"No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise." (Isaiah 60:18)
While most of us have probably breezed though this verse in the past without giving it much thought, it’s fascinating that the word we translate in English as 'violence' is in Hebrew 'Hhamas', the very name of Israel's antagonist in the Gaza Strip. In other words, the English Hamas is actually 'Hhamas' in Hebrew, and the text can literally read this way;
"No longer will Hhamas be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise." (Isaiah 60:18)
Now, some will argue that this word 'Hhamas' generally means 'zeal' in Arabic, so we shouldn’t jump to this conclusion. However, God has demonstrated time and again His love for word plays, puns, and poetry while transmitting His word, and the irony of this passage suggests that this may be one of those instances. So while we’re at it, let’s examine the ancient pictographic Hebrew meaning for 'Hhamas' to see if any additional relevant information can be gleaned form this Hebrew word, which as always, reads from right-to-left;
From these letters you can see how the pronunciation unfolds. The ‘chets’ actually requires the speaker to make a harsh ‘Hh’ sound from the back of their throat, followed by a ‘mah’ and then an ‘s’ sound. Altogether, it would roll off the tongue as ‘Hha-mah-s’. And each of these pictographs contained a small family of potential meanings (in a column under each picture) whose combined meanings would form the thoughts that would represent a particular word. So in this case when we combine the individual pictographs into a cohesive unit, some of the potential meanings would be the following;
'Wall of Chaos and Hate'
'Dividing through Chaos and Hate'
'Outside the Blood of Protection'
'Outside of Mighty Protection'
'Dividing through Chaos and Grabbing'
'Dividing through Waves of Hate'
'Wall of Blood and Hate'
'A Wall of Waves and Thorns'
'A Wall of Blood and Thorns'
Is it any wonder why Hhamas means ‘violence’ in Hebrew. Virtually everything suggested by the pictographs suggests violence, separation, and destruction. This is profound when we weigh these meanings against the prophecies contained in the Bible that speak to the complete destruction of the 'Philistines' in the last days, because the Philistines historically occupied what is today the Gaza Strip. And of course, the Gaza is governed by the terrorist group Hhamas, who one day will "no longer be heard" in the land.