Sunday, July 4, 2021

The Father & the Son Seen in Judah, the Kinsman Redeemer

© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, August 2012  

Has it ever occurred to you that the term “Heavenly Father” is never once mentioned in the Tanakh (Old Testament)? We only find this specific title in the Briyth Chadashah (New Testament). Well, there is a very specific reason for this, which I am about to reveal in this study.

Scripture does indeed describe YaHuWaH as a Father to Yisra
el, but the specific term “Heavenly Father” is not found in the TaNaKh.

Shemoth (Exodus) 4:21-22 And YHWH said unto Mosheh (Moses)...And you shall say unto Pharaoh, Thus says YHWH, Yisrael  IS MY SON, EVEN MY FIRSTBORN.

Yirmeyahuw (Jeremiah) 3:19 “...You shall call me, MY FATHER; and shall not turn away from me. 

Yirmeyahuw (Jeremiah) 31:9 ...I AM A FATHER to Yisrael, and Ephrayim is my firstborn.  

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 64:8 But now, O YHWH, YOU ARE OUR FATHER; we are the clay, and you our potter; and we all are the work of your hand.

Malakiy (Malachi) 2:10 Have we not all ONE FATHER? has not one Elohiym created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?

In the TaNaKk (law, prophets & writings), our Creator is referred to by his one true name, (YaHuWaH), which encompasses the role of the Father; but the role of the Son is the nation of Yisra’el. 

YaHuWaH calls himself “A father to Yisra’el,” and he says that Yisra’el is “His son.”

In the first chapter of the gospel of Yahuwchanon (John), we begin to see a picture of the relationship between YaHuWaH, as “Heavenly Father,” and his “only begotten son,” the Messiah. Our Messiah came as a representation of the entire nation of Yisra’el. In other words, YaHuWaH himself, took the place of Yisra’el, (his firstborn son), when he came to earth (manifested in mortal, human flesh), to illustrate for us, what an obedient son is supposed to look like! 

This phenomenon is accurately portrayed in each of the roles of the “twin goats” during Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). Within all the Temple sacrifices, YaHuWaH showed us his plan of redemption, by giving us his written word---his Towrah. 

Nevertheless, the nation of Yisra’el was hard of hearing, and spiritually blind (Isaiah 6:10). Consequently, YaHuWaH had to come to them in the body of a human being, in order to role-play for them, the relationship of the Father, and also the relationship of Yisra’el, (the first-born Son). 

YaHuWaH, (the one and only Creator), became the Son (the Messiah), and he portrayed the role of both goats, so that we would have an accurate prophetic picture of his redemption. The sacrificial goat (who was to be killed), represents the obedient Son; whereas, and the scapegoat (who is sent away, and exiled for his sins), represents the disobedient Son, Yisra’el

Our Messiah was not disobedient, yet he allowed himself to be treated as a criminal, to die in our place. This is exactly what the term “scapegoat” means. The dictionary defines it as “An innocent party, who takes the place of the guilty party.”

The Twin Goats Portrayed in Messiah

Do you remember Barabbas in Matthew 27:16-26? His name in Aramaic is “Bar Abba,” which means “Son of the Father.” Bar Abba (Barabbas), was a symbol of the disobedient nation of Yisra’el, and he was released from prison, even though he was guilty.

However, our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa was killed in his place, because he became the scapegoat for Yisra’el!

As I already explained, the definition for the word “scapegoat” is “The innocent party who takes the blame for the guilty party.” 

The nation of Yisra’el, (the firstborn son) was the guilty party, but the Father put on human flesh, and became the Son (representing Yisra’el), and thus, he was trading places with humanity! 

We see a perfect picture of this concept (of the Father taking the place of his Son), as the “Kinsman Redeemer,” in the story of Judah & Tamar in Genesis 38. 

Judah was not only the “Father” of three sons (Er, Onan & Shelah), but he was also the “Son” of Jacob, and also the “brother” of the sons of Yisra’el. We are going to see that Judah, (the kinsman redeemer), fulfilled all three roles at the same time! 

What exactly do I mean by this? Judah as the father to three sons, was their spiritual leader. These three sons, I believe represent three groups of people. Who are they? 

Three Groups of People Messiah Came to Redeem

There is a parable that our Messiah told in Matthew 13:33. In this parable, the woman is the Ruwach ha’Qodesh (Holy Spirit) as well as Jerusalem (the mother of us all according to Galatians 4:26). The earth is the whole batch of dough and the “leaven” is the gospel message (the besowrah). 

The “seed of Abraham” is likened unto three measures of meal. Who are the seed of Abraham? Is it those who carry the physical DNA of Abraham? Yes, it does include them, but it goes beyond physical DNA. Even those who have the DNA of Abraham must repent and accept the blood of Yahuwshuwa Messiah for their sins. 

In Luke 3, Yahuwchanon (John) the Immerser (Baptizer) rebuked those who were putting their trust in bloodline identity. 

He was essentially saying to them “Just because you are the physical descendants of Abraham, does not mean you are automatically saved---you must show the fruit of repentance by obeying the commandments” (Luke 3:7-8). 

In this parable, our Messiah likens three measures of meal to three groups of people in the earth. It is also interesting that the reference number for Matthew 13:33 contains three number “3’s!”

This is how he is building his kingdom for when he returns:

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 13:33 Another parable spoke he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

The Kingdom of Elohiym (Heaven):

1. Followers of Messiah from the House of Yahuwdah (Judah or Jews).
2. Followers of Messiah from the House of Ephrayim (Yisra’el).
3. Followers of Messiah from the nations who are grafted into Yisra’el as “native born” (Ezekiel 47:22-23; Romans 11:23-24).

The Kingdom of Satan (Everlasting Punishment):

1. Those who don’t believe Yahuwshuwa is the Messiah from Judah (Jews).
2. Those who don’t believe Yahuwshuwa is the Messiah from Ephrayim (Yisra’el).
3. Those who don’t believe Yahuwshuwa is the Messiah from the nations aka gentiles.

There are 6 groups represented above, and 6 is the number of Adam, man, and beast, because all were created on the 6th day of creation. 

The only difference is, the first group belonging to the Kingdom of Heaven, have been atoned for by “The blood of the lamb.” And because of this, they have the indwelling of the Ruwach ha’Qodesh (Holy Spirit). In other words, they have the “breath” of YaHuWaH breathed into them!

In Genesis 38, I believe that the three sons of Judah (Er, Onan & Shelah) typify these three groups. The House of Ephrayim is represented by Er (the son who died because he was wicked). Onan represents the House of Judah, because he refused to perform the duty of a kinsman redeemer for his dead brother. And finally, Shelah represents the gentiles who later in history were grafted into the House of Yisra’el through Messiah. 

As the fourth son of Jacob, Judah was fulfilling the prophecy given to him by his father in Genesis 49:10, which is to rule with the scepter (staff) as the spiritual leader of the other sons of Yisra’el. 

As the brother of the other sons of Yisra’el, he obeyed the law of the kinsman redeemer, so that the widowed wife, (Tamar) would be able to keep her family inheritance and remain in the tribe. Tamar’s twin sons would be added to the House of Yisra’el, thereby adding more members to the house, thus making them fruitful. 

And finally, as the father of these three sons, he ultimately did what they were unable to do. Judah wanted Er & Onan to do what was right in the eyes of YaHuWaH, but they would not. Therefore, he promised to send Shelah when he was grown up. Yet he was also afraid of losing another son to death. In Genesis 38:11, we read:

“Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter in law, ‘Remain a widow at thy father’s house, till Shelah my son be grown: for he said, Lest peradventure he die also, as his brethren did.’ And Tamar went and dwelt in her father’s house.”

From this passage, we get a clue that the Heavenly Father could not bear to see his firstborn son, (Yisra’el) die, so he promised to send Shelah whose name means “petition,” and this means that the Father has heard the petitions of the righteous. Shelah represents the Messiah who came to represent the first-born Son, Yisra’el. 

However, Judah took the place of his son, (Shelah) and became the kinsman redeemer for Tamar. Hence, the Messiah, Yahuwshuwa was the Father himself taking the place for his first-born son Yisra’el! 

In the end, Tamar was made righteous, because she stood fast to the Towrah (law) and she was redeemed because of her obedience to it.

Likewise, our Creator, YaHuWaH (like Judah) fulfilled the role of “The Father of Yisra’el” in the Tanakh, but he also fulfilled the role of “The Son of Yisra’el” in the Briyth Chadashah (New Testament). 

Similarly, we can see a prophetic picture of this concept in Luke 15 with the parable of “The Prodigal Son.” 

At Messiahs first coming, Judah represented the older brother (the unwilling kinsman redeemer), because he was not willing to see his younger brother restored. 

The prodigal son was a picture of the “The Northern Kingdom of The Ten Lost Tribes of the House of Ephrayim,” because they went away into exile, and they squandered their inheritance. The Father in this parable wanted the older son (typified in Judah) to help restore the returning lost tribes (typified in the prodigal son). 

However, the “The Southern Kingdom of the Two Tribes of the House of Judah,” were unwilling to allow these exiled, divorced tribes back into the land. This is the reason why our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa said that he was “sent” by the Father “To the lost sheep of the house of Yisrael” (Matthew 15:24). 

Like Judah, who promised to “send” his son Shelah, he ultimately became the redeemer himself, when he promised to send the “goat” to Tamar.

At Messiahs second coming, the roles in the story of 
The Prodigal Son will be reversed. Thus, the older brother will be likened unto Ephrayim (the born-again gentiles); while the younger brother will be likened unto Judah (the Jews who have not yet accepted Yahuwshuwa as their Messiah). 

See my other article entitled: “Two Conditions of the Human Heart Seen in Ephraim & Judah.”

YaHuWaH as the Father, put on human flesh and became the Son, so that he could represent both Houses of Yisra’el (Isaiah 8:14). 

This is why he referred to himself as “The first and the last, the beginning and the ending” (Revelation 1:8-11; 21:6; 22:13). 

Yahuwshuwa came to fulfill the role of “The prodigal son” who “left his fathers house.” In other words, he came for those who were physically born last. 

But when the prodigal son (Ephrayim) was “born-again,” by the blood atonement that his father provided with the fatted calf (symbolic of the red heifer), he was then called “my firstborn son” (Jeremiah 31:9).

Yahuwshuwa followed the pattern of the scapegoat, and the prodigal son at his first coming. He did this to go after the lost sheep who were in exile in the nations. But afterward, (when he resurrected), he returned back to his Father’s house to receive the “double portion inheritance” just like Yahuwseph (Joseph) who also was given a double portion of Jacobs inheritance in Genesis 48:22. 

Yahuwshuwa also fulfilled the pattern of the sacrificial goat and the older brother, (Judah) when he died in their place, receiving the death penalty that they rightfully deserved. 

Yahuwshuwa illustrated this concept when he was “sent” into the wilderness to fast and pray, immediately following his baptism (mikvah or immersion). After his death, the House of Judah rejected his gospel message (the besowrah). This is why his message was then “sent” into the nations to reach the lost sheep.

Now, I know what some of you may be thinking: “But I thought our Messiah was sent to the lost sheep of Yisrael--not to the gentiles.”

It is important to understand that there are “lost sheep” within both kingdoms (Judah & Ephrayim); Thus our Messiah said that he has two flocks of sheep that must be gathered back to him in the end.

Yahuwchanon (John) 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

After the Kingdom of Judah rejected his gospel message, they too became “lost sheep.” Therefore, he has two flocks that he must gather back to himself.

In this way, he was displaying the pattern of both goats for Yom Kippur. The scapegoat (Azazel) is sent” into the wilderness to carry away the sins of the people. The scapegoat also represents those who were sent into exile. 

In Ezekiel 19:1-14, we read a saga about a Mother Lioness,(who is Jerusalem), and both of her lions whelps are sent into exile. The lion who was carried away in chains into Babylon was the Kingdom of Yahuwdah (Judah).

The lion who was carried away into Egypt represents the Kingdom of Yisrael (Ephrayim) who were taken captive by the Assyrians. However, the Assyrians also conquered Egypt in 671 B.C. Thus, they found themselves back in Egypt again.

At his second coming, Yahuwshuwa will then fulfill the role of the “older brother Judah” in the story of the prodigal, when he returns as the “Father,” (typified in the patriarch Judah).

Thus, he will require the House of Judah to accept the redeemed Ten Northern Tribes of Ephrayim back into their land. In Revelation 1:8, we see that it is “The Almighty YaHuWaH” who is coming in the clouds, and every eye shall see him whom they pierced! 

In the third chapter of Jeremiah, YaHuWaH likened the Ten Northern Tribes of the House of Ephrayim (Yisrael) to Samaria (their capital city at that time); and the Two Southern Tribes of the House of Judah, he likened to Jerusalem (their capital city). 

YaHuWaH divorced only The Ten Northern Tribes called “Yisrael” (also called Ephrayim or Samaria). 

But he did not divorce Judah, even though he said that Judah was more treacherous than her younger sister, Samaria. Why did he not divorce Judah, even though her sins were worse? 

I believe it is because Yaaqob (Jacob) had already given the scepter to rule as king to Judah in Genesis 49:10. 

Therefore, if Yah had divorced Judah, there would be no leaders left in the house, and the entire House of Yisrael would have become extinct. 

This is why there was a lamentation spoken of in Ezekiel 19:2-14, where it tells us the destiny of both houses, as they are described as “Two lions whelps” who are taken into captivity. Ultimately, they find themselves barren, in a dry wilderness with “No scepter to rule” over them. 

Nevertheless, YaHuWaH had to leave a remnant from the House of Judah, so that he could be born as a human being into that tribe, thus restoring the office of Melchizedek, who is both king & priest. In other words, Yah spared Judah, only because of the promise made by Jacob--not because Judah was more righteous.

Yirmeyahuw (Jeremiah) 3:

7 And I said after she had done all these things, Turn you unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Yahuwdah (Judah) saw it.

8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Yisra’el committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Yahuwdah (Judah) feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Yahuwdah (Judah) has not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, says YHWH.

11 And YHWH said unto me, The backsliding Yisra’el has justified herself more than treacherous Yahuwdah (Judah).

*Explanation: the word “feignedly” in Jeremiah 3:10 is #H8267 and it is the word “sheqer” which means “untruth, sham, lying, and deceit.”

In Genesis 38, we see that Judah promised to send his son Shelah to Tamar to redeem her, but he lied, (and had no intentions of sending him), because he was afraid of losing a third son to death. This attitude of pretending righteousness outwardly has been prevalent within Judah. 

This is why Jeremiah 3:10 says that Judah had not turned to Yah wholeheartedly, but only “feignedly,” which is to say superficially or externally. In Jeremiah 3:11, he says that backsliding Yisra’el has “Justified herself more than treacherous Judah. 

This attitude is seen in the account with Judah & Tamar:

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 38:26 And Yahuwdah (Judah) acknowledged them, and said, She has been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.

At the second coming of Messiah, the redeemed House of Judah will finally recognize the redeemed Ten Northern Tribes of Ephrayim (whom they refer to as gentiles); and they will no longer see them as a harlot.

The Law of the Kinsman Redeemer Explained

Before I get into the actual story of Genesis 38, let me digress for a moment to explain the “Law of the Kinsman Redeemer.” 

First of all, we see in the Towrah, a provision for a poor Yisraelite who has had to sell all that he owns (particularly land that he inherited). A close relative who is much better off financially may come and buy back the land that was sold and restore it to his poor relative. 

The “nearest kinsman” or “kinsman redeemer” is a called a Ga’al in Hebrew. This word means To redeem, receive or buy back.

Bamiydbar (Numbers) 27:

8 And you shall speak unto the children of Yisra’el, saying, If a man die, and have no son, then you shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter.

9 And if he have no daughter, then you shall give his inheritance unto his brethren.

10 And if he have no brethren, then you shall give his inheritance unto his father’s brethren [his uncle].

11 And if his father have no brethren, then you shall give his inheritance unto his kinsman that is next to him of his family, and he shall possess it: and it shall be unto the children of Yisra’el a statute of judgment, as YHWH commanded Mosheh (Moses).

The Hebrew word for “kinsman” is seen in the Concordance: as follows:

#H1350 Ga’al: 
To redeem; act as kinsman-redeemer, avenge, revenge, ransom, do the part of a kinsman; to act as kinsman, do the part of next of kin, act as kinsman-redeemer by marrying brother’s widow to beget a child for him, to redeem from slavery; to redeem landto exact vengeanceto buy back a relative’s propertymarry his widow; avenger, deliver; purchase.

Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 25:

24 And in all the land of your possession you shall grant a redemption for the land.

25 If your brother be waxen poor, and has sold away some of his possession, and if any of his kin come to redeem it, then shall he redeem that which his brother sold.

In Deuteronomy 25:5-6, it says that if a woman becomes a widow, (without bearing a son to carry on the name of her dead husband), then the brother (or close relative) of her dead husband could perform the duty of a “kinsman redeemer” by marrying the woman. 

The kinsman redeemer would then impregnate her with a son, thereby redeeming her inheritance. Their son would then carry on the name of the widow’s husband. 

This happened to Naomi, the mother-in-law of Ruth. Naomi lost her land and her inheritance, because her husband and sons died, leaving her a widow. But her widowed daughter-in-law Ruth married Boaz (who was a close relative of Naomi). Boaz is a prophetic type of Messiah, and Naomi is a prophetic picture of the nation of Yisra’el. Boaz married Ruth, and thus he redeemed the land of Naomi back to her (Ruth 4:1-15).

The nation of Yisra’el had also become a widow, because she was forsaken by her husband (divorced), and she lost the land of her inheritance (Isaiah 54:3-4). 
Her earthly High Priest, (John the Baptist who was a Levite) was also killed by King Herod. 

The role of the High Priest (called the Kohen haGadowl in Hebrew) was meant to be symbolic of the role of a husband or a redeemer for the nation of Yisra’el. Every year on Yom Kippur, only the High Priest was allowed to go into the “The Holy of Holies” to make “intercession” for the entire nation. 

The office of the Kohen haGadowl (High Priest) is the same 
was the same as the role of a Kinsman Redeemer. The High Priest had to first sanctify himself with the blood of a bull, and then he would be worthy to sprinkle the blood of the sacrificial goat on the mercy seat for Yisra’el. 

If that High Priest had any sin in his life for which he had not repented of, he could die behind the veil, and thus Yisra’el was not atoned for that year nor accepted. 

In the case of Judah’s three sons, we see that the first son named “Er” represents the imperfect priesthood of the Levites who could not make permanent atonement for the bride, because they were mere mortals, born with a sinful nature. John the Baptist was a Levite. 

His father Zechariah was a High Priest, and so was John. Our Messiah said of his cousin John, that he was “The greatest of men born among women.” 

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 11:11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater than Yahuwchanon (John) the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

You see, even though John was the greatest among those born of women, he was still born with a sinful nature, and unfit to be the kinsman redeemer for Yisra’el. But Yisra’el was about to crucify her own Messiah, thus making her a widow twice, (just like Tamar). 

Now, I want to digress for just a moment, because it is important to understand that the Hebrew word for “widow” is much broader than the English word:

#490 almanah al-maw-naw fem of 488; a widow; also a desolate place:--desolate house.

The root word for almanah is alman which means the following:

#488 alman al-mawn prolonged from 481 in the sense of bereavement; discarded (as a divorced person):--forsaken.

In Jeremiah 3:8, we read that Yisra’el was divorced, and thus she became a widow (almanah), a discarded and forsaken woman. However, when the Messiah came to redeem her, she killed him, and this made her a widow twice, like Tamar!

Tamar’s first husband, “Er” represents the Aaronic Priesthood who were mere mortal men who could potentially die behind the veil, thus making them ultimately unfit to redeem Yisra’el.

Tamar’s second husband “Onan,” typifies the House of Judah, as well as the crucified Messiah, Yahuwshuwa (who took their guilt and died in their place). 

A dead High Priest cannot redeem the bride either, therefore, our Messiah was unable to redeem Yisra’el if he had remained dead. Onan spilled his seed, because he did not want to raise up seed for his brother. Similarly, the House of Judah spilled the blood of their Messiah, because they did not want to redeem the Lost Sheep of Yisra’el! 

Even though our Messiah was more than willing to redeem the bride, once he was dead, he could no longer qualify as the redeemer, because he must be alive in order to redeem her. 

Onan was a picture of “sinful man,” and Romans 8:3 declares that our Messiah came “In the likeness of sinful flesh,” in order to destroy the sinful nature on the cross.

In other words, he came to destroy the sinful nature of Onan (who symbolizes the House of Judah), the unwilling kinsman redeemer!

But then we have Judah’s third son “Shelah” whose name means “petition,” and he typifies the Messiah as the promised son, the resurrected, livign son! 

You see, Yahuwdah (Judah) promised to send his son Shelah to be the kinsman redeemer for Tamar. But he ended up becoming her kinsman redeemer himself. Are you beginning to see that YaHuWaH himself has throughout the pages of Scripture portrayed both roles of “Father & Son?”

Yahuwshuwa ha’Mashiyach was 100% human and 100% divine all at the same time. It was necessary for him to be both. Why? In order for him to be the spotless Passover lamb, he had to be perfect and sinless, and he declared that ONLY the Father is perfect:

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 5:48 Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Marqos (Mark) 10:18 And Yahuwshuwa said unto him, Why do you call me good? There is none good but one, that is, Elohiym.

*Explanation: Yahuwshuwa was declaring that mortal humanity is not good, because he was going to die. However, the part of him that is Elohiym (deity) is good, and when he resurrected, he would then be back on the throne as Elohiym who is perfect and good.

The Passover ordinance says that the lamb must be without blemish:

Shemoth (Exodus) 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: you shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats.

*Note: the Hebrew word for “without blemish” is “tamiym” which is #H8549 and it means “perfect!”

1st Keefa (Peter 1:19) But with the precious blood of Messiah, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

He also had to be 100% human in order to REPRESENT SINFUL MANKIND. This is why Shaul (Paul) wrote that Yahuwshuwa was “The last Adam.”

1st Qorintiym (Corinthians) 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

The word for “mankind” in Hebrew is “adam.” Does that mean our Messiah was the last mortal human being? As the last Adam, it means that he was the last mortal high priest. After Yahuwshuwa resurrected, he would then be “The firstborn” among many sons, making the way for all humans to be added to his royal priesthood:

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.

1st Keefa (Peter) 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a 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.

The only one who was perfect enough to be the kinsman redeemer for the nation of Yisra’el was the Heavenly Father himself, who is typified in Judah in Genesis 38! 

In Bereshiyth (Genesis) 38:1-2, we see that the fourth son born to Ya’aqob (Jacob) was nameed is Yahuwdah (Judah). Judah married a Canaanite woman (a gentile), and she was the daughter of a man named “Shuwah.” 

The word “Shuwah” in Hebrew means “wealth,” and this is important, because the double portion blessing given to Joseph involved “The wealth of the nations” (Deuteronomy 8:18; Psalm 2:8; Proverbs 13:22). 

In order for Joseph & Judah to become one stick (one tree) again according to Ezekiel 37:16-17, both tribes (Ephrayim & Judah) must inherit “The double.” 

This double portion blessing is the “Priestly & Kingly blessing of the Melchizedek priesthood” (from the Tribe of Judah). But also the wealth of the nations or the “Fullness of the Gentiles” given to Joseph and his son Ephrayim. 

So you see, Joseph is the father of Ephrayim and the double portion blessing was promised to both Joseph and his son. This is a picture of the Father & Son as one unit, fulfilling one purpose (John 10:30). 

But Ephrayim has been full of idolatry (Hosea 4:17), and this is why he is unfit to receive this double portion blessing without first being redeemed and converted to the House of Judah. 

He only qualifies to receive this blessing through his father Joseph (who is a type of Messiah), because the wealth of the nations belongs to him:

Tehilliym (Psalm) 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give you the heathen for your inheritanceand the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession.

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 61:6 But you shall be named the Priests of YHWH: men shall call you the Ministers of our Elohiym: you shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall you boast yourselves.

Romiym (Romans) 11:12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?

The Story of Judah & Tamar Paints a Picture of Yisra’el & Her Kinsman Redeemer

Let’s read the entire chapter of Genesis 38, before moving forward with our study:

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 38:

1 And it came to pass at that time, that Yahuwdah (Judah) went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah.

2 And Yahuwdah (Judah) saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose name was Shuah; and he took her, and went in unto her.

3 And she conceived, and bare a son; and he called his name Er.

4 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and she called his name Onan.

5 And she yet again conceived, and bare a son; and called his name Shelah: and he was at Chezib, when she bare him.

*Note: Let’s take a look at the meaning of the names of Judah’s three sons:

Er = “awake.”
Onan = “strong.”
Shelah = “a petition.”

The meanings of their names will have significance as this teaching unfolds. The name Er (pronounced ayr) is seen in the Hebrew Concordance as follows:

#6147 `Er ayr from 5782; watchful; Er, the name of two Israelites:--Er.

#5782 `uwr oor a primitive root (rather identical with 5783 through the idea of opening the eyes); to wake (literally or figuratively); awaken, lift up (self); raise up, stir up (self).

#5783 `uwr oor a primitive root; to (be) bare:--be made naked.

Do you remember the three groups of people mentioned earlier in the parable of the woman with the leaven and the three measures of meal? 

The first group represent those from the House of Yisra’el who are blinded to their Messiah. Er failed to produce an heir, and he died childless because he was blinded. 

But he will have an heir produced for him when his kinsman redeemer brings forth a son in his name. When the promised son comes forth on his behalf, the House of Yisra’el will no longer be blinded, but they will have their eyes opened. 

Like the prodigal son, he will be brought back to life, when he is made naked and bare. In other words his sin will be exposed, and this will cause him to be humbled, leading to his blindness being healed.

Onan, (the second son of Judah) represents the older son in the Prodigal Son story, because he refused to do the duty of a kinsman, just like the older brother begrudged the younger brother to returning to the father. The name of Onan is seen in the Hebrew Concordance as follows:

#209 Ownan o-nawn a variation of 207; strong; Onan, a son of Judah:--Onan.

#202 own one probably from the same as 205 (in the sense of effort, but successful); ability, power, (figuratively) wealth:--force, goods, might, strength, substance.

In the story of the prodigal son, the older brother trusted in his own goodness, strength and abilities. He thought he did not need to be humbled like his younger brother did. But his unwillingness to redeem his dead brother would also cost him his life as well, just like Onan.

Finally, there is the third son of Judah, named Shelah, whose name means the following:

#7596 sh’elah sheh-ay-law or shelah (1st Samuel 1:17) {shay-law'}; from 7592; a petition; by implication, a loan:--loan, petition, request.

#7592 sha’al shaw-al or shael {shaw-ale'}; a primitive root; to inquire; by implication, to request; by extension, to demand:--ask (counsel, on), beg, borrow, lay to charge, consultdemand, desire, earnestly, enquire, + greet, obtain leave, lend, pray, request, require, + salute, straitly, surely, wish.

Do you remember the parable that our Messiah told of the widow and the unjust judge? 

In this parable, the widow is a picture of Yisra’el, who like Tamar had to make a petition to be avenged of her enemies. Judah represents the unjust judge in this parable, because he would not avenge her at first. The name Shelah means petition, because when Tamar petitioned Judah asking to be redeemed, (even though he dodged her at first), he finally gave her what she wanted. 

Luqas (Luke) 18:3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.

Luqas (Luke) 18:5 Yet because this widow troubles meI will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

We are told that when we make petitions in prayer, that our requests are heard and granted, just like the widow:

1st Yahuwchanon (John) 5:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

With this understanding, now we can read the account of Tamar & Judah with better understanding.

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 38:

6 And Yahuwdah (Judah) took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was Tamar.

7 And Er, Yahuwdah’s (Judah’s) firstborn, was wicked in the sight of YHWH; and YHWH slew him.

8 And Yahuwdah (Judah) said unto Onan, Go in unto your brother’s wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to your brother.

9 And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.

10 And the thing which he did displeased YHWH: wherefore he slew him also.

11 Then said Yahuwdah (Judah) to Tamar his daughter in law, Remain a widow at your father’s house, till Shelah my son be grown: for he said, Lest peradventure he die also, as his brethren did. And Tamar went and dwelt in her father’s house.

12 And in process of time the daughter of Shuwah Yahuwdah’s (Judah’s) wife died; and Yahuwdah (Judah) was comforted, and went up unto his sheepshearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.

*Explanation: It is important at this point to show the meaning of these names. 

First of all, the name of the town “Timnath” where they went to shear the sheep means “portion” in Hebrew. The twin goats for Yom Kippur would mean that Yisra’el (typified in Tamar) would receive a “double portion” for all of her trouble:

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 61:7 For your shame you shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.

Then there is Yahuwdah’s (Judah’s) friend Hira the Adullamite, and his name means “a noble family.” The word Adullamite means “justice for the people.”

Judah is the kinsman redeemer who is about to go to a town named “portion,” to sheer the sheep. The Hebrew word for “shear” is as follows:

#1494 gazaz gaw-zaz a primitive root (akin to 1468); to cut off; specifically to shear a flock or shave the hair; figuratively to destroy an enemy:--cut off (down), poll, shave, (sheep-) shearer.

Wow! What do we see here? We see that shearing the sheep means to avenge the widow of her enemies!

Do you remember what YaHuWaH did for Adam & Eve in the garden after they sinned? 

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did YHWH make coats of skins, and clothed them.

The Hebrew word  for “skins” in the above passage is the same root word for Tamar’s first husband, named “Er!”

#5785 `owr ore from 5783; skin (as naked); by implication, hide, leather, skin.

#5783 `uwr oor a primitive root; to (be) bare:--be made naked.

Tamar’s husband Er has a name that means “skin, hide, to be naked; made bare; to be awake through the idea of opening the eyes.”

#5782 `uwr oor a primitive root (rather identical with 5783 through the idea of opening the eyes); to wake (literally or figuratively); awaken, lift up (self); raise up, stir up (self).

Adam & Eve did not realize that they were naked and bare until after they sinned, and then their “eyes were opened to their nakedness,” which means that they recognized their sin (Genesis 3:5-7). 

Tamar’s first husband, Er did not realize that he was spiritually blind, but his name comes from a root word that means to have the eyes opened! 

YaHuWaH himself acted as the High Priest for Adam & Eve, (when he slaughtered a lamb for them), which covered their sins. He sheared the sheep and made coats of skins for them! 

In other words, he destroyed their enemy, the serpent! This is Yom Kippur typology, because the Hebrew word “kippur” comes from a root word (kaphar), which means “to cover.” 

Let us now continue with our study of Tamar & Judah.

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 38:

13 And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold your father in law goes up to Timnath to shear his sheep.

14 And she put her widow’s garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.

15 When Yahuwdah (Judah) saw her, he thought her to be a harlot; because she had covered her face.

16 And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray you, let me come in unto you; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law). And she said, What will you give me, that you may come in unto me?

17 And he said, I will send you a kid (goat) from the flock. And she said, Will you give me a pledge, till you send it?

18 And he said, What pledge shall I give you? And she said, Your signet, and your bracelets, and your staff that is in your hand. And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him.

19 And she arose, and went away, and laid by her vail from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood.

20 And Yahuwdah (Judah) sent the kid (goat) by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman’s hand: but he found her not.

21 Then he asked the men of that place, saying, Where is the harlot, that was openly by the way side? And they said, There was no harlot in this place.

22 And he returned to Yahuwdah (Judah), and said, I cannot find her; and also the men of the place said, that there was no harlot in this place.

23 And Yahuwdah (Judah) said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: behold, I sent this kid (goat), and you have not found her.

24 And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Yahuwdah (Judah), saying, Tamar your daughter in law has played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Yahuwdah (Judah) said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.

25 When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray you, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff.

26 And Yahuwdah (Judah) acknowledged them, and said, She has been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.

27 And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb.

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.

29 And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How have you broken forth? This breach be upon you: therefore his name was called Pharez.

30 And afterward came out his brother that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.

*Note: it is also important to reveal the meaning of the name of Tamar, Judah, and their twin sons:

Tamar = palm tree.
Judah = praised.
Pharez = breach or gap.
Zarah = a rising of light, to shoot forth beams, the rising of the sun.

In Exodus 15:27 & Numbers 33:9, the seventy palm trees represent “The seventy base nations” or the “gentiles.” The twelve wells of water represent the Twelve Tribes of Yisra’el. You see, Tamar represents “The nations” or the “gentiles” which is why her name means “palm tree.”

How do we know that the number 70 represents the nations? In Shemoth (Exodus) 1:5 it says that out of Ya’aqob (Jacob) came 70 descendants from his own loins. 

Also, there were 70 disciples at Pentecost (Shabuwoth) to represent these 70 base nations of the earth, because in Luke 10:1-7, our Messiah appointed 70 disciples. 

In Exodus 24:1 & Numbers 11:25 it states that there were 70 elders of Yisra’el. There are 70 bullocks offered on the Feast of Tabernacles, for the 70 base nations from the descendants of Noah. Hence, the reason why we know that there were 70 disciples present on Shabuwoth (Pentecost). 

Also, in the Temple service there are 70 shekels presented for the redemption (bride price) of the 70 nations (Numbers 7:31-55). In Exodus 38:29, there are 70 talents of brass (representing the sins of the nations) offered before YaHuWaH by the priests.

Judah Becomes the Kinsman Redeemer for Yisra’el Typified in Tamar

Now, in the Genesis 38 account, we see that Judah’s son Onan refused to perform the duty of a kinsman redeemer for the widowed wife of his brother. Because of Onan’s refusal to be the kinsman for Yisra’el, he was slain by YaHuWaH. Tamar’s first husband “Er” was wicked, but his name means “awake.” 

What does this symbolize? Well it symbolizes the fact that at Messiah’s first coming, he came “In the likeness of sinful flesh” according to Romans 8:3. 

Even though our Messiah was not wicked, (for he was without sin); he came to represent “sinful humanity,” in order to destroy it through his sacrifice. 

However, when Messiah resurrected he was “awake.” This means that “Er” is a symbol of the “sinful nature” of the sons of Judah. 

However, when they “die to their old sinful nature,” they will be “born-again” into a new creature, as one who is awake and alive. 

Then we have Onan (who is the second son of Judah), who is also a “type” of the House of Judah (Jews). Judah was commissioned in Genesis 49:9-10 to be the spiritual leader for the rest of the tribes, however, Judah failed to be that “strong leader.” 

Therefore, our Messiah had to take on that role for the “House of Judah” as the “strong leader” for Yisra’el. This is why it was important for him to come through the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah).

The “scepter” to be the spiritual leader over the entire House of Yisra’el was given to Judah. In Genesis 48 & 49 we read that Ya’aqob (Jacob) gave part of his blessing to Judah (the role of spiritual leader). The other part of his blessing went to Joseph through his two sons Ephrayim & Manasseh. 

Joseph received the wealth of the “nations” for an inheritance, while Judah received the “priestly blessing” of the Melchizedek priesthood which is “forever” (Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 5:6; 7:17-21). 

Through Messiah, Yahuwshuwa, both Judah & Joseph will ultimately inherit what is called “The Double Portion Inheritance.” 

However, in order for the House of Judah to gain the wealth of the nations, they must become one with their estranged brother Joseph again. And in order for Joseph to receive the “priestly blessing of Melchizedek,” he must become one with his brother Judah again. And so our Messiah came as a representation of both Judah & Joseph, and the blessing of Joseph is passed on to his son Ephrayim.

Are you getting the picture yet? YaHuWaH portrayed for us the role of both the Father & the Son in order to illustrate the kind of relationship that he wants for us as sons to have with him as our Father. 

You see, Onan’s refusal to be the kinsman redeemer for Tamar is a picture of the House of Judah refusing to be the kinsman redeemer for the other “Ten Northern Tribes of Yisra’el” who were later on divorced and estranged from the covenant (see Jeremiah 3, Isaiah 54, 1st Kings 12). 

As a result of Onan ’s refusal to be the kinsman redeemer, he was struck dead, but his name means “strong.” Why does his name mean “strong?” 

Because he was supposed to be a strong leader, but even he could not redeem Yisra’el because he also was a picture of the sinful nature. Onan represents the crucified Messiah who cannot redeem the bride as a dead man. He could only redeem her as one who was alive and awake---in other words resurrected!

Judah (Onan’s father) represents the Heavenly Father who then made a vow to Tamar. Tamar is a “prophetic type” of the gentiles who later-on would become part of the “Commonwealth of Yisra’el” when they are married to the Lion of Judah (Ephesians 2:11-12). 

In Isaiah 54:9, YaHuWaH makes a vow to Yisra’el promising to her that she would “no longer be called a widow.” In Isaiah 62:4, YaHuWaH makes the vow again saying that Jerusalem shall no longer be called “forsaken” (divorced) for she will be called “Hephzibah” which means “my delight is in her,” and her land shall be called “Beulah” which means “married.”

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 62:

4 You shall no more be termed Forsaken [divorced]; neither shall your land any more be termed Desolate [widowed]: but you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah: for YHWH delights in you, and your land shall be married.

5 For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you: and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your Elohiym rejoice over you.

Now let’s get back to Genesis 38 and see what happens next. We see that after Er & Onan died, Judah (their father) promises to give to Tamar his youngest son “Shelah” as a husband and his name means “petition.” 

But as we read on, we find out that Judah ended up becoming the “kinsman redeemer” himself even though he was the Father and not the Son!

This is a picture of the Heavenly Father himself putting on human flesh to become “The Son,” and thereby becoming the kinsman redeemer himself! 

In Zechariah 12:10, we read an end-time prophecy. In this prophecy, YaHuWaH is speaking of himself in the “first person” and he says that the inhabitants of Jerusalem will “look upon ME whom they have pierced” and then he goes on to say “and they shall mourn for HIM as one mourns for his ONLY SON!”

In the original Hebrew Tanakh, there are literally thousands of places where the symbols for the “Aleph & Taw” appear within the scriptures. However, these symbols are meant to be an object pointer in a sentence, so they have no relevance in the English language. 

Hence, the translators left these symbols out of the text. Whenever we see the “Aleph & Taw” in the scriptures, we know that this is
referring to the “pre-incarnate” eternal Messiah as the lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8). 

This prophecy in Zechariah 12:10 shows us beyond a shadow of a doubt that YaHuWaH himself (The Father) was pierced for us in the human body of Yahuwshuwa (The Son).

Zekaryahuw (Zechariah) 12:

6 In that day will I ALEPH & TAW את make the governors of Yahuwdah (Judah) like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem).

7 YaHuWaH ALEPH & TAW את also shall save the tents of Yahuwdah (Judah) first, that the glory of the house of Dawiyd (David) and the glory of the inhabitants of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) do not magnify themselves against Yahuwdah (Judah).

8 In that day shall YaHuWaH defend the inhabitants of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem); and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as Dawiyd (David); and the house of Dawiyd (David) shall be as Elohiym (God), as the angel of YaHuWaH before them.

9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I ALEPH & TAW את will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Yerushalayim (Jerusalem).

10 And I will pour upon the house of Dawiyd (David), and upon the inhabitants of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon ALEPH & TAW את ME whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for HIM, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for HIM, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

You will notice that the “ME” and the “HIM” are the same person who was PIERCED! 

In these verses, YaHuWaH is speaking in “the first person” about himself when he says “I will seek to destroy” and just before the word “I” is the “Aleph & Taw” which is a symbol for Messiah! 

In verse 10 when it says “they will look upon me,” this is referring to YaHuWaH (The Father) and the Aleph & Taw is right there in front of the word “ME” in the Ancient Hebrew text denoting that the Father & the Son are one and the same being! 

The same prophecy is repeated in Revelation 1:

7  Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see himand they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail [mourn] because of him. Even so, Awmane.

8  I am Alef and Taw, the beginning and the ending, says YHWHwhich is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

The Heavenly Father himself made a vow (an oath) to Yisra’el promising to redeem her by sending his “SON” (typified in Shelah) which means “petition,” but then how did he fulfill that promise? He became the SON! 

In Yeshayahuw (Isaiah 9:6) we see a prophecy about the “Son” being born to us, and he shall also be called “The Everlasting Father.”

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty Elohiym, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

In the Hebrew Old Testament on esword, it is #5703 seen as five letters: Aleph, Beyt, Yad, Ayin, Dalet. The Ancient Paleo Pictographs are seen as: דאביע

Ab (Father) and Ad (everlasting) which put together is ABYAD. What does this word Abyad mean? Let’s look at the Hebrew Letters that spell this word:

Alef = the head of an ox, or the red heifer, power, strong leader.
Beyt = the family, the house.
Yad = the arm or hand.
Ayin = the eye.
Dalet = the door.

Therefore, we have the Father (Ab) which means “the head of the household, the leader.” And then we have the Yad, which means “the arm” (this is the Messiah who implements the Father’s plan). And then we have the eye and the door (ayin, dalet), seen by the two letters “Ad.” 

The door to eternity is Messiah (John 10:7-9), and he watches over us and instructs us with his “eye” (Psalm 32:8). The Father of the house is the arm, the eye and the door! This shows us a picture of the Father and the Son as one being----ABYAD!

In this prophecy in Isaiah 9:6 we see that the Son is also the Father. This tells us that YaHuWaH came to earth in the role of the “Son” while at the same time, he remained on the throne as “Father.” 

YaHuWaH himself came to play the part of the Son in front of us to show us how to live as sons. Now, some of you may be asking yourselves, “Did he split himself into two roles?” The answer to that is “yes!”

If the nation of Yisra’el was split into two separate nations after King Solomon died, then it makes sense that our Creator, YaHuWaH had to portray the role of the Father to Ephrayim and he had to portray the role of the Son to the House of Judah! 

Let me ask all of you men a question: “Are you able to be a Father and a Son at the same time?” Of course you are! 

And for the women, “Are you able to be both a mother and a daughter at the same time?” Yes you can! 

Do you have to split yourself into two different people in order to do this? No!

A person is made up of three parts: body, mind and spirit. The Heavenly Father is a disembodied spirit, but he also has a visible image who is the Son. Colossians 1:15-16 says that the Son is “The visible image of the invisible Elohiym.” 

YaHuWaH is “omnipresent,” which means that he is able to be everywhere at once. He was able to put on human flesh and become the “Son” while at the same time remain on the throne as “Father.” Some people might ask “Was he talking to himself when he hung on the cross?” 

The answer to that question can be seen in Romans 8:23. It clearly tells us that the “Spirit of YaHuWaH” prays through us to the “Spirit of YaHuWaH” in heaven, and he makes intercession for us! 

Ephesians 1:11 tells us that YaHuWaH “works all things after the counsel of his own will.” This means that he “counsels” with himself!

Now, let us continue with our study about the kinsman redeemer. In Matthew 14:10, we learn that Yahuwchanon the Immerser (John the Baptist) was beheaded by King Herod. It is important to understand, however, why John had to die. 

The head symbolizes “authority,” and John losing his head was to show that the authority of the High Priest was being transferred to from the sons of Aaron back to the original priesthood of Melchizedek. 

When John baptized (immersed) our Messiah, he was acting as the High Priest who was commanded to confess the sins of the nation over the head of the sacrificial goat:

Wayiqra (Leviticus) 16:21 And Aharown (Aaron) shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Yisra’el, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness.

Do you see what happened here? John was a Levite, and he was acting out the role of Aaron the High Priest. Our Messiah was portraying the sacrificial goat that would die for the sins of the people, as well as the scapegoat who would also “take away” the sins of the people! 

This would explain why John said the following words when he saw our Messiah coming to be baptized: 

Yahuwchanon (John) 1:29 ....Behold the Lamb of Elohiym, which takes away the sin of the world.

The Levirate Marriage

We are about to understand why John said he was unworthy to unloose our Messiahs shoe strap, because he was giving us a hint about the Levirate Marriage in Deuteronomy 25:

5 If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband’s brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of a husband’s brother unto her.

6 And it shall be, that the firstborn which she bears shall succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put out of Yisra’el.

7 And if the man like not to take his brother’s wife, then let his brother’s wife go up to the gate unto the elders, and say, My husband’s brother refuses to raise up unto his brother a name in Yisra’el, he will not perform the duty of my husband’s brother.

8 Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him: and if he stand to it, and say, I like not to take her;

Then shall his brother’s wife come unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face, and shall answer and say, So shall it be done unto that man that will not build up his brother’s house.

10 And his name shall be called in Yisra’el, The house of him that has his shoe loosed.

Did you catch that? His name shall be called “The House of him that has his shoe loosed!” The House of Judah eventually lost the land of their inheritance, because they refused to allow the other Lost Tribes to return!

And what did our Messiah do to insure that the House of Judah could one day return to the land of their inheritance? He took their guilt and shame, and allowed himself to be the one whose shoe would be loosed off his foot! 

When our Messiah died, he lost his ability to do the duty of the dead husband’s brother, and thus he was like Onan who was killed. But when he resurrected, he would be like Shelah who was promised to the widowed wife, Yisra’el. 

And when it was all said and done, it was revealed that our Messiah was like Judah, the Father himself who came as the promised son!

Yahuwchanon (John) knew the Towrah command of a Levirate Marriage. He knew that Yahuwshuwa was also the “bridegroom” for Yisra’el. How did he know?

Listen to what John said:

Yahuwchanon (John) 3:

29 He that has the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

31 He that comes from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaks of the earth: he that comes from heaven is above all.

You see, John understood that he was of the earthly priesthood of Aaron, and therefore, unable to redeem Yisra’el. But he knew that Yahuwshuwa was of the heavenly priesthood of Melchizedek, and therefore, able to redeem Yisra’el!

In this case, Yahuwshuwa was the cousin (a close relative) of John who was fulfilling the role of the kinsman redeemer or the “brother of the dead husband.” When Yahuwshuwa began his ministry as High Priest (right after John died), at that point, he became the “kinsman redeemer” for the entire nation of Yisra’el.

The Towrah says that if the woman’s husband’s relative refuses to do the duty of a kinsman redeemer for her, then she must “Loose his shoe from off of his foot and the elders must spit in his face.” (Deuteronomy 25:9-10). 

If the woman’s dead husband’s relative agrees to marry her and she has a son, then the Towrah states the following: 

Debariym (Deuteronomy) 25:6 And it shall be, that the firstborn which she bears shall succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put out of Yisra’el.

Yahuwshuwa was about to do what Boaz did for Naomi & Ruth by becoming the kinsman redeemer for Yisra’el (Ruth 4:7-8). John recognized that he was not worthy to be the kinsman redeemer for Yisra’el because he was a mere human being born with a sinful nature. 

He was a Levitical High Priest but not an eternal High Priest after the order of Melchizedek. Yahuwshuwa was the only one found worthy to become her kinsman redeemer. Why? Because as the Father come in the flesh, he was perfect, and we know that only the Father in heaven is perfect!

John also knew that Yahuwshuwa was about to bear the shame and guilt for the sins of the House of Judah and for their refusal to be the kinsman redeemer. The Levitical Priests in the Temple were supposed to also represent the bride of YaHuWaH, whereas the “High Priest” called the Kohen haGadowl represents “The kinsman redeemer” (the husband of the bride). 

The Levites wore white garments in the Temple and they were adorned with jewels in their breastplate (choshen) for the Twelve Tribes of Yisra’el just like the New Jerusalem in eternity (Revelation 21:18-21). 

The Levites even had to examine themselves and wash themselves in the bronze laver which was made from the mirrors of the women (Exodus 38:8). The Levites represent the bride of YaHuWaH who prepares herself and washes herself by the washing of water by the word (Ephesians 5:26).

In this case, Yahuwchanon (John) was about to perform the role of both the widowed wife (Yisra’el) and also the earthly High Priest (the dead husband) at the same time!

If the brother of the widow refused to be the kinsman redeemer (in this case it was the House of Judah, the brother of Levi who refused to be the kinsman), then the widow (Yisra’el) was supposed to remove the shoe off of the unwilling kinsman redeemer’s foot. 

This would be Yahuwdah’s (Judah’s) foot and she was supposed to spit in his face. 

But John knew that he was not worthy because he was born with a sinful nature. You see, the Levites represented the imperfect priesthood because they are made up of mortal men, who ultimately end up dying. 

But the House of Judah represents the eternal priesthood of Melchizedek because the scepter to rule as king was given to Judah (Genesis 49:10), and Melchizedek sprang out of Judah (Hebrews 7:14). 

Ibriym (Hebrews) 8:

9 And as I may so say, Lewiy (Levi) also, who receives tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchizedek met him.

11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchizedek, and not be called after the order of Aharown (Aaron)?

12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertains to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.

14 For it is evident that our YHWH sprang out of Yahuwdah (Judah); of which tribe Mosheh (Moses) spoke nothing concerning priesthood.

15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchizedek there arises another priest.

It is for this very reason that our Messiah said to the Samaritan woman at the well (for she symbolized Tamar and the lost tribes of Yisra’el):

Yahuwchanon (John) 4:22 You worship you know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Yahuwdiym (Jews).

Why did Messiah tell her that “Salvation is of the Jews?” Because it was through the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah), that the eternal priesthood of Melchizedek would come from!

Therefore, Yahuwchanon (John) the Baptist had to die in order to signify that the mortal, imperfect priesthood of the Levites was about to die. This would then give way for the immortal, eternal priesthood of Melchizedek (from Judah) to become the kinsman redeemer.

Messiah Yahuwshuwa was not born with a sinful nature for he was perfect and spotless. Yahuwshuwa was about to be killed and become like the second dead son of Yahuwdah (Judah) named Onan. But when he resurrected, he would become like the living son, Shelah (the promised son) who would then be able to perform the duty of a kinsman for Yisra’el. This is why John made the following statement:

Yahuwchanon (John) 1:27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.

Yahuwchanon (John, who was a Levite) was acting as Yisra’el (the widow) who was supposed to remove the shoe from off of the foot of the unwilling kinsman redeemer. In this case, the unwilling kinsman redeemer was the House of Judah. 

Yahuwshuwa was about to bear the blame of the House of Judah for their sin of refusing to be a kinsman redeemer for the nation of Yisra’el. But John knew that he was unworthy to remove the shoe off of the foot of his own Messiah. John was giving us a hint when he said “I am not worthy to unloose his shoestrap.” 

John knew that the people would see the typology in what he was saying; and that they would understand that the priesthood was about to transfer from the Sons of Aaron back to Melchizedek from Judah. But before this transfer could fully be in effect, John had to die, giving way to Melchizedek as the new High Priest. But then Messiah also had to die and resurrect in order to show that the House of Judah had to die to their old sinful nature before they could be worthy of becoming part of an immortal priesthood. 

In the story of Judah and his three sons that he bore to the Canaanite woman, we see that “Er” represents the first husband for Yisra’el typified in John the Baptist (the mortal imperfect High Priest of the Levites). Tamar is a symbol of the nation of Yisra’el who also became a widow as seen in Isaiah 54:4. Even though John the Baptist was not a wicked man, he simply represented the nature of sinful man and the imperfect priesthood of the sons of Aaron.

Then we have Onan as the second son of Judah who also married Tamar. He is typified as Yahuwshuwa in his mortal body because he came “In the likeness of sinful flesh,” as I already explained. 

But Messiah died on the tree, just as Onan died for his refusal to be the kinsman for his brother. 

Some of you would argue “But Yahuwshuwa did fulfill his role as the kinsman redeemer, so how does he typify Onan?” 

When the blood of Yahuwshuwa was spilled, there was no chance of him bearing earthly-born children to carry on his priestly line of the Melchizedek order. Onan spilling his seed had the same implication. It meant that he would not carry on the seed of his brother. 

The House of Judah spilled the blood (seed) of their Messiah, not willing to give him an heir, and Onan did likewise by spilling his seed not willing to give his brother an heir. Little did they realize, that in killing him, his seed” would germinate into the soil of men’s hearts and produce much fruit:

Yahuwchanon (John) 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit.

When the dead High Priest resurrects, he would become a symbol of the 3rd son of Judah named “Shelah” whose name means “petition.” As the resurrected High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, he was then able to fulfill the “oath” (the petition)! 

We can read about the “oath” in Hebrews 6:16-17 and in Hebrews 7:20-28. Since our Messiah resurrected “after three days and three nights,” it is no small coincidence that the “third son” of Judah was the one who would be the “promised son.”

When our Messiah was about to be crucified, the High Priest and the elders of the Sanhedrin spit in his face:

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 26:67 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,

What was happening here? In the story of the Prodigal Son there are two brothers being represented (Ephrayim & Judah). Ephrayim is the younger, and Judah is the older son. Ephrayim seen in the prodigal was thought to be dead (Luke 15:24). 

However, since the older brother Yahuwdah (Judah) refused to be a kinsman redeemer to the widowed wife of his brother (The Lost Tribes of Yisra’el), our Messiah was taking even the sins of the older brother Yahuwdah (Judah). 

Messiah was bearing the shame of the brother who refused to raise up a name for his brother’s wife (Yisra’el). There was “enmity” between Jew & Gentile (Ephesians 2:15) because the House of Yahuwdah (Judah) refused to allow the Lost Tribes of Yisra’el to “come near” to the Temple so that they could hear the Towrah, repent and be saved. 

The Apostle Sha’uwl (Paul) speaks of this in Ephesians 2:14 about how there was a “middle wall of partition” built up around the Temple in order to keep the Gentiles out. 

This was the result of the “enmity” that existed between the House of Judah & the House of Ephrayim. Messiah abolished in his flesh this “enmity” (hatred) between these two houses so that they would qualify to become “one new man,” and a royal priesthood. Yahuwshuwa abolished in his flesh the “law of commandments contained ordinances.” 

What are these ordinances? 

The Greek word for “ordinances” is “dogma” which means “a man-made decree.” 

The man-made decree was the law that made a middle wall of partition around the outer court of the Temple to keep the lost tribes out. If any member of the divorced Tribes of Yisra’el “came near” to the Temple, they would be stoned to death. 

Thus,  Sha’uwl (Paul) wrote that these “laws were against us” which is why our Messiah nailed these man-made ordinances “To the cross, taking it out of the way” (Colossians 2:14).

Yahuwshuwa did not abolish the Mosaic Law! He abolished this Pharisaic Law which kept “The Lost Sheep of the House of Yisra’el” separated from The House of Yahuwdah (Judah) and thus kept them out of covenant with the Father! 

Therefore, the Heavenly Father came as “The Lion of Judah,” the Son who redeemed the bride himself!

Let us continue with our story:

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 38:

8 And Yahuwdah (Judah) said unto Onan, Go in unto your brother’s wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to your brother.

9 And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.

*Note: Onan refused to perform the duty of a kinsman for his brother’s widow Tamar according to Deuteronomy 25. This is a picture of the House of Judah refusing to redeem the widow (the other lost sheep of Yisra’el).

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 38:

10 And the thing which he did displeased YHWH: wherefore he slew him also.

11 Then said Yahuwdah (Judah) to Tamar his daughter in law, Remain a widow at your father’s house, till Shelah my son be grown: for he said, Lest peradventure he die also, as his brethren did. And Tamar went and dwelt in her father's house.

12 And in process of time the daughter of Shuah Yahuwdah’s (Judah’s) wife died; and Yahuwdah (Judah) was comforted, and went up unto his sheepshearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.

13 And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold your father in law goes up to Timnath to shear his sheep.

14 And she put her widow’s garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.

*Note: What we are seeing is a picture of the Ten Lost Tribes of Yisra’el (typified in Tamar) as she is putting off her widow’s garments (Isaiah 54:4). 

Tamar was about to give birth and she would no longer be barren. When she covered her face with a veil, this is “Yom Kipper” language as the priest had to go “behind the veil” as he “covered” the sins of the people with the blood of a goat. 

In the same way, Rebekah “covered” herself with a veil just before going to meet Yitzqach (Isaac) her bridegroom (Genesis 24:64). Tamar is veiling herself to her kinsman redeemer, to symbolize that Judah is blinded to the Messiah, and to the harlot who is redeemed by the blood of the goat.

In the last days, the remnant within the House of Judah who are sealed in the foreheads (Ezekiel 9:4; Revelation 7:4) will be “hidden, veiled, covered, sheltered” during what is called “The Ten Days of Awe.” 

This ten-day period is between “The Day of Trumpets” (Yom Teruwah) and the “The Day of Atonement” (Yom Kippur). 

Judahs day of redemption will culminate on that final Yom Kippur in the 120th Jubilee (Zechariah 12:10, Revelation 2:10). 

The House of Judah to this day refuses to recognize the other Ten Northern Tribes of Yisra’el as they are “veiled” from their eyes, and they insist on calling them “Gentiles.” 

However, at the second coming of Yahuwshuwa, Judah will not only recognize their Messiah, but they will also recognize the lost tribes whom they refused to acknowledge before. Judah was about to become “one flesh” now with the House of Ephrayim (Yisra’el) typified in Tamar:

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 38:15 When Yahuwdah (Judah) saw her, he thought her to be a harlot; because she had covered her face.

*Note: Tamar is seen here as a “type” of the Ten Lost Tribes of Yisra’el who did indeed become like a harlot with their pagan idolatry and false deities (Jeremiah 3:1-8, Hosea 2:5, 3:3, 4:14-15). 

The attitude of the Yahuwdiy (Jews) towards the Gentiles has always been one of reproach; because the House of Judah were commissioned to be the keepers of the “Oracles of Elohiym” and the “lawgivers” (Genesis 49:10, Romans 3:2). 

But instead of bringing the lost sheep home to the Towrah and out of their captivity, they made it difficult for them by heaping added laws and traditions. 

Similarly, (in Genesis 38), Judah was making it difficult for Tamar to be redeemed as he was dodging her. He was not living up to his agreement by sending Shelah, so Tamar tricked him into keeping his oath. Do you remember how Yaaqob (Jacob) was tricked into marrying Leah? The same thing is happening again with Judah & Tamar:

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 38:

16 And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray you, let me come in unto you; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What will you give me, that you may come in unto me?

17 And he said, I will send you a kid (goat) from the flock. And she said, Will you give me a pledge, till you send it?

*Explanation: We are once again seeing “Yom Kippur” typology as Tamar asked for a pledge or an oath from Judah. Judah then offered her the kid of a goat which would be “sent.” Similarly, our Messiah who is from the Tribe of Judah was going to become that “sent goat” to redeem Yisra’el.

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 38:18 And he said, What pledge shall I give you? And she said, Your signet, and your bracelets, and your staff that is in your hand. And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him.

*Explanation: In Hebrew, the word “signet” is the word “chowtham,” and it means “A signature ring,” or in other words, she was asking for his “name!”

Pictured is a signet ring which is like having power of attorney. When someone is given a signet, it means you can use their name! 

The Hebrew word for “bracelet” in this passage is “pathiyl” and it means “cord, thread, ribbon.

Every year on Yom Kippur, the priest would tie a red ribbon around the horns of Azazel, (the scapegoat); and then, the scapegoat was to be
sent into the wilderness. The other half of that scarlet cord would be tied to the Temple doors. 

If the nation was accepted that year and their sins were atoned for, then the ribbon would miraculously turn from red to white! 

Isaiah 1:18 hints about this when YaHuWaH declares that even though our “sins are like scarlet they shall be as white as snow.” 

Finally, the word for “staff” is “matteh” and it means branch or tribe.” 

Hence, Tamar was asking for Judah’s name, (signature), which is symbolized by his signet ring. This means that she wanted to be named after the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah). Tamar was also asking for covering (atonement) which is symbolized by the red ribbon (bracelet or cord). This is an allusion to the same red ribbon which was to be placed around the horns of the scapegoat each year on Yom Kippur. 

Later-on, when Tamar bore twins, a red cord or bracelet was also placed on the arm of “Zarach,” whose name means “rising of light.This twin symbolizes our Messiah, because he would also bear the red cord when he wore the blood-soaked crown of thorns upon his head, just like the scapegoat. The name “Peretz” (Pharez), which means “breach, division, gap.” 

The names of these twins describe two kings from the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah). The one who caused the breach or division, is King Solomon. However, our Messiah came to reverse the curse of King Solomon, by “Standing in the gap” (Ezekiel 22:30) and thus “Repairing the breach” (Isaiah 58:12).

Genesis 22:13 similarly states that YaHuWaH provided a ram as the substitute sacrifice for his Abraham’s son, Isaac when his horns were caught in the thicket or thorn bush.

In 1993, Israeli Prime Minister, Shimon Peres (whose name means the same thing as Peretz), divided Jerusalem, by handing over the Great City to Pope John Paul II, under the Oslo Accords. See my other blogs to learn more:

Tamar was also asking for Judah’s staff, which is a symbol of being grafted-into the Tribe of Judah. The staff is the Hebrew word “matteh,” which means “branch.”

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 38:

19 And she arose, and went away, and laid by her vail from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood.

20 And Yahuwdah (Judah) sent the kid (goat) by the hand of his friend the Adullamiteto receive his pledge from the woman’s hand: but he found her not.

*Note: Yisra’el (typified in Tamar) is taking off her veil and putting on her widow’s garments again. She is waiting for the day when she will give finally birth (Isaiah 54:1), and she will raise up seed for her dead husband. 

This is also a prophetic picture of Jerusalem (the mother of us all) in the last days as she will raise up seed for her dead husband, (her Messiah who is risen from the dead). Revelation 12:1-5 shows us this same woman giving birth to a “man-child.” 

In other words, the twin boys of Tamar are a picture of the two houses of Yisrael becoming back together again to form one new man” (Ephesians 2:15). 

Yahuwshuwa (typified in Judah) was sent as the kid of a goat by the “hand of a fit man” (according to Leviticus 16:21).The instructions for Yowm Kippur in Leviticus 16 state that the priest shall cast lots to determine which of the twin goats shall be killed and which one will be sent as the scapegoat into the wilderness. 

Lots were also cast for the garment (covering) of our Messiah to symbolize that he was the sacrificial goat (Psalm 22:18; Matthew 27:35).

When our Messiah was baptized by John, that was his “legal moment of death,” because in Romans 6:4 we are shown that baptism symbolizes “death to the old sinful man.” 

The word “scapegoat” in Hebrew is Azazel which means “Goat of departure” and it also means “The innocent party who takes the blame for the guilty party.” 

According to the book of Enoch, Azazel is the name of a fallen angel who mated with human woman. Some of you may be asking “How can the Messiah portray the role of Azazel? Is it not Satan who is Azazel?” 

The answer to that question is seen in this passage: 

2nd Qorintiym (Corinthians) 5:21 For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of Elohiym in him.

Our Messiah literally “became sin” even though he never sinned himself. In this way, Messiah Yahuwshuwa fulfilled the sacrificial goat who was symbolically killed at his baptism. John the Baptist was the High Priest that year who performed the sacrifice as the “kinsman redeemer.” 

Caiaphas was not a legitimate High Priest in the eyes of YaHuWaH because he was planted there by Rome’s government and he was an Edomite, not a Levite. 

Then the Ruwach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) sent our Messiah into the wilderness as the “scapegoat” as well! You see, he fulfilled the pattern of the twin goats!

Right after those forty days of fasting in the wilderness, our Messiah emerged and went into the Synagogue as he read Isaiah 61 aloud declaring that he was “The Anointed One.” 

Everyone who heard him speak these words knew that he was declaring himself to be the Messiah! He also clued them in that he was their new High Priest, their “kinsman redeemer” when he came to “Declare The Acceptable Year of YHWH!” 

You see, only the High Priest could announce “The Acceptable Year of YHWH” (Numbers 10:2). If the sins of the nation had been sufficiently atoned for, they would be accepted that year on Yom Kippur. This is why Yahuwchanon (John) the Baptist had to die.

Now the widow (Yisra’el) had lost her earthly High Priest (John) and now her new kinsman redeemer was the Messiah after the order of Melchizedek from Judah!

Since the scapegoat was to be sent into the wilderness by the “hand of a fit man,” we can see that Judah’s friend the Adullamite is a picture of the Ruwach (Spirit) who also lead Messiah into the wilderness. 

The name Adullamite means “justice for the people.” The scapegoat brought justice for the people because he took away their sins.

This means that Hira, Judah’s friend represents the Ruwach (Spirit) who brings justice for the people because he is the “fit man,” who would bring the goat to the widow to redeem her. This is once again Yowm Kippur language. 

For on this day the people are avenged of the injustices that were done to them and Yisra’el is avenged of her enemies as seen in Revelation 19 at the second coming of Messiah (Jeremiah 23:5). Now let’s continue with our study in Genesis 38.

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 38:

21 Then he asked the men of that place, saying, Where is the harlot, that was openly by the way side? And they said, There was no harlot in this place.

22 And he returned to Yahuwdah (Judah), and said, I cannot find her; and also the men of the place said, that there was no harlot in this place.

23 And Yahuwdah (Judah) said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: behold, I sent this kid (goat), and you have not found her.

24 And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Yahuwdah (Judah), saying, Tamar your daughter in law has played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Yahuwdah (Judah) said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.

25 When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray you, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff.

*Note: The House of Judah is now about to recognize the other Lost Tribes of Yisra’el on that final Yom Kippur when Messiah returns, just as Judah was about to recognize Tamar. 

Up until now, the Jews have not recognized the other “Ten Lost Tribes” that are called “Gentiles” and they are treating them as harlots even after they have been redeemed by the blood of the Yom Kippur goat (Messiah). 

The House of Judah is not willing to share their inheritance with the other tribes and there is an attitude of exclusivity that says “Only the Jews are the chosen people.” 

However, they have forgotten that there are ten other tribes in the nations who are chosen as well. 

In these last days, we are seeing the other tribes (the returning Gentiles) beginning to take on the sacred name of the Heavenly Father YaHuWaH (the seal or the signet); and they are beginning to identify themselves with the House of Yahuwdah (Judah) through the Lion of Yahuwdah (Messiah).

They are accepting the blood atonement for their harlotry (the bracelets, the covering) and they are being grafted in as a wild branch (staff) into the House of Yahuwdah (Judah).

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 38:

26 And Yahuwdah (Judah) acknowledged them, and said, She has been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.

27 And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that behold, twins were in her womb.

*Note: Here is a picture of the Ten Tribes of the Lost Sheep of Yisra’el (Gentiles) becoming grafted into the House of Yahuwdah and through this union, they give birth to “one new man” (Jew & Gentile) believers as the “double portion inheritance” of Yahuwseph (Joseph) through Ephrayim whose name means “double fruit.” 

The woman Yisra’el who was “barren” in Isaiah 54:1 is about to become doubly fruitful because of her trouble (Isaiah 61:7) and she will “forget the shame and reproach of her widowhood” (Isaiah 54:4). 

Judah represents the Messiah who has become her kinsman redeemer, and Tamar represents the Lost Sheep of Yisra’el and they are giving birth to “one new man” (Ephesians 2:15, Revelation 12:5) in these last days.

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 61:7 For your shame you shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.

Now, let’s continue with our study in Genesis 38:

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.

*Note: Once again, we are seeing Yom Kippur typology here as the “firstborn” son (Zarah) whose name means “rising of light is a picture of the Messiah who had the scarlet thread on his hand. But then came out the son named Pharez who appeared to be the first-born son. But the midwife knew who had come out first because of the scarlet cord. 

The twin who withdrew his hand (Zarah) symbolizes Ephrayim who ended up becoming “The firstborn” because he later on accepts the blood atonement for his sins (like the prodigal son who received the fatted calf). Ephrayim ends up becoming the firstborn son even though he was born last (Jeremiah 31:9)--in other words he is born-again of incorruptible seed! 

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 38:

29 And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How have you broken forth? this breach be upon you: therefore his name was called Peretz (Pharez).

30 And afterward came out his brother that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zerach (Zarah).

It means that the House of Judah (symbolized by Pharez) caused a breach or a gap (split) between the Two Houses of Yisra’el” when King Rehoboam (King of Judah) refused to lighten their tax burdens (1st Kings 12). 

But Zarah represents the Messiah who has “risen” from the dead in order to repair the breach between both houses. 

Joseph and his son Ephrayim both represent the prodigal son who was “estranged” from his father and brothers in Egypt. 

Nevertheless, when Ephrayim is “born-again of incorruptible seed” or in other words, raised up (resurrected) he will inherit “The double” (Isaiah 61:7). So we see that Messiah is a picture of both “twin goats” (the sacrifice and the scapegoat). 

He also represents Judah (the older brother) and Ephrayim (the younger brother). He also represents the first twin (Pharez) who caused the breach (gap) but then he also represents the second twin who “repaired the breach” (Zarah) who is the promised son!

The Scarlet Cord Explained

The firstborn son of Tamar (Zarach) bore the scarlet thread to symbolize our Messiah, who is also the firstborn from among the dead (Colossians 1:18). The scarlet thread symbolized his blood flowing out of his hands when he was nailed to the tree.

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: scarlet, crimson; the 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 crucified 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.

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 literally means….“it is finished!

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 crimson, they shall be as wool.
Ibriym (Hebrews) 9:19 For when Mosheh had spoken every precept to all the people according to the Towrah (law), he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wooland 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” in 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.”

This means that both Houses of Yisra’el are going to be redeemed in the end on Yom Kippur because of the scarlet thread and the pledge made with the goat. 

The Twin With the Scarlet Cord Repairs the Breach or Gap

In Isaiah 58:12, we read about a breach being repaired. What is this breach? It is a broken wall—a gap in the unity of the family of Yisra’el. That gap is going to be repaired in the end by the one who has the scarlet thread. 

Pharez represents the House of Judah because the Yahuwdiym (Jews) have created a “breach” or a gap that left the other Ten Tribes of Yisra’el out of the covenant and kept them from “coming near.” How did they do this? 

As I already explained earlier in this study, it all began in 1st Kings the 12th chapter. King Rehoboam (Solomon’s son) refused to lighten the taxes of the Ten Northern Tribes of Yisra’el even after they petitioned him to do so. 

Because of his “heavy burden” on the people, there was a split in the two kingdoms of Yisra’el, and this is what caused the breach. 

The Ten Northern Tribes ruled by King Jeroboam then left the House of Dawiyd (David) leaving behind only the Tribes of Benjamin & Judah known as the Two Southern Tribes of Judah.

King Jeroboam then invented man-made pagan feasts in the eighth month of the Hebrew year and he refused to allow these ten tribes to make pilgrimage to Jerusalem to keep the Feasts of YaHuWaH. This was the great sin which caused them to be divorced (1st Kings 12:30).

To add insult to injury, King Rehoboam also erected two golden calves, one at Mount Ephrayim and one at Dan.

When our Messiah came to redeem these Ten Northern Tribes, the Jewish Sanhedrin continued to keep the breach or the gap between both houses by inventing laws which prevented these divorced tribes from coming near the Temple so that they could be saved. 

Our Messiah is like Zarah who came as the Yom Kippur goat bearing the scarlet thread, which is the blood that flowed from his nail-pierced hands. 

He is the one like who would “repair the breach” (the gap between both houses of Yisra’el). 

The midwife said about Pharez “Let this breach be upon you,” because the House of Yahuwdah (Jews) have been the ones who have kept the other Ten Tribes out of the covenant by putting a “fence around the Towrah (extra rules and regulations). 

But our Messiah came on behalf of the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah) to be the one to “stand in the gap” for Judah’s sin of not performing the duty of a kinsman and he also took the sins of Yisra’el’s harlotry, making her fit to be restored back to Judah.

On that final day of Yom Kippur, on “The Great & Terrible Day of YaHuWaH,” justice will reign as our Messiah will return as the Lion of the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah) to redeem both brides (typified in Leah & Rachel) and to help bring forth “The firstborn son” typified in Ephrayim who is the repairer of the breach between both houses.

However, this firstborn son (Ephrayim) will take on the name of the Lion of Yahuwdah (Judah), just as Tamar took on the name of Judah, her kinsman redeemer! The kinsman redeemer, the Messiah, will raise up a name for the widowed wife Yisra’el, and that name is the name of her husband YaHuWaH, Yahuwshuwa (Father & Son) from the House of Yahuwdah!

Are There Two Husbands for Yisra’el?

In keeping with the pattern of the Towrah, it is important to see that Ya’aqob (Jacob) whose name was later changed to Yisra’el had two brides, Rachel & her older sister, Leah. This is a picture of both houses of Yisra’el being married to only one husband!

Who honestly believes that Yisra’el has two husbands? Who is the bride of Messiah? Who is the bride of YaHuWaH in the Tanakh (Old Testament)? Yisra’el has only one husband:

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 54:5 For your Maker is your husband; YHWH of hosts is his name; and your Redeemer the Holy One of Yisra’el; The Elohiym of the whole earth shall he be called.

Colossians 1:15-16 declares that our Messiah Yahuwshuwa is our Creator, the one who created all things! 

He is the “Maker, the husband, the Redeemer” of the bride! 

Some people who adhere to the false doctrine of “Dispensationalism” try to say that the Heavenly Father is the husband of “Old Covenant Yisra’el,” but then they say that the Son is the husband of the “New Covenant Church.”

The idea that there are two separate groups of people called “The Church & Yisra’el” with two separate husbands is absurd. The same Yisra’el whom he divorced in Jeremiah 3:8 is the same Yisra’el he is going to remarry (Hosea 2:19-20). YaHuWaH is not going to have his Son marry his ex-wife.

All born-again believers are called “Yisra’el” according to Ephesians 2:11-12. The word “Church” in our English Bibles is a poor translation as it comes from the Greek goddess named “Circe.”

The same congregation of Yisra’el who was saved out of Egyptian slavery and bondage is the very same congregation today who are saved out of the bondage of sin and death by the blood of the lamb. There is truly no difference between the Congregation of Yisra’el taken out of Egypt and the Congregation of Yisra’el redeemed by our Messiah, the Passover Lamb.

Two Brides Married to One Husband

Rachel & Leah are two sisters who were married to the same man (Jacob). Through these two sisters, came Twelve Tribes of Yisra’el. YaHuWaH married the entire nation of Yisra’el (all twelve tribes). In Jeremiah 3:7, YaHuWaH described Yisra’el as “two sisters” (Judah & Samaria). 

Judah represents the Jews and Samaria represents the ten divorced Tribes of Yisra’el later on in history, they were called “No longer my people” (Hosea 1:9-10), in other words, they became “Gentiles.” In Jeremiah 3:8, YaHuWaH divorced Yisra’el. 

In Jeremiah 3:14 YaHuWaH says that he is “married to the backslider” and he intends to bring her back to himself. But then in Isaiah 54 & Isaiah 62:4, he promised to redeem and marry her again and she would no longer be called “a widow” or one who was “forsaken or divorced.”

The Father’s Name Seen in the Tribe of Judah

In John 4:22, Yahuwshuwa told the Samaritan woman at the well that salvation comes from the House of Yahuwdah (Judah). In the King James Version we read:

“You worship you know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Yahuwdiy (Jews).”

When we read this, many automatically think that he is telling us that salvation can be found in the modern day religion called Judaism. But that is not what our Messiah was declaring. 

In order to understand what he was telling her, we must go back to the original prophecy of the first man named Judah, the 4th born son of Jacob & Leah:

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 49: 

Yahuwdah (Judah) you are he whom your brethren shall praise: your hand shall be in the neck of your enemies; your father’s children shall bow down before you.

Yahuwdah (Judah) is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, you are gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?

10 The sceptre shall not depart from Yahuwdah (Judah)nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

*Explanation: This prophecy has a dual meaning. Not only is this referring to the tribe of people known as the Yahuwdiy (Jews) in the last days, but it is also referring to the Messiah who is the embodiment of the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah). 

Revelation 5:5 calls him “The Lion of the Tribe of Judah.” Now there is something that I want to clear up here about the term “Jew.” What exactly does this word mean?

The Hebrew Strong’s Concordance gives the definition for the word “Jew” as follows:

#3064 Yhuwdiy yeh-hoo-dee’ patronymically from 3063; a Jehudite (i.e. Judaite or Jew), or descendant of Jehudah (i.e. Judah):--Jew.

The term “Jew” also comes from a tribe of people known as Judah:

#3063 Yhuwdah yeh-hoo-daw’ from 3034; celebrated; Jehudah (or Judah), the name of five Israelites; also of the tribe descended from the first, and of its territory:--Judah.

But this word comes from a root word:

#3034 yadah yaw-daw’ a primitive root; used only as denominative from 3027; literally, to use (i.e. hold out) the hand; physically, to throw (a stone, an arrow) at or away; especially to revere or worship (with extended hands); intensively, to bemoan (by wringing the hands):--cast (out), (make confession), praise, shoot, (give) thankful, thanksgiving.

Now let us look at the Hebrew Letters in the name Judah:

Yod, Hey, Waw, Daleth, Hey

You will notice that the name YaHuWuDaH (Yahuwdah) has 5 Hebrew Letters and they are the very same letters in our Heavenly Father’s name YaHuWaH but with one additional letter added! It is the 4th Letter in the Hebrew Alphabet called “dalet.” The letter “dalet” means “The door.”

Yahuwshuwa Messiah is from the House of Yahuwdah and he is prophetically called “The door.”

Yahuwchanon (John) 10:7 Then said Yahuwshuwa unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
Yahuwchanon (John) 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Now in order to understand fully what he means by this, we have to go back to the Tabernacle of Moses and see that there were three entrances into the Tabernacle. They are called “The gate, the door and the veil.” (Exodus 38:18-19, Exodus 36:37-38, Exodus 36:35-36).
Yahuwchanon (John) 14:6 Yahuwshuwa said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.

You see the nick-name for “The gate, the door and the veil” (the three entrances into the tabernacle) were called “The way, the truth, and the life!”

Yahuwshuwa was declaring that he is the way into the Holy of Holies! The door to salvation is in him but also the Tribe of Yahuwdah! 

This is why he told the woman at the well “Salvation is of the Yahuwdiym.” 

He was telling us that there is a tribe of people called Yahuwdah who are assigned to hold the scepter to bring the Towrah to the other lost tribes. That is why the prophecy over Yahuwdah says “Unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” 

In Ezekiel 47:22-23 we are told that any stranger could join any tribe of Yisra’el simply by “sojourning” with them. In other words by walking in their footsteps and keeping the same commandments and by serving the same Creator YaHuWaH, they would be every bit as much a part of that tribe as one who is born among them. 

Therefore, if we are walking with Messiah Yahuwshuwa (sojourning with him), and we have his blood (life) in us according to John 6:53-54, we literally become part of his tribe---the Tribe of Yahuwdah!

Galatiym (Galatians) 3:29 And if you be Messiah’s, then are you are Abraham’s seed (sperma), and heirs according to the promise.

Romiym (Romans) 2:

28 For he is not a Yahuwdiy (Jew), which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

29 But he is a Yahuwdiy (Jew), which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of Elohiym.

What does all of this mean? It means that Yahuwshuwa Messiah is the door to salvation and if we walk in his footsteps and obey his commandments we become part of his tribe! 

We are Yahuwdiym (Jews) not by joining a man-made religion that follows traditions of humans. However, we are truly of The Tribe of Yahuwdah when we “follow the lamb wherever he goes” and we “sojourn” with him. If we are “born-again” by the blood of the lamb from the tribe of Yahuwdah, then we are going to be married into his tribe!

The Tribe of Yahuwdah has his Father’s name written in their foreheads:

Chazown (Revelation) 14:

1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Tziyown (Zion), and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads (YHWH).

4 These are they which were not defiled with women (the woman mother harlot church); for they are virgins (undefiled by the mother harlot church). These are they which follow (sojourn with) the Lamb whithersoever he goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto Elohiym and to the Lamb.

5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of Elohoym.

This end-time prophecy is about the House of Yahuwdah (Judah) as well as Messiah himself who is the Lion of the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Revelation 5:5).

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 49:

11 Binding 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

12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.

We can see a connection between this prophecy in Genesis 49:11-12 and Revelation 19:8-14 as his garment will be dipped in blood. His bride also has washed her wedding garments in his blood (Revelation 7:14). 

The donkey is also a metaphor of back-sliding, stiff-necked Yisra’el whom he redeemed as his first-born with the Passover Lamb sacrifice (Exodus 13:13, Numbers 22:32, Zechariah 9:9, Matthew 21:2, Luke 14:15).

In Exodus 13:13, we are told to redeem a young donkey with a lamb, and if the lamb will not be redeemed, his neck shall be broken. Why does YaHuWaH command such a thing? 

If the donkey (symbolic of sinful humans) refuse to be redeemed, then there is no hope for them but to have their necks broken. This is why our Messiah rode on a young donkey four days before he was to become the Passover Lamb (Matthew 21:2-7).

Shemoth (Exodus) 13:13 And every firstling of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb; and if you will not redeem it, then you shalt break his neck: and all the firstborn of man among your children shall you redeem.

In Zechariah 8:23 there is a prophecy about “ten men” (symbolic of the Ten Lost Tribes) out of the nations who will take hold of the “skirt” (kanaph in Hebrew) or the four corners of the garment, (fringes, tziytziot) of “one Jew” and they will follow the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah)! 

YaHuWaH himself is the Father who also became the promised Son, the kinsman redeemer; who is also the BRIDEGROOM, THE ONE HUSBAND OF YISRA’EL!

Chazown (Revelation) 1:

7 Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Awmane.

I am ALEPH & TAW את the beginning and the ending, says YHWH, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Now we can better understand the role of the Father and the role of the Son. The mystery can be unlocked by understanding the “Twin Goats” on Yom Kippur. 

Both were fulfilled in the “The Father & the Son.” 

The guilty party (Yisra’el) is the SON, and YaHuWaH came as a “representation” of the SON to become the “scapegoat” (the innocent party who takes the place of the guilty party). 

Then the FATHER fulfilled the role of the “sacrificial goat” the one who was worthy to be killed, because YaHuWaH as the FATHER was the only one perfect enough to atone for sin. 

But how could the Creator die, and thus cease to exist? Well, the answer to that is simple. 

In Hebrews 10:5 we are told that YaHuWaH “Prepared a mortal human body for himself,” and so his created body was the only part that died---not his Spirit!

YaHuWaH as the SON was sent into the wilderness as a symbol that Yisra’el was going to go into exile in the nations to be punished for their sins. 

YaHuWaH, the Son, was the scapegoat to show that Yisra’el deserved to be banished from the kingdom (sent away). 

But when YaHuWaH the SON emerged as the High Priest on Yowm Kippur (after his forty days of fasting in the wilderness) he was acting in the role of YaHuWaH the FATHER again----The kinsman redeemer, the righteous high priest, Melchizedek! 

Malkiy-Tzedeq (Melchizedek)

The first mention of Melchizedek is in Genesis 14:18, and he met with Abraham and blessed him. Melchizedek is described as “The king of Salem.” 

Salem is an ancient name for Jerusalem. The Jewish Talmud and the book of Jasher both state that this Melchizedek is Noah’s son named “Shem.”  

To see further explanation about why Melchizedek cannot be a mortal human being, nor can it be Shem, see my article entitled: “Who is Melchizedek?”

However, we are told in Hebrews 7:14 that Melchizedek “Sprang out of Judah.” 

We are also told in Hebrews 7:3 that Melchizedek has “No father, no mother, no descendant, neither beginning of days nor end of life.” 

This is because Melchizedek is eternal and he “Abides as a priest continually.” This would explain why our Messiah made the following claim:

Yahuwchanon (John) 8:58 “…Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.”

Hebrews 7:3 tells us that Melchizedek was “made like” the “Son of Elohiym.” In other words, in eternity he has no father or mother, because he is not a created being. 

Melchizedek is the Creator himself, and our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa is described in Colossians 1:16-17 as the one who created all things. He “became like” the nation of Yisra’el as he came to portray the role of the “firstborn son.” 

Melchizedek has always existed in eternity. Yet he revealed himself as the Father in the Tanakh (Old Testament) and he revealed himself as the Son in the Briyth Chadashah (New Testament).

This means that our Messiah in eternity was always Melchizedek, our High Priest, yet he was “made” of the seed of David as a human being. 

Psalm 110:4 says: YaHuWaH has sworn, and will not repent,
You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”

Beloved, did it ever occur to you that the Tribe of Judah pre-existed the fourth son of Jacob & Leah? 

If the New Jerusalem in eternity always existed and the twelve gates for the twelve tribes of Yisra’el always existed, this means that the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah) existed before the earthly Judah (son of Jacob) was even born!

This revelation astounded me when I first received it, because I realized that the King of Salem who met with Abraham was not an earthly king of the earthly Jerusalem, but he was the king of the heavenly Jerusalem! 

Speaking of the patriarchs including Abraham, the book of Hebrews explains that many died not having received the promise hear on earth, but they were looking for the heavenly city of Jerusalem:

Ibriym (Hebrews) 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly: wherefore Elohiym is not ashamed to be called their Elohiym: for he has prepared for them a city.

Ibriym (Hebrews) 12:22 But you are come unto mount Tziyown (Zion), and unto the city of the living Elohiym, the heavenly Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), and to an innumerable company of malakiym (angels).

Why is this important to understand? Because if Hebrews 7:14 tells that Melchizedek sprang out of Judah, and Melchizedek is eternal, we must be able to see that Melchizedek is YaHuWaH himself who is BOTH “The Father & The Son!”

We get a hint of YaHuWaH revealing himself as Melchizedek in the Garden of Eden after Adam & Eve had sinned. YaHuWaH himself came down and walked among them and he clothed them with animal skins (Genesis 3:21). I believe that this event took place on Yowm Kippur, and this means that YaHuWaH himself acted as their high priest who made a blood sacrifice on their behalf. 

Why do I believe this? 

Well, in Hebrew, the word “kippur” (atonement) it comes from a root word “kaphar” which means “to cover or to coat.” Even though scripture does not tell us that it was Melchizedek, who else qualified to make a sacrifice on their behalf? 

Who else but Melchizedek?

We get another picture of this concept in Zechariah the 6th chapter:

Zecharyahuw (Zechariah) 6:11-13 bears this out:

11 then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of YaHuWshuwa (Joshua) the son of YaHuWtzedeq (Josedech), the high priest;

*Note: Revelation 19:12 tells us that Messiah Yahuwshuwa will be wearing many crowns at his return!

12 and speak unto him, saying, Thus speaks YHWH of hosts, saying, 
Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of YHWH.

13 even he shall build the temple of YHWH; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throneand he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.

The counsel of peace shall be between them both? What are we seeing here? 

Well, first of all, in verse 11, we see that the Father’s name is YaHuWtzedeq (Josedech)which means “YaHuWaH is righteous.” 

Additionally, the name of the Son is YaHuWshuwa (Joshua) which means “YaHuWaH is salvation.” Both the Father and the Son have the name of YaHuWaH embedded in their names. Yet as the Father is the righteous king, and as the Son, he is the savior. 

This is a loaded prophecy because we see a Messianic prophecy in this title “The Branch” also in Isaiah 4:2; Jeremiah 33:15; and Zechariah 3:8, as it is referring to the Messiah.

Even Pontius Pilate made this declaration of him:

Yahuwchanon (John) 19:5 Then came Yahuwshuwa forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate said unto them, Behold the man!

Do you see the similarity between Zechariah 6:11-12 about Yahuwshuwa (Joshua) being given crowns (plural) on his head and then YaHuWaH himself says “...Behold the man!” Pontius Pilate also declared “...Behold the man!” as he wore a crown of thorns!

And who was it that would build the Tabernacle of David? 

In Amos 9:11, it is YaHuWaH himself who declared that he would rebuild the Tabernacle of David. The prophecy is repeated again indicating that YaHuWaH would return to rebuild the Tabernacle of David. In order for YaHuWaH to return, he must have been here already once as the Messiah! 

Amowc (Amos) 9:11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:

Maaseh Schlichiym (Acts) 15:16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:

The above verses show that YaHuWaH himself will return to rebuild the Tabernacle just as Zechariah 6:13 declares that the Messiah will build the Temple of YaHuWaH!

The Father, YaHuWaH is righteous and the Son, Yahuwshuwa is salvation!

Hebrews 7:2 tells us that the name Melchizedek literally means “King of Righteousness.” The Hebrew Strong’s Concordance shows the definition of Melchizedek:

#4442 Malkiy-Tsedeq mal-kee-tseh'-dek from 4428 and 6664; king of right; Malki-Tsedek, an early king in Palestine:--Melchizedek.

The root words are as follows:

#4428 melek meh'-lek from 4427; a king:--king, royal.

#6664 tsedeq tseh'-dek from 6663; the right (natural, moral or legal); also (abstractly) equity or (figuratively) prosperity:--X even, justicerighteous.

Are you beginning to see that YaHuWaH himself is the Father who is the “righteous high priest?” 

Yet, we see his son Yahuwshuwa receiving “crowns” (plural) upon his head, just as we see our Messiah in Revelation 19:12 receiving “many crowns?” 

And yet Melchizedek is described as none other than our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa in Hebrews 7:20-26. We can only conclude that Melchizedek is BOTH the Father & the Son:

Yahuwchanon (John) 14:

9 Yahuwshuwa said unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet have you not known me, Philip? He that has seen me has seen the Father; and how say you then, Show us the Father?

10 Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwells in me, he does the works.

11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

Just as Melchizedek is both “King & Priest,” it only stands to reason that he is also both “Father & Son.” 

Yisra’el became two separate nations after King Solomon died in 1st Kings 12. They became known as “The Ten Northern Tribes of the House of Ephrayim” and The Two Southern Tribes of the House of Judah.”

Because of this split, “Both Houses of Yisra’el” are spoken of in Isaiah 8:14, and this is why our Creator, YaHuWaH had to portray himself as both “King & Priest,” and also as both “Father & Son!” 

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