Thursday, July 15, 2021

Messiah Seen in the Tabernacle Colors: The Tekhelet & the Towla

By Maria Merola

© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, May 2008

Vayak’hel/Pekudei ויקהל/פקודי | “He gathered/Countings.”

Towrah: Shemoth (Exodus) 35:1-40:38.
Nabiym (Prophets): Yechezqel (Ezekiel) 45:16-46:18. 
Besowrah (Gospel): Marqos (Mark) 6:14-29/Yahuwchanon (John) 6:1-71. 

The title of this Towrah Portion (he gathered) intimates that our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa came to Gather the lost sheep of the House of Yisrael (Matthew 10:6; 15:24). 

Additionally, he will also count them or “Number them and seal them as described in Revelation 7:4 when he gathers the 144,000. For more understanding about who this elusive group of people are, see the blog entitled: “Who Are the 144,000?”

In this study, we will be focusing on one particular passage in the Towrah Portion from Exodus 35:25, as we glean prophetic shadows and types from the colors of the Tabernacle.

Shemoth (Exodus) 35:25 And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine linen.

We are going to learn from this study that the Tekhelet (the cerulean mussels) are a prophetic picture of the Ten Lost Tribes of Yisra’el who were thought to be extinct, but they are now returning to the Towrah and to their land. The Towla is symbolic of our Messiah who is pictured as a “worm in Psalm 22:6, because he “Was made to be sin for us, who knew no sin” (2nd Corinthians 5:21).

Before we go into the study, I want to clear up some confusion about the blue dye that is used to make the articles in the Temple and the tziyt-tziyot (fringes) on the four corners of the garments (Numbers 15:38).

Some people are baffled by the idea that YaHuWaH would use an unclean creature to extract the blue dye for these garments. However, the prohibition against eating unclean animals in Leviticus 11, is not the same thing as using these unclean creatures for clothing or other uses.

Remember that the gates in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:21) are made of pearl from an oyster (an unclean creature). The Levite, Yahuwchanon (John the Baptist) wore a coat made of camels hair (Matthew 3:4) which is also an unclean animal to eat. Consider the fact that YaHuWaH commands us to redeem the first-born of a donkey with a lamb four days before Passover:

Shemoth (Exodus) 34:20 But the firstling of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb: and if you redeem him not, then shall you break his neck. All the firstborn of your sons you shall redeem. And none shall appear before me empty.

Why does YaHuWaH command us to redeem an unclean creature? First of all, we know that a donkey is a stubborn animal, and ancient Yisrael were known to be “a stiff-necked people. Hence, the reason why we are commanded to break the neck of the donkey if he is not redeemed by the lamb. It is a little-known fact that all donkeys have crosses on their backs, to symbolize the last Hebrew letter
Taw, which is a sign of covenant!

In other words, if Yisra’el does not repent of their stiff-necked condition (and accept the blood of Messiah as atonement for their sins), they will ultimately be damned to the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:14-15). The breaking of the neck is to illustrate that they died because of their unrepentant stiff-necked condition. 

Nine times in scripture, YaHuWaH refers to his people as being stiff-necked (Exodus 32:9; 33:3 & 5; 34:9; Deuteronomy 9:6 & 13; 9:13; 10:16; 2nd Chronicles  30:8; Acts 7:51). The Hebrew word for “stiff-necked” is as follows:

#7186 qasheh kaw-sheh' from 7185; severe (in various applications):--churlish, cruel, grievous, hard-hearted, heavy, + impudent, obstinate, prevailed, rough(-ly), sore, sorrowful, stiff-necked, stubborn, in trouble.

In the 22nd chapter of Numbers, the prophet Balaam meant to do harm to the nation of Yisrael by cursing them for a sum of money. 

In Numbers 22:23, the angel/malak of YaHuWaH stood in the way with a drawn sword to prevent him from going to place a curse over the nation of  Yisrael. 

The donkey saw that the angel blocked the way, so she took Balaam off of the path, and because of this, he beat his donkey three times with his staff. 

The name Balaam literally means “not of the people.” This tells us that he was a false prophet, not for the people of Yisra’el, for he meant to harm them. The donkey in this account symbolizes Yisra’el, and Balaam threatened to kill her. But our Messiah is the true prophet who came to redeem, not destroy Yisra’el! 

Zecharyahuw (Zechariah) 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Tziyown (Zion); shout, O daughter of Yerushalyim (Jerusalem): behold, your King comes unto you: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon a donkey and upon a colt the foal of a donkey.

In Matthew 21:2-7 our Messiah fulfilled what had been written about him in this prophecy. He rode through Jerusalem four days before Passover, on what many in the Christian Church call “Palm Sunday, but it was not on a Sunday. 

This event took place on a Sabbath day, four days before his crucifixion on the fourth day of the week (what we today call Wednesday---not on Good Friday). See the blog entitled “Three Days & Three Nights in the Heart of the Earth: The Good Friday Myth.

Why did this event take place four days before our Messiah was scheduled to die as the Passover Lamb? The answer is found in the instructions for how we are commanded to kill the Passover Lamb:

Shemoth (Exodus) 12:

3 Speak you unto all the congregation of Yisra’el, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: you shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

6 And you shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same monthand the whole assembly of the congregation of Yisra’el shall kill it in the evening.

As you can see, we are commanded to take a lamb without blemish four days before Passover (on the tenth day of the first month Abib), and we are to kill this lamb on the fourteenth day of Abib. 

Our Messiah rode through Jerusalem on a donkey (symbolic of stiff-necked Yisra’el), and he being the Passover Lamb redeemed the nation, even though they killed him!

Now why did I go down this rabbit trail? I want to illustrate that just like the unclean donkey that is to be redeemed by the Passover Lamb (who is without blemish), the unclean cerulean mussel is to be used to dye the fabric blue and purple. But the red dye is made from the “towla, a worm or maggot that leaves behind a crimson-colored dye when it attaches itself to a tree and dies giving birth. 

Our Messiah symbolizes this worm whose color is mixed with the blue to produce the purple color of royalty---in other words the office of Melchizedek, both king and priest. 

When the red blood of Messiah cleanses the unclean bride who was divorced (symbolic of these snails), they produce a beautiful blue color to show that they are coming back to the commandments. When the bride is officially married at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, the colors of the red and the blue will mingle together to make purple, the color the royal priesthood of Melchizedek.

Exodus 35:25 uses this Hebrew word to define the color blue: 

#8504 tkeleth tek-ay'-leth probably for 7827; the cerulean mussel, i.e. the color (violet) obtained therefrom or stuff dyed therewith:--blue.

You will notice that this color is called violet and blue. Yet, in Exodus 35:25, the color purple is called “argaman.” What is meant by these colors? The color blue represents the Towrah, because YaHuWaH gave the commandments to Mosheh and the seventy elders while standing on a sapphire pavement (Exodus 24:10-12). 

The color red represents the blood of the lamb which atones for sins. The color purple is the product of these two colors mixed together, red & blue. Purple is the color of royalty, as kings often wore purple as a sign of wealth. These cerulean mussels were very difficult to find in the sea and thus the dye was very expensive and reserved only for the wealthy and royalty.

The Kings of Judah wrote their own copy of the Towrah by hand before taking office, so the color of the king is blue, for he executes judgement with the Towrah. 

The priests offered up blood sacrifices for the nation of Yisrael, hence the color red symbolizes the priesthood. 

When these two offices of king & priest are combined, we have the “The Order of Melchizedek, for our Messiah will return to take the office of both a king and a priest (see Genesis 14:18; Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 7:2). Not only will he hold both of these offices, but his followers will also be appointed to the duties of a king and a priest (Revelation 1:6; 5:10).

The reason why this unclean creature from the sea is used to make both colors (purple and blue), is because they represent the unclean nation of Yisra’el (Israel), who were divorced and have been in exile in the nations (see Jeremiah 3:8). 

These snails have been seemingly extinct for the past 2,000 years, yet in 1948, (when Israel became a nation again), these cerulean mussels miraculously began to return to the seashores of Yisra’el (Israel), along the Mediterranean Sea! 

What is also fascinating about this sea creature is that the inside of it has red stripes to signify that “By his stripes we are healed!” (Isaiah 53:5).

During these 2,000 years called “The Fullness of the Gentiles,” or in Hebrew “Melo ha’Goyim,” (Genesis 48:19; Romans 11:25), YaHuWaH caused the snails to disappear. 

The unclean snails, however reappeared in 1948, bearing with them the dye that makes them clean when they take hold of the “tziyt-tzyit,” (fringes) of a Yahuwdiy (Jew), according to the prophecy in Zechariah 8:22-23.

The very thing that is used to dye the tziyt-tziyt (fringes) is the same thing that will make these Ten Lost Tribes clean again! 

When they return (like the snails), they lay down their lives to obey the Master and his Towrah. They literally die to their old nature (like the snails), in order to produce the beautiful dye that will be used to make them obedient. In other words, they are born-again when they take hold of the Master and his Towrah, symbolic of the tziyt-tziyt!  

But how does the cerulean mussel produce both colors, purple and blue? When the blue dye is exposed to sunlight (symbolic of our Messiah, who is the Sun of Righteousness), it becomes purple, symbolic of the royal priesthood of Melchizedek:

1st Keefa (Peter) 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

Did you catch that? The Royal Priesthood of Melchizedek has been called “out of darkness,” and into “the light,” who is Messiah, the “Sun of Righteousness,” who comes with healing in his wings (Malachi 4:2)! 

The Hebrew word for “wings” is once again, the kanaph, the corner of the garment, wherein is placed the fringes, the tziyt-tziyt to remind us to obey the Towrah! 

When the dye from these cerulean mussels is exposed to sunlight (symbolic of Messiah), the color is a beautiful blue that is used to make the fringes (symbolic of the Towrah). 

When the dye is exposed to darkness, the color remains a deep purple. Both colors are used in the Temple to symbolize that both priesthoods will be functioning in the Temple during the Messianic Kingdom under Messiah. 

Just like King David, who had both the Zadok (Tzadoq) and the Levites working side-by-side. Our Messiah will rule on the throne of King David having both the order of Melchizedek (kings and priests) and the Levites. Prophecy tells us that he will “Rebuild the Tabernacle of David that has fallen down” (Amos 9:11; Acts 15:16).

To see the full documentary called “The Mystery of the Tekhelet,” see the video:

You will notice that the Aleph & Taw (the first and last letter of the Hebrew Alphabet) are present in the Hebrew text of Exodus 35:25. 
What do these two letters mean?

Shemoth (Exodus) 35:25 And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both [Aleph & Taw] of blue, and of purple, and [Aleph & Taw] of scarlet, and of fine linen.

The first thing that YaHuWaH created, in Genesis 1:1, as you will see by the illustration below, is the Hebrew Alphabet, symbolized by the first and last letter, called “Aleph & Taw.”

From these letters, “He spoke the word and the worlds were framed!” (see Hebrews 11:13). The first thing that you will notice is that the “Taw” (Tav) looks like a cross!

Oh, but wait! You’ve been taught by many Hebrew Root’s teachers that this symbol is pagan, right?

Well, what if I told you that the empty cross did not start out as a pagan symbol?

*Note: I am not referring to the Roman Catholic Crucifix with a graven image of a dead Messiah on it, which insinuates that he is perpetually being crucified for our sins.

Satan has hijacked this symbol and has tried to bring shame to our Messiah, who is called “The Aleph & Taw” (Alpha & Omega in Greek)----See Revelation 1:8 & 1:11; 22:13.

Our Messiah was nailed to a cross made of “two trees” in fulfillment of Ezekiel 37:16, to bring together the “two sticks!”

The image of the cross is literally holding together our entire bodies! Take a look at any medical journal and you will see that the “Laminin Cell” is what is holding our bodies together, and it is shaped like a cross!

This would therefore bring more meaning to this passage:

Ephesians 2:16 And that he might reconcile both [two houses, two sticks] unto Elohiym in ONE BODY BY THE CROSS, having slain the enmity thereby.

Beloved, we should not treat the cross as an idol by bowing down to it or praying to it, but we should not assume that it was inherently pagan from the beginning. 

There is so much prophetic meaning to these two letters, “Aleph & Taw,” if you would take the time to read this blog entitled: “The Alef & Taw: The Red Heifer & the Two Sticks.”

Thousands of times, these symbols of the Aleph & Taw are seen in the Hebrew Scriptures, but they are not represented in our English Bibles. The Hebrew Concordance shows these two letters as an actual word:

#853 eth ayth apparent contracted from 226 in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly, self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely):--(as such unrepresented in English).

This word comes from another root word:

#226 owth oth probably from 225 (in the sense of appearing); a signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc.:--markmiracle, (en-)sign, token.

Exodus 35:25 shows us two instances of the Aleph & Taw, which I believe to be a sign that our Messiah came to redeem “Both houses of Yisrael” (Isaiah 8:14).

Shemoth (Exodus) 35:25 And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both [Aleph & Taw] of blue, and of purple, and [Aleph & Taw] of scarlet, and of fine linen.

The wise women in the above passage is a picture of the five wise virgins in Matthew 25 who have their oil lamps filled and ready to meet the bridegroom. In Revelation 19:7-9, this virgin has now become a bride made ready, as she is clothed in “White linen, fine and clean.” 

She was unclean when she was divorced and made a widow in Isaiah 54. But now, after 2,000 years of exile, she is returning to the land (like those snails thought to be exinct), because she has been made clean by the blood of the lamb (symbolized by the scarlet worm). 

The Proverbs 31 wife pictures these wise virgins who are industrious and crafty at spinning, and weaving fabric, willing to work diligently with their hands:

Proverbs 31:13 She seeks wool, and flax, and works willingly with her hands.

Proverbs 31:19 She lays her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

Proverbs 31:21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

Proverbs 31:22 She makes herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

Proverbs 31:24 She makes fine linen, and sells it; and delivers girdles unto the merchant.

Unclean Lips Made Clean on the Sea Shore

In this next section, of the teaching, I will be using an excerpt of my blog entitled “My People Shall Know My Name!”

During her exile in the nations, Yisrael took on the customs and learned the languages of the nations, and she forgot her identity. In Isaiah 6:5, the prophet Isaiah says that he is a man of “unclean lips” which in Hebrew is “tame saphah.” This phrase means “unclean languages.” The Hebrew Concordance shows us the word for lips:

#8193. saphah saw-faw’ or (in dual and plural) sepheth {sef-eth’}; probably from 5595 or 8192 through the idea of termination (Compare 5490); the lip (as a natural boundary); by implication, language; by analogy, a margin (of a vessel, water, cloth, etc.):--band, bank, bindingborderbrim, brink, edge, language, lip, prating, sea-shore, side, speech, talk, (vain) words.

This is a very peculiar word, because while it means “language” it also means “border, brim, edge.” It also means “termination,” because the original one pure language of the earth was terminated at the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11, and it was only spoken by the Hebrews but not by the Gentiles. 

However, in these last days, the curse is being reversed, as we are being restored back to the Pre-Tower of Babel language, the pure language of the Creator called “Ancient Hebrew” (Zephaniah 3:8-9). 

This Hebrew word for “lips” (saphah), has a wide range of synonyms that paint a picture. One of the synonyms means “seashore,” and one might question “What does a seashore have to do with lips?” 

These cerulean mussels that have been extinct for these past 2,000 years began to appear on the seashores of the Mediterranean Sea in Yisrael (Israel) in 1948. This is a prophetic picture of these lost sheep of Yisrael returning back to the land of their heritage and taking hold of the Towrah (commandments) of YaHuWaH which were written in his holy language with his very own finger (Exodus 31:18; Deuteronomy 9:10).

What is the correlation between languages and “border or edge?” The answer can be found in this prophecy:

Zecharyahuw (Zechariah) 8:

22 Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek YHWH of hosts in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), and to pray before YHWH.

23 Thus says YHWH of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt [kanaph #H3671] of him that is a Yahuwdiy (Jew), saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that Elohiym is with you.

This prophecy in Zechariah is telling us that “ten men” shall take hold out of all languages of the Gentile nations, and they shall take hold of the “skirt” of him that is a Yahuwdiy (Jew). This means that in the last days, the Gentiles will begin to obey the Towrah (Mosaic Law). But what is interesting, is that this word for “ten” is not limited to the number 10, but it is a word that can mean “multiples of ten.” Let’s take a look at this word in Hebrew:

#6235. `eser eh’ser masculine of term aasarah {as-aw-raw’}; from 6237; ten (as an accumulation to the extent of the digits): with other numbers.

This means that there will be tens of thousands of Gentiles who will begin to obey the Towrah in the last days. But the word “skirt” in Zechariah 8:23 is the Hebrew word “kanaph” which means the following:

In the Hebrew Strong’s Concordance: #H3671. kanaphwing, extremity, edge, winged, border, corner of the garment. 

Aha! If the Hebrew word for “language” (saphah) also means “border, edge, brim” and the word for “skirt” (kanaph) also means edge, winged, border, corner of the garment” then there has to be a correlation between the corner of the garment and the one pure language. What could that correlation be?

The Four Corners of the Earth Knit Together as One

In Leviticus 23:22, YaHuWaH commanded Yisra’el not to harvest the “four corners” of their field, but to save the crops for the “poor and the stranger.” 

This is because YaHuWaH sees the earth as his harvest field so when he speaks of “four corners of the earth” (Isaiah 11:12, Revelation 7:1), he is speaking about the harvest of souls from the Gentile nations. In the last days, the “four angels from the four winds of heaven” will gather the elect from the “four corners of the earth” (Matthew 24:21, Revelation 7:1).

In the 10th chapter of Acts, Peter (Keefa) was shown in a vision, a great sheet “knit at the four corners” with both clean and unclean animals in it. 

This is reminiscent of Noah’s Ark, when he was commanded to “gather seven of each kind” of the clean animals and only “two of each kind” of the unclean animals (Genesis 6:19-7:3).

The unclean animals signify the “Two Houses of Yisra’el” who were scattered to the Gentile nations and they became “unclean” because they departed from keeping the Towrah at different times in history (Jeremiah 3:8). 

But the clean animals symbolize the “seven congregations” in the book of Revelation who are now “clean through the word” of Messiah (John 15:3). 

In other words, these Gentiles from the “seven continents of the world” are now being gathered to the “Yahuwdiym” (Jewish) Messiah and they are now beginning to obey his Towrah! Both the clean and the unclean went into the ark of salvation through only “one door” which is Messiah (John 10:7-9).

Peter’s vision on the rooftop therefore has to do with the end-time harvest of souls, and it had nothing what-so-ever to do with being allowed to eat unclean animals! A prayer shawl is called a “tallit” in Hebrew. 

But in English, it has been translated as “tent” or a “skene” in Greek. Sometimes it is also called a “sukkah” in Hebrew. In Acts 18:3 we read that Sha’uwl (Paul) was a “tentmaker.” But what he actually made were “portable prayer tents” called prayer shawls (skene). 

On the four corners of these prayer shawls we are commanded to place on them “fringes” to remind us that we are to obey the commandments (Deuteronomy 22:12, Numbers 15:38). 

These “fringes” are called tziyt-tziyt” in Hebrew and they are to have a blue ribbon going through them. Why blue? 

In Shemoth (Exodus) 24:10, the Towrah (Mosaic Law) was given to Mosheh (Moses) and the seventy elders when they saw the Elohiym of Yisra’el and under his feet was a “Paved work of sapphire stone. 

In Shemoth (Exodus) 24:12, we are told that these tables of stone were made from a sapphire blue gemstone: And YHWH said unto Mosheh, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give you tables of stone, and a Towrah (law), and commandments which I have written; that you may teach them.The phrase “tables of stone in Hebrew is “luach eben,which literally means  “glistening carbuncle!” 

When researching what a carbuncle looks like, I found the etymology of the world as follows: Old English carbunculus, from Latin carbunculus ‘coal, precious stone, pustule’, from carbo ‘coal, charcoal’; subsequently reinforced by Old French charbuncle.” 

Carbuncles are basically clear, translucent gemstones, that come in a variety of different colors, such as red, blue, green or amber. When I looked up what a blue carbuncle looks like I found this blue gemstone in my internet search, which is sapphire in color!

In Zechariah 8:23, the Hebrew word for “skirt” is #H3671 in the Strong’s Concordance: “kanaph” and it means: wing, extremity, edge, winged, border, corner of the garment, and this is where the fringes or the tziyt-tziyt are placed, on the four corners of the garment. 

In Malachi 4:2, another prophecy about our Messiah is told as one who comes with “healing in his wings.” 

Malakiy (Malachi) 4:2 “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings…” 

The Hebrew word in this passage for “wings” is once again #H3671 which is “kanaph and this is the same word used in Zechariah 8:23 for skirt!

The woman with the “issue of blood” in Matthew 9:20 was also a symbol of the nation of Yisra’el who had been “exiled” (sent away, and divorced) to the nations because of their uncleanness (Deuteronomy 24:1). 

This woman had an issue of blood for “twelve years” which is symbolic of the “twelve tribes” of Yisra’el, and this made her unclean, so she had to remain outside of the camp and quarantined. But when this woman “touched the hem” of Messiah’s garment she was made clean!

The Greek word for “hem” in Matthew 9:20 is as follows:

#2899 kraspedona: tassel, tuft; the extremity or prominent part of a thing, edge, skirt, margin; the fringe of a garment; the Jews had such appendages attached to their mantles to remind them of the law.

The big sheet that came down in Keefa’s (Peter’svision was “knit at the four corners.” This has to do with the harvest field---the four corners of the earth! The fact that it was knit at four corners speaks of the Gentiles gathering together by taking the “wing, or corner of the garment,” or the tziyt-tziyt” of a Yahuwdiy (Jew) just like in Zechariah’s prophecy! 

The prayer shawl is deliberately made in the shape of a rectangle to resemble the harvest field. YaHuWaH commands us not to harvest the “four corners” of our harvest field but we are commanded to save it for the “stranger and for the poor.” 

In Exodus 24:7-12 Mosheh read the book of the covenant to the people of Yisra’el (the marriage vows) and they accepted the terms and conditions of the covenant which are the instructions (Towrah). 

This is when YaHuWaH revealed himself on A sapphire pavement, and then he beckoned Mosheh to come up to the mountain to receive the written marriage covenant. 

The blue thread in the tziyt-tziyt are meant to be an outward sign of our covenant with YaHuWaH. It is like wearing our engagement ring!

This is why in Zechariah 8:23 ten men from ten nations of the Gentiles grab the “kanaph” (corner of the garment) of a Yahuwdiy (Jew). This means that the “Ten Northern Tribes” of Yisra’el (the lost sheep of Ephrayim) will begin to join themselves again with the Yahuwdiym (Jews) in the last days in obedience to the marriage covenant! 

Keefa (Peter) was being shown this prophetic dream where the Gentiles (represented as unclean animals) were being “gathered” in a large “sheet” (wedding canopy, chuppah, tent or prayer shawl) and they are being gathered at the four corners. Now listen to how similar this sounds to our Messiah’s words in this prophecy:  

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

You see Keefa’s (Peter’s) vision had nothing to do with eating pork or unclean animals! His vision was about gathering the Gentiles into the same covenant with the House of Yahuwdah (Judah) at the “four corners of the earth! 

What is even more interesting is that in Ezekiel 37:16, when YaHuWaH brings together “The stick of Judah & Ephrayim in the last days, there are Gentiles who are joined to them who are called “companions. The Hebrew word for “companions” is #H2270 “chaber which means “knit together!

Peter was being shown in Acts 10:11 that the Gentiles (represented by the unclean animals) from the “four corners” of the earth were going to be gathered into the sheet. 

That Greek word for “sheet” is #G3607 “othone” which means “a linen cloth.” The bride of Messiah in Revelation 19:8 will be arrayed in “fine linen white and clean” at the marriage supper of the lamb. 

This vision that Keefa (Peter) had was illustrating that the great sheet would be “knit at the four corners” into one big house or family (tent or prayer shawl), when “ten men from the nations” (representing the ten lost tribes) will grab the “kanaph” (corner of the garment, or the tziytzit) of a Yahuwdiy (Jew)!

Bemidbar (Numbers) 15:

37 And YHWH spoke unto Mosheh, saying,

38 Speak unto the children of Yisra’el, and bid them that they make them fringes [tziytzit #6734] in the borders [kanaph #3671] of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe [tziytzit #6734] of the borders [kanaph #3671] a ribband of blue [#8504 tekeleth].

39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe [tziyt-tziyt #6734], that you may look upon it, and remember ותא [Aleph, Taw, Waw] all the commandments of YHWH, and do them ; and that you seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you use to go a whoring.

*Note: you will notice that right next the word “remember” are three Hebrew Letters from right to left: Aleph, Taw,Waw, which symbolize “The red heifer, the cross and the nail!” 

These three letters are unrepresented in English, but they symbolize our Messiah. This prophecy is therefore telling us that the tziyt-tziyt are a symbol of our Messiah and when we look upon them, they testify of him and they remind us to keep his Towrah!

The Hebrew word for “blue” in the above verse is the same as what is used in Exodus 35:25:

#8504. tekeleth tek-ay’-leth probably for 7827; the cerulean mussel, i.e. the color (violet) obtained there from or stuff dyed there with:--blue.

Some people argue that this cerulean mussel is an unclean creature, and that it does not make sense that the dye used to make the tziyt-tziyt comes from something that is unclean. 

However, the prohibition against eating unclean animals in Leviticus 11,  does not include using it to make “dye.” 

It does indeed make sense that the dye would be made from something “unclean” since YaHuWaH told Noah & Peter to gather both the unclean (symbolic of the Gentiles) and the clean (symbolic of the House of Judah). And together, they shall both be made “clean” by the Towrah and the spoken word of our Messiah. 

Even the gates in the New Jerusalem are made of pearl which comes from an oyster. 

Oysters are considered “unclean” to eat, but our Messiah compared “pearls” to wisdom (Matthew 13:46; Revelation 21:21; Job 28:18). 

Eating is symbolic of taking something into our minds. Eating unclean things is spiritually likened to false pagan teachings of the gentiles. This is one of the many reasons why we are commanded not to “eat” things unclean. 

However, using these unclean animals for other purposes other than “eating,” means that YaHuWaH has created the gentiles for his purposes. In his wisdom, he uses them to provoke Yisra’el to jealousy (Romans 10:19; 11:11).

This “tekheleth” snail has been extinct for the past 2,000 years until the year that the Modern State of Israel became a nation in 1948, and then suddenly these snails began to appear again on the seashore of the Mediterranean Sea!

These unclean shell-fish since 1948 are now reappearing on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea around the area of Israel as a sign that we are now in what is called “The fullness of the gentiles” (Romans 11:25). 

Do you remember the promise given to Abraham about his descendants being more numerous than the “sands on the seashore?” (Genesis 22:17; 32:12). These unclean creatures symbolize the Gentiles who are now coming into obedience to Towrah by grabbing hold of the “tziyt-tziyt” of Messiah!

Do you remember what the definition for the word “languages” is in Zephaniah 3:8, Zechariah 8:23 and also in Genesis 11? Remember, it is the word saphah (#H8193), which also means “seashore!”  

Tekhelet is a blue dye, and is mentioned forty-eight times in the Tanakh (Old Testament).

Blue is the traditional color for The Messiah. Uses of this dye included dying the middle garment of the Jewish High Priest and, importantly, the blue thread in the tziyt-tziyt.

The tziyt-tziyt is the fringed corner of the tallit, the Jewish prayer shawl. Tziyt-tziyt (fringe, tassel) was required to be placed on each of the four corners of the shawl, and a blue thread was commanded to be incorporated into each tassel (Numbers 15:38-39).

After the destruction of the Second Temple and the city of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, tekhelet (blue dye) could not be produced. Jews wore tassels of white or white with a black thread throughout the Diaspora.

It is believed that the dye came from a Mediterranean Sea snail (mollusk). Although opinions differ, most scholars believe this mollusk is Murex trunculus (more recently renamed, Hexaplex trunculus. This snail was thought to be extinct, until it began washing ashore in Israel a few years ago. The blue dye can now be extracted from the shell. 

Interestingly, the blue color appears only when the dyed wool is exposed to sunlight. This is obviously symbolic of Yahuwshuwa “I am the Light of the world” (John 8:12). 

*Footnote by Maria Merola: could it be that the blue dye only appears when exposed to sunlight because Yahuwshuwa is called “The Sun of Righteousness with healing in his wings?” (Malachi 4:2).

The State of Israel now has the precious blue dye necessary to welcome the Messiah with his color! The middle garment of the High Priests garment and the blue thread of the tziyt-tziyt can now be authentically dyed!

Now we should be able to figure out what the original language was before the Tower of Babel, by following these prophecies. First of all in Genesis 10:10, we learn that Nimrod was the ruler of “ten provinces” in the land of Shinar. These eventually become the “ten horns” or nations of the end-time beast of Revelation 13.

If “ten men” are symbolic of the Ten Northern Tribes of Ephrayim who were scattered to the heathen nations, and they are still speaking in these unclean languages, what language are they going to be restored to? In these last days, the Gentiles are following the House of Yahuwdah (Judah) and the House of Yahuwdah speaks what language? Hebrew! 

It is now obvious that there is a clear correlation between the blue thread (which is symbolic of the Towrah) in the fringes (tziyt-tzyit) on the corners of the garment and the one pure language that we are being restored back to. 

Therefore, we must ask ourselves “What language was the Towrah given to Moses in?” If the language of the Towrah is Ancient Hebrew, and the blue fringes are symbolic of the Towrah, then we have our answer! 

If the word saphah (language) means “edge, border, brim,” and the word “kanaph” (skirt) also means “edge, border, corner of the garment,” then we have to conclude that the “ten men” (symbolic of the gentiles) are going to grab hold of the “tziyt-tzyit” (on the corner of the garment) and that means that they will learn to speak the language of the Towrah which is Ancient Hebrew!

The next section of this teaching comes from an excerpt of my blog entitled “When Was the Real Messiah Born & Why Does it Matter?

The Towla cleanses the Tekhelet

In my book about the birth of Messiah, I reveal many signs pointing to his birth taking place on the Feast of Trumpets or Yom Teruwah. 

The Hebrew word for “sign” (owth) also means “a banner!” That banner is the “scarlet thread” that was placed on the hand of Tamar’s twin when he stuck his hand out in Genesis 38:29-30. 

This twin is named Zarah or “Zerach” in Hebrew (#2226), and he is a prophetic “type” of Messiah whose name means “rising of light.” On Yom Teruw’ah, the first sliver of the crescent moon is rising until it reaches it’s full light on the 15th of the month (at it’s peak) on the Feast of Tabernacles. But this twin stuck his hand out first as a “sign” or a banner that he was the “first-born!”

Listen to the similarity of the wording from Genesis 38:28 to Revelation 12:2:

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 38:28 And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first.

Chazown (Revelation) 12:2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

You see, Tamar giving birth to twins is a symbol of the Two House of Yisra’el: Ephrayim & Yahuwdah (Judah). And who was her first-born? It was Zerach (Zarah) who was given the sign of the “scarlet ribbon” on the hand.

That first-born son of Tamar was a prophetic picture of the “first-born” son of Miryam who also became the “first-born” from among the dead.

Luqas (Luke) 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Romiym (Romans) 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Qolasiym (Colossians) 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the qehillah (congregation): who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have preeminence.

You see, the first-born son of Tamar bore the scarlet thread to symbolize our Messiah who is also the first-born from among the dead. His blood flowing out of his hands when he was nailed to the tree was the scarlet thread:

Tehilliym (Psalm) 22:16 “…..they pierced my hands and my feet.” 

The Hebrew word for “scarlet thread” in Genesis 38:29 is #8144 “shaniy” which means: Scarletcrimsonthe insect ‘coccus ilicis, the dried body of the female yielding colouring matter from which is made the dye used for cloth to colour it scarlet or crimson.

This female insect is an illustration of the woman giving birth to a man-child with the scarlet thread!

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 1:18 “… though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

In this verse from Isaiah, the Hebrew word for “scarlet” is once again, “shaniy,” which refers to this insect, “coccus ilicis.” 

The word, “crimson” (towla #8438) is often used in conjunction with the word “scarlet.” They are synonymous with each other, but “towla” refers to the worm, more than the color. 

This grub, or scarlet worm, is found in a species of oak trees around the Mediterranean and is about the size of a pea. The female has a very round shape and red color. This Hebrew word crimson (towla) is also translated as “a worm, a grub, a maggot” in scripture.

There is a fascinating story behind this little worm, which will explain the profound meaning of this verse. When the life of the female coccus ilicis, (or scarlet worm) is nearing the end of her life, she climbs a tree and attaches her body to it, fixing herself so firmly and permanently, she virtually impales herself on the tree, and never leaves again. Just before she dies, her eggs hatch and she gives birth to her young. The eggs deposited beneath her body are now protected from predators. 

Then, after the larvae hatch they are able to enter their own life cycle. As the mother dies, crimson fluid from within her body, stains her own body and the surrounding wood she is attached to. 

She makes the ultimate sacrifice and because of her own death, her offspring are given new life. From the crushed, dried dead bodies of such female scarlet worms, the scarlet dye is extracted and used to dye wool red.

This dye is referred to in the Bible as simply “scarlet” (the color), or “crimson” (the worm).

Tehilliym (Psalm) 22:6 speaks of Messiah: “But I am a worm, and not a man, A reproach of men, and despised by the people.” 

The word “worm” in this verse, is also “towla” (the word crimson) which is the color of blood. This verse is actually saying, “But I am crimson,” referring to the coccus ilicis as a metaphor for his very own blood that would be shed for us. He was impaled on a tree just as the female worm was for her young so that we might live!

In addition to this, the crushed “coccus ilicis” contains a chemical that is an anti-bacterial agent which is why it was used in two types of purification ceremonies:

1.) When there was a plague, scarlet was included in the purification of the house. “And he shall cleanse the house with the blood of the bird, and with the running water, and with the living bird, and with the cedar wood, and with the hyssop, and with the scarlet” (Leviticus 14:52).

2.) The scarlet worm was also used in the formula with the ashes of the red heifer “And the priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer” (Leviticus 19:6).

These ashes were used to cleanse a person when they came into contact with a dead body (a host for bacteria). This crimson, the worm coccus ilicis, was necessary to make one clean, which is symbolic of the blood of Yahuwshuwa removing the sin of disease and death from us.

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised [crushed] for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Ibriym (Hebrews) 9:13-14 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Mashiyach (Messiah), who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to Elohiym, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living Elohiym?

The scarlet cord (thread) is also referred to in the book of Joshua, when Rahab the harlot, hung a “scarlet” thread from her window, which preserved her life from the Yisra’elite invasion to come.

Yahuwshuwa (Joshua) 2:21 And she said, According unto your words, so be it. And she sent them away, and they departed: and she bound the scarlet line in the window.

Here, the scarlet cord that had been dyed using the scarlet worm’s body, is used to identify the home of Rahab, who befriended the Yisra’eli spies, and it spared her life and her family from destruction. In the same way, we are chosen and identified by YaHuWaH, through the blood of Yahuwshuwa ha’Mashiyach that washed our sins away. 

The last words of our Messiah when he died on the tree are also deeply profound in light of this metaphor of the ilicis worm:

Yahuwchanon (John) 19:30 When he had received the drink, Yahuwshuwa said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. 

Interestingly, that word in Latin, ilicis means….it is finished!

*Note: when using Google Translate, the word “ilicis” translates in English as the word “droop.” The word “droop,” means the following: to hang down, to sink, to lose spirit, to descend as the sun.This word implies something that has expired, or is exhausted.

The connection between the wool that comes from a lamb that his shorn, and the red dye that comes from this worm are now coming into focus:

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, says YHWH: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimsonthey shall be as wool.

Ibriym (Hebrews) 9:19 For when Mosheh had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people…

The bride of Messiah is typified as the woman in Proverbs 31:21 whose household is clothed in scarlet: “She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet (coccus ilicis).” This means that the bride of Messiah is covered by the blood of the lamb!

The prophecy that Ya’aqob (Jacob) spoke over his son Yahuwdah (Judah) in Genesis 49:11 says that he would “Bind his foal unto the vine, and his donkey’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes.” 

This same prophecy is seen again in Revelation 19:13 about our Messiah, the Lion of the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah) and it says that “he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of Elohiym.”

In Isaiah 63:1, the Messianic prophecy says that Messiah will come from “Edom” which is a word that means “scarlet red,” and it goes on to say that he “dyed his garments.” 

Our Messiah has taken the unclean, and the ugly things in our lives and he makes them beautiful with his red blood offered to us in love. In turn, we are commanded to do the same thing by offering up our hearts to him, just like those snails who die in order to give the beautiful blue and purple to make his Tabernacle of love where we will meet him at the marriage supper in the future.

In conclusion, these three colors of the Tabernacle: blue, purple and red paint a beautiful picture of the redemption of Yisra’el, the bride of Messiah.

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