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The Hebrew word for darkness is composed of the three Hebrew letters. Those letters are Chet, Sheen and Kaf.
The conventional understanding of darkness is universally accepted.
If you ask anyone what darkness is they will tell you that it is both the absence and opposite of light.
One of the very first disclosures in the scripture is that there is something called darkness. The subject of Darkness is revealed in Genesis where we read the following:
Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
The Pictorial meaning of Darkness discloses a mystery that is worth our careful consideration.
Darkness may be more than we just the absence or opposite of light, much more. Let’s discover what the picture and numbers embedded underneath the three letters Chet, Sheen, Kaf reveal.
The first Hebrew letter in the word Darkness is the letter Chet.
Chet is the 8th letter in the Hebrew Aleph-beyt has a meaning that can be understood in two ways. Chet is a Sanctuary or Inner Room. It is an area that is private and separate that is usually designed to Protect. It is a secure quite place.
Chet can also mean to be cut off in a place that is separate and private. A prison cell, for example is a place private and protected.
On the positive side, Chet is pictured as the following:
To Protect – Place of Protection
Grace – Favor – A place of Refuge
A Protected Garden – Quiet Place
Silent and Still Secure
Fence – Inner Room Sanctuary
On the negative side Chet is pictured as the following:
Private – To Separate –
To be cut off – Secure Place
The second letter in the Hebrew word we translate into English as darkness is Sheen.
Sheen is the 21st letter in the Hebrew Aleph-Beyt and is pictured as teeth. It is the picture of being crushed pressed down and destroyed.
To Consume – To Destroy – Sharp – To press
The One Letter that God used to identify Himself
God’s Signature – Letter that stands for God Almighty
The final letter in the Hebrew word we translate into English as darkness is Kaf.
Kaf is the 11th letter in the Hebrew Aleph-Beyt and is pictured as the palm of the hand.
Kaf has a twin meaning.
Kaf is the picture of a hand that either covers or uncovers. It means to open and allow or to close and forbid entrance.
Imagine closing your mouth and not speaking or closing a door so as not to allow entrance of escape.
To Cover – A Covering
To Open – To Allow
To Atone – Atonement
To make an Atonement
Pictorial Translation of Darkness
The Pictorial meaning of Darkness adds a new dimension to the idea that darkness is simply the absence of light or opposite of light.
According to the Ideal Picture meaning, Darkness is something that occupies space and has dimensions.
As a negative picture, Kaf is what covers or forbids entrance into a place from which there is no escape.
The place it covers as we learned from the picture of the letter Sheen is a place that crushes, presses down and destroys those that enter this perilous domain.
Darkness is a place that one should desire never to enter.
We are encouraged to explore all means necessary in order that it might be avoided in order that we might find the one and only way to avoid Darkness.
But can it be avoided?
If it can, then how can it be avoided?
Darkness is an omen of doom, a warning of destruction. Darkness is caution sign that all men should heed.
In the Book of Jude verses 12 & 13 we read the following warning:
Clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
There is no light or hope in darkness.
But God in His great mercy has sent a hopeful message to fallen man in the very numbers of the Hebrew word for Darkness.