To reveal the ideal meaning of the Hebrew word Olam. Whenever Old Testament Authors use the word Olam or its derivatives
they are doing two things. First, they are attempting to bring to remembrance what I would call Biblical Archetypes. Secondly,
they are attempting to tell God's people that they have been, will be or are presently yoked together with the Archetypes.
Definition of Olam: To Yoke, To Bind, To Tie
Together, To Join, To Fasten, To Unite, To Weave, To be Ordered: Yoking, Binding, Tieing, Joining, Fastening, Uniting,
Weaving, Ordering; Yoked, Bound, Tied, Joined, Fastened, United, Weaved or Orderly.
of Archetype: the original pattern, or model, from which all other things of the same kind are made; prototype
Quick Ancient Hebrew Language lesson before proceeding.
You will have
to yoke or unite yourself to the Hebrew Language and Culture to gain proper Biblical understanding. The Ancient Hebrew Language
and Culture in which the old testament was written is very different from the English Language and Western Romo-Greco
Culture. It is not possible to understand or learn about the Hebrew language and Culture by viewing the world from a Greek
perspective. You cannot learn Hebrew by studying Greek. Most information that you will find about the bible today is from
a Greek perspective. Lastly, Please don't think that you can apply english or greek grammatical rules to Hebrew.
Hebrews viewed the world concretely and thru all five senses. Therefore Hebrew words relate to a concrete idea,
a substance of Action. The Western language and culture views the world abstractly and with non-concrete words that are not
related to the five senses: Hearing, Sight, Touch, Smell and Taste. In Ancient Hebrew there is no distinction between
nouns and verbs. All words are related to Action. Hebrew words describe actions that one would see if you were to live as
a nomad or Bedouin in the desert or wilderness. Ancient Hebrew describes objects in relation to their function or
Owlam/Olam/Olawm Occurrences: This author uses a quick search
on Strong# 5769 in e-sword.net to see occurrences and context. 438 occurrences found in Old Testament. All verses are on page 3 of the website that
contain the word Owlam/Olam/Olawm.
Note: Strong#'s are numbers assigned by James
Strong in his comprehensive research of the Hebrew language. It is an exhaustive cross-reference of every word in the King
James Version back to the word in the orginal Hebrew text. I will be citing some of his work and demonstrating how he missed
the mark with his definitions with respect to Olam. My comments are in red.
Strong#5769‛ôlâm ‛ôlâmo-lawm',o-lawm'From H5956;
properly concealed, that is, the vanishing point; generally time outofmind
(past or future), that is, (practically) eternity; frequentative adverbially (especially with prepositional prefix)
always: - always (-s), ancient (time), any more, continuance, eternal, (for, [n-]) ever (-lasting, -more, of old),
lasting, long (time), (of) old (time), perpetual, at any time, (beginning of the) world (+ without end).
only word that is useful in the above attempt to define Olam is the word Concealed. A Hebrew man or woman in order to conceal
themselves would tie or attach a cloth around their head. We commonly call this a veil today. The man or woman would then
be joined or yoked with the cloth veil. Olam is the yoking, binding, tieing uniting, fastening, joining and weaving.
primitive root; to veil from sight, that is, conceal (literally or figuratively):
- X any ways, blind, dissembler, hide (self), secret (thing). If you will notice #5769
is said to be from #5956. Notice the words blind, conceal and veil. If someone’s eyes or eye-lids are bound or
tied together then they are blind. If a person is tongue tied then they are dumb or cannot speak. As I stated above veiling
is the action of tieing or attaching a cloth around the head which would conceal or be concealing. Note that there is nothing
related to time here. Also, #5956 is first used in the Bible in Leviticus 4:13, but #5769 is used 12 times in Genesis and
17 times in Exodus before #5956 is ever used.
to H5769; remote time, that is, the future or past indefinitely; often adverbially forever: - for([n-]) ever (lasting), old. Strong states that #5769
is from #5956 but it appears that #5957 influences his definition more than #5956. Note that #5957 and #5769 according to
Strong empasize a time based definition. A time based definition for olam is not ideal.
Strong#481'âlamaw-lam'A primitive root; to tie fast; hence (of the mouth) to be tonguetied: - bind, be dumb, put to silence. I added this strong# because
I felt that an argument could be made that #5769 could just as well be from this strong#. In fact there is no doubt that #5769
and #481 are related.Strong#197'ûlâm 'ûlâmoo-lawm',From
Strong#481 (in the sense of tying); a vestibule (as bound to the building): - porch. I added
this strong# so you could again see that Olam must be yoking, binding, tieing and joining. A porch is something that is attached
or fastened to another structure. It is yoked, joined, united, fastened or tied to the main structure.
There have been many published attempts by many different people to define the word Olam. There
is no lack of words currently in use today. Examples include: Forever, Everlasting, Forevermore, Perpetual, Eternal, Eternity,
Age, Eonian and Eon. Note: All these examples incorrectly emphasize either endless time or time of limited duration.
A time based definition is not ideal.
Forever and Everlasting are the most
common English words used in most bibles today in an attempt to define the meaning of the Hebrew olam. As previously
stated, these words incorrectly emphasize a time based definition which makes no common sense if you genuinely look at some
of the old testament scriptures.
In Jeremiah 17:4 (KJV) "And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage
that I gave the: and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which thou knowest not: for you have kindled a fire
in mine anger, which shall burn forever." Anyone that has done a study of the bible
knows that the Lord's anger could not last forever nor would it need to. The Lord is certainly not angry today with the believers
and with respect to the non-believers once they persish or are gone there would be no need to still be angry. Therefore the
Lord will not be angry forever!
In Exodus 19:9 (KJV)
“And the Lord said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee,
and believe thee forever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the Lord” In Exodus
32 and 33 you can read about where the people broke 2 if not 3 commandments by making a calf and worshiping a calf. The people
did not believe Moses or God forever which the above verse states. The word forever just makes no sense and is
the wrong English word.
In Exodus 21:6 (KJV) "Then his master shall bring him unto the judges, he shall also
bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him
forever. and Levitucus 25:46 (KJV) "And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit
them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen forever.' Its hard to believe that slavery will
last forever! But if you believe everlasting is the correct word then you are a believer in slavery forever for certain
In 1Ch 15:2 (KJV) "Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites for
them hath the Lord chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him forever." On the earth
today you do not see the ark or the levitical priesthood. So, I can't see how one can argue these things are everlasting
or last forever when we can't see them today on earth! I believe the words forever and everlasting are the wrong English
words to describe the hebrew olam.
In Jonah 2:6 (KJV)"I went down to the bottoms of the
mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God."
Jonah was in the whales belly for 3 days and 3 nights, not forever.
In Gen 17:13 " He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money,
must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. And in Genesis 17:14 "And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his
foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant." The
covenant of circumcision was said to be an everlasting covenant for the house and seed of Abraham, but in the New Testament
we find in Galatians that circumcision of the flesh is not necessary any longer so how can it be everlasting? In Galatians
5:6 "For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which
worketh by love. And in Galatians 6:15 we read "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any
thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature."
that has read the bible convince me that the earth will last forever? Will the sabbath be everlasting? Will the rainbow be in the sky forever? Will the Old covenant last
forever or be everlasting? Will the sun and moon shine forever?