Updated: May 6
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Good morning bus riders!
We have now entered into the Ordinary after Pentecost season, when ministry begins for those who have married Yahweh and become the resurrections of Jesus Christ.
Today is called Trinity Sunday. Do you know why?
<Look for quizzical looks or nodding heads.>
Well, the idea behind it is the Holy Spirit is an entity and all entities of Christianity need a feast day – like a birthday party or day of recognition – and someone decided to make it the Sunday after Pentecost.
Someone that leads Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians and a couple of other denominations, at least. Not all recognize the same day at the same time.
The Eastern Orthodox churches recognize Pentecost as Trinity Sunday, which makes sense.
Still, the point I was getting to is to ask, “How does the Trinity play into the readings selected for today?”
One thing I have found is the Episcopal lectionary was set up by some people who were led by God, so they were not throwing darts at a Bible readings dart board or randomly choosing them. They obviously were divinely inspired reason.
That means one of them had to know what the Holy Trinity means.
The meaning is: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit … with that leading many to some confusion.
Raise your hand if you know what those three titles represent.
<look for raised hands or quizzical faces.>
Well, I’ll tell you. The “Father” is the easy one, of course. That is Yahweh – God.
Who thinks Yahweh is “Holy”?
<Look for nodding heads, raised hands or quizzical faces.>
It goes without saying, right? The “Father” is understood to not be our biological daddy, because He is the Holy Father. We all get that.
Now, the Son is where it gets tricky. One way to look at the “Son” is to see that as Jesus. Jesus was self-professed to be the "Son of man," where the capitalization of “Son” means he too was ‘Holy,” right?
<Look for nodding heads.>
This leads us to the “Holy Spirit,” where there seems to be a need to call it “Holy,” unlike the other two; rather than just let the capitalization speak for itself, as “Spirit.” But, if the “Son” is holy without differentiating a little-s “son” from a capital-S “Son,” why do we need to call it the “Holy Spirit”?
<Look for confused faces.>
Usually what is written in New Testament Scripture – in Greek – is “Pneumatos Hagou,” which literally translates to say “Spirit Holy” or “Spirit Sacred.”
Based on what is written, and the many examples of a capitalized “Pneumatos” or “Pneuma” being written alone, without any accompanying word saying “Holy,” there seems to be no need to call the “Spirit” holy, any more than for Father or Son.
In reality, only Yahweh is Holy, which is the "Father." Without Him, neither the "son" or the "spirit" can be holy.
It is then the union of the three that brings about all being “Holy,” because Yahweh is added to the mix.
In the readings today this element of “Holy” is presented, although you have to be looking for it to see it.
The reading that makes it easiest to discern this is the Gospel reading from John. When Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” That says, in essence, “You have to be “Holy” in order to get into Heaven.”
That is really very ‘cut and dried.’ “Born from above” means raising from little-s “son” to capitalized-S “Son,” by receiving the “Spirit” of the “Father.”
I see Heaven as a place of purity; and, I see sin as the dirt of the world on one’s feet (or soul). You won’t get inside the 'pearly gates' with dirty feet. They have to be washed clean first.
Washed clean mean baptism by the “Spirit” and made “Holy.” That can only be done here on earth, before a soul leaves the body of flesh at death.
Your soul has to be raised to the state of “Holy” to get inside “the kingdom of God.”
Of course, for as basic as that is, everyone likes to play the fool and be like Nicodemus, where they routinely say to that given: “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?”
Can you see how that understands “birth” only in physical terms?
Can you see how Nicodemus asked Jesus, in essence, “How can anything born of the world ever be “Holy”?
Since I look at this bus stop bench and see the same faces I saw last week – meaning no one here graduated as one whose soul had married Yahweh and given birth to His Son Jesus, so no one here is out doing what I’m doing – no one here thinks like Jesus. All are like Nicodemus, thinking, “Hey, I’m human, I have never seen any spirits. I have never heard God speaking. So, the only holy I know is having water poured on me by a priest, eating a wafer and sipping some wine. Its too late to go back and start over as a baby at the baptismal font.”
People seem to think that some angel named “Trinity” is going to come like a fairy godmother and wave a wand over their dirty souls when they die; and then <poof> “You’re all holy now. Go into heaven.”
It isn’t like that.
Jesus went on to tell Nicodemus about being raised like a bronze serpent on a pole, like Yahweh told Moses to do, in order to save Israelite souls. Looking upon that symbol of death, for those who had been snake-bit, meant entering the kingdom of God.
Believe me, if Nicodemus could not understand “born from above,” he could not understand that the bronze serpent on a pole was telling the death-bound Israelites to either be born from above now, or die and be born as a new baby in a new mother’s womb in reincarnation.
Raise your hands if you knew that.
<Rhetorical question. No need to look for any raised hands.>
Relative to the Trinity, Jesus then told Nicodemus, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”
In that, “Son” is capitalized, meaning "God" was the “Father” of the “Son.”
In that translation, the Greek word "monogenē" has conveniently been translated as "only," when it fully means "only-begotten." It means "one" ["mono"] "of a class" ["genē"], or "one and only."
Jesus then added: “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
Who is the “Son” in that?
<Look for raised hands.>
The “Son” was Adam.
Jesus said that on about day fifteen of his ministry. Nicodemus came to him in Bethany to recruit this new fellow who had a special way. Nicodemus would hear what Jesus said and know Jesus was referring to Adam.
Yahweh made Adam to send him into a world that knew nothing of religion, much less spirits and God. If Yahweh had not sent Adam for the purpose of saving souls, there would be no failed Judaism to send Jesus to rescue.
The befuddlement came from wondering how Adam played any role in being born again from above. After all, Adam died a long, long, long time before that meeting between Nicodemus and Jesus.
Adam (the Son) was given a divine soul (the Spirit) by Yahweh (the Father), so Adam was the first example of the Trinity, which is God on earth, incarnate in flesh, through a most Holy Soul.
Jesus was the Soul of Adam reborn.
Adam did not have a mother’s womb to go back into. He was hand-made by Yahweh.
In Paul’s letter to the Christian Jews of Rome, he wrote: “if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”
In that, “Spirit” is actually written in the lower-case, meaning a “spirit.” A “soul” is a little-s “spirit.” Thus, Paul wrote, “if the soul stops sinning, it will find heaven.” To stop sinning, one needs to know Yahweh and become a Trinity.
That truth then led Paul to write, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.”
There he capitalized “Pneumati Theou.” In that translation that says “children,” Paul actually wrote “sons,” in the lower-case. However, Paul drew a symbol that pointed to a capitalized “Theou,” saying ordinary human “children” can become “Sons,” when they have been adopted by God the Father.
The capitalized “Spirit” is God. The little-s “spirit” is a soul. A “soul” that is dirty gets clean by merging with the capitalized “Spirit,” which comes by the Will of Yahweh.
That merger is marriage of a soul to Yahweh, through His Spirit. That makes one become the Trinity. That makes one become “Holy” – a “Saint.”
A “Son” of Yahweh is Adam’s soul “born from above.”
Jesus was Adam's Soul in a new body of flesh. They both shared the same Holy Soul. Thus, John 3:16 speaks of both, as the same “Soul” that is the “Son.”
Jesus was married to Yahweh’s Spirit, so he was a Trinity.
Trinity Sunday is about new ministers serving Yahweh as His “Sons,” where that is a Spiritual designation, not a human gender designation. Both males and females can become a Trinity, as “Sons” that are resurrections of Jesus within.
Now, in Psalm 29 this morning was read (in the first two verses):
Ascribe to the Lord, you gods, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his Name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
I must tell you, that is a bad translation that keeps the deeper truth from being seen.
First of all, David wrote “Yahweh,” not “the Lord.” Thus, he named “Yahweh” four times in those two verses.
The word “ascribe” means “give. So, when one reads, “Give Yahweh” three times, a Trinity is spoken.
The first “give Yahweh” speaks to your soul giving itself to Yahweh in marriage.
The second says that if you do that, then "Yahweh [will] give” back to your soul “glory and strength.”
That is like how it is unnecessary to call the Father “Holy,” because all holiness comes from God. In the same way, it is impossible for a soul to “give Yahweh glory and strength." Those characteristics can only be gifts that come from Yahweh.
Third, David wrote “give Yahweh the glory of his name.” This, again, is Yahweh’s gift to his soul-wife, which is “the name of God.” A wife takes on the name of the Husband. The “name of Yahweh” is His “Spirit,” which makes one "Holy" like the Father.
That says one who marries Yahweh – give of oneself so oneself receives that “Holy” – is then one adopted as a “Son of God.” That means one is a Trinity.
When David wrote, “worship Yahweh in the beauty of holiness,” that says a “soul” becomes totally submissive to the Will of the Father. That is because the word translated as "worship" actually says "bow down" or "kneel before." So, the beauty of holiness comes from being a reborn Jesus, another Christ, as a servant to Yahweh.
The rest of Psalm 29 speaks of becoming the “voice of Yahweh. It uses metaphor to deeply explain how one who has become a Trinity evolves Spiritually.
Again, all of this is clear when one is led by the “Spirit” to understand.
As for the reading from Isaiah, the imagery of a Seraph was difficult for me to understand, when I first read this selection this past week.
When I read, “Seraphs were in attendance above him,” I wondered, “How can something be above God?”
The Hebrew written literally translates to say, “Seraphim took a stance above him.”
In Psalm 29, David many times named “Yahweh.” Isaiah names Yahweh twice in this selection today, both times saying “Yahweh of hosts.” The use of “hosts” should be read in this case as “angels” or “Yahweh of spirits.”
In verse one, where the reading says, “I saw the Lord sitting on a throne,” the Hebrew word written that has been translated as “the Lord” is “adonay.”
Remember, in Psalm 29, David wrote many times “Yahweh,” which was translated as “the Lord.” That is not the case here. A use of “adonay” means Isaiah saw someone much less than Yahweh sitting on a throne.
If he saw a "lord," in the lower-case, they he saw a human king. He later refers to a king, which supports this conclusion. As a human king, a spirit would "take a stance above" the physical realm.
That led me to investigate this reading and see what Biblical scholars have written about it. What I found was very revealing.
A “seraph” [a group is called “seraphim”] is defined by Strong’s and accepted by Biblical scholars to be “a fiery serpent.” Some Hebrew scholars do not classify seraphim as angels, although they are recognized as being spirits. The "serpent" connotation places seraphim on a level with the crafty creature who influenced Eve to take a bite of forbidden fruit.
Wikipedia states that Isaiah is where references to seraphim is, with all but those found in his sixth chapter referring to “serpents.” However, chapter six is where Christian scholars have deemed seraphim as the highest of angels, because they stand beside the throne of God.
Medieval artwork depicts seraphim as six-winged angels, which led them to creatively try to figure out what that would look like.
What I saw as I delved deeper and deeper into the text of Isaiah was most satanic. It was a prophecy of the fall of Judah, which happened after the death of King Uzziah.
Who Isaiah was shown was not Yahweh on a throne, but all subsequent kings of Judah, which would lead to its demise.
The greater evil that I saw in this reading was that throne is not only that for the kings of Judah, but the leaders of Judaism; and, subsequently, that becomes a prophecy of the eventual downfall of Christianity.
The seraphim are “above” those human leaders because they are spirits; but they are not angels.
Remember last Sunday, when I was telling you about the leviathan?
<Look for nodding heads.>
I said the leviathan was the Spirit of Yahweh that flowed through all souls married to Yahweh, which was beneath that “sea” of souls.
The leviathan was feared and hunted, like Moby Dick; and, it is rooted in the same word from which seraph comes. Both are “serpents, or dragons.”
What I felt from delving deep into the Isaiah reading is these “serpents” are lower than angels, as they are much like souls, in the sense that they are neuter. The caveat is they do not have a body of flesh that they either control, or in turn controls them.
They becomes the spiritual presence on the material realm that becomes the conduits of greater Spirits. When Yahweh sends a leviathan into a human soul, that soul with a body of flesh becomes “Holy.” However, if Satan commands a seraph into a human soul, that soul with a body of flesh becomes demonically possessed.
In my searches on the Internet for pictures of seraphim, I found a picture that was created to depict the six-pointed Star of David as Satanic, placing within that star a horned beast with the pentagram on its forehead. The Star of David is a 17th century creation; so, Isaiah seeing six-winged serpents could be metaphor for that star.
What Isaiah was shown was certainly not the Israel of David. Instead, it was the degeneration of Israel after David sinned, which never ceased. Therefore, what Isaiah saw was that Satanic worship that would lead to the ruin of Judah.
When Isaiah said, “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips,” that was the fear that should fill the souls of everyone who wakes up to find he or she has been following Satan, all the while thinking God was at the helm of one’s church.
Now, I don’t want to give anyone nightmares because of a reading presented on Trinity Sunday; but think about this: Isaiah was shown a vision of the future that said the religion of the Israelites had been corrupted. If the same corruption did not still remain in Judea, centuries later, then why would Yahweh send His Son Jesus when he did?
Nicodemus is a reflection of that corruption.
We know that for a fact when Jesus asked Nicodemus: “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?“
That corruption was symbolized in Isaiah’s prophecy when a seraph brought over a hot coal from the altar and held it over Isiah’s mouth. Rather than touching his lips, Isaiah's mouth reacted as the “voice of Yahweh” – the lesson of Psalm 29. That made Isaiah’s soul speak the truth of Yahweh, so he was not burned by the coal. Instead, the fact that he was already “purged,” or sin free, proved Isaiah had not been corrupted by the rulers of a corrupted religion.
If that was not a message of corruption shown to Isaiah; and, if it was not angelic seraphim attending to the needs of Yahweh as He sat on a throne, then there would be no reason for Yahweh to ask Isaiah, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
If all were rosy, as Christian scholars have turned a blind eye to seraphim in the one chapter of Isaiah [not to the other chapters where he refers to seraphim], then why would Yahweh question the future of His faithful?
The fire of righteousness is carried individually, not by mass gatherings of people whose lips are burnt from trying to understand Scripture, without divine assistance.
The stump of Jesse had a new shoot, one that was a son whose soul had married Yahweh. That one said to Yahweh, “Here I am. Send me.”
Isaiah was an example of the Trinity.
David was an example of the Trinity.
Jesus was the epitome of the Trinity.
Paul was Jesus reborn as the Trinity.
In Paul’s letter we read him say, “When we cry, "Abba! Father!" it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.”
That says Paul was the “Son” of the “Father.” When he said “joint heirs with Christ,” that means the “Spirit” of the leviathan swam through his being, ordered to be there by Yahweh.
The last name of Jesus was not “Christ.” The Greek word “Christos” means “Anointed one of God.” It says the presence of the Trinity is within all who are "heirs with Christ."
Just as Paul was an “heir,” so too are we … IF we turn aside the seraph who holds altar tongs and brings the Stone tablets of the Covenant to our lips – the agreement to our soul’s commitment to Yahweh in marriage – which the corrupted Church has tried its best to destroy … and we respond with the "voice of Yahweh," speaking the truth.
We are “heirs” IF our souls say, “I do” to Yahweh in marriage. We are "heirs" IF our souls say, “Here I am. Send me” into ministry.
We are children of God as ‘Sons of Yahweh,” born from above, the Trinity of Father, Son, and Spirit … commanded by Yahweh to make us Saints.
In the song of praise offered up by David today, in the parts that tell of a soul becoming a “voice of Yahweh,” in one verse he sings, “The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees.”
I was led to see the “cedar trees” as divine Scripture. The word that says “breaks” can also mean “splinters.”
The splintering of Isaiah is how I saw the truth the words contained. The splintering of the words of David is how I see this meaning.
The test of the hot coal from the altar is one’s willingness to speak the truth from Scripture, as the “voice of Yahweh” speaking through your lips. To fail the test means to just sit there and let the destroyed text be burnt into your soul … one bad translation after another.
When the Word has been burned away from the lips of the faithful, there is nothing left.
Who can be sent? Who can go?
Only those who become the Trinity can answer those questions.