is the ninth hour, scripturally speaking? During scriptural days, there were no
watches with which to tell time. Sun dials were utilized to tell time during the
day. Thus, no matter how long a day was in the summer, or how short it was in
the winter, there were always twelve hours in a day. The major divisions of a
day were the third hour (mid-morning), the sixth hour (high noon), the ninth
hour (mid-afternoon), and the twelfth hour, which was the last hour of the day.
question is this; What can this tell us about various times mentioned in
scripture, especially critical times of observance? The answer is, of course, a
of the evangel (gospel) accounts report that Yahshua died around the 9th hour (Mt. 27:45-50; Mk. 15:33-37; Lk.
discover that the 9th
hour of the day was the hour of prayer, “Now Peter and John went up together
into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour,”
else was associated with this hour of prayer? The Psalmist David gives us a
hint, “Yahweh, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice,
when I cry unto thee. Let my prayer be
set forth before thee as incense;
and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice,”
prayers of Yahweh’s saints are as incense to Him (Rev. 8:3-4). Zechariah, the
priest, was burning incense during the hour of prayer, “There was in the days
of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zachariah, of the course of
Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
And they were both righteous before Elohim, walking in all the commandments and
ordinances of Yahweh blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth
was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. And it came to pass,
that while he executed the priest's office before Yahweh in the order of his
course, According to the custom of
the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense
when he went into the temple of Yahweh. And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at
the time of incense,” Lk. 1:5-10.
times of burning the incense are revealed in the book of Exodus, “And thou
shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it. A
cubit shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof; foursquare
shall it be: and two cubits shall be the height thereof: the horns thereof shall
be of the same. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, the top thereof, and
the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof; and thou shalt make unto
it a crown of gold round about. And two golden rings shalt thou make to it under
the crown of it, by the two corners thereof, upon the two sides of it shalt thou
make it; and they shall be for places for the staves to bear it withal. And thou
shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. And thou
shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the
mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee. And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet
incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps,
he shall burn incense upon it. And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it,
a perpetual incense before Yahweh throughout your generations,” Ex. 30:1-8.
timing is not necessarily as specific in the morning, as it is in the even in
the above verses, but the morning time of prayer, the trimming of the menorah,
and the burning of incense was probably at the third hour of the day
(mid-morning). This is actually the time that Yahshua was crucified, “And it
was the third hour, and they crucified him,” Mk. 15:25.
on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out, Peter declared that
it was the third hour (Acts. 2:15) to wit, mid-morning.
even” gives us a very specific time for the lighting of the menorah, as well
as the burning of incense (including the hour of prayer) because the Hebrew
terminology was biyn ha erebim
Biyn HaErebim was the exact time that the second daily
sacrifice was offered, “Now this is that which thou shalt offer upon the
altar; two lambs of the first year day by day continually. The one lamb thou
shalt offer in the morning; and the other lamb thou shalt
offer at even
(biyn ha erebim): And with the one lamb a tenth deal of flour
mingled with the fourth part of an hin of beaten oil; and the fourth part of an
hin of wine for a drink offering. And the other lamb thou shalt offer at even,
and shalt do thereto according to the meat offering of the morning, and
according to the drink offering thereof, for a sweet savour, an offering made by
fire unto Yahweh. This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your
generations at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before Yahweh:
where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee,” Ex. 29:38-42.
Biyn HaErebim would better be translated as “between (biyn) the (ha)
evens (erebim). Biyn not only means between, but it also
has to do with discerning (through dividing with wisdom), or among, etc. We are
to rightly divide (biyn)
the word of truth (2 Thes. 2:15) with the wisdom imparted to through the Holy
Spirit (ruach ha qodesh).
know that the scriptures say that “the whole world has been deceived by the
great dragon” (Rev. 12:9). “The whole word” would not include those who
belong to Yahshua who are in the world, but not of the world any longer.
However, even when we are called to Yahweh’s truths, we must study His word in
order to continually learn the “mysteries” that have been locked up to us
all of our lives. The giving of the Holy Spirit through Yahshua is the key to
unlocking those mysteries.
general world has no idea what “biyn ha erebim”
is at all, but many of us who have been called out of the world, still haven’t
come to the truth of the matter either. In our process of coming out of the
world, we have been initially taught that “biyn ha erebim”
is the period between sunset and total darkness, a period of about 18 – 30
period of light has been attributed to the next day. In other words, our people
have observed their 24 hour day as the period between sunset of one day, to
sunset of the next day. Therefore, sunset ends the day and the period of light
between sunset and darkness (which would include biyn
[the so-called period between sunset
and darkness]) belongs to the new day that has begun at sunset.
this concept is true, then how can the SECOND daily sacrifice, which is
sacrificed at biyn ha erebim, be exactly
that….THE SECOND? That would make it the first sacrifice of the day, not the
second! In actuality, the first sacrifice of the day was performed in the
sun was given to rule the day, while the moon and stars were given to rule the
night (Gen. 1:14-18). The 1967 Zondervan Pictorial
Dictionary, under the article CALENDAR, page 138, says, “I. Days in the Biblical record of time begins with
the account of creation. Various reckonings and measurements were derived from
these early records. The order of the Jewish day, beginning in the evening, was
based on the repeated phrase, “and there was evening, and there was morning”
(Gen. 1:5b). While the Babylonian day, like that of most Near Easterners, began
at sunrise, the Jewish day began at sunset (Deut. 23:11). Actually the demarcation between the end of one day and the
beginning of another as observed by the ancient Israelites was that moment when
three stars of the second magnitude became visible.
This is confirmed in Nehemiah (4:21) “so we labored at the work, and half of
them held the spears from the break of dawn till the stars came out.”
also have an excerpt from the Encyclopedia Judaica
which admits that the day ended when two or three stars were visible in the sky.
the day doesn’t actually end at sunset. The sun rules by the power of its
light. It was established in the heavens to rule the daylight portion of the
day. The same would be applicable for the beginning of the sun’s rule. When
only two or three stars can be seen in the sky at sunrise, then the sun is
ruling. This takes place before the sun crosses the horizon. It continues to
rule, even after sunset, until two or three stars can be seen in the darkening
Hebrew word for “morning” is boqer.
The morning (boqer) begins when the sun begins its rule, that
is, when only two or three stars are left in the waning darkness. The morning (boqer) continues until the sun reaches high noon,
which is zohar in Hebrew.
the sun has crossed the high noon (Zohar)
median, it has entered into the western sky. One of the Hebrew terms for west is
ma-erev. This is the beginning of erev, that is, the first erev. Erev ends when the sun relinquishes its rule
because of the darkening sky and the appearance of two or three stars.
will be charts prepared for you to look at below, but first we must address the
initiated the Passover sacrifice and observance in Egypt.
Yahweh spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall
be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to
you. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of
this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of
their fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the
lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the
number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for
the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall
take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the
fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of
Israel shall kill it in the evening (biyn ha erebim),” Ex. 12:1-6.
is biyn ha-erebim? Haven’t we established that it is the 9th hour of the day? Haven’t we established
that it is mid-afternoon? The Passover was to be sacrificed at the exact same
time that the second daily sacrifice was offered. It was the same time that the
Menorah was lit. It was the same time that incense was offered. It was the same
time as the hour of prayer.
they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the
upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. And they shall eat the
flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter
herbs they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but
roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. And ye
shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it
until the morning ye shall burn with fire. And thus shall ye eat it; with your
loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall
eat it in haste: it is Yahweh’s passover. For I will pass through the land of
Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both
man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am
Yahweh. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are:
and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon
you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. And this day shall be unto you for a memorial;
and ye shall keep it a feast to Yahweh throughout your generations; ye shall
keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever,” Ex. 7-14.
day is memorialized as the feast? Isn’t it the 15th?
Don’t the seven days of unleavened bread begin with the 15th day? Doesn’t unleavened bread end on the 21st day?
are the feasts of Yahweh, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in
their seasons. In the fourteenth day of the first month at even (biyn ha-erebim [mid-afternoon]) is Yahweh’s passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of
unleavened bread unto Yahweh: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.
In the first day (the 15th
day of the month) ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work
therein. But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto Yahweh seven days: in
the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein,”
Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which
ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage;
for by strength of hand Yahweh brought you out from this place: there shall no
leavened bread be eaten. This day came ye out in the month Abib. And it shall be
when Yahweh shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites,
and the Amorites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he sware unto thy
fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt keep
this service in this month. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, and in
the seventh day shall be a feast to Yahweh. Unleavened bread shall be eaten
seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall
there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters,” Ex. 13:3-7.
commanded the people to REMEMBER the day that they came out of Egypt. Isn’t
there a command to REMEMBER the Sabbath day? It is the same Hebrew word! The day
that Israel was delivered from Egypt was to be memorialized, remembered. That
day is also specified in the book of Numbers, “And they departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the passover the
children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the
Egyptians,” Num. 33:3.
continue in Exodus 12 now, “Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the
first day (the 15th
day of the first month) ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for
whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that
soul shall be cut off from Israel. And in the first day
(the 15th day) there shall be an holy convocation, and
in the seventh day (the 21st
day) there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done
in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you. And
ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I
brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe
this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.
In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even (ba-erev),
ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at
even (ba-erev). Seven days shall there be no leaven found
in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul
shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or
born in the land. Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall
ye eat unleavened bread,” Ex. 12:15-20.
that they/we were/are to begin to eat on the 14th
day of the month “at even.” The Hebrew term utilized here is ba-erev, it is not biyn
is the end of that day, which yields to the beginning of the next day, the 15th. Unleavened bread is to be eaten until the 21st day at even, that is, until the end of the 21st day! Count it yourself! The 15th is the first day, the 21st is the seventh day. Unleavened is to be eaten
In order to get this firmly in our minds, we have prepared
some charts as shown below:
sacrifice fulfilled all of the sacrifices that were offered by the Israelites of
old. The first daily sacrifice was to be offered at the third hour of the day
(mid-morning) which was the same time that the Menorah was to be trimmed,
incense was to be offered on the altar of incense, and the people were to be
without praying. The second daily sacrifice was to be offered at mid-afternoon (biyn ha-erebim/the ninth hour) along with the lighting of
the Menorah, the burning of incense, and the prayers of the people. When the 14th day of Abib (the first month) arrived, the
Passover lambs were to begin to be slaughtered at this same time.
was crucified at the third hour (mid-morning) of the 14th day of Abib. He died at the ninth hour (biyn ha-erebim, mid-afternoon) in order to fulfill the two
daily sacrifices, as well as the Passover sacrifice. (All other sacrifices were
included as well.)
Holy Spirit, according to the Apostle Peter, was poured out at the third hour on
the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:15).
says that the pattern is to the Jew first and then to the Gentile. (Ro. 2:9-11)
It is interesting to note that the Holy Spirit was first poured out on the
Hebrew followers of the Messiah. The people of that day didn’t even believe
that Yahweh would deal with non-Hebrews (Gentiles) until He began to work with
Cornelius of the Italian band (Acts 10:1). He was praying and given a vision at
the 9th hour of the day (Acts 10:2-3).
author would venture to say that when Peter arrived and began to speak
concerning Yahshua, that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Gentiles
(non-Hebrews) at the 9th hour. You see, it is important to Yahweh that His plan
be presented to us out of the Scriptures and their fulfillment also take place
on the corresponding date and time of their observance. Therefore, Yahshua was
sacrificed on the corresponding day and time of the Passover, and the morning
and evening sacrifices.
official days of Unleavened Bread began and ended at their prescribed times,
that is, the 15th and 21st days of the moon/month.
was resurrected at the prescribed time between the end of the seventh day
Sabbath, and the beginning of the first day of the week (also the weeks, that is
Shavout, the count-down to Pentecost).
ascended at the prescribed time of the offering of the wave-sheaf (Lev.
23:9-16), to be accepted as the firstfruits, the firstborn from the dead on the
day following the seventh day Sabbath that fell in the midst of the days of
Unleavened Bread (Jn. 20:17, Col. 1:18).
The count-down to Pentecost which consists of seven
perfect Sabbath cycles began on that first day of the week, and culminated with
the Holy Spirit
bring poured out to raise upHis firstfruits assenbly on the day of Pentecost as
prescribed in the Torah (Lev. 23:16-17).
Yahweh fulfills His plan perfectly and at His own prescribed times, whether we understand it or not.
Hopefully you can understand. J.H.
THE HEBREW ALPHABET
The tet is the ninth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, thus
it serves as the number 9. It is the first of the two letters that are
equivalent to the English letter “T.” It looks like this u in the more ancient Pictorial Hebrew, and like this
f in the Paleo Hebrew, and finally like this j in the more
modern Babylonian/Aramaic style.
By Jerry Healan
We will find that this 9th letter of the Hebrew alphabet is quite ominous,
intriguing and also amazing. In other words, it is an enigma.
It’s first appearance in the Scriptures is in the Hebrew word tov (good, Gen. 1:4). Tov looks like this bfu—bwf—bwj in Pictorial, Paleo, and Modern Hebrew
In reality, tet
has to do with something that is hidden, or surrounded. For instance, the
gestation period for a child is nine months. It remains hidden, surrounded in
the womb of its mother until the time that it is brought to light.
As we have written before, one of the Hebrew
words for womb is beten
(nub/!jb, Pictorial and Modern Hebrew respectively).
The beit (b/b) is the picture of a house, the tet (u/j) represents that which is surrounded by the
house (hidden), and the nun
(n/n) is the seed, the germ of life that is being
One of the more sinister aspects is that
of the word Satan nus/!jv (Pictorial and Modern Hebrew respectively).
Notice that the two last letters (remember that the Hebrew reads from right to
left) are exactly the same as the ones for womb, only the first letter is
changed or replaced by the shin.
The shin (s/v) is a picture of teeth which, in this
instance, pictures something consumed by destruction. Thus, Satan (nus) surrounds (u) the seed, the (n)
with destruction (s)!
The Pictorial form for the letter tet
is that of a coiled serpent, or a serpent with its tail in its mouth! (See
What most people don’t understand about the incident of the forbidden
fruit of the book of Genesis is that the serpent enticed the woman with his lies
to take and eat of that fruit. The man, who was personally instructed by Yahweh
to refrain from it, didn’t even protest, but ate the fruit out of her hand.
This resulted in curses to be pronounced on each participant.
The serpent’s food was assigned to be dust, “And Yahweh Elohim said unto
the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and
above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life…,”
Then Yahweh told the man, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread,
till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou
return,” Gen. 3:19.
The serpent and his followers are able to eat Yahweh’s people like bread,
“Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? Who
eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the
Yahweh,” Psa. 14:4.
In other words, man’s flesh has been assigned to be the serpent’s food!
The serpent has ensnared all men in the pangs of sin, corruption, and death,
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of Elohim,” Ro. 3:23,
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so
death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned,” Ro. 5:12.
It is death that returns the flesh to the earth as dust. Isaiah speaks of
the serpent’s tenacity because he is the one of whom this verse in scripture
speaks, “That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities
thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?” Isa. 14:17. (His
prisoners are held in death!)
This is certainly brought to reality by taking a look at the next
In the Genesis account (chapter 3), the Hebrew word for serpent is nachash (shn/vxn). Looking at the Pictorial Hebrew, the
life/seed = nun (n) is fenced in (h = chet) with the shin (s
THE SERPENT’S PRIESTHOOD
The Prophet Ezekiel is inspired to write, “Son of man, take up a
lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Sovereign
Yahweh; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of Elohim;
every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the
beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle,
and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast
upon the holy mountain of Elohim; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of
the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast
created, till iniquity was found in thee.
By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou
hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the
mountain of Elohim: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst
of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou
hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the
ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities,
by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the
midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the
earth in the sight of all them that behold thee,” Ez. 28:12-18.
Notice that this being had been in the Garden of Eden. Only Adam, Eve,
Yahweh, and the serpent (nachash)
were recorded to have been there. Adam and Eve were dead long before Ezekiel’s
day, but the great dragon, that old serpent called the devil and Satan is
recorded to still be around at the end of the age (Rev. 12:9).
Notice that he has sanctuaries. The Hebrew word for sanctuaries is miqdash, which are consecrated, holy places.
Because of the pride in his beauty and greatness, he left the righteous
paths of Yahweh and grievously sinned. Iniquity is lawlessness. Sin is
transgression of the law (1 Jn. 3:4). Violence is translated from the Hebrew
word chamas, pronounced like khamas, or hamas!
He evidently had a breastplate of gold which had nine (9) stones embedded in
it. (Count the stones in the above Scriptures.)
In the spiritual significance of numbers, the number nine (9) is the number
of judgment. The serpent has deceived mankind into worshipping at his altar of
sin, iniquity, violence, corruption, and death, rather than the righteous altar
of Yahweh, thus bringing judgment on man and the earth.
The serpent’s idolatry is that primarily of the worship of the creation
rather than the Creator. The principle item of worship is that of the sun. The
Egyptians were worshippers of the sun, which they represented in their
hieroglyphics as a point, or dot within a circle. (See image below) This
typifies the serpent as the circle, with the sun as the dot in the middle. Of
course, he leads mankind to worship the host of heaven which is the sun, moon,
Notice that the tet
in both Pictorial, and Paleo Hebrew are identical (u/f). The Pictorial Hebrew is that of Moses’ day, and the
Paleo Hebrew is the Hebrew of King David’s day. It appears to this author that
since the tet is the picture of a serpent,
these two tets
would typify that the way of salvation and deliverance was closed because of the
power that the serpent has over mankind. Man is under the curse of judgment.
The serpent (devil) told Yahshua that he had power over all the kingdoms of
the earth, “And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto
him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto
him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is
delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt
worship me, all shall be thine,” Lk. 4:-7.
This should alert Yahweh’s people to the fact that all of their leaders
worship the devil, who, in turn, empowers them. (Read Psa. 2:1-3, Rev. 17:1-5;
18:3; Jer. 23)
We can only escape the serpent’s grasp, his power over us through the
Messiah Yahshua. Only He has the power to break the serpent’s hold on us.
Interestingly, the Hebrew word for serpent, nachash
(shn), totals to 358. Nun (n)
= 50, chet (h) = 8, and shin (s)
= 300. 50 + 8 + 300 = 358.
The Hebrew word for Messiah, Messiach (hism)
also equals to 358. Mem
= 40, shin = 300, yod = 10, chet
= 8. 40 + 300 + 20 + 8 = 358.
Yahshua is the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek (Psa. 110:1-4).
The Levitical priesthood was a forerunner and type of Yahshua’s
Melchizedek Priesthood. The Levitical priests wore a breastplate which was
called a choshen (!vx/nsh)
which is a permutation of nachash
Their breastplate had twelve stones arranged in four rows of three each. Each
stone also had one of the names of the tribes of Israel on it.
The Levitical priesthood was a type of the Melchizedek priesthood, each
having the capacity to nullify the works of the serpent, the modern day
Yahshua was a type of the rod of Moses, which when cast to the earth, or
ground, was changed into a serpent that swallowed up the serpents of the false
magicians of Egypt, the representatives of the serpent Satan (Ex. 7:9-12).
The Hebrew term for Moses’ rod is mattah
(eum/hjm), which is what the first book of the New
Testament evangel accounts witnesses. The book of Matthew, of course, is
presented in the English, but its Hebrew name would properly be Mattiyahu, in
other words, the Rod of Yahweh!
Yahshua also said that He had to be lifted up as the serpent in the
wilderness, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so
must the Son of man be lifted up,” Jn. 3:14.
Have you ever heard of the term “fight fire with fire?” This is what
Yahweh is in the process of doing with Yashshua the Messiah in order to nullify
and swallow up his power over the people.
The Modern day tet reveals that the circle of confinement (u Pictorial Hebrew/f
Paleo Hebrew) has been broken (j
Modern Hebrew). There is now an opening at the top which will allow that that
has been hidden and ensnared to escape. Yahshua now has power over the grave,
and His people will be delivered at the resurrection!
THE TWO FACES OF TET (j)
I want to finish this study with an excerpt from In His Own Words by Grant Luton:
“Tet (j) has a dual nature because it represents
objective good as well as hidden evil. Only when we have been yoked to Yahshua
(as depicted by chet
[x]), can we be sure to distinguish between
truth and falsehood. We shall examine several examples of tet’s dual nature,
representing both the goodness of Elohim and the deceitfulness of Satan. Though tet (j) may often represent something evil, remember
that our Elohim is sovereign, and ‘in all things Elohim works for the good of
those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose”. This is
why tet (j) is such an important member of the cycle of
letters dealing with the walk of faith. Faith requires us to act upon the basis
of what Elohim says about a situation instead of relying on our own human
reasoning. Some things which appear good are actually evil, while other things
which are truly good, may often be quite unpleasant and uncomfortable. We must
therefore exercise faith in Elohim’s ruling on every issue. The construction
of this letter depicts this kind of faithful submission.
A brief examination of a Torah scroll will reveal that both chet (x)
and tet (j) are constructed from the combination of a
(w) and a zayin
(x) is comprised of a w and z
yoked together as equals, but in tet
(j) we see the w on the right bowing in submission to the z on the left. The illustration
below shows chet
and tet as they appear in the Torah
Not only are the x
and j comprised of the same two
component letters, but tet
reveals a secret contained in the letter chet
(x). As a yoke of oxen pulls a plow, it appears
that each ox does fifty percent of the work—which is indeed the case for a
matched pair of experienced oxen. But in order to train a young ox to pull a
plow effectively, it is yoked to an older and more experienced animal so that
the younger may learn from the older. The farmer in this case does not expect
the young ox to do fifty percent of the work. His only purpose is for the
younger ox to learn.
The same is true in the walk of faith. Yahshua said, “Take my yoke upon
you and learn from Me,” Mt. 11:29. Messiah’s yoke is not given to us that we
can perform an equal amount of work as Himself. His yoke is given that we may
learn of Him. This is the secret of the chet
(x), as you may recall, stands for “life”
which comes as a result of our union with Yahshua. Tet
(j) represents “death”— dying to
everything outside the yoke of Yahshua—death of self and our way of doing
things, while at the same time submitting to His sovereignty over
us…..Offering our bodies as living sacrifices is a prerequisite for the
renewing of our minds. It is vitally important that we realize this because
denying physical lusts enhances the perceptibility of the mind and spirit. It
has been said that the problem with living sacrifices is that they keep crawling
off the altar. But the yoke of Yahshua will prevent this from happening because
living sacrifices are not placed upon an altar—they are placed in a yoke. When
we have experienced life in Yahshua (x) and death to self (j), then the way is made clear for us to
demonstrate Yahweh’s good, pleasing, and perfect will.” (end of excerpt; pp.
I would have to add that our life (x)
in Yahshua not only represents death (j)to
self, but to the serpent (j).
Those who have not received the Spirit of the Messiah are subject to the serpent
and his will.
EXPLAINING THE PICTURES
The combination of the waw
(w) and zayin
(z) is also important to understand in both of
these letters. The waw
(w), as we discovered, is equivalent to the
number six, while the zayin
(z) is equivalent to the number seven. Their
combination 6 + 7 equals to 13. It just so happens that the Hebrew word for one
(1) is echad (dxa). The dalet (d)
is also the number four, the chet
(x) is eight, and the aleph (a)
is one. 4 + 8 + 1 = 13. In these pictures a person is either one with Yahshua,
or the serpent.
The tet (j) is a picture of the waw (w)
bowing to the zayin (z). It is interesting to note that Yahweh
appointed the seventh day Sabbath for His people to congregate in worship before
Him, while the serpent’s kingdom, the Roman beast power has appointed the
first day of the week, Sunday, as the day of worship. Believe it or not, Sunday
is also a seventh day, which is revealed by Albert Pike, a 33rd degree Freemason
in his book Morals and Dogma,
to be a mystic count beginning with the seventh day Sabbath and counting
backward to Sunday in retrograde. (p. 414)
In this case, the tet
(j) is a chet
(x) that has been turned upside down (↑x↓j).
This, of course, typifies to us that the serpent is totally opposite and
contrary to Yahweh.
The seventh day Sabbath is a type of the millennial rule which will take
place in the 7th millennium.
There are only two choices. Either turn to the King of kings, and the
Sovereign of Sovereigns, Yahshua the Messiah, the Prince of life; bow to Him and
submit to Him for life, or submit to the present god and king of this world,
Satan the Devil, who has power over the flesh, and consumes it in sin,
corruption, and death. There is no middle ground. There is no other way of
Nine is the number of judgment. The serpent brings us to the judgment of
death and destruction. “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before
Elohim; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the
book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in
the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in
it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were
judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the
lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in
the book of life was cast into the lake of fire,” Rev. 20:12-15.
Become yoked to Yahshua. Learn of Him and have your
name written in His book of life. He has made a way of escape from the judgment
of the serpent! HalleluYah!!!!!
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