Shadows of Messiah – Touchdown

Shadows of Messiah - Touchdown
Peyton Manning after setting the single season touchdown pass record.

In the game of Football, there are two goal lines at each end zone defended by two opposing teams.  In the Scriptures there has been two opposing ‘teams’ since the beginning.  The Seed of the woman vs. the seed of the serpent (Genesis 3:15).  This war has existed since the beginning and was won by Messiah on the cross.  Amazingly, the touchdown in the game of football depicts this imagery of victory obtained through Christ on the cross and His resurrection 3 days later.

The end zone is the goal or prize of which an offense seeks.  The goal of which believers are to seek is Messiah.

Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

The word for mark in this verse is σκοπός’ skopos’ which means goal or ‘end one has in view.’  Paul uses this ‘prize’ imagery in sporting events to teach the Gospel.

1Co 9:24  Do you not know that those running in a stadium indeed all run, but one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain.
1Co 9:25  But everyone striving controls himself in all things. Then those truly that they may receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible.

The Greek word translated as ‘prize’ is βραβεῖον ‘brabeion’ which means prize, or goal obtained by a victor.  Victory in Hebrew is ישע ‘yesha’ which is the source of the name Jesus.

1Co_15:57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is Messiah who gives us victory over the sin, death and the devil in the ancient war which began in the Garden.

1Co_15:54  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
1Co_15:55  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
1Co_15:57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Jn_3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Heb_2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

This victory/salvation came forth through the love of God which was manifested in the sacrifice of His Son on the cross.

1Jn_4:9  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

When a touchdown is scored the referee makes the following signal:

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This is the physical picture of the Hebrew word HALLELUYAH!

The word HalleluYah is used 27 times (23 times in the TaNaKH and 4 times in the New Testament) in the Bible corresponding to the 27 bones in the human hand.  This will be spoken of in more detail later.

The literal meaning of praise is to raise up the hands.

HalleluYah comes from the word הלל ‘halel’ which consists of the letter ה ‘heh’ which pictures a man outstretched arms and the letter ל ‘lamed’ which is a picture of a shepherd’s staff.  Again, the imagery of man with arms lifted up is seen.  This word is translated at praise, glory, boast, mad, shine, foolish, rage, and celebrate.  All of these things are seen, in varying degrees, in a football game when a team scores a touchdown.

Here we see that הלל ‘halel’ is speaking of a journey to a destination.  This is pictured in the game of football when an offense drives down the field towards the end zone.

It is interesting to note that in sign language, the way one says ‘hallelujah’ is very similar to this ancient Hebrew concept of lifting the hands in the air.  In sign language the flat hands come together, then circle around and change to X hands and then back again to flat hands raised in the air.

This is the end result:

This is also the formation of the letter ה ‘heh.’  More on the letter ה ‘heh’ later.

The Hebrew word ‘HalleluYah’, which is said to be the only word that is translated the same in every language, comes from the following root:

The pictograph meaning of praise means to look toward the North Star as mentioned above.
The constellation Cepheus (the enthroned king) is located directly above the North star in the night sky.

CEPHEUS. The king. In the Zodiac of Denderah Pe—ku—hor = this one cometh to rule. Cepheus is Greek from the Hebrew zemah = the Branch. Ethiopian name, Hyh = a king. The brightest star is Al Deramin = coming quickly. The next is Al Phirk = the Redeemer. The next, Al Rai’ = who bruises or breaks. (Jeremiah 31:1).  {Companion Bible – E.W. Bullinger}

The Branch, the King who comes, the Redeemer who bruises the head of the serpent are all themes which point to the victory of Messiah (the Seed of the woman) over the seed of the serpent.  For more on this see:

Shadows of Messiah – Winter

What constellations are located beneath Cepheus?  Ursa Major and Ursa Minor which represent the two sheepfolds of the Good Shepherd.  The Overcomers.

Joh 10:14  I am the Good Shepherd, and I know those that are Mine, and I am known by the ones that are Mine.
Joh 10:15  Even as the Father knows Me, I also know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
Joh 10:16  And I have other sheep which are not of this fold. I must also lead those, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock, one Shepherd.
Again, the Hebrew word HalleluYah is from הלל ‘halel’ which is pictographically displayed by a man with two outstretched arms, holding the shepherd’s staff or it could be said the Shepherd with outstretched arms.

As Hallelujah is said to be the only word that man speaks that is the same in every language, it is only appropriate to share that the Shepherd with outstretched arms is what gathers and unifies mankind through the love of the Father.

There are multiple words in Hebrew for love, all linking back to the bosom.  The most common is אהב ‘ahav’ which has the meaning of a gift and the expressions and actions of one towards the family.  The pictograph meaning displays the gift of the Father to mankind of His only begotten Son.  Again linking the bosom, the family and the crucifixion.

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 15:13  Greater love than this has no one, that anyone should lay down his soul for his friends.

From the root:

The Pictograph meaning of Love

The first and last letters spell out the word for Father (אב ‘ab’) and the middle letter (ה ‘heh’) is a picture of a man with outstretched arms.  The Love of the Father is revealed through the Messiah on the tree, gathering all mankind back to their Creator.

The Arm of the LORD raised up

As mentioned before, praise is depicted physically by the raising of the arms.

The Messiah, the Word, is likened to the Arm of the LORD (Isaiah 53:1).  The bones of the human arm and hand are a picture of the Word. The Messiah is specifically described as the ‘Hand’ of God (Psalm 118:14-16; Isaiah 48:13; Acts 5:31 etc.). The human hand consists of 27 bones which correspond to the 27 books of the New Testament. These bones are divided into 3 parts. 5 metacarpal bones of the palm corresponding to the Gospels & Revelation. 14 bones of the fingers corresponding to the epistles of Paul and 8 bones in the wrist corresponding to the epistles of the other Apostles…


The hand is connected to the three bones of the Arm (Isaiah 40:10; 63:5-8; Psalm 44:3; Deuteronomy 33:2 etc.) which correspond to the Torah, Prophets & Writings. The arm connects to the shoulder of which we are yoked to the Most High (Matthew 11:30), walking in one consent (Zephaniah 3:9).

In short, the 27 bones of the hand connect to 3 bones in the arm which equals 30.  30 bones in each arm and hand add up to 60.  This is amazing as the arms connect to the shoulders which consist of the 2 shoulder bones themselves that are connected to 2 clavicles and 2 scapulas which = 6.  60+6= 66…the exact number of books in the Bible!

The Hebrew word for shoulder is שכם ‘shekhem’ which is also linked to the resurrection as the word literally means to rise early and place a load on the shoulders in order to depart.

Gen 22:3  And Abraham started up early { שכם ‘shekhem’} in the morning and saddled his ass, and he took two of his youths with him, and his son Isaac. And he split wood for a burnt offering, and rose up and went to the place which God had said to him.
Rev 22:16  I, Jesus, sent My angel to testify these things to you over the assemblies. I am the Root and Offspring of David, the bright and morning Star.
Rev 3:7  And to the angel of the assembly in Philadelphia, write: These things says the Holy One, the True One, the One having “the key of David,” “the One opening, and no one shuts; and shuts, and no one opens:” Isa. 22:22
Isa 22:22  And the key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder, so that he opens, and no one shuts; and he shuts, and no one opens.
The English word ‘clavicle’ or ‘collarbone’ comes from the Latin word ‘clavicula’ which means a key.  In the days of Messiah, keys were shaped like the modern day letter F.

F is the 6th letter in the English alphabet corresponding to the Hebrew letter ו ‘vav’.  ‘Vav’ is the nail.The Hebrew letter ו ‘vav’ {spelled וו} is the picture of a tent peg, nail or hook (Exodus 26:32, 37; 27:10-11, 27 etc).  Messiah Jesus is likened to a tent peg/nail who holds the key of David (Isaiah 22:22-23; Revelation 3:7).The letter ו ‘vav’  is also used as a conjunction (“and”) in the Hebrew language, connecting one thing to another as a tent peg is used to connect or attach the tent to the ground.  Messiah Jesus is the one who connects mankind together (John 12:32), and most importantly connects mankind to God (1 Timothy 2:5).

It is interesting to note that a touchdown is worth 6 points where the referee ‘says HalleluYah’ and points to the King above.  When the kicker kicks the extra point to bring the total to 7 the referee makes the same signal.  The first time for 6 representing the crucifixion of Messiah.  The second time bringing the total to 7 representing the victorious Lamb of God in whom the 7 Spirits of God dwell (Revelation 5:6; Isaiah 11:1-3).  Here is a picture of the two ‘advents’ of the Messiah.

Heb 9:28  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Isa 22:22  And the key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder, so that he opens, and no one shuts; and he shuts, and no one opens.
Isa 22:23  And I will drive him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a throne of glory to his father’s house.

The muscle that hangs off of the clavicle is the deltoid

The deltoid is called so because it is in the shape of the Greek letter Δ ’delta’ (triangle).  The Greek letter Δ ’delta’ comes from the Hebrew letter ד ‘dalet’ which means a door.

The key (clavicle) to the house of David.  דוד ‘david’ in Hebrew is 2 ‘dalets’ and 1 ‘vav.’  2 ‘deltoids’ and a nail/key.

The English word shoulder comes from the Hebrew word סבל ‘saval’ which means to bear a burden.  This too points to Messiah.

Mat 11:29  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, because I am meek and lowly in heart, “and you will find rest to your souls.” Jer. 6:16
Mat 11:30  For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.
The word for yoke in Matthew 11:29-30 is ζυγός ‘zugos’ which is used to translate multiple words in Hebrew.  One is סבל ‘saval,’ mentioned above.  ζυγός ‘zugos’ is also used to translate שכם ‘shekhem’ which means shoulder.  In Matthew 11:29-30, ζυγός ‘zugos’ is referring to a yoke that a beast of burden carries while plowing a field.  In Hebrew this is the word על ‘al.’  על ‘al’ also means to rise up, such as in the smoke of a burnt offering (Genesis 22:2).

על ‘al’ means to ‘see the staff.’  As seen in a previous study on the lamb, the letter ל ‘lamed’ in Hebrew is speaking of the goad or staff of the Shepherd.  The value of this letter is 30. The word למד ‘lamed’ means to teach or make disciples. ל ‘lamed’ is also the 12th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, linking to the twelve tribes of Israel, His flock.

The Hebrew word יהודה ‘yehudah’ or Jew also has the numerical value of 30.

יהודה ‘yehudah’ comes from the Hebrew root ידה ‘yadah’ which means to raise the hands in confession, giving thanks or praise.  Recall that the arms display the number 66, the number of books in the Bible.  The Word.

It is interesting to note that in Song of Songs 5:6, ‘my beloved’ has a numerical value of 30 as well.  This word in Hebrew is דוד ‘dod’ which means the bosom.  דוד is also the spelling for David, mentioned above.

Isa 40:10  Behold, the Lord Jehovah will come with strength, and His arm {Isaiah 53 – His Arm is the Lamb} rules for Him. Behold, His reward is with Him, and His wage before Him.
Isa 40:11  He shall feed His flock like a shepherd; He shall gather lambs with His arm; and carry them in His bosom; those with young He will lead;

Going back to the word על ‘al’…

The touchdown symbol given by the referee when a football team scores a touchdown is particularly displayed in three Hebrew words {עלץ ‘alats,’ עלס ‘alas,’ עלז ‘alaz’} which are translated rejoice, joy, triumph.

All three words come from the root word על ‘al’ which means to raise the arms (in joy).  על ‘al’ is the yoke/cross lifted up on the shoulder of Messiah in which His outstretched arms brought forth victory.

Gen 22:3  And Abraham started up early {שכם ‘sheckem’ – shoulder} in the morning and saddled his ass, and he took two of his youths with him, and his son Isaac. And he split wood for a burnt offering, and rose up and went to the place which God had said to him.

This is the portion of Scripture which brings forth an incredible prophecy of the Son of God who would Himself the lamb.

Gen 22:8  And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
Scripture declares this promise was fulfilled in Jesus.

Joh 1:29  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Joh 1:30  This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
Joh 1:31  And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
Joh 1:32  And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
Joh 1:33  And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
Joh 1:34  And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
Joh 1:35  Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;
Joh 1:36  And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

The binding of Isaac was a prophetic foreshadow of the crucifixion of Messiah Jesus.

Heb 11:16  But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
Heb 11:17  By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
Heb 11:18  Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
Heb 11:19  Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

Gen 22:14  And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

Jesus declared that Abraham saw His day.  This was a declaration that He was God who would provide Himself a lamb for the sacrifice.

Joh 8:56  Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
Joh 8:57  Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
Joh 8:58  Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Gen 22:14  ויקרא אברהם שׁם־המקום ההוא יהוה יראה אשׁר יאמר היום בהר יהוה יראה׃

Literally, in/on the mountain God will be seen.

Abraham calls the place “Jehovah Jireh” (Jehovah will be seen) יראה ‘yireh’ is in the Kal stem, 3rd person masculine singular future tense. The LORD did indeed show Himself as the Lamb when Jesus hung on the cross providing salvation to mankind.

The word touchdown is a combination of ‘touch’ which comes from the Old French word ‘touchier’ which means to touch, hit or knock and ‘down’ which comes from the Old English word ‘dune’ which means from the hill.

It is here on this mount/hill that the Glory of the Lord was revealed.

Joh 12:35  Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
Joh 12:36  While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.
Joh 12:37  But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:
Joh 12:38  That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?
Joh 12:39  Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,
Joh 12:40  He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
Joh 12:41  These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.

Jesus is the glory of God

Rev 1:15  And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
Rev 21:23  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

Messiah is the Lamb of God (John 1:29, 36; Revelation 5:6; 7:17; 14:10; 15:3; 19:9; 21:23; 22:1,3)

The Lamb and the 7 Spirits of God (Revelation 5:6; Isaiah 11:1-3)

Rev 5:6  And I saw, and behold, in the midst of the throne, and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, was a Lamb standing, as having been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, having been sent out into all the earth.

Isa 11:1  And a Shoot goes out from the stump of Jesse, and a Branch will bear fruit out of his roots.
Isa 11:2  And the Spirit of Jehovah shall rest on Him; He will have the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and power, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Jehovah.
Isa 11:3  And He is made to breathe in the fear of Jehovah. But He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears.

The Glory of the Lord was revealed in the work of Messiah on the cross when He revealed He was “I AM“.

Joh 8:28  Then Jesus said to them, When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I AM; and from Myself I do nothing; but as My Father taught Me, these things I speak.


Joh 19:19  And Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross. And having been written, it was: JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Joh 12:32  And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to Myself (John 8:28 Messiah states this is how they will know He is ‘I AM’).
Joh 12:33  But He said this, signifying by what kind of death He was about to die.
Joh 12:34  The crowd answered Him, We heard out of the Law that The Christ remains to the age. And how do You say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?
Joh 12:35  Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while the Light is with you. Walk while you have the Light, that darkness not overtake you. And the one walking in the darkness does not know where he is going.
Joh 12:36  While you have the Light, believe into the Light, that you may become sons of Light. Jesus spoke these things, and going away He was hidden from them.
Joh 12:37  But though He had done so many miraculous signs before them, they did not believe into Him,
Joh 12:38  so that the Word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he said, “Lord, who has believed our report? And the arm of the Lord, to whom was it revealed?”
Isa. 53:1
Joh 12:39  Because of this they could not believe, because Isaiah said again,
Joh 12:40  “He has blinded their eyes” and “has hardened their heart,” “that they might not see with the eyes” and “understand with the heart,” “and be converted,” “and I should heal them.”
Isa. 6:10
Joh 12:41  Isaiah said these things when he saw His glory, and spoke about Him.
The pictographs of יהוה ‘Yahweh’ speak of Him being revealed through the nails in His Hands

Joh 20:27  Then He said to Thomas, Bring your finger here and see My hands, and bring your hand and thrust into My side, and be not unbelieving, but believing.
Joh 20:28  And Thomas answered and said to Him, My Lord and my God!

The Letter ה ‘heh’

The Hebrew letter ה ‘heh’ {spelled הה} is the picture of a person looking at a great sight causing that person to take a deep breath or exale.  The ‘roar’ of a crowd with raised arms pictures this perfectly.

This word is used in Ezekiel 30:2 translated as ‘woe.’  היה ‘hayah’ which means to exist comes from this root word as our existence is dependent upon our breath.  היה ‘hayah’ is the Hebrew source for “I AM” or “I Exist” (Exodus 3:14).  Messiah Jesus is “I AM” (John 8:24, 28, 56-58; 13:18-19; 18:7-9; Mark 14:61-62).

The Letter ‘heh’ is linked to breath, and therefore to life. The pronunciation of the letter heh is the exhaling of breath. This is where life comes from (Genesis 2:7; 7:22).  This breath comes from Messiah (Psalm 33:6; John 1:2-4; Lamentations 4:20).

The pictograph of the letter ה ‘heh’ is of a man with his arms stretched out.  It was through the cross, where Messiah had is arms stretched out, that He revealed that He is “I AM”.  In Genesis 22:7, God literally told Abraham that He would provide Himself as the lamb for sacrifice.  In John 8:28, Jesus declared that we would see that He is the “I AM” on the cross.

Joh 8:28  Then Jesus said to them, When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I AM; and from Myself I do nothing; but as My Father taught Me, these things I speak.


Hab 3:18  Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

Zep 3:14  Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.
Zep 3:15  The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.
Zep 3:16  In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.
Zep 3:17  The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Psa 28:7  The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

1Sa 2:1  And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.

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