The Armor of YHWH

This study is not the regular run of the mill, confirming what others teach about the Full Armor of God. Rather, this study is taken from Scripture itself from a Hebraic view point. This is not the norm from what you may have been taught in Christianity or other places. It’s my hope to clear up what others have taught incorrectly. I will let the Scriptures speak for itself (exegesis). Praise YHWH!

 

The picture below is typical of what we were taught in Church when it comes to the Full Armor of God. We all have this picture engrained in our minds, so when someone mentions or teaches on the Full Armor of God, we automatically see a picture of a Roman soldier such as the one below.

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Question: Does the picture below truly represent the Full Armor of God according to what is written in Scripture? Let us examine the Scriptures to see how it describes the Full Armor of God.

Our study starts out in the book of Ephesians Chapter 6:

10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [YHWH – Yahweh, draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. 11 Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places. 13 Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. 14 So stand firm and hold your ground, having tightened [Literally, girded your loins, a phrase often found in the Bible, is an urgent call to get ready for immediate action or a coming event. The phrase is related to the type of clothing worn in ancient times. Before any vigorous activity the loose ends of clothing (tunics, cloaks, mantles, etc.) had to be gathered up and tucked into the wide band worn around the midsection of the body. The band (usually about six inches wide) also served as a kind of pocket or pouch to carry personal items such as a dagger, money or other necessary things. Gird up your mind or gird up your heart are examples of variants of this phrase and call for mental or spiritual preparation for a coming challenge.] the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart), 15 and having strapped [This is the typical reference to the Roman soldiers’ shoes which were studded with hobnails to give them stability on the battlefield.] on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news]. 16 Above all, lift up the [protective] shield [Here the Greek word refers to the typical large Roman soldiers’ shield designed to protect the entire body. It had an iron frame and it was covered in several layers of leather. When soaked in water before a battle the shield could put out the fiery missiles thrown at them by the enemy.] of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

18 With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all God’s people [Literally, the saints.]. 19 And pray for me, that words may be given to me when I open my mouth, to proclaim boldly the mystery of the good news [of salvation], 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. And pray that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly and courageously, as I should.

(Ephesians 6:10-20, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

 

When Paul wrote the above Scriptures, he was remezing (looking back) to what is written in the book of Isaiah Chapter 59:

For He [Yeshua/Jesus] put on righteousness like a coat of armor, And salvation like a helmet on His head; He put on garments of vengeance for clothing And covered Himself with zeal [and great love for His people] as a cloak.

(Isaiah 59:17, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

 

Isaiah was speaking of Yeshua/Jesus in the above verse. Yeshua’s garments and the way He is dressed shows us that He is our High Priest and not as a Roman soldier as is typically taught in the church. We need to put on our thinking cap and think, were there any Roman soldiers around when Isaiah lived? No, there were no Roman soldiers around. So, the prophet Isaiah never knew nor saw what a Roman soldier looked like, since he lived some 600 years before Rome even existed. Most people do not take the time to work through these things. This is why it is important to study the Scriptures from a Hebraic view point. Moreover, Rav Shaul (Rabbi/Teacher Paul) quotes this in Ephesians 6:13-17 and it tells the Israelites in Ephesus to dress just like their Savior Yeshua. In context with Isaiah 59:16, Yeshua is the One being described as YHWH’s (Yahweh’s) armor. So, in essence, these verses are teaching us to put on Yeshua and His fullness. The Roman soldier analogy is a myth produced by wayward sheep who do not understand what is written in the Scriptures. They are applying what is known as eisegesis—reading into the Scriptures what one wants it to say.

Now, we will look at the Priestly garment noted in Exodus Chapter 28:

1 Now bring your brother Aaron near, and his sons with him from among the sons of Israel, so that he may serve as priest to Me [YHWH]—Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons. 2 You are to make sacred garments [official clothing reserved for holy services] for Aaron your brother, for honor and for beauty (ornamentation). 3 Tell all the skilled and talented people whom I [YHWH] have endowed with a spirit of wisdom, that they are to make Aaron’s garments to sanctify him and set him apart to serve as a priest for Me. 4 These are the garments which they shall make: a breastpiece and an ephod [for the breastpiece] and a robe and a tunic of checkered work, a turban, and a sash. They shall make sacred garments for Aaron your brother and his sons, so that he may serve as a priest to Me.

(Exodus 28:1-4, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

In Ephesians 6:10-11, we see Shaul (Paul) is using a play on two words, one Hebrew and one Aramaic to teach the Ephesians. Shaul (Paul) contrasts and compares zantah (wiles) [Strong’s #G3180] with zanah (armor) [Strong’s #G3833].

10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. 11 Put on the full armor [zanah (armor) Strong’s #G3833] of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor [zantah (wiles) Strong’s #G3180] of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil.

(Ephesians 6:10-11, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

As we can clearly see from the way the word “armor” is used in the above translation, if you did not know to check the Strong’s Concordance, you may not realize that there are two different Greek words that Paul used and this leading one to not grasp the correct interpretation. This is why we much be diligent when reading and studying the Scriptures to dig to get to the “real” meaning on what is being communicated to us from the Scriptures.

Zantah (Aramaic) means: Strategies or wiles.

Hooked or barbed in Hebrew.

Fish hook or any other trap.

 

Zantah is the devil. This is a type and shadow of the spirit of the anti-Messiah.

 

Zanah (Hebrew) means: Armor

Any type of military equipment.

Sword or shield.

 

Zanah is Yeshua (Jesus). This is a type and shadow of Yeshua (Jesus).

What Shaul (Paul) was saying is “What is going to hook (Zantah) you and carry you to your death?”

The other one will become an armor (Zanah) to you and it will protect you with the anointing of Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ).

In this study, we will be piecing together the full armor of Yahweh from a Hebrew perspective.

Belt of Truth

We begin with the Belt of Truth.

Shaul (Paul) was remezing (reflecting or looking back) to Leviticus 8:6-7 when he wrote Ephesians 6:10-20.

6 Then Moses brought Aaron and his sons and washed them with water. 7 He put the undertunic on Aaron, tied the sash around him, clothed him in the robe, and put the ephod (See Exodus 28:6-8, an upper vestment) on him. He tied the [skillfully woven] band of the ephod around him, with which he secured it to Aaron.

(Leviticus 8:6-7, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

Isaiah
 

Isaiah 11:5And righteousness will be the belt around His loins, And faithfulness the belt around His waist.” (AMP)

Ephesians

Ephesians 6:14aSo stand firm and hold your ground, having tightened [Literally, girded your loins, a phrase often found in the Bible, is an urgent call to get ready for immediate action or a coming event. The phrase is related to the type of clothing worn in ancient times. Before any vigorous activity the loose ends of clothing (tunics, cloaks, mantles, etc.) had to be gathered up and tucked into the wide band worn around the midsection of the body. The band (usually about six inches wide) also served as a kind of pocket or pouch to carry personal items such as a dagger, money or other necessary things. Gird up your mind or gird up your heart are examples of variants of this phrase and call for mental or spiritual preparation for a coming challenge.] the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist” (AMP)

39 They answered, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you are [truly] Abraham’s children, then do the works of Abraham and follow his example. 40 But as it is, you want to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God. This is not the way Abraham acted. 41 You are doing the works of your [own] father.” They said to Him, “We are not illegitimate children; we have one [spiritual] Father: God.42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father [but He is not], you would love and recognize Me, for I came from God [out of His very presence] and have arrived here. For I have not even come on My own initiative [as self-appointed], but He [is the One who] sent Me. 43 Why do you misunderstand what I am saying? It is because [your spiritual ears are deaf and] you are unable to hear [the truth of] My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and it is your will to practice the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar and the father of lies and half-truths. 45 But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me [and continue in your unbelief].

(John 8:39-45, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

What is Truth?

We can look to Psalm 119 to find the answer:

Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your law [Torah/Law, Strong’s #H8451] is truth.

(Psalm 119:142, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)

We see in the above Psalm that Torah (law) is defined as “Truth.” Now, let’s look at another Psalm.

150 Those who follow after wickedness approach; They are far from Your law [Torah/Law, Strong’s #H8451]. 151 You are near, O Lord [YHWH, Strong’s #H3068], And all Your commandments are truth.

(Psalm 119:150-151, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

Again, we see from the above Psalm that His Commandments which are in His Torah (law) are “Truth.”

Matthew

Matthew 24:12And because iniquity (Torah-less-ness/lawlessness, Strong’s #G458) shall abound, the love of many shall wax (grow) cold.” (KJV)

Romans

Romans 13:12The night is far spent, the Day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of Light.” (KJV)

Lawlessness is anomia (Strong’s #G458) in Greek. It is translated in our Scriptures as “law.” Strong’s #G460 ἀνόμως, anomōs, an-om’-oce: Adverb from #G459; lawlessly, that is, (specifically) not amenable to (the Jewish) law: - without law.

The other Greek work for “law” is nomos. Strong’s #G3551 νόμος, nomos, nom’-os: From a primary word νέμω nemō (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals); law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), generally (regulation), specifically (of Moses [including the volume]; also, of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle): - law.

For the commandment is a lamp; and the law [Torah, Strong’s #H8451] is light; and reproofs (rebukes) of instruction are the way of life:

(Proverbs 6:23, King James Bible (KJV), emphasis and comments added)

We see from the above Scripture in Proverbs that the word “law” (Torah) is light! With this in mind, let’s look again at Romans Chapter 13:

The night [this present evil age] is far spent, the Day [of Yeshua’s return] is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the [full] armour of Light.

(Romans 13:12, King James Bible (KJV), emphasis and comments added)

In the book of Romans, Shaul (Paul) tells us to put on the “armor of Light” = Torah as our armor! Perhaps Shaul (Paul) had this in mind when he wrote to the Ephesians?

The Breastplate of Righteousness

When you put on the armor of God; you are putting on Yeshua (Jesus) and the Torah.

We do NOT take on the devil but Yeshua (Jesus) does. The enemy is already defeated.

Let us consider the breastplate of righteousness from a Hebrew perspective.

The Breastplate of Righteousness is the 12 stones representing the 12 tribes of Israel. When all 12 tribes of Israel are gathered; we have a Breastplate of Righteousness.

15 You are to make a breastpiece of judgment, the work of a skilled and talented craftsman; like the work of the ephod you shall make it: of gold, of blue, purple, and scarlet fabric and of fine twisted linen. 16 The breastpiece shall be square and folded double; a span [about nine inches] in length and a span in width. 17 You shall mount on it four rows of stones: the first row shall be a row of ruby, topaz, and emerald; 18 the second row a turquoise, a sapphire, and a diamond; 19 the third row a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; 20 and the fourth row a beryl and an onyx and a jasper; they shall be set in gold filigree. 21 The [engraved] stones shall be twelve, according to the names of [the twelve tribes of] the sons of Israel; they shall be like the engravings of a signet, each with its name for the twelve tribes.

(Exodus 28:15-21, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

The Hebrew word for judgment is mishpat (Strong’s #H4941) which means deliverance, deliverer and power!

Mishpat (Strong’s #H4941) משׁפּט mishpâṭ, mish-pawt’: From H8199; properly a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (particularly) divine law, individual or collectively), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly justice, including a particular right, or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style: - + adversary, ceremony, charge, X crime, custom, desert, determination, discretion, disposing, due, fashion, form, to be judged, judgment, just (-ice, -ly), (manner of) law (-ful), manner, measure, (due) order, ordinance, right, sentence, usest, X worthy, + wrong.

Isaiah

Isaiah 11:5And righteousness will be the belt around His loins, And faithfulness the belt around His waist.” (AMP)

Ephesians

Ephesians 6:14a So stand firm and hold your ground, having tightened [Literally, girded your loins, a phrase often found in the Bible, is an urgent call to get ready for immediate action or a coming event. The phrase is related to the type of clothing worn in ancient times. Before any vigorous activity the loose ends of clothing (tunics, cloaks, mantles, etc.) had to be gathered up and tucked into the wide band worn around the midsection of the body. The band (usually about six inches wide) also served as a kind of pocket or pouch to carry personal items such as a dagger, money or other necessary things. Gird up your mind or gird up your heart are examples of variants of this phrase and call for mental or spiritual preparation for a coming challenge.] the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist” (AMP)

The Hebrew word for righteousness is Strong’s #H6666 tzadekah. A tzadek is a righteous person.

Feet Shod With the Gospel of Peace

Shaul (Paul) was remezing (reflecting or looking back) to Exodus Chapter 28:

31 And thou shalt make the robe [i.e., the robe worn underneath the ephod.] of the ephod all of blue. 32 And there shall be an hole in the top of it, in the midst thereof: it shall have a binding of woven work round about the hole of it, as it were the hole of an habergeon, that it be not rent. 33 And beneath upon the hem of it thou shalt make pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, round about the hem thereof; and bells of gold between them round about: 34 A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe round about. 35 And it shall be upon Aaron to minister: and his sound shall be heard when he goeth in unto the holy place before the Lord [YHWH, Strong’s #H3068], and when he cometh out, that he die not.

(Exodus 28:31-35, King James Bible (KJV), emphasis and comments added)

Isaiah

Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful and delightful on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace, Who brings good news of good [things], Who announces salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” ” (AMP)

Ephesians

Ephesians 6:15 and having strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news].” (AMP)

Thy word [Torah] is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

(Psalm 119:105, King James Bible (KJV), emphasis and comment added)

14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher [messenger]? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent [for that purpose]? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

(Romans 10:14-15, King James Bible (KJV), emphasis and comments added)

The Shield of Faith

We cannot see the shield of faith. Our shield is Yeshua! We must have faith (or trust) in Him and the Word of Promise He has given us!

1 After these things the word of the LORD [YHWH, Strong’s #H3068] came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I [YHWH] am your shield; Your reward [for obedience] shall be very great.” 2 Abram said, “Lord GOD [YHWH, Strong’s #H3069], what reward will You give me, since I am [leaving this world] childless, and he who will be the owner and heir of my house is this [servant] Eliezer from Damascus?” 3 And Abram continued, “Since You have given no child to me, one (a servant) born in my house is my heir.” 4 Then behold, the word of the LORD [YHWH, Strong’s #H3068] came to him, saying, “This man [Eliezer] will not be your heir but he who shall come from your own body shall be your heir.” 5 And the LORD brought Abram outside [his tent into the night] and said, “Look now toward the heavens and count the stars—if you are able to count them.” Then He said to him, “So [numerous] shall your descendants be.” 6 Then Abram believed in (affirmed, trusted in, relied on, remained steadfast to) the LORD [YHWH, Strong’s #H3068]; and He counted (credited) it to him as [This was crucial to YHWH’s plan of salvation, as can be seen in Romans Chapter 4. There was simply no way that anyone except Yeshua could ever be sufficiently righteous to meet YHWH’s standards and avoid condemnation. Having faith in YHWH and placing one’s trust in Him was not in itself something that could be a substitute for perfect righteousness, but YHWH graciously determined to accept faith as an equivalent for that righteousness nonetheless. So, in a sense, Abraham—and all believers since him, who are his spiritual descendants—received righteousness on credit and the bill for that righteousness was paid for by the death of Yeshua on the cross.] righteousness (doing right in regard to God and man).

(Genesis 15:1-6, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

Psalm

Psalm 28:7 The Lord [YHWH, Strong’s #H3068] is my strength and my [impenetrable] shield; My heart trusts [with unwavering confidence] in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I shall thank Him and praise Him.” (AMP)

Ephesians

Ephesians 6:16 Above all, lift up the [protective] shield [I (YHWH) am your shield] of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” (AMP)

The Psalmist describes many times that YHWH is our shield. Look also at Psalm 3:3; 18:35; 33:20; 59:11 and many more!

The Helmet of Salvation

Upon the Helmet of Salvation is the inscription “Holiness to the YHWH (Yahweh)” or “Holy Unto YHWH (Yahweh).”

It is called a miter or a signet ring that’s on the top of the High Priest.

36You shall also make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, like the engravings of a signet, ‘Holy to the LORD [YHWH, Strong’s #H3068].’ 37 You shall fasten it on the front of the turban with a blue cord. 38 It shall be on Aaron’s forehead, and Aaron shall take away the guilt from the holy things which the sons of Israel dedicate, with regard to all their holy gifts. It shall always be on his forehead, so that they may be accepted before the LORD [YHWH, Strong’s #H3068].

(Exodus 28:36-38, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

3 Then the glory [the Hebrew word Shekinah does not appear in the Bible but it was used by ancient Jews to refer to the physical presence of God among men; usually the Shekinah glory.] and brilliance of the God of Israel (the cloud) went [God begins His departure from the temple.] up from the cherubim on which it had rested, to [stand above] the threshold of the [Lord’s] temple. And the LORD [YHWH, Strong’s #H3068] called to the man clothed with linen, who had the scribe’s writing case at his side. 4 The LORD [YHWH, Strong’s #H3068] said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, throughout all of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh [in distress] and grieve over all the repulsive acts which are being committed in it.” 5 But to the others I heard Him say, “Follow him [the man with the scribe’s writing case] throughout the city and strike; do not let your eyes have pity and do not spare [anyone]. 6 Utterly slay old men, young men, maidens, little children, and women; but do not touch or go near anyone on whom is the mark. Begin at My sanctuary.” So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple [who did not have the Lord’s mark on their foreheads].

(Ezekiel 9:3-6, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

The Sword Of The Spirit

Just as we cannot see the shield of faith, we cannot see the Sword of The Spirit!

The Sword of The Spirit is the Word of Yahweh—which is written on our hearts and our minds as a part of the renewed covenant (Hebrews 8:8-12; Jeremiah 31:31-34)!

Happy and blessed are you, O Israel; Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD [YHWH, Strong’s #H3068], The Shield of your help, And the Sword of your majesty! Your enemies will cringe before you, And you will tread on their high places [tramping down their idolatrous altars].

(Deuteronomy 33:29, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

Isaiah

Isaiah 49:2 He has made My mouth like a sharp sword, In the shadow of His hand He has kept Me hidden; And He has made Me a sharpened arrow, In His quiver He has hidden Me.” (AMP)

Ephesians

Ephesians 6:17-18 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all God’s people [Literally, the saints.].” (AMP)

But with righteousness and justice He will judge the poor, And decide with fairness for the downtrodden of the earth; And He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.

(Isaiah 11:4, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis added)

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

(Hebrews 4:12, King James Bible (KJV), emphasis added)

 

Have you guessed what the full armor of Yahweh looks like as depicted by the Hebrew Scriptures and not by a Roman guard?

To put on the Full Armor of Yahweh is to put on the garments of the Priesthood as described by the Torah!

I hope this study on The Armor of YHWH has been helpful. Let all of His children seek Him and repent of their sins and draw close to Him because He wants a one-on-one personal relationship with all of His children.

Shalom,

I am One Crying In The Wilderness!

Eddie Rogers, Minister, D.D.

http://www.truenews4u.com

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