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THE REAL GHOST STORY
Study Texts: "God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Genesis 1:26, 27.
"That which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead." Romans 1:19, 20.
In the King James version of the New Testament, there appear the words "Holy Spirit," and "Holy Ghost." The words "Spirit" and "Ghost" are both translated from the same Greek word, pneuma. This has been a puzzlement to many students of the Bible; Why did the translators use the two different words "Spirit" and "Ghost," for the one Greek word? The answer is rather simple, though understanding it may be a different matter.
At the time the translation was completed the Protestant Reformation which had begun around a century before was still in progress. The translators were from a variety of backgrounds and had many different opinions which they had to bring into harmony with each other in order to produce the translation. When parts of the translation were completed they were read publicly, so that even the people themselves were affecting the process.
There was a difference of opinion, and still is, as to the two phrases "Spirit of God" (Romans 8:9,14; 1 Corinthians 2:11,14;3:16, etc.), and "Spirit of Christ" (Romans 8:9; Galatians 4:6; Philippians 1:19; 1 Peter 1:11); Is there one Spirit or two? There was also the question, "Is the Spirit a person, or an influence, or both?"
Among those who see the Spirit as an influence only, some believe that the Spirit came (or comes) forth from the Father only; others, that the Spirit came (or comes) forth from the Father and the Son, and others still, believe that the Spirit originated from the Father, yet is given through the Son. Many of those who see the Holy Spirit as a distinct divine Person whose power and influence may be sensed, and not merely as a force, have no idea where this Holy One came from, any more than they really know how Jesus was the Son of God before He created everything, and before He took on humanity. Neither can they say exactly what position the Holy Spirit has in the Family of God with the Father and Son (Ephesians 3:14,15). Some have the matter so confused that they believe that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are simply three manifestations of the same Being.
This was not a new problem for the translators, it existed from ages past. These diverse beliefs were a major contributor to the split between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. It began, basically, when the Roman Church added the word filioque (meaning "and from the Son") to the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, about the 7th century a.d. This doctrine of what has been called "the double procession of the Holy Spirit" had been discussed for centuries prior to this, with no apparent unification among those involved in the controversy. Arguments and debates abounded, but very little "taking it to the Lord in prayer" – which would have produced a definite answer to the question, completely in harmony with the Scriptures.
This problem seems as if it is almost unimportant, as long as one receives the Spirit's work in their life. And if this is all there were to the matter, that may be true. But the real heart of the matter is in the answer to the question, Is the Holy Spirit just a power, an influence; or a Person, from Whom comes the influence and power of the Truth? For those who do not spiritualize away the Personality of the Gods (Hebrew: Elohim – feminine base, masculine plural ending), including the Person of the Holy Spirit, this controversy takes on profound significance. This even more so considering that in Hebrew the word for Spirit (Ruach) is feminine.
In light of the facts that the word which is used to describe the Creators of mankind is both feminine and masculine, and that the word for Spirit is itself feminine, it is easy for the honest at heart to see a family image in heaven as it is on earth (Romans 1:20). But considering that the Son also has His own Spirit, His own feminine counterpart, would lead one to conclude that there is also a divine Daughter. Thus we have the reason for the usage of the term Holy Ghost.
This thought is also in harmony with the key texts which were presented at the beginning of this study. That is, that "the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made;" and that what was made to reveal God's image and likeness was mankind, a male and a female "in his own image, in the image of God." But even more of the revelation of the hidden things of God seen in the creation of Adam and Eve is revealed in Genesis 1:28, where we read "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply." Thus the ability to multiply is also given to mankind to reveal the "invisible" things of the "Godhead." As time has well shown, God's image, male and female, is only fully manifested in the complete family image – father, mother, son, and daughter.
"Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts." Isaiah 28:9. This strong meat is not for babes, but is for those who use strong meat in due season. "For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:13, 14).
Today one can refer to many Hebrew dictionaries and lexicons, written by Christian and even some Jewish sources, which note that the Hebrew word for Spirit, Ruah, is masculine, or neuter. Then at the same time, many other credible sources by similar scholars say it is definitely, and only feminine. The very fact of this difference, should make it obvious that there is a definite effort to suppress the truth that there are feminine Persons in the Godhead in whose image and likeness mothers and daughters are made.
THE BRIDE OF CHRIST – THE HOLY GHOST
In John 15:26, it is written that the Spirit "proceedeth from the Father," and in John 8:42, Jesus says, "I proceeded forth and came from God." Also, in John 1:14,18; 3:16,18, and 1 John 4:9, it is written that Jesus is the "begotten Son of God," the Father. The word in Greek, gennao, which is translated "begotten" means exactly that – procreated. He could not be the divine SON of God if He were not BEGOTTEN, for all other sons of God are so by creation (as were the angels and Adam – Luke 3:38), or are adopted sons (as are the redeemed – Romans 8:15, Ephesians 1:5). Though the Holy Spirit "proceedeth from the Father," She was not begotten as was the Son. She came forth from the Father, as Eve came forth from Adam. Thus, "the invisible things of Him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even ...[the] Godhead!" Rom. 1:20.
The testimony of Christ in Psalms 2:7 is, "the Lord [YHWH] hath said unto me, 'Thou art My Son; this day I have begotten Thee.' "In Hebrews 1:1-5 and 5:5, this psalm is applied to Jesus, and is used to explain how He acquired His Divine nature – that is, by "inheritance." The apostle John also makes it quite clear that Jesus was begotten of the Father, for he says, "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth Him [the Father] that begat loveth Him [the Son] also that is begotten of Him [the Father]." 1 John 5:1.
The Hebrew and Greek words that are translated "begotten," yalad and gennao, respectively, when applied to mankind, are understood to mean procreated. But when applied to the Gods (ha Elohim), people don't want to apply the proper meaning of the words to the reality of the origin and existence of the "only begotten" Son of God. All living things that procreate do so "after their own kind." So it is with God, the Father – His Son is "after" His "own kind," divine. He has been begotten by The Father, not created. It is strange how students of the Word accept the reality that human beings come forth from human beings, but seem unable to believe that a Son who is also God came forth from Gods (the Father and Holy Spirit).
"He [Jesus] hath by inheritance [heredity] obtained a more excellent name than they [the angels]." Hebrews 1:4.
To truly understand the thoughts which are portrayed in the Scriptures, especially the Old Testament Hebrew, it is necessary to be true to the gender therein. Since there is no neuter gender in Hebrew, as there is in Greek and English, then whenever we read "it" or even "he" where the Hebrew reads "she," we are losing some of the value of the truth as it was revealed. The gender of the Scriptures was not an accident, for our holy Gods had Their hand on every "jot and tittle" (Matthew 5:18).
The Jews, generally, acknowledge that the Scriptures refer to the Gods, YHWH, not only in the masculine and feminine genders, but also in the singular and plural forms. But what they reject, along with most of the rest of the world, is that they themselves, male and female, parents and children, are literally, in form and feature, in the "image" and "likeness" of Gods, as stated in Genesis 1:26,27, and 5:1,2.4.
Mainmonides, one of the greatest Jewish philosophers, says, "God is not a body, nor can bodily attributes be attributed to Him, and He has no likeness at all." The Moslem belief, as stated in the Koran, is that "Allah does not beget, nor is begotten." They believe that Jesus was a great prophet, but not the "begotten Son of God." Therein lies the source of many of the identity crisis people are having today. The Bible says that they are in the "image"and "likeness" of Gods, but men tell them differently.
In John, chapters 8-10, we see that it was after emphatically stating that the God which the Jews professed to serve was indeed, in reality, His Father, that the Jews picked up stones and tried to do away with Him. They believed themselves to be the sons of God (John. 8:41), but not literally, as Jesus was claiming to be. He was saying, "before Abraham was, I am" the begotten Son of God, My Father.
Those who rejected Christ because of His claim to be the begotten Son of the Eternal God, found it necessary to hide the feminine representations of God in the Holy Scriptures that made it quite obvious that there was also a Mother figure in the Godhead, and that thus His claim could be substantiated by the Scriptures. This is most evident in the English translations of the 3 main Hebrew words which are translated God; El, Eloah and Elohim.
The Hebrew word Elohim, which is translated "God" (singular) in most Bibles, is, in fact, plural in Hebrew, not singular. This hidden truth is somewhat revealed by the fact that the pronouns used in direct relation with it are all, themselves, plural. Actually, there isn't any one English word which fully expresses the true meaning of Elohim. That's because in Biblical Hebrew all words have gender assigned them, and some words, such as Elohim, contain an interplay of gender. English words, generally, don't reflect these features. English is not alone in this inadequacy.
The root word of Elohim is Eloah, which is feminine, and translates into English as Goddess. It is the feminine form of the masculine word El, which translates into English as God. The interplay of gender in Elohim comes with the adding of the masculine plural ending, im, to the feminine base of Eloah. Thus, that revelation of the Creators of mankind which is expressed in the Hebrew word Elohim – that is, the feminine/masculine/plural revelation – is not truly seen in the English words used to express "the Gods, the Living Ones" (ha-Elohim hayyim – Deuteronomy 5:26) who created gendered beings in Their image and likeness. The same is true in other languages, even those in which gender is a major factor.
From the fact that the word used to describe the One(s) in whose image mankind is made is Elohim, the one with the feminine base and a masculine plural ending, rather than the singular masculine, El, or the singular feminine, Eloah, it's clearly seen that He (She) is (They are) not singular, but rather, a united Family (Male and Female), as were Adam and Eve. That the word is not Elim (masculine base with the masculine plural ending) indicates that the Creators of mankind revealed in Genesis are not all masculine; that it is not Elohot (feminine base with the feminine plural ending) indicates that They are not all feminine.
El, when used in referring to YHWH, or to a heathen deity, is translated correctly as God, or god – masculine in gender, singular in number. Eloah, according to the rules of Hebrew grammar is the feminine form of El and would thus be correctly translated Goddess. Strong's and Englishman's concordances both show Eloah rather than El as the root of Elohim (Gods).
The most obvious evidence of the warfare against the truth of Christ's begotten divinity (Godship) is in the translation of elohim. When it is used in references to heathen deities it is consistently translated gods (plural), but when referring to YHWH, it is translated God (singular). There is no justifiable grammatical reason for the inconsistent translations.
Then again, when elohim is preceded by ha, it is translated "the gods" when referring to elohim (gods) other than YHWH. Yet, when ha elohim is used to refer to YHWH, the ha (the) is not translated, and "the Gods" plural becomes "God" singular.
Some of the most obvious places where this inconsistency can be seen are as follows.
"For God [elohim] doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods [elohim], knowing good and evil." Gen. 3:5.
"Woe unto us! Who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods [ha Elohim, ha addirim – literally, "the Gods, the mighty Ones"]? These are the Gods [ha Elohim] that smote the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness." 1 Samuel. 4:8.
What is notable in the last text is that not only is elohim plural, but so is its modifier, addirim – mighty Ones. Among numerous other instances where plural modifiers are used in conjunction with elohim, most significant is the phrase, "living God," which is translated from the Hebrew words, Elohim hayyim – literally, Gods, the living Ones. This phrase appears in Deuteronomy 5:26, Jeremiah 10:10, and 23:36, and in other places in the Old Testament.
Not only is the plurality of YHWH revealed in the Hebrew Scriptures, it has also been revealed in the Septuagint, the most prominent Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, and even in the Greek New Testament, though none of the English translations of either of these correctly express this fact. The Greek Septuagint translation of the Hebrew words Elohim hayyim in Deuteronomy 5:26 reads, Theou Zontos – Gods, living Ones.
But what is most revealing is the use of the Greek words Theou zontos (Gods, living Ones) in the New Testament. They are in Matthew 16:16, where we read,
"And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Therein the Greek actually reads "tov Theou tov Zontos" – literally, "the Gods, the living Ones." This same usage appears in Matthew 26:63, John 6:69, Acts 14:15, Romans 9:26, 2 Corinthians 3:3, and 6:16. While the New Testament Greek has the article tov (the) preceding both Theou and Zontos, and the Masoretic Hebrew text and the Septuagint Greek text do not, such is not unusual considering the nature of both of those translations.
In Old Testament Hebrew the article the (ha) was not always used, though it is commonly accepted that it was implied. Also, it has been well noted that there are numerous places in the commonly referred to version of the Old Testament, the Masoretic text, where that text does not read as do the more ancient manuscripts. This version was made between the 6th and 9th century a.d., well after the time of Jesus, and after the time the Jews had determined to reject the notion that the Gods, the Living Ones, could literally have a Son (John 10:32-36). It has been noted that there are around 200 changes from the feminine to the masculine in that version. The primary reason why there were changes and omissions in that translation was to obscure the fact that the Gods, the living Ones could have a literal Son – the truth could be sustained by the Scriptures as they originally read.
In the work of the translation from Hebrew to Greek for the Septuagint there was another factor at play which affected the outcome. That is, that the translators were concerned about not appearing to be worshipers of multiple gods, as were the nations around them. Therefore, they avoided the usage of articles of speech which might imply that they were what has been termed Polytheists. Thus they also left off the implied (and formerly used) article the (tov). This should not seem so strange when we consider that the English translators have done the very same thing by translating the plural word Elohim in the singular, when it is in fact plural. But there is a deeper reason for this which will be discussed later.
The New Testament writers were more faithful to their work than were the others. Though they often used the Septuagint as reference when quoting the Hebrew Scriptures, they did not always follow that translation. This is evident from the way that their Greek wording of "the Gods, the Living Ones" varies from the Septuagint. The same cannot be said of the English translators. They have chosen to leave words out of their translations, thus obscuring the true sense of the words. The fact that tov Theou tov Zontos actually means "the Gods, the Living Ones," (plural) may be further discerned by looking at Luke 24:5, 6:
"And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen:"
The Greek version of the words in bold type reads, tov Zonta – the Living One (which refers to Christ). Zonta is the singular form, while Zontos is the plural form. These facts show us two things – the proper translation of tov (the); and that while this verse should read "the Living One" (tov Zonta), the places where "tov Theou tov Zontos" appears should read, "the Gods, the Living Ones.
Daniel was shown an accurate account of the work of the power which has been suppressing these truths.
"Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god [El], shall speak blasphemies against the God [El] of gods [Elim], and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done.
"He shall regard neither the God of [Elohi] his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god [Eloah - Goddess]; for he shall magnify himself above them all. But in their place he shall honor a god [Eloah - goddess] of fortresses; and a god [Eloah - goddess: Mary] which his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and pleasant things.
"Thus he shall act against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god [Eloah - goddess: Mary], whom he shall acknowledge, and increase with glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and divide the land for gain." Dan. 11:36-39. New King James Version.
The major factor in the reasoning behind translating Elohim in the singular (God), is the misapplication of one Scriptural statement, "Hear O Israel: the Lord [YHWH] our God [Elohinu – literally, "our Gods"] is one Lord [YHWH]." Deuteronomy 6:4. The Gods were not telling Israel that He (They) was (were) one Being, but that They (the Godhead) were UNIFIED – ONE. This was contrary to all the other religions which surrounded them, in that all of the other "deities" were in opposition to, and even warring among each other. Polytheism wasn't the problem, a divided or defaced Godhead, as portrayed by pagan religions, was. God is "one," united, a Family.
Since it is a commonly known fact among scholars that the word in Hebrew for Spirit (ruah) is feminine, many have no problem in seeing a MOTHER figure in the Godhead. This is true of Jews and Christians. The Jews, generally, do not believe that God (Elohim) has any form or likeness at all, so seeing the male and female qualities evident in the Scriptures presents no real problem to them.
The problem that arises, though, for Jew and Christian alike is the notion of a Bride of the Messiah, a DAUGHTER of God, especially so since the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, speak of Her. The book of Revelation is an unfolding, revealing, of that which is hidden in the rest of the Holy Scriptures. It has been well said that "In the Revelation all the books of the Bible meet and end." Since the Lamb's Bride is portrayed in the Revelation, let us, therefore, examine some of the other Scriptures that speak of the Bride, which have been "hidden" (Rev. 2:17) until now. The first is Psalms 45, wherein is a description of the King and His Bride.
"My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the King [Jesus]: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Thou [Jesus] art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into Thy lips: therefore God [the Father and the Holy Spirit – Mother] hath blessed Thee for ever. Gird Thy sword upon Thy thigh, O most mighty, with Thy glory and majesty. And in Thy majesty ride prosperously because of Truth and meekness and righteousness; and Thy right hand shall teach Thee terrible things. Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under Thee. [see Revelation 19:11-16]
"Thy throne, O God [Jesus], is for ever and ever: the scepter of Thy kingdom is a right scepter. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God [the Father and The Holy Spirit – Mother], Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows. All Thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made Thee glad. King's daughters were among Thy honorable women: upon Thy right hand did stand the Queen in the gold of O'phir.
"Hearken, O Daughter [of God], and consider, and incline Thine ear; forget also Thine own people, and Thy Father's house; So shall the King [Jesus] greatly desire Thy beauty: for He is Thy Lord; and worship Thou Him. And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall entreat Thy [the Daughter's] favor.
"The King's [The Father's] Daughter is all glorious within: Her clothing is wrought of gold. She shall be brought unto the King [the Son - Jesus] in raiment of needlework: the virgins Her companions that follow Her [wise virgins, Mat. 25 – the 144,000, Rev. 14:1] shall be brought unto Thee [Jesus]. With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the King's [Jesus'] palace [in the kingdom].
"Instead of thy fathers shall be Thy children, whom Thou mayest make princes in all the earth. I will make Thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore, shall the people praise Thee for ever and ever." Psalm 45.
As Adam (the son of God – Luke 3:38) was presented with Eve, his bride (the daughter of God), so shall the Second Adam (Jesus, the Son of God) be presented with His Bride (the Daughter of God, The Holy Ghost – Psalms 45:14). She will leave Her Father's house (Her dwelling place in heaven), and Her own people, those angels who remain in heaven to minister to the Father and the Holy Spirit, to dwell with the King (Jesus), on His throne, in the earth made new. (Ps 45:10).
There is also Jesus' own testimony of His Bride, revealed in the Song of Solomon. Solomon, the earthly son of David, wrote prophetically of the heavenly Son of David (Jesus), and His Bride.
"My Dove, my undefiled is but one, She (the Holy Ghost) is the only one of Her Mother (the Holy Spirit), She is the choice of Her that bare Her." Song of Solomon 6:9.
Then there is Her very own testimony in Proverbs about Herself, and Her relationship to Jesus. We are admonished to "Hear ye the rod [the instrument of guidance and correction], and WHO hath appointed it." Micah 6:9. Who hath appointed the prophets of God? The Holy Ghost!
"Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth Her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
"Unto you, O men, I call; and My voice is to the sons of man. O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. Hear, for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of My lips shall be right things. For My mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to My lips. All the words of My mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. They are plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold...
"The Lord [Jesus – YHWH] possessed me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I was set up from everlasting, or ever the earth was. When there was no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no foundations abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, was I brought forth. While as yet He had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When He prepared the heavens, I was there: when He set a compass upon the face of the deep: when He gave to the sea His decree, that the waters should not pass His commandment: when He appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by Him, as one brought up with Him; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him." Proverbs 8:1-9, 22-30.
Since Jesus is the Creator of the world (John 1:3,10; Colossians 1:16; Ephesians 3:9), it is clear from the preceding verses, that there was One who "was there" when He created the worlds. This Holy One says that She "was brought forth" "before His works of old... When there were no depths... [etc.]," and "was by Him, as One BROUGHT UP WITH Him," and "rejoicing always BEFORE Him."
The Hebrew word translated "was brought forth" is khool. It appears in Job 15:7, "... wast thou made before the hills?" and in Psalm 51:5, "... I was shapen in iniquity." It also carries the meaning of the travailing that women go through in childbirth, as seen in Isaiah 66:7, "Before she travailed, she brought forth." Another way of translating Proverbs 8:24, 25 would be, "I was travailed," or, "I was birthed." To be "brought up with" someone implies that the one which one is "brought up with" was also "brought up." Before He created anything, Jesus was begotten by His Father and brought up by His Father and The Holy Spirit, His Mother. But He was not an only child. The Scriptures declare that He is the "only begotten Son," but not the only begotten at all. His Sister, His Bride was there "as one brought up WITH HIM."
Jesus said, "Wisdom is justified of all Her children." Luke 7:35.
Why is the word "Wisdom" used to symbolize a Person, and a feminine One at that, and One who has "children?" The Hebrew word for "wisdom" is hookmah, and it is feminine in gender. What actually is "Wisdom?" Wisdom is Inspiration. To be wise is to be responding to Inspiration. Heavenly Inspiration comes from the Holy Ghost. Worldly wisdom comes from below, the devil. "...the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps." Jeremiah 10:23. Everyone is either inspired by God or by the devil; there is no middle ground. You either have fellowship with the holy angels who bring the Truth as inspired by the Holy Ghost, or with the fallen angels who bring lies from the devil. This is why She, The Holy Ghost says.
"Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death." Proverbs 8:32-36.
As in earthly things, children are nurtured and learn primarily from their mothers, so in the heavenly – Wisdom (the Holy Ghost) has many children. Psychologists acknowledge that many of the mental and emotional problems which exist in the world are a product of a bad relationship with one's mother. As in the earthly, where a wise child is one who takes heed of his mother's good counsel and prospers thereby, so in the heavenly. "Wisdom," the gift of Inspiration, causes the children of the Holy Ghost to prosper. "... believe His prophets, so shall ye prosper." 2 Chronicles 20:20. "... the Holy Ghost whom God hath given to them that obey Him." Acts 5:32. "She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness." Proverbs 31:26.
If Wisdom, the Holy Ghost (the Daughter), the Bride of Christ, is awaiting Her marriage how is She also a Mother (Luke 7:35)? Jesus, Himself, is called the "Everlasting Father" (Isaiah 9:6). In Biblical Hebrew there is no word for grandmother or grandfather. One's ancestors are called "fathers" and "mothers." All Christians have been "adopted" (Romans 8:15) into the "family of God" with "Everlasting" Parents. It is written,
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures." James 1:17, 18.
What is truly odd about the general Christian concept of the Godhead, and, particularly, that of the Holy Spirit or the Holy Ghost, is that they talk about being "born of the Spirit," yet deny that it takes a heavenly Mother to bear holy children. Yet Jesus' own words to Nicodemus show that He was trying to teach men about their heavenly Mother. The Greek version of John chapter 3 bears out this fact.
Jesus said to Nicodemus that a man must be "born [gennethe] again" (verse 3). In the language they were speaking (Aramaic) Nicodemus must have understood Jesus to be speaking of the process that one experiences with his mother, for he responded, "How can a man be born [gennethenai] when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born [gennethenai]? (verse 4). Jesus' response portrays the beauty of God's thinking on this matter, for He says, "Except a man be born [gennethe] of water [an earthly mother] and of the Spirit [a heavenly Mother], he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born [gegennemenon] of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born [gegennemenon] of the Spirit is spirit." (verses 5 & 6). All of those Greek words in italics are feminine forms of geneo, which means procreate. This whole passage portrays the necessity of a heavenly Mother.
While many understand that the Church is the bride of Christ, there is more to this matter which bears looking into. In Matthew 25 the Church is depicted as "virgins" waiting with the Bride for the coming of the Bridegroom (Matthew 25 1-13). In Revelation 19:9 the Church is portrayed as guests "which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb." Also, in Matthew 22:1-14 the Church is portrayed as "guests" at the wedding of the King's Son. So, as the Church is portrayed as virgins waiting with the Bride, also as guests at the wedding of the Lamb and His Bride, and its supper, how also can she be the Bride?
"And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Revelation 22:17
"The significance of the Jewish economy is not yet fully comprehended. Truths vast and profound are shadowed forth in its rites and symbols. The gospel is the key that unlocks the mysteries." Christ's Object Lessons, p. 133. "He (Paul) exalted Christ, the proper understanding of whose ministry is the key that unlocks the Old Testament Scriptures, giving access to their rich treasures." Acts of the Apostles, p. 229. The key of the New Testament which unlocks the Old Testament Scriptures is in John 3:16.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16.
"For unto which of the angels said he at any time, thou art my son, this day I have begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?" Hebrews 1:5.
This key opens the door to understanding the types and symbols of the Old Testament.
It has also been said that "the doors of the New Testament are unlocked with the key of the Old Testament." The "key" of the Old Testament is the law which typified the coming sacrifice which God was to make for the forgiveness of sin and restoration of the fallen race. Each of the different types of animals, young and old, male and female, and the manner in which they were presented and offered, typified different aspects of the Gods (ha Elohim) intercession for us.
The regular sin offering of a he-goat (literally "the son of a she-goat," Numbers 28:15) tells of the Goddess (the Holy Spirit) who gave Her Son for a sacrifice.
For thousands of years students of the Scriptures have been unable to understand the use of gender in Hebrew. The interplay of masculine and feminine forms of the same word, without knowing how to turn this key in the "door" of the New Testament, has left many without anything to do but to scratch their heads and say "its all Greek to me." Some masculine words with feminine plural endings, such as abbaot, fathers, and some feminine words with masculine plural endings, such as Elohim, being constructed contrary to the normal rules of Hebrew grammar have left many a brilliant scholar baffled and speechless.
As stated, the key that opens the door is in the truth that "God gave His only BEGOTTEN Son." As the creation testifies, sons are produced by a union of male and female; division and multiplication. The word abbaot, fathers, with its masculine/feminine representations tells a story of God's design in love and nature. The very word "father" implies, of necessity, a "mother." Even the word "man" implies a "woman," for a "man," in himself, is an expression of gender, and gender is a two-sided coin. The feminine plural ending ot, which makes the singular masculine base abba into its plural form, implies that to have fathers, you must have mothers. A person can only have one biological father. If the word were to have the masculine plural ending im, it would imply that one could have a multitude of fathers, with only one mother, something which is impossible.
The word for mothers emmaot (feminine base, feminine plural ending) likewise tells her story. For the plural ending ot implies that many women can be mothers without a plurality of fathers, something very possible. If it were possible for a woman to have more than one father for her child, the plural word for mother would be emmaim, with the masculine plural ending.
"Among the Jews are some who, like Saul of Tarsus, are mighty in the Scriptures, and these will proclaim with wonderful power the immutability of the law of God." Acts of the Apostles, p. 381. "Souls will be saved, from the Jewish nation, as the doors of the New Testament are unlocked with the key of the Old Testament. Christ will be recognized as the Savior of the world, as it is seen how clearly the New Testament explains the Old." Evangelism, p. 579. As this happens we will acquire a true, gender inclusive translation and understanding of the Scriptures.
The warfare against the pure masculine and feminine portrayal in the Hebrew Scriptures is evident in every society that embraces a neuter form in its language. Those societies generally freely mock the concept of seeing all things in masculine and feminine terms. "For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they all may call on the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one accord." Zephaniah 3:9. New King James Version
As stated earlier, there is a deeper reason for men portraying God as a solitary being. It is written that in the last days Lucifer is to appear unto men, and will claim to be God. Some understand that he will claim to be Jesus, Himself. As he is only one being, he has to make men believe that he is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all in one being. It is written:
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
"Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:" 2 Thessalonians 2:3-8.
The "falling away" spoken of here refers to the same thing which is spoken of in Daniel 7:20-21, and is related to the situation mentioned in Revelation 12:15. Furthermore, the Old English language of this verse obscures it meaning. The word "letteth" means hinders. That which "withholdeth," "letteth" (hinders), and which must be "taken out of the way" in order for "that Wicked" (transgressor) to be exposed as he really is, is the Holy Ghost. That is, that which now restrains the Devil from fully exposing himself, and demanding the worship which he feels he is due, is the glorious light of the Gospel brought through the work of the Holy Ghost who brings the Truth, even the "hidden manna" (Revelation 2:17) into all the world. But as men continue to fight against that holy influence, She will withdraw Her graces from the world in general, being only with those who love and appreciate Her presence, thus making way for the coming of "that Wicked."
"For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee." Isaiah 60:2
"Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken. Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness. But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD'S flock is carried away captive." Jeremiah 13:15-17.
Yet, after that evil one who has greatly troubled this world has made his appearance, and has revealed fully his true character and motives, he will come to his end, as it is written:
"Thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers. He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.
"The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing. Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down no feller is come up against us. Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
"All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
"How art thou fallen from heaven.. O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
"They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?" Isaiah 14:4-17.
Thus it becomes incumbent upon us to have a true understanding of
Who is YHWH.
"And God (Elohim) spake unto Moses and said unto him: I am the LORD (YHWH). And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty (El Shaddai), but by My name, JEHOVAH (YHWH), was I not known to them." Exodus 6:2-3.
There is no question that the name YHWH applies to the Father, Who is understood to be dwelling in Heaven, upon a throne (Psalms 11:4; 47:8; 103:19; etc.). But the Scriptures apply this name to the whole Godhead, Elohim.
In Genesis 11:7, it is written that YHWH said, "Come, let Us go down, and there confound their language..." And They, YHWH, went down to the tower of Babel to perform Their will. While many believe that this was merely the one and only God speaking to the angels, such does not harmonize with other facts which are revealed in the Holy Scriptures concerning YHWH. First and foremost is the fact that Father God has a Son who is also God. Therefore, YHWH was speaking to at least His Son. This same thing occurred at Mt. Sinai (Exodus 19:11), and at other times (Numbers 11:17).
In Isaiah 40:3 we read, "The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD (YHWH), make straight in the desert a highway for our God."
Most Christians accept that prophecy of the coming of John the Baptist, who was to prepare the way for Jesus (See Matthew 3:3, Mark. 1:3, Luke 3:4 and John 1:23). Yet the Hebrew text reads, "Prepare ye the way of YHWH." Thus the Spirit of Truth clearly shows that Jesus was also known as YHWH.
YHWH, God, the Son, came to earth and took on a body of flesh, and a new name – Jesus (Yahshua – Joshua). After His ascension, He sat upon His Father's (YHWH's) throne (Psalms 110:1), there to receive a kingdom of His own, on earth, wherein He will sit upon His own throne – thus finally dwelling, visibly, with His people. It is written of the Son,
"He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:" Luke 1:32.
"To him that overcometh will I [Jesus] grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." Revelation 3:21.
"At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD [YHWH]; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD [YHWH], to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart." Jeremiah 3:17.
So, the throne of David, which is also called "throne of YHWH," shall be given unto the Son of David, Jesus [YHWH]. The following verses also bear out these facts.
"Then Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD [YHWH] as king instead of David his father, and prospered; and all Israel obeyed him." 1 Chronicles 29:23.
"And He [YHWH] said unto me, Son of man, the place of My throne, and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places." Ezekiel 43:7 .
"And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel." Matthew 19:28
Yet there are other thrones of YHWH other than the one on which the Son will eventually sit. The throne which we have been looking at is also called "throne of God and of the Lamb." (Revelation 22:1, 3). Then there is the "great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them." (Revelation 20:11). This is the Father's throne in heaven upon which Christ sat with Him when he ascended to heaven (Mark 16:19). The difference between these two thrones is that the "great white throne" is the Father's throne, upon which the Son sits with Him until he receives His own throne on earth – "throne of God and of the Lamb." It is called the throne of Them both because from it Christ reigns on the earth to His Father's glory.
There is also the throne which is in the heavenly Sanctuary, before which Christ intercedes as "a Lamb as it had been slain" in our behalf before the Father (Daniel 7:9; Revelation 4:1-2). This throne was "set" in a place which has a "door." Such it is with the heavenly Sanctuary. This is further borne out by the purpose for which this throne and its place exist – that is, as a place for intercession and judgment. We may also note that it was after this throne was "set" that the Ancient of Days (the Father) did sit. Thus this shows that it is not the same as the great white throne from where He rules the universe. The thing which these three thrones of YHWH have in common is that they are stationary. There are other thrones of YHWH which are moveable.
Ezekiel saw YHWH on a traveling throne coming to earth, then departing, then having returned again (Ezekiel chapters 1-10). The purpose of this throne coming to where Ezekiel was, "by the river Chebar" (Ezekiel 1:1), was to give Ezekiel a message of a coming investigation and judgment, and of his calling to be a "watchman" to God's people.
Isaiah saw something very similar (Isaiah 6), another traveling throne of YHWH. These various thrones, and the Ones named YHWH who sit upon them, show that the name YHWH applies to Persons whose individual presence can move from place to place. Therefore, YHWH is the name of the Elohim who have form and substance which can be perceived, and in whose image and likeness mankind have been made. As still further evidence that YHWH's presence may be in different places at the same time we note the following.
In 1 Samuel 4:4, and in other places, the Scriptures speak of "YHWH of hosts, who dwelleth between the cherubim" in the earthly sanctuary. Many Christians believe it was Christ who dwelt between the cherubim, and who spoke to them from there (Numbers 7:89), and was also the One who directed Israel from the cloud by day and the fire by night. Yes, He was there guiding His people, but He was not alone.
Many, Jew and Christian alike, understand that it was God's glory that dwelt between the cherubim. The Jews refer to God's Presence, His Glory, as the Shekinah. Though this term is not found in the Scriptures, in all of the other Hebrew and Aramaic writings its use is consistently feminine in gender. To them, the Holy Spirit, the Shekinah, was a feminine manifestation of YHWH, His Glory. This representation, and those we have from the understanding of the femininity of the Spirit in Hebrew, and those of the Hebrew word Eloah, are not the only ones which bear out this truth. Another is found in the true definition of the title by which YHWH was known before He revealed that name to Moses – that is, El Shaddai (Exodus 6:2-3).
El Shaddai has been translated by notable scholars as "Mighty Breasted One," and carries with it a feminine representation of YHWH. In many places where El Shaddai occurs, Eloah (Goddess) also appears – Job 5:17; 6:4; 11:7; etc..
That YHWH is spoken of in the feminine gender also, is clearly seen in a gender accurate translation of Psalms 113:5-9; "Who is like unto YHWH our God, She that is enthroned on high [hamagbihi], She that looketh down low [hamashpili] upon heaven and upon the earth? She who raised up [mekimi] the poor out of the dust, from the dunghill will He lift up [yarim] the needy; That She may set [l'hosivi] him with princes, even with the princes of His people [ammo]. She who maketh [moshivi] the barren woman to dwell in the midst of the household, the joyful mother of children. Hallelujah."
The Hebrew language has gone through four major changes. Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew of the Mishna, Medieval Hebrew, and Modern Hebrew. All pronouns in Hebrew also have (had) gender. Today it is taught that the different forms of "I" and "We" are interchangeable in gender. No attempt is generally made to explain why all other pronouns have definite gender. Could this be because Scripture has recorded God speaking in both forms?
ANI – This is what a man would generally use to say "I." ANOCHI – This is the FEMININE form of "I."
In Genesis 28:13 & 14 YHWH says, "...I [ANI – masculine] ... will...give it [the land]." yet in verses 15 & 16 YHWH says, "...I [ANOCHI – FEMININE] am with thee, and will keep thee."
From this it is easy to see that the One, YHWH, who is pronouncing the promise is speaking in the MASCULINE gender, while the One, YHWH, who promises to "BE WITH" and "WILL KEEP" us in speaking in the FEMININE gender. Here we are shown the Father and the Holy Spirit. Following are other occurrences of Anochi as used by YHWH:
"I [Anochi] will cause it to rain ..." Genesis 7:4.
"I [Anochi] am thy shield ..." Genesis 15:1.
"I [Anochi] Judge ..." Genesis 15:14.
"I [Anochi] am the God of Bethel ..." Genesis 31:13.
"I [Anochi] am God ... I will there make ... I [Anochi] will go down with thee ..." Genesis 46:3,4.
"I [Anochi] am the God of thy Father ..." Exodus 3:6.
"Certainly I [Anochi] will be a WITH thee' ..." Exodus 3:12.
"have not I [Anochi] WILL BE WITH ... and TEACH ..." Exodus 4:11.
"I [Anochi] will BE WITH ..." Exodus 4:15.
"I [Anochi] will slay thy son ..." Exodus 4:23.
"I [Anochi] am the Lord [YHWH]..." Deuteronomy 5:6.
"and I [Anochi] will BE WITH thee." Deuteronomy 31:23.
"I [Anochi], EVEN I [Anochi], AM HE [SHE] THAT COMFORTETH YOU:" Isaiah 51:12.
It is clear from these texts that the God [YHWH] who is to be "WITH" us" – the Holy Spirit – spoke in the FEMININE GENDER and is of WHOM woman is made "in the image and likeness."
Of the multitude of languages He could have used, Jesus chose to speak in the common languages of His time and place, Aramaic and Hebrew, the language of the Scriptures. In Aramaic (as well as in its sister language, Hebrew), the Spirit is in the feminine gender, so then the following is a more accurate translation of what He actually said in John 14:16-18:
"I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter [Paraclete, in Greek], that She may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Her not, neither knoweth Her; but ye know Her [Wisdom]; for She dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless [margin - orphans]."
We are not left "orphans" because we have been adopted by a loving Father and Mother into a Family with not only a Brother, but also a Sister who has the Family name YHWH.
"The invisible things of Him are ...clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made." Rom. 1:20.
At the base of all living organisms are the building blocks known as DNA – deoxyribonucleic acid. DNA contains all of the information for the completing of the organism. The fascinating thing about this is that DNA is composed of four acids, which are referred to as A, T, G and C. These four combine into two pairs – A & T, and G & C. A only bonds with T, and G only bonds with C. Thus nature also tells of the "invisible things of Him" – The Father and the Holy Spirit (Mother), and The Son and the Holy Ghost (Daughter).
As "father" implies "mother," so the word "son," implies a "daughter," for male and female reproduce male and female after the "image" and "likeness" of their Maker.
Jesus was crucified because the Jews and Romans wanted to put shackles on God, by saying that He could not beget a Son in His "express image" (Hebrews 1:3). Today, those who believe that God can have a Son, are hard pressed for a reason as to why God cannot have a Wife and a Daughter also, if it be His will.
Where is the Scripture that reads, "Blessed be he who hath a son, yet no wife or daughter?" Christ is portrayed as having a Bride, yet, to most people's thinking, His Father has no Bride, Wife.
So, YHWH, Who goes by the titles, El (masculine), Eloah (feminine), and Elohim (feminine base, masculine plural ending), and Elim, is in reality, four divine Persons – a holy Family who are altogether "One." Thus we can see that the translators of the King James Version saw with greater depth than their successors the truth of the "Spirit of God" (the Holy Spirit) and the "Spirit of Christ" (the Holy Ghost), and revealed their insight of the reality of the heavenly Family in the use of the words Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost.
The Bible is composed of the writings of holy men of God, "For prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost" (2 Peter 1:21). Thus, the Holy Ghost (the Daughter of God) is really the author of the Bible, for it was She (Wisdom) Who Inspired the Bible prophets whether by dreams, visions or thoughts. She has told us quite a bit about Her Family (Father, Mother and Brother) through the gift of prophecy, but in modesty has kept Her own identity somewhat hidden until now, when it is time to fully understand the Godhead whom we will soon behold in all Their glory.
"You have heard; see all this. And will you not declare it? I have made you hear new things from this time, even hidden things, and you did not know them. They are created now and not from the beginning; and before this day you have not heard them, lest you should say, 'Of course I knew them.' Surely you did not hear, surely you did not know; surely from long ago your ear was not opened. For I knew that you would deal very treacherously, and were called a transgressor from the womb. For My name's sake I will defer My anger, and for My praise I will restrain it from you, so that I do not cut you off." Isaiah 48:6-9. New King James Version.
This truth of the Bride of Christ is old, but its understanding is created new for us today. It is a "new sharp threshing instrument having teeth." Isaiah 41:15.
The full beauty of all these heavenly truths will be clearly seen "on earth as it is in heaven" in the full restitution of the divine institution which accompanied the Sabbath from the gates of Eden – marriage. Heaven begins in the home. In our families, our Gods are restoring not only Their moral image, but also Their "image" and "likeness" in our "form and feature" (Great Controversy, p. 644-5), our "outward resemblance" (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 45). Hallelujah. These truths, when fully understood, will bring into balance all of the relationships men and women have with each other, in all phases of life; at home, at work, at church, in the highways and byways of life.
Before sin entered humanity the Gods (ha Elohim) created an "image and likeness" of Themselves which is known as a family. This image was and is to be eternal. All of the unfallen, sinless worlds, of Gods' vast universe, with their multitudes of holy families, all reflecting Their Creators' image, are anxiously awaiting the redemption and restoration of the family of Adam to the image of true sons and daughters of the Gods (ha Elohim) in whose image and likeness we are made.
"Arise and thresh, O Daughter of Zion" Micah 4:13
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