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Bereishit (Part 2)

Torah Portions: Tishrei 27, 5776

Gen. 1:1-6:8 ~ Is. 42:5-43:10 ~ Matt 1-2

Welcome back to Bereishit Part 2. If you haven’t read Bereishit part 1, you can click here. We will now venture into the Creation Gospel where we will explore the four rivers and its significance to Creation and the Living Water– our Savior, Yeshua!

Again, I will be sharing from the Creation Gospel series from Dr. Hollisa Alewine. As we recall, Bereishit means “In the Beginning.” So in the beginning, there were events that were very significant: The creation of the heavens and the earth, Adam and Eve in the Garden, first sins, and the first argument with Cain and Abel over the appointed times, curses, and consequences.

We will focus on the four rivers.

Isaiah 48:16-18

16 “Come close to me, and listen to this: since the beginning I have not spoken in secret, since the time things began to be, I have been there; and now Adonai Elohim has sent me and his Spirit.”

17 Thus says Adonai, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Isra’el: “I am Adonai, your God, who teaches you for your own good, who guides you on the path you should take. 18 If only you would heed my mitzvot! Then your peace would flow on like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”[1]

Elohim is telling us to heed HIS Ways. He is teaching us that HE is the Way, the truth and the Life that we should go (follow). He is our Redeemer, Savior, and G-d. We need to pay very close attention to obey His commandments so that our well-being would flow like a river…

The seven days of Creation were set in patterns, and those patterns are found in Genesis through Revelation. These patterns have chiastic connections as well as contranyms (at their opposite). G-d is a G-d of order. In other words, these Ancient Biblical events that took place in the seven days of creation, Kain and Abel, Esau and Jacob, and others were established with a purpose—not randomly.

The Gospel is found in Creation. The seven assemblies in Revelation parallel to specific festivals, Adonai’s Appointed times, that are known as calendar dates of the Moed; connecting the fourth day of creation: sun, moon, and stars- the Moedim. Kain and Abel brought their offerings to Elohim at Sukkot, but Kain’s did not meet the criteria and fell short because his offering wasn’t firstfruits, just fruits. Kain didn’t give his best to Elohim, just the leftovers.

Though Eden’s primary river isn’t mentioned by Name, Elohim is the source of living waters as well as the Tree of Life. Significantly at Sukkot. Yeshua claimed to be the River of Living Waters, the source of the four rivers[2] :

John 7:37-39

37 “Now on the last day of the festival, Hoshana Rabbah, Yeshua stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him keep coming to me and drinking! 38 Whoever puts his trust in me, as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!” 39 (Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who trusted in him were to receive later — the Spirit had not yet been given, because Yeshua had not yet been glorified.)”[3]

Yeshua submitted obediently to the Father. He is the Living Water. He is the source that will nourish mankind, and because the Living Water, man (we) can return to the Garden by drinking (those who thirst) from those rivers in seasons. Those seasons are also the (3) pilgrimages: Pesach (Passover), Shavuot (Pentecost), and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)—The Moedim.

“The rivers teach a common lesson. First, the water source divided into four “heads” that gave drink for the Garden in circle-type path. Two of the rivers, Pishon and Gihon, are specifically described as having cyclical qualities, like our Moedim, for they savav (surround) like a circle. Moses asked Pharaoh to let the Israelites go into the wilderness to observe chag (pilgrimage- festival), meaning a circle. The cycle of the feasts was part of the circle of the seasons. Those in Havilah within the circle of the rivers drink from the life in the rivers, and they are described as “good gold” and “precious stones.” [4]

The essence of the four rivers is to increase and burst forth with fruit. This includes the seasons of chag: Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot, which also are the firstfruits offerings. The moed river also gives off a mist that controls the climate and atmosphere for the Garden. Because it is a carbon-based earth, it makes it the perfect environment for trees, plants, all living creatures, including man. This plan was not only perfect, but very soothing for the man’s souls and spirit and a body made from dirt. It was also a dwelling for the Father to communicate with man. This was the plan for man to exist within the boundaries of the Moedim in which man and G-d could fellowship together.

What is fascinating is the chiastic Menorah’s description that not only applies to the Seven Spirits of Adonai, seven feasts, seven assemblies (churches in Revelation), and the seven days of Creation, but within those branches are also ample for the four rivers.

Genesis 2:4-15

“(A: iv, S: ii) Here is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created. On the day when Adonai, God, made earth and heaven, there was as yet no wild bush on the earth, and no wild plant had as yet sprung up; for Adonai, God, had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no one to cultivate the ground. Rather, a mist went up from the earth which watered the entire surface of the ground.

Then Adonai, God, formed a person [a] from the dust of the ground [b] and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, so that he became a living being. Adonai, God, planted a garden toward the east, in ‘Eden, and there he put the person whom he had formed. Out of the ground Adonai, God, caused to grow every tree pleasing in appearance and good for food, including the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river went out of ‘Eden to water the garden, and from there it divided into four streams. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it winds throughout the land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found there. 13 The name of the second river is Gichon; it winds throughout the land of Kush. 14 The name of the third river is Tigris; it is the one that flows toward the east of Ashur. The fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 Adonai, God, took the person and put him in the garden of ‘Eden to cultivate and care for it.”[5]

The river flowed out of Eden to water the Garden. It then divided into four rivers.

Rivers of the Moedim

As you view the Menorah, you’ll be able to see the 4 rivers. The Creation Gospel students are familiar with the 7-branched Menorah, and are learning the connections of each branch as it is HIS Light and Truth.

rivers

EUPHRATES/PERAT  #6578 (Strong’s) is the middle branch, which is the furthest boundary of Israel; yet, the fruit of it is being the Great River. The middle branch also holds the Spirit of Adonai (Holy Spirit/ Ruach ha’Kodesh) as it feeds out to the others.

Exodus 23:31

31“And I shall set your border from the Sea of Reeds to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the River, for I shall give the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you.”[6]

Even though there isn’t a description of its movement, it is still synonymous with Shavuot and it corresponds with Sukkot. The chagim (3 pilgrimages) are all firstfruit offerings. Shavuot is firstfruits of wheat. This represents the Ruach ha’Kodesh (Holy Spirit), which is located on the 4th menorah candlestick—Center!

PISHON #6376 (Strong’s)

Pishon means to increase. Looking at the menorah of the 4 rivers provided, you will notice that the Pishon River “heads” or divides into the 1st and the 7th branches.

The movement of the Pishon river is surrounding (savav), and is thought to represent the Nile.

“One rabbinic view is that Pishon represent the Nile because it was known that flax (pishton) grew freely beside it. (Suchat, 2002, p. 244). The linen (shesh) garments of the priesthood are made of flax. The pattern of the Edenic rivers are paralleled in the High Priests garments.”[7]

The plagues and the Nile originated during the Exodus Passover. Looking at the menorah provided, on the far left branch (branch one) it is also Passover (first feast) which is Israel’s account to have increase. When Moses warned the Pharaoh of the oncoming plagues, Egypt was affected, but Goshen remained free from plagues. Just like in Creation when Elohim separated the light from the darkness, Goshen was separated from the darkness that was sent to Egypt. The more the Egyptians afflicted the Israelites, the more the Israelites increased in number; which was concerning to the Pharaoh! The increase of the Pishon river and the increase of the Israelites (Plagues of the Nile) do parallel concisely.

Now, let’s look at the seventh branch (far one to the right—last one).The 7th branch is also the Sukkot; Feast of Tabernacles. Sukkot is celebrated in remembrance of the Passover—a chiastic connection!

“The plagues Elohim sent begin with the Nile in Egypt end with Babylon in Revelation. Pishon also surrounded Havilah (tribulation, birth pangs, and labor; to circle and writhe). Which contained:

  1. Zahav Tov/ Good Gold (Jerusalem). Located in the space between the first and second branches.
  2. Bedolach/bdellium (divide). Located in the space of the sixth and seventh branches.
  3. Shoham/onyx (to blanch or pale, yet it is seen as a black stone). Located in the space between the first and second branches.

The Good Gold and precious stones of Havilah are shining, representing the first Light of the first day of Creation and the reward of Sukkot, which will also have light without the sun or moon. The prophets often describe the millennial Sukkot as radiant and glorious.” [8]

This also represents Wisdom/Chokmah and Reverence of Adonai/ Yirat Adonai, which are two of the Seven Spirits of Adonai.

Let’s back up for just a minute to gather some additional information that might help clarify some things. We know there are seven days in creation, seven Spirits of Adonai, seven Feasts that are Adonai’s Appointed times, seven churches and seven branches on the Menorah. So let’s try and place the dot-to-dots on this.

Menorah 4 rivers

The Seven Spirits, Seven Feasts, Seven days of Creation, and the Seven Assemblies (Churches) are set up on the Menorah branches 1-7. One will begin on the far left branch; working its way over to the last branch on the far right of the Menorah.

  1. Spirit of Wisdom (Chokmah)/Passover (Pesach)/Light & Darkness/ Ephesus
  2. Spirit of Understanding (Binah)/ Unleavened Bread(Chag HaMatzah)/ Upper and Lower Waters/ Smyrna
  3. Spirit of Counsel (Etzah)/First fruits of Barley(Yom HaBikkurim)/Earth, Fruit, Seed, plants/Pergamum
  4. Spirit of Adonai (Ruach Adonai)/ Pentecost (Shavuot)/Sun, moon, stars/ Thyatira
  5. Spirit of Power (Gvurah)/ Trumpets (Yom Teruah)/ Birds and Fish/ Sardis
  6. Spirit of Knowledge (Daat)/ Day of Atonement (Yom Hakippurim)/ Man & Beast/ Philadelphia
  7. Spirit of Reverence/Fear (Yirat Adonai)/ Tabernacles (Sukkot)/ Sabbath/ Laodicea [9]

Please don’t let this overwhelm you; it takes time for it to soak into our thoughts. We all have been programmed to just surface read; scratching the surface. Adonai’s Word is much deeper than just surface reading. I don’t know of you like onions, or not, but imagine one in front of you. I will imagine the red onion—yummy, sweet with a kick. One can cut that onion easily enough right in half. But if you take the onion and begin to peel off each layer, one layer at a time, you’re going to be there awhile soaking up its juices. Like reading the Word, it doesn’t just end by quickly scraping the surface; HIS Word, meaning, and patterns are like layers upon layers. In other words, the more you dig into HIS Word/ Torah (finding Hebrew meanings), the more we will have a better understanding on a deeper level in His presence; soaking up HIS Truth. Until we leave the Western/Greek way of learning, and begin to learn the Hebrew way will we finally begin to see things how HE desires us to!

OK, before I trail off too far, let’s get back to the Four Rivers!

garden_of_eden_map_2_v4

GICHON #1521 (Strong’s)

Gichon divides into the second and sixth branch, and is described as bursting forth; draw forth as to give birth. These “meanings” can be found in your Strong’s Concordance.

I find this interesting that this river also is savav, surrounding. “A spring in Jerusalem where Solomon was anointed and crowned; his older brother was actually coroneted first, but he was sent away in a Yom Hakippurim picture of L’Adonai vs. L’Azazel.[10]

On the second and the sixth branch, there is a chiastic connection on what more this represents. On the second branch, there is Binah which means to build (Understanding), Chag Hamatzah (Unleavened Bread) chiastically connects to the sixth branch of Daat which means knowledge (sacrificial love), Yom HaKippurium (Day of Atonements). “It also surrounds the Cush (black), which extends from India to Ethiopia. Cush denotes people of a darker color.”[11] Cush is also related to “heat/hot.”

“King David had a Cushite messenger who relayed to him good news of his enemies’ defeat, which included Absalom’s death. Absalom’s death was a usurper, just as Solomon’s other brother tried to usurper his throne. Absalom’s death was bittersweet news, just as the burial of Messiah Yeshua as the Good News was a bittersweet as the Pesach herbs (Passover). Death and burial in darkness must precede the dawning resurrection of the Third Day firstfruits.

Cush means black or dark. This correlates to:

  1. Darkness and burial on Second day
  2. Moses married a Cushite woman, corresponding to the Yom Kippur/marriage theme
  3. Moses means “Drawn forth” from the water; he married a Cushite; the Torah is drawn forth from the Living Waters of Eden, and the Bride of the Torah will be “black, but comely,” drawn forth from the darkness of the night. This parallels King Solomon’s metaphorical Messianic kingship and his relationship to the lover of Song of Songs.”[12]

Song of Solomon 6:10

““Who is this, shining forth like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun” — but formidable as an army marching under banners?”[13]

On Yom Kippur, which is the 6th day, the High Priest is anointed just as King Solomon (builder/Ruach Binah) of the first temple. The anointing was at Gihon—another connection!

CHIDEKKEL #2313 (Strong’s)

Chidekkel (noisy, rapid, roaring, Tigris)This will be a division into the third and fifth branches of the Menorah.

The Hebrew word, holekh, means “walks” or “goes” in a movement. There are many connections as this is on the fifth branch that brings in the 5th day of Creation-Birds and fish that moved rapidly. This is also the fifth feast that ties in Trumpets (Day of Blowing), which is characterized by shouting, trumpets, blowing the shofar that is very noisy!

So birth pangs, contractions/growth that become rapid and suddenly busts forward on the third and fourth day, we can see that this connects both Feasts of Firstfruits: First Fruits of Barley and Feasts of Trumpets. This also ties in Etzah (Spirit of Counsel) and Gvurah (Power).[14]

The main river came from the Throne itself, giving nourishment to the Garden of Eden. Adam was in charge of moving the water, but he was not the creator of the water. Adam was able to freely irrigate the garden, trees included (trees symbolize man). Adam was given charge over the care and keep of the Garden, even though that “work” was not hard to cause body aches. Adam’s physical and spiritual strength soon came to a weakened area after he sinned. After the fall, cultivating the soil became a lot harder- breaking sweat; fighting weeds.

Since Adam was placed in the Garden after he was created, we need to remember that it was Elohim Who caused the trees and plant life to grow. Adam was His partner; having the reward of the Ruach ha’ Kodesh (Holy Spirit).

Adonai is the source of this nourishment The Living Water. He sustains life, and we, as His servants, are happy to help sow the seeds (works) for harvest, as that is the fruit. Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot are the rivers that give nourishment/drink in order to provide that water to “Good Gold” and “Precious Stones.” In other words, humans were created to walk through this water—Eden’s Four Rivers—the Moedim (Appointed times of Adonai). The Seven Spirits of Adonai was moving through the water.

The Good News is that the second Adam will restore this “irrigation” as HIS Garden will reach to offer HIS drink of nourishment to others to never thirst again—YESHUA is the Living Water!

Revelation 7:17

17” because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shall shepherd them and lead them to fountains of waters of life. And Elohim shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.”[15]

So from what we have read thus far, the four rivers divided up from the “Head.” Head represents authority. As Yeshua explained in the Book of Revelation, the Father would pass down that authority to Yeshua, and HE would then pass the authority to the bond-servants.

Luke 20:17

17”But He looked at them and said, “What then is this that has been written, ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner-stone’?”[16]

The Messiah is the head of the cornerstone!

1 Peter 2:4-12

4” As you come to him, the living stone, rejected by people but chosen by God and precious to him, you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be cohanim set apart for God to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to him through Yeshua the Messiah. This is why the Tanakh says,

“Look! I am laying in Tziyon a stone, a chosen and precious cornerstone; and whoever rests his trust on it will certainly not be humiliated.”[b]

Now to you who keep trusting, he is precious. But to those who are not trusting,

“The very stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone”;[c]8 also he is

a stone that will make people stumble, a rock over which they will trip.[d]

They are stumbling at the Word, disobeying it — as had been planned. But you are a chosen people,[e] the King’s cohanim,[f] a holy nation,[g] a people for God to possess![h] Why? In order for you to declare the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; before, you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.[i]

11 Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and temporary residents[j] not to give in to the desires of your old nature, which keep warring against you; 12 but to live such good lives among the pagans that even though they now speak against you as evil-doers, they will, as a result of seeing your good actions, give glory to God on the Day of his coming.” [17]

PRECIOUS STONES & GEMS!

You may want to scroll back up and review the Menorah (provided above) as we look into the connections. For further study on this, as I certainly will not be able to get into the meat of this, you can continue your journey using Dr. Hollisa Alewine’s Creation Gospel series. Her books are so amazing, and you’ll be blessed.

BDELLIUM

When the Israelites were in the wilderness with Moses for 40 years, HaShem sustained their needs. For example, their leather shoes and clothing lasted as the material never wore out. The ROCK of water that followed them (the Living Water- YESHUA) never ran dry.

How many of us could get by wearing the same shirt, pants, dress, socks and/or shoes (only one set) day after day for 1 year; let alone 40 years! Those who are fortunate enough to have one of those awesome water cooler stands, imagine using the same large water bottle (without replacing it) for a month or two. Would it last, or would it run dry? For forty years the Father provided and gave them Manna for their daily food. The manna was a miracle that happened every six days. On the sixth day, they would gather a double portion to have rest on the seventh day. Manna was not given on the seventh day so they had to plan accordingly.

Exodus 16:31

  1. “And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.”[18]

The appearance of manna resembled Bdellium, which was a precious stone that was encircled in the land of Havilah of the Pishon River.

Bdellium stone also has some characteristics:

“Bedolach ( Bdellium) From Badal

  1. To divide, separate
  2. (Hiphil) to make a distinction, difference, divide into parts
  3. (Niphal) to separate oneself from OR unto; to be set apart

On the drawing of the menorah, the seventh River, Pishon, boarders the land of Havilah where the bedolach was, and Sabbath is therefore identified with that set apart or holy, quality. Indeed, each moed contains at least one Shabbat. Precious stones irrigated by the rivers of Eden have a holy quality about them.”[19]

I think it is fascinating that the connection of the bdellium is found to be sparkling and glisten like a rainbow-crystal clear, and Manna also was sparkly as wet clear dew for the Israelites! The dew would have glistened in the sunlight; refracting the prism of the rainbow. Moreover, if you take the menorah and tip it upside down, you’ll see a rainbow. It also looks like a bow and arrow readily to hit the mark—to be on target in His Truth. Doesn’t this sound like a wonderful message given to us from our Father directly from the Throne of Abba! AMEN!

Manna was also their reminder for them WHO their Source was (Ruach ha’Kodesh) and a foreshadowing of the coming Messiah Yeshua, the Bread of Life, sent from Heaven for the Throne room.

Psalm 63:1-3

63 “ O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.”[20]

Luke 13:34

34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!” [21]

Perhaps the dew, as in the dew on leaves of a ‘tree’ was symbolic of Yeshua’s tears for the love he has for HIS Bride.

John 6:26-35

26 “Yeshua answered, “Yes, indeed! I tell you, you’re not looking for me because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate the bread and had all you wanted! 27 Don’t work for the food which passes away but for the food that stays on into eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For this is the one on whom God the Father has put his seal.”

28 So they said to him, “What should we do in order to perform the works of God?” 29 Yeshua answered, “Here’s what the work of God is: to trust in the one he sent!”

30 They said to him, “Nu, what miracle will you do for us, so that we may see it and trust you? What work can you perform? 31 Our fathers ate man in the desert — as it says in the Tanakh, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’[a] 32 Yeshua said to them, “Yes, indeed! I tell you it wasn’t Moshe who gave you the bread from heaven. But my Father is giving you the genuine bread from heaven; 33 for God’s bread is the one who comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread from now on.” 35 Yeshua answered, “I am the bread which is life! Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever trusts in me will never be thirsty.”[22]

Yes! Yeshua is the Manna, the Bread of Life, the Torah (God’s Instructions), the Living Water that flows from the Throne of the Father in Heaven, the Resurrection of Life, the ROCK, the LIGHT, and the One Who is the Father and our Savior! Now, you can verify completely why the Torah can never be abolished, nor done away with. How foolish to accept that belief, HE is life that is everlasting to everlasting! AMEN!

The Onyx Stone

The Onyx is another precious stone of Havilah which appears black, but’s contranym (opposite of itself) is likely a whitening process. Shoham, Hebrew word for onyx appears to mean “ to blanch.” This would be the idea of making something holy by whitening.

“As Jacob in his tribulations in the Land of Lavan (white), became set apart and matured in holiness, so the precious stones of Havilah go through the process of being set apart and matured holiness by the River Pishon. Before sin, Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits of the Spirit nourished adam (man) perpetually without great effort. After sin, the whitening process really does incur the sweat of the brow.”[23]

The priests of the Temple wore white linen garments. The linen was made of shesh.

Shesh, Strong’s # 8336; Definition: something bleached white, byssus, linen, fine linen, alabaster, similar stone, marble.

Shen is one of the Hebrew letters in their alphabet. Shen means teeth. And let’s not forget the shon, means tongue in which James refers the tongue as being a fire.

James 3: 5-6

5 “So too the tongue is a little member, yet boasts greatly. See how a little fire kindles a great forest!

6And the tongue is a fire, the world of unrighteousness. Among our members the tongue is set, the one defiling the entire body, and setting on fire the wheel of life, and it is set on fire by Gehenna.” [24]

In Hebrew, the Shesh is spelled with (2) shens, which literally places the whiteness of the linen, and it also has a fiery connotation with the number six. If you look back to the menorah, or day 6 of Creation, you’ll soon recognize that on day six was the day that beast and man were created.

“The linen garments of the priests were connected thematically to both shoham and the bedolach. They were set apart in holy garments of WHITE FIRE.” [25]

The 12 stones represented the 12 tribes of Israel. The shoham stones were connected to the breastplate (choshen) upon the priest’s shoulder using gold chains.

Isaiah 9:6

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, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” [26]

I am sure by now; you just saw another connection shoulder! The breast-plate that the priest wore on his shoulder was a foreshadowing of the Messiah wearing the government upon His shoulders. Look back at the menorah and view the fourth branch. Do you recall that being the Ruach Adonai? The forth branch balances evenly both sides of the menorah branches to hold the light. The fourth branch also feeds out to the other branches, and the weight of the other branches depends on the strength of the ONE/ Ruach Adonai to hold them up!! THIS IS POWERFUL!!!

When we just surface read, as taught in Western/ Greek cultures, we miss ALL of this! It is so exciting to have a whole new way of really “seeing” HIS Torah (Instructions) in the WAY He wanted us to learn. I can only hope and pray for many others to be able to peel back those onion layers to really get into the depth of HIS precious word- The Holy Scriptures.

There is so much more to this, and if you’re interested in digging deeper than what you have read on my Bereishit Torah Portion part 2, please consider checking out Dr. Hollisa Alewine’s Creation Gospel workbooks. Her in-depth study will challenge you to think, and dig in the scriptures; beyond the surface reading.

Conclusion

Adonai has always been the Aleph and the Tav. He is the beginning and the end; which of course after the seventh day (completeness), the eighth day is a new beginning—full circle!

He is our Creator, and we are His creation. The Gospel is found in Creation. The seven assemblies in Revelation parallel to specific festivals, Adonai’s Appointed times, that are known as calendar dates of the Moed; connecting the fourth day of creation: sun, moon, and stars- the Moedim. Yeshua is the Manna, the Bread of Life, the Torah (G-d’s Instructions), the Living Water that flows from the Throne of the Father in Heaven, the Resurrection of Life, the ROCK, the LIGHT, and the One Who is the Father and our Savior!

The main river came from the Throne itself, giving nourishment to the Garden of Eden. Adam was in charge of moving the water, but he was not the creator of the water. Adam was able to freely irrigate the garden, trees included (trees symbolize man). Adonai is the source of this nourishment- The Living Water. He sustains life, and we, as His servants, are happy to help sow the seeds (works) for harvest, as that is the fruit. Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot are the rivers that give nourishment/drink in order to provide that water to “Good Gold” and “Precious Stones.”

As the four rivers represent the Living Water, its contranym is also fiery water. Though with the Rainbow came the promise that the earth will not flood again, there will come a time the earth with once again have to be purified by fire because of wickedness. So we have the Salvation of the Living Water, Yeshua, as we enter the waters of salvation, and the fiery contranym of the waters being a “Lake of Fire” for evil.

Let’s take and drink from the fountain of the Living Water (Yeshua/Torah) and never thirst again.

Shalom!

[1] Complete Jewish Bible- Isaiah 48:16-18

[2] Creation Gospel, Bereishit Torah Portions Vol 1 (pg 11)

[3] Complete Jewish Bible- John 7:37-39

[4] Creation Gospel, Bereishit Torah Portions Vol 1 (pg 14)

[5] The Complete Jewish Bible- Genesis 2:4-15

[6] The Scriptures (ISR 1998)- Exodus 23:31

[7] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions, pg 15

[8] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions, pg 15

[9] Alewine, Creation Gospel pamphlet

[10] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions, Vol 1, pg 16

[11] Alewine, Bereishit, Torah Portions Vol 1, pg 16

[12] Alewine, Bereishit, Torah Portions Vol 1, pg 16

[13] Complete Jewish Bible Song of Solomon 6:10

[14] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions Vol 1, pg 16

[15] The Scriptures (ISR 1998)- Revelation 7:17

[16] The Scriptures (ISR 1998)- Luke 20:17

[17] Complete Jewish Bible- 1 Peter 2: 4-12

[18] King James Version Exodus 16:31

[19] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions,Vol 1, pg 18

[20] King James Version- Psalm 63:1-3

[21] King James Version- Luke 13:34

[22] Complete Jewish Bible- John 6:26-35

[23] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions Vol 1, pg 21

[24] The Scriptures (ISR 1998) James 3: 5-6

[25] The 2012 revision of Creation Gospel One contains information on white light and the human eye.

[26] King James Version- Isaiah 9:6

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Bereishit (Part 1)

 

Torah Portions: Tishrei 27, 5776 Gen. 1:1-6:8 ~ Is. 42:5-43:10 ~ Matt 1-2

“Elohim’s Torah is a hidden treasure of light and Life.”[1]

As we open up our Holy Scriptures to Gen1:1, we are blessed to read:” In the Beginning Elohim created both the heavens and the earth.”

This topic with be a combined commentary that is biblically backed up using information from El Shaddai Ministries, Dr. Hollisa Alewine’s Creation Gospel, and my own commentary based off of the Holy Scriptures interpretations.

Elohim speaks of God as King and ruler. He is above all and has created everything.

YHVH is merciful, and isn’t introduced until later in Genesis, as man cannot live under strict justice alone. Man needs a merciful G-d or else we couldn’t exist. HIS righteous is too powerful against our sinful nature.

Let’s take a closer look at “Bereishit.” It means “In the Beginning.” HE is the beginning and the end. The first letter of the Hebrew letter is “Aleph;” which is silent. “Beit” is the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The Father is silent and speaks through HIS son, the Messiah. Beit is the second Hebrew letter which means “to build.” This clearly tells us that Elohim created through the Messiah (Merciful).

“Reshit” also means First Fruits (the Messiah). And even the Jews believe that the Messiah’s name is “Reshit (ray-sheet).” “Beit” also means by or for. So we can see that Creation was built/made in the beginning, by the Messiah. This is so amazing!!

One thing we have to understand is that our English Bibles lost some things during translation. One might say we got “ripped-off.” As we look back in Genesis 1:1 the 4th word is missing the Hebraic meaning Aleph Tav (את). The Aleph Tav is the beginning and the end. HE is the beginning and the end. As in their (22) Hebrew letters, we have (24) English letters in our alphabet.

heblet1

Now some may not know, but in Hebrew, they read in the opposite direction that we do. So you have to look at the letter (symbol) on the right; reading right to left.

Now let’s stop a minute and look up John 1:1 in our Holy Scriptures.

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word,  and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”[2]

Isn’t interesting, as we look into the New Testament (Writings), it tells us to go back to the beginning –the Tanack (Old Testament). Looking closer into John 1:1, we can easily see that the WORD is from the beginning at Creation—YESHUA (Salvation)!

Some may be surprised to hear this, but let’s look at the second and third verse:

John 1:2-3 2 “He was with God in the beginning.All things came to be through him, and without him nothing made had being.”[3]

The Holy Scriptures solidify that YESHUA is the Word of G-d and spoke everything into existence through the Ruah ha’Kodesh (Holy Spirit).

John 1:14 is one of my favorite verses verifies my above statement:

John 1:14 “The Word became a human being and lived with us, and we saw his Sh’khinah, the Sh’khinah of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.”[4]

Genesis 1:1-5

 1”In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth.2And the earth came to bea formless and empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of Elohim was moving on the face of the waters.3And Elohim said, “Let light come to be,” and light came to be.4And Elohim saw the light, that it was good. And Elohim separated the light from the darkness.5And Elohim called the light ‘day’ and the darkness He called ‘night.’ And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the first day.”[5]

Now, if you flip your pages over to 1 Timothy 1:88 And we know that the Torah is good if one uses it legitimately”[6]

It is very important to understand that “Torah/Law” also means G-d’s instructions. And HaShem (G-d) said that the Torah is Good. Also, Paul loved to follow and teach from the Torah. He, too, said it was good for instruction.

 

2 Timothy 3:15-17

15 “and recalling too how from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which can give you the wisdom that leads to deliverance through trusting in Yeshua the Messiah. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living; 17 thus anyone who belongs to God may be fully equipped for every good work.”[7]

We certainly can’t forget Proverbs 6:23

3 “For the mitzvah is a lamp, Torah is light, and reproofs that discipline are the way to life.”[8]

Mitzvah is Hebrew for Commandments. So right there, it says, that HIS Torah (Law/Instructions) is Light! WHO is light? YESHUA! And reproofs that discipline is the way to life. ‘WHO’ is the way, the truth and the life? YESHUA, of course!! So WHO is TORAH? YESHUA! He is the Word; breathed out by the Ruach ha’Kodesh.

One cannot remove Torah by calling it abolished. That would remove Yeshua (Light). Yeshua means Salvation. Who in their right mind would want to abolish Salvation? Only Ha’satan wants to remove salvation. It IS very critical and wrong-thinking when Christians say the Torah has been abolished. Ha’satan is the father of lies and will stop at nothing to deceive others. Let’s stop here and think for just a minute and ask ourselves if Ha’satan would desire to remove HIS WAY and place it with our own desires, or a counterfeit? Did he not question G-d’s authority back in the garden when he asked Eve did G-d really said that….?

Today Ha’satan is doing the same thing in the churches by asking us did He really say to follow Torah…?

Yeshua is the living Torah!

Sadly, many have no idea what they’re saying and that is because “Doctrines of Men” teachings are through Greek/Western glasses, not Hebrew. Yeshua is/was Hebrew.

Isaiah 8:20

20 ‘”To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”[9]

Who is the testimony? Yeshua (Salvation)! If they do not speak according to THIS Word, there is NO light in them! So to abolish Torah then that brings forth DARKNESS!

Now let’s look at Revelation 12:17

17”And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to fight with the remnant of her seed, those guarding the commands of Elohim and possessing the witness of יהושע Messiah.”[10]

The dragon, Ha’satan, went off and waged war against those who kept the commands of Elohim by possessing the witness of Yeshua Messiah ha’ Mashiach! Are you sure we should abolish the testimony? NO!

John 3:16-21

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but rather so that through him, the world might be saved. 18 Those who trust in him are not judged; those who do not trust have been judged already, in that they have not trusted in the one who is God’s only and unique Son.

19 “Now this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness rather than the light. Why? Because their actions were wicked. 20 For everyone who does evil things hates the light and avoids it, so that his actions won’t be exposed. 21 But everyone who does what is true comes to the light, so that all may see that his actions are accomplished through God.”[11]

Torah is the Light and Truth and only the wicked want to abolish it. We need to have right thinking– Hebraic understanding. This is very serious!

Let’s briefly recap:

Let there be light, and light came into the world. There was light, but man hated darkness. G-d created the light and said it was good, but wicked men hated the light, and therefore G-d separated the light from the darkness. Those who hate darkness do not want light, and those who love truth, want to walk in the light—TORAH!

Torah is the living truth and light. If we do not want to be reproved (to be teachable), then the alternative states we do not want the light, nor Yeshua; who is the light!!

 

 Genesis 3:23- 24

23 “therefore Adonai, God, sent him out of the garden of ‘Eden to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. 24 So he drove the man out, and he placed at the east of the garden of ‘Eden the k’ruvim and a flaming sword which turned in every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.”[12]

When Adam and Eve (Chavah) sinned, they had to leave the garden. When they sinned, there was a separation between them and the Father. The Tree of Life was then guarded by Angels with swords until Elohim prepared a WAY back to HIM-through Yeshua!

For us to enter back into the garden to have immortality, we need SOMEONE WHO can take us through the WAY!

“Lord Yeshua proclaimed in Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (The Aleph and Tav תא)

In Revelation1:11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” (The Aleph and Tav תא)

Revelation 21:6 He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. (The Aleph and Tav תא) Revelation 22:13“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (The Aleph and Tav תא)

Adonai Yeshua is the Aleph and Tav תא found within the Torah. By seeing the Aleph and the Tav we know that these are Yeshua words. Yeshua said in John 5:46 “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me.(We see the Aleph and Tav תא also validating this as Yeshua’s words found within Torah).”[13]

The Good News!!

Exodus 26:31

31“And you shall make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet material, and fine woven linen, the work of a skilled workman, made with keruḇim.”[14]

Just like the Kerubims that guarded the Tree of Life, we cannot just go through the Holy of Holies by ourselves as there is a sword. We need ONE who can take us there.

Leviticus 16:2

2 “Adonai said to Moshe, “Tell your brother Aharon not to come at just any time into the Holy Place beyond the curtain, in front of the ark-cover which is on the ark, so that he will not die; because I appear in the cloud over the ark-cover.”[15]

Elohim is telling us that we cannot return by ourselves; especially based on our own terms (prideful). HE is an all- consuming fire. We cannot return to the garden without HIS help that HE has provided—YESHUA! Yeshua is the WAY to the Tree of Life.

It is amazing to know that the Garden of Eden was not part of the Creation. He didn’t speak it into existence. He planted it HIMSELF. HE IS the gardener!!

When Elohim created Adam, he formed Adam outside of the garden, breathed-life into him, and then placed him in the garden. Do you recall back when Yeshua died, was buried, and rose when Miriam came to the tomb? She didn’t recognize her Savior. And when Yeshua asked her “Why are you weeping?” “Who are you looking for?” She thought he was the gardener.

HE WAS THE GARDENER of all creation!!!

I find it amazing to learn (many miss this), that Adam was the one who was given the commandment not to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Eve wasn’t even made yet. She was designed from Adam’s rib later on. It was Adam who forgot about G-d. Yes, Eve sinned because she desired to have more knowledge (pride). But Adam blamed G-d and Eve without taking any responsibility that he had forgotten about G-d and listened to a different master. OUCH!

Genesis 2:7

7And יהוה Elohim formed the man out of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils breath of life. And the man became a living being.” [16]

Genesis 2:15-23

15 “[i]Adonai, God, took the person and put him in the garden of ‘Eden to cultivate and care for it. 16 Adonai, God, gave the person this order: “You may freely eat from every tree in the garden 17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. You are not to eat from it, because on the day that you eat from it, it will become certain that you will die.”

18 Adonai, God, said, “It isn’t good that the person should be alone. I will make for him a companion suitable for helping him.” 19 So from the ground Adonai, God, formed every wild animal and every bird that flies in the air, and he brought them to the person to see what he would call them. Whatever the person would call each living creature, that was to be its name. (S: iii) 20 So the person gave names to all the livestock, to the birds in the air and to every wild animal. But for Adam there was not found a companion suitable for helping him.

21 Then God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the person; and while he was sleeping, he took one of his ribs and closed up the place from which he took it with flesh. 22 The rib which Adonai, God, had taken from the person, he made a woman-person; and he brought her to the man-person. 23 The man-person said, “At last! This is bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh. She is to be called Woman [c], because she was taken out of Man [d].[17]

G-d brought forth the woman to be Adam’s “protector.” We will talk more on that later on a different topic.

This Torah Portion is about the Creation of the heavens and the earth. Man was nothing until Elohim breathed life into him. The Haftorah is about the creation of the Nation of Israel.

Isaiah 42:5-8

“Thus says God, Adonai, who created the heavens and spread them out, who stretched out the earth and all that grows from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk on it: “I, Adonai, called you righteously, I took hold of you by the hand, I shaped you and made you a covenant for the people, to be a light for the Goyim, so that you can open blind eyes, free the prisoners from confinement, those living in darkness from the dungeon. I am Adonai; that is my name. I yield my glory to no one else, nor my praise to any idol.”[18]

Just as Elohim gave light in Creation (before the sun, moon and stars were created), He is also going to build up Israel for them to bring HIS light to the Gentiles, and to the nations that are in darkness. As He separated light from the darkness in Creation, HE also separated Israel from the Nations with HIS covenant to be SET APART. HaShem is going to hold the hand of Israel, and lead them to HIM.

We, too, have been called to be SET APART from the world, but the non-Jews are to be “Grafted-in” with Israel to be in One Accord (Echad), One Belief, and One G-d.

Isaiah 42:21-23

21 “Adonai was pleased, for his righteousness’ sake, to make the Torah great and glorious. 22 But this is a people pillaged and plundered, all trapped in holes and sequestered in prisons. They are there to be plundered, with no one to rescue them; there to be pillaged, and no one says, “Return them!” 23 Which of you will listen to this? Who will hear and give heed in the times to come?” [19]

Acts 3:19-22 19“Repent therefore and turn back, for the blotting out of your sins, in order that times of refreshing might come from the presence of the Master,20and that He sends יהושע Messiah, pre-appointed for you,21whom heaven needs to receive until the times of restoration of all matters, of which Elohim spoke through the mouth of all His set-apart prophets since of old.22“For Mosheh truly said to the fathers, ‘יהוה your Elohim shall raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brothers. Him you shall hear according to all matters, whatever He says to you.”[20]

Acts was written after Yeshua had died, was buried, resurrected, and ascended to heaven. So Acts is talking about the 2nd coming, not the first.

The Father is telling us that HIS Torah must be restored and the Light/Torah is not abolished. He is the Way the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father without going through Yeshua, the Redeemer. Yeshua isn’t coming back until all things are restored through HIM. The Torah (Yeshua/Light/Truth) is to be honored and magnified. Darkness wants to put it away and say it was abolished, and not to follow the law/Torah. Why would we want to put out the light/Salvation?

Isaiah 43:1

“But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

Isaiah 43:5-7

Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

Isaiah 43:10,11

Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no Messiah.

HaShem separated Israel and they became scattered. But HE will have an in-gathering; calling back HIS people to Israel when there is a restoration of Israel, and perhaps the temple.”[21]

In Matthew 1:1 it records that the Messiah came from the house of David. Yeshua is the son of David.

John 8:12

12 “ Yeshua spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light which gives life.” [22]

Now here is a verse that will knock your socks off:

Zechariah 12:10

10“And I shall pour on the house of Dawiḏ and on the inhabitants of Yerushalayim a spirit of favour and prayers. And they shall look on Me whom they pierced, and they shall mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son. And they shall be in bitterness over Him as a bitterness over the first-born.”[23]

After reading through these verses, we can now verify the truth of the Torah is our Savior, Yeshua the Messiah. He is the light of this world, and whoever follows Yeshua/Torah will never walk in darkness but will have the light of LIFE! Imagine how many mainstream Christians cry out stating that the “Torah has been done away with”, “It was nailed to the cross”, and “It’s abolished!” Only to come to the understanding that it’s Ha’satan who has been deceiving us/them. This is craziness and wrong-thinking.

Only those who live in darkness would want to get rid of the Torah and not live by HIS Instructions.

Without the Torah there is no Yeshua, no light, no salvation, and no Word to live by. If there wasn’t a Word that was breathed-out by the Ruach ha’ Kodesh, there wouldn’t be Adonai (One Who took the mercy seat), and we couldn’t exist in our sinful nature, and no truth.

Praise Adonai that HE did bring forth Torah for us to have the WAY back to HIM through Yeshua .

He is the living water!!

 

John 7:37-38

37 Now on the last day of the festival, Hoshana Rabbah, Yeshua stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him keep coming to me and drinking! 38 Whoever puts his trust in me, as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!” [24]

The (4) Rivers will flow out from HIS inmost being. Just like in the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, the (4) Rivers flowed.

Genesis 2:10-14

10” A river went out of ‘Eden to water the garden, and from there it divided into four streams. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it winds throughout the land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found there. 13 The name of the second river is Gichon; it winds throughout the land of Kush. 14 The name of the third river is Tigris; it is the one that flows toward the east of Ashur. The fourth river is the Euphrates.”[25]

Stay-tuned to Bereishit Part 2 as we venture into the Creation Gospel where we explore the 4 rivers and its significance to Creation and the Living water of our Savior, Yeshua!

Footnotes:

[1] El Shaddai Ministries

[2] Complete Jewish Bible John 1:1/Yohanan

[3] Complete Jewish Bible John 1:2,3/Yohanan

[4] Complete Jewish Bible John 1:2,3/Yohanan

[5] The Scriptures (ISR 1998)- Genesis 1:1-5

[6] The Scriptures (ISR) -1 Timothy 1:8

[7] Complete Jewish Bible -2 Timothy 3:15-17

[8] Complete Jewish Bible -Proverbs 6:23

[9] NKJV- Isaiah 8:20

[10]The Scriptures ( ISR) -Revelation 12:17

[11] Complete Jewish Bible- John 3:16-21

[12] Complete Jewish Bible- Genesis 3:23,24

[13] Last Trumpet (dot) org

[14] The Scriptures (ISR) -Exodus 26:31

[15] Complete Jewish Bible Leviticus 16:2

[16] The Scriptures (ISR) Genesis 2:7

[17] Complete Jewish Bible- Genesis 2:15-23

[18] Complete Jewish Bible- Isaiah 42: 5-8

[19] Complete Jewish Bible- Isaiah 42: 21-23

[20] The Scriptures (ISR) Acts 3:19-22

[21] El Shaddai Ministries Torah Portions notes. Isaiah: 43:1,5-7,10,11

[22] Complete Jewish Bible John 8:12

[23] The Scriptures (ISR) Zechariah 12:10

[24] Complete Jewish Bible- John 7:37-38

[25] Complete Jewish Bible- Genesis 2:10-14

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