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Parashah 37: Shlach l’kah (Send on your behalf)

Numbers 13:1-15:41

“Adonai said to Moshe, ‘Send men on your behalf to reconnoiter the land of Kena‘an, which I am giving to the people of Isra’el. From each ancestral tribe send someone who is a leader in his tribe’” (Numbers 13:1-2).

The Twelve Spies

From the Pa’ran Desert, Moshe sent 12 men as spies into Canaan with the instructions to go to the Negev desert and up into the hills to see what the Land of Promise is like. They were to observe if the Canaanites were few or many, strong or weak. They were to make note if the land was good or bad, fertile or unproductive, and whether there were trees for wood. They were to search out the cities to see if they were fortified or would be easily taken. And, if they had the courage, they were to bring some of the fruit of the land.

The men chosen were: Shamua, Tribe of Reuben; Shaphat, Tribe of Simeon; Kalev (Caleb), Tribe of Judah; Yigal, Tribe of Issachar; Y’hoshua (Joshua), Tribe of Ephraim; Palti, Tribe of Benjaimin; Gadiel, Tribe of Zebulun; Gadi, Tribe of Joseph (Manasseh); Ammi’el, Tribe of Dan; Stur, Tribe of Asher, Nachbi, Tribe of Naftalii; and Ge’u’el, Tribe of Gad.

Hebrew Word Pictures
Reuben (See)
Shamua (Name) – שמיע – shin, mem, yod, ayin
– consume the mighty finished work, see

Simeon (Hear)
Shafat (Decide) – שפט – shin, peh, tet
– consume the source of the twisting

Judah (Praise)
Kalev (Heart) – כלב – kaf, lamed, bet
– what is behind, urges forward the house

Issachar (Reward)
Yig’al (Redeem) – יגאל – yod, gimel, alef, lamed
– finished work lifts up the first strength urging forward

Efrayim (Fruitful)
Hoshea or Y’hoshua (Salvation)  – הושע – hey, vav, shin, ayin
– reveal the binding consumed, understand

Benjamin (Son of My People)
Palti (My Deliverer) – פלטי – peh, lamed, vav, yod
– source urges forward the binding of the finished work

Zebulun (Prince)
Gadi’el (God of My Troops) – גדיאל – gimel, dalet, yod, alef, lamed
– lift up the pathway, the finished work of the first strength, urging forward

Yosef (Adding)
Gadi (My Good Fortune) – גדי – gimel, dalet, yod
– lift up the pathway, the finished work

Dan (Judge)
Ammi’el (God of My People) – עמיאל – ayin, mem, yod, alef, lamed
– see the mighty finished work of the first strength urging forward

Asher (Happy)
Setur (Hidden) – סתור – samech, tav, vav, resh
– support the covenant sign of binding the highest authority

Naftali (My Struggle)
Nachbi (Refuge) – נחבי – nun, chet, bet, yod
– life protects the house of the finished work

Gad (Fortune)
Ge’u’el (God is Exalted) – גאואל – gimel, alef, vav, alef, lamed
– lift up the first strength binding, the first strength urges forward

The spies left during the season when the first grapes would ripen (July/August). They searched out the Land from the Tzin Desert to Rechov near the entrance to Hamat. From the Negev, they arrived at Hebron where Ahiman, Sheshai, Talmai, and the Anakim lived. In the Eshkol Valley (Cluster), they cut off a branch bearing one cluster of grapes that had to be carried on a pole between two of them. They also took pomegranates and figs.

The Tzin Desert was in the southern area of the Promised Land where the Amalekites lived. Rechov (Street) was west of the Jordan River where the Canaanites lived. Hamat (Fortress), near Damascus, Syria, was as far north as the spies traveled. Hebron (To Join) is in the Judean Hills about 19 miles south of Jerusalem. This is the area that Abraham settled and where Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob and Leah are buried in the Cave of the Patriarchs.

Forty days later, the spies returned to the Pa’ran Desert in Kadesh (Holy) from their expedition. The whole community gathered so the 12 men could show them the fruit of the land and tell them what they had seen.

“We entered the land where you sent us, and indeed it does flow with milk and honey – here is its fruit! However the people living in the land are fierce, and the cities are fortified, and very large. Moreover, we saw the ‘Anakim there. Amalek lives in the area of the Negev; the Hitti, the Y’vusi and the Emori live in the hills; and the Kena’ani live by the sea and along the Yarden” (Numbers 13:27-29).

Kalev wanted to immediately go in and take the Land. There was no doubt in his mind that the Israelite armies could conquer the people. However, the other men who went on the mission had another view of the inhabitants. They were giants! And, the land devoured its people.

“All the people we saw there were giant! We saw the N’filim, the descendants of ‘Anak, who was from the N’filim; to ourselves we looked like grasshoppers by comparison, and we looked that way to them too!” (Numbers 13:32-33)

Giants Among Grasshoppers

While on their reconnaissance mission, the spies encountered giants. The first explanation I ever heard about these ‘giants’ was that they weren’t real people. The Israelites were so afraid of going into battle against an unknown enemy that their fear made the people seem gigantic. However, with the size of the grape cluster and the testimony of the spies, there were gigantic people in the land, and because of their large size, the spies felt like grasshoppers.

‘Men of great stature’ in the Hebrew text is Nephilim. These ‘men of great stature,’ the Anakim, descended from Anak who descended from Arba (Joshua 5:13). Arba founded a city named Kiriath Arba, south of Canaan near Edom and Moab. In Genesis 9:25, Canaan was cursed by Noach because his father had exposed Noach’s nakedness as he slept off a drunken state. Some believe that Ham’s wife, and therefore Canaan, carried the Nephilim gene which is how they (the descendants of Canaan) were on the earth ‘after the flood.’

Og, the King of Bashan, was a giant descended from Repha along with Ishbi-Benob, Saph and a man with 12 fingers and 12 toes. Og’s bed was 14-feet long and 6-feet wide. Eventually Joshua expels the Nephilim from the land except for a remnant that took refuge in Gaza and Ashdod. Goliath, the Philistine that David encountered, was a descendant of the Anakim who had brothers. Amalek was the son of Eliphaz, the grandson of Esau.  The descendants of Amalek were known as the Amalekites and have always been the enemies of Isra’el (Deuteronomy 3:11, 2 Joshua 11:22, 2 Samuel 21:15-22).

According to the Book of Enoch, the Nephilim devoured the land by consuming its plants, animals, and even human life. Devouring the land was part of the report given by the spies suggesting their concern was not oversized fear, but actual giants.

Hebrew Word Pictures
Giant or Nephilim – נפלים – nun, peh, lamed, yod, mem
– life source urges forward the finished work mighty

Anakim – ענקים – ayin, nun, kof, yod, mem
– see life, what is behind the finished work mighty

Amalek – עמלק – ayin, mem, lamed, kof
– see the chaos urging forward what is in the past

“Y’hoshua the son of Nun and Kalev the son of Y’funeh, from the detachment that had reconnoitered the land, tore their clothes and said to the whole community of Isra’el, ‘The land we passed through in order to spy it out is an outstandingly good land! If Adonai is pleased with us, then he will bring us into this land and give it to us — a land flowing with milk and honey. Just don’t rebel against Adonai. And don’t be afraid of the people living in the land — we’ll eat them up! Their defense has been taken away from them, and Adonai is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!’”(Numbers 14:6-9)

Because of the Nephilim and the fear emanated by ten of the spies, the Israelites wanted to return to Egypt; however, Caleb and Joshua tried to encourage them.   They saw the ‘land flowing with milk and honey,’ a land of abundance. If they didn’t rebel against Adonai, He would give them victory over their enemies. Their plea didn’t affect the faithless hearts of the Israelites and they demanded Caleb and Joshua be stoned to death!

Elohim became so angry that He wanted to destroy the entire nation and make from Moshe an even greater nation. Again, Moshe intercedes for the people and for Adonai’s reputation among the Egyptians and the pagan nations around them. He pleads with Adonai to forgive His people according to the ‘greatness of His grace.’ The Hebrew word for ‘grace’ is chesed and is also translated as ‘lovingkindness.’ Chesed is found throughout the Torah and the prophets 193 times showing that Adonai is loving, kind, merciful, full of grace Elohim to His people. This stifles the heresy that Adonai is a mean, judgmental Elohim in the Old Testament.

“So now, please, let Adonai’s power be as great as when you said, ‘Adonai is slow to anger, rich in grace, forgiving offenses and crimes; yet not exonerating the guilty, but causing the negative effects of the parents’ offenses to be experienced by their children and even by the third and fourth generations.’ Please! Forgive the offense of this people according to the greatness of your grace, just as you have borne with this people from Egypt until now” (Numbers 14:17-19).

Hebrew Word Pictures
Grace (Favor) or chen – חן – chet, nun
– protect life

Lovingkindness or chesed – חסד – chet, samech, dalet
– protect and support the pathway

Forgive or salach – סלח – samech, lamed, chet
– support urging forward protection

The first time ‘forgive’ is used in the Hebrew Scriptures is when Abraham pleads for the righteous living in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Unfortunately, there were not enough righteous people, and their sin was so grievous that Elohim destroyed them. They were never given an opportunity to repent. The next time ‘forgive’ is occurs is when Pharaoh becomes overwhelmed with the plagues and feigns repentance only to harden his heart again. When the children of Isra’el sin against ‘I Am’ with the golden calf, Moshe pleads with Him to ‘forgive’ their sin. Moshe pleads again with Adonai to ‘forgive’ His people so that His Name is not profaned among the nations.

“Adonai answered, ‘I have forgiven, as you have asked. But as sure as I live, and that the whole earth is filled with the glory of Adonai, none of the people who saw my glory and the signs I did in Egypt and in the desert, yet tested me these ten times and did not listen to my voice, will see the land I swore to their ancestors! None of those who treated me with contempt will see it. But my servant Kalev, because he had a different Spirit with him and has fully followed me — him I will bring into the land he entered, and it will belong to his descendants’” (Numbers 14:20-24).

Adonai forgives.

Though Elohim forgives the Israelites, there are consequences to their sin and rebellion. His justice must prevail or they would consider Him a ‘pushover.’ They will wander in the desert 40 years, one year for each day the spies were in the Promised Land.   Adults over 20 who saw His glory and deliverance from Egypt would die in the wilderness.  Their children, however, would live to enter the Promised Land. The ten spies whose fearful hearts led the people into rebellion immediately died in a plague.   Caleb and Joshua who had stood firm in their faith were the only two who left Egypt who would enter the Promised Land.

“Your carcasses will fall in this desert! Every single one of you who were included in the census over the age of twenty, you who have complained against me, will certainly not enter the land … except for Kalev the son of Y’funeh and Y’hoshua the son of Nun. But your little ones, who you said would be taken as booty — them I will bring in. They will know the land you have rejected. But you, your carcasses will fall in this desert; and your children will wander about in the desert for forty years bearing the consequences of your prostitutions until the desert eats up your carcasses. It will be a year for every day you spent reconnoitering the land that you will bear the consequences of your offenses — forty days, forty years. Then you will know what it means to oppose me! I, Adonai, have spoken.’ I will certainly do this to this whole evil community who have assembled together against me — they will be destroyed in this desert and die there’” (Numbers 14:29-35).

When faced with the consequences of their sin, the Israelites had remorse. The New International Version says, “They mourned bitterly.”  Rather than admitting their faithlessness and repenting, they devise a ‘fig-leaf’ way to correct the situation.

The next morning a group of Israelites decided they would go to the high country and fight the Amalekites and the Canaanites. Moshe warns them that Elohim wouldn’t be with them because He had already decided their fate. They become presumptuous in the face of Elohim and go to the hill country without Moshe or the Ark of the Covenant. The Amalekites and Canaanites descend upon them and push them all the way back to Hormah.

Hebrew Word Pictures
Remorse or chartah – חרטה – chet, resh, tet, hey
– protect highest authority’s twisting, behold

Presumptuous or zed – זד – zayin, dalet
– divide the pathway

The rebellion of a few fearful men led an entire nation into rebellion and transformed a ten-day journey into a 40-year trek through the wilderness. The hope of entering the Promised Land was denied those who had been delivered from Egypt and given to their children. Caleb and Joshua will enter the Land, but the rest of their peers will die along the way.

Moshe changes Hoshea’s name to Y’hoshua in Numbers 13:15. Though Hoshea means ‘help and salvation of Elohim,’ Y’hoshua is attached to the name of Adonai from where that salvation comes.  Changing Joshua’s name becomes prophetic to Yeshua, the salvation of Isra’el.

Y’hoshua is from the Tribe of Ephraim; and Kalev meaning ‘heart’ is from the Tribe of Judah. The faithfulness of these two men brings Isra’el into the Promised Land as one nation under their leadership. After the death of King Solomon, Isra’el divides into the House of Isra’el (Ephraim) and the House of Judah.   These two kingdoms remain divided today and many wait for the prophecy of Ezekiel to be fulfilled. Even the disciples hoped for the restoration of Isra’el when Judah and Ephraim come together as two sticks in the hand of Elohim as they were in the days of Kalev and Y’hoshua –– a united nation with ‘a heart for the salvation of Adonai.’

“The word of the Lord came to me:  ‘Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him. Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, ‘Belonging to Joseph (that is, to Ephraim) and all the Israelites associated with him.’ Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand.’”

“When your people ask you, ‘Won’t you tell us what you mean by this?’ say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand. Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on and say to them, This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land.  I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Isra’el. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms’” (Ezekiel 37:15-22).

One Torah for Isra’el and the Foreigner

“For this community there will be the same law for you as for the foreigner living with you; this is a permanent regulation through all your generations; the foreigner is to be treated the same way before Adonai as yourselves. The same Torah and standard of judgment will apply to both you and the foreigner living with you” (Numbers 15:14-16).

“You are to have one law for whoever it is that does something wrong by mistake” (Numbers 15:29).

Elohim knew that Isra’el, along with the foreigners who joined with her, would continue to ‘fall short of the mark’ and sin, not always intentionally, but through a loss of knowledge. He wanted His children to have a vision of hope for entering the Promised Land. He gave them regulations for burnt offerings, sacrifices for fulfilling a vow, a voluntary offering, and His ‘appointed times.’ Every citizen of Isra’el or foreigner who wanted to draw near to Adonai were to follow the same regulations.

Blasphemy

“But an individual who does something wrong intentionally, whether a citizen or a foreigner, is blaspheming Adonai. That person will be cut off from his people. Because he has had contempt for the word of Adonai and has disobeyed his command, that person will be cut off completely; his offense will remain with him” (Numbers 15:30-31).

The definition of ‘blasphemy’ is ‘the act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things; profane talk.’ Blasphemy occurs when an individual, whether from Isra’el or a foreigner, intentionally breaks a command showing contempt for Adonai’s word. It also includes insulting and showing lack of reverence for Him and His sacred commandments.

Some will argue about the ‘end’ of certain commandments. They not only blaspheme the Word of Adonai with their arguments, but mock the righteous who continue to obey the commandments. My family has been mocked by Christians when we say we eat according to Elohim’s dietary instructions. Bacon is flaunted in our faces in such a way that could only be described as blasphemous. This intentional sin carries a severe consequence: to be cut off from the people of Isra’el, and, in essence, they are.

In this post-modern world, even some ‘faith-based’ movies are blasphemous. Many films have been produced that entice believers into the theater because the title or trailer that includes some Biblical names or concepts. Once in the theater, the ‘father of lies’ builds on the great deception and many believers subtly fall away from Truth into a humanistic world view that blasphemes Adonai.

Sabbath Sabbath Sabbath

Adonai is serious about the Sabbath. First, the Israelites learned He was their Provider when He gave them manna. They learned that His instructions were to be followed or their manna would become worm infested. They learned about the importance of remembering the Sabbath in the Ten Commandments. They were no longer slaves and were not to work like slaves, but cease their work as Elohim did. In the moed’im, Sabbath became the first ‘appointed time.’ Whenever Adonai gives Moshe regulations, there is one more command about Sabbath, because forgetting it blasphemes Adonai.

A man is stoned to death outside the camp by the entire community of Isra’el for gathering wood on the Sabbath.  Regulation: Do not gather wood on the Sabbath (Numbers 15:36).

Tzizit – Tassels

“Speak to the people of Isra’el, instructing them to make, through all their generations, tzitziyot on the corners of their garments, and to put with the tzitzit on each corner a blue thread. It is to be a tzitzit for you to look at and thereby remember all of Adonai’s mitzvot and obey them, so that you won’t go around wherever your own heart and eyes lead you to prostitute yourselves; but it will help you remember and obey all my mitzvot and be holy for your God. I am Adonai your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt in order to be your God. I am Adonai your God” (Numbers 15:38-41).

Next to this Scripture, I had written shomer mitzvot which means ‘guardian of the commandments.’ The purpose for wearing tzizit was to help the Israelites remember to guard all of Adonai’s commands. He wanted them to have a physical reminder of His commandments on their garments so they would not go wherever their heart led them and prostitute themselves to other gods. By obeying this mitzvah, they would live as Kingdom servants of ‘I Am.’

The blue thread reminded them the commands came from Adonai Himself, from the realm of heaven where He dwells. According to the Talmud, the blue for the thread is techelet that came from a sea invertebrate called the chillazon and looked like a fish. Its body and blood were the color of the sea and it buried itself in the sand and rose to the surface of the sea once every 70 years making the dye rare and very expensive.

The Torah Observant and Hebrew Roots movements teach that everyone, men and women, should wear tzizit based on the verse ‘one Torah for the citizen and the foreigner.’ The Hebrew rendering of Israelites, however, is ben Isra’el or ‘sons of Isra’el.’ Ben is inclusive of all men of Isra’el whether they are fathers, sons, grandsons or nephews, but does not include women. Jewish law says that women should not wear tzizit because it would be like wearing the clothing of the opposite gender. Also, gentiles are not to wear them either. This command was specifically given to the men of Isra’el so they would ‘guard the commandments’ and be a light to the nations around them. This instruction enabled them to do it. Today, it is easy to recognize an observant Jewish man as they still wear tzizit.

As gentiles join the Commonwealth of Isra’el, they need to be respectful of a community that existed long before they entered it.  Thousands of years of rabbinical study and midrash have been documented regarding this subject before any of us came into the faith of our father Abraham –– who did not wear tzizit.  

From a spiritual aspect, the purpose for the tzizit was to remember the commandments. With the institution of the new covenant, the Ruach haKodesh writes the commandments on our hearts. It is the Ruach haKodesh that convicts us of sin and guides us into all Truth. The faithful who walk according to the Ruach haKodesh should not need a physical reminder on their garments of the commandments, whether Jew or gentile, male or female.

Sha’ul spoke directly to the gentiles when he said they were remain in the condition in which they were called (1 Corinthians 7:20). This means that gentiles should not try to be something they are not –– Israelite Jews. This borders on coveting a lineage and creates an identity crisis in the Body of Messiah. Though believing gentiles become part of the Commonwealth of Isra’el, their DNA does not change.

Just as Jewish followers of Yeshua along with the nations have different callings, so do men and women. Sha’ul explains this difference between men and women and their respective roles in the Body of Messiah. Women need a ‘sign of authority’ and it is the head covering or veil, not multicolored tzizit hanging from their purses (1 Corinthians 11). Our unity in uniqueness is the witness to the world that both the Jew and gentile, male and female, worship the Elohim of Isra’el together.

From personal experience from visiting Orthodox Jewish synagogues and the Western Wall in Jerusalem, it is enough witness to discuss Yeshua as Messiah as a gentile who keeps the Shabbat, celebrates Pesach and eats according Levitical dietary regulations. Tzizit on me, a gentile woman, would not have been merely a stumbling block, it would have been offensive and put a dividing wall between us instead of breaking one down. It was a powerful testimony of Messiah Yeshua that I had the commandments written on my heart as promised in the new covenant, more than if I had worn tzizit.

Yeshua and Blasphemy

“Those who are not with me are against me, and those who do not gather with me are scattering. Because of this, I tell you that people will be forgiven any sin and blasphemy, but blaspheming the Ruach haKodesh will not be forgiven. One can say something against the Son of Man and be forgiven; but whoever keeps on speaking against the Ruach haKodesh will never be forgiven, neither in the ‘olam hazeh’ [this world] nor in the ‘olam haba” [world to come] (Matthew 12:31-32).

“Yes! I tell you that people will be forgiven all sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; however, someone who blasphemes against the Ruach haKodesh never has forgiveness but is guilty of an eternal sin.” For they had been saying, “He has an unclean spirit in him” (Mark 3:28-30).

“When Yeshua saw their trust, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven you.’ The Torah-teachers and the P’rushim began thinking, ‘Who is this fellow that speaks such blasphemies? Who can forgive sin except God?’ But Yeshua, knowing what they were thinking, answered, ‘Why are you turning over such thoughts in your hearts?’” (Luke 5:20-22)

“The Judeans replied, ‘We are not stoning you for any good deed, but for blasphemy — because you, who are only a man, are making yourself out to be God.’ Yeshua answered them, ‘Isn’t it written in your Torah, I have said, You people are Elohim? If he called ‘elohim’ the people to whom the word of Elohim was addressed (and the Tanakh cannot be broken), then are you telling the one whom the Father set apart as holy and sent into the world, ‘You are committing blasphemy,’ just because I said, ‘I am a son of Elohim?’” (John 10:33-36)

“It [the beast] was given a mouth speaking arrogant blasphemies; and it was given authority to act for forty-two months. So it opened its mouth in blasphemies against God to insult his name and his Sh’khinah, and those living in heaven; it was allowed to make war on God’s holy people and to defeat them; and it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation” (Revelation 13:5-7).

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The Shining Fallen One

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

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

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

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

A Special Keruv

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

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

This keruv was ‘anointed’ to guard and protect God’s holy mountain in the heavenly Jerusalem. With full access to the Sanctuary of Adonai, this keruv worshiped Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh at His Throne with tambourines, flutes, and other woodwinds. The prophet Isaiah calls this keruv the ‘morning star’ (Isaiah 14:12). In Hebrew, the word ‘star’ is helel and means ‘Shining One.’ Helel is the root of ‘halleluyah’ which is the reason many believe this keruv led worship in the heavenly Sanctuary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He threw him out of the heavenly Sanctuary as a profane, common, unholy thing. Even his music was thrown out with him: “Your pride has been brought down to Sh’ol with the music of your lyres” (Isaiah 14:11). Adonai had to destroy the ‘Shining One.’ The Hebrew word for ‘destroy is abad and means ‘to be blotted out.’ This keruv had to be ‘blotted out;’ his heavenly angelic name unknown forever.

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

Hebrew Word Pictures

Satan – satan – שתן

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

ט Tet – A Snake means ‘twisting.’

ן Nun – A Fish means ‘life.

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

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

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

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

When the Adversary is hurled to the earth permanently, he will be seen for what he actually is –– a beast that is dreadful, horrible, extremely strong with great iron teeth (Daniel 7:7-8). He will devour the whole earth, trample it down, and crush it because he knows his judgment is near (Revelation 12:10). As the Great Dragon, he birth through demonic possession will the anti-messiah, the ‘seed’ of the serpent. This ‘seed’ will work all kinds of false miracles, signs, and wonders beguiling the whole world. He will deceive those who are headed for destruction because they do not love the Truth. They will believe the Lie – the original lie that deceived Havah in the Garden of Eden: you can be like Elohim (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).

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

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

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

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Revelation Chapter 12 – The Birth and the Dragon

“Now a great sign was seen in heaven — a woman clothed with the sun, under her feet the moon, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and about to give birth, and she screamed in the agony of labor” (Revelation 12:1-2).

‘Sign in the heaven’ refers to an astronomical event. Planets and constellations represent unique concepts in Biblical prophecy. As these heavenly bodies move throughout the year, they accurately reveal prophetic events. The magi from Persia-Saudia Arabia who brought gifts to Yeshua were astronomers who studied the heavens and understood the Hebrew ‘signs in the heavens.’

“Where is the newborn King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:2).

The ‘great sign in the heaven’ is a woman clothed with the sun, under her feet the moon, and on her head a crown made of 12 stars. From an astronomical viewpoint, explained by John P. Pratt, the ‘woman’ is a very large constellation known as the Maiden or Virgo for the Virgin. This constellation moves in an elliptical path along which the sun, moon, and planets appear to move as the earth orbits the sun. In one year, the sun will appear to move through all twelve zodiac constellations. For two weeks per year, the sun appears in the ‘clothing of the woman.’ Every three years, the moon appears as a thin evening crescent under the ‘feet of the woman’ at the same time the ‘sun is in her clothing.’

Basing this heavenly event on this constellation, the prophecy would indicate a time period which can be determined by the position of the sun and moon in the ‘clothing’ of the Maiden constellation. On the Hebrew calendar, the timing of this event points toward the first day of the seventh month or the Feast of Trumpets. This ‘appointed time’ would be when the seven messengers blow their shofars to begin the Messianic Era.

“Another sign was seen in heaven there was a great red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven royal crowns. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of heaven and threw them down to the earth. It stood in front of the woman about to give birth, so that it might devour the child the moment it was born” (Revelation 12:3-4).

A red dragon with seven heads and ten horns stands in front of the woman who is screaming in childbirth; the dragon is prepares to devour the child the moment it is born. The tail of the dragon sweeps a third of the stars out of heaven and throws them down to the earth.

A constellation known as the Dragon or Draco has within the coil of its ‘tail’ what is considered to be one-third of the stars. Using Pratt’s map of the heavens, the elliptical circle around which the sun, moon, and planets travel is clockwise. The Dragon is near the center of the circle in an honored place, considered to be the top of the sky.

“How did you come to fall from the heavens, morning star, son of the dawn? How did you come to be cut to the ground, conqueror of nations? You thought to yourself, ‘I will scale the heavens, I will raise my throne above God’s stars. I will sit on the Mount of Assembly far away in the north” (Isaiah 14:12-13).

Leviathan is believed to be a ‘seven-head’ monster that comes up out of the sea and is judged (Isaiah 27:1). The Talmud also mentions a dragon with seven heads –– a demon who lost a head every time the rabbi prayed (Ḳiddushin 29b, Soncino ed., p. 141).

“By your strength you split the sea in two, in the water you smashed sea monsters’ heads, you crushed the heads of Livyatan …” (Psalm 74:13-14).

The seven heads and the ten horns are explained to Yochanan:

“The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings -and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers” (Revelation 17:12-14).

Many believe the ‘woman’ represents Miriam who gave birth to Yeshua, however, that places Miriam in a place greater than Isra’el or even the Tribe of Judah. Others suggest the Maiden is Isra’el, the ‘woman’ who entered into a marriage covenant with Adonai and is known as the ‘virgin’ Isra’el from whom the ‘Seed of woman’ was birthed.

“Once again, I will build you; you will be rebuilt, virgin of Isra’el. Once again, equipped with your tambourines, you will go out and dance with the merrymakers” (Jeremiah 31:3).

The Hebrew word for ‘scream’ is yalal and means ‘to howl’ or ‘wail.’ This constellation reveals Isra’el’s spiritual battle since Adonai put a curse on the Serpent and ‘his seed.’ Isra’el has suffered much travail bringing forth salvation to the world –– first as the Lamb and soon as the Lion of Judah. From their centuries of slavery in Egypt, their years of captivity in Babylon, their near-annihilation in Persia, their almost assimilation with Syria, the Crusades, the Inquisitions, and the Holocaust, the children of Isra’el have mourned and wailed at the loss of their infants and children, their Temple, and their Land of Promise.

“She gave birth to a son, a male child, the one who will rule all the nations with a staff of iron. But her child was snatched up to God and his throne;  and she fled into the desert, where she has a place prepared by God so that she can be taken care of for 1,260 days” (Revelation 12:5-6).

The male child that Isra’el birthed is Yeshua, the savior of the world. After Yeshua receives his inheritance of the nations, they will need to be broken with an iron rod. Even when Messiah rules the world as King, there will still be those who refuse to bend their knee to his rule (Psalm 2:8-9).

The ‘dragon’ tries to devour the child. The ‘dragon’ as the Adversary has two prophetic allusions. First, at the moment of Yeshua’s birth, the Adversary wanted to kill him. Herod’s edict to murder all baby boys in Bethlehem under two years old began his battle to stay alive. To keep his son safe, Yosef took Miriam and Yeshua to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15). As a grown man, the Adversary still tried to de-throne Yeshua. He tests him in the wilderness, but Yeshua passes each test (Matthew 4). The Adversary enters Judas so he will completely submit to his plan of betraying Yeshua (Luke 22:3). The Adversary believes he has finally succeeded when Yeshua dies on the cross. However, his hopes are crushed when Yeshua is raised from the dead and taken into heaven to sit at the right hand of Adonai (Hebrews 12:2).

The second prophetic meaning happens in the ‘Day of Adonai.’ The astronomical sign shows the the ‘woman,’ the ‘Virgin Isra’el,’ preparing for the arrival of King Messiah. Yeshua promised that he would return only when the nation of Isra’el welcomed him back: “Look! God is abandoning your house to you! I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of Adonai!’” (Luke 13:35).

In the days of Tribulation, the ‘dragon’ needs to devour the Jewish people in order to prevent Yeshua’s return. The ‘dragon’ doesn’t want his rule over earth to end nor does he want judgment –– the ‘lake burning with fire and sulfur.’ This time Adonai will protect His people, the nation of Isra’el. The ‘woman’ will be taken into the wilderness for 3 ½ years or 1,260 days. During her absence, two witnesses will be prophesying in Jerusalem (Revelation 11:3).

“Next there was a battle in heaven — Mikha’el and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.  But it was not strong enough to win, so that there was no longer any place for them in heaven.  The great dragon was thrown out, that ancient serpent, also known as the Devil and Satan [the Adversary], the deceiver of the whole world. He was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him” (Revelation 12:7-9).

When the Shining One was first created, he guarded the heavenly Sanctuary and protected Gan Eden (Ezekiel 28:12-14). He became prideful and wanted to have a kingdom greater than Adonai. He was judged for his arrogance and was thrown from his honored position at the Throne of Adonai. This moment happened quickly as Yeshua testifies: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven (Luke 10:13). When the Shining One fell to earth, he became the god of this world controlling the ‘powers of the air’ (2 Corinthians 4:4, Ephesians 2:2). His desire was to create a kingdom of the earth’s nations and a ‘bride’ through lies and deception (John 8:44). He still had access to the Throne of Adonai as the Accuser, but now he is thrown out of the heavenly realm altogether, he cannot access the Throne, he can no longer accuse the righteous (Job 1:6-8).

The Adversary was ‘hurled’ down. The Hebrew word for ‘hurl’ is tul and means ‘sent violently.’ The same word is used of Jonah when he was hurled into the sea. This word is different from the Hebrew word for ‘fall’ – naphal – used to describe the Shining One’s initial ‘fall’ from his place of honor in heaven (Isaiah 14:12). The half-breed human-angelic giants living in the days of Noach and in Canaan after the flood are called Nephillim which comes from the word ‘fall’ (Genesis 6:1-6, Numbers 13:33).

The Adversary is called ‘son of the morning’ by the prophet Isaiah. In Hebrew, the word helel means ‘shining’ or ‘bright.’ This word became Lucifer meaning ‘light bringer,’ in Latin and that ‘name’ is not found in the Hebrew; it is only used in the King James Version. After the Shining One, the ‘son of the morning’ fell from heaven, he had to ‘masquerade as an angel of light’ because he lost the reflecting light of the Divine Presence (2 Corinthians 11:14).

“Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, “Now have come God’s victory, power and kingship, and the authority of his Messiah; because the Accuser of our brothers, who accuses them day and night before God, has been thrown out! “They defeated him because of the Lamb’s blood and because of the message of their witness. Even when facing death they did not cling to life. “Therefore, rejoice, heaven and you who live there!(Revelation 12:10-11).

When the Adversary is violently sent out of the heavenly realm, everyone who lives in the Kingdom of Heaven rejoices in the victory, power, kingship, and authority of Yeshua. This great time of rejoicing will include ‘spinning around’ and dancing in the heavens.

Hebrew Word Pictures

The Hebrew word for ‘victory’ is teshuah which has the same root as Yeshua. Teshuah means ‘deliverance’ and ‘salvation.’

Victory – teshuah

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

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

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

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

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

The Hebrew Word Picture for teshuah: covenant sign consumes the binding, see and behold.

The Hebrew word for ‘power’ is toqeph and includes ‘strength’ and ‘energy. The Greek word in this verse is dunamis and means ‘miraculous’ might and strength. It is used to show marvelous deeds and powerful works.

Power – toqeph

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

ק Kof – Back of the Head means ‘what is behind.’

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

The Hebrew Word Picture for toqeph: sign of what is behind the source.

The Hebrew word for ‘kingship’ is melukah and also means ‘royalty.’ Melek means ‘king’ an has the same root as melukah. A version of this word for ‘kingdom’ is recited in the Shema: Baruch shem kavod malchuto l’olam va-ed –– Blessed be His name whose glorious kingdom is forever.

Kingship – melukah

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

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

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

כ Kaf – A Open Palm means ‘open’ or ‘cover.’

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

The Hebrew Word Picture for melukah: mighty urging foward binding and covering, behold.

The Hebrew word for ‘authority’ is samchut and means ‘spiritual authority’ and ‘power of attorney.’ In Strongs Concordance, the same word toqeph is used for ‘authority.’ The Greek word in this verse is exousia meaning ‘the power to act’ in a spiritual sense.

Authority – samchut

ס Samech – A Prop means ‘support.’

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

כ Kaf – An Open Palm means ‘open’ or ‘cover.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

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

The Hebrew Word Picture for samchut: support mighty covering binding the covenant sign.

But woe to you, land and sea, for the Adversary has come down to you, and he is very angry, because he knows that his time is short!” When the dragon saw that he had been hurled down to the earth, he went in pursuit of the woman who had given birth to the male child.  But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could fly to her place in the desert, where she is taken care of for a season and two seasons and half a season, away from the serpent’s presence” (Revelation 12:12-14).

The earth will experience the rage of Satan because he knows his time is short.

‘The dragon’ pursues ‘the woman’ whose has given birth to the ‘male child.’ The Adversary earnestly pursues Isra’el and the Jewish people because they birthed Yeshua.

Isra’el is given two wings of a great eagle so that she might fly to a place in the desert for 3 ½ years. Just as they were carried on eagles’ wings out of Egypt to the wilderness; Isra’el will be carried on eagles’ wings to the desert to protect them from the rage of the Adversary (Exodus 19:4). In the wilderness, Isra’el will renew her strength; she will become a strong nation.

The judgments in Revelation may not be consecutive, but concurrent. This part of the vision may refer to the ‘abomination of desolation’ in the Temple. Yeshua says that for the sake of ‘the elect,’ in Judah, the length of time must be limited or no one would survive. Everyone in Jerusalem must escape to the hills of Judea leaving everything behind.

The Greek uses the word ‘woe’ to describe the situation for pregnant women and nursing mothers. They will have ‘extraordinary grief’ at the culture of death required of them: the murder of babies in the womb and post-birth murders. Though they will denounce such practices, they will have to run to save their unborn and nursing babies from the anti-messiah and the false prophet.

The righteous need to pray for their escape –– that it not be in winter or on the Shabbat (Matthew 24:16-22).

The serpent spewed water like a river out of its mouth after the woman, in order to sweep her away in the flood;  but the land came to her rescue — it opened its mouth and swallowed up the river which the dragon had spewed out of its mouth” (Revelation 12:15-16).

The Adversary spews likes and deceptions like a river that defile and blaspheme Adonai in order to destroy the chosen people. The prophet Isaiah reveals more about this event: “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives]” (Isaiah 59:19, Amplified Bible).

The ‘land’ delivers Isra’el; it opens up and swallows the river. The Greek word for ‘land’ means ‘earth.’ In the wilderness, the ‘earth’ swallowed the sons of Korech for their rebellion against Moshe (Numbers 16:32). In Hebrew the word for ‘land is eretz and means ‘earth’ as in the ‘whole earth.’ The word eretz is for ha’aretz hamuvtakhat or Promised Land. To judge the Adversary and his blasphemous mouth, the Promised Land will open up and swallow his prideful river of words.

“The dragon was infuriated over the woman and went off to fight the rest of her children, those who obey God’s commands and bear witness to Yeshua” (Revelation 12:17).

The Adversary becomes infuriated over Adonai’s miraculous protection of the nation of Isra’el. He turns his rage on those left –– the ‘saints’ or ‘holy ones.’ These children of ‘the woman’ are unique –– they have a testimony of Yeshua and keep Torah. Judaism does not acknowledge Yeshua as Messiah so they only have Torah. Christians have a testimony of Yeshua (Jesus), but believe the Torah been abolished. Neither group fit the Biblical description of ‘saints’ or ‘holy ones.’

These children of the ‘woman’ Isra’el are spiritually-minded men and women who embrace the Messianic vision of the Olive Tree of Isra’el that has natural branches of Jews and grafted-in wild branches of gentiles. These natural and wild olive branches do not just believe in Yeshua; they also obey the commandments –– all of them. There is no dividing wall between these two groups of people in the Commonwealth of Isra’el; they are ‘one new man.’ Through the Ruach haKodesh they have been sanctifed by the Truth and walk in the Spirit.

Revelation 13 – The Beast and Its Mark

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Revelation Chapter 9 – The Abyss

“The fifth angel sounded his shofar; and I saw a star that had fallen out of heaven onto the earth, and he was given the key to the shaft leading down to the Abyss” (Revelation 9:1).

When the fifth messenger blows his shofar, a fallen star is given a key to the shaft leading down to the Abyss. The only ‘star’ to have fallen out of heaven onto the earth is called ‘the morning star’ (Isaiah 14:12). This ‘star’ wanted to raise its throne above Adonai’s stars, sit on the Mount of Assembly, rise past the tops of the clouds and make itself like the Most High. Instead, this ‘star’ is brought down to Sh’ol, the uttermost depths of the pit. Though there are many ideas as to who or what this ‘star’ is, Yeshua reveals its identity to his disciples: “Yeshua said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18).

From the time the Adversary fell from his position of guarding the sanctuary of Adonai, he still had the ability to move around the realms of heaven and earth (2 Corinthians 12:2). After going ‘to and fro’ on the earth, he enters the heavenly throne room with the ‘sons of God’ and to challenge Job’s righteous life (Job 1:6-12). Now, the Adversary will no longer have access to the sanctuary to the Most High; he will no longer be able to accuse the ‘brothers’ (Revelation 12:10). He is given the key to the Abyss where many of his cohorts have been bound with everlasting chains for the Judgment of the Great Day” (Jude 6). The ‘great day’ has arrived and he is given the key to release his demonic armies.

He opened the shaft of the Abyss, and there went up smoke from the shaft like the smoke of a huge furnace; the sun was darkened, and the sky too, by the smoke from the shaft. Then out of the smoke onto the earth came locusts, and they were given power like the power scorpions have on earth” (Revelation 9:2-3).

Thick smoke rises from the shaft that is so thick it darkens the sun and the sky. The Hebrew word for ‘smoke’ is ashan, but the word translated fro ‘smoke’ in this verse means ‘steam;’ the Greek is kapnos and means ‘smoke.’ The prophet Isaiah says, “wickedness burns like fire, it devours briars and thorns; it sets the forest underbrush ablaze, with clouds of smoke whirling upward” (Isaiah 9:17). This shaft of great wickedness will spew out like smoke or steam those spirits ‘under the earth.’ They will come forth for their last ‘hurrah.’ The power of the the Adversary in his final days will be so great that he will deceive billions.

A time is coming when the spiritual realm will become a physical reality. Those things like the locusts, the riders, and the horses that have been unseen and hidden will be revealed in a very specific way (Luke 8:17). How that happens remains to be seen. What follows is my interpretation from what I glean from Scripture.

From the smoke comes a swarm of locusts. When green plants are plentiful, locusts begin to breed and gather together into ravenous swarms that can be larger than 450 square miles. The desert locust, found in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, can cover one-fifth of the earth’s’ land surface affecting one billion people. They devastate crops creating famine that leads to starvation. Just as in the days of Pharaoh, there will be a plague of locusts, an army of supernatural creatures from the Abyss, and they will have a different appetite.

They were instructed not to harm the grass on the earth, any green plant or any tree, but only the people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. The locusts were not allowed to kill them, only to inflict pain on them for five months; and the pain they caused was like the pain of a scorpion sting. In those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them” (Revelation 9:4-6).

These locusts will not harm grass, green plants or trees. They will only inflict pain on people who do not have the seal of Elohim on their forehead. The Greek word for ‘seal’ is sphragis and means ‘signet ring’. The Greek word for ‘forehead’ is metapon and literally means ‘after the eye.’ The ‘sealed’ are those people who are either being ‘watched’ by Elohim or always have their ‘eye’ on Him. A ‘seal’ is put on the heads of those who grieve over the abominations done in the city of Jerusalem (Ezekiel 9:4).

In the Hebrew letter pictures, the last letter of the alef-bet is tav and means ‘seal’ or ‘covenant. This ‘seal’ is a ‘sign’ exemption from Adonai’s judgment. It is written by the Hand of Adonai as His ‘signet ring’ or ‘signature’ on the forehead of His people. The powerful stinging spree of these locusts is limited to five months. For five months, everyone on earth except the ‘sealed’ of Adonai will be tortured by the sting of this army of locusts.

Now these locusts looked like horses outfitted for battle. On their heads were what looked like crowns of gold, and their faces were like human faces. They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like those of lions. Their chests were like iron breastplates, and the sound their wings made was like the roar of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. They had tails like those of scorpions, with stings; and in their tails was their power to hurt people for five months. They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is “Abaddon” and in our language, “Destroyer” (Revelation 9:7-11).

Yochanan describes the locusts as looking like horses prepared for war. They wore golden crowns representing their great authority; they had human warrior faces. They had long, flowing hair like that of a woman.

Sha’ul teaches that a man with long hair degrades himself because long hair is given to a woman for her glory (2 Corinthians 13:14). Pliny, a first-century historian, wrote that the Arabians had long hair, and the Persians had long hair and were called a ‘shaggy bear.’ There is an Arabic proverb in which the antennae of locusts are compared to girls’ hair(Jamieson-Fausset-Brown). These warriors looking like women was worth noting as men who went into battle did not generally have long hair.

Their lion-like teeth tear at flesh like a carnivorous animal. The prophet Joel describes this ‘nation,’ “For a mighty and numberless nation has invaded my land [Isra’el]. His teeth are lion’s teeth; his fangs are those of a lioness. He has reduced my vines to waste, my fig trees to splinters — he plucked them bare, stripped their bark and left their branches white” (Joel 1:6). These creatures eating human flesh would bring horrific pain; however, it could even be a flesh-eating plague is injected with their scorpion-like sting. It The Nephilim in the Book of Enoch ate the flesh of humans and drank blood.

At I write this article, I am in Las Vegas visiting my son. Until two days ago, I had actually never seen a scorpion, but one was spotted on the baseboard of his bathroom. It was very tiny, and its clear color allowed it to camouflage with the wall.

Scorpions have a venomous bite; however, most stings are not lethal to humans. Lethal stings are only dangerous when there is limited access to medical treatment. Scorpions, in the spider family, like to hide in rotting logs and leaves, snack on other insects especially cock roaches. They are always looking for something to drink and love darkness –– they actually glow in the dark. In the darknes of the the Day of Adonai, these demonic creatures will ‘glow.’

The power of these locust-warriors is in their scorpion-like sting. It doesn’t cause death, but brings tremendous pain that those who are stung will want to die. They won’t be able to die; they will only writhe in pain.

One commentary said that these locusts teach false doctrines and deceive the masses, but false doctrines do not cause people to writhe in pain; plagues and their results do. Nearly 18 months after millions of people were injected with the Covid19 vaccine, it has brought ‘writhing in pain’ to hundreds of thousands. Immune disorders such as Guillain Barr that attacks the neurological system make adults, children, and even babies shake and quiver for the rest of their lives. Myocarditis, a rare heart inflammation, has become epidemic since the vaccine in young as well as old people. Fertility issues and miscarriage with women are on the rise. Every victim that lives say they ‘just want their life back.’ This ‘scorpion sting’ has changed their God-given DNA, and this isn’t even the ‘scorpion sting’ from the Abyss.

There are numerous world leaders whose evil intentions come from the ‘the pit’ –– the Abyss. In order to maintain global health, they want a a universal vaccine –– the literal sting of a needle. As they rush to create a vaccine, there will be few real studies and the human race will become guinea pigs. I listened to one doctor talk about a vaccine created in 1976 that paralyzed nearly everyone who received it!

Until recently, I would never considered the locusts creatures anything but a demonic presence on earth that exerts extraordinary pain over people. With the recent Covid19 plague, I see the scorpion sting as more than a demonic presence. These demonic warriors won’t carry a sword to control the world, but a sting.

It is possible that these demonic warriors swarm around the world possessing global leaders to do their bidding. A demonically-possessed economic, medical, and governmental brigade that forces a concoction of ‘poison’ into certain humans that doesn’t cause them to die, but tortures them until they fully submit to the ‘beast’ (Zechariah 14:12-13).

These demon warriors have wings and swarm. The Hebrew word for ‘wing’ is kanaph and can also mean ‘the edges of a garment.’ Though Yeshua rises with ‘healing in the ‘edges of his garment,’ these creatures will not. They rise up and everywhere they fly, they will cause illness. Whether these ‘wings’ are actual wings or they have some sort of flying machine, they move quickly wherever they want to go, take authority, and damage humanity.

The sound of the warriors’ wings roars like horses with chariots rushing into battle. These demonic warriors could use drones to seek out those who need to be stung. Not long ago, drones were being flown over western parts of the United States and no one claimed responsibility, even the U.S. military. At the outbreak of the Wuhan virus in the U.S., they disappeared. Whatever happens with these warriors from the Abyss, Elohim allows the sting and the ensuing plague to create a great panic that will cause chaos.

The demon warriors have chests like iron. For those who body build, this could me they have ‘abs,’ but it could also refer to their incredible strength. I personally believe their iron chests suggest they are hard-hearted or have no heart. They operate with cruelty and without compassion because they are not human.

Months later I am in Alaska and reading about the president unveiling a vaccine by the end of the year –– 2020. There will be several hundred million vials manufactured so that the entire United States population can be vaccinated. He is not only working with the Centers for Disease Control DC and National Institute for Health, he is working with the United States military to administer the vaccine.

‘Demonic’, though specifically evil, means ‘fiercely energetic or frenzied.’ The plan for unraveling several million doses of vaccine has been named “Operation Warp Speed.” Even the name suggests a ‘demonic’ side to this ‘operation.’ Putting a vaccine into the hands of warriors who ‘become fiercely frenzied’ as they make sure every person in the United States is ‘stung’ could become a wild ride for anyone who refuses the ‘sting.’ The only way to avoid the ‘sting’ is to have the mark of Adonai.

Believers should be praying for Adonai to reveal His mark that will be on their foreheads –– completely different from the ‘mark of the beast.’ As the months pass in 2021, those who receive the ‘sting’ are ‘marked’ in the world. Vaccine passports allow those with the ‘sting’ to live a ‘normal’ life while those without the ‘sting’ will be shut out. Whether or not this ‘sting’ is related to the ‘mark of the beast’ is unknown. However, this ‘sting’ may be the testing ground for what is prophesied to come out of the Abyss. This ‘sting’ may be a test of faith: either one stands for the Healer or succumbs to the demonic forces.

The warrior demons have a king whose name in Hebrew is Abbadon meaning ‘doom,’ ‘place of destruction’ or ‘realm of the dead.’ In Greek Abbadon is Apollyon which is not a place, but the name of the fallen angel guarding the bottomless pit. This fallen angel brings forth spiritual oppression and a desire for self-beauty. Some believe Apollyon is the the Adversary himself or his ‘seed,’ the anti-messiah. The ‘destroyer’ leads the locust-type warriors into a global battle bringing forth months of torment and horror never seen in the history of the world. The prophet Joel gives more details about these warrior demons and how they take over the earth:

Blow the shofar in Tziyon! Sound an alarm on my holy mountain!” Let all living in the land tremble, for the Day of Adonai is coming! It’s upon us! — a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick fog; a great and mighty horde is spreading like blackness over the mountains. There has never been anything like it, nor will there ever be again, not even after the years of many generations. Ahead of them a fire devours, behind them a flame consumes; ahead the land is like Gan-‘Eden, behind them a desert waste. From them there is no escape. They look like horses, and like cavalry they charge. With a rumble like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops, like crackling flames devouring stubble, like a mighty horde in battle array. At their presence the peoples writhe in anguish, every face is drained of color. Like warriors they charge, they scale the wall like soldiers. Each one keeps to his own course, without getting in the other’s way. They don’t jostle each other, but stay on their own paths; they burst through defenses unharmed, without even breaking rank. They rush into the city, they run along the wall, they climb up into the houses, entering like a thief through the windows. At their advance the earth quakes, and the sky shakes, the sun and moon turn black, and the stars stop shining” (Joel 2:1-10).

“The first woe has passed, but there are still two woes to come” (Revelation 9:12)

“The sixth angel sounded his shofar, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the gold altar before God, saying to the sixth angel, the one with the shofar, “Release the four angels that are bound at the great river Euphrates!” And they were released. These four angels had been kept ready for this moment, for this day and month and year, to kill a third of mankind; and the number of cavalry soldiers was two hundred million! — I heard the number” (Revelation 9:13-16).

When the sixth messenger blows his shofar, a voice from the four horns of the golden Altar speaks. The Altar of Incense in the earthly Tabernacle was acacia wood overlaid with gold while the Altar of Sacrifice was made of bronze. The four horns had a specific purpose: to bind the sacrifice to the Altar. With the release of four angels at the Euphrates River, one-third of mankind was going to be ‘sacrificed.’

These angels have been bound for this moment in time –– this specific day, month, and year. The Hebrew word is zaman and means ‘fixed time,’ not an ‘appointed time.’ Because there are ‘times’ for everything under heaven, this zaman is no different (Ecclesiates 3:1). Some suggest that this ‘fixed time’ is Passover because it is references the fourteenth day of the first month at midnight. If this is a reference to an ‘appointed time’ on Elohim’s calendar, it would not be in spring, but in fall as these ‘appointed times’ have not been fulfilled.

Yom Teruah is a ‘fixed time:’ first day of the seventh month at the sighting of the new moon. The Feast of Trumpets is commemorated by blowing the shofar. For the ten days between Yom Teruah and the Day of Atonement, the shofar is blown. As judgment shofar blasts, these could be the second woe.

The Days of Awe are known as the ‘ten days of repentance.’ This is a ‘fixed time’ not only for individual repentance, but for Isra’el’s national repentance. IThe days of these ten shofar blasts could refer to the days of repentance that Elohim gives, but mankind still refuses to repent. Though it would not be a specific ‘appointed time,’ the ‘Days of Awe,’ could be the ‘fixed time.’

Though Greek is translated into a specific number of cavalry soldiers –– 200 million –– the actual Greek words translate as myriads and myriads –– a number too great to count. The same Greek words are used for the number of angels in heaven –– a number too vast to count (Revelation 5:11). These mounted horsemen are sent out to kill 2.5 billion more people as 2.5 billion were already killed by plague, famine, and wild animals. With a global population of nearly 8 billion, killing 5 billion is a massive number of people.

The Hebrew word for ‘bound’ means ‘chained’ or ‘banned.’ These beings who were ‘chained’ are the disobedient, fallen angels: “And the angels that did not keep within their original authority, but abandoned their proper sphere, he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for the Judgment of the Great Day” (Jude 6).

These demonic beings have been ‘bound’ by the Euphrates River which runs though Babylon, present-day Iraq. Babylon will become the central hub for global economic, political, and religious systems In ancient times, the area between the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers was known as Mesopotamia. Abraham was living in Ur, a city in Sumer in southern Mesopotamia when Elohim called him to leave and go to a ‘land he would be shown.’

In order to understand the spiritual war that occurred in heaven, a type and shadow of the Adversary is revealed through the King of Babylon (Isaiah 14). Babylon is steeped in a religious system that is always at war with Isra’el. Though it has similar roots in Abraham, its lineage follows the descendants of Ishmael, not Isaac. Its eschatology is in direct opposition of Biblical eschatology; its ‘deliverer’ is the antithesis of Yeshua or the anti-messiah.

“Here is how the horses looked in the vision: the riders had breastplates that were fire-red, iris-blue and sulfur-yellow; the horses’ heads were like lions’ heads; and from their mouths issued fire, smoke and sulfur. It was these three plagues that killed a third of mankind — the fire, smoke and sulfur issuing from the horses’ mouths. For the power of the horses was in their mouths — and also in their tails, for their tails were like snakes with heads, and with them they could cause injury” (Revelation 9:17-19)

The multitude of cavalry will come from the east, not China as some suggest, but the Middle East. They will have the power to kill another 2 billion people. With a global population of 8 billion people and the killing of 7 billion, this leaves only 1 billion people alive, though some of these events may happen simultaneously. While Adonai declares the ‘beginning from the end’ and can see multiple events at the same time, Yochanan can only witnesses these spiritual end time events through his limited understanding (Isaiah 46:10).

These riders wear multi-colored breastplates of heavy armor like ‘chain mail.’ In Greek, red, purple, and yellow, is ‘fire and jacinth, and brimstone.’ ‘Fire’ suggests the color red, but the chain mail could literally be on fire. Jacinth is a deep blue and was one the stone in the breastplate of the High Priest for the Tribe of Gad meaning ‘troops.’ The final color is ‘brimstone’ which is bright, clear and yellow like sulfur. Sulfur is used to ignite matches for starting fires. ‘Fire and brimstone’ rained down on Sodom and Gomorrah as a judgment; these ‘troops’ use the same power to judge the world.

The fire, smoke, and sulfur comes through their horses’ mouths –– like a dragon, they breathe fire. With lion heads and venomous-headed snake tails, these ‘troops’ ignite fires killing another third of mankind. The Hebrew word for ‘power’ had several meanings: euthanasia and ‘gassing in a killing facility.’ These horses and riders perfect mass murder.

“The rest of mankind, those who were not killed by these plagues, even then did not turn from what they had made with their own hands — they did not stop worshiping demons and idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they turn from their murdering, their involvement with the occult and with drugs, their sexual immorality or their stealing” (Revelation 9:20-21).

The remaining population not killed by ‘infectious epidemics’ –– one billion people –– still did not ‘repent’ and turn back to Elohim. They are reprobate and corrupt; they continue to ‘murder, assassinate, steal, and whore. They practice witchcraft and worship demons by setting up idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood.

The Greek translates the word ‘witchcraft’ as ‘sorcery.’ The Greek word for ‘sorcery’ is pharmakos and means ‘poisoner.’ From pharmakos comes pharmacon or ‘pharmacy’ and means ‘drug.’ A sorcerer ‘poisons people with drugs.’ Sorcery can also mean ‘to drug people into living by their illusions –– using supernatural powers to manipulate Elohim into giving them temporal possessions’ (Strongs Concordance, #5333.). Pharmaceuticals are really legalized drugs. People will be deceived by pharmaceuticals whether it is illusions it creates or the false sense of having physical health. With the injection of the Covid ‘vaccine,’ many people describe hallucinations after receiving the ‘shot in the arm’.

This calls for ‘wisdom on the part of Adonai’s holy people.’

Chapter 10 – The Little Scroll

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