Misunderstood Metaphors of the Bible

What is the Sign on Your Forehead?

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When a Physical Sign Reveals Spiritual Reality

Long before their were any Jewish, Catholic or Muslim religions, the Creator of the Universe gave the first man (Adam) His Torah, the instructions of Life and death.

Here is a brief overview just to point out the differences between His Word and our Religions.

After creation, God put the man in a garden, in the middle of which, He placed the Tree of Life and the Tree of Death (the knowledge of good and bad).  Man was given instructions (Torah) not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of good and bad, Genesis 2:9.

“…for in the day that you eat of it you will surly die,” Genesis 2:17.

Signs of Life and Signs of Death

Death has been very misunderstood.  It was never a permanent curse or consequence but a corrective and Just Judgement.  It came with a promise and an end.  See if you can understand the ancient figurative language in the verse below:

And I will put enmity between you (the serpent) and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed.  He (the Seed of the woman) will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:15; Romans 16:20

The serpent/death did strike and kill but the Seed of the woman crushes its head.

Death is a temporary place of testing.  It is the metaphorical crucible we now call the afflictions of life.  It has been translated, the lake of fire, which is the second death.  A cleansing Fire that will ultimately purify mankind of everything bad, including death:

Then Death and the Grave were thrown into the lake of fire (crucible).  This is the second death— the lake of fire,” Revelation 20:14

Then death will be devoured, it will be no more, it is the last enemy to be destroyed, Revelation 21:4; Isaiah 25:8; 1 Corinthians 15:26

With that in mind we fast-forward to Abraham, Genesis 15:13.  He was given a prophetic Covenant that was fulfilled when Moses delivered YHVH’s “First-born,” Exodus 4:22, from the “Iron Furnace” (Affliction/Oppression/Slavery) of Egypt, Deuteronomy 4:20.

There is so much Figurative Language in Hebrew but here I’m going to focus on the “Forehead.”

When Moses was given the Ten Commandments he was also instructed to make copies of everything he was shown on the mountain, Exodus 25:40.  This is where we first see the physical sign worn on the “Forehead” of the High Priest:

Torah is the Sign on Your Forehead

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Only the High Priest wore a turban with a gold band on his forehead (מֵצַח metzach) saying, “Holy to YHVH,” (YHVH means He Is, He Was, He Shall Be).

You are to make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it as a seal:  “HOLY TO YHVH, Exodus 28:36

The High Priest (Aaron) was a copy of the Spiritual High Priest, Yehushua (Jesus).  The people knew what the symbol on Aaron’s forehead meant, and they knew what it meant to be קֹדֶשׁ Qodesh, Holy, meaning “Set-apart to YHVH.”

What Does it Mean to Be Holy to YHVH?

It may seem like a paradox but the forehead represents something hard, like hard-headed, rebellious, obstinate, un-repentant, un-remorseful, un-ashamed and the forehead is also where those who humbly walk with YHVH bear His Name.

We can confirm these same figurative meanings in Hebrew along with some Bad and Good forehead metaphors:

Bad Examples

“Therefore the showers have been withheld, And there has been no spring rain. Yet you had a harlot’s forehead; You refused to be ashamed.” Jeremiah 3:3

…since they are unwilling to listen to Me.  For the whole house of Israel has a Strong (חָזָק Chazaq #2389)  Forehead (מֵצַח Metzach #4696) and Hard (קָשֶׁה Qasheh #7186) Heart (לֵב Leb #3820), Ezekiel 3:7

 Behold, I will make your face as hard as their faces, and your forehead as hard as their foreheads.” Ezekiel 3:8, 9

Good Examples

 “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem,” said the LORD (YHVH), “and put a mark (תָּו Tav) on the foreheads of the men sighing and groaning over all the abominations committed there.” Ezekiel 9:4

“Do not harm the land or sea or trees until we have foreheads of the servants of our God.” Revelation 7:3; Revelation 9:4; Revelation 14:1

The Sign of Those Who Remember Torah

Should we be wearing a physical sign, seal, symbol or mark on our forehead?  Below is the original instruction of Moses.  Taking the figurative language of Hebrew into account, is it a physical sign, or is the sign that we remember the Torah?

“and it shall be to you a sign (אוֹת oth) on your hand and a reminder (זִכְרוֹן zicrone) on your forehead/between your eyes, (בֵּין bayin עַיִן ayin) that the Law (תּוֹרָה Torah) of the LORD (יְהוָֹה YHVH) is to be on your lips.  For with a mighty hand the LORD (יְהוָֹה YHVH) brought you out of Egypt.” Exodus 13:9; Exodus 13:16; Deuteronomy 11:18

Tie them (YHVH’s Instructions) as reminders on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.” Deuteronomy 6:8

Keeping the Sabbath Set-apart/Holy is also called a Sign (Oth) between YHVH and Israel forever, Exodus 31:16, 17.

Those Who are Holy to YHVH Belong to Him

Those who are Holy or Set-apart to YHVH are His.  They walk in His Torah, the Way of Truth and Life as opposed to the way of death.  Here a some examples of what is Holy to YHVH:

 On that day, HOLY TO THE LORD (YHVH) will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, and the cooking pots in the house of the LORD (YHVH) will be like the sprinkling basins before the altar. Zechariah 14:20

 Every tenth animal from the herd or flock that passes under the shepherd’s rod will be Holy to the LORD (YHVH).  Leviticus 27:32

(as it is written in the Law (Torah) of the Lord (YHVH)  “Every First-born male shall be consecrated (Holy) to the Lord (YHVH),” Luke 2:23Exodus 13:12; Deuteronomy 15:19

What is the Mark of the Beast?

There is also a mark or a sign on the forehead and hand of those who worship the beast.  The beast represents someone who is animal like, Psalm 22:12, 16, 21; 2 Peter 2:12.

And a third angel followed them, calling out in a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image, and receives its mark on his forehead or on his hand,” Revelation 14:9

“So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and loathsome, malignant sores broke out on those who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.” Revelation 16:2

“But the beast was captured along with the false prophet, who on its behalf had performed signs deceiving those who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.  Both the beast and the false prophet were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur,” Revelation 19:20

Those who do not worship the Beast or its image do not have a mark on their foreheads or hands.  They will reign with Yehushua (YHVH Is Salvation) the Messiah for a thousand years, Revelation 20:4

“But the saints/Holy ones (קַדִּישׁ qadish) of the Most High (עֶלְיוֹן Elyon) will receive the kingdom and possess it forever–yes, forever and ever.” Daniel 7:18

Foreheads that are Sealed with the Name of  YHVH

“Do not harm the land or sea or trees until we have sealed the foreheads of the servants of our God.” Revelation 7:3

They will see His face, and His Name will be on their foreheads,” Revelation 22:4

“Nevertheless, God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal:  “The Lord (YHVH) knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord (YHVH) must turn away from iniquity.” 2 Timothy 2:19

Who are sealed, who bear the Mark, or the Sign of YHVH’s Name on their foreheads?  Those who turn from iniquity, the Sign of Death, and walk in Torah, the Sign of Life.

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Connecting the Sign on the Forehead with the Crown of Life and Why I Cover My Head.

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