Within the Hebrew language exists a rich well spring of meaning and understanding. When we combine the Torah with the gospels we see revelations and are better able to comprehend mysteries, expectations , secret sayings and instructions in the bible.
The Hebrew word for, “witness” is AhD – meaning to repeat. When a man is an AhD, he is one who reveals the door to the kingdom, by going in and out repeatedly. How do we know? The Hebrew letters for AhD, are, an AYIN and a DALET. The AYIN is a picture of an eye and the DALET represents a door, together they mean to: “see the door”. A witness is someone who sees or reveals the door.
Jesus said, “i am the door, if anyone enters through me, he shall be saved and shall go in and out , and find pasture.” John 10:9
In Luke 10, Jesus sent out seventy ‘others’ two by two, ahead of him to every place that he himself would go. These seventy men proceeded God’s word- Jesus, the word of God, in the flesh. The word is the door to the kingdom. Jesus is the door to the kingdom of heaven. when we repeatedly go to Jesus, the Word, we reveal the way to others.
Although Jesus did not use the word WITNESS, when sending out the seventy, he did instruct them to repeat: ‘the kingdom of heaven is near.’ And, if they do not receive you, wipe of the dust on your feet in protest against them, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah, in the day of judgment, than for those who do not receive you.
Consider another case for this idea, in Exodus 24. Moses and the seventy elders were feasting on the mountain, with the Lord. These elders proceeded ‘the word of God’ given to the people. “They saw the God of Israel; and under his feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself. And they beheld God and they ate and drank.’
Moses was receiving the written law to give to the people Israel. The Lord says to Moses, “come up to me on the mountain and remain there and I will give you the commandment / covenant , which I have written for their teaching.” This instruction includes a detailed account of the tabernacle plans. plans to build a dwelling place for God-a kingdom type. however, while God is preparing a place where he can dwell among them, the people are sinning with the golden calf.
Keep in mind what Jesus said, ‘tell them the kingdom is near.’ Tell them if they do not repent, it will be more tolerable for Sodom in the judgment day. Now, consider how it ended when Moses descended.
“Every man of you put his word upon his thigh and go back and forth from gate to gate in the camp, and kill every man his brother , and every man his friend and every man his neighbor.” Three thousand men fell that day. And the Lord said, “whoever has sinned against me, I will blot out of my book, in the day when I punish, I will punish them.”
that sounds similar to the day of Judgement, the same day Christ is talking about in Luke 10.
I believe the intention of including the seventy, in the feast, on the mountain, as well as Jesus’ plan to send out seventy men, was to establish AhD- witnesses, men who would go before the word of God. Those who could go ahead of the Lord and reveal,’ the kingdom of God is near’. It was the job of the seventy elders, to repeat to the people that ‘God is close.’
there is one more piece to this puzzle. Jesus sent out seventy, whom pointed to the seventy elders on the mountain, and he sent them out two by two. Where does this take us? Noah was instructed to bring the animals two by two into the ark. This ark was designed to save a remnant from God’s Judgement.
“God looked upon the earth, and behold it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. Then God said to Noah, “the end of all flesh has come before me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, i am about to destroy them with the earth.” Genesis 6:13
The kingdom of God is near. The seventy others, we can assume, were those who knew Jesus, who beheld him, ate and drank with him. Their task was to go ahead of him, revealing the door to the kingdom. The power to heal the sick was evidence of the kingdom nearness.
when these seventy had returned they were rejoicing that the demons were subject to them. Jesus said, “no. it is better to rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.” Four times following the happy results, Jesus blesses God for, revealing these things, and “blessed are the eyes which see the things you see.” why? because Jesus was thanking God for sending witnesses. Those who reject the word – would be blotted out of the book.
In exodus, when the tabernacle was finished then, the Word of the Lord, the glory of the Lord God of Israel dwelt among them. This is the plan once again in the end. revelation 21:3, “behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them and they shall be his people and God himself shall be among them.” This is the kingdom of God , the new heaven s and the new earth.
In revelation 11 -we are told there are two witnesses, whom God grants authority to prophesy for 1260 days prior to the seventh trumpet sounding, and the kingdom of the world becoming the kingdom of Christ, Judgment and the the ark of the covenant .
The witnesses proceed the covenant and the reign of Christ in his kingdom. Why? to reveal the opening. It is his desire and will to dwell among his people, according to the scripture. he reveals the door so they can enter and be with him and he with them. His blood makes this possible, which is why the lamb was slaughtered at the door of the tent of meeting. He became the sacrifice and His blood opens the way to eternity.
Look close at the above verse from Deuteronomy 6:4. Notice the enlarged AYIN and DALET. This is how it is written in the torah scrolls. The Rabbi’s have said, ” the ayin and the dalet are enlarged because when Israel recites the Shema, they are being witnesses that God is one.”
I believe the first word in this verse has the AYIN (EYE) enlarged because even though SHEMA means: to hear, God also wants his people to see. He wants us to see the door at the end. Which is exactly where the dalet (door) is in this verse. The dalet is enlarged as part of the word ONE. this representing one way. “See , at the end, there is one way”. The two letters together are a witness to God’s kingdom. How do we know? because God tells them in 6:1 ,’ to do this when you enter the promised land-the witness within this verse is revealing the entrance to the kingdom.
unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. unless one is born of the water and the spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God. the kingdom has a door, an entrance, a gate of some type. we are told that Noah entered the ark because he had a covenant with God, and God shut the door.it will be the same at the end. when we hear and obey (shema) we see the door.
But i will establish my covenant with you and you shall enter the ark…Enter the ark, you and all your household; for you alone i have seen to be righteous before me in this time. Genesis 6:18
Jesus doesn’t tip toe around this idea that, not all will enter the kingdom. Not all will be saved from the judgement. Some in fact he will turn away. He is sending seventy others out to reveal the door, but once the door is shut, it is shut. only those who see the door, and strive to enter, will be able to enter .