It’s the MOST IMPORTANT HISTORICAL EVENT EVER!!
We need to check ourselves, and our teachers, as did the Bereans.
Yeshua hung on the tree.
But don’t take MY word for it: take G-d’s Word for it!
Acts 5:30, 10:39, 13:29,
1 Peter 2:24
Also see Gal 3:13, quoting D’varim [Deut].
There is NO SUCH WORD as ‘cross’ in the Greek NT texts, and certainly not in Aramaic.
But, The ‘Tree of Life‘ is mentioned first in Genesis.
The Tree of Life is an allusion to Messiah Yeshua as our source of LIFE.
LIFE in Hebrew is “Khai”. The letter Khet is the first letter in “Khai.” A “khet” looks like this: ח
Just like the blood in this image of a door at Pesakh.
Yeshua is the “Door of Life” and is also known as the TREE of Life.
Now, since Yeshua was executed on a tree, and this is established as a hard, historical FACT by four witnesses in the NT scriptures [above], let’s look at something together:
The catholic idea is that it was three roman ‘crosses’ on a hill, but again, remember, the word cross in Greek, being ‘tau’, is NOT in scripture.
The catholic idea of the ‘way of the cross’ is that he carried a full cross up a hill. This gives Yeshua, a man, superhuman strength, a man who was literally torn open and lost tons of blood BEFORE beginning the ascent; even though He yet is known to have received help, nonetheless, it is beyond reason to think that he could have managed more than double the weight of what The Word actually says he carried. The FACT of the matter is that both Greek and Aramaic say that he carried a ‘stake’ or a ‘beam’; a straight implement of execution. In greek the word is ‘stauros,’ and in Aramaic it is ‘zakif’, the equivalent Hebrew word being ‘ztelav’. He was nailed to that stake, which was fastened to a tree over a hook. And then his feet were nailed to the tree.
WHAT if the catholic notion is wrong? What if the chai-rho of Constantine really was a pagan symbol? [He was still a pagan when he had his famous ‘vision.’]
Think about this. The passage in Yokhanan [John] that describes the centurions breaking the legs of the two thieves hanged with Yeshua has the soldiers passing up Yeshua, who supposedly was in the MIDDLE of two thieves. Understand this: Yokhanan’s account is an EYE-WITNESS account, whereas the other three gospels had to hear it told to them by either Yokhanan and/or the few women who were actually there. His eye-witness account gives us the most detail of what actually happened at the base of the tree [19:31]:
“So they besought Pilatos to have the legs of those who were executed broken, and to have the bodies lowered down. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other [thief] who was executed with Him. But [easily also ‘then’] when they came to Yeshua, they saw that He was dead already, so they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who saw it testified [Yokhanan/John], and his testimony is true; and he knows well that what he said is true, that you also may believe.”
Please understand the fault in the prevailing “opinion”. The passage says that they go to one thief first, and then go directly TO THE NEXT THIEF~! WHY?
WHY, dear reader, would the centurions go PAST Yeshua first, to get to the SECOND thief and break his legs next, if Yeshua were directly between two ‘crosses’ in the traditional configuration? ┼ ┼ ┼
The soldiers had to be IN FRONT of the three ‘crosses’ to break the first guy’s legs…. would they really have went BEHIND Yeshua, weaving in and out of the three ‘crosses’ [that are not in the bible]? Likely not. And HOW did they not see Yeshua was already dead when they WALKED IN FRONT OF HIM to get to the NEXT thief?
The answer is, HE WAS HANGING ON A TREE…. THEY ALL WERE…. ON THE SAME OLIVE TREE.
The texts are very plain, and the actual layout makes more sense. The centurions went AROUND THE TREE to the next guy. We cannot assume Yeshua was the focal point of the centurions; that is us imposing our view in our minds on the scene. That’s called ‘eisegesis’, or writing our opinion into the Bible. They were just doing a job. Their direction may have been simply due to one being right or left handed! But, on a tree configuration, where all three were hanging on the same tree, they would have simply walked around the TREE. And then it would make sense as to why they came to Yeshua LAST, which the text CLEARLY says they did.
So, consider this.
An Olive tree is a short, very thick tree. Having been to Yisra’el and seen these trees, one could easily see three men hanging on one. In fact, on our last trip, I kinda demonstrated it in Gat Shmini, and everyone easily ‘saw’. This also explains how Yeshua could speak to people, while suffocating, and have them hear Him. Whereas, if hanging on a tall ‘cross’, it would have been less likely.
More importantly, the Olive Tree is the source of oil in ancient Israel, and hence, “light.” As such, it has long been biblically associated with the Menorah. The Menorah is indeed the ‘Tree of life’ in the Temple. It is the only Biblical symbol of belief in the Messiah.
Consider further; if three men were hanging on it, there would be six ‘arms’ on the tree. The trunk itself would represent the seventh light.
The Menorah is symbolic of the Ru’akh HaKodesh [The consecrated Breath/Spirit of G-d]. As such, it is the ‘sevenfold spirit’ of Revelation 3-5, burning as a lamp before the Throne of G-d. The sevenfold spirit is seen in Yesha-Yahu [Isaiah] 11:2, as seven distinct manifestations of power. Those seven manifestations are:
Ru’akh of יהוה
Ru’akh of Wisdom
Ru’akh of Understanding
Ru’akh of Counsel
Ru’akh of Knowledge
Ru’akh of Might
Rua’kh of the Fear of יהוה
This is a Menorah!
And in the middle, which would be the STAND/TREE of the Menorah, is “Counsel”
Above is the Hebrew word, “Etzah”, for “Counsel”, which is the power and source of all prophecy and biblical interpretation. The root of that word is עֵץ ‘ETZ’, and it means TREE!!
The MIDDLE LETTER of the word is a RIGHTEOUS MAN… and this word “Etz” is the MIDDLE of or the stand, the ‘tree’ of the Menorah, in regard to the powers listed in Is 11:2. That is not a coincidence.
So, Yeshua was hanging on the TREE… with a REDEEMED thief on his right hand, and an unredeemed thief on His left hand. On the right, the thief feared יהוה , and the other did not. There were hence six arms/branches coming off of the TREE. This was the Menorah, the TREE OF LIFE predicted in B’reshit.
I wish I had time to draw an image of this. I wish a good artist would take to represent this in a painting. I have zero doubt that this is the GREATEST SYMBOL OF LIFE, and that the most LEGITIMATE symbol of any true congregation of Messiah is the MENORAH. After all, when Yeshua addressed SEVEN very personal letters to congregations, He told Yokhanan that He was the one who walks among the MENORAHS, NOT crosses, and warned them that He would take their Menorah from them if they did not REPENT and OBEY Him. He did take their Menorah, and each of those cities is now a Muslim city, and has been for over 1,000 years. It’s interesting to me that it is in those cities that all the bad doctrine of western Christianity was formed. [homoousios, theotokos, etc.]
The Menorah is the symbol of the TREE of LIFE. Yeshua died on a tree, and GAVE US LIFE. Sha’ul did not glory in the roman symbol, he gloried in the EXECUTION of Messiah, the voluntary death of Yeshua for all mankind. Life does not come from a symbol; but, if we want a symbol, lets’ use the best one, the one G-d gave in Gan Eden, and the symbol Yeshua gave to the congregations….
“And I came that you might have KHAYIM, and have it abundantly”. “For I did not come to call the Tzadikim, but for sinners.”