by Wild Olive

Whom do you say that I am?

My main source of teaching is from:

Peter Warsop, the founder of the Congregation of Yahweh, an inspirational apostle and warrior of The Faith, who has, sadly, but happily for him, gone on to his reward.
Peter Warsop was my Minister/Mentor for many years. When he preached this message he did warn us that the teaching he was giving us on this subject may one day hold us in good stead, and he was right. I (Peter) have taken the liberty of adding a few quotes I myself have found, and these are coloured pale blue.

Paraphrased notes from a sermon from Peter Warsop, entitled: ‘Yahshua, the Mighty El’. He preached this in July, 1981 in Nottingham, England.

In English, one is SINGULAR and when we refer to more than one we say PLURAL. In Hebrew, however, we have three forms of speech when relating to numbers. 1. SINGULAR, 2. DUAL, 3. PLURAL.
SINGULAR means one, DUAL means a pair, (According to Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar/88 "The dual is a further indication of number, which originated in early times. In Hebrew, dual is almost exclusively used to denote those objects which naturally occur in pairs (see e)" and PLURAL means many. (According to the Unfolding Word Hebrew Grammar, "The word is identical to the usual plural of el, meaning gods or magistrates" In Biblical Hebrew, a term with plural form usually refers to multiple persons or objects. Elohim in Hebrew script: the letters are, right-to-left:, aleph-lamed-he-yud-mem. Elohim in the Hebrew Bible refers to deities, and is one of the many names or titles for God in the Hebrew Bible.
There are many forums discussing this issue, and it may be a good idea to read through them yourself. In Genesis In the Hebrew language, we have the key therefore, to understanding the Godhead as revealed in the scriptures.

When we, who use the English language add an ‘s’ it makes a word plural which can mean anything from two to any number. In Hebrew when we finish a word with ‘im’ as in ‘Elohim’ this makes the word not singular, or dual, but plural, meaning not two, as in the English language, but three or more.

When a word is plural, there are, therefore, three or more.
The word ‘God’ in Genesis 1 is the plural ‘Elohim’meaning three or more. So, three or more were responsible for Creation. Therefore, three or more created the heavens and the earth. In a way beyond our mortal thinking, although ‘God’ is three or more, He is, also, one. His image is one. He made man in ‘our’ image, singular. This is a mystery, which we will try and unravel as much as we can. People who believe in the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob (including Christians) are monotheistic. They do not believe in three gods. In Psalm 119 we read “Keep Yahweh’s statutes”. The correct meaning of ‘statutes’ means, the laws of a ‘legislative body.’ So, there are more than one in the Godhead who made the laws we are to keep.
In Genesis 19 we read of three persons visiting Abraham shortly before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.

Two of these persons later left, but the third one, (called Lord or Yahweh) stayed and talked with Abraham about what He was about to do. Then we read, in Genesis 19:4 that ‘The Lord’ rained down fire and brimstone ‘from the Lord’ out of heaven’. Two ‘Lords?’ Yes, there were two, with one image, and one in heart, soul and spirit. They were both called by the same name. One you cannot see and live, and another you can speak with, walk with, see and hear, with a bodily form. The second part of the Godhead, Yahshua. The same One Who spoke with Moses on Sinai "face to face." It had to be Yahshua, as Joh_1:18 "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him."

In Judges 6 verse 6 and following verses, we read of ‘The Angel’ coming to speak with Gideon. A visitor came to see Gideon as he threshed wheat. He said to Gideon ‘Yahweh is with you’ and we read, ‘Yahweh looked upon him’ and in verse 14, ‘have not I sent you…I will be with you…you shall not die’. A man could look on this Yahweh and live.

In Exodus 23:20 another angel can be seen the one bearing Yahweh’s name. He was the head of the Congregation in the wilderness. This was in fact Yahshua, or the YHWH Who can be seen Joshua also met this Angel, who called Himself the ‘Captain of Yahweh’s host’

‘Shma Israel, Yahweh Elohim Elohenu, Yahweh Echad.’    Deuteronomy 6:4.

The word ‘Echad’ is a composite oneness, not a single one. Where the word is used in Scripture it always refers to more than one. For example, Gen. 2:24 ‘These two shall be one flesh’ (Boser Echad) Two are made one in the union of marriage, but when one of them has an ache, all the other one feels is sympathy. They don’t literally become one body, but they are ‘Echad’, a composite oneness.

Another example is: Numbers 13:23 ‘One bunch of grapes’ (Eschol Echad) Hundreds of grapes, one cluster. It is the same word used as in the Shma ‘Yahweh (or Adonai, Lord) is ONE’

Yet another example is in Judges 20:2 and 8. 400,000 swordsmen…as one man’ (Ish Echad, ‘Ish’ meaning man) They fought completely united, with a common thought, one heart and mind. They were one, Echad, the same as Elohim is Echad.

"Yachid - your only son
There is a word in Scripture meaning only one, single, and that is the word ‘Yachid’ This word literally means a single one. This word can be found in Amos 8:10 and in other places, and it simply means only one absolutely, as in one boy. This is not the word used when the Bible refers to the Godhead. Genesis 22:2 And he said, take now your son, your only (Yachid) son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah; and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you. In Genesis 22:2 the Hebrew word ‘Yachid’ is used instead of Echad.

Emmanuel - God with us
In Isaiah 7:14 ‘…the virgin shall conceive…Emmanuel’ this word Emmanuel literally means, Emmanuel or El with us. El of course, is the shortened version of Elohim. Yahweh the Father was in Yahweh the Son, reconciling the world to Himself (2 Cor. 5:19) Isaiah chapter 9:6 ‘…the government shall be on His shoulder…His Name shall be called…Wonderful…The Mighty El…’ El again is plural.

In Isaiah chapter 50:4, there is a magnificent discourse. Instead of ‘Lord God’ in the authorised, or ‘Yah, Yahweh’ as is written in Trainer’s Holy Name Bible, is written ‘Sovereign Yahweh’ ‘The Sovereign Yahweh has given me (the Yahweh speaking) the tongue of the learned…’ He is a little lower than Sovereign Yahweh (Yahshua, while He was with us as a man always upheld that His Father was ‘Greater than I’.) but he was still Yahweh. In John 18:6 when they came to arrest Him, they all fell ‘backward onto the ground’ when He said ‘I am’. (pic) With what authority did He speak those words, to have such an effect?
In Isaiah 50:6 ‘I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair; I hid not my face from shame and spitting. For the Lord GOD (‘Sovereign YHWH) will help me…’ We can compare with Matthew 27 when His back was indeed given for scourging. Matthew 26:67 Divinity died on Calvary for us. Yahweh the Son.

He was in the beginning, He appeared throughout the Old Testament (Covenant). He walked on the earth, and He deals with men. He died and rose again, and is now on the right hand of the Father, the right hand signifying authority. The scriptures also state, that all things are put beneath His feet.
In view of these teachings, Yahshua, being part of the "Godhead" is to be worshipped as Divinity. Peter the disciple worshipped Yahshua on earth, and He was not reprimanded. We should not forget the Divinity of Yahshua. He is part of the Godhead, and even on earth He allowed His own to worship Him. How much more should He be worshipped now, seated at the right hand of Majesty on high. He is worthy of our praise and worship now, and for all eternity.
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