We all have used this word which is a universal word. It is the same in every language. It’s like another universal word, Hallelujah. There is something unique about the word “Amen.” It is the same in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and English. This word appears in the Bible 183 times, 30 times in the Old Testament, 153 times in the New Testament.
So what does the word “Amen” mean? What’s the popular definition? “So be it.” However, that is not the literal definition.
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 Jesus, no promises of God. In order to understand the true meaning of the word Amen, we need to start with:
1) Amen in the Old Testament
In the book of Deuteronomy 27, the word Amen appears 12 times. In Chapter 27, God had the people 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 his 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!’ And if you continue reading it lists many more activities.
(Verse 26) ‘Cursed is the one who does not confirm all the words of this law.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’ The people were about to enter the Promised Land. God says that He wanted some of the Levites to stand on Mount Ebal and some of the Levites to stand on Mount Gerizim. Those on Mount Gerizim were to recite the blessings over the people when they crossed over the Jordan. Those Levites on Mount Ebal were to recite the cures. When they recited the curses God wanted all the people to say “Amen,” but didn’t have them say “Amen” after the blessings were recited.
Why would God do that? I think it’s easy to agree with a blessing. So what did it mean “Cursed is the one”? A curse is a consequence of disobedience. God doesn’t put the curse on us, it is a law like the law of nature; if you disobey the laws of God there are consequences! God wanted them and us to understand the consequences so they wouldn’t do the wrong thing. So He made them say, “Amen,” to confirm it. He wanted them to all agree that if they disobeyed, it was a curse, and that curse had consequences. Please understand, God is not the one that makes something bad happen when we are disobedient. There are consequences when we are disobedient to God’s laws He has set up to bless us.
However, there is still a literal meaning to the word “Amen.” 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 in this passage for “Amen” is the word “TRUTH.”
When it is spoken, it means, “I affirm.” What the person or God is saying is truth! “The one that blesses himself shall bless himself by the God of “Amen!” That’s just a little background of the word “Amen” in the Old Testament.
2) Amen in the New Testament
Twenty four of the twenty-seven New Testament books end with “Amen.” Jesus speaks “Amen” 106 times. Almost half of the time He speaks it, He speaks it in the book of John. Jesus did something with the word “Amen” that had never been done before. He moves it from the end of the sentence to the beginning. However, we don’t actually see the word “Amen” when He speaks it, but Jesus uses the true meaning. What is the word He uses for the word “Amen?” “Truly, truly!” The Old King James uses the word “Fairly, fairly.” That is the word “Amen.”
John 3:3 – Jesus answered and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” In other words: “Amen” and “amen,” this is true what I’m saying.” But why did Jesus put it at the beginning of the sentence and why did He say it twice? Was it just a habit of saying this like some speakers do? I don’t think so. What He was about to say was true and His Father said it and now He was saying it. The Father says it in heaven, and Jesus said it on earth – truth! As it is in heaven so shall it be on earth. Jesus came to earth to establish “Truth!” The Father said it, Jesus said it, and the Spirit confirmed it.
Creative process – The Father wills it, the Son Words it, and the Spirit works it. That’s “Amen” in the New Testament.
3) The Amen of God
Amen is more than a word. Keep in mind it means “truth.” Amen is a person. In the book of Revelation, Jesus is speaking to John in Chapters 1, 2, and 3.
Revelation 1:18 – “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:
Jesus is saying, “I am the Amen! I am the Faithful! I am the True Witness! I am the Beginning of the creation!”
So yes, Jesus is our “Amen!” He waits on all of us to say, “I believe that! Amen! Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of the whole world. Jesus Christ rose from the dead and is alive forevermore! “Amen!!”