The Real Ghost Story

The Real Ghost Story


Doug Mitchell

In the King James version of the Bible, there appear the words "Holy Spirit," and "Holy Ghost." The words "Spirit" and "Ghost" are both translated from the same Greek word, pneuma. This has been a puzzlement to many students of the Bible; why did the translators use two different words, "Spirit" and "Ghost," for the one word in Greek? The answer is quite simple. The translators were from a variety of backgrounds and had many different opinions which they had to bring into harmony with each other in order to produce the translation. When parts were completed they were read publicly, so that even the people themselves were affecting the process.

There was a difference of opinion, and still is, as to the two phrases "Spirit of God" (Rom. 8:9,14; 1 Cor. 2:11,14;3:16, etc.), and "Spirit of Christ" (Rom. 8:9; Gal. 4:6; Php. 1:19; 1 Pet. 1:11), is there one Spirit or two? There was also the question, "Is the Spirit a person, or an influence, or both?" Among those who see the Spirit as an influence, some believe that the Spirit came (or comes) forth from the Father only; others, that the Spirit came (or comes) forth from the Father and the Son, and others still, believe that the Spirit originated from the Father, yet is given through the Son. Many of those who see the Holy Spirit as a divine Person, not just a force, have no idea where this Holy One came from. Neither can they say exactly what relationship the Holy Spirit has with the Family of God (the Father and Son – Eph. 3:14,15).

This was not a new problem for the translators, it existed from ages past. These diverse beliefs were a major contributor to the split between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. It began, basically, when the Roman Church added the word filioque (meaning "and from the Son") to the Nicene – Constantinopolitan Creed, about the 7th century A.D. The doctrine of what is called "the double procession of the Holy Spirit" had been discussed for centuries prior to this, with no apparent unification of those involved. Arguments and debates abounded, but very little "taking it to the Lord in prayer" – which would have produced a definite answer to the question, completely in harmony with the Scriptures.

This problem seems as if it is almost unimportant, as long as one receives the Spirit in their life. And if this is all there were to the matter, that may be true. But the real heart of the matter is in the answer to the question, "Is the Holy Spirit just a power, an influence; or a Person, from Whom comes the influence and power of the Truth?" For those who do not spiritualize away the Personality of the Gods (Elohim – feminine base, masculine plural ending), including the Person of the Holy Spirit, this controversy takes on profound significance.

In Jn. 15:26, it is written that the Spirit "proceedeth from the Father," and in Jn. 8:42, Jesus says, "I proceeded forth and came from God." Also, in Jn. 1:14,18; 3:16,18, and 1 Jn. 4:9, it is written that Jesus is the "Begotten Son of God," the Father. The word in Greek, gennao, which is translated "begotten" means exactly that – procreated. He could not be the Divine SON of God if He were not BEGOTTEN, for all other sons of God are so by creation (as were the angels and Adam), or are recreated and adopted sons (as are the redeemed). Though the Holy Spirit "proceedeth from the Father," She was not begotten as was the Son. She came forth from the Father, as Eve came forth from Adam. Thus, "the invisible things of Him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even ...(the) Godhead!" Rom. 1:20.

The testimony of Christ in Psalm 2:7 is, "the Lord (YHWH) hath said unto me, 'Thou art My Son; this dayI have begotten Thee.' " In Hebrews 1:1-5 and 5:5, this Psalm is applied to Jesus, and His inherited Divine nature. The apostle John also makes it quite clear that Jesus is "the only begotten Son of God." See Jn. 1:14,18; 3:16,18, and 1 Jn. 4:9; 5:1.

"Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and every one that loveth Him (the Father) that begat, loveth Him (Jesus) also that is begotten of Him (the Father)." 1 Jn. 5:1.

The Hebrew and Greek words that are translated "begotten," yalad and gennao, respectively, when applied to mankind, are understood to mean procreated. But when applied to the Gods (ha Elohim), though, people don't want to apply the proper meaning of the words to the reality of the origin of the "only begotten" Son of God. All living things that procreate do so "after their own kind." So it is with God – His Son is "after" His "own kind," Divine. He has been begotten by God, not created. It is strange how students of the Word accept the reality that human beings come forth from human beings, but seem unable to believe that Gods (a Son and Daughter) came forth from Gods (the Father and Holy Spirit – after THEIR own kind).

"He (Jesus) hath by inheritance (heredity) obtained a more excellent name than they (the angels)."Heb. 1:4.

In 1888, God's remnant people were presented with this same truth in a study given by E.J. Waggonner on the nature of Christ. He stated as follows;

" 'The word was 'IN THE BEGINNING.' The mind of man cannot grasp the ages that are spanned in this phrase. It is not given to men to know when or how the Son was BEGOTTEN; but we know that He was the Divine Word, not simply before He came to this earth to die, but even before the world was created." Christ and His Righteousness, p. 9. Since God is eternal He has no beginning, therefore "the beginning" must refer to the creation.

"We know that Christ 'proceeded forth and came from God' (John 8:42), but it was so far back in the ages of eternity as to be far beyond the grasp of the mind of man." ibid. "It is true that there are many sons of God; but Christ is 'the ONLY BEGOTTEN Son of God,' and therefore the Son of God in a sense in which no other being ever was, or ever can be. The angels are sons of God, as was Adam (Job 38:7, Luke 3:38), by creation; Christians are the sons of God by adoption (Rom. 8:14,15); but Christ is the Son of God BY BIRTH."ibid. p. 12. "The Scriptures declare that Christ is the 'only BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD.' He is BEGOTTEN, not created... As to when He was BEGOTTEN, it is not for us to inquire, nor could our minds grasp it if we were told... THERE WAS A TIME WHEN CHRIST PROCEEDED FORTH AND CAME FROM GOD, FROM THE BOSOM OF THE FATHER (John 3:42; 1:18), but that time was so far back in the days of eternity that to finite comprehension it is practically without beginning." ibid. p. 21,22.

Though we find the phrase "Eternal God" in the Scriptures, we never find "Eternal Father." For the Father, who truly is the Eternal God, was not always a Father. There was a time when the Son was begotten. Christ is called the "Everlasting Father" (Isa. 9:6). Eternal means forever past and present. Everlasting means having a beginning and continuing on forever.

"But the point is that Christ is a BEGOTTEN SON, and not a created subject. HE HAS 'BY INHERITANCE' a more excellent Name than the angels; He is a Son over His own house.' Heb. 1:4, 3:6." ibid. p. 22. "Finally, we know the DIVINE UNITY of the Father and the Son from the fact that they both have the same SPIRIT... Christ 'is in the bosom of the Father;' being by nature the very substance of God, and having life in Himself, He is properly called Jehovah, the self-existent One, and is thus styled in Jer. 23:5,6 where it is said that the righteous Branch, who shall execute judgment and justice in the earth, shall be known by the name of Jehovah-tsidekenu-- THE LORD, OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." ibid. p. 23,24.

Also in 1930, another messenger came and he also taught the same thought. He said, in 1947;

"For Jesus to become one with us He had to be BORN AGAIN; He had to become an earthly man. And for us to be one with Him, we have to be born again, born of the Spirit (Heb. – feminine). The difference is that Jesus was first BORN a spiritual, a Divine being, and second a human being; whereas we are first born human beings, and second spiritual beings." Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, p. 49:6,7.

The Jews, generally, acknowledge that the Scriptures refer to the Gods, YHWH, not only in the masculine and feminine genders, but also in the singular and plural forms. But what they reject, along with most of the rest of the world, is that they themselves, male and female, parents and children, are in the "image" and "likenessof Gods, as stated in Genesis 1:26,27, and 5:1,2. Mainmonides, the Jewish philosopher, says, "God is not a body, nor can bodily attributes be attributed to Him, and He has no likeness at all. The Moslem's belief, as stated in the Koran, is that "Allah does not beget, nor is begotten." They believe that Jesus was a great prophet, but not the "begotten Son of God." In John, chapters 8-10, we see that it was after emphatically stating that the God which the Jews professed to serve was indeed, in reality, His Father, that the Jews picked up stones and tried to do away with Him. They believed themselves to be the sons of God (Jn. 8:41), but not literally, as Jesus was claiming to be. He was saying, "before Abraham was, I am" thebegotten Son of God, My Father.

Those who rejected Christ, because of His claim to be the begotten Son of the Eternal God, found it necessary to hide the feminine representations of God that made it quite obvious that there was also a Mother figure in the Godhead, and that thus His claim could be substantiated by the Scriptures. This is most evident in the English translations of the 3 main Hebrew words for God; El, Eloah and ElohimEl, when used in referring to YHWH, or to a heathen deity, is translated correctly as God, or god, in the masculine singular. Eloah, according to the rules of Hebrew grammar is the feminine form of El and would thus be correctly translated Goddess. Strong's and Englishman's Concordances both show Eloah rather than El as the root of Elohim (Gods).

In 1 Kings 11:5 and 33 the word Elohi (whose root is Eloah) is correctly translated "goddess of," as Ashtoreth was a feminine deity. Yet translators won't translate it in the feminine where it appears elsewhere. Note the following inconsistencies.

"For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of (elohi) the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites." 1 Ki. 11:5.

"Because that they have forsaken Me, and have worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of (elohi) the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of (elohi) the Moabites, and Milcom the god of (elohi) the children of Ammon, and have not walked in My ways, to do what is right in Mine eyes, and keep My statutes and My judgments, as did David his father." 1 Ki. 11:33.

Though the context justifies the use of elohi when speaking of masculine or feminine gods, these are the only places where it is rendered goddess.

The most obvious evidence of the warfare against the truth of Christ's begotten divinity (Godship) is in the translation of elohim. When used in references to heathen deities it is consistently translated gods (plural), but when referring to YHWH, it is translated God (singular). There is no justifiable grammatical reason for the inconsistent translations.

Then again, when elohim (gods) is preceded by ha, it is translated "the gods" when referring to elohim(gods) other than YHWH. Yet, when ha elohim (the Gods) is used to refer to YHWH, the ha (the) is not translated, and Gods plural becomes God singular.

A few of the most obvious places where the inconsistency can be seen are as follows.

"Woe unto us! Who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods (ha Elohim, ha addirim – literally, the Gods, the mighty Ones)? These are the Gods (ha Elohim) that smote the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness." 1 Sam. 4:8.

"For God(s) (Elohim) doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods (elohim), knowing good and evil." Gen. 3:5.

"For the LORD (YHWH) your God(s) (Elohim) is God of (Elohi) (the) gods (ha elohim)..." Deu. 10:17.

Daniel was shown an accurate account of the work of the power which has been suppressing these truths.

"Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god (El), shall speak blasphemies against the God (El) of gods (Elim), and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done.

He shall regard neither the God of (Elohi) his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god (Eloah – Goddess); for he shall magnify himself above them all. But in their place he shall honor a god (Eloah – goddess) of fortresses; and a god (Eloah – goddess: Mary) which his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and pleasant things.

Thus he shall act against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god (Eloah – goddess: Mary), whom he shall acknowledge, and increase with glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and divide the land for gain." Dan. 11:36-39 NKJV.

The major factor of the reasoning for translating Elohim in the singular (God), is in a misapplication of one Scriptural statement, "Hear O Israel: the Lord (YHWH) our God (Elohinu) is one Lord (YHWH)." Deu. 6:4. The Hebrew word here translated "one" is "Echad." It clearly implies "a unity of more than one number." Yet it has been misunderstood by most to mean "only one in number." If this is what YHWH, Elohim, was trying to communicate, then the word would have been "Yecheed" (only one in number), not Echad (a unity). God was not telling Israel that He (They) was (were) one being, but that They (the Godhead) were UNIFIED. This was contrary to all the other religions which surrounded them, in that all of the other "deities" were in opposition to, and even warring among each other. Polytheism wasn't the problem, a divided or defaced Godhead, as portrayed by pagan religions was. God is one, echad, united, a Family.

To truly understand the thought that is portrayed in the Scriptures, especially the Old Testament Hebrew, it is necessary to be true to the gender therein. Since there is no neuter gender in Hebrew, as there is in Greek, then any time we read "it" or even "he" where the Hebrew reads "she," we are losing some of the value of the truth as it was revealed. The gender of the Scriptures was not an accident, for our Gods had Their hand on every "jot and tittle."

Today one can refer to many Hebrew dictionaries and lexicons, written by Christian and even some Jewish sources, which note that the Hebrew word for Spirit, Ruah, is masculine. Then at the same time many other credible sources by similar scholars say it is definitely feminine. The very fact of this difference, should make it obvious that there is a definite effort to suppress the truth that there are feminine Persons in the Godhead in whose image and likeness mothers and daughters are made.

The story is told that when Jerome, in the 4th century, was making the new Latin translation of the Old Testament, known as the Vulgate, that he asked the Rabbis what gender the Spirit was in Hebrew. Their reported response was "masculine," which was not true. Thus the masculine concept of the Spirit, as seen in the Latin word "Spiritus" (masculine), has influenced all of those who thereafter came in contact with the Latin presentation of the Scriptures, which is practically the whole world.

Since it is a commonly known fact among scholars that the word in Hebrew for Spirit (ruah) is feminine, many have no problem in seeing a MOTHER figure in the Godhead. This is true of Jews and Christians. The Jews, generally, do not believe that God (Elohim) has any form or likeness at all, so seeing the male and female qualities evident in the Scriptures presents no real problem to them. The problem that arises, though, for Jew and Christian alike is the notion of a Bride of the Messiah, a DAUGHTER of God, especially so since the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, speak of Her. The book of Revelation is an unfolding, revealing, of that which is hidden in the rest of the Holy Scriptures. It has been well said that "In the Revelation all the books of the Bible meet and end." Since the Lamb's Bride is portrayed in the Revelation, let us, therefore, examine some of the other Scriptures that speak of the Bride, which have been "hidden" (Rev. 2:17) until now. The first is Psalms 45, wherein is a description of the King and His Bride.

"My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the King (Jesus): my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Thou (Jesus) art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into Thy lips: therefore God (The Father and the Holy Spirit – Mother) hath blessed Thee for ever. Gird Thy sword upon Thy thigh, O most mighty, with Thy glory and majesty. And in Thy majesty ride prosperously because of Truth and meekness and righteousness; and Thy right hand shall teach Thee terrible things. Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under Thee.

"Thy throne, O God (Jesus), is for ever and ever: the scepter of Thy kingdom is a right scepter. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God (The Father and Mother), Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows. All Thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made Thee glad. King's daughters were among Thy honorable women: upon Thy right hand did stand the Queen in the gold of O'phir.

"Hearken, O Daughter (of God), and consider, and incline Thine ear; forget also Thine own people, and Thy Father's house; So shall the King (Jesus) greatly desire Thy beauty: for he is Thy Lord; and worship Thou Him. And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall entreat Thy (the Daughter's) favor.

"The King's (The Father's) Daughter is all glorious within: Her clothing is wrought of gold. She shall be brought unto the King (The Son – Jesus) in raiment of needlework: the virgins Her companions that follow Her(wise virgins, Mat. 25 – the 144,000, Rev. 14:1) shall be brought unto Thee. With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the King's (Jesus') palace (on the earth made new).

"Instead of thy fathers shall be Thy children, whom Thou mayest make princes in all the earth. I will make Thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore, shall the people praise Thee for ever and ever." Psalm 45.

As Adam (the son of God – Lk. 3:38) was presented with Eve, his bride (the daughter of God), so shall the Second Adam (the Son of God) be presented with His Bride (the

Daughter of God – Ps. 45:14). She will leave Her Father's house (Her dwelling place in heaven), and those angels who remain in heaven to minister to the Father and the Holy Spirit, to dwell with the King (Jesus), on His throne, in the earth made new. (Ps. 45:10).

There is also Jesus' own testimony of His Bride, revealed in the Song of Solomon. Solomon, the earthly son of David, wrote prophetically of the heavenly Son of David (Jesus), and His Bride.

"My Dove, my undefiled is but one, She (the Holy Ghost) is the only one of Her Mother (the Holy Spirit), she is the choice of Her that bare Her." Song of Solomon 6:9.

Then there is Her very own testimony in Proverbs about Herself, and Her relationship to Jesus. "Hear ye the rod (instrument of guidance and correction), and WHO hath appointed it." Micah 6:9.

"Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth Her voice? ...She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.

"Unto you, O men, I call; and My voice is to the sons of man... Hear, for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of My lips shall be right things. For My mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to My lips. All the words of My mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. They are plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge...

"The Lord (Jesus – YHWH) possessed me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I was set up from everlasting, or ever the earth was. When there was no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no foundations abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, was I brought forth. While as yet He had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When He prepared the heavens, I was there: when He set a compass upon the face of the deep: when He gave to the sea His decree, that the waters should not pass His commandment: when He appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by Him, as one brought up with Him; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him." Proverbs 8:1,3,4,6-9,22-30.

Since Jesus is the Creator of the world (Jn. 1:3,10; Col. 1:16; Eph. 3:9), then it is clear from the preceding verses, that there is One who "was there" when He created the worlds. This Holy One says that She "was brought forth," and "was by Him, as One BROUGHT UP WITH Him," and "rejoicing alwaysBEFORE Him."

The Hebrew word translated "was brought forth" is khool. It appears in Job 15:7, "...wast thou madebefore the hills?" and in Psalm 51:5, "...I was shapen in iniquity." It also carries the meaning of the travailingthat women go through in childbirth, as seen in Isaiah 66:7, "Before she travailed, she brought forth." Another way of translating Proverbs 8:24,25 would be, "I was travailed," or "I was birthed." To be "brought up with" someone implies that the one that one is "brought up with" was also "brought up." Before He created anything, Jesus was begotten and brought up by His Father and The Holy Spirit, His Mother, but He was not an only child. His Sister, His Bride was there "as one brought up WITH HIM."

"Wisdom is justified of all Her children." Luke 7:35.

Why is the word "Wisdom" used to symbolize a Person, and a feminine One at that? The Hebrew word for "wisdom" is hookmah, and it is feminine in gender. What actually is "Wisdom"? Wisdom is Inspiration. To be "wise" is to be responding to Inspiration. Heavenly Inspiration comes from the Holy Ghost. Worldly wisdom comes from below, the Devil. "...the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps." Jer. 10:23. Everyone is either inspired by God or by the Devil; there is no middle ground. You either have fellowship with the holy angels who bring the Truth as inspired by the Holy Ghost, or with the fallen angels who bring lies from the Devil.

As in earthly things, children are nurtured and learn primarily from their mothers, so in the heavenly, Wisdom (the Holy Ghost) has many children. Psychologists acknowledge that most mental and emotional problems that exist in the world are a product of a bad relationship with one's mother. As in the earthly where a wise child is one who takes heed of his mother's good counsel and prospers thereby, so in the heavenly. "Wisdom," the gift of Inspiration, causes the children of the Holy Ghost to prosper. "...the Holy Ghost... God hath given to them that obey Him." Acts 5:32. "...believe His prophets, so shall ye prosper." 2 Chr. 20:20. "She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness." Pro. 31:26.

If Wisdom, the Holy Ghost (the Daughter), the Bride of Christ, is awaiting Her marriage how is She also a Mother (Lk. 7:35)? Jesus, Himself, is called the "Everlasting Father." In Biblical Hebrew there is no word for "grandmother" or "grandfather." One's ancestors are called "fathers" and "mothers." All Christians have been "adopted" into the "family of God" by "Everlasting" Parents.

"Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts." Isa. 28:9. This is not for babes, but is for those who use strong meat in due season (Heb. 5:11-14). Who does the "milk of the word" (1 Pet. 2:2) come from if not the Holy Ghost?

"The significance of the Jewish economy is not yet fully comprehended. Truths vast and profound are shadowed forth in its rites and symbols. The gospel is the key that unlocks the mysteries." Christ's Object Lessons, p. 133. "He (Paul) exalted Christ, the proper understanding of whose ministry is the key that unlocks the Old Testament Scriptures, giving access to their rich treasures." Acts of the Apostles, p. 229. The key of the New Testament which unlocks the Old is in 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." John 3:16.

"For unto which of the angels said he at any time, thou art my son, this day I have begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?" Heb. 1:5.

The key opens the door to understanding the types and symbols of the Old Testament.

It has also been said that "the doors of the New Testament are unlocked with the key of the Old Testament." Evangelism, p. 578. The "key" of the Old Testament is in the law which typified the coming sacrifice which God was to make for the forgiveness of sin and restoration of the fallen race. Each of the different types of animals, young and old, male and female, and the manner in which they were presented and offered, typified different aspects of the Gods (ha Elohim) intercession for us.

The regular sin offering of a he-goat (literally the son of a she-goat, Num. 28:15) tells of the Goddess who gave Her Son for a sacrifice.

For thousands of years students of the Scriptures have been unable to understand the use of gender in Hebrew. The interplay of masculine and feminine forms of the same word, without knowing how to turn this key in the "door" of the New Testament, has left many without anything to do but to scratch their heads and say "its all Greek to me." Some masculine words with feminine plural endings, such as abbaot, fathers, and some feminine words with masculine plural endings, such as Elohim, being constructed contrary to the normal rules of Hebrew grammar have left many a brilliant scholar baffled and speechless.

As stated, the "key" which opens the Old Testament is in the truth that "God gave His only BEGOTTEN Son." As the creation testifies, sons are produced by a union of male and female; division and multiplication. The word abbaot, fathers, with its masculine/feminine representations tells a story of God's design in love and nature. The very word "father" implies, of necessity, a "mother." Even the word "man" implies a "woman," for a "man," in himself, is an expression of gender, and gender is a two-sided coin. The feminine plural ending, ot, which makes the singular masculine base, abba, into its plural form, implies that to have fathers, you must have mothers. A person can only have one biological father. If the word were to have the masculine plural ending, im, it would imply that one could have a multitude of fathers, with only one mother, something which is impossible.

The word for mothers, emmaot (feminine base, feminine plural ending), likewise tells her story. For the plural ending, ot, implies that many women can be mothers without a plurality of fathers, something very possible. If it were possible for a woman to have more than one father for her child, the word for mother would be emmaim, with the masculine plural ending.

"Among the Jews are some who, like Saul of Tarsus, are mighty in the Scriptures, and these will proclaim with wonderful power the immutability of the law of God." Acts of the Apostles, p. 381. "Souls will be saved, from the Jewish nation, as the doors of the New Testament are unlocked with the key of the Old Testament (the ceremonial law). Christ will be recognized as the Saviour of the world, as it is seen how clearly the New Testament explains the Old (in type and antitype)." Evangelism, p. 579. As this happens we will acquire a true, gender inclusive translation of the Scriptures.

The warfare against the pure masculine and feminine portrayal in the Hebrew Scriptures is evident in every society that embraces a neuter form in its language. Those societies, generally, freely mock the concept of seeing all things in masculine and feminine terms. "For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language,  that they all may call on the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one accord." Zep. 3:9 NKJV.

Who is YHWH?

"And God (Elohim) spake unto Moses and said unto him: I am the LORD (YHWH). And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty (El Shaddai), but by My name, JEHOVAH (YHWH), was I not known to them." Ex. 6:2-3.

"El Shaddai" has been translated by many scholars as "Mighty Breasted One." In many places where El Shaddai occurs, Eloah (Goddess) also appears.

There is no question that the name YHWH applies to the Father, Who is understood to be dwelling in Heaven, upon a throne.

In Genesis 11:7, it is written that YHWH said, "Come, let Us go down, and there confound their language..." And They, YHWH, went down to the tower of Babel to perform Their will.

Ezekiel saw YHWH on a travelling throne coming to earth, then departing, then having returned again (Eze. 1-10). Isaiah saw something very similar (Isa. 6). These verses show that YHWH is a Person or Persons whose individual presence can move from place to place. Therefore, YHWH is a Being or Beings with form and substance.

In Isaiah 40:3, we see the prophecy of the coming of John the Baptist, who was to prepare the way for Jesus (See Matt. 3:3, Mk. 1:3, Lk. 3:4 and Jn. 1:23). Yet the text reads, "Prepare ye the way of YHWH." Thus the Spirit of Truth clearly shows that Jesus was also known as YHWH. The name "Immanuel" means "God with us." YHWH, God, came to earth and took on a body of flesh, and a new name – Jesus. After His ascension, He sat upon His Father's (YHWH's) throne (Ps. 110:1), there to receive a kingdom of His own, on earth, wherein He will sit upon His own throne – thus finally dwelling, visibly, with His people.

In 1 Samuel 4:4, and in other places, the Scriptures speak of "YHWH of hosts, who dwelleth between the cherubim." Many Christians believe it was Christ who dwelt between the cherubim, and was the One who directed Israel in the cloud by day and the fire by night, and spoke to them from between the cherubim (Num. 7:89). Yes, He was there guiding His people, but He was not alone.

Many, Jew and Christian alike, understand that it was God's glory that dwelt between the cherubim. The Jew's refer to God's Presence, His Glory, as the Shekinah. Though this term is not found in the Scriptures, in all of the other Hebrew and Aramaic writings its use is consistently feminine in gender. To them, the Holy Spirit, the Shekinah, was a feminine manifestation of YHWH, His Glory.

That YHWH is spoken of in the feminine gender also, is clearly seen in a gender accurate translation ofPs. 113:5-9; "Who is like unto YHWH our God, She that is enthroned on high (hamagbihi), She that looketh down low (hamashpili) upon heaven and upon the earth? She who raised up (mekimi) the poor out of the dust, from the dunghill will He lift up (yarim) the needy; That She may set (l'hosivi) him with princes, even with the princes of His people (ammo). She who maketh (moshivi) the barren woman to dwell in the midst of the household, the joyful mother of children. Hallelujah."

Of the multitude of languages He could have used, Jesus chose to speak in the common languages of His time and place, Aramaic, and Hebrew (the language of the Scriptures). In Aramaic (as well as in its sister language, Hebrew), the Spirit is in the feminine gender, so then the following is a more accurate translation of what He actually said in John 14:16-18:

"I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter (Paraclete – Greek), that She may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Her not, neither knoweth Her; but ye know Her (Wisdom); for She dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless (margin – orphans)."

We are not left "orphans" because we have been adopted by a loving Father and Mother into a Family with not only a Brother, but also a Sister who has the Family name YHWH.

"The invisible things of Him are ...clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made." Rom. 1:20. At the base of all living organisms are the molecules known as DNA – deoxyribonucleic acid. DNA contains all of the information for the completing of the organism. The fascinating thing about it is that DNA is composed of four acids, which are referred to as ATG and C. These four combine into two pairs – A & Tand G & CA only bonds with T and G only with C. Thus nature also tells of the "invisible things of Him" – The Father and the Holy Spirit (Mother), and The Son and the Holy Ghost (Daughter). Four powers (acids), in two pairs.

As "father" implies "mother," so the word "son," implies a "daughter," for male and female reproduce male and female after the "image" and "likeness" of their Maker.

Jesus was crucified because the Jews and Romans wanted to put shackles on God, by saying that He could not beget a Son in His "express image." Today, those who believe that God can have a Son, are hard pressed for a reason as to why God cannot have a Wife and a Daughter also, if it be His will. Where is the Scripture that reads, "Blessed be he who hath a son yet no wife or daughter?" Christ is portrayed as having a Bride, yet, to most people's thinking, His Father has no Bride, no Wife, no heavenly Mother of His Son.

So, YHWH, Who goes by the titles, El (masculine), Eloah (feminine), and Elohim (feminine base, masculine plural ending) is in reality, four divine Persons. Thus we can see that the translators of the King James Version saw with greater depth than their successors the truth of the "Spirit of God" (the Holy Spirit) and the "Spirit of Christ" (the Holy Ghost), and revealed their insight of the reality of the heavenly Family in the translation of the words Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost.

The Bible is composed of the writings of holy men of God, "For prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." Thus, the Holy Ghost (the Daughter of God) is really the author of the Bible, for it was She Who Inspires the prophets by dreams and visions (Acts 2:17), by an audible voice (Num. 7:89), or by a still small voice (1 Ki. 19:12,13). She has told us quite a bit about Her Family (Father, Mother and Brother) through the gift of prophecy, but in modesty has kept Her own identity hidden until now.

"You have heard; see all this. And will you not declare it (Her)? I have made you hear new things from this time, even hidden things, and you did not know them. They are created now and not from the beginning; and before this day you have not heard them, lest you should say, 'Of course I knew them.'Surely you did not hear, surely you did not know; surely from long ago your ear was not opened. For I knew that you would deal very treacherously, and were called a transgressor from the womb. For My name's sake I will defer My anger, and for My praise I will restrain it from you, so that I do not cut you off." Isa. 48:6-9 NKJV.

This truth of the Bride of Christ is old, but its understanding is created new for us today. It is a "new sharp threshing instrument having teeth." Isa. 41:15.

The full beauty of all these heavenly truths will be clearly seen "on earth as it is in heaven" in the restitution of the divine institution which accompanied the Sabbath from the gates of Eden – marriage. Heaven begins in the home. In our families, our Gods are restoring not only Their moral image, but also Their "image" and "likeness" in our "form and feature" (Great Controversy, p. 644-5), our "outward resemblance" (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 45). Hallelujah. These truths, when fully understood, will bring into balance all of the relationships men and women have with each other, in all phases of life; at home, at work, at church, in the highways and byways of life. "When truth cannot save, it kills." Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, p. 15:10.

Before sin entered humanity, the Gods (ha Elohim) created an "image and likeness" of Themselves which is known as a family. This image was, and is, to be eternal. All of the unfallen, sinless worlds of Gods' vast universe, with their multitudes of holy families, all reflecting Their Creators' image, are anxiously awaiting the redemption and restoration of the family of Adam to the image of true sons and daughters of the Gods(ha Elohim) in whose image and likeness we are made.

"Arise and thresh, O Daughter of Zion" Micah 4:13.

© Charles Pace 2016