The S/Word of God: YHWH’s Holy Spirit & Instructions For Life

The S/Word of God: YHWH’s Holy Spirit & Instructions For Life

YHWH is beyond our comprehension at times, which leads to mankind using personifications and allegories to split Him into sections such as different personalities in the doctrine of the trinity, and emanations in the Kabbalah, etc. If we think of those as figurative, it’s not a problem, but seeing them as literal goes against the Shema. You can see the Primal Adam article for more on that. If you prefer to listen, I discuss this article in the video at the end of this post.

What Is The Holy Spirit?

The most common way of splitting YHWH up is to suggest the Father is one personality and the Holy Spirit is another. The Trinity doctrine suggests that the Father is not the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is not the Father. But according to the bible, the Holy Spirit is the Father’s Spirit. And even some Trinitarians will say this. We may talk about our flesh being “weak,” but that doesn’t mean our flesh is another personality of ours. In the same way YHWH’s Spirit is not separate from Him, it is Him. That’s who He is and it’s called “Holy” because YHWH is Holy. YHWH is referred to as Israel’s Father all throughout the Tanakh (OT). It was not something new when Jesus (Yehoshua) claimed YHWH was his Father, because all Israelites could have said the same thing.

John 4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

In John 17:3 Jesus (Yehoshua) calls his Father the only true God. So in John 4:21-24 Jesus (Yehoshua) is saying that YHWH (who the Jews rightfully worshiped), the Father, is Spirit and we will worship YHWH in spirit and in truth. So when Jesus (Yehoshua) refers to the spirit of truth, this is another reference to the Father’s Holy Spirit.

The Disciples Equated the Father’s Spirit with the Holy Spirit

The following 3 verses equate the Spirit that taught them what to say with the Spirit of the Father.

Matthew 10:19 But when they hand you over, do not worry about how to respond or what to say. In that hour you will be given what to say. 20 For it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

Mark 13:11 But when they arrest you and hand you over, do not worry beforehand what to say. Instead, speak whatever you are given at that time, for it will not be you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.

Luke 12:11 When you are brought before the synagogues, rulers, and authorities, do not worry about how to defend yourselves or what to say. 12 For at that time the Holy Spirit will teach you what you should say.”

Also what they said after being filled with the Holy Spirit was called the “Word of  God:”

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spake the Word of God with boldness.

The following 4 verses equate the Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead with the term “God” besides “Father”.

Romans 8:11 And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who dwells within you.

John 5:21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the son quickeneth whom he will.

Acts 2:24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

Acts 2:32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

The Father raised Jesus (Yehoshua) from the dead through the power of His Holy Spirit (which is not separate from Him), and the Father’s Spirit is living inside of us. There are also plenty of verses stating that the living God lives inside of us, and, of course, God is spirit. So we have the Father’s spirit inside. People in the Tanakh (OT) received the Father’s spirit also, such as Ezekiel (Ezekiel 2:2, 3:24) and Bezaleel (Exodus 31:2-3).

YHWH Makes His Anointed Into Gods

YHWH Puts His Words Into His Prophet's Mouths

What’s interesting is that we also see Jesus (Yehoshua) saying he will tell the disciples what to say.

Luke 21:12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. 13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony. 14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: 15 For I will give you speech and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.

That “speech and wisdom” was the “Word of God” as we saw in Acts 4:31.

In the Tanakh (OT) we see Moses telling Aaron what to say. YHWH made Moses a “god” to Pharaoh and Aaron. The article “Christ Said, “Ye Are Gods.” What Did He Mean?” explains this is more detail. YHWH, through His Spirit puts His words into His prophet’s (messiah’s) mouths (this means they got anointed by the Holy Spirit with power).

In the same way that Moses prophesied and performed miracles without being YHWH, Jesus (Yehoshua) prophesied and performed miracles without being YHWH. They were both anointed with YHWH’s Holy Spirit and with power to work for YHWH (Acts 10:38).

The prophets of the Tanakh (OT) spoke for YHWH because He “put His words into their mouths.”

Jeremiah 1:8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you,” declares YHWH. 9 Then YHWH reached out His hand, touched my mouth, and said to me: “Behold, I have put My words into your mouth. 10 See, I have appointed you today over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and plant.” 11 And the word of YHWH came to me, asking, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see a branch of an almond tree,” I replied.

Isaiah 51:16 I have put My words in your mouth, and covered you in the shadow of My hand, to establish the heavens, to found the earth, and to say to Zion, “You are My people.

Moses Became a God to Aaron like Jesus Became a God to the Apostles

In Exodus 4, Moses is worried that people won’t believe he’s really speaking for the creator of the world (YHWH). So YHWH says He’ll work signs through Moses as Moses’s second witness that indeed he was anointed as a shaliah of YHWH’s. This is exactly what Jesus (Yehoshua) went through.

Acts 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man certified by God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did through him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know.

John 8:13 The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. 14 Jesus answered and said unto them, “Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true:… for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. 17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. 18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me. 19 Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.

John 10:37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me. 38 But if I am doing them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works themselves, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.”

The Father’s works were proof that he was a shaliah (Messiah) of YHWH’s. Without the works, Jesus (Yehoshua) wouldn’t have had a second witness. And he always said he could do nothing of his own authority and power (John 5:30), but that it was the Father working through him (John 14:10). We see that some people accepted YHWH’s testimony that Jesus (Yehoshua) was sent by YHWH, and some people didn’t. The same thing happened to Moses. Some people accepted him but some wondered “wot has become of him?” (Exodus 32) and slipped back into idolatry.

Acts 7:35 “This Moses, whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’—this man God sent as both ruler and redeemer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush. 36 This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in Egypt and at the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years. 37 This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers.’ 38 This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. He received living oracles to give to us. 39 Our fathers refused to obey him, but thrust him aside, and in their hearts they turned to Egypt, 40 saying to Aaron, ‘Make for us gods who will go before us. As for this Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ 41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and were rejoicing in the works of their hands.

When Jesus (Yehoshua) said the Father (who is Spirit) was in him, he wasn’t saying something new. We’re told the  “word of God” is God (YHWH), and the “word of God” was put into the prophets mouths all throughout the Tanakh (OT). Also, people in the Tanakh were filled with the “Spirit of God” inside of them.

Exodus 31:1 And YHWH spake unto Moses, saying, 2 See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: 3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship…

So, it would not be new terminology to the Jews to say that the Father YHWH (the Spirit of God) was in the Messiah.

Colossians 2:9 For in Christ all the fullness of God dwells in bodily form. 10 And you have been made full in Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.

It’s not new terminology to say Jesus (Yehoshua) was filled with the spirit of the living God and now believers are filled too, as we saw Bezaleel was filled with God’s spirit also. And God is Spirit, so, according to Exodus 31:1, in Bezaleel all the fullness of God dwelt bodily.

Like YHWH anointed Jesus (Yehoshua) with powers to do miracles to prove he was who he said he was, YHWH also anointed Moses with the power to change the rod into a serpent and back (as a second witness that Moses was from YHWH), and then He put His words into Moses’s mouth.

Exodus 4:10 And Moses said unto YHWH, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.” 11 And YHWH said unto him, “Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I, YHWH? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.” 13 And he said, “O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.”

14 And the anger of YHWH was kindled against Moses, and he said, “Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. 15 And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. 16 And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God. 17 And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.”

Normally YHWH would put His words into the prophet’s mouth, but in this case, YHWH is putting words into the prophet’s (Moses’s) mouth, and in addition to that, Moses is acting like YHWH in putting his (Moses’s) words into Aaron’s mouth to speak to the people for Moses. So, in this case, Aaron is the mediator between men & Moses and Moses is the mediator between Aaron & YHWH.

YHWH told Moses what to say and do, and Moses told Aaron what to say and do. In this way we understand YHWH commanded Jesus (Yehoshua) what to say and do and Jesus (Yehoshua) commanded his disciples what to say and do. Jesus (Yehoshua) still tells his disciples what to say and do, which is always in accordance with what YHWH wants as he only ever spoke as the Father commanded him, because he knew that the Father’s commandments led to eternal life (John 12:49-50).

And he got that authority to command us because of his obedience to YHWH. We get the authority to speak to others because of our obedience to Jesus (Yehoshua) who is always obedient to YHWH so that we may be one in the Father and the Father one in us (performing works through us) in the exact same was Jesus (Yehoshua) was in the Father and had the Father in him.

This is why Jesus (Yehoshua) can tell his apostles what to say and it’s the same thing as when YHWH tells people what to say. Moses was called a “god” to Aaron, Jesus (Yehoshua) was called a “god” by some of his followers, and we are called “gods” when the “Word of God” has come to us because, contrary to public opinion, the word “god” means someone who has the authority, responsibility and capability to speak for YHWH, and it does not mean you are the creator of the heavens and earth. We are begotten children, which implies we are not the unbegotten creator YHWH.

The apostles, of course, have to empty themselves of their fleshy desires and habits (go and sin no more), and instead only do and say what Jesus (Yehoshua) commands, or else they’d be false apostles or fake disciples.

Luke 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

Being his disciple is a huge a deal. We have to take it seriously. But if you can empty yourself of your sin (fleshy behaviors) and overcome all that, then you can sit down on the same authority / throne as he did when he overcame those temptations.

Revelation 3:21 To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His throne.

YHWH’s Spirit Is How We Prophesy

In Numbers 11, the Israelites are complaining for meat. The early followers of Jesus (Yehoshua) suggested that this incident clearly proves YHWH didn’t want us eating meat. Moses is getting fed up being the only one to know YHWH’s wishes on the subject, because the people are spiritually deaf and not understanding what he’s saying. They didn’t understand why they were supposed to be fasting from meat. So he complains to YHWH about him bearing the burden all alone, and YHWH sends His Spirit to the elders also so that they can all share the burden of knowing they’re not supposed to be eating meat and trying to keep the people in check.

Numbers 11:24 And Moses went out, and told the people the words of YHWH, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle. 25 And YHWH came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease. 26 But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp. 27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp. 28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them. 29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all YWHH’s people were prophets, and that YHWH would put His spirit upon them!

Joshua thought it somehow made Moses less special if the rest of the elders were able to prophesy for YHWH in addition to just Moses being the one to prophesy. But Moses wanted all of YHWH’s people to prophesy. He clearly tells us the way to prophesy for YHWH is to have His Spirit. The Hebrew word used for “upon” them, “al,” can also be used for “amongst” or “overflowing.” Perhaps that was a reference to them being filled with the fullness of God at that point?

Being Anointed As a Prophet

Kings and priests are anointed with the Holy Spirit. The use of oils in the Tanakh (OT) was a symbolic representation of this anointing of YHWH’s Spirit. There is a metaphysical understanding of the anointing which you can read about in the article “John St Julien on The Sacred Secretion (Oil of Gladness) Chrism Anointing.” But for this article we’ll look at what the bible says literally.

Exodus 30:22 Moreover YHWH spake unto Moses, saying, 23 Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels, 24 And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: 25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. 26 And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, 27 And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense, 28 And the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot. 29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy. 30 And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office. 31 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, This shall be an holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations. 32 It shall not be poured on the body of an ordinary person, and you shall make no other like it in composition. It is holy (set-apart), and it shall be holy (set-apart) to you. 33 Anyone who makes a blend like it or anoints a layman (other than a priest) will be cut off from the community.

Notice that the anointing was not for the common man, but only for someone “set-apart” from the common, just as we are in the world but not of it. The term “the world” represents the common people, the sinners, it doesn’t refer to the earth/ground. We are to be in the world (among those who sin),  but not of the world (we’re not to look like them). We’re to look like God, not the world. 1 John 3:9-10 says that we make known to the world if our father is the devil or God by whether or not we sin. Those who are children of God don’t commit sin, they are set-apart from the sinners.

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord YHWH is upon me; because YHWH hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 to proclaim the year of the YHWH’s favor and the day of our God’s vengeance, to comfort all who mourn

We see the prophet was saying he was anointed by YHWH (through YHWH’s Holy Spirit) in order to preach the gospel (good news) to the meek and to heal and free the captives. In Luke 4:18 Jesus (Yehoshua) reads this suggesting he was also anointed to do the same thing. The words “Messiah,” “Christ,” and “anointed” all mean the same thing. So, when someone claims to be the Messiah or Christ they’re claiming to be anointed by YHWH. By definition a Christ or Messiah cannot be YHWH because they need to be anointed by YHWH and, of course, YHWH doesn’t need to be anointed with Himself or His own power.

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

God was with Jesus (Yehoshua) proving that he was who he claimed to be( the anointed/christ of God).

We are anointed with YHWH’s Holy Spirit:

1 John 2:27  And as for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But just as His true and genuine anointing teaches you about all things, so remain in Him as you have been taught.

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

2 Corinthians 1:21 Now it is God who establishes both us and you in Christ. He anointed us, 22 placed His seal (mark) on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a pledge of what is to come

In 1 John 2:27 and John 14:26 the Holy Spirit and the anointing are used interchangeably to refer to what teaches us all things. We have God’s mark or seal on us when we are anointed and set-apart from the world.

Prophets are taught by YHWH through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and because of that teaching, they speak for YHWH (prophesy) and speaking for YHWH is a work that He does through us. As stated earlier, Acts 4:31 shows the disciples speaking the “Word of God” after being filled with the Holy Spirit.

Jesus (Yehoshua) was unlearned according to the crowds, but he taught an amazing doctrine. He was asked how he knew so much, and he said that it’s not that he knows anything, but that YHWH commanded him what to say (John 12:49). The doctrine he was speaking to the crowds was YHWH’s doctrine, not his own doctrine or teachings.

John 7:14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. 15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, “How knoweth this man scriptures, having never learned?” 16 Jesus answered them, and said, “My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent me. 17 If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”

John 14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I say to you, I do not speak on my own. Instead, it is the Father dwelling in me, performing His works.

John 3:34 For he, whom God hath sent, speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

The phrase “whom God hath sent” is a reference to being YHWH’s shaliah or messiah/prophet. A “sent one” is anointed by YHWH into that position. We got anointed before we were “sent into the world” as kings and priests, just as Jesus (Yehoshua) was anointed before he was sent into the world, and just as David was anointed to be king.  John 3:34 is talking about the anointed people and how they’re sent to others to speak the “Word of God.” In John 3:34 it says that God is giving His Spirit without measure, which may be another way to say overflowing.

YHWH had people pour oil over the priests and kings as a symbolic representation of how He pours His Spirit upon His shaliahs (priests, kings, messiahs, etc) and fills them up to overflowing (so that the fullness of God’s Spirit dwells in their bodies). Our body is referred to as the temple in which the living God dwells.

The “Word of God” is Not a Book

Though some people refer to the Tanakh (OT) or the Bible as the “Word of God” the scriptures actually tell us that’s not true. The Tanakh (OT) has verses describing the “Word of the LORD” which is really better translated as “The Word of YHWH.” Since the prophets living in the world heard the “Word of YHWH” before the scriptures were written, it means those written texts could not be what the people heard.

When the prophets wrote about the “Word of YHWH” they were referring to being anointed by YHWH’s Holy Spirit, and being given understanding in the spirit. After they were given this understanding they wrote down their experiences. Logically the “Word of YHWH” predated the scriptures completely.

The Tanakh and Bible have “words of God” in them, but obviously when the prophets spoke about the “Word of God” they weren’t referring to scriptures, they were referring to what they had heard, in the spirit, from YHWH. YHWH was “talking” to them through His Spirit. Long before the scriptures were written, the prophets were worshiping YHWH in spirit and in truth, and had a relationship with Him. And remember the disciples heard from the Spirit and spake the “Word of God” before the New Testament scriptures were written also. They weren’t referring to the bible, they were referring to what they heard in the Spirit.

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spake the Word of God with boldness.

YHWH is an invisible Spirit. He makes Himself known through His prophets (messiahs). Some of that knowledge is written down,  but we were also warned to beware the lying pen of the scribes. With so many different versions, collections of books, extra-biblical sources and the fact that you can just tear out pages without God striking you dead, proves the written scriptures are fallible. But YHWH’s word is not.

1 Peter 1:24 For, “All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the Word of YHWH stands forever.” And this is the word that was proclaimed to you.

YHWH’s Word is Torah Teaching / Light of the World

We know the prophets were inspired by hearing from YHWH’s Spirit to proclaim to others, to teach them. Jesus (Yehoshua) said the teaching, often referred to as “doctrine,” was not his, but that he was commanded on what to say. He was referring back to Deuteronomy 18.

Deuteronomy 18:18 I (YHWH) will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

Deuteronomy 18 is usually thought to refer to Joshua, but of course, there are all sorts of dual fulfillments in the scriptures, and Jesus (Yehoshua)’s name is the exact same as Joshua. The similarities are striking. Joshua also proclaimed the good news of the promised land as Jesus (Yehoshua) did the same thing spiritually speaking.

The prophets, all throughout scripture, are teaching the people. They’re rebuking people for their sin. Take, for example, Jonah. He was sent by YHWH to preach repentance to Ninevah. They believed that YHWH sent him, repented, and were saved. And Noah was sent by YHWH to preach to the people that it was time to repent, and they didn’t believe that YHWH sent him, so they stayed in their sin and then the flood came. We’re told, for the most part, people actually reject the prophets because they want to stay in their sin.

Acts 7:51 “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. 52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, 53 you who received the law as delivered by messengers and did not keep it.”

Whenever a prophet tells people to repent and stop sinning, the circumcised in heart will listen,  but the uncircumcised will reject the prophet because they are not tired of sinning yet and they don’t want their sin to be made known.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not His son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation: that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Jesus (Yehoshua) claimed to be the “light of the world:”

John 12:46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should remain in darkness. 47 As for anyone who hears my words (commands or teaching) and does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not receive my words: The word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.

Jesus (Yehoshua) didn’t come to judge, there is one judge (YHWH’s Holy Spirit / Word). He simply came to “save the world” by sharing YHWH’s teaching (Words of God). If people believed Jesus (Yehoshua) was the messiah (anointed of YHWH), they would believe his teaching was from YHWH, and they would do that teaching and be saved.

Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life

The words that he spoke were from the Father, YHWH, and His commands lead to everlasting life. YHWH’s doctrine (teaching, commands) are the law that is the light. This is why Jesus (Yehoshua) claimed to be the light of the world, because he spoke the Father’s commandments which lead to life. For those who believed in him, they will do what he did, and walk in the Torah (commandments) and be a light to the world also.

John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

2 Corinthians 4:3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Notice the “light” is the “gospel.” Gospel means “good news” and the true Gospel was that we can stop sinning so that we are no longer slaves to sin. The gospel was news, something that was preached.

Isaiah 1:10 Hear the word of YHWH, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

Isaiah also equates the “word of YHWH” with the “law of our God.” The “Word of God” was a doctrine not a person.

But with scribal additions another “gospel” popped up that we are stuck slaves to sin until we die. That was really not “good news” anymore, but horrible news for people who wanted to stop sinning. It’s sad to see mainstream Christians say, ” I can do all things through Christ, except stop sinning, that’s too hard for him.” It’s a lack of faith, really.

The Word of God Is the Light Not Comprehended

Though most English translations of John 1 often have a male pronoun here, the Greek word is just a general stand in for the object (and does not in any way denote male versus female and can mean “it” also). In this case it’s standing in for “the word” so here is the translation with “the word” plugged in for a more literal translation.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same (the word) was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by the word; and without the word was not any thing made that was made. 4 In the word was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

The light that is not comprehended was the doctrine that Jesus (Yehoshua) taught. In John 8:12 Jesus (Yehoshua) claims to be the light of the world and those who want to kill him accuse him of acting as if he’s greater than Abraham. Of course, he replies that he wasn’t saying he was greater than Abraham, if he glorified himself, his glory would mean nothing. So he was telling them that he’s not glorifying himself as greater than Abraham, and yet, still, today, we see people thinking he was glorifying himself as YHWH in that chapter. But he responds to these people who can’t understand, or comprehend the light of the world.

John 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

Those who can comprehend the light of the world are “of God,” those who can’t comprehend it are “of the devil.” He said they couldn’t hear “his word” that is the doctrine that he was preaching. Everything was made on the Torah (commandments), the “word of God” and that’s what the prophets all preached. But most of the people didn’t comprehend it.

Because the world, this life, may have been built on the commandments such as the Golden Rule, this may be why the Essene Mirrors and Law of Attraction work.

In John 1 we see the world was made by “The Word” and we also see the world was created by “Lady Wisdom.”

Proverbs 3:19 YHWH by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.

Psalm 33:6 By the Word of YHWH the heavens were made, and all the stars by the Spirit of His mouth.

YHWH’s commandments and Holy Spirit power are personified as Lady Wisdom, because you are wise if you listen to YHWH’s wisdom which is His instructions. You can see the Primal Adam article for more on that. Notice the Spirit is coming out of His mouth. The Spirit/Doctrine is something that is spoken through the mouth.

In the Beginning Was the Logos

The Greek word for “Word” is “Logos.” The Greeks had a whole idea of what the word “Logos” meant before the New Testament was written. According to Biblehub the word Logos was seen as a “speech,” “expression of a thought,” a “saying,” usually used of Christ “expressing the thoughts of the Father through the Spirit.”

From Dictionary.com: “Philosophy. the rational principle that governs and develops the universe.” [That could be referring to the Torah/Golden Rule]

From TheFreeDictionary.com:

  • “(Philosophy) philosophy reason or the rational principle expressed in words and things, argument, or justification; esp personified as the source of order in the universe.”
  • In Judaism:
    • In biblical Judaism, the word of God, which itself has creative power and is God’s medium of communication with the human race.
    • In Hellenistic Judaism, a hypostasis associated with divine wisdom.

The word “Logos” has an idea of the basic principle of life, or “rules of life” and it’s something that you are “justified” by, or not, depending on your actions. Well, if the “Logos” is the wise doctrine YHWH taught through His people, and that’s what judges us, this makes perfect sense.

It seems only after people decided that Jesus (Yehoshua) was not YHWH’s anointed, but rather was YHWH Himself, that they came up with the idea that the “logos” or “word” was a person, rather than a doctrine/teaching.

The Sword of the Spirit

The “Word is God” is sometimes referred to as the “Sword of the Spirit.” The “Word of God” is something that is heard (by the prophets) and then spoken by those prophets to others. We are anointed and filled with YHWH’s Holy Spirit, so we should be speaking the “Word of God” to people, it’s our sword.

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight; everything is uncovered and exposed before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

Remember when Jesus (Yehoshua) said he didn’t come to judge but the “word” that he spoke will judge? That was because the “word of God” is YHWH’s Spirit to whom we must give account.

Isaiah also wrote about the sword of the Spirit.

Isaiah 49:1 Listen to me, O islands, and pay attention, O distant peoples: YHWH called me from the womb; from the body of my mother He named me. 2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword; He hid me in the shadow of His hand. He made me like a polished arrow; He hid me in His quiver. 3 He said to me, “You are My servant, Israel, in whom I will display my glory.”

In the article on Jacob wrestling an angel I discussed how we become Hebrew and cross over into covenant by keeping the commandments. We turn from Jacob to Israel. It is in Israel, the body of Christ, that YHWH displays His glory.

Isaiah also wrote about the sword of the Spirit here:

Isaiah 1:10 Hear the word of YHWH, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. 11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith YHWH: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. 12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? 13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. 14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. 15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. 16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith YHWH: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of YHWH hath spoken it.

The “mouth of YHWH” spoke the “word of YHWH” through Isaiah, which is equated to the law, which people will be judged by, and it’s also seen as a sword coming out of YHWH’s mouth (Isaiah is YHWH’s mouthpiece in this case).

Revelation 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Just because someone has been given a “name” in scripture, doesn’t mean they are literally that something. We are given YHWH’s name on our foreheads (Rev. 22:4), but it doesn’t make us Him. Any prophet who speaks the “word of God” could be called by that name, because it the word “name” means more than just a label as discussed in the article “Coming in our Father’s Name, Praying & Baptizing in Jesus’s Name.” It’s about the character and authority. The prophets have been anointed to speak for YHWH as His mouthpiece. So they can be called by the name “Word of God.”

The Sword is Double-Edged

As we’ve already seen when YHWH sent His messiahs (prophets) to His people, they would either accept or reject them. Most of the time they rejected the prophets. Those who are born of God have His “seed” inside. The word used for “seed” in 1 John 3:9 is “sperma.” YHWH’s Spirit inside of us is considered God’s seed that leads us to purifying ourselves as He is pure. In this way the children of God grow up to look like their Father.

So on the flip side, the Spirit inside of the world is the “Anti-Christ Spirit” and is considered the “Serpent Seed”, rather than “God’s seed.” These children grow up to look like their father, the devil. In the article on Jacob wrestling an angel, I discussed how we struggle between these two and that there’s a Cherokee legend of two wolves quarreling, and whichever one you feed is the one that wins.

The Spirit inside of us inspires us, but it can lead us to getting Holy or it can lead us to going against the Christ (Holy, Set-Apart anointing). One person can read John 8 and think Jesus (Yehoshua) is claiming to be YHWH to try to hold onto the belief that he was only sinless because he was YHWH and we can’t be sinless because we’re not, and another person can read John 8 and think obviously he was never claiming to be YHWH because he said he needed the Father YHWH as his second witness and said that if he glorified himself, his glory meant nothing.

John 8 is the exact same in each case, but the spirit inside of these two people determines how they understand it.

Another example using the same chapter: one person reads Jesus (Yehoshua) saying the Jews who he’s speaking to are “of their father the devil” and will say that it means that Jesus’s father was not YHWH, because the god YHWH was the father the Jews claimed to worship. Another person will read it and think, he’s talking about the specific Jews who wanted to kill him. It’s obvious some Jews in John 8 were actually listening to him and understood him and didn’t want to kill him. The only reason some of the Jews wanted to kill him was because a lot of Jews were accepting Jesus (Yehoshua) as YHWH’s Messiah.

I heard someone say that the book of John is many people’s favorite book in the bible and the reason for that was because it can be read to prove your standpoint no matter what you believe. People can read the book of John as if it’s proving Jesus (Yehoshua) was YHWH, or they can read it as if Jesus (Yehoshua) was YHWH’s prophet / messiah. The sword, is the spirit inside of you. The word of God is not the book itself. The spirit inside of you is what determines what you will understand when you read it. The spirit is how you hear from God, or if you hear from the tempting serpent.

In this way, the “word of God” can be considered the serpent seed also. The serpent seed is one side of the sword, and God’s seed is the other. As spoken of in the article “The Cursed Serpent & Kundalini Serpent That Moses Held Up” you can make the case that the sword is just a serpent, either coiled up and eating dust on the ground, or straightened out and standing tall like the snake on a pole that Moses held up. One leads to death, and one leads to life.

You can also think of the double-edged sword of the spirit as the devil and angel on your shoulder.

Wielding the Sword

As we saw in Hebrews 4, the sword of the Spirit is sharper than any double-edged sword, and pierces people. Wielding the sword is not child’s play.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight; everything is uncovered and exposed before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

When you speak the “Word of God,” those who are of God hear your words, otherwise it falls on deaf ears. Those who hear what you’ve said will have one of two reactions:

  1. They’ll get convicted and listen to the Holy Spirit. In this case they are pruned of sin so that they can bring forth more of God’s fruit.
  2. They’ll get convicted and get mad because they don’t want to stop sinning. In this case they’ll usually take out their anger on the messenger (you).

When someone feels the S/word in their spirit judging them, they get upset. Even if you are not judging them, they will still feel judged and assume it is you doing the judging.

When someone accuses you of judging them and you are honest with yourself and you really weren’t, rest assured, they’re mad at YHWH, not you. Brad on the David H’Notsari channel did an excellent video on that.

As discussed earlier, this is why they didn’t listen to the prophets and plotted to ignore Moses and kill Jesus (Yehoshua).

John 15:17 This is my command to you: Love one another. 18 If the world hates you, understand that it hated me first. 19 If you were of the world, it would love you as its own. Instead, the world hates you, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.

If you’re loving one another, not being judgemental, but speaking truth, the world (sinners) will hate you because they don’t want their sinful deeds to be made known.

Being Anointed From the Tree of Life

The menorah is a physical representation of the spiritual tree of life. Another example of this is when Jesus (Yehoshua) claims to be the “vine” and we are the “branches” and the Father is the one who tends to the vine and branches. The life force that flows through the vine is the anointing and it reaches the branches (us) if we stay “in Christ,” keeping the commandments. If we don’t, we become withered branches, that have to be pruned off the tree of life. In the menorah example the oil is the life force and it sends oil to each branch, and then they can be the light of the world. This is also why on a Christmas tree you would see candles and now light bulbs shining on the branches.

From the Recognitions of Clement (Nazarene Acts PDF) concerning Christ being anointed:

Although indeed He is the Son of YHWH, and the beginning of all things, He became as man; Him first YHWH anointed with oil that was taken from the wood of the tree of life: from that anointing therefore He is called Moshiach. From there, moreover, He Himself also, according to the appointment of His Father, anoints with similar oil every one of the obedient when they come to His kingdom, for their refreshment after their labors, as having got over the difficulties of the way; so that their light may shine, and being filled with the Ruach HaKodesh, they may be endowed with immortality. But it occurs to me that I have sufficiently explained to you the whole nature of that branch from which that ointment is taken. Recognitions of Clement Chapter XLV: Y’shua: Why Called the Moshiach

“But now also I shall, by a very short representation, recall you to the recollection of all these things. In the present life, Aaron, the first Kohen haGadol (High Priest), was anointed with a composition of anointing, which was made after the pattern of that spiritual ointment of which we have spoken before. He was Sar (Chief) of the people, and as a melek (king) received first-fruits and tribute from the people, man by man; and having undertaken the office of judging the people, he judged of things clean and things unclean. But if anyone else was anointed with the same ointment, as deriving virtue from it, he became either melek (king), or navi (prophet), or priest. If, then, this temporal favor compounded by men had such efficacy, consider now how potent was that ointment extracted by YHWH from a branch of the tree of life, when that which was made by men could confer so excellent dignities among men. For what in the present age is more glorious than a navi, more illustrious than a priest, more exalted than a melek?” Recognitions of Clement Chapter XLVI: Anointing

The Promise of the Father

One more proof that Jesus (Yehoshua) never claimed to be YHWH is that he references the promise of the Father.

Luke 24:49 I am going to send you what my FATHER has PROMISED; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with POWER from on high.”

Here are a few more verses concerning the promise of the Father.

Acts 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the PROMISE of the FATHER, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the HOLY SPIRIT not many days hence. 6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8 But ye shall RECEIVE POWER, after that the HOLY SPIRIT is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Acts 2:33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the FATHER the PROMISED HOLY SPIRIT and has poured out what you now see and hear.

Luke 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the HOLY SPIRIT and with fire.

The promise of the Father is the Holy Spirit. Jesus received the promise of the Father (Acts 10:38), and, when he rose from the dead, Jesus poured out the promise of the Father upon his disciples. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father.

Peter tells us where we can find God the Father making this promise.

Acts 2:14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet JOEL: 17 “ ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out MY SPIRIT on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out MY SPIRIT in those days, and they will prophesy.

Therefore, the Father made this particular promise and the Holy Spirit is the FATHER’s spirit. Peter tells us that Joel’s prophecy is where the Father made this promise.

Joel 2:27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am YHWH your God, and NONE ELSE: and my people shall never be ashamed. 28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out MY spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.

This is absolute proof that the Father is YHWH our God and no one else but the Father could be YHWH. Jesus (Yehoshua) knew these scriptures, and claimed his Father was the only true God. He never wanted to be worshiped as the creator which is why he said if he glorifies himself,  his glory would mean nothing (John 8:54). He only ever glorified the Father.

The writers of the bible all believed the YHWH’s Spirit was the Father’s Spirit and was how He communicated with us. We can hear the “Word of God” when we’re anointed and filled with His Holy Spirit. When we hear the “Word of God” Father will probably lead us to speak for Him too, because that’s what prophets do. When we speak the “Word of God” we would symbolically have the double-edged sword of the Spirit coming out of our mouths.

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