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Why We Should Say Amen {aw-mane}

 April 2006  

Dear Chaciyd (Saints)

Among the sacred name people there seems to be much debate on saying the word Amen {aw-mane}.  According to history, the Egyptians had been worshipping the great sun deity by the name of Amen-Ra for more than one thousand years.  Before he was known as Amen Ra, he was known as Amen among the Thebans.  According to Funk and Wagnall’s Standard College Dictionary, AMEN was the god of life and procreation in Egyptian mythology, and later identified with the Sun-god as the supreme deity and called “Amen-Ra.” Smith’s Bible Dictionary and Egyptian Belief and Modern Thought agree.  Of course we do not want to give any honor to other mighty ones or invoke their names at the end of our prayers because YAHUAH Abiyr (The Strong and Mighty One of Yashar'YAH) and YAHUSHA MashaYAH are the only ones worthy of honor.

          Even though the Egyptian sun- deity was called Amen-Ra, the word Amen {aw-mane}, first originated in the Hebrew and Aramaic.  It comes from the prime root aman (pronounced aw-man), which means to support, confirm, be faithful, to uphold, nourish, to be established, be faithful, make firm, made firm, sure, lasting, verified, reliable, trusty, to trust, to be certain, to believe in.  So, why is it important for us to say amen (pronounced aw-mane)? It is important because it was used by the Hebrew people, and it was used by YAHUSHA MashaYAH and the prophets, priests, and scribes.  All of YAHUAH’s people used and pronounced amen {aw-mane}.  According to Jeff Benner author of Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible, the word amen {aw-mane} means pillar: something that grabs hold or supports something else.  The posing of strength or skill to the next generation.  A larger group of the same kind are stronger than one.  Firm: To stand firm as a support [Hebrew and Aramaic] believe, assurance, faithful, sure, establish, trust, verify, steadfast, continuance, father, bring up, nurse, stand, fail. Craftsman: One who is firm in his talents.  Amen: an affirmation of firmness and support, workman, amen, truly, so be it.  

Now after seeing the rich meaning of amen {aw-mane}, how can we refrain from using it.  Let’s look at some scriptural evidence to support the use of amen {aw-mane} Bemidbar {Numbers} 5:18-22 shows that even a woman caught in adultery said Amen {aw-mane}, Amen {aw-mane} to her cursing.

 Bemidbar {Numbers} 5:18-22

And the priest shall set the woman before YAHUAH, and uncover the woman's head, and put the offering of memorial in her hands, which [is] the jealousy offering: and the priest shall have in his hand the bitter water that causeth the curse: 19 And the priest shall charge her by an oath, and say unto the woman, If no man have lain with thee, and if thou hast not gone aside to uncleanness [with another] instead of thy husband, be thou free from this bitter water that causeth the curse: 20 But if thou hast gone aside [to another] instead of thy husband, and if thou be defiled, and some man have lain with thee beside thine husband: 21Then the priest shall charge the woman with an oath of cursing, and the priest shall say unto the woman, YAHUAH make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when YAHUAH doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell; 22 And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make [thy] belly to swell, and [thy] thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amen {aw-mane}, amen {aw-mane}.

Debarim (Deuteronomy) 27: 15-26

Cursed [be] the man that maketh [any] graven or molten image, an abomination unto YAHUAH, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth [it] in [a] secret [place]. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen {aw-mane}. 16 Cursed [be] he that setteth light by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen {aw-mane}. 17 Cursed [be] he that removeth his neighbour's landmark. And all the people shall say, Amen {aw-mane}. 18 Cursed [be] he that maketh the blind to wander out of the way. And all the people shall say, Amen {aw-mane}. 19 Cursed [be] he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen {aw-mane}. Cursed [be] he that lieth with his father's wife; because he uncovereth his father's skirt. And all the people shall say, Amen {aw-mane}. 21 Cursed [be] he that lieth with any manner of beast. And all the people shall say, Amen {aw-mane}. 22    Cursed [be] he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen {aw-mane}. 23 Cursed [be] he that lieth with his mother in law. And all the people shall say, Amen {aw-mane}. 24 Cursed [be] he that smiteth his neighbour secretly. And all the people shall say, Amen {aw-mane}. 25 Cursed [be] he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen {aw-mane}. 26 Cursed [be] he that confirmeth not [all] the words of this torah(law) to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen {aw-mane}.

I Dibre ha Yahmim ( I Chronicles) 16: 34-36

O give yadah (thanks) unto YAHUAH; for [he is] towb (good); for his chacad (mercy) [endureth] for ever. 35 And say ye, Save us, O Abiyr (The Strong and Mighty One of Yashar'YAH) of our yasha(salvation), and gather us together, and natsal(deliver) us from the heathen, that we may give yadah(thanks) to thy qadash name, [and] shabach(glory) in thy halal(praise).

36 Barak (Blessed) [be] YAHUAH Abiyr (The Strong and Mighty One) of Yashar'YAH for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen {aw-mane}, and Halal YAHUAH (Praise YAHUAH).

Nehemyah (Nehemiah) 5:13

Also I shook my lap, and said, So Abiyr(The Strong and Mighty One of Yashar'YAH) shake out every man from his house, and from his labour, that performeth not this promise, even thus be he shaken out, and emptied. And all the qahal(congregation) said, Amen {aw-mane}, and Halal YAHUAH (Praise YAHUAH). And the people did according to this promise.

Tehillim (Psalms) 106:48

Barak(Blessed) [be] YAHUAH the Abiyr (The Strong and Mighty One) of Yashar'YAH from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen {aw-mane}.  Halal(Praise) ye YAHUAH.

 The malak(messengers) even worshipped using Amen {aw-mane} see Revelations 7:11-12. 

          Even YAHUSHA MashaYAH pronounced the word Amen {aw-mane}.  See Revelations 1:6-17, 18.  YAHUSHA also refers to himself as the Amen {aw-mane}.  Revelations 3:13-14 “He that hath an ear, let him shama(hear) what the Ruah(Spirit) saith unto the assemblies. 14 And unto the malak of the assembly of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the A-men {aw-mane}, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of YAHUAH.”  This Scripture illustrates that YAHUSHA stood as a support to what his Abi (Father), YAHUAH, said.

           Although the name Amen-Ra may be today associated with pagan worship, the word Amen {aw-mane} originated with the people of YAHUAH.  As the people of YAHUAH we should still use Amen {aw-mane}to support, confirm, uphold, to be faithful to, and believe and trust in all that YAHUAH commands and promised.  Amen(Aw-mane) and HalalYahuah

 

In the Yachal(Hope) of YAHUSHA MashaYAH,

Raah Fredrick A. Brown

 

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