, I have no way of manipulating the gematria values of 3rd Compass or all the linked guidance. And if the 111 reference weren't enough of a stamp of authenticity, then look at how 411 and 651 are also represented in the 3rd Compass name in my personal background.
Another amazing stamp of God's authenticity for this ministry was found when I was writing this information. I saw the page number for the reference notes of Psalm 45:9 about the gold of Ophir in my NASB Study Bible (page 1101)[2.820.5] matched my reference to Psalm 110:1 above as I wrote about how the Bride and Christ are on God's right hand.
I've seen the Lord prepare Bibles, like my NIV and NASB Study Bibles, and many other physical things so they are made just right to fit guidance with numbers, prophecy, and other things many, many times[3.2.19, 126.96.36.199, 3.2.11]
, such as guidance with the meaning of the numbers 111[188.8.131.52]
aligning with the pages of my NIV Bible so that a two page spread (shown at bottom)
at the beginning of Jeremiah started and ended on verse numbers 1:11 and 2:13 exactly[1.2.1]
These alignments went with my role to speak for God as Jeremiah did about how His People today are in darkness and using broken wells just like in Jeremiah's time. See my About Page
for more details of my anointment like Jeremiah's. The level of detail and control God has over the world is simply mind boggling.
But that wouldn't be the last amazing alignment God would give for this ministry. In 2019, I read Earnest L. Martin's book, The Star of Bethlehem - The Star That Astonished The World[3.1.31]
, because I felt it had important information for an update of this ministry's logo.
I found Earnest's book when I was researching Christmas and the birthdate of Jesus to update my article on God's holidays
. Earnest's conclusions reinforced guidance I got that Jesus was actually born on Yom Teruah/Rosh Hashana and not Christmas. He came to that conclusion when he could only find one
astronomical alignment that fit with what others said about the sign of the woman of Revelation 12. They noted it could be a real heavenly sign involving the constellation Virgo the Virgin aligning in specific ways with the sun and moon.
I won't go into the details here, but I did see how the moon was important in pinpointing the exact time for Christ's birth. It was similar to the timing of the moon constellation I saw in 2008 that named this ministry. Both real world, heavenly signs were given at the exact right times to give meaning to spiritual guidance. If you've studied astronomy and astronomical alignments, you can see how significant the timings were because just a matter of hours can throw off alignment significantly.
When I understood this, I realized I left work that evening in 2008 at just the right time to see the moon and planets in the correct configuration to inspire me. The significance of Earnest's work also prompted me to change the Bride and cross in the logo to more accurately reflect the constellation Virgo and sign of Revelation 12.
I made the Bride stand more like traditional depictions of Virgo and moved the her slightly above the moon, since the real alignment in the sky for the sign of Revelation 12 has the moon offset from Virgo a slight distance, though it is still beneath her feet as described in Revelation 12:1.
Then I moved the cross to the Bride's left hand where she holds a branch of grain in traditional representations of Virgo. This is significant for us because Christ is our Righteous Branch (Jeremiah 23:5, 33:15).
I thought that was the end of amazing alignments for the logo and ministry name, but when I was updating this article I saw that Isaiah 11:1 goes with the 111 I brought up earlier and also talks about the Branch, "Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch from his roots will bear fruit". That verse talks about Christ's future coming as the Branch of David (Jesse was David's father).
All these alignments with astronomical signs, number meanings, Bible verses and their numbers, and even how pages are numbered give concrete, physical evidence this ministry is pre-destined by God. Simply amazing! For more evidences of this ministry's pre-destined anointment, see my About Page