(a) Passover Haggadah (for Christians)


 

 

Digression B     Whom do you say that Jesus/Yeshua is?

 

The question arises:  Is Jesus equal to Jehovah?  (Or Is Yeshua the same as YHVH?)

 

Short Answer: YES.

 

Long Answer:  YES....with some commentary;

[This note will likely be expanded at later dates,]

 

Jesus/Yeshua/Iesou/Yaysoo the Christ/Messiah is Jehovah/YHVH/Kurios 

 

JESUS is not a lesser YHVH, but echad/ONE-unity with the Holy Spirit and YHVH the Father as seen in Deut.6:4, which is called the "shema".  (i.e. the Trinity as it is even seen and taught by rabbis in the Amsterdam Zohar, discussed in Digression 4.)

The Shema

Deuteronomy 6:4    Hear, O Israel: Jehovah our God is one Jehovah:   

שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָֽד׃

שמע ישראל יהוה אלהינו יהוה אחד׃   

ECHAD YHVH ELOHAYNOO YHVH YISRAHEL SH'MAH ←

I have read that it was in Maimonides’ Thirteen Articles of Faith that "echad" אחד (Strong's H259) was replaced with "yachid יָחִיד  (Strong's H3173) and hence today's Judaic (and often Messianic) thought. Note that Maimonides thus changed the word of God, even the sh'mah (Deut.6:4), apparently to better fit his doctrine.

Yachid = one;  number one or singular one. Echad = unified one;  a unit, a group.

 

Note that Jesus taught the "Shema":

Mark 12:29 But the Jesus answered him, That first-of-all of-the commandments, (is) you-be-hearing, Israel, Jehovah our God Jehovah is one.

Certainly Jesus understood the unity within the Shema,  as when He, as the Word of YHVH, spoke thus:

Isaiah 48:16  "Come ye near unto me hear ye this; from the beginning I have not spoken in secret; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord Jehovah hath sent me, and his Spirit."

 

"me", "I" = YHVH - God the Son, the Word

"Lord Jehovah =   אדני יהוה   Adonai YHVH - God the Father

"his Spirit - God the Holy Spirit

 

 

Psalm 46:10 ASV Be still, and know that I am God אלהים: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. 

11 Jehovah יהוה of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah 

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Matthew 1:18 But THE GENESIS OF-THE JESUS MESSIAH WAS THUS. For (as) his mother Mary (was) having-been-betrothed to-the Joseph, before they either came-together she-was-found having in womb out-of (the) Holy Spirit.

v19 But Joseph her husband being just, and not willing to-make her a-public-example, he-purposed to-release-her stealthily.

v20 But (as) he (was) meditating these-(things), behold, (an) angel of-Jehovah appeared to-him by apparition, saying, Joseph, son of-David, might-you not fear-for-yourself to-take-along-to-yourself Mary your wife, for the-(thing) in her is having-been-begotten out-of (the) Holy Spirit.

v21 But she-will-bring-forth (a) son, and YOU-WILL-CALL HIS NAME JESUS; FOR HE HIMSELF-WILL-SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.

v22 But this total (thing) has-come-to-pass-and-is-still-coming-to-pass, in-order-that the-(thing) having-been-said by Jehovah through the prophet might-be-fulfilled, saying,

v23 Behold, the virgin will-have in womb, and she-will-bring-forth (a) son, and they-will-call his name Emmanuel, which is being-translated-with, THE GOD WITH US.

 

Was Jesus/Yeshua a “human” being?  He is the person of Messiah (2Cor.4:6). Emmanuel = The God with us (Mt.1:23, Isa. 7:14). He is the person of YHVH (Lu.1:76). He couldn’t drown (Matt.14:25).

He was called "Jesus" by the angel before he was conceived in Mary's belly:

Luke 2:21 And when eight days were-fully-filled to-circumcise the (pre-teen)-child, his name also was-called Jesus, the-(one) he-was called by the angel before he (was) to-be-conceived in the belly.

Was he a human being before his "Jesus body" was conceived? No.  But he is the root AND kindred of Jesse (Rev.22:16).

 

He is "found in-figure as MAN" not "found as a MAN":

Phil.2:5 YOU-be-having this opinion in YOU which also (is) in Messiah Jesus,

v6 Who existing in form of-God considered not the being equal with-God (a thing for) seizure,

[This pre-existing form was the Word of God.]

v7 BUT he-emptied himself having-taken form of (a) slave, having-become in similitude of-MEN;

["in similitude" not "the same as"]

v8 And having-been-found in-figure as MAN he-humbled himself having-become obedient as-far-as death, but death of-(a)-cross.

1Cor.15:47 The first MAN (was) out-of earth made-of-dirt, the second MAN out-of heaven

 The angel spoke to Mary, "And behold you-will-yourself-take-together in womb." (Luke1:31, note "take together" not "conceive" - from συλλήμψῃ - syllēmpsē) "...for the-thing in her is having-been-begotten out-of the Holy Spirit." (Matt. 1:20)  (Aside: In this, we may  see satan's attempted duplicate system in when Eve said what she thought: "I have gotten a man-child (with) YHVH" -Gen 4:1, 1John3:12 - "Cain was out of the evil one". A study of the Nephilim and their fathers (& mothers) such as detailed in the Gen. 6 and the Book of Enoch is of benefit in understanding these things.)  Recommended reading is Ralph Mount's course "Fallen Angels" and more so his book, "The Truth about Jesus IF You Really Want to Know".

 

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Regarding his preexistence, Yeshua said "I Am";

 

John 8:56 YOUR father Abraham exulted-to-himself in-order-that he-might-see the day namely-the mine, and he-saw and he-was-rejoiced.

v57 The Jews therefore said to-him, YOU-are not-yet having fifty years, and have-you-seen-and-still-see Abraham?

v58 The Jesus said to-them, Amen amen I-am-saying to-YOU, before Abraham to-be-coming-to-be I myself-am.

(c.f. Gen.12:7)

That "I myself-am" is from the Greek ἐγώ εἰμι  - ego eimi - which is the exact same phrase the LXX (Septuagint) Greek has where this same ONE said to Moses "I AM" (I myself-am) in Exodus 3:14.

 

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Regarding the Word; "The Word was in the beginning, and the Word was with the God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1), Thus the Word is seen in the Creation and in the Garden of Eden speaking and walking (Gen.3:8).

 

Messiah was prefigured/seen/appeared as YHVH/Elohim/The Word/Messiah to man in the Tanakh/Old Testament.  Prefigured as "That Rock was Christ/Messiah!" (1Cor.10:4, Phil.2:6).  And He appeared to Moses;  "..and the form of YHVH shall he behold" (Numbers 12:8)  and many times we read of this appearance in the prophets - "The Word of YHVH came to (various individuals) and said, thus saith YHVH...".

 

 

"The Word came-to-be flesh, and he-tabernacled among us" (John 1:14). 

There are some complicated things concerning the Word, Jesus, and the Messiah, but certainly there is unity there.  We know that the Word pre-existed the creation of the body that was made that was named Jesus/Yeshua.  We know that this body was created specifically for Him at a certain time, thus it is not the same body/form that YHVH appeared in earlier times, although there is still only ONE image of Elohim (Gen. 1:26).  We know that the Word was in operation while Mary was having in womb/belly a body prepared.  We know that Mary and Joseph named him Jesus/Yeshua at a set time.

 

 

 

 

We know that  "in the name of-Jesus every knee might-bend of-(those)-in-(the)-heavenly and of-(those)-earthly and of-(those)-subterranean,  And every tongue might-acknowledge that Jesus Messiah (is) Jehovah with-reference-to glory of-God (the) Father,"(Philippians 2:10-11).

 

 In that, "Jesus/Yeshua" did not pre-exist in this body as Jesus/Yeshua, although certainly we see "Yeshua" (and Jesus/Iesou in the LXX) in MANY, MANY instances, such as:

 

 

 

 

 

Isaiah 12:2-3 "Behold, God (El) is my YeshuaH /Jesus *(יְשׁוּעָתִי ), I will trust and not be afraid for my strength and my song is Yah YHVH (יָהּ יְהוָה)

and He is to me My YeshuaH/Jesus * (לישועה ) .  You will draw water with joy from the wells of YehsuaH/Jesus * (הישועה)."

 

* יְשׁוּעָה  Yeshuah, yesh·ü'·ä, feminine noun, Strongs G3444 = "salvation"; and so we understand what  "Jesus" means even in the English translations:

Matthew 1:21 But she-will-bring-forth (a) son, and you-will-call his name Jesus; for he himself-will-save his people from their sins.

 

Again, regarding the origin of the body of Jesus/Yeshua, some things are not easy and some are not prepared to hear some things.  Somehow God found a way to make Jesus the root and kindred of Jesse without using post sin sperm and egg from Adam & Eve in the creation of the body for Jesus (The Word). My best guess is that God used pre-sin sperm from Adam & Eve and that Mary was just a surrogate mother via God’s invitro fertilization, as this provides a way to understand how Jesus can be the DNA “root and kindred” of Jesse, and yet NOT carry the Garden of Eden sin of MANKIND. Mary was, in a sense, the mother of the body being prepared for Jesus, but she was not the mother of God. We don't know everything about the genesis of Jesus: "AS thou knowest not what is the way of the wind/spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child; even so thou knowest not the work of God who doeth all." - Proverbs 11:5

 

Fortunately, we don't have to know everything:

1 Corinthians 13:12  For just-now we-are-looking through (a) mirror in (an) enigma, but then face to face; just-now I-am-coming-to-know out-of part, but then I-shall-come-to-know-thoroughly-for-myself according-as also I-came-to-be-known-thoroughly.

 

John 20:30 "On-the-one-hand therefore many other signs also the Jesus did in-sight of-his disciples, which are not having-been-written-and-are-still-written in this little-book;

v31 On-the-other-hand these-(things) are-having been-written-and-are-still-written in-order that YOU-might trust that the Jesus is the Messiah the son of-the God, and in-order-that trusting YOU might-be-having life in his name"

 

This passage also proves that there is no secret word stashed in the Catacombs of Rome/Vatican that is necessary to understand these things.  This passage also shows that the Greek text, because it is what we have at this late date in the age is thus what language these things were recorded in.  Finally, it also shows that it doesn't matter what language the Bible is translated into.  The twisting of the Word comes in man's translating it (1Timothy 4:2).

 

BUT: All that is necessary for us to know, we can know. The Holy Spirit teaches all things, and NOT Judaism or the Roman Catholic Church or the Baptist or any other group or individual.

John 14:26 "But the advocate, the Spirit namely-the Holy, which the Father will-send in my name, that (one) will-teach YOU all-(things), and he-will-put YOU in-mind all-(things) which I-said to-YOU."

 

Note that while this was spoken to the disciples, they shared what the Holy Spirit taught them.

1Corinthians 2:13 "Which-things also we-are-speaking not in words taught of-human wisdom, BUT in (ones) taught of (the) Spirit, judging-together spiritual-things with-spiritual-things".

 

John 16:13 "But at-the-time-that that (one) might-come, the Spirit of-the truth, he-will-lead YOU the-way into all the truth; for he-will not speak from himself, BUT as-many-(things)-as he-might-hear he-will-speak and he-will-tell to-YOU the-(things) coming."

 

Those passages well answer people that err in saying that you need a Hebrew text in order to learn God's thought and intent.

 

 History is important, as it verifies scripture.  I'll note that the Jewish historian Josephus said that Jesus was the Messiah. (The Antiquities of the Jews/Book XVIII, ch 3) https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Antiquities_of_the_Jews/Book_XVIII#Chapter_3

"Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day;, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day."

 

Again; Our opinion:

Philippians 2:5 "YOU-be-having this opinion in YOU which also (is) in Messiah Jesus,

v6 Who existing in form of-God considered not the being equal with-God (a thing for) seizure,

v7 BUT he-emptied himself having-taken form of (a) slave, having-become in similitude of-MEN; (Note "similitude" does not equal "the same".)

v8 And having-been-found in-figure as MAN he-humbled himself having-become obedient as-far-as death, but death of-(a)-cross.

v9 and on-this-account the God exceedingly-exalted him and bestowed-a-favor to-him the name, namely-the-one above every name,

v10 In-order-that in the name of-Jesus every knee might-bend of-(those)-in-(the)-heavenly and of-(those)-earthly and of-(those)-subterranean,

v11 And every tongue might-acknowledge that Jesus Messiah (is) Jehovah with-reference-to glory of-God (the) Father,"

 

 

Thus Jesus took on for a short time some limitations, but yet "in him is-residing all the fulness of-the Godhead bodily" (Col. 2:9). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is ONE singular visible image of Elohim (Gen. 1:24, Col. 1:15).  However, in light of the fact that Yeshua's body was prepared specifically for him in Mary's belly - a body that grew in stature- we can understand that there was a different body or form of YHVH but same image that appeared to men as recorded in the Tanakh.  Yet (!) -- even in the New Testament it is recorded that even Jesus' body was at times - different!  Before the cross, Peter, James, and John saw the transformation (not transfiguration) of Yeshua (Matthew 17:2). After His resurrection, on the road to Emmaus, Jesus was seen by two disciples but at first they did not recognize him.  That Jesus passed through a wall (John 20:26) after his resurrection may show that he had a different type composition of body, and certainly shows He was indeed ONE with the Father as He said "I and the father are one" (John10:30) and this act proved also that by Him all things consist Col.1:17. Yeshua's body had, for the doubting Thomas, holes in His hands large enough for a finger, and also a gaping hole in the side, large enough for Thomas's hand. John 20:27 "Afterwards he-is-saying to-the Thomas: You-bring your finger here, and note my hands; and you-bring your hand and you-cast into my side; and you-be-becoming not unbelieving, BUT trusting."  Notice that we are shown a scale here: a finger sized hole in His hands, and a hand sized hole in his side - unbandaged, no blood.  This is not an ordinary body.  If I have a hole in my side so big you can put your hand inside of me, then I'm in serious trouble....I'm not going to be eating and drinking.

 

 

 

Perhaps in these things we can see a sequence; of Mary "taking together" (Lu. 1:31) a body prepared of and by the Holy Spirit (Mt.1:18), that at birth was named "Yeshua/Jesus"(Mt1:21) which was a body thoroughly fit (Heb.10:5) for The Word, and thus the Word Tabernacled with us (John 1:14). The "Word" is the form of God that he left for the "form" of Jesus (Phil.2:6,7).  Perhaps the glorified form of Jesus might reflect fully that the Word tabernacled with us.

 

 

 This leads into a much related study of NAOS (sanctuary) vs. HIERON (temple), two words that are often mixed up in the translations.   I recently received a "Bible" catalogue from a Christian book distributor.  There must be 50 - 100 different translations available.  How can this be in light of the fact that we have thousands of ancient documents verifying the consistency of the Greek text?  Why, even along with that, do some still seek another (Hebrew) Gospel?  The only answer is that they don't like what the Holy Spirit says so they seek to change the Word. 

 

 

1Timothy 4:1 "But the Spirit is-saying explicitly that in later seasons some will-depart of-the trust; paying-attention to-misleading spirits and to-teachings of-little-demons.

v2 IN HYPOCRISY OF-FALSE-WORDINGS; (ones) having-been-and-still-branded-with-a-hot-iron (on) their-own conscience,"

 

 

With that always in mind...

 

 

NAOS (νας) refers to the Holy place and the Holy of Holies; HIERON (ερν) refers to the entire Temple structure. 

 

In short, the home of God was the sanctuary (Holy Place and Holy of Holies) of the Tabernacle, then later the home of God was the sanctuary (naos) of the 1st Temple (hieron) , and then the home of God was Yeshua, and then the home of God is (also) the believers.  Understanding the home of God, or sanctuary of God, is critical to where YOU offer your sacrifices. 

 

again: The sanctuary (NAOS) is the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies, AND the Sanctuary of the God, YHVH, has moved or changed through and in four locations;

1. on the "Mercy Seat" in the Holy of Holies in the Wilderness Tabernacle (Leviticus 16:2)

2. on the "Mercy Seat" in the Holy of Holies in the 1st Temple (2 Chronicles 7:1-2, 1Kings 9:3)

3. in Jesus (John 2:21, John.10:30, Colossians 2:9, John1:14)

4. in believers (Matt.27:51, Hebrews 4:3, Hebrews 10:20, 1Cor.3:16, John 14:23, Eph.5:30-32)

 

 

IF we trust that the N.T. Greek text is inspired by the Holy Spirit, we do not blaspheme the Holy Spirit (Matt 12:31:32), and we listen to what He has said:

Matthew 23:35 "in-which-case all just blood being-shed upon the earth might-come upon YOU, from the blood of-Abel the just; till the blood of-Zacharias son of-Barachias, whom YOU-murdered between the SANCTUARY (ναοῦ G3485) and the altar."

Note how "between the Sanctuary (holy of holies/holyplace) and the alter makes sense where "between the Temple and the alter", as in KJV does not. 

 

 

Luke 11:51 "From the blood of-Abel till the blood of-Zacharias, of-the (one) having-perished between the altar and the HOME (οἴκου G3624); yea, I-am-saying to-YOU, it-will-be-sought-out from this generation."

 

Two different Greek words, so two different English words.  Thus the Holy Spirit shows us that "the sanctuary" is "the home".  Whose home? YHVH's home:

 

 

Leviticus 16:2 "and Jehovah said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the veil, before the mercy-seat which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy-seat."

 

 

 

 

So at that time, God's home was in the Sanctuary. We see too that the physical Tabernacle foreshadowed a Heavenly Tabernacle which it was patterned from. (Hebrews 10:1)

 

The Tabernacle of the Wilderness was 10 curtains:

Exodus 26:1 "Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle ten curtains..."

 

Note 1 Chronicles 17:1b "but the ark of the covenant of Jehovah dwelleth under curtains."

 

The Tabernacle was called "the home of the God"

Matthew 12:2 "But the Pharisees having-seen said to-him, Behold, your disciples are-doing what is not legitimate to-be-doing in (a) sabbath.

v3 But the (one) said to-them, Read-YOU not what David did, when he himself was-hungry and the-(ones) with him?"

v4 How he-went-in into the HOME of-the God, and he-ate the loaves of-the plan, which it-was not being-legitimate for-him to-eat, neither for-the (ones) with him, unless for-the priests only?

 

1Chronicles 17 details YHVH's agreement to change from dwelling in the tabernacle to dwelling in a house - Solomon's Temple..  Israel went into idolatry (Ezk. 8:10) and God left the Temple (Ezk 9:3)  (IF these things are also future, we are keeping them in mind also in regards to a "3rd" Temple.)

 

God permitted the building of the second Temple, often called Herod's Temple (Ezra 1:2)

 

It is interesting to note that Josephus stated that there was NOTHING in the Holy of Holies during the 2nd Temple period.

"But the innermost part of the temple of all was twenty cubits.  This was also separated from the outer part by a veil. In this there was nothing at all. It was inaccessible and inviolable, and not to be seen by any;  and was called the holy of Holies"  (Josephus, The Wars of the Jews, Book 5, ch 5 A Description of the Temple, vs5).

 

In this, Josephus' record concurs with scripture: Jeremiah writing to Jews in Babylon: Jeremiah 3:16 "And it shall come to pass, when ye are multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith Jehovah, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of Jehovah; neither shall it come to mind; neither shall they remember it; neither shall they miss it; neither shall it be made any more."  While this MAY point to a future time, also note that 2Maccabees 2:1-8 details when Jeremiah hid the ark of the covenant.  The Ark of the Covenant was never in the 2nd Temple.

 

 

Certainly, if you understand whom Yeshua was, this makes sense, as YHVH said that He would appear on the mercy seat.  The Mercy Seat was upon the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies in/under the Tabernacle/ten curtains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding whom Yeshua was:

 

Leviticus 16:2  "and Jehovah said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the veil, before the mercy-seat which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy-seat."

 

"Mercy Seat" = Propitiatory = Messiah Jesus!!!

Romans 3:24 "Being-justified gratuitously by his favor through the redemption-back namely-the (one) in Messiah Jesus;"

v25 "Whom the God himself-placed-before, (a) PROPITIATORY through trust in his blood, with-reference-to (a) demonstration of-his justice because of the letting-go-unpunished of-the sinful-acts having-come-to-pass-before-and-still-existing"

 

vs25- " propitiatory"  ἱλαστήριον    hilastērion

Strongs: 1) to place before, to set forth

a) to set forth to be looked at, expose to view

b) to expose to public view

1) of the bodies of the dead

2) to let lie in state

2) to set before one's self, propose to one's self

a) to purpose, determine

 

 

Exodus 25:17a "And thou shalt make a MERCY SEAT of pure gold  (vs26 with two cherubim)

vs17 - Mercy seat" -Hebrew: כפרת kapporeth

 LXX Greek: ἱλαστήριον - hilastērion --the same word as in Romans 3:25!

 

Remember, the mercy seat was the place (home)  where God was seen Lev 16:2 This was the "2nd" personality of the Godhead, YHVH the Son, the only visible image of the invisible "1st" personality of the Godhead, YHVH the Father.  YHVH the Holy Spirit, the "3rd" personality of the Godhead/Trinity, whom YHVH the Son Yeshua sent from YHVH the Father when Yeshua went to sit at/IN/AS His Right ARM/Hand, is now teaching us the believers and comforting us. Remember the Tabernacle foreshadowed future things.

 

Note on Romans 3:24 " through trust in his blood"  Who is trusting?  Yes, we are trusting, but moreover only because God is trusting in Jesus' blood, as shown in the propitiatory (exposure/arrest/trial/crucifixion) of Jesus.

 

Thus, without the mercy-seat in the Holy of Holies, YHVH will not appear there.

 

Where then, during this period, was "God's home"?

 

 

Paul, by the Holy Spirit, wrote that God "resided" in Jesus:

 

 

 

 

 

Colossians 2:9 "Because in him is-residing all the fulness of-the Godhead bodily".

 

Colossians 1:15  "Who is (an) image of-the God namely-the invisible, first-born of-all creation,

v16 Because in him [the] all things were created in the heavens and on the earth, the (things) visible and the (things) invisible, whether thrones or lordships or rulers or authorities; [the] all-things have-been-and-still-are-created through him and with-reference-to him;

v17 And he himself is before all (things) and in him [the] all-things have-stood-and-still-stand-together,

v18 And he himself is the head of-the body, of-the assembly; who is (a) beginning, first-born out-of the dead (ones), in-order-that in all-things he himself might-become holding-first-place,

v19 Because (God)-thought-well all the fulness to-reside in him"

 

Jesus equated Himself with the Sanctuary of the Temple.

 

We have clear scripture that says Jesus was God's sanctuary in the days of the 2nd temple.

 

John 2:18 "The Jews therefore answered and said to-him, What sign are-you-pointing-to for-us because you-are-doing these-(things)?

v19 The Jesus answered and said to-them, YOU-break-down this sanctuary, and in three days I-shall-raise it.

v20 The Jews therefore said, In forty and six years this sanctuary was-built, and you yourself-will-raise it in three days?

v21 But that (one) was-saying concerning the sanctuary of-his body.

v22 When therefore he-was-raised out-of dead (ones) his disciples were-made-mindful that he-was-saying this to-them, and they-trusted the scripture and the word which the Jesus said."

 

 

Understand that Yeshua is at this time the sanctuary/home of God.  The only place God could be seen was on the Mercy Seat (The Propitiatory or Propitiation for our sins), which is Yeshua, the sanctuary of YHVH, the "2nd" personality of the Godhead.

 

 "The Word came-to-be flesh, and he-tabernacled among us" (John 1:14). 

 

Yeshua was the Word, the Word tabernalcled with us and is our Propitiatory, the place of our Mercy seat.

 

When Jesus was crucified the veil between the Holy place and the Holy of Holies rent from top to bottom. (Matt. 27:51)

 

 

The veil in the physical sanctuary was a shadow of Jesus' flesh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hebrews 10:20b "the veil, this is his flesh"

 

Hebrews 9:4 "For the Messiah went not in into holy (places) made-by-hands, patterns-in-turn of-the authentic (things), BUT into the heaven itself, now to-be-revealed to-the face of-the God in-behalf-of us;"

 

 

Thus, in the rending of the veil, that is His flesh, we have access to YHVH who resides IN Yeshua/Jesus, who is the Sanctuary/Home of YHVH.  Yes, the veil of the  physical tabernacle/sanctuary -naos was also rent and is a shadow of the better structure, not made with human hands.  This better sanctuary is Yeshua, by the rending of his flesh - the veil - we have access INTO His body, the HOME/sanctuary of YHVH.

 

Pretty cool, huh?  PRAISE YHVH!!!

 

John 14:23 says that the Father and Jesus will make their "abode" with believers. 

 

John 14:1 Let not YOUR heart be-being-disturbed; YOU-are-trusting with-reference-to the God, YOU-be also trusting with-reference-to me.

v2 In the house of-my Father there-are many abodes; but if not I (likely) said to-YOU; I-am-proceeding to-prepare place for-YOU.

v3 And if I-might-proceed and I-might-prepare place for-YOU, I-am-coming again and I-shall-take YOU along to myself, in-order-that where-in-which I-myself-am YOU yourselves also might-be

 

v23 The Jesus answered and said to-him, If anyone might-be-cherishing me, he-will-keep my word, and my Father will-cherish him, and we-will-come to him, and we-shall-make abode beside him.

 

 

 

The Body of Messiah is the Assembly.  In this body, there are many abiding - many abodes.  Conversely, YHVH (Father & Son @ echad) will be in echad with the assembly.  God draws near to us, and God draws us near to him.  This is a great mystery:

 

 Ephesians 5:30 "Because we-are members of his body."

v31 Instead-of this (a) MAN shall-leave-behind the father and the mother and he-shall-be-very-united to his wife and the two shall-be with-reference-to flesh, one.

Note Eve was created a wife and was never a bride.

v32 This mystery is great, but I-myself am-saying with-reference-to Messiah and with-reference-to the assembly."

 

So we believers can see that this is speaking of the spiritual body of Yeshua.  Here Eph. 5:30-32 and Gen. 2:24 - the body of the one new man (Eph.2) is the believers, and the head of the body is Messiah.

 

1Corinthians 11:3 But I-am-willing YOU to-have-known-and-still-know-absolutely that the Messiah is the head of-every man, but the man (is) head of-(a)-woman, but the God (is) head of-the Messiah.

 

And again, consider how the Brown-Driver-Briggs lexicon (BDB) also defines  יְשׁוּעָה Yeshuah; "salvation by God, primarily from external evils, but often with added spiritual idea"

 

And we consider how man is the head of the body of unity between husband and wife, and Messiah is the head of the body of unity between himself and the assembly, and how that the "Father" is the head of Messiah in their unity/echad.  Then we consider that as this unity that arises because the man cleaves to his wife, and the two become echad/one flesh IS a "newer" thing, that was not always so.

Because:  Gen.1:26 "And God/Elohim (plural/unity/echad) said, Let us (plural) make man (singular) in our (plural) image (singular)."

So yes, while we of course see that there is only ONE image of the God - who as Spirit, is invisible - and that this ONE image is Messiah Yeshua, we should also understand that man was initially created in an image that reflected the image of unity of Elohim, that is, man was created as male and female, ONE. 

And so it says:

Gen.1:27 And God created man in his own image, in the image of God Created he him: Male and female created he them.

 

Jesus said, "I and the Father are ONE." John 10:30

So we may (should hopefully) be able to see that   יְשׁוּעַת  Yeshuah  and יְשׁוּעַ    Yeshua  represent the feminine and masculine aspects of YHVH. Now I am NOT saying this is fact, I am saying maybe this can/should be seen, and this is not calling God or Jesus man or woman.  Consider in the Proverbs that Wisdom, which we readily understand as an aspect of God, is denoted as "she".... of course Eph. 5 and Gen. 2 are quite clear in the distinction between Man and woman, Husband and Wife, Messiah and Assembly...Certainly Gen 1:27 (above) is plain with " his own image, in the image of God Created he him" to show that God and Adam were males.  I am simply looking at and seeing the masculine and feminine aspects of the man and the Godhead --the balance--, and in this seeing that Yeshua (Jesus) is "all over" the Old Testament!

 

 

 

 

Regarding who Jesus/Yeshua is, and what He did for us, that Colossians 1 is such a good Word:

 

Colossian 1:14 In whom we-are-having the redemption-back namely-the forgiveness of-the sins;

v15 Who is (an) image of-the God namely-the invisible, first-born of-all creation,

v16 Because in him [the] all things were created in the heavens and on the earth, the (things) visible and the (things) invisible, whether thrones or lordships or rulers or authorities; [the] all-things have-been-and-still-are-created through him and with-reference-to him;

v17 And he himself is before all (things) and in him [the] all-things have-stood-and-still-stand-together,

v18 And he himself is the head of-the body, of-the assembly; who is (a) beginning, first-born out-of the dead (ones), in-order-that in all-things he himself might-become holding-first-place,

v19 Because (God)-thought-well all the fulness to-reside in him

v20 And through him to-reconcile-in-full [the] all-things with-reference-to him(self), having-made-peace through the blood of his cross, through him whether the (things) on the earth or the (things) in the heavens.

v21 And YOU being at-one-time having-been-and-still-alienated and enemies in-the intellect in the works namely-the evil,

v22 But at-this-instant he-reconciled-in-full in the body of his flesh through the death, to-stand YOU alongside holy and unblemished and unreprovable completely-in-sight of-him,

v23 If in fact YOU-are-continuing in-the trust having-been-and-still-founded and immovable and not being-moved-away from the hope of-the good-news which YOU-heard, namely-the (good-news) having-been-preached in all creation namely-the (creation) under the heaven, of-which I Paul became (a) minister.

v24 I now rejoice in the sufferings in-behalf-of YOU, and I-am-filling-up-in-turn the things-lacking of-the tribulations of-the Messiah in my flesh in-behalf-of his body, which is the assembly,

 

 

 

 

Again, this is where the good part comes in.

 Hebrews 10:1  For the law having (a) shadow of-the future good-(things), not itself the image of-the things, according-to (each) year by the same sacrifices which they-are-offering with-reference-to the perpetuity it-is never being-able to-make-perfect the (ones) coming-near;

v2 Since would-they not have-ceased being offered? because the (ones) serving, once having-been-cleansed-and-still-cleansed, (would) still be-having not-one conscience of-sins.

v3 But in them (a) remembrance of-sins according-to (each) year;

v4 For (it-is) impossible (for) blood of-bulls and he-goats to-be-removing sins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cont. Heb.10:5 On-this-account coming-in into the world he-is-saying: You-willed not sacrifice and offering, but you-yourself-rendered (a) body thoroughly-fit for-me;

 

In this, the purpose of this body (Jesus' body) is seen

Hebrews 10:10  "In which will we-are having-been-made-holy-and-are-still-holy through the offering all-at-once of-the body of-the Messiah Jesus."

 

 

We are made and remain holy/sanctified in the Sacrifice of Messiah Jesus - by the will of God; we are not "sanctified by His Commandments".  This is not to say a person could never be sanctified by His commandments; you can be if you do them all.  The commandments are good, man is not (Rom.7:14).  The only way we can ascend to the Throne/sanctuary of God is with a heart cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, Yeshua/Jesus, and God is in our heart.  THEN (now) we can keep HIS commandments (Live by trust/faith & love our neighbor).  Anything else is vanity and adultery.  Praise Yah for His lovingkindness endures forever.

 

 

These things should present a word of caution to those that say they are under the law.  Do you require a physical temple/hieron and/or sanctuary/naos to perform your laws?

Beware that you do not diminish the sacrifice/propitiation of Yeshua YHVH.

We are at this time already at ONE/echad with YHVH - in part; limited by the flesh but we worship God, who is a spirit, in the Holy Spirit, in spirit.  This then, is spirituality.  We HAVE spirituality NOW.  As members of Messiah Yeshua's body, in spirit we are echad with YHVH Yeshua already.  We are to seek to have the mind or opinion of Messiah.  Bearing in this mind that in the future there is no temple in the New Jerusalem, and in putting on the "right" mind or having the correct opinion of Messiah, we dare not offer a sacrifice for sin now, as Messiah - of whom we are ONE with, who did not sin, and his sacrifice took our sin away.  There is no more even a remembrance of our former sin.  Now, at this time, the remembrance of former sin would be considered adultery; a separate blood sacrifice would be idolatry.

 

 

1 Corinthians 3:16 "Are YOU not knowing absolutely that YOU are the sanctuary (νας - naos) of the God, and the spirit of God is dwelling ( οκε - oikei) in YOU?"

 

 

When understanding that God is residing with us, that we are the home of God, that we are the sanctuary of God, and that we worship God in spirit, we can begin to understand that we are existing already in a state of completeness, a state of being in echad with YHVH, and that we are no longer under the law. We are the law.  We are Torah.  We are the Word.  This requires faith, Habakkuk 2:4, and this is how we live - by faith/trust. It has been said that the law of the New Covenant is the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

John 6:29 " The Jesus answered and said to-them, This is the work of-the God, in-order-that you-might-trust with-reference-to whom that (one) dispatched."

Our Trust is our work.

Understand this also as that the trust is from God....our trust is the manifestation of God working in us....we don't even get "credit" for our trust, which while it is our work, it is only from God's work of love to us first that we are permitted to trust

....and this is the Love of God - that He loved us first...To Him is ALL the Glory...

1 John 4:19 We ourselves-are-cherishing, because he himself first cherished us.

 Again: The work of God is that He loved us first so that we might love and so it is only in HIS love to us that our trust is allowed.  And yes, the context of the passage shows that this trust is also the work that we are to do..

Digression A explains the Love of God that permits us to keep His commandments.

 

 

 

There is no more even a remembrance of our past sins.

 

Hebrews 10:9 Then he-has-said-and-is-still-saying:  Behold I-am-present to-do, the God, your will.  He-is-carrying-off the first in-order-that the second might-stand;

v10 In which will (think “testament”) we-are having-been-made-holy-and-are-still-holy through the offering all-at-once of-the body of-the Messiah Jesus.

It is important to note that while the commandments are good, We are sanctified by the blood of the Lamb, not by doing His commandments.

v11 And on-the-one-hand every priest has-stood-and-still-stands publicly-ministering according-to (each) day and often offering the same sacrifices, they-which are never being-able to-lift sins from-around (them);

v12 He, on-the-other-hand having-offered one sacrifice in-behalf-of sins with-reference-to the perpetuity (was) seated in right (hand) of-the God,

v13 Henceforth waiting-long till his enemies might-be-placed (a) footstool of his feet.

v14 For by-one offering he-has-made-perfect-and-still-makes-perfect with-reference-to the perpetuity the (ones) being-made-holy.

v15 But the Holy Spirit also is-witnessing to-us; for after to-have-said-before-and-still-saying;

v16 This (is) the covenant which I-myself-shall-covenant with them after those days, Jehovah is saying: Giving my laws on their hearts, and on their intellects I-shall-inscribe them,

v17 And of-their sins and their lawlessnesses I-shall by-no-means still be-mindful.

There is no remembrance of our sin.  Thus a sacrifice in a 3rd temple to "remember" sin would be idolatry (?).  That's something to keep in mind...

v18 But where-in-which forgiveness of-these, (there is) not-still (an) offering in-behalf-of sins.

v19 Having therefore brothers, boldness-of-speech with-reference-to the entering-in of-the holy-ones in the blood of-Jesus,

v20 Which (entering-in) he-dedicated for-us (a) way recently-slain and living, through the veil, this is his flesh,

v21 And (having) (a) great priest upon the household of-the God,

 

 

 

We should also carefully and respectfully consider any 3rd Temple associations.  We can see that as of 70AD, some 247 of the Mosaic Commandments could not be kept as there was no Temple.  To the Jew that is blinded these things, a 3rd Temple may be necessary for them to see further the substance of the shadow.  However, we should also see the potential for a man made 3rd Temple to be a source of falling away from the Good News of Jesus for many.

 

We note the Holy city Jerusalem descending out of Heaven - this is the Sanctuary we should seek:

Revelation 21:22 "And I-saw not (a) sanctuary in it:  for the Lord the God the Almighty is its sanctuary, and the lamb."

 

Those that seek to be under the Mosaic/Sinai law and remember their sin, should consider whom Yeshua is. 

 

Hebrews 6:4 For (it is) impossible (for) the (ones) once having-been-enlightened both having-tasted of-the gratuity namely-the (one) in-(the)-heavenly and having-become sharers of-(the)-Holy Spirit,

v5 And having-tasted (the) fine saying of-God and-additionally powerful-deeds of (a) future age,

v6 And having-offended, to again be-renewing with-reference-to repentance, crucifying-again for-them-selves the Son of-the God and making-a-public-example.

 

 

Hebrews 10:21 And (having) (a) great priest upon the household of-the God,

v22 Let-us-be-going-to (God) with (an) authentic heart in certainty of-trust, (having) the hearts having-been-sprinkled-and-still-sprinkled from (an) evil conscience and (having) the body having-been-and-still-bathed with-clean water;

v23 Let-us-be-holding-fast the confession of-the hope unwavering, for the (one) having-himself promised (is) trustworthy,

v24 And let-us-be-taking-note-of one-another with-reference-to (an) irritation of-charity and of-fine works,

v25 Not abandoning the leading-together-completely of-ourselves, according-as custom with-certain-ones, BUT comforting, and by-this-much more for-as-long-as YOU-are-looking-to the day drawing-near.

v26 For of our sinning voluntarily after (we) took the thorough-knowledge of-the truth, no-more (a) sacrifice concerning sins is-being-left-behind,

v27 But certain fearful long-waiting-for of-judgement and zeal of-future fire to-be-eating the (ones) set-over-against.

v28 Some-one having-disregarded (a) law of-Moses, upon two or three witnesses is-dying-off separate-from pities;

v29 To-how-much of-worse vengeance are-YOU-thinking will-he-be-thought worthy, the (one) having-trodden-down the Son of-the God and having-considered the blood of-the covenant, in which he-was-made-holy, common, and having-insulted-within the Spirit of-the favor?

 

Does YOUR religion require a 3rd temple?  Do you need future sacrifices to remove or remember your sin?  Do you know Yeshua is Yahweh or in other words, do you know that Jesus is Jehovah, or that Jesus is LORD?

 

There's a lot more that could be added, but this is enough to illustrate that Jehovah/YHVH Jesus/Yeshua Christ/Messiah was and is remaining the same always. 

 

 

 

Jesus doesn't change, Jesus changes things:

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Messiah the same yesterday and today and with-reference-to the ages.

v9 YOU-be not being-brought-away by-various and strange doctrines; for (it is) fine the heart to-be-being-made-firm by-favor, not by-foods, in which the (ones) walking-around were not profited.

v10 We-are-having (an) altar out-of which the (ones) serving to-the tabernacle are not having authority to-eat.

 

 

 

 

 

As we work these things out in the Word, in the end may we find love:

John 3:16 For thus the God cherished the world so-that he-gave his son, namely-the only-begotten, in-order-that every-(one) the (one) trusting with-reference-to him might not perish, BUT he-might-be-having life eternal.

v17 For the God dispatched not his son into the world in-order-that he-might-be-judging the world, BUT in-order-that the world might-be-saved through him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

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