Omnipresence of Yahusha ha Mashiach
ARTICLE BY LEW WHITE (approximately 5 pages printed)
Only Elohim can forgive sins. He will not give praise due to Him to another, Yesha Yahu 42:8. We can only pray to Elohim. Can we pray to Yahusha, and will He hear us?
This subject needs to be considered carefully - but we will not all be on the same page with it until He comes.
"See, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye shall see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the Earth shall mourn because of Him. Yea, Amen." ("Yea, Amen" literally means the equivalent of "Yes, absolutely").
"'I am the Alef and the Tau, Beginning and End', says Yahuah 'Who is and Who was and Who is to come, the Almighty'". Revelation 1:7,8. Yahuchanon (John) turned to see Who was speaking. It was Yahusha (Yahshua, Yahoshua), standing in the center of 7 lampstands, the menorah. The phrase 'Who is and Who was and Who is to come' happens to be the definition or meaning of the Hebrew word, "YaHUaH" (yod-hay-waw-hay). It means existence in all three tenses, simultaneously. The "alef and the tau" which Yahusha referred to is seen in the Hebrew text of the Torah, and has been a mystery; translators have not known what to do with it. It seems to occur next to the Name "Yahuah" in the texts, making Yahusha's words a true "revelation" - Yahuah is Who He is! People have a fairly easy way of making one into three, yet when it comes to counting "3 days and 3 nights", they lose their math skills because they've been blinded by sound-bite programming. They say it was impossible to put Humpty-Dumpty back together after he had fallen into pieces. But Yahuah is a real Being; can we put Him back together, and not cause a war on Earth?
WHO IS "THE SON"?
Should we believe in teachings outside of Scripture, making Yahuah one, two, or three beings? The only way to know who the Father is comes through the active revelation of His identity by Yahusha:
Mat 11:27 “All have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and he to whom the Son wishes to reveal Him.”
If Yahusha is not in you, you are not His. 2 Cor. 13:5. Yahusha revealed the Father to mankind, and came to destroy the works of the devil. Through Yahusha, we come to (a knowledge of) the Father: "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me." Yn. 14:6. If we know Yahusha, then we also know the Father: "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him." Philip said to Him, "Master, show us the Father, and it is enough for us." Yahusha said to him, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, 'Show us the Father?'" Yn. 14:6-9. Mind-blowing! To get even a slippery handle on where any of this is headed, we all have to keep a very loose, open approach to how we think about this unique Being; and be careful about how we apply words to describe it all. It is easiest to simply think of Yahusha and Yahuah as two Beings, and simply stop there before your head over-heats. And, no one is saying this is a problem; but if you want to press on, it will make you a little unusual. 2 Cor. 5:19 tells us Elohim was in Messiah, to reconcile us to Himself.
1Yn. chapter 3 discusses the operation of the Spirit in believers -- and this Spirit is only given to those who obey Him (Acts 5:32 -- Ruach ha Qodesh dwells in us). The Spirit comes in the Name of Who? Yahusha! Omnipresence is required in order to accomplish this. Yahusha told us that He is the "Life", and He said the comforter, the Ruach ha Qodesh, would be sent to guide us into all Truth. Yn. 6:63 tells us that it is the Spirit Who gives us Life (and this Spirit is the Spirit of Yahusha of course). 2 Tim. 1:14 tells us that this Spirit dwells in us, making the Spirit everywhere at once. Yahusha told us that He and His Father would come to us -- and live in us (Yn. 14:23). Two Beings? Perhaps just One Being, identified in two uniquely distinct ways. The Spirit was promised (Joel 2:32) and poured-out on the believers (Acts 2:38). There are many evidences provided in Scripture of the omnipresence (as well as omnitemporality and omnipotence) of Yahuah's Spirit. Being temporal beings ourselves, we perceive things in simplistic ways, and can only understand partially at that. When Yahusha said "the Father is greater than I", we immediately reconcile it by thinking of two Beings, and one is more than the other in power, scope, authority, and so on. That's fine. However, if we can accept it, by revelation in the knowledge of Him, "the Son" is the "container" which was brought into existence as a human form through which the Father (Yahuah) manifested Himself to His creation. Sure, this is tough to deal with; and it's perfectly fine to struggle with -- I don't pretend to have my mind wrapped around it yet. But, we must not judge one another over this kind of thing either. To even begin to think about this "mental imaging" topic quickly shows all of us our limitations. It's not important enough to argue over, but those who have been given a special Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him can appreciate what this article is really about. The rest may find the topic heretical.
Emmanuel, Prince of Peace, Everlasting Father, Mighty Elohim ~ these all refer to ONE Being; but there's much more to consider. At Revelation chapter 1 quoted above, we find the One speaking calling Himself "the Almighty", the "living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore". Fascinating. Micah, the prophet, at 5:2 tells us that Bethlehem Ephrathah would have One "go forth for Me to be Ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity." There is only one eternal Being, and He tells us there is no one beside Him, and identifies Himself as the first and the last (Yesha Yahu 41:4, 44:6). "I, I am Yahuah, and besides Me there is no Savior." (Yesha Yahu 43:11).
ZecharYah 14 tells us about the return of Yahusha to Earth; the text describes the "Day of Yahuah", and how Yahuah will gather "all the nations against Yerushaliyim to battle". "Then Yahuah will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives . . . and Yahuah will be King over all the Earth; in that day Yahuah will be the only one, and His name the only one." Notice that this same event is described in chapter 12, and "the inhabitants" will recognize Him and mourn: v.10 "And it will come about in that day that I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Yerushaliyim. And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Yerushaliyim the Spirit of chen (favor) and supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first-born."
Notice this phrase carefully: ". . . whatever you ask of the Father in My Name, He might give you." Yn. 15:16. Then, at Yn. 16:25, Yahusha explains, "These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will speak no more to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father." Yahusha is holding back a great deal, so of course we currently dispute each other's understandings of His true identity and relationship to Father Yahuah. "All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine, and will disclose it to you." Yn. 16:15. The fact is, Yahusha is the One, and the Source, from which and by which our prayers are answered: "If you ask whatever in My Name I shall do it." Yn. 14:14. The more you study about this, the more your point of view will differ from those who haven't studied it.
Some believe it is wrong to "worship" Yahusha; yet Hebrews 1:6 tells us the messengers (angels) worship Him. Messengers are on record in Scripture saying to various men that we are to only worship Yahuah. In spite of all the hints in Scripture, people resist making it all add up. The hints are like the components in a big equation, but people often will not solve the equation, because it will make Yahusha equal to Yahuah, and reveal that "they" are in fact "ONE" -- exactly as it should be. When ha shatan tempted Yahusha in the wilderness, Yahusha responded to it in an interesting way: "You shall not try (test) Yahuah your Elohim". Mt. 4:7. Imagine any creature making a statement like that -- including an "angel". It would be blasphemous for any creature to make such a statement. Remember, angels (messengers, or malakim) are creatures too ~ they were simply created before the Earth, and the first man, Adam. Malakim were not designed to ever terminate, or stop living, so they aren't "mortal" (from the Hebrew muth, and Latin mort, for death).
Colossians 1:16-20: "And He is the image of the invisible Elohim, the first-born of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities -- all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before (foremost) all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the Body, the ekklesia (Hebrew, qahal), and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His stake; through Him, I say, whether things on Earth or things in heaven."
When the day arrives that the Children of Yahuah are revealed to the universe, and Yahusha takes the Throne, He will be the Sovereign of sovereigns, and Master of masters (Rev. 19). "For let this mind be in you which was also in Messiah Yahusha, Who being in the form of Elohim, did not regard equality with Elohim a matter to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, and came to be in the likeness of men." Philippians 2:5-7. "Elohim, therefore, has highly exalted Him and given Him the Name which is above every name, that at the Name of Yahusha every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on Earth, and of those under the Earth, and every tongue should confess that Yahusha is Master, to the esteem of Elohim the Father." Philippians 2:9-11. If Yahusha is Elohim, as I believe He is, we may worship Him and pray to Him; and whatever we ask in His Name, He will do it. This is to say we have to be asking in HIS will, since He gives us the desire (in our hearts) to ask for the things; He will not give us whatever WE want). Let Elohim Yahuah be the Judge of these conclusions, and let me fall into His forgiving hands -- but let me not fall into the hands of men. It is not for everyone to understand this, and it is certainly not a salvational issue. If this study leans away from what traditional human doctrines have established, such as the Nicene Creed or Apostle's Creed (both Catholic conventions), all well and good. In the fullness of time, it will be revealed to us all -- "But let Elohim be true, and every man a liar, as it has been written, 'That you should be declared right in Your words, and prevail in Your judging.'" Romans 3:4.
If I didn't use enough Scripture, please let me know. If there were just a couple of places in Scripture that suggested that Yahusha is Elohim, one might suspect there could be some misunderstanding. Many folks can justify believing in the doctrine of the "trinity" -- having only a few proof-texts to hang on (and being in conflict with many other texts), but the above Scriptural texts are not "proof-texts", but they actually teach the conclusions this article addresses. The Savior, or Mashiach, seems to be equivalent in every way to Yahuah. For example, Yahuah claims He is the King (Melek) of Israel, but at the same time we find that Yahusha is also. Yahuah is the "husband" of Israel, and yet Yahusha is the "Bridegroom". He's not the best-man, or number 2 in any way. They merge together into One, if you follow everything to its logical conclusion. The arguments against these conclusions are usually based on deriving radically different interpretations of the text, and I'm not implying they are in error -- they are simply radically different interpretations. Also, in order to arrive at certain interpretations, it may be claimed that specific articles were mistranslated, leading one to arrive at the wrong conclusion. Another explanation that some people give is that the Brit Chadasha (Messianic Writings, or Re-newed Covenant Writings) have been tampered with, and certain ideas were added to "deify" Yahusha. I like to use the "Ockham's Razor"* approach, and keep it as simple as possible. Let there be no striving and fighting among us -- Mashiach is proclaimed, and that is what is most important. To some of us, He is simply more important than anything else.
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*Ockham's Razor: After William of Ockham + RAZOR (as a sharp instrument for cutting away non-essentials). A principle in science and philosophy urging the use of the most economical and least complex assumptions, terms, and theories and stating that an explanation for unknown phenomena should first be attempted in terms of what is already known. It is usually formulated as "Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily."
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