Chapter 2


THE MYSTERY OF GOD IS FINISHED


THE PROPHETIC VOICE OF THE SEVENTH ANGEL

"And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. ...But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel .... eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter." -- Revelation 10:1-10

"In the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets." Rev 10:7 "That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." -- Colossans 2:2, 3.

In the latter days this seventh angel, signifying completeness, again cries out his message or revelation with a loud voice. This time the seven thunders will be heard by all nations, unlike when they were first uttered to John on the Island of Patmos. Where he was told to "seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.... But in the days of the voice of the seventh (last) angel (messenger), when he shall begin to sound (at the opening of the seventh seal), the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

"That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world." -- Matthew 13:35.

"Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever." -- Romans 16:25-27.

"But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation ... and that thou might know the thoughts of thy heart." -- Daniel 2:30

The mystery of the Almighty God will be finished! The Godhead will no longer be a mystery to us! We will know and understand the gospel in its fullness, and we will know the fullness of the Godhead. We will know Them as They really are, the Family of Heaven.


THE CREATION STORY IS AN ALLEGORY

The Creation Story is the total prophecy of the revelation of God. The six days of the Creation Week prefigured the six thousand years, ("a day is as a thousand years" -- 2 Peter 3:8) of the Re-Creation Week during which time the Divine Image is to be re-created or restored to man.

The six thousand years, beginning the longest time prophecy recorded in the Bible (Gen. 3:15), was the allotted time to make the Heavenly Family known to the earthly family through the visible things They had created.

"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead (divinity); so that they are without excuse:" -- Romans 1:20, King James Version.

The Strong's Concordance Hebrew/Greek Dictionary (SH/GD) defines these major words as:

eternal -- G126. aidios, ah-id'-ee-os; from G104; everduring (forward and backward, or forward only): -- eternal, everlasting.

power -- G1411. dunamis, doo'-nam-is; from G1410; force (literally or figuratively); specific miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself): -- ability, abundance, meaning, might (mightily, mighty, mighty deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.

Godhead -- G2305. theiotes, thi-ot'-ace; from G2304; divinity (abstract): -- godhead. (G2304. theios, thi'-os; from G2316; godlike (neuter as noun, divinity): -- divine, godhead).

"It is not that they do not know the truth about God; indeed he has made it quite plain to them. For since the beginning of the world the invisible attributes of God, e.g. his eternal power and deity, have been plainly discernible through the things which he has made and which are commonly seen and known, thus leaving these men without a rag of excuse." -- Romans 1:19,20, The New Testament in Modern English, J. B. Phillips.

"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." -- Romans 1:20, New International Version.


WE ARE TO KNOW THE END FROM THE BEGINNING

If we are to learn of the Godhead (Elohiym), Their invisible attributes and qualities - Their eternal power and divine nature - from those things which were made or created, then we must ask ourselves which of the created things reveal what Elohiym is like. The plants and animals? Certainly not! Only the creation of mankind in the divine image and likeness of the Creators exhibits the power, personality and gender of Elohiym. And we are left without an excuse in knowing this. The mystery of Elohiym will be revealed. Isn't that what the book of Revelation is suppose to do before the end comes. The heavenly Family and the relation of mankind to Them will no longer be a mystery to us!

In understanding the principle and manner in which the Almighty revealed and manifested Himself in the beginning, we have the Divine Pattern by which to measure our earthly image in conformity to the divine original found in Heaven. In the creation of Adam as the first cause in the earth - the father of mankind - this same divine principle is used to exhibit to man the manifestation of the Almighty, the first cause - the eternal Father from whom all beings have their existence.

Before continuing, it is necessary to examine Genesis 1:26, 27 more closely in order to gain a deeper understanding of what the Scriptures are actually saying about the Godhead (Elohiym).

LET Us, (ELOAHIM) Make Man In Our Image and Likeness

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"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion ... So God created in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." -- Genesis 1:26, 27

There is definitely a plurality found throughout these verses regarding the Creator. And not only is there a plurality but there are clearly seen two genders, masculine and feminine, not only in reference to the creation of man but also in reference to the Creator. For further clarification of these two facts, it is necessary to examine the word "God" as it appears in the original Hebrew text.

God -- H430 . 'elohiym, el-o-heem'; plural of H433 elowahhgods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used in the plural thus, especially with the article of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative:-- angels, X exceeding, God (gods, goddess, godly), X (very) great, judges, X mighty.

God -- H433. 'elowahh, el-o'-ah; rarely shortened to 'eloahh, el-o'-ah; probably prolonged (emphatically) from H410; a deity or the Deity: -- God, god. -- SH/GD

The translation of God in Hebrew is "Elohiym." Elohiym, by definition, is a unity, a group of male and female Gods. Now, we are told in Ephesians 3:14, 15 that "For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the WHOLE FAMILY in HEAVEN and EARTH is named." It is not presumption or adding to the Scriptures to see that when we read "Yahweh our Elohiym", we are really reading "Yahweh our Heavenly Family."

When the words 'eloha "God" and its plural 'elohiym are closely examined, you will find that they are apparently a lengthened form of 'El, which in Aramaic is 'elah and in Arabic is 'ilah, both having a feminine - ah ending. The singular 'eloha is of relatively rare occurrence in the Bible outside of Job, where it is found as 'elowahh ('eloahh). The 'eloah form of 'elowahh and 'eloahh would suggest feminine gender especially when the Aramaic and Arabic counterparts do carry a feminine gender. Thus, the word 'Elohiym has for it's root a feminine implication with a definite masculine plural ending, implying that the image of God can be both masculine and feminine.

An additional reference to verify this statement is found in Genesis 5:1, 2, which state:

"... In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he himmale and female created he them; and blessed them and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created." -- Genesis 5:1, 2

Therefore, the word for God in Genesis 1:26,27 is Elohiym which in the Hebrew really means Gods, both of the male and female gender combined. In other words, a group or a unity of divine beings of both the masculine and feminine gender said, "Let Us make man (mankind) in Our image, after Our likeness: ... male and female."

The first revelation on earth of the Person of the Almighty Father was through the Divine Image in Adam, the father of mankind, who was created male and female in one being. Then from Adam's side, another individual being was brought forth and formed. Eve, "the mother of all living", the female Adam, was also made in the divine image. Thus, those who would accept "as a little child" the divine image and likeness of the Creators would have no difficulty with the revelation of Elohiym in terms of a Divine Family, with Father, Mother and children; male and female beings.

"Remember the former things (rishown - H7223 the beginning) of old: for I am God (El - H410 the Almighty), and there is none else; I am God (Elohiym - H430), and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times (qedem - H6924) the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure." - Isaiah 46:9,10

"former things -- H7223. ri'shown, ree-shone'; or ri'shon, ree-shone'; from H7221; firstin place, time or rank (as adjective or noun): -- ancestor, (that were) before, beforetime, beginning, eldestfirstforefatherforemost, former (thing), of old time, past.

God -- H410. 'el, ale; shortened from H352; strength; as adjective mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity): -- God (god), goodly, great, idol, might, mighty one, power, strong. Compare names ending in "- el." -- SH/GD

"Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God ( El), and there is no other; I am God (Elohiym), and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please." -- Isaiah 46:9,10 (NIV)

From Isaiah 46:9,10, we learn that El, the Almighty One, declares that there is no other like Him. None of the pagan gods (elohiym) can even compare to Him. He says "I Am Elohiym," The Divine Family, a unity of male and female divine beings Who are the Creators and Rulers of this universe, and there are no other gods ( elohiym) or god families like the true Elohiym." For it is the Almighty that "declares the end from the beginning". In the time of the end, we can look back to the Creation Story to comprehend how we were created, and to appreciate how we are to be restored and re-created in the Divine Image - male and female working together in unity and harmony - The Divine Family - Elohiym.

The complete story of the Gospel is thus found in the account of the Creation. Elohiym is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Therefore, the Creators would employ the same principles in the Re-Creation as They used in the Creation of Their Image and Likeness in the earth.

The Creation Story correspondingly tells us how Elohiym was manifested as the Family in Heaven before the creation of the universe, and then the earth with its inhabitants, took place. Yes, we are to know the end from the beginning, and even, the beginning from the end.


IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WAS THE ONE TRUE ELOHIYM - "YHWH"

"In contrast to the heathen of the surrounding nations, Israel believed there was only one God (Deut. 4:35; 6:4; Isa. 45:5; Zech. 14:9). The New Testament makes the same emphasis on the unity of God (Mark 12:29-32; John 17:3; I Cor. 8:4-6; Eph. 4:4-6; 1 Tim. 2:5). This monotheistic emphasis does not contradict the Christian concept of the ...Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; rather, it affirms that there is no pantheon of various deities." -- Seventh-Day Adventists Believe..., p. 22.

"Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God ( El), and there is no other; I am God (Elohiym), and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please." -- Isaiah 46:9,10 (NIV)

"Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting." -- Psalm 93:2

"Hear, O Israel: The LORD (YHWH - H3068) our God (Elohiym - H430) is one (echad - H259 unified group - family) LORD (YHWH - H3068):" -- Deuteronomy 6:4

"But to us there is but one (heis - G1520) God, the Father (pater - G3692), of whom are all things, and we in him; and one (heis - G1520) Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him." -- 1 Corinthians 8:6

"One (heis - G1520) God and Father (pater - G3962) of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." -- Ephesians 4:6

"Thou believest that there is one (heis - G1520) God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble." -- James 2:19

One - H259. 'echad, ekh-awd'; a numeral from H258 - achad; probably united, that is one; or (as an ordinal) first: - a, alike, alone, altogether, and, anything, apiece, a certain [dai-] ly, each (one), + eleven, every, few, first, + highway, a man, once, one, only, other, some, together.

One - H258. 'achad, aw-khad'; perhaps a primitive root; to unify, that is to figuratively collect one's thoughts: -- go one way or other.

one - G1520. heis, hice; (including the neuter [etc.] hen); a primitive numeral; one:-- a, an, any, certain), + abundantly, man, one (another), only, other, some. See also G1527, G3367, G3391.

Father - G3962. pater, pat-ayr'; apparantly a primitive word; a "father" (literally or figuratively, near or more remote): -- father, parent. -- Strong's Hebrew/Greek Dictionary

In the beginning, before anything existed, was the one true EL, YHWH, the self-existing, all-powerful One. As the above verses of Scripture from the Old and New Testaments show, the Almighty Father was "The One In All" in the beginning. He was the first cause "of whom are all things, and we in Him.He possessed the whole of creation within Himselffor all things came forth from Him. And as the first cause, He possessed within His being both male and female attributes.

Adam's creation tells us the story of the Almighty Father, the pre-existent One, who was from everlasting alone or all-one; one being as Adam was when he was created in His divine Image. Those who would be led by the Spirit into "all truth," will look to the Great I AM, the Revealer of secrets, for:

"Surely, the Lord (Adonai - H136) GOD (YHWH - H3068) will do nothing, but he revealeth his SECRET (cowd - H5457) unto his servants the prophets." -- Amos 3:7.

"The SECRET (cowd - H5475) of the LORD (YHWH - H3068) is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant." -- Psalm 25:14

secret - H5475. cowd, sode; from H3245; a session, i.e. company of persons (in close deliberation); by implication intimacy, consultation, a secret: -- assembly, counsel, inward, secret (counsel). -- SH/GD

The "secret" (cowd - the company of persons in close deliberationintimately involved with one another as a secret counsel) of the LORD or YHWH is with them that fear (honor and respect) Him; and He will show them His covenant (betrothal, promise, contract, or agreement). The secret or the mystery of YHWH is what or Who He really is. Therefore, in revealing Himself to us the Almighty introduces us to Elohiym, His entire Family - the company of persons in close deliberation, intimately involved with one another, the secret counsel.

Before we proceed any further in this study, it would be advantageous for us to study the names and titles given to the Almighty because there is much to be learned about Him through these appelations and even His proper personal name that He is addressed by. To know His original name and its meaning is to know the person and personality of the Almighty, Who is the Self-Existent and Eternal One. The Strong's Dictionary and Concordance does not supply the most accurate information about this subject as will be seen. Therefore, we will use the Judaica Encyclopedia to investigate the origins of His names and titles that we might get a more accurate non-paganized understanding from the original Old Testament Hebrew. The following definitions from the Strong's Hebrew Dictionary, when compared to the description in the Judaica Encyclopedia will point out how the Strong's definitions limit our understanding of His true name and His personality (divine attributes).

God -- H430 . 'elohiym, el-o-heem'; plural of H433 elowahhgods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used in the plural thus, especially with the article of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative:-- angels, exceeding, God (gods, goddess, godly), (very) great, judges, mighty.

God -- H433. 'elowahh, el-o'-ah; rarely shortened to 'eloahh, el-o'-ah; probably prolongation (emphatically) from G410; a deity or the Deity: -- God, god.

GOD - H3068. Yehovah, yeh-ho-vaw'; from H1961; (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of the Almighty God: -- Jehovah, the Lord. Comp. H3050, H3069

God - H3069 - Yehovih, yeh-ho-vee'; a variation of H3068 - Yehovah [used after H136 - Adonai, and pronounced by Jews as H430 - Elohyim, in order to prevent the repetition of the same sound, since they elsewhere pronounce H3068 - Yehovah as H136 - Adonai: - God.

Now let us take a more in depth look at the Almighty's names and titles as given in the Judaica Encyclopedia, Volume 7, pp 674-682, under the subheading -- Names of God.


THE NAMES OF THE ALMIGHTY

"NAMES OF GOD. Various Hebrew terms are used for God in the Bible. Some of these are employed in both the generic and specific senseothers are used only as the personal name of the God of Israel. Most of these terms were employed also by the Canaanites, to designate their pagan gods. This is not surprising; since on settling in the Promised Land the Patriarchs and early Israelites made "the language of Canaan" their own (lsa. 19:18), the Hebrew language would naturally use the Canaanite vocabulary for terms designating their own DeityIt must be noted, however, that in the Bible these various terms, when used by the Israelites to designate their own Deity, refer to one and the same god, the sole God of Israel. At least from the time of Moses on this is certainly true, and it is probably true even from the time of Abraham. When Joshua told the tribes of Israel, assembled at Shechem, that their ancestors had "served other gods" (Josh. 24: 2), he was referring to the ancestors of Abraham, as is clear from the context. The God who identified Himself to Moses as YHWH said He was "the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob" (Ex. 3:6). Therefore, the terms " the Fear of Isaac" (perhaps rather, " the Kinsman of Isaac," Gen. 31:42, 53) and " the Mighty One of Jacob" (Gen. 49:24; Isa. 49:26), are synonymous with YHWH, even though these terms may have been specific titles by which the God of these partriarchs was known as their individual tutelary deity.

"'El. The oldest Semitic term for God is 'el (corresponding to Akkadian ilu(m). Canaanite 'el or 'il, and Arabic 'el as an element in personal names). The etymology of the word is obscure. It is commonly thought that the term derived from a root 'yl or 'wl, meaning "to be powerful" (cf. yesh le-el yadi, "It is in the power of my hand," Gen. 31:29; cf. Deut. 28:32; Micah 2:1). But the converse may be true; since power is an essential element in the concept of deity, the term for deity may have been used in the transferred sense of "power." In Akkadian, ilu(m), and plural ilu and ilanu, is used in reference to any individual god as well as to divine beings in general; but it is not employed as the personal name of any god. In Ugaritic Canaanite, however, il occurs much more frequently as the personal name of the highest god el than as the common noun "god" (pl., ilm; fem., ilt). In the Ugaritic myths EI is the head of the Canaanite pantheonthe ancestor of the other gods and goddesses, and the creator of the earth and its creatures; but he generally fades into the background and plays a minor role in the preserved myths.

"In the Bible 'el is seldom used as the personal name of God, e.g., ' EI-'Elohei-Yisrael, "EI, the God of [the Patriarch] Israel" (Gen. 33:20; cf. Ps. 146:5). ALmost always, ' el is an appellative, with about the same semantic range as 'elohim (see below). The word can thus be preceded by the article: ha-'el, " the [true] God" (e.g., Ps. 19:31, 33, 48 ; 57:3). Like 'elohim, el can be employed in reference to an "alien god" (Deut. 32:12; Mal. 2:11) or a " strange god" (Ps. 44:21; 81:10). It can also have the plural form ' elim, " heavenly beings" (Ex. 15:11). In contrast to the extremely common word ' elohimel occurs relatively seldom, except in archaic or archaizing poetry, as in Job and Psalms. But 'el and, rarely, 'elohim are used when the term is modified by one or more adjectives, e.g., "an impassioned God" (e.g., Ex. 20:5; 34:14), "a God compassionate and gracious" (e.g., Ex. 34:6; Ps. 86: 15). Moreover, 'el, not 'elohimis used when God is contrasted with man, i.e., the divine contrasted with the human (Num. 23:19; Isa. 31:3; Ezek. 28:9; Hos. 11:9; Job 25:4). As an element in theophoric names, 'el, not 'elohimis used often as the first element, e.g., Elijah, Elisha, and Elihu, and even more often as the last element, e.g., Israel, Ishmael, and Samuel. Of special interest are the divine names of which EI is the first element: ' EI 'Elyon'EI 'Olam, 'EI Shaddai, 'EI Ro'i, and 'EI Berit. See appendix at back of book for further information.

"' Eloha, 'Elohim. The word 'eloha "God" and its plural 'elohim, is apparently a lengthened form of 'EI (cf. Aramaic 'elah. Arabic ''ilah). The singular'eloha is of relatively rare occurrence in the Bible outside of Job, where it is found about forty times. It is very seldom used in reference to a pagan god and then only in a late period (Dan. 11:37; II Chron. 32:5). In all other cases it refers to the God of Israel (e.g., Deut. 32:15; Ps. 50:11; 139:19; Prov. 30:5; Job 3:4, 23). The plural form 'elohim is used not only of pagan "gods" (e.g., Ex. 12:12; 18:11; 20:3), but also of an individual pagan "god"(Judg. 11:24; II Kings 1:2ff.) and even of a "goddess" (I Kings 11:5). In reference to Israel's "God" it is used extremely often - more than 2,000 times - and often with the article, ha-'elohim, "the [true] God." Occasionally, the plural form 'elohim, even, when used of the God of Israel is construed with a plural verb or adjective (e.g., Gen. 20:13; 35:7; Ex. 32:4, 8; II Sam. 7:23; Ps. 58:12), especially in the expression 'elohim hayyim, "the living God." In the vast majority of cases, however, the plural form is treated as if it were a noun in the singularThe odd fact that Hebrew uses a plural noun to designate the sole God of Israel has been explained in various ways. ...Some scholars take it as a plural that expresses an abstract idea(e.g., zekunim, " old age"; ne'urim, " time of youth"), so that 'Elohim would really mean " the Divinity."...In the ancient Near East of the second half of the second millennium B.C.E. there was a certain trend toward quasi-monotheism, and any god could be given the attributes of any other god, so that an individual god could be addressed as 'elohai, "my gods" or 'adonai, "my lords." The early Israelites felt no inconsistency in referring to their sole God in these (plural) terms. The word 'elohim is employed also to describe someone or something as godlike, preternatural, or extraordinarily great.

"YHWH. The personal name of the God of Israel is written in the Hebrew Bible with the four consonants YHWH and is referred to as the "Tetragrammaton." At least until the destruction of the First Temple in 586 B.C.E. this name was regularly pronounced with its proper vowels, as is clear from the *Lachish Letters, written shortly before that date. But at least by the third century B.C.E. the pronunciation of the name YHWH was avoided, and Adonai, " the Lord," was substituted for it, as evidenced by the use of the Greek word Kyrios, " Lord," for YHWH in the Septuagint, the translation of the Hebrew Scriptures that was begun by Greek-speaking Jews in that century. Where the combined form 'Adonai YHWH occurs in the Bible, this was read as 'Adonai 'Elohim, "Lord God." In the early Middle Ages, when the consonantal text of the Bible was supplied with vowel points to facilitate its correct traditional reading, the vowel points for 'Adonai with one variation - a sheva with the first yod of YHWH instead of the hataf-patah under the aleph of 'Adonai - were used for YHWH, thus producing the form YeHoWaHWhen Christian scholars of Europe first began to study Hebrew, they did not understand what this really meant, and they introduced the hybrid name " Jehovah." In order to avoid pronouncing even the sacred name 'Adonai for YHWHthe custom was later introduced of saying simply in Hebrew ha-Shem (or Aramaic Shema', "the Name") even in such an expression as "Blessed be he that cometh in the name of YHWH" (Ps. 118:26). The avoidance of pronouncing the name YHWH is generally ascribed to a sense of reverence. More precisely, it was caused by a misunderstanding of the Third Commandment (Ex. 20:7; Deut. 5:11) as meaning "Thou shalt not take the name of YHWH thy God in vain," whereas it really means "You shall not swear falsely by the name of YHWH your God" (JPS).

"The true pronunciation of the name YHWH was never lost. Several early Greek writers of the Christian Church testify that the name was pronounced "Yahweh." This is confirmed, at least for the vowel of the first syllable of the name, by the shorter form Yah, which is sometimes used in poetry (e.g., Ex. 15:2) and the -yahu or -yah that serves as the final syllable in very many Hebrew names. In the opinion of many scholars, YHWHis a verbal form of the root hwh, which is an older variant of the root hyh "to be." The vowel of the first syllable shows that the verb is used in the form of a future-present causative hiph'il, and must therefore mean "He causes to beHe brings into existence." The explanation of the name as given in Exodus 3:14, Eheyeh-Asher-Eheyeh, "I-Am-Who-I-Am," offers a folk etymology, common in biblical explanation of names, rather than a strictly scientific one. Like many other Hebrew names in the Bible, the name Yahweh is no doubt a shortened form of what was originally a longer name. It has been suggested that the original, full form of the name was something like Yahweh-Asher-Yihweh. "He brings into existence whatever exists"; or Yahweh Zeva'ot (1 Sam. 1:3, 11), which really means "He brings the hosts [of heavenor of Israel?] into existence." "The Lord of Hosts," the traditional translation of the latter name, is doubtful.

"According to the documentary hypothesis, the literary sources in the Pentateuch known as the Elohist and the Priestly Document never use the name Yahweh for God until it is revealed to Moses (Ex. 3:13; 6:2-3); but the Yahwist source uses it from Genesis 2:4 on, thus implying that it was at least as old as Abraham. If the name is really so old, then Exodus 6:2-3 must be understood as meaning that from the time of Moses on, Yahweh was to be the personal name of the God who brought the people of Israel into existence by bringing them out of Egypt and established them as a nation by His covenant with them at Sinai." -- The Judaica Encyclopedia, Names of God, Volume 7, p 678-680.


THE ALMIGHTY IS LOVE

In the allegory of creation, Adam, the father of mankind, represents EL, the Almighty Father, the pre-existent One, the beginning of all, the first cause, the One who brings into existence. YHWH was alone in the beginning. He possessed all that ever was and ever will be within Himself. He is the beginning and the end, the Author and Finisher of the universe.

We are told that the Almighty's character is supreme Love. If He is love and love is unselfish giving of oneself, then Whom did The Almighty lavish His love upon? Himself? This is unlikely since this is selfish and self-centered love which is truly foreign to His character. How, then, did the Almighty express His love?

"Although the Old Testament does not explicitly teach that God is triune, it alludes to a plurality within the Godhead. At times God employs plural pronouns such as: "'Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness" (Gen 1:26); "'Behold the man has become like one of Us'" (Gen. 3:22); "'Come let Us go down'" (Gen. 11:7)... Various references distinguish the Spirit of God from God. In the Creation Story "the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters" (Gen. 1:2)." -- Seventh-day Adventists Believe... p. 23.

The creation of Adam and then Eve, teaches us how YHWH the Father was One and alone and became Elohiym - both masculine and feminine plural.

It was not good for the Father to be alone or all-one. In order for Him to unselfishly share His Love, the Father manifested His Glory and Second Self, His Helpmate, the Divine Mother. When the Father manifested His Glory in the Person of the Holy Spirit, He set free and set in motion His creative power in the universe. There were now positive and negative poles; masculine and feminine interacting forces. No longer were these two creative forces to neutralize one another in the same being or body, but were set free to express Themselves as Love naturally will, in giving and receiving affection.

In the section about the Names of God it was mentioned that the Family name of Elohiym was YHWH, and that YAH was the Father's own personal name. In Hebrew the ah ending of a word gives to it a feminine gender. In the Father's name is found both masculine and feminine gender. In order for Him to exist and be the first cause, feminine attributes must also co-exist in and with Him, reflecting His creative power and glory. A father can not exist without a mother. This can be demonstrated in the Hebrew word for father - ab'ba. The first two letters ab' are mirrored by the last two letters ba. The masculine ab' is reflected by the feminine ending ba, a perfect opposite image. The masculine attributes or characteristics could not exist unless they were distinguished from their opposite feminine attributes or characteristics. To put it simply, you can't have one without the other.

Therefore, the surname of the Almighty is YHWH and His personal name is YH or YAH. In His name is also found His feminine counterpart and Helpmate, His creative power and glory that was manifested in order that He might unsefishly share Himself with another Who was His equal. When His name YAH is called out the name of the Mother is also, for She takes His name, for They are as One - Echad: a unity of Divine persons; as (cowd) a company of persons in close deliberationintimately involved with one another; as a secret counsel - YHWH the true Elohiym - the Divine Image.

We are told in the Judaica Encyclopedia that "Yahweh is no doubt a shortened form of what was originally a longer name. It has been suggested that the original, full form of the name was something like Yahweh-Asher-Yihweh, "He brings into existence whatever exists". This statement leaves one to believe that possibly the three part name "Yahweh-Asher-Yihweh" reflects the names of the Elohiym - Yahweh the Father and Yihweh the Mother. Asher (H834) means who, which, that; also when, where, how, because, in order that, etc. This name also implies that Yahweh brings into existence whatever exists through Yihweh.

Thus, El, The Almighty One, became Two Beings - male and female - that He might share Himself and His Love, with Another(s). Then El so loved the Spirit Mother, that She conceived His Only Begotten Son.

Love begat Love. The SON of LOVE was born of LOVE in heaven, that He might be the object of the Father and Mother's unselfish everlasting LOVE. LOVE desires to be given. Love begets love. It is the bond of LOVE that holds the whole of creation together. LOVE is the power of ELOHIYM!

The Scriptures state, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God." -- John 1:1, 2.

"Christ the Word, the only begotten of God, was One with the Eternal Father, - One in nature, in character, in purpose - the only being that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God." -- Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 33.

In the act of supreme and unselfish Divine Love the Father begat the Son - the WORD of YAH. The Word of the Almighty was conceived through the Holy Spirit Mother, the Heart and Mind of the Father. For as we see in the human family, a man's heart and mind are with his wife whom he loves, to think and to do her good pleasure. And so it is with Elohiym. Now we can understand how the Word of the Father was conceived in the Spirit Mind and Heart of the Father. Words are thoughts expressed. Therefore, the Son was the Father's expressed thoughts as conceived in the Divine Mind, the Spirit. The WORD was an Expression of the Father's thoughts or an "EXPRESSED IMAGE" of the Father as conceived in/by the Divine Mother.

"What speech is to thought, so is Christ to the invisible Father, He is the manifestation of the Father, and is called the Word of God." -- 7A Bible Commentary, p. 1131.


THE ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER

"There are light and glory in the truth that Christ was One with the Father before the foundation of the world was laid. This is the light shining in a dark place, making it resplendent with divine, original glory. This truth, infinitely mysterious in itself, explains other mysterious and otherwise unexplainable truths, while it is enshrined in light unapproachable and incomprehensible." -- Review and Herald, April 5, 1906.

"No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten (G3439 monogenes) Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." -- John 1:18

only begotten - G3439. monogenes, mon-og-en-ace'; from G3441 and G1096; only-born, i.e. sole:-- only (begotten, child). -- SH/GD

"By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son." -- Hebrews 11:17.

"God...hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; who beingthe brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they." -- Hebrews1:1-4

Speaking of Christ as the One through whom we have redemption, Paul describes Him as the One "Who is the image of the invisible God, thefirstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist." -- Col 1:15-17

In the preceding verse we are told that the image of the invisible Self-Existent One, is the first born of every creature and that He created all things. We can plainly see then, that before the Creator created all creatures He was begotten of the Father and born by the Divine Mother.

In the following passage the Spirit of prophecy intimates that the Son was first born in heaven:

"The dedication of the first-born had its origin in the earliest times. God had promised to give the First-born of heaven to save the sinner. This gift was to be acknowledged in every household by the consecration of the first-born son. He was to be devoted to the priesthood, as a representative of Christ among men." -- Desire of Ages, p. 51.

In the allegory of Abraham and Isaac, we see the Heavenly Father and the Heavenly Son making the supreme sacrifice of Love... "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.

Let us examine the meaning of the word begotten as found in Roget's Thesaurus. "Begotten" comes from the root verb "beget" and means: "1) to procreate, father, sire, breed, impregnate, reproduce, generate. 2) cause, lead to, result in, effect, bring about, engender, produce, give rise to, yield".

only begotten - G3439. monogenes, mon-og-en-ace'; from G3441 and G1096; only-born, i.e. sole: -- only (begotten, child).

begotten - 1096. ginomai, ghin'-om-ahee; a prolonged and middle form of a primitive verb; to cause to be ("gen"-erate), i.e. (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literal figuratie, intensive, etc.): -- arise be assembled, be (come, -fall, -have self), be brought (to pass), (be) come (to pass), continue, be divided, be done, draw, be ended, fall, be finished, follow, be found, be fulfilled, + God forbid, grow, happen, have, be kept, be made, be married, be ordained to be, partake, pass, be performed, be published, require, seem, be showed, X soon as it was, sound, be taken, be turned, use, wax, will, would, be wrought.

Obviously, only a male can sire, impregnate, effectuate, cause, bring about, reproduce or give rise to an offspring, but only if there is a female to inseminate, breed, impregnate or fertilize at which time she conceives his offspring and recreates their image. The male begets while it is the female that conceives the child. A male can not conceive a child, only a female has that God-given ability, since she was made in the image and likeness of Elohiym's Creative Power and Helpmate.

The Son's character was a combination of both the Father's qualities and those which He inherited from His Divine Mother. He bore the fullness of Elohiym bodily. He inherited His Father's glory and was the express image of His person. In other words, the Son outwardly was the expression of the Father (masculine characteristics) and inwardly possessed the Mother's creative power and glory (feminine characteristics). He inherited the fullness of the Father and Mother in His very Being.


THE FULLNESS OF ELOHIYM BODILY

E. J. Waggoner wrote the following in his book entitled "Christ Our Righteousness:

"The Scriptures declare that Christ is 'the only begotten Son of God.' He is begotten, not created. 'But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, ... out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.' Micah 5:2. There was a time when Christ PROCEEDED FORTH and CAME FROM GOD, FROM the BOSOM (DIVINE MOTHER) of the FATHER (John 8:42; 1:18), but that time was so far back in the days of eternity that to finite comprehension it is practically without beginning.

"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. And since He is the ONLY-BEGOTTEN Son of God, HE IS OF THE VERY SUBSTANCE and NATURE of GOD, and POSSESSES BY BIRTH ALL THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD; for the Father was pleased that His Son should be the EXPRESS IMAGE of HIS PERSON, the BRIGHTNESS of HIS GLORY (DIVINE MOTHER), and FILLED WITH ALL THE FULLNESS OF THE GODHEAD. So He has 'LIFE IN HIMSELF'; He possesses immortality in His own right, and can confer immortality upon others. Life INHERES in Him, so that it cannot be taken from Him; but, having voluntarily laid it down, He can take it again." -- Christ Our Righteousness, p 24, 25. Pacific Press, 1892 edition, (parenthesis and emphasis supplied).

Again the Creation tells the story, only this time it explains how the Son of YHWH Elohiym was begotten/conceived (formed in the Divine Mother's womb) and born in heaven as the express image of His Father, male and female in one being, before He, the Creator Son, spoke all things into existence by the words of His mouth. Likewise, Adam was formed of the earth as a son of Elohiym, and was made male and female in one being, before he was given the task to speak forth the names of the animals that His Creator spoke into existence.


MY WORDS ARE SPIRIT

"The Father wrought by His Son in the creation of all heavenly beings. 'By Him were all things created,... whether they were thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers. All things were created by Him, and for Him.' Col 1:16" -- Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 34.

Here we see that the thoughts of the Father were expressed by His Word, the Son. Through His Word, the Father spoke all things into existence. "In Him was LIFE." -- John 1:4. The Son inwardly possessed the Father's creative power passed on to Him through the Divine Mother when She conceived Him and brought Him forth. In looking at the name of Elohiym, which is YHWH, we can see that since the Father by His creative power inherent in His Son wrought all things that were made, then the name YHWH which means the "One who brings into existence," pertains to the Almighty Creator, and also to His Creator Son, Who performed the act of creation, fulfilling His Father's will. Therefore, the being that apperared to Abraham and to Moses was not the Almighty Father, but the One Who carries out His will, the Creator Son; the very one responsible for the creation.

Christ said, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; ... the words that I speak they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63. When the Son spoke, He breathed forth the breath of life (ruach). His thoughts expressed and made audible took form through the creative force of His Own indwelling Spirit (Ruach).

"By the word of the LORD (H3068 - YHWH (the) self-Existent or Eternal) were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast." -- Psalm 33:6, 9

"The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life." Job 33:4


THE SONS OF GOD

When the Son spoke the universe and all its inhabitants into existence, the earth and its inhabitants was not yet created. The Son created the inhabitants of the many worlds of the universe in His Own image, as sons of God. Job brings this out in the following verses:

"Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.... Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD....When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy." Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7.

These created sons of God were made in the image of the Father as He was in the beginning, possessing both male and female qualities in one being or body. The Only Begotten Son, however, possessed by inheritance the creative power of the Father within His being, unlike those beings He created in His Own image, as the sons of Elohiym.

"Angels are God's ministers, radiant from the light ever flowing from His presence, and speeding on rapid wing to execute his will. But the Son, the anointed of God, the "express image of his person," "the brightness of his glory," "upholding all things by the word of his power," holds supremacy over them all." -- Patriarchs and Prophets, p 34.

Lucifer was the highest created son of Elohiym. He was spoken into existence by the Only Begotten Son, in whose image he was made, male and female in one being. Lucifer held the highest position in the Heavenly Government next to the Creator, the Only Begotten of the Father.

"Before his fall he was a covering cherub, distinguished by his excellence. God [the Son] made him good and beautiful, as near as possible like Himself." (RH Sept. 24, 1901).

"Lucifer, "son of the morning", was first of the covering cherubs, holy and undefiled. He stood in the presence of the great Creator, and the ceaseless beams of glory (Holy Spirit Mother - Shekhinah) enshrouding the eternal God (the Father), rested upon him. "Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering.... Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." Ezekiel 28:12-15. -- Patriarchs and Prophets, p 35.

"So long as all created beings acknowledged the allegiance of love, there was perfect harmony throughout the universe of God. It was the joy of the heavenly host to fulfill the purpose of their Creator. They delighted in reflecting His glory and showing forth his praise. And while love to God was supreme, love for one another was confiding and unselfish. There was no note of discord to mar the celestial harmonies. But a change came over this happy state. There was one who perverted the freedom that God had granted His creatures. Sin originated in him who next to Christ had been most honored of God and was highest in power and glory among the inhabitants of heaven." Ibid., p 35.

"Little by little Lucifer came to indulge the desire for self-exaltation. The Scripture says, "Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness." Ezek 28:17. "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God... I will be like the most High." Isa 14:13,14. Though all his glory was from God, this mighty angel came to regard it as pertaining to himself. Not content with his position, though honored above the heavenly host, he ventured to covet homage due alone to the Creator. Instead of making God supreme in the affections and allegiance of all created beings, it was his endeavor to secure their service and loyalty to himself. And coveting the glory with which the infinite Father had invested His Son, this prince of angels aspired to power that was the prerogative of Christ alone." -- Ibid. p. 35.

Lucifer desired to be as God. He coveted His creative power manifested as His Glory, His Wife. He was not content to have "the ceaseless beams of glory enshrouding the eternal God rest upon him", he coveted the Father's Glory. And, by coveting "the glory with which the infinite Father had invested His Son, this prince of angels aspired to power (inherent creative power) that was the prerogative of Christ alone." Lucifer could not be as God the Father or the Son without having the power to create.

Remember, the Son's inherited glory was hidden within Him, so therefore, Lucifer could not understand why he did not have as exalted a position as the Son. They looked very much the same, male and female in one being, and both were acting as covering cherubs at the throne of God. The Son sat at the right hand of the Father and Lucifer sat at the left side of the Divine Mother. Lucifer would receive instruction from the Godhead and go forth to proclaim Their bidding to the inhabitants of the universe. He was the "mouthpiece or prophet" of God. Consequently, Lucifer's closeness to the Father's Glory made him "regard it (Her) as pertaining to himself". In worshipping himself instead of God, Lucifer committed idolatry, and in coveting the Father's manifested Glory he committed spiritual adultery in his heart.

"Now the perfect harmony of heaven was broken. Lucifer's disposition to serve himself instead of his Creator aroused a feeling of apprehension when observed by those who considered that the glory of God should be supreme. In heavenly council the angels pleaded with Lucifer. The Son of God presented before him the greatness, the goodness, and the justice of the Creator, and the sacred, unchanging nature of His Law. God Himself had established the order of heaven; and in departing from it, Lucifer would dishonor his Maker and bring ruin upon himself... Lucifer allowed his jealousy of Christ to prevail, and became the more determined.

"To dispute the supremacy of the Son of God, thus impeaching the wisdom and love (inherent creative power) of the Creator, had become the purpose of this prince of angels. To this object he was about to bend the energies of that master mind, which next to Christ's, was first among the hosts of God.... Before the great contest should open, all were to have a clear presentation of His will, whose wisdom and goodness (Divine Mother) were the spring of all their joy." -- Patriarchs and Prophets, p 36.


THE ORDER OF HEAVEN RE-ITERATED

"The King of the universe summoned the heavenly hosts before Him, that in their presence He might set forth the true position of His Son and show the relation He sustained to all created beings. The Son of God shared the Father's throne, and the glory (creative power) of the eternal, self-existent One encircled both. About the throne gathered the holy angels... rejoicing in the light that fell upon them from the presence (Shekhinah) of the Deity. Before the assembled inhabitants of heaven the King declared that none but Christ, the Only Begotten of God, could fully enter into His purposes, and to Him it was committed to execute the mighty counsels of His will. The Son of God had wrought the Father's will in the creation of the hosts of heaven; and to Him, as well as God, their homage and allegiance were due. Christ was still to exercise divine power, in the creation of the earth and its inhabitants. But in all this He would not seek power or exaltation for Himself contrary to God's plan, but would exalt the Father's glory (Shekhinah - creative power) and execute His purposes of beneficence and love.

"The angels joyfully acknowledged the supremacy of Christ, and prostrating themselves before Him, poured out their love and adoration. Lucifer bowed with them, but in his heart there was a strange, fierce conflict. Truth, justice, and loyalty were struggling against envy and jealousy. The influence of the holy angels seemed for a time to carry him with them. ...But again he was filled with pride in his own glory (desire to create). His desire for supremacy returned, and envy of Christ was once more indulged. The high honors conferred upon Lucifer were not appreciated as God's special gift, and therefore called forth no gratitude to his Creator. He gloried in his brightness and exaltation and aspired to be equal with God(coveted the Father's Glory - Shekhinah). He was beloved and reverenced by the heavenly host, angels delighted to execute his commands, andhe was clothed with wisdom and glory (by the Shekhinah) above them all. Yet the Son of God was exalted above him, as one in power and authority with the Father. He shared the Father's counsels, while Lucifer did not thus enter into the purposes of God. " Why," questioned this mighty angel, "should Christ have the supremacy? Why is He honored above Lucifer?"

"Leaving the immediate presence of the Father, Lucifer went forth to diffuse the spirit of discontent among the angels. He worked with mysterious secrecy, and for a time concealed his real purpose... The exaltation of the Son of God as equal with the Father was represented as an injustice to Lucifer, who, it was claimed, was also entitled to reverence and honor.

"There had been no change in the position or authority of Christ. Lucifer's envy and misrepresentation and his claims to equality with Christ made necessary a statement of the true position of the Son of God; but this had been the same from the beginning. Many of the angels were, however, blinded by Lucifer's deceptions.

"Lucifer had presented the purposes of God in a false light - misconstruing and distorting them to excite dissent and dissatisfaction. He cunningly drew his hearers on to give utterance to their feelings; then these expressions were repeated by him when it would serve his purpose... While claiming for himself perfect loyalty to God, he urged changes in the order and laws of heaven were necessary for stability of the Divine Government.... While secretly fomenting discord and rebellion, he with consummate craft caused it to appear as his sole purpose to promote loyalty and to preserve harmony and peace... Lucifer himself did not see whither he was drifting. But such efforts as infinite love and wisdom only could devise were made to convince him of his error.

"The spirit of dissatisfaction thus kindled was doing its baleful work... There were some who looked with favor upon Lucifer's insinuations against the government of God. Although they had heretofore been in perfect harmony with the order which God had established, they were now discontented and unhappy because they could not penetrate His unsearchable counsels; they were dissatisfied with His purpose in exalting Christ.These stood ready to second Lucifer's demand for equal authority with the Son of God." -- Patriarchs and Prophets, p 35-38.

"But angels who were loyal and true maintained the wisdom and justice of the divine decree and endeavored to reconcile this disaffected being to the will of God. Christ was the Son of God; He had been one with Him before the angels were called into existence. He had ever stood at the right hand of the Father; His supremacy, so full of blessing to all who came under its benignant control, had not heretofore been questioned. The harmony of heaven had never been interrupted; wherefore should there now be discord?

"Lucifer was convinced that he was in the wrong... He had not at that time fully cast off his allegiance to God. Though he had left his position as covering cherub, yet if he had been willing to return to God, acknowledging the Creator's wisdom (the creative power of the Divine Mother within the Son), and satisfied to fill the place appointed him in God's great planhe would have been reinstated in his office. The time had come for a final decision; he must fully yield to the divine sovereignty or place himself in open rebellion. He nearly reached the decision to return, but pride forbade him. It was too great a sacrifice for one who had been so highly honored to confess that he had been in errorthat his imaginings were false, and to yield to the authority which he had been working to prove unjust.... Thus it was that Lucifer, "the light bearer," the sharer of God's glory, the attendant of His throne, by transgression became Satan, "the adversary" of God and holy beings and the destroyer of those whom Heaven had committed to his guidance and guardianship. -- Ibid., p 39-40.


THE PLAN OF SALVATION

In order that Lucifer's hidden motives would be revealed, Elohiym (Godhead) devised a plan to expose his intents. The Plan of Salvation that was determined from the beginning, was now to be established through the Only Begotten Son. Through the employment of this plan and the fulfillment of its various phases, the Family of God would rid the universe of this rebellious son, the originator of sin, and his counterfeit government.

Elohiym knew that Lucifer coveted the Glory (creative power) of the Father inherited by the Only Begotten Son. Therefore, the Son, the Express Image of the Father and the brightness of His Glory, was no longer to keep His inherent Glory hidden within Himself. To initiate the Plan of Salvation, the Father invested the Son with the same power and glory that was His from the beginning. The Son's Glory and Creative Power was no longer to be veiled and hidden within His Being. The Divine Father and the Mother presented Their Son with the Brightness of His Own Glory, in the Person of the Shekhinah, the Express Image of the Divine Mother.

When the Fourth Member of the Divine Family (Elohiym -- Godhead) was espoused and joined to the Third Member, the Son, She lightened all of Heaven with His Glory, giving power and force to settle the controversy in heaven. The Creator Son was now, without a doubt, visibly equal in power and authority to the Almighty Father. The Ruach Ha Chodesh (Holy Ghost), the Son's creative power, was now manifested as His Second Self, a separated Spirit Being, having "bone of His bone, and Spirit of His Spirit," as Eve was separated from Adam at her creation and visible manifestation.

The Ruach Ha Chodesh, the Shekhinah Glory, filled the position that Lucifer had abandoned as the Angel of Light. She became the Prophet and Messenger of Wisdom -- the Divine Mother. The position the Shekhinah now occupies at Wisdom's side is the office of the Spirit of Prophecy. It is through the Holy Ghost (Ruach Ha Chodesh) that the Elohiym makes Their will known throughout the universe. She is a Member of the Divine Family, and as the Son's Helpmate, has equal honor and authority as the Son, for She is not a created being, but was brought forth from His side, as the Mother came forth from the Father. Consequently, the Shekhinah eternally holds in check any possibility of sin again entering the Heavenly Government. The highest position next to the Only Begotten Son is no longer held by a created son, but by the Only Manifested Daughter, the Son's Shekhinah Glory and Spirit, His Sister and Bride, His Spouse and Helpmate (refer to the Song of Solomon - "My Sister, My Bride" chapters 4 and 5).


MICHAEL - "WHO IS LIKE GOD"

Michael the Archangel's name means "who is like God". He is the Angel of the Lord, the Son's representative and the leader of the loyal angels. Michael and his angels cast out Satan and the rebellious host from the Heavenly Courts. Michael stood by the Son and was His Personal Messenger - Christ in the Messenger Whom He sends. Michael and Christ are sometimes mistaken for the same Being. Christ's Messenger is given authority to speak in His behalf - in the first person, as though Christ were speaking Himself. Michael the Angel -- literally means "the messenger who is like God" -- he speaks with power of attorney on behalf of the Son. Michael assumed this position by opposing Lucifer's campaign in heaven to discredit the Father, Mother and Son. It was Michael that boldly stood up among the angels to defend the law and government of Elohiym and the rightful position of the Son. Since the Godhead would not try to solicit allegiance and love from Their subjects, Michael volunteered to plead with the angels on Their behalf. He stood up for Elohiym as he will stand up for Elohiym's people in the latter days.

For his unswerving loyalty, Michael was made in the image of Elohiym. He was glorified and recreated in His Master's Image - separated male and female. Michael was crowned with his own glory and helpmate, Gabrielle. These two angels are the personal representatives and messengers of the Son and the Holy Ghost, respectively. Michael, now truly reflected the meaning of his name and title "who is like El," for he too had his second self manifested as a separated being.

In turn, and as part of the Plan of Salvation, all the created sons of God that remained loyal to the Godhead during the rebellion were rewarded by being glorified and recreated in the Image and Likeness of Their Creator, the Son of God. They were all crowned with their glory and helpmate, as was the Father, and His Son. Consequently, Lucifer and his loyal followers no longer reflected the image of their Creators, as did the loyal angels and the loyal beings on all the other worlds that did not accept Lucifer.

The Family Tree of Life, the Heavenly House of David, was now fully established. The Order of Heaven was re-established by the Divine Family through the Plan of Salvation. This Divine Plan gave glory, honor, and eternal life to all created beings who freely chose to love and pay allegiance to the Royal Family and the order of government the Almighty Father established.

All the loyal subjects of the universe, including the angels and the created beings on all the other planets, were eternally sealed and glorified. Through the manifestation of the Fourth Member of the Godhead, the Holy Ghost, they were grafted into the Royal Family Tree as sons and daughters of the Divine House of David. The Daughter of David is also The Daughter of Jerusalem, and the Sister and the Bride of Solomon, the Prince of Peace and the Son of the Divine David -- The One (Echad) to Be-loved.


THE HEAVENLY HOUSE OF DAVID AND THE PLAN OF SALVATION

The Family Tree of Life, the Heavenly House of David, was now fully established. The name "David" means "Beloved". Since we are to love El (God) with all our heart, our mind, our soul and our being, The Father is to Be - Loved. Therefore, David is the surname of the God Family - The Elohiym.

The Son became Two, and the Two became One in marriage. The Son of David and the Daughter of David became Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Ben-David (literally BeLoved Prince and Princess of Peace). The Two were joined as One in marriage. And They then glorified and re-created the loyal sons of God in Their Own Image and Likeness, Male and Female separated beings.

The whole universe was now in harmony with the Royal House of David through the Glorification of the Son and followed by the glorification of the loyal sons of God. The manifestation of the Holy Ghost was the Crowning Act of the Plan of Salvation and through Her sin would no longer be able to enter the Heavenly Courts. The Plan of Salvation was now set in motion with Two Messiahs, Two Intercessors, and Two Priests of the Melchizedek Order; One Male and the Other Female. The Father had Re-iterated and Re-established His Order of Government in the universe and those that were in rebellion could no longer live and appreciate the freedom and glory of Heaven.

"Even when he was cast out of heaven, Infinite Wisdom did not destroy Satan. Since only the service of love can be acceptable to God, the allegiance of His creatures must rest upon conviction of His justice and benevolence.... Had he been immediately blotted out of existence, some would have served God from fear rather than from love. The influence of the deceiver would not have been fully destroyed, nor would the spirit of rebellion have been utterly eradicated. For the good of the entire universe through ceaseless ages, he must more fully develop his principles that his charges against the divine government might be seen in their true light by all created beings, and that the justice and mercy of God and the immutability of His law might be forever placed beyond all question.

"He that ruleth in the heavens is the one who sees the end from the beginning - the one before whom the mysteries of the past and the future are alike outspread, and who, beyond the woe and darkness and ruin that sin has wrought, beholds the accomplishment of His own purposes." -- Patriarchs and Prophets, p 36-43.

"Satan, the chief of the fallen angels, once had an exalted position in heaven. He was next in honor to Christ. The knowledge which he, as well as the angels who fell with him, had of the mercy, wisdom, and excellent glory (Divine Mother), made their guilt unpardonable.

"There was no possible hope for the redemption of those who had witnessed and enjoyed the inexpressible glory of heaven, and had seen the terrible majesty of God, and, in presence of all this glory (Divine Mother), had rebelled against Him.... If they could rebel in the presence of glory inexpressible, they could not be placed in a more favorable condition to be provedThere was no reserve force of power, nor were there any greater heights and depths of infinite glory to overpower their jealous doubts and rebellious murmuring." -- Redemption: The Temptation of Christ, p. 18,19, parenthesis supplied.

"Satan had been Lucifer, the light-bearer, the sharer of God's glory in heaven, and second to Jesus in power and majesty. In the words of inspiration he is described as the one who "sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty." But Lucifer had perverted the beauty and power with which he was endowed by the Creator, and his light had become darkness. When through his rebellion he was cast out of heaven, he determined to make man his victim, and the earth his kingdom. He cast the blame of his rebellion upon Christ, and in determined hatred of God, sought to wound Him through the fall of man. In the happiness and peace of Eden, he beheld a vision of the bliss that he had forever lost, and he determined to excite in the hearts of God's creatures the same bitterness that he himself felt, so that their songs of praise and thanksgiving might be turned to reproach against their Maker." -- Signs of Times, Nov 1, 1892

"Then there was war in heaven. The Son of God, the Prince of heaven, and His loyal angels prevailed; and Satan and his sympathizers were expelled from heaven. All of heaven adored and loved the God of justiceNot a taint of rebellion was left in heavenAll was again peaceful and harmonious as before. Angels in heaven mourned the fate of those who had been their companions in happiness and bliss. Their loss was felt in heaven." -- The Story of Redemption, p. 19

"Lucifer in heaven desired to be first in power and authority; he wanted to be God, to have the rulership of heaven; and to this end he won many of the angels to his side. When with his rebel host he was cast out from the courts of God, the work of rebellion and self-seeking was continued on earth. Through the temptation to self-indulgence and ambition Satan accomplished the fall of our first parents; and from that time to the present the gratification of human ambition and the indulgence of selfish hopes and desires have proved the ruin of mankind." -- Counsels To Parents, Teachers, and Students, p 32

"Satan in his rebellion in heaven sought to find some flaw in the law of God, in order to support his argument that the law of God must be changed; but his efforts were in vain. He did not succeed, and after he had deceived thousands of angels, and had drawn them to his side, he was cast out of heaven. But the law of God was not changed in one jot or tittle. God is wise and unchangeable, and those who flatter themselves that they can find a safer rule of life than that which God has given, are deceived by the same delusions that led the angels of heaven to join the ranks of Lucifer in questioning the authority of God's law and the justice of his government." -- Signs of the Times, Nov 14, 1895


THE FULLNESS OF THE GODHEAD - ILLUSTRATED

The following simple diagrams will illustrate how LOVE was manifested in THEIR FULLNESS.


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