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Eikev – The Secret of the Seven Species

Ten nations were promised to Abraham (Gen 15:19-21), but only seven nations were conquered (Due 7:1).

The seven nations correspond to the seven lower emotional Sefirot that must be conquered now, and the three nations correspond to the three intellectual Sefirot that will be conquered in the Messianic Age.

Seven species were revealed in this week’s Parashah, it follows that there are yet three species that will be ultimately revealed in the Messianic Age.


Seven Nations

The Hebrew names and gematria of the seven nations are as follows:

The Hittite, and the Girgashite, and the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite (Due 7:1) הַחִתִּי וְהַגִּרְגָּשִׁי וְהָאֱמֹרִי וְהַכְּנַעֲנִי וְהַפְּרִזִּי, וְהַחִוִּי וְהַיְבוּסִי 1865


1865 is exactly the gematria of the Seven Sefirot missing Netzach, Hod and Yesod, as follows:

Kindness – Chesed חֶסֶד 72
Might – Gevurah גְּבוּרָה 216
Beauty – Tiferet תִּפְאֶרֶת 1081
Kingdom – Malchut מַלְכוּת 496


Why are Netzach, Hod, and Yesod missing?

Victory – Netzach נֵצַח 148
Praise – Hod הוֹד 15
Foundation – Yesod יְסוֹד 80


According to Kabbalah, anatomically speaking, Netzach and Hod corresponds to the right and left male testicles in which the seed develops, and Yesod corresponds to the male organ that emits the seed.

It may be surmised that the triad of Netzach, Hod and Yesod are associated with the power of procreation, whereas the land of Israel is the symbolism of the womb.

Of the entire first generation in the wilderness, only Joshua and Caleb were permitted to enter the land, i.e. with the power to impregnate the land in bringing forth fruits. Their names in gematria are exactly the sum of the triad unified with Malchut, the bride, as follows:

Joshua son of Joseph יְהוֹשֻׁעַ בֵּן יוֹסֵף 599 Netzach – Victory נֵצַח 148
Caleb son of Judah וְכָלֵב בֶן-יְהוּדָה 140 Hod – Praise הוֹד 15
  Yesod – Foundation יְסוֹד 80
  Malchut – Kingdom מַלְכוּת 496
  739 739


The fact the seven conquered nations are deficient with the triad of Netzach, Hod, and Yesod may have suggested that the first entry to the Land of Israel was premature in bringing forth Mashiach, who symbolizes the quintessential Yesod (Bridegroom).


The Three Nations

The names of the three nations (Gen 15:19) and their gematria are as follows:

Kenite קֵּינִי 170
Kenizzite קְּנִזִּי 167
Kadmonite קַּדְמֹנִי 204


Astonishingly, 541 is exactly the same gematria of Israel יִשְׂרָאֵל, this comes to teach us that these three nations symbolize the “equal” of Israel from the other side, and the only way Israel can prevail is when Israel has rectified herself.

541 is also the gematria of the intellectual triad missing wisdom, as follows:

Binah – Understanding בִּינָה 67
Da’at – Knowledge דַּעַת 474


This comes to teach us that the missing “wisdom” is the key to conquering the three nations.


The Four Missing Sefirot

As noted above, the missing one Sefirah from the intellectual Sefirot is Wisdom, and the missing three Sefirot from the emotional attributes are Victory, Praise, and Foundation, as follows:

Intellectual Wisdom חָכְמָה 73
Emotional Victory נֵצַח 148
Praise הוֹד 15
Foundation יְסוֹד 80


Astonishingly, 316 is the gematria of Yeshu יֵשׁוּ, missing the final letter Ayin ע, as discussed elsewhere at length. This is the name of the Mashiach revealed to the Nations, but concealed from Israel.

316 is exactly the gematria of “Nations to your Light” גֹויִם לְאֹורֵךְ, from Isaiah 60:3.

By missing the Sefirah of Chachmah (Wisdom), the deeper secret of Mashiach in Torah was concealed from Israel, and by not having Netzach (Victory), Hod (Praise) and Yesod (Foundation), the union between Yesod (Bridegroom) and Malchut (Bride) is delayed.


The Seven Species

The Children of Israel was commanded to destroy the seven nations in order to possess the land, which is blessed with seven species, corresponding to the seven emotional Sefirot, as follows:

1 Kindness חֶסֶד 72 Wheat חִטָּה 22
2 Might גְּבוּרָה 216 And Barley וּשְׂעֹרָה 581
3 Beauty תִּפְאֶרֶת 1081 And Vine וְגֶפֶן 139
4 Victory נֵצַח 148 And Fig וּתְאֵנָה 462
5 Praise הוֹד 15 And Pomegranates וְרִמּוֹן 302
6 Foundation יְסוֹד 80 Olive oil זֵית שֶׁמֶן 807
7 Kingdom מַלְכוּת 496 And Honey וּדְבָשׁ 312
  2108 2625


Adding 1 as kollel for each one of the species: (2625 + 7) / 7 = 376

376 is the gematria of Shalom שָׁלוֹם, i.e. peace. The fact a kollel is required comes to teach us that there is nevertheless a deficiency in the seven species which must be rectified before complete “peace” can be attained.

The difference in gematria between the seven species and the seven nations is:

2625 – 1865 = 760

730 is exactly the gematria of the three higher intellectual Sefirot, as follows:

1 Crown כֶּתֶר 620
2 Wisdom חָכְמָה 73
3 Understanding בִּינָה 67


This comes to teach us that “consuming” the seven species by the Children of Israel is the same concept of “consuming” the seven nations, in order to prepare Israel for the ultimate revelation of Mashiach.

“I will eat” אֹכַל in Hebrew can be understood as “I will be complete”, eating is the process of incorporating food into the body.

“War” in Hebrew is מִלְחָמָה which is the same root as “bread” לֶּחֶם. At the mystical level, the ultimate purpose of fighting a war is to integrate the enemies as part of one’s self, this is the same concept of eating bread which is to integrate the nutrients of the bread as part of one’s self.

Hence the seven species are mentioned immediately after the seven nations.


The Three Hidden Species

It is now clear that the three concealed species are to complement the seven species in completing the ten Sefirot, as discussed above, in attaining complete “peace” in the land.

If they are concealed, it means they are forbidden, the obvious forbidden species are the two primordial Trees in the Garden, known as Tree of Life, and Tree of Knowledge. Since the Tree of Knowledge has a duality of good and evil, the two Trees are actually three, i.e. the secret of the hidden three species.

Similarly, the three intellectual Sefirot are actually four, because the higher knowledge is called Keter (Crown), and the lower knowledge is called Da’at (Knowledge).

The parallel is as follows:

Crown כֶּתֶר 620 Tree of life עֵץ הַחַיִּים 233
Wisdom חָכְמָה 73 Good טוֹב 17
Understanding בִּינָה 67 And evil וָרָע 276
Knowledge דָעַת 474 And Tree of Knowledge עֵץ הַדַּעַת 639
  1234 1165


In the same way that Crown “dances” with Knowledge in Sefirah, so does the Tree of Life “dances” with the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden, as both trees are in the midst of the garden (Gen 2:9, 3:3).

Wisdom is the source of all knowledge, Understanding is “the necessary evil” that takes the source (generality) and breaks it down into details (particularity). An analogy would be Torah, which is wisdom in its condensed form. Torah must be studied and interpreted through the faculty of understanding for practical application, which process represents “the necessary evil”.

Similarly, delicious food, no manner how beautiful they are to the eyes, must be ground through the teeth in order to be digested, which process also represents the “necessary evil”.

The sum of the four intellectual Sefirot and the four levels of tree in gematria is:

1234 + 1165 = 2399

Astonishingly, 2399 is exactly the 358th prime number (when 1 is counted as the first prime), and 358 is the gematria of Mashiach מָּשִׁיחַ.

As it is written:

עֵץ-חַיִּים הִיא, לַמַּחֲזִיקִים בָּהּ;וְתֹמְכֶיהָ מְאֻשָּׁר She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her, and happy is every one that holdest her fast. (Pro 3:18)


At the simple level, this verse is about Wisdom and Understanding, rabbinically, the Tree of Life is understood as Torah.

The Happy one is Israel, for the gematria of Me’ushar מְאֻשָּׁר is 541, the same as Israel יִשְׂרָאֵל.

At the deeper level, Mashiach is the living Torah of God, and happy is the one that holds fast to Mashiach, for the gematria of these two words וְתֹמְכֶיהָ מְאֻשָּׁר (happy is everyone that hold her fast) is 1022, which is exactly the name of Yeshua revealed progressively as follows:

Yeshua יֵשׁוּעַ  
Revealed progressively י יש ישו ישוע 1022


Adam and Eve misinterpreted the Word of God and took the Tree of Knowledge instead, this is the corruption of the Sefirah of Understanding for self-gratification, hence it is called “evil”, as noted above. As a result, they were stripped of their garment of “light”, and left with the garment of “skin” to this very day.

The difference in gematria between the four intellectual Sefirot and the four levels of Trees is:

1234 – 1165 = 69

69 is exactly the difference in gematria between Light and Skin, for Adam lost his light of glory and was left with the skin of shame:

Light אוֹר (207)
Skin עוֹר 276


Astonishingly, 276 is also the gematria of “And evil” וָרָע, the word that was stripped from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil corresponding to the Sefirah of Binah (Understanding), as noted above. This is the current state of man which must be redeemed in order to be able to eat from the Tree of Life, which is Mashiach.


The Ten Species

At the Messianic Age the higher three species will be revealed and unified with the lower seven species, their gematria is 3760, which is exactly 10 times the gematria of Shalom שָׁלוֹם, i.e. peace, fittingly.

Tree of Life, Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil עֵץ הַחַיִּים עֵץ הַדַּעַת טוֹב וָרָע 1165
Wheat, barley, vine, fig, pomegranates, olive oil, honey חִטָּה שְׂעֹרָה גֶפֶן תְאֵנָה רִמּוֹן זֵית שֶׁמֶן דְבָשׁ 2595


This means the average number is 3760 / 10 = 376, representing the final rectification of the seven species, as noted above.

The Tree of Life is the Crown, which is Mashiach as the Head of the Body, as it were.

The Good Knowledge is Wisdom, and the Evil Knowledge is Understanding, once the Sefirah of Understanding is rectified, it will then become obvious that even the Evil was actually Good in disguise, for “Evil in Good” רַע בְּטוֹב in gematria is 289, which is 17 squared, and 17 is the gematria of Good טוֹב. The entire human suffering in general in the final analysis is Good and its purpose is to bring out the Good from the Evil.

Once the Sefirah of Understanding is rectified, the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge is elevated to the fruit of the Tree of Life, hence there will be no longer any Tree of Knowledge in future, for the lower Knowledge is finally unified with the higher Knowledge which is the Tree of Life.

3760 also represents the 3760th year from Adam which is the year when Yeshua was born. Since the seven lower species were immature at the time, Mashiach was thereafter concealed from Israel but revealed to the Nations. Unfortunately, the teachings of Mashiach were corrupted by the Nations to certain extent due to lack of proper Torah training.

It follows that the lower seven species represents the seven stages of Torah study in order to reveal Mashiach to Israel.


Wheat, Barley and Vine

Wheat makes soft bread and represents the simple, plain meaning of Torah, this is Chesed (kindness).

Barley makes hard bread and represents the difficult meaning of Torah, this is Gevurah (might).

The gematria:

Wheat חִטָּה 22
Chesed (kindness) חֶסֶד 72
Barley שְׂעֹרָה 575
Gevurah (might) גְּבוּרָה 216


885 is exactly the gematria of the following verse in this week’s Parashah:

כִּי לֹא עַל-הַלֶּחֶם לְבַדּוֹ יִחְיֶה הָאָדָם-כִּי עַל-כָּל-מוֹצָא פִי-יְהוָה, יִחְיֶה הָאָדָם that man doth not live by bread only, but by every thing that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. (Deu 8:3)


Vine represents the secret of Torah, which reconciles the simple meaning with the difficult meaning of Torah. This is the “dark sayings” חִידוֹת (Psalm 78:2) which in gematria is 428, which is the same gematria of “secret of Mashiach” סּוֹד מָּשִׁיחַ.

Secret סּוֹד in gematria is 70, which is the same as wine יַיִן, which is made of vine. The secret of Torah is called the Wine of Galilee, and Galilee is where Yeshua turned water into wine (John 2:11), i.e. revealing the secret of Torah (wine) from the simple meaning of Torah (water).

Wine of Galilee יַיִן לַגָּלִיל in gematria is 173, which is exactly the same gematria of “open my eyes” גַּל-עֵינַי, as it is written:

גַּל-עֵינַי וְאַבִּיטָה– נִפְלָאוֹת,מִתּוֹרָתֶךָ Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your Torah (Psalm 119:18)


The gematria of this verse is 1839 = 3 x 613, and 613 represents the 613 commandments of Torah, and 3 times 613 corresponds to the reconciliation of the simple meaning (1) with the hard meaning (2) of Torah to reveal the secret (3) of Torah, or the reconciliation of Chesed (kindness) and Gevurah (harshness) in Tiferet (beauty).

This triad represents the stage of Torah study which leads to action, as will be discussed in the next triad.


Fig, Pomegranate and Olive Oil

Fig and pomegranate correspond to Netzach and Hod, which parallels the right and left testicles, but also the right and left legs, according to Kabbalah.

Similar to testicles, fig and pomegranate are full of seeds, symbolizing the many mitzvot (commandments) of Torah.

Man walk by balancing the right leg with the left leg, “walk” הָלַךְ is the same root as “Halacha” הָלָכָה meaning how to walk, i.e. the details of Torah as symbolized by the many seeds.

There are more negative commandments (364) than positive commandments (248), so does the pomegranate has more seeds than fig.

The seed of fig can be consumed but the seed of pomegranate is typically spit out, paralleling the positive and the negative commandments.

Astonishingly, the gematria of fig and pomegranate is exactly the same gematria of Torah and Mitzvah, as follows:

Fig תְאֵנָה 456 Torah תּוֹרָה 611
Pomegranate רִמּוֹן 296 Mitzvah (commandment) מִּצְוָה 141
  752 752


Olive Oil corresponds to Yesod, which parallels the male organ. Oil in Hebrew is Shmen שֶׁמֶן, which is cognate with English word “semen” that receives the seed from the two testicles, as noted above, in order to give to Malchut below.

Torah study must result in teaching others which are considered “off-springs”, and the olive oil which is used to light the menorah symbolizes teachings of Torah to the nations as the light to the nations (Isaiah 42:6).

Good deeds is “light of the world” אוֹר הָעוֹלָם, which in gematria is 358, the same gematria of Mashiach מָּשִׁיחַ, who symbolizes the quintessential Yesod, the Righteous, as it were.

The “Light of YHVH” אוֹר יְהוָה is lit by the Oil שֶׁמֶן, and the gematria of both is 623, which is the same as Holy Spirit רוּחַ הַקֹּדֶשׁ, which is the secret of the Olive Oil.

It is only through the Holy Spirit that the secret of Torah can be revealed. The gematria of secret סּוֹד is 70, and 7 x 70 would represent the secret of the secrets, as symbolized by the Vine, the sum in gematria is exactly 623, the gematria of the Holy Spirit:

Secret (סּוֹד) of secrets 70 x 7 490
Vine גֶפֶן 133

If wine (vine) represents secret, then oil represents the pleasure of the Holy Spirit in revealing the secrets.


Honey and Bride

Honey corresponds to Malchut, who receives all that is above, i.e. Torah and commandments, as led by the Holy Spirit to walk the path of peace, as it is written:

מַה-מָּתוֹק מִדְּבַשׁ What is sweeter than honey? (Judge 14:18)


The gematria of this verse is 937, which is exactly the gematria of the “peace” to the nations in the Messianic Age in the following verse:

שָׁלוֹם לַגּוֹיִם; וּמָשְׁלוֹ מִיָּם …peace unto the nations; and his dominion shall be from sea…(Zechariah 9:10)


Astonishingly, the initials of these four words spell in their right order the first word Shalom שָׁלוֹם, i.e. peace, as noted above for the ten Sefirot in the secret of the ten species.

The mirror image of 937 is 739, which is exactly the gematria of the unification of Netzach, Hod, Yesod with Malchut, i.e. Bridegroom and Bride, as discussed above:

Netzach – Victory נֵצַח 148
Hod – Praise הוֹד 15
Yesod – Foundation יְסוֹד 80
Malchut – Kingdom מַלְכוּת 496


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