Across different cultures and mythologies, there exist profound archetypal stories that resonate deeply with the human spirit. One such connection that has intrigued scholars and spiritual seekers is the resemblance between the Egyptian deities Isis and Horus and the biblical figures Mary and Jesus.
In this blog post, we will explore the intriguing parallels between Isis and Horus and Mary and Jesus, drawing from scripture and prophecy to illuminate the mystical connections.
I also truly believe these prophecies as I've done my own learning and I'm excited to share more of what I've learned and connected.
Isis and Horus:
In Egyptian mythology, Isis is revered as the goddess of motherhood, magic, and fertility. She is often depicted cradling her son, Horus, who would grow up to become a god associated with kingship, protection, and the triumph of good over evil.
Mary and Jesus:
In Christianity, Mary is the revered mother of Jesus, the central figure of the faith. Jesus is regarded as the savior of humanity, the embodiment of divine love, and the one who overcomes the powers of darkness.
Parallels and Symbolism:
1. Divine Birth: Both Isis and Mary are associated with miraculous births. Isis miraculously conceived Horus after her husband Osiris's death, while Mary gave birth to Jesus through the Holy Spirit. They also both give birth on December 25th.
2. Maternal Protection: Isis and Mary are seen as protective and nurturing mothers. Isis sheltered Horus from danger, much like Mary protected Jesus from the threat of King Herod.
3. Savior Figures: Horus and Jesus are both seen as savior figures who bring salvation and hope to their respective communities. They are associated with healing, restoration, and divine love.
Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
This prophecy from Isaiah reflects the anticipation of a divine child who will bring peace and salvation, which is echoed in both the Horus and Jesus narratives. Coincidence? No. Nothing is a coincidence.
Luke 1:35 (NIV): "The angel answered, 'The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.'"
This verse from the Gospel of Luke speaks to the miraculous conception of Jesus, paralleling the miraculous birth of Horus.
While the connections between Isis and Horus and Mary and Jesus are intriguing, it's important to note that they exist within their respective cultural and religious contexts. These parallels serve as a reminder of the universal themes found in mythology and spirituality—themes of divine birth, maternal protection, and the promise of salvation. Whether we find inspiration in the stories of ancient Egypt or the teachings of Christianity, the underlying message remains one of hope, love, and the enduring power of the divine to guide and protect humanity.
The Divine Essence of Isis:
Isis, the ancient Egyptian goddess, holds a unique place in mythology and spirituality. According to Manly P. Hall, Isis represents the embodiment of divine femininity, wisdom, and spiritual awakening. Her significance transcends time and culture, as she embodies the eternal principles of life, death, and rebirth.
She is the woman with 10,000 names, the Queen of the South in Matthew 12:42 and Luke 11:31, and there is a distinct connecting to her and the end times.
"Isis is the type of the perfect spiritual soul which, guided by the light of wisdom, steadily mounts the mystic ladder of consciousness, giving birth to the redeeming Christ-spirit in every human soul."
Manly Hall recognized Isis as a symbol of the divine soul's journey towards enlightenment and spiritual transformation.
The Enigmatic Woman of the Bible:
In biblical scriptures, particularly in the Book of Revelation, we encounter an enigmatic woman described in symbolic and mystical terms.
Revelation 12:1-2 (NIV) reads:
"1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.
2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth."
Connecting Isis and the Enigmatic Woman:
Manly P. Hall's teachings invite us to consider the possibility of a symbolic connection between Isis and the woman of Revelation. While not a widely accepted interpretation, it aligns with Hall's emphasis on the universal archetypes and timeless truths found in mythology and spirituality. I personally have enjoyed my learning journey with connecting Egyptian mythology to Christianity origins.
"Isis represented the Divine Mother as nature, but also the Divine Mother as the throne of consciousness upon which the Christos is born."
Hall's interpretation emphasizes the dual nature of Isis as both a representation of the natural world and the divine consciousness from which enlightenment emerges.
1. Isaiah 66:7 (NIV):
"Before she goes into labor, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son."
This verse from Isaiah alludes to the idea of a woman giving birth, which resonates with the imagery in Revelation.
2. Revelation 12:5 (NIV):
"She gave birth to a son, a male child, who 'will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.' And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne."
This scripture further describes the birth of the woman's child, reinforcing the idea of a significant divine birth.
Similarities between the stories of Isis and Horus and that of Jesus Christ:
1. Miraculous Birth:
- Isis and Horus:
While there are no direct scripture references for the birth of Horus, the story of Isis conceiving Horus through divine intervention aligns with the concept of miraculous births found in many mythologies.
- Jesus Christ:
The miraculous birth of Jesus is explicitly described in the New Testament. In Luke 1:35 (NIV), the angel Gabriel says to Mary, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God."
2. Protective Mothers:
- Isis and Mary: The protective nature of both Isis and Mary is reminiscent of Mary's role in safeguarding Jesus. In Matthew 2:13 (NIV), an angel warns Joseph in a dream to "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt," highlighting Mary's role in protecting Jesus from King Herod's threat.
3. Divine Life Events:
- Isis and Horus:
The guiding and protective role of Isis in Horus's life resonates with the presence of Mary in Jesus's life, as she witnessed and supported his ministry and mission.
4. Triumph Over Darkness:
- Horus and Jesus Christ:
The triumph over darkness is central to both stories. In John 1:5 (NIV), it is said, "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it," alluding to the triumph of Jesus's divine light over the darkness of sin.
- Horus and Jesus Christ:
While there is no direct scriptural reference to the resurrection of Horus, some interpretations of his story involve his healing and revival after being poisoned. In contrast, the resurrection of Jesus is a central theme in Christianity, as depicted in Matthew 28:6 (NIV): "He is not here; he has risen, just as he said."
These scripture references emphasize the shared themes of divine intervention, protection, and triumph of good over evil found in the stories of Isis and Horus and the narrative of Jesus Christ. While the specific details may vary, the overarching spiritual truths remain universal and timeless.
Manly P. Hall's profound insights into the goddess Isis and the enigmatic woman of the Bible encourage us to explore the deeper, symbolic layers of mythology and spirituality.
While the connection between Isis and the woman in Revelation remains speculative, it highlights the enduring power of archetypal symbols and their ability to convey universal truths across cultures and ages. Whether in the mysticism of ancient Egypt or the mysteries of biblical texts, the wisdom of these symbols invites us to seek deeper understanding and enlightenment on our spiritual journeys.