We become the Sabbath Queen (who is a woman of valor and who is the crown of her husband) when we come away with our Beloved for His day of rest. The Biblical Sabbath is a glorious eternal reality. It is where the Bride of the Messiah – you and I – provides a place of rest for His eternal holiness in time. I have found that each Sabbath I grow into the “perfect in one” image (John 17:23), as I focus on one thing… my Beloved Bridegroom – Messiah Yeshua.
Let us continue to explore the Word of God contained within the Hebrew Living Letters™ (HLL).
ZAYIN (ז) is the seventh letter of the Hebrew Alef-Bet. Therefore, it has the numerical value of 7. The pictograph for ZAYIN looks like a sword. It symbolizes to cut, or to pierce. Since ZAYIN represents both a sword and the number seven, we understand that it is used to rightly divide, or cut up, time (z’man) into units of seven:
* The 7th day of the week is the Sabbath where God rested from all His work according to the Word of God [week of days]
* The 49th day (7 x 7) after Passover (Pesach) is Pentecost (Shavuot) [week of weeks]
* The 7th month of the Hebrew year is Tishri [week of months]
* The 7th year of rest for the land is called the Shemitah [week of years]
* The 49th year (7×7) is the last jubilee year in a cycle – a Yovel [week of week of years]
* The 7th millennium of human history from the point of creation of mankind (Adam and Eve) is the Millennial Kingdom [week of 1000s, or weeks of eons]
A commentary on the Book of Leviticus – Vayikra Rabbah 29:10 – articulates that the number seven has always been regarded as the number of completion, wholeness, blessing, and rest.
ZAYIN (ז) looks similar to the Hebrew Living Letter ™ VAV (ו) except that the head of the letter ZAYIN extends in both directions, which appears like a crown scepter of a king. It is rulership manifesting in the world.
Let’s focus on the Seven Day Sabbath. Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote an excellent book – The Sabbath. Within he shares profound mysteries of the Sabbath. For instance, “One of the most distinguished words in the Bible is the word qadosh, holy: a word which more than any other is representative of the mystery and majesty of the divine. Now what was the first holy object in the history of the world? Was it a mountain? Was it an altar? It is, indeed, a unique occasion at which the distinguished word qadosh is used for first time: in the Book of Genesis at the end of the story of creation. How extremely significant is the fact that it is applied to time: ‘And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy.’ There is no reference in the record of creation to any object in space that would be endowed with the quality of holiness. … When history began, there was only one holiness in the world, holiness in time” (p. xvi-xvii).
After creation, God called for the holiness of man at Mount Sinai through Moses: “Thus you shall say to the House of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation…” (Exodus 19:3-6 NASB). It was only after His people worshipped a thing in space – The Golden Calf – that a place of holiness in space was established. Heschel speaks of “The sanctity of time came first. The sanctity of man came second, and the sanctity of space last. Time was hallowed by God: space, the Tabernacle, was consecrated by Moses.”
The Seventh Day Sabbath was not determined by anything in nature, but by an act of creation by God Himself. The Biblical Sabbath is a day where we gloriously commune with our Creator in His rest and become attunes to the holiness in time, which is where eternity rightly intersects time. The Sabbath is one of the most precious gifts given to mankind from God’s Treasure House. Heschel tells how “the seventh day is like a palace in time with a kingdom for all. It is not a date but an atmosphere” (p. 11). He goes on: “The Sabbath is a bride, and its celebration is like a wedding” (p. 47). It is like saying, “I do,” over and over and over again. “Just as a man rejoices all the days of the wedding feast, so does man rejoice on the Sabbath; just as the groom does no work on his wedding day, so does a man abstain from work on the Sabbath Day; and therefore, the Sages and Ancient Saints called the Sabbath a bride” (p. 47-48).
We become the Sabbath Queen who is a woman of valor and who is the crown of her husband when we come away with our Beloved for His day of rest. The Biblical Sabbath is a glorious eternal reality. It is where the Bride of the Messiah – you and I – provides a place of rest for His eternal holiness in time. I have found that each Sabbath I grows into the “perfect in one” image (John 17:23), as I focus on one thing… my Beloved Bridegroom – Messiah Yeshua.
There is a righteous Heavenly Sabbath Queen and the righteous Crowned Man – Messiah Yeshua. ZAYIN (ז) represents the Crowned Man who is our protector, as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, and our nurturer, as the Good Shepherd who feeds His sheep. Similarly, ZAYIN is a paradoxical word since its root (zan) communicates “sustenance” and “nourishment” while its fundamental meaning is a weapon, a sword. The sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God (Yeshua Himself), knows that sometimes His two-edged sword needs to be applied in our lives so that we can be rightly divided from those things that keep us from being nourished with life and being at rest… His rest.
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I have been contemplating why the Day of Atonement is one of the Fall Feasts of the Lord, which rehearses Yeshua’s second coming. I was also profoundly struck by the fact that Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is on the Sabbath this year. Even though the New Moon Kararite Calendar says that Yom Kippur starts Sunday night the 5th of October, I felt the Spirit leading me to celebrate today (on Shabbat) in accordance the Jewish Calendar. In fact, He had me drop all other things to do so.
Since Yeshua is the embodiment of at-one-ment, how can this feast represent something in the future – something associated with the Second Coming of the Messiah? What I felt the LORD told me is that the Sabbath is likened to a Queen and His Bride who will literally be pure and spotless in this prophetic seventh day.
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is known by the phrase “face to face.” Since the veil was rent in God’s Temple in Jerusalem after Yeshua’s crucifixion, all those who have received the most precious gift of the Lamb of God sacrifice have access to the other side of the veil. Before this time the High Priest had to go behind the veil of God’s Temple once a year, and the whole nation would hold its breath because their fate depended upon God accepting the sacrifice. At this point, the High Priest was “face to face” with the mercy seat of God, which can also be translated the seat of atonement:
“For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then FACE TO FACE: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known” (1 Corinthians 13:9-12).
Making atonement for the people means cleansing them from all their sins. Are you and I sinless yet? Not yet, but His pure and spotless Bride will be! As priests of the Most High God after the Order of Melchizedek, it’s our role to enter beyond the veil and bring a heavenly revelation of what it means to be without sin on earth in our day. We must go back to the beginning – to the perfection before imperfection was. We need to present that reality in this world and materialize it into our nature, so that eventually corruption can put on incorruption (1 Corinthians 15:53).
The Order of Melchizedek is the predecessor for the Bride. It prepares the Bride. All those who have entered the Kingdom of God must be the royal priest that shepherds their inner Fire Bride forth.
We are in the prophetic seventh day, which can be called a prophetic Sabbath Reign. Since we have enter a Sabbath Year as well this year called the “shemitah,” I think that we should pay attention to the ancient analogy of the Sabbath being like a bride. Let’s listen to a Hebrew Sage named Abraham Joshua Heschel:
“The Sabbath is a bride, and its celebration is like a wedding. … Just as a bride when she comes to her groom is lovely, bedecked and perfumed, so the Sabbath comes to Israel lovely and perfumed, as it is written: “And on the seventh day He ceased from work and rested” (Exodus 31:17), and immediately after we read: “And He gave Moses ‘kekalloto’ ” [the word ‘kekelloo’ means when he finished, but it may also mean] as his bride, to teach us that just as a bride is lovely and bedecked, so is the Sabbath lovely and bedecked; just as a groom is dressed in his finest garments, so is a man on the Sabbath day dressed in his finest garments; just as a man rejoices all the days of the wedding feast, so does a man on the Sabbath; just as the groom does no work on his wedding day, so does a man abstain from work on the Sabbath Day; and therefore the Sages and Ancient Saints called the Sabbath a bride. There is a hint of this in the Sabbath prayers, In the Friday evening service we say Thou hast sanctified the seventh day, referring to the marriage of the bride to the groom (sanctification is the Hebrew word for marriage).” [The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel, Chapter 5 – Thou Art One, pg 47-48.]
May this particular day commemorating Face To Face find you coming together at a His particular time at His particular place to be married. Here’s to corruption putting on incorruption — the very DNA of God!!!