the beauty of YHVH
Part Three: In Addition
by haRold Smith
a citizen of the Commonwealth
"The revelation of Yeshua haMashiach, which YHVH gave Him (Yeshua) to show to His servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the Word of YHVH AND TO (IN ADDITION) the testimony of Yeshua haMashiach, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.
"John, to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him (YHVH) Who is and Who was and Who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before His (YHVH's) throne, AND FROM (IN ADDITION) Yeshua haMashiach the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, the ruler of kings on earth.
"To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His Blood and made us a Kingdom, priests TO HIS (YESHUA'S) GOD AND FATHER, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." Revelation 1:1-6
When we look at scripture from a Western, non-Hebraic mindset, we often fail to see the real meaning contained in the words written. Words mean things. Consequently, since we have already made up our mind as to what they mean based on observing them from a platform other than from which they were written - we come away with a distorted view of this Hebrew world they speak of. We must constantly keep in mind that all the words of the entire Book were written by Hebrews from a Hebrew mindset with a Hebrew perspective out of a Hebrew culture to a Hebrew audience who understood the nuances of the Hebrew language. This is precisely the attitude the previous article, Agreement, addressed (click on highlighted words to view scriptures). After a while, because we have so incessantly invested ourselves into a particular premise of doctrine, our search begins to take on the nature of finding scripture that will support what we have already come to believe instead of questioning the source of everything every day. So, the real question becomes - how have so many gotten it so wrong for so long? The answer lies in not questioning the source of the tradition handed down to us - the only thing Yeshua ever pointed to that would make the word of YHVH null and void, of none effect (Mark 7:13, see what it means to have Salvation and Eternal Life).
For instance, are you aware that the English translated phrase "I AM that I AM" (traditionally lauded as the Name of the Hebrew God, YaHoVeH) does not appear anywhere in the Hebrew text? This is an English equivalent of a Greek phrase appearing in the Greek translation of the Original Books (called the Septuagint) that was carried over into the Greek translations of the New Testament to support a Greek concept of a triune godhead every time the Hebrew Messiah utters the words "I AM" - but, that concept does not have its origin in Hebrew thought. The Greeks served many gods, so it is natural to see that ideology reflected in their translations of these Hebrew words that speak of only One God of Truth. The literal Hebrew of Exodus 3:14 appearing in the Hebrew Interlinear Literal Translation reads "I shall become who I am becoming" and is found throughout the Tanakh (OT) to describe the continuity of YHVH's existence in the passage of firstborn status through one generation of Hebrew to the next. Thus, Yeshua was validating His claim in John 8:58 of being the fulfillment of the promised seed of the firstborn Kinsman Redeemer to the house of Israel - the Son of YHVH, the prophesied Messiah. Since every Hebrew had a visible experience of firstborn status living within their immediate family and what came with that status, every Hebrew understood the significance of the firstborn status of the coming Messiah of YHVH to the family of Israel as well. This is what incensed the Jewish religious leaders of Yeshua's day and those who embraced their doctrines. As Hebrews, they understood the significance of Yeshua's claim to be the fulfillment of the "One Becoming" (see Who's Your Daddy?). Consider another example of distortion among many that can be found:
|"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one ." 1John 5:7 KJV|
the Hebrew, apostle Yochanan (John)
In spite of how well conceived men can can cobble scripture together to package theological assumptions like the rapture and pre-destination - these concepts, including that of "the trinity", are just not found in the whole of scripture. Isaiah 43:11, Isaiah 45:21 and Hosea 13:4 all speak to this issue of there being a multiple godhead as plainly as can be said. Even the apostle Paul agrees in 1Corinthians 8:6 and 1Corinthians 15:27. Briefly put, YHVH is the Source and Object of all; Yeshua is the Channel of all that YHVH is; thus it is always found in scripture. It is never said we come out of Yeshua, but only out of YHVH. Indeed, Yeshua asserts that He Himself came out of YHVH in John 8:42. Paul proclaims all is out of YHVH in Romans 11:30-36. Constantly, we are told to worship YHVH and keep the testimony of Yeshua (i.e., Revelation 19:10b and the first verses opening this article above). Every single letter of the "New" Testament starting with the Book of Acts begins with some sort of salutation that makes a clear distinction between "YHVH, the Father, AND His Son, Yeshua." These are but a few out of many, many instances of scripture that speak contrarily to the concept of "the trinity".
Why does it make a difference? To approach scripture with a mind already made up as to how it reads causes everything read after to be colored by that same filter of preconception (Ezekiel 14:1-5, see Pure or Perverse). But, that is not why these words were given. Scriptures were given so that we might validate YHVH, the Source of Life, in the Truth of Who He says He Is - not who we want Him to be. Consequently, it is important we look at all of what the Father has given us to validate Who He says He Is. The ringing insistence of the scriptures that there is only one God has been subtly undermined by the prevailing teaching concerning a "triune deity". This is a Greek concept superimposed onto Hebrew scripture. In the famous passage from Isaiah 9:6, the prophet says YHVH will have a son - not another god and YHVH is not described as birthing Himself (see Who's Word Is It?).
The religion Christianity has elevated a Greek/Latin "Jesus" to a place and position equal to or, most often, replacing the One True Elohiem (God) of Israel and uses the words of the apostle Sha'ul (Paul) as vindication for doing such. Yet, the words of this apostle plainly speak otherwise throughout his writings if we simply look at what he is saying without this filter of preconception. But, what is most telling about what this Hebrew apostle believes is in the words of his oratories given before Gentiles in Acts 24:14, and, most notably, in Acts 17:22-34. The definition of a Gentile is someone who "worships idols" - worshipping someone or something other than the Hebrew YHVH. From the perspective of this Hebrew Book (what most call "the bible") in which every word written therein was penned by Hebrews, there are only two classifications of people - Hebrews or "others". There were no "Christians" around when these letters were written. These "others" are called Gentiles.
the Hebrew, apostle Sha'ul (Paul)
So, the question has to be asked - if Paul was such an adherent to establishing this new religion (as "Christianity" says he is); then, why did he not mention Yeshua to these folks of the Areopagus? It was because this Hebrew, this Rabbi of the Torah, understood that to come to faith first meant to believe in YaHoVeH, the Only One True God of Israel by becoming a member of the family of YHVH - Israel. Once within the confines of the family, the discussion then turns to the prominent role of Yeshua as the firstborn Kinsman Redeemer - which the believers in YHVH in the synagogues where Paul presented Yeshua as the Messiah understood what he was saying. Anyone can come into the family and partake of the freedom from darkness that comes from abiding in the Presence of Light, YHVH, Who is the Source of Life - as long as they adhere to the standards of the family set by the Father and upheld by the words and actions of the firstborn Son. The sacrifice of the Kinsman Redeemer is what restored the Kingdom of YHVH to the rightful heirs - the family of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (who was renamed Israel Genesis 32:28). These words and actions of Sha'ul did not in any way diminish or tarnish what the firstborn Son accomplished by His sacrifice and the Prominence due Him for that sacrifice - it just puts it into its proper Hebrew contextual perspective (1Corinthians 15:3-4, see the Fulfillment).
When we inquire into the relation of the three members of the "trinity" to one another, we are met by meaningless and incomprehensible (as well as unscriptural) phrases - just as most people, while acknowledging the actual word "trinity" is not found anywhere in scripture, will say the "concept" is still there. Well, just looking at ALL the words contained in ALL these Hebrew Books just for what they say and promote, balanced against one another - even the concept is not found in scripture. Hear this - in order to embrace the concept of the trinity, one has to negate all the scriptures quoted above - plus many, many more. They are negated either by taking them out of context, re-defining them, explaining them away as dispensational or just flat out ignoring them. The scriptures are written that we should know, first the Father AND THEN, in addition, His Son and it is of utmost importance IF we are to know them IN TRUTH that we give to each the place assigned to them in scripture. We can believe whatever we want to believe, but if what we believe does not align with scripture - then, it becomes disingenuous to say we believe in the words of the bible.
You are a smart person. Ask yourself, if the Father's intent is for us to really come to know Him in Truth, and the scriptures were given to help us accomplish that - then why does this word "Trinity" not appear in any manuscript of scripture and why is the concept itself not to be found historically any further back than 300 years after the Resurrection (even then only emerging within the nefariousness that was the origin of the Constantinian Roman Catholic Church)? Why is it that we can be so quick to invalidate a religion like Islam because its roots are bred in ignorance of the One True God of Israel, but cannot recognize that same breeding took place with the religion "Christianity" parked on our own doorstep? Why is the name Holy Spirit only capitalized beginning with the Latin Vulgate, the Catholic bible? The Hebrew is ruach hakodesh, found throughout the Original Books to mean "the spirit of holiness" and Yeshua said there is but one holy, YaHoVeH - not some other "person". If you do not believe the religion Christianity has all of its roots and tentacles embedded in these doctrines of Catholicism - do the research. It is a fascinating history lesson.
There is the Father and then there is the Son. Yeshua did not raise Himself from the grave - that was His Father's doing.
Part One, the Godhead
Part Two, Agreement
Part Three, In Addition
Part Four, One Spirit...
Part Five, ...One Name
|"But YHVH has raised Him up and freed Him from the suffering of death; it was impossible that death could keep its hold on Him." Acts 2:24|
Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I don't claim to have all the answers, but I would be honored to share with you what the Father is uncovering in these days.