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Adonai

Adonai


Man needs God. Even when mankind is oblivious to that need, the evidence is overwhelmingly clear that there is a need for guidance and help beyond the mortal. Here the Ancient Hebrew pictographs bring into focus the title of the One who can fill that need.


y

Yud

Hand

n

Nun

Life
Heir

d

Dalet

Entrance

A

Aleph

Strong
Leader

The strong one leads and sustains me by His hand.

AThe ‘Aleph’ is the picture of an ox head and illustrates the strength of an animal. It can mean strong, power, or leader.
dThe ‘Dalet’ represents a tent flap or door. It can also mean back and forth movement as in going in and out of a door.
nThe ‘Nun’ represents a seed or sprout and gives us the meaning of continuing to a new generation. It can have the meaning of continuing, perpetuating, sustaining, offspring, or heir.
yThe ‘Yud’ in pictograph form represents an arm and a hand. The picture can mean work, throw, worship or it can simply mean arm or hand.
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Armor of God

Armor of God


In Ephesians 6:10-20, we are told to wear the Armor of God. Here we can use the Ancient Hebrew letters to gain a better understanding of each piece of the armor.



Helmet of Salvation (Yeshuah)


h

Hey

Behold

E

Ayin

Look

v

Vav

Nail

S

Shin

Separate

y

Yud

Hand

As pictographs, the letters combine to mean ‘Behold, see how a hand will save or separate by a nail.’ But it is actually a compound word consisting of ‘Ya’ (God) and the root word ‘shuah’ (to rescue). In the Armor of God, the Helmet of Salvation is Yeshuah, the one who secures our rescue or salvation.
yThe 'Yud' in pictograph form shows an arm and a hand. The picture can mean to work, throw, worship, or it can simply mean an arm or hand.
sSThe 'Shin' may be depicted differently depending on the time period, but represents two front teeth and can mean sharp, eat, consume, separate, or destroy.
vThe 'Vav' represents a tent peg or nail and means to secure or hook. But it can also simply mean peg or nail.
EThe 'Ayin' appears as an eye. It relates to the function of the eye, understanding, or knowledge.
hHThe 'Hey' appears as a man waving his arms. It relates to pay attention, hehold, reveal.

Breastplate of Righteousness (Tsedek)


Breastplate of Righteousness

q

Quph

Follow

D

Dalet

Journey

F

Tsade

Seek

As part of the Armor of God, the Breastplate of Righteousness represents seeking a journey that follows God.

F

The 'Tsade' represents a man searching or seeking and means hunter, catch, or desire.

D

The 'Dalet' represents a tent flap or door as going in and out of a door or a journey.

q

The 'Quph' character appears like the back of man's head or a sunset and means last, behind, following, revolving or cycle of time.

Belt of Truth (Emet)


belt of truth

t

Tau

Covenant

M

Mem

Water

a

Aleph

Strong

The Belt of Truth is an important item in the Armor of God used in spiritual warfare. The Aleph and Mem together create the word "Mother," the strong water that nurtures and holds a family together. The word "Truth" means to nurture the covenant.

a

The 'Aleph' is the picture of an ox head and illustrates the strength of an animal. It can mean strong, power, or leader.

M

The 'Mem' illustrates water or waves. As a nomadic people, the Hebrews feared the waves or waters of the seas, so the letter often meant chaos, mighty, or blood. On the other hand, water sustained life and in this instance, it carries that meaning.

t

The 'Tau' is used as a man's mark, either like a signature on an agreement or even a crossed sticks on the ground to mark a boundary point. Either way, it is associated with an agreement or covenant between two people or between man and God.

Shoes of Peace (Shalom)


M

Mem

Chaos

v

Vav

Establish

l

Lamed

Authority

s

Shin

Destroy

Destroy the authority that establishes chaos. In this illustration as part of the Armor of God, the Shoes of Peace indicate we need to to be walking or pursuing. If we do the walking, God will destroy the chaos ahead of us.

sS

The 'Shin' represents two front teeth and can mean sharp, eat, consume, separate, or destroy.

l

The 'Lamed' is a picture of a shepherd's staff. The shepherd used the staff to exercise authority over the sheep to direct or lead them. It can mean teach, lead, yoke, move forward, or authority.

v

The 'Vav' represents a tent peg or nail and means to secure or hook. But it can also simply mean peg or nail.

M

The 'Mem' illustrates water or waves. As a nomadic people, the Hebrews did not understand the waves or waters of the ocean. So the letter came to mean chaos, mighty, or blood.

Shield of Faith (Emunah)


H

Hey

Behold

n

Nun

Life/Heir

v

Vav

Secure

M

Mem

Water

a

Aleph

Strong

The pictograph portrays getting our attention, ‘Behold’, the root of Em (mother or giver of life) who seeks to establish continual life or activity in us. Faith is the actions of our life that reveal our relationship with the life giver. Our faith brings a life that has purpose. When our actions come into agreement with the Lord, the enemy’s weapons cannot penetrate the Shield of Faith.

a

The 'Aleph' is the picture of an ox head and illustrates the strength of an animal. It can mean strong, power, or leader.

M

The 'Mem' illustrates water or waves. As a nomadic people, the Hebrews feared the waves or waters of the ocean. So the letter came to mean chaos, mighty, or blood.

v

The 'Vav' pictures a tent peg or nail. It means to secure, connect, or establish.

n

The 'Nun' represents a seed or sprout and gives us the meaning of continuing to a new generation. It can have the meaning of continuing, perpetuating, sustaining, offspring, or heir.

hH

The 'Hey' pictograph represents a man with his hands in the air trying to get someone's attention. It suggests look, reveal, behold.

Sword of the Spirit - The Word (Debar)


r

Resh

Man

B

Beyt

Home

D

Dalet

Door

The only offensive weapon is the Sword of the Spirit, which is The Word of God (Debar). Words, in the ancient thought process, had substance. Sentences were an ordered arrangement of ideas that ordered lives. The Word of God makes the enemy back down. The more a person is in command of the Word, the more effective soldier he will be.

D

The 'Dalet' represents a tent flap or door. It can also mean back and forth movement as in going in and out of a door or a journey.

B

The 'Beyt' depicts the floor plan of a tent. It means home, inside, or family.

r

The 'Resh' symbolizes a head, man, chief, highest, top, beginning, or first.

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Beginning and End

Beginning and End


Man is restricted in the comprehension of the mechanics of things outside of time. This inability requires a marker of the beginning of time and end of time to establish the order of all things known and seen, as well as a hope for what lies beyond. Responding to that very dilemma, the writer of the book of Hebrews tells us: “let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus (Yeshua), the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2) That author and finisher prophetically initials His love letter to mankind thousands of times throughout the Old Testament by inserting the Aleph-Tav pictographs.


t

Tav

End

A

Aleph

Beginning

Beginning and End.

A

The ‘Aleph’ is the picture of an ox head and illustrates the strength of an animal. It can mean strong, power, or leader. It is the first letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet and therefore is also used as first or beginning.

t

The ‘Tav’ represents a sign, mark, covenant, or cross. As the last letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet, it also means last or end.
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Belt of Truth (Emet)

Belt of Truth (Emet)


belt of truth

t

Tau

Covenant

M

Mem

Water

a

Aleph

Strong

The Belt of Truth is an important item in the Armor of God used in spiritual warfare. The Aleph and Mem together create the word “Mother,” the strong water that nurtures and holds a family together. The word “Truth” means to nurture the covenant.

a

The ‘Aleph’ is the picture of an ox head and illustrates the strength of an animal. It can mean strong, power, or leader.

M

The ‘Mem’ illustrates water or waves. As a nomadic people, the Hebrews feared the waves or waters of the seas, so the letter often meant chaos, mighty, or blood. On the other hand, water sustained life and in this instance, it carries that meaning.

t

The ‘Tau’ is used as a man’s mark, either like a signature on an agreement or even a crossed sticks on the ground to mark a boundary point. Either way, it is associated with an agreement or covenant between two people or between man and God.
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Bless (Barak)

Bless (Barak)


There are precious few ways for man’s relationship with God to be reciprocal. To “bless” may be the most powerful example of that rare opportunity. The Ancient Hebrew pictographs give us a clear and achievable formula for not only receiving blessings from God but giving blessing to God by doing exactly as He does.


k

Kaf

Access

r

Resh

Man

B

Bet

Home

Together the pictographs mean to ‘give access to my house.’ When we are blessed by the Lord, it is much more than receiving simple physical treasures, He gives us access to Himself.

B

The ‘Bet’ shows the floor plan of a tent. It means home, inside, or family.

r

The ‘Resh’ symbolizes a head, man, chief, highest, top, beginning, or first.

k

The ‘Kaf’ represents a palm or open hand, like to invite another into our home with a sweeping motion of our open palm.
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Blessed

Blessed


The Ancient Hebrews had a relationship with their God unique to all others in that the “God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” desired to have personal fellowship with His creation. That could only be accomplished if the natural principles of straightness were transferred to the spiritual understandings of man. The pictographs of Asar give a beautiful natural picture of that spiritual process.


R

Resh

Man

s

Shin

Press

A

Aleph

Strong

The word “Blessed” relays the Bedouin technique in rope making that stressed pressure in the beginning of the process to assure the end product would be straight.  The proper pressure of godly foundational principles assure us of a “straightness” in living which results in Blessing.

A

The ‘Aleph’ is the picture of an ox head and illustrates the strength of an animal. It can mean strong, power, or leader.

s

The ‘Shin’ represents two front teeth and can mean press, consume, separate, or destroy.

R

The ‘Resh’ symbolizes a head, man, chief, highest, top, beginning, or first.
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Breastplate of Righteousness (Tsedek)

Breastplate of Righteousness (Tsedek)


Breastplate of Righteousness

q

Quph

Follow

D

Dalet

Journey

F

Tsade

Seek

As part of the Armor of God, the Breastplate of Righteousness represents seeking a journey that follows God.

F

The ‘Tsade’ represents a man searching or seeking and means hunter, catch, or desire.

D

The ‘Dalet’ represents a tent flap or door as going in and out of a door or a journey.

q

The ‘Quph’ character appears like the back of man’s head or a sunset and means last, behind, following, revolving or cycle of time.
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Chanukah

Chanukah


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h

Hey

Behold

k

Kaf

Access

v

Vav

Establish

N

Nun

Life/Heir

C

Chet

Fence

The richness of the Hebrew language provides poignant insight into Chanukah, the word that introduces the coming remembrance celebration of the Maccabean rededication of the Second Temple. When investigated through the eyes of Hebrew in its most Ancient form the letters of the word Chanukah reveal inspiring discernment into God’s intentions as He supernaturally delivered provisions to relight the Menorah, a highly significant furnishing in the Holy Place.


Chanukah, in the Ancient Hebrew, starts with the root word NC, one of the more classic thoughts of the entire Word of God, Grace. Chen (NC) was also the root thought of the Chanan or Ancient tent encampment of the Israelites, which embodied a place of beauty and provision. Thus, the opening thought of the word Chanukah directs our thoughts toward the idea that God’s Grace is the source of beautiful provision.


Next follows the letter v, Vav. Even to this day Vav connotes adding and attaching as a conjunction in the Hebrew language and thus speaks of establishing, attaching, or bringing together.


The Vav is followed by the letter k, Kaf. In its Ancient form, k signified the attributes and actions of the open palm. We are most familiar with the message of the k as the simple expression we make with our hand when we invite another into our home with a sweeping motion of our open palm indicating welcome and freedom of access to our space.


The final letter h, Hey, is the magical letter that gives life to the message embedded in the word Chanukah. It cries out “Hey, behold, take notice – this is important!”


Put them all together and the message of Chanukah is powerful and encouraging:


Chanukah – hkvNC
Behold the Grace of God that
freely establishes access
to His life giving light!


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El Shaddai

El Shaddai


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y

Yud

Hand

d

Dalet

Passage

s

Shin

Separate

l

Lamed

Authority

A

Aleph

Strong

The ‘Aleph’ and ‘Lamed’ form the root word ‘El’ which means God or strong controller. The ‘Shin,’ ‘Dalet,’ and ‘Yud’ form another root ‘Shad’ meaning breast. Together they reveal the One mighty to nourish and supply all our needs.

A

The ‘Aleph’ is the picture of an ox head and illustrates the strength of an animal. It can mean strong, power, or leader.

l

The ‘Lamed’ is a picture of a shepherd’s staff. The shepherd used the staff to exercise authority over his sheep to direct or lead them. It can mean teach, lead, yoke, or move forward.

s

The ‘Shin’ may be depicted differently depending on the time period, but represents two front teeth and can mean sharp, eat, consume, separate, or destroy.

d

The ‘Dalet’ represents a tent flap or door. It can also mean back and forth movement as in going in and out of a door.

y

The ‘Yud’ in pictograph form represents an arm and a hand. The picture can mean work, throw, worship or it can simply mean arm or hand.
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Elohim

Elohim


M

Mem

Water

y

Yud

Hand

h

Hey

Behold

l

Lamed

Lead

A

Aleph

Strong

Look! The strong Shepard gives us passage from raging waters into still waters.

A

The ‘Aleph’ is the picture of an ox head and illustrates the strength of an animal. It can mean strong, power, or leader.

l

The ‘Lamed’ is a picture of a shepherd’s staff. The shepherd used the staff to push or pull sheep to direct or lead them. It can mean teach, lead, yoke, or move forward.

h

The ‘Hey’ pictograph represents a man with his hands in the air trying to get someone’s attention. It suggests look, reveal, behold.

y

The ‘Yud’ in pictograph form represents an arm and a hand. The picture can mean work, throw, worship or it can simply mean arm or hand.

M

The ‘Mem’ illustrates water or waves. As a nomadic people, the Hebrews feared the waves or waters of the ocean. So the letter came to mean chaos, mighty, or blood.
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Everlasting Father

Everlasting Father


d

Dalet

Journey

e

Ayin

Understand

B

Bet

Home

A

Aleph

Strong

The strong one of the home (Father) has the knowledge or understanding of the journey of life and was seen as an eternal proposition from God.

A

The ‘Aleph’ is the picture of an ox head and illustrates the strength of an animal. It can mean strong, power, or leader.

B

The ‘Bet’ shows the floor plan of a tent. It means home, inside, or family.

e

The ‘Ayin’ appears as an eye. It can mean see, understand, or knowledge.

d

The ‘Dalet’ represents a tent flap or door. It can also mean back and forth movement as in going in and out of a door or a journey.
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Faith

Faith


h

Hey

Behold

n

Nun

Life/Heir

v

Vav

Secure

M

Mem

Water

A

Aleph

Strong

The pictograph portrays getting our attention, ‘Behold’, the root of Em (mother or giver of life) who seeks to establish continual life or activity in us. Faith then is the actions of our life that reveal our relationship with the life giver. Our faith brings a life that has purpose.

A

The ‘Aleph’ is the picture of an ox head and illustrates the strength of an animal. It can mean strong, power, or leader.

M

The ‘Mem’ illustrates water or waves. As a nomadic people, the Hebrews feared the waves or waters of the ocean. So the letter came to mean chaos, mighty, or blood.

v

The ‘Vav’ pictures a tent peg or nail. It means to secure, connect, or establish.

n

The ‘Nun’ represents a seed or sprout and gives us the meaning of continuing to a new generation. It can have the meaning of continuing, perpetuating, sustaining, offspring, or heir.

h

The ‘Hey’ pictograph represents a man with his hands in the air trying to get someone’s attention. It suggests look, reveal, behold.
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Father (Ab)

Father (Ab)


B

Bet

Home

A

Aleph

Strong

The Father is the strong one of the home.

AThe ‘Aleph’ is the picture of an ox head and illustrates the strength of an animal. It can mean strong, power, or leader.
BThe ‘Bet’ shows the floor plan of a tent. It means home, inside, or family.
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Fire

Fire


s

Shin

Destroy

a

Aleph

Strong

Fire is a strong devourer.

aThe ‘Aleph’ is the picture of an ox head and illustrates the strength of an animal. It can mean strong, power, or leader.
sThe ‘Shin’ looks like two front teeth of an animal and means press, rip, or destroy.
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Grace

Grace


One of the most life changing concepts in all of scripture is that of Grace. Biblical examples abound that identify Grace as a place (physical and/or spiritual). Grasping an understanding of where ones “Place of Grace” is, enables God’s Spirit to empower it or give it life. Grace therefore becomes the place where God empowers my life to do what He has called me to do and be what He has created me to be.


n

Nun

Life/Heir

C

Chet

Fence

Illustrates a fence surrounding and protecting the action of life. God’s grace is a spiritual concept of a place or setting where God offers protection, provision, and empowerment for life.

C

The ‘Chet’ depicts a fence that would contain, divide, surround, protect, or make private.

n

The ‘Nun’ represents a seed or sprout and gives us the meaning of continuing to a new generation. It can have the meaning of continuing, perpetuating, sustaining, offspring, or heir.