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Revelation Chapter 17 – The Whore and The Beast

“Then came one of the angels with the seven bowls; and he said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great whore who is sitting by many waters. The kings of the earth went whoring with her, and the people living on earth have become drunk from the wine of her whoring.”

This is an interlude within the chronology of tribulation events. Yochanan is now being shown in more detail the ‘mother of whores’ and ‘the beast’ from Revelation 13. This ‘great whore’ who sits by many waters has been the ‘drink of wine’ for kings of the earth and the people living on the earth.

The Hebrew word for ‘whore’ is zanah and means to ‘commit adultery.’ This ‘whore’ or ‘adulteress’ is a spiritual whore. She is a harlot who has chosen to forsake the Creator of the Universe, the God of Isra’el and submit to other gods. Her harlotry is worldwide and involves every nation, tribe and tongue.

This spiritual adulteress sits on many waters. Though some may suggest that this is a reference to a place, I suggest it is a reference to spiritual nourishment. Contrary to the words of Yesuha, many people believe ‘there are many ways to God’ and seek other religions to fill what is missing in their soul. There are ‘many waters’ that draw many people to its wetness, but drinking it never fulfills.

The prophet Jeremiah warns the people of Isra’el about drinking the same dirty water. It is considered ‘evil’ to abandon the ‘fountain of living water’ and dig cisterns that actually hold no water. This is spiritual adultery.

“For my people have committed two evils: they have abandoned me, the fountain of living water, and dug themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water!” (Jeremiah 2:13).

Those who forsake the God of Isra’el and become spiritual harlots become ‘drunk on the wine of her whoring.’ The word for ‘whoring’ is zenunim and means ‘fornication’ suggesting that there was never a ‘marriage covenant’ between Elohim and these people. They are the godless, the irreverent, and the completely immoral who believe they have spiritual enlightening through their harlotries. Being spiritually drunk not only impairs judgment and vision, but also balance. The prophet Isaiah speaks about how the sin of fornication, compared to being drunk on wine, affects the earth.

“The earth staggers to and fro like a drunk, sways back and forth like a watchman’s shelter; its transgression weighs heavy upon it; it will fall and not rise again” (Isaiah 24:20).

This will be the condition of the earth; this is the pre-condition of mankind right now as I write this. Anti-Creator activities that are so abominable permeate the western culture. At this point the whole world isn’t embracing some of the detestable sexual activities, but apparently all the people of the nations will and kings fall into the drunken stupor.

“She must remove her whoring from her face, and her adulteries from between her breasts. Otherwise, I will strip her naked and place her as she was the day she was born, make her like a desert, place her like a dry land and kill her with thirst. I will have no pity on her children, for they are children of whoring — their mother prostituted herself, she who conceived them behaved shamelessly; she said, ‘I will pursue my lovers, who give me my food and water, wool, flax, olive oil and wine’” (Hosea 3:2-5).

“He carried me off in the Spirit to a desert, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast filled with blasphemous names and having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet and glittered with gold, precious stones and pearls. In her hand was a gold cup filled with the obscene and filthy things produced by her whoring. On her forehead was written a name with a hidden meaning, BAVEL THE GREAT, MOTHER OF WHORES AND OF THE EARTH’S OBSCENITIES. I saw the woman drunk from the blood of God’s people, that is, from the blood of the people who testify about Yeshua.”

Yochanan is taken by the Ruach haKodesh into the desert. This word is midbar and also means wilderness or uninhabited area. A desert or wilderness area gets little to no moisture, it is spiritually dry. There is no living water.

He sees a woman sitting on a scarlet beast with seven heads and ten horns. In Revelation 12:3, the dragon that gives the ‘beast’ its power is scarlet or red. This same ‘beast’ in Revelation 13 has blasphemous names written on its heads. This ‘beast’ represents a huge demonic political force given life through Satan himself.

Scarlet symbolizes power and wealth within the ‘beast’ political system. Scarlet was considered a status symbol in during the Roman Empire. Moreover, scarlet clothing is worn by Cardinals who are religious leaders in the Roman catholic hierarchical ‘beast.’ The prophet Isaiah compares sin to the color of scarlet (Isaiah 1:18) and this ‘beast’ is the embodiment of sin.

The dictionary defines blasphemy as “the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God” and “a mere man suggesting that he is divine.” This scarlet beast is full of blasphemous names showing its contempt for Elohim by claiming to be God Himself ruling on earth. It is not just one name that is blasphemous, but many names claiming to be God – perhaps showing how the nation’s kings embraced the Lie perpetuated in the Garden of Eden.

“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” (John 10:33).

The ‘woman’ riding the scarlet beast is also dressed in scarlet and purple. The word argaman is ‘red-purple’ in Hebrew. This ‘woman’ is the global religious system that rides upon the politically demonic ‘beast.’ She glitters with gold showing her wealth, topaz showing her religious spirit (Ezekiel 28:13), and pearls showing her ‘beauty’ comes from everything unclean. She is gaudy – excessively showy, ostentatiously embellished. Her pride puts her high upon the ‘beast.’

In her hand she holds a golden cup filled with filthy and obscene things – abominations – produced by her whoring. On her head is written a name: Babylon the Great, Mother of Whores, and the Earth’s Obscenities. The word sod is used for ‘mystery’ and means ‘hidden.’ It is used for a secret or mystical meaning of a Scripture. Though the meaning of her name may be mysterious, her global conquest of religions into one is not.

As the ‘mark of the beast,’ is put on the forehead or hand, this ‘whore’ wearing scarlet holds abominations in her hand and her forehead is marked by a mysterious name. It would seem that those who embrace this religious system and follow its political schemes will receive the ‘mark of this beast.’

Yochanan sees the ‘whore’ drunk on the blood of the people who testify about Yeshua. This scarlet-beast religious political system will be murderous – a system that wants anyone who makes a stand for Yeshua removed from the earth. Those who stand firm as witnesses for Yeshua will be martyred by this bejeweled woman and her false, anti-Torah, lawless religious system.

“On seeing her, I was altogether astounded.”

In the Hebrew, the words shammah gadolah, in the feminine, mean ‘great name.’ These two words can also mean ‘appalling desolation’ as well as ‘astonishing.’ The authority and power of this ‘woman’ distressed Yochanan and brought him great horror.

Then the angel said to me, “Why are you astounded? I will tell you the hidden meaning of the woman and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that was carrying her.”

The angel saw Yochanan’s distress and tells him to ‘wake up’ from his shock and horror. Now the angel will explain the sod of the ‘scarlet beast.’

“The beast you saw once was, now is not, and will come up from the Abyss; but it is on its way to destruction. The people living on earth whose names have not been written in the Book of Life since the founding of the world will be astounded to see the beast that once was, now is not, but is to appear. This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven hills on which the woman is sitting; also they are seven kings — five have fallen, one is living now and the other is yet to come; and when he does come, he must remain only a little while. The beast which once was and now is not is an eighth king; it comes from the seven and is on its way to destruction.”

A ‘beast’ is representative of kingdoms as described by the prophet Daniel. Daniel, however, only mentions four kingdoms: Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece, and Rome. There must be others, especially one which was, now is not, and will return. Could they be Babel, Egypt, Assyria and one of these will return?

“Then they said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city with a tower that has its top reaching up into heaven, so that we can make a name for ourselves and not be scattered all over the earth” (Genesis 11:4).

The first kingdom to develop after the flood was in the land of Shinar. It is with the tower of Babel that the people of the world for the first time combined a religious system (worship of themselves) with a government. It was at Babel, where everyone spoke one language, that set the pattern for all future world kingdoms – to set their thrones above yod hey vav hey. This is true of Nimrod in Babel, Pharaoh in Egypt, Sennacheri in Assyria, Nebuchadnezzer in Babylon (Daniel 4:3) and so forth. When kings refuse to submit to the Torah of Elohim, they become a law unto themselves. This is the ‘spirit of anti-messiah’ that is alive today in the world (1 John 4:3).

“Look at the land of the Kasdim [Chaldeans]! This was the people who did not exist … so that it has been made a ruin” (Isaiah 23:13).

The land of the Kasdim ancient Babel. When Yochanan was shown this revelation, Babel no longer existed though it had been ‘revived’ during the days of Nebuchadnezzer in Babylon. This is the “Mystery Babylon” in Revelation 17:9. This will be the last kingdom with a king that seeks to set his throne above Elohim.

“For the Day will not come until after the Apostasy has come and the man who separates himself from Torah has been revealed, the one destined for doom. He will oppose himself to everything that people call a god or make an object of worship; he will put himself above them all, so that he will sit in the Temple of God and proclaim that he himself is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).

“Human being, tell the prince of Tzor that Adonai Elohim says: ‘Because you are so proud and have said, “I am a god; I sit on the throne of God, surrounded by the sea”; yet you are a man, not God, even though you think that you think like God” (Ezekiel 28:2).

The people of the earth who do not have any understanding of prophecy will be astounded that this once-dead ‘beast’ kingdom comes back to life. This kingdom doesn’t come out of the ‘sea of nations,’ but out of the Abyss of demonic darkness.

The angel says that it calls for a mind of wisdom to understand the mystery. In Revelation 13:15, wisdom is needed for those who understand the number of the ‘beast,’ as it is the number of a person. It would truly be astounding to see Nimrod, the first powerful ruler on earth who hunted people’s souls to be resurrected from the Abyss after being beheaded by Esau (Book of Jasher 27).

“He was a mighty hunter before Adonai — this is why people say, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before Adonai” (Genesis 10:9).

“Kush fathered Nimrod, who was the first powerful ruler on earth” (1 Chronicles 1:10).

“And Nimrod and two of his men that were with him came to the place where they were, when Esau started suddenly from his lurking place, and drew his sword, and hastened and ran to Nimrod and cut off his head” (Jasher 27:10).

According to the angel, the seven heads are seven hills. The only city that sits on seven hills is Rome. Each of these hills each have pagan gods and goddesses attached to them: Aventine Hill (dedicated to goddess Diana), Caelian Hill (merging of Roman and Greek gods), Capitoline Hill (dedicated to god Saturn/Christmas, and Jupiter), Esquiline Hill (nymphs who animate nature), Palatine Hill (Temple of Cybele, the Great Mother), Quirinal Hill (dedicated to god Quirinus), and Viminal Hill (Babylonaian Ishter/Easter).

Wisdom suggests there are two different religious systems in the world: one that has been usurping Truth for centuries comes from Rome and the pope, the other comes from Mt. Tziyon teaching the Truth of Torah and the Word of Yeshua.

“For out of Tziyon will go forth Torah, the word of Adonai from Yerushalayim” (Micah 4:2).

“The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet begun to rule, but they receive power as kings for one hour, along with the beast. They have one mind, and they hand over their power and authority to the beast. They will go to war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are called, chosen and faithful will overcome along with him.”

The ten kings or horns on the ‘beast’ will have power as leaders for one hour or a very brief time. These ten kings are the ten toes on the ‘beast’ in Daniel 7.

The city of these kings will also be destroyed in one hour, another unspecified time (Revelation 18:10, Isaiah 24). The Hebrew word is etzah is used for ‘mind’ and means ‘counsel’ or ‘advice,’ thus they give, as one, their counsel and advice to the government of the ‘beast.’

These kings will go to war against the Lamb. They will go to war against the Lamb. This is important as Yeshua will make war against the kings of the earth. They will perceive him as a Lamb still, but he will be a lion. Though first had to be like a lamb, he will not be led to the slaughter. He will return as the Lion of Y’hudah, the warrior King focused on conquering and being victorious. He will defeat all of them and those who are called, chosen and faithful will overcome with him.

The Hebrew qara for ‘called ‘ means not only ‘to call, to proclaim,’ but ‘invited.’ Those who are ‘invited’ will overcome with him. The Hebrew word for ‘chosen’ means ‘those he knew before the foundations of the world.’ These ‘loyal’ ones have the assurance of overcoming.

The overcomer will be like Ya’akov (Jacob) and have victory. When Ya’akov overcame his struggle with the angel, his name was changed to Yisra’el. Thus those who ‘wrestle with God and overcome’ are Isra’el. One Hebrew word for ‘overcome’ also means ‘shout’ and ‘roar’ like the Lion!

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

“Here is a people rising up like a lioness; like a lion he rears himself up — he will not lie down till he eats up the prey and drinks the blood of the slain” (Numbers 23:23-25).

“They will go after Adonai, who will roar like a lion; for he will roar, and the children will come trembling from the west” (Hosea 11:10).

“For here is what Adonai says to me: “As a lion or lion cub growls at its prey and isn’t frightened away by the shouts of hordes of shepherds [teachers] called out against him — their voices do not upset him — so likewise Adonai-Tzva’ot will descend to fight on Mount Tziyon, on its hill” (Isaiah 31:4).

“Then he said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the whore is sitting, are peoples, crowds, nations and languages. As for the ten horns that you saw and the beast, they will hate the whore, bring her to ruin, leave her naked, eat her flesh and consume her with fire. For God put it in their hearts to do what will fulfill his purpose, that is, to be of one mind and give their kingdom to the beast until God’s words have accomplished their intent. And the woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”

The ‘waters’ where the ‘whore’ or false church sits symbolizes peoples, crowds, nations, and languages. She ‘sits’ suggests that she rules spiritually over these nations and languages. She is the personification of a perverted and adulterous church system that needs Elohim’s judgment. Because it is the will of Elohim to destroy this religious system that has broken covenant with Him, He puts in in the hearts of the ‘ten kings’ to destroy her just like He hardened Pharaoh’s heart. The kings leave her naked, eat her flesh and consume her with fire. The ten kings will then hand their kingdoms over to the ‘beast.’

What is Elohim’s covenant with His people? What is the ‘sign’ of His covenant? It is the Shabbat, the seventh-day Sabbath. In the end times, the perversion of His covenant will be rife with lawlessness, unclean spirits, and the complete removal of His covenant ‘sign’ along with those who kept it.

“And keep my shabbats holy; and they will be a sign between me and you, so that you will know that I am Adonai your God” (Ezekiel 20:20).

This is a serious reminder to those who have a Laodicean heart that judgment is coming. Those who mix the holy and the profane, have rationalized mixing the pagan gods of men and their holy days with those commanded by yod hey vav hey, and have created a perverted religious system that promoted breaking covenant with Elohim will be destroyed. Being found naked is one of the judgments for the people in Laodicea and comes from being too rich and self-sufficient to see their need for the Provider.

“For you keep saying, ‘I am rich, I have gotten rich, I don’t need a thing!’ You don’t know that you are the one who is wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked!” (Revelation 3:17).

To ‘eat her flesh’ symbolizes the carnality of the whoring church that is in its death throes. When a bacteria ‘eats flesh,’ the skin dies from the infection. The blood supply, that which brings forth life, is cut off and the skin tissues begin to decay. This is known as necrosis. This whoring church has become so carnal that it’s own fleshly desires destroy it.

The whoring church is consumed with fire. Judgment by fire is promised to those who are ungodly according to the apostle Peter. The whoring church will be filled with the ungodly and will be destroyed by fire.

“It is by that same Word that the present heavens and earth, having been preserved, are being kept for fire until the Day of Judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed” (2 Peter 3:7).

“You are worn out with all your consultations — so let the astrologers and stargazers, the monthly horoscope-makers, come forward now and save you from the things that will come upon you! Look, they will be like straw! The fire will consume them. They will not save even themselves from the power of the flame. It will not be coals for warming oneself, not a fire to sit beside! So much for your [wizards], with whom you have worked all your life! Each will wander off in his own direction, and nobody will save you” (Isaiah 47:13-15).

“All her carved images will be smashed to pieces, all she earned consumed by fire; and I will reduce her idols to rubble. She amassed them from a whore’s wages, and as a whore’s wages they will be spent again” (Micah 1:7).

Chapter 18 – The Fall of Babylon the Great

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Revelation Chapter 2 – Thyatira

Messianic Community in Thyatira

Thyatira, another ancient city of Asia Minor, was situated about 50 miles from the Aegean Sea south of Istanbul and east of Athens. The city was named after Semiramis, the Queen of Assyria. Semiramis was part of pagan fertility god-worship who was both Nimrod’s wife and Tammuz’ mother. She was worshiped as the ‘mother of god’ because she gave birth to all gods that represent Nimrod (Genesis 10:8-9). She was also called the Queen of Heaven. The pagan worship of these three-parts-of-a-trinity gods infiltrated Isra’el and was condemned by the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel (Ezekiel 8:14, Jeremiah 7:18).

God-Fearers

“One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in fine purple cloth. She was already a “God-fearer,” and the Lord opened up her heart to respond to what Sha’ul was saying. After she and the members of her household had been immersed, she gave us this invitation: “If you consider me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay in my house.” And she insisted till we went” (Acts 16:14-15).

God-fearers or gentiles like Cornelius feared the God of Isra’el, gave generously to help the Jewish poor and prayed regularly to God, but did not convert to Judaism (Acts 10:2). In the first-century, gentile God-fearers became a significant part of the early community of believers. The gathered with the Jews in the synagogues to learn Torah, hosted post-Shabbat evening fellowships in their homes, and offered respite to traveling teachers. They eagerly accepted Yeshua as Messiah and received the Ruach haKodesh fulfilling the prophecy to Abraham that “all nations would be blessed through him” (Genesis 22:18).

A God-fearer named Lydia who sold purple cloth lived in Thyatira.  When she heard Sha’ul preach a message of repentance, Elohim opened her heart.  She was so full of joy that she invited Sha’ul and Silas to stay in her home.

“To the angel of the Messianic Community in Thyatira, write: ‘Here is the message from the Son of God, whose eyes are like a fiery flame and whose feet are like burnished brass: I know what you are doing, your love, trust, service and perseverance. And I know that you are doing more now than before. But I have this against you: you continue to tolerate that Izevel woman, the one who claims to be a prophet, but is teaching and deceiving my servants to commit sexual sin and eat food that has been sacrificed to idols. I gave her time to turn from her sin, but she doesn’t want to repent of her immorality. So I am throwing her into a sickbed; and those who commit adultery with her I am throwing into great trouble, unless they turn from the sins connected with what she does; and I will strike her children dead! Then all the Messianic communities will know that I am the one who searches minds and hearts, and that I will give to each of you what your deeds deserve. But to the rest of you in Thyatira, to those who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some people call the ‘deep things’ of the Adversary, I say this: I am not loading you up with another burden; only hold fast to what you have until I come. To him who wins the victory and does what I want until the goal is reached, I will give him authority over the nations; he will rule them with a staff of iron and dash them to pieces like pottery, just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give him the morning star. Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities'” (Revelation 2:18-29).

Yeshua sends a fourth messenger to the congregation in Thyatira. He reveals himself to this congregation as “the Son of God” with a very detailed description of his appearance. Yeshua has fiery eyes with which he searches hearts and minds and gives to each believer what they deserve.  Each of us is accountable for everything we say and do. How we build on the foundation of the apostles and prophets will determine how we stand or fall in the ‘Day of Adonai’ (1 Corinthians 3:13).

Yeshua’s feet are like burnished brass. Burnished brass is highly polished and shines brightly; it lasts longer than unburnished brass. Yeshua has walked through the refining fires of persecution and death and has come out stronger. His burnished brass feet stood as the fourth person in the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. As he stood with them in the fire, he walks through all fires of persecution with his people.

The Woman Jezebel

The congregation in Thyatira has love, faith, service, and perseverance.  They continue to grow in their faith, and their works of righeousness increase as they mature.  In spite of their faith, love and service, they tolerate a woman known as Jezebel. This woman masquerades as a servant of Elohim, but leads His people into sexual immorality and encourages them to eat food sacrificed to idols.  Yeshua has dealt with Jezebel before and has given her time to repent. Because she has refused to repent, he will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit (spiritual) adultery with her will have great trouble.

The account of the Jezebel, whose name in Hebrew means ‘not exalted,’ is found in 1 Kings.  She was a Phoenician princess who worshiped Ba’al and his Canaanite consort Asherah (Easter). She married Ahab, who was the King over northern Isra’el, to make a political alliance.  Jezebel, being a spiritually strong woman, convinces Ahab to tolerate her foreign gods. He immediately builds a temple for Ba’al and erects an Asherah pole in Isra’el (1 Kings 16:32-33). For his grievous sin, Elohim sends a drought to the land which turned the people away from Him, but encouraged Jezebel to separate further from the worship of Adonai. She took authority over her husband, the kingdom, and even its people.

An Israelite named Nahab had a vineyard next to the king’s palace. When Nahab would not give Ahab his vineyard because it was his tribal property, Jezebel plotted to have Nahab killed. She invited him to a ‘fast’ and seated him as a guest of honor. She invited two other men who were directed to accuse Nahab of cursing Elohim and the king. Because of their lies, Nahab was taken outside and murdered. After his death, Jezebel told her husband to take possession of Nahab’s vineyard (1 Kings 21).

Jezebel had temples built in northern Isra’el for the worship of Ba’al. She brought 450 prophets of Ba’al and 400 prophets of Asherah from Phonecia to live in northern kingdom. She murdered many of Isra’el’s prophets.   One prophet, Eliyahu (Elijah), stood against her pagan practices. When  Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh is proven greater and more powerful than Ba’al on Mount Carmel,  Eliyahu and Jezebel become enemies, and Jezebel seeks to kill him (1 Kings 18:20-40).

After king Aham dies, Yehu is anointed by Eliyahu to confront Jezebel.  With the help of some servants, Jezebel is pushed out of a palace window and dies in the street. As prophesied by Eliyahu, her body is eaten by wild dogs and the only remains found for burial were her skull, feet, and hands (2 Kings 9:30-37).

The woman, ‘Jezebel’ in Thyatira knows ‘Satan’s dark secrets.’ This makes her not only a false prophetess, but a worker of the occult. When I searched for ‘Satan’s dark secrets’ on the internet, I found links to the New Age Movement and Satan’s plan for a one-world religion.

Yeshua calls Jezebel an adulteress.  Those who follow her false gods and demonic teachings commit spiritual adultery with her. The children produced from these adulterous practices will die physically and spiritually. The consequences just tolerating Jezebel are severe: a bed of suffering, trouble and dead children.

Sexual immorality –– fornication, adultery, and homosexuality –– causes suffering physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Fornication spreads sexually transmitted diseases, and unplanned pregnancies result in the abortion of millions of children.   Adultery causes suffering in marriages between husband and wives destroying families and splintering the lives of children.  Homosexuality made AIDS a cultural disease causing the human body’s immune system to turn on itself causing incredible pain and suffering.

To be thrown onto a ‘bed of suffering’ alludes to the ‘lake of fire that burns with sulfur’ or the second death signifying complete spiritual death.   Spiritual death is eternal without any hope of resurrection or restoration.  It is the final judgment for the Adversary, the beast, the false prophet –– and Jezebel! (Revelation 29:9-10).

Fighting against the ‘spirit of Jezebel’ is oppressive because there is always the temptation to succumb, The Adversary is deceptively enticing.  The spiritual battle is so fierce for the believers in Thyatira that Yeshua has nothing else for them to overcome.  He only asks that they do not fall prey to Jezebel’s satanic secrets and to  “hold fast to what you have until I come.”

Discerning true prophets of Elohim who proclaim the message of Yeshua in the community of Thyratira from the satanic Jezebel is critical for spiritual survival. Those who overcome will receive authority to rule over the nations.  Their authority will not come from a controlling Jezebel spirit, but from Yeshua. They will rule with an iron staff crushing the nations to pieces like pottery –– destroying Satan’s one world religious system.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Jezebel – Itzavel – איצבל

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

Yod – A Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’

Tzade – A Fishhook means ‘pull toward.’

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

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

The Hebrew Word Picture for Itzavel: the strong finished work that pulls toward the house, urging foward.

The Morning Star

“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?” (Isaiah 14:12).

The Hebrew word for ‘morning star’ in Isaiah is helel and means ‘shining one.’ The prophet Isaiah calls angelic being a “morning star, son of the dawn.” Before his fall from heaven, the ‘Shining One’ was one of the guarding k’ruvim (cherubim). He had a heavenly worship career playing drums and wind instruments around the throne of Elohim. Eventually the ‘son of dawn’ became so prideful that he sought a throne above yod-hey-vav-hey. The prophet Isaiah compares him to the King of Babylon who conquered nations, and describes how the ‘shining one’s’ brightness faded into the darkness of Sh’eol with his rebellion. In Isaiah there is no definite article in front of ‘morning star’ or ‘son of the dawn’ implying that this fallen angel is ‘a’ morning star among many, but not ‘the’ morning star.

Though both Yeshua and the Shining One are called ‘morning stars,’ they are not the same nor are they opposites. Though both are compared to lions, they exude different characteristics. The Shining Fallen One’ is compared to a roaring lion that seeks to devour Elohim’s people; Yeshua is compared to the regal and powerful Lion of Judah that fights to save his people. The Greek word for ‘morning star’ is aster and refers to a created star. The Shining Fallen One is just one of many created ‘morning stars’ while Yeshua is not a created being, but begotten of the Father. According to Revelation 22:15 is Yeshua is The Bright Morning Star with the definite article.

According to Kefa (Peter), the prophetic Word of Messiah is like a “light shining in the dark”. It is important to pay attention to prophecies until they come to pass as the first light in the sky –– when Yeshua appears “and the Morning Star rises in your heart” (2 Peter 1:19). Those in Thyatira who overcome ‘a’ morning star’ will be rewarded with The Morning Star –– Yeshua.

Those [in Thyatira] who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit, Ruach haKodesh [the holy wind] is saying to the Messianic community ….”

Yeshua uses these same words in the gospels when he speaks in parables, however, he doesn’t include the words, ‘what the Spirit says to the communities.’  One reason he taught in parables was so that people could ‘look but not see, and listen but not understand’ the message of the Kingdom (Isaiah 6:9-10, Luke 8:10).  Because he wanted his disciples to have a deeper understanding of the coming Kingdom, he explained the hidden meaning away from the crowds.

Yeshua spoke all of his parables before the Feast of Weeks or Shavuot when the ‘holy wind’ was poured out and the new covenant was instituted (Acts 2:2).  With the arrival of the new covenant, men and women who obey the message of Yeshua are given new hearts and a renewed spirit.  The Ruach haKodesh gives them ‘ears to hear what the Spirit is saying’ so they

Yeshua doesn’t want this community to just ‘hear’ his message, but ‘listen’ to it.  His message was to be heard through spiritual ears that were fine-tuned to his voice, the voice of the Shepherd (Psalm 95:7-8, John 10:27-28)  His sheep were to ‘listen’ and ‘obey’ the message so they would be overcomers –– Isra’el –– and receive their eternal reward.  

But you [Thyatira], how blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear!” (Isaiah 6:9-10, Matthew 13:14-16). 

Revelation 3 – Messianic Congregation of Sardis

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