I have got to share with you something I found recently.

I am always amazed at what is uncovered during my studies of something I have read over hundreds of times in the English translation of the Scriptures. The treasures in Yahuah’s Word are never-ending. There is always more and more and more. This that I am about to share with you is another one of those things.

I was doing a Hebrew word study and I cannot even remember the word I was looking at, but eventually I came across the Hebrew word: terumah. That word reminded me so much of the word teruah (as in Yom Teruah, the Day of Shouting) that it captured my attention for several days. Anyway, ended up that there is a slight connection between the two words but not as I would have thought because terumah uses the aleph for the “a” and teruah uses the “ayin” for the “a” Plus the Hebrew root or parent word is not the same.


The word terumah took me to Exodus chapter 25. If you read Exodus chapter 25 you will find that is the chapter where YaHUaH tells Mosheh and the children of Israel to bring to Him a contribution (terumah) in preparation of building the tabernacle after the pattern of what YaHUaH showed to Mosheh while he was on the mountain with Alyhim (God).

Now I entered a larger study in that I was looking at all the items YaHUaH asked us to bring: gold, silver, brass, blue, purple, scarlet and fine linen, goats, ram’s skin dyed red, badger’s skin, shittim wood, oil, spices, shoham stones, and other precious stones. I was looking at each of them and what their actual Hebrew word was and investigating as to whether or not each of these items had additional meaning beyond the simple, plain, concrete meaning. This is where it became interesting (and I am still studying these and so there may be more coming on this topic)

When looking at the “scarlet” I noticed there was an “untranslated” word from the Hebrew to King James Version. This always makes me sit up and take note, because if something is actually *there* in the original… and someone somewhere along the line thought it was ok or necessary to *not translate* one of the words that was actually there originally… I, for one, want to know what that word is. I want to not miss anything my Father has expressed!

Verse 4 of Exodus 25 reads:

and blue and purple and scarlet [material], and fine linen, and goats’ [hair]

the two words above in brackets and italics are not in the original Hebrew. They are added by translators. Focusing on the scarlet {material}, the Hebrew is actually: towla’ shaniy, ותולעת שני

The towla’ is the following

Strong’s 8438

 towla` {to-law’} and (fem) תולעה towle`ah {to-lay-aw’} or towla`ath {to-lah’-ath}; or tola`ath {to-lah’-ath} from 03216; TWOT – 2516b; n m AV – scarlet 34, worm 8, crimson 1; 43 1) worm, scarlet stuff, crimson 1a) worm – the female ‘coccus ilicis’ 1b) scarlet stuff, crimson, scarlet 1b1) the dye made from the dried body of the female of the worm “coccus ilicis” 2) worm, maggot 2a) worm, grub 2b) the worm “coccus ilicis” ++++ When the female of the scarlet worm species was ready to give birth to her young, she would attach her body to the trunk of a tree, fixing herself so firmly and permanently that she would never leave again. The eggs deposited beneath her body were thus protected until the larvae were hatched and able to enter their own life cycle. As the mother died, the crimson fluid stained her body and the surrounding wood. From the dead bodies of such female scarlet worms, the commercial scarlet dyes of antiquity were extracted. What a picture this gives of Christ, dying on the tree, shedding His precious blood that He might “bring many sons unto glory” (Heb. 2:10)! He died for us, that we might live through Him! Ps. 22:6 describes such a worm and gives us this picture of Christ. (cf. Isa 1:18) (from page 73, “Biblical Basis for Modern Science”, 1985, Baker Book House, by Henry Morris)

So then, I was VERY intrigued and I went on a science/biology hunt for this worm to see if I could find a picture of it online. I found much more! Please read and be amazed!


The Crimson or Scarlet Worm

The Crimson or Scarlet Worm

Psalm 22 (sometimes called the Psalm of the Cross) is a great chapter of the Bible that tells about the suffering and death of Christ 1,000 years before he actually gave his life upon the cross. Verse 1 says, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? …” In the gospels of Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34, Jesus cried out the same words while hanging on the cross. In verse 6 of Psalm 22, Jesus says something odd: “But I am a worm, and no man.” What did he mean by saying “I am a worm”?

Usually in the Bible, the Hebrew word for a worm is “rimmah”, which means a maggot – but the Hebrew word Jesus used here for worm, is TOLA’ATH, which means “Crimson worm” or “Scarlet worm”. Both scarlet and crimson are the colors of blood – deep red.

The Crimson worm [coccus ilicis] is a very special worm that looks more like a grub than a worm. When it is time for the female or mother Crimson worm to have babies (which she does only one time in her life), she finds the trunk of a tree, a wooden fencepost or a stick. She then attaches her body to that wood and makes a hard crimson shell.  She is so strongly and permanently stuck to the wood that the shell can never be removed without tearing her body completely apart and killing her.

The Crimson worm then lays her eggs under her body and the protective shell. When the baby worms (or larvae) hatch, they stay under the shell. Not only does the mother’s body give protection for her babies, but it also provides them with food – the babies feed on the LIVING body of the mother!

After just a few days, when the young worms grow to the point that they are able to take care of themselves, the mother dies. As the mother Crimson worm dies, she oozes a crimson or scarlet red dye which not only stains the wood she is attached to, but also her young children. They are colored scarlet red for the rest of their lives.

After three days, the dead mother Crimson worm’s body loses its crimson color and turns into a white wax which falls to the ground like snow. So what did Jesus mean by saying “I am a worm”? There are a lot of ideas what Jesus might have meant, but nobody really knows for sure. However, it is very interesting that, just like the Crimson worm, Jesus sacrificed or gave up his life on a tree so that his children might be washed with his crimson blood and their sins cleaned white as snow. He died for us, that we might live through him!


“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18

By Lanny and Marilyn Johnson

I pray you are all as “blow away” as I was to learn this about the scarlet thread. I also hope this stimulates you to keep studying His Word. There are never-ending treasures in there that will build up such faith in us that we shall stand no matter what comes.

ANYONE, having dealt with this worm, its life cycle, and its ways that YaHUaH created it to be… would have, should have, and could have known EXACTLY why our Messiah used those very words on the stake and why David wrote them in the Psalm.

And now….. we do too! Praise the most Majestic and Magnificent Name of YaHUaH in Israel and throughout the cosmos! Amein