“Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter.’He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
KING OF KING AND LORD OF LORDS” – Revelation 19:15-16
Iota-Eta (IH), as well as Iota-Eta-Sigma (ΙΗΣ) are the abbreviations for the name of Jesus (ΙΗΣΟΥΣ) in Greek. The letters I and H were combined to make a symbol, as you see above. This symbol was used in Churches for anything you wanted to associate with Christianity, such as books, table linens, robes… it could pretty much be placed anywhere in the Church and be appropriate.
Right or wrong, I am fond of certain tattoos and have a few of my own. I see them as art that I get to keep forever. Three years after being saved at 24 years old, I decided to move away for a new chapter of my life. I was leaving behind my nice bubble that was my church, friends, and other safeties. I decided to have Ephesians 6:13 tattooed on my ribs with a shield and a cross. It was my reminder of what I was taking with me, wherever I went. All this to say, when I was researching Iota-Eta (the IH symbol), my first thought was, “that would make a cool tattoo.” It reminded me of the scripture from Revelation 19 when my pastor titled his sermon, “Jesus had a tattoo.”
I’m not convincing anyone to get a tattoo, but I thought at the least, if we went into war together, we would need something to identify ourselves. Called to hold up our shields, a Coat of arms would be necessary. “Coat of arms, the principal part of a system of hereditary symbols dating back to early medieval Europe, used primarily to establish identity in battle. Arms evolved to denote family descent, adoption, alliance, property ownership, and, eventually, profession.” –Britannica. I think everything “denoted” there points to Jesus, for us.
Daily Battle Order:
What reminder do you need to hold your shield up for a reason and with a purpose? It is fitting to see symbols like IH and the Cross inside a Church, but do you take it outside with you? Go to your work area, find a whiteboard or an empty spot on your corkboard for a posted note and just write the symbol for “IH” on it. You now know what it means. If anyone asks you, “what’s that?” you now have a response.
Join us next week as we introduce core lessons learned from the Chickamauga Battlefield.
Kingdom Men: The Joshua Commission invites you to join us for spiritual warfare battlefield training on the Chickamauga Battlefields; Friday- Sunday, April 9-11 2021.