Note: as I was writing this article, this was a learning experience for me as well. The night before this writing had revealed some interesting things regarding the discussion that is referenced below. Actually sitting down and writing these words, revealed a couple of very profound revelations. I’m sure that if you follow carefully and absorb what has been written, I think that you have a very unique perspective that may assist you in your understanding about the things related to the title of this article and far more, way more than you can imagine. I pray that you will enjoy this article and that it gives understanding and continuing knowledge into our King Yeshua and the magnitude and beauty of what he did for us 2000 years ago. I do have a tendency to repeat certain things because I want my readers to come away with an understanding that will stay with them plus, its kind of the way that I think as well.
I was recently on a Zoom call meeting with several people and in this discussion there was a conversation concerning whether Abraham, Adam, Moses, Noah or any of the other patriarchs were actually endowed with a divine spirit by YHWH.
I had mentioned that Abraham and Noah and Moses all had the Spirit within them. Another individual, whose opinion I respect dearly, countered my comment concerning whether the Spirit was in fact within the patriarchs or not. This person stated cases where there was a direct physical communication between YHWH and the patriarchs in their daily lives. I do agree that the patriarchs were actually guided by “The Angel of YHWH” in their daily walk as evidenced in scripture. But, if they had the Spirit within them, why was there a need to be physically guided by YHWH? There was, in fact, a literal and direct interaction of a physical nature between YHWH and his people in those days, there is no doubt. I am in total agreement that this was the case.
The reason that I’m writing this article now is because the content of this conversation troubled me throughout the rest of the meeting and into the night and early morning hours. I was laying awake contemplating this situation early in the morning that I realized that we were both correct. But neither of us were completely correct, if that makes any sense. We both had pieces of understanding. On my part, I was convinced that the patriarchs did have the Spirit and that was that, I never really considered “why” YHWH did not communicate through that Spirit. On his part, my brother from another mother involved in the discussion, believed that the patriarchs did NOT have the Spirit and never considered the possibility that the patriarchs did have the spirit because there was never any interaction between YHWH and the people and the patriarchs that would indicate that there was a Spirit within them. So, in either of the understandings from both angles, there was no reason to enter into a discussion that may shed some interesting truth on the matter.
The fact is that the patriarchs absolutely had to have the Spirit within them internally. The argument really centers around whether or not they were being led by the Spirit in their walk or not. For example, the actions that Abram took when he left Ur of Chaldees. Were his actions inspired by his Spirit or were his actions inspired by the direct intervention and communication of the “Angel of YHWH?. Although this seems to be a trivial matter, the conclusion to this scenario is interesting. Keep reading.
One could very strongly argue that because we know that YHWH, or rather, an “Angel of YHWH,” not YHWH himself, and this is paramount to recognize this, physically interacted in the lives of these men. Case in point, the interaction and engagement between the “Angel of YHWH” and Noah concerning the construction of the ark. We know from this interaction that it was a physical interaction between the “Angel of YHWH” and Noah. We also know that there was a direct physical interaction between the “Angel of YHWH” and Moses on numerous occasions. None of these interactions involved the interaction of the Spirit. We know from scriptures that all of the interactions between the “Angel of YHWH” and Isaac and Jacob were all physical. None of these interactions involved activity of the Spirit whatsoever. As a result and on the surface, one could rationally surmise that these men were not endowed with the Spirit from the beginning of their lives, but I think that we would be seriously in error if we settle on this understanding. Again, so far, this looks like a trivial matter.
A careful examination is going to verify that all of these patriarchs did, in fact, possess a Spirit that was given by YHWH. This Spirit was designed to be in communication with YHWH directly. But, there was, apparently and obviously, according to scripture, no communication between YHWH and the patriarchs through the Spirit. So what happened? If they had the Spirit, why were they not able to utilize this Spirit in communicating with YHWH? You would think that of all of the men on the planet, that these aforementioned men would certainly have the ability to communicate with YHWH directly through the Spirit. It would stand to reason that they would be able to do so. But they didn’t! Why not? Why was this connection not working?
The answer will confirm the teachings of Paul and I will explain this in just a second. The first thing that we have to do is discover and put to rest the question of whether the Spirit was, in fact, given to these men or not. If these men were given the Spirit, what happened? Why could they not communicate with YHWH directly? If however, they were not given the spirit then how is it that the Spirit is given to anyone today? We know that all men receive the Spirit but that the Spirit within them becomes darkened and is dead through sin, trespasses. They (men) live in the world and yet their Spirit is awaiting an awareness, a calling, of which, many never hear because they (men) are steeped in the traditions of religion and are given over to the desires of the flesh and the punishment is spiritual death.
The Spirit was indeed within these men and it was given at the moment that YHWH breathed life, ruach, the wind, the Spirit into Adam. The very moment that YHWH placed his Spirit into Adam, the Scriptures say that Adam became a living soul. In other words the Spirit (YHWH) gave life to Adam. This Spirit was the link between YHWH and Adam. This is what made YHWH and Adam one. It was this divine, invisible network cable that allowed YHWH and Adam to live as one.
Adam walked through the garden and talked with YHWH directly, the Spirit that was placed within Adam, this invisible network cable was alive and teaming and active and transmitting knowledge and understanding and wisdom. As long as the Spirit that was in Adam was alive, then there was an infinite, open dialogue back and forth between YHWH and Adam.
Here is what I propose as to the reason that there had to be a physical interaction between YHWH and the future patriarchs all the way to the time of Yeshua. It all comes down to a breakdown, or rather a broken or disconnected invisible network cable. It would be the equivalent of email versus snail mail. Email is fast and quick, but when the “network” is down, we may have to resort to sending a physical letter. Snail mail is slow, unreliable and cumbersome, but, it will get us by “for yet a little while” until we can get the network back up. Now, this doesn’t mean that we don’t have a computer or a way to access the network (spirit), it just means that, for now (death, darkness, separation) the invisible network connection is down. If there is no one qualified (our high priest), to understand and is able to fix (the sacrifice) the network, then it (communication) cannot not be restored. But, at some point in the future from the the patriarchs time, (the days of Yeshua), someone was found who was qualified (Yeshua) to fix the network and was able to reconnect (the “quickening”) the system and restore communication to his people until a more perfect solution is presented (the final resurrection into immortality on the Day of YHWH).
We know that Eve was tempted, then Adam was tempted as well, and this is key to understanding these questions. But this same key also unlocks a treasure trove of understanding about what happened after the resurrection of Yeshua as well. This confirms all of the teachings of Paul, and it also creates an understanding about why the patriarchs had to be lead “by the hand.”
When Adam sinned or rather when Adam became disobedient, he did not physically die. When Adam sinned, disobeyed his father, the Spirit within Adam died, it was darkened and could no longer exist in the light of YHWH. This is a common understanding. This is not revolutionary. We all know this.
The Spirit within Adam died. Another word for death is “Darkness”. So you can look at this in two different ways, number one, the spirit within Adam died at that moment or two, you can look at it as the Spirit within Adam was covered in darkness. In either case this “death” was of the Spirit and darkness came like a veil between YHWH and Adam spiritually. The invisible network cable, Adams Spirit, had been severed. As a result of this, a separation occurred because of the darkness that overcame the Spirit within Adam and died a spiritual death which mandates a separation. There could no longer be any direct communication through the Spirit between YHWH and Adam because the Spirit of Adam was now dead. Adam now had to be, and this is the another key, “led by the hand” if he was to ever come back into fellowship and communication with YHWH.
The only way that YHWH could communicate with Adam was through a physical form at this point. Because of the death, the darkness that overshadowed Adam’s Spirit, there could not be any more one on one, intimate interaction between YHWH, who is perfect in light, and Adam, (man), because light and darkness does not agree and cannot exist in the same place at the same time. Light destroys darkness and as a result, in order to preserve Adam from being utterly destroyed by YHWH’s presence, there had to be a separation from YHWH, otherwise, the light of YHWH would utterly destroy Adam. Light destroys darkness.
There are times that I duplicate my sentences in different ways. This is actually the writing style of the Hebrew and this often an identifier as to the original origins of Hebrew authors. Double sentences that are written differently and yet confirm each other or a similar understanding are also understood as a “double witness” in writing. If the different sentences agree, then they bear witness to each and are established. Just a note of writing styles.
So the reason that Adam, (man), was separated from the presence of YHWH was for the protection of himself and man from being destroyed. As a result of this separation, YHWH could not directly interact with Adam (man) via the Spirit, because of the darkness, or rather death, of the Spirit of the man. This is simply because of his, YHWH’s, very nature. YHWH could no longer directly or physically interact with a physical Adam without destroying Adam. There was now a “need of necessity” a “mediator” between YHWH and man, and this is another understanding the role of Yeshua had in becoming our mediator between YHWH and man because man had destroyed his own Spirit and made it impossible to communicate or have a relationship personally and directly with YHWH any longer. The purpose of Yeshua was, for him, to be that mediator between YHWH and man. Yeshua understood man’s needs and was sanctified. Yeshua was set apart and approved by YHWH, spotless and obedient and was able to enter in and approach the Father and vice versa. There has only been one man who was completely qualified to be that person and that is the Hebrew person Yeshua Ha-mashiak, not the Greek “Jesus”.
Now, let’s go back to the patriarchs and answer the question, “Were the patriarchs endowed with the Spirit?” The answer is emphatically, yes and here’s why. Everyone from the line of Adam were given a Spirit. YHWH knows each and every person in his family and YHWH was building a family beginning with Adam. All of the characteristics and traits of Adam were duplicated and transferred through his seed, or rather his descendants. So, the mere act of reproduction would include the “Spirit”, albeit dead, being transferred to Adams children.
Now, I know at this point that there are some who do not or may not agree with me on this. Here is where there may be a caveat. It is likely that the children who are born into a righteous household are born innocent before YHWH. But I can assure you, by scripture, YHWH tells us that the “sins of the fathers are visited upon the children unto the third and fourth generations”. Therefore, if a child is born under the household of a man who is not righteous before YHWH, then his children are condemned from birth because of his unrighteousness. I didn’t say it, YHWH said it. I’m just the messenger.
In other words, children who are born in the household of an unrighteous man, his children will receive the spirit of darkness, or rather a dead spirit. The father, not the mother, by scripture, establishes the home. It is the complete responsibility of the father to be in a right standing with YHWH in order for his household to be under the protection of YHWH. This is why a single mother with children must seek, (not meaning to marry, but rather be covered by) a righteous man/men who are willing to stand as a covering over her for her family. If a woman who does not have a husband is righteous and in covenant with YHWH, then Yeshua is her covering until a husband comes into her life and accepts the position, but he must be righteous to become her proper covering, if he is not righteous, the household will be exposed and unprotected. This is a good reason why a single mom needs to be very careful if she is legally, by scripture, able to remarry.
Feminism has thrown the man out of the home and as a result, those homes are open to invasion and destruction as we are now witnessing all across the United States. In addition, in general and by and large, men do not have any comprehension of their role in the home because their fathers lived unrighteously and many have set horrible examples or have abandoned them. Both men and women, by and large, have created family environments that are literally, not figuratively destroying millions of their children, young and old, because they (the man and woman) want to do whatever they want to do and are not willing to submit to authority nor do they have any concept of just how to do that if they wanted too. So………what do you do! Everyone is guilty.
Anyway, back to the purpose of the article, the question now becomes, not whether the patriarchs were endowed with the spirit as we now can conclude that they were indeed given a Spirit; the question now has to delve down into why they were not guided by the Spirit that was placed within them. The reason that they were not guided by the Spirit was because the Spirit that was within them was dead. Plain and simple, we were all warned about this right out of the gate in the garden. This is what is meant by, “if you eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall die” and “we were dead in our trespasses.” We became dead because of our trespasses, blatant disobedience. That’s what got us all where we are today, just stubborn disobedience.
The Hebrew word for man is “Adam”. So by extension all matters of the Spirit after Adam were death or darkness or dormancy because of trespasses. Since that Spirit that was within them/us was dead or darkened, then there could no longer be any possibility of communication with YHWH through their/our (mans) spirit.
We have now identified that they, did indeed, possess a Spirit within them, but that Spirit that was within them was dead, it was lifeless. We have now answered two questions concerning the Spirit’s within the patriarchs. The next question would be logically, “why did the “Angel of YHWH” have to deal with the patriarchs in a physical manner?”
Because their spirit was dead, there would only be one last solution for communication and that would be through a physical, one on one interaction. However, this presents a very, very serious issue that must be addressed at this point. Because YHWH cannot expose himself in physical form without utterly destroying, because of his very nature, everything that is physical, there had to be a solution that would enable the communication between YHWH and man. This is where the High Priest Malkizedek is introduced.
Malkizedek is only mentioned a couple of times, in Genesis and in the book of Hebrews. There is very little known about this King. His name means “My righteous King”, not “The Righteous King”. Up until this very moment, to be perfectly honest, I always thought of the King, Malkizedek, that showed up in Exodus with Abram as being Shem, one of three sons of Noah. But as I’m writing this article, it becomes very obvious that this was not and actually could not have been Shem. Malkizedek had to have been “The Angel of YHWH.” This has to be the same as the one that was in the burning bush, this “Angel of YHWH” was the one that was interacting directly with ALL of the patriarchs. This “Angel of YHWH” was clearly behaving as someone who was “bridging the gap”, someone who was communicating the words of the Father and vise versa. One could argue that this “Angel of YHWH” was, in fact, acting as a High Priest. We know that Malkizedek was a High Priest. He was a representative of YHWH to man and a representative of man to YHWH. One can only speculate, who by name, this Malkizedek actually may be. But he is behaving eerily just as, in the same fashion, in the same likeness as Yeshua Ha-mashiak, our King and High Priest unto YHWH. Just saying. Thank you “-h”, this made me think and I think there has been a complete resolution on my part concerning this.
We read where the “Angel of YHWH”, and this is very important, the “Angel of YHWH”, representing the Father, with the Father’s authority, says that he “took Abram by the hand and led him out of Ur”. We see again in Exodus chapter 20:2 where the “Angel of YHWH”, acting on behalf of YHWH and speaking as YHWH to Israel that he had “taken them by the hand out of the land of Egypt.” In other words, there was a physical interaction during these years between YHWH and man and the reason for this physical interaction was for one very simple foundational principle and that was that the Spirit that was placed within these patriarchs was dead, DOA and could not be utilized until Yeshua could come and redeem (quicken) them unto temporary “ionian” life until the final resurrection on the last great day of YHWH that is to come.
If you were to believe that the Spirit was not given to the patriarch’s, then by extension, if they did not receive the Spirit in any way, then they could never be a part of the resurrection to come. The reason that they would not be able to be part of the resurrection to come is because there would have been no Spirit within them to resurrect from the beginning. But we know that this is not the case. We know, for a fact, that all of these patriarchs will be a part of the resurrection to come. And by being part of that resurrection to come, there must be a spirit that is currently, dead in order to be resurrected to immortal life at the resurrection on the last great day of YHWH that is to come.
So now, we have another question. Why did or at what point did these patriarchs Spirits come to life? The answer to that is obvious, their Spirits have not, up until this point, been quickened because they “fell asleep”, before the “quickening” of their Spirits, (the coming of Yeshua) could have occurred and have not been resurrected yet because the day of resurrection has not occurred yet. Now I know that there are going to be those are going to say that we were resurrected with Yeshua when he was resurrected. That would be incorrect because Yeshua was resurrected by his Father alone. The Father only resurrected Yeshua at that time. Our Spirits, after repentance and fidelity to his words were “made alive” because of and by his resurrection, we, who being alive, are “quickened” by Yeshua’s Spirit, but we have not yet been resurrected into immortality at this time. We are all waiting for that final resurrection into immortality on the Last great Day of YHWH.
The reason this is true is because Yeshua was the first of many who were to come, many more who will be resurrected. Yeshua was the first of many. Not only that, but one of the things that Yeshua did the very day after his resurrection was to present himself before his Father as the “first fruit of the harvest”. It was at that point that Yeshua received all authority over all things from his Father. So what is/was included in that authority?
Yeshua was given authority over ALL things including, specifically spiritual life and spiritual death. Yeshua was given the authority to raise people from the dead, both physically and spiritually, just as his Father did, who raised him from the dead. This is why those who were dead in Spirit are, because of Yeshua’s authority, now made alive in Yeshua and “quickened” unto to “eonian” life, not everlasting life, this is one of those bad translations. Yes, that’s right, eonian life. Meaning a “life” covering a limited amount of time, “one’s lifespan” while physically being alive and ending at the moment of physical death or the resurrection into everlasting life on the Great “Day of YHWH” to come.
The reason that we do not have direct physical or audible interaction with the “Angel of YHWH” in today’s world is because of the resurrection of Yeshua. Yeshua opened the door. His role in mans existence had now changed. His resurrection gave him the authority by his Father “to atone for, to render payment, to pay the debt of the sins that were demanded and required” and to gather his people unto himself, where, one day, in the very near future, Yeshua will present his people, us, directly to his Father.
That’s correct, Yeshua will actually present us, his chosen people, directly to his Father and his Father is now, our Father and Yeshua and all of us will sit “IN” the throne of YHWH. Notice this grammar, Yeshua AND his people will literally sit “IN” the throne, not ON the throne WITH YHWH, but rather, IN the throne, we will all be absorbed into Him. This has a connotation that Yeshua and his people will literally become internal, inside of YHWH, a part of his mind, after all, he is the one that gave us our Spirits from himself and we know in scripture that all Spirits return to YHWH upon physical death. So, if those Spirits, which came from the mind of YHWH return back to him, then they would have to literally return from where they came, the mind of YHWH! This is what is meant regarding “to know the end is to know the beginning.” It all started “IN THE MIND OF YHWH and it will all end IN THE MIND OF YHWH. We all, YHWH, Yeshua and all of His people will finally be of one body, one mind and one substance. This is the good news. This is the end game.
There is no longer a need to be taken by the hand and guided by the “Angel of YHWH”. We are now taken and guided by the Spirit, that was formerly dead in trespasses within each of us, and has been made alive by the resurrection of Yeshua. When Yeshua was resurrected, he was given the authority to open the conduit, to “quicken” (make alive) the Spirits of his people. This allowed, for the first time since Adam, a way, a path, a door back to the Father through Yeshua. However, this is a temporary condition for now. The final restoration back to the condition that man was originally created in will occur on the last great day where the people of Yeshua will be resurrected back to immortality just as Adam was originally created thereby restoring the condition that was designed from the very beginning and this includes all of “those who have gone before” or rather “all of those who have gone to sleep before the resurrection of Yeshua” known as the patriarchs.
With this explanation I am hoping to bring clarity to those who may not understand or have any teaching concerning why YHWH interacted directly in the past and why since the days of Yeshua Messiah there has been no more direct interaction between YHWH and man.
Put simply; because YHWH resurrected his son Yeshua from the dead and then gave Yeshua all authority including the authority over life and death, physical and spiritual, Yeshua was now able to temporarily “quicken our dead spirits and preserve them” until the actual day of resurrection to come. This is why the people of Yeshua have not been glorified yet but are only made alive at this time. Yeshua was glorified by his father after his physical resurrection. The same resurrection that the rest of us are waiting for under the authority of Yeshua. Yeshua was the first born, resurrected of men, by his Father. The harvest has not come, YET! Yeshua was the one who had to “waive the sheaf of first fruits”, the stalks and ears of a grain, and present himself as “the first fruit”, the first of many who will come later, before his Father, not only on his behalf, but on our behalf as well. It is through his resurrection and in the authority that was given to Yeshua by his Father that in his name, Yeshua, will resurrect his people as he was resurrected.
I will probably add to this article as needed for clarification, until then shalom!