The Real Armor Of YaHuWaH
Contrary to the popular depiction in Christian religious tradition, doing battle with the enemies of YaHuWaH is not waged as a Roman soldier with weapons and armor to trade blows with another entity. Most will be surprised to learn the ‘armor’ the Hebrew apostle Sha’ul was referring to in Ephesians 6:14-17 at the top of this article is not inspired by the garb of a Roman soldier, but came from its Hebraic root in the Original Writings as the clothing of a priest described in Exodus 28 as a picture of the Whole Armor of YaHuWaH. Because of the Greco/Roman influence that crept into Christianity centuries after the Resurrection, these words have been taught to picture a Roman soldier’s armor; but when studying these scriptures with the Hebrew perspective they were written from based on the Torah, a totally different picture appears. The word ‘priest’ is translated from the Hebrew kohen, always denoting one who offers sacrifices and first occurs in Genesis 14:18 as applied to Melchizedek. 1 Peter 2:9 and Revelation 1:6 tells us that those who actively embrace the Life of Yahusha by keeping the Words of the Father are now under the Melchizedek Priesthood alongside that of the Elder Brother, continually offering sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving (Hebrews 7:1-10). While the priesthood of the Levite could only be attained through birth, the apostle was hearkening to the shadow expressed in the clothing worn by those priests of what is to be put on by His Set-Apart Priesthood who stand before Him today in Ephesians 6:11-18:
The Clothing of the High Priest
The Belt of Truth can be seen in the Ephod of Exodus 28:5-14 depicting an apron-like garment worn from the waist and covering the loins – Ephesians 6:14a.
The Breastplate of Righteousness is described in Exodus 2815-30 and Isaiah 59:17 – Ephesians 6:14b.
The Feet of Shalom. Priests were always barefoot before the Present Presence, shod only in YaHuWaH’s Shalom because they were walking on set-apart ground (Exodus 3:5, Isaiah 52:7).
The Shield of Trust. Belief, ‘aman, in Hebrew means ‘to trust’ (Deuteronomy 7:9, Psalm 115:10, Proverbs 30:5) – Ephesians 6:16.
The Helmet of Deliverance (in Hebrew, deliverance and salvation mean the same) is found in Exodus 28:36-39, and is made of white fine linen, generally signifying righteous deeds (Revelation 19:8). This Turban carried an engraved plate attached to it that said “Set-Apart Unto YaHuWaH”. Here, the emphasis is on the covering of thought processes, ‘taking every thought captive unto the obedience of the Messiah’ (2 Corinthians 10:5) – Ephesians 6:17a.
The Sword of the Spirit is the Torah. (Exodus 20:1, Isaiah 55:11, John 17:17). Priests carried no weapons of war, so the Word of YaHuWaH (as with all of these descriptions about armor) is used defensively, to protect what is within – not offensively against someone or something externally (Hebrews 4:12) – Ephesians 6:17b.
The Sacrifice of Prayer is found in Exodus 30:7-8. The burning of incense signifies the supplications continually offered up to YaHuWaH by His Priests (Psalm 141:2, Revelation 5:8, 1 Peter 2:5) – Ephesians 6:18
Ephesians 6:11 is declaring to those who would be priests alongside Yahusha to ‘…put on the whole armor of YaHuWaH’ and in Ephesians 6:13, ‘Wherefore take up the whole armor of YaHuWaH…’ In other words, wearing the breastplate of righteousness is always in accord with the Nature of YaHuWaH’s righteousness which is selfLESSness (Romans 14:7)). ‘I put on righteousness, and it clothed me’ (Job 29:14, Isaiah 11:5). And having stood, continue to stand resisting the fiery darts of the enemy – the passions of the flesh. The Armor of the Priesthood is designed by YaHuWaH to protect His Priests from those forces of the flesh which would cause them to become an ‘accuser of the brethren’ – the definition of the Hebrew word, satan.