The first place the word “red” is used in scripture is in Genesis 2:15 with the creation of “Adam”. Then the Lord God took Adam (the man) and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. “Adam” is the Hebrew word for “man”.
Strong’s H119 “Adam” to show blood (in the face), i.e. flush or turn rosy (red):—be (dyed, made) red (ruddy).
“Blood” and “red” are distinctly tied together. The Hebrew word for blood is “dam” (“Adam” without the “A”). Furthermore, Adam was made from the red earth because the Hebrew word for “earth” is “Adamah” by adding an “ah” to “Adam”.
Strong’s H1818: (compare H119) 1) The literal meaning of blood, or “dam” is blood as that which when shed causes the death of man or animal; 2) By analogy, the juice/blood of the grape 3) figuratively guilty or innocent blood as when Herod had “blood on his hands” for the slaughter of the boys two and under at Jesus’ birth.
The Hebrew word for red blood is the same word for red wine: “dam”. At the last supper Jesus would have been speaking Hebrew when He said: “For this is My blood/wine of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matt. 26:28
When Jesus said “take this cup and drink. It is my blood/wine poured out for you,” it had a double meaning. The cup was a cup of wine which translated also means cup of blood. From this understanding comes the concept of “The grapes of God’s wrath.” The angel was told to ‘“Thrust in his sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.’ So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God…and blood came out of the winepress” Rev. 14:18b-20.
The “vine of the earth” is that which comes out of the earth, sinful man. The juice of the winepress is man’s blood. This is the image of God’s grapes of wrath.
Bringing the entire concept together, Adam (a red man) was created from Adamah (the red earth). All Adams (mankind) have sinned. Jesus came to Adamah (the red earth) to live among sinful Adams (mankind) in order to redeem them. Without the shedding of Dam (red blood), there is no forgiveness or redemption of sins.
Red is the color / story of man’s creation and redemption. Sin is the result of Satan’s influence on the world while Redemption is the result of Jesus’ influence on the world. Red is symbolic of Sin and Redemption. Sin and Redemption is the story of creation, man’s fall into sin, and man’s redemption by the Son of God; however; this redemption is a choice that God offers to man.
JACOB AND ESAU
There is no mistaking the story of Jacob and Esau. Jacob “usurped” Esau. Although Jacob was the second born, he took the birthright from Esau, the first born.
The name “Jacob” means “to usurp or take the place of, to supplant”.
Esau aka Edom was born red. The name Edom is derived from Adam, a red, sinful, fallen man who has lost his birthright, being the firstborn of God. Esau became associated with demons:
Gen 25:34 And Jacob gave Esau bread and (red) stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
Esau settles on Mt. Seir, translated as the place of demons, hairy goats, and/or Satyrs (half human, half goat, satanic).
All men are saved by a Supplanter who takes the place of sinful man. As Jacob replaced Esau, Jesus was a Supplanter who took the place of sinful men (Adam).
Gen 25:25 And the first (Esau) came out red. He was like a hairy garment all over; so they called his name Esau.
Stew: (Hebrew: naziyd)
Red: (Hebrew: Adom)
Esau: Edom (Adom).
Note: Esau, Adam, and Adom are all Hebrew words tied together with the same meaning of “red”.
Red is the color of sinful Esau who traded his eternal, spiritual birthright for the temporary things of this world, a red stew which literally means “red pride”.
Stew in Hebrew is “naziyd”. Its root is züd meaning: to seethe or boil; figuratively, to be insolent:—to be proud, deal proudly, presume, (come) presumptuously.
What does stew have to do with pride? To stew and seethe is the antithesis of faith. Men seethe, fret, worry, fear, get anxious or angry because they don’t place their trust in God.
THE RED SEA MONSTER/DRAGON
In Job 41, Satan (the Sea-Monster) causes the sea (of people) to boil (stew). The Sea monster is called “Leviathan” (Satan) who lives in a sea of people and causes the waves to be tumultuous, chaotic, without rest, constantly churning, in short, “boiling”.
The Leviathan is called the king over the children of pride (stew) Job 41:35. In contrast, King David writes, in the 23rd Psalm “He leads me beside the still (calm) waters (of peace).” King David’s water is void of a sea serpent.
Satan is not only the Leviathan, but he is also a fiery red dragon and called a scarlet beast:
- “And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon…” Rev 12:3, “So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy,” Rev 17:3
Cursing is a synonym for Blasphemy: the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence to a deity, The word “blasphemy” may be used as a substitute for “profanity” or “cursing”. Wikipedia.
- “May those curse it who curse the day, Those who are ready to arouse (excite) Leviathan (Satan)” Job 3:8 (Cursing and blasphemy gets Satan excited and attracts him.)
Jesus will slay the monster who is in the sea of people.
- “In that day (at the Return of the Messiah, Jesus) the Lord with His severe sword, great and strong, will punish Leviathan (the sea-monster) the fleeing serpent, Leviathan that twisted serpent; and He will slay the reptile that is in the sea (of people which Satan causes to brew and boil and seethe). Isaiah 27:1
Note from Isaiah 27:1 Satan is always a reptile: a serpent, a fleeing serpent, Leviathan, a sea monster, a crocodile, a dragon, and Satan’s kingdoms on earth are reptilian beasts.
To see how much influence Satan is having on the world today, watch the news and see how the nations are “seething/raging” in “anxious” waters of unrest.
Waters of Evil:
- Jude 1:13 (the perverted are like) raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
In contrast: the waters of God:
- Psalm 89:9 You rule the raging of the sea; When its waves rise, You still them.
The Gospel: Sin and “Red”emption
DAM (red blood or red wine), we have the wonderful story of God’s plan for man:
1) the creation of the world (red earth: ADAMAH),
2) the fall of man (red ADAM also Abel’s sacrifice of red blood),
3) the influence of Satan, the red dragon, and
4) man’s redemption in Jesus’ red blood: This is my blood (DAM: red blood or red wine)
There will be those who reject the red blood of Christ and trade their redemption, their birthright, for the temporal things of this world like Esau.
The story of Jesus is that he will overcome the RED beast that is in the sea of people with His RED blood and supplant Sin with Mercy and Salvation.
Scarlet is the same Hebrew word as Purple. While Red is symbolic of “sin and redemption”, scarlet (purple) is also red, but it has a symbolic variation meaning “royalty that has debased itself”.
Scarlet is used for Jewish kingly and priesthood royalty in Leviticus.
The Jews were God’s royal, chosen people, rich in every blessing, given a kingly ancestry to rule over the promised land. To the Jews God entrusted His Words, the law, and the prophets. He also gave them circumcision to illustrate the cutting-off of the worldly flesh separating them from other nations. But most importantly, to the Jews came the Messiah; He who will be the King of Kings, High Priest, and man’s Kinsman Redeemer.
Instead, they debased themselves. They turned their own way; worshiping things that were vile; glorying in self pleasure, money, and power. The beautiful virgin daughter, God’s betrothed wife, dressed in the splendor of priceless jewels, perfumes, and scarlet robes of royalty, spent her Lover’s blessings on her illicit lovers (other nations) who shared in her harlotries; she (Israel), mocking her own benefactor.
- For your Maker is your husband, The LORD of hosts is His name; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth. Isa 54:5
- I have seen your adulteries and your lustful neighings, The lewdness of your harlotry, Your abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe to you, O Jerusalem! Will you still not be made clean?” Jer 13:27
- “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the (red) wine of her fornication.” Rev 17:1
The city of Jerusalem, called Egypt for her worldliness, Sodom for her debauchery, and Babylon for her prostitution into idolatry, she was a royal nation who debased herself into prostitution. The scarlet color marks a royal individual or city which has become cheap, misused, demeaned, trashy, and debased.
Read: Ezekiel Chapter Sixteen A Debased Nation.
When the soldiers mocked Jesus at His crucifixion, they stripped Him of His clothes and put a scarlet robe on Him. Jesus, the Son of God, reduced to a man, carried the scarlet sins of men.
This event was alluded to, being prophetic, in the sacrifices of the old testament:
“For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,” Hebrews 9:19.
Scarlet was Jesus’ robe. He is the Wool; the Lamb of God. The use of scarlet wool in blood sacrifices foretold the scarlet robe that would be put upon the Lamb of God by His mockers to cleanse the sins of men.
LAZARUS AND THE RICH MAN
In the “Rich Man and Lazarus”, Jesus describes a Rich man clothed in scarlet, signifying the elated, royal position given to the Jews by God. It becomes evident the Rich man squandered God’s blessings on himself.
The Pharisees were lovers of money and power and loved to parade their position. “Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 5:20
For they (the scribes and Pharisees) bound heavy burdens of the law, to lay on men’s shoulders; but they would not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they did to be seen by men. They loved the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’ Matt 23:4-7.
Is the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus a True Story, a Parable, or Prophetic? What is Jesus trying to say?
Is it a true story? We know of a Lazarus, Mary and Martha’s brother. Is the story about this Lazarus who did indeed die? If the story is true, what does the Rich Man represent and what does Lazarus represent?
Jesus never used a specific man’s name in a parable; but now He is specifying a man by the name of Lazarus.
The Rich Man is a Jew and Lazarus is a Jew, but they have different destinies. The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were significant people in the community and hence were represented by the Rich Man. In contrast, Lazarus was a beggar. Why was one rich and the other a beggar?
If Lazarus, Mary and Martha’s brother, was part of the story, why would he be described as a beggar? Because he represents the Jewish people who were used for profit so that the “leaders” could rob them in the name of God.
Jesus accused them. He overturned the money tables in the temple and called the profiteers “a den of thieves”.
The Jewish people, represented by the Lazarus who laid at the gate of the Rich Man, starved for God’s “WORD”, their Messiah, but the Pharisees starved them of this opportunity because they denied Jesus as the Messiah, and preferred to kill Him.
John, the beloved disciple, begins his gospel by writing “In the beginning was the ‘WORD’” … and “the ‘WORD’ became flesh”. Jesus told the crowds that those who drank His blood and ate His flesh would have eternal life. He gave freely the Word of God to all who would believe. He was the bread of life and the living water. Unlike the Pharisees, He took man’s burdens on Himself.
The New Covenant did away with the system of the corrupt High Priests and leaders of the Jews who profited from the people and left them wandering like lost sheep or starving like Lazarus at the gate of the Rich Man. The new covenant is inclusive of Gentiles and Jews who understand who Jesus is: the Son of God who gave his life to supersede the curse of the law being more excellent than the law, who was buried and who rose Himself from the dead as the first fruit of all men who would follow Him. Jesus is the law of Life that could not be corrupted. He suffered the death of Red Sin. He will come again to rule in the Scarlet Robe of royalty.
Instead of proclaiming the arrival of the Messiah, the Rich Men, the rulers of the Jews sought to kill Lazarus.
Lazarus becomes symbolic of the New Covenant for both the Gentiles and the Jews.
When the Jewish leaders rejected their Messiah (Savior), crying out “We have no king but Caesar!” in blasphemy, they recused themselves of their position in the kingdom of God. Caiaphas, the high priest tore his clothes, saying, “He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy!” Matthew 26:65. When Caiaphas tore his robe he recused himself from his priesthood according to Leviticus: ‘He who is the high priest among his brethren, on whose head the anointing oil was poured and who is consecrated to wear the garments, shall not uncover his head nor tear his clothes; Leviticus 21:10
When Caiaphas tore his clothes, he was no longer high priest in God’s eyes, he was supplanted by Jesus, “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” Hebrews 4:14
When the leaders of the Jews cried out they had no king but Caesar, they committed the blasphemy of which they accused Jesus. The nation was no longer God’s beloved. Into Lazarus, the stock of the Jewish nation, was grafted the Gentiles.
“No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse.” Matthew 9:16 Caiaphas, the old corrupt garment, is replaced. The new patch is the New Covenant, incorruptible and without decay.
Jesus told the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus even before Jesus’ friend, Lazarus, died. It gives great insight about life after death: the two places of the dead before Jesus’ resurrection; “Abraham’s Bosom” and “Torments” with a great chasm between the two. Jesus referred to Abraham’s bosom as “Paradise”. It also tells us that Jesus knew his friend’s future before it happened and was glad He wasn’t present at his death so He could raise him from the dead and that they who saw this event would know and believe that He was the Resurrection and the Life.
The Plot to Kill Lazarus: Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also. John 12:9-10
The leaders of the Jews refused to believe even though Lazarus was raised from the dead. Even worse, they sought to kill Lazarus because he was raised from the dead! Insanity at its height. If he didn’t stay in the grave in the first place, how would killing him again solve their problem?
How insulting to the leaders of the Jews that Lazarus (supplanting the leaders of the Jews) would be resting in Abraham’s bosom while the Rich Man (the Pharisees) were in Torments! Remember these Pharisees claimed to be “Sons of Abraham,” but Jesus told them they were “Sons of the Devil” (the Seed of the Serpent in Genesis 3:15).
They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.” John 8:39 4You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, John 8:44
But there is one more “twist” to the story of the color Red (Sin and Redemption) and Scarlet (The elevated debased). As Jesus is telling the story He wasn’t only referring to Lazarus; He was also speaking of Himself. He who was “from above” is debased to “man” suffering death, being resurrected, and finally elevated as Lord of all. The Redeemed Red are Gentile believers graphed into the stock of Lazarus, the believing Jew.
The Scarlet Robe has passed from the debased Rich Man (Chief Priests, Scribes, and Pharisees) to the elevated Jesus and the Redeemed Red who will be “heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” Romans 8:17
The Color Red is the Story of Man’s Fall, Redemption and Satan’s Destruction.
Red/Scarlet is the story of the Beast, the Dragon, the Rich Man, and the Harlot.
The Red Wine and the Red Blood, The Bread and the Flesh