Archive for November, 2011

I’m going to quote some verses of the Script, and ask some questions about them. The right questions sometimes lead to the right answers. “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” Who is the “us,” and “our,” that Elohim is referring to in Genesis 1:26? Note that the one spoken to is a participant in the creation.

Similar verses are scattered throughout the Script. Psalm 119:79 says, “Let those who fear you turn to me.” Who is speaking? The one feared in this instance is God. How could it help us to turn to the one who’s speaking? What could anyone other than God do to assuage man’s inborn fear of God? Could God be in two places at the same time? Philippians 2:5-7 speaks of Jesus existing in the form of God, equal with God, but becoming a man. Could God become a man, and thus be less frightening to us? King David wrote the Psalm, but obviously he’s not speaking of himself.

David wrote many such things. Psalm 110:1, “The Lord (YHWH) said to my Lord (Adonai), sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.” The ‘Complete Jewish Bible’ translates that verse as, “Adonai said to my Lord…” Messianic Jews who accept Jesus as Messiah, continue to read YHWH as Adonai because of their Jewish heritage (Ref. my previous post).

Psalm 110:4, “The Lord (YHWH) has sworn, and will not relent, you are a priest forever…” The one spoken to is considered a Priest, or one who stands for others before God. Verse 5, “The Lord (Adonai) at your right hand will…” Verse 1 speaks of Adonai at the right hand of YHWH, and now verse 5 says that Adonai is at the right hand of the one being spoken to. That is not a contradiction, but it does sound as if it’s going around in circles, and maybe it is. “Adonai,” sometimes refers to YHWH, and YHWH sometimes refers to Adonai.

The same thing happens with the name Elohim in Psalm 45:6-7. These verses are quoted in Hebrews 1:8-9, and the writer says they are spoken to the “Son.” “Your throne, Oh God (Elohim), is forever…therefore God (Elohim), your God (Elohim), has anointed you…” If God calls him God, then I’m not going to fear to call him God. They are one, and we don’t need to try to rank them.

Just because mankind can’t imagine or understand union doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. In Isaiah 48:16, the speaker says, “I have not spoken in secret from the beginning. From the time that it was, there I am. Now Adonai YHWH, and his Spirit have sent me.” Someone, who has existed from the beginning, is sent by God, and his Spirit. They are one.

The CJB says, “Adonai Elohim has sent me and his Spirit.” When “YHWH” is written alone, the Jewish people substitute the name Adonai in reading aloud. They substitute the name “Elohim” for YHWH when the actual name “Adonai” precedes it. Rather than repeat Adonai YHWH, as “Adonai Adonai,” they say “Adonai Elohim.” That’s kind of complicated but that’s the way its done.

The names Elohim, Adonai, and YHWH are used alternately as one throughout the Script. That pattern continues through the New Testament. In the book of the Revelation, it is often difficult to discern whether it is the Father speaking, or the Son, but it usually doesn’t matter.

In John 14:9 Jesus said, “He who has seen me has seen the Father.” They are one. What one thinks, the other speaks. When one is pierced, the other is wounded. The speaker of the prophecy in Zechariah 12:10 says, “They will look on me whom they have pierced, and mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son…” Who is speaking? Who is pierced? The hands of YHWH are pierced, no matter how you interpret that verse.

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I don’t think we know for certain how YHWH, from the Hebrew Old Testament, should be pronounced. If you research the word “Lord,” in a Bible Concordance such as Strong’s, the original word was almost always the name YHWH. In defence of the translators, when YHWH is used it is speaking of the Lord, even though YHWH doesn’t actually mean Lord.

Elohim (God), and Adonai (Lord), are more of a description of what he is, whereas YHWH is his name. The name YHWH is said to mean Ever-Existent, or Ever-Being. “You shall not take the name of YHWH your Elohim in vain,” is one of the Ten Commandments. Out of fear or reverence, the ancient Hebrew people substituted the name “Adonai,” rather than pronounce “YHWH” as written.

That methodology was already established by the time the Septuagint was translated. It was adopted by some of the early Christians, who were themselves Jewish, and later became the standard used in Bible translations. This has made it easier to overlook some mysterious things about the name YHWH. It has come to be thought of as “the unutterable name,” though the commandment was not against saying the name YHWH, but against taking it in vain.

I’m sure that many people will already know what I’m going to say, but I’ve never heard it. Perhaps some have considered it unimportant, and others have avoided it for fear of controversy. For some reason, the secret has been well-kept from the most of us.

Many people are aware that the symbols of the Hebrew alphabet represent numerals as well as letters, and that they also have individual meanings. For example the Hebrew letter “aleph,” usually represented by the letter “A,” is also a word that means “ox.” “Beth,” (B) means house, and so on. There’s general agreement on the meanings attached to the letters, and whenever there are multiple meanings, they are usually related in some way.

In a few places, the CJB (Complete Jewish Bible), spells out Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh rather than using the English letters YHWH (it substitutes Adonai in most places). When I saw it written that way, the meanings of the letters came to my mind.

“Y” (Yud, Yad, or various spellings), is translated as “hand,” or “hands.” (Ref. Psalm 119-Yod)

I have a “Langenscheidt Pocket Hebrew Dictionary,” that says “H” (He, or Heh), means air-hole. Other sources say that it means “look,” or “window.” Those meanings are connected because the earliest windows were simple holes that you could look through, and that would allow a flow of air. The Hebrew symbol for H is shaped like “Cheyth,” another Hebrew letter, except the H has a hole or opening in one corner. The Early Paleo-Hebrew symbol for H is the figure of a man with hands raised as if to say, “stop,” or “look.” No doubt our word “Hey,” that we call out to draw attention, comes from the Hebrew symbol “heh.”

The Hebrew V (vav or waw) means “nail,” “hook,” or the plural of these words. Vav is translated as “hooks,” in passages of Exodus which deal with the curtains of the Tabernacle. That includes the vail (veil) of the inner sanctuary (Ex. 26:31-33). I haven’t seen this word elsewhere in the Script, except in the alphabetical layout of Psalm 119.

Many times I’ve wished the truth could be told without someone being offended, but that’s impossible in our world. My next sentence will seem like blasphemy to some people, but it is true, and it’s nothing to fear. The meaning of the letters Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh is something like, Hands-Holes-Nails-Holes, or Hands-Look-Nail-Holes.

You can order the words somewhat differently, but the prophetic message conveyed by the letters YHWH is very clear. “YHWH” is testimony for Jesus, and his crucifixion. I want to go back and read many passages of the Script with this thought in mind. It lends greater meaning to many New Testament writings, and I’m certain that will be the case with the Old Testament also.

Matthew, Mark, and Luke, recorded that when Jesus died there was an earthquake, and the veil of the Temple (which replaced the Tabernacle) was ripped from the top to the bottom (remember the word vav, for the hooks or nails, that this curtain was hanged upon).

Hebrews 10:16-20, is another passage made more meaningful by this understanding. Verse 20 speaks of “a new and living way which he has prepared for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh.” The inner sanctuary of YHWH, his very heart, is open to anyone who will enter through this torn veil. The Script tells us to “enter into the holiest.” Whoever you are, you can enter the sanctuary, but go softly, and be humbled for this is a hallowed place. The blood of the Son of God is sprinkled here.

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Throughout the first chapter of Genesis, and including Genesis 2:1-3, God is called Elohim. The only exception is 1:2 where the term “Ruwach Elohim,” meaning the Spirit of God, is used. Beginning in Genesis 2:4, the name “YHWH Elohim,” sometimes translated as Lord God, or Yahweh (Jehovah) God, is used. That combination is the most used name until the end of the third chapter.

In the fourth chapter, the name YHWH is used by itself. That seems to be the name most often used where there is communication between God and man. It is a much more personal name than Elohim. By the time of Jesus, out of fear or reverence, the name was not spoken by the Jewish people. I’ve read that the only exception was once a year when the High Priest entered the inner sanctuary of the Temple.

YHWH Elohim told Moses in Exodus 6:3, that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, didn’t know him by the name YHWH. The fact that YHWH is used in our Script before the time of Exodus, could be an indicator that Moses, who knew the name, either wrote, or edited Genesis. He knew it was YHWH who had spoken with Abraham, so he could have used that name in translation or whatever.

Moses had direct contact with YHWH, and there’s much evidence of that in the Script. We can safely assume that whatever Moses wrote was sanctioned by Elohim. Some believe the name YHWH was known before Moses, but that the depth of meaning was not known. The name remains an enigma to this day, so there could be truth to that interpretation also.

There’s something very mysterious about the name YHWH. I had not intended to go into much detail about it, but as I’ve studied a little ahead on this, I see that I must. This is another of those mysteries that is far too important to leave uninvestigated. I’ll continue as soon as possible.

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Whether you’re reluctant to think of it as time-travel or not, Elohim has been to the end, and back. He knows the moves we are going to make, and those he must make in return. When he tries to persuade us to take another path, it’s because he knows what lies ahead.

Some things can be said to be scripted because they were recorded before they actually happened. This is one of the most important evidences for the Script. Things have happened, and continue to happen, that were predicted thousands of years ago. I think these things are evidence that Elohim can move outside of what we call time.

You find disagreement about the particulars, but many scientists believe that some form of time-travel is theoretically possible. Physicists have recently recorded velocity measurements of neutrinos moving faster than light. Currently, there’s debate about the accuracy of the experiments, and what they might mean concerning time travel. Results of further experiments are expected before the end of 2011.

We don’t know what scientific process Elohim has used to accomplish certain things, but time-travel would seem to explain some of the more strange occurrences in the Script. I believe the days of creation in Genesis were the same basic length as today, but some strange things are evident about day six.

There have been times when I’ve wished a day would never end. It can be that way with Elohim. I don’t think anything short of something of that nature can explain everything that happened on Creation day six. Land animals were created (Genesis 1:24,25), and then the first man Adam (1:26,27 and 2:7). He was placed in a garden in Eden (2:8). The trees in the Garden of Eden may have been created mature, or made to grow very quickly in a time frame all to themselves (2:9).

Then the animals were paraded by Adam, as he named them (2:19,20). The ‘Today’s New International Version’ of the Script probably offers the correct meaning of 2:19, “Now the Lord God had formed…all the animals…” The animals that had been created earlier were now brought to Adam.

At some point, Adam may have noticed there were males and females of each animal kind, and wondered about a female like himself. Elohim then removed a rib from Adam, and from it created, not simply a clone, but a woman equal to the man (2:21-23). She was then brought to Adam, who gave her the name Ishshah, meaning woman. This was all on the sixth day.

One of the keys to understanding Elohim, and the Script, is to think outside this box called time, that we are trapped in. In the Script, Elohim sometimes speaks of the past, and the future, as if it is all the present. Luke 20:38 says, “He is not a God of the dead, but of the living, for all live unto him.”

Because of that fact, once we are created, we exist in eternity, though we don’t yet see the outcome of it. Those who will come to the light, will live in a wonderful day that will never end. There’s evidence in the Script, and in current scientific study, that such a thing is indeed possible.

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