Gems in the Mighty Old Covenant – Discovering the Messiah in each Book!

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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!

---Welcome and join us with a bejewelled study of---

Gems in the Tanach ~ Hebrew for the Old Covenant!

With Elder & Teacher: Reuben ben Gershom

 

Part One

Greetings in the blessed Name of our Lord and Saviour! This is a wonderful study as it will reveal the beauty and the grandeur that can be found in the Tanach, being Hebrew for the Old Covenant, as our Saviour can be found in every book. Thus as I am prayerfully writing this study, I am finding that it is slowly getting longer and longer, thus it will be at least a Two Page study! I pray that it will richly bless you!

Introduction:

I was amazed, for when I as an Orthodox Hebrew (Jew) came to know my blessed Saviour Yahushua, the Messiah, there were many who asked me, “I have heard it said that you never had a New Testament and in general you never received ministry from believers, thus how did you come to know Him?”

The truth is beloved that I have exciting news for you, for right throughout the *Tanach, the Old Covenant you can clearly see Yahushua HaMashiach, also called Yeshua the Messiah by many, in every single book of the Tanach, sometimes it is as clear as day, whilst at other times implied and He may be just standing in the shadows of the writing, but Yahushua is clearly still there! Throughout there is always a picture regarding the coming of our Messiah and Saviour and it commenced at the very beginning in Bereshis - Genesis chapter 3 right after that wicked serpent deceived the woman Eve.

“So YHVH Elohim said to the serpent ‘Because you have done this you are cursed more than all cattle and more than every beast of the field on your belly you shall go and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head and you shall bruise His heel.’” Bereshis - Genesis 3:14-15.

And it was confirmed right there in those very verses that we were given looking forward to the days a babe was born to Miriam in a place called Bethlehem, which in the Hebrew is “Beth Lechem” and it means the “House of Bread” and as we know from the Word, Yahushua is indeed the “Bread of life” (Yochanan - John 6:35). Beloved, to me, the blessed Word of YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name is far greater than even a precious Gem.

*Please Note: In this study you will soon discover that I will use the word Tanach and this is a word that has three sections, thus it is a “combination word” in the Hebrew and covers the whole of the Old Covenant. The three sections of this word are made up as follows: Ta = Torah” or the “Law” as found in the “Five Books of Moshe - Moses.” Na” = “Nevi'im” being the “Prophetic Writings” and Ch = “Ketuvim,” which are the “Writings” such as books like the Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Ruth, and Chronicles, etc.

Thus we should also understand that the Tanach is the whole of the Scriptures that was known and had by the people in the days of our blessed Saviour when He was with us, as well for the vast majority of the lives of the Apostles, for the Gospel message was spread in two ways word by mouth and via the letters sent by the Apostles at a later time and they shared the Message of hope to those in many other places. And remember, the four Gospels were not written until a long time later!

Gems:

I remember many years ago, I spent some time up on the Sapphire Gem Fields up in Central Queensland in Australia and whilst there I had a bit of a dig. Amazingly I found a few beautiful sapphires and at first those dirty muddy stones I worked so hard for did not look much, but once they were washed they did look well sort of nice, and one was a dark blue in colour, whilst the other was a lighter blue with beautiful yellow section in it, which I was told was what is called a “Parti Colour” and it was apparently the more valuable of the two quite large blue stones. But, beloved it was only after the gem-cutters had cut and polished one of the larger blue stones, with all those beautiful facets it absolute beauty was revealed, for now they were so brilliant as they sparkled with sheer beauty and the colour was so wonderful and clear! The cut sapphire was a good 11.00 carats, and most valuable, but for me value meant nothing, as I used it during my message of the same name as this article, as well as one Sapphire in the rough, which looks rather like nothing much, but it is very much the same!

This precious 11.00-carat Blue Sapphire would be valued today at around $23 to $25,000

However, the blessed Word of Elohim is far more precious and it is also worth a great deal more

For it has no monetary value, but it is worth - Eternal LIFE!

The point is this, that from these valuable stones a blessed lesson was learned from our Heavenly Father, for the Word had always been like a precious Gem to me, and just like these sapphires, wonderful gems indeed, they are beautiful, but it took great care and careful working out on how to cut them in order to get the best out of each stone, and then to finish the stone they had to polish every single facet on a diamond covered plate spinning at great speed to the point of sheer perfection polishing in order to see the great beauty of the stones!

Beloved, the truth is the same with the beloved Gem, the Word of YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, for only is not just reading His Word, but we should spend time prayerfully, lovingly and with great desire study His Word! Then reread the same portion and if you have an online “Bible Programme” look up the Hebrew or Greek words in order to get the best meaning out of what was being said, and also check the Strongs Concordance, for only then we will have been cutting and polishing His Word and He will guide all those who are seeking Him so much more than you can ever imagine. Then you also will soon commence to discover His most precious Gems in His Word for you will have been putting in effort and that is all that is needed, always read and study His Word in love! You will soon discover that the entire Tanach is filled with countless Gems, but one Book is blessed with more treasures, passages filled with riches and a wealth of glittering Gems more than any other book and that is the Book of Yeshayahu - Isaiah, which is as you will have gathered the main subject of this study!

What About the Law?:

Amazingly, for years I have been asked whilst travelling throughout the world;

“Brother Reuben you must agree that the Old Testament has lost its value considering that the law has been fulfilled by our Saviour on the Cross, what do you say?”

Dear friends, with love in Messiah I do have to say in love that we should look at this question, which put to me in various ways, and I will answer it Scripturally. The question, or statement was; “the Law has been fulfilled by our Saviour on the Cross” (stake)?

The honest answer is both - Yes and No:

1. Yes: Of course, the Sacrificial law of the shedding of blood for the sins of man has been fulfilled by the Death and the resurrection of our precious Saviour, Messiah Yahushua! Therefore the answer is YES: The Sacrificial Law has been fulfilled, just as the Word makes very clear;

“For indeed Messiah, our (the) Passover was sacrificed for us.” 1 Corinthians 5:7.

2. No: As for the Law as was given apart from those that are obviously no longer relevant to many, for we are not all farmers or priests in the temple, etc, however, the Ten Commandments clearly remains with us to this very day! Obviously that must be all of the 10 Commandments, including the keeping of the Seventh Day Sabbath, as well as remembering and upholding “Passover” and not that 100% pagan based “Easter!” Therefore the answer to the question so often posed by christians who claim that the Law has been fulfilled on the cross” is simply a lie by Rome. Remember beloved, our Saviour clearly stated that the Ten Commandments still remain in force to this day, in fact if you will recall, Yahushua even made several of these laws much stronger, for He said;

“But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Mattityahu - Matthew 5:28.

And if we genuinely love our Father and our Saviour with all our heart and soul, than upholding His commandments should be a blessing for us! For keeping His Sabbath should not be observed because we have to, but because we really want to, for it really blesses us, the same applies to upholding Passover, and Tabernacles, etc, for these seven Feasts in all are all prophetic and four have been fulfilled, and three will soon be fulfilled when there will be the sound of the trump during the “Feast of the Blowing” of the Shofar, Yahushua will Return to the Earth a week (seven years) later on the “Day of Atonement” or “Yom Kippur,” meaning in Hebrew the “Day of Covering.” Next comes “Tabernacles” or “Sukkot” representing the Millennium reign on earth of the faithful with Messiah. But this feast also has a very special 8th.day, that prophetically represents the grand finally, and the arrival of the New Heaven and New Earth and the New Jerusalem and the faithful will enter the Kingdom of Elohim for all Eternity!

A Listing of Messiah in every Book of the Tanach:

It is simply wonderful how each and every book of the Tanach reveals pictures of our blessed Saviour! For me it is very much like Elohim’s reservoir of wisdom as He reveals a multitude of portraits of Yahushua our Saviour almost if they are carefully placed brush strokes painted throughout His Word by the Ruach HaKodesh - The Holy Spirit!

For example:

Bereshis – Genesis: Reveals Yahushua as the Beginning, the promised Redeemer and the Seed of the woman.

Shemos - Exodus: The Passover Lamb without Spot and Blemish Sacrificed for the people, The Deliverer of Elohim’s people and the Manna from

heaven, and the Rock that was smitten.

Vayikra - Leviticus: A picture of Messiah as the High Priest and details in the building of the Tabernacle.

Bamidbar - Numbers: The Pillar of Cloud & Fire being His presence.

Davarim- Deuteronomy: A Prophet like Unto Moshe - Moses.

And there is so much more on page two! Link is located at the bottom of the page.

As you can see, we should really understand that the Tanach, the Old Covenant is a wonderful and a blessed Book, for beloved it is packed with wonderful prophecies about our beloved Messiah, and of course so much about the future of the faithful in Him! Although the above is just a very brief account of what is contained in the books, but it does provide a clue and it does give you a good reason to commence your search and discover so many Gems in His Word that you may never have found before!

However, as I have already indicated earlier, I particularly love the Book of Yeshayahu - Isaiah for it is a Book that is packed with unbelievable treasures, beautiful gems far beyond our comprehension!

And that is why we are going to look at this Book in this special study, a study I first gave back in 1984 but I have never placed it online until now in 2015, although it has been rewritten to quite a degree.

Part One:

Jericho, Qumran & The Dead Sea Scrolls:

I remember so back in the 1970s when I was driving down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and considering that I am an Archaeologist I spent some wonderful time at the Tel el-Sultan archaeological site there. It was an amazing time as we sifted though the layers of the mount (known as a “Tel”) where you could see some 20 successive settlements dating back into history, which was simply amazing, for as time passes, civilisations tend to build on top of the previous generations! The Well where Elisha who performed his first miracle after Eliyahu – Elijah had been taken away by YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, by placing salt in some water and poured it into the Well, which healed the water as is written in; 2 Melachim - 2 Kings 2;1-22.

Tel es-Sultan is clearly seen and Elisha’s Well is the house above the Tel just to the right with 1 roofs.

A photograph that was provided to me at the time

Having arrived at the very bottom at the northwest shore of the Dead Sea, which is an amazing 429 metres or 1,407 ft below sea level and thus the lowest level on the earth. Located right there are the ruins of the ancient village of Qumran where back in the time of Yahushua, our Lord and Saviour, a very strict religious Hebrew sect known as the “Essenes” who had lived there from 2 BCE somehow vanished around 1 CE, it is well known that they retained their many Scrolls safe in the caves above as it was high and dry and thus assured of excellent preservation. These Scrolls included large parts of the Tanach, and of course as we now know them as the “Dead Sea Scrolls!”

A view of the ruins of ancient Qumran once the home of the Essenes

Black & white photography was still the norm, I am afraid

 

The caves at Qumran, the cave with the hole on the top is known as - Cave Four!

It was in 1938 when a few Bedouin goat herders who were herding around Wadi Qumran and whilst playing around, they were throwing stones down the gulley’s around them and as the story goes, a stone fell into a cave and they heard it hit something that sounded very much like it broke a clay item of some sort. In due course they managed to get into this cave where they found jars that were up to one metre high and as one of the boys looked inside, he discovered that there were scrolls in them.

I am sure we will all know the story of the “Dead Sea Scrolls” which contained many fragments of the Tanach, the Old Covenant, but the miracle was that in one perfectly sealed jar, there was a mostly undamaged scroll of the Book of Yeshayahu - Isaiah.

It is said that at that time they were doing a translation of the Revised Standard Version of Isaiah and hearing about this scroll, they stopped and waited to see what it had to offer.

One of the ancient jars retrieved from Cave Four at Qumran-

Amazingly this ancient scroll containing Yeshayahu - Isaiah was a good 1,000 years older than the earliest manuscript that existed at the time. For the oldest was from 900 AD and this scroll hailed from 100 BC, and thus they felt that there could well be many changes, but amazingly this ancient scroll proved to be completely accurate with the official Hebrew versions as held by the Jewish communities around the world. It clearly proved how the Children of Israel kept Elohim’s Word pure and they had not changed His blessed Word, etc, as is clearly commanded in the Tanach!

For me, this says a great deal about the importance of the Book of Yeshayahu - Isaiah and why YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, would have kept this very Scroll for mankind, for these Scrolls having been retained in its entirety, and it now proves the accuracy of the Tanach, the Old Covenant as well as the importance of this remarkable Book, for I believe that this Book is also one of the most important Books in the Scriptures!

This an actual part of the Book of Yeshayahu - Isaiah as found in the clay pot at the Cave at the Dead Sea

The whole of the scroll is displayed in a special air and light controlled casing at the Dead Sea Scroll Museum in Jerusalem Israel

 

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Part Two:

The Book of Yeshayahu Isaiah:

First of all, the Prophet Isaiah was given a remarkable name that in Hebrew is “Yeshayahu” which translates as; “Salvation (is) of YHVH.” This also tells us that he comes from a family of faith, who faithfully upheld Elohim’s Laws by not just keeping the Sabbaths, but all the Seven Feasts of YHVH and by going to Jerusalem at the appointed times, etc. Thus Yeshayahu - Isaiah had been fully educated by his mother as a child in his faith, for this in the Hebrew families has always been the mothers joy to educate their children and then their father’s would take over as they were about 12 years of age, for the boys would make ready for their Bar Mitzvah, when a boy reads his very first portion of the Torah in front of the congregation and he becomes a man, just as our beloved Messiah Yahushua did when He was 13 years of age when He went to Jerusalem and His bar Mitzvah was at the Temple!

His Amazing Book:

The book of Yeshayahu - Isaiah that we have in our Scriptures today, is very different to what was originally as written by the prophet and his scribe, for obviously they were written on scrolls. In addition originally, there were no chapter numbers and certainly no verse numbers and certainly no chapter headings for they were certainly NOT inspired! Chapter headings were all added by man and then if you look at them closely, you will note that they are mostly in the wrong tense, for all too frequently they will say the “church” when it clearly speaks about the “Children of Israel.” But was it prophetically, NO it was not, for the Ekklesia would come later, and in Yeshayahu - Isaiah many prophesies regarding our blessed Saviour would be revealed!

It was for well over eleven hundred years when there were no chapter or verse numbers; however, I can say this, whoever divided the Book of Yeshayahu into chapters certainly did an inspired work!

The point is that the Book of Yeshayahu is divided into 66 chapters, and of course we should all know that the entire of the blessed “Scriptures” has 66 Books. In addition, there is one other amazing fact, this amazing Book of Yeshayahu is also divided into two very distinct halves of 39 chapter and 27 chapters. And of course beloved, the Tanach, the Old Covenant has 39 books and the Brit Chadashah, the New Covenant has 27 Books!

I am sure that you are getting the message already, but believe me, there is so much more to this amazing Book!

For if we look closely at the first 39 chapters, we will note that it summarises the message of the Old Covenant for it deals with judgement, the anger and Elohim’s justice in dealing with the sins of man and mentions the promises of salvation that is to come. Whilst the second part chapters 40 to 66 speaks about the coming of our Saviour.

But, of course there is something very special about chapter 40, and it is so exciting, for we are now at the very centre of the book of Mattityahu - Matthew, which chapter 40 represents. And is it not significant that it is the 40th.Book of the blessed Scriptures? Forty in the Word means a great deal for it is a very special number in the blessed Scriptures, just as 7 and 8 is, seven speaks of creation and completion, whilst 8, which is represented by the letter Chet and it also spells that much loved Hebrew word “Chai” for “Life” and it represents “a new beginning” and of course “LIFE?”

But there is so much more to 40 for in the Word this special number just keeps on coming up from Bereshis - Genesis right into the Book of Acts;

Below is just a partial listing of the number “40” in the Scriptures, although there is so much more:

From Noach to Moshe:

The rains during Noach's great flood, fell for 40 days and 40 nights. Bereshis - Genesis 7:4.

Moshe - Moses was with Elohim on the mount for 40 days and 40 nights. Shemos - Exodus 24:18.

The next time, Moshe was again with Elohim 40 days and 40 nights. Shemos - Exodus 34:28.

Moshe led Israel from Egypt aged 80. Thus 2 times 40.

Moshe lives in a Royal Palace as a prince for 40 years and then he was banished.

Then Moshe lived in the dessert as a shepherd for 40 years, until called by YHVH on Mt Sinai aged 80.

After 40 years leading Israel in the wilderness, he died aged 120 (3 times 40). Davarim - Deuteronomy 34:7.

The spies searched the land of Canaan for 40 days. Bamidbar - Numbers 13:25.

Thus, Elohim made Israel wander for 40 years. Bamidbar - Numbers 14:33-34.

Other events and times relater to “40”:

The maximum penalty of punishment was 40 stripes with the whip. Davarim - Deuteronomy 25:3.

Goliath presented himself to Israel for 40 days. 1 Shmuel - 1 Samuel 17:16.

King Shaul reigned for 40 years. Acts 13:21.

King Dovid - David reigned over Israel for 40 years. 2 Shmeul - 2 Samuel 5:4, 1 Melachim - 1 Kings 2:11.

King Shlomo - Solomon reigned like his father for 40 years. 1 Melachim - 1 Kings 11:42.

Eliyahu - Elijah the prophet had one meal that gave him strength for 40 days. 1 Melachim - 1 Kings 19:8.

King Jehoash - Joash reigned for 40 years in Jerusalem. 2 Melachim - 2 Kings 12:1.

Egypt to be laid desolate for 40 years. Yehechel - Ezekiel 29:11-12.

Yehechel – Ezekiel’s prophetic temple is 40 cubits long. Yehechel - Ezekiel 41:2.

The courts in his temple were 40 cubits long. Yehechel - Ezekiel 46:22.

Elohim gave Nineveh 40 days to repent. Yonah - Jonah 3:4.

Yahushua fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. Mattityahu - Matthew 4:2.

Yahushua was tempted for 40 days. Lukas - Luke 4:2, Markus - Mark 1:13.

Yahushua remained on earth for 40 days after His resurrection. Acts 1:3.

Beloved, the above is just a brief view of the massive importance of this significant number “40” in YaHVaH Elohim’s blessed Word! The point is that 40 means “a time of testing,” and “a time of completion” as well as “a beginning.”

Thus we have learned that the Tanach, the Old Covenant has 39 wonderful and blessed chapters, and believe me that each and every book contain blessed prophecies, pictures, types, or even just beautiful paintbrush strokes of Yahushua our blessed Redeemer.

But then comes that grandiose Book number 40 and I love that Book beloved, right from its very first chapter right through to the last two verses in chapter 28, but I will commence with Chapter 1, verse 1 which is very powerful, for it speaks very clearly of the very important lineage of our Saviour, for that is just as was prophesied!

The book of the genealogy of Yahushua the Messiah, ben Dovid, ben Avraham - or the Son of David, the Son of Abraham.” Mattityahu – Matthew 1:1

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son, therefore in the Sanctified Spirit teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you and surely I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Mattityahu - Matthew 28: 19-20.

That very first chapter of the 40th.Book, being Mattityahu – Matthew is a very powerful chapter! You see I just love this chapter, but sadly far too many ignore it and head straight for chapter 2. You see, chapter one deals with genealogy, and let us be very honest, the vast majority of the faithful, simply does not like studying genealogy! But believe me, if you do enter into it both here and in the Old Covenant, you can discover some of the moist amazing Gem’s, it just takes a little prayer and asking the Father for discernment, and He will open up the beauty that is to be found in there! But in chapter one of Mattityahu - Matthew we find the absolute truth who Yahushua is and what He is! For His roots go back to where they should, that is on His human side. For we also now that there is that other side that is from all eternity;

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim” and that “through him all things were made.” Yochanan - John 1:1 & 3.

Of course it is also in the 40th.chapter of the Book of Yeshayahu - Isaiah that he speaks we find “of one crying in the wilderness” being very much a prophecy of Yochanan the Immerser - John the Baptist, and that is so exciting for it is right there in the heart of the Tanach - Old Covenant;

“A voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of YHVH.’” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 40:3.

And as we head into the New Covenant, the book of Mattityahu – Matthew chapter 3, there we read the fulfilment:

“In those days Yochanan the Immerser came preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!’ For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: ‘A voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of YHVH; Make straight paths for Him.’” Mattityahu - Matthew 3:1-3.

And just two chapters later in chapter 42 in verse One there is a prophecy regarding the “Servant … My chosen One in Whom I delight,” right there in the Tanach, the Old Covenant, a book that so many claim is old and so out of date!

“Behold My Servant, whom I uphold, My chosen One in Whom I delight; I will place My Spirit on Him and He will bring justice to the nations.” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 42:1.

Thus here we see a picture of our beloved Saviour in the Tanach, yes the Old Covenant, for He is there and not just in this treasured Book, but in countless Books of the Tanach, From Bereshis - Genesis through to Malachi with certain exceptions. But of course the best-known chapter is Chapter 53, which speaks greatly about YaHVaH’s “Righteous Servant” - Yet the tragedy was that …

“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows … He was despised and we (Israel) esteemed Him not. Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows.” Yeshayahu 53:3-4.

“He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray.” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 53:5-6.

As we know well when Messiah was here, Israel at large “esteemed Him not” and sad Israel’s Elohim knew very well, but could there have been a purpose for Israel’s “blindness in part?” The Apostle Shaul - Paul, who was appointed to be the Apostle to the un-circumcised, or the Gentiles (for we need to remember that Shime’on ben Yochanan - Peter was appointed by Elohim to be the Apostle to the circumcised, which are the Hebrews). But Shaul - Paul made it very clear that Israel’s rejection at that time was part of the greater redemption plan of YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name!

“I say then, has Elohim cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Avraham, of the tribe of Binyamin - Benjamin. Elohim has not cast away His people whom He foreknew.” … “For as you (Gentiles) were once disobedient to Elohim, yet have now obtained mercy through their (Israel’s) disobedience, even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you (the faithful in Messiah) they (Israel) also may obtain mercy.” Romans 11:1-2 & 30-31.

“Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to Elohim for Israel is, that they might be saved.” Romans 10:1.

Thus as we are heading deeper and deeper into this study on the Word of YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, we are discovering that this blessed Book written by His anointed men covers everything you need to know about His will and desires for your life, regardless if it is in the Old or the New Covenants. But remember this that both books are very much valid to this very day, and the Tanach, the Old Covenant laws, may have certainly all of its priestly and sacrificial offering laws removed, for the latter was accomplished by our Saviour who was “Messiah our Passover was sacrificed for us.” 1 Corinthians 5:7.

Does the Tanach contain the Messiah?

The point is that even though that the Children of Israel technically may only have the Tanach, the Old Covenant, as I have already said every book has prophecies and pictures of our beloved Saviour, but I feel that the heart of the Tanach is the Book of Yeshayahu - Isaiah and that blessed Book contains many more blessed details about Israel’s and our Messiah, thus the Gospel story than any other book in the Tanach!

I believe that the faithful in Messiah Yahushua should pray that many Hebrews will be somehow be challenged by the Ruach HaKodesh - the Holy Spirit to read the Book of Yeshayahu – Isaiah, for sadly the rabbis over the centuries have worked very hard to avoid the reading of the most important parts of this book, especially chapter 53, which is NEVER read in the Synagogue on the Sabbath during the Haftarah’s readings, or the readings of the prophets! However, please pray, that even when they somehow do get to read this book, that Elohim will guide them into His truth and reveal their blessed Saviour Who came to be a man and suffered greatly for all of us and gave His Life and became our Passover lamb, without spot and blemish, just as it was in that very first Passover, that we like the Israelites, may be set free, but now from our sins, and go and worship our Heavenly Father and the Son and receive eternal life! Beloved, may this truth bring many more Hebrews, and yes, I do have to say so many lost christian’s and non-believers unto repentance and live their lives according to Your Word Father and live in faith!

I do need to say this that Israel and Judea was never as a whole meant to believe in their Messiah, for as I already indicated earlier, that was made very clear in the Scriptures! I suppose, we could say that, YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, had a long-term plan! And as Sha’ul - Paul of Tarsus, the Tallit (tent) maker so clearly stated, and I am going to repeat it just once again;

“For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: ‘The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Ya’akov; For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.’ … For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever.” Romans 11:25-27 & 36.

Beloved, below is all of Yeshayahu - Isaiah chapter 53 and I believe that it is worth reading all over again, and when before reading it, please pray first and ask YaHVaH Elohim in the blessed Name of Yahushua the Messiah to give you discernment and understanding. Also ask the Father that He will lead Hebrew, Jews to read it and to give them understanding, as He did to me, back in 1977 when He so clearly revealed the full meaning of Daniel chapter 9: verses 24 to 26, although there is much more in this chapter. But, I who had no understanding about the Messiah or received any specific ministry, but just loved my Elohim with all my heart and thus He opened up His Word of Truth and from that time a whole new world commenced!

Yeshayahu - Isaiah Chapter 53:

1. Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of YHVH been revealed?

2. For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.

3. He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised and we did not esteem Him.

4. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by Elohim and afflicted.

5. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

6. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and YHVH has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

7. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before its shearers is silent so He opened not His mouth.

8. He was taken from prison and from judgment and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people He was stricken.

9. And they made His grave with the wicked, but with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth.

10. Yet it pleased YHVH to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of YHVH shall prosper in His hand.

11. He shall see the labour of His soul and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.

12. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

For those who have some Hebrew Knowledge and understanding, you can see and read Yeshayahu - Isaiah chapter 53 in the Ivrit - Hebrew via a link at the bottom of this page it has both the Hebrew and the English version of this great chaptesm which is a vital Gem within the blessed Word of YaHVaH Elohim.

Sadly this a part of the very book that so many “christians” tend to call “Old” and a part of the Scriptures that is of no further use, how dare they, for it is full of great and wonderful truths and as we have already seen, and there is more below, it is filled with great treasure!

When you have read Isaiah chapter 53, I ask, Please Read it again and again!

But I am now going back to an earlier chapter for there is a mighty and a powerful Scripture and one that is really very difficult to dispute, but of course sadly the rabbis, who have scales before their eyes, as this ex Orthodox Hebrew once had, have done just that, for they have disputed Yeshayahu - Isaiah chapter 7:14s meaning.

“Therefore the LORD himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14.

I have to be honest, I dispute the verse quoted above as being wrong for it obviously will allow dispute for it brings a very poor meaning on it actual meaning. The truth is that the translators of this work had little to no real knowledge of Hebrew and thus this has turned out to be one of the worst, if not the faultiest translations in existence, in fact it is the horrendous “King James Version.” Amazingly there are people who actually believe that the KJV is the “only perfect Bible ever translated in the British world.” However, the sad fact is that the KJV is one of the most erroneous and faulty versions in the world, and it has led people into paganism, for it has introduced christians to the pagan goddess word “Easter” in one verse, when the Greek actually states “Pasha” being Greek for “Passover.” The truth is, that in the KJV whenever the word “Pasha” appears in the New Covenant it is clearly translated as “Passover.” Thus the question begs why did the KJV use an evil pagan word “Easter” which is a derivative from the pagan goddess “Istar” and her “moon-egg” and that is why there are Easter eggs and all things related to fertility, and more than that Istar had a son as is said by the pagan god Zeus? Thus, how can we trust the KJV when it places an evil pagan word (Acts 12:4), which has led those in the church to celebrate Easter instead of Passover, as the Apostles did, long after our beloved Saviour had returned to His Father’s side, as well as the faithful, for the Scriptures clearly speak of the Passover being kept in remembrance of Him!

“Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Messiah our Passover was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 1 Corinthians 5:6-8.

Back to Yeshayahu – Isaiah 7:14.

One of the biggest problems with the verse I will explain after I have placed two different versions of the very same verse – one being the KJV verse and the other from a translation knows as “The Scriptures” which uses the correct Names as I will explain later.

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” KJV.

“Therefore YHVH Himself gives you a sign: Look, the virgin conceives and gives birth to a Son, and shall call His Name Immanu’el.The Scriptures.

Now we can see a considrable difference between the two verses: the first from that shocking KJV version; the second from a far superior “The Scriptures” which has YHVH’s Blessed Name, as well as that of Messiah Yahushua and both are shown in Hebrew fornt … YaHVaH = - Yahushua = . For Their most Sanctified Names are vital to the faithful in Him, and we should know them and how to pronounce them in the original.

YHVH is pronounced as YaH-VaH and if you read my study the “Memorial Name” (use the link at the bottom of the page) you will learn so much more The blessed Name of our Saviour, from this study you will already know is Yahushua and it is pronounced as Yah-Ho-Shua although some call Him Yeshua, but I would ask that you use Yahushua’s actual Name, for let me be very honest with you, my name is Reuben, and would not like being called Reuby or having my name shortened or changed, why, I have a name! The same applies to He who has “the Name above all names!” Using Jesus, Yeshua is simply not good enough and an insult, sorry about that, but throughout the Scriptures we are asked “to ask it in His Name.” Therefore in this way we will honour our Creator and Saviour who laid down His life in order that you will be saved and have everlasting life in the Kingdom of Elohim!

But the KJV made one other huge mistake by using a single letter, for it stated that it would be “a virgin” and you could well ask; “Well what is so wrong with that?” Take my word for it, it makes a massive amount of difference and I am getting to that!

By now, we should understand that the Word of Elohim is very specific in its detail, for “the Maiden,” or “the Virgin” means that she had already been chosen a long time ago by YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, He knew her name, He knew her family line and let us be honest He had already told us that our Saviour would come from the line of David!

Everything about the virgin, who would be pure, was timed to perfection, for she would meet up with her own family member who was also with child and the babe within her kicked in joy, and this somehow told his mother that Miriam - Mary was also pregnant! The child that kicked became Yochanan the Immerser - the Baptist! Now the Word very clearly said “HaAlma” or “THE Virgin,” thus beloved, she was not justa virgin” and why the difference is so massive we will soon discover.

But let us now go and look at the Hebrew, for there the words for “the virgin” provides us with so much more interesting information! The Hebrew word used in the Scripture for “the virgin” is: הָעַלְמָה - “HaAlma.” What does the Hebrew actually tell us in its fullest context? Well, “Ha” in Hebrew always means “the” and “Alma” means an adolescent “young woman” of marriageable age, but she is be without a doubt a “Virgin.” Thus “HaAlma” is “The Virgin.”

However Hebrew tends to have different words for the same word, but they will have a different meanings. The other word for “virgin” is “Bethulah” however, a bethulah can be any girlo, possibly an Israelite but not of faith, a maiden that is not pure of heart, thus a sinner. Or a virgin who is a pagan worshipper of other god’s, even a virgin pagan priestess. Whereas an “Alma” in the sight of Elohim is pure in body, pure of heart and pure in faith and spirit!

Therefore my friends, here we have discovered another Gem regarding His Word, for everything is so very, very precise! For YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified His Name, was very precise about “the Virgin” the young damsel He had chosen right back in Bereshis - Genesis chapter 3, and then of course there was also a reason why it said “the virgin for that was very important!

Again I make the point; sadly the KJV said “a virgin” but the correct version stated “the virgin” although it was later corrected in the “New King James Version” and my friends, the difference meant a great deal for we have already learnt that “Ha” in Hebrew is “The.” Obviously “a” virgin could well mean any kind of virgin, yes even an evil Babylonian pagan priestess who was technically a virgin for her religious reasons. Or other kinds of sinners who have made certain suspicious lifestyle choices, like I said there may be virgins but if they are not serving YaHVaH Elohim and are full of wickedness then they are lost in their sin!

Whereas, when it clearly states “the virgin” we can understand that our Heavenly Father had already chosen His designated “HaAlma,” “the Virgin” who would be pure, love and serve Him, all way back in Bereshis - Genesis.

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

Sadly, but Rabbis have spent a great deal of time to prove that “Ha Alma” could possibly not relate to any future Saviour and that it was speaking about a future King of Judah. But how could He then be called “Immanu’el” for this word does in its full meaning and implication mean; “Elohim is with us.” Therefore beloved, only Yahushua our Saviour “was (is) Elohim” and “through Him all things were made.” Yochanan - John 1-& 3. Never ever forget that! He also said that;

No one has seen the Father except the One who is from Elohim; only He has seen the Father.” Yochanan - John 6:46.

There is so much more to share, but dear friends, I will do that on Part Two:

In the meantime, ask our Heavenly Father in Yahushua’s blessed Name …

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

Tehillim – Psalms 86:11

 

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