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

meet.

  • 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

    The Holy Spirit depicted as a dove, surrounded...

    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!

English: Map in English of the Mediterranean S...

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).
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Person to Person: We Strengthen in God through His Vest

A young girl who named herself “Cornflake” writes :

English: David anointed by Samuel

English: David anointed by Samuel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

” Not even sure how to trust anyone anymore. Everyone disappoints. Even parents do.” “Pray God give me strength through all problems I’ve prayed every night for years but nothing’s worked. Pray for my family please. My parents constantly fight and scream over money. I’m scared! I don’t know why I wasted so much time pretending I didn’t care, I guess I just didn’t wanna feel like this. Help…give me wisdom”!

How do we “strengthen” ourselves in God alone, in battle, with the enemy seeking to destroy us?

David was in serious trouble : the people [ his 600 mighty men of war] were talking about stoning him to death, because all the people were in such deep grief, each man over his sons and daughters.

But David strengthened in the LORD his God.

David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Achimelech , “Please bring the ritual vest here to me.” ~ 1 Samuel 30:6-7]

What is the ritual vest [Exodus 39:1-21]?

  • The ritual vest is a covering of fine linen of blue, purple [for Royalty], scarlet [the Blood], over the blue robe  [blue for Heaven] of the priest.
  • It is called ‘ephod’ in Greek, and contained  1) twisted chains of  pure gold piercing gold rings [symbolic of pure Messiah pierced] attached at the 4 corners to a  2) squared and folded piece of fine linen [white for purity], called the judgement breastplate which was embezzled with engraved gems for each of the 12 tribes of Israel and also contained 3) the urim and thumim [oracular stones; Exodus 28:30].
  • The vest had 2 engraved stones on attached shoulder pieces  with 6 tribes on each stone, possibly onyx, in birth order [Exodus 28:6-10]  . Aaron and his sons were to wear it as a reminder  of Israel , as they went before Yahweh in prayer and atonement for sins [v.12]. Samuel the prophet-priest wore it, even as a child, in the house of Shiloh [tranquility; 1 Samuel 2:18].
  • David may have remembered Samuel  the prophet, speaking the Word of God, wearing the vest during priestly duties of sacrifices [Leviticus 1-8] in his circuit as judge including Beth-El [house of El, God], Gilgal [circuit, wheel, round] , and Mitzpah [tower of prayer, the watch] to Ramah [ a high place, in idol worship]; his anointing him with his horn of oil [ symbol of power of the Spirit on him, 1 Samuel 16:1 & 13 ]; the Feasts of Yahweh [Leviticus 23], where Samuel seeks Yahweh to shine His face and grant favor and mercies [rachamim, mercies ongoing; plural] on Israel. Samuel grieved over Saul, who turned his back on Yahweh and disobeyed his orders, practicing idolatry [1 Samuel 15: 10-12′ 22-23, 24-29].

The vest was worn to remember the sons  and sins of Israel as they carry their names before Yahweh ,”on his two shoulders” as a reminder. The shoulders carry the burden at the neck [shechem] and head.

Yeshua  Jesus the Messiah and our High Priest, our Intercessor, teaches us to come to Him and release our burdens , symbolized by the yoke oxen carry. He says

“Come to Me, all of you who are struggling and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, because I AM gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light [Matthew 11:28-29]. ”

“For what I desire is mercy, not sacrifices, knowledge of God more than burnt offerings [Hosea 6:6]”.

The urim and tumim were placed inside the pocket formed by the folded square linen of the breastplate for judging. 1) They would be over the priest’s heart when he goes into the presence of Yahweh. 2)  The ritual vest gave the priest the means for making decisions for the people of Israel over his heart when he is in the presence of Yahweh [Exodus 28:30].

Abiathar the son of Achimelech  the priest flees to David when he saves Ke’ilah [ Hebrew: ‘looting the threshing-floor’!], and brings the ritual vest.  David [loving] had sent Abiathar [Avyatar: abba or father of abundance; generous] the priest to bring the ritual vest to him to inquire of Yahweh about the approaching armies of King Saul, ready to ambush him and his men in Ke’ilah. David asks,

“Yahweh Elohim of Israel, your servant has certainly heard that Saul intends to come to Ke’ilah and destroy the city just to get me. Will the men of Ke’ilah turn me over to him? Will Sha’ul [Saul: asked, in Hebrew!] come down, as your servant has heard? Yahweh Elohim of Israel, please tell your servant! [1 Samuel 23:10-11]”.

Yahweh answers his inquiry , maybe shining the lights in the vest, the urim for “yes” and the thumim for “no”, its counterfeit the  pagan “crystal  8 ball” ! Yahweh tells David Ke’ilah will hand them over, so David and his men flee and are saved once again from the spear of Sha’ul.

“…the judgement on you shines out like light. [Hosea 6:5c]”!priest vest

The saga of David continues for our instruction:

  • Not wanting to kill Saul, David flees many times, hiding in camps and caves, and even a sanctuary of Nob [1 Samuel 21:1-8]!  David has victory many times when he consults with Yahweh first!
  • However, when he flees behind enemy lines to hide, David does not inquire of God. He “says to himself“, “One day Sha’ul will sweep me away. The best thing for me to do is escape into the territory of the Philistim. Then Sha’ul will give up trying to find me here or there in Israel’s territory, and at last I’ll be free of him! [1 Samuel 27: 1]”. The lies of the enemy are to rob joy of salvation and a relationship with God!
  • David and Saul

    David and Saul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • He deceives the Philistine King Akish with lies that he and his men are raiding the desert camps of Judah, Caleb’s Kenites, and his brother. Meanwhile he is raiding lands of the Geshuri, the Gizri and the Amaleki [v.8, 9-11].
  • Saul does stop searching for David there, but God allows an even greater enemy to come in. Once we stop seeking Him, the hedge of protection gets lifted!
  • Ziglag is gifted to David by King Akish [27:5,6] because he likes David and trusts him [v.12]
  • “In due time” [28:1] for a ‘testing’ the Philistines assemble their armies for war against Israel. David joins as King Akish’s “personal bodyguard”, in conflict of interest.
  • For this lie and “conflict of interest“, the other chiefs of the Philistines protested: “this is David; the Israelites used to dance and sing about him [29:4-5]”. He might be a ‘double agent’ and kill them!
  • Akish, who views David “as an angel of God ” [v.9], relents and sends him  and his men ‘home’.
  • Ziglag is raided and sacked with everything including women and children taken, by the Ameleki! Nothing is left when David and his men arrive. Ziglag is burnt to the ground. All cry aloud “until they had no power to cry [v.4]”! David’s 2 wives and others gone!
  • So David is in “serious trouble” with his fellow ‘followers’; they all lost their families.
  • What should David do?  [What would we do? ] 600 mighty warriors in grief!
  1. David remembers Yahweh, as he so often does in his psalms or songs. Yahweh is Sovereign, Healer, Deliverer , Savior, and Shepherd, Holy and due praise on the lyre! [Book 1, Psalms  of David, 1-41]
  2. David recalls Yahweh’s mercies as the Vindicator and Rescuer  He is Strong and Mighty and faithful , to respond in support and forgive him out of all his distress and put his feet on higher ground [Book 2, Psalms of David, 51-71].
  3. David prays as in Psalm 86, for preservation as his servant, “to take pity” for “I cry to You all day” ; to “forget none of His benefits”: He forgives all offenses, heals all diseases, redeems your life from the pit, surrounds you with grace and compassion [Psalm 101, 103], as our Father and Judge.
  4. David calls on no one else.  He strengthens himself in Yahweh his God Elohim!
  5. Then David says to Avyatar the priest the son of Achimelech [Akimelek, brother of the king, in Hebrew], “Please bring the ritual vest“!
  6. Then David consults Yahweh. He asks, “Should I go in pursuit of these raiders [of Ziglag, the Ameleki]? Will I catch up with them? [1 Samuel 30:8]”. Yahweh answers him, by saying “Go”! They cross the creek B’sor [Hebrew for refreshing, cheerful], leave 200 men to refresh and with 400 men are led to victory!
  7. David becomes King and dances with joy bringing the ark of Yahweh into the City of David,  Mt. Zion, Jerusalem:

“Then David danced and spun around with abandon before Yahweh, wearing a linen ritual vest. So David and all the house of Israel brought the Ark of Yahweh up with shouting and the sound of the trumpet [2 Samuel 6:14, 15]”.

So my dear Cornflake, strengthen yourself in God. Adore Him, Meditate on His Word, Accept all the blessings He wants to give you, Trust Him and Obey His commandments, to love Him and your neighbor. As for your parents, we pray they also meet the Savior, receive forgiveness for their sins, be washed in the blood of Yeshua. Amein. And Cornflake, don’t forget to put on your ritual vest:

“So take up every piece of war equipment God provides; so that when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist; and when the battle is won, you will still be standing.

Therefore stand! Have the belt of truth buckled around your waist, put on righteousness for a breastplate, and wear on your feet the readiness that comes from the Good News of shalom [peace, blessing, health, contentment].

Always carry the shield of trust, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the Evil One.

And take the helmet of deliverance, along with the sword given by the Spirit, that is the Word of God;

As you pray at all times, with all kinds of prayers and requests, in the Spirit, vigilantly and persistently, for all God’s people [Ephesians 6:13-18]”!

May the God of abundance bless you!

David, King Over All Israel, as in 2 Samuel 5:...

David, King Over All Israel, as in 2 Samuel 5:1-12, illustration from a Bible card published 1896 by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Should We Be Familiar with “Familiar Spirits”?

 G-D Almighty said, You are going to possess…I Myself give it to you to possess it, a land flowing with milk and honey. I AM YaHWeH your Elohim who has separated you from the peoples. [Leviticus 20:24]

He calls us to make a distinction between clean and unclean, but how are we to know what is unclean?

And you shall be qodesh [holy] to Me, for I YaHWeH am qodesh, and have separated you from the peoples to be Mine. [v.26]

How do we become separate and stay holy and separate to Him?

And a man or a woman in whom there is a medium, or who are spiritists, shall certainly be put to death…Their blood is upon them. [v.27]

When you come into the land…do not learn to do according to the abominate-nations.

Let no one be found among you…pass through fire, practice divination, use magic, interpret omens or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritualist or one who calls up the dead!

For whoever does these are an abomination to YaHWeH…Be perfect…[Deuteronomy 18: 9-13]

“Familiar” spirit: #178 obe or ov from same as av, father! Signs of a familiar spirit are: prattling, mumbling; known as ‘water-skin’, a hollow sound, as from a jar [empty !] Works of the flesh are : adultery, whoring, uncleanness,  indecency, idolatry, drug sorcery, hatred, quarrels, jealousies, fits of rage, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, murders, drunkenness, wild parties, and the like [Galatians 5:19-21]!

In 1 Samuel 28:7 King Saul [Sha’ul] requested a medium at Eyn Dor [Fountain of Dwelling], and disguised himself to visit her by night. The medium even reminded Saul how he outlawed mediums and spiritists. He begged her to bring up Samuel the prophet.  Saul then took a sword and fell on it, and lost his kingdom to David the son of Jesse  [v.16-19]!

The Spirit of YaHWeH is the Ruach, in Hebrew, wind, breath or exhalation!

The Ruach of YaHWeH had turned aside from Saul and an evil spirit from YaHWeH troubled him [1Samuel 16:14]. Even Saul’s servants noted an evil spirit and had him send for David, for YaHWeH was with him. David would take a lyre and sooth and refresh Saul, so that the evil spirit would leave Saul. David had been sent by Jesse with bread, wine and a goat kid, all symbolic of  communion in Messiah, the Passover lamb of YaHWeH. In contrast, the Spirit of YaHWeH  had left Saul, and come upon David the day Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him [v.13].

King Menashsheh [2 Chronicles 33:1-10] reigned 55 years but did much evil in the eyes of YaHWeH: rebuilt high places, raised up altars for the Ba’als ,  made asherim and bowed himself to all the hosts and served them. He even built altars in the Temple of YaHWeH, made his sons pass through fire, practiced magic and used divination and witchcraft and consulted mediums and spiritists! He was captured with hooks, bound with shackles, and taken to Babel. In distress, he cried for deliverance, sought Elohim, and humbled himself greatly and prayed to Him. Elohim was moved, heard his supplication and brought him back to Jerusalem into his reign!

The Spirit of G-D:   demonstrates [1 Corinthians 2:4]; dwells in us [3:16, 6:20]; is holy [7:34]; gives gifts [12:4]; manifestation [12:7]; gives words of wisdom [12:8], knowledge; faith[9], gifts of healing; baptizes [11]; one Spirit [13]; gives life [2 Corinthians 3:6]; of the LORD, liberty [17]; of faith[4:13]; earnest [5:5]; refreshes [7:13]; works [Galatians 3:2]; fruit in goodness [Ephesians 5:9];of promise [1:13]; wisdom [v.17]; fills us [v.18];  access to Him[2:18]; habitation of G-D through it [2:22]; in inner man [3:16]; bond of peace [4:3]; one [4:4]; renews, of our mind[v.23] supply, of Y’shua [Philippians 1:19]; fellowship [2:9]; worship in [3:3]; love in [Colossians 1:8]; Elohim sent [Gal.4:6]; according to [v.29]; wait through it [5:5]; walk in it [v.16]; flesh lusts versus it [v.17]; be led by it [v.18]; fruit of it [v.22: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustworthiness, gentleness, self-control]; live in, walk in it [ v.25]; of meekness [6:1]; sow to it [v.8] ; given to us [1 Thessalonians 4:8]; quench it not![v.19]; sanctifies [2 Thes. 2:13]; justifies [1 Timothy 3:16]; not of fear! [2 Tim. 1:7]; eternal [Hebrews 9:14]; of grace [10:29];  meek, quiet [ 1 Peter 3:4]; quickens [3:18]; know [1John 4:2]; confesses, truth, given us [v.13]; =truth [5:6]; bears witness [v.6,8]; reaps

life everlasting!

These are the ones who cause divisions, not having the Ruach. But you, beloved ones, building yourselves up on your most holy [qodesh] belief, praying in the Ruach ha’Qodesh [Holy Spirit], keep yourselves in the love of Elohim…[Jude/ Yahudah 19-21].

The body without the Spirit [ Ruach] is dead [James /Ya’akov 2:26]!

The Spirit [Ruach] and the Bride say, Come! And he who hears, let him say, Come! And he who thirsts, Come! And he who desires it, take the water of life without paying! [Revelation/ Hazon 22:17]

Beloved ones, do not believe every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of Elohim G-D, because many false prophets have gone out into the world! [1 John/Yohannan 4:1]

The Spirit of Elohim is His breath, so exhale and let Him come in!  Be ye holy! Beware of the games people play, horoscopes, astrology, psychics and charts. Dwell with Him and let Him revolutionize your life so out of it flows the fountain of youth, the living waters of eternal life!

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