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There’s Just Something About that Name – Aleph Tav

I suppose this will be the Grand Finale, equivalent to the icing on the cake. In this episode we will discover the ancient wisdom that has been hidden in our English bible that decodes the mysterious Alpha and Omega that we find in the book of Revelation. The foundation for Alpha and Omega can only be found in the Hebrew script according to the Hebrew understanding. It is a beautiful truth that has been stripped from our bibles because mankind lacked understanding of its meaning. Where it is found and who it is referring to makes it an important truth to uncover.

The Hebrew word for Aleph Tav is (H853) and the first place this word appears is in the very first verse of scripture. Right next to God the Father we see this number. This is how it reads from the Interlinear bible:

 

gen11Notice how (H853) appears right next to Elohim (God)? This brings even greater understanding to the book of John which tells us,

Joh 1:1   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

When we understand that in all eternity there has only been one time ever that the Father and the son experienced a separation, and it was for us. Indeed our sin came at a cost, not one we had to pay but one that was paid for us.

(Mat 27:46) And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

When we consider this then we can have a greater understanding about why treading His blood underfoot has such a steep penalty. It is our sin that put Yahushah on the Cross and we need never forget it, nor excuse it by returning to the sin that caused his death to be necessary.

Heb 6:4-6   For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, (5) And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, (6) If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

We should never forget that the aim for believer’s is completion, we are called to be holy as He is holy. We are expected to remove the filthy garments of the flesh so that we can walk in the Spirit of God. Too great a price was paid for us, salvation is far from free, its just someone else had to pay the price for us to experience the freedom of it; just as a seed has to die in order for us to eat of its fruit.

The Word (H853) was removed 7,302 times.

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When we look at the Ancient Hebrew Characters that make up the Aleph Tav we also see something.

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                We see that the Aleph (aleph) Tav (t) is the Strong Sign, or Strong Covenant. This brings such a great insight as we consider the many times scripture tells us that the word is a sign.

(Exo 13:16) And it shall be for a token upon thine hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes: for by strength of hand the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt.

(Deu 6:8) And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

(Deu 11:18) Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.

In Exodus 13:15 the children of Israel were instructed to keep the Passover as a sign. The blood of the spotless lamb would be a sign unto them. Just as that lamb’s blood was on the wood post upon the door of their homes, so also was our Lord Yahushah’s blood upon that piece of wood that was pushed into the ground.

In Deuteronomy what are they being instructed to bind as a sign upon their hands, and as frontlet’s between their eyes? The word, and again in chapter 11 it is His words that we are to lay up in our heart and in our soul, and bind them for a sign upon our hand and as frontlets between our eyes. The Aleph Tav, the word and our keeping of it in our hearts, and minds, sanctifying it in all we say, think, and do, is the sign which reflects who we belong to.

Now most of us would have no problem seeing how Yahushah fulfills the one coming on the cross as we celebrate and remember his sacrifice either as a Messianic or a Christian, but many don’t see how the Ox represents him. Remember Hebrew is not just symbols as is English but each character has a character, as well as has a numeric value. The numeric value of the Aleph is one as it is the first character of the Hebrew alphabet and the Tav is the last character of the Hebrew Alphabet, which should bring to mind this scripture.

Rev_1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

This in essence is a redundant statement because as Aleph and Tau are the first and last characters of the Hebrew alphabet so also is Alpha and Omega in the Greek. Although, we should know that as John was a Hebrew that he would have been speaking in Hebrew which would mean if written in Hebrew it would read I am Aleph and Tau, the first and the last. Yahushah came as the sign (t) of the covenant, but shall return as the strong ox (aleph) that shall rule with a rod of iron in his grand finale. Hence, the first will be last and the last was first.

We have completed the series on There’s Just Something About That Name. I know that with Yah there is always sooo very much to learn and I look forward to the new things He will teach me about himself and I look forward to sharing those new things with you. May YHWH bless every reader, May He make His face to shine upon every reader and give you Shalom (peace). In the Name that is above every name that is named the Great Deliverer whom Moses said we must hear, Yahushah (Jesus) Ha Maschiach (Christ).

All Ancient Hebrew Characters provided by Ancient Hebrew Research Center.

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There’s Something About that Name – YHWH Tsidkenu

In his daysH3117 JudahH3063 shall be saved,H3467 and IsraelH3478 shall dwellH7931 safely:H983 and thisH2088 is his nameH8034 wherebyH834 he shall be called,H7121 THE LORDH3068 OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.H6664 (Jer 23:6)

The setting of this scripture and the proclamation that is being stated concerning what we will call YHWH is based on a future prophetic event. It is clear as you read the chapter because the events mentioned have not yet happened in biblical times, nor in our time. It is referencing a time when like the Prodigal Son the children of the Most High will return to Him. They will turn away from the pagan gods that they have served and be true only to him. As we have discovered there are ways that YHWH revealed himself to his people that in most cases were specific and unique to that individual. As we see in the case of Abraham who articulated his experience in God in a way that we don’t see evident in the lives of other followers. As we have pointed out in previous episodes that this is significant and prophetic. Likewise this prophecy clearly reveals that the people who will encounter this particular experience and call YHWH their righteousness will reach a pivotal point in their life where they will witness the hand of God move in a way that no other group in times past, could relate to. YHWH like in the time of Moses is going to do a new thing and as in the time he did so with Moses we choose which side of that new thing we will take part in. We can either be on YHWH’s side and witness the miracles from the land of the living, or we can be with those in the rebellion against God and find ourselves swallowed up in the pit of the earth. YHWH gives us opportunities to escape hell we would do well to take them.

This word righteousness in the ancient Hebrew is spelled:

tsidkenu                Interesting thing is if you have e-sword and you look at this in the KJV+ version of scripture you won’t see all these characters. You have to look at it in the interlinear bible in order to see the full word here. Hebrew reads from right to left so the first character which is tsade (tsade) means “path” or “side” as it is the picture that looks like someone on their side, “straight, just, or right”. This character depicts one who walks in a straight path. The second character is dalet (dalet) which is the picture of a tent door and means to “enter or exit” or to “flow”. The third character is quph (quph) this is the picture of either the back of one’s head or the sun on the horizon. The meaning of this character is sun, revolution, circle, and horizon. It can also mean time or condense. The fourth character is nun (n) which is a seed sprout which means continue, life, or seed as the life of anything starts from the seed. The fifth and final character is waw (waw) this character is the picture of a nail peg and means to establish, secure, or add as all of these are functions of a nail. When we put the letters together we see that righteousness is when the straight path which enters and exits the horizon continues to establish or secure.

In my final episode of There’s Just Something About that Name we will look at the name that sums it up from A to Z, so to speak. We will look at the Aleph Tav which appears over 7,000 times in the Hebrew Scripture, yet not once in our English bible. We will discover the meaning of this hidden word and why it is the foundation for everything not hidden that we find in scripture concerning God. For the invisible things of God are clearly seen by the things which he has made, even his eternal Godhead. (Rom. 1:20) I hope you have enjoyed this series as much as I have been excited about sharing with you the things Yah has been showing me. More importantly I hope that you will begin exploring your own adventure studies and sharing it with others as Yah empowers you.

All Ancient Hebrew Characters made available by Jeff Benner @ http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/

 

Walking in truth this New Year!

Imagine your husband wearing a shirt with another woman’s picture on it, how would this make you feel as his wife?
Now, imagine how our Husband, Yahushah (Jesus) feels when we wear garments with the Goddess of fertility, Easter, or
with Satan (Santa) clause on us?  Do you think he is pleased?  Consider this why is it that the animal that is used to represent the “resurrection” of Messiah is an unclean animal?  (Lev. 11:6)  Do you really think that God would use an animal that He wouldn’t accept as a sacrifice on His altar to be the type or shadow of His pure clean son?  Why would we reject the Passover Lamb that we can trace back all the way to Exodus, in replacement of an Easter bunny that coincidentally lays chicken eggs?  This is mixed worship and will not replace the pure blood of Yahushah our Passover Lamb.  The Father seeketh those who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth, not in spirit or in truth, you cannot have one without the other.  (John 4:23)  The scripture makes it clear we serve a jealous God and He will not share us with any other.  we cannot eat at the Lord’s table and the table of devils.
(Matt. 6:24; Luke 16:13; Exodus 34:14; 1 Cor. 10:21)  I encourage you in these days to know the Lord you serve.  Learn His ways, have an understanding of the holidays you celebrate and make sure if you say this is a feast of YHWH (the Lord) that you can confirm that with scripture.
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ OUR PASSOVER is sacrificed for us: (1 Cor. 5:7)

Guilt free No bake Cheesecake

  • 2 containers Plain Cream Cheese Style Spread Daiya (Dairy-Free)daiya
  • 3/4 cup coconut butter (dairy free version) or organic butter (less expensive version)
  • 4 tbsp. water
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. natural vanilla extract (clear or white is best but regular vanilla extract can also be used)
  • 2/3 cup sugar (organic cane sugar is better option)
  • 4 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes (optional)

Torie’s Topping

  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1 cup of organic cane sugar or honey to taste
  • 2 graham cracker crusts or can make crust yourself in Aluminum free pan (glassware) for healthier option from organic graham crackers
*Note: Coconut butter, also known as coconut manna, can be found in many grocery stores in the nut butter aisle. It is not the same thing as coconut oil.
This recipe comes from here, with a few additions from me.
  1. In a blender or food processor, add the coconut butter (or butter), water, lemon juice, vanilla, coconut shavings and sugar. Blend until completely smooth (about 2 min.)
  2. With an electric beater, whip the Daiya Plain Cream Cheese Style Spread until smooth. Add the smooth coconut butter paste and beat until fully incorporated.
  3. Melt the coconut oil and pour into the cream cheese mixture. Beat until fully combined.
  4. Spread onto prepared crust and let sit covered in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
  5. In a saucer cook frozen berries with 2 tbsp of water to prevent scorching, add sugar after berries begin to form its own liquid. Be sure to cover while cooking until liquid forms then add sugar.

There’s Something About That Name – YHWH Shammah

 

In this episode we will discover more about the God who is there (Shammah). Isn’t it awesome to know that we don’t serve a God who is far off or who cannot identify with us, but rather we serve the God of the universe who loved us so much that he became one of us just so that he could save us from ourselves.   When I think of YHWH’s great love for us it makes it easy to walk through what feels like land mines in my life.  Especially when you feel as if you are one word away from losing it, it is the word of YHWH and his presence that makes enduring the challenges of life easy.

Let’s discuss the background behind where we see YHWH described as YHWH Shammah, which appears in the book of Ezekiel. Let me paint the picture for you, Ezekiel is describing the layout of the land that belongs to YHWH and how he will distribute that land to each tribe. As you read the layout and the dimensions of the property you see a vivid picture of the cross of Messiah with the altar of God being in the very center or heart of it. Much as where the heart of Christ would have been as he was positioned on that cross standing up into the ground. Only this time Ezekiel is not showing us our Savior being crucified, but rather reigning from his land in the midst of his people (the church).

There are over 200 references with both YHWH and Shammah appearing in the same scripture, however, only one standing out as connecting YHWH to being the God that is there. However, in the places that you do see them both appear many reference YHWH’s presence or name being in a specific place. This is very important for us as believers because that is where we want to be where God is. Remembering that like our father Abraham we are still seeking a city whose builder and maker is Yah. (Heb. 11:10) Where we are is not where he is taking us, but we should always be kingdom minded and kingdom representing wherever we are. Just as I don’t stop being an American just because I visit Italy, you don’t stop being a child of God just because you are not in the place where he will make his name to abide. We are pilgrims here and as long as we think that way we won’t get too caught up in what we have here. We won’t start digging wells and making claims but rather we will recognize that this is a temporary location that we inhabit on the way to something greater then where we are can take us.

The first scripture where we see the word Shammah used is in Genesis 2:8.

Gen_2:8 And the LORDH3068 GodH430 plantedH5193 a gardenH1588 eastwardH4480 H6924 in Eden;H5731 and thereH8033 he putH7760 (H853) the manH120 whomH834 he had formed.H3335

 

Indeed we see that YHWH declares the end from the beginning as it is stated in Isaiah 46:9-10. As we see in the beginning YHWH has planted Adam where he wanted him, we see in the end that YHWH will have the Last Adam exactly where he wants him. Since we know YHWH never had a bad idea we know that from where man originated in the beginning so shall he be in the end. Glory to YHWH king of glory! So we see in Ezekiel the following

Eze_48:35 It was round aboutH5439 eighteenH8083 H6240 thousandH505 measures: and the nameH8034 of the cityH5892 from that dayH4480 H3117 shall be, The LORDH3068 is there.H8033

I encourage you to read the entire forty-eighth chapter of Ezekiel, there are some amazing pictures foreshadowing Christ at the heart of his people depicting a landscape having the measurements which is in the shape of a Cross. No article can do justice to the Word of God, at best my greatest desire is to cause you to hunger to get what God has waiting for you there.

Now let’s look at the characters used here in Ezekiel 48 because the interesting thing here is that the Strong’s number H8033 is normally spelled with two characters but in this text it is spelled with three.

smhCourtesy of AHLB

                The first character sheen (sheen) is the picture of two teeth and means to consume, or destroy as this is what we do when we eat. The second character is mem (mem ) which is the picture of water waves which refers to liquid of any kind and chaos. As the Hebrew people associated Noah’s flood with chaos. The final character is a hey (hey) which is the picture of someone with their hands up looking as if they are beholding something greater than themselves. We see this when we praise or when someone surrenders. This character means to behold, to look, or to see. Now the AHLB provides an interesting definition for this term.

1473)  (mem sheen) ac: Breathe co: Breath ab: Desolate: The wind, or breath, of someone or something is its character.

 

Now this is the root meaning of the word however the specific meaning of the word used in Ezekiel 48 is:
Nm) (memsheen ShM) – I. Breath: The breath of a man is his character, what makes one what he is. The name of an individual is more than an identifier but descriptive of his character or breath. II. There: Used to identify another place. [Hebrew and Aramaic] III. Sky: The place of the winds. [Hebrew and Aramaic; Only used in the masculine plural form, mims or nims in Aramaic] IV. Aroma: A sweet aroma that is carried on the wind or breath. [df: Mo] [freq. 1365] |kjv: name, renown, fame, famous, heaven, air, sweet, there| {str: 5561, 8033, 8034, 8036, 8064, 8065, 8536} AHLB

This definition reflects another illustrated picture of the Father and the Son being one. As Yahushah is the breath of God (word) made flesh, reflecting in human form the character of the Almighty we know that where he was, was where the kingdom was. Hence to have the breath of God in us is to have the character of God within us. This is why it was when Yah breathed into mankind he became a living soul. (Gen. 2:7) This being the most fitting place to see YHWH Shammah is where the description of the King in his Kingdom amongst those in whom the breath of life resides in them surrounding him would provide the most vivid picture of what the Kingdom of God is.

In the next episode we will look at YHWH Tsidkenu our Righteous God found in Jeremiah 23:6. How awesome it is to learn more and more about the King of Glory and to know that His breath resides within us.