By Christopher (From Schtix and Stones)
One of the things I hear so often about in the Hebraic Roots is the debate of the trinity. Is there a trinity is there not, is there a bilateral concept etc. I have been amazed here recently in the many things that have come my way on this very subject especially in the Shema which has been a major topic of discussion recently.
"Shema Yisrael YHWH Eloheynu YHWH Echad"
"Hear O' Israel Yahweh our Elohim, Yahweh is one"
Now the thing that I find rather fascinating here is the Creator's name is mentioned 3 times in the Shema. We could chose to overlook that except for one crucial element within the Shema. Any scholar of Hebrew knows that the word Elohim (or Eloheynu) is plural (meaning: Mighty Ones). The singular form is Eloah (meaning: Mighty One). The argument is often presented that the Jews should then know that YHWH is in three parts and the rabbinical texts prove this very thing, however, they say those who believe in a Trinity are polytheists and in the Christian sense they are correct. Christianity does indeed teach polytheism in their interpretation of the trinity. However, the picture located at the top of this blog in the left hand side is not from a Christian text. It is from an authentically Jewish collection of writings rejected by Christianity called the Zohar. They had laid the concept down exactly correct in the artist illustration of the trinity in the Zohar and it has been proven correct in the Scripture as well, however our orthodox brethren have no clue what or who the pink is and the purple part is. But they understand the concept, and they are waiting for that to be revealed to them. This is the intention of the Zohar, to give the attributes of the Messiah, so that people will know who he is. Now as Netzarim we have the upper hand here cause we know who is the pink bubble and who is the purple. But we must first of all give the foundation to properly understand this concept.
Did you know the Hebrew language does not have a neuter case? In most languages there is a masculine, feminine and neuter case for each noun. English used it in terms of "he" "she" or "it". Now when I was in college I studied german, and in german like many other languages it is done rather with words like "the" so we have 3 spellings based upon the sex of the noun "der" (masculine) "die" (feminine) and "das" (neuter). So in terms of the pink bubble, Scripture in it's original language shows us who that is. That is why there is much speculation in Jeremiah 44:19, as to who the "Queen of Heaven" is. Is YHWH married? Or is this someone we know? There has been much speculation about this and the key is in the original language.
והיא רוח נותן עדות
And she the Ruach gives testimony….
Is this the only witness to prove this? Absolutely not, not only do we have Jeremiah 44:19, John 16:8 refers to the Ruach HaKodesh as a "she", as well as Mk. 1:10; John 1:32, 33; 6:63; 7:39; Acts 8:29, 39; 16:17; Rom. 8:9, 10, 11, 16, 26, 1Cor. 3:16; 1Tim. 4:1; 1Pt. 1:11; 4:14 and 1Jn. 5:6, each of those verses in the Hebrew use a feminine modifier when speaking of the Ruach HaKodesh. Let us also look at the attributes of the Ruach HaKodesh in John 14-16 the Ruach HaKodesh, she, is refereed to as a "comforter" and Isaiah 66:13 refers to YHWH acting "like a mother". So therefore, given the evidence it is rather definitive that the Ruach HaKodesh is indeed a she. Thus showing the opposite gender role in a rhetorical sense to YHWH. So you now know your pink bubble in the picture above. And it is not hard to decifer that Yeshua is the purple in the middle and this can be proven through believe it or not....the Rabbinical texts. But first off we must establish why 3? Why not 4 or 5 or 28,835,163? Let us look at the Pirkei Avos, which is a part of the Talmud. Now, I have a rabbinical commentary on the Pirkei Avos of Maharal of Prague, which is regarded as a Chassidic book. Now the funny thing is the commentary was written by a gentleman by the name of Tuvia Basser, and Basser is not a believer in Yeshua as Messiah but in his commentary of the Pirkei Avos, he proves that YHWH must be 3.
"It seems superfluous for the mishnah to count how many things were said; after all we can easily count them ourselves. The mishnah states "they said three things" to teach that the remedy consists of precisely three parts. No less would be adequate and no more would be required. The number three is characteristic of a complete entity. An entity consists of three parts: two opposite extremes and an intermediate part that joins with those extremes to create a unified whole. Consider a house. Inside is a haven of refuge and tranquility; outside lies danger and the harsh elements; and the structure joins these extreme. We can fortify a house in all three dimensions. We can protect the inside by eliminating fire hazards. We can protect it from the outside forces with a windbreak and good water drainage, and we can brace the house itself. All those areas must be fortified, and there is no other area available for improvement.
This principle of three-dimensional creation appears in many facets of Jewish thought:
This truth is also shown in the Talmud as well with 3 eras of history. These three eras also show unity within two extremes as well. Alef and Tav (beginning and end). And remember Yeshua of course will always be the middle pillar in this harmony in the aspect of the number three which as well is the unifying factor otherwise, there is disorder. Here is what the Rabbi's said:
"The Tanna debe Eliyyahu teaches: The world is to exist six thousand years. In the first two thousand there was desolation; two thousand years the Torah flourished; and the next two thousand years is the Messianic era, but through our many iniquities all these years have been lost....
Rab said: All the predestined dates have passed, and the matter [now] depends only on repentance and good deeds."
Again this shows Yeshua as the middle pillar in the diagram above as well. And Paul, makes note of this as well:
"In all wisdom (Chochmah) and insight (Binah) He made known all the mysteries of His will (Keter)"
In the very simple exclamation of the Shema we see hidden truths within in that time of the Messiah Yeshua, it is also shown in the Rabbinical writings as well as in the Scripture. There is a reason Yeshua is called the Middle Pillar, and this is shown again in the Zohar.
Better is a neighbor that is near, than a brother far off. This neighbor is the Middle Pillar in the godhead, which is the Son of Yah.
The Middle Pillar [of the godhead] is Metatron, Who has accomplished peace above, According to the glorious state there.
"And Abraham said to his oldest servant of his house…" (Gen. 24:2) Who is this of whom it said "his servant?" In what sense must this be understood? Who is this servant? R. Nehori answered:
"It is in no other sense to be understood than expressed in the word "His servant,"
His servant, the servant of Elohim, the chief to His service. And who is he? Metatron, as said. He is appointed to glorify the bodies which are in the grave. This is the meaning of the words "Abraham said to His servant" that is to the servant of Elohim. The servant is Metatron, the eldest of His [YHWH's] House, who is the firstborn of all creatures of Elohim, who is the ruler of all He has; because Elohim has committed to Him the government over all His hosts.
This is why it is important to have a context of the trinity, cause if we do not then we are calling Yeshua and YHWH a liar, Christianity teaches polytheism, 3 separate gods. Remember the words of Yeshua in Mark 12:28-34. Shalom
The Biblical feast of Chag Yeshua, is coming up and though I understand many have not heard of this Biblical Feast. Reason is....it was taken out of your Scriptures and it originally appeared in 3rd Maccabees. And in the spirit of Nazarene Media, we will be offering you the Media, you all expect from us for the lead up to this Feast of Chag Yeshua. Thus far, what we have planned in terms of the Nazarene Radio Network, is a special presentation by Christopher (From Schtix and Stones) where he will be reading from third Maccabees and giving commentary on it, in the spirit of Chag Yeshua. Also we will be playing the Clear Truth special of Chag Yeshua during the leadup to the Feast, plus last year the Nazarene Radio Network recorded a radio drama, for the Feast of Chag Yeshua that chronicles 3rd Maccabees. There will be other things planned as well, maybe some other special radio spots on it. NazFlix may cook up something special for you as well, and there will be other Media that will be for the Feast of Chag Yeshua as well making it's way to your favorite hub for 100% FREE Media here at Nazarene Media. But we wanted to go ahead and get you started. With a PDF Liturgy of the Feast of Chag Yeshua.
We also know that finding a copy of 3rd Maccabees can be rather difficult considering many religions do not want you to read the prophecies of the respected religions within it, so many religions keep 3rd Maccabees buried and they heavily edit 1st and 2nd Maccabees. But Nazarene Media has a copy just for you.
Also included is another translation of 3rd Maccabees, so you have more than one translation to choose from (This one also includes 4th Maccabees as well.)
Theological Insights from Rabbi Eved Banah the North American Rebbe of Ani Judaism