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Did Yochanan Write the Sefer Yetzirah?

The Sefer Yetzirah is an ancient Hebrew document which among the earliest and most significant of Kabbalistic texts. No one knows who the author of the book was, several possibilities have been proposed. One possibility that has occurred to me is that Yochanan the Emissary and Talmid of Yeshua was the author. There are a number of parallels between the Sefer Yetzirah and the book of Revelation:

1. Both books make use of the “seven stars”. Rev. 1:16, 20 refer to “the seven stars” being in the hand of the “Son of Man”. The Sefer Yetzirah refers to Elohim forming “the seven stars” with seven letters known as “doubles” (SY 4:6).

2. Both books make use of the twelve constellations of the Zodiac. This is obviously the reference in Rev. 12:1f to the “crown of twelve stars” that are part of the “signs in the heavens” while SY 5:3-4 tell us that thru permutations of the twelve “elemental” Hebrew letters were used to form the “twelve constellations in the universe”.

3. The Sefer Yetzirah relates how Elohim, thru the letters of the 22 Hebrew letters formed the universe. The Book of Revelation emphasizes the Messiah as the “word” (Rev. 19:13) the beginning of the creation of Elohim (Rev. 3:14) and as the ALEF and the TAV (Rev. 1:8; 21:6), the first and last letters of the 22 (and often used as an abbreviation of the 22).

4. In Rev. 21:2 we read that the Tree of Life bears twelve kinds of fruit corresponding to the twelve months. SY 5:3 tells us that Elohim formed the twelve months of the year thru permutations of the twelve “elemental” Hebrew letters.

5. Rev. 12:1f appears to refer to the constellation of Draco the Dragon as one of the Signs in the Heavens and many commentators interpret the “TELI” referred to in the Hebrew of SY 6:1 to refer to Draco.

Of course Yochanan (John) has long been recognized as the “mystical” writer in the NT.

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Comment by James Trimm on May 31, 2009 at 9:56pm
The Sefer Yetzirah is a very interesting document which is very ambiguous. It is written, apparently intentionally, so that it can be read two ways. On one level the SY can be read as an account of how YHWH formed the Heavens and the earth through the 22 Hebrew letters, by "engraving" and "carving" them in various "permutations" (TZERUF).

The text can also be read with verbs in the emphatic form as a sort of handbook of a meditative practice for the individual which involves the same method of permutations (TZERUF) of the 22 Hebrew letters.

The practice is described this way:

Twenty-two Foundation letters,
engrave them, carve them, permute them,
weigh them, transform them,
and with them depict all that was formed
or will be formed.
Twenty-two Foundation letters,
engrave them in the voice,
carve them in the spirit
set them in the mouth...
(SY 2:2-3)
Comment by James Trimm on June 1, 2009 at 1:56am
In Scripture we commonly read of "signs, wonders and miracles" but what many people do not realize is that the Hebrew word for "sign" (OWT) also means "letter" or "symbol" so that "signs" are "letters".
Comment by Barz Ganya on June 1, 2009 at 5:23am
Comment by Ed on June 1, 2009 at 9:00am
James, the 7 "stars" refers to the New Covenant church, the true church who keep YHWH'S Torah in spirit and truth, His true called-out-ones whom He has called to be of the firstfruits, and have the true testimony (true teaching) of Jesus (Yeshua). The 7 stars has a two-fold meaning. First, it refers to the 7 true churches of YHWH in those 7 cities in Asia Minor at the time John wrote this down, where they are told of their individual strengths and weaknesses. Secondly, but just as important, it refers to 7 church ERAS of the New Covenant church, from the Ephesus era down to now, which is the Laodicean era. The crown of 12 stars refers to the firstfruits "woman", the 144,000 of YHWH's election of all He had called out to be of the firstfruits, who showed total obedience to YHWH. They are selected from the 12 tribes, 12,000 each as the Scripture shows us in Revelation. They will be the very top authorities under YHWH and Yeshua in the coming Kingdom. -Ed
Comment by Pearl on June 1, 2009 at 12:12pm
Hi Ed,
Your comment reflects a traditional Christian interpretation for Revelation. I challenge you that this perspective is not a complete understanding, but is commonly taught. The seven stars are not churches, but the angels/messengers to the churches. The 12 stars definitely are the Mazaroth/true uncorrupted zodia which appears in the sky during the Feast of Tabernales. You are right on about the 144 thousand.
Comment by James Trimm on June 1, 2009 at 3:02pm
"The Seven Stars" in Revelation are the sun, moon and five visible planets, all of which were called "stars" in Hebrew (the Hebrew might be better translated "heavenly bodies"). There is a correspondence of the stars with the seven congregations in Rev. 2-3 and note that one of these congregations is told "I will give him the morning star" (Venus) (Rev. 2:28)

The "twelve stars" in Rev. 12:1 are definitely recalling Yosef's (Joseph's) dream (Gen. 37:9) in which the "stars" represent Joseph and his eleven brothers. It is well known that the ancient Hebrews saw the 12 signs of the "zodiac" as representing the 12 tribes.
Comment by James Trimm on June 1, 2009 at 3:14pm
As for the seven assemblies, I have found them as having a better connection with seven equally divided eras
corresponding to 70 years each of Daniel's 490 year period (Dan. 9:24-27) with the final seven years (Dan. 9:27) being detached from the other 483 and yet future. Thus from the coming of Messiah until the beginning of those seven years is a sort of "limbo" period of "waiting". Of course there is nothing plainly in Rev. 2-3 that tells us that these assemblies correspond to eras at all.
Comment by Brian Forbes on June 1, 2009 at 5:45pm
I know you're speaking English, but this one took me about 1/2 hour to interpret. Even after reading the text, I still don't know what we're talking about. Seems very mysterious. You are certainly a smart guy. I'm glad you're not building bombs.


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