30 January 2011 (Rishon/Pesach)|
Day #320, 5934 AM
The Begetting of Yah'shua
Understanding the Incarnation of Messiah
One of the great mysteries of the Christian Faith is the Virgin Birth. Challenged by Mormons (who claim God the Father had literal intercourse with Mary), liberal Christians and atheists (who reject the miraculous) one of the earliest things I sought emet or truth about from Yahweh when I went into the ministry was whether the traditionally understood Virgin Birth miracle was true or not as various people I was fellowshipping with at Oxford at the time denied it, claiming that Joseph was the natural father but that together he and Mary were overshadowed by the Holy Spirit.
"Now the birth of Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of Yahweh appeared to him in a dream, saying, 'Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name YAH'SHUA (JESUS), for He will save His people from their sins.' So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Yahweh through the prophet, saying: 'Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,' which is translated, 'El (God) with us.' Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of Yahweh commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name YAH'SHUA (JESUS)" (Matt 1:18-25, NKJV).
The revelation I received (Olive Branch, Section 11) absolutely confirmed that it was true and that I was to forsake the company of those who denied it (they are described as "dreamers"), a mandate I have always been faithful to, as this doctrine is central to the Incarnation of Elohim (God) and an understanding of the Atonement of Messiah. In this matter orthodox Christians have been absolutely correct throughout the centuries and it is only in recent times that some messianics have begun to challenge it again, saying that Yah'shua did not have fallen flesh but 'perfect flesh' that was kept separate from humankind (though where it was kept is not revealed) until the divine conception in Mary (see Messianic Heresies Exposed). As it is written in an early Christian hymn:
I choose this version of the Bible for most of the others falsely add "God" (KJV, NKJV) in place of "He" where clearly Christ is being pointed to. And whilst it is not contested that Yah'shua is Elohim (God), the correct reading is important here.
"And by common confession great is the mystery of godliness:
(1 Tim 3:16, NASB)
[He] who was revealed (manifested, appeared) in the flesh (basar),
Was vindicated (justified) in the Ruach (Spirit),
Beheld by angels,
Proclaimed among the nations,
Believed on in the world,
Taken up in glory"
In other words, any spirit which leads a man to declare that Yah'shua is not fully human as we are, with our physical, fallen, carnal, Adamic nature, is antichrist. At the time John penned these words, the Gnostics were saying that Yah'shua had no physical reality but was just a phantom. Today some are saying that He was not Divine, but only human, and others that His physicality was not the same as ours. All three are dangerous heresies. As to how these two natures co-existed is a more complex issue, with some saying there was a complete mixing, but others (like ourselves) saying that He was separately Elohim (God) in His spirit (unlike us) and fully human in His physical body (flesh, basar). Getting this right is important precisely beccause Paul said that Christ did His reconciling work "in the body of His flesh through death" (Col 1:22, NKJV).
"By this you know the Ruach Elohim (Spirit of God): Every spirit that confesses that Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) has come in the flesh is of Elohim (God), and every spirit that does not confess that Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) has come in the flesh is not of Elohim (God). And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world" (1 John 4:2-3, NKJV).
"For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) as coming in the flesh" (2 John 7, NKJV).
Our whole salvation depends on what He did in His flesh or body and if anyone believes that that "flesh" was somehow different from our own (or even non-existent) then Yah'shua's work therein for us was in vain - He has to have our complete, fallen nature in addition to His Divine Nature in order to work out an atonement for us, living sinlessly in spite of every temptation that we face. Otherwise He could not have identified with us or suffered for us. He was literally sent by "Elohim (God) ... by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh" (Rom.8:3, NKJV). How could sin have been condemned in the flesh if it was not the same flesh as our own? Peter likewise speaks of Yah'shua dying for us "in the flesh" (1 Pet.3:18; 4:1). All of these texts therefore enforce from different angles the emet (truth) that it was precisely by coming and dying "in the flesh" - the same stuff our spirits dwell in - that Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) secured our salvation. His Coming and Death are therefore vitally linked - His coming is the supernaturally-orchestrated incarnation or virgin birth, and His dying is the atonement. You can't separate the two. Therefore we can testify with complete confidence that Scripture teaches that the Saviour came and died in the state and under the conditions of created physical and psychical life - in other words, He who died was a man even if He continued to be Elohim (God) both in mortality and afterwards in the resurrection. Great indeed is the mystery, but also wonderful for us.
Now to the big question (assuming it is even answerable from a human perspective): how did Yahweh effect the Incarnation? What does it mean, "that which is conceived in her is of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit)"? Or as one sister asked me recently: "how [did] the 'Female' Spirit come upon Mary to produce Yah'shua...are you saying that Mary was the Incubator only? Is the Feminine Ruach an actual Person that sits on the Throne and not the Invisible Force belonging to Yah with all the attributes of Yah?"
I don't have time today to go into the Personhood of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit), or indeed Her femininity, but you can study this subject further in The Deity of the Holy Spirit and Yah'shua the Messiah and His Place in the Godhead. So, no, the Ruach haQodesh is not an 'invisible force' but a Person (in fact, 7 Persons, but that is, as they say, another subject altogether). Was Mary a mere "incubator"? No, it was her physical substance that was used to made the physical body of the Messiah with the Ruach haQodesh, who, bearing the Father's tavnith, modified one of Mary's X-chromosomes into a male Y-chromosome, and by a unique process of divinely-mediated parthenogenesis, produced a male child in the womb. Additionally the Ruach haQodesh brought with Her, Her Son Yah'shua's spirit, and again supernaturally associated that spirit with the unique physical conception and by this means brought to pass the Elohim-Man. Remember also (for this is a complex equation) that Yah'shua also remained in heaven even after His incarnation - He was in two places simultaneously
This act of incarnating was not in any way sexual on the part of Deity, but supernatural genetic manipulation under the Father's overall authority and tavnith-patterning. Thus Yahweh was in no way, or in any sense, Mary's 'Husband' (which the Mormon doctrine would make her be, and polyandrously so, for she would have had an additional husband in Joseph, thus making Yahweh an adulterer according to Torah, which is impossible). What makes Mary so special is that Yah'shua was, in His flesh, the totally male equivalent of His earthly mother and must have had an astounding resemblance to her! That is why she was so special, being hand-picked by Yahweh-Elohim, not because she was some Catholic Co-redemptrix but because of her physical and spiritual purity. Nevertheless, she was not immaculately conceived as the Catholics erroneously teach otherwise she would not have had to make sacrifices for her sins.
"...no man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven" (John 3:13, KJV).
So Mary did indeed become an "incubator" as well yet was authentically "His mother" in the flesh (Mt.1:18, & 20 other references). As to whether She sits on the Throne with Yahweh or not, that is not disclosed, but since She is not a Ruler like the Father and Son, but an agent of the Father bearing witness of the Son, I think it unlikely. A better way to look at it would be that She 'sat' on Her Husband, He being Her symbolic Throne.
Yah'shua was as uniquely conceived in Heaven as He was on earth though the two processes were not equivalent. He was fully man in the flesh and fully Elohim (God) in His Spirit which, after the incarnation, was both in Heaven and on earth. That ability to be in multiple places simultaneously continues now in the resurrection, since His flesh has been transformed and made "spiritual" (perfected material united to spirit inseparatbly - 1 Cor.15:44). The Ruach, carrying Yahweh's patterning or tavnith, took of Mary's flesh and modified one of her X-chromosomes to make a special conceptus through parthenogenesis. She brings such of Yah's attributes as are required in Her rôle as our Heavenly Mother. And as She bears witness of the Messiah to our hearts, so She bore Yah'shua's spirit to Mary's womb and made all things ready.
These are the things Yahweh has taught me over the last 30 years or so and though I have not revealed them all at once, knowing that some of these teachings are a bit 'hard' for most to swallow, there is no doubt in my mind that this is definitely the time to make these truths known. More could be said of such a huge subject so let this remain but a synopsis of the whole picture for now. May you find blessings, shalom and understanding in these truths!
Comments from Readers
"Anything of flesh is made of Dust. And Yahushua was no exception to having Dust. Though the Life of His Blood is that of Father YHWH kept in perfection by perfection of the Dust part the pattern for we all who will receive that same pattern of incorruptible body at the appointed time. Yahushua the second Adam to say, has restored the Dust part to perfect being, instead of just making another copy or of being 'made in His image'. Good to eat that 'flesh' that pattern even of truth as unleavened bread the way He said! And we do enter into His death, burial and resurrection! That pattern where the Hope we have received will be made full effect at the appointed times. We know He has compassion for us even in more exactness because He has suffered and gone through the same things as we though He failed YHWH in no least way even keeping every 'jot' and 'tittle' of His Being perfect, without blame, and is worthy to receive all Honor and all Glory due Him. As even Yahushua as a man as we should be totally in submission to YHWH the Life given of the Blood. To Hear Yahushua now even is in YHWH's throne Echad as One Together making us that way as well, though we still in Dust body have the fight to go through now also, to be faithful unto the putting off of this Dust as well" (RDR, USA. 30 January 2011).