Winds of the WORD : Significance of East , South, West , North in the Scriptures

Every word in the Holy Scriptures is significant! When we

Alexander Cruden's Complete Concordance to the...

Alexander Cruden’s Complete Concordance to the Holy Scriptures. First published 1737. The first entry, for example, ‘abase’ appears in the King James Version of the Bible (KJV) four times; in the books of Job, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. The header of the column of the first entry, ‘abi’, is the first three letters of the last entry on that page. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

look up the words in a Hebrew and Greek concordance, a whole new

world, like Heaven, opens up. Our Savior said to search the

Scriptures, for they tell of Him. That is the secret!

Let us look at east.

  • The east is the front or forefront, like the tribes ‟    … of Judah, Zebulon, and Issachar front order in

the desert, camping on the east toward the sunrise (Numbers 2) “.

  • East in Hebrew is qedem, qadam, or qadim, the forepart, aforetime, also eternal:

Psalm 78:26, “He stirred up the east wind in Heaven”.

  • The root qadam is to project, precede, anticipate, hasten, and


  • We may meet or anticipate The Prince in Ezekiel‟s temple

(chapter 46), who alone will enter and leave by the east gate.

  • Again, in the next chapter, Ezekiel sees water flowing eastward from the house facing east. The gate will be shut and only The

Prince, who is to sit there to eat his meal, will enter on Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh (1st of the month).

  • At the gate facing east, is where Ezekiel sees the glory of the El of Israel approaching from the east. (43:1)
  • Also, when YHWH returns, in Zechariah 14: 4, His feet will stand on Mt. of Olives, which lies to the east of Jerusalem.

South is on the other hand of east:

  • yamiyn , from yaman, to be right handed or locally south (right of East) or teman, the

    English: Coast of Malta.

    English: Coast of Malta. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

south, a being on the right hand of a person facing the East.

  • Blessings and agreements were always done with the right hand. YHWH did not allow David to be “handed” over to King Saul, and

in 1 Samuel 23:v.19, we see David hiding south of Yeshimon, after  entering covenant with Jonathan, Saul’s son.

  • Also, in covenant,  the tribes camping on the south, to set out second, were Reuben,  Simeon, and Gad.
  • In the tabernacle, the  7-Lamp or Menorah, symbolic of Messiah,  is put opposite the table on the side of the tabernacle toward the south.
  • YHWH made the Great Bear, Orion, the Pleiades, and the hidden constellations of the south. (Job 9:9) We see this covenant use

of south also in Job 39:26, Psalm 78:26, Song 4:16, Ezekiel  20:6, Zechariah 6:6 and 9:14.

  • Negeb, as in the desert or southern district Judah or Egypt means to be parched, and is the dry south used in

Genesis to Zechariah.

  • Interesting to note the switch from  negeb to darom in Ezekiel 40:24, where Ezekiel is led south

to a gate that faced south, and was led through that gate.

  • Through Ezekiel 42:18, darom is the south or southwind. Then south switches back to negeb the dry/desert to Obadiah 20.
  • YHWH is the Judge, lifts up one, puts down another.
  • In  Psalm 75:5-8, the boastful are told they will not be raised to  power by those in the east, the west, or the desert.

The word for desert or south is midbar, meaning pasture or open field,  where cattle are driven, or wilderness. We are the sheep of His Pasture!

  • Note the north is omitted here.

YHWH has and will gather those He redeems from the power of  the foe, from the east, the west, the north and from the sea.

We  wander in the desert, and in our trouble we cry to YHVH, and He

rescues us from our distress. (Psalm 107:2-6)

  • The sea is the word Yam, to roar, the noisy surf of the sea, the Mediterranean, or large river, a basin, or the west or south.
  • Upon Messiah’s return it is said the sea will come from west, to the east, to split Mt. Olives, and half the mount will move south. We will

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    The Holy Spirit depicted as a dove, surrounded by angels, by Giaquinto, 1750s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

flee to the valley, and then YHVH Elohim will come to us with  all the holy ones. (Zechariah 14:5)

  • Sea is symbolic of the mikveh cleansing of immersion or washing for spiritual purity.
  • Yeshua spoke about how the Queen of the south, Queen of Sheba, will rise up in the Last Day, and came from the utter-

most parts of the earth, to hear the wisdom of Solomon.

  • Notos is the Greek for south, and implies south or southwest wind, or southern quarter.
  • Southwest winds also bring the rain, symbolic of the Holy Spirit, and cleansing of our sins. We can note this

in Acts 27:12 with the use the word lips, from leibo, to pour a libation, for south. Lips implies the south (-west) wind

bringing rain:”…harbor of Crete facing southwest …” pouring  the Holy Spirit, during the travel of Paul.

  • Genesis 12:8 makes first mention of west, after YHVH appears to Abram,” and he moved from (where he made the altar)

to a mountain, having Beth-El on the west…and there he called  on the Name of YHVH.

  • Here, and through to 1Chronicles 9:24, the word for west is yam, again, which means roar of the sea, or the

Mediterranean Sea, which we saw with „south‟. Then in  1Chronicles 12: 15 through to Isaiah 45:6, west changes from

yam to marabah, region of evening sun or shading, perhaps  implying darkness or lack of knowledge of YHVH:

“I am YHVH, and there is none else, there is no Elohim beside Me: I dressed you, though you have not known me. That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside Me. I am YHVH and there is none else.”(Isaiah 45:5, 6)

Isaiah 49:12, talking about the return of the remnant,  switches back to yam or sea/water/Spirit:” See, these shall come  from far: and, see, these from the north and from the west…”

(Now north is mentioned, as we are redeemed from darkness, as we  shall later see). YHVH is always into cleansing, as even  Yeshua had John immerse Him, for “a new life “ Spirit- filled miracle, signs, wonder Ministry.

Isaiah 59:19 switches back to marabah/sunset: “So shall they  fear the Name of YHVH from the west, and His Glory from the  rising of the sun.” (The whole earth shall be filled with the

knowledge and Glory of YHWH). All Ezekiel passages 41:12 – 48:34  use yam/sea, at the west sides or west gates of the Temple and  Jerusalem, implying the washing of purity. Then in Daniel 8:5,

talking about the he goat coming from the west, uses marabah!

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English: Map in
English of the Mediterranean Sea, with the borders and the name of the
States following the ISO 3166-1 Alpha-3 code. Français : Carte en
anglais de la Mer Méditerranée avec les frontières et les noms des États
suivant le code ISO 3166-1 Alpha-3. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“… (YHVH) shall roar like a Lion: then the children of Yisrael

(Efrayim) shall tremble from the west (yam)” (Hosea 11:10),

spiritually and physically returning, using the sea.

Verse: Leviticus 1:10-11

If his offering is from the flock, whether from the sheep or from the goats, for a burnt offering, he must offer a male without defect. He is to slaughter it on the north side of the altar before YHVH; and the sons of Aaron, the cohenim, are to splash the blood against all sides of the altar.

YHVH calls to Moshe from the Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting to  instruct Aaron and sons to kill the sacrifice on the north side of the altar. What is the significance of north?

  • North, in Hebrew is tzaphon, hidden or dark derived from tzaphan, to hide by covering over, to protect, reserve. The sacrifice on the dark gloomy side covers and protects us and keeps us to  Judgement Day!
  • YHVH instructed Moses, in Exodus 26:35, to put the golden table with poles with the Bread of the Presence on the north side, (“in His Presence always”) (v. 29), outside the curtain or

veil, a foreshadow of the body of Yeshua broken for us, and placed on  the north side of the city, Golgotha, place of the Skull.

  • When King Achaz of Judah made a bronze counterfeit altar because he gifted the gold to King Ashshur, he still had Uriah the priest sacrifice on be His fulness light bread sweet incensethe north side of the altar. Do you think YHVH was

pleased? (2Kings 16:8-14) May we be obedient!tabernacle.jpg2

From the examples above we can see significance to east, south,  west, and north in the Holy Scriptures, and learn of Him! Continue to  study to be worthy and ready in season and out. Follow the example,

pick a word from a verse, and it may take you on a new adventure!

So shall they fear the Name of YHVH from the west, and His Glory from the rising of the sun.” (The whole earth shall be filled with the knowledge and Glory of YHVH).

Distraction & Procrastination:The Games that People Play!

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     “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Messiah.

And no marvel; for satan himself IS transformed into an angel of light.” [2 Corinthians 11:13-14]

Procrastinating ? Distracted ? Confused? Perplexed? Agitated?

We want to receive the blessings of Yahweh Almighty GOD. We desire to enter higher dimensions with Him.* How do we do it? Lately we have been so easily distracted, overwhelmed with so much to do, think, and task in our everyday lives. And to top that, some have been deluged literally with floods, tornados, and famine.

     Distraction *can a ploy or test of the cunning enemy . The enemy works as the ”angel of light” to deceive us internally and externally.

Therefore it is no great thing if satan’s servants also become transformed into the sevants ofrighteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds. [v. 15]

Should we list the innumerable distractions available today? The list would be a mile long. And what about those things we put off doing, because we are so distracted?

     You [Elohim, Almighty GOD] will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is FIXED on You: because he trusts in You. [Isaiah 26:3]

As we keep our minds on Him, there is power magnified in the children of GOD! * As we focus on Him and His Word and His Way, we actually exalt Him rather than the enemy. As we magnify His Name, we bring sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving! The portals of Heaven are opened, and the Father standing , releases the blessings, sending the angels of mercy, finances, health, joy, and peace to us ! O let us exalt His Name together!

I will bless Yahweh at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My being shall make its boast in Yahweh: the humble shall hear of it, & are in joy!

O magnify Yahweh with me & let us exalt His Name together!  [ Psalm 34: 1-3]

In Luke 4 we read how Jesus the Son of Man, full of the Ruach Hakodesh [Holy Spirit]  was lead by the Ruach, into the desert for 40 days, to be tempted by satan.  Jesus ate nothing but the Word and when tempted, spoke the Word. * Jesus turned to the Divine direction of Yahweh! Jesus, weak, dehydrated walked only in the Excellence of Yah! The enemy, from the very pit of Hell, ended all of the trial, and Jesus, ”in the power of the Ruach” returned to Galilee.  We must do the same: be led by His Spirit, feed in His Word, speak only His Word, and walk in the Spirit. Let the Ruach breathe on you, in the Name of Jesus!

“Therefore let him that thinks he stands take careful watch [in prayer ], lest he fall.

There has no trial come upon you but such as is common to all men: but Yahweh, who will not allow you to be tempted above that which you are able to bear; but will with the trial also make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”    [1 Corinthians 10:12-13]

The path of the righteous one is as the shining light while the path of  the wicked is darkness!* [Proverbs 4:18] Incline your ear to the Word, do not let them depart; guard them in your heart, ”…for they are life to those that find them and health to all their flesh .” [v.21-22] Ah, the secret to health and life, is in the Word of Yahweh! Speak the Word to one another! It is Life!

As we should spend less time on distractions and more time in His Word, we are led to health and life! ” Turn not to the right hand not to the left: remove your foot from evil.” [v.27] As we pay more attention to the Word, we will know the Glory of Tzion! Victory has already been won over the enemy; he has lost, so claim the victory and take authority in Jesus!

What is distraction?

  • Distractions  turn us away and our mind or attention from the things of the LORD.
  • Distract means to cause the mind or attention to be turned away, diverted in different or conflicting directions at once!
  • These distractions can unsettle or confuse us!
  • These distractions can disturb or agitate the mind
  • The word ‘distract’ comes from the Latin, ‘distractus’, to pull apart or perplex!
  • Distractions do divert and amuse the mind, bringing only selfish momentary relief
  • Distraction is emotional agitation or disturbance!

What is procrastination?

  •      Procrastination* is to put off doing something until a future time, especially to do this habitually: to postpone or defer, delay, or going back to ….
  • Confusion sets in: forward to tomorrow , when tomorrow is not promised!
  • Pro: forward  + cras: tomorrow when we only have today! Now is the time of salvation!

What is our solution?

  • Know that distraction is caused by ”something other ” found attractive  or valuable. It identifies an inability to attain the ”valuable”.*
  • Know that distraction leads to a procrastinating spirit which divides attention, and is not perfect!*
  •  This leads to hopelessness and rebellion as ” can not reach GOD” !
  • This attraction is on the inside and is not of Him, for He is perfect!*
  • Even if we ”use” the Word, it may be at the wrong time, not Him! nor of Him! and we lose position in GOD.*
  • We must gain knowledge of SPIRITUAL matters and put GOD on the inside.*
  • We must pray and ask GOD forgiveness, believe in His Son, and ask GOD to reveal His Divine purposes in us.
  • We must spend more time with Him, in His Word and thoughts.
  • Avoid foolish chats! Avoid games and TV! Don’t argue!*
  • One can only reach GOD with their heart, deep within as ”deep calls to deep”.

The steps of a good man are ordered by Yahweh: and He delights in his way!

Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down: for Yahweh upholds him with HIS HAND .         [  Psalm 37:23-24]

  •      Steps is the Hebrew “mits-awd”, which can also mean ”companionship”! from ”tsaw-ad”, to step or pace regularly, to mount, march, or march through!

May Yahweh order or erect or set-up, confirm, fasten, appoint, render sure, stablish or ordain our steps in Him! As we step with Him, we walk with Him as the 2 on the road to Emma-us! [Luke 24: 13- 36] Jesus comes in and sups with us and blesses & breaks the bread, sharing with us His body broken for us. Our eyes and heart open and we know Him, & He then is our Companion on the Way! May we no longer be distracted nor procrastinate , for He is coming soon…the time is short…may we not waste!

*my humble notes from 5/21/11 Threshing Floor Partner page radio teaching by Dr. Juanita Bynum