WHO IS YAHSHUA?

By Joe Snipes

The following is the truth as best as I have come to understand it concerning the foundational issue of the deity of Messiah. There is a very serious heretical thread running under the banner of Messianic Truth today. It may be fueled by the reactionary impetus of the church of Christendom's slanted view against its Hebraic roots. However wrong this may be, Father YHVH has used the church system of Christianity to keep much of Ephraim/Israel alive over the centuries to the present. Like a womb that holds a child in place until its birth, the church of Christendom has served its purpose. Now Father YHVH is bringing forth His end time restoration move to unite the Two Houses Of Israel. Many are coming out of the church system to realize their destiny as returning Ephraim. Hasatan will not sit idly by while this happens. He will use every tactic he can to hinder this end time restoration that bears such great significance in YHVH's eternal purpose. Therefore, be advised, this restoration WILL happen. However, our individual inclusion in this restoration is conditional. The enemy knows this. So if he cannot destroy us by force, he will either disqualify us by moral failure, or by the enticement of deceitful spirits to draw us away from the Truth. Our only hope is to love Father YHVH and His Son above all else, and to love His truth with fervency.

 

Those of us who have come out of the church system have been to some degree blinded by certain doctrines whose root is not in the Truth. As Father YHVH opens our eyes to the light of Hebraic understanding, we will. and must, renounce and reject these errors. The Christian doctrine of the trinity is one such error. While the doctrine of the trinity may not be the truth concerning the unique oneness of the nature of YHVH our Elohim, we must NOT commit the error on the opposite end of the scale. The error of rejecting the deity of Messiah Yeshua and the Hebraic truth (Judaism also fails to understand this foundational issue) that Messiah Yeshua IS YHVH manifest in human form. This is no small matter. This is not a matter with which we may allow latitude as some other doctrines of the Faith may be (spiritual gifts, foot-washing, baptism with the Holy Spirit...etc.) Failure to get this right will prove to be a fatal flaw that will finally make shipwreck of our faith in the long run. This is both a wonderful, yet terrible hour to be alive. Terrible, because I do not believe that any generation since Messiah's own will experience the pressures applied by the unseen world of the spirit. Again, our only hope is to be motivated by both the love of YHVH and the love of His Truth. Otherwise, we may find ourselves in the state that Rav Shaul (Paul) so strongly warned the Thessalonian believers to avoid, "and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason Elohim will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness." (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 NASB)


Rav Shaul further warns us, "But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons." (1 Timothy 4:1 NASB) It is interesting to note that this verse (we must remember that the books of the Renewed Covenant were originally letters, so there was no division of thought) immediately follows Rav Shaul's expression of worship in the proclamation of Messiah's deity, "By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory." (1 Timothy 3:16 NASB) It is the work of the deceitful spirits Rav Shaul warned us of that seeks to attack the manifestation of YHVH in the flesh. Why? Because it strikes directly at the foundation of our redemption. The KJV identifies who the "He" is in this verse as Elohim. However, those who attack this vital truth do so by casting doubt upon the veracity of the KJV translation. Citing the fact that there are certain verses that have been tampered with, others possibly added, to support the erroneous doctrine of the trinity. This being one of them. However, if one will properly exegete this verse, you will come to the same conclusion. Yeshua is YHVH our Elohim manifest in the flesh. Rav Shaul said this was a "common confession" of all true Nazarene's. (Paul was not a Christian! By his own confession he was a member of the Jewish sect of those who believed in Messiah Yeshua known as The Way and The Nazarenes) for salvation, but kept Torah, the celebrations of YHVH...etc. (Acts 24:5, 14) He said that the understanding of this vital truth was a "mystery". Why? So that only those who love the truth of YHVH might be taught it by the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). It will never come by mere human logic. It will not come by the simple implementation of the act of the mind of the flesh known as common sense. It will come only by revelation of the Ruach. (Ephesians 1:17) There under the Hebraic light of the Ruach's teaching will this, and all the mysteries of YHVH, be revealed.

 

Are there errors espoused in the church of Christendom? Yes. Are there errors espoused in Judaism? Yes. What then is the answer? Must we throw all that the church has taught away? Should we reject all that Judaism has taught? No. Let us use the measure by which Rav Shaul taught the believer's of his day to gauge what is true. " Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." (1 Thessalonians 5:21 NASB) There are those, who along with their erroneous attempts to deny who Messiah Yeshua is, also under the dark guidance of the same deceitful spirits, attempt to cast doubt upon the veracity of the Renewed Covenant. While there are certainly some portions of the translations of the New Testament that may be held as suspect, and a few scriptures that may have been added, this does not give us the right to reject the body of this work as being any thing less than what it is, the inspired work of the Ruach HaKodesh. As flawed as it may be in its present condition, it is what we have to work with. (I believe the day will come when the Gospels and letters of the Renewed Covenant will be found in their original language. If not Hebrew, then most certainly Aramaic. This will then silence the mouth of the accusers) The key is realizing that YHVH will never contradict Himself in His Word. Therefore, let us always set out to prove what is said in the Renewed Covenant scriptures by what is found in the Torah and Tanach. Those who reject either volume of scripture (Older or Renewed) must realize that they are violating a very foundational principle of Torah. All things must be established by the mouth of two or three witnesses (see Deuteronomy 19:15) Thus, the Older Covenant scriptures are the establishing witness to the Renewed Covenant, and vice versa. May Father YHVH bless us as we pray that He opens our eyes through the Ruach to know the truth of the mystery of Messiah Yeshua. Hidden not from us, but for us. Amein.

 

The Hebraic Understanding of YHVH

 

The church of Christendom's error concerning the trinity is, that they took a doctrinal view based solely upon certain New Testament scriptures and made it a law to its own self. Another way to say it is, the doctrine of the trinity is one devised by private interpretation. (see 2 Peter 1:20) What the New Testament declares must first be established by the Older Covenant scriptures. The Constantinian error (4th century emperor of Rome who embraced the Christian faith and made Christianity a religion separate from its Hebraic roots) separates the Renewed Covenant from the Older. The Catholic (Constantine's church system) idea of the trinity was then imposed over the true Hebraic understanding of the nature of G-d. The error of Judaism is that it fails to understand the manifestations of YHVH. Plurality of manifestations does not constitute plurality of persons. While Christianity goes too far, Judaism does not go far enough. Let's look at the Hebraic understanding of the nature of Elohim.

 

"Hear, O Israel! The YHVH is our Elohim, the YHVH is one!" (Deut 6:4 NASB)

 

The above scripture from Torah is the pledge of allegiance to all believing Jews and returning Ephraimites. It is also the Hebraic revelation of the nature of YHVH the Elohim (G-d) of Israel. We are told here that YHVH is our Elohim. First, let us understand the fact that the Hebrew word "elohim" is a noun that is used to identify both beings divine, human, as well as false gods. Moses and David are both referred to by this noun. It denotes their greatness. The noun "elohim" is also plural. Does this mean that Moses and David were three persons in one? No! Because there are no punctuation marks used in Hebrew, the principle of using plural nouns/verbs is implemented to denote intense meaning. While this is not always constant, because there are plural nouns in Hebrew meant to denote more than one, the context determines the intent. Please note the following example, "And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth." (Isaiah 53:9) The word "death" used in this verse, in reference to the death of Messiah, is in the plural...deaths. Does this mean that Messiah died more than one death? No! The use of a plural verb to describe the death by which Messiah died is the way Hebrew expresses the concept of the "intensity of tragedy". It is a physical fact that Messiah Yeshua suffered so excruciatingly that His heart literally burst. This is why when the centurion pierced his side, both blood and water came out. (John 19:34) So we see how this principle works. Further, we must understand that when we find a plural noun in Hebrew the way we determine if it is meant to be understood and used as plural is determined by the number of the verb. If the verb pointing to the action of a plural noun is plural, then the noun is meant to be understood as a plural. If the verb is singular, then the noun is meant to be understood as singular. All of the verbs in Genesis chapter one concerned with YHVH our Elohim in creation are singular. Thus, this points to the fact that the plural noun "elohim" is meant to be understood as singular. The plurality of the noun is meant to show the "intensity of majesty", not plurality of persons. So the Hebraic understanding of Elohim is that He is ONE!

 

Now hold on, because we are about to expose something about YHVH's ONENESS that is greatly misunderstood by both segments of religion that have been used to speak on His behalf...Judaism and Christianity. The failure of both of these systems of religion to understand this concept is what has led to so much confusion about the nature of G-d in their theology. Let's look a little closer at Deuteronomy 6:4.Here we are told by Torah to hear this. YHVH is #1) our G-d and #2) He is one. The Hebrew word "one" defined by the Strong’s Concordance of Hebrew Words is "echad" as meaning, one, one and only one. However, It can also mean, one after another. In other words, while echad can mean one and only one, it can also be one with plural parts, as in a compound unity. This oneness, expressed by plurality of parts, is understood when these parts are given in the context of its usage as the latter meaning implies. This is the failure of Judaism. It does not allow for the latter meaning to be employed. It sees G-d as one and only one. However, as scripture does testify, G-d is a plurality of divinity. Again, not in the trinitarian sense of three distinct Persons. The Hebraic understanding of G-d is that He is echad, as a plural (compound) unity of divinity. Father, Word, and Spirit together make up YHVH. These three parts, not Persons, are ONE...echad. "God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day." (Genesis 1:5 NASB)

 

Here we see that YHVH's day is singular but made up of plural parts. The Hebraic day is made up of two parts: evening and morning. The two parts make an echad...ONE DAY. It is not two days in one. It is two parts that make up the ONE day. "For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh." (Genesis 2:24 NASB)

 

Now many people do not understand that YHVH created ONE man, but two types: male and female. (see Genesis 1:27) When the man and woman are married, they become a manifestation of the one flesh/man as at the beginning. They form an echad. The two become as the ONE man they were before YHVH brought forth the female from within the man. (Pay attention here because the mystery concerning YHVH and Yeshua's relationship bear great similarities) The man is made up of plural parts that make him ONE flesh. Now in relation to the nature of YHVH we may begin to understand things a little clearer. YHVH is one. Yet, He is made up of plural parts, not persons, that form one whole Being. YHVH is I Am. He is The Word. He is also Ruach. Christianity divides each of these parts and makes them distinct Personalities. This can never be. If you do this, then there are three gods. Christianity may claim all day that these Three are One, but this still makes G-d three distinct Persons not one. It violates Torah. However, when we understand YHVH as a unit, then He remains echad. He has a plurality of parts that are to be understood as ONE unit.

 

The Fellowship of The Mystery

 

"And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ." (Ephesians 3:9 KJV)

 

Rav Shaul tells us here that Father YHVH has called us into "the fellowship of the mystery". He further tells us that this mystery has been hidden in YHVH our Elohim from the very beginning of the world. In Colossians 2:2 Rav Shaul tell us that this mystery is in reality not a thing, but it is Messiah. Please understand, I am not taking the idea of the mystery as a means to eject myself out of the responsibility to logically (under the revelatory guidance of the Ruach HaKodesh) come to a clear understanding of what we are discussing. The mystery CAN be understood. However, the mental prowess of man, even religious man, is useless here. The mystery is purposefully hidden in Elohim. YHVH will reveal it to those who truly desire to know, not it, but Him, through Messiah Yeshua. He desires that all of His children come into the fellowship of this mystery. The key is allowing Him to teach us by His Ruach. It is a work of the Spirit in our spirit. It is seeing with the eyes of our heart, before we understand with our brain. Revelation knowledge is much like crude oil. When oil is first gathered, it cannot be used right away. It must be refined by numerous processes. Even so, when the Ruach teaches us by revelation, our spirit may know, but we cannot intelligently explain it to some one else. Many times, it takes a process of experience before we can explain it. Master Yeshua laid down this very principle to His talmidim (disciples). He asked them who do men say I am? Each said one thing, and some another. But, then Kepha (Peter) sort of blurted out the answer, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." (Matthew 16:16 NASB)

 

Master Yeshua blessed Kepha for his response. Yet, He explained that Kepha's answer was not from himself. It was not attained by the process of the devisement of his brain. It came from Father YHVH. It was revelation knowledge. Then, Master Yeshua said this, "I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it." (Matthew 16:18-19 NASB) Messiah did not say that He would build His ekklesia ("church" is a very poor translation of the Greek word ekklesia. It literally is an assembly of called out ones) upon Kepha, but on the power of what he had just experienced...revelation knowledge. The ultimate power of which is seen by the fact "the gates" (literally the counsels) of hell would not be able to overpower it!

 

Beloved, what argument can build. Argument can tear down. If at the end of this discourse all I have done is given you ammunition to wage debate, then I ha ve failed. Many times the wisdom of this world seems so much stronger and powerful than the wisdom of Elohim. However, the power of revelation knowledge is not in its ability to win arguments. Its power is in its ability to manifest the kingdom of heaven. In the realm of spirit, the power of human wisdom and intellect is useless. Only that which comes out of the Ruach through our spirit is sufficient. Does that mean we should never stand up for the truth? No. It means that we wait for Father YHVH to fill our heart with His Words by His Ruach. Men may fight what we know. They can never overcome WHO speaks through us! The revelation knowledge of the mystery of Messiah will bring peace to your heart. It will unify your spirit and mind. Why is Christianity so fragmented? Because its understanding of G-d is fragmented by its errant trinitarian doctrine. Why does Judaism fall short and stumble? Its light cannot overcome the darkness because it fails to embrace the fullness of YHVH's revelation of Himself in Messiah Yeshua. When we truly begin to see the Oneness of YHVH expressed through Yeshua, then the unity of eye will bring forth unity of heart. May Father give us the dove's eye spoken of by Solomon. (Song Of Solomon 1:15- doves can only see ONE object at a time) Restored remnant Israel is destined to see YHVH our Elohim with this ONE eye of the spirit. The resulting unity of spirit will manifest in a restored outward unity as YHVH's ONE nation. Then, we will be able to bind the strong man (Hasatan) and spoil the goods of his house. (the earth and its fullness) (Luke 11:21-23)

 

The Eternals of Elohim And The Brit Chadasha (Renewed Covenant)

 

There is a good reason that the Renewed Covenant, Brit Chadasha, is a necessity. It is through the revelations given to Rav Shaul that we understand that there were events that happened of which we have no knowledge. Why? Because we weren't there. They happened in the eternals of Elohim. YHVH dwells beyond our time/space continuom. He dwells in eternity. For our sake we may refer to certain events that happened before time as the eternal past. It is here that Rav Shaul gives us a peek at the activity of YHVH. "Blessed {be} the Elohim and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly {places} in Christ, just as He chose us in Him BEFORE the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love." (Ephesians 1:3-4 NASB- emphasis mine)

 

Just as Father YHVH was actively planning, what Rav Shaul calls, "the eternal purpose" (see Ephesians 3:11), even so there was activity within the very Being of YHVH Himself. All of these activities we would be ignorant of if it were not for the revelations given to us in the Brit Chadasha. Father YHVH WANTS us to know about these things. While we may not completely understand all of the nature of YHVH until we are in the Millenial Kingdom, He has given us enough to have a clear picture at present. It takes the Ruach to put it all into perspective, but the mystery CAN be known. Rav Shaul has told us that it is Father YHVH's pleasure to make His will known, and to privilege us to enter into the fellowship of the mystery.

 

YHVH Brings Forth a Manifestation of Himself In Eternity Past

 

We must realize how important it is that we recover the Hebraic roots of our faith. The scriptures must be held underneath the Hebraic light by the Ruach HaKodesh in order for us to have our minds renewed to see what Father has hidden for us. John in his Gospel understands, and is inspired by the Ruach, to use a phrase that gives us a revelation into a most astounding event in the history of our Creator. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim." (John 1:1 NASB) Now we are coming closer to the revelation of the mystery. In eternity past the Word of YHVH existed. The Word was with Elohim. The Word was Elohim. John further identifies Messiah Yeshua as the Word of YHVH. "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth" (John 1:14 NASB) What John is revealing to us is, that the Word of YHVH was pre-existent with Himself. The Word of YHVH existed ALWAYS even at the beginning of creation. There NEVER was a time when the Word of YHVH was not. Why? Because YHVH and His Word are ONE! Father YHVH used His Word to create all things. "All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being." (John 1:3 NASB)

 

Those who pervert, either through ignorance or by deceitfulness, the pre-existence of Messiah Yeshua as the Word of YHVH in eternity past are blind to the glory of YHVH's great love. YHVH had a wonderful plan. Rav Shaul calls this the eternal purpose. It existed before the need for mankind's redemption. It existed before creation. Redemption is a recovery plan. As wonderful and necessary as it is, redemption is a secondary plan to the eternal purpose of YHVH. The plan of redemption fills the chasm created by Adam's rebellion, resulting in the entry of sin and death into Elohim's creation. As YHVH devised His eternal purpose He made provision for the possible failure of man to follow through in loving sacrificial obedience to His will. There in the eternal past, YHVH decided that He would become mankind's Redeemer should that event become necessary. That is why Messiah Yeshua is referred to in the book of Revelation as, "...the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." (Reve lation 13:8b KJV) The Tanach confirms this revelation from the Brit Chadasha to be true. "(Our Redeemer, the LORD of hosts is His name, The Holy One of Israel." (Isaiah 47:4 NASB)

 

YHVH is the Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Something so important could not be left to any one but YHVH Himself! Yet, how would this be accomplished. We have John to thank for providing us with a glimpse into how this glorious action took place. "No one has seen Elohim at any time; the only begotten Elohim who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained {Him.}" (John 1:18 NASB) The way this verse is translated here by the New American Standard Bible is quite interesting. It clearly declares the deity of Messiah Yeshua. Another interesting point is John's use of the word "begotten". The word used by John in this verse for "begotten", and in other verses in this first chapter, is different than that used by the other writers of the Brit Chadasha. He employs the Greek word, "monogenes". It comes from the composition of two other Greek words meaning a) The only one and b) to bring forth. So we are told that Messiah Yeshua was "brought forth" in a manner that was completely unique to Himself alone. The reason this "bringing forth" was so unique is, IT WAS NOT A CREATION EVENT. It may "seem" as a creation event, but it was not. It was a "TRANSITION". The words used by the other writers of the Brit Chadasha for "begotten" have to do with His physical birth, and as such, point to a particular point in time as a beginning. There is a sense of "creation" in their use of the word. Created only in the sense that points to that place in time the Word of YHVH entered into the earth realm clothed in humanity. However, Messiah Yeshua, as the Word of YHVH, was NEVER created. As we have stated, He pre-existed in eternity past forever. There was NEVER a point that He was not.

 

John understands the Hebraic principle of "being brought forth" before the act of  being "begotten" into the world. He calls Messiah Yeshua "the only brought forth of the Father." Now we too must understand this pivotal point. Before the Word was begotten into the world, it was "brought forth" in eternity past. The two acts are not the same. One was a transition. The other was a creative miracle. One happened in eternity past. The other happened in time as the world knows it. Thus we come back to John's meaning in the above verse. YHVH is about to assume the role of Father. But, first He takes on the role of a Mid- Wife (YHWH does have a maternal side also), and He reaches deep inside Himself.John calls it His "bosom". He "brings forth" a "manifestation" of Himself that is completely and utterly unique. He casts Himself into a new image of Himself. The Word of YHVH, which had existed ETERNALLY as an INTERNAL part of Himself, is "brought forth" to exist in an entirely new setting...EXTERNALLY! The Word of YHVH is now outside of Himself, and YHVH takes on the role of Father, and renames the preexistent internal/eternal Word...The Son. Now, the Word of YHVH exists externally WITH Himself and He is called The Son. Together Father YHVH and this new "manifestation" of Himself as The Son, move in complete harmony. Each is dependent upon the Other. Each requires the Other to exist. The Principle Of YHVH's Manifestations "And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live." (Exodus 33:20 KJV)

 

The entrance of sin into the world has changed everything. The holiness of YHVH makes it impossible for man in his fallen state to come into direct contact with Him. It was impossible even for Moses, who was probably one of the most holy of men on the earth at that time, to see YHVH. The holiness of YHVH would consume his flesh. This is exactly what happened to the Bethshemites when the ark was returned from Philistia. They rejoiced when they saw the ark on the cart the Philistines had prepared to carry it back to Israel. It came to rest in the field of Joshua. The Levites were summoned and they rightly lifted the ark and sat it down. What happened next spelled certain disaster. The lid of the ark was raised and the people looked down inside it. The holy presence of YHVH broke out upon them. "And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the LORD had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter." (1 Samuel 6:19)

 

So this is the problem that was faced. YHVH could not allow any one to have direct contact with Himself. The end result would be immediate death. But, if He manifested Himself into another image of Himself, then He could allow men to be in His presence. Paul speaks to this very issue in his letter to the Colossians, "He is the image of the invisible Elohim, the firstborn of all creation." (Colossians 1:15 NASB)

 

The above is actually a poor translation of this verse from the original. The word "firstborn" is from the Greek "prototokos". It comes from a combination of words meaning, "chief" and "that which is brought forth". The phrase "of all creation" was taken at liberty by the translators who invariably were under the influence of the trinitarian slant of the Catholic church. They make Yeshua as the "chief of that which was brought forth" point toward the creation of which He was the Creative Source. When in fact, the "chief of that which is brought forth" should in reality point toward the invisible Elohim, Father YHVH, of Whom He is the perfect image. So, the verse could read, "He is the image of the invisible Elohim, the chief manifestation of the Father, the Primal Source of all creation" (see notes The Worrell New Testament pg. 292)

 

The apostle John writing in the Revelation calls Yeshua, "...the Beginning of the creation of Elohim...' (Revelation 3:14 NASB) The word "beginning" again means, "chief" and points to the fact that Yeshua is the "chief and primary source of all that the Father is and He (Yeshua) is chief of all that proceeds in succession from the Father." Further, we must realize that "first-born" in Hebraic usage is a title. In most instances it is used to denote the son that is born first of a father. However, as a title it can be given by the father at his bequest to a son other than the one who is first by birth. (see Genesis 48:17-20- Jacob blesses Joseph's son Ephraim as the first-born before Manasseh who was first by birth) Messiah Yeshua as the Firstborn, should not be taken to mean that He was such because He was created first. Instead, Father YHVH bestowed this TITLE on Him because it was out from Messiah Yeshua as the Word of YHVH that all that was created came into being. The pre-existence of Messiah Yeshua must ALWAYS remain a constant truth. Otherwise, His deity will be compromised. If this is allowed to happen, then our redemption is negated, and our salvation is a lie!

 

All of this has been said to make this point. The Originator is always greater than His manifestation. This is why Yeshua said many times, "...for the Father is greater than I." (John 14:28) We must remember that we are dealing with a "manifestation" of YHVH when we touch Yeshua. He is the Chief of all YHVH's manifestations. Plurality of manifestations is not the same as plurality of Persons. This is the error of Christianity. It is also the failure of Judaism. Yeshua, as the Chief Manifestation of YHVH, is not a second Person. He is not a separate Elohim from YHVH. The Father, Son, and Ruach are all one, and only one Elohim. Even as a Man, begotten by the Father through the Ruach in Miriam's womb, Yeshua is simply the physical manifestation of the invisible Elohim. He is YHWH Elohim in the flesh! He is "...the exact representation of His nature..." (Hebrews 1:3b)

 

So in all of this, we are establishing the fact of the principle of YHVH manifesting Himself. What cannot happen with YHVH, can happen when He manifests Himself. The manifestation of The Word of YHVH, which He renamed The Son, and gave Him the personal name of Yeshua, is the Chief of all His manifestations. When The Son was sent forth as the Apostle of our faith (Hebrews 3:1) He took upon Himself a new degree of manifestation. He was "brought forth" in order to be "begotten" physcially into the earth to be the Kinsman Redeemer of mankind. This is the revelation of the "fellowship of the mystery". YHVH has manifested Himself at many times. However, the Chief of all His manifestations is that of His Word. It was totally unique and the ONLY time it has or will occur. YHVH is both Father and Son. He "transitioned" a part of Himself to a setting outside Himself. He cast Himself into a perfect image of Himself, an exact representation of His very nature. This solved the problem of His being able to draw near to man without destroying him. I believe many times when you see the term "angel of the LORD", that it was a visitation of The Son as YHVH's manifestation. It happened with Abraham and the three angels, Jacob when he wrestled with the angel, and to Moses at the burning bush. It was almost certainly the case when Moses was called to the top of Mt. Sinai and received the Ten Words.

 

Understanding this principle of YHVH casting Himself into another image of Himself is the key to unlocking the "fellowship of the mystery" we are called into. Without this, we are left to stumble around in the darkness of religious dogma. If we allow the Ruach to open the eyes of our understanding, then we will see clearly the nature of our YHVH Elohim.

 

The Witness of Tanach

 

Where did John come up with this principle of being "brought forth" before being "begotten"? It comes from the prophetic writing of the Tanach (Torah the first five books of the Older Covenant- Tanach being the rest of the Older Covenant made up of poetry, the prophets and the historical writings). In particular it comes from the prophet Micah. Let us look at what the prophet said, "But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, {Too} little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity." (Micah 5:2 NASB) Micah says the Messiah will "go forth" and THEN He will "be ruler in Israel". Micah further states that the "goings forth" are from long ago, FROM THE DAYS OF ETERNITY." So, Micah points us back into the eternals of YHVH. John witnesses to this. YHVH brought forth a manifestation of Himself. This was not a creation event. He did not form another god. He transitioned a part of His own Being that was existent in an INWARD setting to an EXTERNAL one. He then took on the role of Father, and renamed the Word, The Son.

 

Micah, by the Ruach, reveals to us the process of Messiah's being "brought forth" in order to become ruler in Israel. John uses this same principle to explain the mystery of how YHVH and The Son are the same. John gives us a clearer picture of the acitivity of YHVH surrounding this transitional event. Thus the Older Covenant establishes what the Renewed Covenant explains concerning how YHVH acted to set the stage for mankind's redemption. John shows us clearly what Micah hinted toward. The Father and The Son together...ONE! It is this same John who penned the following words to warn all who would attempt to deny this foundational understanding of YHVH as the Father who brought forth Messiah, The Son, and sent Him forth to be the ruler of Israel. "Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies THE FATHER AND THE SON" (1 John 2:22 NASB emphasis mine)

 

Let us keep in mind that it is John who was given this revelation of YHVH as both Father and Son through the Ruach. The letter of 1 John is written at the twilight of the first century. Already many of the foundational truths of the Faith were being challenged and suffering damage by men impelled by the deceitful spirit of anti- messiah. John boldly proclaims the revelation given him by Messiah. The Father and The Son are One. ANY ONE WHO DENIES THE UNIQUE ONENESS OF THE FATHER AND THE SON AE UNDER THE DELUSION OF THE SPIRIT OF ANTI-MESSIAH AND THEY ARE OF THEIR FATHER...THE DEVIL. THEY, AS HE, ARE LIARS!

 

Are these strong words? Most definitely. However, they are spoken by the one who was known as the apostle of love! John was allowed a deep intimate relation with the Master while He was on earth. The love of Elohim filled John. He spoke of Father YHVH and Messiah Yeshua, The Son, in strong terms. He encouraged this agape love to be the animating force of all who believe and follow the Master. It was to define the very existence of those who made up the ekklessia, assemblies of The Messiah. However, this same love empowered John to stand firm against every spirit that sought to corrupt the Truth of YHVH. It was strong words meant to warn any and all who would attempt to under-mind the Truth as to the very origin of their purpose. To deny YHVH as both Father and Son was not to be tolerated by any who claim to be true followers of Messiah. This action was not prompted by the Ruach HaKodesh. It was the hellish action of the spirit of anti-messiah. This was the understood truth in John's day. It is to be the same for us today.

 

It is interesting to note, that this foundational truth concerning Messiah Yeshua's deity became hotly challenged toward the end of the first century. It was a time of perceived weakness. The other apostles had passed from the scene. Only John remained. It was then that Hasatan attempted to destroy this central truth to our redemption by unleashing the spirit of anti- messiah. In hopes of destroying the realization of YHVH"s eternal purpose by removing the redemptive cornerstone necessary for its progression to the next generation. John raised the standard against this hellish flood. Now, as Father YHVH's end time restoration of Hebraic truth and the reunion of the Two Houses of Israel is beginning to be revealed, Hasatan (may his name be blotted out forever) again unleashes the spirit of anti-messiah. Why? Because the realization of Father YHVH's eternal purpose is again in a moment of perceived weakness. The final push for the restoration of the Two Houses of Israel, and the full manifestation of the kingdom of heaven on earth, is in the infancy of its last hour of revelation. Our enemy hopes to sieze the moment. If not to completely destroy Father YHVH's purpose, then to disqualify as many of those whom He would raise up to bring His purpose to its final conclusion May our eyes be opened to the true spirit behind this attack on Messiah Yeshua's Identity!

 

Origination Of The Messiah As Wholly Human

 

The understanding that the Jewish Messiah would be a totally human being finds it origins in the Middle Ages. A Jewish Rabbi by the name of Abraham Maimonides, also known as Rambam, gave credence to this concept. Rambam is credited with establishing the Thirteen Principles of Judaism. The work of Rambam changed the landscape of Jewish thought in his day and has rippled all the way to the present. To Rambam, the thought that the Creator of the Universe would lower Himself to becoming human was a completely impossible concept to consider. Thus, most Jewish theology to the present agrees with Rambam. (Rambam was a good man. He was used to help preserve Judah for YHVH's final hour of restoration. We embrace the good he was used to reveal, but lay aside what is not.) However, as we have said, Judaism (Rambam's theology included) ultimately fails because it cannot see that YHVH is a plurality of divinity. This is not the same as the errant trinitarian concept of Three Persons/One G-d. It is the mystery hidden in Elohim. It is the understanding of this mystery to which we are given the privilege of entering and fellowshipping. This mystery is fully revealed in Messiah Yeshua. If the Ruach opens our eyes to see it, then the confusion will disappear. The confusion remains for those who strive to understand the mystery as a type of concept alone. The mystery is personified. The Father reveals Himself through The Son, and the Son reveals himself through the Father. The Two are the same, yet distinguishable. "All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him." (Matthew 11:27 KJV)

 

So again, we find that Father YHVH has shut up the understanding of Himself and His Son to the revelatory role of the Ruach. No one can intimately see into the mystery of Father YHVH except The Son. He alone knows the Father. All who would seek to know the Father must come to The Son. He alone will reveal him!

 

A Final Word

 

"No man can by any means redeem {his} brother Or give to Elohim a ransom for him-- For the redemption of his soul is costly, And he should cease {trying} forever--" (Psalm 49:7-8 NASB)

 

The above verse should be the defining point on this subject. If Messiah Yeshua is only a mere man, then we are indeed still lost in our sins. He would be powerless to accomplish the plan of redemption. Any influx of the Adamic connection would disqualify the potential candidate. Why? Because all who are positionally "in Adam" bear the curse of sin...which is death. (1 Corinthians 15:22) How much clearer do we need it put. "A MAN CAN BY NO MEANS REDEEM HIS BROTHER..."

 

There are some who say, "There is not one place in the book of Acts that any person, while entering salvation through Messiah Yeshua was ever asked to believe that He is G-d in the flesh." While this is true, the silence of the book of Acts does not immediately determine that Messiah Yeshua was not YHVH in the flesh. Why? Because for the apostles it was a non- issue. They knew who He was! As Rav Shaul stated, the deity of Messiah Yeshua was a common confession among all who believed upon Him. The issue against Messiah's deity did not arise until later. As we have seen, John quite clearly answers those who would dispute the issue. Finally, from the same Psalm as quoted above, listen to the psalmist's reply concerning who is able to redeem man, "But Elohim will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, For He will receive me. Selah." (Psalm 49:15 NASB)

 

In Conclusion

 

There are a number of other questions that we might consider. Due to the length of this offering, I will wait and send another one to speak to some of those. What we have discussed so far, should be sufficient to give a base for the Ruach to open the eyes of our understanding and enlighten our heart. As Father is restoring His truth, we will have to have our minds and hearts purged of much old leaven. The church of Christendom has been used by YHVH to keep much of Ephraim/Israel alive until the hour when He will call them forth to their destiny. However, we must be willing to recognize that the church was only an intermediary place of preservation. As a system, we must be thankful for what it served as, but we must also recognize that it is full of the influence of man-made doctrines and practice. We may keep what is good, but we must cast off whatever does not enable us to worship YHVH in spirit and truth.

 

The same goes for Judaism. There are many wonderful truths and practices we may glean from this system of religion. However, as Father is restoring all truth, we must not be deceived by the "Jewish is better" blanket assumption. Again, we may keep whatever is good, but we must cast off whatever does not enable us to worship YHVH in spirit and truth. The church of Christendom and Judaism have served their purpose. However, let us not fail to hear what the Ruach is saying in this hour. It is time to come out from among all religious systems. Come out beyond the camp where we ma y find Him who is our Messiah and Redeemer. The two sticks of the house of Israel will become one in the hand of YHVH through The Son, Yeshua HaMaschiach. (Ezekiel 37) YHVH is bringing forth His nation...remnant Israel. The true Israel of G-d is beginning to stir. Hasatan (may his name be blotted out forever) is fearful of this restoration, because it means the end of his kingdom. So, he will stop at nothing to disqualify as many as he can from Father YHVH's end time restoration. I pray that this offering will help identify at least one of the enemies tactics. I pray too that it will help us all stay on course and run the race to Father's desired end. I will leave you with this one last testimony of scripture from the Brit Chadasha. May the depth of what this says fill our spirit with boldness to confess the truth concerning the Father and The Son. "...and no one can say, "YHVH is Yahshua," except by the Holy Spirit." (1 Corinthians 12:3b) - (This is the literal rendering of this verse in the Aramaic text- it changes the way we traditionally have tried to understand this verse, as Jesus (Yeshua) being "a type" of Lord. He is LORD- referring to YHVH Himself. Hasatan will never confess this on his own. He has worked too hard to cover it up! Only those who have the revelatory truth taught them by the Ruach HaKodesh can confess who Yeshua truly is )

 

Baruch Ata Yahveh,

B'shem Yeshua,

-Joe Snipes

Suggested Reading: "Who is Israel?"