Get YHWH into Moshiach – and marvel
One of the most controversial topics is the deity of the Messiah Yahshua. Some claim He is nothing more than a prophet, others claim He is just an individual that achieved enlightenment and who serves as a role model for our own way on the path to enlightenment, again others believe Yahshua to be a fraud, and then there are people like yours truly who have come to know their Messiah as the embodiment of YHWH Himself.
Regarding this latter matter, how can it be that the Creator manifests in the Created? How can the Word issued from the mouth of the Creator incorporate the Creator?
This article will deal with this subject matter primarily by means of analogies.
Quoting one verse from the Bible after another all too often only is met with the quotation of counter-verses and tends to remain stuck on that level. To understand the truth of the matter it is important to approach this matter from a different angle which can be more conducive to bringing forth understanding.
On the one hand the Bible makes very clear statements about the Messiah’s divine character, even from Yahshua’s own mouth, yet on the other hand we are reading Yahshua making statements like ‘out of myself I can do nothing’.
How can both be true?
Just as is the case with the phenomenon of time, when you look at this from our dimensionally limited existence then it looks like a contradiction, an impossibility, just as God’s personal attention for each individual seems to be an impossibility from our physical, time/space bound perspective, but which –as I have explained in my ‘I AM’ series of posts-, is not an impossibility if we learn to step outside the limited black box of our thinking.
Here too analogies are the best way to create an understanding of this phenomenon.
I will first provide a comment on the phenomenon of the Trinity, and how we are not talking about three gods, but about one God expressing Himself in three ways.
Take for instance the phenomenon of a bundle of light going through a prism, and the prism causes the white beam of light to break up into the colors of the rainbow.
Here we see ONE beam of light ‘expressing’ itself in various, seemingly different beams of light by means of a prism.
The beam of white light can and does exist apart from the prism and the resulting variety of colors, but the colors cannot come into existence if the beam of white light does not enter the prism, they cannot exist separate from the beam of white light.
The beam of white light contains all the colors in itself and gives birth do the various colors, but the various colors do not separately bring forth the beam of white light; instead, they are created out of the one white beam of light, and the white beam of light expresses itself in different colors through the prism.
Interesting to note is that whereas all colors are born from and part of the white light, black is not part of this white light and comes into existence only as the result of the absense of color, just as darkness comes into existence in the absence of light.
Likewise, evil can exist only in the absence of G(o)od. Evil is not part of God's being, just as black is not contained in the beam of white light.
Sit at a piano and press the low C.
You hear one tone coming out of the piano, but the average person will not be aware that this one note ALSO contains the C one octave higher, the G one octave and a fifth higher, the C two octaves higher, the E two octaves and a third higher, and even more 'notes'.
It is only because these notes sound very softly that we cannot hear them as being separate from the original root tone of C, but they exist within this C. They are called the ‘harmonics’ of the root tone.
Just try this out: press the low C on a piano without making it sound, and then quickly hit the C an octave higher and release that key of the C an octave higher while keeping the low C pressed down.
You will hear the string of the low C resonating with the note that you have just hit. This phenomenon is called 'sympathetic resonance' caused by the ‘harmonics’ or ‘overtones’ of a tone.
One basic tone contains several of those harmonics, depending on the instrument, and if you take the first, second and fourth harmonics of the low C on the piano you get the C major chord. The entire diatonic musical system of Western music is contained within the harmonics of just one tone.
These harmonics cannot exist separate of the basic root tone, but they are part of it and in their expression together they express the sound character of the tone of the instrument. Should a person not press the low ‘C’, then no harmonics of that root tone would come into existence either. Without the root there is no fruit.
The root tone on the other hand CAN exist separate from the harmonics.
If you take the first, second and fourth harmonic overtone in the above example, you have created the C-major chord, one chord consisting of three elements resonating in harmony, and this one chord is contained within the one root tone.
Notice how the numbers of these harmonics together forming the C-major chord add up to the number 7, the number of YHWH's fullness, the fullness of the week, the fullness of creation.
Perhaps by now it is clear what I am trying to explain: when I speak of the Trinity of God, the Father, the Holy Spirit, and the Son, I am not talking about three different gods.
I am talking about ONE God expressing Himself in three ways: as the comforting Holy Spirit, the maternal aspect of God’s character and yet also the 'wild' part of His character the demons fear so much, as the son Yahshua ('YHWH is Salvation'), who embodies God’s salvation, and God the Father, our eternal root without Whom existence is impossible, the root tone of all creation.
The divinity of Yahshua
For me personally I am sure the Yahshua is divine, that He is the embodiment of God, because an ordinary human being, or even the best and most exulted prophet is not able to provide the deliverance of sin the way Yahshua brings me.
There absolutely is no other way to God than through Yahshua, something which He also stated during His first coming.
So, how is it possible that He had to pray to God if He is God, how is it possible if He stated that He could do nothing out of Himself?
Fortunately in this day and age technology is able to provide us with analogies we previously did not have at our disposal.
Some time ago I came across a YouTube video which used the analogy of a computer game to explain this phenomenon (I cannot remember the link to the video).
Suppose a programmer decided to create a computer game and create a digital representation of himself in this game.
This digital replica would be subject to the same rules of the game and the same reality as all the other characters of the game, so if the programmer had created the rule that in order for the characters of the computer game to get contact to him they would have to pray, then this representation of the programmer would also have to pray to establish this contact.
When this digital character would say the out of himself he cannot do anything, he is speaking the truth, because it is the programmer who causes the character to come alive and do whatever he needs to do, even though the character may be a digital expression of the programmer.
Suppose this programmer has set up the reality of the computer game to be such that he is the source of a quality named ‘good’, and none of the characters in the game can call himself ‘good’ because it originates from the programmer only.
When the programmer through this digital character representing the programmer then states that none is good but the programmer, he is speaking the truth, because the digital representation is not good out of himself (even though he is a digital representation of the programmer).
Still, when the characters of the computer game ask that they might see the programmer, the digital representation of the programmer would rightly so be surprised, because in this character they truly have seen the programmer.
When this character states that out of himself he cannot do anything unless the programmer shows him, then he is speaking the truth, even though it is the programmer who expresses himself in the digital reality through this character.
When this character states that ‘he and the programmer are one’, he is speaking the truth, because the programmer expresses himself in the character and lives in the character, even though the programmer can exist apart from his digital representation.
In a previous post about the deep mystery of Salvation I have explained how our Salvation could only come about as a result of God entering mankind, and how Yahshua could only live up to the message of His name if God united His life-giving essence with mankind through becoming a man.
The essence of Salvation and the testimony of the love of God for His creation are made apparent in His coming into the flesh. Without that, the curse of the flesh (the darkness) could NEVER be destroyed by the blessing of God (the influx of his Light chasing away the darkness).
So, anyone claiming that Yahshua is not divine, that in His character God has not entered creation, has not (yet) tasted from the deliverance of His Salvation, because it is IMPOSSIBLE to state that Yahshua was just an ascended master or an ordinary prophet and yet at the same time have experienced the deliverance from the power of Sin through the presence of Yahshua in one’s heart.
This is why it is crystal clear to me that Muhammad never knew Yahshua; he only knew some stories about Him, but he never experienced his power of Salvation, because if he had, he would not have described Yahshua as just another prophet, but he would have ascribed to him the place Yahshua truly has: the place of God’s son and God’s coming in the flesh to deliver mankind, the head of mankind.
As such, Muhammad gives away his true unsaved identity in the words he used to describe Yahshua.
The Father AND the Son
I know that some may feel that Yahshua is God’s son and not God himself, because how can anyone be God’s son and God Himself?
Let’s look at what the Bible states, for example in Revelation 22 where Yahshua speaks thus:
“I AM the root and the offspring of David”.
How can anyone state that he is both the root and the offspring?
From our limited perspective this is an impossibility. Yet if we learn to step outside the box of our limited reasoning and look at our existence from a different perspective with the aid of analogies, it becomes clear that this does not need to be an impossibility.
Yahshua, knowing all too well the lack of understanding on the part of the Pharisees, also posed this question during His lifetime: “How can they say that the Christ is David’s son? For David himself says in the Book of Psalms ‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet’. David thus calls Him Lord; so how is He his son?”
The prophet Isaiah also mentions this in chapter 11:1, a prophecy about the Messiah: “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots”, and in verse 10 Isaiah states “In that day the root of Jesse shall stand as an ensign to the peoples; Him shall the nations seek, and His dwellings shall be glorious”.
Isaiah also refers to Yahshua as both the root AND the shoot from the stump of Jesse (the father of King David), the Father who creates the Son and also lives and expresses Himself in the Son.
How can that be?
It becomes easier to understand if you keep in mind the analogy of the computer game where the programmer of the computer game creates himself in the computer game, so that he is both the father and the son.
Yahshua's reference to Himself as the root and the offspring (the fruit) of David has a very interesting aspect to it.
I have written in previous articles about the Law (Torah) and how Christianity was cut off from its roots just as Judaism was blinded to the identity of the Messiah so that both have only half of the picture.
So, when Yahshua calls Himself both the root and the fruit, there is an obvious analogy with the fact that in Him both the Law (the root of the Torah) and the Salvation through Faith (which brings forth the fruit of the Spirit) are embodied into one, and that in Him both houses (the Messiah-believing house of Ephraim and the Torah-loving house of Judah) carrying half of the picture will be united to form one complete picture.
In this analogy of the root and the fruit also the message is contained that for this union between Ephraim and Judah to take place and both parties to finally mature to the fullness YHWH intended, they MUST incorporate BOTH elements present in the person of Yahshua, BOTH the Spirit and the Torah.
In this picture of Yahshua as the root and the offspring we also are handed a clue as to what condition will bring about the full restoration of Israel.
In the embrace of Yahshua deluded notions of supremacy on either Ephraimite-yet-Torah-denying side, or on Judaism-yet-Yahshua-denying side will dissolve and true brotherhood, a real harmonious mishpacha will rise up out of the ashes of mutual enmity.
Only in Yahshua will the restoration process find fulfillment and become a reality on this planet.
In Yahshua both the Spirit of Faith and Torah are united, which is a precursor of the process which is taking place where the hearts of the believers in the Messiah are turned to His Law, the Torah which Christianity had forgotten, just as the hearts of the Torah abiding Jews are opened to the truth about the Messiah, and both are becoming one new nation in Yahshua.
For this restoration process to be complete there remains for the house of Ephraim a circumcision of the heart just as for the house of Judah remais a baptism with the Ruach HaKodesh, the Set-Apart Spirit.
This is the restoration process of the last days the prophets have foretold and by means of which this entire planet will be flooded with YHWH's blessings, and to the devourer’s great dismay this process is progressing as I am jotting down these words. The flood of blessings will sweep away the last remnants of the kingdom our accuser sought to establish for himself at our expense.
This is why Satan pushes the hearts of Olmert and Bush to give up land for peace, in order that this restoration process might be pushed back.
This is why Satan seeks to create adversity and enmity between Christians and Jews, locking either side into a lopsided incomplete view of the Truth as embodied in the Messiah.
If Satan's schemes fail, without a shadow of a doubt he will resort to violence, but YHWH in His wisdom will use Satan’s attempts to sabotage His plans to bring about full restoration and sieve the people so that only the ones whose hearts are not adverse to His Spirit and His commandments are the ones who will be united in one new nation where Ephraim will live in true brotherhood with Judah, united in the Messiah.
Yahshua is the physical representation of God, and in Him we have seen and experienced God. In Yahshua YHWH became Salvation, as His name expresses.
Just as the color green results from the beam of white Light entering a prism, and this color cannot exist without the white light entering the prism, Yahshua is the result of God entering the prism of His creation, and in Yahshua God has created an expression of Himself in our creation as our Salvation.
Just as Yahshua is the expression of God in our creation, the Holy Spirit expresses God in our hearts as the Comforter, the one who consoles and brings new hope and new life.
It is ONE God, one beam of white light, one tone, expressing Himself in one Father, one Savior and one Comforter, one blue color, one green color and one red color, one harmonic of the root tone expressing the interval of an octave with the root tone, one harmonic of the root tone expressing the interval of an octave and a fifth with the root tone and one harmonic of the root tone expressing the interval of two octaves and a third with the root tone, all in the perfect harmony of one major chord.
This is the mystery of the Trinity, and if we lock ourselves in our limited perception the understanding of this phenomenon remains out of reach, but if we learn to look at it from a different perspective aided by means of analogies, we can grasp the understanding of this phenomenon on our level, just as is the case with the mystery of Salvation.
Blessed be the perfect name of our Messiah Yahshua, blessed be the name of our perfect Father YHWH, blessed be the name of our perfect Comforter, the Ruach HaKodesh, one God expressing Himself in three aspects in our present day creation.