The Tanakh – Chapter Three – Defining Terms Used/Hebrew VS Greek

It is with great delight that I begin today teaching the definitions of the terms used in the Tanakh.  The book I reference is a short 225 pages, and took me two weeks to read.  Often, I had to stop reading at one page and let the information percolate between the brain cells of my mind for a day or two.

The information is clear and simple to understand, but the problem arises when new information smacks into our hard, fogged-up “Christian” oriented heads.  We were never taught much, subsequently do not know much, and are terrified of learning things.

Trust what you learn here.  My life is tied to what I teach, and I am accountable to Yahuah for every error.  I take my work very seriously.

This book is the “Tanakh: Dictionary of the New Testament” (Amazon link) and buy it here for $30 LESS than Amazon regarding terms used in the “Old Testament”.    If you do not understand this book I am bringing you today, you cannot understand the Holy Bible.  Why?  Great question.

One will never understand the Holy Bible until one understands the terms or words used by the Hebrews who wrote the OT.  This is key, and believe this when I tell you that virtually zero Christians understand these terms.  That is why their religion is a dying one.

Many of you subscribers have a divinely inspired heart for the Truth.  You will love these teachings, and I am going to rewrite every chapter here for you and make the chapters downloadable as a common Word .doc for you, too.

Chapter Three, which is the first teaching chapter, deals with the word “WORD”.  How this does put a smile on my face.  You will be blessed, and your understanding transformed after you read this entire book, and you will read it one chapter at a time, about one week apart.

After you understand these things, and you will, go read any New Testament book and BOOM!  Major enlightenment happens in your mind.  Huge transformations take place in your understanding of the Word.  This teaching will rock your world, for sure.  it will totally transform your state of being from an earthen vessel to a stranger in the world.  Will you walk about in the certainty that you do not belong here.  That realization only grows stronger and stronger.


Quick note – this chapter explains the weakness of the Greek translations and how those Greek translations mislead and misteach compared to the tight accuracy of the Hebrew language.  This is how ha Shatan twists the Word into nothingness; into empty words void of the power of Yahuah.

Chapter 3

The Dabar of YHVH or the Logos of the gods?

Definition of “Tanakh” – Tanakh (tuh-NAHKH)

Acronym of Torah (Law), Nevi’im (Prophets) and Ketuvim (Writings). Written Torah, the three sections of the Jewish Bible, what gentiles call the Old Testament.

One of the most fundamental essentials in understanding words is to know a little history behind those who use them. It is generally agreed by all that the language of the Tanakh is Hebrew. It is also generally agreed that the Tanakh is very Jewish, and full of concepts, idioms, and phrases that are viewed as Hebraic. Scriptural writers of the Tanakh spoke, taught, and thought from this perspective. Until the time of the New Testament, the Word of YHVH was everything that He had spoken. All scriptural thought was seen through the Hebrew language. But several hundred years before YHVH would take on flesh, the world was already experiencing some dramatic changes in language and culture. Behind the scenes, the Greek view of the world and all that is in it, was brewing.

In my book Let This Mind Be in You, I discuss the dramatic differences between Greek thought and Hebrew thought in much more detail. But, suffice it to say, these two world views are in most ways antithetical to each other. This can be seen in no better way than the defining of words. Earlier, we defined the word “word” from the Tanakh. We will now see how this word changed in time, from the thoughts and commandments of YHWH to the Greek word Logos. But first I would like to quote from some earlier works concerning this gradual evolution of scriptural words.

Edwin Hatch is eminently known for dozens of Greek works in the l9th century. Perhaps his greatest work is the Concordance to the Septuagint [LXX]. The following are several excerpts from his book, entitled The Influence Of Greek Ideas and Usages Upon the Christian Church (1895, Williams and Norgate).

“In a similar way we shall find that the Greek Christianity of the fourth century was rooted in Hellenism. The Greek minds which had been ripening for Christianity had absorbed new ideas and new motives;” “We have ample evidence in regard to the state of Greek thought during the ante-Nicene period. The writers shine with a dim and pallid light when put side by side with the master-spirits of the Attic age;” “We have ample evidence also as to the state of Christian thought in the post-Nicene period. The fathers Athanasius, Basil, Gregory of Nazianzus, Gregory of Nyssa, and Cyril of Jerusalem, the decrees of general and local Councils, the apocryphal and pseudonymous literature, enable us to form a clear conception of the change which Greek influences had wrought.

“Education was no longer in the hands of ‘private tutors’ in the houses of the great families. It entered public life, and in doing so left a record behind it.

“But when the product of one generation spreads its branches far and wide into the generations that succeed, its roots must be deep and firm in the generation from which it springs. No lasting element of civilization grows upon the surface. Greek education has been almost as permanent as Christianity itself, and for similar reasons. It passed from Greece into Africa and the West. It had an especial hold first on the Roman and then UOfl the Celtic and Teutonic populations of Gaul; and from the Gallacian schools it has come,probably by direct descent, to our own country and our own time.”

This process took several centuries to saturate the known world, but it indeed took root and has never let up. So let’s trace one simple word for now.

The English word word, which we read in our New Testament, is translated in most occurrences from the Greek word ‘logos’. The o is pronounced as the o in ‘log’, not as in ‘low’. Its fundamental meaning is much the same as that of dabar. It means a thought, thing, something said, or utterance. This is the dictionary definition. However, its colloquial meaning in the centuries before and after Yeshua’s time was quite different. Among the pagan religious Greeks of that time, the logos was the god of gods, the divine mind of the gods. He or it was the supreme knowledge, also known as gnosis.

He/it was right thought, right mind, right purpose, and right creed. In other words the logos was right belief. Knowledge was salvation: saying the right things and believing the right things. And so we have the very subtle shift from Yeshua’ being the “instructions of God become flesh” to the divine “knowledge of the god of gods.” Salvation became an intellectual pursuit, with structured creeds as its evidence. Edwin Hatch said it better, again, when he said, “…The word ‘faith’ came to be transferred from simple trust in Yahuah to mean the acceptance of a series of propositions, and these propositions, propositions in the abstract metaphysics…. The proposition followed: Belief in God came to mean the assent to certain propositions about God.

Theophilus also stated that the logos had two aspects – thought and speech. So the teachings of YHWH in the Tanakh concerning marriage, government, children, relationships, disease, food, unclean things,criminals, waste management, health, money and love evolved into a creedal system (creeds/sayings/rules to live by, etc).

The words of YHVH soon became an abstract, undefined concept that could be obtained by saying the right things, without the necessity of doing the right things. The Jews of the so-called “Dark Ages” knew this concept very well. When confronted with the Crusaders, they simply stated that they believed that “Jesus was the Savior,” and were promptly released. Most confessing Jews of that time secretly returned to their underground synagogues, knowing that the evidence of a Christian was a good confession.

This would not be all that critical if the actual words of YHVH were impotent and ineffectual. In Yeshayahu, in referring to haSatan, it says,
Ysha’yahu 14:17
“Who made the world like a wilderness, and destroyed its cities, who opened not the house of his prisoners?”

Is it any wonder how easy that would be for him if Yah’s Word, designed to produce a land of milk and honey, to prosper our cities, and to set the captives free, was rendered irrelevant by a Torah-less (lawless) religious culture? Is it a coincidence that the devil (in 2 Thessalonians 2:8) is called the lawless one? When you redefine Yah’s words, you redefine life and all that it means.
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Key Word – “Righteousness”

John 14:21  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

Righteousness” is obedience to the Laws of Yahuah. In fact, the formal definition of “righteousness” is this:

RIGHTEOUSNESS, n. ri’chusness.

1. Purity of heart and rectitude of life; conformity of heart and life to the divine law. Righteousness, as used in Scripture and theology, in which it is chiefly used, is nearly equivalent to holiness, comprehending holy principles and affections of heart, and conformity of life to the divine law. It includes all we call justice, honesty and virtue, with holy affections; in short, it is true religion.

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Key Word: “Faith”

Lots of “believers” claim to have “faith” in God. But very few Believers know what “Faith” means in Hebrew.

FAITH- The Hebrew word for faith is  אמונה (emunah – Strong’s #530) and is an action oriented word meaning “support”. This is important because the Western concept of faith places the action on the one you have faith in, such as “faith in God”. But, the Hebrew word אמונהplaces the action on the one who “supports God”. It is not knowing that God will act, but rather I will do what I can to support God. This idea of support for the word emunah can be seen in Exodus 17:12.

Most readers of the Holy Bible think that “having faith” is important, and certainly it is, but what is most important about “faith” is this – In Hebrew, “faith” is an action word, a verb which means “support”. Therefore, when one is faithful to Yahuah, one supports Yahuah, not the other way around. The demand for action is upon the faithful, not on Yahuah. When we “have faith” we exercise faith by doing faithful things, and the only faithful things that matter to Yahuah is keeping His commands.

Because of this, we do not “have faith”, but rather, we act faithfully.

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The Red Dragon of Revelation Comes For One Small and Specific Group of People – Revelation 12:17

Rev 12:17  And the dragon was enraged over the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her seed, those keeping the commandments of God, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ.

In the Book of The Revelation, and in fact in the entire Holy Bible, there is only one group of human beings that The Dragon seeks to kill.  Who is this select group?

The group that the Dragon seeks to destroy consists entirely and exclusively of human beings who do two things: Have the testimony of Yahusha (Jesus) and KEEP the Commandments of Yahuah (the Lord God Almighty). Continue reading “The Red Dragon of Revelation Comes For One Small and Specific Group of People – Revelation 12:17”

Dan 12:7 – “When The Power of The Holy People Is Finally Broken”

You know, its pretty bad in the world. I mean, its  b a d,  and it’s about to go BOOM. And here it is Christmas day. My kids are gone with my wife to visit her father, and have been gone for three days. I’ve been in my chair at my desk for three days installing 1,800 or so songs into my computer, and I’m a little stir crazy. I didn’t go because I have to stay home and feed the livestock – my fleet of 10 chickens. We had 12, but a hawk or a fox nabbed them.

These are my “end of the world” food producers, although I do not know what I will feed them when the end of the world shows up. They do produce a prodigious quantity of excellent eggs, let me tell you. I am inundated with them, so much so that I feed them to my dog and bury them in my garden to fertilize the soil. I give them to friends and eat three to six per day, plus whatever I can force my young sons to eat.  Baby Nathan helps out, sometimes 18 at a time as he stands at the side door and throws them onto the side porch to burst and make a mess.

But this is not about chickens.  Continue reading “Dan 12:7 – “When The Power of The Holy People Is Finally Broken””

“He’s Not Like Us” Thus The Righteous Perish

Dear Brothers and Sisters, this is my first communication since the refining of my subscriber database; the separation of the wheat from the tares. Yahuah did call me out of the world, very powerfully.  He did radically transform me from hating Him to yearning to be with Him. As one “christian” leader in my local church commented privately to a mutual and respected friend,  “He (referring to me) is not like us.” In the subsequent two years since that comment was made, his actions proved repeatedly that he is false to me; not my friend and not my brother.

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Wonderful Video On The Commands Of Yahuah

This is a good video presentation on the obedience to the commands of Yahuah.  The one glaring omission is defining “sin” for people, which in 1 John 3:4 is stated “sin is transgression (violation) of the law.”

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The Law: What Is It? Where Do I find It? How Do I Obey It?

How To Study The Instructions Of Yahuah – It Is Only Difficult When We Personally Make It Difficult

When one is new to Torah observance, one can find oneself at a loss regarding “Where to start”. Its funny that Yahuah left us His “Instructions” or “Words” (mistransliterated as “Law”), without a “Start Here” button to click.

So one will ask friends, search the interweb, read various sections of Torah and generally attempt to piece together a process of study. One thing for sure you will learn, as did I, is this: Obedience is easy until we make it difficult ourselves.  It is our selfish flesh that makes obedience difficult, every time.

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Judgement Begins In The Church In Texas?

1 Peter 4:12 – Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16. However, if you suffer as a follower of Yahuah through His son Yahusha, do not be ashamed, but praise Yahuah that you are of The way. 17. For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the truth of Yahuah? 

“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”

 

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Rejoice – The Tribulation Is Right At The Door

Lots of “bad news” in the news. Distrust, hate, war, famine, rumors of wars and more – we are inundated with it, and for sure world war is coming. I’m going to watch it on YouTube as long as we have electricity. WHen the power eventually goes out… Yippee! I will finally have the solution to my children’s cell-phone addictions and my mother-in-laws nasty habit of watching TV constantly (at near max volume :).

Here is truth: The righteous have nothing to fear in all of this. I assure you, the righteous have nothing to fear. In fact, we can look forward with tremendous joy to the beginning of the tribulation, because Continue reading “Rejoice – The Tribulation Is Right At The Door”