Month Aviv 1:18, Week 3:3 (Shleshi/Bikkurim), Year:Day 5938:018 AM|
Passover Season Day #5/8,
CHAG HA-MATZAH (Unleavened Bread) 4/7
Gregorian Calendar: Thursday 17 April 2014
Chag haMatzah 2014
IV. The Seven Ruachot of Elohim
Continued from Part 4
First NCAY Spring Conference, Migori, Kenya
A blessed Chag haMatzah kol beit Yisra'el on this fourth day of Chag haMatzah (Feast of Unleavened Bread) - may the grace and shalom (peace) of our Master Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) be with you all, to those assembled in Kenya and here in Sweden - may you all equally enjoy a blessed outpouring of the Shleshi haQodesh!
Challenges in Kenya and Sweden
We have had some trying times this conference, have we not? Torrential rain storms in Kenya have washed out many of the meetings yet the people have continued to stream in to hear the Davar Elohim (Word of God). Christians so-called, jealous of this work, have opposed, and witchdoctors have assembled to send curses to try and hinder this work. We have been shown them in vision and others have received a witness from the Ruach (Spirit) to fast and pray to break the power of those who oppose this work. But the blood of Yah'shua (Jesus) is greater than any of the darts of the Enemy and we do not fear them, not because be are ourselves strong, but because He who is our Master and our Covering is strong and we are in Him. What is our secret? It is the same as that of King David who said:
We too have had our difficulties in Sweden this Conference with the enemy directing his attacks here too, in order to wear us down, and rain has not been our friend either as in Kenya.
"O Yahweh, my heart is not proud, nor are my eyes haughty; I do not busy myself with great matters or things too marvellous for me. No; I submit myself, I account myself lowly, as a weaned child clinging to its mother. O Israel, look for Yahweh now and evermore" (Ps.131:1-3, NEB).
A Fuller Doctrine of Marriage
Yesterday I brought you a controversial but important and necessary message about biblical marriage that has caused me and this people persection now for over 30 years for the emet (truth) is particularly abhorred in the West. The Devil hates families and he particularly hates big families. The governments he controls hates them too which is why in the West he has sought to introduce anti-family philosophies and political action to destroy families. They are trying the same in Africa, indeed, everywhere. Yet Yahweh is Himself a Family and in contradistinction, Satan has no family. He, and all his minions, are singles. That is why they rebelled and lusted after human women and took them as wives in the days before the flood and gave birth to giant nephilim (Gen.6:1-4). Moreover, they are all male, even though they impersonate females, leading New Agers and others into the belief that goddesses exist. They are male demons putting on a display. Family is everything, therefore, because Yahweh is everything, and we worship Yahweh our Heavenly Father through His Son, Yah'shua (Jesus).
Who is the Holy Ghost?
I always found it perplexing as a young Christian why the churches teach and preach that Elohim (God) consists of a Father and a Son but no Mother. These churches then want us to believe that the Ruach haQodesh - the Holy Spirit or the Holy Ghost - is either an impersonal force or another Male Personage. But what Family arrangement do you know where there is a father, a son and another male personage? Is He an uncle? A cousin? A nephew? Who is this 'Holy Ghost'?
A Greek Story
We have a problem in our English Bibles, and the problem is this. The Messiah and His apostles all spoke Hebrew or Aramaic - Hebrew was the language of the synagogue and temple, and Aramaic was the language of public life. Greek was spoken by those rich Hebrews who had compromised their Hebrew Emunah (Faith) in order to curry favour with the foreign political class that had ruled before the Hasmoneans and Romans. I speak of the Greek Seleucids who ruled the Middle East, Macedonia, Persia, Egypt and western India. Beginning with Alexander the Great of Macedonia, these Greeks established a vast Greek-speaking Empire that broke up into competing parts when his generals took over at his death. Some of these attempted to suppress the Hebrew language, Torah, and the whole Israelite way of life. You all know or have heard of Antiochus Epiphanes IV who murdered anyone caught obeying the Torah and defiled the Temple in Jerusalem by sacrificing a pig on the altar. It was this that triggered the Maccabean Revolt that led briefly to Judean independence. When the Romans, whose Eastern Empire largely spoke Greek, took over the Holy Land, Greek once again became the despised language of foreign invaders and oppressors.
Translations of Translations
The gospels and letters of the New Testament most of you hold in your hands were more or less all written in either Hebrew or Aramaic originally before being translated into the common man's koine Greek, and with any translation into a foreign language, mistakes are inevitably made. So your New Testaments are at the very least a translation of a translation - a translation of Greek manuscripts that were translations of older Hebrew and Aramaic ones. Some versions are translations of translations of translations, being translations into English from Latin which was translated from Greek which was translated from Hebrew or Aramaic. The more languages you translate from an original source, the more is lost.
Spirit, Spiritus, Pneuma and Ruach
One of the casualities of this translation effort is the gender of the Ruach haQodesh or Holy Spirit. All traditional translations of the New Testament render the Ruach or Spirit as "He" because in the Latin, Spiritus is male. What did the Romans translate from? Greek. The Greek for Ruach or Spirit is Pneuma (from which we get the English words 'pneumonia' and 'pneumatic') which is "It" or neutral. Because the pneuma is neutral or "it" in Greek, many have concluded - like the Jehovah's Witnesses and many Messianics - that the Holy Spirit is an impersonal force and is merely the 'spirit of the Father'. However, since the Father is already said to be "a Spirit" (Jn.4:24) in Scripture, how can a Spirit have Spirit. That's a bit like saying my head had a head or my leg has a leg.
She, the Ruach...
The mystery is resolved when you realise that the male Latin Spiritus which translates the neuter Greek Pneuma translates the Hebrew word which is always FEMALE - Ruach. In fact, if you go to an Aramaic New Testament, the Peshitta, you will still find the Ruach haQodesh - the Holy Spirit - translated as a female Being - a "She". Thus at Romans 8:16 we read in the Aramaic Peshitta and the older, less corrupted Old Syriac:
The Language of Heaven
"And She the Spirit (Ruach) gives testimony to our spirit that we are sons of Elohim (God)" (Rom.8:16).
Everywhere you see the words "Spirit" or "Holy Spirit" in the Tanakh (Old Testament) it is translating the Hebrew words Ruach or Ruach haQodesh which is female. And wherever you see the words "Spirit" or "Holy Spirit" or "Holy Ghost" it is translating either the Latin word Spiritus which is male or the Greek word Pneuma which is neuter. In order to be grammatically correct in Latin, you have to refer to Spiritus as 'He', and to be grammatically correct in Greek, you have to refer to Pneuma as 'It'. But in Hebrew (or Aramaic), the mother tongue of Israel, the language in which Yahweh revealed the Torah, the language spoken by the nevi'im (prophets) and by Yah'shua (Jesus) the shlichim (apostles), you have to refer to the Ruach as 'She'.
This leaves the honest seeker after emet (truth) with two choices. If you believe the Ruach or Spirit is an impersonal Divine Force (as some do), then the gender really doesn't matter; but if you believe the Ruach or Spirit to be a Divine Person, then you have to call that Person SHE.
It's really common sense but the Devil has blinded millions for centuries. You have all been to school and done elementary mathematics. If I give you an algebra problem, and if I say to you: Father + x = Son -- solve for x, what is the answer? What does a Father need to have a Son? A Mother.
The Ruach is our Mother
That's Right - the Ruach haQodesh or the Holy Spirit or the Holy Ghost is our MOTHER - not an Uncle, a Cousin, a Grandfather, or an impersonal force. A Mother. The Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) is our Heavenly Mother. Father + Mother = Son, it is so simple a child can understand it.
The Wisdom of Solomon
This is not, moreover, a 'new truth' but a very ancient one. A century before Yah'shua (Jesus) was born, the wise men of Israel wrote a book called the Wisdom of Solomon. It's in every Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Coptic, Syrian and Ethiopic Bible in their Apocrypha. In this book She is called 'Wisdom' or in the Hebrew, Hochmah, or Sophia in Greek. In this book, regarded as Scripture by the same Catholics who, like Protestants, claim the Holy Spirit is a Male Personage, we are told that She (Wisdom, Hochmah) "is the breath (ruach, spirit) of the power of Elohim (God)" (WS 7:25, KJV) and she "makes all things new" and "enter[s] into qodesh (holy, set-apart) souls" (v.27). Further along, the writer pleads to Yahweh to "send Her out of the qodesh (holy) heavens, and from the throne of Thy glory" (WS 9:10) - "send the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) from above" (v.17). In other words, the writer is praying that Yahweh send the Ruach haQodesh - the Holy Spirit - from above, clearly indentifying this member of the Elohimhead (Godhead) with the female Hochmah or Wisdom.
The Ruach and the Virgin Mary
We don't have the time to make a long study of this for there is much more from the Bible itself. You see, the Catholics are right - there is a Divine Female but it isn't the Virgin Mary who was a normal human being like you and I, and though she was a very pure and blessed woman, she was a sinner like you and I, which Scriptures proves when it tells us that she made sacrifices in the Temple for her sins - she made a Torah sin-offering, which of course only sinners make. Catholicism has transferred the Divine Female from the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) to the Virgin Mary and Protestantism has removed the Divine Female altogether. For Protestants, the Elohimhead (Godhead) is all-male, even if there are now more than a few Protestants who are discovering that the Ruach (Spirit) has very female qualities indeed. This has in turn led to great confusion and led many to dangerously suggest that Yahweh is both male and female or hermaphrodite, which is the teaching of the occult and of witchcraft. The liberal churches have gone to great length to emasculate the Father and to refer to 'God' in gender-neutral terms. This is to mutilate Scripture and to commit blasphemy. Yes, Elohim (God) is both Male and Female but that is because Yahweh is Male and the Ruach (Spirit) is Female. It was Yahweh who said, speaking for the Two:
The Father is Head
"Then Elohim (God) said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.' So Elohim (God) created man in His own image; in the image of Elohim (God) He created him; male and female He created them" (Gen.1:26-27, NKJV).
Why, you may ask, does Elohim (God) say "Us" in verse 26 but "He" in verse 27? Clearly the male and female are made in the image of the Father and Mother, respectively, so why "He" in verse 27? Because it is the Father speaking. Why is the Father speaking? Because He is the head, as man is head of the woman, as the husband is the head of the wife. That is why we always pray to the Father and never to the Mother. Though there is a practice in many churches to pray to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit individually separately, we are never commanded to do this. In the Lord's Prayer, Yah'shua (Jesus) sets the exmaple by saying, "Our Father..." (Mt.6:9; Lk.11:2). When the whole Elohimhead or Godhead is referred to as "He" or as "God the Father" (e.g. 1 Cor.1:3) it is out of respect for the Head of the Elohimhead (Godhead) even though Elohim (God) consists of Father, Son and Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit/Heavenly Mother).
How Family Members Were Addressed Anciently
That is why when I grew up, before the advance of liberalism, when addressing a married couple, you would say 'Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Warren' out of respect for the headship of the husband. The same rule is followed in Scripture. That is why in an ancient Israelite family, for example, the Shlomo (Solomon) son of Moshe (Moses) and Rakel (Rachel) would be called 'Shlomo ben Moshe' (Solomon, son of Moses) and never 'Shlomo ben Rakel' (Solomon, son of Rachel), and why their daughter Bilhah would be called 'Bilhah bat Moshe' (Bilhah, daughter of Moses) and never 'Bilhah bat Rakel' (Bilhah, daughter of Rachel). This was done, when the Israelites were living in the emet (truth) and not in apostacy, not because girls or women were regarded as inferior but out of respect for headship, which is itself a reflection of the Divine Family above.
Fathers, Sons and Mothers
But why, you may ask, is the Elohimhead (Godhead) always referred to as Father, Son and Ruach (Mother). Why not Father, Mother and Son? That is because the Hebrews understood the importance of the firstborn son as the inheritor of his father's blessings so that he might become a head over his brothers and sisters. When the father died, the son assumed headship and took care of the mother. That is why Yah'shua (Jesus) instructed John to take care of His mother as He hung dying on the cross (Jn.19:26-27). The firstborn son was always given a larger inheritance than the other children, not because he was Dad's favourite, but because it was his responsibility to look after his siblings economically if they ever got into difficulty. The same practice is followed in much of traditional Africa today. It is a godly principle, a right and qodesh (holy, set-apart) principle that reflects the Heavenly Order, which is the Eternal Order. That is why Paul says:
As we have already seen, Paul said:
"For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of Elohim (God)" (Rom.8:19, NKJV)
Mothers Revealing the Sons
"And She the Spirit (Ruach) gives testimony to our spirit that we are sons of Elohim (God)" (Rom.8:16, Peshitta).
The Ruach (Spirit) reveals the Son Yah'shua (Jesus) to those seeking the emet (truth) in the same way that godly earthly mothers bring forth godly sons by raising them in the admonition of Yahweh. Mothers are critically important! They are to reveal their sons to the world as sons of Elohim (God) in the same way as the Heavenly Mother - the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) - reveals the Son of Elohim (God), Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), to honest seekers after emet (truth) - but the Hebrew Yah'shua, not the Greek Jesus.
Revealing the True Worth of Women
This revelation on the Heavenly Mother is not only important but it is essential for the end-time revelation of all emet (truth). Every davar (word) of Scripture is important from Genesis to Revelation if we are to fulfil the mitzvah (commandment) to become perfect. It is essential to the final Sukkot (Tabernacles) Anointing and to the Final Gathering, the penultimate act of Yahweh before the last part of the Second Exodus journey, the miraculous return of the remnant to the Holy Land before Yah'shua (Jesus) returns. The true worth and calling of the women of Elohim (God) must also be revealed, and we are here to do that. They must be given their full place in the Kingdom as obedient and submitted wives and daughters and as teachers of the things that only women can teach! If boys do not learn softness, and kindness, and grace and submission from their mothers, who will they learn it better from? If he is not taught right by her, he will become a reprobate. Pity the boys and girls whose mothers are Jezebels, but how blessed are the sons and daughters of those mothers who are like Hannah, and Sarah, and Rachel, and Leah, and Abigail, and all the great women of the Bible!
The Seven Spirits
Now in the light of what we spoke about yesterday about large and small families you will not be surprised to learn that there is more to our Heavenly Mother, the Ruach (Spirit), than what I have told you. We are not told Her Name, by the way, so I cannot tell you that. It is presumably too sacred for our Heavenly Father to reveal. But we are told that She is not a single Person but seven:
Whom Yahweh Sends Out from Heaven
"Grace to you and shalom (peace) from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Ruachot (Spirits) who are before His throne, and from Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), the faithful witness" (Rev.1:4-5, NKJV).
"These things says He who has the seven Ruachot Elohim (Spirits of God) and the seven stars..." (Rev.3:1, NKJV).
"Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Ruachot Elohim (Spirits of God)" (Rev.4:5, NKJV).
"And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Ruachot Elohim (Spirits of God) sent out into all the earth" (Rev.5:5-6, NKJV).
Who are these "seven Ruachot Elohim (Spirits of God)"? Could they be something else, as most Bible commentators claim? Not so, for who does Scripture say that Elohim (God) sends out to our hearts?
Why are There Seven Ruachot?
"And because you are sons, Elohim (God) has sent forth the Ruach (Spirit) of His Son into your hearts, crying out, 'Abba, Father!'" (Gal.4:6, NKJV).
Who is the Ruach (Spirit) of the Father's Son? His Mother! What does Yahweh do so that the Mother can minister to our hearts? He sends Her out. What does the Father do in Revelation 5:6? He sends out the seven Ruachot Elohim (Spirits of God) to the whole earth, to the hearts of men and women who will receive Them. Why are their seven Ruachot (Spirits)? That is a greater mystery we do not have time to get into today but if you are hungry for more emet (truth) on this, then I invite you to study The Wells of Salvation. These Seven Mothers link to the Seven Festivals of Messianic Israel that we are celebrating now. Today we are under the ministration of the second of the Ruachot Elohim (Spirits of God), the Ruach haShanee or the Second Ruach (Spirit) who presides over Chag haMatzah (Feast of Unleavened Bread) as a whole. As we are observing the fourth day of Chag haMatzah (Feast of Unleavened Bread), we are also being ministered to by the Ruach haRevee or the Fourth Ruach (Spirit). The outpouring of the amount grows and the quality changes as we go deeper into Chag haMatzah (Feast of Unleavened Bread) which is why it ends on a High Sabbath on the seventh day. There is so much more that could be told, but let us keep it simple today.
No Forgiveness for Blaspheming the Ruach
Perhaps you will understand now, as we understand more of the Divine Mothers, why Yah'shua (Jesus) said that there is forgiveness for those who sin against Him but none for those who blaspheme the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). That's right, the honour of mothers and wives is sacred, and especially in Heaven!
"Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Ruach (Spirit) will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit), it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come" (Matt.12:31-32, NKJV).
That is why Yah'shua (Jesus) jealously guards us, His allegorical wife, us - we who have been born again to see the Kingdom and who now seek it with all our hearts, longing to be with Him at the Marriage Feast of the Lamb as His Bride at the Final Sukkot (Tabernacles)! It is why godly husbands jealously guard their wives, and why godly mothers jealously guard their sons and daughters? These are built into us because we are made in the image of our Heavenly Parents. Do you see the importance of the feminine? Do you see the woman's divine rôle in the Kingdom? A man had better not touch another man's wife, or speak evil of his mother, for his life hangs on a thread if he does! We show mercy only once for adultery but thereafter, if the sin is repeated, it is too late (Jn.8:3-11). You had better not speak ill of Yah'shua's (Jesus') Mother in Heaven, for you will not receive forgiveness in this life or the next! This is NO-NO territory! A man who does not defend the honour of his wife or his mother is not a true man.
Brethren and sisters, we are treading on very sacred ground today, but it is also a wonderful thing for us to know, giving us deeper awe for Elohim (God) and His ways. We rejoice in knowing these things because it inspires us to become better men and women, respecting and honouring both male and female equally, strengthening us in our determination to observe the true order in Heaven, knowing that there is a sacred purpose in divine tavnith (pattern).
"Glory to Elohim (God) in the highest, and on earth shalom (peace), goodwill toward men!" (Luke 2:14, NKJV).
Continued in Part 6
 The Deity of the Holy Spirit
 Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) and His Place in the Godhead