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-Please Read this FIRST- On this site we prefer to use the actual Name of our loving Heavenly Father as it was written in the Word, and thus you will note that we will use the Four Letter “Memorial Name” of - YHVH, which is pronounced as YaHVaH or YaHWaH. In addition we will also use our Heavenly Father’s attribute/title, which is Elohim rather than “God,” which sadly is the name of a pagan god. In addition we also love to use the actual and real Name of our beloved Messiah which is - Yahushua or Yahshua in short, for this is our Saviours original Hebrew Name as given to Him at birth in Lukas - Luke 1:31. This was the only Name ever used when He was on the earth by His family, disciples and His followers OVER THE centuries, even until today! However, it was changed to a foreign name by the founder of the new “pagan church of Rome.” Occasionally, we may also use other Hebrew or Greek names as well as different words in our studies for certain common words used are from pagan backgrounds and thus are not suitable. All names will be translated when they are FIRST used in a study or at various times as needed for clarity. There is a full explanation of YHVH’s blessed “Memorial Name” as well as the wonderful blessed Name of our Messiah and Saviour, thus please read …The Memorial Name.”

The three levels of learning & understanding of the blessed Word of YaHVaH Elohim (the Lord God):

When we read and study the blessed Scriptures, the Word of YHVH Elohim as a believer in Yahushua the Messiah, we should keep the following three steps always in mind for they are a valuable guide and it will certainly provide us with guidance and illuminate the sheer beauty and the fullness of YHVH’s most blessed Word.

1. Who was YHVH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, speaking to?

2. When was it said?

3. How was His Word understood at the time it was spoken/given?

I do believe that these three points are most relevant to our understanding of 1. What the Almighty is saying at the time – 2. As well as what it means to us today - and 3. Especially to you and me right now!

Yeshayahu - Isaiah, that much-loved prophet, speaks more than any other prophet regarding the coming of the Messiah. It is through him that YaHVaH Elohim (the Lord God), blessed be His Sanctified Name, delivers a powerful message to the Children of Israel.

Comfort, yes, comfort my people, says your Elohim. Speak comfort to Jerusalem and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from YHVH's hand double for all her sins.” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 40:1-2.

Also online is my study entitled, “Comfort after Challenge” that deals with this very verse in its entirety for there is so much more to this verse than what appears from first reading it! However, let us ask the question, “What should we make of the word “double” at the end of verse two”?

“For she (Israel) hath received from YHVH’s hand double for all her sins.”

Does this verse mean that Israel received double the punishment that was due? Most theologians believe that this statement deals with the two major dispersions of Israel. The first is the dispersion being to Babylon and the second being the scattering of Israel from the land in 69AD until the restoration of the State of Israel in 1948 or the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967. However, in order to fully understand what Isaiah is saying here, we need to turn to the book of Vayikra - Leviticus and look at the Word that relates to punishments, should Israel depart from Elohim’s ways.

The first thirteen verses of Vayikra - Leviticus 26 clearly describe the many blessings YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, would bestow on Israel “If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them” (verse 3). However in this same chapter, we also find a vast list of punishments, “if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments” (verse 14).

Sadly, we realise that Israel has been under punishment during the past two thousand years and without doubt, the punishment was severe. The Almighty allowed Jerusalem and the second Temple to be destroyed, and all twelve tribes of Israel were scattered among the nations. As Israel was driven out into the land of their “enemies,” much evil has been poured upon them. This evil came from many sectors including those claiming to be followers of the Messiah. It came from the evil inquisition, right up to Luther’s fanatical outbursts against the Children of Israel in his booklet of 1543 entitled, “Von den Juden und ihren lugen” or “On the Jews and their lies,” culminating with HaShoah, the Holocaust being the final solution and Hitler used Martin Luther’s book to justify what he was doing, for Luther wrote much the same things!

In spite of all this, did Israel receive “double” the punishment due for her sins? No certainly not!

Isaiah, speaking the Word that Elohim gave him, clearly stated, “she has received from YaHVaH’s hand double for all her sins.” What would really come “from YaHVaH’s hand” and what was meant by the word “double?” The word in Hebrew for "double" is “Kephal.”

The first time the word “Kephal” is used in the Scriptures, it speaks of the “breastplate” of the high priest.

“They made the breastplate square by doubling it; a span was its length and a span its width when doubled.” Shemos - Exodus 39:9.

The embroidered cloth behind the breastplate was foldeddouble – kephal” to form a pocket which would carry "the Urim and the Thummim."

“Then he put the breastplate on him and he put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastplate” Vayikra - Leviticus 8:8.

Obviously, “kephal – double” is a special word with a particular meaning. Let us look at other Hebrew words for double. Shemos - Exodus 22:4 states, “If the theft is certainly found alive in his hand, whether it is an ox or donkey or sheep, he shall restore doubleshenayim.” In this case, the thief would be fined double the value of the theft. In Bereshis - Genesis 43:12 another word for double is used when Ya’akov - Jacob exhorts his sons to take twice the price to be paid for corn, “Take doublemishneh … money in your hand.”

Thus, when we read in Yeshayahu - Isaiah “For she hath received from YHVH hand double (kephal) for all her sins” we can be assured this has a special meaning. The Word of Elohim contains many wonderful treasures, especially when the Word is read in Hebrew with an understanding of the time, and to whom it was addressed? Elohim, blessed be He, speaks to His people in a language clearly understood and often using customs of the time. If we look back into the ancient customs of Israel the picture becomes clear in relation to many Scriptures.

It is quite within the rules of Hebrew grammar to supply the indefinite article to help to convey the proper sense of a word into English. Thus, we can now translate the verse as follows, “For she hath received from YHVH’s hand a double for all her sins” Was there such a thing as “a double, a kephal” Yes there was! Let me illustrate it with a fictional story based on Hebrew custom in Biblical days.

In Jerusalem, there was a man named Joash who was a well-respected and hard working spice merchant. Through no fault of his, he falls into financial difficulty after he has to take time off to care for his ailing parents. Soon his bills pile up and he is unable to keep up with his payments. In due course, the merchants of Jerusalem hold a special meeting and decide to nail a notice of debt to the city gates for all to see.

(To nail a notice of debt to the gate was a regular means of a notification in those days.)

Several days later a wealthy man, who knew Joash to be an honourable man looked at the notice of debt and he decided to do something for him in his hour of need. He folds the notice double and writes on the top of it, “If the creditors named on this list will apply directly to me I will pay the amounts owing by Joash the spice merchant upon proof of debt.” He then signs it, “Eliezer ben Ya’akov.” This man has become what was known in those days as “A double - a kephal.” The merchants soon called on Eliezer and they all received their payments.

Eliezer double folded the debt in the same way the cloth of the breastplate was folded. It is interesting to note that when the notice was folded, the details of the debt were hidden from public gaze. Eliezer was a good man, a fine double indeed!

Beloved, this is what YaHVaH Elohim did for Israel and the world for that matter, when He provided “a Sacrificial Lamb” – “a double” and the story of Joash illustrates the point so beautifully. Yeshayahu - Isaiah 40:2 so clearly describes the loving mercy of YaHVaH our Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name!

“Speak comfort to Jerusalem … her iniquity is pardoned … she has received from YHVH’s hand a double for all her sins.”

Beloved in Messiah, just think about it, what a wonderful Eternal Father we have, for He gave Israel a “double” - Yahushua, the Lamb of Elohim who shed His blood so that all who would believe and repent and be immersed would be redeemed from their sins. Now this is the same double every one needs in the world that are not saved, or those do not praise and worship Messiah Yahushua!

Praise Elohim, the faithful of Israel did believe in Messiah, however, as it is today in every land, many of the nation were unfaithful and it was them who stood there and cried out crucify Him, for the one in faith were obviously at home preparing for Passover, and the unfaithful rejected Him! Yet, ministers and pastor’s continue to tell the same old Roman Catholic lie that “The Jews Killed Christ” or if not that, they will say that “The Jews Rejected Christ.”

As Elohim had spoken those famous words to Yeshayahu - Isaiah, He was not thinking of the houses and the walls as He addressed Jerusalem, but His words were aimed directly at the people, that resided within her walls. We might then ask, “Did Elohim provide this double only for those that lived in the city of Jerusalem?” No! The Elohim of mercy provided a double for all Israel and for the entire world, for Israel and all Gentiles in order to make them one in the Body!

Yahushua the Messiah is our and Israel’skephal - double,” He took on Himself our debt of sin. For all who will believe in Him and repent of their sins are free from the debt of sin. Praise be to the Elohim of mercy!

“Comfort, yes, comfort My people! Says your Elohim. Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from YHVH’s hand (a) double for all her sins.”

Comfort can only be given when Israel or any sinner, repents and is restored and Reconciled to the love and favour of YaHVaH Elohim through His only begotten Son, Yahushua the Messiah, who is our “double” our “kephal.”

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” I Yochanan - John 1:9.

“Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore … mishneh … double to you” Zecharyah - Zechariah 9:12.

All those who have returned to Elohim and Him who is “the Hope” – “Hatikvah” the Saviour Yahushua will receive a “mishneh” – “double” reward. For the faithful in Yahushua THE Messiah, all sins are forgiven and we have the promise of ruling with Him during “the Millennium” and eternal life in the “New Heaven and the New Earth!”

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work” Revelation 22:12.

As you go and share the love, mercy, and forgiveness that our beloved Messiah offers, may the Spirit of YaHVaH Elohim touch and change them, that they may also receive the REWARD … FOR …

Great is your REWARD in HEAVEN!” Mattityahu - Matthew 5:12.

“Teach me Your way, O YHVH. I will walk in Your truth.
UNITE MY HEART TO FEAR YOUR NAME!”

Tehillim – Psalms 86:11

May YHVH Elohim bless and keep you in the palm of His hand always, in Messiah Yahushua’s loving Name!

Ministry founder, elder & teacher: Reuben ben Gershom.

Personal assistant & teacher: Kosta Chazantonakis.

(Brother Kosta joined the ministry in 1983).

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