May you find yourself asking questions and seeking the answers through prayer, asking ELOHIM for ONLY the Truth, and Biblical study/research! ELOHIM is the Hebrew word for GOD and who I believe is our ABBA [FATHER] in Heaven, HIS SON [YAHSHUA/JESUS/JOSHUA], and HIS [SET-APART] HOLY SPIRIT/RUACH HA’KODESH.
It is important to go to our ABBA in Heaven for everything through HIS SON, the MESSIAH [CHRIST] and only INTERCESSOR, and not go by our own understanding [Mattityahu/Matthew 6:9, 1 Yochanan /1 John 2:1, Mishlei/Proverbs 3:5-7]. I have been seeking ELOHIM’S FACE [wanting HIM and to know how HE is doing] and am going back to the roots of Scripture to gain a deeper understanding from the original languages and root words. Jeffery Benner who created the Ancient Hebrew Research Center looks into parent roots of words, the original root of where a word comes from. I have used this and found it to be enlightening, getting into a deeper understanding of a word and a truer one too. I also have been researching by looking at every Scripture a word is in to make sure a theory bears out. Everything in Scripture, both Old and New Testament, need to fit together. It is a puzzle that reveals hidden things. If it does not work, that indicates a problem of either a translation/transliteration error or could even mean that something does not belong. More about that later.
In order to walk the MESSIAH’S WAY:
1. Learn how to obey [if you love ME you will obey/keep MY commands] and follow our SHEPHERD and prepare for our coming KING how HE would love!
2. Go by HIS ABBA’S/FATHER’S Will and not your own!
3. Learn how to be taught and comforted by the HOLY SPIRIT!
Having given my life to our FATHER in Heaven to do YAHSHUA’S work, I hope to be going wherever my SHEPHERD wants me to follow HIM and doing whatever our FATHER in Heaven lines up for me and prepares through the HOLY SPIRIT! [John/Yochanan 10:11 and Tehillim/Psalm 23].
One big problem I have noticed in many places is that the word “grace” is used like a get out of jail free card. The belief seems to be that once saved in the MESSIAH that is all that is needed to be done but, per Scripture, it is not. When we accept HIM and HIS Salvation we are forgiven but we must obey HIS commands and start walking in HIS Way and not our own. We still sin, we still need to confess and repent, we still need to strive to do better and stop sinning – not just do what we want. Those who sin, repent, sin, repent, sin, repent and keep sinning and believing it is alright because they will be washed clean each time should read Hebrews 10:29-30. Take a look at Yochanan [John] 3:36, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”
The word OBEY here is key. Different Scriptural translations typically use the words “rejects, does not believe in, or disobeys”. The words “disobeys or does not obey” are used about half the time for this verse, from what I have looked at. I believe “obey” is the correct word to be used here because of many other verses in Scripture talking about the importance of obeying. From what I have seen, many people do not understand the “obeying” we are to do and they do not realize that ELOHIM’S Wrath remains on them! Yochanan/John 14:15, 23, 24 also go into the importance about obeying but the main word used for these verses by more translations is “keep” with far fewer translations saying “obey”. It amazes me how much is watered down by just one word being changed! Bible Hub is a good study tool for comparing many translations even ones in foreign languages.
Getting to know Scripture through the original languages is important. I believe if you ask anyone whose main language is not English they will tell you that when words are translated or transliterated from another language to English, or from English to another language, you can have change occur. One man I spoke with said that the Bible in Spanish compared to the Bible in English is very different. The more languages a word is translated or transliterated through the more possibility for change. Take a look at what happened to the MESSIAH’S name in one of the paragraphs below when taken from Hebrew to English versus Hebrew to Greek/Latin to English to see one such change.
Comparing different translations of Scripture is important. While the prophets’ writings were through the WORD of YHWH/the LORD visiting them [before HE became flesh] or the HOLY SPIRIT bringing it to them, I have every belief that many translators had/have good intentions but did not/do not understand the depths or nuances of the languages they were/are translating. I believe there are differences between many translations as well as unclear statements that get cleared up when investigating the original language and root words and culture of the time. The Bible is not outdated but good for all generations as it says.
While I believe enough truth is intact to get to know FATHER/SON/SPIRIT and for the Good News of Salvation, I have been finding transliteration/translation errors that mock ELOHIM, hide pagan ways, hide possession, hide truth. One example is our English word “anti” which means “opposed to or against”. In referring to the “anti-MESSIAH [CHRIST] one would take the meaning to be something or someone, physical or spiritual, that is against or opposed to the MESSIAH, the TRUTH. A better word choice in English for the original word behind the word “anti”, would be the word “replace”. It will be someone or something that replaces the TRUTH, the MESSIAH. That is a big difference and I can see truth being replaced in more of our worship then people would like to believe.
I mainly prefer using the Hebrew names for our ABBA in Heaven, HIS SON, and SET-APART [HOLY] SPIRIT. I also have been learning more about the original words of Scripture and am trying to use them instead of their English versions. This is why in the studies I post, I typically have a name in Hebrew with the English name next to it so people can learn more about the original language of Scripture.
There are various opinions of the vowels used in HIS SON’S name in Hebrew/Aramic, but the Hebrew letters look to be יהושע [yod, he, waw, shin, ayin]. This spells out Y’HOSHUʿA which in our language is JOSHUA. Y’HOSHU’A means YAH’S Salvation or YAH Saves because HE shall save HIS people from their sins – Mattityahu [Matthew] 1:21. Our understanding of HIS name as JESUS is because of English translators taking HIS name from the Greek and Latin transliteration of the Hebrew/Aramaic letters instead of going to those Hebrew/Aramaic letters themselves. One thing ELOHIM has shown me is that HE covers HIS people in so many ways. Even if the name JESUS is not one of the MESSIAH’S true ones, I know HE is covering us. One way HE is doing this is by us using “AMEN”. Do you know that word is referring to HIM?
Revelation 3:14 [ESV] 14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation. [Btw, the “beginning of God’s creation” might have some arguing that this means that JESUS/YASHUA was created. We have to be careful of word semantics and how words have changed and to make sure ALL Scripture fits together. I believe it refers to how the WORD of ELOHIM was used to start the creation process, through HIS ability to speak things into existence.
John/Yochanan 1:1 The Scriptures (ISR 1998)
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim.
2He was in the beginning with Elohim.
Getting back to Revelation 3:14, we know from Revelation 1 that these are the Words of the MESSIAH to Yochanan – John. “The words of the Amen” says it clearly as well as the rest of the verse. HE is the AMEN, the FAITHFUL and TRUE WITNESS, the BEGINNING of GOD’S creation.
Below is the definition of the ancient root of the word “amen” which is the word “aman” and then the definition of the word “amen” which should be pronounced like “ahh-main”. Strong’s H539 and H543:
âman, aw-man’; a primitive root; (Isaiah 30:21; interchangeable with H541, to go to the right hand) properly, to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; figuratively to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; morally to be true or certain;:—hence, assurance, believe, bring up, establish, fail, be faithful (of long continuance, stedfast, sure, surely, trusty, verified), nurse, (-ing father), (put), trust, turn to the right.
âmên, aw-mane’; from H539; sure; abstract, faithfulness; adverb, truly:—Amen, so be it, truth.
It was a custom, which passed over from the synagogues to the Christian assemblies, that when he who had read or discoursed, had offered up solemn prayer to God, the others responded Amen, and thus made the substance of what was uttered their own.
The sites below have interesting information in regards to the topic of the MESSIAH’S true name[s]: http://messianiccommun.createforumhosting.com/yshwshua-joshua-in-hebrew-script-letters-t552.html [has links to other sites as well]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO0_zJktC7Q&list=PL17278E02EAA9B0E1&index=81 [Passion for Truth – Jim Staley]
I also use IMMANU’EL which is found in Yesha’yahu [Isaiah] 7:14 and Mattityahu 1:23. This means EL [GOD] is with HIS people. I typically use MESSIAH [MASHIACH in Hebrew] which is the same as the Greek word CHRIST. Both mean “anointed one”.
While RUACH HA’KODESH are the Hebrew words for the SET-APART [HOLY] SPIRIT, I have not been using them because I have read they imply the feminine and not the masculine. There is Scripture that describes HIS appearance as fire and light in the form of a man in Yechezk’el [Ezekiel] 1:26-28 [remember the believers when the HOLY SPIRIT came upon them and they saw divided tongues as of fire in Acts 2:1-4]. I have no doubt HE is a male and NOT a female and I have been praying to ABBA for what is the truth about the Hebrew words for the HOLY SPIRIT. They might be correct and just imply a feminine way about the HIM, like how a single dad would take on the mothering role with his children, or they might have been changed like other words have been changed by men over time. 11/11/2014 – found out that the current word “ruwach”
Lexicon :: Strong’s H7307 – ruwach – is labeled as a feminine noun
but if you look at its primitive root
Lexicon :: Strong’s H7306 – ruwach – it is labeled as a verb!
“Holy” is also not the best word choice in our language for the ancient word behind it. The Scriptures translation of the Bible from the Institute for Scripture Research in South Africa, instead of using the word “holy” they prefer using the word “set-apart”.
This link: http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/56_home.html
and this one: http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/27_holy.html
are from the Ancient Hebrew Research Center where the following is taken from their information on the word “holy”: “(קדוש qadosh, Strong’s #6918)” “When we use the word holy, as in a holy person, we usually associate this with a righteous or pious person. If we use this concept when interpreting the word holy in the Hebrew Bible then we are misreading the text as this is not the meaning of the Hebrew word qadosh. Qadosh literally means “to be set apart for a special purpose”. … Israel was qadosh because they were separated by the other nations as servants of God. The furnishings in the tabernacle were qadosh as they were not to be used for anything except for the work in the tabernacle. While we may not think of ourselves as “holy” we are in fact set apart from the world to be God’s servants and representatives.” So to be set-apart means we are to be different than everyone else!
Our ELOHIM is beautiful and loves us dearly and it is important to remember that when we seek the truth, because our YHWH’s [ABBA’s NAME HE gave HIS SON – in most Bibles “Lord or Adonai” are used] thoughts are not our thoughts and HIS ways are not our ways – Yesha’yahu 55:6-9. More about YHWH here:
I hope you find what I write to be of interest and that it challenges you to seek ABBA/SON/SPIRIT in a way you had not realized from Scripture previously. I believe we are guided closer to ELOHIM the more set-apart we are from the world. If you like what is written here, please tell others about this site as well. I pray for everyone to know ELOHIM only in truth because if we worship based on a lie that we are believing is the truth, we are actually worshiping ELOHIM’S enemy, the adversary satan, who is the father of lies! Our ELOHIM is Truth and can only be worshiped in truth. So I encourage people to love ELOHIM enough to go to our ABBA in Heaven in prayer, in the MESSIAH’S NAME because [according to Scripture] HE is our only INTERCESSOR, and ask ABBA to please make clear what beliefs they have that are not true. See what the HOLY SPIRIT lines up for you to show you the truth, if you need help ask for help, and be sure and thank the Three of THEM who are the ONE ELOHIM!
One more thing, the Hebrew word behind the word “ONE” [in regards to ELOHIM in this instance] is “echad”:
Go to the above link and look under “Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon”, and find meanings #7 and #10’s sub-meaning #2. Then look at the root word for echad which is “achad”, link below:
Go again to the “Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon” portion and look at the meaning.
Basically it is a joining together, a being united or oneness. This is similar, yet different, to the same word echad [one] used in B’resheet [Genesis] 2:24. This is where a man and woman are joined/cleave to each other and become one flesh. While there is nothing sexual about the joining of ABBA/SON/SPIRIT, I have every belief that the act of creation joins THEM together as a CREATIVE TEAM so close THEY are ONE in that sense!
With the act of creation taking the abilities of all 3 of THEM, then there is truly only ONE ELOHIM because if anything happened to one of THEM then there would not be anymore creating! We do not have to worry about this because THEY are Eternal and through the strength of YAHSHUA/JESUS overcoming HIS flesh, HE showed that LIFE is stronger than death! HalleluYAH!!! That said, this is one reason why it was so huge for the SON to experience death. For that brief time it is very likely that ELOHIM was unable to create! This is one of many questions I have for HIM. Also, for an Eternal Being to humble HIMSELF to be the Servant of men and subject to the whims and wrath of HIS enemy! Wow, HIS love for us is that great!!! No wonder HE expects so much from us [to be set-apart, a peculiar people for HIM, and to follow and obey HIM] because HE has given so much out of love!!!
Everything originates from the Mind of the ANCIENT OF DAYS who became the FATHER and goes through HIS Strong Right ARM, HIS WORD and SON, who Speaks it into existence. The SET-APART [HOLY] SPIRIT prepares the path and hovers over what is taking place. There is still some mystery to this but we see the results in all the beauty and wonders of life around us including our lives. “And Elohim said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…”, B’resheet 1:26 and in verse 27, “…male and female He created them.“. HE is definitely a HE and I believe there are Three HE’S who love each OTHER and create as ONE!
May our ABBA in Heaven bless you with HIS Shalom [peace, prosperity, and all good things]! Gail