The Jews pray and speak about Yahweh Adonai, but end all their prayers and their invocations by AMEN.
The Christians pray and speak about Yahweh all the time, Elohim, El Shaddaï, Jesus, etc… But end all their prayers and their invocations by AMEN.
The Muslims pray and speak about Allah but end all their prayers and their invocations by AMEN – AMIN -.
Everybody can notice that the religions called revealed use this term as an act of faith or as a conclusion to their prayers. What is curious is that the same word is invariably employed in all these religions.
Also, when one asks an adept or a leader – priests, clergy, rabbi, imams, worshiping people and believers – of these religions called revealed – Judaism, Christianity, Islam -, explanations about this word, they say that it means: ‘So be it’.
Sometimes they officially say that it means: ‘In truth’
Again sometimes they say that it means: ‘It is my faith’.
All this explanations give rise to a certain number of questions like:
How come this same word AMEN is used in these religions?
In what language this word means: ‘so be it’ or ‘In truth’ or ‘it is my faith’?
And how a same word can have three meanings for an only context – prayers or invocations – ?
All this takes us to the following question: Where does the term AMEN used by the adepts of the revealed religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – as an act of faith or as a conclusion to the prayers really come from?
The linguistic study of Hebrew – language used in Judaism -, of Arab – language of Islam – and the European languages – mostly used in Christianity – show that the term AMEN does not mean ‘so be it’ nor ‘in truth’ nor ‘It is my faith’ in none of these languages. In return, if one take the terms ‘So be it’, ‘In truth’ or ‘It is my faith’, one can see that these terms do not take to AMEN in any of these languages. The term AMEN as an invocation or as a conclusion to the prayers, does not mean anything said by the religions called revealed, in any of these languages. This is why when one follows these religions and their explanations concerning this word, there is nothing satisfactory. These religions are not honest when they say that AMEN means: ‘So be it’, ‘In truth’ or ‘It is my faith’.
Then where does the term AMEN come from?
The oldest proof of this term comes from the Valley of the Nile – Pharaonic civilization -. In our ancestors’ religious teaching in the Valley of the Nile, this term – Amon or Amen – means the hidden, and it was the name our ancestors of the Valley of the Nile used for God, the unique God. In fact, for our ancestors, the unique creator has several expressions.
The several expressions of the Unique God are called divinities. But the creator is and constitutes He/She who is above all, that nobody can overstep. He/She is invisible – for nobody has never seen Him/Her -, impenetrable, inscrutable – for nobody has ever been able to sound Him/Her -, unseizable, mysterious for us because we are stuck in our senses – hearing, olfaction, sight, etc… – that physically prevent us to perceive Him/Her in all His/Her greatness and entirety. This way, they used to give God the name of Amon or Amen – which means the hidden -, in order to appoint the fact that God is invisible, inscrutable, etc. If we take for example – among several existing texts – the Pharaonic text called Doua en Imen – Praise to Amon – we have:
‘Unique is Amon who is hidden for them, (…) without knowing Its real appearance’;
So, as we’ve seen above, for our ancestors, the creator –Amon, Amen, Imen, Iman, Imana, Amani, Ameni, Ama, Aman, Amun, etc… – is unique – monotheistic – and is hidden.
We can for example find this name within the name of TutankhAMON, which is also written TutankhAMEN. The Pharaohs AMENhotep I, AMENhotep III and AMENhotpe IV – who later became AKHENATON – used to bear the divine name within their names.
The name AMENHOTEP is composed of AMEN which means AMON and HOTEP which means to be in PEACE.
The name AMENHOTEP is translated by AMON – God – IS IN PEACE OR AMON – GOD – IS PERFECT.
The term AMEN takes directly to the creator – as we can see here.
Amen – Amon – is how our ancestors from the Valley of the Nile used to call God. Our ancestors used to invoke God using this term. The word AMEN is the term that was used to call and invoke God the unique creator, the principle of the creation and the origin of all.
How do we know that this is the term for God taken again and copied and plagiarized by the religions called revealed?
Well these religions betray themselves:
Within the other books and exegesis of the rabbinical tradition, especially in the Talmud – other book important for the Jews along with the Torah -, the Rabbis explain the term AMEN as being first of all the acronym meaning ‘God, King on whom we trust’. Amen is then defined as the origin of all blessings upon Israel. Therefore, who is at the origin of all blessings and who do we place our trust on? Isn’t it on the creator –God?
The traditions and the rabbis’ exegesis define AMEN as an invocation to God, a word to call out for God, and not as a word to say ‘So be it’, etc.
In the framework of Christianity, a clue is given about Amen in the Bible, in the book of Apocalypse chapter 3 verse 14: ‘thus speaks the AMEN, the loyal and faithful witness, and the principle of the creation of God’. AMEN is here defined as the principle that engenders the creation and the loyal and faithful witness.
Yet, isn’t God the faithful and true witness who sees everything? Isn’t God creator who is the principle that engenders the creation of everything?
In the framework of Islamic tradition that takes over and ends the path of the religions called revealed, the term Amen – Amin – is used to refer to God and intervene as an act of faith towards God in order to ask God to fulfill or to answer the prayers.
So the word AMEN used in the framework of the revealed religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – to end the prayers or to invoke, has nothing to do with ‘So be it’ or ‘in truth’ or even ‘It’s my faith’; but it is a term that is used to appoint God and call for It, exactly like our ancestors of Valley of Nile used to.
The term AMEN of the revealed religions is from the Valley of the Nile. The term AMEN is the name that our ancestors used to appoint the creator and call It ever since.
If this term finds itself in the revealed religions, it is simply because the name that ancient Africans used for God – it is to say Amon, Amen -, was plagiarized and copied by the religions called revealed. This is why in these religions this term makes direct reference to God, exactly like our ancestors from the Valley of the Nile’s religious teaching.
The religions called revealed say that the name whom they pray is Yahweh, Elohim, Adonai, Allah, Jesus, etc. but the last word of their prayers, of their invocations and of their aspirations is AMEN – AMON -, it is to say the creator God as it was known and worshiped by the Blacks ever since.
God’s name in Africa
Bambara & Dogon, Mali; Jukun, Nigeria: Amma / Ama
Ancient Libya: Amun
Ancient Sudan: Amani
baNyarwanda, Rwanda & baRundi, Burundi: Imana
Ancient Egypt: Imana / Amon / Amen
Akan, Ghana-Ivory Coast: Nyamien / Nyame
Douala & Basa, Cameroon; Barotse & Lozi, Zambia: Nyambe
Konjo, Congo-Uganda: Nyamahanga
Fang, Gabon: Nzame
kiKongo, Congos-Angola: Nzambi
Baya, Central African Republic: Zambi
Sangama, Ethiopia: Zabi
Herero, Namibia: Njambi
Pare, Tanzania: Kyumbi
If you are an adept of the revealed religions, you have to know that when you pray – at home, in the mosque or at church -, every time you say…AMEN!!! You call out for AMON without knowing, the unique God of Africa as He-She was known by our ancestors ever since the beginning of the times!
Say AMEN!! At the end of your prayers!!
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