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Balak – 6/21/13 Numbers 22:2–25:9. I. Our Parsha begins with two principal characters: Balak and Balaam.

Their names embody the character of each and thus the Hebrew should reveal what has brought these men to this particular destiny. • Balak, #1111, ‫ בלק‬Balaq, translated waste, devastator, it can also mean empty or void. • Balaam, #1109, ‫ בלעם‬Bil`am, translated ‘not of the people’. However, you easily notice in both names the Bet-Lamed root – which carries with it the idea of lack or detrition. If we look at the remaining letters, the Qof, (representing the back of the head, He or that which comes at the last or end. It has a value of 100 the same as the word Kaf (Kaf-Pey) which means hand, authority) and the Ayin-Mem, which spells am or people we see between the two an attempt to cut off or circumvent the Head or authority of the People. Numbers 22:1. Israel is camped in the Plains, #6160, ‫` ערבה‬arabah, translated plain, steppe, the arid, sterile area of the wilderness. It is also spelled with the same consonants as the Hebrew word arubbah, meaning pledge, or the collateral exchanged between people. This arabah is in Moab, #4124, ‫ מואב‬Mow'ab, rendered, ‘of his father’. Some translators feel the Mem-Yod root would have been the stem of this word making it “Waters of the Father”, which would hint at seed of the father. It could also hint at the bitter waters of jealousy. Is it possible that Israel is ignorantly facing a spiritual battle that will ultimately lead to sexual/idolatrous perversions like what led to the birth of Moab and his brother Ammon? Israel is on this side (Eber – in opposition, or against) of Jordan, #3383, ‫ירדן‬ Yarden, and trans. ‘descender’. Jordan represents the boundary between the Seed of the Watchers and that of YHVH’s Seed. The Dalet-Nun tells us judgment is rendered at this location and we remember later in Joshua 3: 16, the waters of Jordan which came down toward the Plain – arabah were cut off! They are in proximity of Jericho, #3405, ‫ ירחו‬Yĕriychow, ‘its moon’. *Note the Yod-Resh root

again hinting at the Watchers, while the Chet-Vav root stem seems to indicate to put forth, to reveal. All this hints at a spiritual battle between the Seed lines that manifests itself in the natural as Balak prepares to curse Israel! Balak is the son of Zippor, #6834, Tsippowr, trans. sparrow or bird. However, as we break the word down in Hebrew, the Tzade indicates righteous (ness) while the Pey-VavResh root as a verb means to bring to naught, to cause the plans of a people or nation to be brought to nothing! Balak knows the military might of Israel and thus seeks to get Balaam to SPEAK against them! Are words more powerful than physical battle? Hmmm? It is also interesting to note the connection between the 2letter root stem, Tzade-Pey seen in #6850, ‫ פףצ‬tsaphaph, to chirp, whisper, the imitative sounds made by spiritualists to consult with gods or spirits: Is. 8:19. Tsippowr is etymologically similar to the Hebrew word for Frog - #6854, ‫צפרדע‬ tsĕphardea`. The Dalet-Ayin suffix spells knowledge. Thus, the plague of Frogs was a demonstration of YHVH against the knowledge Egypt and Israel sought from the Soothsayers and Magicians! Since the Frog represented one of the many gods of Egypt, and as such, attained a high standing in the land. Intentional killing of the frog received the death penalty and even accidental death often merited the same. Thus, no hand could be raised against them as the plague enveloped the land! The ancients reasoned thus: The idea an animal could live in two worlds, both the water and on land, was not understood at the time. Frogs became the symbol of someone who could not commit to a belief system. YHVH destroys the Frogs – the Oracles of false knowledge – the Soothsayers of Egypt, who have seduced the house of Israel! It would seem, in following this reasoning; Balak seeks out Balaam the son of Beor: • Beor, #1160, ‫ בעור‬B@`owr, rendered, ‘burning’. The Bet prefixed to the front means house or bride. While the Ayin-Vav-Resh root can also hint at Watchers, to be made naked, exposed. Finally, it is also translated skin, the flesh. Balaam is lodging at Pethor: • Pethor, #6604, ‫ פתור‬Pĕthowr, a ‘soothsayer’. Hopefully, another connection is being made regarding the spiritual powers at work behind the scenes here. Soothsaying is connected to the ‘whispering’ of the Serpent, the Nachash or enchanter. Incidentally, the Pey-Tav, Pote, can mean a door as an opening and also the private parts of a woman! The Hebrew letter Pey means to speak, while the Tav-Vav-Resh root defines a standard, and is the origin of Torah! I am convinced Balaam is a Soothsayer, rather than a true prophet, in the vein of Janes and Jambres the magicians of Pharaoh who can only speak so far in

opposition to Moshe! Though he cannot openly oppose YHVH and curse Israel, he teaches Balak how to implement the method of the Nachash – Serpent in order to expose the nakedness of Israel and introduce the Seed of the Serpent into the House! Balaam’s Donkey. II. To add a bit more emphasis to my opinion, let’s examine the incident of the talking donkey. Numbers 22: 23. • Donkey, #860, ‫' אתון‬athown, translated donkey or she ass. It has the same consonantal root, Alef-Tav-Nun, as #868, etnan which means a gift or hire for a prostitute. A harlots’ pay. Now, let’s look at the Hebrew: The Alef-Tav rootstem represents the Language or Word, the Messiah Himself. The Vav-Nun suffixed to the Alef-Tav, indicates to make it small, to diminish. If you remember, the Bet-Lamed root refers to Ba’al, the pagan deity of many of the Canaanite nations. This word can also be rendered ‘lord or husband’. The Ayin-Mem root – Am or People. Thus Balaam was a shadow picture of the Prophet of the People who would also represent their husband! In fact, Rev. 19: 10 tells us the testimony of Yahshua is the spirit of prophesy! To confirm our opinion; this word for donkey – ‘athown – is only used here beginning in Numbers 22:21 - 33 (14 times) in connection to Balaam and curiously in verse 21, the Alef-Tav is seen connected twice! ‫אֶת־אֲתֹנֹו‬. There are 36 Hebrew letters in verse 21 which reminds us of the Hebrew words #421 - #429, alah, eleh, which range from meaning oath, a sworn covenant or curse, a longlived terebinth tree. It is the root of Elohiym – Elah, a masc. noun specifically for YHVH! This word for Donkey – Ass, is only used in reference to Balaam and 2 other People, in two verses: 2Kings 4: 24, where the Shunamite woman’s son dies and is resurrected by Elisha (The root of shunamite comes from Shanayim – 2, to do again) and finally in Zech. 9:9 to prophesy of the entrance of Yahshua into Jerusalem upon the back of a donkey! The account of Balaam is a juxtaposition of the role of Messiah versus the AntiMessiah! Yahshua becomes the Harlots’ price releasing her from the CURSE, while Balaam keeps the price for himself thus opening the doorway for the curse to continue, the prostitution of Israel to the Moabite women and their gods - Chemosh, Ishtar and Milcom (Malkam – Great King). Finally, in Numbers 22: 29, we see Balaam beat the donkey because the she had mocked him: Mocked, #5953, ‫עלל‬ `alal, to deal with severely, to make a mockery. However, it can also infer to quench

thirst, I.E. to satisfy one’s lust and to make someone drink again after a former draught! Thus, the donkey represents Yahshua who would mock the Anti-Messiah drinking the bitter waters of jealousy for His bride; this would force Balaam – HaSatan, to strike Yahshua twice! Now you know why Moshe could not get by with striking the Rock twice!