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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Messiah Seen in the Tabernacle Colors

By Maria Merola 
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, January 2017


This study is about the weekly Towrah Portion entitled:

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

The title of this Towrah Portion intimates that our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa came to gather the lost sheep of the House of Yisrael (Matthew 10:6; 15:24). Additionally, he will also count them or “number them and seal them as described in Revelation 7:4 when he gathers the 144,000. For more understanding about who this elusive group of people are, see the blog entitled: “Who Are the 144,000?”

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

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

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

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


From these letters, “he spoke the word and the worlds were framed!” (see Hebrews 11:13).

The first thing that you will notice is that the “Taw” (Tav) looks like a cross!

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

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

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

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

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

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

This would therefore bring more meaning to this passage:

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

Beloved, we should not treat the cross as an idol by bowing down to it or praying to it, but we should not assume that it was inherently pagan from the beginning. There is so much rich meaning to these two letters, “Aleph & Taw” if you would take the time to read this blog entitled: “The Alef & Taw: The Red Heifer & the Two Sticks.”

http://doubleportioninheritance.blogspot.com/2011/08/alef-taw-red-heifer-two-sticks-versus.html

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

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

This word comes from another root word:

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

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

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

The first thing that I would like to point out is that the women were the ones who did the spinning of the fabric for the Temple. Why was it the women who did the spinning and not the men?

I believe we can answer that question by looking up the Hebrew word for spin:

#2901 tavah taw-vaw' a primitive root; to spin:--spin.

#2908 tvath tev-awth' (Aramaic) from a root corresponding to 2901; hunger (as twisting):--fasting.

It is quite fascinating that the word for spinning or twisting threads has something to do with hunger and fasting. Whatever could this mean? In the parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25, the five foolish virgins (typified in the Congregation at Smyrna) are not ready to meet the bridegroom when he comes. Therefore, they must suffer tribulation for an additional “ten days” (Revelation 2:10), while the five wise virgins (typified in Philadelphia) “have an open door” to meet the bridegroom when he comes. 

What are we seeing in this scenario? Well, we should go back to the story of Yaaqob (Jacob) and his two wives (Rachel & Leah) to understand how the end-time scenario will play itself out. Both of these brides typify Smyrna & Philadelphia, as well as the foolish and the wise virgins. In other words, there are Two Houses of Yisrael (Judah & Ephraim), who are the families of these two mothers, Rachel & Leah. Leah was not the preferred bride, but in the end, she became the more faithful and honorable bride, like the five wise virgins. 

But Rachel, (although she was outwardly beautiful), she lacked faithfulness to Jacob and to Yah by hiding her idols, and she died giving birth to Benjamin as a result. Rachel typifies the five foolish virgins who are lacking and she also typifies the Congregation of Smyrna, because they must go and buy oil as they suffer for ten additional days before the bridegroom comes for them on Yom Kippur.

In Genesis 11, the word “language” is the following Hebrew word:

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

This is a very peculiar word, because while it means “language” it also means “border, brim, edge.” It also means “termination” because the original one pure language of the earth was being terminated at that time, and it was only spoken by the Hebrews but not by the Gentiles. But in the last days, the curse is being reversed, as we are being restored back to the Pre-Tower of Babel language! What is the correlation between languages and “border or edge?” The answer can be found in this prophecy:

Zecharyahuw (Zechariah) 8:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Four Corners of the Earth Knit Together as One

In Leviticus 23:22, YaHuWaH commanded Yisra’el not to harvest the “four corners” of their field, but to save the crops for the “poor and the stranger.” This is because YaHuWaH sees the earth as his harvest field so when he speaks of “four corners of the earth” (Isaiah 11:12, Revelation 7:1), he is speaking about the harvest of souls from the Gentile nations. In the last days, the “four angels from the four winds of heaven” will gather the elect from the “four corners of the earth” (Matthew 24:21, Revelation 7:1).

In the 10th chapter of Acts, Peter (Keefa) was shown in a vision, a great sheet “knit at the four corners” with both clean and unclean animals in it. This is reminiscent of Noah’s Ark, when he was commanded to “gather seven of each kind” of the clean animals and only “two of each kind” of the unclean animals (Genesis 6:19-7:3). The unclean animals signify the “Two Houses of Yisra’el” who were scattered to the Gentile nations and they became “unclean” because they departed from keeping the Towrah at different times in history (Jeremiah 3:8). 
But the clean animals symbolize the “seven congregations” in the book of Revelation who are now “clean through the word” of Messiah (John 15:3). In other words, these Gentiles from the “seven continents of the world” are now being gathered to the “Yahuwdiyth” (Jewish) Messiah and they are now beginning to obey his Towrah! Both the clean and the unclean went into the ark of salvation through only “one door” which is Messiah (John 10:7-9).

Peter’s vision on the rooftop therefore has to do with the end-time harvest of souls, and it had nothing what-so-ever to do with being allowed to eat unclean animals! A prayer shawl is called a “tallit” in Hebrew. But in English, it has been translated as “tent” or a “skene” in Greek. Sometimes it is also called a “sukkah” in Hebrew. In Acts 18:3 we read that Sha’uwl (Paul) was a “tentmaker.” But what he actually made were “portable prayer tents” called prayer shawls (skene). 

On the four corners of these prayer shawls we are commanded to place on them “fringes” to remind us that we are to obey the commandments (Deuteronomy 22:12, Numbers 15:38). These “fringes” are called tziytzit” in Hebrew and they are to have a blue ribbon going through them. Why blue? In Exodus 24:10 the Towrah (Mosaic Law) was given to Mosheh (Moses) and the seventy elders when they saw the Elohiym of Yisra’el and under his feet was a “paved work of sapphire stone.”

In Zechariah 8:23, the Hebrew word for “skirt” is #H3671 in the Strong’s Concordance: “kanaph” and it means: wing, extremity, edge, winged, border, corner of the garment, and this is where the fringes or the tziytzit” are placed, on the four corners of the garment. In Malachi 4:2, another prophecy about our Messiah is told as one who comes with “healing in his wings:”

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

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

The woman with the “issue of blood” in Matthew 9:20 was also a symbol of the nation of Yisra’el who had been “exiled” (sent away, and divorced) to the nations because of their uncleanness (Deuteronomy 24:1). This woman had an issue of blood for “twelve years” which is symbolic of the “twelve tribes” of Yisra’el, and this made her unclean, so she had to remain outside of the camp and quarantined. But when this woman “touched the hem” of Messiah’s garment she was made clean!

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

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

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

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

In Exodus 24:7-12 Mosheh read the book of the covenant to the people of Yisra’el (the marriage vows) and they accepted the terms and conditions of the covenant which are the instructions (Towrah). This is when YaHuWaH revealed himself on a sapphire pavement and then he beckoned Mosheh to come up to the mountain to receive the written marriage covenant. 

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

This is why in Zechariah 8:23 ten men from ten nations of the Gentiles grab the “kanaph” (corner of the garment) of a Yahuwdiy (Jew). This means that the “Ten Northern Tribes” of Yisra’el (the lost sheep of Ephrayim) will begin to join themselves again with the Yahuwdiy (Jews) in the last days in obedience to the marriage covenant! Keefa (Peter) was being shown this prophetic dream where the Gentiles (represented as unclean animals) were being “gathered” in a large “sheet” (wedding canopy, chuppah, tent or prayer shawl) and they are being gathered at the four corners. Now listen to how similar this sounds to our Messiah’s words in this prophecy:  

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

You see Keefa’s (Peter’s) vision had nothing to do with eating pork or unclean animals! His vision was about gathering the Gentiles into the same covenant with the House of Yahuwdah (Judah) at the “four corners of the earth! What is even more interesting is that in Ezekiel 37:16, when YaHuWaH brings together the “stick of Judah & Ephrayim in the last days, there are Gentiles who are joined to them who are called “companions. The Hebrew word for “companions” is #H2270 “chaber which means “knit together!

Peter was being shown in Acts 10:11 that the Gentiles (represented by the unclean animals) from the “four corners” of the earth were going to be gathered into the sheet. That Greek word for “sheet” is #G3607 “othone” which means “a linen cloth.” The bride of Messiah in Revelation 19:8 will be arrayed in “fine linen white and clean” at the marriage supper of the lamb. This vision that Keefa (Peter) had was illustrating that the great sheet would be “knit at the four corners” into one big house or family (tent or prayer shawl), when “ten men from the nations” (representing the ten lost tribes) will grab the “kanaph” (corner of the garment, or the tziytzit) of a Yahuwdiy (Jew)!

Bemidbar (Numbers) 15:

37 And YHWH spoke unto Mosheh, saying,

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

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

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

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

The Hebrew word for “blue” in the above verse is as follows:

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

Some people argue that this cerulean mussel is an unclean creature, and that it does not make sense that the dye used to make the tziytzit comes from something that is unclean. However, the prohibition against eating unclean animals in Leviticus 11 does not include using it to make “dye.” It simply says that it is an abomination to eat these unclean creatures. It does indeed make sense that the dye would be made from something “unclean” since YaHuWaH told Noah & Peter to gather both the unclean (symbolic of the Gentiles) and the clean (symbolic of the House of Judah). And together, they shall both be made “clean” by the Towrah and the spoken word of our Messiah. 
Even the gates in the New Jerusalem are made of pearl which comes from an oyster. Oysters are considered “unclean” to eat, but our Messiah compared “pearls” to wisdom (Matthew 13:46; Revelation 21:21; Job 28:18). Eating is symbolic of taking into our minds the false pagan teachings of the Gentiles. This is why we are commanded not to “eat” things unclean. However, using these unclean animals for other purposes other than “eating” means that YaHuWaH has created the Gentiles for his purposes and in his wisdom, he uses them to provoke Yisra’el to jealousy (Romans 10:19; 11:11).

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

These unclean shell-fish since 1948 are now reappearing on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea around the area of Israel as a sign that we are now in what is called “the fullness of the Gentiles” (Romans 11:25). Do you remember the promise given to Abraham about his descendants being more numerous than the “sands on the seashore?” (Genesis 22:17; 32:12). These unclean creatures symbolize the Gentiles who are now coming into obedience to Towrah by grabbing hold of the “tziytzit” of Messiah!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is now obvious that there is a clear correlation between the blue thread (which is symbolic of the Towrah) in the fringes (tziytzit) on the corners of the garment and the one pure language that we are being restored back to. So we must ask ourselves “What language was the Towrah given to Moses in?” If the language of the Towrah is Ancient Hebrew, and the blue fringes are symbolic of the Towrah, then we have our answer! 

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


The Teruw’ah is a sign, a signal, or a banner!

And what exactly is this “banner?” We just discovered that the Hebrew word for “sign” (owth) also means “a banner!” That banner is the “scarlet thread” that was placed on the hand of Tamar’s twin when he stuck his hand out in Genesis 38:29-30. This twin is named Zarah or “Zerach” in Hebrew (#2226), and he is a prophetic “type” of Messiah whose name means “rising of light.” On Yom Teruw’ah, the first sliver of the crescent moon is rising until it reaches it’s full light on the 15th of the month (at it’s peak) on the Feast of Tabernacles. But this twin stuck his hand out first as a “sign” or a banner that he was the “first-born!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In this verse from Isaiah, the Hebrew word for “scarlet” is once again, “shaniy,” which refers to this insect, “coccus ilicis.” The word, “crimson” (towla #8438) is often used in conjunction with the word “scarlet.” They are synonymous with each other, but “towla” refers to the worm, more than the color. This grub, or scarlet worm, is found in a species of oak trees around the Mediterranean and is about the size of a pea. The female has a very round shape and red color. This Hebrew word crimson (towla) is also translated as “a worm, a grub, a maggot” in scripture.

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

Then, after the larvae hatch they are able to enter their own life cycle. As the mother dies, crimson fluid from within her body, stains her own body and the surrounding wood she is attached to. She makes the ultimate sacrifice and because of her own death, her offspring are given new life. From the crushed, dried dead bodies of such female scarlet worms, the scarlet dye is extracted and used to dye wool red.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here, the scarlet cord that had been dyed using the scarlet worm’s body, is used to identify the home of Rahab, who befriended the Yisra’eli spies, and it spared her life and her family from destruction. In the same way, we are chosen and identified by YaHuWaH, through the blood of Yahuwshuwa ha’Mashiyach that washed our sins away. The last words of our Messiah when he died on the tree are also deeply profound in light of this metaphor of the ilicis worm:

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

Interestingly, that word in Latin, ilicis 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 crimsonthey shall be as wool.

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

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

This means that the bride of Messiah is “covered” 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.” You see that “banner” or that “sign” was the scarlet thread and that is when this third trumpet blast is sounded on the Feast of Trumpets! Miryam gave one last shout as she pushed the baby out of her womb!

And when did our Messiah die on the tree? He was nailed to the tree at the 3rd hour of the day (9:00 a.m.). And he died at the 9th hour of the day or 3:00 p.m.! He was also in the heart of the earth for “three days and three nights!” Can you see the witness of three yet for his birth on the Feast of Trumpets? He was resurrected (born-again) from the dead on the third day!