Chukat — Secret of the Red Heifer

There are six types of “beast” in Parashat Chukat:

1 Red Heifer Parah Adumah פָרָה אֲדֻמָּה
2 Edom Goat שְׂעִיר
3 King Arad Wild donkey עָרוֹד
4 Copper Snake Fiery serpent שָׂרָף נְחַשׁ
5 Sihon King of the Amorites Horse סְיָח
6 Og King of Bashan Calf עֵגֶל

To explain:

Adumah אֲדֻמָּה is red, which is cognate with Edom אֱדוֹם which is goat שְׂעִיר (Seir).

King Arad עֲרָד means wild ass עָרוֹד (Job 39:5).

Sihon סִיחוֹן means small horse סְיָח, and Og עוֹג is cognate with Egel עֵגֶל, the calf.

The end is wedged in the beginning, and the Calf goes back to his mother Red Heifer in a full circle.

The parallel is the four Sefirot on the central axle of the Tree of Life, as follows:

1 Red Heifer – Og Crown כֶּתֶר
2 Sihon Knowledge דַּעַת
3 Fiery serpent Foundation יְסוֹד
4 Edom – Arad Kingdom מַלְכוּת

Red Heifer – Faith, Pleasure, and Will

There are three levels of description for the Red Heifer (Num 19:2), corresponding to the three levels of the Sefirah of Crown, as follows:

Without spot תְּמִימָה 495
Wherein is no blemish אֵין-בָּהּ מוּם 154
Upon which never came yoke לֹא-עָלָה עָלֶיהָ, עֹל 351

“Without spot” תְּמִימָה means “complete”, this is faith; “no blemish” is pleasure, as blemish מוּם in “atbash” is beauty יֹפִי, and “upon which never came yoke” is will, as “yoke” is mitzvah, corresponding to the three levels of the Sefirah of Crown, as follows:

Crown Faith אֱמוּנָה 102
Pleasure תַּעֲנוּג 529
Will רָצוֹן 346

The secret of the Red Heifer is the secret of Life from Death, and death came by sin of Eve, the first woman.

Based on rabbinical tradition, the primordial name of Eve חַוָּה before the sin was Chayah חַיָּה, meaning “living”, the gematria is 23.

The gematria of Pleasure תַּעֲנוּג is 529 which is 23 squared.

The remaining gematria of Faith אֱמוּנָה and Will רָצוֹן is 102 + 346 = 448, which is exactly the gematria of Chayah חַיָּה spelled out (with Hey) as follows:

Chayah (living) חַיָּה  
Spelled out (with Hey) חית יוד הה 448

This comes to teach us that Death came by Eve, but the secret of the Red Heifer is the restoration of Eve to Chayah, which is Life.

When the three levels of Crown is revealed as Chayah חַיָּה, life eternal:

977 + 23 = 1000

This is exactly the gematria of the three levels of description of the Red Heifer, therefore Red Heifer symbolizes the primordial sinless state of Chayah חַיָּה, the living one, i.e. life eternal.

Going back to the full verse:

פָרָה אֲדֻמָּה תְּמִימָה אֲשֶׁר אֵין-בָּהּ מוּם, אֲשֶׁר לֹא-עָלָה עָלֶיהָ, עֹל a red heifer, without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke (Num 19:2)

The gematria of the verse above is 2337 = 123 x 19, where 123 is gematria of both “pleasure” עֹנֶג and “plague” נֶגַע, which are permutations of the same three letters, and 19 is the gematria of Eve חַוָּה.

Life is pleasure, and Death is plague, the one that tipped the balance was Eve, hence by the rectified Eve shall the balance be tipped back, i.e. Life from Death. The seed is sown into the earth and rotten, and only from the rotten seed can new life spring up.

Immediately after the sin, Eve was called the mother of all living, as it is written:

כִּי הִוא הָיְתָה, אֵם כָּל-חָי …because she was the mother of all living. (Gen 3:20)

The gematria is 571, which is exactly the gematria of the “ash of the heifer” אֵפֶר הַפָּרָה.

But the “ash” of the heifer is called the “dust” in Num 19:17, “for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Gen 3:19). While death came by the sin of Adam and Eve, by the secret of the “dust of the heifer” shall the sin be rectified:

Dust of the heifer עֲפַר הַפָּרָה 640
Sin of Adam and Eve חָטָא אָדָם וְחַוָּה 88

728 = 26 x 28, i.e. the power of YHVH, for 26 is the gematria of YHVH, and 28 is the gematria of power כֹּחַ, and the power of YHVH is “in the name of Yeshua” בְּשֵׁם יֵשׁוּע, which in gematria is exactly 728, as symbolized by the Dust of the Red Heifer, i.e. Life from Death, חַיִּים אַחַר הַמָּוֶת, which in gematria is also 728.

Edom – Malchut

The obvious connection between Red Heifer (אֲדֻמָּה) and Edom (אֱדוֹם) is that they are both red, which is the color of the Kingdom, מַלְכוּת, as symbolized by King David.

Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border (Num 20:21), this is because Malchut will not be subdued until the coming of Mashiach at the end of age.

Edom spelled out in full has the same gematria of “Edom ruled Malchut” אֱדוֹם מָלָךְ מַלְכוּת, which is 637, alluding to the current exile, and Israel therefore must dodge (Num 20:21):

Edom אֱדוֹם  
Spelled out אלף דלת וו מם 637

King Arad – Malchut

In contrast to Edom, Israel was successful in conquering King Arad (Num 21:3). According to Rashi, this was Amalek עֲמָלֵק in disguise, the gematria is 240, the same as “doubt” סָפֵק, therefore Amalek symbolizes unbelief, the antithesis of faith (Red Heifer).

Arad עֲרָד means wild donkey עָרוֹד.

The victory over Arad (wild donkey) therefore symbolizes the first coming of Mashiach riding on a donkey, the rectification of the wild donkey.

Edom is called Esau, and when the gematria of Edom is subtracted from Esau, the result is exactly the same gematria of Edom and Arad, which is 325, as follows:

Esau עֵשָׂו 376 Arad עֲרָד 274
Edom אֱדוֹם (51) Edom אֱדוֹם 51
  325 325

Snake – Yesod

Moses made a copper serpent which is revealed as Mashiach in John 3:14. As it is written:

כָּל-הַנָּשׁוּךְ, וְרָאָה אֹתוֹ, וָחָי …that every one that is bitten, when he looked upon it, shall live…(Num 21:8)

The gematria is 1074, which is 3 x 358, the gematria of Mashiach מָּשִׁיחַ, which is also the gematria of Snake נָּחָשׁ, for the cure is in the cause.

The serpent on the erected pole corresponds to the Sefirah of Yesod, the Brit Milah, this is because snake is symbolized by the 9th letter Tet (ט), and Yesod is the 9th Sefirah.

Eve was seduced by the Snake (358), hence by Mashiach (358) shall Eve be redeemed.

There were two types of serpent involved, i.e. Saraf and Nachash. Saraf destroys the soul and Nachash destroys the flesh, their gematria is the same as the “and tree of knowledge of good and evil” וְעֵץ, הַדַּעַת טוֹב וָרָע, which is 938, as follows:

Saraf שָׂרָף 580
Nachash נָּחָשׁ 358

Yesod in gematria is 80, and the copper snake is also calledנְחֻשְׁתָּן  (2 Kings 18:4), the gematria is 808, the unification is 888, exactly the gematria of “salvation of God” , יְשׁוּעַת אֱלֹהֵינוּ (Psalm 98:3), as follows:

Yesod (foundation) יְסוֹד 80
Nehushtan (copper snake) נְחֻשְׁתָּן 808

Sihon and Og – Horse and Calf

The next two Sefirot on the central axle is Knowledge and Crown. Crown is the inner Knowledge.

Sihon King of the Amorites סִיחוֹן מֶלֶךְ הָאֱמֹרִי in gematria is 474, the gematria of Knowledge דַּעַת.

Og King of Bashan עוֹג מֶלֶךְ-הַבָּשָׁן in gematria is 526, the gematria of “consciousness” מוּדָעוּת, i.e. the inner knowledge. Their gematria is exactly 1000, i.e. back to the beginning, which is Red Heifer, as discussed above:

Sihon King of the Amorites סִיחוֹן מֶלֶךְ הָאֱמֹרִי 474 דַּעַת Knowledge
Og King of Bashan עוֹג מֶלֶךְ-הַבָּשָׁן 526 מוּדָעוּת Consciousness

The mirror image of 526 is 625, which is exactly the gematria of “The Crown”, הַכֶּתֶר, i.e. the end is wedged in the beginning, a full circle.

Sihon symbolizes the external knowledge and Og symbolizes the internal knowledge. The internal knowledge is more difficult to be rectified.

Secret of 666

We can now understand this cryptic verse:

Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man; and his number is 666. (Rev 13:18)

The triad at the intellectual level is Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge according to the Sefirot, but the above verse came to teach us that the “beast” is the knowledge, which beast is Og the calf:

Wisdom – chachmah חָכְמָה 73
Understanding – binah בִּינָה 67
Og King of Bashan עוֹג מֶלֶךְ-הַבָּשָׁן 526

Astonishingly, the sum of the triad is exactly 666, the number of the beast. Bashan בָּשָׁן can mean teeth בְּשֵׁן, alluding to the corruption of the 32 paths of wisdom as symbolized by the 32 teeth.

The bedstead of Og was 9 cubits in length and 4 cubits in width, after the cubits of a man (Deu 3:11), which is another way of saying after the number of man. The area of his bedstead therefore is 9 x 4 = 36, and the triangle number of 36 is exactly 666.

Israel – the Lost Sheep

The center of the central axel is Tiferet, which is Israel, as symbolized by the lost sheep צֹאן אֹבְדוֹת (Jeremiah 50:6).

Summary – The Sefirot

The parallel of the “beast” has exactly the same gematria as the sum of the 10 Sefirot, as follows:

Red Heifer פָרָה אֲדֻמָּה 335
Goat + Wild donkey שְׂעִיר עָרוֹד 860
Serpent + Snake שָׂרָף נְחַשׁ 938
Lost sheep צֹאן אֹבְדוֹת 554
Horse סְיָח 78
Calf עֵגֶל 103

2868 is exactly the gematria of the 10 Sefirot, as follows:

1 Crown כֶּתֶר 620
2 Wisdom חָכְמָה 73
3 Understanding בִּינָה 67
4 Kindness חֶסֶד 72
5 Might גְּבוּרָה 216
6 Beauty תִּפְאֶרֶת 1081
7 Victory נֵצַח 148
8 Praise הוֹד 15
9 Foundation יְסוֹד 80
10 Kingdom מַלְכוּת 496

But these “beasts” are actually on the 7 central Sefirot, as discussed presently, and as follows:

1 Faith אֱמוּנָה 102
2 Pleasure תַּעֲנוּג 529
3 Will רָצוֹן 346
4 Knowledge דַּעַת 474
5 Beauty תִּפְאֶרֶת 1081
6 Foundation יְסוֹד 80
7 Kingdom מַלְכוּת 496

The difference in gematria is 3108 – 2868 = 240, the gematria of Amalek עֲמָלֵק, the wild donkey in disguise, symbolizing the antithesis of faith, which must be rectified.

The average number of the 7 Sefirot on the central axle is:

3108 / 7 = 444

Which is exactly the gematria of “Mashiach of God” מָּשִׁיחַ אֱלֹהִים, who gives Life, as symbolized by the Red Heifer, for 444 is also the gematria of “life” spelled out in full (with an Alef), as follows:

Chayah (life) חַיָּה  
Spelled out (with Alef) חית יוד הא 444

Life is the secret of Heifer the mother cow, and Og עוֹג symbolizes the baby calf that must be rectified, the gematria of Heifer and Og (without the Vav as in 1 King 4:19) has the same gematria of Mashiach:

Heifer פָרָה 285
Og עֹג 73

If Og is spelled backward (the rectification process), and when each letter is multiplied with that of the Heifer, the sum is exactly 5 times of Mashiach which is 1790, as follows:

Heifer   ה ר פ
  A 5 200 80
Og (spelled backward) ע ו ג
  B 70 6 3
A x B = 3 x 358 1790 350 1200 240

The good calf is Joseph, symbolizing Mashiach ben Yosef, as it is written 49:22:

בֵּן פֹּרָת יוֹסֵף The son of the cow is Joseph (hyperliteral translation of Gen 49:22)

The gematria is 888, the gematria of “salvation (Yeshua) of our God”, יְשׁוּעַת אֱלֹהֵינוּ (Psalm 98:3).

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