September 13, 2007 ©Homer
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Commentary — From the Margins
Arabic speaking Christians call God, Allah, as do Muslims, but most of these Arabic speaking Christians are Trinitarians worshiping on the 8th-day; so for them Allah is not the same deity as it is for Muslims. Likewise, the Jesus that most of these Arabic speaking Christians worship as the Son of Allah is not the same Jesus as Christians who keep the high Sabbaths of God as well as the weekly Sabbath worship; for these Arabic speaking Christians believe that Allah created all that is—the heavens and the earth—rather than believing Scripture, which unambiguously states that,
“In beginning was the word, and the word was with the God/Theon, and God/Theos was the word. This one [God/Theos] was in beginning with the God/Theon. All things through him [God/Theos] came to be, and without him [God/Theos] came to be not one thing” John 1:1-3)
In the beginning, it was the Logos, or the Word [Spokesman], who created all things. Theos was with Theon in this beginning so there were two, not one, and these two functioned as one as if married. In the Tetragrammaton YHWH, they are married; they are one spirit as Adam and Eve were one flesh (Gen 2:24). But it wasn’t Theon who created all things; it was Theos who created all things, and not one thing came into being without the Logos creating it.
Allah created all things; therefore, Allah is the Logos, Theos, who entered His creation as His only Son (John 3:16) when He was born as the man Jesus (John 1:14). Allah is God [Theos], but not God, the Father [Theon], whom neither the Arabic speaking Christian nor Muslim knows. So Arabic speaking people of the Book will go to war rather than believe that Allah entered His creation as the man Jesus of Nazareth.
The problem Arabic speaking Christians encounter in not being able to perceive Allah as the Helpmate of the Most High God is similar to the problem that caused the death of the Body in the 1st-Century: every person’s perception of reality is governed by his or her first language. In Arabic, there is no God but Allah. There can be no God but Allah. Thus, Allah is for Arabic speakers the Most High. Unfortunately, Allah is the proper Arabic translation of the Hebrew icon, Eloah, which is grammatically singular. Its plural is Elohim, a linguistic icon to which Judaism assigned singularity because the creation concealed “the beginning and the end” from this carnally minded nation (cf. Eccl 3:11; Rev 22:13). Therefore, because physically circumcised Israel never knew the Father but only knew the Logos or Yah, this nation could not entertain the reality that Jesus came as the only Son of Yah to be born of Spirit when the divine Breath of the Father descended upon Him as a dove, thereby fulfilling all righteousness (Matt 3:15-17) in creating the path or way by which mortal human beings can put on immortality. Jesus came as the only Son of Theos, but He became the First of the firstfruits of Theon when the man Jesus received a second birth by the Holy Spirit [pneuma hagion].
The problem that caused the death of the Body in the 1st-Century was that Hebrew speakers could not truly envision God as two, but one, and Greek speakers could not envision God as anything other than a pantheon. The reality of strict monotheism was so ingrained within Judaism’s assignments of meanings to words [linguistic objects to icons] that Hebrew (like Arabic today) as a language did not allow Jesus to assume the qualities of deity; whereas, the reality of Greek speakers (like Native Americans or Chinese) had no problem with Jesus being a God who, as Apollo was a little lower than Zeus, was a little lower than the Father … 1st-Century Greeks worshiped a pantheon of gods and goddesses; monotheism was not linguistically established within their perception of reality.
With very few exceptions, a person’s conscious
thoughts are in the person’s first language. If that language does not
allow God to be represented by a pantheon of deities—again, Arabic and
Hebrew are such languages—then God cannot be two or more. God can only be
one, with singularity rather than unity assigned as the object of the icon /one/. Thus, the two most common Semitic
languages hamstring Jews, Arabic-speaking Christians, and Muslims when it comes
to perceiving that the narrative of Scripture begins with a marriage and ends
with a marriage; that in the beginning two [Theon & Theos] deities functioned as one deity as if these two
were married; and in the end, the One that was the Helpmate [Theos] will “marry” His glorified disciples
so that they will be one with Him as He is one with His Father (John 17:21-23).
Disciples will be the Helpmate to the Son in a manner analogous to how Theos was the Helpmate to Theon (as Eve was the helpmate to Adam).
And because these Semitic languages hinder understanding the plan of God,
keeping much of it concealed from the people of the Book, God prophesied
through Isaiah that He would use a people speaking a foreign tongue to speak to
God sent Ezekiel to
But God also had Ezekiel speak in pantomime, speech
without the vocal utterance of words: He had Ezekiel act out scenarios
The unspoken words of pantomime were not just
delivered to physically circumcised Israel, a truly rebellious nation filled
with false prophets who prophesied from their own hearts (Ezek chap 13) as Evangelical
prophets do today, but these words are also delivered to all peoples able to
read an account of his acts … Ezekiel was sent to a people who understood
his speech. The siege of
The “reality” of Greek speaking converts—again, this reality produced by the language—never allowed these converts to keep the commandments of God by faith; thus, they never walked on dry land. They brought forth no second crop of fruit of the Spirit. They did not teach their children to make a journey of faith so their children did not cleanse their hearts and as such never received circumcised hearts. Therefore, with the physical deaths of that first generation of Greek speaking converts came the death of the Body.
Every disciple encounters God through the reality that produced disobedience in the person. The early Chinese disciple encountered the Father and the Son through the reality that came from Confucianism; whereas the modern Chinese disciple will encounter the Father and the Son through the language of Maoist Marxism. Neither will encounter the same Father and the same Son as a 1st-Century Greek or a 21st-Century American although the Father and the Son are the same. What differs is the disciple’s perception, the disciple’s reality, not God. So the Arabic speaker will encounter a very different Father and a very different Son from the God that a Sabbatarian Christian encounters, especially so if this disciple grew to physical maturity within a household that kept the Sabbaths of God. The 1st-Century Greek speaker had, most likely, contempt for Jews. Likewise, the 21st-Century Arabic speaker will have, most likely, a strong aversion to living as a Jew. Yet inwardly living as a Judean is the only way to God. And not living as a Judean precludes a person from being a part of the spiritual Body of Christ Jesus, an Observant Jew.
Today’s Church comes to God through translations of the Greek gospels and epistles written in the 1st-Century CE. “Christians” do not come to God through a Semitic language although this will change once the Tribulation begins—and it is this change for which those who teach must be prepared.
The majority of Christendom today perceives God as a pantheon of three: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. For this majority, these three are one in an unexplainable triune deity. And perceiving this cross-bred deity that has a Hebrew Father and a Greek mother as a single pantheon—as “one”—could initially only make sense to Hellenistic disciples, who days or weeks before were worshiping Zeus and Poseidon, Athena and Apollo.
The concept of God as a pantheon of “one” was firmly rejected by Observant Jews from the concept’s beginning; it has also been rejected by Muslims. For both Jew and Muslim, a pantheon can only be plural, and God is one. A pantheon cannot be one. But for the Roman Catholic, God is a pantheon of four: “one” plus Mary, the mother of God.
Again, Allah is one. Allah is not one pantheon, but a single deity. And the man Jesus was a great prophet for Allah. For an Arabic speaker it is nearly linguistically inconceivable that Jesus could also be God. Only in a language such as Greek that allows for a pantheon could Jesus be God. Hence, those Sabbatarian disciples that have succumbed to the Sacred Names movement and have rejected the use of Greek inevitably find themselves Unitarians or Arian Christians. By rejecting the use of Greek, they also reject consideration that God could be two, not one.
The regular plural Elohim, the plural of the Hebrew icon Eloah, is considered by Judaism as a singular noun, such has been Judaism’s denial of any form of a pantheon. But this denial of a pantheon (coupled to gross disobedience) also caused the natural olive branches to be broken off the root of righteousness, thereby allowing Gentiles of every nation and of every tongue to be grafted to Christ. And again, these Gentiles came from linguistic communities that worshiped a pantheon of deities.
The structure of Hebrew poetics allows for
[requires] doublings; so Hebrew speakers as perceptive as the poet David would
have recognized (as David apparently did) that Yah [YH] was only the visible half of YHWH. Thus,
in David’s psalms, especially in numbers 146, 148, 149, David placed Yah in the visible, natural presentation
of the thought couplet, and he placed YHWH
in the following invisible, spiritual presentation of the same thought. David
deconstructed the sacred Tetragrammaton; he showed that Yah reigned over physically circumcised
As a nation,
The house of
When a remnant of Israel returned to Jerusalem from Babylon, the remnant did not return as a free people, but as slaves (Ezra 9:9) to the king of Babylon (Cyrus was identified as king of Babylon — Ezra 5:13). This remnant returned to its abominations almost immediately: Ezra prayed, “‘O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift my face to you, my God, for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has mounted up to the heavens. From the days of our fathers to this day we have been in great guilt. … And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? For we have forsaken your commandments’” (Ezra 9:6-7, 10). And what were these great abominations? The remnant had married foreign women as King Solomon had married foreign women.
In typology, women are ideologies. Foreign women
are foreign ideologies, pagan ideologies. A physically circumcised Israelite married
to a common woman—a woman of the nations around
The Tribulation will see two opposing Christian
belief paradigms make war with one another. Today’s prevailing paradigm
has God as a pantheon of one, but following the second Passover slaughter of
firstborns not covered by the blood of the Lamb of God, Arabic speakers will
widely embrace Christianity [the false prophet will ensure that they do]. For
these Arabic speakers, Allah can only
be one. The man of perdition will come from a denomination that teaches that
God is one, not a pantheon of one. So as Vandals sacked
Both Arian and Trinitarian disciples will lay siege
against heavenly Jerusalem, where only Binitarian disciples that keep the high
Sabbaths of God presently dwell … too many of these Binitarian disciples
remain focused on the flesh and upon the things of this world. They today are
As the fall Holy Day season now comes upon these disciples, messages will be given about learning to live as a king in the world tomorrow instead of learning how to peacefully confront a disciple who does not share the same linguistic reality as the Sabbatarian disciple. A civil argument can only occur when assumptions are shared: until those who believe that God is one [Arians], and until those who believe that God is a pantheon of one [Trinitarians] can linguistically embrace the concept that both the Father and the Son are God and both are separate beings joined in complete unity of mind and desires can civility reign within Christendom.
The Tribulation isn’t about civility. Prophecy shows that the seven endtime years are a bloodbath; civility does not reign and cannot reign until Christ returns with a new language.
Technically, Allah is neither the Father nor the Son. Allah is Yah, who died when He entered His creation as His only Son. This is something that very few Arabic speakers can accept today. Therefore, the circumcised sons of Ishmael and of Esau will not [because they are linguistically prevented from perceiving Allah as Christ Jesus] receive the Holy Spirit and a second birth prior to when the Holy Spirit is poured out upon all flesh (Joel 2:28) halfway through the seven endtime years. Arabic speakers will then, however, make up much of the third part of humankind (Zech 13:9) that accounts for the great harvest of firstfruits. Their physical father was the patriarch Abraham, and they will, as firstfruits, also be Abraham’s spiritual descendants. So with a few exceptions, salvation will come to Arabic speakers in the second half of the seven endtime years—and they will then embrace it with open arms. God has used their language to hinder them from being soiled by the pollution of pantheistic Greeks in a manner similar to how God used Hebrew to prevent the natural branches of Israel from returning to the root of righteousness until the fullness of the Gentiles have come to God.
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