Jesus in the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Part 21 – The Resh
(Ver 1.1)This lesson is “Part 21” in the Bible study series revealing the Lord Jesus Christ, that had been hidden by the Spirit of God in His design of the original Ancient Hebrew Alphabet. This lesson is another truly amazing subject uncovering extraordinary, veiled information in one letter of the Hebrew alphabet called the “Resh”. If you have not read this series from the beginning, it is recommended that you go and do so with “Part 1” first. There is just too much information that has been given in each lesson that cannot be fully repeated in the others. But this lesson will stand alone for those that desire to see only the application of this one alphabet letter.
Please also understand that these are “advanced spiritual lessons” from the word of God and are potentially offensive to the unsaved, immature carnal, or newly born Christian. In the last published lesson, an immature commenter left some hateful remarks because of their potentially wrong or differing beliefs. Can we please understand how childish of behavior that is? Why would anyone say ungodly things to anyone, especially a Bible teacher telling others about Jesus? A real Christian would never do this.
Therefore, before you read these lessons, please pray and ask the LORD should I even be reading this? Then analyze what should be my response if I do not agree with what is being taught about Jesus? Please accept a suggestion. Walk in love and please do not leave an unsolicited evil accusation about anyone or anything you don’t agree with. God is Love! And you only prove you don’t really know Him, by speaking evil of His children (Mat 12:34).
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Today we will be learning only a limited amount of God’s important information about the letter “Resh”. There are literally volumes of books that could be written on each letter and how it applies to the work of God in Christ Jesus. Here is a quick list of the contents of this lesson’s sections:
- Introduction – The Ancient Hebrew Resh
- God Exalts Jesus Higher than ALL
- Jesus the Resh Prophecy Fulfillment
- Jesus God’s New Covenant Prince
- Jesus God’s New Covenant High Priest
- Jesus God’s Head King and Head Priest
- Jesus God’s New Covenant HEAD (Resh) of the Body
- Personal Application of God’s Resh to Rule
- The Resh Conclusion
Let us get started with learning this incredible picture of God’s Resh letter being representation of Jesus Christ.
1. Introduction – The Ancient Hebrew Resh
The ancient Hebrew letter “Resh”, is the 20th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and has the gematria number value of “200”. The letter “Resh” can be spelled as a Hebrew root word with these three letters; “Resh” + “Alef” + “Shin”. The Hebrew root word H7218 are these three letters, and it means “to shake the head”. This Hebrew word is closely sounded as “Roshe”. A “head” is a very clear representation of what the ancient Hebrew letter “Resh” represents literally being translated this way as “head” or “heads” over 300 times. This meaning has direct application to the LORD Jesus in many verses and we will learn this soon. Head is the literal definition of the letter (Resh) and the word “Roshe”, but there are also additional figurative applications for what a “head” represents. Let us explore some of the other times this word is translated into the application of something beside a man’s physical head.
For example, the Hebrew word H7218 was translated as
- “Head” – 264 times,
- “Chief” – 97 times,
- “Top(s)” – 75 times,
- “Beginning(s)” – 14 times,
- “Captain(s)” – 10 times,
- “Sum” – 9 times,
- “Companies” – 8 times,
- “First” – 6 times,
- “Company” – 5 times,
- “Principal” – 5 times,
- “High” – 3 times,
- “End” – 2 times,
- “Rulers” – 2 times,
These are not all of the words that H7218 was translated into, but it is enough to teach the basics. For example, we can clearly see a pattern of rulership authority of government, political, military, or religious leadership. We can also see a well-defined meaning and application of someone or something that is above or begins the rest of the focused subject.
Let us look and learn about a few of these word selections and usages by the LORD in His word. For example, let us look at this verse with the word H7218 translated as “beginnings”:
Num 28:11 And in the beginnings of your months ye shall offer a burnt offering unto the LORD; two young bullocks, and one ram, seven lambs of the first year without spot;
When the word H7218 is translated as “beginnings”, it can be applied to mean the “first” of a series of similar other items in a numbered or accumulated sequence. It is very much a description of a mathematical “set”. All members in the set are of like kind, with “first” of importance being determined by “order” of reference or preference. In this verse of Numbers 28:11, God uses the word “Roshe” (head) to represent the “beginning” (head) day of a month. In literal Hebrew terms, it was understood that this first day of the month could be called “the head day of the month”. Or the first day of a new year could be called the “head day of the year”. Or the first month of the year could be called the “head month of a new year”. So, the first month of a new year could be viewed as the head of the other 11 months, that would follow in sequence. This too is an amazing concept, for us not to forget and it will apply to Jesus. Now let us shift our focus to another application that is also similar to a head representing a new beginning within a different application:
Gen 2:10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
The first time the word H7218 (Roshe) is used by God is found in Genesis 2:10 . In this verse God describes a river that flowed from the garden of God called Eden. This river was divided into the “heads” of four other rivers. This description is an amazing hidden concept that figuratively teaches us that a “head”, means a fresh start or beginning of something new with each branch being a new name. God gives us the names of these four new rivers that originate from one, in the verses that follow in chapter 2, as Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel, and Euphrates. Notice how these four new rivers did not exist until they came from one greater river life source. All of this is highly symbolic spiritual information that cannot be fully covered today. But we will do a quick overview of some of the basic concepts being taught by God.
It is good to understand that this description of 1 originating river in Genesis 2, applies to represent 1 father. This father at its source is the head of a family, and he is called “abba” (Alef+Bet) in Hebrew. Remember the “Alef” is a picture of the “Head” of an ox representing a strong servant and ultimately God Himself. He is the source of the spiritual “seed” (Word) for creating new life in all of his newly born children (Heb 12:9).
Remember that a newly born physical or spiritual “son” in the father’s house (Beyt) is the Hebrew word “Ben” (Ben+Nun). The word ben means “the father’s house (Beyt) continues in his seed” (Nun). Now notice another new connection to our story of the Resh. The Hebrew root word for “river” (H5104) is “NR” and is spelled “Nun” + “Resh”. Do you see how the ending letter of Abba, “Beyt”, begins the word for the “son” of the father? Then do you see how the ending letter of the “son”, the “Nun” begins the Hebrew root word for “River”. Then notice the ending letter for the river, is the Resh, which we are discovering is a potential new “Head” of a son. Therefore, we have transitioned from one head (Alef Ox head) to another human head (Resh) by the passing of a “seed” (Nun). This is how practically every major part of creation was designed to operate by God.
We are beginning to learn that a father river is a type of a natural or spiritual father that branches with “seed” to create a new generation in his son. The son is also a river of “seed” that is capable of producing another generation or branch of the originating father’s family. In spiritual terms we are speaking of God as the ultimate father of spirits (Heb 12:9). Then we can see how God the Father sent a flow like a river of His word (Seed=Nun) to create His Son (Resh) Jesus Christ (Lk 1:38). Then it was this Son of God walking on the earth that speaks the waters of life out of His mouth to begin (Resh) a new creation of believers (John 4:10). This is all spiritual application that is being manifested in the natural. We have the Abba God (Mk 14:46) being spoken to by His Son Jesus. We can find that the source of Jesus’ strength was from his Father (Jn 8:32), like the main river that is described in Genesis 2.
To help confirm these concepts, let us examine the root word letters for “river” to see how they relate to a father and son. These letter as we recall are the Nun + Resh. The Nun as we know is a picture of a “seed”. This certainly relates to a “son” who is the seed of their father. The “Resh” represents a head of a man, which can mean first, beginning, top, leader, prince, and etc. One relative meaning of these two letters can reveal to us, “a New Seed Beginning”, which could also say “a new Seed Ruler”. Just as one natural father passes his seed to create (begin) a new son, so a father river flows to create any number of new “branch” rivers (sons). As long as the children rivers remain attached to father the feeding river, they will never run dry and die. This is exactly what the first Adam did incorrectly by disconnecting from God, who was his primary life source. This separation came from Adam committing rebellion to sin against God. But this is precisely what God repaired in the Last Adam, named Jesus, who chose to remain connected to His Father (Jn 5:30). We have just confirmed that a “Resh” represents a new “beginning”. That is very important to remember. Let us further confirm what we have learned about fathers and sons with a new verse containing our subject:
Exo 6:14 These be the heads of their fathers’ houses: The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel; Hanoch, and Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi: these be the families of Reuben.
Notice in this verse, God uses the word H7218 (Roshe) in a similar way as we have just learned about the heads of 4 rivers. Here in Exodus 6:14 the word H2718 is used to describe the “Roshe” (head) of a family house (Beyt). Here we find a father named Rueben who is the firstborn son of Jacob, and he is also being called a father who progenerates four sons of his own.
We will briefly explore the Hebrew word “BR” pronounced as “bar”. This Hebrew word is made of the “Beyt” + “Resh”. The “Beyt” means a family house and the “Resh” is our “Head” study letter. Placing these two letters together we arrive at the meaning “a house of heads”. This Hebrew word is applied to 3 or 4 different meanings. The first is that of “Grain”. A planted field of wheat or corn seed, produces multiple stalks of corn or wheat with each head containing more seed to produce, more of the same kind. These are the Hebrew words H1250 (corn or wheat) and H1251 (field).
Now the other word we need to focus upon is H1248. This word is translated as “son”. So, a “house (Bety) of heads (Resh)” can also mean a father that produces many sons. This obviously applies to Jacob who had 12 sons that we can study in Genesis and in our Exodus verse about 4 heads from the house of Rueben.
Can you see the repeated patterns of Genesis 2:10? One father river named Rueben just branched off and begat and began, 4 new branch river sons (heads) named “Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi. We have just confirmed how patterns are repeated in God’s word and the concepts of one can be applied to the other. All of these concepts can and do apply to God’s unseen spiritual truths also. Let us move to another application of what a “Resh” represents as a “head”.
When H7218 is translated as the word “top or tops”, it is frequently joined with the word H2022 translated as “mountain” or “mountains”. For example, in Genesis 8:5 Noah is first able to see the “Roshe” (head) of the mountains as the flood waters begin to subside. So, we can see how this word applies to the tip, apex, peak or crowning top of a mountain or even potentially any other object. This concept teaches a “head” represents the “crowning” highest point of a much larger body under it. So, we have a physical description again, that can be applied to a spiritual application. For example, please read these verses about a mountain and what they represent:
Rev 17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
Rev 17:10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
If we could, we could spend days talking about this chapter of Revelation. However, we just want to stop and focus upon our subject of a Resh (head). Notice in verse 9 it begins with the words “here is the mind that has wisdom”. Most people should understand that these next words about to be given are applied to be a spiritual application. Then notice our “resh” subject is the main topic since God is describing someone with “seven heads”. This sounds very similar to our river subject in Genesis 2 with 4 heads.
Now notice the connection of “heads” with mountains. This is not an accident or a chance occurrence. Finally, notice how this information transitions, into rulers in the next verse. God defines these heads of mountains to be “kings”. What we have learned is how God again uses natural patterns to describe far greater spiritual truths. So, we have found another direct set of connections of the heads (top leaders) of mountains to represent kings and kingdoms. All of this is a very important concept to remember in relationship to Jesus, who He is and what God is doing through Him.
Deu 1:13 Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.
When the word H7218 is translated as “rulers”, God is speaking of men that would “lead” another group of followers in the way that they should go. For example, in this verse of Deuteronomy 1:13, God selected the word “Roshe” (head) to apply to wise men selected to be the top, first or head person to “lead” each tribe of Israel. Do you see the pattern of mountain tops again? This is clearly a position of honor, power and authority, thus God requiring these to be wise. This is an official position and could represent a king, a prince, a chief, or captain as well as other roles. This too is an important concept that should be remembered when applying this concept of “head” to Jesus.
Eze 38:2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
At times the word H7218 is translated as “chief”, and it also applies to a person or spiritual being in higher authority over others. For example, in Ezekiel 38:2 we find God applies this word “Roshe” to represent the “chief” (head) prince that is ruling a physical place location called “Meshech and Tubal”. We can see how a “head” prince can figuratively be the title of the top or highest royal ruler, with others implied to be under his authority. We have been confirming with numerous examples of how a “Resh” head represents a leader with authority. These are remarkable descriptions of Jesus, please do not forget it. But let us transition into another application for the letter “Resh” that also directly relates to Jesus:
2Ch 24:11 Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought unto the king’s office by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, the king’s scribe and the high priest’s officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to his place again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.
2Ki 25:18 And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door:
In 2 Kings 25:18 and 2 Chronicles 24:11 God uses the word H7218 “Roshe” (head) to describe the high, or chief priest. This title clearly made this single man someone that was the leader of the rest of the priests, as well as being “the” representative of the entire nation to go before God with blood sacrifice offerings every year. Most of you should already understand how this matches precisely to point us to Jesus. But we will talk in more detail about this very soon.
Most can view the ancient Hebrew pictogram of the “Resh” and see the clear image of a man’s head turned to the side. This profile image is normally facing in the direction of west on a normal map. Remember the Hebrew language is read from right to left or from sunrise east to sunset west on the directions of a map. This would cause the right side of the page to be the east side of the writings or could be called the beginning or first letter and word of what is to come. Therefore, the right side could represent what was read in the past, and the left side can represent what is coming in the future. It is interesting that this man’s head is looking to the future and not focused upon his past.
Another very profound characteristic of this picture is found on the top of the man’s head in the letter “Resh” picture. As you can easily observe, there is an appearance of a cap, or a crown. This is a key identifying characteristic of a practicing Jewish male. It is also a sign that this man is potential royalty like a prince or king. That is amazing since we should know that Jesus was all of these. Jesus was a real practicing Jew, a Prince, and a King. We will see this more soon.
We have learned from the Hebrew word H7218 that is transliterated as “Roshe”, and consists of the same letters that make up the “Resh” letter (Resh+Alef+Shin). This word taught us that the “Head” represents the top of the body. It also has a vast amount of implied information that is associated with it. For example, here is a list of some of the key items of a head:
- The “first” part of the human to exit the womb at birth.
- The control center for neurological impulse reception and response.
- A body with no head is dead and vice versa.
- The head can turn in limited terms independently from the body.
- The head is implied to be leader or center of control of the rest of the body.
- The head is implied to be the part of the body that is making decisions and leading the rest of the body under authority.
- The head is the primary source of knowledge. All 5 physical senses (sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing) functioning in the head, with the rest of the body only experiences a touch feeling domination.
That was a very quick introduction to the basic concepts revealed by God in the Bible about the letter “Resh”. It must be understood that this word is used both literally and figuratively to represent one of the following:
- A head,
- A Leader,
- A Prince
- A Chief,
- The Top
- The Highest
- The First
- The New Beginning
We will find Jesus being called these in enough verses to confirm to us, that Jesus has been chosen by God to fulfill the prophecies found in the letter “Resh”. Yes, these concepts can and do also apply to other spiritual, physical and natural beings, and items found in creation and this is important to know because that was one of God’s major purposes in Christ, was to fix those beings and things in creation that chose to rebel against Him. Let us get started in our more detailed study of Jesus in the Resh.
2. God Exalts Jesus Higher than ALL
1Ch 29:11 Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.
Notice this verse written about the LORD in the Old Testament. It clearly implies that there are multiple dimensions of created authorities that God must rule over. The Hebrew word H4984 that is translated as “exalted” comes from a root word defined as “to lift up” above others. This implies so very much in the Bible and requires us to ask who are all of these others that God must be lifted up to be higher over?
In the list of translated words that we found in the beginning introduction, we should have noticed that many of the terms are synonymous relationships for the same concept. For example, “head”, “highest”, “top”, “chief”, “principal”, “ruler”, “captain”, etc. all describe someone that has been promoted above others. These terms concern the subject of leadership “authority”. Authority is a powerful subject in the Bible. This letter “Resh” represents a symbol of a man in “authority”.
The Hebrew word H2022 is one word that is translated as “mountain”. A mountain can be defined to be the “head” of the earth’s terrain. H022 is spelled “Hey” + “Resh” meaning behold the head. So, we have a direct association with a mountain being a head symbol of authority. You can find this symbol being used by God in Revelation 17:9. It is very interesting that even Christ was crucified on a hill named “Golgotha”, which has the meaning the “skull”. This makes Christ’s death to be associated with the head (Mat 27:33). But let us focus on the associated concept of “authority” first.
Perhaps you recall the “centurion” that comes to Jesus asking for Him to heal his servant in Matthew 8:6? This man gave us all a lesson about authority. He told Jesus, “You don’t have to come to my house, just speak the word only, and my servant will be healed”. Jesus marveled at this man’s faith and said, “I have not seen such great faith, not even in Israel”. The centurion explained to Jesus “I am a man under authority, and I have soldiers under me, I say to this one go, and he goes”. If you were ever in the military, then you understand ranking authority and the order of command.
In the position of order, being the top leader or chief of an organization gives this person “highest” priority of rights to make the key important decisions for everyone working for them. But they also hold the responsibility of success or failure of their decisions. But one way a leader’s decisions are not successful and it is not their fault is when those under their authority are rebellious. This was God’s problem with Lucifer in heaven. Lucifer was one of the created angelic class of beings that was in a “chief” role of authority. We can see in Revelation 12:4, that Lucifer caused 1/3 of God’s angelic beings to be swept away by his craftiness. This implies that they were all under his authority. That is very significant.
Being the “top” of a kingdom, organization, group, or whatever, means this person may be the beginning of that entity, or they could also have inherited their position from a former leader. For the Kingdom of God, both of these are true with Jesus Christ. God the Father spoke words and created everything good that we can see around us. But Lucifer and his sin of pride and rebellion, was the first to corrupt the perfect creation of God. This was a very significant problem. Therefore, God created a world containing a new man made in the image of God without any sin or evil being present (Gen 1:26-31). Believe it or not, this was a new kingdom on the earth. This human kingdom only had one law, and it was God’s intent for them not to eat of one tree, but Adam rebelled. Therefore, the sin consequence of “death” entered into the world to be passed upon everyone born into the world.
It was the created man named Adam that was made to be the “first”, the “top”, the “chief”, and the “head in the likeness of a “resh” prince, over God’s freshly re-created world system. When we study Psalm 8:4-5 we will find God’s description of Adam’s placed order of authority. We will learn in these verses that there are no created beings higher than Adam in authority in the order of rank other than “Elohim” God. God was the only one that was not put under Adam’s authority. But notice this designation of authority included every angelic being, including Lucifer, the serpent. We can clearly see how by creating a “man” God has a plan to eliminate “Satan’s” power and authority.
Remember that the “first” (Resh) Adam is a direct pattern of the “Last (Resh) Adam” named Jesus (1 Cor 15:45). Many do not yet understand that our current world system is only an interim step from the first world system that was made by God previously (2 Pet 3:6). This first physical world system perished and was destroyed by a global flood found in Genesis 1:2. God provides a description of this destruction without any man being created in Jeremiah 4:23. But we know this destructive chaos state was not how God originally created the first world system by reading Isaiah 45:18. In this verse God declares He creates nothing without form in a state of chaos, and says the earth was made in the beginning to be habitable. But that is a different Bible study.
Therefore, we have concluded the current world is not the original world system corrupted by Lucifer who is also a Resh ruler of that old government. But our current world given to Adam’s Resh rule is also not the final world system outcome, because God is creating a brand-new Resh rule system in Christ (1 Cor 5:17). This new world will be fully implemented with the creation of a new heaven and earth coming in about 1000 years (Rev 21:1).
We do not have the time to fully teach this reality of truth today, about the previously created world system. But the introduction to the subject can be found in the lesson series “The World that Was” on this website. What is important to understand, is that if Satan can get people to discount or dismiss the first world system that was completely destroyed, it is much easier to get them to ignore the coming new world system reality that is taking place already in Jesus Christ. This is what Peter taught us in 2 Peter 3:4. In this verse speaks of people who say “Where is the promise of His coming?”, and “all things have continued the same since the very beginning of creation”. In other words, nothing has changed and this is exactly what the devil wants you to believe. Satan is still proclaiming today, “Nothing has changed since I ruled originally, and nothing will ever change”. But this is a lie.
But we are all living physically now in God’s second created world system of Government with Adam as the original “Resh” prince of the world. We should all know, that this “first” man Adam joined forces with Lucifer to rebel against God (1 Tim 2:14). This willful rebellion caused the old heavenly problem of sin to enter into the new world order of authority. This agreement (covenant) with death entered into by Adam (Isa 28:18), also gave Satan the number one top ranking position (Resh, head) over God’s newly created world system (2 Cor 4:4), as well as in heaven (Exe 28:14). Uh oh, can you sense a lot of readers shutting their minds off after reading all of this potential new information found in the Bible? Just please be patient and learn some potentially new things that may have never been seen by some in the Bible.
By committing sin, Adam sold out humanity for nothing (Isa 52:3), for us to bow to a new line of authority of evil that was never found present before. Before Adam sinned, they knew only created “good”, and the Creator God, who is always good. It was sin that introduced “evil” and the ruler of this dark evil named Satan into the present world. Many don’t believe that, but that is what 1 Corinthians 4:4 teaches us. Satan is called the “god” of this world system. We should also know that it is people in this world that live in darkness that are still under his control (Jn 12:46, Eph 2:2). Let us talk next briefly about covenants and how they factor into authority and rule:
It is very interesting to see that the Hebrew word “Yada” (H3045) that is translated as “know” in Genesis 3:22 designates a covenant relationship between two physical or spiritual beings. We can understand the covenant association of the word H3045 (Yada) by reading Genesis 4:1. In this verse God says “Adam ‘knew’ (H3045) his wife and she bare a son”. This term to “know” or “knew” is clearly associated with two individuals that are in an intimate “covenant” relationship being “one flesh” (Gen 2:24 first Adam) or “one Spirit” (1 Cor 6:17 Last Adam).
The root word of “Yada” is “Dah”. These two letters are the “Dalet” and the “Ayin”. The “Dalet” is the picture of a tent door”. The “Ayin” is a picture of the human eye. Placing these two meanings together we learn this word means the human or the spiritual “eye door”, or the “door of the eye”. We can see how the eye is one key opening in the human body to gain the knowledge of God. You are using your eye door to learn about Jesus hidden in the ancient Hebrew language, and if you have a text reader you can also hear the words being spoken with your ears. Either way the “knowledge” of God is entering into your spirit and this knowing and believing, opens your ability to receive the Spirit of God to be saved.
Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might KNOW thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
As you can see in these spoken words of Jesus, anyone “knowing” God and Jesus they are saved to receive life everlasting. It is your continuing experiential knowledge of the true God and His Son that He sent, that guarantees your salvation. But let us continue with our “Resh” study of two Adams and see how the covenant concept applies within this subject.
In Genesis 3:22 God makes the statement that the “first” Adam has become like God Himself, “knowing” (H3045) both good and evil. This is amazingly important information. By this statement, God claims that He was in covenant relationship with the good and the evil (rebellious) created angelic beings. But now the created “first” Adam on the earth who only “knew” (H3045) the good/God, was also in the exact same situation as was previously only found in heaven a place of previous perfection. This is a good time to remind you of the Bible fact that Satan is also called a “prince” (Resh) ruler. Therefore, we have at least three “Resh” figures, being connected. These are 1) Lucifer/Satan, 2). the first Adam, and the ultimate ruler 3) the Last Adam, Jesus.
This is one of the main reasons why God became a human made like the image of sinful flesh. He did this to condemn “ALL” sin in His own body (Romans 8:3). Through the physical death of Jesus on a cross 2000 years ago, and His spiritual death of being in hell for 3 days, he has made ALL sinners condemned by the work of God on a cross.
Joh 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
Joh 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
As we can read, Jesus’ death on a cross was a judgment upon the “prince” of this world. We know the term “If I be lifted up from the earth” is referring to Jesus hanging on a cross in the realm of the earth’s atmosphere. We know this because in John 3:14 Jesus compares his coming crucifixion to be the fulfillment of the Old Testament event of Moses lifting up a serpent on a pole. Moses did this to physically heal the snake bitten people of Israel that were dying a death of poisoning (Num 21:8). God’s work through Moses was a symbolic representation for what God would do in Christ for the world. This amazing work would save all that believe in Christ, from Satan’s (the serpent’s) poisonous lies, that were sending us to an eternal death apart from God.
Jesus is informing us that by Him being crucified is guaranteeing Satan’s ending destination in hell. He did this by being made “sin” (2 Cor 5:21). Also note that “sin” is a synonymous term for Satan (1 Jn 3:8). When Christ defeated sin for all mankind, He defeated Satan’s authority over us (Col 1:13).
We can call the location of Christ’s crucifixion in the physical atmospheric realm to be the first heaven. It is the first heaven of human existence where Satan the Resh prince of the kingdom of darkness rules (Col 1:13). Hopefully you understand that just as there are three created worlds, there are also 3 heavens mentioned in the Bible. The first being the earth’s atmosphere (Eph 2:2). The second heaven being the physical universe containing galaxies, stars, planets, etc. (Gen 15:5). The third heaven being the spiritual heaven location of the throne of God (2 Cor 12:2).
When God is said to have condemned “sin” with his death of Christ in Romans 8:3, this judgment included Lucifer and all of his rebellious angels as we read in John 12:31. This is probably more new information that you have never heard before. But not knowing of something does not cause the information to be true or false. This is why we are reading Bible verses and learning truth. The Spirit of Truth that wrote the Book is on the inside of you to either help you see it or to deny it is the truth. Trust God, not man!
We must ask questions when we read scriptures. God is not afraid of your questions. He is the author and knows exactly what He wrote and what He meant when He said it. Start by asking God about His need for coming to the earth personally to be born a baby under His own law (Gal 4:4). Then ask why did this personal appearance of Himself in human form need to die? We just saw a major part of this answer in Romans 8:3 with his work of condemning all sin in one body. Now ask God another great question. If Lucifer aka Satan had been sinning since the beginning (Jn 8:44), then why was Satan and all of the rebellious angels not cast into hell immediately? What kept God from judging the perfect Lucifer instantly? The answer to that question is beginning to be opened to us in Romans 2:27. In this verse God declares where there are no laws there are no sins.
Are you now beginning to see why God created a new world with a new first Adam that had only one law? Then 2400 years later after sin entered into the world, God introduces to the world through the natural nation of Israel, a huge book of many complex laws. All of this was designed to trap Satan under these laws to condemn him, and simultaneously teach all humans that we had to have a savior to free us from the penalty of sin, which is death. Both of these were accomplished in Jesus who is the Last Adam. Jesus in comparison also introduced to us in the New Covenant, only one new commandment called “LOVE” (Jn 13:34). The parallels to the first Adam are amazing.
This brings us to so many new questions for God to answer. But we will stop there. What we all need to see, is that the ultimate answer to every question, is revealed in the works of God in Jesus Christ. God solved every problem that He had with Lucifer, and humans had with sin and Satan as their “god”. All of this was accomplished by Jesus becoming a new “Head”, a new “Leader”, a new “Prince”, a new “King”, a new “Chief”, all in a new “Creation”. These are the “Resh” letter concepts.
We have just gone through a quick introduction to a very deep subject that most have never seen or understood. We were introduced to three Kingdom systems of government that were implemented within three created world systems. The first world system was destroyed on the earth, but continued in heaven. The second world system with the first “Adam” ruler was created as a separate system with one “law” transition into many laws after sin entered into the world system. The created being Lucifer became the “god” of the first Adam’s world. This is why God brought Jesus under this world system, to die and save humans from their eternal death. But in doing this Jesus was also exalted above every name that has ever been named. This had to include “Lucifer”. God confirmed this in Phillipians 2:9:
Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
In exalting the risen from the dead Jesus, God initiated a brand-new creation that had never existed before apart from Christ. This divine action of the “Most High” God excluded all previously created beings, again including Lucifer. We can see this confirmed in this verse:
Eph 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Here we have the reference of Jesus being lifted up far above, every prince (Resh), power (authority), kingdom as well as every name. Then this verse ends with the powerful statement about this has also been extended into the “world” that will be coming. Hopefully, this is all being received as a marvelous work of God.
Now in this present evil world, everyone that enters into Christ has become a part of the transitional new creation rulership of God’s Kingdom on the earth (2 Cor 5:17, Rom 5:17), still waiting for the coming fulness of the final new creation apart from all evil. God’s new creation is growing mightily today, and will be moved completely into the coming new world. The current world system will be suddenly terminated and will never be seen again by those that were saved out of it. At the ending of the current world, the heaven and the earth will be destroyed and a new creation with Christ’s rulership will continue eternally. Lucifer and all evil, will be eternally locked up and eternally separated from all good. Thank you, Jesus! Let us now continue to see other applications to the Resh being the fulfillment of the LORD Jesus.
3. Jesus the Resh Prophecy Fulfillment
Let us continue to get into some more of these amazing “Resh” concepts that we have been learning about. It is essential to see every Hebrew alphabet letter as a prophecy of the coming Messiah. God designed it this way. Jesus acknowledged this by saying in John 5:39, “Search your scriptures for in them you believe you have eternal life, and these are they that testify of me!” Did you notice what Jesus just said? Jesus has just claimed to be hidden in every scripture, and this cannot be completely true, unless He is also hidden in every alphabet letter that create the words of the scriptures. For example, we already know Jesus claimed to be two alphabet letters directly by saying I am the Alpha (Aleph) and the Omega (Tav). By making this direct claim, Jesus has just implied I am the rest of the letters in between also.
Therefore, we must be able to find the coming Messiah LORD Jesus, in every alphabet letter. And God will be revealing His work in Jesus, for His New Covenant through a letter with a picture of a man’s head that represents a prince. In our Resh Letter we are learning of the prophecy of Jesus as a “Resh” (Head) of God’s Kingdom. We will also discover that these prophetical concepts of the “Resh” letter, have been fulfilled in Jesus precisely. Let us go through a few more of these verses in the New Testament:
Heb 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
Heb 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
The underlined words are the ones that we will focus upon in these two verses. We can clearly begin by noting these words are a description of Jesus. Next, pay attention that Jesus is described as “crowned” with glory and honor. That is clearly a promotion that is taking place above others. In this verse we can also see the ones that Jesus is being promoted over, are called “angels”. Wow, that sounds like the class of beings ruled over by Lucifer who was the anointed cherub that covered them (Eze 28:14). The word “cover” appears to be another term for someone that is over others, and in this case, it appears to be angels.
Notice in this verse 9, that Jesus was “made” a little lower than angels, in order for him to “taste” death for every human under the power of death that Satan (Lucifer) possessed (Heb 2:14). This manifestation of the eternal Creator God on the earth to die, appears to be an implied temporary demotion. Remember angels do not ever die (Lk 20:36). Pay close attention to the revelations being given about what happened after the death of Jesus on a Cross. We find that the risen from the dead Christ was “crowned” as a clear “Resh” head symbol of rulership. This crowning appears to be a very clear promotion, based upon the context of Him being made lower than the angels in verse 9. This appears to be God “exalting” His Son Jesus to be far above all angels, including Lucifer.
It is primarily verse 10, that caused us to come to this passage. We can see at least one word definition that is connected with the Resh. In the translation of this verse Jesus is called the “Captain” of our salvation. This Greek word is G747 and it is defined by Strong, as “a chief leader”. The majority of the time it was translated as “prince” and we will get to this application soon. But we have confirmed that Jesus is called a “chief” and a “leader” of the people that are being saved. These people represent New Covenant members of the church.
1Co 15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
This verse is very deep and we will only focus upon the first statement. This verse says God has put all things under the feet of Jesus, with one stated exception. To be placed under someone’s feet is a term of being raised up into a place of high authority and power for the person whose feet are above whoever it is that is being stood upon. But it is also a symbolic statement of “victory” over a defeated enemy. In this case this is Jesus who is exalted to a place of superiority gaining the victory over Satan.
Eph 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Eph 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Eph 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
We can again confirm how Jesus was raised up to be exalted into a superior place of authority. This great working of the power of God is amazing, because it took place exactly when the devil thought he had won the victory. Jesus has been exalted to the right hand of God and is now seated waiting for the appointed time to come to get His church bride.
If you look up the Greek word for “all” (G3986) it is defined as the “whole” of the defined set of the subject being discussed. In other words, there are no individuals or subsets of the set that have been excluded. In this case of verse context, God is referring to every part of the first and second created worlds and all of the authorities that were given power within them. These verses have directly mentioned the existence of a “current” world power system, as well as a “future” world power system. This only leaves the one world that existed before our world that is not directly being mentioned here.
Therefore, Jesus was raised up over EVERY authority and power that God created from the very beginning of Genesis 1:1. This teaches us that Jesus was raised up to be the “head” over, an almost complete list of the living or dead. This “ALL” would exclude God the one who spoke and created the world we live in. God is not an enemy of God and Jesus is God! Therefore, the only enemy of God that He is still awaiting the complete victory over, is death (1 Cor 15:26). Finally, notice that the name of Jesus was also placed in authority over every other name in creation. How was this accomplished?
Act 26:23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.
Ok, this is a verse of radical truth. Because Jesus died in the current world system under the law of death, He could become the “first”, or the “beginning” of all the dead, to be raised from this current created “sin and death” world system (Rom 8:2). Being the “first” makes Him the “beginning”, and “Head” (Resh) of God’s new creation world system (2 Cor 5:17). As the “beginning” of God’s “new” creation, Jesus simultaneously became the “end” of the previous system on the “Tav” cross. With the death on the ending letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Jesus has just begun to repeat with the first letter of the alphabet. This was what Jesus was claiming in Revelation 1:8.
This is a great time to review the spelling of the Hebrew first letter “Aleph”. This letter is spelled as a word with the letters “Alef” + “Lamed” + “Peh”. The “Alef” is an “ox” representing God and His power and strength. The “Lamed” is an implied shepherd holding a shepherd’s staff indicating the implied presence of sheep under his authority, thus this letter is describing a “Resh” type of leader individual with authority. The final letter is the “Peh” and this represents the picture of the human open mouth pointing us to the meaning of speaking words. Wow, now put all of these together in a sentence for God’s pointer representation of the prophetical letter “Alef”. These three letters would say, “God’s strong shepherd with authority ruling with words”. If that does not describe Jesus in His present and future capacity, I do not know what does. You can see that this is how Jesus is going to rule with a sword of words coming out of His mouth (Heb 4:12, Rev 19:15) at the end of the book of Revelation. Let us get back to Jesus as the “firstborn from the dead”.
Yes, every human under the first Adam has died since sin entered into the world. But not one of them has ever been raised from the spiritually dead until Jesus. Every righteous human that died in the past before Jesus, went to a cavity under the earth called Abraham’s bosom (Luke 16:22). But with Jesus’ physical and spiritual death, He was resurrected from the dead to be the “first” born-again from the dead (Rev 1:5). If we read Colossians 1:18 we find Jesus called the “Firstborn from the dead” as well as the beginning. Both of these concepts reveal the fulfillment of Jesus as the “Resh” head of a New Creation.
This is an essential concept for all Christians to understand. It was our God that chose to end the old creation to begin a new creation and the new is growing and becoming exceedingly great in Christ. By entering into Christ, the head of the “new” creation, God has removed the penalty of the law of sin and death that was previously given to the first Resh Adam. This was spiritually removed only for those that have been saved “in” the Last Resh Adam (Jesus) (Romans 8:2). The physical death penalty will be completely removed after the fulfillment of the time period allotted and reserved for the current world death system to operate which is coming sooner than you think. We could talk about all of this a lot more, but let us move to a new synonym, revealing Jesus our New Covenant Prince (Resh) next:
4. Jesus God’s New Covenant Prince
Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
We will begin with a favorite Christmas card verse in Isaiah. We will only focus upon three key facts in this verse. We must initially realize this verse is a prophecy of the coming Messiah/Christ who is Jesus. We will notice how we are seeing the prophecy of a coming “Son”. This is the “Ben” (Son = Beyt + Nun) of the “Abba” (Father = Alef + Beyt). Next notice the reference “the government will be upon his shoulders”. Where is the “head” located? Uh oh! Yes, it is found on the shoulders. What is a government to God? It is always a “Kingdom”. Remember that when Jesus began to minister, He preached, “the Kingdom of God is at hand” (Mat 4:17). We can clearly see how Jesus came to bring God’s heavenly kingdom to the earth as one of God’s designed intentions. This further implies that Jesus is God’s coming new beginning “Head” King.
Then we must understand the last statement title of Christ in this verse. Jesus is called the “Prince of Peace”. We can see in this description how Jesus is associated with being a ruler within a kingdom called Peace. We also know from Romans 15:33 that God is called the God of Peace. Therefore, Jesus is God and God’s kingdom of peace will be ruled by Jesus.
Next, it makes logical sense for us to ask what is Peace? The Hebrew word H7965 is translated as “Peace” and it is the very common Hebrew word “Shalom”. Shalom (peace) has broadly inclusive application of more than just “Peace” in western terms. This term can apply to being externally “safe”, “well”, “happy”, “healthy”, “prosperous” as well as being blessed with experiencing internal spiritual “peace”. Remember when Jesus was about to die and ascend back into heaven, He said “My peace I leave you” (John 14:27). This indicates that those that have joined God’s new kingdom of “Peace” in Christ have what Jesus obtained and given to us right now.
Now the Hebrew word H8269 that was translated as “Prince” in Isaiah 9:6, is additionally translated predominantly as “prince” or “princes” (plural) approximately 209 other times. In other verses it is translated as; “captains” or “captain”, “chief”, “rulers” or “ruler”, etc. It is clearly a word that is defined to represent a person who is in the high role or responsibility of kingdom/government rule and authority. Let us analyze the letters that make up this word.
The Hebrew word translated as prince H8264 is spelled as “Samekh + Resh”. We can immediately see this word contains our study alphabet letter. The ancient Hebrew “Samekh” letter can be viewed as the picture of a “hand holding a staff”. Do you remember what we saw in the “Alef” beginning letter previously? There appears to be a God connection happening to this word. This letter implies a man that is walking in his authority, and consequently turning to move in a potential new direction. Remember, every human choice is a potential new direction of travel. We learned in the “Lamed” lesson that the staff represents the authority in the man’s hand that is holding it. If he is a shepherd leader, or a prince, then he is carrying this responsibility in order to protect, lead, move or travel calling for those sheep that will choose to follow him.
Thus, when we combine this letter “Samekh” with the “Resh” representing a man’s head, we can see how the basic meaning of the word combination is “to turn the head”. This turning of the head would only include those “sheep’ like people that were under the authority of the prince. But this prince ruler could choose to lead the people under him, in a new direction, for either good or evil depending upon his heart. This concept implies that there was a change from the previous self-willed direction as well as their past desires. This is amazingly describing salvation, with our Chief Shepherd (Jesus), calling to His sheep (the church) to abandon following Satan in darkness, to now follow after Him in the Light. This is us following a new leader, going in a new direction for a new way of life.
What we are learning is the man in authority of a kingdom has the ability to turn the heads of those that are “submissive” under his rule. We can see how Christians have been translated out of the kingdom of darkness and Satan’s authority in Colossians 1:13. We are studying the subject of “Christ” as “Prince”, but we find Satan called this repeatedly in the New Testament also, but it is a different kingdom. A division has taken place in heaven, and all authority in heaven and on the earth has been given to Jesus. In doing this, God created the beginning (Resh) of a brand-new creation, initiating a New Covenant, for a new spiritual nation of people, with a new commandment, with a new King, and a new High Priest. Praise the LORD!
Act 3:14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
Act 3:15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
As we can clearly see Jesus is called the “Prince of Life” in this verse. This was after Jesus was raised from the dead. Therefore, we have the fulfillment of the Isaiah “Resh” prince prophecy already having been fulfilled. But the title of this prince is designating Christ’s work to be associated with Him bringing dead humans a “life” departing out from their previous death realm that they were under in Satan’s control. Notice, verse 14 begins with the people selecting a “murderer” over the Prince of Life. This “murderer” is a spiritual reference to Satan’s kingdom who is called the “murderer from the beginning” by Christ in John 8:44. We clearly have two prince ruler choices for human who rule over two different kingdoms. If you are not in the “Light” of life you are in the “darkness” of death by default.
Act 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
Here we find another message of Jesus being called a “Prince” and a “Savior” working together in two accomplished roles, through His one death on a cross. This is truly amazing how God can accomplish or reveal many things through a single word or work. This was only a quick review of Christ being called by the direct title of a “Prince”. This title confirms Him to be a fulfillment of the “Resh” letter prophecy as a desired good spiritual ruler. Let us move to a new role of Jesus that we learned was associated with the concepts of “High” and “Chief”.
5. Jesus the New Covenant High Priest
We have just observed Jesus being called a prince. But now we will learn how Jesus will also be called by a new title related to being the “Head” (Resh). Many Christians should already know that after Jesus died upon the cross, He was buried for three days, and then arose from the dead, He became a new type of mediating High Priest of God’s New Covenant. The first act of Priesthood was for Him to present His blood in the heavenly temple (Heb 9:12). You might remember that after Jesus arose from the dead, He was at the tomb to be united with His resurrected body and He told Mary not to touch Him, because he had not yet ascended to the Father (John 20:17). This ascending heavenly offering of His personal blood brought about eternal payment for sin with one sacrifice on the cross.
In being exalted to this High (Resh) Priest position in Heaven, He is now our God/Human covenant representative before God’s throne. Because God became a human, He could faithfully fulfill the righteous role of sinlessness, when the rest of the first Adam’s human descendants could not. Jesus the Last (Resh) Adam was physically born to die, to become the first (Resh) born-again spiritual New Covenant High (Resh) Priest. It was the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross that was taken into heaven and placed upon the heavenly greater mercy seat, that brought an end to the hostility of sin against all of mankind (Eph 2:16). Jesus was not only the unblemished sacrifice Lamb of God (Jn 1:36), but He also arose from the dead to be made the new heavenly “High Priest”.
You may or may not realize that there was an older heavenly high priest that Jesus traded with to become this role? We do not have the time to teach this fully, but we should already have the idea, that this being was Lucifer. One of the key reasons we know this is from reading Ezekiel 28:13, where Lucifer was described wearing a covering of every precious stone. God lists 9 precious stones in this implied “breastplate” gold covering. This is very profound because it is directly related to the Old Covenant “High Priest” breastplate described in the Law in Exodus 28:17-20. There are 9 stones of precise ordering and selection, with each stone being identical. The major difference between these two gold covering breastplates (heavenly and earthly), is that Lucifer is missing the 3rd row of stones. God appears to be giving the human high priestly order a one-row advantage, over Lucifer with these three additional stones.
Ezekiel 28:14 appears to describe the heavenly priest Lucifer’s duties, speaking of him being upon the holy mountain of God, walking up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. In these verses God describes this created being to be the anointed cherub. Lucifer is also described to be a living musical instrument, indicating that he was the leader of heavenly praise and worship in the beginning (Eze 28:13). This created “cherub” as a covering is another major clue to who or what Lucifer was created to be.
For example, God in Exodus 25:13 informs Moses to build the ark of their covenant and make two anointed cherubs as a “covering” over the “mercy seat” placement of God. This too represents some very deep parallels to Ezekiel 28, because Lucifer is called the “covering” cherub. Therefore, we have many connectors being made to a previous world system where God’s covering and priestly duties revealed in the Old Covenant, were implied to be performed by a heavenly being named “Lucifer” in the beginning of creation. But enough about the enemy that was defeated by the cross. Let us now turn our attention off of Lucifer and the Old Covenant and see what God is doing in Jesus in the New Covenant. Here are a few verses that reveal Jesus to be the new covenant “High” (head) Priest:
Heb 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Heb 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
Heb 5:5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
Heb 5:6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Heb 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
Heb 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
Heb 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
All of these verses in Hebrews speak of very deep spiritual parallels to what the Old Covenant high priests did as repeated patterns for what was coming in Christ’s (Messiah) one time sacrifice. The Old Covenant was designed by God to show the futility of sin for man. Without Christ, animal blood sacrifices should still be taking place today in Jerusalem. We can learn many things from these verses and their surrounding contextual verses, but that is not our study today. The main point is Jesus is called the “High” Priest of the New and better Covenant (Heb 8:6, Heb 12:24). Remember that He only offered Himself once for all of time and for every human within this duration of human history beginning with the first Adam in Genesis 1, and continuing to the end found in Revelation 22.
Let us quickly analyze the word translated as “high priest” in the N.T. The Greek word “G749” that is translated as “high priest” consists of two other Greek root words. These two words are “G2409” meaning “priest”, and “G746”. It is G746 that we need to focus upon. This was translated as “high” in the English language, but it is actually defined and translated as many of the same things as our “Resh” and “Roshe” (Head) letter and word. For example, here is a list of the main words that were translated from this Greek word G746:
- Beginning(s), 40 times
- Principalities or Principality, 8 times
- First, 4 times
- Began, 1 time
- Magistrates, 1 time
- Power, 1 time
- Rule, 1 time
The parallels to the Resh “head” as a leader of others is profound. It is extremely important to see how this word is also used to describe a “prince”. In the Old Covenant there were no men with the dual roles of being both a King and a priest. But it is clearly stated in Hebrews 5:5 that Jesus was created by God to be a High Priest after the order (type) of Melchesedic. It was Mechesedic that Abraham met with and he was both a king and a priest. Let us move into this concept next:
6. Jesus God’s Head King and Head Priest
We will begin this section with the Old Testament prophecy of Jesus’ dual Head roles being both a king and a priest simultaneously. This is also very important to know about what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. We will look at a verse in Psalm 110:
Psa 110:4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
This is a very strong statement about an oath the LORD (JEHOVAH) made about the coming Messiah/Christ. This man Melchizedek was a very special and unique one-time occurrence in the Old Testament. Melchizedek had no mention of parents or origin and no mention of death or ending reign, rule or his termination of priesthood. He is only mentioned in Genesis 14:18, after Abram took back everything that his enemies had stolen from him. In returning home with the spoils, Abram encounters Melchizedek, the King of Salem. We find that in this meeting Abram paid tithes of the spoils to this one King and Priest.
Heb 7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
Heb 7:13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
Heb 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
Heb 7:15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
Heb 7:16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
Heb 7:17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
These are amazing verses of comparison being spoken by the Holy Spirit. We have three high priests being compared together in one passage of verses. The first, is the one man named Melchisidec who was the king and priest of Salem that Abram met before the law of Moses came 430 years later. Then we have the Law given to Moses concerning the Levitical and Aaronic high priest lineage of men that served but were separated from their high priestly duties by their natural deaths. Finally, the greatest transition came with Jesus Christ who was testified to be a priest forever after the order of Melchisedec.
There are a number of important facts of truths in these seven verses. We are told Jesus came from the tribe of Judah in whom we know no priest came from because of the Law. We are also told that because Jesus came from the tribe of Judah, there was manifest the need for a change of Law. We know this new law was from Jesus giving us the new commandment of “Love” (John 13:34). The major fact revealed is that Jesus is also a simultaneous “High” Priest and King made in the likeness of “Melchisedec”. Let us end this section by looking at the prophesied fulfilled coming of this final reality in Revelation 19:
Rev 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Please read the context to verify this is speaking of the LORD Jesus. The contextual verses can be describing none other than the LORD Jesus riding a white horse, coming from heaven with His saints following Him to take out all of the rebellious kings of the earth. It is most interesting that Jesus is called to be the “KING” of kings. This realization makes Jesus the “Head” King of the rest. Now place this information with what we can read in 1 Peter to observe the connections being made to the identity of the kings and priests that Jesus is KING and LORD of:
1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Peter writing under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, says “we” (the church) are a royal priesthood. Uh oh! That is what Jesus is written to be. But Jesus is given the designation of the “Resh” to be the “Head”, of the rest of us that have been made like Him. We are about to learn how this was accomplished by God calling us the body of Christ. Wow, that is our next subject concerning the prophesied coming “Head” (Resh) in Christ.
7. Jesus God’s New Covenant HEAD (Resh) of the Body
God has implemented some very amazing spiritual things in the LORD Jesus concerning the New Covenant and the church. These new things in the spirit realm are patterns of previous things in the natural realm. In Ecclesiastes 1:9 God reveals to us that there is never anything actually completely “new” in the world. In this verse God reveals the concepts of designs being repeated so that new things were actually patterns from previous things that already happened. That is very deep, but this is how God chose to operate to help us understand what He is doing more clearly in Jesus:
Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Eph 1:23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
These two verses are a part of one of the most amazing inspired prayers recorded in the Bible. The power that this prayer releases is beyond what many can imagine. It begins in verse 17 with the request “Give to us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him”. It would be worth your time to pray this prayer for yourself for at least 3 months, 3 times a day. The Bible will become a different book to you and you will see things that you have never seen before.
Notice in these two verses, God in writing about Jesus declares Him to be the “Head”. That is the symbol of the “Resh” that we are studying. Therefore, we are on target to learn something some may have not yet found. The Lord says Jesus is the “Head” over all things pertaining to the church. But this is not the complete revelation of the mystery. A head could be a figurative representation of a leader or ruler, but God in the next verse describes a literal connection of another type. Notice in verse 23, the church is called His “body”.
This is amazing, when you see it. The literal picture of the “Resh” has a missing body. It is not like the “Hey” alphabet letter that is a picture of the entire head, and body. Think of the created human body. It is comprised of a massive number of cells that are joined together to form one body. Each individual “cell” has its own specific job and function within the body to support the others. There are even specific cells that are designed by God to seek out, find, and destroy unwelcome invaders.
But the head of the body is the control center. Without the head, the body is dead. This was our exact condition when we were lost unsaved people. But by receiving Christ, we became a part of God’s new creation in Christ. This made us a single new member of the growing body of Christ. You do know your physical body is capable of growth and addition of new cells? This is the pattern of God’s body of Christ in the Spiritual realm.
It would be good if you could go and read 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 where God expands this topic about Christ’s body being made up of “many” separate members. But for the sake of time, we will end this section with two more verses that are important to our “Resh” study:
Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Verse 17 says Jesus was God who existed before any creation took place. It continues by stating that through Jesus (the Word of God) created these things, everything that was made is still being held together by Him. Yes, we incorporated other verses into that interpretation but they are found in the Word of God, and if this is new to you, it could be a challenge to accept at first. God’s word is so amazing in what He reveals to us, that people can struggle to accept it.
Verse 18 is our key verse connection to the “Resh”. Remember the “Resh” means a “head” which implies the “first” or “beginning” of something. Jesus is declared to be the “Head” of the body. Here we are also told again “the body” is defined to be the “church”. Then notice the next statements. Jesus is called the “beginning”. This is another perfect match to our original Hebrew letter and word “Resh” and “Roshe”. It is also a match for the Greek word G746 that was translated as “head” predominantly and “beginning” 40 times. In fact, this word “beginning” in this verse is this Greek word G746 other times translated as “head”.
Now for the ending popularly ignored statement of the verse. Jesus is again called the “Firstborn” from the dead. Wow, how many people preach Jesus was “born twice”? We know this statement cannot be referring to the Mary physical birth in Bethlehem. It could not mean that, because in that birth He was called the “Only Begotten” Son of God. If there is ONLY one, there is conflict with Him being called the “FIRST” that implies there are others to follow. No, in Romans 8:29 God confirms this second birth is Christ becoming the “FIRST” of many other brethren. This too is referring to the church. We will end with one of the final statements of Jesus written in the New Testament:
Rev 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
In this last chapter of the book of Revelation Jesus again confirms our reason for studying the ancient Hebrew alphabet. He directly claims to be the first and the last letters of the alphabet. He then claims the titles of the “beginning” (Head), and the end. He further expands the connections with the titles of the “first” and the “last”. In all of these statements we are seeing that how things were before “sin” and “rebellion” entered into creation, will be how it ends with a new creation in Christ. We are continually learning a new concept, that sin, sickness, poverty, evil, and all of the works of the devil will be purged and cleansed from existence.
How many times in this short section containing references to less than 8 verses, do you find references to “head”, “first”, “beginning” which are all direct references to the fulfillment of the ancient Hebrew letter “Resh”? God is just confirming what has been right in front of our eyes for hundreds and hundreds of years. Praise the LORD!
8. Personal Application of God’s Resh to Rule!
How do we apply our lesson of Christ as the “Head” to our personal lives now? This is a good question for everything we learn in the Bible. The Bible is the Word of God and is amazingly relative and applicable to our lives even in these very last days. Or more importantly, especially because we are in these last days before He returns.
The answer is found in several verses that we learned were about Christ our “Head”. Because we are informed that we are His body physically on the earth today, we can walk in, live in, and experience everything that He has given to us as a free gift. Think about how our head (Christ Jesus) is today seated in heaven. Is He worried about anything? If you answered no, then why are we worried?
Is Jesus wondering how He is going to make it through today? If you answered no, then why are we? Is Jesus sick today in heaven with cancer, tuberculosis, diabetes, corona, flu, or anything else? If you answered no, then how can that be in His body? Are you, His body? We learned that you are, if you have made Christ your LORD and Savior. There are immense benefits given to the body of Christ. Please read this verse and see what God says to you in it:
1Jn 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
Here now God says we can be perfect (mature) in our love walk. This seems to be the determining factor for the rest of what is to follow next. In other words, there is a condition to the next promise. We will jump to the ending promise where God says “because as He is (now in heaven), so are we in this world (NOW). Uh oh! That is a challenging promise. I don’t know of anyone that is “perfect” in love completely 100% of the time, and this might be the reason why so many are experiencing un-Christ like experiences.
Another reason why people are being overcome by the devil, instead of them overcoming him, is probably their ignorance for who they are in Christ. If we do not know who we are in Christ, as His body, and what He has done for us and given to us, we will be unable to act by faith to achieve the complete victory. Yes, there are many saved Christians that are not experiencing the fullness of their salvation. Remember we read about this in Ephesians 1:23? In this verse we are told the Head of Christ’s “fullness” is the one that desires to fill all in all. That is a strange statement to some, but it is claiming that not everyone that is in the church has the maximum (fullest) capacity of Christ’s manifestation that is possible to exist in them.
How do we get more of God’s fulness to operate and manifest within us? In 2 Peter 1:2 the LORD gives us a clue of one factor. God reveals “Grace and Peace are multiplied to us, through the knowledge of God”. Therefore, we need to know God more to get more grace. How do we get to know Him? We read and study the Bible. It is primarily this banned book in schools, that will cause someone to become “full” of God and His Grace. Once the knowledge of God comes, we all have the opportunity to reign in life here and now as a “king”. We read this in Romans 5:17:
Rom 5:17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Notice the contrast of two Adam (Resh) rulers in this verse. The first Adam allowed Sin, Satan and death to enter to rule in this world. But the second and Last Adam’s defeat of Satan, causes a completely different ruler to reign, that is you and I as the body of Christ.
God says in this verse that saved Christians that have possessed the “abundance of His Grace” (Spirit and Word knowledge), and the gift of righteousness, will reign in life (NOW) as a king by what Christ has done for us and given to us. That is literally awesome. These verses inform us that if we read, study and learn the word of God we will find more grace, and if we obtain this knowledge, we will learn that our enemy has already been defeated and it is only our ignorance of who God made us as Christ’s body that allows Satan to dominate us. If you knew how much authority you had in Christ right now, it might shock you why you have let the devil do what he has done to you.
1Co 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Jesus is the KING of kings and if we are saved, and found in His body, we are the “kings” that Jesus is the KING of. But notice in 1 Corinthians 2:16 we find a reference to a mind. But not just anyone’s mind, this is the mind of Christ our Lord and Savior. A mind is usually associated with the human’s internal brain found in the Head. This Mind of Christ is being connected directly to individual people named as “we”. This “we” people are the readers of the letters written to the church. Therefore, we have just connected the “body” of Christ with the “Head” (Roshe) mind of Christ. In this verse God reveals that the physical body of Christ on the earth, should believe and be operating as if we were under the power and control of our Head’s (Resh) named Christ.
Christians are NOT supposed to be the one in control of our lives now! We are supposed to allow our Christ Head to be our LORD, and we are supposed to “hear” Him, and “obey” Him. That makes sense, right? The big toe of the right foot does not tell the little finger of the left hand what to do. If the big toe hurts it can send a message to the “Head” and pray for assistance, but it is the “Head” that will react how He desires. Jesus will always be the “Head” member of His body. He will choose your role in His body. He will gift you with the spiritual anointings to perform your role. If we try to make these choices we will fail and will not be able to produce the “fruit” that He desired for our lives. Let us end this section of application with a new subject:
Exo 15:26 … for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
We are only going to focus upon the last statement in this verse. Here God reveals Himself with His Covenant name “JEHOVAH RAPHA”. The Hebrew word translated as “healeth” is H7495, RAPHA. This word is three Hebrew letters “RPA”, and it originates from a root word “RP” or spelled “Resh” + “Peh”. The first letter of the root, is our Hebrew key study letter a man’s head (Resh), and the second letter is a “Peh” that is a picture of a man’s mouth that is open as if speaking words. Wow! Why would God connect these two letter pictures together in a word that was translated as “heals”?
Do you know what this 2-letter root word means? It literally means “heal”, but it is applied to be with taking “medicine”. This is making sense, because most humans take their medicines orally with their mouth, and these are the pictures in the letters of this word. Therefore, God is revealing that a man’s head that is in need of healing is connected with his open mouth. A lot of people may not have a clue where God is going next with this application of His selected word and letters found in “Rapha”. So, we need to go to a new verse in Psalms to help us better understand what God is revealing:
Psa 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Notice what this verse says. God is sending “words” to “heal” (Rapha) someone. The Hebrew word translated as “healed” in this verse is the exact same one attached with God’s name “JEHOVAH” in Exodus as “RAPHA”, H7495. How does anyone send words to someone? Remember, we are not speaking of modern smart phone “text” messages in the days of Moses. If you are God in heaven, you speak them to your prophets and they write them down on scrolls for us all to read. According to what we can read in the Bible, that is exactly what God did to help us to receive healing.
In other words, God spoke words from heaven to become spiritual “prescription medicine” for us on the earth. He sent them to His people on the earth through mediator human prophets that heard from God, and wrote them down to be read in every generation. These written words were designed to be read in the temple out loud by the priest as a prescription to heal human bodies. But this only works, if God’s people would learn how to take (receive), this kind of spiritual medication. God required His people to hear and to believe the words and this began the healing process. We can see this happening in the Gospels with how Jesus administered healing in many of the examples that were written.
Let us analyze the spelling of the entire word H7495 (RAPHA), to become clearer on what God is teaching us. The root word “RP” is added with the ending first letter of the alphabet “Alef”. This results in “Resh” + “Peh” + “Alef” and is sounded as “Rapha”. Now this is more amazing than you might understand at first. Remember we learned earlier about two “heads”? Remember that one head was the “OX” (Alef)? Do you remember that the “Alef” represents the strong powerful servant image of God’s Christ? Do you remember the other head in the word was the “Resh” representing a man’s head? What did God put in between these two letters representing “Heads”? We have learned that it is a mouth (Peh) that speaks words. Wow, hopefully you are beginning to see something amazing happening.
Both, God represented by the strong OX (Alef) and created man represented by the “head” (Resh), have mouths that “speak” words. This implies such a vast amount of spiritual information. God has just implied that a man to be healed and brought back to life from death must speak the same words as if they were one mouth. Do you remember what Jesus said in Matthew 4:4? Jesus said “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”. Do you see the connections being made here? They are astounding!
How do you take medicine? Most normal medicine comes in a liquid or a pill form, and one needs to put it in their mouth and swallow it. How does the doctor give you the medicine? They usually speak what you should take and even write it down on a prescription and you take it to get filled at the pharmacy. This is called a “prescribed” medicine. What does the word “prescribe” mean? It has two major meanings. Notice one root word of “prescribed” is “scribe”. That is a term of someone that wrote some words down on a page. We are now fully connected to the Bible text. The root word “pre” means before as in a “prefix” or beginning of another word.
The first definition of “prescribe” means to speak to set down a rule, law or direction. We must realize that this is how Moses received the “Law” of the Old Covenant that was written in ancient Hebrew. God spoke the words, and they became God’s Law on the earth. Wow, that is our first definition. Now the other is concerning how medicine is given out. The doctor “orders the use of a medicine” through the process of speaking or writing a “prescript(ion)” and in doing so they have just “prescribed” an ordered treatment. Do you see how these two are being intimately connected by God’s design?
But God is not talking about literal and physical medicine. Did you notice that Jesus compared eating physical bread for physical life, to be like eating God’s words for spiritual food and life? Guess what this means? This means we are supposed to put God’s words in our mouth to speak them out loud. And this is a picture of humans saying what God says in full agreement, as if we were connected with the same mouth. Do you see how this fits the pictures of the three letters found in “Rapha”? God is promising us that if we say His sent words, that this will heal us. But remember that just like taking natural medicine in the earth’s physical realm may not be immediate positive results, so too it can be in the spiritual realm of receiving.
We should all know that it is the “head” where the mouth is located. Isn’t Jesus the “head” (Resh) of His body called the church? Isn’t there only one mouth on this complete head-to-toe body? Now are you seeing the connections being made to the word “Rapha”? We have a one-man body (church) connected below the one head “Resh” (Jesus) with us all being called “Christ” (2 Cor 6:15). God is presenting us a new concept of unity with Christ. God intends us to be speaking the same words as He speaks. When we speak what God has said about us, we are in agreement with Him as if we were one common mouth. But when we speak what the devil places in our minds, we become a one mouth in agreement with evil.
God has spoken, “See, I have set before you this day, life and good, or death and evil” (Duet 30:15). Therefore, the choice to live or die is in our own hands, but actually our own mouths (Prov 18:21). If you look at the verse directly before this one, we will find a verse that is quoted in Romans 10. This verse says “The word is very near to you, in your mouth and in your heart”. This should be familiar to many. Today, God is instructing us how to live and to be healed is by us keeping only His words, in our mouth. This is one of the key applications of the Resh letter for the Christian church today.
9. Resh – CONCLUSION
We have been going through a brief study of the ancient Hebrew letter “Resh”. We have learned that this ancient pictogram was an image of a man’s head facing to the left. The direction of left represents someone who is looking forward to the future and not reflecting, remembering or focusing upon the past. Remember the Hebrew language is understood by reading right to left. What is on the right, is what was read in the past. Therefore, what the eyes are focused upon at the present is the now, and what is on the left is the coming future. Obviously, this is opposite in the English language.
That sounds a lot like our God and His Son Jesus. We should know from reading Psalm 103:12, God has removed all of our sins as far as the east (right) is from the west (left). As you know by now, Hebrew reads from east to west on a flat page. Therefore, this man is looking in the same direction as the verse and does not remember what was in the past “east” direction.
As with every other letter that we have studied so far, we can see the picture was designed by the Holy Spirit to be a prophecy about Jesus, the coming Messiah and savior of the world. We have seen how the picture was an image representing a “man”, a “head”, a “leader”, a “chief” or “high” priest, a “prince” (ruler), a “beginning”, the “first”, the “top” of a mountain and others that could not be covered today. All of these relate to the “works” of Christ/Messiah. Hopefully, you can see these for yourself. If not please take the time to dig deep for the hidden treasures of God. Verify everything taught here. Believe nothing that is stated unless you see it for yourself. There are research centers available online that can verify the pictogram images that were found on ancient tablets. These date back to the times of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. The “AHRC” (Ancient Hebrew Research Center) is one good source of learning material. Please go and study there also.
We have clearly seen in the New Testament that Jesus was called a “Prince” and a “King” in many verses. We can also clearly find Jesus called a “Son of Man” in many verses. We also can find many verses describing Jesus as our “High Priest”. We also discovered Jesus to be directly called the “Head” of the “body of Christ” (the Church). This is more than enough evidence to confirm Jesus was the letter “Resh”.
Thank you again for reading and studying the Bible, the Word of God, and the ancient Hebrew Language with us. We definitely love you and work very hard to be led by the Holy Spirit to teach the subjects that magnify Jesus as LORD! If you do not yet know Jesus to be your personal LORD and savior this is the best day to make that decision. Please click the link at the bottom of the page and go read the simple one-page explanation of how much God loved you to die for you, to bring you back into close “fellowship” with Him. After receiving Jesus Christ, as your LORD and Savior you will be able to get up every morning thanking and praising Him and asking Him to guide you throughout the day in everything, He wants you to do with your new life.
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