Mysticism, Time


“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”

ἀναπαύω anapauō (an-ap-ow’-o):


    • to cause or permit one to cease from any movement or labour in order to recover and collect his strength
    • to give rest, refresh, to give one’s self rest, take rest
    • to keep quiet, of calm and patient expectation

Active: to refresh the soul of anyone: τιναMatthew 11:28τό πνεῦμα τίνος, 1 Corinthians 16:18; τά σπλάγχνα τίνος, Philemon 1:20.

The verb is a technical term of agriculture in Papyri Tebtunis I. 105.23 (B.C. 103), to rest land by sowing light crops upon it.


Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood,
Saint-Petersburg (click to enlarge)


from a primary preposition and adverb ἀνά (aná, an-ah’): into the midst, in the midst, among, between

Properly, upward, up, denoting motion from a lower place to a higher, rare in the N.[ew] T.[estament] and only with the accusative [case] (Thayer)

“the rarest [preposition] in NT” (Abbott-Smith); “ἀνά survives almost exclusively in the limited uses seen in NT” (Moulton-Milligan)

Prefixed to verbs ἀνά signifies

a. upward, up, up to (Latin ad, German auf)
b. it corresponds to the Latin ad (German an), to (indicating the goal)
c. it denotes repetition, renewal, equivalent to dēnuōanew, over again
d. it corresponds to the Latin re, retrō, back, backward

From re- + *-trō, probably taken from intrō (from intrā within”: I enter, go into, penetrate; from earlier *interus (whence also interior), from Proto-Indo-European *hénteros “inner, what is inside”.)

and a primary verb παύω (paúō, pow’-o): “pause”

    • to make to cease or desist
    • to restrain a thing or person from something
    • to cease, to leave off
    • Passive, have got release from sin, i. e.  is no longer stirred by its incitements and seductions, 1 Peter 4:1


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“pause”: from Middle French pause, from Latin pausa,
from Ancient Greek παῦσις (paûsis)


“Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

ἀνάπαυσις anápausis (an-ap’-ow-sis):

from ἀναπαύω anapauō (an-ap-ow’-o):

Noun Feminine


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When the Lamb broke the seventh seal,
there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

σιγή : silence, “ready for sowing; :
cf. P Oxy XIV. 1635.6 (B.C. 44–37) κατοικικῆς γῆς σπορίμου,
P Oxy I. 45.11 (A.D. 95) κατοικικῆς σειτοφόρου σπορίμου,
“allotment corn land ready for sowing,” (Moulton-Milligan)


“souls” ψυχή psychḗ (psoo-khay’): breath (Latin anima), i. e.

    1. breath
      1. the breath of life
        1. the vital force which animates the body and shows itself in breathing
      2. of animals
    2. of men
      1. life
      2. that in which there is life
        1. a living being, a living soul
    3. the soul
      1. the seat of the feelings, desires, affections, aversions (our heart, soul etc.)
      2. the (human) soul in so far as it is constituted that by the right use of the aids offered it by God it can attain its highest end and secure eternal blessedness, the soul regarded as a moral being designed for everlasting life
      3. the soul as an essence which differs from the body and is not dissolved by death (distinguished from other parts of the body)


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  1. crisscross767 says:

    Thankyou Colin for your article Anápausis.

    “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”

    The world has been “getting to me” and I have felt like hitting the pause button, but its the few upticks against the vile abuse that keeps me going.

    Romans 12:2, “And do not fashion yourself in accordance with this age but undergo a spiritual transformation by the renewing of your mind.”
    [Eph 4:22-24]

    This article is apt –

    “Rebelling Against Normalcy”

    To rebel against the normalcy of society is the most difficult thing you can do because you need the guts to be honest with yourself and others.

    To voice the truth in a world filled with deception is tremendously risky because it means going against the current of tradition, which in turn means confronting the crowd mentality and going through immense hardship because of that.

    There have been many people who had the courage to rebel against the normalcy of our sick society, but most of them couldn’t deal with the negative consequences their actions had on themselves.

    When nobody embraces your uniqueness and is able to understand you, and when everybody is trying to suppress you and make you fit back into society, it is easy to lose courage, and not uncommon to experience immense psychological anguish. ………………….”

    You may have time to check this out for me. I have trouble getting my head around my own thoughts.

    The Jewish day began at sunset and finished at the following sunset.

    The following is worth keeping in mind:- Matthew 24:22 “And except those days were shortened, not any flesh would be saved.” Acts 2:27 “…… because You will not leave My soul in the grave [Strongs 86] nor will you give Your Sacred Man to see corruption…….”

    It is noteworthy that the normal Sabbath and a High Sabbath both fell on the same day – the day after Jesus’ crucifixion as Jesus was crucified on Preparation day.

    Jesus yielded up His Spirit at about the 9th hour after there having been darkness come over the land from the 6th hour [noon] till the 9th hour [3pm]. It appears from the fact that “the many women……. watching from afar off” that it was daylight when Jesus yielded up His Spirit.”

    It must be noted that according to custom in those times,whatever occurred in part of a day was counted as if it were a day.

    So, if the normal understanding of events are taken –

    At about the 9th hour Jesus cried with a loud voice unto the Father and yielded up His Spirit to Him. From that time until sunset on friday = 1day,

    to sunset on saturday = 2 days and 1 night
    to sunset on sunday = 3 days and 2 nights

    to sometime before dawn = 4 days and 3 nights

    But Jesus said that He would rise again in 3 days?

    Deuteronomy 16:5-7 says, “You may not offer your passover within any of the gates which the Lord thy God giveth thee, [6] but in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place His name, there you shall offer the passover at even, about the going down of the Sun, in the season that you came out of Egypt and you shall roast and eat it in the place that the Lord thy God shall choose, and shall return on the morrow, and go unto thy tents.” 1. Day of Preparation, 2. Sundown feast, 3. Sunup,return to tents and rest.

    To get 3 days and 3 nights Jesus in the ordinary understanding must have yielded up His Spirit after sunset. But Luke says that He gave up the Spirit after the 6th hour [noon], when darkness came over all the land to about the 9th hour [3 pm]. See 1 John 2:8-11. So, to stick to the sunset to sunset for a day rule, then technically the day of leavening/Preparation Day had been cut short and the day of unleavenings/Passover Feast had been brought forward by 6 hours. Leavened bread was allowed in ones house until the going down of the Sun which began the Passover Feast day. See, Numbers 12:17,Genesis 17:12-13, Matthew 13:33, Hebrews 13:33, John 5:46

    So, from the sunrise to sunset at noon – the 6th hour = 1 day ,

    From sunrise – 9th hour to sunset 12th hour = 2nd day

    From sunset day 2 to the next sunset = 3rd day

    Psalm 16:10, Acts 13:35. “Wherefore he said also in another place, Thou will not suffer thine Sacred Man [Holy One] to see corruption.”

    Jesus technically was still hanging on the ‘stauros’ [a stake or pole as set upright, Strongs 4716; “I” is the first letter of Jesus and “X” is the first letter of Christ] in the daylight of unleaven day, but by which time according to law the passover lambs were to have been roasted and eaten. The light of the world – Jesus,it seems, died as the Sun was rising, and rose from the dead on the first of the [new] sabbath. Malachi 4:2, Acts 13:47, John 19:21

    The law that no flesh was to remain the night through to the morning was broken. The 3 hours of darkness from noon to 3pm can be counted as one night and the 3 hours of sunshine from 3 pm till sunset are 1 day. As reported in Mark, sunset was approaching when Joseph of Arimethea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus.

    Luke 24:1 – 2, “But on the first of the sabbath [sunday] while still very early they came to the tomb carrying spices which they prepared……..and found the stone having been rolled away from the tomb.”

    Technically then Jesus’ flesh was left hanging on the post [Strongs 4716] for one night and one day. Psalm 16:10, Acts 13:35. “Wherefore he said also in another place, Thou will not suffer thine Sacred Man [Holy One] to see corruption.”


    Christs Cross = X

    The Cross.—The instrument of crucifixion, called the Cross, was variously formed. Lipsius and Gretser have employed a twofold classification: the crux simplex, and the crux composita or compacta. A single upright stake was distinguished as a crux simplex. The crux composita, the compound or actual cross, was subject to the following modifications of form: Crux immissa, formed as in the Figure ✝; crux commissa thus formed T; and the crux decussata, the cruciform figure, set diagonally after the manner of the Roman letter X. ( X is also the first letter of Christs name in Greek.) It is generally thought that Jesus was crucified upon the crux immissa, the “Latin cross.”

    “The Book, Three Nails the Numbers of the Bible, tells the complete story of Jesus Christ, the Trinitarian God, the number of the beast, Satan’s down fall, Christ resurrection and ultimately our salvation.

    By way of explanation, a single nail, is the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, vav. The meaning of the symbol is peg or nail. Pegs were used to hold the Old Testament temple tent in place. The Hebrew symbol is ˥ vav), which carries the double meaning of the number 6, speaking to the meaning of the number 666, the number of the beast in Revelation.

    The back cover depicts “the day of the Lord” and the dead Apocalyptic world of the end times. Ironically the number 111 (three ones) looks a lot like Hebrew ˥˥˥ (vav vav vav), which in binary is the representation of the number seven. The three ones may be interpreted as the trinity of individuals, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    Satan used three nails to crucify Christ and thought his death would bring him victory only to have his temporary triumph turned into defeat by the resurrection of Jesus: thus sealing Satan’s fate and our salvation. Since mathematics is the discovery of what was true before all ages. The observations made in these pages were true in the time of Genesis, in the lifetime of Christ on earth, in first century when the New Testament was written and now. ”

    And when the sentence of death had been passed on our Lord by Pilate, they (the Jews) made haste and went into the sanctuary [Fol. 46b, col. 1] and brought out from thence the carrying poles of the Ark of the Covenant, and out of them they made the Cross of Christ. Verily it was meet that these pieces of wood which used to carry the Covenant should also carry the Lord of the Covenant. The Cross of Christ was formed of two pieces of wood which were of the same height, and depth, and length, p. 229 and breadth.

    And Paul the Apostle laboured exceedingly that the Gentiles might know what was the might of the Cross, which embraced the height, and depth, and length, and breadth of the earth. And when they raised up Christ, the Lamp of Light of all the earth, and set Him upon the candlestick of the Cross, the light of the sun became dark, and was extinguished, and a covering of darkness was spread over the whole earth. Three nails were driven into the body of our Redeemer, two through His hands, and one through both His feet. And there were two thieves [with Him], one on His right hand and one on His left hand.


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