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from Blood on the Tracks, by Bob Dylan
“How often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings.” Luke 13:34.
“As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them upon her wings: So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god [el, in Hebrew] with him....then he forsook God [Eloah, feminine in Hebrew] who made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation....They sacrificed unto devils, not to God [Eloah, feminine in Hebrew] ....Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.” Deuteronomy 32:11,12,15,17,18.
“In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His presence saved them in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bare them, and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled, and vexed His Holy Spirit [Ruah, feminine in Hebrew].” Isaiah 63:9, 10.
“Wisdom [Hookmah, feminine in Hebrew; Sophia, feminine in Greek] is justified of all her children.” Luke 7:35.
Though begotten by His Word, Ye are born of the Spirit.
Who is this Woman who desires to give us “Shelter from the Storm?”
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; 'To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” Revelation 2:17.
Though many understand that the Church, the Community of Israel (the literal and the spiritual) has always been portrayed as a woman, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament, and is a shelter to her children, there is more to this Woman than that.
In Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic all common nouns, verbs and antecedents have gender assigned to them, either masculine or feminine, there is no neuter, nothing is called “it.” Most all nouns ending in “ah“ are feminine. Whenever reading or thinking of the Holy Spirit [Ruah, in Hebrew], Moses and the other Old Testament writers, Jesus, and His Hebrew/Aramaic speaking apostles and disciples, Bob Dylan, or anyone else with a basic understanding of the Hebrew Scriptures, would see a feminine Person.
In the second century B.C., Jewish rabbis and scholars made a translation of the Hebrew Scriptures into the Greek language for the Greek-speaking Jews and converts. This is known as The Septuagint. After the work was completed a time of fasting and mourning was proclaimed because of the violence done to the beauty of the Hebrew Scriptures. Why? Because the Greek language employed a neuter gender and in many cases personality and gender were lost. The same loss took place in New Testament times when Jesus’ apostles and disciples translated some of the Gospels and other writings into Greek, or wrote in Greek themselves. Biblical Hebrew has in its word pictures a revelation of the Divine.
EL – Translated God, gods, idols, mighty, mighty one, power, and strong. It is used in reference to YHWH, The God of Israel, as well as of gods of other nations. It is singular and masculine.
ELOAH – Translated God. It appears over fifty times in the Scriptures. It is mainly used in reference to YHWH. It has the feminine ending “ah” and should be translated Goddess. The form Elohi is twice translated goddess, literally goddess of (1 Kings 11:5, 33). I asked a Hebrew teacher in what way does Eloah, being feminine as it is, differ from El or Elohim. After reflecting for a moment, she replied that it represents the One who is “with us.”
ELOHIM – Translated angels, God, godly, judges, and gods. Elohim has Eloah as its root, with the added masculine plural ending im. It implies a unity of masculine and feminine, and a plurality. If the Godhead were all masculine Persons then the word would be Elim, which is used only twice with reference to YHWH. Mankind (male and female) is said to be made in the “image” and “likeness” of Elohim (feminine, masculine, plural), not El (masculine, singular), Elim (masculine, plural), Eloah (feminine, singular), or Elohot (feminine, plural). As Elohim is plural, it should be consistently read as Gods, plural, whether referring to the True Gods, or to false ones.
EL SHADDAI – Translated Almighty God, God Almighty. The actual root of the word Shaddai is shad and means breasts, feminine. El Shaddai literally means “The Mighty Breasted One“ — able to abundantly supply, nurture, and comfort. In many places where El Shaddai occurs, so does Eloah (Goddess).
SHEKINAH – Another Hebrew term used to describe the Presence of God, The Holy Spirit. It is also feminine. It was the Shekinah which was said to “dwell between the cherubim” and was also worshipped as God.
“That which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shown 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.
“And God [Gods – Elohim] said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness: and let them have dominion....' So God [Gods – Elohim] created man in His Own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” Gen. 1:26,27.
“In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God [Gods – Elohim] made He him; male and female created He them; and blessed them and called their name Adam...“ Gen. 5:1,2. Woman was not created in the “image” and “likeness” of the man, but of God, or, rather, Goddess, the Holy Spirit. When Gods called Adam, they, Their image and likeness, responded. Later, after they had sinned, the man called the woman, Eve (Genesis 3:20).
The adherents of Judaism, in general, have no problem acknowledging the duality of gender the Scriptures use when speaking of God because they traditionally believe today (though it has not always been so), “[a]s Maimonides, the greatest medieval Jewish philosopher puts it 'God is not a body, nor can bodily attributes be ascribed to him, and he has no likeness at all.' ” The Hebrew Goddess, by Raphael Patai, Wayne State University Press. It certainly leads to confusion to read in the Scriptures that we are made in the “likeness” of God, but be told that He “has no likeness at all.” No wonder why so many people are having an identity crisis today. Woman is made in the image and likeness of the Holy Spirit.
"HEAR, O ISRAEL, THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD."
The Hebrew word translated “one” (echad) implies a “unity” of more than just one in number. Gods (Elohim), through Moses, were not telling Israel that They were “one” Person, but instead that They (the Gods, ha-Elohim) were perfectly united, “One.” This was contrary to all of the other religious beliefs around them in that all of the other deities were in opposition to, and even warring against, each other, even the ones which were of the same family. The Gods of Israel, “The Mighty Living Ones [Elohim Hayyim]” are One (United).
THE PLURALITY OF MAJESTY
The Jews, though acknowledging the “Plurality of Majesty” as defined in the language of the Scriptures, never have, nor would have believed in a Trinity, for they believe the Son also has a feminine Counterpart, as does His Father, thus making four not three. It can be seen that the translators of the King James Bible understood this somewhat in the fact that in the New Testament the term Holy Ghost is translated from the same words for Holy Spirit. This was done to convey the fact that the Scriptures reveal that The Father has His Own Spirit, and the Son has His Own Spirit. Thus revealing a heavenly Father, Mother, Son, and Daughter.
“Thy throne, O God [the Son], is for ever and ever...Oh God [the Son], thy God [Your Father and Mother, the Holy Spirit], hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows... The King's [the Father's] Daughter [the Holy Ghost] is all glorious within... She shall be brought unto the King [the Son] in the raiment of needlework (fine linen – Revelation. 19:8); the virgins [the 144,000] Her companions that follow Her shall be brought unto Thee [the Son] [Rev 14:1-5]. Instead of Thy fathers, shall be Thy children, whom Thou mayest make princes in all the earth." Psalm 45:6-16. This is how and why Jesus becomes our “Everlasting Father” Isaiah 9:6.
In Matthew 25:1-13 the Church is portrayed as virgins waiting with the Bride for the Coming of the Bridegroom. In Revelation 19:9 the Church is portrayed as guests at the marriage supper of the Lamb. If companions and guests, she (the Church) cannot also be the Bride.
THE BRIDEGROOM SAYS
“My Dove, my undefiled is but One; She is the only One of Her Mother, She is the beloved One of Her [the Mother] that bare Her [the Daughter]... Return, return, O Shulamite, return, return, that we may look upon thee. What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of Two Armies [Two Hosts – Mahanaim, Gen. 32:2].” Song of Solomon 6:9, 13.
THE BRIDE SAYS
“The Lord [Jesus] possessed Me [the Holy Ghost, His Sister] in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths I was brought forth... Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, was I brought forth: While as yet He had not made the earth... When He prepared the heavens, I was there... Then I was by Him, as one brought up with Him: and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him; rejoicing in the habitable parts of the His earth...” Proverbs 8:22-30. The Hebrew word translated “brought forth” literally means, “birthed.”
“What are these two Olive Trees [The Father and Mother] upon the right side of the candlestick [the church – Rev. 1:20] and upon the left side thereof? And...What be these two Olive Branches [Son and Daughter] which through the two golden pipes (prophets) empty the golden oil out of Themselves?...These [the Branches] are the Two Anointed Ones that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.” Zechariah 4:11-14.
“Wherefore when He cometh into the world, He saith, Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldst not, but a body hast Thou prepared Me.” Hebrews 10:5. The Holy Spirit, by an act of Divine creation, began a body from Mary's seed, and the Only Begotten Son of God gave up His Divine Form and Glory to become one with the fleshly body. He was not “Begotten of the Father,” nor “Born of the Spirit” at the time of the incarnation, but at a time before He, the Son, created everything with the Holy Ghost by Him.
“But the Spirit itself [Herself] maketh Intercession for us....“ Rom. 8:26.
“Christ Who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself...” Hebrews 9:14.
The early Church knew of two intercessors, Jesus and the Holy Ghost, one masculine, one feminine, both Divine. This was later changed into Jesus and Mary.
“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the Marriage of the Lamb is come, and His Wife hath made herself ready. And to Her was granted that She should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints.” Revelation 19:7, 8. What was She wearing? – “the righteousness of the saints.” It is not the saints that have on the “fine linen,” it is “His Wife.” “And the Spirit (Mother) and the Bride (Daughter) say, 'Come'” Rev. 22:17. To whom? To you and I, brothers and sisters.
BOB DYLAN AND WISDOM, HIS FRIEND
In the Book of Proverbs the Holy Ghost is characterized as Wisdom, the Divine feminine Intercessor. In his song, Shelter from the Storm, Bob Dylan is simply telling of the Holy Ghost’s [Divine Wisdom’s] work in his spiritual rebirth — Her, the Daughter of Gods’ work. “Come in,” She said [to him, and you and me], “I’ll give you shelter from the storm.”
“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 all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
“Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to Her.
“I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth. I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find Me. Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures...
“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 8:1-21, 32-36.
Not only are the Hebrew words for Spirit and Wisdom feminine, but so is the word for Law (Instruction), Torah. The devil hates the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost, women, and true femininity, for he first sinned against the Holy Spirit’s influence in his heart and mind, and thereby Law and Wisdom.
“...She crieth upon the highest places of the city, Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, She saith to him, Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.” Proverbs 9:3-6.
“She is a Tree of Life to them that lay hold upon Her: and happy is every one that retaineth Her.” Proverbs 3:18.
“Precious Angel, under the Sun, how was I to know You'd be the one. To show me I was blinded; to show me I was gone; how weak was the foundation, I was standing upon. Shine Your light. Shine Your light on me. Shine Your light. You know I just couldn't make it by myself, I'm a little too blind to see...You’re the Queen of my flesh Girl, you’re my Woman, you’re my delight.” Precious Angel, by Bob Dylan.
“If not for you, Babe, I couldn’t find the door, couldn’t even see the floor. I’d be sad and blue, if not for You...” If Not For You, by Bob Dylan.
Under Your Spell, Your Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go, Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love), You Angel You, Covenant Woman, etc., by Bob Dylan - singing Her Praises before the nations.
“If I could only turn back the clock to when God [Jesus] and
the last verse of Shelter From The Storm
Yours, to behold