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Enoch’s and the Angelic Realm

“I saw the path of the angels. I perceived at the extremity of the earth the firmament of heaven above it. Then I passed on towards the south; where burnt, both by day and night, six mountains formed of glorious stones; three towards the east, and three towards the south. Those which were towards the east were of a variegated stone; one of which was of margarite, and another of antimony. Those towards the south were of a red stone. The middle one reached to heaven like the throne of God; a throne composed of alabaster, the top of which was of sapphire. I saw, too, a blazing fire hanging over all the mountains” (1 Enoch 18:6-10).

Two Stone Tablets

The Stone Torah

Moshe’s meetings with Adonai on the mountain are a ‘shadow’ of the unique covenant God made with the people of Israel. The first covenant, written on stone, is broken by sin. The same covenant written on new stones brings forth the glory of Adonai.

When the Israelites were gathered at Mount Sinai, Adonai descended with fire, smoke and the sound of the shofar. They trembled in fear and asked that Moshe become the intercessor between them and yod-hey-vav-hey. He sets up twelve stones to represent the 12 Tribes of Israel. He makes burnt offerings and peace offerings to Adonai. He takes half of the blood and puts it in basins; the other half he sprinkles on the altar. He reads the book of the covenant of Adonai and the people respond and accept the covenant: “Everything that Adonai has spoken we will do and obey” (Exodus 19:8).

“Moshe took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant which Adonai has made with you in accordance with all these words” (Exodus 24:8).

“The glory of Adonai stayed on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day he called to Moshe out of the cloud” (Exodus 24:16).

The Flesh Torah

Moshe ascends the mountain a second time and enters the cloud. He remains on the mountain for 40 days and nights. Adonai gives him another two stone tablets on which are written His instructions: The Ten Commandments. On both sides of the stones are the commands of yod-hey-vav-hey, His Word written by His own Hand.

This first ascent to the mountain for the stone symbolizes the hard, stone heart that man has toward Torah. While Moshe is receiving the very written Words of yod-hey-vav-hey on the mountain, the Israelites are down below mixing the holiness of Adonai with the pagan gods of Egypt.

When Moshe comes down from the mountain, he finds the people worshiping a golden calf and indulging in abominations. Moshe throws down the tablets and shatters them at the base of the mountain. He melts the golden calf in the fire, grounds it into powder, scatters it on the water, and makes the people drink it. He confronts Aharon who had been left in charge. He makes ridiculous excuses for his own sin which allowed the people to become rebellious.

The Torah of stone is broken. The stony hearts of the people revealed. Three thousand people die.

The Rock of Salvation

Moshe leaves the camp. He pitches his tent away from the Israelites to fellowship with Adonai. The cloud of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh’s presence descends and blocks the entrance to the tent. Moshe has intimate fellowship with Adonai and requests to see His glory. Adonai tells him to stand on the Rock. As His glory passes, Adonai places Moshe in a crevice of the Rock and covers him with His. Moshe meets Yeshua, the Rock of salvation (Psalm 18:46), the Rock that brings forth living water (1 Corinthians 10:4), the Rock of Israel’s defense (Psalm 62:2), the everlasting Rock (Isaiah 26:4). , the Rock that is the intercessor between Adonai and man (Hebrews 7:25).

The New Stones

Adonai tells Moshe to cut two stone tablets like the first ones so that He can inscribe the Words that were on the first ones. Moshe ascends Mount Sinai a second time with the two stone tablets in his hands. Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh descends in a cloud, stands with Moshe, and pronounces His name, yod-hey-vav-hey. Moshe prostrates himself on the ground and as the intercessor for Israel, asks forgiveness for the sins of Israel (Exodus 34:6-8).

Adonai re-news the first covenant, The Ten Commandments, on different stones. He tells the people that they must obey His instructions. He is a jealous God and in order to keep His anger from busting out against them, they must destroy all pagan worship. He does not want them to be enticed to worship other gods. His gives instructions for His ‘appointed times:’ Sabbath, Passover, Matzah, Firstfruits Feast of Weeks, and the Festival of Ingathering –– a prophetic vision of the Rock.

When Moshe came down from the mountain with the second set of stones, the people awaited his arrival. They had prepared to hear the Words from yod-hey-vav-hey.

Moshe’s face glowed with light from being in the presence of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh. The glory of yod-hey-vav-hey was so bright that Aaron and the people of Israel were afraid to approach him. Moshe called to them and they came to him; he taught them everything Adonai had taught him on the mountain. When he was finished reading the stones, Moshe put a veil over his face. Whenever he spoke to the Israelites, he covered his face, but when met with Adonai, he removed the veil.

The second visit to the mountain brought a transference of Adonai’s glory onto Moshe. The presence of Adonai remained with Moshe because His Spirit had circumcised Moshe’s heart and made it flesh.

The Torah is re-newed on new stones. Only Caleb and Joshua have the same heart and Spirit as Moshe. Only Caleb and Joshua survive the wilderness to enter the Promised Land (Numbers 14:24, 27:18).

Forty years later, Moshe promises the children and grandchildren of those who left Egypt that Adonai will circumcise their hearts so they can obey His Torah (Deuteronomy 30:6). This is the ‘new circumcision’ instituted by Yeshua at his Passover seder (Luke 22) and fulfilled on the Feast of Weeks. On that day, 3000 men received circumcised hearts and entered eternal life.

The first Torah was written on stone. It was broken because of sin and brought death. Moshe set himself apart from the people as the intercessor and met with Adonai face-to-face. On the mountain, Moshe received the Spirit and a circumcision of heart. Moshe’s countenance revealed the glory of Adonai; Moshe’s countenance reflected the glory of the Rock.

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The Shining Fallen One

Adonai created heavenly beings called angels. Archangels are the highest ranking angels and answer only to Adonai. Several are known in Scripture by the names: Micha’el, Gabri’el, Rapha’el, and Uri’el. These archangels are the generals in Adonai’s army and engage in spiritual warfare. Micha’el, the chief of the archangels, comes to Daniel’s rescue and explains that there are regions under divine protection (Daniel 10:3). The archangels take authority over one keruv (cherub) when he wants to dispute the body of Moshe (Jude 1:9).

Keruvim or ‘cherubim’ are a lower hierarchy than archangels. Keruvim are angelic security guards. They guard the entrance to the Garden of Eden with swords and protect the Throne of Adonai. Two keruvim sit atop the Ark of the Covenant with their wings spread as they guard ‘the throne of Adonai.’

The prophet Ezekiel had two encounters with keruvim and describes their appearance. Each keruv had straight legs and feet like a calf’s hoof that sparkled like polished bronze. They had four wings: two wings touched each other and two touched the wing of another keruv. Under their wings they had four human hands. Their whole body including their back, hands, and wings, was covered with eyes. The movement of their wings sounded like the voice of Adonai. Each keruv had four faces: a keruv, a man, a lion, and an eagle.

Each had wheels that sparkled like topaz or beryl and were also covered with eyes. The wheels were like a wheel within a wheel that had high rims moving in all four directions. The spirit of the living beings was in the wheels, rising wherever the keruv moved and lowering when the keruv stopped. The keruvim rushed back and forth like bolts of lightning that looked like bright fire and hot coals (Ezekiel chapters 1 and 10).

A Special Keruv

“‘You put the seal on perfection; you were full of wisdom and perfect in beauty; you were in ‘Eden, the garden of God; covered with all kinds of precious stones — carnelians, topaz, diamonds, beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphires, green feldspar, emeralds; your pendants and jewels were made of gold, prepared the day you were created. You were a keruv, protecting a large region; I placed you on God’s holy mountain. You walked back and forth among stones of fire” (Ezekiel 28:12-14, Complete Jewish Bible).

One guardian keruv was placed in the Garden of Eden. This keruv was full of wisdom, perfect, and beautiful to behold. The Hebrew word for ‘perfect’ is tamim meaning ‘full of integrity.’ Precious stones were created to cover (mesukkah) him like a garment. He was clothed in carnelian, topaz, diamonds, beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphire, green feldspar, and emeralds –– stones like those on the High Priest’s breastplate and the 12 foundations of the New Jerusalem. This keruv was also given ‘gold pendants and jewels.’ The Orthodox Jewish Bible translates ‘pendants and jewels made of gold’ as ‘hand drums’ and ‘wind instruments.’

This keruv was ‘anointed’ to guard and protect God’s holy mountain in the heavenly Jerusalem. With full access to the Sanctuary of Adonai, this keruv worshiped Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh at His Throne with tambourines, flutes, and other woodwinds.

The prophet Isaiah calls this keruv the ‘morning star’ (Isaiah 14:12). In Hebrew, the word ‘star’ is helel and means ‘Shining One.’ The Latin word ‘lucifer’ comes from lux meaning ‘light’ and fero meaning ‘to carry’ and is used only in the King James Bible. Lucifer, the ‘light bringer’ is used for ‘the dawn’ (Psalm 110:3), ‘some constellation’ (Job 38:32), and ‘morning star’ referring to Venus (2 Peter 1:19), and is not the proper name of this keruv.

The ‘Shining One’ walked back and forth among stones of fire. There are many references related to fire when being in the presence of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh. He appeared as a fire in the bush that didn’t burn when He called Moshe. He was in the fire on top of Mount Sinai when He met with the Israelites. He was in a pillar of fire that protected the Israelites, and Daniel sees the throne of Adonai as ‘fiery flames’ (Daniel 7:9).

The prophet Ezekiel describes the appearance of keruvim like fiery coals, burning like a torch (Ezekiel 1:13). Psalm 104:4 says Adonai makes His ‘servants,’ malakim or angels, a flame of fire. The ‘Shining One’ among ‘fiery stones’ could mean that he merely walked with the angels in the heavenly ‘burning’ Sanctuary of Adonai. Enoch, a pre-flood prophet, walked with Adonai and was ‘taken’ to a place where stones of fire burned day and night, a description of the angelic realm.

The ‘Shining One’ was perfect from the day he was created until unrighteousness was found in him (Ezekiel 28:15). The Hebrew uses the word ‘iniquity’ –– premeditated and intentional sin –– suggesting his iniquity ran so deep that he purposely brought sin into the heavenly realm.

“How did you come to fall from the heavens, morning star, son of the dawn?” (Isaiah 14:12).

The ‘Shining One’s’ beauty became corrupted and his wisdom was perverted with an insatiable pride. The Hebrew word for ‘pride’ is ga’own and means ‘arrogant.’ In his arrogance, the ‘Shining One’ desired to scale the heavens, raise his throne above God’s stars. He wanted to sit on the Mount of Assembly far away in the north, rise above the tops of the clouds, and make himself like the Most High (Isaiah 14:13, Psalm 48:1-3).

“‘Your commerce grew, you became filled with violence; and in this way you sinned” (Ezekiel 28:16).

The Hebrew word ‘commerce’ is rekullah and means ‘trade’ and ‘peddle.’ What was the ‘son of the dawn’ peddling? He peddled the promise of a greater heavenly position to those malakim that would submit to him. He peddled rebellion against the Kingdom of Adonai in order to set up his own kingdom. What did the ‘morning star’ trade? He traded truth for a lie, wisdom for knowledge, beauty for sin, and death for life.

You became filled with violence; and in this way you sinned. Therefore I have thrown you out, defiled, from the mountain of God; I have destroyed you, protecting keruv, from among the stones of fire. Your heart grew proud because of your beauty, you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor” (Ezekiel 28:16-17).

The pride of the ‘Shining One’ brought him down to Sh’ol, the holding place for the wicked until the Day of Judgment. He became filled with violence. The Hebrew word for ‘violence’ is avel and means ‘injustice.’ The ‘Shining One’s’ injustice was violent; his sin of rebellion defiled him. The Hebrew word is chalal and means ‘profane.’ The Shining One profaned the holiness of the angelic realm; the holiness of the Sanctuary. Adonai could no longer trust this keruv to protect His throne and His holy mountain.

He threw him out of the heavenly Jerusalem as a profane, common, unholy thing. Even his music was thrown out with him (Isaiah 14:11). Adonai had to destroy the ‘Shining One.’ The Hebrew word for ‘destroy is abad and means ‘to be blotted out.’ This keruv had to be ‘blotted out;’ his heavenly angelic name unknown forever.

Yeshua witnessed the entire event that happened in a moment: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18). The ‘Shining One’ became known as satan in Hebrew, not as a name, but ‘a temptation that must be overcome.’ His shining stones turned into the shimmering scales of a serpent. He came to Havah in the Garden as a deceiver where he once was the protecting keruv. She had to choose whether she was going to ‘trade’ with him; whether the goods he was ‘peddling’ were worth the price.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Satan – satan – שתן

ש Shin – A Tooth means ‘consume’ and ‘destroy.’

ט Tet – A Snake means ‘twisting.’

ן Nun – A Fish means ‘life.

In Hebrew word pictures the meaning of satan: consume and destroy by twisting life.

The ‘fallen one’ became the Adversary of Adonai. His desire was to violently destroy the promised ‘Seed of woman,’ the Seed that would break his ‘head’ and ultimately destroy him and his desire for a kingdom. He began with Cain killing Abel, lessening the ‘Seed’ chance by one-half (Genesis 4:8). He sent ‘fallen angels’ to procreate with women corrupting human DNA, but righteous Noah survived the flood (Genesis 6:1-2). He tried to change the ‘promised seed’ from Isaac to Ishmael, but Abraham put his hope in the ‘seed’ of faith (Genesis 16:1-2). He made Jacob and Esau enemies, but Jacob overcame and multiplied into Israel (Genesis 25:22-23). He tried to destroy Judah’s descendants, but Tamar intervened and gave birth to Perez (Genesis 38:26). He brought a Nephiliim descendant named Goliath to destroy Israel, but David, the future King, prevailed (1 Samuel 17:51). He tried to annihilate the Jews in Persia, but his plan was foiled by Queen Esther (Esther 7:7). He tried to exterminate Temple worship and Jewish culture through pagan assimilation, but was conquered by the Maccabees and a faithful priesthood. In his pride and arrogance, the Adversary went directly to the ‘Seed’ himself and tempted Yeshua in the wilderness by offering him all the kingdoms of the world for his servitude (Matthew 4:8-9, Luke 4:5-7).

The Adversary is called the ‘god of this world’ and has his throne on earth (2 Corinthians 4:4, Revelation 2:13). He goes ‘to and fro’ roaming the earth as the accuser always scheming (Job 2:2, 2 Corinthians 2:11). He goes around like a roaring lion seeking to devour whomever through opressive bondage, hindering discipleship, and demonic possession like Judas (Luke 13;16, Luke 22:3, 1 Peter 5:8).

Once he reflected the God’s light through his covering of precious stones; now he masquerades as an ‘angel of light’ (2 Corinthians 11:14). He is full of deception and evil. He is an enemy of everything good. He twists the paths and commands of Adonai (Acts 3:10). He is the prince and power of the air whose spiritual agents are other ‘fallen angels’ working their deceptions among the disobedient (Ephesians 2:2).

When the Adversary is hurled to the earth permanently, he will be seen for what he actually is –– a beast that is dreadful, horrible, extremely strong with great iron teeth. He will devour the whole earth, trample it down, and crush it because he knows his judgment is near (Revelation 12:10). As the Great Dragon, he will empower the anti-messiah, the ‘seed’ of the serpent. This ‘seed’ of the serpent will work all kinds of false miracles, signs, and wonders beguiling the whole world. He will deceive those who are headed for destruction because they do not love the Truth. They will believe the Lie – the original lie that deceived Havah in the Garden of Eden (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).

The Adversary will oppose every god and exalt himself above every object of worship. He will require global adoration through a one-world religious system. He will get what he has desired since his rebellion and was removed from the heavenly Sanctuary. He will make his throne in the earthly Temple in Jerusalem proclaiming himself to be God (2 Thessalonians 2:3-5).  He will speak words against Adonai and try to exhaust the holy ones. He will attempt to alter the ‘appointed times’ and the Torah (Daniel 7:25).

When Messiah returns, the Adversary will have his head crushed under Yeshua’s feet (Romans 16:20). When the heavenly the court goes into session, he will stripped of his kingdom and completely destroyed. This already-condemned slithering ancient serpent that eats dust on his belly will finally receive judgment. The once ‘Shining One’ will be thrown into the lake of burning fire and sulfur –– the way to torment an angelic being for all eternity (Revelation 20:10).

When Adonai creates the new heavens and new earth, the heavenly city of Jerusalem with its 12 foundations of precious stones, will come down out of heaven. There will be 12 gates with 12 keruvim guarding the gates. Everything that was lost to the ‘fallen one’ will be restored; everything will be made new. Adonai will tabernacle once more with mankind and Death brought into the old order of the world by the ‘Shining One’ will be swallowed up in victory!

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Revelation Chapter 22 – The Promise of Messiah

“Next the angel showed me the river of the water of life, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.”

“A river went out of ‘Eden to water the garden, and from there it divided into four streams. The name of the first is Pishon; it winds throughout the land of Havilah, where there is gold. The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found there. The name of the second river is Gichon; it winds throughout the land of Kush. The name of the third river is Tigris; it is the one that flows toward the east of Ashur. The fourth river is the Euphrates” (Genesis 2:10-14).

The revelation to Yochanan continues with the ‘river of life’ flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. The prophet Zechariah prophesies about this river of fresh water flowing out of Jerusalem bringing life to the Dead Sea (Zechariah 14:8-9, Ezekiel 47:1-9). In the new heaven and new earth, the ‘river of life’ will flow from the life-giving throne of Adonai in the New Jerusalem.

In Gan Eden, there was a ‘river of life’ that watered the garden. It divided into four streams: Pishon, Gichon, Tigris, and Euphrates. These rivers continue exist today in name only.

Pishon in Hebrew means ‘press on, break forth, and spring forward.’ Some scholars believe this river originated from a spring and created a type of delta. The Pishon flowed through Havilah where there was pure gold. Havilah means ‘to whirl in a circular motion’ and ‘sand’ which may be where the idea of a delta comes or even ‘swirling sand’ like an eddy.

Gichon in Hebrew means ‘bursting forth.’ This is the name of a spring near Jerusalem, the Gichon spring from where the priests gather water for the water-pouring ceremony for the Feast of Tabernacles.

Tigris in Hebrew is hiddekel and means ‘rapid.’ This river flowed east toward Assyria or northern Mesopotamia. A river by this name sources in the mountains of Armenia and flows southeast.

Euphrates in Hebrew is perat and means ‘fruitful.’ A river by this name is the longest river of western Asia and also sources in the Armenian mountains flowing into the Persian Gulf.

When Yeshua returns, there will be an earthquake that will change the geography of Jerusalem and the whole world similar to the flood. What we see and know now will change drastically even though geographical names may remain the same.

“Between the main street and the river was the Tree of Life producing twelve kinds of fruit, a different kind every month; and the leaves of the tree were for healing the nations — no longer will there be any curses.”

Between the New Jerusalem’s main street of pure transparent gold and the ‘river of life’ is the Etz Chayim or Tree of Life. Before Adam and Havah ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, they had a ‘taste’ of the fruit from the Etz Chayim. In Eternity, the Tree of Life will be the sustenance for the inhabitants of the New Jerusalem.

According to Jewish tradition, the Etz Chayim is the Torah. King Solomon reminds his son that the commandments of Adonai impart life, peace, grace, truth, and wisdom (Proverbs 3:18). In the new heaven and new earth, there will no longer be a need for Torah; it will disappear.

Glorified, immortal men and women will eat the fruit from the Etz Chayim that produces 12 kinds of fruit, a different kind every month. These fruits will be edible and may be the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These fruits will be the pathway of life in Eternity –– heavenly halacha.

The leaves of the fruit on the Etz Chayil will heal the nations. The prophet Ezekiel says the leaves on the trees will have ‘healing’ properties’ (Ezekiel 47:12). The Hebrew the word for ‘healing’ in Ezekiel is teruphah and means ‘medicine.’ The Hebrew word for ‘heal’ in Revelation is marpha and means ‘healer’ in the sense of ‘faith healing’ or ‘alternative medicine.’

Before allopathic medicine, leaves from herbs and trees were used for healing the body. Olive leaves were used to heal the skin and reduce fevers. Willow leaves and bark reduced pain. Comfrey leaves brought relief for muscle sprains, bruises, and inflammation. Essential oils, made from leaves of plants, have become very popular. Dr. David Steward wrote a book entitled, Healing Oils of the Bible that describes the healing properties of the many herbs and oils mentioned in the Bible.

Why do the nations need ‘healing’ in Eternity where there is no pain or sorrow? The Greek word for ‘healing’ in this verse is therapeia and means ‘attention, medical service.’ A deeper look into the word holds the unique purpose of glorifying Adonai as the Healer. The ‘healing leaves’ may ensure not just eternal life, but also eternal health. Putting the Greek and Hebrew meanings together, the leaves may be used to heal by faith bringing glory to Rafa-El, the Healer.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Tree of Life – Etz Chayil – אץ חיל

א Alef – An Ox means ‘first’ and ‘strong.’

צ Tzade – A Fishhook means ‘pull toward.’

ח Chet – A Fence means ‘protect.’

י Yod – Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’

ל Lamed – A Shepherd’s Staff means ‘draw near.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for etz chayil: first strong pull toward to protect the finished work, draw near.

“The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.”

The servants will worship the El Elyon in the ‘face’ of Yeshua. In the Hebrew, the ‘sign’ of Yeshua, the alef tav –– את –– is placed between ‘see’ and ‘face’ putting Yeshua into the vision. The name yod-hey-vav-hey will be written on the servants’ foreheads –– the reward given to the congregation in Philadelphia.

“Night will no longer exist, so they will need neither the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because Adonai, God, will shine upon them. And they will reign as kings forever and ever.”

In Eternity, there will be no day or night; there will be no lamp or light of the sun. Adonai will shine His ‘face’ upon those living in the heavenly New Jerusalem just as He put His Name upon His people in the priestly blessing (Numbers 6:22-26). Those glorified souls who live in the New Jerusalem will reign as kings forever, judging angels (1 Corinthians 6:2-3).

“Then he said to me, “These words are true and trustworthy: Adonai, God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must happen soon. Look! I am coming very soon. Blessed is the person who obeys the words of the prophecy written in this book! I warn everyone hearing the words of the prophecy in this book that if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues written in this book. And if anyone takes anything away from the words in the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the Tree of Life and the holy city, as described in this book.”

Every word in the book of Revelation, the unveiling of Yeshua, can be trusted because they are emet – true. Through the spirit of prophecy, a messenger sent to Yochanan reveals events which will happen soon.

The messenger of Yeshua states that those who ‘obey’ the words in this prophetic book will be ‘blessed.’ In Hebrew, the word for ‘obey’ is shamar or ‘guard’ and means to ‘watch, keep, and preserve.’ Those who guard, keep, and preserve the words in Revelation will be blessed. Whoever doesn’t guard, obey, and preserve this prophecy –– by adding to or removing from –– will lose their share in the Etz Chayil and their entry into the New Jerusalem.

Yeshua began his revelation by stating that those who ‘read’ and ‘hear’ the words of the prophecy and ‘guard over, watch, and preserve the words, will be blessed; he ends it with the same words (Revelation 1:3).

“Then I, Yochanan, the one hearing and seeing these things, when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel showing them to me. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am only a fellow-servant with you and your brothers, the prophets and the people who obey the words in this book. Worship God!”

Hearing the messenger’s words, Yochanan falls down to worship the angel. The angel responds, “Don’t do that!” How does one know whether a holy presence is a messenger or the ‘Angel of Adonai,’ as both bring on ‘fear.’ If the holy presence tells you to stand up and not worship him; it is an angel; Yeshua will receive your humble worship.

The angelic messenger says he is a servant of Adonai along with the disciples, the prophets, and those who guard the words of the prophecy. ‘Guarding’ the words of the prophecy does not mean ‘sealing’ it so no one can read them; reading the prophetic words brings a blessing.

“Whoever keeps acting wickedly, let him go on acting wickedly; whoever is filthy, let him go on being made filthy. Also, whoever is righteous, let him go on doing what is righteous; and whoever is holy, let him go on being made holy.”

Until the judgment ‘Day of Adonai’ and the restoration of Eternity, those who act wickedly will continue to act wickedly. In Greek, the word for ‘wicked’ means ‘to act against Torah.’ There will be lawless, anti-Torah people who have the spirit of anti-messiah and will continue on that path. The Greek word for ‘filthy’ means ‘defiled with iniquity.’ In Hebrew, ‘iniquity’ is avon and means ‘to be guilty of breaking the law.’ Iniquity begins in the heart and comes out as sinful ‘filthy’ actions.

The Greek word for ‘righteous’ means to ‘adhere to divine law’ and ‘keeping the commands of God.’ Those who are righteous will gain wisdom from the Torah, the symbolic Tree of Life. They will obey the commands of Adonai from Genesis through Revelation. The Greek phrase for ‘keep doing what is righteous’ means they will practice the commands of Adonai as their lifestyle. They will be innocent, faultless, without guilt, and approved by Elohim. Those who are righteous, keeping the commands of Adonai, will continue on the path of obedience.

The Greek word for ‘holy’ means to ‘to be different from the world.’ The Greek word is similar to the Hebrew word kadosh and suggests being set-apart or consecrated for Elohim. Those who have chosen to be ‘holy as He is holy’ will continue to walk in holiness, being set-apart by Adonai.

“Pay attention!” [says Yeshua,] “I am coming soon, and my rewards are with me to give to each person according to what he has done.”

Yeshua says, ‘Behold’ or ‘Pay attention.’ In Hebrew the word is hineni. This word is first used in Genesis when Elohim points out all of the plants that He was giving Adam for food. He says, “Look here, I’m pointing this out to you!”

Hineni also means ‘Here I am, send me!’ It implies a complete readiness to do the will of Adonai physically as well as spiritually. Joseph used hineni when Ya’akov called him to go look for his brothers –– the event that began Isra’el‘s move toward slavery. Moshe said hineni when Adonai called to him from the burning bush –– the event that began Isra’el’s deliverance from slavery.

“Each [person] will be rewarded according to his work. For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. Using the grace God gave me, I [Sha’ul] laid a foundation, like a skilled master-builder; and another man is building on it. But let each one be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Yeshua the Messiah. Some will use gold, silver or precious stones in building on this foundation; while others will use wood, grass or straw. But each one’s work will be shown for what it is; the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire — the fire will test the quality of each one’s work. If the work someone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward; if it is burned up, he will have to bear the loss: he will still escape with his life, but it will be like escaping through a fire” (1 Corinthians 3:8-15).

Yeshua is returning soon. He will be complete the will of his Father and bring the rewards he promised to the congregations in Ephesus, Pergamum, Sardis, Thyatira, Smyrna, Philadelphia and Laodicea who had ears to hear what the Ruach haKodesh said to each of them (Isaiah 40:10, Isaiah 62:11, Daniel 12:13, Matthew 5:16-20).

“Those who have ears [in Ephesus], let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities. To him winning the victory I will give the right to eat from the Tree of Life which is in God’s Gan-‘Eden” (Revelation 2:7).

“Those who have ears [in Smyrna], let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities. He who wins the victory will not be hurt at all by the second death'” (Revelation 2:11).

“Those [in Pergamum] who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities. To him winning the victory I will give some of the hidden man. I will also give him a white stone, on which is written a new name that nobody knows except the one receiving it”” (Revelation 2:17).

“But to the rest of you [in Thyatira], to those who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some people call the ‘deep things’ of the Adversary, I say this: I am not loading you up with another burden; only hold fast to what you have until I come. To him who wins the victory and does what I want until the goal is reached, I will give him authority over the nations; he will rule them with a staff of iron and dash them to pieces like pottery, just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give him the morning star. Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities”” (Revelation 2:24-28).

“He who wins the victory [in Sardis] will, like them, be dressed in white clothing; and I will not blot his name out of the Book of Life; in fact, I will acknowledge him individually before my Father and before his angels. Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities”‘ (Revelation 3:5-6).

“I will make him [in Philadelphia] who wins the victory a pillar in the Temple of my God, and he will never leave it. Also I will write on him the name of my God and the name of my God’s city, the new Yerushalayim coming down out of heaven from my God, and my own new name. Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities”‘ (Revelation 3:11-13).

“I will let him [in Laodicea] who wins the victory sit with me on my throne, just as I myself also won the victory and sat down with my Father on his throne. Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities”‘” (Revelation 3:20-22).

“I am the ‘A’ and the ‘Z,’ the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Yeshua doesn’t call himself the ‘A and the Z,’ the first and last letters of the Latin alphabet because he didn’t speak Latin; he also didn’t speak Greek and call himself the ‘Alpha and Omega.’ Being the ‘first and the last’ letters of any alphabet may not seem important, but in the Hebrew Scriptures the alef and the tav, the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet, have great significance.

Throughout the Hebrew Scriptures the two letters alef and tav –– את –– appear without any particular meaning. Some consider ‘et’ a type of modifier, but it has no specific purpose. In Revelation 1:8 and 21:6, Yeshua clarifies the meaning and purpose of those two letters: “I am the alef and the tav, the beginning and the end.” By claiming himself to be the ‘et,’ he is found throughout the Hebrew Scriptures so the reader can see him. Using the Hebrew Word Picture for ‘et,’ Yeshua is the ‘first strong sign of the covenant’ dispersed throughout the Old Testament. He is in the beginning, the middle, and the end. To remove or change those letters removes his presence in the written Scriptures; actions for which he gave a dire warning.

Hebrew Word Picture

Alef and Tav – ‘et’ – את

א Alef – An Ox means ‘first’ and ‘strong.’

ת Tav – Crossed Sticks means ‘sign’ or ‘covenant.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for et: first strong sign of the covenant.

How blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they have the right to eat from the Tree of Life and go through the gates into the city!”

A blessing is given to those who wash their robes –– who take personal action. Sardis was rebuked for having soiled clothes. If they didn’t wash their soiled clothes, their name would be blotted out of the Book of Life. They could not enter gates of the New Jerusalem and eat from the Tree of Life.

Soiled clothes means to be contaminated by the pagan ways of the nations. Washing soiled clothes requires effort. Sha’ul wanted to present the Corinthians as a pure and holy Bride, but some had been led astray by deceiving doctrines (2 Corinthians 11:2). The deception began in Gan Eden with the serpent asking Havah, “Did God really say?”

Has Adonai changed His mind about what He views as ‘clean’ and ‘unclean,’ ‘holy’ and ‘profane?’ It’s not easy to keep one’s robe unspotted from deceptive doctrines, it takes discernment and a willingness to remove the defilement of pagan traditions and the spots of twisted truth (Joshua 24:15). Those who are willing to wash their robes will be considered victorious and enter the New Jerusalem and eat from the Etz Chayil.

Outside are the homosexuals, those involved with the occult and with drugs, the sexually immoral, murderers, idol-worshippers, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”

Outside the gates of the heavenly New Jerusalem will be those who lived contrary to the Torah of Adonai; those who rebelled when He spoke His Word to their heart (Hebrews 3;15). These people outside the gates have ‘eternal life,’ but refused to repent. They lose all rewards and are just barely saved out of the lake of burning fire and sulfur.

The sexually immoral –– the homosexual, the fornicator, the adulterer –– will not enter the city. Those who are involved in sorcery will also remain outside the gates. The Greek word for ‘sorcery’ is pharmakeia and means ‘the use of medicine, drugs or spells.’ Specifically, pharmakeia means ‘to poison’ and the noun pharmakeus or ‘pharmacist’ means ‘poisoner.’ Pharmaceuticals are drugs given by pharmacists to poison the human body. ‘Sorcery’ is always used in connection with idolatry or placing someone or something higher than Adonai and His Word of Truth.

“I, Yeshua, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the Messianic communities. I am the Root and Offspring of David, the bright Morning Star.”

Yeshua says he is the ‘root’ and ‘offspring’ of David. The ‘root’ of King David is the Tribe of Judah. Yeshua came from the lineage of Jesse whose grandfather was Obed, the son of Boaz and Ruth. He is the ‘offspring’ of David as his mother was a descendant of King David (Luke 3:31-34). He was ‘in the beginning’ as the ‘root’ and he is ‘at the end’ as the ‘offspring’ (Isaiah 11:10).

Yeshua calls himself the bright ‘Morning Star.’ In keeping with astronomical signs throughout Revelation, the morning star is the planet Venus seen just before dawn. This ‘star’ refers to the prophetic Word that lights our hearts until the Messianic Era arrives (2 Peter 1:2). Those in Thyatira who are victorious over the false prophetess of Jezebel and her occultic practices will be given the Morning Star, Yeshua, as their reward (Revelation 2:27-28).

“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’ Let anyone who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let anyone who is thirsty come — let anyone who wishes, take the water of life free of charge.”

All you who are thirsty, come to the water!” Yeshua quoted Isaiah when he attended the water- pouring ceremony during Feast of Tabernacles (John 7:37-39). He directed the attention to himself and the Spirit that would be poured out after he was resurrected. Not only does the Ruach haKodesh offer living water, but the glorified Bride of Messiah is filled with rivers of living water flowing from her innermost being to the nations outside the New Jerusalem.

 “The one who is testifying to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon!’”

All things must be established by a witness of two. Yochanan is the first, the second is the angelic messenger, and the third is Yeshua. He repeats that he is ‘coming soon’ to establish his return as a fact in which we can put our hope.

Amen! Come, Lord Yeshua!

Amen! So be it! In Hebrew, aman means ‘to support or confirm, to be reliable or established.’ Its root comes from emunah or ‘faithfulness.’ There is nowhere in Scripture that any prophet, apostle or Yeshua ended their prayers with aman. According to a footnote for Matthew 6:13, Yeshua didn’t end the Disciples’ Prayer with aman. The original manuscript of Revelation did not use aman. This is a Greek addition. There is no need for aman because Yeshua’s words and his return are confirmed, reliable, and established because they were spoken by Yeshua himself as the witness.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Amen, aman – אמן

Alef – An Ox means ‘first’ and ‘strong.’

Mem – Water means ‘chaos’ or ‘mighty.’

Nun – A Fish means ‘life.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for aman: first strong mighty life.

“May the grace of the Lord Yeshua be with all!

Come Messiah Yeshua. This should be the desire of everyone who puts their faith in the Messiah of Isra’el. Bo Mashiach. Come Yeshua. May it be in our day, in our lifetime.

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