AHARIT: refers to THE LATTER END, the latter days, The basic meaning is after, later, behind, following, end result.
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From H310; the last or end, hence the future; also posterity:—(last, latter end (time), hinder (utter) -most, length, posterity, remnant, residue, reward.
Comes from this word:
From H309; properly the hind part; generally used as an adverb or conjugation, after (in various senses):—after (that, -ward), again, at, away from, back (from, -side), behind, beside, by, follow (after, -ing), forasmuch, from, hereafter, hinder end, + out (over) live, + persecute, posterity, pursuing, remnant, seeing, since, thence [-forth], when, with.
Definition: The Hebrew word for “future” is aharit, which can be defined as “that which goes behind and before me.” It is like rowing a boat—although you are looking at where you have come from, you are moving to where you are going. It is also the meaning of the word “end” in the Bible, not the ‘end’ like the ‘end of time’, but the end result of today’s actions will be the “Aharit”. It is closely related to “Sowing and Reaping”.
Try to allow the Lord to expand upon this very strategic word study to deepen the significance for you. So many times in our “Western mindset”, we think that we understand something because we can define it with one word. An example would be when I ask you what the word ‘head’ means, you may say, “Oh, my head is the part on top of my body that is attached to my neck” Yes, you are right, but is that it? When I just turned to the dictionary to the word “head”, there was half of page of definitions.
How about someone saying to you that they have ten “head of cattle” What does this mean? If our only understanding is the one meaning above, our minds would immediately see that this man had ten heads of cattle. Now you may ask yourself, why does he only have ten heads of cattle, where does he keep them, and what purpose would ten heads of cattle be to anyone. Does he have them mounted on his wall? Can you see my point? What if you were in Ireland and someone says to you, “I’ll be right back, I am going to the head” What would you think? Your mind may start racing trying to understand an incredible number of explanations for his statement, when in essence, he is telling you that he is going to the “bathroom”. How about a drummer telling you that he is going to check his heads? Does he have more than one head? What can this mean? Now we see that he means his drum heads, which are the drum skins on each of his drums. One more; you are in Africa and the conga player tells you he has to buy a new head. (For his conga drum, of course) Can you see that words have so much information hidden in them, and when we mine it out, there is treasure to be found? The same is true for this word today, don’t stop at equating “Aharit” to mean “Future” and be done with it. I was always taught that it was not correct to define a word with another word. So it is not OK to define a word with a synonym. It was important to apply the word in a sentence and use a few words (as best you can) to describe the meaning of the particular word. So let this word study percolate in your heart as you try and unravel the deep meaning from the Scriptures. Here we go….
So…we start this message with a browse through the passages that refer to “Sowing and Reaping.” Let’s start with Galatians, chapter 6:
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Gal. 6:6-9
Turn to Hosea 10 and let’s see what it says about sowing and reaping:
“Sow with a view to righteousness,
Reap in accordance with kindness;
Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the LORD
Until He comes to rain righteousness on you.” Hosea 10:12
In Deuteronomy, we again see a finer instruction on sowing. Here I believe the emphasis is on making sure to choose to sow only pure seed and to be very careful with the ‘mixture’ in our lives. God is very specific here about mixing different kinds of seeds, mixing different materials together and even to make sure that you do not mix the animals that do the work for you.
“You shall not sow your vineyard with two kinds of seed, or all the produce of the seed which you have sown and the increase of the vineyard will become defiled.
“You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.
“You shall not wear a material mixed of wool and linen together.” Deut. 22:9-11
In Job, we see a promise that sowing iniquity and trouble will reap a horrific harvest, no matter what:
“According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity
And those who sow trouble harvest it.
“By the breath of God they perish,
And by the blast of His anger they come to an end.” Job 4:8-
This is a stern warning for those who feel that a “loosey-goosey” lifestyle is alright in the eyes of God. We need to stir up the healthy fear of God in each of us, to open our eyes to our own blindness in these things.
In Isaiah, God is showing that when we take the time to sow good seed (in this case) we will get God’s rain upon it, and a good harvest and satisfaction will be the result of the sowing.
“Then He will give you rain for the seed which you will sow in the ground, and bread from the yield of the ground, and it will be rich and plenteous; on that day your livestock will graze in a roomy pasture.” Isaiah 30:23
Further in Hosea, there is a warning about sowing and reaping. This is serious stuff, don’t you agree?
“For they sow the wind
And they reap the whirlwind.
The standing grain has no heads;
It yields no grain.
Should it yield, strangers would swallow it up.” Hosea 8:7
As we move on to our study of the word “Aharit”, we see in this verse from Proverbs, in verse 18, that God is promising a very pleasant “Aharit” for those who walk in His ways. This is good!
“Do not let your heart envy sinners,
But live in the fear of the LORD always.
18 Surely there is a future,
And your hope will not be cut off.
19 Listen, my son, and be wise,
And direct your heart in the way.” Proverbs 23:17-19
As we turn again to Deuteronomy 32, we see a very serious warning about the blindness and resulting “latter end” of our actions. There is no escaping the “Aharit”!
“For they are a nation lacking in counsel,
And there is no understanding in them.
“Would that they were wise, that they understood this,
That they would discern their future!
30 “How could one chase a thousand,
And two put ten thousand to flight,
Unless their Rock had sold them,
And the LORD had given them up? Deut. 32:28-30
Again, turning back to the positive aspect of the study today, it is clear that God’s plan for our lives is for a very pleasant “Aharit” as a result of a life that is lived in righteousness and the resulting “end result” is a very good thing, provided we walk in the instruction of the Lord. Here is a very well known Scripture from Jeremiah.
‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jer. 29:11
Probably the most obvious example of “Aharit” is to do with sexual indiscretions. Why are so many in the Church today falling prey to this very deadly action? Let’s read from Proverbs 5 to see the resulting “end result of partaking of this forbidden fruit.
For the lips of an adulteress drip honey
And smoother than oil is her speech;
4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
Sharp as a two-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death,
Her steps take hold of Sheol. Prov. 5:3-5
I watched a video from Michael Brown this week that dealt with this word “Aharit” and he told a true story about a pastor who was dealing with heavy stress and one day on the way home from the church, he decided to go to a bar for a drink. One thing led to another and he ended up getting drunk and partaking in a homosexual sexual encounter. The next day the guilt was horrendous, but he kept it secret and ended up getting ‘HIV’ and infecting his wife and the unborn child in her womb. The pastor died shortly and not too long after, his wife and child also died.
This is a very extreme case of “Aharit” but it paints the picture so clearly and so dramatically, don’t you think? One short night with something that felt so right at the time, resulted in death and destruction for so many. The sin seems ‘not so bad’ at the onset, but the end result is certain death, no matter whether anyone finds out or not! It is a case of sowing and reaping, and knowing that God cannot be fooled, and He will not be mocked!
Lastly, we turn again to Proverbs, and read a very well quoted Scripture from chapter 14.
There is a way which seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death. Prov. 14:12
The key to this verse is the “seems” right, but that does not change the end result, it ends in DEATH! Food for thought, eh? Our lives are but a moment, but eternity is forever. Invest in eternity, sow in righteousness, and reap in glory! Hallelujah! It is a choice! This is serious stuff about the consequences tomorrow for the actions and thoughts of today. The video from Michael Brown drives the point home!