Amen is a universal word. We’ve all said it or say it on regular bases. It is the same in every language. Amen is like another universal word which is “Haliylua.” Amen is the same in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and English. This word appears in the Bible 183 times, 30 times in the Old Testament and 153 times in the New Testament.
So, what does the word “Amen” mean? What is the popular definition? “So be it!” So be it what? What is the literal definition? How does the Bible use this word?
2 Corinthians 1:20 – For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
Without Christ, there are no promises of God. We have to look at several passages to get to the meaning of the word Amen.
Amen In The Old Testament
In the book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 27, the word amen appears 12 times. In Chapter 27, in Deuteronomy, God actually had the Israelites say amen to affirm a curse. Deuteronomy 27:14 – And the Levites shall speak with a loud voice and say to all men of Israel: (Verse 15) ‘Cursed is the one who makes any carved or molded image, an abomination to the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret.’ And all the people shall answer and say, “Amen!’
(Verse 16) ‘Cursed is the one who treats his father or his mother with contempt.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’ (Verse 26) ‘Cursed is the one who does not confirm all the words of this law.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’
This is right after the Israelites go into the Promised Land. Moses had some of the Levites stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people and he had some stand on Mount Ebal to curse Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali. What is odd about this is that God didn’t have them say amen after the blessings were said but only after the curses.
It’s easy to agree with the blessing. When we read where if we do this, you will be blessed, and people shout “Amen!” Then God says if you do “this” you’ll be cursed, but the people say nothing. It’s the opposite in these Scriptures. God had them say “Amen” if they did the things that would curse them.
So what is a curse? A curse is a consequence of disobedience! God doesn’t put a curse on us, it is a “law.” If you disobey the laws of God, there are consequences. It’s too easy to remember the blessings, but seem to forget the consequences to the disobedience of God’s laws.
When God had them say, “Amen” after He told them what would happen if they did certain things and there would be consequences, He wanted them not to do them, and agree with Him. If we understand that there are consequences for disobedience, then we understand not to do it! Most of the time, more times than not, when people, especially Christians, are disobedient to God’s laws, something bad happens.
Isaiah 65:16 – So that he who blesses himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth, and He who swears in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hidden from My eyes.
The Hebrew translation and meaning in this verse for “Amen” is the word “Truth.” Amen means “truth!” When it is spoken, it means “I affirm.” What you are saying is true! He who blesses himself shall bless himself by the God of “Amen.” That is Amen in the Old Testament!
Amen In The New Testament
Amen in the New Testament is used 153 times. Two-thirds of the time Jesus is the One that says it. Most of the time, the word Amen is not translated “Amen.” Twenty-four of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament, end with the word “Amen.” Jesus speaks “Amen” one hundred and six times. Half of this is spoken in the gospel of John.
Jesus did something no one else had done. He moved the Amen form the end of the sentence to the beginning. When Jesus speaks “Amen, it’s not written in our English Bibles as “Amen.” Here is what Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you!” The Old King James uses “Verily, verily.”
John 3:3 (New American Standard version) – Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” The Old King James version says it like this: “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” ( Other versions say, “Assuredly.”)
Amen and amen, means truth! Why did Jesus put it at the first of the sentence and why did He say it twice? Jesus wanted them to know that what He is about to tell them is “Truth.” Jesus tells them that He says nothing unless He heard or sees His Father do it first. Jesus came to the earth to establish “Truth!” The spirit confirmed the Word with signs following. If you believe it, say Amen! Amen is the truth! The Father wills it, the Son words it, and the Spirit works it and that’s the creative process.
The Amen Of God
Amen is much more than just a word. Keep in mind, it means truth. Amen is a person.
Revelation 1:8 – “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.
Revelation 3:14 – “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:” ‘
The Faithful and True Witness, is the Truth, Amen! Jesus is our Amen because Jesus Christ is Truth! If you affirm that then say, “Amen!” Jesus Christ is the Son of God – Amen! Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins – Amen! Jesus Christ rose from the grave – Amen!!