Yah'shua: Creator or Creation
Now we will examine a few points concerning erroneous beliefs that have existed for many - many centuries. A cancerous philosophical concept that has gotten into and permeated modern thought in such ways that we may be yet don't even realize. It’s called "gnosticism".
Gnosticism is a word coming from the Greek, ‘gnosis’, meaning to know - knowledge. Now where did this concept of a ‘created redeemer’ come from? Many believe this. I believe that I have shown just a few examples in the Scriptures why that could not have been. But where do these ideas come from; where do they pick them up? How has it influenced our beliefs today?
Many eastern religions such as the Persian mysteries and Egyptian mythologies rely heavily on philosophical construction, explaining the origin of powers and of matter - how this universe came into being. Among other beliefs they work their mythology- philosophy into a pseudo-ethical premise; namely that they strove after purity and redemption, attempting to explain man’s fallen nature in whatever way they expressed it. The belief was held that the true path to blessedness could be discovered only in a light of divine revelation.
That definitely has a very spiritual ring to it, and I’m sure that there are many people that have been beguiled into following these doctrines. I hope to show a little more in depth how these things originated and why and how they crept into our faith.
The reason for this is that gnosticism portrays a distinct dichotomy between spirit and matter: spirit was good; matter was evil. Since spirit was so good or the ‘Supreme Spirit’ (which whatever they called him depending the system involved), he or the spirit would not have any direct, or could not have any direct involvement with matter; and hence man. Why? - Because it was evil - something that was so good couldn't get his hands dirty, so to speak, with anything that was material.
Each system, and I might explain here that gnosticism is a very general term, like Christianity, may have many different beliefs within the general term but may have different ideas concerning what actually transpires. Each system has its own peculiarities, but they may all basically be explained this way:
From the Father or supreme deity, there proceeded a number of beings in a descending scale of dignity and in their totality make up something that is called the pleroma or fullness of all blessedness and perfection.
(You really could get carried away with that couldn't you?) The concept of the pleroma or birth of aeons or spirit beings that this system talks about is analogous to dropping a pebble in a pond. Where the pebble splashed or actually hit the water, they would consider the center or the supreme being, and each ring that comes out from that little ripple caused by that pebble would be a newly created emanated being, like the waves that just keep or seem to be forming. They are what are called in Gnostic circles, emanations - they come out from the source. So each one of these little circles or rings would represent a newly created being.
The last emanation or aeon, as they are called, was the one that created the world - the one that made all material existence. This actually was an accident according to some of these systems, constituting a fall from the state of blessed perfection. The name of the aeon or being is usually identified with the creation of matter is Sophia. Sophia in the Greek is "wisdom". This Sophia is related in many of its features to that of the great mother - Ishtar, Isis, Sybil, etceteras - the pagan mother deities.
In some speculations, it is the son of Sophia or "wisdom" that sometimes is called the Demiurge or Demiurgos who governs the world. It is important to understand that there are many different explanations. Sometimes, the Sophia is responsible for creating the world, then you have the Son of Sophia which governs the world. This governor is usually typified as being a cruel sadistic type of tyrant. It then becomes man’s objective to find his way back to the perfect state in the higher world. All of the Gnostic systems which I have encountered consider man as being material, being evil, yet somehow possessing a little spark of divinity, and that they are supposed to seek their way back to this state of perfection.
However, man cannot do it alone because it requires special revealed knowledge. There’s a high ranking aeon called Soter or Christos that undertakes the work of the deliverance. One of these little rings (remember, where the pebble is dropped in, one of these little rings kind of far out that emanated from this original source is called the Soter - the Christos - that also means Savior) undertakes the work of deliverance by means of this knowledge imparted by him in the Soter: this ‘savior’ imparts the knowledge and the higher natures are freed from their earthly bondage and restored to the kingdom of light.
In several of these systems, especially the one called the Valentiniaism, this Demiurge replaces the successive creating powers, consolidating the process down to a single entity. I make mention that in some systems there are up to 365 of these powers before you get down to the one that actually created matter. In most instances they usually work with the number seven. There are seven of these powers depending on the different system involved. They all have their different beliefs, but the main point is that you have the supreme being with a number of these lesser created beings - the last of which creates the world. In the Valentinian system one through six of these created beings are combined into one and you have the supreme father that creates only one that creates the world, but these powers are frequently characterized as angels and are reckoned as the last and lowest emanation of this supreme deity.
Man is the work of these angels that created the world or powers, and this fallen Sophia or ‘wisdom’, is purified in her passions through the act of creation. This is the explanation of how matter came into being. Gnosticism has a very elaborate mythology. Continuing, the creator Sophia finds her mate or her partner the Soter. The Sophia or ‘wisdom’, joining together with the Soter and being wedded to him, undertake the redemption of mankind, so that this wisdom-creator is thus identified with the savior and finds its correlation in the true Messiah. These pagan concepts were overlapped onto the new faith that was rising at that time, and you have a commingling of ideas.
There are a couple of things I want to share concerning Gnostic speculation from an article from the 11th Edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica concerning this. It says:
"They also exhibit a variation of the characteristic dualism of gnosticism into monism or the worship of one [elohim] in their conception of the fall of Sophia and the derivation of matter from the passions of the fallen Sophia or the creation of the world. The figures of the seven have here entirely disappeared. The remembrance of them being merely preserved in the name of [the demiurge.]"
In this article it shows that these powers or emanations from this original divinity source were replaced by only one. And it says,
"Finally apart from all other Gnostics stand Marcion, with him as far as we are able to conclude from scanty notices of him, the manifold Gnostic speculations are reduced essentially to one problem of the good and the just elohim - the elohim of the Christians and the elohim of the Old Testament. Between these two powers Marcion affirms the sharp contrast, and it appears irreconcilable dualism, which with him rests, moreover, on a speculative basis.
This is one of the pagan concepts which has crept into modern thought - that you have an Old Testament Elohim and a New Testament Elohim; and that the Old Testament Elohim came first and the New Testament Elohim came second. We know that it’s wrong; but the concept that the New Testament Elohim was a creation has persisted. In some of these pagan systems the highest angel or this highest created being of the seven of the creator of the world is identified with the Elohim of the Jews.
This is also intertwined with Jewish speculation. What do the Jews say about this form of belief, this idea of created beings actually doing the creation?
In the Targum, or the marginal notes written in the sides of the scroll, the scribes use a substitute identity for YAHWEH when anthropomorphic expressions are found, because they believe the name YAHWEH is to be avoided. They use another term called MEMRA, making the substitution.
It also says in the Mishnah with reference to the ten passages in Genesis beginning with, "And Elohim said" speaks of the ten Maramot or speeches by which the world was created. The upper heavens are held in suspense by the creative word or MAMIER. Out of every speech or every spoken word which emanated from Elohim an angel was created.
So we find that this idea of created beings seeping into Jewish thought. In the Targum they willfully remove the Name of YAHWEH and substituted this other name Memra, feeling that YAHWEH was too good to have any contact with His creation. It was unthinkable because He’s good and the creation is evil. So therefore you remove Him and you substitute something else. This substitution, this Memra becomes a messenger in place of YAHWEH. It’s the Memra that brings Israel unto YAHWEH and MEMRA’S throne receiving the prayers of Israel. It’s no longer YAHWEH; it’s Memra. This Memra is seen as ruling over the destiny of men and is the agent of YAHWEH.
It’s no longer YAHWEH having any interaction with Israel; it’s the Memra. The rabbinical concept of the Memra which is analogous, a parallel, to the divine wisdom. The Wisdom that these Gnostic speculators said created the world now became commingled with this "word" that the Jews say did the actual creation. This is where the explanation of Proverbs 8 comes in, where the word, Memra, was created and is Wisdom, thus connected with the wisdom of the Gnostic, Wisdom becomes the creator of the world. This is perhaps owing to Egyptian mythological notions, assumes that "in the philosophical system of Hiearakletos or Plato of Estoa and metaphysical meaning of world constructive and world permeating intelligence". What this means is that the concepts are pagan. They’re borrowed from the pagan religions around them.
The Memra, as a cosmic power, furnished Philo the cornerstone upon which he built his peculiar semi-Jewish philosophy. Philo’s divine thought - the image and the firstborn of Elohim: the archpriest and intercessor and paraclete of humanity.
Now we are zeroing in and noting that they considered the Memra, the firstborn of YAHWEH, in eternity when nothing else existed. It is explained this way: The word, the Memra which the unoriginated father created in his own likeness as a manifestation of his own powers appears in the Gnostic system of Marcion. This is nothing new. Marcion lived in the early second century Common Era.
This Memra, in other Jewish writings, did have a name. They called it Metetron - the name of an angel found only in Jewish literature. It isn't Biblical, but they find it in there. It says that this Metetron was also known by another name. . . ‘yet he may not be worshiped for the same passage says exchange Me not for him. In the Targum in the marginal writings in Exodus 24, they have replaced Metetron with Michael! These Jewish mystics inserted the name of a known angel for this Metetron, and the two are very much interchangeable within Jewish writings.
Jewish mystics explain that Michael or Metetron is actually a substitute for YAHWEH. The views regarding the source of this conception differ widely. The name Metetron, which as stated above occurs only in Hebrew writings, is itself striking. The derivation from the Latin, Meditor, means guide (Remember that, because it’s going to come up again) is doubtless correct. For Enoch also is represented as a guide in the Apocrypha work which bears his name, and the Hebrew book of Enoch, in which, however, reference to Metetron is constantly implied says: ‘He is the most excellent of all the heavenly hosts, and the guide -Metetron - to all the treasures of my Elohim. Some authors identify Metetron with the Zoroastrian Mithras, again going back to pagan natures; others identifying Metetron both in the name and nature none other than Horus the frontier guardian and surveyor of the frontier of the early Gnostics.
So we can see that it’s through Jewish mysticism and through gnosticism that these concepts do begin to overlap onto the early faith.
This belief found a ready vehicle in the similarities between their system and the new faith that was turning the world upside down. In addition, there were already elements in this Jewish mysticism which had adopted many of these tenets, as we have already witnessed, from both the Encyclopedia Britannica and the Jewish Encyclopedia.
The Mishnah, with reference to Genesis 1 where ‘Elohim said’ explains that "out of every speech which emanated from Elohim an angel was created". This corresponds exactly with the aeons of the Gnostic pleroma. Also to note, that in the Targum, the marginal writings, YAHWEH is replaced by an agent. It would be inconceivable that YAHWEH could have any contact with man; hence, an agent replaces HIM.
Traditionally Simon of Gidda was founder of gnosticism, according to some Jewish sources, where he and Helena - the divine thought - were come to redeem man. But as shown, it had its roots deeper in pagan origins. However, let’s note that Sophia is a name meaning wisdom, and according to pagan and Gnostic superstition, is responsible for creation.
The Soter, I. e. the ‘savior’, was originally an emanated, i.e created aeon. In gnosticism, knowledge is the key to salvation and is heavily stressed with physical attributes in the interest of purity. Knowledge or gnosis, however, does not constitute an experiential knowledge with an aeon or with your Creator but with having knowledge or understanding of the system of secret passwords, the names of angels and other incantations. That is how that they were supposed to get back through this opening - back to their state of blessedness. The difference would be in knowledge between what we know and what they say. Just like the difference between reading a book about someone as compared to actually talking to, sitting with, and spending a great deal of time with them.
Their systems are based upon revelation which, at the present time, is imparted to the individual upon the more or less convincing force of the religious imagination and speculation of a few leaders, relying upon the voluntary and unstable grouping of the schools around the master.
The adherents feel themselves to be isolated, the few, the free and the enlightened. These are characteristics that often crop up in these Gnostic sects. Gnostic religiosity aroused an increasingly strong movement toward unity and iconoclastic organization towards authority and tradition. An organized hierarchy, a definitive canon of the Holy Scriptures, a confession of faith, a rule of faith and an unbending doctrinal discipline were the means that they employed. When you have such a system set up, you have to have man regulating the system because it isn't of YAHWEH.
The only means that a person can employ is to have everything grouped around, or in close proximity to, one person, because that person does not want anyone to work out their own salvation with fear and trembling. That makes them less important.
Certainly the concept of the created or creator/savior owes its origin to Egypt, Persia and the Gnostic speculation. But what does that have to do with us today? Are we really that concerned, you know, does it really affect us? Well, there are many forms of gnosticism and many names. One of them which is mentioned in Revelation the Second Chapter. Let’s turn over to Revelation Chapter 2:6, where we read,
"But this thou hast thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans which I also hate."
Nicolaitans is identified as a peculiar or particular Gnostic sect. Notice thatYahwehShua hates their deeds; that is their doings, their labor, work of the Nicolaitans. The Nicolaitans means "an adherent of Nicholas". Nicholas means "victorious over the people" - a heretic. The root from which is derived from Nee-Kay, "the means of success or victory", and the derivative of Nee-kay-o, "to subdue, conquer overcome, prevail and get the victory". They are also mentioned in verse twelve (12),
"And the Messenger of the Assembly of Pergamos write; These things saith He that Which hath the sharp sword with two edges; I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast MY Name, and hast not denied MY faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was MY faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Baalim, who taught Balak to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrines of the Nicolaitans, which things I hate."
There’s a relationship between the doctrine of Baalim and the Nicolaitans - the people joined themselves to Baal-peor, if you go back and read the account of Baalim (cf Num 25). Baal-peor means "the lord of the openings". And as we have already seen, Horus was called the guardian of the frontier.
This figured prominently in Persian dualism and Egyptian mythology where the adherent had to come to this opening or frontier that was guarded by an angel. Gnosticism required secret knowledge to gain entrance into the kingdom of light. The opening into the kingdom is provided by the ‘redeemer’, who descends to reveal knowledge, then returning to the pleroma or other world.
Baal-peor, (the lord of the opening), is similarly based on external obedience and the belief of an entrance through an opening via an intermediary that gives knowledge. One can only gain salvation through certain individuals and repeated practices. They reasoned, YAHWEH is too holy to have direct contact with the material world; the world is evil and contaminated so HE must have created another agency to do the actual creating, and to have direct contact with creation. Gnostics believe to overcome the physical world and the flesh that they were not indebted to it. This lead to two divergent philosophies.
This is what the actual practices actually evolved into: Number 1) The subduing of all physical pleasure and comfort. This lead to various extremes of not touching, not eating, not enjoying YAHWEH’s creation; particularly on special occasions or what others would consider special occasions. Pleasure was evil because it was based in the material. It affected their standard of conduct. As time goes on, you’ll be able to see more of this in and among people who hold these doctrines: Don't touch, Don't hug, don't kiss. . . keep away from, you’re too close. That these ideas do govern the actual conduct of those adherents.
#2. The belief that spirit or the soul was above the physical and therefore cannot be affected by it. To prove it, abominations were performed to show their "liberation" of physical restrictions. Believe it or not, they both had the same idea; matter was evil, but one said don't do this, don't do that. . . and the other one said, we’re SPIRITUAL and therefore superior to it. Evil, ie. the carnal world, can't affect us, so we can do anything we want. To prove it, they went ahead and did it.
Both systems ‘overcome’ and ‘put into subjection’ the physical world, one through restriction and asceticism, the other through excess and licentiousness.
These systems of overcoming and conquering are described as Nee-kay, victorious, according to their method by which they subdue the world through revealed knowledge. Remember, Nee-kay (Nike) is the root of Nicolaitans, and Nicholas (-victory over the people-) is the seducing doctrine that seduces the people, deluding them into believing that their knowledge gives them victory. The exact opposite is true. Instead of gaining the freedom they profess, they become servants of corruption, taking in and digesting the false doctrine of demons. While professing to follow YAHWEH, they incorporate false teaching; thereby playing the harlot and committing spiritual fornication. This is the kind of knowledge that Paul wrote about in II Timothy 3. Let’s turn over there briefly - II Timothy third chapter and beginning in verse one,
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their won selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good. They are Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of YAHWEH; having a form of true worship, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, lead away with diverse lusts, ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes & Jambres withstood Moses, so do those who resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. (And it’s only a matter of time. Vs 13) But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived".
The Apostle Paul also had something to write concerning, I believe, this very situation. Let’s turn over to Romans the first Chapter-Romans Chapter 1. Paul wrote Timothy that those would go on deceiving and being deceived. Here in Romans we read in verse 18, "for the wrath of YAHWEH is revealed from heaven against all wickedness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of YAHWEH is manifest in them; for YAHWEH hath shown it to them.
There are those that will suppress the truth, in order to maintain their own organization, their own following. A person that is so puffed up and egotistical that they would rather teach untruth than yield to the will of YAHWEH.
"Because that which may be known of YAHWEH is manifest in them for YAHWEH hath shown it unto them. 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 Headship; so that they are without excuse.
YAHWEH’s eternity can be deduced from His creation. And what can be known? It says, "His Eternal Power and Headship". verse 21,
"Because that when they knew YAHWEH, they glorified Him not as YAHWEH, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened."
They knew YAHWEH, but they didn't give YAHWEH the glory but turned Him into an inferior lower created creature -an angel. That is the product of the vain imagination of man and it darkens the heart to truth and understanding. Let’s notice verses 22 and 23,
"Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible YAHWEH into an image made like unto corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things."
They changed the glory of the uncorruptible YAHWEH into corruptible things. They changed or rather exchanged the glory of the Eternal YAHWEH for that which can be corruptible. If you ever want to see what can be corrupted, sometime read Ezekiel 28 verses 12-17. You will find that angelic beings are corruptible and appear as beasts and creeping things. Satan was made like a serpent or a snake. You might also compare the Book of Jude where angels had corrupted themselves and left their first estate. Going on verse 25
"Who changed the truth of YAHWEH into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature (or the created thing) more than the Creator, Who is blessed forever (the ages)."
They changed the truth of YAHWEH into a lie. What lie? That the Creator is not YAHWEH, but only an inferior angelic being, worshiping and serving the creature -the created thing (the angel or whatever), more than the Creator -the Eternal Creator in truth. Yah’shua, we know, is "the way, and the truth and the life."-Who is blessed forever - eternally, never-ending and never-beginning. Eternity is in both directions, past as well as future, and is not to be confused with age-abiding which, except when pertaining to YAHWEH, always has a beginning and ending.
Paul also addresses the problem in Colossians the 2nd Chapter: Colossians 2 beginning in verse 1,
"For I would not that you knew that great conflict which I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of YAHWEH, and of the Father, even MESSIAH, In Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Messiah. As you have therefore received MESSIAH Yah’shua, the Sovereign, so walk ye in Him; Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after MESSIAH: For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Headship bodily. And ye are complete in Him, Which is the Head of all principality and power: In Whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off of the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of MESSIAH."
If you stop and consider what this says in the light of Gnostic speculation, you can easily see that there was a heresy in the Colossian era; that these people were falling for it; and Paul was correcting and reproving them concerning Yah’shua the MESSIAH and the way that they were supposed to conduct themselves.
"Being buried with Him in baptism, wherein you also are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of YAHWEH Who hath raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses; blotting out the handwriting of ordinances which was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to the stake. :(This is not the Ten Commandments.) "And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Messiah. Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshiping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of YAHWEH."
You can’t be judged for something you are not doing. It is obvious that these early believers WERE observing these things and were being ridiculed by those who held pagan Gnostic beliefs on the side that did not adhere to any strict moral conduct. When one fully understands the glorious calling of the Father, he or she takes that calling with the utmost seriousness.
There are those, however, who have swallowed that Gnostic heresy. . . hook, line, and sinker, submitting themselves voluntarily to the worshiping of angels because they refuse to acknowledge Yah’shua the Messiah as YAHWEH in the flesh. They will be held accountable for it.
"Wherefore if ye be dead with Messiah from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh."
Voluntary worship of angels as inferior created beings, regardless of what you call it, in the place of the Eternal YAHWEH, and calling this lowly creature, Creator and Redeemer, is BLASPHEMY! It is a Gnostic pagan heresy! Created things are to worship YAHWEH, not be worshiped! To worship anything other than YAHWEH is idolatry!
Who Was Yah’shua?
Let’s go back briefly to the book of John, and the 10th chapter and verse 30, where we are told, "and my Father are one."
There are those who will decry, and say, "that’s impossible", well if He only means this or He only means that, just as the Jews did, notice verse 31
"Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Yah’shua answered them, ‘Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?’ The Jews answered him, saying, ‘For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself Elohim’"
(or Eloah or Adonay, but I’ll guarantee you they didn't use YAHWEH, though the high priest knew it. . . they wouldn't use it. But because Yah’shua said " and my Father are one", they were ready to stone Him, they rejected that statement. All that is, is a restatement of Deuteronomy 6:4 where it says, Shema Yisrael, YAHWEH eloheynu YAHWEH echod - Hear O Israel YAHWEH our Elohim (Mighty Ones) are YAHWEH UNIFIED! A unit, Echod, One. Unified as in marriage, both are on the same level of existence. A husband is human being, and his wife is a human being, they are EQUALLY human beings. So it is with YAHWEH. Both are on the same level of existence, the Father is YAHWEH, the Son is YAHWEH: They are EQUALLY YAHWEH. In this unity there is only one distinct set of Elohim set forth (De 6:4), that is YAHWEH Elohim. One of these entities voluntarily took it upon Himself to give up His eternal life that He had shared with the Father in order that you could have that eternal life. Let’s turn over to Philipeans 2:5-11:
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in MessiahYahwehShua: Who, being in the form of YAHWEH, thought it not robbery to be equal with YAHWEH: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:"
Angels are servants, but it doesn't say that He took upon Himself the nature of angels. He took upon Himself the likeness of men.
"And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the stake. Wherefore YAHWEH also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name ofYahwehShua every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;"
Note that this name is a name given by inheritance at His resurrection.
Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. [Hebrews 1:4]
It receive an inheritance, there must first be a death, therefore, this could not be his prophetic human name! It is a name better than the angels, and a more excellent name. YAHWEH is that excellent Name!
All things are to worship Yah’shua the Messiah. . .
"And that every tongue should confess that YahwehShua Messiah is Sovreign, to the glory of YAHWEH the Father."
Let’s notice quickly in Hebrews 2:14-18,
"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels;"
He could have. . . but He didn't. There would have been no need to take on the nature of angels if He had already been one! So apparently His nature was not that of an angel or of man, it must have been, therefore, the nature of YAHWEH. . .
. . . but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to YAHWEH, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted."
If we go back to Romans 8:13 we read:
"For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live."
and if I may add, that we are to mortify false belief as well. . .
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of YAHWEH, they are the sons of YAHWEH. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of YAHWEH: And if children, then heirs; heirs of YAHWEH, and joint-heirs with Messiah; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of YAHWEH."
And dropping down to verse 31
"What shall we then say to these things? If YAHWEH be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, How shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of YAHWEH’s elect? It is YAHWEH that justifies. Who is he that condemns? It is Messiah that died yea rather is risen again. Who is even at the right hand of YAHWEH Who also maketh intercession for us" - a voluntary intercession. "Who shall separate us from the love of Messiah? Shall tribulation or distress or persecution or nakedness or peril or the sword. As it is written for thy sake we are killed all the day long. We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us."
Not just through a speculative system that thinks that if you know the Law and you observe outward physical things that you’re going to be saved eternally. But through Him that loved us.
"For I am persuaded that neither death, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come nor height nor depth nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of YAHWEH which is in Messiah Yah’shua our Sovereign."
We CAN do all things through Yah’shua the MESSIAH - IF we will keep our eyes on Him, just as Peter walked upon that water as long as his attention was fixed-riveted to His Savior, and knowing Who that Savior really is. But when we take our eyes offYahwehShua we will sink in the despair and the troubles and the cares of this world. But if we don't, we have something even greater to look forward to. It is written that without vision that people perish. I would like to leave you with this that as we rivet ourselves to YahwehShua the MESSIAH that we can look forward to this for each and everyone of us:
"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; There was no more sea. And I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from YAHWEH out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of Heaven saying, ‘Behold the tabernacle of YAHWEH is with men, and HE will dwell with them, and they shall be HIS people’. And YAHWEH, HIMSELF, shall be with them, and be their Elohim (-their YAHWEH Elohim). And YAHWEH shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall be anymore pain: for the former things are passed away. And HE that sat upon the throne said, ‘Behold I make all things new’. And HE said unto me, ‘Write: for these words are true and faithful’. And HE said unto me, ‘It is done, I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things and I will be his Elohim, and he shall be my son.’"
And you my beloved brethren, my brothers and sisters, shall be His children.
YAHWEH bless you for ever!
*YahwehShua: The Name of Inheritance given upon His Resurrection. For a detailed study see The 3rd Sign, The Great Deception, or How Messiah's Name Was Corrupted