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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. In the beginning at the creation, there was a river that went out of Gan ‘Eden and watered the garden. It divided into four streams or water sources: Pishon, Gichon, Tigris and Euphrates.

The name 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 gold, pure gold. Havilah means ‘to whirl in a circular motion’ in Hebrew. It also means ‘sand.’

The Gichon in Hebrew means ‘bursting forth.’ It is also the name of a spring near Jerusalem, the Gichon spring from where the priests gather water for the festival of Tabernacles. The land of Kush today is considered Ethiopia.

The Tigris in Hebrew is hiddekel and means ‘rapid.’ This river flowed east toward Assyria or northern Mesopotamia. This river rises in the mountains of Armenia and flows southeast.

The Euphrates in perat and means ‘fruitful.’ This is the longest river of western Asia and also comes out of the Armenian mountains and flows into the Persian Gulf.

“On that day, fresh water will flow out from Yerushalayim, half toward the eastern sea and half toward the western sea, both summer and winter. Then Adonai will be king over the whole world. On that day Adonai will be the only one, and his name will be the only name” (Zechariah 14:8-9).

In some capacity these rivers and springs continue to exist today, if not in name only. The prophet Zechariah then prophesies about the Millennial Kingdom and a river of fresh water flowing out of Jerusalem. According to Ezekiel (chapter 47), the river will bring life to the Dead Sea. At that time, Yeshua will be King over the whole world and his name the only name.

Recently, I read a question from someone about the location of the ‘beast government’ or something similar. The response was that there will be an earthquake when Yeshua returns, an earthquake that will change the geography of the whole earth so what we see and know now will change drastically. So, even though the geographical names may remain the same, the actual geography may not be the same. This concept also covers what the earth was like before the flood and what it was like after.

When there is the ‘new heaven and new earth,’ the River of Life will flow again. It will flow from the life-giving throne of Yeshua. His throne will be in the New Jerusalem where kings of the earth will bring their splendor. The river flowing from Jerusalem in the Millennial Kingdom will be the beginning of the restoration of Paradise that follows in the New Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven.

“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 main street of pure transparent gold and the River of Life is the Tree of Life or the Etz Chayim. Because Adam and Chava ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, mankind has only had a ‘taste’ of the fruit from the Etz Chayim. But, now the Tree of Life will be the food source for the inhabitants of the New Jerusalem.

According to Judaism, the Etz Chayim is the Torah. This concept comes from Proverbs 3 in which King Solomon reminds his son that the commandments of Adonai impart life, peace, grace, truth and ultimately wisdom. It is the wisdom learned from Torah that is the Etz Chayim.

“She [wisdom] is a tree of life to those who grasp her; whoever holds fast to her will be made happy” (Proverbs 3:18).

With the Etz Chayim in the middle of the city, there is no longer a need for Torah. This is why Yeshua says that Torah will not be removed until glorified men and women can eternally eat the fruit from the Tree of Life.

The Etz Chayim produces 12 kinds of fruit, a different kind every month. These fruits will be edible and I speculate that the fruits will include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – the fruits of the Spirit. I also believe they will fruits that direct the way of living an eternal holy life. It could be considered a “New Jerusalem” halacha.

In the beginning, Adam and Chava were told to be ‘fruitful and multiply.’ Perhaps bearing monthly ‘fruit’ will include child bearing in the way it was meant to be before sin and death entered the world. Whatever the specifics of the fruit, it will sustain eternal life.

The leaves of the fruit on the Etz Chayil will heal the nations. The prophet Ezekiel talks about the leaves on the trees that will also have ‘healing’ properties.’ The Hebrew the word for ‘healing’ in Ezekiel is teruphah meaning ‘medicine.’ The Hebrew word for ‘heal’ in Revelation is marpha and means ‘healer’ in the sense of ‘faith healing’ or ‘alternative medicine.’

“On both riverbanks will grow all kinds of trees for food; their leaves will not dry up, nor will their fruit fail. There will be a different kind of fruit each month, because the water flows from the sanctuary, so that this fruit will be edible, and the leaves will have healing properties” (Ezekiel 47:12).

In the days before ‘western medicine,’ leaves from herbs and trees were used for healing purposes. In Biblical times, olive leaves were used to heal the skin and reduce fevers. Willow leaves and bark reduce pain. Comfrey leaves are used for muscle sprains, bruises and inflammation. Essential oils have become very popular and many of these oils are made from the leaves of plants. Dr. David Steward wrote a fascinating book entitled, Healing Oils of the Bible which describes the healing properties of the many oils mentioned in the Bible.

Yet, 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 gives the unique purpose of glorifying Adonai in a healing capacity. The ‘healing’ leaves may have a two-fold purpose: to heal the kings of the nations that remain mortal and to ensure not just eternal life, but also eternal health.

Using both the Greek and Hebrew words, the leaves will be used as a type of ‘faith healing’ by the El Rapha or the God of Healing, Yeshua, in order to glorify Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Etz Chayil or אץ חיל

Aleph is the picture of an ‘ox’ and means ‘first, strong.’

Tzade is a picture of a ‘fishhook’ and means ‘to draw toward.’

Chet is a picture of a ‘fence’ and means ‘to protect’ and ‘inner room.’

Yod is a picture of a ‘closed hand’ and means ‘finished work.’

Lamed is a picture of a ‘shepherd’s staff’ and means ‘one who leads.’

The Etz Chayil or Tree of Life: ‘the first strength to draw toward the inner room, the finished work of the one who leads.’

“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, the El Shaddai. They will see His face in the ‘face of the Yeshua.’ In the Hebrew, the Alef Tav is placed between ‘see’ and ‘face’ bringing Yeshua into the vision. His name, the yod hey vav hey, will be on their foreheads which is part of 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 the New Jerusalem, there will be no day or night. There will be no lamp or the light of the sun. Yahweh Elohim will shine ‘His face’ upon those in the New Jerusalem just as He put His Name upon them in the priestly blessing.

“Speak to Aharon and his sons, and tell them that this is how you are to bless the people of Isra’el: you are to say to them, ‘Y’varekh’kha Adonai v’yishmerekha. [May Adonai bless you and keep you.] Ya’er Adonai panav eleikha vichunekka. [May Adonai make his face shine on you and show you his favor.] Yissa Adonai panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom. [May Adonai lift up his face toward you and give you peace.]’ “In this way they are to put my name on the people of Isra’el, so that I will bless them” (Numbers 6:22-26).

Those who are glorified and live in the New Jerusalem will reign as kings forever and ever. This adds more perspective on the kings who will bring their splendor into the New Jerusalem. It also gives more insight as to why the ‘nations’ will need healing from the leaves of the Etz Chayil from their eternal kings.

“Don’t you know that God’s people are going to judge the universe? … Don’t you know that we will judge angels, not to mention affairs of everyday life?” (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!”

Yeshua is returning soon with each passing day. Every word in this prophecy can be trusted because they are emet – true. It was through the spirit of prophecy that a messenger was sent to Yochanan in order to reveal events surrounding the days of Yeshua that ‘must happen soon.’

The messenger of Yeshua also states that those who ‘obey the words of the prophecy written in this book will be blessed.’ In Hebrew the word for ‘obey’ is shamar or ‘guardian’ and means to ‘watch, keep, and preserve.’ Those who keep watch, guard over, and preserve the words in this prophetic book will be blessed. Reflecting back to chapter 1 verse 3, Yeshua begins his revelation to Yochanan by stating that those who ‘read and hear the words’ of the prophecy and ‘guard over, watch, and preserve the words, will be blessed.

Accordingly, at the very end of this chapter, Yeshua issues a serious warning about adding to or taking away anything from this word of prophecy. In other words, if the prophecy isn’t guarded and protected, the consequence of such action will be a loss to a share in the Etz Chayil and eternal life in the New Jerusalem.

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.”

Hearing the words of the messenger, Yochanan falls down to worship at the feet of the angel. Recently in a discussion someone asked how to discern whether a holy presence is the ‘Angel of the LORD, Yeshua’ or just an angel because both will bring on ‘fear.’ The answer given was that an angel will tell you to stand up and not to worship them; Yeshua will receive your worship.

The angel compares himself to Yochanan as a servant of Elohim along with the other disciples, the prophets and those who guard the words in this prophecy. He then says, “Kneel, bow before Elohim”.

“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!”

The messenger of Yeshua tells Yochanan that ‘guarding’ the words of the prophecy does not mean ‘sealing’ it up so no one can read them. It is not only important that the words be ‘guarded,’ but also read. Both receive 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.”

In the interim until the prophecies of judgment and restoration in the book come to pass, those who act wickedly will continue to act wickedly. In Greek the word for ‘wicked’ means ‘to act against the law/Torah“. There will be those who are lawless, anti-Torah, have the spirit of anti-christ and will continue on the direction that path leads. The Greek word for ‘filthy’ means ‘to be defiled with iniquity.’ ‘Iniquity’ in Hebrew is avon and means ‘to be guilty and in need of punishment for breaking the law.’ The iniquity in one’s heart comes out in one’s actions. There are those who will sin through immoral acts and will continue to sin immorally.

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 keep the commands of Elohim from Genesis through Revelation with wisdom and understanding. The Greek phrase for ‘keep doing what is righteous’ is they will practice righteousness which means they will practice keeping 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 to do so.

The Greek word for ‘holy’ means to ‘be in likeness and nature of the Yeshua, different from the world.’ The Greek word is similar to the Hebrew word kadosh and suggests being ‘set apart from the world’ for Elohim. Those who have chosen to be ‘holy as He is holy’ will continue to walk in holiness, separate from the world for the purposes of Elohim.

“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.”

When Yeshua begins speaking again, he 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 saying. “Look here, I’m pointing this out to you!”

The uses of hineni also means, “Here I am, send me!” It implies a complete readiness to do the will of Adonai. Joseph used ‘hineni’ when Ya’akov called him to go look for his brothers and ultimately that event began the move of Isra’el and his family to Egypt. Moshe said ‘hineni’ when Elohim called to him from the burning bush which began the deliverance of Isra’el from Egypt.

Yeshua is returning soon. When he comes he will be complete the will of his Father and bring the rewards he promised to those in 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.

The prophet Isaiah wrote about rewards from Adonai:

“Here comes Adonai Elohim with power, and his arm [Yeshua] will rule for him. Look! His reward is with him, and his recompense is before him” (Isaiah 40:10).

“Adonai has proclaimed to the end of the earth, “Say to the daughter of Tziyon, ‘Here, your Salvation is coming! Here, his reward is with him, and his recompense is before him'” (Isaiah 62:11).

Daniel is promised a reward at the resurrection at the end of days:

But you, go your way until the end comes. Then you will rest and rise for your reward, at the end of days” (Daniel 12:13).

Sha’ul teaches the believers in Corinth about rewards which are based on how each person builds on the foundation. Ephesians 2 describes the foundation as the teachings of the apostles and prophets (Moshe included) and Yeshua as the Cornerstone. How each person builds and grows through the teachings of the prophets and the apostles determines their eternal reward. Some will receive a reward; others will suffer loss only to escape the fire of refinement with only their free gift of eternal life.

“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).

There is similar reward to what Yeshua teaches in Matthew 5:18-19 regarding how the Torah is taught.

“Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened. So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Genesis 15:1 promises a great reward for Avraham:

“Some time later the word of Adonai came to Avram in a vision: “Don’t be afraid, Avram. I am your protector; your reward will be very great” (Genesis 15:1).

Following are the rewards for the congregations according to the messages sent by Yeshua. Rewards have great importance in the coming Kingdom because it is important in this world to build on the foundation, grow in faith and trust, teach others the commands of Torah, and strive for the upward high calling in Messiah Yeshua and win the victory!

“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.”

In Revelation 1:8 and 21:6 as in this verse, 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 or Old English; he also didn’t call himself the ‘Alpha and Omega’ because he didn’t speak Greek. He calls himself the ‘Alef and the Tav’ the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Though the idea of being the ‘first and the last’ letters of any alphabet may not seem important regarding language, it does when put in its Hebrew context.

Found throughout the Hebrew Scriptures are the two letters alef and tav – את – without any particular ‘meaning’ or ‘purpose.’ Some consider it a type of modifier, but its appearance within verses has no specific purpose. It is at the beginning and end of Revelation that Yeshua clarifies the purpose and meaning of those two letters – HE is the Alef and Tav, the beginning and the end. He was with Elohim in the beginning as the spoken Word; he is at the end sitting on the throne as the King of all Creation.

Hebrew Letter Pictures

These two letters also have significance in the Hebrew Letter Pictures giving more insight into who Yeshua is claiming to be.

א Alef is a letter picture of an ‘ox’ and means ‘strong or first.’

ת Tav is a letter picture of ‘crossed sticks’ and means ‘sign’ or ‘covenant.’

The word picture for alef tav is: first, strong sign of the covenant.

Yeshua is the first and strongest sign of the covenant found throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. He is in the beginning, in the middle, in the end. To remove those letters, to change those letters is to change his essence, his appearance, and his identity within the Hebrew Scriptures.

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!”

Another blessing is given to those who wash their robes. This is an action that individuals do – wash their robes. Sardis was rebuked for having soiled clothes. These soiled clothes could result in their name being blotted out of the Book of Life. Without one’s name written in the Book of Life, they cannot enter the gates of the New Jerusalem and eat from the Tree of Life.

Soiled clothes begins with being contaminated by the ways of the world. This requires effort on the part of the virgins to understand what it means to remain pure and holy in the world with oil in their lamps. It is gaining the understanding of what it means to live in the world, but not to take part in its lawless, pagan ways. It means to have discernment about mixing the holy and the profane, the holy and the ‘unclean.’

Sha’ul wrote to the Corinthians that he desired to present them as a pure and holy Bride, but worried some may be led astray by deceiving doctrines. It’s not an easy task to keep one’s robe unspotted from false and deceiving teachings, but one cannot begin to keep from being contaminated if they adhere to many of the doctrines taught in the modern-day church that completely contradict the Word of God. The deception began in the Garden with the serpent asking, “Did God really say?” And, it continues today with the same question, but with an answer that believes Adonai has changed his mind about His commandments, His Etz Chayil in the life of one who claims to follow His Son. Those willing to acknowledge they have soiled robes will wash their robes and remove the defilement of pagan traditions and the spots of twisted Truths. They will be considered victorious and receive the blessing of entering the New Jerusalem through its gates named after a Tribe of Isra’el. They will receive the blessing of eating the fruit from the Tree of Life.

“If it seems bad to you to serve Adonai, then choose today whom you are going to serve! Will it be the gods your ancestors [church fathers] served beyond the River? or the gods of the Emori [councils of Nicea or Laodicea], in whose land you are living? As for me and my household, we will serve Adonai [the yod hey vav hey!]” (Joshua 24:15).

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.”

For those who choose to remain spotted, not cleaning their own robe, they will find themselves outside the city gates. Outside the New Jerusalem are those who lived contrary to the teachings and instructions of Elohim, who rebelled when He spoke His Word to their heart. Perhaps the argument could be made that these people are those who have ‘eternal life,’ refused to repent and change their way of worshipping Elohim. They lose all reward and are just ‘saved’ out of the lake of burning fire and sulfur.

Those who are sexually immoral as well as homosexual may not enter the city. Those who are involved in ‘sorcery’ also must remain outside the city of eternal perfection. The Greek word for ‘sorcery’ is pharmakeia and means ‘the use of medicine, drugs or spells.’ More specifically, pharmakeia means ‘to poison’ and includes hallucinations from drugs. The noun Pharmakeus is known as pharmacist and means ‘poisoner.’ Pharmaceuticals are nothing more than ‘drugs’ given by pharmacists to ‘poison’ the human body. The vaccine given for the Kung Flu is causing hallucinations in some people along with other physical conditions. ‘Sorcery’ is always used in connection with ‘idolatry’ or placing someone or something higher than the God of Isra’el 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 calls himself the ‘root’ and ‘offspring’ of David. The ‘root’ of David is the Tribe of Judah. The ‘offspring’ of David means that Yeshua came from the lineage of David’s father, Jesse, and whose grandfather was Obed, the son of Boaz and Ruth. He was ‘in the beginning’ as the ‘root’ and he is ‘at the end’ as the ‘offspring.’

“But a branch will emerge from the trunk of Yishai, a shoot will grow from his roots … On that day the root of Yishai, which stands as a banner for the peoples — the Goyim will seek him out, and the place where he rests will be glorious” (Isaiah 11:1, 10).

Yeshua calls himself the ‘bright Morning Star.’ In keeping with astronomical signs throughout Revelation, the bright morning star is the planet Venus as seen just before dawn. This planet/star is a reference to the prophetic word that lights our hearts until the Day of Messiah arrives. It is the continual hope of his coming. Those in Thyatira who are victorious over the false prophetess of Jezebel and her lawless, occultic practices will be given authority over the nations and the Morning Star, Yeshua himself, as their reward (Revelation 2:27-28).

“Yes, we have the prophetic Word made very certain. You will do well to pay attention to it as to a light shining in a dark, murky place, until the Day dawns and the Morning Star rises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:2).

“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.”

Isaiah 55:1 says, “All you who are thirsty, come to the water!” Yeshua quoted Isaiah when he attended the water pouring ceremony during Feast of Tabernacles. However, he directed the attention to himself and the Spirit that would be poured out after he was resurrected and glorified. Not only does the Ruach haKodesh offer living water, but also the Bride of Messiah who also has been glorified and filled with rivers of living water flowing from her inmost being to the nations outside the New Jerusalem.

“Now on the last day of the festival, Hoshana Rabbah, Yeshua stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him keep coming to me and drinking! Whoever puts his trust in me, as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!” (Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who trusted in him were to receive later — the Spirit had not yet been given, because Yeshua had not yet been glorified.)” (John 7:37-39).

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

In order to establish any matter, all things must have a witness of two. Yochanan is one witness, another is the angel sent by Yeshua, and the last and most important witness is Yeshua himself. He repeats that he is coming soon to establish his return as Truth, a fact in which we can put our hope.

Amen! Come, Lord Yeshua!

Omein! The Hebrew word is alef mem nun and means ‘so be it!’ The first time aman appears in Scripture is Numbers 5:22. In Hebrew it literally means ‘to support or confirm, to be reliable or established, or to believe someone or something.’ From its root comes emunah or ‘faithfulness.’ Thus, the return is confirmed, reliable, established and to be believed because it was spoken by Yeshua himself.

In spite of this meaning, there is nowhere in Scripture that any prophet, apostles or Yeshua taught to end prayers with ‘omein.’ According to a footnote for Matthew 6:13, Yeshua didn’t end the Disciples’ Prayer with omein. There are some who claim that the original manuscript of Revelation also did not use ‘omein.’ This is a Greek addition to these specific Scriptures.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Alef is a picture of an ‘ox’ and means ‘first, strong.’

Mem is a picture of ‘water’ and means ‘mighty’ or ‘chaos.’

Nun is a picture of a ‘fish’ and means ‘life.’

Omein means: first, mighty life.

Come Lord Yeshua. This is the hope of everyone who puts their faith and trust in the Messiah of Isra’el. In Hebrew this phrase is Bo Mashiach. So, yes, Come Yeshua. May it be so in our day, in our lifetime.

Yeshua said to his brothers and sisters in Jerusalem that they would not see him again until they welcomed him back. So, “Baruch haba b’shem Adonai.” Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.

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

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In the Days of Nehemiah

“It was the first day of the seventh month” (Nehemiah 8:2).

After our family began celebrating the ‘appointed times’ found in the Leviticus 23, days, times and seasonal cycles stood out on the pages of the Scriptures.   This specific verse in Nehemiah is no different.  It sets the time for the events to follow as the ‘first day of the seventh month’ or Yom Teruah, the Feast of Trumpets.  This ‘appointed time’ of God begins His season of the fall feasts which are about repentance, atonement and a vision of the coming Millennial Kingdom.

The events in Nehemiah 8 are not some random occurrences in the history of Israel.  They are a testimony to the restoration of the Feasts of Elohim to a people who had lived in exile for over 160 years.  Though there was a first wave of Jewish return to Jerusalem 70 years after being taken captive, Ezra and Nehemiah were in the second wave 90 years later.  It was during this time that the priests gathered the people together on the ‘first day of the seventh month’.

Yom Teruah 445 B.C.E.

A wooden platform was made on which Ezra, the priest,  stood and could be seen and heard by all of the men and women who came to listen to the reading of the Torah.  As he opened the Torah scroll, everyone stood.  Then Ezra blessed Yahweh, the great God.  As the people answered with “Amen”,  they lifted up their hands, bowed their heads and fell prostrate before Elohim with their faces to the ground. 

“Amen” has a very interesting root history.  It comes from the Hebrew word aman meaning ‘to nourish, support, make sure and strong’.   The word emunah or faithfulness also has its root in aman.   The Jewish sages say that amen is an acronym for el melek ne’eman or “God is a faithful King’.  According to Revelation 3:14, Yeshua is the “the amen, the faithful and true witness … he is the faithful King.”   What the people said  as they were about to hear the Torah was “God is a faithful King!”

Days of Awe and Repentance

The Levites had the responsibility to explain Torah to the people.  After being in a foreign country for several generations, they needed to translate the Hebrew so that the ‘Persian’ Jews would  understand the words being read.  When they heard the  instructions that God gave them through Moshe, the people began to weep. 

Repentance or ‘turning back to God’ or teshuvah  is central to the fall ‘appointed times.’   After hearing the words of Torah for the first time standing in Jerusalem, the people wept.  They grieved.  They understood they had lost the very essence of their national heritage from the LORD and had not lived accordingly.

Ezra, along with the rest of the Levites, told them not to weep, not to be sad for this day was ‘set apart to Elohim their God.’  It was an ‘appointed time’ of the LORD.  They were told to go out, eat rich food, drink sweet drinks and give portions to those who couldn’t provide for themselves.  Even today sweet foods are eaten on Feast of Trumpets with apples and honey being the traditional foods.

How sweet to my tongue is your promise, truly sweeter than honey in my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103).

Mouth of God

Yeshua said in Matthew 4:4 “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every Word that comes from the mouth of God.”  What does the mouth or ‘voice of God’ sound like?

Ram's Horn Shofar

When John was exiled on the island of Patmos, he has a revelation of Messiah.  He says,  “I came to be, in the Spirit, on the Day of the LORD; and I heard behind me a loud voice, like a shofar ….”   The voice of the LORD sounded like the blowing of a shofar.  A shofar, or the horn from a ram, is blown on the Feast of Trumpets.  Obviously, it is only when breath goes through the shofar that it is able to create a sound.  Being vessels of Elohim’s Spirit, it is taught that the ‘breath of God’ or Ruach HaKodesh blows through a shofar when it sounds.  

(Note: John heard the voice that sounded like a shofar on the Day of the LORD.  This is in reference to the events surrounding the coming Millennial Kingdom and a time of judgment, not the first day of the week.  The events for the Day of the LORD will begin on ‘the first day of the seventh month’ or Yom Teruah.)

Pool of Siloam

The Spring of Living Water

The original city of Jerusalem had very different boundaries than modern-day Jerusalem.  In fact, remnants of the city are found in what is known as the City of David.  Within the ‘older’ city of Jerusalem, the Water Gate led down to the Gihon Spring which was located in the Kidron Valley.  This spring was the main source of water for the Pool of Siloam.   The priests would go to the Pool of Siloam to collect the water for each day’s water libation ceremony.  During this event, they would pour water over the altar in the Temple during the Feast of Tabernacles.   On the last and greatest day of this feast, Yeshua stood and cried out:

“If anyone is thirsty, let him keep coming to me and drinking! Whoever puts his trust in me, as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!” (John 7:37-39).

As the people gathered at the Water Gate, it is symbolic of the pathway to the living water of the Word of God.  With the reading of the Torah by Ezra, the Jewish people had been ‘washed in the water of the Word’ and began preparing themselves as a pure and holy bride (Ephesians 5:25-26).   

Building Sukkot

On the second day,  the heads of the clans of the people joined the Levites and Ezra to study the words of the Torah again.  They found that Elohim had ordered through Moshe that the people of Isra’el were to live in booths or sukkot during the ‘appointed time’ in the seventh month known as the Feast of Tabernacles.  They were to announce the festival of Sukkot in all of their cities and in Jerusalem.  

“Go out to the mountains, and collect branches of olives, wild olives, myrtles, palms, and other leafy trees to make sukkot, as prescribed” (Nehemiah 8:15).

Olive Tree

In Jeremiah 11:16, God calls Isra’el an olive tree. In Romans 11,  Sha’ul speaks about branches of olives and wild olives that make up the Olive Tree of Isra’el.    The natural branches represent the 12 Tribes of Israel  and the wild branches the nations that join with them.  Both receive the same living water of the Word through the same spiritual root.   Though both branches will continue to produce either natural olives or wild olives, they both produce olives.

“A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24). 

Middle Eastern Myrtle

Myrtle trees are considered an evergreen and are very hardy.   They produce a purplish-black berry called the mursins.  This fruit can be dried then ground and used as a flavoring.  It is one of the four leafy trees bound together for Sukkot that over time have been given the symbolism of ‘good smell, but no taste,’ like a person who has ‘good deeds, but does not study the Torah.’

The prophet Zechariah lived during the time between the first and second returning remnants.  He has a vision of God, angels and horsemen standing in the midst of a myrtle tree.  This vision was given to reinforce God’s promise that the exiles who returned to Jerusalem would be prosperous.  For the Jewish people of Zechariah’s time to prosper, they would need to repent and serve the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, rebuild the Temple and learn Torah.  In the time of Nehemiah 8 and Yom Teruah, the repentance had begun. 

“Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I will return to Jerusalem with mercy, and there my house will be rebuilt. And the measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem,’ declares the LORD  Almighty” (Zechariah 1:16).

Palm Tree

Palms, or lulav in Hebrew,  were also part of the branches collected to make a sukkah.  It is known for its uprightness, fruit and its beauty.  The Jewish sages say that the palm tree, which has taste but no smell, can be compared to a person who studies Torah, but has no fruit of good works. 

The first mention of palm trees in Scripture is when the Israelites camp at the oasis of Elim during their trek in the wilderness.  It is during the Feast  of Tabernacles that palm branches are waved signifying the coming Messianic kingdom. This is why palm branches were waved when Yeshua entered Jerusalem during the Passover season.  The people believed that the kingdom of God hadarrived; however, it was the wrong ‘appointed time’ and season.    In Revelation 7:9, multitudes from every tribe and nation will be waving palm branches and giving glory to the King of Kings.  Today, the lulav is a special binding of three species of branches along with an etrog (a type of citrus fruit).  It is used to worship the LORD during Sukkot and reminds everyone that one day the nations of the world will gather in Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Zechariah 14:16). 


The people went out from the city, collected branches from specific trees and made sukkot for themselves on the roofs of their homes, in their courtyards, in the Temple courts and in the open spaces by the Water Gate and the Efrayim Gate. The entire community of those who had returned from the exile made sukkot and lived in them for the commanded time of eight days.   They had not done this since the days of Joshua and they celebrated Sukkot with great joy.  They also read the Torah every day from the first day until the last day of the ‘appointed time.’

In Our Day

The Feast of  Trumpets begins on the first day of the seventh month and Sukkot begins on the fourteenth day. On our Gregorian calendar, these fall festivals occur in our months of September/October.   They are a vision of the coming Kingdom of God when Isra’el, the natural branches of the Olive Tree will gather in Jerusalem along with the nations, the wild branches of the Olive Tree, to worship the King of Kings.  Everyone will wave olive, palm and myrtle branches for they will not just study Torah, they will bear the righteous fruit of the etrog.

The Jews in the days of Nehemiah prepared for this coming Kingdom by repenting and returning to the Torah of God and celebrated the ‘appointed times’ on their commanded days.  As wild olives, we can also embrace the vision of the coming Kingdom millennia later in the say way: repenting and turning back to God, learning Torah,  and proclaiming the ‘appointed times’ to those who stand by the Water Gate desiring spiritual nourishment from the spring of living water.  Amen. “Yeshua is the faithful King.”  

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