FROM Pamela, daughter of James, to the scattered tribes of Israel:
Dearly beloved, chosen and elect, those precious of ALOHIM,
You who are seekers of knowledge, you who worship ALOHIM with a sincere heart:
I greet you in the name of YAHUSHA Ha’Mashiach.
Before we begin this study, I hope you will understand. This was never a future I envisioned for myself. I never thought I would be speaking in such a manner, to a group of people from diverse places, all of whom are gathered as one, listening to what I have to present. I am humbled, honored, and a little apprehensive. You might wonder, Why are you apprehensive? Well, when you present an idea, not everyone will receive it.
Then, why am I doing this? Why am I making myself vulnerable and leaving myself open to misinterpretation?
Simply put, I am writing this paper for the purpose of strengthening your faith. We live in chaotic times. Daily, we witness an unprecedented attack on the Person and Character of Messiah. We observe the apostasy of many leaders within the Torah movement. We see the rise of the one world religion. Bold statements claim that YAHUSHA Ha’MASHIACH does not appear in the Old Testament. You may hear whispered, as once was said in the garden of Paradise, “Did ALOHIM really say?”
Even though I am but a lowly student of Hebrew–I do not claim to be an expert–still, I have found evidence of His Presence in the Hebrew tanakh. You may well ask, “Then why isn’t it shown in the translation?”
My answer? Because YAHUAH willed it so.
In Proverbs 25:2, we read, “It is the glory of ALOHIM to conceal a thing. It is the honor of kings to search out a matter.”
You may be thinking that this seems far-fetched. You cannot comprehend that ALOHIM would create humans, put them in a beautiful living environment and then hide Himself from them. That’s not exactly the chronology. When we think in those terms we are skipping a lot of content. If you fast forward through time, you realize that, of course, He has hidden Himself and, in the present and future, He will hide himself from humanity. And why? Because of our behavior.
Isaiah 59:2 (eth-Cepher) states, “Behold, YAHUAH’s hand is not shortened that is cannot save, neither His ear heavy that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated between you and your ALOHIM and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” (et-Cepher)
Amos 3:3 (eth-Cepher) tells us, “Can two walk together except they be agreed?”
There exists in the scripture a beautiful picture of companionship. ALOHIM comes to the Garden of Paradise to walk and converse with A’dam. The book of Bereshith/Genesis records how A’dam reacts when he hears the sound of YAHUAH ALOHIM walking in the garden, in the Ruah. A’dam hides himself. He was afraid, because he knew he had transgressed the commandment.
We are the same. When we stop walking with ALOHIM, we hide ourselves. We are no longer in agreement with what the MOST HIGH tells us. We don’t want reminders of our failures. It is much easier hiding the truth from ourselves, much easier to pretend everything is fine.
Despite everything, He continues to call us, as He did A’dam in the Garden of Paradise: sending prophets, wise persons, and messengers.
In a real sense, YAHUSHA was hidden for a specific purpose, as we read in Isaiah 49:1-8. The prophet speaks of himself, but the true meaning of the arrow-hidden, the Person who spoke with a two-edged sword, is found in Mashiach. (Cross reference to Revelation 1:16, “And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shining in his strength.”)
YAHUSHA is The MOST HIGH ALOHIM’s secret weapon, His agent traveling incognito. If we can comprehend that fact, we can proceed to how He has been hidden.
- For a beautiful picture of YAHUSHA’s descent and incarnation, please watch Noel Joshua’s video https://youtu.be/X2rr2DnMlqU
Levels of Obscurity:
Babylonian Flame Letters
The first level of obscurity, as I call it, revolves around the changing of Hebrew from Ancient and Paleo Hebrew to the Babylonian script. These are also called flame letters. When I was first trying to learn Hebrew, I delved into the modern script. It looked like a bunch of squiggles to me. It was not until I was exposed to the Paleo that I truly began to understand. In the Ancient and in the Paleo, each letter has a meaning. It also has a numeric value. I will not deal with the numeric here. I will focus on the meaning of the letters and the picture they convey. I dropped into the chat a chart that shows all three forms and their meaning.
How did we get here? How did this script come about? This, too, was the will of ALOHIM.
In the old testament, we discover that after the destruction of the temple, Daniel and his friends were carried away captive. Daniel experienced a lot of adventures. He and his companions were tested by the delicacies of the king’s table. I imagine pork was involved. Later, he was thrown into a lion’s den, this time over his prayer life. Miraculous happenings, profound prophecies marked his sojourning in Babylon. After one end-time revelation, an angel gives Daniel a curious command. We read about it in Daniel 12:4 (KJV) “But thou, O, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased.”
Daniel 12:4 (eth-Cepher), “But you O Daniy’el shut up the words, and seal the cepher, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and the knowledge shall be increased.”
It is my assertion that Daniel created the Babylonian flame script to hide the meaning of the book/books.
Books Were Hidden
Scripture records the destruction of Jerusalem and the captivity of the southern kingdom of Judah. When they returned they faced an uphill battle. The temple was burned. The scrolls were lost. Their enemies did not wish for them to return or to build the temple.
4 Ezra 14:19-26 (eth-Cepher):
“Then answered I before you, and said, Behold, Adonai, I will go, as you have commanded me, and reprove the people which are present: but they that shall be born afterward, who shall admonish them? Thus the world is set in darkness and they that dwell therein are without light. Your Torah is burnt, therefore no man knows the things that are done of you, or the work that shall begin. But if I have found grace before you, send the RUACH Ha’QODESH into me, and I shall write all that has been done in the world since the beginning which were written in your Torah, that men may find your path, and that why which will live in the latter days may live.
And he answered me, saying, Go your way, gather the people together, and say unto them, that they seek you not for forty days. But look prepare you many boz trees, and take with you Sarea, Dabria, SHelemyahu, Eythan, and Asiy’el, these five which are ready to write swiftly; And come hither, and I shall light a candle of understanding in your heart, which shall not be put out, till the things be performed which you shall write. And when you have done, some things shall you publish, some things shall you show secretly to the wise: tomorrow this hour shall you begin to write.”
4 Ezra 14:44-48
“In forty days they wrote ninety four cepheriym. And it came to pass, when the forty days were filled that EL ELYON spoke, saying, The first that you have written publish openly, that the worthy and the unworthy may read it: But keep the seventy last that you may deliver them only to such as be wise among the people. For in them is the spring of understanding, the fountain of wisdom, and the stream of knowledge.”
ALOHIM downloaded the books into Ezra’s spirit/mind. He gifted the Torah to Israel once again. But…He instructed Ezra to keep secret many of the books. It is in our time, the time of the end, that we see the books being opened.
Books Were Removed
The apocryphal books were originally contained in the “canon.” The King James Bible was a retranslation of the Geneva Bible. King James hated the Geneva translation. Historians say his theological stance was closer to Roman Catholicism than Anglican. He caved into pressure from the RCC and used their word choices. From 1611 until 1828, the apocryphal was an integral part of scripture. These books were portably removed by the Protestant Church. This isn’t exactly accurate. It was the publishers who removed them. The KJV was originally a two-volume set. It weighed about 40 lbs. The removal of the Apocryphal lightened the publishers’ load, so to speak. They could also publish the removed books as a separate volume and sell it, thus increasing their profit.
The nikkud helped conceal meaning. The nikkud is a system of diacritical signs that are used to represent vowels or to distinguish between the pronunciations of consonants. This system arose during the Middle Ages (if you believe the historical record we have been given), somewhere around 1500 AD. Again, if you believe the narrative. It was supposedly based on the oral tradition of how words were pronounced. The nikkud is both a help and a hindrance. It also obscures meaning. We have a debate in our time. There are the purists who claim the nikkud must be adhered to. Others, particularly modernists, claim that the nikkud are increasingly going out of use. Both claim the other is in error. Who is right?
Proponents claim we need them to distinguish vowels. I say, Hebrew has vowel symbols: Alef, Ayin, Yod, Waw/Vav.
Translations obscure meaning. The word “translate” means to “change,” You have no doubt heard it said, “Lost in translation.” It is a true thing.
A few instances of this “Lost in translation” (KJV):
Yod Hey Vav Hey was changed to LORD (all caps)
ALOHIM and ADONAI were both changed to “Lord’ and “God.”
Additions to the Hebrew text were made, such as the name “Lucifier.” It does not appear in the Hebrew. The word/name is actually Hey Yod Lamed Lamed, “Helel.”
We also see a barrier to understanding in Hebraic thinking versus Greek/Western thought. Hebraic thinking is concrete. Western thought is much more abstract. Jeff Brenner in his teachings, uses a pencil analogy. What do you see? The Western thought might say, it is yellow, thin, and it has an eraser. An ancient Hebrew would think, “I write with it.” So, they would have focused on how a thing functioned versus versus a Western obsession with appearance.
There exists a cultural difference as well: modern vs. ancient, a consumer/technological society vs. a nomadic/agrarian society.
In this study, I am going to attempt to peel away some of these levels of obscurity.
Mashciach in Psalm Two
Adapted from a Mizmor of David (Psalm Two)
Those nations who have no covenant with AHAYAH make a tumult.
They gather into a community.
Moloch (melek) of earth
The noble princes
They advise one another.
They establish a foundation.
They set their plans,
United, working as one,
To cast off,
Any bond or restraint
The Self-Existent One—AHAYAH—
Place upon them.
The wreathed chains!
The Established One Who Dwells,
The Keeper of the House,
Settles down to judge.
The High and Lofty One,
Above the arch of sky,
Shall, with laughter and loud derision,
Make sport of them.
Adonai shall mock;
He shall hold them in derision.
Subdue with Your Word.
With a flare of His nostrils
And a blast of His wrath,
They shall be dismayed,
Palpitations shall seize them
At His fierce wrath.
Pour out a libation.
Anoint Melek, King and Messenger,
Set Him upon His throne,
Upon the sacred mountain of Zion!
Make an inscription,
Scribe the tally mark,
Declare, make enactment,
Appoint time, space, quantity,
The Self-Existent, Eternal, AHAYAH,
Hath earnestly promised:
Builder of the House,
From sunrise to sunset,
You are brought forth,
I declare Your pedigree.
Inquire of me,
Intreat my leave,
And I will assign,
I will appoint,
I will recompense,
I will deliver
A troop of animals,
A flock of locusts—foreign nations—
As Your inheritance and possession.
In Your displeasure,
Break them in pieces,
Afflict those who have afflicted.
With the rod of correction,
A tool of iron,
Dash them to pieces,
Break them down to bone and marrow.
As a potter,
Mold and fashion them
As a vessel, a weapon,
An instrument or psalter.
Consider yourselves and deal prudently,
You melek, you royal governing ones;
Be chastised and reproved,
You, that contend.
With violent emotion,
Cringe with fear,
Shudder and tremble.
Attach yourselves to the Heir Apparent.
He is sorely displeased.
He breathes hard in His wrath.
Fall and perish,
You shall not escape
When He treads down,
When He threshes,
When, with a flare of His nostrils,
The fire of His wrath is kindled but a little.
The baruk and happy
Flee to His protection.
The baruk and happy make
The Self-Existent One—AHAYAH—
Psalm Two is probably the most recognized Messianic psalm in scripture. It continues eight verses and four viewpoints: the first being David’s; the second is melek number one; third, ALOHIM’s view; fourth, melek two; with a return to David’s viewpoint at the end, to give the psalm a rounded form.
I see this Mizmor of David’s as a tale of two kings. The first king is the melek of earth:
Mem Lamed Kaf Yod. This word is often translated “kings.” This is inaccurate. The word is singular, thus melek. It can also be translated “Moloch.” The word for rulers is plural, Yod Resh Yod Nun Mem.
The melek/Moloch of earth sits upon his throne with counselors before him. This is a mimicry/cheap imitation of the heavenly court. The counsel of the fallen is usually marked by infighting and jockeying for position. Yet, here, in this passage, they are united in purpose. They wish to cast off all restraint, any bonds placed upon them by YAHUAH and his MASHIACH “Anointed One.”
- The counsel of the fallen ones is also mentioned in Psalm 1:1 (eth-Cepher) “Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.”
- A second witness to Psalm Two is found in Psalm 83:2-5 (GT): “For, behold, my enemies, those who actively oppose me, clamor. They make a tumult, growling and roaring. My haters have lifted their heads. They raise the shoulder. They exalt their chief. This one, against the people of the covenant, the kindred, have they become shrewd. They craft subtle machinations, they make cunning counsel against the kindred. This assembly purposed, devised, planned this against the treasure which You have hidden from discovery. They declared, Come, let us make them desolate and cut them off from being a people. Let them no more be held in remembrance. Let the name of Y’shrael no longer continue. For they have purposed with their minds united. They are cut off.”
Verse six brings us to another Melek, singular again, who sits upon the sacred mountain of Zion.
Yod Hey Vav Hey Alef Mem Resh
YAHUAH declares/commands/promises/certifies to the Melek enthroned on the sacred mountain:
Bet Nun Yod “My Son”
In ancient Hebrew culture, a son was the builder of the house. When you had children, you enlarged the tent to accommodate. A daughter would marry, move away to be with her husband’s family. A son stayed.
Bet, if you notice from the chart, means “in the house.”
Nun means “Inheritance/Seed.”
“Seed in the house” or “Inheritance of the house,” hence the use of the word “son.”
- The Father promises to establish the Son’s kingdom.
- Matthew 28:18-20 (eth-Cepher) “And Yahusha came and spoe unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Song, and of the Ruach Ha’Qodesh: Teaching them to guard all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the word. Amein.”
- He promises to reveal the Son in Psalm 132. We will look at that passage later.
First, let’s research the word translated “begotten,” yaladtika:
Kaf “open palm”
The underlying meaning of the word yaladtika/begotten:
“The hand of the shepherd, the door to the covenant that leads with the hand with the open palm.”
Yalad H3205 is presented as “begat” in the KJV, “bore” in the ESV,
Let’s look at some new testament verses regarding “son.”
The baptism of YAHUSHA, in Mattehew 3:16-17 (eth-Cepher) tells us, “And Yahusha, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Ruach [ALOHIM] descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
And lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my yachiyd [beloved son], in whom I am well pleased.”
The transfiguration of YAHUSHA in Matthew 17:5 (eth-Cepher) reads, “While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my yachiyd [beloved son], in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.”
In John 3:16 (eth-Cepher), YAHUSHA tells Nicodemus at night, “For [ALOHIM] so loved the world, that he gave his yachiyd, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
In these passages, the word Hebrew yachiyd H3173 is often translated in the KJV as “only begotten son.”
To finish tying it all together, there exists more witnesses to YAHUSHA being the begotten.
YAHUSHA states, “I am the Good Shepherd” (John 10:11-18 ), “I am the Door” (John 10:9). He calls upon Thomas to “Behold my hands” (Luke 24:39). The picture I see of “begotten/yaldtika’ is that of YAHUSHA, our Good Shepherd, our Door to the covenant, standing with an open palm, His hand outstretched, greatly desiring to lead us from chaos into the Shalom of ALOHIM.
Next, if we drop down to verse, we will discover the word bar or son (bet resh). The meaning of the letters point to “in the house, the head of man.” Traditionally, it can mean heir or heir apparent.
The rulers of earth are warned to attach themselves, “kiss” in some translations, the Son/Heir/Heir Apparent. The word means to closely attach oneself, sort of like sycophants do political leaders or celebrities.
Before we move on to another section, I want you to ponder these questions: Who is the Son in Psalm Two? Who is the melek of earth? Who is the Melek enthroned on the sacred mountain? Who is the Son/Heir/Heir Apparent?
Names for YAHUSHA in the Tanakh
Prior to exploring the next psalm on my list, I want to do a brief study on the name YAHUSHA, the name of our Messiah. Even before His birth, Joseph and Miriam are instructed to name Him YAHUSHA. Miriam is given specific promises concerning this child:
- He will be great.
- He will be called the Son of El Yon.
- He will be given the throne of his ancestor David.
- He will reign over the House of Jacob forever.
- His kingdom will have no end.
Strongs states that this name is a combination of “YAH,” the shortened form of YAHUAH and “yesha,” the word for salvation.
Other names for YAHUSHA the Messiah as they are found in the tanakh:
The Angel of [the LORD] YAHUAH
- The Hebrew word used is “malak,” sometimes called messenger, and more often than not, translated “angel.” Mem Lamed Kauf.
- Genesis 16:7-10. In this passage the Angel of YAHUAH appears unto Hagar. If you will note, He is speaking in the first person.
- Genesis 22:16 Abraham speaks with the Angel, but, again, the Angel speaks in first person.
- In Genesis 31, Jacob wrestles with the angel. Later in chapter 32, he says he has seen ALOHIM face to face.
- John 1:18 states that no one has seen YAHUAH the Father face to face. The early church fathers struggled with this concept. How can be the Angel of YAHUAH be called ALOHIM? They came to the conclusion that if this was ALOHIM, but not the Father, then it must mean it was ALOHIM the Son.
- For a deeper understanding of the identity of the Angel of YAHUAH watch the video presented by POTV https://youtu.be/_lYIJA5mh74
Son of [God] ALOHIM
- Daniel 3:25 The word used here is “bar Elohai” or the “Heir Apparent/Heir/Son of ALOHIM.” This is not the same as used in Genesis 6. The phrase in that passage if “bene ALOHIM.” (plural), those who committed iniquity with the daughters of men.
Son of Man (A’dam) (this name is also used in the book of Enoch)
- Daniel 7:13-14 The Hebrew here is “bar enash,” which means Heir Apparent/Heir/Son of man/humans/mankind. This person comes in the clouds. Once this One is presented to the Ancient of Days inherits, he becomes the heir or heir-apparent of humans/mankind.
The Word of YAHUAH (note this is also used in the Targums)
- The Jewish philosopher Philo identified the Angel of the Lord with the Word of God. The apostle John also makes this connection when he speaks of YAHUSHA’s pre-incarnation (John 1:1-3).
- Psalm 18:30 (GT) “Word of YAHUAH, pure and refined as gold, He is like a shield of scaly dragon hide, an impenetrable defense. I flee to Him for protection.”
- Psalm 33:4 (GT), “For level and straight, upright and pleasing is the Word of YAHUAH. The entirety of His achievements, His undertakings, His labors are steadfast and firm.”
- John 1:1-3, 14 (eth-Cepher), “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with eth [ALOHIM], and [ALOHIM] was the Word. The same was in the beginning with eth [ALOHIM]. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.”
- Isaiah 40:8 (eth-Cepher) speaks of the Word of ALOHIM: “The grass withers, the flower fades: but the Word of [ALOHIM] shall stand forever.”
Let us look at a passage from the prophet Micah:
The Word of YAHUAH
To Mika, Son of Morasti:
There shall exist
In the latter end,
Yes, in that time
In the land of Ephraim,
A dwelling place
The Self-Existent One.
Firm and well-established,
Shall be lifted up above the hills.
Lower than the mountain,
Shall flows sparkling streams,
On account of the people of the covenant,
The nations without the covenant—
The chief and great ones
Walk this way!
Let us ascend
Unto the mountain
Of YAHUAH ,
The Self-Existent One,
Near the dwelling place
Of the ALOHIM
He shall pour forth
His course of life,
He shall instruct
In His way.
For from Zion
Shall come forth
And the Word of YAHUAH
(Micah 4:1-2 GT)
The Tabernacle once rested in the land of Ephraim at the city of Shiloh. This was during the time of Joshua until the ministry of Samuel began, when the ark was captured and the sons of Eli slain. Later, David moved the Tabernacle to Yerusalem. The text could be inferring that the NJ will once again rest in the land of Ephraim. An important point we should glean from this is that YAHUSHA, the Word of YAHUAH, reigns from the qodesh mountain of Zion and from New Jerusalem. I believe Zion and New Jerusalem to be synonymous. These should not be confused with the piece of real estate called the Holy Land.
Mashiach in Psalm 132:13-17 (GT)
For the Self-Existent,
Has chosen Zion.
Longingly, He has sighed.
Greedily, He has desired it as His dwelling place.
This one is my place of quiet rest,
For ancient time
And for the continuing future,
Hither, will I remain,
For I prefer it.
A provision of food
Will be placed at the feet
Of those in want,
Those needing deliverance,
Those subject to oppression and abuse,
They will be sated
The priests, kohen, will be clothed with yeshua,
They will dress themselves with garments of salvation.
The kind and faithful ones
Will be overcome
With joyful cries.
Rays of light
Shall sprout forth,
Horns of power,
The horn of David
Shall spring up.
There, I have arranged
A lamp for Mashiach,
This passage contains many interesting facts, or prophecies, if you prefer. The first is that Zion is the dwelling place of YAHUAH. It is also the place where the Mashiach reigns. Three classes of people are mentioned:
- Lowest class: the poor, needy, abused, etc.
- The priests,
- The faithful, wahasideha H, sometimes translated as “saints.”
Another interesting word is qeren, which is usually translated “shone” or “horn(s).” It means either send out rays of light or sprout horns.
- The horns of Moses: this word is used In Exodus 34. Religious art of the middle ages (sorry, don’t know what else to call it) depicts Moses with horns!
- Exodus 34:29, 30, 35 “And it came to pass, when Mosheh came down from Mount Ciynai with the two caphires of testimony in Mosheh’s hand, when he came down from the Mount that Mosheh knew not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. And when Aaron and all the children of Yashar’el saw Mosheh, behold, the skin of his face shone while he talked with him….And the children of Yashar’el saw the face of Mosheh, that the skin of Mosheh’s face shone: and Mosheh put the veil upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him.”
- I imagine this was frightening to people who had come in contact with Nephillim. They might have assumed (wrongly, of course) that Mosheh was such a creature.
- This word is also used in Daniel 7:8, when speaking of the “little horn.”
Mashiach reigns in Zion. David, also an anointed one, reigned in Hebron, which was right in the center of giant territory, and in the historical city of Jerusalem. Again, this piece of real estate that is called Jerusalem in our day should not be confused with sacred Zion.
The next psalm I would like to examine represents another well-recognized Messianic psalm, Psalm 110:
The Righteous King in Psalm 110
Adapted from a Mizmor of David
A Declaration of YAHUAH
Sit down at my right side,
Near my strong,
Dexterous right hand,
Until I lay waste,
Until I have put down
As a stool
To place Your foot upon.
The staff of strength
Stretches from Zion.
The entrails of Your foes!
The people of the covenant,
As a spontaneous,
Willing gift offered up
At the sunrise to sunset
Of Your might.
These are an ornament of splendor,
The dew of youth,
From the womb of the dawn.
The Self-Existent, Eternal One–
Has taken an oath.
He will not repent,
He will not rue His promise:
You, a priest olam—
Further than one can see or perceive,
To the edge of the horizon
According to the order and estate
According to my strong,
Dexterous right hand,
At the time period
Between sunrise to sunset,
When His nostrils flare,
When anger rises hotly in His face,
When He breathes violently
In His wrath,
Kings shall He crush
And violently pierce through.
He shall judge the goyim,
A flight of locusts,
A troop of animals,
The people who are without the covenant.
Then shall it be accomplished,
Then shall justice be satisfied,
Be filled with carcasses.
He shall crush,
Violently pierce through
The choicest and best,
The chief of the earth.
As the flood of the winter torrent,
As streams along the journey,
As a palm-tree in the distance,
Thus, shall the Head
YAHUSHA as the Righteous King
We know that YAHUSHA is descended from David (Matthew 1:6-16, Luke 1:31-32, Luke 1:68-69, Luke 3:23-38).. We know that promises were made to David, that he would always have a descendant to sit upon the throne.
YAHUSHA as The Branch
YAHUSHA states in John 14 (eth-Cepher), “I AM the Vine of Truth, and my Father is the Husbandman. Every branch [nazir] in me that bears not fruit he takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, he purges it, that it may bring forth much fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more an ye, except ye abide in me. I AM the Vine, ye are the Netseriym: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
As a side note, I love this passage. I can imagine the faces of YAHUSHA’s listeners as He stated: “I AM.” That word is “AHAYAH,” which means, “I exist.” It was the name Moses was commanded to share with the tribes of Israel:
(Exodus 3:14 “And ALOHIM said unto Mosheh, AHAYAH ASHER AHAYAH: and He said, Thus shall you say unto the children of Israel, AHAYAH has sent me unto you.”)
The word “nazir” refers to the servant to come, as well as believers in Mashiach. I think we can easily identity the “Branch” after looking carefully at the Old Testament passages and the Psalm.
In Matthew, we have the account of Joseph, Miriam and the infant YAHUSHA fleeing into Egypt to escape the massacre of the innocents. In a vision, Joseph is told that the man seeking to slay YAHUSHA is dead. But, when he hears that Archelaus is reigning in the place of his father Herod the Great, Joseph, “being warned of EL in a dream, turned aside into the parts of Galiyl: And he came and dwelt in a city called Natsareth: that is might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Netseriy [branch].”
- Zechariah 3:8 (eth-Cepher) “Hear now, O YAHUSHA the high priest, you, and your fellows that sit before you: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.”
- The Branch which is stretched out by YAHUAH from the qodesh city of Zion is YAHUSHA.
To be continued…
This, then, is what I have discovered so far. I cannot really say, “in conclusion,” because there is so much more. I have only translated a few passages thus far, but I see Mashiach again and again and again. And I haven’t even used the Targums or any extra-Biblical text to reenforce this understanding. Also, there exists a final test for this presentation: you will have to come to your own conclusions. Did I make a good case for Mashiach in the Psalms? Or not? Do you believe there are sufficient witnesses to that assertion or am I building castles in the air?
Whatever your conclusions, I thank you for listening. I hope this study has edified you or, at the least, spurred you to delve into the scriptures for yourselves.
The Psalm Project represents my desire for a deeper understanding of the Word of YAHUAH. It is not a mechanical translation, a one-word-for-word exchange from Hebrew to English. We have those. This is is a lyrical adaptation of the many possibilities hidden in the Hebrew, arranged with consideration for the poetic and musical intent of the original writer. I pray you are as enriched in the reading as I was in the transcribing.