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Revelation Chapter 11 – Two Witnesses

 “I was given a measuring rod like a stick and told, “Get up, and measure the Temple of God and the altar, and count how many people are worshiping there! But the court outside the Temple, leave that out; don’t measure it; because it has been given to the Goyim, and they will trample over the holy city for forty-two months” (Revelation 11:1-2).

Yochanan is giving a measuring stick and told to measure the Millennial Temple and the Altar. Specific measurements for the Temple are revealed by the prophet Ezekiel. He measures the thickness of the walls, the gates, the gate entrances, the guard rooms, the courtyard, and the sanctuary, and the Most Holy Place (Ezekiel 42). He is also given the dimensions of the Altar:

“These are the measurements of the altar in cubits (a cubit here is defined as a normal cubit [eighteen inches] plus a handbreadth [three inches]): the base, one cubit [twenty-one inches] deep and one cubit wide; with the molding surrounding it at its rim about a hand-span [nine inches] in width. The height of the altar is thus: from the base on the ground to the lower ledge, three-and-a-half feet, with the width twenty-one inches; from the lower ledge to the upper ledge, seven feet, with the width again twenty-one inches. The hearth measures seven feet [high], with four horns on top of the hearth. The hearth is a square twenty-one feet on each of its four sides. The ledge measures a square twenty-four-and-a-half feet on each of its four sides; the molding around it ten-and-a-half inches [across]; and its base twenty-one inches [larger than the rest, all the way] around. Its steps face east” (Ezekiel 43:13-17).

Many believe, contrary to Biblical evidence, the sacrifices ended when Yeshua died on the cross. Many years after Yeshua’s resurrection, Sha’ul took a Nazarite vow that included a Temple offering (Acts 21:26). The sacrifices and offerings ended when the Temple was destroyed in 70 CE. When any Temple is rebuilt, the offerings and sacrifices will resume.

There will be people at the Altar worshiping Adonai in this manner. Ezekiel is also told to count the number of people worshiping in the area.

The courtyard outside the Millennial Temple will not be measured because the goyim will trample it for 42 months or 3 1/2 years. Goyim is translated into gentiles, however, the word can also mean pagans. The Hebrew word ‘trample’ is ramas and means ‘oppression.’

During the 42 months, the gentiles will oppress the outer court. According to Webster’s Dictionary, ‘oppress’ means ‘to spiritually burden, to crush by abuse of power or authority.’ During the second Temple period, the women of Isra’el gathered in the outer court. Whether or not the outer court will be the gathering place for the nations or women of Isra’el, it will be an oppressive place and pagans will destroy it (Ezekiel 44:9).

“Also I will give power to my two witnesses; and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, dressed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two menorahs standing before the Lord of the earth. If anyone tries to do them harm, fire comes out of their mouth and consumes their enemies — yes, if anyone tries to harm them, that is how he must die. They have the authority to shut up the sky, so that no rain falls during the period of their prophesying; also they have the authority to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want” (Revelation 11:3-6).

There are several thoughts on the identity of the two witnesses. Some believe the two witnesses cannot be individual people because it seems impossible that they could affect the entire world with their life and death. With technology, a global government, religion, and economic system could focus on two individuals who challenge their authority. They suggest a corporate witness of Jew and Gentile, the ‘one new man,’ but the two witnesses wear sackcloth. The modern-day ‘seal’ for the State of Isra’el is a Menorah with an olive tree on each side which could represent the Jews, but according to the ‘signs in the heavens,’ Isra’el will be in the desert during the days of the witnesses.

The two witnesses are identified by the prophet Zechariah as ‘two olive trees’ and ‘two menorahs’ that stand before Adonai (Zechariah 4:14). Zechariah asks about the two olive trees on the right and left of the menorah that poured gold-colored oil through two gold spouts. An angel explains that these are two witnesses, highly anointed individuals, who have a direct spiritual connection to the ‘Lord of all the land.’ Their power comes from Adonai and fire comes from their mouths consuming their enemies. they have the power to stop rain; they can turn water into blood; they can strike the world with plagues.

Elijah had the power to stop rain from falling on Isra’el alluding to one of the witnesses being Elijah. Elijah never died but was taken to heaven in a fiery chariot (Hebrews 9:27).

Moshe had the power to turn water into blood and to bring forth plagues upon Egypt. Though Moshe died and was buried in Moab, his grave has never been revealed by Elohim.

Moshe and Elijah were with Yeshua on the Mount of Transfiguration. At that time, the disciples believed that Yeshua was restoring the Kingdom and asked if they could put up sukkot for each of them (Matthew 17:1-9). The fact that these two men appeared with Yeshua may suggest that they are the two witnesses who prophesy for 1,260 days.

Enoch like Elijah didn’t die. He was so righteous that he walked with Elohim until He took Him into the heavens (Genesis 5:24). Enoch lived before the flood and would have a testimony of a pre-flood earth while Elijah prophesied in a post-flood earth and Israel.

Translating the Hebrew from Zechariah 4:14, the words read, “these are two sons of fresh oil.” ‘Fresh oil’ was used to anoint high priests and kings. The high priest referred to in Zechariah is Yoshua and the the prince is Zerubbabel.

Yoshua was the first high priest after the Jewish exiles returned from Persia. He descended from the priestly lineage of Levi and Aaron. In Zechariah chapter 3, he stands before the angel of Elohim (Yeshua), and the Accuser. Yoshua represents the filthiness of Isra’el’s guilt. Yeshua removes Yoshua’s dung-soiled clothes and replaces them with a clean turban and rich garments. A stone is placed before him representing ‘the Branch’ that has ‘seven eyes’ or the seven-branched menorah. In Hebrew, the word ‘branch’ is netzer. From netzer comes Nazareth and Nazarene.

“This message from Adonai came to me: ‘The hands of Z’rubavel have laid the foundation of this house, and his hands will also finish it’ (Zechariah 4:8-9).

Zerrubabel returned from Persia with Yoshua. His grandfather, Shealtiel, was the last king of Judah before the Jews were exiled. Zerubbabel became the first king of the re-established city of Jerusalem and the province of Judea. As a descendant of Judah, he was of royal lineage like King David. The name Zerubbabel means ‘pressed out like an olive of Babel.’ Haggai prophesies about ‘the Day’ when Zerubbabel will be Adonai’s ‘signet ring’ and his authority will be ‘not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of Adonai (Haggai 2:23).

These two witnesses representing the High Priest and King of Judah always occur together in Scripture. If they are the two witnesses during the first 3 1/2 years of Tribulation, they will be stand prophesying about the filthiness and guilt of Isra’el as they worship in a false Temple, with a false messiah, and a false prophet who performs ‘miracles.’

“When they finish their witnessing, the beast coming up out of the Abyss will fight against them, overcome them and kill them; and their dead bodies will lie in the main street of the great city whose name, to reflect its spiritual condition, is “S’dom” and “Egypt” — the city where their Lord was executed on a stake. Some from the nations, tribes, languages and peoples see their bodies for three-and-a-half days and do not permit the corpses to be placed in a tomb. The people living in the Land rejoice over them, they celebrate and send each other gifts, because these two prophets tormented them so” (Revelation 11:7-10).

When the two witnesses finish their ordained time of judgment, the ‘beast’ comes up out of the Abyss and fights against them. He is given power to overcome them and kill them. Their dead bodies will lie on the main street of Jerusalem. Because of the spiritual condition of Jerusalem, it is referred to as Sodom and Egypt.

Sodom was known for its blatant sin of sexual immorality –– homosexuality –– in the days of Abraham and Lot. The prophet Ezekiel expounded on the crimes of Sodom: pride, gluttony, and arrogance. She and her ‘daughters’ were careless and complacent; they did nothing to help the poor and needy (Ezekiel 16:49). This will be the spiritual condition of Jerusalem: rampant homosexuality, pride, excess in eating and drinking, and an offensive display of superiority.

Egypt held Isra’el enslaved for hundreds of years. Through the mighty Hand of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh, He sent judgment plagues against false gods to humble Egypt. Only after the ‘death of the firstborn’ were the Hebrews set free to become His treasured possession.

The bodies of the two witnesses lay in the street for 3 1/2 days, and no one allows their bodies to be buried. The nations, tribes, and tongues will see the dead bodies via some technology that may or may not exist now.

There are two places to ‘dwell’ in Scripture. One can ‘dwell’ in the Kingdom of Elohim or one can ‘dwell’ on earth. A ‘Kingdom-dweller’ focuses on the spiritual things of Elohim, walking in the Spirit and Truth. ‘Kingdom-dwellers’ are in the world, but not of the world. ‘Earth-dwellers’ are carnal people who focus on their fleshly desires – lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life – and what is happening in their earth world. They are not just in the world; they are of the world (1 John 2:15-16).

The earth-dwellers rejoice over the death of these two witnesses. They will be so happy and relieved that they will exchange gifts. As ‘earth dwellers,’ I have often ‘wondered’ that perhaps this gift-giving celebration will happen around Saturnalia. As Isra’el continues to accept ‘freedom of religion’ in the Land, multiple religions with their idolatrous practices have the liberty to worship whatever gods they choose.

From the reaction of Isra’el and the world, these two witnesses did not preach a message of political correctness or social justice. The ‘earth-dwellers’ wanted these prophets dead. They didn’t just annoy, they tormented people: spiritually and emotionally. The Greek word for ‘torment’ means ‘torture’ or ‘vex with grievous pains.’ After 3 1/2 years of their endless vexing, the two witnesses are killed by the ‘beast’ that comes up from the Abyss, and the people celebrate.

“But after the three-and-a-half days a breath of life from God entered them, they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. Then the two heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” And they went up into heaven in a cloud, while their enemies watched them. In that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were awestruck and gave glory to the God of heaven.”

The celebration parties go on for 3 1/2 days, but after 3 1/2 days, the two witnesses stand up on their feet. They are resurrected from the dead. This astounding event elicits great fear to those who watch the breath of Adonai bring these two men back to life. Then, a loud voice from heaven calls to them and they rise up to the heavens in a cloud –– in the sight of all of their enemies.

When Yeshua ascended into heaven, he was enveloped in a cloud (Acts 1:9). Forty days earlier at Yeshua’s death, many holy people were resurrected and wandered around Jerusalem (Matthew 27:53). These faithful men and women, the firstfruits, who attained the goal of the resurrection of the dead became the great ‘cloud’ of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1). This great cloud of faithful redeemed envelops these two men carrying them into glory.

“The second woe has passed; see, the third woe is coming quickly” (Revelation 11:14).

The second woe has passed. The Hebrew word for ‘woe’ is oy and means ‘an impassioned expression of grief and despair.’ For the earth-dwellers, a third ‘expression of grief and despair’ will come quickly.

The seventh angel sounded his shofar; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord and his Messiah, and he will rule forever and ever! (Revelation 11:15).

The seventh messenger sounds his shofar and loud voices proclaim that the kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of Yeshua –– the Messianic Era has arrived. The Tribulation is either the last seven years of this world kingdom or the beginning seven years of Yeshua’s reign. If the later, he must come to cleanup the world before taking his throne in Jerusalem. The Kingdom of Messiah arrives before the third ‘woe.’

“The twenty-four elders sitting on their thrones in God’s presence fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, “We thank you, Adonai, God of heaven’s armies, the One who is and was, that you have taken your power and have begun to rule. The Goyim raged. But now your rage has come, the time for the dead to be judged, the time for rewarding your servants the prophets and your holy people, those who stand in awe of your name, both small and great. It is also the time for destroying those who destroy the earth(Revelation 11:16-18).

The twenty-four elders, the leaders of the priestly orders, sit on their thrones in the heavenly Sanctuary. They fall on their faces and worship the One who is and was. They thank Adonai, the Elohim of heaven’s armies for taking His power back so He could begin to rule and reign again on earth.

The nations raged.

“Why are the nations in an uproar, the peoples grumbling in vain? The earth’s kings are taking positions, leaders conspiring together, against Adonai and his anointed. They cry, “Let’s break their fetters! Let’s throw off their chains!”

Yeshua rages.

He who sits in heaven laughs; Adonai looks at them in derision. Then in his anger he rebukes them, terrifies them in his fury. I myself have installed my king on Tziyon, my holy mountain” (Psalm 2:1-6).

The time has come to destroy those who destroy the earth. The time has come for Yeshua to judge the dead and reward the prophets and his holy people who stand in awe of his name –– both small and great people. The Greek word for ‘awe’ is phobeo and means ‘to terrify’ and ‘to frighten.’ In Hebrew the word means ‘to love and fear.’ The name of Adonai when revealed in its fullness will be loved and feared by those who serve Him.

King Solomon asks: “Do you know His name and the name of His son?” (Proverb 30:4).

For many millennia, the spoken name of yod-hey-vav-hey has remained a mystery. The Levitical priesthood decided that the name of ‘I Am’ should only be spoken on Yom Kippur and then only by the High Priest. After the destruction of two Temples in Jerusalem, the pronunciation of the name of Elohim has been lost, created, perverted, and changed. Yet, yod-hey-vav-hey is His Memorial Name forever.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh – יהוה

י Yod – A Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for yod-hey-vav-hey/yahweh: finished work revealed in the binding nails, behold.

The name of Adonai’s Son has also been changed from the Hebrew name given to Miriam and Yosef to an Anglicized form of Latin that is spoken in English. The ‘name above all names’ has lost its Jewish identity, culture, and language. Standing in ‘awe of His name’ means to know His name.

Yeshua – ישוע

י Yod – A Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’

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

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ע Ayin – An Eye means ‘see’ or ‘understand.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for yeshua: finished work destroys the binding, see and understand.

Then the Temple of God in heaven was opened, and the Ark of the Covenant was seen in his Temple; and there were flashes of lightning, voices, peals of thunder, an earthquake and violent hail” (Revelation 11:19).

When Moshe was given the design for the Menorah, he was told to make it from what he saw on the mountain because everything in the earthly Tabernacle was a shadow of the Heavenly Sanctuary. The Ark of the Covenant, the Throne of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh is seen. Flashes of lightning, voices, thunder, violent hail and an earthquake accompanies the revealing of the Ark of Adonai’s Throne.

When Adonai wanted to meet with the Israelites, He descended on the mountain with thunder, lightning, smoke, and the blast of the shofar. The people standing at the bottom of the mountain only received a glimpse at the heavenly Throne and it caused them to tremble (Exodus 19:16, 20:15). Lightning is released with the thundering of ‘I Am’s’ majestic voices that sounds like a roar –– the roar of the Lion of Y’hudah (Job 37:4).

“The lion has roared. Who will not fear? Adonai, God, has spoken. Who will not prophesy?” (Amos 3:8).

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Revelation Chapter 6 – The Seals

Yochanan’s vision continues with the Lamb breaking each of the seven seals on the scroll. Wax seals were used for items of value from precious stones to confidential correspondences. If a document arrived to its destination with a broken seal, it was evidence that someone had tampered with the document. When Yeshua was buried, the tomb’s rock was sealed so that none of his disciples could tamper with the grave, remove his body, and claim that he resurrected. Most likely, this seal was made of soft clay rather than wax, but it held a Roman imprint for its authority (Matthew 27:66).

The Hebrew word ‘seal’ in these verses is chatham and means ‘signer’s imprint.’ The ‘signer’s imprint’ came from a personal signet ring showing the signer had full authority and power to send the message and ‘seal’ the decree. In Genesis, Y’hudah (Judah) gave his signet ring as a guarantee for payment to a woman he thought was a prostitute (Genesis 38:25-26). When Yosef (Joseph) was made second in command in Egypt, he was given the Pharaoh’s signet ring so he could make important decisions without asking the king (Genesis 41:42). In Esther, Mordecai was given the king’s signet ring in order to create a new decree that would save Jewish lives (Esther 8:8). Any edict written and sealed with a king’s signet cannot be revoked, even by the king.

The Four Horsemen – Hitgalut

This part of Yochanan’s vision is referred to as the ‘Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.’ Apocalypse is Greek and means ‘revelation;’ however, Yochanan wrote in Hebrew or common Aramaic. The Hebrew word for ‘revelation of the end’ is hitgalut and means ‘to be discovered, to be exposed.’ Biblical prophecy does predict the future, but ‘exposes’ events as they are fulfilled so we don’t walk in darkness. Scripture can be used to give insight for prophetic events, but each event only becomes fully discovered as Truth when they occur.

“Again I raised my eyes, and I saw in front of me four chariots coming out from between two mountains…. The first chariot had red horses; the second chariot, black horses; the third chariot, white horses; and the fourth chariot, spotted gray [strong dappled] horses” (Zechariah 6:1-4).

Zechariah had a vision of four horses pulling chariots. The colors of the horses are the same as in Yochanan’s vision with the exception of the final horse. When Zechariah asked the messenger about the chariots, he was told “these are the four winds of the sky that go out, after presenting themselves before the Lord of all the land” (Zechariah 6:6). Each of the four horses go different directions: the black and white horses go to the north, the spotted horse goes to the south, and the gray horse wanders throughout the earth. The black and white horses heading north give the Spirit of Elohim rest in the north country, the ‘place’ of His Throne.

There are two important details to consider when studying the four horses of Hitgalut. First, the horses represent the four winds of the sky or the heavenly realm that present themselves to the Lord. They ‘go out’ from Him. ‘Wind’ is specific to the Ruach haKodesh, the Spirit of Elohim, His Breath. Second, because all Scripture is Jerusalem, Isra’el centered, each of the horses head north, south or around the world from the land of Isra’el.

The Rider Who Conquers

“Next I watched as the Lamb broke the first of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living beings say in a thundering voice, “Go!” I looked, and there in front of me was a white horse; its rider had a bow and was given a crown; and he rode off as a conqueror to conquer” (Revelation 6:1-2).

The Lamb breaks the first seal and a thundering voice says: “Go.” I believe this voice comes from the living being’s lion face –– the Lion of Y’hudah (Judah). The white horse rider heads north with a bow and a crown to conquer his enemies.

Each of the living beings tell the riders of the horses: “Go!” In Hebrew, this word is bo and can also mean ‘come.’ These riders are told to ‘come forth.’ They are given life through the Spirit to rise up from the words of the scroll and make war in the heavenly realm.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Go – bo – בוא
Bet – A House means ‘house’ or ‘family.’

Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

Alef – An Ox means ‘first strength.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for bo: house binds first strength.

In Revelation chapter 19, Yochanan sees a white horse with a rider who “in righteousness he passes judgment and goes to battle.” The physical description of this rider is similar to Yeshua in Revelation chapter 1. The rider on the white horse left the throne room alone as the Commander of Elohim’s army. He returns as the Conqueror with the armies of heaven with him riding white horses and wearing fine, white linen; His robe is soaked in the blood of his enemies. He left wearing the crown as King of the Jews and returns as King of Kings with the crowns of the kings he has conquered. Commander of Elohim’s armies.

Yeshua’s army is made up of the entire House of Isra’el who had been slain. Their bones dried up and they are completely cut off from the land of the living. Yet, there is hope for Isra’el; Elohim will open their graves, raise them from the dead, and place His breath into them. They will become a mighty army of Isra’el (Ezekiel 37:9-14).

Hebrew Word Pictures

White – Lavan – לון

ל Lamed – A Shepherd’s Staff means ‘urge forward.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ן Nun – A Fish means ‘life.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for lavan; urge forward the binding of life.

Horse – soos – סוס

ס Samech – A Prop means ‘support.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ס Samech – A Prop means ‘support.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for soos: support and bind support.

The Warrior

“When he broke the second seal, I heard the second living being say, “Go!” Another horse went out, a red one; and its rider was given the power to take peace away from the earth and make people slaughter each other. He was given a great sword” (Revelation 6:3-4).

The Lamb breaks the second seal and another living being says: “Go.” I believe this voice comes from living being’s human face –– the Tribe of Reuben. War on earth with mankind is the focus of this seal.

Though there are chariots led by red horses in Zechariah’s vision, it is not revealed which direction they go. Perhaps they don’t head a specific direction, but go with a specific purpose –– to destroy people through war.

The rider on this horse is a Warrior and brings war to the earth. This rider has a ‘great sword.’ This ‘sword’ is different from the ‘sword’ of the Word; this Sword belongs to yod-hey-vav-hey (Isaiah 34:6). This ‘sword’ is strong, relentless, and will punish the serpent –– the monster who comes from the sea of nations (Isaiah 27:1). This ‘sword’ will bruise the head of the serpent as prophesied in Genesis 3:15. This ‘sword’ will be filled with the blood of a great sacrifice in the land of Edom, specifically the capital Botzrah.

Though the color red is associated with war and blood, red also symbolizes Edom, the land where Esau settled. The Hebrew word for ‘red’ is adom, the name given to Adam who was created from the red earth. When Ya’akov (Jacob) and Esau were born, “the first to come out was reddish and covered all over with hair, like a coat; so they named him ‘Esav'” (Genesis 25:25).

Today Edom is located near the southeast corner of Isra’el in the country of Jordan. As the physical descendants of Esau, the Edomites have Esau’s spirit of being a ‘hunter’ and a ‘man of the field.’ In the world, he will be used by the Adversary to ‘hunt’ his brother’s descendants, the children of Isra’el. The prophet Isaiah gives more insight into this bloody battle between Yeshua the descendants of Esau:

“Who is this, coming from Edom, from Botzrah with clothing stained crimson, so magnificently dressed, so stately in his great strength? Why is your apparel red, your clothes like someone treading a winepress?“ I have trodden the winepress alone; from the peoples, not one was with me. So I trod them in my anger, trampled them in my fury; so their lifeblood spurted out on my clothing, and I have stained all my garments; for the day of vengeance that was in my heart and my year of redemption has come. I looked, but there was no one to help, and I was appalled that no one upheld me. Therefore my own arm brought me salvation [Yeshua], and my own fury upheld me. In my anger I trod down the peoples, made them drunk with my fury, then poured out their lifeblood on the earth” (Isaiah 63:1-6)

Hebrew Word Pictures

Red – adom – אדום

א Alef – An Ox means ‘first strength.’

ד Dalet – A Door means ‘pathway.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

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

The Hebrew Word Picture for adom: first strength pathway binding mighty.

The Rider of Famine

“When he broke the third seal, I heard the third living being say, “Go!” I looked, and there in front of me was a black horse, and its rider held in his hand a pair of scales. Then I heard what sounded like a voice from among the four living beings say, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages! Six pounds of barley for the same price! But don’t damage the oil or the wine!” (Revelation 6:5-6).

The Lamb breaks the third seal and another living being says: “Go.” I believe this voice comes from living being’s face of an Ox –– the symbol of the Tribe of Ephraim. The name ‘Ephraim’ begins with the Hebrew letter alef which is a ltter picture of an ‘ox.’ Torah teaches that an ox is not to be muzzled when it is threshing grain, just as a “worker deserves his wages” (Deuteronomy 25:4, 1 Timothy 5:18).

The rider of the black horse holds a pair of scales. Black symbolizes power and fear. The scales in the hands of this rider do not suggest judgment as with the Tribe of Dan, but power and riches through dishonest profits. Leviticus 19:35 says: “Don’t be dishonest when measuring length, weight or capacity” as a warning against such dealings within the community of Isra’el.

The imbalance of the scales alludes to the rich becoming richer and the poor barely surviving. Though Ephraim can mean ‘fruitful,’ it also contains the root for ‘depleted.’ Perhaps through a plague or the ramped up high costs for production, the barley and wheat will be damaged. Evil world leaders will boost the price of grain, however, the oil and wine profits will not be damaged (Isaiah 12:2).

Both barley and wheat are harvested in the spring, and along with wine and oil, are connected to the fellowship offerings in ‘appointed times’ of Firstfruits and Shavuot. Barley is harvested in the month of Abib. In Hebrew abib means ‘newly ripened grain’ and is the firstfruits offering on the Feast of Firstfruits or Yom Habikkurim.

For the 50 days following Yom Habikkurim, the nation of Isra’el ‘counted the omer.’ They counted the seven weeks between two holy days with a daily offering of an omer of barley. An omer of barley is about 9.3 cups of dry grain.

It was during the days of counting the omer that Ruth gleaned in the fields, met, and married Boaz. Along with the commands for the harvesting grain during the omer is the command: “Don’t harvest all the way to the corners of your field, and don’t gather the ears of grain left by the harvesters; leave them for the poor and the foreigner; I am Adonai your God” (Leviticus 23:22).

At the end of the omer, the wheat harvest began. This was known as the second firstfruits and the ‘appointed time’ associated with the Feast of Weeks or Shavuot (Greek: Pentecost). The offerings on Shavuot included two leavened loaves of wheat bread, a wheat grain offering with oil, and a drink offering.

From these ‘shadows’ and ‘realities,’ it could be suggested that the timing of the black horse coincides with the spring mo’edim. The prices for wheat and barley will become so high that it will be nearly impossible to keep the spring holy days in Jerusalem (Zechariah 3:18). Being associated with a food family, could it be possible the famine aaffects more than physical food?

Yeshua taught that man does not live only on bread, but on every Word that comes from the mouth of Elohim (Deuteronomy 8:3). What if the Word of Elohim is no longer heard or able to be taught? Remember the days of Antiochus Epiphanes, and the Abomination of Desolation spoken about by Daniel? In the days of the black horse, there could be a hunger and thirst for the Word of Elohim.

“The time is coming,” says Adonai Elohim, “when I will send famine over the land, not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Adonai” (Amos 8:11).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Black – shokor – שחור

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

ח Chet – A Fence means ‘protect.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ר Resh – A Head means ‘highest authority.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for shokor: consume and protect the binding of highest authority.

Though the scales will tip on the monetary value of barley and wheat, the oil and wine are not damaged. The Ruach haKodesh is symbolized by oil in Scripture and was used to purify and anoint priests and kings. Pure oil was put into the lamps of the wise virgins. Pure oil was used in the grain offerings of fine flour mixed with oil. Wine represents joy, sustenance, and life in the Spirit. Perhaps by not harming the oil and wine, even in the days of famine –– whether for food or His Word – Adonai’s Spirit continues to strengthen and protect His people.

The Death Rider

“When he broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living being say, “Go!” I looked, and there in front of me was a pallid, sickly-looking horse. Its rider’s name was Death, and Sh’ol followed behind him. They were given authority to kill one-quarter of the world by war, by famine, by plagues and with the wild animals of the earth” (Revelation 6:7-8).

The Lamb breaks the fourth seal and another living being says: “Go.” I believe this voice comes from the living being’s face of an eagle which can only be the Tribe of Dan. Where I live in Alaska along the Kenai River, I have the privilege of watching Bald Eagles soar down the river valley on a daily basis. Eagles are massive birds with a wingspan the width of my pick-up truck and, yes, I’ve seen their underbellies several feet above my windshield. They not only soar high above the trees dotting the blue sky, but swoop down toward the river to snag a salmon swimming upstream. The eagle is a bird of great power and agility, and Elohim uses it to describe His swift and complete judgment on Edom and Bozrah (Jeremiah 49:22).

The color of this fourth horse varies between the translation of the two visions. Zechariah sees the horse as being dappled (Hebrew, as with hail) and gray (Hebrew, strong), while Yochanan sees it as ‘palid.’ The Hebrew word for ‘palid’ is yarokrok and means ‘greenish.’ I put the two descriptions together making this horse strong and greenish with white spots.

Green is very important in Islam. The prophet Muhammed wore a green cloak and turban. In Quran 32 there is a description of paradise where people “will wear green garments of fine silk.” Green is used in the binding of Qurans, the domes of mosques, and is found in the flags of Iran (modern-day Persia) and Saudi Arabia.

The name of the rider on this green and white spotted horse is Death, and Sh’ol (the place of the dead) follows him. According to the prophet Isaiah, there will be nations who mock the people of Jerusalem and the Jewish people. They make a “covenant with Death and a contract with Sh’ol” believing their agreements will protect them from the judgment to coming against Isra’el. They embrace lies and create falsehoods about the end times, the Jewish people, and the holy city, but they will be utterly destroyed by their own deception and live in sheer terror (Isaiah 28:14-19).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Terror – emah – אימה

א Alef – An Ox means ‘first strength.’

י Yod – A Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’

מ Mem – Water means ‘chaos’ and ‘mighty.’

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for emah: first strength finished work of chaos revealed.

With the release of this final horse, one-quarter of the world’s population will die through famine, plagues, and wild animals. Today, there are 7.7 billion people in the world; one-quarter of that number is 1.9 billion. Today, in 2020, there are about 30 million people in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen facing famine conditions. Plagues can be diseased-based pandemics, and as I write this, Coronovirus from Wuhan, China is making the news. Plagues can also come from insects like locusts which are destroying parts of India, Pakistan, Africa and the Middle East. A plague of bats is infesting Queenstown in Australia. Wild animal attacks from foxes, coyotes, wild boars, mountain lions, moose, and bear are on the rise.

Though none of these famines, plagues or wild animal attacks have come close to killing 1.9 billion people, the prophecy stands as Truth. Famine and hunger lead to plagues of disease, diseases lead to death, and then wild animals become numerous. This is one reason why Elohim did not give the Israelites the Promised Land all at one time –– the wild animals would become too numerous for them (Deuteronomy 7:22). With the death-toll in the nations from famine and plague, wild animals will complete the killing process.

What is a plague?

The Hebrew word for ‘plague’ is maggephah and means ‘a blow’ and ‘a calamity.’ However the ‘blow’ arrives, it creates a ‘calamity’ within a group of people.

The most well-known plagues are in Exodus when Pharaoh refused to let the Hebrews leave Egypt. Elohim judged each of Egypt’s false gods with a plague. After the Hebrews leave Egypt, the Israelites experience their own plagues. Many die after Moshe pulverises the golden calf and made them drink water mixed with the powder. Many died after they received so much quail that a plague took them while they were still chewing the meat. Many more died in the plague caused by their grumbling after the death of Korach. Even more died when they joined the Moabites and worshiped Baal Pe’or. Each of these incidences coincide with Isra’el’s grumbling, disobedience, and worship of false gods. Each plague was a divine judgment.

The word ‘judge’ is generally used in a negative sense, however, in the days of the Judges it had a different meaning. The twelve Judges were Spirit-filled Israelites like Gideon, Samson, and Deborah. Each of them were called by Adonai to deliver Isra’el from Canaanite control as they battled them for the Promised Land.

With the blessing Dan receives from Ya’akov (Jacob), he may be the delivering Judge that Isra’el needs in the end times. The Tribe of Dan is the ‘viper on the road that bites the heels of a horse’ making its rider fall (Genesis 49:16-18). This rider may be the Islamic ideology that desires to swallow Elohim’s chosen people in Death. While Death contracts with the nations who hate Isra’el, promising their destruction, Isra’el is taken away from ‘the serpent’ on the wings of a great eagle and the destruction falls back on the nations (Revelation 12:14). This is exactly how Adonai delivered the Israelites from Egypt (Exodus 19:4).

The Martyrs

“When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been put to death for proclaiming the Word of God, that is, for bearing witness. They cried out in a loud voice, “Sovereign Ruler, HaKadosh, the True One, how long will it be before you judge the people living on earth and avenge our blood?” Each of them was given a white robe; and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow-servants should be reached, of their brothers who would be killed, just as they had been” (Revelation 6:9-11).

The Lamb breaks the fifth seal and under the altar, Yochanan sees the souls who were murdered for proclaiming the Word of Adonai. Some who study Revelation wonder who will persecute these holy ones because nothing is specifically mentioned is this passage. I believe that Yeshua fights Edom and Bozrah to their end because they represent the political/religious ideology symbolized by the ‘greenish’ horse. That system continues to murder and behead those who refuse to submit to the will of Allah.

The souls of the martyrs cry out from underneath the altar for the Sovereign Ruler, the True and Holy One, to avenge their deaths. These are those souls who are beheaded for testifying about Yeshua and proclaiming the Word in Revelation 20:4.

The Hebrew word ‘soul’ in this verse is neshama and means ‘the breath of Elohim.‘ In Leviticus 17:11, Elohim says that the “life of a creature is in the blood … for it is the blood that makes atonement because of the life.” It is possible that Yochanan is actually seeing the blood of these souls; and like faithful Abel’s blood cries out, so does the blood of these faithful murdered followers of Yeshua (Genesis 4:10).

They cry to the “Sovereign Ruler” in the Hebrew text is the yod-hey-vav-hey or Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh. HaKodosh is ‘the holy one’ and is the shortened form for the ‘Holy One of Isra’el.’ HaEmeti can be translated the ‘True One’ and the ‘Faithful One.’ These souls cry out to the “Faithful HaYah, the Holy One of Isra’el.”

There are two altars in the Tabernacle: the Altar of Sacrifice and the Altar of Incense. Though the Altar of Sacrifice could represent the sacrifice these souls made for the Word of God, the Altar of Sacrifice was given for atonement. These souls did not make atonement for anyone, not even themselves. The Altar of Incense is for the prayers of the holy ones and these souls are praying, crying out for their blood to be avenged. I believe the altar in this verse is the same altar that Abel built. Their blood is underneath the same stones as Abel’s; their blood poured out on the ground; their prayers rising to Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh.

Yochanan is looking toward the future at those who will die over the millennia for proclaiming the Word of Elohim. They are told to ‘wait a little while’ or in Hebrew ‘to rest more’ until the completion of their ‘gentile fellow servants’ and ‘Jewish brothers’ are martyred. Each of these souls is given a white robe, as preparation for the resurrection.

The Creation

“Then I watched as he broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake, the sun turned black as sackcloth worn in mourning, and the full moon became blood-red. The stars fell from heaven to earth just as a fig tree drops its figs when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved from its place” (Revelation 6:12-14).

The Lamb breaks the sixth seal and creation reacts: the earth quakes, the sun turns black, the full moon becomes blood-red, stars fall from heaven to earth, the sky recedes like a rolled-up scroll, and mountains and islands are removed from their places. This ‘childbirth’ activity throughout the heavens and earth signals the end of the present heaven and earth With the sixth seal, the ‘old contract’ between Adonai and mankind begins its demise for a new one administered by King Messiah (Hebrews 8:13).

“The creation waits eagerly for the sons of God to be revealed; for the creation was made subject to frustration — not willingly, but because of the one who subjected it. But it was given a reliable hope that it too would be set free from its bondage to decay … the whole creation has been groaning as with the pains of childbirth …” (Romans 8:19-23).

On the fourth day of creation, Elohim created the sun, moon, and stars to determine His ‘appointed times.׳ With the sixth seal, the sun turns black, as if mourning. A blackened sun symbolizes judgment on the nations. With a darkened sun, a day can no longer be determined and there is no sunset to sunset.

A full moon begins two ‘appointed times’: Passover and Sukkot –– the first and last of the ‘appointed times.’ A blood-red full moon, especially when one falls on a Biblical Feast day is a warning of war to Isra’el.

The stars in the constellations that determine the annual cycle of the holy days fall from heaven like figs on a fig tree. The fig tree has always symbolized Isra’el. Yeshua said that when the fig tree buds, Isra’el would become a nation again starting the divine clock of end-times prophecy. When the figs fall off the tree, shaken by a strong, powerful ‘Wind,’ the nation of Isra’el will be transformed from an earthly nation to a divine kingdom ruled by their Messiah, King Yeshua.

The sky recedes like a scroll. The heavenly scroll that is firmly fixed in heaven is the Word of Adonai, the Torah (Psalm 119:89). When the sixth seal is opened, the paper Torah will be rolled up and the flesh Torah, Yeshua, will begin his reign as King of Kings.

There will be a great earthquake and the islands and mountains will be moved from their places. In the moment when Yeshua stands on the Mount of Olives, the geography of Jerusalem will change. All of the Muslim graves directly in front of the the Golden Gate will disappear. The City of David on Mount Tziyon will rise above Mount Moriah (Zechariah 14:4-5).

The Great Day

Then the earth’s kings, the rulers, the generals, the rich and the mighty — indeed, everyone, slave and free — hid himself in caves and among the rocks in the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of the One sitting on the throne and from the fury of the Lamb! For the Great Day of their fury has come, and who can stand?” (Revelation 6:15-17).

The power of Yeshua will bring down earth’s leaders –– political, military, and economic. He will change the whole demeanor of the world in which we live. Rich and poor, slave and free will hide in caves and cry out for the mountain rocks to fall on them. With the “fury of the Lamb,” they will not only know and understand someone is sitting on the throne, they will actually see Him appear. Elohim will remove His Hand and the nations of the world will see the result of His power. The sixth seal will cause such fear that no one will be able to stand (Isaiah 43:23, Philippians 2:10-11).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Face – panim – פנים

פ Peh – A Mouth means ‘speak’ or ‘source.’

נ Nun – A Fish means ‘life.’

י Yod – A Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’

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

The Hebrew Word Picture for panim: source of life, finished work of the mighty.

Fury – ayam זעם

ז Zayin – A Weapon means ‘divide’ or ‘cut.’

ע Ayin – An Eye means ‘see’ or ‘understand.’

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

The Hebrew Word Picture for ayam: divide to see the chaos.

Revelation Chapter 7 – Servants of God

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Revelation Chapter 5 – The Scroll

“Next I saw in the right hand of the One sitting on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals; and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” But no one in heaven, on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or look inside it. I cried and cried, because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or look inside it. One of the elders said to me, “Don’t cry. Look, the Lion of the tribe of Y’hudah, the Root of David, has won the right to open the scroll and its seven seals” (Revelation 5:1-5).

The Hebrew word for ‘scroll’ is megillah and each old testament book manuscripts were written on parchment paper and rolled up creating a megillah. The first five books of the Bible became one scroll known as Torah and contained the history of the people of Elohim and His instructions for living as a holy community. The scroll Yochanan sees has writing on both sides.

The megillah has seven seals. The Hebrew word ‘seal’ is chatham and means ‘signer’s imprint.’ The ‘signer’s imprint’ came from an individual’s signet ring giving the signer full authority and power to send the message or ‘seal the decree.’ The only one authorized who could break the seal had to be the receiver for the intended message.

In the case of this heavenly scroll, Yochanan wept because no one could be found in heaven, on earth or even under the earth authorized to break the seals and read the scroll. He understood that no heavenly beings were worthy to break the seals; there was no human being on earth worthy to break the seals. He knew Sh’ol held the spirits of the dead and none of these were worthy either. There was no one worthy to open the scroll. One of the 24 elders explained that the Lion of the Tribe of Y’hudah, the Root of David, was worthy and had won the right to break the seals.

The Lion of Y’hudah comes from the prophetic blessing Ya’akov gave his son before he died. Like a lion Y’hudah’s hand would be on the neck of his enemies. He would stand over his prey and stretch out like a lion. No one would dare provoke him, and his brothers and sisters and their descendants would bow down to him (Genesis 49:8-10). The Hebrew word for ‘lion’ is ari. The prophet Isaiah calls Jerusalem, ‘The city of Ari’el‘ (Isaiah 29:1-2, 7).

The lineage from Y’hudah to Yeshua has King David who was given the promise of an eternal descendant on his throne (2 Samuel 7:12-13, Jeremiah 33:17). It is this descendant who will rule the nations and will be the ‘root’ of King David.

“Then I saw standing there with the throne and the four living beings, in the circle of the elders, a Lamb that appeared to have been slaughtered. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the sevenfold Spirit of God sent out into all the earth. He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of the One sitting on the throne. When he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down in front of the Lamb. Each one held a harp and gold bowls filled with pieces of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people; and they sang a new song, “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals; because you were slaughtered; at the cost of blood you ransomed for God persons from every tribe, language, people and nation. You made them into a kingdom for God to rule, cohanim to serve him; and they will rule over the earth” (Revelation 5:6-10).

It is not a Lion that Yochanan sees, it is a Lamb. The Lamb looked like it had been slaughtered. In the Hebrew, the phrase is “and I saw he had wounds and bruises that once caused his death.” This detailed phrase supports how the prophet Isaiah described the affliction of Messiah (Isaiah 53:5).

The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes which are the seven-fold Spirit of Elohim sent out into all the earth. The Hebrew word for ‘horn’ is qeren and symbolizes divinity, salvation, and victory. Abraham found a ram caught by its horns in the thicket. The ram symbolizes the victory of Elohim’s Lamb that would overcome death and be resurrected; the returning ram that would trample the enemies of Elohim.

The Lamb takes the scroll and the four living beings and 24 elders fall down before him. Each held a harp and golden bowls filled with incense. The Hebrew word for ‘harp’ is kinnor and is the word for lyre, King David’s choice of stringed instrument. The golden bowls had pieces of incense representing the prayers of Elohim’s people (Psalm 141:2).

Those present in front of the throne sang a new song. In Hebrew, the word for ‘new song’ is telhillim and means a ‘spontaneous song.’ This spontaneous ‘new’ song focuses on the Lamb who is worthy of praise; for at the cost of his blood, he ransomed for Elohim people from every tribe, language, culture, and nation. The Lamb made them to be a kingdom of priests to serve Him. As the ‘royal priesthood,’ they will serve Yeshua and rule with him over the nations.

The Hebrew word for ‘ransom’ is padah and means ‘redeemed.’ The word ‘ransom’ means ‘to pay for the release of a prisoner.’ People from every nation, tribe, and language had been held captive by the Adversary. The Lamb paid the ‘death price’ required to give life to multitudes. He redeemed them by making a substitute of his life for theirs. The Lamb was worthy because he was completely righteous and could become the atonement.

Then I looked, and I heard the sound of a vast number of angels — thousands and thousands, millions and millions! They were all around the throne, the living beings and the elders; and they shouted out, “Worthy is the slaughtered Lamb to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and praise!” (Revelation 5:11-12).

In the heavenly realm, millions and millions of angels along with the living beings and the 24 elders worship the Lamb. The Lamb is ‘worthy’ having righteous character and entitled to receive adoration. The Hebrew word for ‘worthy’ is zachah which means ‘cleansed, pure, and acquitted.’ The Hebrew word for ‘power’ is ‘oz and means ‘the strength of Elohim.’ Power means the Lamb has spiritual insight into the power and strength of Elohim. He can influence the nations and direct the course of world events.

Riches means that the Lamb holds all that have eternal value in his possession. The word for ‘riches’ in Hebrew is osher and means ‘the riches of Elohim.’

The Hebrew word for ‘wisdom’ is chokmah and means ‘skill.’ The Lamb holds all wisdom and ‘skill’ from above as well as below the heavens. Proverbs 8:22-31 personifies wisdom as being present with Elohim before the creation of the world and taking part in the creative process.

The strength of The Lamb is mighty. The Hebrew word for ‘strength’ is gibor and means ‘mighty’ or ‘heroic.’ Gibor has the idea of valor and courage like a warrior who returns from a battle with a decisive victory.

The Lamb is honored with splendor because he fulfilled his obligation. He lived according to Torah, his Father’s standard of righteousness. I n Hebrew, the word for honor in this verse is hadar and means ‘splendor.’

The Lamb has achieved great beauty. His renown goes throughout all the heavens because of what he has done. The Hebrew word for ‘glory’ is kavod and means ‘weight and heaviness.’ His glory ‘comes down’ from the heavens onto the earth.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Worthy – zachah – זחה

ז Zayin – A Weapon means ‘divide’ or ‘cut.’

ח Chet – A Fence means ‘protect.’

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for zachah: divide and protect revealed.

Power – ‘oz – עז

ע Ayin – An Eye means ‘see’ or ‘understand.’

ז Zayin – A Weapon means ‘divide’ or ‘cut.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for oz: understand the dividing.

“Don’t suppose that I have come to bring peace to the Land. It is not peace I have come to bring, but a sword! For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, so that a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. Whoever loves his father or mother more than he loves me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than he loves me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:34-37).

Riches – osher – עושר

ע Ayin – An Eye means ‘see’ or ‘understand.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

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

ר Resh – A Head means ‘highest authority.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for osher: undertand the binding destroys the highest authority.

“Do not store up for yourselves wealth here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and burglars break in and steal. Instead, store up for yourselves wealth in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and burglars do not break in or steal. For where your wealth is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

Wisdom – chokmah – חכמה

ח Chet – A Fence means ‘protect.’

כ Kaf – Open Palm means ‘allow’ or ‘cover.’

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

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for chokmah: protect and allow the mighty revelation.

“But the wisdom from above is, first of all, pure, then peaceful, kind, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17).

Mighty – gibor – גבור

ג Gimel – A Camel means ‘lift up’ or ‘pride.’

ב Bet – A House means ‘house’ or ‘family.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ר Resh – A Head means ‘highest authority.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for gibor: lift up the house bound to the highest authority.

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; dominion will rest on his shoulders, and he will be given the name Pele-Yo‘etz El Gibbor Avi-‘Ad Sar-Shalom [Wonder of a Counselor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace]” (Isaiah 9:5).

Splendor – hadar – הדר

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

ד Dalet – A Door means ‘pathway.’

ר Resh – A Head means ‘highest authority.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for hadar; reveal the pathway of highest authority.

“Warrior, strap your sword at your thigh; [gird on] your splendor and majesty. In your majesty, succeed, ride on in the cause of truth, meekness and righteousness” (Psalm 45:3-4).

Glory – kavod – כבוד

כ Kaf – Open Palm means ‘allow’ or ‘cover.’

ב Bet – A House means ‘house’ or ‘family.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ד Dalet – A Door means ‘pathway.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for kavod: cover the house binding the pathway.

“Therefore God raised him to the highest place and gave him the name above every name; that in honor of the name given Yeshua, every knee will bow — in heaven, on earth and under the earth — and every tongue will acknowledge that Yeshua the Messiah is Adonai — to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:8-11).

“And I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth and on the sea — yes, everything in them — saying, “To the One sitting on the throne and to the Lamb belong praise, honor, glory and power forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13).

The word ‘creature’ means plants, animals, and all creation waiting for deliverance crying out to the Lamb (Romans 8:22). The words in the heavens, on the earth, and under the earth show the complexity of Elohim’s dominion as Creator. This worship is not just for the Lamb, but also for the One sitting on the throne: the ‘I Am’.

In Hebrew ‘forever and ever’ is l’olam v’ed which means ‘to the distant horizon and again.’ The following blessing is included after the Shema:

Baruch shem k’avod malchuto l’olam va’ed.

Blessed be the name of His glorious kingdom to the distant horizon and again.

“The four living beings said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped” (Revelation 5:14).

Amen. This word is derived from the Hebrew words emunah meaning ‘faith’ and emet meaning ‘truth.’ The elders and the living beings acknowledge the Truth revealed in Faith.

To conclude this glorious worship of the ‘I Am’ and the Lamb, the four living beings and the elders bow. The word for worship is barak and means ‘bend the knee.’ They worshiped by bending the knee in the Divine Presence of the Eternal King.

Revelation 6 – The Seals

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