The Letters of Faith
Letter 6: The Holy Spirit & Elohim’s Word
“But the Intercessor, The Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My Name; He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26 ENB).
My Dear Seeker;
I was delighted to receive your latest note, and was encouraged once again by your response. It appears that your search for the truth is progressing in our Father’s grace, and I notice a new peacefulness in the presentation of your arguments and questions. I think I like it! Your questions are as insightful as ever though, and The Holy Spirit is indeed a worthy topic. I only hope I can do Him justice. As always, I insist that you compare everything I present to you with the Word of Elohim… My thoughts are irrelevant; His truth must prevail!
So then, about The Holy Spirit, let me begin by saying that many religious institutions deny the existence, relevance or even Deity of this Third Person of the Trinity. His being, importance and position within the Trinity, however, is enormous, and every seeker of the truth needs to know about the Helper sent to, “guide…in all truth” (John 16:13 ENB). This is important, because knowledge of Him is not only for the defense of our faith and victory in the spiritual battle, but for our daily communion with Elohim as well. Although books have been written about The Holy Spirit, I want to offer a Scriptural introduction to Him that is brief, yet relevant to everyday life. Through this introduction, I hope you will see that from the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, to the last chapter of the Book of Revelation, The Holy Spirit is presented in an indelible portrait of unity with the Father and Son. And in all love, revelation and regeneration, His existence, relevance and Deity is proven.
Every adjective used to describe El the Father and El the Son, must also be used to describe El The Holy Spirit, because Their Essence is identical. The personalities, duties and responsibilities within the Trinity may be different, but it is Their Essence, which originated in The Father, and which is possessed by all Three Members of the Trinity, which in fact makes them Elohim… They are individual personalities, but the essence of each is identical, which is what makes them ONE. Adjectives like loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, compassionate, truthful, merciful, gracious and powerful, describe the very essence of Elohim, and again, it is Their Essence which makes Them One.
In an earlier letter I said that even though Elohim desires for us to grow (up), “in all ways into Him” (Ephesians 4:15), we each possess and retain our own personality. In order to grow “into Him” we surrender our will to Him, and strive to take on those adjectives which describe His essence. But, and this is important, we are not meant to be clones. We are not machines. Just as the personalities of our children are different from us, our personalities differ from our Heavenly Father. Amazingly, however, it is in surrendering our will to Elohim now, that our individual personalities will find eternal life (Matthew 10:39). We must never lose sight of the fact that we are here to glorify our Father in heaven through Yehoshua. In surrendering ourselves to Him in this life, however, He is able to live through us, and as we take up our cross daily, He is able to take up residency within our hearts. And, just as the essence of Elohim is collective, we too, as Elohim’s children, will ultimately possess that collective essence. The leadership provided to us in this life by The Holy Spirit will reflect the totality of El the Father and El the Son, because just as They are love, so is He. Just as They are truth, so is He, and so shall we be, if we remain faithful and obedient to our call.
Unity with Elohim, and among ourselves, as YEHOWAH sought in John 17, comes when we submit our lives unto Elohim. And the Word found in Galatians 5:16-26 points toward The Spirit filled life, and shows a portion of what is attainable by us now! While there is much to learn about living as disciples, it is natural that once we find Yehoshua in our hearts, that we would begin to put the worldly aside, and put on that which is of Elohim. The power, majesty and dominion of Elohim are ours, not only in the future kingdom, but now, because eternal life really does begin the moment we accept Yehoshua as Master and Messiah! The Holy Spirit is our instructor and guide in the comprehension of these things though, and if we faithfully submit and earnestly desire to grow “into Him”, He will insure that we will attain the unity, power and authority that Yehoshua sought for us.
Upon a confession of faith in Yehoshua as personal Messiah and Master, or at the time of ones immersion baptism, or upon a laying on of hands by Disciples already filled with The Holy Spirit, a promise made by Yehoshua is fulfilled, and The Holy Spirit is given to the newly born child of Elohim. The ability to comprehend Scripture is greatly increased once He is received (John 16:1-15), adding significantly to The Holy Spirit’s importance in our life. But as you will clearly see, there is no set prescription or time-frame as to when He will become One with us. This is necessary, especially in today’s world, where mankind wants to dictate Elohim’s actions. Elohim does NOT follow the dictates of humanity. Please learn that lesson from the outset.
Nevertheless, without the Helper, we are incapable of fully knowing the mysteries of Elohim, and without this knowledge we are helpless in the war against the enemies of Elohim. Without The Holy Spirit in our lives we are incapable of fighting the spiritual battle that is raging about us, against us and for our very souls. With Him, though, we can know all mysteries, as He reveals them to us, and we will have His power and authority for use in the glorification of His Name. And, with Him in our lives, we can “Put on the full Armor of Elohim” (Ephesians 6:10-18). As you read your Bible, and come to an area that you do not understand, ask Elohim for guidance. Ask The Holy Spirit to instruct you as you continue your studies. He will provide the understanding you faithfully seek, if you are prepared to know the matter. (Although Elohim can grant an outpouring of wisdom, knowledge or understanding, it is our responsibility to pray for these attributes as well; it is our responsibility to study His Word). The Holy Spirit will impart the abilities as required, and as we are able to receive them.
The presence of The Holy Spirit is evidenced in the lives of Elohim’s children in numerous ways, but the most recognizable confirmation of His presence should be through His fruit; especially His love (and our love for one another). Other evidences include the acquisition of discipline, which we have already discussed, and the spiritual gifts, which He immediately imparts. All these then, working within us, grow in ever increasing abundance, thereby making the Disciple of Yehoshua distinguishable in the world.
Sadly, I have taught classes where people have walked out of the room at the mere mention of The Holy Spirit. And I have seen folks literally run at any hint of the gifts being discussed! Many professing ‘christians’ are sincerely petrified about receiving Him into their lives, because of the false teachings, false practices and false dogma that have permeated the religious institutions. Unwilling to know The Holy Spirit though, and therefore unwilling to be known by Him, many of these souls are lost in a maze. Although they may sincerely desire to please Elohim, they are blind, powerless and totally unable to comprehend why Elohim is not working in or through their lives. My prayer, therefore, is that you will know Him, and be at peace with Him.
Additionally, many ‘christians’ are frustrated because our natural man and our spiritual man are in constant opposition. While our spirit desires to glorify Elohim, we are incapable of accomplishing this without The Holy Spirit. Denying The Holy Spirit access to our life denies Elohim His glory. And denying Elohim His glory, denies our own life purpose, which produces our frustration. There is hope, however, and tremendous gratification, because Elohim’s love prevails when we repent and submit to Him:
Genesis 1:2 tells us that The Holy Spirit was involved in the creation, and from Numbers 11:16-17 we know He was the indwelling power and authority given to Moses and the elders assisting him – in judging the tribes of Israel. This same power and authority is ours today, because the same The Holy Spirit is our gift from Elohim today, given as a deposit/pledge (Ephesians 1:14), for fellowship (2 Corinthians 13:14). He is to be prayerfully sought and openly received (Acts 2:38, 8:14-17), but also know, we can resist Him, not allowing Him to function through us (Acts 7:51).
Psalms 51:10-13, teaches that the Old Covenant Prophets were aware of the fact that in order to effectively fulfill their duties, they needed The Holy Spirit in their lives. We need to acknowledge this same truth, because He is our indwelling helper (1 Corinthians 3:16; John 14:26), comforter (Acts 9:21), director (Acts 16:6), teacher (1 Corinthians 2:13), intercessor (Romans 8:26), witness (Acts 5: 32), provider of power (Romans 15:13), revealer of knowledge, understanding and wisdom (Acts 4:8; 1 Corinthians 2:6-12), Spirit of prophecy (Acts 1:16-18), bearer of love (Romans 5:5), giver of life (Romans 8:11), distributor of gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1-11) and producer of fruit (Galatians 5: 22-23). But we must also know that we can grieve Him (Ephesians 4:30), lie to Him, and improperly test Him (Acts 5:3-9).
His presence and identification with the children of Elohim is foretold and verified (Yehel 2:28-29; Revelation 1:10-20; Zechariyeh 4:1-6). And just as He is acknowledged as the One who inspired the prophets (Zechariyeh 7:12; 2 Peter 1:21), He is our Bible teacher and inspiration today (1 Corinthians 2:12-13). It is He, the indwelling representative of the Father and Son, who leads the children of Elohim on level ground (Psalms 143:10), calling and sending them out for work (Acts 13:4). And it is He who speaks to the prophets and teachers today (Acts 13:2). But we are commanded not to quench Him (1 Thessalonians 5:19).
He is the washer, re-generator and renewer (Titus 3:5), as well as the ever present, “Convictor of the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment” (John 16:7-11 ENB). But He can be sinned against and spoken against in such a way that is unpardonable (Matthew 12:31-32).
These verses are being provided so you can study The Holy Spirit’s all-encompassing mission, but in understanding His mission, be certain of Him with regard to one thing: He works in and through the lives of the believer, to the glory of our Heavenly Father thru Yehoshua ha Mashiach. He will never do anything to detract from Elohim’s majesty, dominion or glory, and He will never endorse an act that violates the Law of Elohim. He will not act on your behalf only for the purpose of your personal gain or glorification, but He will establish, comfort, teach, enable and abide within you, and bless you and bear fruit in and through you, for the glory of our Master, Messiah and King. He will work miracles in your life, but you must also know that you have a free will with regard to your work with Him, and whether (or not) He can work with you.
Furthermore, we must never forget that our enemy has the capacity to appear as a spirit of light (2 Corinthians 11:13-15), which means that we are responsible to test the spirits for authenticity. And we have been provided the means to do so (1 John 4:1-6; 1 Corinthians 12:3). The effectiveness of these tests is proven, and The Holy Spirit will always pass every test. Conversely, the devils of destruction always fail! Understand, however, that confessing Yehoshua as Messiah, is more than merely wording a phrase – it is a lifestyle confession of faith. Is Yehoshua ha Mashiach confessed as having come in the flesh or not? Is Yehoshua ha Mashiach reverently confessed as Master, or is He cursed? Every spiritually relevant thought must be brought captive to the Word of Elohim, and if a revelation defies Scripture, it then defies Yehoshua. If it magnifies the Word of Elohim though, then it magnifies and glorifies our Elohim in heaven. If Yehoshua is confessed and glorified, the revelation is worthy of note, and can be shared. If not, the thought must be rebuked as false. The Holy Spirit is given to assist in this proving and testing process.
The Holy Spirit will reveal the will of our Father to us in such a way that confirmation is obtainable (primarily through the Word of Elohim), and this confirmation is essential to the law of testimony and witness (Deuteronomy 19:15; Matthew 18:16). And, the assembly of the Ekklesia is important to this matter also, because we frequently receive confirmation through other believers. It is also acceptable to verify a direct revelation from Elohim, as did Gideon, by placing a fleece before the Master (Judges 6 & 7). Elohim was not angry with Gideon when he lay down the fleece – twice – and He will not be angry with us if our search is sincere. We have been commanded to test the spirits, and because Elohim commands this testing, He will not be angered when we obediently seek His confirmation.
Testing the spirits must also be applied when dealing with people, but with people it is possible to witness the fruit of The Holy Spirit, or see the discipline of Elohim in the life of the person. Together, these tests unite into a fortified barrier, providing every Disciple a method of discernment – both spiritual and personal. While we discern in love, however, we must, nevertheless, discern at every level.
As we consider these things, it is relevant to note that communication with Elohim occurs through His Word, by dreams / visions, by angelic visitation or through direct communication. The method of revelation, as you can see, is significantly diverse. Our method of testing though remains gloriously constant. I think we are to have peace in this knowledge, because if we remain alert, we will not be deceived.
I had occasion recently to debate a pastor over his denomination’s stand on the use of the gift of tongues. It is the belief of this denomination that speaking in tongues is the proof of the baptism of The Holy Spirit. They contend that without this ability, The Holy Spirit is not present in the life of the believer. Although I occasionally pray in tongues, which supposedly verifies my spiritual baptism in their sight, I refute the teaching that this gift must be evidenced in every Disciple.
1 Corinthians 12:27-30 clearly teaches that we are individually members of the body of Messiah, and each is gifted differently. This is strenuously upheld in Romans 12:4-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 and Ephesians 4. I contend that any teaching which demands we all “speak in tongues” is NOT Scriptural, but is a satanically inspired approach to the Word of Elohim. Why? Because it attempts to:
Dictate to The Holy Spirit which of the gifts He must give to Elohim’s children.
Magnify in importance one gift over another.
Destroy the faith of any who have not received this (authentic) particular ability.
Force those who are not gifted with tongues to fake their experience (in order to gain acceptance within this particular denomination), thereby cheapening whatever relationship they may actually have with Elohim.
As I prayed in preparation of the debate, to insure that my understanding was accurate, and my approach was in the love of our Messiah, I heard an extremely soothing voice pray deep within my soul. Beginning in a chorus of praise unto Yehoshua, the words turned to an emotional prayer in tongues that I was unable to interpret. The prayer concluded in English, as I heard, “do not fret, I am here. Do not be swayed, you know what I have given you. Have peace in your heart and be certain of your gifts. More is coming. Use what you have to glorify Yehoshua. Praise Elohim!” In the quiet of His presence, I had peace.
That is one way Elohim speaks to His children.
About thirty years ago I was in a restaurant in a Denver suburb, when a young lady, perhaps in her early twenties, burst into the building proclaiming, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” She got very specific about the date and time when a flood was supposed to engulf Denver, and upon completion of her message she ran from the building and down the street. The event never occurred.
Due to the crush of the restaurant, I was unable to catch her. My spirit cried out to her, however, because she needed to be discipled. She needed to know how Satan was attacking her in his attempt to discourage her – and to turn her love cold. The deceiver was causing her to prophesy falsely in his attempt to make her doubt even the salvation provided for her by our Messiah. Her zeal for Yehoshua was obvious, as was her courage and love, but her mannerisms defied the peace of Elohim, which would accompany such a prophetic message. My heart ached for her, because this child of Elohim was going to approach the time of her prophecy with much prayer and fasting, but she was headed for a spiritual calamity. When nothing happened on the prophesied day, she would become disillusioned, and perhaps even turn from following her Master. I prayed for an outpouring of the grace of Elohim upon her, knowing only He could save her from Satan’s grasp. Her message was false; even though she believed in her heart she was right. She sincerely wanted to proclaim Elohim’s word, but her frantic actions defied everything that Scripture has told us about The Holy Spirit – Who would have inspired such a prophecy. She did not have the peace of Elohim, because she did not test the spirits; and Satan had a foothold in her life.
Another example of The Holy Spirit’s communication happened as I began preparing for these letters. Although I have compiled extensive notes during my years of teaching about Yehoshua, I wanted to construct a topical concordance to furnish with each letter. My desire was to impart an understanding for the Word of Elohim in such a way that you could quickly substantiate the data being presented, thereby expediting the results of your search. My goal was simple: Help you find the truth quickly, so you could begin to live, and then teach, the truth. After praying, I began a study of the New Covenant, often looking at the original Greek, in order to gain the knowledge I desired. While it was labor intensive, it was also an amazingly fruitful endeavor. Nevertheless, it was in the Old Covenant that The Holy Spirit really spoke to me.
Prior to this trip through the Old Covenant, certain areas of the Word of Elohim held little meaning to me. For example, to this day, I have no comprehension for the revelation of the Temple given in Ezekiel 40-48. I have prayed to understand this part of Elohim’s Word, but I have no idea what the Author is talking about; cannot for the life of me envision what the Temple looks like; and am genuinely confused by the dimensions and placement of gates, walls and rooms. I do not know why this vision is given, but I trust Elohim to enlighten me when it is important for me to know. (What I do know though, is that the Holy of Holies, in the center of the Temple in heaven, is an inverted pyramid – which just goes to show the lengths that Satan will go, to distort the truth).
Likewise, portions of Isaiyeh, Jeremiyeh and Ezekiel are exceptionally interesting and loaded with quotable passages, but some of their work has eluded me as well. I have a grasp for much of the end time prophetic writings, as the Master has allowed, but this particular reading was different. As I read through Isaiyeh, I was impressed by the way the prophet used the names of Jacob and Israel. Although both names refer to the same historical person, the spiritual implication of their use appeared different, and not meant to be interchangeable. Unless the historical person was being discussed, it appeared that Elohim desired for us to understand a difference in the use of the names, Jacob and Israel. I prayed, and I continued reading!
When I began reading Chapter 48 of Isaiyeh, The Holy Spirit opened my eyes to His Word in ways that I had never before seen. What I finally saw was that Jacob was the patriarchs name before he wrestled with Elohim – before he repented. If you study the person of Jacob, you will find that among other things, he was a thief (he stole his brother’s birth-right), a deceiver (he cheated his father-in-law in the way he handled the flocks), and a liar (he constantly told people that his wife was his sister to protect himself). In the original language, the name Jacob means SUPPLANTER, and a supplanter is one who takes the place of another through scheming and treachery. Prophetically, Jacob is the spiritual equivalent and symbol of the false and deceptive religious institutions; the unrepentant supplanter.
Israel, on the other hand, is the name given to Jacob after his repentance. And this name – in many Prophetically spiritual applications – speaks of the repentant EKKLESIA, the repentant body of our Messiah.
The significance of this revelation is immense (At least to me). The Old Covenant has taken-on a new dimension, because a spiritual passage was opened to me. While not every use of the names Jacob or Israel can be interpreted as false religion – vs – true discipleship or true faith, because each passage of Scripture must be read and understood in context, the primary key is in the historical application; in its relationship to the actual person.
In a very interesting book entitled, “The United States and Britain in Prophecy”, a much maligned (and frequently erroneous) author, Herbert W. Armstrong, unravels a tremendous mystery of the Prophetic Word, and shows quite clearly that Britain and the United States are not only discussed in Prophecy, but that much of the end time Prophetic Word evolves around these two nations. In his book, Britain is shown to be the metaphoric Tribe of Ephraim, and the United States is metaphorically represented by the Tribe of Manasseh. Together, these two nations represent the lost tribes of Israel. (See Genesis 48 and 49).
Regardless of what we may think of Armstrong’s dictatorial approach to ‘christianity’, or his erroneous position on salvation, we must nevertheless respect the fact that The Holy Spirit moves mysteriously in this world, and that this writing by Armstrong may very well be an inspired interpretation of a “Mystery” of the Prophetic Word.
Jeremiyeh is known as the weeping prophet, because of the nature of his prophecy, the faithlessness of the people he prophesied to, and because of the times in which he lived. In spite of these facts, Jeremiyeh’s prophecy evoked little emotion from me personally in the past. As I studied Jeremiyeh this time though, I was unable to complete a chapter without falling on my face before Elohim in tears. For the first time I literally “saw” the faithlessness of ISRAEL. Jeremiyeh knew the condition of the people of Elohim during his day, and the destruction that was to befall them because they had turned from Elohim. What The Holy Spirit was showing me in my reading, however, was the condition and faithlessness of Israel, the EKKLESIA TODAY, and the suffering that is going to befall it because of its faithlessness.
Elohim speaks to His children today, my friend. It is our responsibility to test the spirits, though, and to vehemently rebuke the evil. Revelation is pouring forth and we must listen!
Another point to remember, is that The Holy Spirit is not going to stray from the Word of Elohim in any new revelation, ever! New revelation will enlighten and enhance what is written, but He will never distort, deny, defy or contradict what has already been given. Elohim does not change, and neither does His Word. Throughout Scripture we are commanded to remember what has already been done, so we can compare it to what we see today (Psalms 105). And those who KNOW the truth must recognize and deal with every deviation from His originally inspired Word. We are commanded to abide in His Word, so we will not be deceived, and so we can rebuke the false teachers based on that Word (John 8:31). His Word is tested, and, “He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him” (Proverbs 30:5 ENB). And these warnings are not new revelations, but old truths which have long been ignored. The Holy Spirit is our Teacher, my friend, and we must turn to Him in trust, faith and obedience.
I realize how difficult it is to submit to Someone you do not really know or trust yet. So I wanted to remind you that your submission is a free will choice, to be made by you alone. The Holy Spirit is a Gentleman! He will never intrude, and He will never force Himself upon you. The Holy Spirit is also organized and orderly. It is important, therefore, that as we walk with Him, and as we approach Elohim in prayer, that we maintain an organized and orderly manner. He is not interested in needless repetition, but He does desire the fullness of our hearts. If we seek His guidance during our prayers, He will assist us and intercede with our Father on our behalf (Romans 8:26-27). If we submit, He will come!
Assemblies led by The Holy Spirit will also be organized in a purposeful manner. This does not eliminate gala celebrations, but ensures that Elohim is the focus of those celebrations. I have been in gatherings where someone is asked to pray, and during the prayer, everybody else talks aloud in tongues or simply injects “amen’s” or “halleluyeh’s”, throughout the prayer. Spiritually, it was impossible for me to add an “Amen” at the end of the prayer, because I was unable to hear what was prayed for or said, “in the name of YEHOSHUA”. If you do not understand what is being prayed for or sought from Elohim, DO NOT add your amen. Satan will use our prayers against us whenever an opportunity is presented, and we must guard against these attacks. Therefore, you must know that Spirit led assemblies are organized and purposeful in their praise of HIM!
As for the unpardonable sin, Scripture clearly tells us what it is, even though many have difficulty acknowledging Elohim’s truth today. In Matthew 12:22-32, a situation and subsequent teaching reveal the offense that is unpardonable.
YEHOSHUA, in the power of The Holy Spirit, healed a demon-possessed man who was blind and dumb. The Pharisees, not wanting to acknowledge the presence of Elohim, credited Beelzebul, the ruler of devils, with the healing. That is the unpardonable sin! To blaspheme means to:
1. Harm the reputation of.
2. Speak of irreverently.
3. Make inferior.
By crediting Beelzebul with the healing, the Pharisees violated everything we know blasphemy to be. And blasphemy is not restricted to miracles, either. The Word of Elohim says, “whoever speaks against The Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven them, either in this age or in the age to come” (Matthew 12:32 ENB). See also Luke 12:8-10.
I have a friend who is a non-believer. Upon learning of my being ‘born-again’ – of my acceptance of Yehoshua into my life, this friend went into a tirade against “Jesus Christ” that was so uncharacteristic of his personality, that I was left speechless. He called Jesus names that even in my faithless years, I would never have uttered. I know his outburst is pardonable though; Yehoshua said so! If his rage had been directed at the Person of The Holy Spirit, however, I believe his sin would be unforgivable. He would be eternally dead. The Word of Elohim tells us, “All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven mankind, but blasphemy against The Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven” (Matthew 12:31 ENB). The fact that this sin against The Holy Spirit is unpardonable, however, should tell us something about His existence, His relevance and His Deity, because The Holy Spirit is Elohim, with the Father and the Son.
In addition to understanding the Holy Spirit of Elohim, I am compelled to discuss what I believe is true about the Word of Elohim, because we are told it is The Holy Spirit Who inspired the authors of the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16), and it is He who leads us today in comprehending His Word.
In contrast to the new theological teachings of our day, which promote relativism in relation to life and the Bible, Elohim says that society finds favor or disfavor with Him, by adherence to His standards; by upholding His truth (Genesis 19; Isaiyeh 58-59 and Jeremiyeh 11:1-17). While adherence to Elohim’s truth is important to humanity in general, it is monumental for the Disciple who desires to live a life pleasing unto Elohim.
Before attempting to discuss spiritual disciplines, therefore, it is important that we first agree that Elohim has communicated His truth to mankind. And along with His truth, we need to agree that He has also revealed His will. Before anything else, we must KNOW that objective and absolute truth exists, and we must acknowledge that contained within His truth lay the very purpose and method for life.
As we enter a bookstore, the overhead signs direct us to various sections: fiction, western, cooking, religion, etc. When we arrive at those sections though, we find a variety of topics available from which to choose. The cooking section is replete with culinary styles from around the world, and differences can be found within like ethnic styles based upon region and methodology. Fortunately, our individual tastes are such that we can always find something we like. Unfortunately, the “religion” section is no different!
Unlike cookbooks though, the religion section has a standard – a ruler to which every offering must be upheld. This standard places a burden on the writer and the reader, which all too often is ignored, because it deals with accountability. And because we have ignored the standard, writers take liberty with Elohim’s recipe, and readers, hearing a misconception frequently enough, accept the error as truth. Yehoshua prayed that His disciples would be sanctified in the truth, and then said of Elohim’s Word, “Thy Word is truth” (John 17:17). This statement about the Word of Elohim, made by Elohim, cannot be found in any other writing in the world, and should have tremendous significance for us.
Elsewhere, Scripture says, “The words of YEHOWAH are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace of earth, refined seven times” (Psalms 12:6 ENB). New Age Relativism speaks toward situational ethics, cultural diversity and humanism; toward the belief that humanity is capable of good, in and of themselves, and that there is no absolute moral truth. The Word of Elohim, on the other hand, speaks of humanity’s natural tendency toward evil; speaks of objective and absolute moral and ethical truth; and speaks of societal and cultural restraint and conformity – within the freedom of faith in Yehoshua ha Mashiach. If the words of Yehoshua are pure, as silver tried in a furnace, then this must have significance for us as well, and those who seek Him must uphold everything to His standard. Every spiritual teaching MUST BE UPHELD to the standard established in Scripture. And if it fails to meet that standard, it must be disregarded.
In Proverbs 2, Elohim expresses His desire that we receive His sayings, treasure His commandments, attend to wisdom, cry for discernment and lift our heart to understanding, seeking her as silver… “Then you will understand the fear of YEHOWAH, and find the knowledge of Elohim” (Proverbs 2:5 ENB). In Isaiyeh 40:6-8, Elohim adds that mankind is like the grass which withers and burns when His breath blows upon it, but that His Inspired Word “Stands forever”. True to form, however, mankind and the religious institutions are placing humanity over the Word of Elohim, and our current societal morass is the result. Compared to Elohim, humanity is absolutely insignificant, yet the theological teachings of our age have placed mankind over Elohim and His Word (Humanism). We manipulate His teachings to suit our purposes, misapplying or ignoring His standards, because the “times have changed”, and we wonder why we do not really know or see Him in our lives today.
As we read the daily paper and watch the evening news, it is obvious that evil exists in the world. Yet as we examine ourselves, whether we acknowledge sin or not, most of mankind sincerely believes that “we are good”. Evil exists, but we are all good! Bells should be ringing. Humanism teaches that mankind is capable of good, while conversely teaching that the evil in humanity is a product of upbringing, genetic error or circumstance. This not only contradicts the Word of Elohim, it stands in open rebellion against His Word. Elohim says, “Surely, there is not a just person upon earth that does good and never sins” (Ecclesiastes 7:20 ENB). In acknowledging the existence of good and evil though, we must also acknowledge that they stand in opposition to one another (antithesis). Good and evil cannot coexist peacefully. If we accept these facts, we can then turn back to the Word of Elohim and realize that evil wishes to discredit that Word; evil wishes to discredit anything good. If seeking an understanding of Elohim produces a discernment of the fear of YEHOWAH (reverence), and discovery of the knowledge of Elohim, then evil will do whatever it can to distort the gaining of that understanding – thereby prohibiting us from finding any revelation of good. We are called to overcome though, and overcome we will with The Comforter and Helper abiding within. That is why He is given to us…
Evil has done such a good job of distorting the truth, and stopping the world from gaining a deeper understanding of Elohim’s Word, that we do not even know the proper Names to use as we speak unto our Father and/or Messiah. In speaking of The Holy Spirit, for instance, His more formal Hebrew “Name”, if you will, would be “Ruach ha Qodesh”, which interprets, The Holy Spirit. If that Name were visibly set throughout the Old Covenant, the Trinity would be much more visible. Within The Exalted Name Bible™, however, and throughout The Letters of Faith, I have tried to capitalize the leading “The”, when speaking of The Holy Spirit, in the hope that by presenting Him in this manner, “The Holy Spirit”, would receive the notice and recognition which He deserves. I do discuss His Hebrew name in the ENB, but I made a promise in the opening pages of that work, that I was not trying to “Hebrewize” Scripture. Making Scripture more difficult to read and/or remember would defeat the purpose of these works, and after much prayer, it was decided that presenting Him as “The Holy Spirit” was the best route possible. I have prayed for / and received / tremendous peace in this decision. Praise be!
And this also speaks toward the problem we see today in the various “Common Versions” of the very Word of Elohim that we are discussing. No single translation is pure, to be sure! Some, however, like the (NIV; the New International Version) are not worth the paper they are printed on. (Please do not write to tell me how much you disagree with this statement). Instead, open a concordance, a Bible Word Study Dictionary and either the (ENB; Exalted Name Bible™), the (NASB; New American Standard Bible) or the (NKJ; New King James) versions of the Bible, and do some comparing. Compare words, sentences, paragraphs and complete passages, and see how the NIV has eliminated or completely changed the “Word of Elohim”. Furthermore, as you compare these different “translations”, investigate further by delving into the concordances and Word Study Dictionaries, and as you investigate these matters, ask yourself why so much has been eliminated from the NIV… Simply put, Good and evil cannot coexist. Evil will do everything possible to discredit Good, and inasmuch as only Good (Truth) is found in the Word of Elohim, evil has done everything possible to discredit and minimize that very Word. It is my belief that the NIV is one of his primary tools today!
As I said though, no one translation is pure! The NASB and NKJ have problems too, which is why we need every available tool to search and discern the Truth to be found in Scripture. The original inspired writings of the Word of Elohim are inerrant. Sadly, those manuscripts are not available to us today, and we must rely heavily up on the translation work of those who have come before us. Elohim says, “The word of Elohim is living, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword; piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 ENB). The reality and application of this passage is in the fact that as we dwell in Elohim’s Word, pouring over and studying every word, passage and verse, His Word permeates and percolates throughout our thoughts and heart. The intensity of His Word living within us increases as the duration of our study increases. Minute by minute, hour by hour, and day by day, the intensity of our study proportionately increases the livelihood of His Word within us. Anyone abiding within His Word already knows this truth!
Perhaps it was because of the intense nature of my study time, especially during those years when I was out of work, or perhaps it was because of my tenacity, which some call stubbornness, that I simply could not stop laboring over The Exalted Name Bible™ until it was completed. Or, for whatever reason He might have had, my eyes were opened to something that so disturbed me, that I labored for twelve (12) years in an effort to Scribe His Word, utilizing and exalting His Name as best I could…
And although I sincerely believe that The Exalted Name Bible™ (ENB) offers an intimacy with our Creator that just does not exist in any other translation, I am not so delusional to think that the ENB is completely error free. I have done the best that I can with the tools and understanding that HE has provided, but I am not so arrogant that I believe this Word is PERFECT. The ENB is amazingly intimate though, in ways that other translations can never be, and I firmly believe that it is just that intimacy which Satan does not want us to have. Without doubt, though, I know The ENB will be scoffed and ridiculed. So be it!
The enemy will do everything possible to distract us from studying the Word of Elohim. And, in many cases he has successfully implanted the notion that Elohim’s Word is too difficult to grasp, too insignificant in today’s culture, and too irrelevant in light of its historical and/ or cosmic errancy (whether those errors actually exist or not). These are all significant issues that must affect our thinking, but these are also significant matters when we discuss The Holy Spirit, because in the denial of The Holy Spirit, the world finds it increasingly impossible to grasp precisely what Elohim is telling us.
Humanity is clambering to hear the diviners of our age, without regard for the message, the source, or the accuracy of the word being proclaimed. At the same time though, the warnings issued by Elohim through His prophets are being ignored. The ancient cry, “Thus says YEHOWAH”, has little meaning today, in spite of the fact that whenever His prophets uttered those words, truth always followed!
The absolute significance (for us today) behind the words uttered by the Old Covenant prophets, however, is that they were given short-term, mid-term and long-range prophesies. The accuracy of their short and mid-term messages must significantly impact our thinking with regard to their long-range predictions, because those long-range predictions speak of today. Ironically, those prophesies include numerous references toward the attitude of humanity, in regard to the Word of Elohim in the end time period; predictions that are being wholeheartedly upheld by every false practitioner of our day.
Our dilemma stems from the fact that false ministers have proclaimed a message of accommodation, while ignoring the warning to keep the sheep and the goats separate. Relativism and accommodation teach that sinful lifestyles are not really sinful, error is always forgivable and Elohim loves the sinner. But they ignore Elohim’s commands that sinful lifestyles are to be confessed, error is to be shunned, and repentance and obedience are essential to maintaining His love. Evidence of this dilemma lies in the anarchy now confronting society. Elohim declared His truth, warning humanity what would happen if His commands were not upheld, and fulfillment of His prophetic message abounds today. As disciples of Yehoshua today, however, we stand at the precipice of the return of our Messiah, knowing that the Ekklesia is, at this moment, literally losing the spiritual battle, and is therefore totally unprepared for the fullness of those battles yet to come. In our infidelity, many within the Ekklesia no longer accept the Word of Elohim as truth.
Believing the inerrancy of the Word of Elohim, historically, cosmically and spiritually, however, is fundamental to understanding Elohim’s purpose and plan. Every deviation from His absolute truth diverts humanity from the deliverance offered through Yehoshua the Messiah. This is true, because evil cannot tolerate or accommodate the inerrancy of the Word of Elohim, and attempts to defile it whenever possible. Many “christians” readily tolerate Scripturally deviant teachings, and the unbelief and apostasy witnessed today is its product. As seekers, however, we must remember that, “Every word of Eloah is tested” (Proverbs 30:5 ENB). Sadly though, humanity, including many within the Ekklesia, has failed Elohim in not testing every word of man against His standard. Justice is no longer administered, because we do not comprehend Elohim’s justice. Morality is no longer taught, because we deny Elohim’s morals. Love is thought to mean sex, when in reality, “Elohim is love” (1 John 4:16). And the list goes on!
In the past thirty years, The Holy Spirit has shown me Elohim’s truth through His Word, and has allowed me to compare His reality against the backdrop of our declining ‘christian’ nation. And, as we consider the last ninety years of American history, we can see morality being discarded as humanism came to the forefront. We have witnessed the disintegration of the family and the slaughter of nearly Sixty Million unborn babies in our abortion mills. We have observed the decline in understanding and comprehension of the Word of Elohim, as well as its rejection by mankind, and are now watching anarchy and financial collapse dawn. The spirit of the “Opposer” rules the land, yet we remain entrenched in a mind-set of acquiring worldly goods. Additionally, the martyrdom of the disciples of Yehoshua is happening throughout the world today, as Prophecy becomes a reality.
In light of these revelations, the Word of Elohim is found to be inerrant, and everything Elohim has said to us in His Word has either come true, or is about to come true – literally, objectively and absolutely.
As I consider my walk with YEHOWAH, I can also attest to His truthfulness on a personal basis. I have experienced tribulation and persecution because of my faith, but He has never abandoned me or tested me beyond what I was able to endure. I have sought guidance, direction, wisdom, understanding, insight and knowledge from Him in many areas, and although His response may be slow in coming (by my estimation), He has never failed to enlighten me when my search was sincere. I have poked and prodded, challenged and rebelled, searched, and at times even ignored the Word that I so dearly love, and His Holy Spirit has graciously instructed and revitalized me at every step. I have sinned and been forgiven, prayed and been answered, sought – and found, and Elohim has never lied to me. His Word says He cannot lie, and every seeker must know this fact.
I have also been disciplined – severely!
The reality for anyone seeking to know Elohim, or know about Elohim, therefore, lies in accepting His truthfulness. Sincere seekers of Elohim need only ask Him to reveal Himself, and then study His Word, the Bible, to find that revelation. In accepting that it is impossible for Him to lie, we can read His Word in the assurance that truth will always be found (Hebrews 6:18; 1 John 2:21). And, it is a simple matter to test His Word for accuracy. Where humanism is self-serving, humanity magnifying and inward looking, the Word of Elohim always glorifies and magnifies Elohim. He speaks of repentance from sin, while promoting hope, love, peace and deliverance. He speaks of reconciliation through, and obedience unto YEHOSHUA, or eternal destruction for those who deny Him. Every deviation from His Word, and every false teaching that is allowed to permeate the ranks of the EKKLESIA, or civilization, causes doubt to surface, thereby blurring our ability to see Elohim’s truthfulness. Somehow, we must return to the fullness of His Word, and we must shun the deviates. Somehow, we must learn obedience once again!
The Word of Elohim says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asks receives; and those that seek find; and to those who knock, it will be opened” (Luke 11:9-10 ENB). Believing Elohim to be true, therefore, is fundamental to living and abiding in His Word. And, in this most base of all commands, Elohim desires that we ask and seek for His truth; to seek for His revelation. If we can only believe that Elohim cannot lie, His Word remains an open door to reverence, deliverance and personal fulfillment. I know that you are discovering the truth of these matters, but I am compelled to present this reminder for your benefit.
As we acknowledge the existence of good, we must also acknowledge the existence of evil. If evil can be heard on every street corner, down every alley, and through every form of entertainment, a place must also be found where good can be heard. The only certain place is in the inerrant Word of Elohim. And, as I have already stated, it is from this belief in His Word that I offer the topical concordance with every one of my letters (and urge you to compare these teachings, against His Holy Word, for accuracy and correctness). Without the standard of Elohim’s Word, our faith remains diluted, and we will not be prepared for the harvest to come.
Forgive me for repeating some of what we have already discussed, my friend. I wholeheartedly believe that The Holy Spirit is directing your search for the Truth, and I wanted to make certain that you knew not only where that Truth was to be found, but to also feel at peace with The Comforter Who was guiding you to the truth that HE inspired.
May the peace and knowledge of Elohim be yours abundantly through Messiah Yehoshua, and may your search result in your finding the perfect truth.
I remain faithfully yours in Yehoshua ha Mashiach; our Triumphant King.
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Letter 6 Topical Concordance:
Communication, as found in the New Covenant:
New Covenant: Matthew 1:20-23, 2:12-13,19-22, 10:27*, 28:2-7; Luke 11:23; Acts 5:17-20, (B) 8:26, 29, 9:3-6,10-16, 10:1-23, 13:2, 16:7,9-10, 18:9-10, 23:11, 27:24; Revelation (all) see 1:9 ff.
Old Covenant: Genesis 40:8, 41:16, 41:32; Daniel 2:17-30.
Holy Spirit, The:
Old Covenant: Genesis 1:2; Exodus 20:1-7; Numbers 11:16-17; Deuteronomy 6:4-5, 19:15; 2 Chronicles 15:1-2; Psalms 51:10-13, 105, 143:10; Proverbs 30:5; Isaiyeh 63; Yehel 2:28-29; Jonah 3; Zechariyeh 4:1-6, 7:12.
New Covenant: Matthew 3:16-17, 12:22-32,43-45, 18:16, 28:18-20; Luke 11:13, 12:8-10, 24:49; John 14:16-18,26, 15:26-17, 16:1-17, 17(all), 20:22; Acts 1:4-8,16-18, 2:2-13,38, 4:8, 5:3-9,32, 6:1-6, 7:51, 8:14-17,21, 9:31, 10:44-47, 13:2,52, 15:8, 16:6, 19:1-7; Romans 5:5, 8:11,26-27, 10:9-10, 12(all), 15:13; 1 Corinthians 2:6-13, 3:16, 6:19, 12:1-11,27-30; 2 Corinthians 1:22, 11:13-15, 13:14; Galatians 3:2, 5:16-26; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4(all), 6:17; Philippians 1:19, 2:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 2:4, 6:4-6, 9:8,14, 10:15-17,26-31, 11:1; 1 Peter 1:10-12; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 3:24, 4:1-3,7; Revelation 1:10-20.
Humanism; revealed and contrasted against the Word of Elohim:
Old Covenant: Deuteronomy 18:9-14; Psalms 12, 66:5-7, 74; Proverbs 30:12; Ecclesiastes (all); Jeremiyeh 36; Hosea 4; Malachi 3:6.
New Covenant: John 1:1,14, 3:16, 6:28-29, 15:6, 15-16(all); Acts 4:12; 1 Corinthians 1:18-21; 2 Corinthians 11:3-4,13; Ephesians 2:8-9, 6:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:21; 1 Timothy 4:1, 6:3-13; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; Hebrews 4:12, 6:17-18; James 1:9-11, 2:1-7, 3:14-18, 4:1-5,5(all); 2 Peter 1:20-21, 2:1-19; 1 John 4:1-3, 5:11-13; Jude 1:3; Revelation 12:9.
Israel and Jacob:
Old Covenant: Isaiyeh (all); Ezekiel (all); Jeremiyeh (all). + Throughout the prophets
Knowledge; (Especially as entrusted to His believers, the Church):
Old Covenant: Exodus 4:15; 1 Kings 3:10-14; Job 28:12-28; Psalms 8:1-2, 16:5-7, 25:4-15, 27:11, 32:8-9, 71:17, 90:11-12, 111:10, 119, 143:10, 147; Proverbs (all), 1:1-7, 1:22-23, 3:1-26, 6:23-24, 8:12-21; Ecclesiastes 1:18, 7(all), 10:4; Isaiyeh 8:16-18, 30:20; Jeremiyeh 22:15-16, 30:24; Daniel 1:17-20, 2:21; Hosea 4(all), 6:6, 14:9; Amos 3:7; Malachi 2:7.
New Covenant: Matthew 13:11-12; Luke 7:35, 8:18; John 3:11-12, 8:31-32, 16:13-15, 7:17-18; Acts 2:14-40, 3:12-26, 4:8-13; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, 2:12-16; Galatians 1:11-12; Ephesians 3:8-11, 3:19; Philippians 3:15; Colossians 1:9-12, 1:25-27, 2:2-3; 2 Timothy 1:13-14, 2:7, 3:14-15; James 1:5-6; 1 Peter 2:16; 2 Peter 1:2, 3:14-18; 1 John (all), 2:27, 5:20; Revelation (all), 17:8.
Old Covenant: Psalms (all); Proverbs (all); Isaiyeh 45:9.
New Covenant: 1 Peter 1:17-19.
Scripture – the Word of Elohim:
Old Covenant: Deuteronomy 8:3; Psalms 12:6, 105, 119; Proverbs (all), 2:1-5, 4, 8:17, 30:5.
New Covenant: John 8:31, 14:23-24, 15:11, 17:17, 20:31; Acts 18:28; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 2:15, 3:14-16; Hebrews 4:12; James 1:21; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 Peter 1:12-21; 1 John 1:4, 2:26, 5:13.
Scripture – the importance of Memorization:
Old Covenant: Job 22:21-30; Psalms 119; Proverbs (all), 2:1-5, 22:17-21; Jeremiyeh 15:16, 36(all).
New Covenant: Matthew 4:4-10; John 15:7-11; Acts 8:35; Colossians 3:16; 2 Timothy 2:15.
Scripture – the importance of Reading:
Old Covenant: Psalms 19:7-14, 77, 78, 106, 119; Proverbs (all), 2:1-5; Isaiyeh 45:19, 55; Jeremiyeh 7:23.
New Covenant: Mark 13:29, 13:33-35; John 5:39-47, 8:31-32; Acts 17:11; Romans 15:4; Philippians 3:1, 3:15; Colossians 1:5, 1:25-26; 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 5:21; 1 Timothy 4:6, 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Peter 2:1-3; 2 Peter 1:12-21, 3:1-2; Revelation 1:3.
New Covenant: Matthew 12:22-32; Luke 12:8-10.
Old Covenant: 1 Kings 8:56; Psalms 31:5, 86:11-13, 89:14, 111, 117, 119, 145:17-21; Isaiyeh 45:19; Jeremiyeh 23:28.
New Covenant: Luke 1:4, John 3:2, 3:21, 3:33, 4:22-24, 8:31-32, 8:44, 14:16-17, 16:13-14, 17:17, 18:37-38; 2 Corinthians 13:8; Colossians 1:5; 2 Timothy 3:8-9; Hebrews 6:17-20; 1 Peter 1:22; 1 John (all); 2 John 1:4; 3 John 1:3-6; Revelation 3:7.
Old Covenant: Job 12:12, 28:28; Psalms 119(all); Proverbs (all) see, 1:1-7, 2(all).
New Covenant: Colossians 2:2; 1 Timothy 6:3-12; 2 Timothy 2:7; Hebrews 11:3; James 1:5-6, 3:13-18.
Old Covenant: 2 Samuel 21:2; Psalms 119(all); Ecclesiastes 9:6; Isaiyeh 26:10-11, 59:17.
New Covenant: John 2:17; Romans 10:2; 2 Corinthians 7:7-11.
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