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Revelation An Introduction©
2010 Rabbi Edward L. Nydle
THE REVELATION OF MESSIAH
Introduction: Part 1
Rabbi Edward ‘Levi’ Nydle /Levi bar Ido B’nai Avraham
This is an introduction to the Book of Revelation in the Brit Chadasha. I think it is appropriate that we study the words of our Master Yahshua to the seven Messianic congregations in Asia Minor because He is referring to teshuvah [Hebrew for return] and over-coming the self/ego. But, before we start we must lay some foundations before we can study the Book of Revelation. Let us begin this introduction by opening to Shemot [Exodus] 25.40.Elohim is speaking to Moshe and giving him the instructions for the Mishkan or the Tabernacle. SHEMOTH 25:40 “So see1, and do according to the pattern which was shown to you on the mountain.
When we begin a study in the Book of Revelation we have to be careful not to apply twentieth century interpretations to what we find within the text written in the First Century. There is no other book in the Brit Chadashah, or the Scriptures that is more misinterpreted than the Book of Revelation. I believe this is because people fail to understand how to read it, and also they have attempted to interpret it by disconnecting it from its Hebraic words, references, and roots. When a person does that, we end up with some pretty ridiculous interpretations of this Book. The Book of Revelation is a book that is dealing with several things on several layers. Elohim says to Moshe, “See that you do everything according to the pattern.” In the Book of Revelation we have to recognize the archetypal symbols found in the Book. Archetypal means “pattern”. Now once we understand that we can understand a lot of this Sefer. When Elohim instructed Moshe to make everything according to the pattern, I do not believe that he saw in the pattern was what was made in the physical world. But rather, he saw on the mount archetypal symbols in which he interpreted into physical realities in this world.
NOTICE See and do – it is very similar to the words of the Zohar – it is always “See” – the Talmud says “Hear.”
3 A definition of an archetype is: a primordial psychic ordering of images that have a collective or generalized quality; it also being a living dynamic agency that inhabits the collective psyche. So, an archetype is a symbol that is collective, or known by all mankind. We may find it manifested in various cultures and religions, but the archetypal symbol is the same. We see this in our dreams and the visions of the Navaim [Prophets] in the Scriptures. Symbols are not the object which they represent but living forms of eternal energy from Elohim. The Book of Revelation is “mystical”. I know many people are afraid of that word, but I have no other word to use besides the Sod level interpretation found in PaRDeS (sod is the deepest level of interpretation of the Torah). Apocalypses means – a revealing of what is hidden. It comes from the Greek word calypto – to cover or hide, and apo – away from. Apocalypses means– to take the cover away from. A cover hides something underneath it. The Book of Revelation means “taking the cover off of something to reveal, or to reveal Him”. The Book is a revelation of Yahshua the Moshiach, expressed through archetypal symbols. The Book of Revelation is a “shattering of the world as we know it” and a “reforming”. It follows the pattern of taking what is and bringing it into chaos, taking that chaos and bringing it back into an order or unity. It is the reforming or renewing of what once existed in wholeness. It follows the pattern of: Revelation; Judgment; Punishment; the Reforming of a new world. Now with that pattern established we can see it not only refers to the physical world as we know it, but it refers also to the human psyche. It happens to our minds all the time but we are not aware of it. A new truth is revealed to us, passing judgment on our ideas, beliefs, opinions, and concepts in which we have held on to in our lives. After the punishment of those false concepts there is a reformation of the human mind in order to grasp those concepts. We do it all the time, but we are not aware of the Revelation pattern. When we heard the Name YHWH we realized that was a true revelation and we passed judgment on our old concept of “G-d” and punished it by not saying it, and reformed our vocabulary to express the Name YHWH. The same pattern holds true with Shabbat, kashrut, tzitzit, or anything that the cover is taken off and revealed to us. The Book of Revelation also covers many things within linear time and things outside linear time. We have to understand there are people breaking fellowship and establishing whole movements on whether it is pretrib, mid-trib, or post-trib. This is childish nonsense and has no place in the Nazarene Movement. The Book of Revelation deals with the past, the present, and the future. The Scroll also deals with things that are eternal and outside of time. It deals with the human psyche, or the human mind. So in Hebraic thought we could say, “You are all right”. Whenever we isolate one aspect of the Book and say this is that, then we are wrong. Now with that being said, we have to understand some basic concepts before we can open up the Book. 3
4 Let me read a quote first: Time is an accident consequent upon motion and is necessarily attached to it. Whenever you have motion you must have time. Neither of them exists without the other. Motion [movement] does not exist except in time, and time cannot be conceived by the intellect except together with motion. And all that with regard to which no motion can be found does not fall under time. Now grasp that concept in order to understand the Book. The concepts that we call time, space, light, mass, and energy, are all part of the Creation and may be viewed as reflection of Elohim’s attributes. Now since we find these elements within the physical world of Creation – time – space – light – mass – energy – they must have something that corresponds to those concepts in the spiritual realm. This is very important in understanding who Elohim is, who we are, what is going to come, and how we are going to get there. And as we get into this study you will realize the purpose of the mitzvoth were to bring the spiritual realm into the physical. That is the whole purpose of the mitzvoth. So when we observe the mitzvoth only on a physical realm and not realizing that truth, we are not fulfilling the true purpose of Torah. If all we are doing is following rules we are missing the whole point of the mitzvoth. So without PRDS – peshat – remez – drash – sod – we will never understand the true meaning of the mitzvoth. Let us consider some things to begin the study. There exists what is called ‘spiritual time’ – these are events not constricted to the linear aspect of time. I could give the example of the Moadim (Feasts)– they do not follow a linear motion, rather a circular motion, which means they are eternal. They do not travel along time, so they are actually spiritual time. And many things within the Millennium and the Olam Haba [the world to come] should be placed in spiritual time. So we can see then all the arguments over calendars that are actually moot because they don’t follow linear time anyway. We have what is called ‘spiritual space’. It is a dimension beyond our own and it includes several places we find on the earth that were given to us by Elohim, such as the Mishkan, the Byet HaMikdash: the places in this physical world that Elohim could exist in a spiritual space. YHWH said, “I want to dwell in the midst of you.” But, we have to understand that Elohim does not dwell in time or space. He has to exist in spiritual space. This need for a spiritual space required the making of the Tabernacle according to the pattern in order to provide the proper spiritual environment in which Elohim could dwell. The creation of a spiritual space is necessary for YHWH’s spiritual light to be transmitted to mankind. Just as physical space is needed to give off physical light, so in the spirit realm there must be made a spiritual space in which the spiritual light can be transmitted. Which brings us to the concept of spiritual light. We could say that this:
Spiritual light is Elohim’s Word – be it the Torah or Moshiach.
5 His Word and His Will are constant. We are told that the Torah is a Lamp unto my feet and a Light unto my path, therefore the kavod [glory] of the Shekinah of Elohim is usually represented in Scripture as Light. We also have the concept of “spiritual mass” [not physical mass]. We could say this is any entity be it a malak [angel] the Shekinah, and it would also include demons [shadim]. So we could say the spiritual mass can manifest physically, but they have spiritual mass. This then leads us to spiritual energy. This would be the result of the work done in the spiritual realm by spiritual energy. It would be a corresponding spiritual truth to what we know as electricity. So there is a spiritual energy that can be released. According to the Zohar Shemot Section II 88a:
Therefore the Sabbath is more precious than all other times and seasons and festivals, because it contains and unites all in itself, whereas no other festival or holy day does so.’ Said R. Hiya: ‘Because all things are found in the Sabbath it is mentioned three times in the story of Creation: “And on the seventh day Elohim ended his work”; “and he rested on the seventh day”; “and Elohim blessed the seventh day” (Gen. II, 2, 3).’
Since the Shabbat is mentioned three times in the work of Creation [Bereshith], we have three pilgrimage feasts known as Sholesh Regulim (Three feet) - Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot, which are called Sabbaths and relate to the service in the Temple. On those festivals, Yisrael was to go up to Yehrushalyim where the physical temple contained the spiritual space for Elohim to dwell. We can find that in Debarim [Deuteronomy] 16.16. To help us understand the relationship between time and space, we can use the illustration of the game called Chess. To be an expert in Chess involves knowing the strategy between space and time. There are 64 squares on the board that you may occupy, and time deals with how many moves you are ahead or behind your opponent. Chess requires you to think ahead. A good Chess player is thinking ahead of his opponent and is thinking in concepts of space and time: example- How many moves is it going to take me to get there? What moves will the opponent make? Experienced players of Chess often trade space for time to figure out if it is good to give up space in order to buy time. It is all about time and space. Once you begin playing Chess, then you understand the dimensions of the game, and understand this concept of space and time. So, the better you grasp the concepts of strategies and the dimensions of Chess the better Chess player you can become.
6 In math there are many complex equations that cannot be solved without injecting what is called a “fourth dimension” – something beyond x-y-z – which corresponds to the three dimensional space. Sometimes mathematicians have to inject what is called a “fourth dimension” in order to solve the equation. And physics, especially quantum physics, show the relationships between things, energy, mass, time, and space.Albert Einstein came up with e = mc squared: energy = mass x the constant speed of light squared. He was one of the very first to link energy and mass and the speed of light. There have been atomic clocks through through the atmosphere in different directions arriving at the same destination at the same moment in time, but when they check the clocks, their times were different. Thus, showing that speed through space affected time. That is a known scientific fact. Just because we do not understand something does not meant it is not true. It is just that you cannot wrap your mind around it because it has not been revealed to you. This brings us back to the Shabbat! Shabbat transcends time. The Shabbat is a type of the Millennium because the Messianic kingdom is the seventh millennium in time.
Zohar Shemot II 88a:It contains and unites all within itself. The unique character of the Sabbath is expressed in the words: “Between Me and the children of Israel.” And because the Faith is centered in the Sabbath, man is given on this day an additional, a supernal soul, a soul in which is all perfection, according to the pattern of the world to come. What does the word “Sabbath” mean? The Name of the Holy One, the Name which is in perfect harmony at all sides.’What does the word ‘Shabbat’ mean? The Name of the Holy One, the Name which is in perfect harmony at all sides. And this is based upon the mythical significance of the three letters of Shabbat: a shin-bet-Tav.
Zohar Shemot “Section II 205b:‘The prayer offered by the holy people on the Sabbath is of three parts, corresponding to the three Sabbaths, but being in essence only one. [Tr. note: i.e. the Sabbath of the Creation, the Sabbath on which the Torah was given, and the Sabbath of the Millennium.]
From what we have learned thus far we can arrive at the conclusion that spiritual space deals with a physical place and a means by which Elohim can reside or dwell among His Creation even though it has fallen. Bereshith – which starts out with a bet a, which means house, or dwelling place. So the whole purpose of Creation was to create a house or a dwelling place for Elohim to reside in the lower realms.The Gan Eden was a place in which the environment was so that Elohim could walk with Adam in the ruach of the day. [Pay attention to that because it will show up in the Book of Revelation. 6
7 We also knows that this space [Gan Eden] was corrupted by the fall of Adam and Chawah and they were sent into the wilderness. They were exiled out of the Gan Eden in a Diaspora. Then Elohim’s redemption process brought the children of Yisrael to Mount Sinai where He had planned to give them immortality. But once again sin corrupted the place – the sin of the golden calf. Elohim wishes to reside with His people so He gives Moshe the pattern of the Mishkan [Tabernacle] in order to once again create this spiritual space within a sinful world where He can reside with His people. We read in Shemot concerning the “heavenly pattern”, and the Zohar says that Elohim made everything in this lower world along with the same pattern that is in the upper worlds. This brings us to what we all know as spiritual truth revealed by Elohim in His Word: Our body is the temple of the Ruach HaKodesh, just as much as the Mishkan and the Bayit HaMikdash. The Tabernacle was constructed to pattern the image given by Elohim to Moshe. Mankind is created in the image of Elohim. If we study the Temple and we keep the Shabbat then we will gain more revelation of our restoration and relationship with Elohim. Rav Shaul said: These things here on the earth are shadows of the things which are to come [Colossians]. Since the Temple and the Shabbat are linked together, it is only natural that we would find them linked in the Messianic Kingdom [The Millennium] which is the seventh millennium, or the 1,000 year Shabbat. There is a link between the two because Shabbat is a place in time, and the Temple is a physical space with mass – BOTH are times that create a dwelling place for Elohim. We have to understand the link between space and time, and understand that within the Scriptures there is a fifth dimension, a spiritual and moral dimension we could say, that declares the status of good and evil – clean and unclean – profane and holy. What we call a fifth dimension added to the other four. The things here in physical time and space are indeed only shadows of the spiritual counterparts in the spiritual realm. An interesting quote: a contemporary of Einstein said this in 1908 – Space by itself and time by itself are doomed to fade into mere shadows. There is also a sixteenth century Jewish saying that says: Time and space are one. And there is another ancient saying: from the condensation of the lights were the vessels brought into being. We are now ready read the first chapter of Hisgalut [Revelation]. You are going to have to read this book like you have never seen it before. I do not what you to approach this study with preconceived ideas, concepts, or doctrines that you have been taught in the past.
8 REVELATION 1: 1 Revelation of Yahshua Messiah,
Why is it we always call it the Revelation of St. John? It is the revelation of Yahshua the Messiah.
…which Elohim gave Him [Yahshua] to show His servants what has to take place with speed. And He signified it by sending His messenger to His servant Yohanan, 2 who bore witness to the Word of Elohim, and the witness of Yahshua Messiah – to all he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and guard what is written in it, for the time is near. 4 Yohanan, to the seven assemblies that are in Asia: Favor to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is coming, and from the seven Spirits that are before His throne, 5 and from Yahshua Messiah, the trustworthy witness, the first born from the dead, and the ruler of the sovereigns of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has made us sovereigns and priests to His Elohim and Father, to Him be esteem and rule forever and ever. Amen. [The Scriptures]
HISGALUS 1:1 [OJB]-The Hisgalus [Revelation, Appearance, Exposure of what is Nistar (Hidden), Sod (Secret), Raz (Mystery) of Rebbe HaMoshiach Yehoshua which asher gave to him to show to his mesharetim (servants, klei kodesh, ministers) MAH DI LEHEVE (“WHAT WILL HAPPEN,” DANIEL 2.28f) the things which are destined to take place, and speedily; Rebbe Melech HaMoshiach made it known by sending his malak (angel) to his mesharet (servant, klei kodesh, minister) YOHANAN. [AMOS 3.7] 2 Yochanan gave solemn edut (testimony) to the Dvar YHWH and to the edut of Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, even to all that Yochanan saw. 3 Ashrey (Blessed/Happy) is the one reading and the ones hearing the divrei hanevlu’ah (words of [this] prophecy) and remaining shomer regarding what is written in it, for karov (near) is HaYom [the time of crisis amd the events related to the Bias HaMoshiach]. 4 Yochanan to the shevat hakehillot (congregations) in Asia: Shalom from the One who is [SHEMOTH 3.14], who was, and who is to come [YESHAYAHU 41.4], and from the shevat haruchot (seven archangels) which are before YHWH’s Kes (Throne) [merkavah chariot throne in Shomayim, YECHEZKEL 1.4-28]. 5 And from Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, the eidus hane’eman (faithful witness), the BECHOR (Firstborrn, TEHILLIM 89.28 ) OF THE Mesim and the Nagid ELYON L’MALKHEI A’RETZ (“Leader, Most exalted of Kings of the earth,” TEHILLIM 89.27). To the One who has ahavah for us and has freed us [from the Golus of, YESHAYAHU 59.2; 53.3] peyshaeinu [our transgressions, YESHAYAHU 53.5] by [Geulah redemption
through the kofer pedut ransom korban of his nefesh [YESHAYAHU 53.10) in the kapporaj atonement of] the 8
9 dahm [blood] of him, TEHILLIM 130.8; YESHAYAHU 40.2; BERESHITH 22.8; TEHILLIM 89.38; YIRMEYAHU 42.5; YESHAYAHU 53.7; SHEMOTH 12.13; VAYIKRA 17.11].
In the introduction we have spoken of the moadim [festivals], and that they can all be found in the Book of Revelation. In fact, with the coming of the High Holy Days it is important that we understand the book of Revelation there are references to the day of HaYom HaKippurim. We find this in:
REVELATION 6:11 And there was given to each one a white robe, and they were told that they should rest a little while longer,
REVELATION 8:3-5 And another messenger [angel] came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer, and much incense was given to him, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the set-apart ones upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the set-apart ones, went up before Elohim from the hand of the messenger. 5 And the messenger [angel] took the censer, and filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, and thunders, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
REVELATION 11:19 And the Dwelling Place [Temple] of Elohim was opened in the heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His Dwelling Place. And there came to be lightnings, and voices, and thunders, and an earthquake, and great hail.
REVELATION 15:5-8 And after this I looked and saw the Dwelling Place [Temple or Tabernacle] of the Tent of Witness [Testimony] in the heaven was opened. And out of the Dwelling Place came the seven messengers [angels] having the seven plagues, dressed in clean bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands. And one of the four living creatures gave to the seven messengers seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of Elohim who lives forever and ever. And the Dwelling Place was filled with smoke from the esteem of Elohim and from His power, and no one was able to enter the Dwelling Place until the seven plagues of the seven messengers were ended.
REVELATION 16:17 And the seventh messenger [angel] poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the Dwelling Place of the heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!”
We also see some allusions to Sukkot: 9
10 REVELATION 7:9 After this I looked and saw a great crowd [multitude] which no one was able to count, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, and palm branches in their hands,
REVELATION 7:17 because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shall shepherd them and lead them to fountains of waters of life [springs of living water]. And Elohim shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Now let us go back to the book of Revelation and look at it verse by verse. The reason I spoke about the Moedim is so we can see that this book is not strictly dealing with physical time and space, but rather spiritual concepts in which they are alluded to from the Torah.
First of all the first word:
The Revelation - Hisgalus – an unveiling. This is a revelation from Moshiach Yahshua to Yohanan. This is a revelation given from the Moshiach to Yohanan to be transmitted to the seven assemblies. This, then, puts us on two levels of revelation right away. Through Revelation 3 it looks at the seven assemblies and is based in a physical world of linear time, because there were seven assemblies in Asia Minor. So this now helps us understand that this level of prophecy is the level of da’at [knowledge] of Yetzirah. Now those familiar with the tree of life will understand what I just said. Then in chapter 4 when we see the words that say “Come up hither,” it is a higher level of perception [or revelation]. This is the level of Beriah where the revelation is not limited to time and space and earthly events. Here is where people make some mistakes. Chapter 4 is NOT dealing with earthly events, but rather a higher revelation in the spiritual realm in the world of Beriah [the world of Creation]. So it is a higher form of revelation. Now da’at [knowledge] is directly linked to Tiferet [beauty] which is called The Son, and is the gate of Emet – [truth]. This Tiferet is associated with the person of Metatron who is called The Head of Creation and is also called The Divine Son of the Father [Chochmah] and the Mother [Binah]. So we have WISDOM, UNDERSTANDING, AND KNOWLEDGE. Wisdom and Understanding come together in the person of the Son [Tiferet] which is the gate for Emet [Truth]. That is why Yahshua said, “I am the Way the Truth, and the Life. Everything has to flow through the Son. In the first few chapters He is seen only on the Yetzirah world [the world of formation]. 10
11 The first three chapters concerning the assemblies are in Malkut. Where when He begins to “Come up hither,” it is dealing with Beriah [the world of Creation] whose center is Tiferet. So it is only natural then, when he is told to “Come up hither,” that we see a revelation of the Son – or Moshiach! So he ascends from this world to that world, and that world then, sends the revelation or revealing of the Son to him. Before that he is dealing with this, so this is dealing with looking down upon linear time. You have to become acquainted with this outline in order to understand the book, and NOTICE That the Book of Revelation deals extensively with the number seven, so we know it is dealing with the lower seven sefirot of the tree. Let me just tell you a little bit about Metatron since I dropped the term. He is compared to Yehoshua – Yahshua - and to Elohim to teach us [Yisrael] the mysteries of the Torah. The Jewish sages say that he performs an atoning work for all Yisrael. So this is why we link Metatron with Yahshua. I just want to reinforce this concept and understanding so that we can understand the Tabernacle and the Temple with Metatron. Because we are told in the Book of Ivrim [Hebrews] that He is the Cohen HaGadol ministering in a heavenly tabernacle. Which means there is a heavenly tabernacle and there was an earthly tabernacle. And it says that He couldn’t minister in the earthly tabernacle because He wasn’t from the right tribe; but because he is of the priesthood of Melchizedek he can minister in the heavenly tabernacle.
Zohar Shemot Section II 143a And it came to pass that the tabernacle was reared up, the reference being to the other tabernacle to that which was above, namely the tabernacle of the young man Metatron and nothing greater. But when the first Temple was completed another Temple was erected at the same time, which was the center for all worlds, shedding radiance upon all things and giving light to all the world. Then the world was firmly established and all the supernal casements were opened to pour forth light and all the world experienced joy which they had never known before, and every one broke out into song and they san what is called The Song of Songs [The song of singers] and the musicians chant to the Holy One, Blessed be He.
Section 159a Shemot 2:From this we see that the Holy One, Blessed be He, actually gave Moses all the arrangements and the shape of the tabernacle, each in its appropriate manner, and that he saw Metatron [Yahshua] ministering as the Cohen HaGadol within it.And it may be said that the tabernacle above was not erected till the tabernacle below had been completed, that the youth Metatron could not have served above before Divine worship had taken place in the earthly tabernacle. It should not be thought however, that Metatron himself ministered. The fact is that the tabernacle belongs to him and Michael it is that serves there within Megaton’s tabernacle. There are two celestial tabernacles; one is the supernal concealed tabernacle, and the other tabernacle of Metatron. 11
12 Then there is a quote from the Zohar Section II 164a that compares Metatron to Elohim. It says:
The tabernacle which Moses constructed had Yehoshua for its wakeful and constant guard, for he alone guarded it, and was called the ‘young man’ namely Yehoshua [Joshua] of whom it is said: Yehoshua the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tent.
It’s very important that you understand they are talking about Joshua the son on Nun, however we take it on another level to Yahshua! Later in history it was another young man who guarded it, namely, Shemu’el [Samuel].
For the tabernacle could only be guarded by a youth. The Temple, however, was guarded by the Holy One Himself, as it is written: YHWH guards the city, the watchman waketh but in vain, and who is the watchman? The young man Metatron. And you holy saint, you are not guarded as the tabernacle was guarded, but as the Temple was guarded namely by the Holy One Himself.
We have to know that they connect Metatron with atonement.
MIDRASH RABA Numbers 12.12 When the Holy One, Blessed be He, intimated to the ministering angels that they also should make a tabernacle. And when the one below was erected, the other one was erected on high. The latter was the tabernacle of ‘the youth’ whose name was Metatron, and therein He offers up the souls of the righteous to atone for Yisrael in the days of their exile. The reason then of why it is written – the tabernacle was because another tabernacle was erected simultaneously with it. In the same strain it says: The place for YHWH which thou has made for Yisrael to set up the thee to dwell in, the sanctuary of YHWH which thy hands have established.
And then the Zohar even connects Metatron with the Rod of Mosheh, saying that this rod is the Metatron, The one side of whom comes life, and the other side death. Yahshua says in the Book of Revelation He holds the keys of life and death – the Keys of David.
13 Now let’s go to the second word. The Revelation of Yahshua Messiah. As we said, Tiferet – the heart – is the gate to knowledge and beyond. So remember Tiferet is the gate to everything in the upper sefirot. And then we have the foundation of the world right below Tiferet. So Tiferet could be called the foundation of this world Beriah. The world of Beriah serves as the foundation for the world of the supernals. You have to understand these concepts. If you do not get it you will miss out on the new Yehrushalyim and about the foundation stones. Those that are familiar with the tree of life: I want you to study it and look at it, its nothing to be afraid of. It’s nothing that will run contrary to what is written in the Scriptures. Now Tiferet represents YHWH’s salvation - Yahshua – to ALL the world, and salvation extends down that center pillar and is known within Jewish circles as Derech HaShem – the Path of Elohim - that man can follow back in his return to Elohim. Otherwise, in order to have salvation, it must flow through the Son who connects all worlds and brings salvation to all worlds, and brings mankind back to the Father. Yahshua said this Himself, in Yohanan 1.51, when He called Himself Ya’aqob’s Ladder. He was acknowledging that HE was the salvation for all the world, and in order to have salvation you had to climb Ya’aqob’s ladder which is the Moshiach. The perfect revelation of Elohim has to descend down the ladder of the Son and truly righteous person [the tzadik] down here in the Malchut must ascend the ladder to gain that revelation. So while we are climbing up the ladder of the Son Elohim is descending and ascending up the ladder the revelation of Himself. Thus Yahshua becomes the perfect revelation of Elohim. This is what the Book of Revelation is all about. If you grasp that concept you will grasp the book. If you are looking for black helicopters and frogs and demons jumping out of the water, beasts with three heads, four headed beasts, and anti-Christ, and everything else, you are missing it! The Book is written to give you a perfect revelation of Elohim that was expressed through His Son Yahshua. That is what it is for, that is why it is given to us. It is very similar, and not a hard concept to understand, because at Mount Sinai where Elohim was offering the people of Yisrael immortality. Elohim came down and the people went up! Moshe was able to go higher than the elders. And the elders could ascend higher than the people, showing that there are different levels of revelation. It’s very important that you understand that. And those down at the lower base of the Mountain were warned not to come any closer, because they did not merit that. It would have destroyed them. Now when it says: which Elohim gave Him to show His servants what has to take place with speed. Now I want you to understand that the revelation of Elohim to Moshiach Yahshua was not something Yahshua received while He was walking in this realm among us, because Moshiach is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and He has existed beyond time, beyond this physical world. He is eternal. He has existed since the foundation of the world. Even the Talmud says the Name of Moshiach – a code word, of when we immerse in His Name we are speaking of His teachings, authority, and function. 13
14 TALMUD Pesachim 54a Surely it was taught seven things were created before the world was created, and these are: the Torah, Teshuvah, Gan Eden, Gehenna, The throne of Glory, the byet HaMikdash, and the Name [authority], the function, the teachings of Moshiach.
Yahshua, as He was known in this physical realm, is giving Yohanan the revelation that was before Creation. Yahshua said that, “The entire Torah speaks of Me.” So, we could say that all Creation reveals Moshiach. That is the purpose of Torah – to be the Revelation of Moshiach. In the Brit Chadashah we are told that revelation is is the goal of the Torah. If the Torah we are observing does not lead us to the Moshiach we do not know Torah, Torah, and we are not observing the Torah. You are just observing a black book of rules. Do you understand that? The Torah is to be a revelation of Moshiach This is what the book of Revelation was given tous in order to to be a revelation of eternal things expressed through the Moshiach. People have taken the book and tried to interpret things that are happening today in this physical world by this book. Listen, there have been natural disasters since time began, ever since man was exiled from the garden. This book was not given to us to interpret the signs of the times, but rather it was given to you to reveal to you eternal truths that were manifested through and communicated to us through the Messiah. As we begin to depart into this journey, yes, it’s going to be a little different, yes, it maybe going to rock your world. The purpose of this teaching is not to tickle your ears, and not to just give you more data, but rather hopefully, through this teaching will impart to you a greater revelation of Moshiach Yahshua, and of eternal things that He came to communicate to us.
Revelation Introduction: Part 2
We are going to continue the teaching of The Revelation of Messiah. This will be Part Two of the teaching, and it is very important that we gain the correct Hebraic perspective on this very misinterpreted and misunderstood book in the Brit Chadashah. In the last chapter we introduced the tree of life, so we just need to review so that you can gain some more understanding. The picture on the previous page represents what is called the Tree of Life. These circles are to represent the attributes or characteristics of Elohim. This also is also a representation of the human soul. Since man was created in the image of Elohim in follows that man was created with all these characteristics of Elohim within the human soul. Within the ten Sefirot there are four worlds:
The World of Assiyah – the world of action, the physical world. The world of Yetzirah – the world where formation takes place. The world of Beriah – the world of Creation. And above that the world of Atzilut – the world of emanation.
In this world we deal with the lower seven sefirot. The upper three: Chochmah, binah, and keter, are called the brain [mochin] of Elohim. They have to flow down into the physical world. Now with our understanding with Yahshua as the Messiah, we understand that all wisdom, understanding, and the invisible sefirah of da’at [knowledge], and knowing the will [keter] of Elohim has to flow through the person of the Messiah – the center column, which is represented by the sefirah called Tiferet [beauty]. Now with that simple review we will continue.
YOHANAN 14: 5 T’oma said to Him, “Master, we do not know where You are going, and how are we able to know the way?” 6 Yahshua said to him, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 7 If you had known Me, you would have known My Father too. From now on you know Him, and have seen.” 8 Philip said to Him, “Master, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Yahshua said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father, and how do you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak from Myself. But the Father
17 who stays in Me does His works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, otherwise believe Me because of the works themselves.
In our diagram it is very important that you understand the context that Yahshua is speaking because this is the heart [the beauty, the tiferet] of the Good News and it is also the heart of the Book of Revelation. Many people think that it is arrogant of those who know the Moshiach to say, “No man comes to the Father except through Messiah,” but with a correct understanding of the tree of life, and understanding that the center column is the person of the Messiah, no one can understand the will of the Father, the wisdom of the Father, and understanding the knowledge of the Father [to know and have proper knowledge] except through the person of the Messiah.
Wayyiqra 17:14 [page 123 talking about the blood] for it is the life of all flesh. Its blood is for its life. And I said to the children of Yisrael, ‘Do not eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood. Anyone eating it is cut off.
Here we are beginning to gain some understanding of the necessity of the blood of the Messiah.The Sefirah called Tiferet or Beauty is also known as the “heart”. The human heart is the muscle or place that is responsible for pumping the life –the blood – throughout the whole body. This is why we are instructed not to eat blood because the life of that animal is in the blood, and if you fail to drain the blood from the meat then you will find yourself slowly taking on animalistic characteristics because its life is in its blood. Now since its life is in the blood and the heart is responsible for pumping the blood throughout the body, then of course it is very important that we understand the role of the Messiah plays in our life is to serve as the vehicle by which the life flows through our soul by imparting His blood ( His life) throughout us so that we may become like Him..
YOHANAN 6:54 “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood possesses everlasting life, and I shall raise him up in the last day [the resurrection]. 55 For My flesh is truly food, and My blood is truly drink. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood stays in Me, and I in him.
Yahshua is not speaking of the physical act of eating His flesh or drinking His blood because that is forbidden by the Torah. He is speaking on the sod level [the deeper meaning] of the Torah to understand that in order to have eternal life you have to possess the Messiah, the “heart” that pumps the life throughout your body. Now the Torah – the Word of Elohim – is the soul of Elohim. 17
18 We could say it is the life of Elohim. Elohim’s will is revealed through the Torah, and His life is revealed through the Torah. The Messiah is responsible for pumping the life of the Torah throughout our soul. That is why He referred to His flesh and blood because we know that the Torah is the Life of the soul of Elohim, and the Life is in the blood. He is the Living Torah, and thus by eating and assimilating the Torah we are attaining the Life of the Messiah. BUT Torah alone does not do it! This is why it is so important we must – must – possess Tiferet – the Son, for the Torah to be pumped throughout the soul of man. So without Tiferet – the Son –our heart is not beating properly pumping blood to our soul.
WAYYIQRA 26:11 ‘And I shall set My Dwelling Place in your midst, and My being [soul] shall not reject you. (So He has a soul. Many people struggle with thinking that Elohim has a soul; or else He would not say ‘My soul shall not reject you.’) 12 And I shall walk in your midst, and shall be your Elohim, and you shall be My people.
YOHANAN 6:53 Yahshua therefore said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Adam and drink His blood, you possess no life in yourselves.
You may be doing the Torah but you are dead.
So the goal of redemption is to allow the Moshiach – the Son of Elohim – to pump the life of Torah into us! So you see, you cannot separate Messiah and Torah. It is not an either or situation, it is a both situation. You need Torah, and you need Messiah in order to possess “the Life”.
Revelation 1:1 Revelation of Yahshua Messiah, which Elohim gave Him to show His servants what has to take place with speed.
Moshiach is the same yesterday, today, and forever, so this revelation that was given to the Moshiach was not something He learned on earth. It was something He already possessed in eternity. We know that Moshiach pre-existed, and I need to quote something from a book called ALONG THE PATH – by Elliot Wolfson. It is very important that we understand that traditional Judaism, especially in the mystical schools, linked Elohim as the Creator, and linked Elohim to the Moshiach and the Divine Tzaddik – The Righteous One. They see them all as One.
19 The seven voices correspond to the seven lower emanations, and the seventh one is the Shekinah [Malchut]. (Shekinah and Malchut are interchangeable and it is female). Having correlated the seventh voice with the Shekinah it is reasonable to possess that the sixth voice corresponds to Yesod [Foundation], and it is (don’t be offended by this, I am just quoting) the Divine phallic that overflows to the Shekinah.
Yesod is male and imparts to this world all of the aspects of the upper world. He says:
If the sixth emanation is indeed Yesod it is significant that the Messiah is mentioned precisely in conjunction with this variation – the traditional Saviour [Messiah] is identified as the Righteous Tzadik in the Divine pluroma, the cosmic pillar or axis. Not only is the Redeemer a nationalist, religious, and political hero, He is the element of Elohim that sustains all existence.
That is exactly what is taught in the Book of Colossians. And from The Mystical Shape of The Godhead by Gershom Slochum:
The Righteous One, the Divine Tzaddik, who is the foundation [yesod] of the world is in the middle between Netzach and Hod and emerges from the south of the world. He is the Prince or ruler of both. In His hands He holds the souls of all living, for He is the life of this world. And every term of Creation spoken about in Scripture takes place through Him.
Exactly what we believe.
And of Him it is written, And He ceased from work and rested, for He is the Principal of Shabbat. 1st TIMOTHY 2:5 For there is one Elohim, and one Mediator between Elohim and men, the Man Messiah Yahshua,
Timothy is speaking of Messiah as the Mediator
20 IBRIM 8:8 For finding fault with them, He says, “See, the days are coming,” says YHWH, “when I shall conclude with the house of Yisrael and with the house of Yehudah a renewed covenant, 9 for according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Mitsrayim, because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them,” says YHWH. 10 Because this is the covenant that I shall make with the house of Yisrael after those days, says YHWH, giving My laws in their mind, and I shall write them on their hearts, and I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.
IBRIM 8:6 (speaking of the renewed covenant) But now He [Messiah] has obtained a more excellent service, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of (not a new, but) a better covenant, which was constituted [set as Torah] on better promises.
It is not a new covenant. This is a renewed covenant, but it has much better promises. It does not replace the “old” covenant. It is based on better promises. It is important that we understand that the Messiah is the Mediator, because Yohanan in Revelation 1 says that this revelation came through Yahshua as an intermediary. The Zohar backs that up by saying that Metatron – this Messianic mystical figure – is the person through whom all our prayers pass, and through whom passes everything from heaven to earth! Now I see no conflict between traditional mystical Jewish teachings and what we believe as Nazarenes. This knowledge gives me a more secure foundation knowing Yahshua is the Messiah. It is only those who do not understand the sod level teaching of the Torah who reject the Messiah or the Torah, because they stay on the Peshat level and have no knowledge of the Tree of Life (Kabbalah). Let me quote you from the Amsterdam edition of the Zohar from Exodus Volume 2 page 51.
Genesis 3.24 Keep the way of the tree of life. Who is the way of the tree of life? It is the great Metatron. For He is the way to the great tree. Every petition sent to the King must come through Metatron. Every message and petition from here below must first go to Metatron, and from thence to the King. Metatron is the Mediator...
Now your eyes can be opened to what Yahshua meant when He said, “I am the Way,” He said, “I am the Way to the tree of life.” We read in the Brit Chadashah something about Yahshua is the Mediator.
21 ...of all that comes from heaven down to the earth, or earth up to the heavens. (Jacob’s ladder). And because He is the Mediator over all it is written of Him: the Angel of Elohim which went before the camp of Yisrael removed that is before Yisrael which is above. This angel of Elohim is the same of which is written: And YHWH went before them.
So this angel of Elohim which went before the children of Yisrael is YHWH!
Whoever will speak to Me, says Elohim, shall not be able to do so till he has made it known to Metatron. Thus the Holy One, blessed be He, on account of the great love to and mercy with which He has over the assembly of Yisrael commits her – the defender of Yisrael – to Metatron’s care for shepherding. [The Great Shepherd]. What shall I do for Him, Metatron? I will commit my whole house into His hand, henceforth, be you a keeper, as it is written The Keeper of Yisrael. [Amsterdam Edition Zohar Vol. 2 page 51 from Exodus Vol. 2]
On the tree of life, the path from Metatron – Tiferet – going to Yohanan passes through the Messiah. What is this Book of Revelation? It is a revelation of the tree of life given to Yahshua to give to Yohanan. This secret also deals with the 42 letter Name of Elohim, which is associated with Metatron. According to Judaism, this 42 letter Name was engraved on the rod of Aaron – Moshe, and is the rod that budded. Now you know why Moshe held that rod in his hand. This rod served as a conductor and would transmit the power of Elohim when it would touch something in this physical world. Torah is miraculous. Our faith is based upon miracles. The rod can be viewed as a physical representation of the central path of salvation of the tree of life, or Moshiach. Because Yahshua said, “Everything in the Torah is speaking of Me.” We know that He is the rod of Moshe, the rod of Aaron.So, as we look into the Zohar and other writings of the Jewish mystics we see that all these characteristics that we find of Metatron and Tiferet all point to Yahshua. Now there is something in the tefillin that we lay on the hand and the head. The tefillin of the hand is representative of the Malchut – the world of action. We also place the tefillin on the head, which is Tiferet. So in binding our hand and our head together we are unifying this world with the Heavenlies. Our actions are connected to our thoughts, and our thoughts are connected to our actions. We are bringing heaven down to earth through the tefillin.
YESHAYAHU 43:3 “For I am YHWH your Elohim, the Set apart One of Yisrael, your Saviour, I gave Mitsrayim for your ransom, Kush and Seba in your place.
22 YESHAYAHU 54:5 [page 456] “For your Maker(s) is your husband (the One who created you is your husband), YHWH of hosts is His Name, and the Set-apart One [the Holy One] of Yisrael is your Redeemer.
The Holy One of Yisrael is called:
YHWH of hosts; He is the Creator; And He is the Saviour and Redeemer.
He is called the Elohim of all the earth.
MARK 1: 23 And there was a man in their congregation with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, 24 saying, “Ha! What have we to do with You, Yahshua of Natsareth? Did you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Set-apart One of Elohim!”
It is amazing that this unclean spirit knows things that people are blind to. The demons believe that YHWH is One and they quake. This demon realized that Yahshua was YHWH, the Holy One of Yisrael.
YOHANAN 6:68 Then Shim’ on Kepha answered Him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You possess words of everlasting life. 69 And we have believed, and we know that you are the Messiah, the Son of the living Elohim.
REVELATION 1:1 Revelation of Yahshua Messiah, which Elohim gave Him to show His servants what has to take place with speed.
This revelation [Hisgulas, or revealing of Messiah] was given to Yohanan to show his servants what was to take place. He would impart to those who inquired into the deeper meaning and aspects of Elohim a great blessing: that which would come to pass quickly or speedily. What is being revealed to you is leading you to the seventh Sabbath, the supernal Shabbat. These things that I am showing you are taking us to the seventh Shabbat – the seventh millennium – the Messianic Kingdom. This is the age when things are beginning to be put into harmony with Elohim – the Messianic Reign. So, harmony, Tiferet, is the seventh Shabbat.
23 ZOHAR Shemoth II 88a –‘Because all things are found in the Sabbath it is mentioned three times in the story of Creation: “And on the seventh day God ended his work”; “and he rested on the seventh day”; “and God blessed the seventh day” (Gen. II, 2, 3).
ZOHAR Shemoth 288b The unique character of the Sabbath is expressed in the words: “Between Me and the children of Israel.” And because the Faith is centered in the Sabbath, man is given on this day an additional, a supernal soul, a soul in which is all perfection, according to the pattern of the world to come. What does the word “Sabbath” mean? The Name of the Holy One, the Name which is in perfect harmony at all sides.
The name of the Shabbat is the Name of the Holy One. Moshiach is the Shabbat.
Yeshayahu 63: It says, Someone is coming in dyed garments from Botsrah, glorious in His apparel, traveling in greatness of His strength. It says, Wherefore are thou red in thy apparel and garments like Him that treadeth in the winepress? 3 I have trodden the winepress alone, and from the peoples no one was with Me. For I will tread them in My anger and trample them in My fury. And their blood shall be sprinkled upon My garment, and I will stain all My raiment. 4 For the day of vengeance is in My heart and the year of My redeemed has come. 5 And I looked and there was none to help, and I wondered that there was none there upholding them. For My own arm brought salvation for Me, and My fury it upheld Me. 6 And I will tread down the people in My anger, and make them drunk in My fury, and will bring down their strength to the earth.
The Zohar tells us that this person who has stained His garments in the blood is Moshiach.
ZOHAR BERESHITH I 239b-240a “He hath washed his garments in wine”, even from the time of the Creation the reference being to the coming of the Messiah on earth. “Wine” indicates the left side, and “the blood of grapes” the left side below. The Messiah is destined
Soncino Zohar, Bereshith, Section 1, Page 240a to rule above over all the forces of the idolatrous nations and to break their power above and below. We may also explain that as wine brings joyfulness and yet typifies judgment, so the Messiah will bring gladness to Israel, but judgment to the Gentiles. The “spirit of God which hovered over the face of the waters” (Gen. I, 2) is the spirit of the Messiah, and from the time of the Creation he “washed his garments in celestial wine”. 23
24 The Zohar tells us who this is the Moshiach and that it was His Ruach that was hovering over the waters in Creation. When we speak of the “coming of the supernal Shabbat” or The Messianic Kingdom, we are understanding a that it is a reunion of the bride [Yisrael, the Shekinah, this world] with the bridegroom – Moshiach. In the supernal Shabbat there will come a reunion between the female aspects of this world and Yisrael who is the bride of Messiah and the Messiah the bridegroom. We have to understand there has to be a reunification of the Name of YHWH. A reuniting the Yud – Heh – with the Vav – Heh( hvhy) into One again. His Name will be One throughout all the earth. Which indicates that it is not one right now, so there is something separating the male and female role.
BERESHITH 1:27 And Elohim prepared the man in His image, and in the image of Elohim He prepared [created] him – a male and a female He prepared them.
Mankind, who was made in the image of Elohim, originally was male-female. Don’t think in physical aspects. In the soul man was united as one male and female. We know they were separated, but in marriage they could come together and become one again. Which means when Moshiach comes, there has to take place a marriage, or a reunification of the bride and the groom.
ZOHAR II 138a In fact, whenever “Sabbath” is mentioned it refers to the “eve of the Sabbath” (i.e. the Shekinah), (This is why we welcome the bride – Lechi Dodi – come my beloved. We call the Sabbath a queen to be united with the King) but when it says “the Sabbath day”, it denotes the Supernal Sabbath (i.e. Tiferet).
In the Scripture where it says Shabbat it is erev Shabbat, but when it says “the Sabbath Day” it is referring to the Supernal Shabbat or Tiferet.
The former is symbolized by the Female, the latter by the Male. Thus “And the children of Israel should keep the Sabbath” (Ex. XXXI, I6) alludes to the Female, which is the night (layla), and “remember the Sabbath day” (Ibtd. xx, 8) alludes to the Male. Thus the Sabbath here below sings a hymn to the Sabbath above.
25 What we don’t understand is that in Hebraic literature one of the sefirot can referred to as an angel [messenger or malak]. For example, in a lot of Hebraic literature hod and Netzach are referred to as the “host” of Elohim and the other referred to as the “hosts” of YHWH, which we think are angels. YHWH Tzavaoth – YHWH of hosts. But it can also refer to hod and Netzach. Nachminodes [Maimondes] referred to as Malchut – the Shekinah, and as part of the Creator she is also called “angel”. So Nachminodes even called the Malchut an angel.
...who bore witness to the Word of Elohim, and the witness of Yahshua Messiah to all he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and guard what is written in it, for the time is near.
Now let’s go back to verse 2: who bore witness to the Word of Elohim and the witness or testimony of Yahshua Messiah to all he saw.
This revelation that the messenger gives to Yohanan obviously has to be grounded in the written Torah – The Word of Elohim. This is where many people begin to give off track right in the first chapter, separating Hisgaluth – revelation – from its Hebraic meaning. This revelation has to be found in the Torah. But also this revelation is based upon the witness or testimony of Yahshua the Messiah. With a proper understanding we know what is known as eschatology within Judaism has the same message as this revelation to Yohanan.
3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and guard what is written in it, for the time is near.
Hearing and keeping, hearing and keeping, hearing and keeping. Where have we heard that before? Well, unless we understand the Shema we will not understand what is being said here. It doesn’t mean you just listen. Hearing – Shema – means to hear with understanding and obedience. Keeping is Shemar – to guard, protect, observe, and preserve. So this promise of blessing is only given to those who are obedient to the Torah and are guarding the Torah. We have to read this “hearing and keeping” in the context of the Torah, which gives us the definitions of these words.
26 Now an interesting quote here in a book called The Dilemma of Jewish Education – To Learn and to Do – Rabbi David Hoffman, the leading orthodox rabbinical authority in Germany (around the turn of the century) during his era wrote: The Torah of Yisrael is not only an song in rhetoric which one studies only to understand the religion of Yisrael, rather the purpose of Jewish religion is to “study and to do”. And one who learns and does not observe, it would be better if he had not learned.
In a song by Bob Dylan called , What Good Am I?, Dylan(who is Jewish) says, “What good am I if I learn and don’t do.” This is obviously referring to the Torah.
The Book [Revelation] opens with a blessing upon those who hear and do, and closes with a curse upon those who do not hear and do. So blessings for hearing and doing, and curses [Rev. 22] for not doing what you are told to do. These serve as bookends – the Beginning and the End, and in between this message is to those who would hear and do and acquire these blessings.
REVELATION 3:10 Because you have guarded My Word of endurance, I also shall guard you from the hour of trial which shall come upon all the world, to try those who dwell on the earth. 14:12 Here is the endurance of the set-apart ones, here are those guarding the commands of Elohim and the belief [faith] of Yahshua.
Notice how they are tied together.
REVELATION 19:15 And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations. And He himself shall shepherd [rule] them with a rod of iron. And He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of El Shaddai [Almighty Elohim].
What [who] is the wrath coming upon? It is coming upon those who do not hear and do.
REVELATION 22:14 “Blessed are those doing His commands, so that the authority [or right] shall be theirs unto the tree of life, and to enter through the gates into the city.
I believe this is speaking of the 32 gates of wisdom within the tree of life.
Now Revelation contains the same thing that is in Devarim [Deuteronomy]. 26
27 DEBARIM 28:1 “And it shall be, if you diligently [listen to and] obey the voice of YHWH your Elohim, to guard to do all His commands which I command you today, that YHWH your Elohim shall set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you [because you hearken and listen], if you obey the voice of Elohim:15 “And it shall be, if you do not obey the voice of YHWH your Elohim, to guard to do all His commands and His laws [statutes] which I command you today, that all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you.
There is no difference between Devarim and Revelation right in the first chapter. This lays another foundational stone for us to understand that this Book is based upon the Torah. In Devarim 30.19 I want you to SHEMA – HEAR – that Moshe calls upon two witnesses to serve as witnesses against Yisrael.
DEBARIM 30:19 “I have called the heavens and the earth as witnesses today against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore you shall choose life so that you live both you and your seed.
This is all Torah – even in Revelation of the two witnesses – because the Torah requires that a capital offense be witnessed by two witnesses before judgment could be rendered upon the person. And, according to the Torah, the witnesses were to be the first ones throw the stones that would kill the person. So if you are going to serve as a witness in capital punishment against someone you had better be sure what you saw is what you saw because you are the one who is going to throw the first stone. We see judgment being meted out by the two witnesses: heaven and earth! The witnesses of heaven and earth are casting the stone of judgment upon those who have not heard nor kept Torah! We have to understand that Moshiach if the center of all the blessings. Even the Zohar states that those who are listening and obeying the Torah are linked to Tiferet. It says:
ZOHAR WAYYIQRA II 35a What, now, is the difference between those who study the Torah and faithful prophets? The former are ever superior, since they stand on a higher level. Those who study the Torah stand in a place called Tiferet (Beauty), which is the pillar of all faith, whereas the prophets stand lower in the place called Nezah (Victory) and Hod (Majesty); and those who merely speak in the spirit of holiness stand lower still. He who studies the Torah needs neither peace offerings nor burnt offerings, since the Torah is superior to all and the bond of faith; wherefore it is written “Her ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are 27
28 peace” (Prov. III, 17), and also, “Great peace have they which love thy law and they have no occasion for stumbling” (Ps. CXIX, 165).’
REVELATION 1:4 Yohanan, to the seven assemblies that are in Asia: ...
These are actual assemblies.
...Favor to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is coming, and from the seven Spirits that are before the throne,
Let’s look at the number seven . Number seven (7) is the number of completion. But it is also incomplete, which is representative of a greater truth. Seven, according to The Jewish book of Numbers is:
1. The seven lower sefirot; 2. The seven days of Creation; 3. The seven feasts of YHWH; 4. The seven pair of clean animals that went into the ark with Noach; 5. Abraham made a covenant with Abimelek using seven ewes; 6. The time period to make clean from tzarath was seven days; 7. The seven stems of the menorah.
ZEKARYAH 4:2-7 And he said to me, “What do you see?” So I said, “I have looked, and see: a lampstand all of gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven spouts to the seven lamps. 2 “And the two olive trees are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left.” 4 Then I responded and spoke to the messenger who was speaking to me, “What are these, my master?” 5 And the messenger who was speaking to me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my master.” 6 And he answered and said to me, “This is the Word of YHWH to Zerubbabel, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ said YHWH of hosts. 7 ‘Who are you, great mountain, before Zerubbabel? A plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Favor, favor to it!”’”
29 ZEKARYAH 3:8 ‘Now listen, Yehoshua the high priest, you and your companions who sit before you, for they are men of symbol. For look, I am bringing forth My servant – the Branch. 9 ‘See the stone which I have put before Yehoshua: on one stone are seven eyes. (Did you catch that? Seven lower sefirot, seven eyes on this stone, and the Stone is Moshiach). See, I am engraving its inscription,’ declares YHWH of hosts, ‘and I shall remove the guilt of that land in one day. 10 ‘In that day,’ declares YHWH of hosts, ‘you shall invite one another, under the vine and under the fig tree.’”
That refers us back to when Yahshua said He saw Nathaniel under a fig tree – representing the Messianic Kingdom. So even the menorah is a revelation of Messiah. It is very important that you understand that because as it says in the Book of Revelation, that there are seven menorahs, with the Moshiach in the midst of them.
8. In Wayyiqra 4.6 there is a sprinkling of the blood seven times; 9. The omer is the counting of seven weeks; 10. The bride and the bride groom rejoice for seven days 11. The bride circles her husband seven times, and each time she circles a blessing is said; 12. The seven Berachot at Hebrew weddings; 13. And those that lay tefillin know it is wrapped seven times around your lower arm.
YEHEZQEL 43:26 ‘For seven days they shall make atonement for the altar and cleanse it, and ordain it. 27 ‘And when these days are completed it shall be, on the eighth day and thereafter, that the priests make your burnt offerings and your peace offerings on the altar, and I shall accept you,’ declares the Master YHWH.
NOTICE for seven days they would cleanse the altar with offerings, and then on the eighth day it would be completed, and they would be clean, totally clean.
MISHLE 9:1 Wisdom has built her house,She has hewn out its seven columns,
Commenting on that verse: The Zohar says: When Elohim created the world He established it on seven pillars.
The number seven is associated with the complete number of punishment, which plays very heavily in the Book of Revelation. 29
30 BERESHITH 24 – A reference to Cain and Lamech being avenged seven fold. WAYYIQRA 26.18 – Disobedience resulting in a seven-fold increase in discipline. DANI’EL 4.13 Nebuchadnezzar losing his mind for seven years due to his sins. 2nd. MELAKIM [Kings] 8.1 Elohim sends a famine for seven years. YESHOSHUA 6.13 Seven priests with seven horns marching the seventh day at Jericho.
But also seven is associated with the demonic realm, which we call “the other side”. And in:
Bemidbar 23 Baalim told Balak to build him seven altars, and have seven bulls, and seven rams.
Judaism acknowledges seven archangels: Mikael, Gabriel, Raphael, Yuriel, Zuriel, Panuel, and Yehiel.
The Assemblies found in Revelation 1 are real assemblies found in Asia Minor. However, they are symbols or types of assemblies all through time. Not only is Yohanan writing to seven assemblies that existed at the time, but he is writing to those in the future that would exist also, making these seven types of what they would be. It is similar to what Moshe does in Devarim – speaking of those that are here and those that will come later.
The word ecclesia does not mean church! The word church is not in the Bible at all. It was added “by” the church to strengthen its claim that it had replaced Yisrael. They are not churches, they are assemblies. Ecclesia is not a building, it is the people, and they are the “called out ones”. We could even say these are communities .Those that say the seven assemblies represent seven eras of church history are wrong! If they are not churches, how can they refer to church history? We do not live in the Philadelphia church age, and the Laodecian church is not the apostate church in the tribulation. It has nothing to do with time periods. Do not interpret this book through time periods. From sources that I could find, history never records any identification with the five other assemblies throughout history. So ,when people try to interpret these congregations through time periods they are stripping the Hebraic meaning from this book . They are beginning upon wrong premises and anything based on wrong premises is a lie. You are going to end up with a lie, not knowing the truth. NOTICE in Revelation 1 that Yohanan says:
REVELATION 1:4..Favor to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is coming, and from the seven Spirits that are before His throne, 5 and from Yahshua Messiah, 30
31 This of course, refers to Tiferet, the One Who is, Who was, and Who is coming. Tiferet is the embodiment of all the sefirot and Tiferet is the coming bridegroom.
ZOHAR SHEMOTH II 136a & 138b when it talks about the Son: To grasp the Son is equivalent to grasping all grades, because the Son is a tent, including all and absorbing all, and He in turn lights up all the shining colors below; hence he is the bridegroom coming forth from His canopy.
YEHEZQEL 16.6 “Then I passed by you and saw you trampled down in your own blood, and I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ And I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ 7 “I have let you grow like a plant in the field. And you are grown and are great, and you come in the finest ornaments – breasts were formed, your hair grew, and you were naked and bare. 8 “And again I passed by you and looked upon you and saw that your time was the time of love. And I spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness. And I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,” declares the Master YHWH.
This is speaking of Yisrael. 2ND CORINTHIANS 3:18 And we all, as with unveiled face (In a Hebrew wedding the woman wears a veil over her face, till the very end when the veil is lifted up and the bridegroom gets to glance upon her face) we see as in a mirror the [glory] esteem of YHWH, are being transformed into the same likeness from esteem to esteem, ad from YHWH, the Spirit.
REVELATION 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And he who hears, let him say, “Come!” And he who thirsts, come! And he who desires it, take the water of life without paying!
This establishes the bride and bridegroom relationship between Yisrael and the Messiah. The seven Spirits can represent the lover sefirot before the throne. The seven lower Sefirot are called the seven Spirits of YHWH before the throne: NOTICE: it included all of Moshiach, He is the stone with seven eyes, He is the Menorah with seven spouts. The book is beginning to open up already to your understanding. We cannot use this Book of Revelation and look at today’s events and interpret these events by this book. You are trying to make events fit into this book. You have to view this book by what it is called – a revelation of Messiah Yahshua. My message in this is not let 31
32 us get wrapped up in trying to make a square peg fit into a round hole and point to certain events and say, “This means that,” or, “Oh, Messiah is coming soon.”
We would need about 300 more years before we would enter into the supernal Shabbat. There are those teaching we are already in the millennial kingdom. I don’t think so. If we are where is Moshiach? I don’t see Him, I don’t see a temple. I don’t see a re-gathering of the tribes into Yisrael. If we have already entered, as some teach, the seventh millennium, where are these things?
My prayer for everyone seeing or hearing this is that you would truly receive that blessing that is promised to those that hear and guard this book SELAH!
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