The Snake on a Pole and the Christ on a Cross

Numbers 21:8-9 is the reason for the famous medical symbol, caduceus.

The Bronze Snake

“The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.” – Numbers 21:8-9

How can we possibly compare the sinless Son of God with a poisonous snake?

That was my question when I first read the snake-on-pole incident and heard that it was a foreshadowing of Christ’s death on the cross. My first feeling was that to even think such a thing about Jesus would be blasphemy.

Understanding this mystery reveals the full power of the cross.

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21

I knew Jesus took our sins and their punishment upon Himself to save us. What I didn’t understand was the profound depth of it:

Jesus actually became sin

And at that moment, all the wrath of God was poured out on one lone figure on a cross, killing Him and sending Him into the depths of hell. The devil actually thought he had finally defeated God.

In the horror of this moment, Psalm 22:6 was fulfilled:

“…but I am a worm (a serpent) and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people.”

Then, as Satan gloated over his prize, with all his captives looking on in (hard to imagine) even greater despair, with Jesus Christ Himself dead, powerless and defeated, then to the devil’s own shock, the Spirit of the living God suddenly infused the forlorn victim of the cruelest torture and death, and transformed Him into the fully victorious resurrected eternal Messiah, triumphing over all the power of death and the devil.

In titanic combat He snatched the keys of Death and Hell and led the devil’s captives to freedom.

Colossians 2:13-15 sums it up:

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Thank you Lord!!!!!!!!!!


Due to the pagan influence on the caduceus medical symbol, I am adding another medical symbol that is more closely related to Moses’ brazen serpent on a pole.


The point of the article was to understand why the Lord would foreshadow the crucifixion of His Son with an image that represents sin and the devil.

I apologize for the distraction I caused by using the tainted symbol of the caduceus to make my point.

If I had only shone Moses with the serpent on a pole, and Jesus on the cross, there would have been no distraction. However, if I were to edit out the caduceus photo from the article, it would accidentally make those who discussed the caduceus seem to have no context. So for their sake I simply add this note.

Thank you all for adding info about the caduceus that I didn’t know.

~ TD


26 responses to “The Snake on a Pole and the Christ on a Cross

  1. traildustfotm, awesome, I cannot believe there are so many that doubt or don’t believe. What do they believe in?

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  2. Thanks, traildustfotm! Truly inspiring.

    But one thing do I question. I have been told that double-serpent symbol is actually the scepter of Hermes. An evil one at that. Which is true? There was but 1 pole snake. But the Greek scepter has two, intertwining to form DNA-like strands, similar to those found on that evil baphomet.

    So I ask, which is accurate? Is that caduceus a reference to God, or the enemy?

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    • Eli, that is a good question. And other medical symbols show only a snake on a pole. My opinion is that the caduceus is influenced by b both the jewish scriptures and the greek myths. Interestingly, the fact that it was a snake is a direct reference to the snake (Satan) who deceived Eve and Adam. Not a theologian, I draw from this the point that Jesus was in that moment transformed into the very thing so wicked that it demanded the full wrath of God. How Jesus became sin is beyond me, but the fact is that this is at the core of the gospel message. Seemingly inconsistent prophecies were given from the beginning. How could the Messiah be both the suffering one and the triumphant one. This was so well hidden that Satan absolutely never saw it coming, until it was too late.

      Interestingly, the Lord eventually had to destroy the brazen serpent because the Israelites stupidly started worshiping it like an idol.


    • If its helpful, from what I know from my own studies, the caduceus is widely utilized in the occult (the neo-gnostic cult called the rosicrucians like it pretty well themselves.) the staff is the staff of the greek deity hermes, (supposedly given to him by apollo in exchange for a lyre) The popular form we see of a staff with a ball on top with wings and a pair of snakes, is a bit more recent (Although allegedly the symbol goes back to the phoenicians, and hittites, as well.) the less often seen item with one snake around a stick is the staff of asclepius, the greek deity of doctors and healers. Given that doctors used to swear by the “hippocratic oath” which invokes the vile olympian deities, including apollo, it’d be reasonable to suppose that the staff is meant to be hermes’ and not Moses’.

      To my knowledge, there is no Christian association with these symbols. It does seem that association with what Moses did may be played up by the occultists to add an air of “legitimacy” to their shlock… I’m not implying that you are doing such yourself however, Traildust.

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  4. From The Foundations, before Adam was, before this Earth was – HE Purposed “the futureistic advent,” of The New Earth – where there will be no more tears nor heart-aches!!!

    To get there HE Purposed to bring HIS Chosen Race to fruition

    We – HIS OWN people caused HIM to-have “drank of the cup,” of iniquity that we may join HIM – via HIS Eternity, at that time!!!

    Then – those whom HE Has Chosen – will live in HIS Eternity – forever and forever

    None of “what HE Does, for us,” is understandable -HIS New Earth people will be HIS Balm, and Sweet Scent forever and forever

    High Rider


  5. Thank You Lord…. indeed! As I have stated before, it never ceases to amaze me that we “humans” are so totally loved (and at least in my case) preserved by God. We all fall short, like the isrealites “stupidly” worshiping every golden, bronze and/or silver icon that came along.
    A friend of mine recently asked the question that I have been asked multiple times over decades: “were he (Jesus) to appear today, would you follow him?”. Alas, my understanding of the Scriptures (and lack of academy thereof) causes me to wonder if I would miss the bus entirely.
    I know for a fact that the hand of God has protected me throughout my life, and today I wonder why God would love one such as me.
    “Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” Geo. Orwell

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    • Crackerbaby, the love of God is definitely what this is all about. I posted this one because it suddenly hit me very hard. Gratitude forever to the One who paid the price.

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  6. This symbol is more universal than just Greek and Hebrew…

    “In the medical practices of India and southern Asia the Kundalini (energy system) has been represented for centuries by double-coiled snakes coursing up a single staff (Figure 1). This representation has absolutely no relationship to Hermes and Greek myth. It has been said that the philosophy of India and Southwest Asia to include Thailand preceded Greek legend by as much as 1,000 years. The double serpent on the staff was solely a representation of the Kundalini coursing up the body from the perineum and sacrum to the crown of the head. This symbol has extremely important correspondences to the practice of both the acupuncture and chiropractic professions when utilized and practiced in a therapeutic sense.

    The two snakes are representations of the spinal tracts known as the IDA and the PINGALA. The IDA is the Yin energy (negative) whereas the PINGALA is Yang (positive). These two snakes are coiled around what is referred to as the Sushumna or main spinal tract or cord. Each time the two snakes cross each other as they entwine coiling up the body, represents the location of a “chakra” . Chakras are the primary centers of electro magnetic energy in the body. The crossing of the serpents occurs seven times thus the seven chakras. The wings at the top of the staff in actuality represent the seventh chakra. Ren 26 even though not an official chakra plays an extremely important role in chakra healing.”

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    • Isn’t it bizarre how mankind can waste so much imagination and effort in these malarkey systems, like chakras, reiki/energy “medicine”, and tantra (which is also tied into kundalini) etc.? Much good could be done if people would quit wasting time trying to get wrapped up in these false cosmologies, (some of which were likely instigated by devils, I’d suspect) and stop throwing away their time in vain efforts to use sorcery to remedy ills which are better treated with practical means.

      Thankfully, evil’s days are numbered, Thanks be to Christ.

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      • My intention is not to be contrary or argumentative here, an yet I must state what I know to be true. While there may be controversy about healing systems such as Reiki, there is little question at this point that the meridian system is there in the body and that is why acupuncture works. Does it work for everything? No, but that is not the point. And when you say practical means, I am not sure what “practical” means. If you mean all the pharmaceuticals that are employed here for every ill, and have hideous side effects, often worse than the disease, I’m not sure that I can agree that that is either a practical or a superior healing framework. When it comes to sorcery, are you aware that the the Greek word ‘pharmakeia’ (Word 5331 in Strongs), from which we get the word pharmacy and pharmacopeia means sorcery? And indeed that may be fitting considering what we know about the banking elites practices.The Rockefeller banking and oil family singlehandedly pushed petroleum based pharmaceuticals into the medical schools and took over the curriculum therein while pushing homeopathy and other more natural healing modalities out. The truth is while Western medicine does a great job at emergency medicine, when it comes to chronic illnesses Western medicine fails because it almost exclusively treats the symptoms and not the cause, which means it rarely if ever heals anything. I imagine that suits an elite banking class just fine when their agenda is all about death. I would also add that whether anyone believes it or not, those energy pathways that were mentioned in my previous post above called the IDA, Pingala, and Shushumna are in every human body whether one chooses to believe it or not. And while Serpent symbolism is often associated esp. here in Western culture with worldliness, sin, temptation, sensuality and deceit, the serpent is also sacred to many cultures and represented life, health, and renewal. So it might not be totally inappropriate that the caduceus is associated with healing even though that does not seem to be the original intent.

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    • It gives me the creeps just reading about two snakes entwining my spinal cord. There is a good reason why Satan appeared as a serpent to tempt Adam and Eve. Why would the medical profession choose the snake-caduceus as their symbol?

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      • “…….the symbol’s origin as the magic wand of Hermes/Mercury, the Greco-Roman messenger of the gods,….. whose characteristics included wisdom and eloquence. In the 16th and 17th centuries, …… the caduceus was associated with wise and eloquent individuals, ( because Mercury also symbolizes communications information in astrology) including some physicians. However, in the early 19th century it was adopted by a medical publisher as a sign, not that he published medical books, but that he was a commercial deliverer of information. Friedlander goes on to indicate that in 1902 the sign was adopted by the U.S. Army as the insignia of its Medical Department. The sign became widely recognized after the exposure it had during World War I. It became frequently used and, once popular, bred popularity.”

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        • Yeah, like it or not much of our symbolism is derived from ancient systems and mystery religions. In fact, our current abhorrence of some of them didn’t occur until Christianity had been in place for over 1,000 years.

          Snake mythology is VERY old and appears everywhere. Most peoples did not associate snakes with evil. Snakes were more generally associated with wisdom.

          While I don’t see a problem to knowing something about ancient systems many are repulsed by them. There are stories of the mystery religions in the Gospels.

          I’m not that certain that, as far a medicine goes, that we are so superior to some of the earlier beliefs. I think the body is more than cells. Vibration and stimulation have effects on the body that are not generally recognized but were known to the ancients.

          I think it is alright to admit that we don’t know everything and that our ancestors were not ignorant. I had a Christian neighbor once that was terrified of my lawn ornaments. He took that very seriously. I just laughed. One of us is wrong.


          • I’ll bite: What lawn ornaments do you have that your neighbor found terrifying?


            • Oh, some Native Americans that I knew gave me some wooden totems. Just small, hand-carved ones. I put two of them in my flower beds in my front yard. My neighbor at the time, Tom, was a fundamentalist who was worried that they might have been used in “pagan rituals”.

              I took them to church and had my priest friend bless them with holy water. I’m not sure Tom was satisfied.

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        • By the way Lana, I saw your video this morning and enjoyed it. Did you know they put a “Warning” on it? There is a big “Disinformation Warning’ that shows up about halfway through. It booted me out and I had to start over.


          • Lophatt, I apologize but I have been really busy the last few days and whatever posts I make, I do them quickly and then run off to get my tasks accomplished – so I can’t even remember which video now you are talking about now! Which thread was it on?
            What ever I posted, you were probably lucky to even get access. I have noticed that many things I viewed in the past are now taken down, or you have to sign in to watch them. The censorship is out of control on YouTube.

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  9. Shiloh
    By Tim Shey

    Brutal deathdance;
    My eyes weep blood.
    Pharisees smile like vipers,
    They laugh and mock their venom:
    Blind snakes leading
    The deaf and dumb multitude.

    Where are my friends?
    The landscape is dry and desolate.
    They have stretched my shredded body
    On this humiliating tree.

    The hands that healed
    And the feet that brought good news
    They have pierced
    With their fierce hatred.

    The man-made whip
    That opened up my back
    Preaches from a proper pulpit.
    They sit in comfort:
    That vacant-eyed congregation.
    The respected, demon-possessed reverend
    Forks his tongue
    Scratching itchy ears
    While Cain bludgeons
    Abel into silence.

    My flesh in tattered pieces
    Clots red and cold and sticks
    To the rough-hewn timber
    That props up my limp, vertical carcase
    Between heaven and earth.
    My life drips and puddles
    Below my feet,
    As I gaze down dizzily
    On merciless eyes and dagger teeth.

    The chapter-and-versed wolves
    Jeer and taunt me.
    Their sheepwool clothing
    Is stained black with the furious violence
    Of their heart of stone.
    They worship me in lip service,
    But I confess,
    I never knew them
    (Though they are my creation).

    My tongue tastes like ashes:
    It sticks to the roof of my mouth.
    I am so thirsty.
    This famine is too much for me.
    The bulls of Bashan have bled me white.
    Papa, into your hands
    I commend my Spirit.

    February/March 1997
    Iowa State University

    Genesis 49: 10: “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”

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  10. Wonderful reflection indeed and it happens to be a scripture text have always loved alot since it reflects my own life testimony.
    I’ve always argued the correlation of these events,snake on the pole n Jesus on the cross.
    We note from the episode of Numbers 21,that once the Israelites were bitten by snakes,they looked at the bronze serpent on the pole n were getting healed.
    The same applied to Jesus on the cross that any sinner looking at the crucified Lord up on the cross gets salvation.
    From the Genesis3 episode,serpent symbolizes satan,sin or rebellion.
    God sent poisonous vipers among the Israelites due to their complaints to Moses since they didn’t trust God’s word.
    By asking Moses to make the serpent n hinge it to apole symbolically was to remind them of their sins.
    It could be argued as it was only meant to win back to God their consent n obedience back by accepting to look at the bronze serpent,recall their sins by being sorry for them n finally get healed.
    While with Jesus being on the cross,could be argued as he came to carry our sins with him as a ramson for our salvation.
    It was our rejection to Jesus that cost him his life on the cross,symbol of a cursed person as per the Jew due to their claim that Jesus rebelled against their law prompting such death.
    It’s again out of our own consent we look back at him on the cross n receive our healing.
    I once conducted a deliverance prayer session after having been prompted to carry my crucifix to the praying hall from my house.
    When prayers were on,I asked the congregation to open their eyes n look at the cross I was raising before them asking them what they could see n they collectively told me Jesus on the cross.
    I then asked them to close their eyes n began singing asong I received from the spirit n immediately I started singing,the whole house went wild with people wailing,jumping,vomiting,singing n some ran out.This went on for one hour while I was completely unaware of what was happening.
    It was after the session was over when I was confronted by four people who were not Catholics but were in attendance.
    Each of the had a unique story / testimony,some saying immediately they closed their eyes,they continued seeing Jesus on the cross for a shortwhile,they could see Jesus coming down from the cross n began to manifest into various forms,such as Jesus the good Shepherd with sheep,Jesus feeding people at the sea of Galilee,Jesus the bread of life,etc as per an individual’s need at that time.
    All these people are by now Catholics after their conversion from that prayer encounter.
    God’s blessings n Love,Maurice.


  11. Jesus mentions that right before what is possibly the most well known verse in the New Testament, John 3:16:
    “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up:
    That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
    – John 3:14, 15


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