At the moment we live in the period leading up to Passion Week again, and therefore I would like to give an explanation of some of the names and words that figure prominently in the Passion story, interpreted from the hidden meaning of the Hebrew translation of these words, as they already explain what this story is really about.
Obviously the first name to look at is the name Jesus itself. In Christian doctrine Jesus is the only Son of God, who has incarnated on earth in order to take the punishment for our sins upon himself and save those who believe in him. He is the Messiah that has been promised and foretold in the Old Testament already.
However, this name in Hebrew is Jeshua, which is not only a name but also a word and that word means ‘salvation, rescue, help.’
This word had been used before in the Bible when the people of Israel were on the verge of leaving Egypt, and the pharaoh, after first having given them permission to leave, came after them again to bring them back into slavery. In Ex.14:13 is written: “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more for ever.”
The word ‘salvation’ in this text is the translation of the word ‘jeshua’, which is not a name here. It could also have been translated as ‘rescue’ or ‘help’. In my articles The Inner Beauty of the Bible Stories: The Soul’s Journey… and The Exodus and Crucifixion and How it Applies to You! I already described that the exodus from Egypt is a metaphor for our delivery by God from our addictions and enslavement by our ego. After this initial delivery however, we have to apply ourselves to the task of overcoming these addictions and this enslavement completely. We have to do our utmost to become master over our emotions and our ego with God’s help. That had been the condition for this rescue.
The same, I think, is the case with the salvation by Jesus.
Jesus, Jeshua, came to remind us of Who we really are – sons and daughters of God, divine sparks of All that Is – and to show us how to regain (awareness of) our divine nature. He taught us the way and showed it by example. He showed the process of the crucifixion of our ego and that process is the jeshua, the rescue or salvation. We have to go this way ourselves, just like the people of Israel had to do in the ‘desert’ where they spent the next ‘forty’ years. Forty is the Hebrew character mem, which as a word means ‘majim’, water, and as such is often seen as a symbol of emotions and ego, and during this ‘time’ they had to apply themselves to the task of ‘crucifying’ these emotions and this ego.
So the next concept to look at are the words ‘cross’ and ‘crucifixion’, which of course are also metaphors. In short:
The original cross form has four arms of equal length. Or rather, it is a horizontal line and a vertical line of equal length, crossing each other at ninety degree angles at their centre point, a total balance. To form this cross means we have to bring everything into balance.
Jesus tells us to take up our cross and bear it. What does this mean?
The word ‘cross’ in Hebrew is:
- tselav, 90-30-2, tsel-2, shadow of the two, or: the world of duality.
* Bear in mind that in Hebrew the alphabet does not have vowels and the letters are also numbers
Jesus tells us to accept this world of duality as it is when we are born into it, instead of thinking that God should really see to it that nothing ‘bad’ ever happens to us as long as we believe in Him. We may have forgotten it, but we have entered this world in order to have certain experiences and grow in awareness from them. We should take it on with Love and without judgment. We should take responsibility and let go of fear. We should learn that nothing is good or bad in itself, but that we make something good or bad by how we act on it and feel about it. Jesus himself showed us the way and gave the example.
To make things clear: it does not mean that we should leave things as we find them, but that we should not become angry because things are as they are. We should accept that is what is, that happened what happened, without judgment. And go from there in a positive direction.
This process is not easy, and sometimes bitter, but if we succeed in persevering and in letting go of everything that might hold us back, we will make a wonderful discovery. There is a totally different meaning of the cross as well:
- tselav, 90-30-2, 90–lev, birth (90, after this process; remember Sara giving birth to Isaac at age 90) of the heart, lev.
Then the cross will prove to be the regained Unconditional Love of the world of Oneness and Unity and all will be Good after all, without an opposite evil, as we will have moved out of duality by then.
The Passion Story starts in earnest in Gethsemane, the Garden that lies at the foot of the Mount of Olives.
Gethsemane is Gat shemen, or ‘oil press’ in Hebrew. So with the names ‘Mount of Olives’ and ‘Gethsemane’ it is clear that we are talking here about a process involving olives, and about raising one’s awareness, which a mountain always refers to in the Bible. Remember in this context that Jesus finally ascends from the top of the Mount of Olives, after having mastered this process of the olives.
The concept of creation in the Bible is divided into seven days, of which the first six are part of the descending side of the involution / evolution cycle that I recently gave an explanation about in my article The Tree of Judgement?. The seventh day, at the bottom of the cycle, was called Jom ha Assiyah – the world of doing things – during which God rests and mankind has to become master of his ego and emotions, in order to be able to start the ascending part of the cycle again on the eighth day. These numbers six, seven and eight are therefore important.
Fruits and metals are used as symbols to make this clear and are arranged according to a system of seven items each. Olives are the sixth fruit in this system of fruits and the metal bronze, nechoshet in Hebrew, is the sixth metal in the system of metals.
The serpent from the Garden of Eden, nachash, 50-8-300, is a word that is related to nechoshet and is therefore also connected to the number six and the descending part of the cycle. Its numerical value is 358 (the total sum of the numbers that make up the word ‘nachash’).
The word ‘mashiach’, 40-300-10-8, has the same numerical value. This word means ‘messiah’, ‘anointed one’, and is connected to the number eight through the anointing oil, shemen, that is related to the word ‘shmonah’, which means ‘eight’.
- So the descending nachash (6), who has to become the mashiach (8) in order to start ascending again, first has to traverse the seven
- and the olive, also (6), has to go through the oil press (from necessity seven as well) in order to become oil, shemen= shmonah (8).
This shows why Gethsemane stands for the number seven, and for the seventh day, during which the fruit of the sixth day is processed and digested in order to prepare the shemen, oil, eight, that is necessary for the anointment of the messiah, mashiach, and the ushering in of the eighth day.
The following shows why Golgotha stands for the seventh day as well, because of its connection to the cross and the tamar.
- The Hebrew word for cross, tselav, starts out by being the shadow (or the world) of duality and matter, which is also the world of the seventh day.
- The seventh fruit, the date, is tamar, 400-40-200, in Hebrew and you can read it as 400-mar. Mar means ‘bitter’, so you can interpret this as ‘the bitterness of the four hundred’, or ‘the bitterness of slavery and addiction (Egypt = the world of matter)’ but also as ‘the bitterness of the cross’, as the 400, the tav, used to be written as a cross, lying on its side.
The seventh day as Gethsemane, the oil press, provides the oil (eight) for the anointment of the nachash, the downward force in us, to mashiach, messiah, the upward force, by crushing (processing, digesting) the bitter fruit of the sixth day.
As this is our process, this means that we also have to be put through the wringer sometimes, so to speak, but the result will be worth it. If we are not willing to go through this process however, the anointment to messiah cannot take place, nor our resurrection and ascension.
The bitterness of the cross, the tamar, in the end proves to be a date, which is sweet, however, only when we eat it, that is, absorb, digest and process it. If we do not engage in this process, we will never discover that this fruit is sweet.
These are two different ways of describing the difficult, bitter process that has to be engaged in, in order to come up triumphant eventually. We have to accept and surrender to this process, just like Jesus did when he said: “Not my will but Your will be done.” Surrendering to this process, and accepting it however, will take the sting out of it and even make it sweet.
I have been using different terms in this article in order to describe the same concept, each fitting a certain context:
- the world of duality (and matter)
- Jom ha Assiyah – the world of doing things
- the world of the seventh day
- the world of illusion
There are still more terms that I have not used here but elsewhere in my articles, like:
- the dream world
- the world of the deep sleep
All of these describe the world we are still living in today. A world of dense energy and low awareness, that is not real but which we ourselves have created as a kind of game in order to have certain experiences that we could not have in the world of oneness and unity that we originally came from.
Golgotha symbolizes the same process as Gethsemane in yet another way, but there is more to this name. In this context:
- Words written in bold script refer to outer / external / public aspects.
- Words that are underlined refer to suffering.
- Words that are written in italics refer to Spirit, one, oneness, essence, awakening.
- Words that are written in more than one of these categories belong to both or all of them.
- Of course all these words are interconnected within the context of this story and when you pay attention to the way they are written, you may discern a meaningful pattern.
In Hebrew Golgotha is called Gulgolet and this name contains the concept ‘gl’, 3-30, 33, that means ‘public, external, superficial, naked’, and that also symbolizes the round aspect of the circle, the igul. This concept ‘gl’ plays a large roll in the story about Jesus and culminates on Golgotha.
Jesus lived a large part of his life in the Galilee, Galil, 3-30-10-30, the part of the country where the ‘external / outer’ part, the ‘body’ of the people of Israel lived, whereas Judea was the residence of the ‘spirit’ that Jakob’s son Judah symbolized.
According to the tradition Jesus lived 33 years among us in the form of the physical body of a human being. He suffered and died on the cross on Golgotha, Gulgolet, 3-30 – 3-30 – 400. Twice 33 and also twice the 400, because the cross itself is originally the form of the character for the 400. So there are two sides to this name.
The meaning of the name Gulgolet is ‘skull’, the outer form of the head, but paradoxically, as part of the skeleton (bones, etsem) it symbolizes also the essence, which means it also is the phase of transformation. The deepest point becomes the highest.
It means resurrection takes place on the cross. The Gnostic Gospel of Philip says the same, both about Jesus and about us.
- Those who say: “The Lord died first and was resurrected afterwards, they err. Because he was resurrected first and then he died. If someone does not acquire the resurrection first, he cannot die! Only if God comes alive in him, then he can die.”
and in another text:
- Those who say: “First one dies and then one shall be resurrected”, they err. For if one does not acquire the resurrection during this life, then one will also not acquire anything when one dies.”
All names and concepts that contain the 33 symbolize the external aspect of this world of duality, into which the Spirit, here embodied by Jesus, has descended consciously. At the deepest point of this descent, the 400, Jesus, at the age of 33, was nailed to this cross of the 400, almost naked and in public.
Because of all this the public side of his appearance among us becomes also clear. That is the second side of the 33 and still another meaning of the name Gulgolet. Because of this we can get to know him, and also the Spirit that he embodied, because he had nothing to hide anymore.
Now the whole process can be studied and practiced by everyone.
His descent, the descent of the Spirit, into this world of duality and matter, of the superficial, means ‘the rescue’, ‘the redemption’ of that world. That world had become a world of exile, of galut, 3-30 –6– 400, in which that external / outer aspect, that superficiality, had reached the stage of slavery.
By descending consciously into this exile, this 3-.-30, the Spirit, the One, accomplishes the rescue, the redemption, the ge’ulah, which is shown by the way it is written: 3–1–30-5.
By constantly raising our awareness, by tending to all these processes, we are rising up to meet the Spirit that is descending into us in order to merge again
The crown of thorns
Besides being a symbol for the outer and superficial aspect, and with that also for all this becoming public, the concept ‘gl’ also symbolizes the round aspect of the circle.
The name Gulgolet shows this aspect as well as the meaning of this name is ‘skull’, which means that it is also round.
We find this round aspect back in the circle of the crown of thorns on Jesus’ head, generally considered to be a symbol of painful humiliation. We see however that this circle contains the thorns that are called kots in Hebrew, and can also be read as the verb (ha)kets, to awaken. These thorns have finally awakened humanity, here symbolized by Jesus as well. This means that this crown of thorns has become and still is his crown of honour. And will be ours too.
This is the fulfilment of the promise that God had given Adam and Eve after they had eaten from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God had promised that the earth would produce thorns and thistles, which has always been interpreted as a punishment. It is not. The thorns in each person’s life are the means to wake him up again from the dream of the world of illusion that Adam and Eve were going to enter at that point and from which we are waking up now, often because we too have been awakened by the thorns in our lives.
My first conclusion is that all these frightening aspects of the Passion story, Gethsemane, Golgotha, the cross and crucifixion, and the crown of thorns, which all sound very negative, prove to be positive instead. There is no denial of the difficulty of the process but the outcome is always full of love and hope. The point is to approach a difficult process – which is necessary – always from the positive side. This is possible, because once we know that the deeper meaning of it all is positive and loving, we can approach it with a positive attitude and the outcome will be joyful beyond our wildest dreams. That is made clear in every example.
Another thing that occurred to me is that the manner in which all of this seems to come together in one comprehensive interpretation opens up the possibility to come to the conclusion that maybe Jesus never lived on earth at all, as everything proved to be a symbol. And there are many people who claim that this is so and are desperately trying to prove it.
If this were to be the case, the meaning of this story would not be diminished at all but I still believe that the positive energetic impact of persons like Jesus on the world would have been enormous and might have been sorely needed in the times they (are supposed to) have lived.
So personally I believe that he, and many other so-called avatars, did live on earth as historical persons, even if maybe not exactly in the way it is described in the holy scriptures.
I believe in the principle of ‘As above, so below’, and in the possibility of manifestation on more than one level, the physical level in the world of matter included.
I believe in the value of Wayshowers in a time when an involution / evolution cycle has reached a point where mankind seems to have lost its way.
I believe that they were here then and that they are here now because we certainly have reached such a point once more right now.
What if we are meant to be among them?