Viewing entries in
Lost in Translation

Lost In Translation - Part 4

Comment

Lost In Translation - Part 4

Study Note Slides


Study Notes

Lost in Translation Part 4- The Menorah

Slide 1

Introduction: The theme of this entire series should by now become apparent. There are many areas of mistranslation but the over-riding theme we have looked at has been Covenant since from times past ever since Adam & Chavah (Eve) sinned YAHWEH has been working to bring man back into Covenant relationship through a series of progressive Covenants. Ha Satan on the other hand has been working to cause man to break the Covenant and enter into a counter Covenant of rebellion against YAHWEH. Throughout the entire Christian World the Bride’s redemptive price has taken centre stage. Since this price was the blood of Yahshua Ha Machiach (Yahshua the Messiah) its importance must never be forgotten. 

Slide 2

Through the words of Sha’ul (Paul) this central theme of redemption through remembrance of the sacrifice of Yahshua has become the only necessary teaching for all of Christendom:

1 Corinthians 11:25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the renewed covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

The thought of YAHWEH sending his son to redeem the world as a Bridegroom would redeem his bride has so captivated the World of believers that the Tree/Cross has become the end all for most believers but the truth is that it begins this wonderful journey back into the presence of YAHWEH. 

Hebrews 6:1-2 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Messiah, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward Elohim (G_d), 2 of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Though the redemption from our former life through the forgiveness of sin is paramount this scripture speaks of progressing beyond the basic principles of faith just like the Bride must go beyond opening the door to the prospective Bridegroom & move into more commitment to become the Bride without spot or blemish. To know what that means is the centre of our teaching. 

When it was the appointed time Yahshua said to his disciples at the table to eat the bread & drink the wine in remembrance of him at that Pesach (Passover). Though the remembrance of that Passover is very important today we will endeavour to see what long establish central truth has been ignored & overlooked from all of Christendom as a result but is clearly not indicated in scripture. 

Slide 3

The Menorah: Throughout all Scripture the image of the Menorah played an important role so today I wish to discuss its role and its importance as a unique physical instrument that brings great spiritual truth.

 

Slide 4

Elohim & Metaphors: As central as the Betrothal/ Marriage to the message of Elohim is, it is not the only sustained Metaphor throughout Scripture. There is another tied to a sacred object that YAHWEH designed himself which resonates almost as powerful throughout Scripture and that is the Menorah. The Betrothal & Menorah Metaphors complement each other. The Betrothal tells us how YAHWEH thinks about us while the Menorah shows us his plan for restoring his bride to himself. 

Slide 5

The Menorah as a sacred symbol: As you read this material concerning the Menorah and discover its Scriptural significance to the believers’ community you will discover that it reveals Yahshua the Messiah (Jesus the Christ) & that is dependent upon understanding the Hebraic roots of our faith. 

The significance cannot be overstressed since it occupies a great many verses in scripture in Shemoth (Exodus) 25- 40, Vayiqra (Leviticus) 24:4, Bemidbar (Numbers) 3-8. Its construction is very detailed & served as the only light in the Qadosh (Holy) place representing the light of Elohim (G_d) for his people. 

The Menorah (Lampstand) is conceivably the most comprehensive of all Biblical symbols. As such, it is important that believers investigate the origin, use and purpose of this symbol referenced in both the Tanakh (Old Testament) and the Brit Chadashah (New Testament). We will discover that this Menorah symbolizes many things such as the Nation of Israel, the Qahal (body of believers), the Ruach Ha Qodesh (Holy Spirit), the Word of Elohim, the Seven Spirits of Elohim, even the Master Yahshua the Messiah (Jesus the Christ) himself as "the light of the world."

Slide 6

Significant Layout:

What is extremely significant is the layout that we derive from the Garden of Eden, The Mishkan (the Tabernacle) & the Hekal (The Temple). All had the same divisions representing the “Outer Court”, the “Holy Place” & the Holy of Holies”.  

Though the Menorah with its 7 lamps, 70 garnishings on its leaves, 12 foundational divisions represent many deep understandings we will look at a more general theme of the Menorah. 

The Menorah candles or lamps were to be arranged so as to "give light in front of it." What does this mean? This meant that all the six candles should face inward, toward the center candle. But this arrangement is contrary to the normal method of diffusing the light in as wide an area as possible. What this arrangement does is to concentrate the light, toward the center, thus making the whole shine more as one single large unified or “Echad” light.

This tells us that the Menorah's unique structure was more designed for a spiritual purpose than for a physical or practical purpose.

Slide 7

The Representation of Elohim:

We find an amazing truth about the symbolism of the Menorah found in the following:

1 Shemuel (Samuel) 3:1-3 And the young Shemu’ĕl was serving YAHWEH before Ĕli. And the Word of YAHWEH was rare in those days – no vision breaking forth. 2 And it came to be in that day, that Ĕli was lying down in his place. And his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he was unable to see, 3 And the lamp of Elohim had not gone out in the Mishkan(Tabernacle) of YAHWEH where the ark of Elohim was. 

 

Here the Menorah becomes identified as "THE LAMP OF Elohim". As such, the Menorah is a timeless symbol. This seven-branched candlestick, for many Christians (if recognized at all) has been regarded as little more than a Jewish relic.

Notice the circumstances surrounding Samuel's prophetic call and the existing condition of Israel. The lamp of Elohim was going out and soon afterward the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant. Eli, the judge and High priest of Israel, had died and a child was born to Phinehas his son whose name says it all, Ichabod meaning "The glory of Elohim has departed." In principle this story could very well parallel many of the conditions within the “Church” in history, and serve as a prophetic picture of our own time. The setting was at evening time, the light from the Lamp of Elohim was shining less brightly in the temple and there was "no open vision" (revelation). It is very unusual that the lamp of EL (God) would have been going out at the very time of day when it normally should have been freshly fuelled and burning its brightest. The Qahal (Assembly) can learn valuable lessons from this story. We could very well be approaching the end of the age (evening). The Lamp of YAH, which is the Word of YAH (Tehillim- Psa. 119:105) and our understanding of it, has been seriously eroded due in great part to our forsaking the foundations of our faith rooted in the Hebrew heritage. 

Slide 8

The judgment of Elohim is impending as Yahshua predicted.

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins,
which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. . . .While
the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. ... And
the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps
are gone out. (Mt 25:1,2,5,8).

In prophetic expression, Yahshua predicts that just prior to his coming a large percentage of the Kingdom of YAH will be spiritually asleep. He seems to indicate that there would be an unawareness of the gravity of time. A clear vision into the purposes of YAH and the destiny of man would be missing. The virgins were not aware of the eminent coming of the Bridegroom. Because the Qahal (body of believers) seems to be experiencing storms of "every wind of doctrine" (Eph 4:14), there is a lot of end-time events & confusion in our world. This is generating complacency and serious apathy towards truth. Many seemingly do not care which is the down side. The up side is this:

And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. (Mt 25:7)

Slide 9

A sweet rain of pure truth has been predicted for the "pure in heart. It was at evening time when the lampstand was refuelled for greater burning in the Temple. If we are indeed in some close proximity to the end of the age it is "lamp trimming time." In other words, it is 'Biblical research time' for the body of Messiah.

Is this not why there is a growing movement today to return to our Hebrew roots:

Zecharyah (Zechariah) 8:23 Thus said YAHWEH of hosts, ‘In those days ten men from all languages of the nations shall take hold, yea, they shall take hold of the edge of the garment of a man, a Yehuḏite, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that Elohim is with you.” 

 

Yermeyahu (Jeremiah) 16:19 The Gentiles shall come to You From the ends of the earth and say, “Surely our fathers have inherited lies, Worthlessness and unprofitable things.

Slide 10

Another prophet of restoration in whose vision the symbol of the Menorah appeared was Zechariyah (Zechariah). He was one who was highly motivated and involved in the restoration of the walls of Yarushalayim (Jerusalem) and the Holy Temple. There is a definite similarity between Samuel's experience and that of Zechariyah. As the vision unfolded before Zechariah, he beheld a huge candlestick (Menorah) with seven lamps upon the top of it. While beholding the scene, he heard a voice:

And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked,
and behold a Menorah all of gold, with a bowl upon the top
of it, and its seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven
lamps, which are upon the top thereof: . . .Then he answered
and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of YAHWEH unto
Zerubbabel,[the restorer] saying, Not by might, nor by power,
but by my Ruach (spirit), saith YAHWEH the LORD of hosts (Zech. 4:2,6).
 

In this case it symbolized the seven-fold spirit or spirits of Elohim at work in the restoration efforts taking place in Yarushalayim (Jerusalem). 

Slide 11

When Yahshua spoke these words from the Sermon on the Mount we see a picture of the Menorah as well: 

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a MENORAH; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to destroy the Torah (Law), or the prophets (Nevim): I am not come to destroy, but to complete (fulfil).         ( Mt. 5:14-17)

The Qahal (Assembly) here is represented by the symbol of the menorah. The lesson is that the Qahal (called of YAH assembly) must become the light of the world (a reflection of the Word of YAH). The book of Revelation gives substantial affirmation to this assertion when the angel states:

Slide 12

... the seven CANDLESTICKS(Menoroth) which thou sawest are the seven CHURCHES. (Rev. 1:20

Further confirmation is given to us in chapter two where Elohim, through his angel (Malak), implores the Assembly of Ephesus to return to its first love:

Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love


Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy MENORAH (CANDLESTICK) out of its place, except thou repent. Rev. 2:4-5

A spiritual interpretation could be reasonably rendered from this passage but evidently there is also a very practical side to consider. There is every reason for us to conclude that this Menorah symbol was physically on display in those first century Assemblies, and for good reason. First, as a congregation, they were more "Judeo-Nazarene" in nature and appearance than the subsequent church that became more Greko-Roman in orientation. The indication is that the MENORAH must have served as an official symbol of identity with that body of Netzar (Nazarene) assemblies originating in Jerushalayim (Jerusalem) who had been birthed of Judaism. YAHWEH Elohim did not want the Ephesus congregation, if it remained in its existing loveless condition, to even be considered by the public as representing the Judeo-Nazarene faith. 

Menorah Symbolism:

The spirit of Love is central to the very essence and nature of Elohim as is demonstrated in the symbolism of the Menorah. The centre lamp of the Menorah is, in Hebrew, called the Ner Elohim the "Lamp of Elohim" as well as Shamash the term also for Sun. Since the scriptures teach that "YAHWEH is love" (1 John 4:8), one might even call this centre light the "Love Lamp" amidst the seven. Therefore the threat of the candlestick's removal was very significant. The absence of love was sufficient cause to threaten the disenfranchisement of the Ephesus congregation from the body of Congregations representing Messiah (Machiach) in that area.

Slide 13

We read in Revelation 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of Elohim (God). 

What are the *seven spirits of Elohim and what is their mission? Isaiah the prophet is very specific on this point:

And the spirit of YAHWEH the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the YAHWEH. (Isa 11:2)

The purpose for mentioning these seven spirits ablaze before the throne of Elohim is to show that the principles of the Menorah are also manifested in the heavenlies.

In our studies we have talked about the overarching theme of Covenant and Betrothal and from what we have seen the Menorah symbolizes the presence of Machiach (Messiah) but I wish to liken it as a gift from our Bridegroom representing him revealing his heart of love being central with the other characteristics of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Might, Knowledge and the fear of YAHWEH reflecting who he is and what his desire is for his beloved the Bride. Since the Menorah is the only light in the Qadosh place (The Holy Place) in the Tabernacle & it symbolizes Yahshua as the light of the World only through him can we approach the presence of YAHWEH within the Most Qadosh place (The Holy of Holies). Further the Menorah is a constant reminder to encourage us that his presence is with us through the Ruach Ha Kodesh (The Holy Spirit) who leads us, that we may have Messiah formed in us. 

The Menorah & the Book of Revelation: 

To anyone with Hebraic understanding and knowledge of the Menorah as a sacred instrument of structure with many depths of understanding the book of Revelation is a powerful proof of Hebraic roots. Like Ezekiel in Ezekiel 1:15-28, Yahuchanan (John) saw a similar picture in Revelation 1:12-20. Each branch was also an entire seven- branched menorah unto itself like the “wheels within wheels” described by Ezekiel.  We therefore get a spinning Menorah and this is also described as the throne of Elohim. To fully grasp this we need to see the events of Revelation through the image of the multi-faceted Menorah since we have the following also revealed through the form of the Menorah:

Slide 14

  1. Seven letters.
  2. Seven seals.
  3. Seven Trumpets.
  4. Seven thunders.
  5. Seven Bowls.
  6. Seven Angelic Proclamations.
  7. Seven Evil Kingdoms. 

Just as the Menorah is lit from the right (YAHWEH’s Covenant side) to the left (Satan’s Counter Covenant side) so events happen from right to left. 

Slide 15, Slide 16

The truth so easily overlooked in the Book of Revelation is that it is written in a way that reveals everything through the Menorah metaphor going from right to left just like a Menorah would be lit. By so doing we have a Divinely inspired book giving us a perfect sequential Chronology that can only reveal a Hebrew Origin revealed by the hand of the Master to his servant Yahuchanan (John). 

However in Spiritual terms the Menorah is also an image of the people of Elohim. Just as the branches of the original were conduits of the oil we are the pipes for the oil of the Ruach Ha Qodesh (the Holy Spirit) ignited from the Shamash representing Messiah at the Centre so we are conduits of the power, the light and the glory that comes from Yahshua when he dwells at the centre of our lives. 

Removing sin allows his truth, mind and spirit to flow through to the wick unimpeded giving forth his light as a witness. Yahshua our Kohen Ha Gadol (High Priest) tends his Menorah (Lampstand) since he will not extinguish a smouldering wick (Matt 12:20) but will breathe on it with the light of his Spirit.

Conclusion:

While the preaching of the Tree (the cross) and its message is indeed "the power of Elohim unto salvation" (Rom. 1:16), so horrible was the scene at the execution tree (the cross), that the Heavenly Father could not bring Himself to look upon it became Yahshua became sin for us. Therefore it is doubtful that Yahshua (Jesus), if He was on earth, would encourage the historic emphasis and high profile we have placed on it.

The Tree (Cross) would bring back haunting memories of excruciating torment as is indicated by the writer of Hebrews when he states that our Saviour "endured the execution tree (the cross) despising the shame" (Heb. 12:2).

Perhaps this is why the tree (the cross) is so glaringly missing, indeed totally absent, from the abundance of symbolism to be found in the book of the "Revelation of Yahshua Ha Machiach (Jesus the Christ)." It is simply nowhere there to be found.

Since Yahshua is coming back for his bride he is not coming as the suffering servant but rather as the Bridegroom extraordinaire, the King of Glory (Melek Ha Olam) so we further read how Yahuchanan (John) in Revelation sees him: 

Revelation (Chazon) 1:10 I came to be in the Spirit on the Day of YAHWEH, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, “I am the ‘Aleph’ and the ‘Tav’, the First and the Last,” 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead and He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid, I am the First and the Last,

Slide 17

I pray as we observe the lighted Menorah, that the richness and beauty of everything it represents blesses us and I hope we are exceedingly encouraged by its symbolism, to become the true Bride without spot or blemish as we have the blessed opportunity of being the Menorah of Elohim in the Earth since Yahshua calls us his beloved, the “Light of the World” to the esteem of our beloved Bridegroom & eternal King (the Melek Ha Olam) & to the Praise of Av YAHWEH our Heavenly Father and eternal Elohim. Amein. 


Video Teaching

Comment

Lost in Translation - Part 3

Comment

Lost in Translation - Part 3


Part 3 Segment 2


Slides


Study Notes

Lost in Translation Part 3- Enter the Dragon

Aim: The purpose of this discussion is to examine an area of understanding that is very often overlooked but is highly important. We have studied in Part 1 & 2 how YAHWEH our Elohim from the time of Adam & Chavah (Eve) was drawing his people back into intimacy through the establishment of the various Covenants. Today we will look at how another Kingdom is working in total opposition to the glorious Kingdom of YAHWEH though we know the end result will be the establishment of an Eternal Kingdom under YAHWEH & his Kingdom will prevail & endure forever and ever.

Slide 2

In the Beginning

Even before the Creation of the Heavens & the Earth Scripture teaches us that Elohim was, and all the Heavenly beings were created. We read the following words from YAHWEH the Elohim of all Creation painting a glorious picture of the Creation:

Iyob (Job) 38:4-7 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding. 5 Who determined its measurements?
Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?
6 To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, 7 When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of Elohim shouted for joy?

From these words we can see that the Creation was wonderful, filled with so much perfection that all the created Malakim (Angels) rejoiced over the work of Elohim. Heylel in Hebrew or Lucifer as he is called was truly the most blessed of all the sons of Elohim.

Ezekiel 28:14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers (the Throne of Elohim); I established you; You were on the holy mountain of Elohim; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.

Slide 4

However by the hand of Heylel (Lucifer) a rebellion in Heaven took place & its implications are still felt today:

Ezekiel 28:15 “You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, until unrighteousness was found in you. 16“By the greatness of your trade you became filled with violence within and you sinned. So I thrust you from the mountain of Elohim and I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 17“Your heart was lifted up because of your loveliness; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendour. I threw you to the earth,

 

Slide 5

Elohim & his order of beings

To fully grasp the truths of this rebellion we need to understand the order of Ministering Spirits or Malakim. They were divided into three groups:

1. The Cherubim- commonly called Archangels who are the highest & most powerful. They literally surround the throne of Elohim. They have six wings, four faces & are quite large. With the help of the Talmud, Mishnah & the Apocryphal books we know six Cherubim.

  • -  Michael- Warrior prince of Elohim.

  • -  Gabriel- Redeemer of Elohim.

  • -  Raphael- Bringer of the healing of Elohim.

  • -  Uriel- Light of El or bringer of El’s light.

  • -  Abaddon- who originally was the Cherub of life and is now the Cherub of Death.

  • -  Ha Satan- who is known as “Heylelin Hebrew or “Lucifer” by the Babylonians

    but this may be more a description than his name.
    Note: The term Covering Cherub could also refer to Covenant which can be thought of as a covering as with the “chuppah” the literal covering so central to a Hebrew Wedding. Since names embody identity it is possible that Elohim stripped these two fallen Malakim of their names as all the rest have an identity with El in their names.

    Slide 6

2. The Seraphim- who are also known as the “burning ones.” As messengers of Elohim they race back & forwards between heaven & Earth. In Revelation 8:7 the term for fire is Seraph while the term for normal fire is “esh” therefore this may refer to Seraphim.

It is thought that the Malakim (Angels) on Ya’acob’s ladder (Jacob’s ladder) were

these in Bereshith (Genesis) 28:12.
Note: In YAHUchanan (John) 1:51 Yahshua said
“Truly truly I say to you, you shall see the Heavens opened and the Malakim (Angels) of Elohim ascending and descending on the son of Man.
By implication Yahshua is telling Nathan’EL (Nathaniel) that he is the ladder between Heaven & Earth.

Slide 7

3. The Teraphim- These are the ones who can take on Human form. According to Hebrews 13:2 you may even entertain them. Teraphim are also denoted by the

Hebrew term “ayir” meaning watchers – Dani’el 4:10, 17 & 18.
This type of angel invariably appears as a human man in appearance, sometimes shining with light or fire. They are known by their job description in many cases. In Daniel 4 a messenger angel is referred to 3x as a “watcher, a holy one”, who delivered a message in a dream. They are always described to look like men, and are never described as having wings or to be female.

 

Note: The term “Idolsthat Rachel took from Laban in Bereshith (Genesis) 31:34 comes from a Hebrew word for idols and images being “Ha Teraphim” suggesting that there are Spirits behind carved figures that are used in all Pagan Religions.

Slide 8

The Counterfeit Kingdom of Ha Satan

From the time Adam was placed in gan Eden (the garden of Eden) to work it & to Guard it as he was given rule over all creatures moving upon the face of Ha Eretz (the Earth) Satan began to work his plan to defeat the plans of Elohim.

  • -  Satan deceived Chavah (Eve) to cause Man to sin therefore Adam lost his authority.

  • -  Satan caused Cain to kill Hebel (Abel).

  • -  Satan caused the World to be filled with violence resulting in the flood.

  • -  Satan caused Laban & Esau to desire to kill Ya’acob (Jacob) to defeat the

    promises of Elohim.

  • -  Satan tries to break the line of David to nullify the promise.

  • -  Even causing Herod to try to kill Yahshua.

  • -  Finally because he could not defeat Yahshua we read:

    Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of Elohim and have the testimony of Yahshua the Messiah.

    After man’s fall we read what YAHWEH Elohim of all creation said to the serpent:

    Bereshith (Genesis) 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”

    Though one widely held view is that this is a reference to the Messiah it can also mean that Elohim is prophesying about two sets of offspring, Satan’s and Man’s since the Hebrew word used is “zarah” for both but these are not spiritual but physical descendants.
    Blue letter Bible- H2233

    Zera- seed, offspring, descendants, posterity.

    Slide 9

    Since generally the Canon of Scripture that we have was voted on in the council of Constantinople in AD 553 by the Catholic Church the Book of Enoch was excluded but in Yahshua’s time it was regular Canon and was quoted by various writers as it was very useful in the areas of Devils & Demons.

Slide 10

Enter the Nephilim

The saga found in Bereshith (Genesis) 6 details what happened next:

Bereshith (Genesis) 6: 4-The Nephilim were on the earth in those days and also afterward, when the sons of Elohim came into the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

The book of Enoch however in Chapters 7 & 8 gives the rest of the story, with a group of 200 of Satan’s fallen Teraphim (Angels) led by one named “Samyaza, who took on human form, took the daughters of men to produce hybrid giant offspring of Devils & Humans called Nephilim.

According to Enoch’s ancient account the Nephilim taught man such things as Sorcery, perverted use of herbs i.e. Drugs, sexual deviance and violent warfare with a thirst for bloodshed.

From all this we come to see a new truth as to why YAHWEH Elohim of Creation brought the flood. It was to destroy the Nephilim and all those tainted with the seed of Satan who desired to pollute the whole gene pool of the Earth. YAHWEH was therefore saving mankind from total corruption. Noah’s Family therefore was not the only righteous family but also the only pure human Family made in the image of Elohim.

Elohim therefore purified the Earth but the result was that since the Nephilim were half Devil their souls lived on seeking habitation. After the flood however they did re-establish themselves.
This may help us understand why YAHWEH ordered the destruction of the Canaanites since scripture speaks of Nephilim or Giants in the land of Canaan
and even in King David’s time we read about them the most prominent being Goliath.

Slide 11

A Hebrew word for “Demon” is “Nefsheraa” a compound word coming fromNefesh- animal soul.
Raa- evil.
Therefore the meaning we have
is an “evil animal soul” but can be translated as “a disembodied soul, deformed, wicked, hungry or evil.

Interestingly the term “Chaimeaning life or living thing can be written in various ways but when it refers to the Nephilim its spelling does not include the “yod” which implies the work of Elohim because his work & spirit are completely absent. The result is that it is often then translated as an evil Beast.

We read in the Brit Chadashah (New Testament) words that imply persons of similar nature than those of the Nephilim in 2 Kepha (Peter) & Yahudah (Jude):

2 Kepha (Peter) 2:12 But these, like natural unreasoning beasts, having been born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheme that which they do not know, shall be destroyed in their destruction,

Kepha (Peter) surely is talking of persons that are not made in the image of Elohim but exhibit a satanic seed in their hearts. Is it possible that through the progress of time that Ha Satan (Satan) is continuing with his plan to corrupt the World?

Slide 12

How does this Knowledge affect us

Now that we know that Demons are these souls striving for their lost humanity we can see why much of Yahshua’s ministry and that of his Talmidim (Disciples) was Deliverance. There are many accounts in the Scriptures of Demoniacs being delivered through Yahshua’s ministry, his Disciples as well as Philip in Samaria & Sha’ul (Paul) in his travels to all the cities he visited.

Today it is still no different as Demons desire to feel our fear, our hate, our pain, our lust or any human emotion the stronger the better. They control their host to create intense sensation.
The truth however is that all believers have authority over them but only in the name of Yahshua. The Demons will try to convince us otherwise so we need to be aware of their
prodding’s & be led by the RUACH HA KODESH (Holy Spirit) not giving Satan any room.

In the Book of Mark we find a great promise to all who believe:

Mark 16:17 And these signs shall accompany the ones who believe: In My Name they shall cast out demons, they shall speak with renewed tongues, 18 they shall take up snakes and if they drink any deadly drink it shall by no means hurt them, they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall get well.”

From this we notice that the casting out of Demons is the 1st in this list so we need to believe the same holds for us that if we can believe we will do the same as Yahshua and his Talmidim (Disciples) did by the power we have been given in his name.

Slide 13

We find an interesting story in the Nazarene Scriptures (New Testament) that will teach us some great truths:

Yahshua has just come down from the Mountain after being transfigured before Kepha (Peter), Yaakov (James) & Yahuchanan (John) while the rest of his Talmidim (Disciples) waited at the bottom of the Mountain:

Mark 9:17-20 Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. 18 And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.”

19 He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” 20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.

The disciples that remained at the bottom of the Mountain had thought that they could deliver this boy from the mute Spirit as they had seen Yahshua delivering people many times so they knew the process and the words used but to no avail. When Yahshua said “O faithless generation how long shall I be with you” I believe he was speaking directly to his Talmidim (Disciples) more so than the crowd.

Slide 14

We find a truth in the following that absolutely affects us today just as it did the Talmidim who had seen him deliver & heal many people even though they could not deliver this boy:

In MattithYAHU (Matthew) 17:19-20 Then the disciples came to Yahshua privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”

20 So Yahshua said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

Here we see that the big issue was their lack of faith. The unclean spirit knew they doubted so without confidence in their authority the unclean Spirit would not come out. It was not lack of Torah that prevented the disciples from exercising their authority but it was lack of faith. Is it not the same with us?

If Yahshua has said for us to go and do as he did then we know we need to work on the area of faith without neglecting the Study of the Torah and Scriptures. Sadly many people today also neglect Torah which opens the Door to the power of the enemy. Torah could be thought of as a hedge of protection but through misunderstanding of Scripture many people now suffer more than is necessary:

Slide 15

Iyob (Job) 1: 8-9 Then YAHWEH said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears Elohim and shuns evil?”

9 So Satan answered YAHWEH and said, “Does Job fear Elohim for nothing? 10 Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every

side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

Job was truly protected by his righteous living as was his entire household which should encourage us and was only tested because YAHWEH knew his faith would keep him from sinning.

Slide 16

The Most Vital Key to Success

In Mark 9 however we also learn that just like an army, Demons have higher ranks because we find something added which I prefer to take from the “Kings Covenant Version” as it gives us better insight:

Mark 9:29 Yahshua said to them, "This kind will come out by nothing except by one who practices intense prayer and fasting."

What this teaches is firstly that there are different kinds of unclean spirits, ones that are easier to deal with therefore a lower rank and ones that are of a higher rank & require more strength in the anointing and faith. Secondly it teaches that to be effective the disciples and us need to be a diligent people of intense prayer and even fasting when there is a great battle to be fought.

Slide 17

Sha’ul (Paul) teaches us about our struggle in:

Ephesians 6:12 Finally be strong in the Master and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of Elohim so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes because we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against authorities, against the world-rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual beings of wickedness in the heavenlies.

Slide 18

An End time Prophecy

In the words of Yahshua however we find a prophecy that as we think about the world today could be coming into effect at this moment in time. It is found in:

Luke 17:26-27 And as it came to be in the days of Noah, so also shall it be in the days of the Son of Adam: 27 “They were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah went into the ark and the flood came and destroyed them all.

When we look to this passage we would normally understand it as a time when people are not ready and just going about their normal lives but when has there ever been a time when

 

people didn’t eat, drink or marry. How can this be a unique sign to tip us off about Yahshua’s coming?

Slide 19

The words which translators got “they” were the Hebrew words “baal” or devils and “nashim” or women. Therefore we could read it like this: “as it was in the days of Noah when Devils and women were given in marriage.”

This makes perfect contextual sense. If we look to the World today are we not seeing that the same is happening and as in the days of Noah when the World was full of violence etc just like what the Book of Enoch describes with regards the world in Noah’s day? YAHWEH will not put up with it and surely will end it once and for all! This understanding though very different to what was thought, is surely worthy of consideration.

Slide 20

There is second witness of support from the book of Daniel for this line of thinking however:

Dani’el 2:43-44 And as you saw iron mixed with muddy clay, they are mixing themselves with the seed of men [in marriage bonds], but they are not clinging to each other [as with different ideologies], even as iron does not mix with clay. 44“And in the days of these sovereigns [Mighty ones] the Elah of the heavens shall set up a reign which shall never be destroyed, nor the reign pass on to other people it crushes and puts to an end all these reigns and it shall stand forever.

Since Dani’el talks about the Statue in his vision referring to the four evil Kingdoms of Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron as well as the feet of Iron mixed with Clay most think it refers to Babylon, Medo-Persia and Greece with the last being Rome or in the future the final one being ruled by the beast or the Anti-Messiah.

Slide 21

There is however something more if we see it through Hebraic symbology which views clay as a sign of man since “adamah” from which we get Adam refers to clay or soil. Iron however is a sign of Angelic beings.

Are we reading too much into all this? You be the judge because if we are not then this could be the sign of the Kingdom of the Anti- Messiah and the Nephilim need not be giants based on the knowledge of the meaning of the Word Nephal” which can mean “a living abortion” or “to fall to the ground” therefore the fallen ones.

Slide 22

The End of the Matter

We have previously studied how YAHWEH had a divine plan to bring us into deep fellowship of his design but we know the enemy from the beginning had his plan that will not end but

will intensify as the day of Yahshua’s return draws near. As Netzarim it is to our advantage to understand the times and not be dismayed, for in Yahshua Ha Machiach (the Messiah) we need to understand that we have the victory and by faith we walk, knowing our enemy walks around seeking whom he may destroy. We however need to know our enemy, with all his strategies so that we can stand strong. Through his forces he will attack the body of Machiach (the Q’hilath - the Assembly) and especially those in positions of teaching & leadership.
Knowing that in the World we will have tribulations we must be of good cheer because Yahshua has overcome the world. To this end let us stand united together lest any of us fall. May we all bring praise to YAHWEH and to YAHSHUA his son who is our beloved King and long awaited Bridegroom who will be victorious over all his enemies!

Baruch Atar YAHWEH. Amein. 

Link: Part 4 of Lost in Translation


Comment

Lost in Translation - Part 2

Comment

Lost in Translation - Part 2

Slides

Video Teaching

Slide 2

Lost in Translation Part 2- Slide 1

 

Introduction: From Part 1 of this discussion we discovered that the most important misunderstanding that has so radically affected the World is the mistranslation of Covenant into the term Testament so to reiterate their meaning is necessary:

A Testament we discovered was a Greek term meaning a will, the last superseding the previous with the intention of disposing of property after ones death to preserve the will of the deceased.

A Covenant however we found was an unending agreement of relationship that was constantly becoming more intimate and that was progressive with no appointed end. Even at the death of the participant the Covenant is simply transferred to the next generation and is never terminated.

Slide 3

The Hebrew Marriage Covenant

The final & greatest Covenant is what is known as the Marriage Covenant being the most intimate Covenant of them all. We will discover that this Covenant begins with the Betrothal that portrays all the former Covenants that we have been studying and finally culminates in the consummation of the Marriage and is completed with the Marriage Supper. First however I would like to look at the term “New Covenant” that is tossed around a lot and is quite questionable.

Slide 4

The New Covenant

Since we are looking at this subject of the Marriage Covenant which is the overarching theme of all Scripture I thought to address the New Covenant.

Firstly in Hebrew the term for New & Renewed are the same therefore there has been some difficulties in translation as to whether we have a brand new Covenant or a renewed Covenant

Strong’s number H2318  Chadash- meaning new or fresh, H2319 meaning renew or repair.

In Yochanan (John) 13:34 we read “A New (kainos- G2537) Commandment I give unto you that you love one another.

 

In 1 Yochanan (John) 2:7 we read “I write no new commandment to you but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning.”
Kainos as defined by the Blue letter Bible as “New in respect to recently made, refreshed or unused.

Slide 5

Many especially those of the Christian World have assumed that we now live in the New Covenant so I wish to look at this to help us understand that the New Covenant is something we look forward to and not something we have already received.

This will challenge our thoughts about what the Brit Chadashah (New Testament) speaks of but to help in understanding we must turn to Scripture to see how it talks about the New Covenant:

YermeYAHU (Jeremiah) 31:31“See, the days are coming,” declares YAHWEH, “when I shall make a new covenant with the house of Yisra’el and with the house of Yahudah, 32 not like the covenant I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Mitsrayim (Egypt), My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,” declares YAHWEH. 33“For this is the covenant I shall make with the house of Yisra’el after those days, declares YAHWEH: I shall put My Torah in their inward parts and write it on their hearts. I shall be their Elohim and they shall be My people. 34“And no longer shall they teach, each one his neighbour and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know YAHWEH,’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares YAHWEH.

Slide 6

What is interesting is that the language employed here referring to the New Covenant is that of a time when everyone will know YAHWEH and none will need to be taught about him something that definitely has not yet occurred but that implies deep intimacy.

Since we are speaking of Covenant in light of the Marriage an interesting use of language terminology is used:

We see that every time this term of knowing a wife is used it refers to the ultimate act of physical intimacy:

Bereshith (Genesis) 4:1 Now Adam knew Chavah (Eve) his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain.

I am suggesting that the New Covenant comes into effect when the bridegroom comes to take his bride into the Bridal chamber and they know each other to the ultimate level of intimacy. From this perspective I hope we can see that like with all other Covenants there is a ratifying of the covenant that takes place when all the conditions are fulfilled. An example was when Abram completely obeyed YAHWEH and was given the sign of the Covenant through

 

Circumcision. What I wish to show today is the progressive nature of Covenant perfectly revealed through the age old Hebrew Betrothal process.

Slide 7

Since we can see we are living in the betrothal stage the consummation of the Wedding has not yet happened. To better explain this we can turn to the Brit Chadashah/ the Nazarene Scriptures (New Testament). In light of this subject, one morning I woke up and was inspired with this verse with a slight change in wording which I am sure came direct from the Ruach Ha Kodesh (The Holy Spirit). It is found in the following:

1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a veil, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know, as I also have been known.

The normal reading here is “in a Mirror” and since mirrors in those days were made of metal the image was not clear but this reading “through a veil” makes perfect sense as we still do not have the full knowledge of Yahshua and are separated from him just as the “Holy of Holies” was separated from the Priests by the Veil because we know only the first curtain in the Temple was torn and Yahshua is still needed as our High Priest to enter through the veil.

Slide 8

The Betrothal

Yahshua in Scripture after Scripture, identifies himself as the Bridegroom and we know the Q’hilath (the Assembly) of YAHWEH is referred to as being the bride or having the opportunity of being the Bride of Machiach.

Hebrew marriages were “arranged” but not in all aspects & through this process we will see how Scripture portrays relationship with Elohim the same way. Parental approval was essential but initially the choice came from the young people. Both families were involved & much time was involved in developing the concept of Commitment & Covenant. We could say that the promise of YAHWEH to his people the Bride was a process of revelation through the Torah & the Prophets until the Special day when the Bridegroom would appear.

In the Hebrew Betrothal once all preparations were ready the groom & his Father would leak out that the day was near. Now we will endeavour to address the various stages in the Betrothal process:

Slide 9

Step 1: The Proposal: This began with the prospective Bridegroom bringing his Father to the intended bride’s house. They carried a betrothal cup and the anticipated bride’s price in a pouch and came & knocked at the door. The Bride’s Father would look out to see the Bridegroom & his Father at the door & then ask the Bride should he open the door. This decision was not taken lightly because that was saying that the Bride wants the Marriage &

 

only the terms must be worked out. As prospective brides the same holds for us and this part of the process is beautifully shown in Scripture:

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

Slide 10

There is an amazing truth that is revealed in the Hebrew Betrothal at this point. Once the door is opened the Bridegroom has no option to cancel the Wedding except by a writ of Divorce on extremely limited grounds but the bride at any time could cancel the whole process so all now hinged on the Bride while the Groom remained totally committed.

Is this not true of the Betrothal with Yahshua the Bridegroom? When we open the door to him he is totally committed & only we can break off negotiations. When the door is opened the restoration process begins. At this point it could be said that we have Salvation. He is however now asking if we will enter into deeper Covenant with him to walk in a loving relationship with our bridegroom.

I often wondered why it is that the Christian Church is often seeing such faithfulness from the Master through the gifts of healing, Prophecy, deliverance etc. We could say that Salvation is a gift since we receive it by Grace (-favour) and is not of works.

1 Corinthians 9:30 What shall we say then? That HaGoyim (the Gentiles), who did not pursue righteousness (ts’daqah), have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith; 31 but Yisrael, pursuing the Torah (law) of righteousness, has not attained to the Torah (law) of righteousness.32 Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the Torah (law).

This suggests that our righteousness can only be found in Yahshua with the works of the Torah being the fruit of our Salvation.

Slide 11

An important note at this point is to realize that not all those who receive Yahshua will be the Bride. It is only for those who progress into the deeper relationship, with the rest being the Guests at the Marriage Feast of the Lamb. We see from the Parable of the Wedding Banquet in Matthew 22:1-14 that we have the King, the Son, the Bride & the Guests but the question really is which are we.

Matthew 22:14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Slide 12

Since YAHWEH is about progressive covenants the Hebrew Betrothal also reveals this, since at each milestone in the negotiations a cup of wine was consumed.

 

The 1st cup was the cup of Sanctification which equated to a Servant or Blood Covenant between the families. This equated to both families being committed to serving each other through the entire process until the end. Sanctification embodies the idea for believers of setting ourselves apart for Elohim. As fellow believers we too must see ourselves committed to each other to see the process of intimacy reach its final conclusion being the consummation of the Marriage so we too represent the two families. When Yahshua came to us he also came with the Bride’s redemption price which was notably the price of his blood.

Slide 13

Step 2- The Negotiations: The Groom & his Father would now sit down and eat together with the Bride’s Family symbolizing the friendship or salt Covenant. At this point the two families haggle over the details of the Marriage contract, like how much would the groom’s family contribute & what was needed of the Bride to be a good wife or did she fully understand her responsibility to remain pure? The Bride’s family would want to know how the groom would support her & where she would live, which was often a small room built on the Fathers house.

Slide 14

This is wonderfully pictured by Yahshua in:

YAHUchanan (John) 14:2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places ( - m’doroth); if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Yahshua our Bridegroom gives to us all his wonderful promises which are:

  • -  To prepare a place for us.

  • -  To never leave us nor forsake us.

  • -  To heal us.

  • -  To protect us

  • -  To prosper us.

  • -  Plus all the many promises in Scripture.

    Slide 15

    From a believers point of view when we enter into this dimension of the Covenant we need to know what is required of us. What Covenant Commands are we expected to keep to remain pure & what blessing can we expect from our relationship that we have entered. We as his beloved also need to learn to love & totally trust him. Often we struggle in the areas of faith & trust to believe that all his promises are yes and Amen but since it is all about progressive relationship, if we remain committed we will grow in these areas.

 

Yahshua said in:

YAHUchanan (John) 14:15 If you love me keep my Commands.

1 YAHUchanan (John) 5:3 For this is the love of YAHWEH, that we keep his commandments and his commandments are not burdensome.

Following the fellowship meal and the agreed upon conditions of the Marriage the 2nd milestone was reached. They would then drink the 2nd cup of wine but only the couple & the Fathers who represented the families.

Slide 16

In consideration of our relationship to our Bridegroom the following has a profound significance.

Philippians 2:12 work out your Salvation with fear & trembling.

Slide 17

Step 3- The Marriage Contract: Upon the close of negotiations and the meal a 3rd cup was drunk but only by the Bride & Groom. This is called the cup of redemption or the cup of inheritance representing the Sandal Covenant and signified the shared inheritance of the Marriage partners. This cup also symbolized their exclusive commitment to each other & their increased level of intimacy. This cup also sealed the Marriage agreement.

Finally a Scribe was brought in, to write a Ketubah the Marriage contract detailing the Grooms family & that of the Bride with the stipulations which were added. The local young men would then run out on the streets and blow the trumpets (the Shofars) announcing to all that the Marriage contract had been signed. From this point the bridegroom & the Bride were officially married & had all inheritance rights.

A significant note here is that at this stage if the Groom was to die then all that belonged to him would be inherited by the Bride even though the Marriage had not yet been consummated or celebrated.

Slide 18

Our Ketubah with Yahshua

This parallel we can see when we enter this level of Covenant with Yahshua our Bridegroom. All that is his has now become ours:

 

1 Kepha (Peter) 1 Blessed be the Elohim and Father of our Master Yahshua Messiah, who according to his great compassion has caused us to be born again to a living expectation through the resurrection of Yahshua Messiah from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and unfading, having been kept in the Heavens for you, 5 who are protected by the power of Elohim through faith, for a deliverance ready to be revealed in the last time.

Slide 19

Parallels between Ketubah (Marriage Contract) & the Torah

 

  1. History of Bride & Groom including family trees.

  2. Personal family history of Bride with detailed family tree.

  3. Personal family history of Groom with family tree.

  4. The story of how the Bride & Groom met.

The detail of the Bride & Groom’s responsibility before & after the Wedding.

  1. Genesis provides the family history of the Bride & Groom.

  2. Exodus gives the personal & family history of the Bride.

  3. Leviticus is a family history of God’s family the Levites.

  4. Numbers tells of God’s relationship with his people as he reaches out to his Bride.

Deuteronomy details the responsibilities of the Bride & Groom.

From all this we see that the 1st five books are written as a Marriage contract between YAHWEH & his people. Another interesting detail is that there were needed at this point seven witnesses.

Slide 20

Revelations 5: 1 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.

How amazing is this because the only document that was written on front & back as this Scroll was is the Ketubah or Hebrew Marriage Contract since Torah Scrolls were never written on both sides. Yahshua therefore is coming for his bride and he has the marriage contract in his hand.

Slide 21

With the Hebrew Marriage Contract the signatures were of the Bride & Groom, the two Fathers, a Scribe and two witnesses. With regards to the Ketubah the Marriage contract of YAHWEH, we could say that those signatures are of Abraham the Father of the Groom, Ya’acob (Jacob) the father of the bride, Mosheh the scribe who wrote the Torah, Adam & Noah the two witnesses. Just like the seals on the Scroll there are seven witnesses on a Ketubah.

 

Also David is often called the beloved of YAHWEH therefore the Bride and Yahshua the Groom.

Slide 22

The Final Aspects of the Betrothal

1. The Groom 1st had to pay the Bride’s price which traditionally was 30 pieces of Silver in the time of Yahshua the exact price that Yahudah (Judas) was paid & this redemptive price was known to symbolize the bride’s price.

2. The groom now had to go and prepare the place where the two would live but that could take at least one year but it was only the Groom’s Father that determined when all was complete.

Mark 13:32 Yahshua says, but of that day or hour no one knows not even the Malakim (Angels) in heaven, nor the son, but the Father alone.

3. When that day was coming a message would reach the family and the bridesmaids would buy enough oil to keep their lamps lit for two weeks as their job was to watch for the Bridegroom’s arrival & their lamps would guide him to the Bride. He would normally come between 6pm and midnight.

Slide 23

The Betrothal meaning

Though there are still more meaningful parallels in the Marriage we need to understand the progressive principles of Covenant embedded in the Hebrew Betrothal. Each of us has both the privilege & obligation to choose the relationship we will have with Yahshua. We determine the depth of intimacy we want & salvation is but the beginning of that beautiful, meaningful, loving relationship that will never end but will be consummated at the Wedding Feast of the Lamb.

Sadly the modern church has altered the very fabric of the Hebraic relationship that YAHWEH began with Adam & Chavah (Eve) in favour of “doing it their own way.” YAHWEH has shown us very clearly how he wants to be approached so we do not have the option to say that we have a better way. YAHWEH is saying that this is how you go about restoring your relationship with me & no other way will work.

 

The Central Misunderstanding

The most important part of this message, is that Salvation does not make us one with Machiach (Messiah) as his bride dressed in white just as agreeing to marry someone does not make you intimate with them. Salvation simply means you can come to the Wedding but entering into a progressive love relationship will culminate into being the bride of Machiach (Messiah) and the journey itself is worth the end result.

  • -  The end result will be a Bride without spot or blemish and if there is failure on our part it is by his redemptive blood that we are made clean or restored to perfect purity like a pure virgin.

  • -  Every aspect of the Ancient Marriage is a guide to bring us to the Marriage supper of the Lamb to the praise of Yahshua our Bridegroom and Av YAHWEH.

    May we all strive to have that perfect intimacy with Him our beloved & receive all that he has for us now & forever! Amein.

    Slide 24

 

Comment