A M E N
we still say this AMEN at all? What does it mean exactly?
The Hebrew word אָמֵן 'āmen is a verbal adjective of the root אמן 'mn, whose basic meaning is "to be firm / reliable / secure".
Amen is considered in the Old Testament as an affirmation of a curse, incantation or oath:
Dt.5,22: But if thou, being under thy husband, hast gone astray, and hast made thyself unclean, and a man hath lain with thee, beside thy ⟨own⟩ husband - and ⟨so⟩ the priest shall adjure the woman with an oath of cursing; and the priest shall say unto the woman. Then Yahweh shall make thee to curse and to swear in the midst of thy people, in that the LORD shall make thy waist to shrink and thy belly to swell, and let this curse-bringing water come into thy bowels to make the belly to swell and the waist to shrink! And the woman shall say, Amen, amen!
Is. 65,16: "Therefore, he who blesses himself in the land will bless himself by the God of faithfulness(literally the Amen), and he who swears in the land will swear by the God of faithfulness."
Jesus says that we should not swear: Mt.5,34: "But I say unto you, Swear not at all."
Amen in the Old Testament to confirm covenant provisions:
Dt.27,15: "Then make Yahweh curse you and make you swear in the midst of your people, in that Yahweh shall make your waist shrink and your belly swell, and let this curse-bringing water come into your bowels to make the belly swell and the waist shrink! And the woman shall say, Amen, amen!"
Amen [ˈaːmɛn] or ['aːmeːn] (Hebrew אָמֵןāmén, Ancient Greek ἀμήν amēn, Arabic آمين, āmīn) is an acclamation formula.
Acclamation (from Latin acclamatio 'shout'; from ad 'to' and clamare 'shout') is generally understood to be an approving applause in a meeting. In particular, it is understood as an approval of a preselection by acclamation, applause or a simple show of hands.
In Jewish, Christian and Islamic worship, the congregation's common Amen or Amin is the acclamation as confirmation of what has been said. The liturgy of Christianity also knows other acclamations of the faithful. A frequent acclamation is Dominus vobiscum - et cum spiritu tuo, "The Lord be with you" - "and with your spirit". The question here is, "what Lord to be with them is this about?" We know that the Greek word for Lord is KYRIOS. We know that the Greek word for Lord is translated KYRIOS. Kyrios is a lord, a ruler, a master who exercises power. It is almost always used for the name of God, Yahweh, making it the most common title of God. The corresponding Greek word: "kyriotes". The corresponding Greek word: "kyriotes" means dominion. In the NT, it refers to powers in the angelic and demonic world that stand behind the domains of this world. For us humans, these are unimaginable domains, their hierarchy and their rulers who control our world (Rumpelstiltskin as the helmsman with his archons and cronies).
Acclamation also existed in the dictatorship:
Especially during the National Socialist era, government declarations were often held, after which those present applauded. Hitler and other National Socialists obtained the "consent" of their people through state-influenced "elections" and acclamations.
State socialism in the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc countries did not dispense with the "consent" of the people. Acclamations were common, for example, during elections to the village soviet. Applause was also common after declarations of loyalty to Stalin.
In the scriptural translation of the OT, one also finds the word γένοιτο genoito ("let it be done") instead of Amen. Omain is the pronunciation in Ashkenazi Judaism.
"Amen" is a derivative of the name of the Egyptian god Amun, which is sometimes spelled "Amen". Some followers of Eastern religions believe that "Amen" has common roots with the Hindu Sanskrit word Aum, or that there is a deeper connection through a similar mystical sound effect when chanting intonation.
Amun (also Amon, Amoun, Ammon, Hammon, Amen or more rarely Imenand) is the wind and fertility god of ancient Egyptian religion.
He is also sometimes referred to as Amun-Re. Amun literally means "the hidden one", he is the primeval god and also forms the hidden power together with Amaunat. In the Jewish Kabbalah one always reads of the "hidden God of all that is hidden". What a difference to our GOD and CHRIST, where everything happens publicly and nothing is hidden and secret.
Heb "alam": to be hidden, to be secretive, to be deceitful, to be veiled.
Heb: "olam": from "alam" (to be hidden, to be secret, to be deceitful, to be veiled), eternal, veiled incalculable period of time, past, future; ancient, from time immemorial, to the eternity of eternities. (we know: his (Rumepstiltskin's) kingdom is from eternity to eternity).
Where do we have this "being hidden" in the Bible:
Is.45,3: "I will give you hidden treasures (w. treasures of darkness, of DARKNESS) and hidden stores, that you may know that I am Yahweh-God, the God of Israel."
Mt.6,6: "your father (not our FATHER, not the FATHER of our JESUS) (the father of the Jews: the devil: Jn.8,44), who is in secret" (Greek: "kryptos": hidden, secret, concealed, secret).
1.Cor.4,5: "the LORD (JESUS), Who also will bring to light the hidden things of DARKNESS ("skotos": spiritual darkness as the sphere of power of Satan, his spirits, sin and misery, ruin, unhappiness), and the intentions ("boule": will, deliberations, counsel (cybernetics), also parliament) of the hearts ("kardia": the Bible attributes to the heart: Thoughts, deliberations, planning (cybernetics), will, judgement...) will be revealed."
1 Cor.14:2f: "He who speaks in tongues: no one understands, he speaks mysteries ("mysterion: hidden things; secret, secret cult, secret of lawlessness is the activity of the Antichrist; secret of evil...).
In the Book of Enoch, God is often called: "The hidden one of all hidden ones".
In Enoch chapter 40 we read about the hidden THINGS: The four face angels
"After that I saw thousands of times thousands and ten thousand times ten thousands, an innumerable and incalculable multitude, standing before the Lord of Spirits. I saw and beheld on the four sides of the Lord of Spirits four faces different from those never sleeping. I learned their names; for the angel who went with me told me their names and showed me all the hidden THINGS. I heard the voice of those four face angels singing praises before the Lord of glory. Then I asked the angel of peace who went with me [and] showed me all things hidden, and I said to him, "Who are these four faces that I have seen, whose words I have heard and written down?" Then he said to me, "The first there is Michael, merciful and long-suffering; the second, who is set over all sicknesses and over old wounds of the children of men, is Raphael; the third, who presides over all powers, is Gabriel; and the fourth, who is set over repentance and the hope of those who inherit eternal life, is called Phanuel."
Amun or Amen is thus also the deity of the oracle temple, of Amun in the oasis of Siva, which was visited by Alexander the Great. Amun therefore a god who is also depicted as a ram god, sometimes with 2 horns.
At Karnak, the following daily sacrificial ritual was performed for Amun (Amen) during the New Kingdom:
- Leaving the sanctuary, then breaking the illusory seal and pulling back the latch of the illusory door.
- Setting up the fire basin, then burning incense and fat
- Preparing the grilled meat and the roasting spit
- Stoking the embers with a fan, then extinguishing with beer
- Offering of white bread, pastries, beer, wine and milk
- Purification of the God-offering with first libation and incense
- Second libation and welcome with the Nemset jug
- Incense with frankincense and myrrh
- Presentation of the daily normal menu
- Calling out the sacrifice and arranging the offering table and libation
- Burning the myrrh and invoking the god
- Closing the false door
- Invocation of the god and proclamation of the sacrifice, sprinkling of water on the walls
- Calling the gods, covering the footprint and locking the false door
- libation and incense for Re
- Preparation of the Offering Circulation: Preparing the Altar of the Magi
- Return to the Sanctuary for the Offering Circulation
- libation and incense after diverting the offerings
- Illuminating the sanctuary with a torch, then extinguishing the torch
- Invocation of the offerings and evensong
In the Bible, in the OT, we find all this again: incantations, burning incense, sacrifices, invoking gods, fire, frankincense, myrrh, white bread, pastries, beer, wine and milk - all in connection with this OT Yahweh-God, alias Satan.
We do well - because of all these hidden THINGS - to give up this word Amen as the conclusion of a prayer. Because we don't want to have anything to do with this god Amen or Amun. It will take a while, because this closing word is already engraved in us. It is a decision of will!
One can conclude by saying, "So be it! So be it!" or "Thank you, LORD JESUS!" or "Thank you, my PAPA!"