The Holy Spirit

Your Teacher

 But the Counselor,
the set apart
vital essence of
YAHWEH,
 which The Father
will send in My name,
 will teach you all things,
and will remind you
of all that I said to you.

John 14.26 (S4S Version)

The subject of “The Holy Spirit” requires a very careful review of what Scripture actually says. It does NOT say what you think it does!

What most people have been taught concerning “The Holy Spirit” is actually not correct

We’ve been taught The Traditions of Men”, and not what YAHWEH says in His Word of Truth.

What follows is the result of an extensive study of every passage of Scripture that refers to the concepts of “holy” and “spirit” (along with some related terms). The result of that study is the recognition that human beings have corrupted The Word of YAHWEH in a very serious manner. The result is deception - at its worst. 

It’s deception at its worst because it rejects YAHWEH’s Word and substitutes concepts that mislead those who seek The Truth. Does it reach the level of “blaspheming The Holy Spirit” (Mark 3.29)? You be the judge. 

If you really want to know The Truth of Scripture then study very carefully what follows.

What you are about to read will challenge everything you’ve likely been taught about “The Holy Spirit”. Pray that YAHWEH will give you wisdom and discernment - and grant you the ability to accept His Truth as you study the following material. Because of the nature of this material, and its vital importance, this will be a fairly long article. This is necessary in order to cover all the important aspects of this issue.

The very first thing we need to do is to look carefully at the Hebrew and Greek words that are used in Scripture - and how they're used. We MUST be clear on what these words mean. Only when one has a proper understanding of the words and their meanings can you properly comprehend what’s in the text.

Unfortunately the Hebrew and Greek words used have been given many different “translations” that represent very different and confusing concepts from what the original languages actually mean - both literally and figuratively. To sort all of this out  is not an easy task. It’s made even more complicated by our personal emotional and mental fixations concerning what weve been told that they mean. There’s a very significant gap between the actual meanings and what we’ve been told in many instances. We must correct this - if we are ever going to be faithful to YAHWEH.

Please be patient as we examine the words used before we reconstruct what they're really teaching us. 

Some of you will not likely take the time or effort that’s needed to give this the kind of serious review that’s necessary. That’s most unfortunate. You’ll miss the opportunity to gain important new insights into the things YAHWEH wants you to know. But those who do will find a wondrous new understanding of these things that’s a great blessing - precisely because it is YAHWEH’s Truth, and not “the perverted truth" of human beings.

In the following paragraphs is a word study on the terms and their meanings. That’s followed by examples of their usage within Scripture. 
Please read each item very carefully.

The Hebrew and Greek definitions are those recorded in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. Please note that everything after the (:—) is separate from the definition itself. Those words are the ones that have actually been used in The King James Version of The Bible to “translate” the original languages. That neither makes them correct nor proper “translations” of the original languages.

AHD means “Ancient Hebrew Dictionary”.
AHL means “Ancient Hebrew Lexicon.

The Words Defined:

“Holy”

6944. qodesh, ko´-desh; from 6942; a sacred place or thing; rarely abstract, sanctity:
—consecrated (thing), dedicated (thing), hallowed (thing), holiness, (x most) holy (x day, portion, thing), saint, sanctuary.

6942. qadash, kaw-dash´; a primitive root; to be (causatively, make, pronounce or observe as) clean (ceremonially or morally):
—appoint, bid, consecrate, dedicate, defile, hallow, (be, keep) holy(-er, place), keep, prepare, proclaim, purify, sanctify(-ied one, self), x wholly.

AHD - 881 - special; separated, set apart, for a special purpose
AHL - 2700 - set apart for a special function

"Spirit"

Note that the following terms are each translated multiple times as “spirit”.

H5315. nephesh, neh´-fesh; from 5314; properly, a breathing creature, i.e. animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental):
—any, appetite, beast, body, breath, creature, x dead(-ly), desire, x (dis-)contented, x fish, ghost, + greedy, he, heart(-y), (hath, x jeopardy of) life (x in jeopardy), lust, man, me, mind, mortally, one, own, person, pleasure, (her-, him-, my-, thy-)self, them (your)-selves, + slay, soul, + tablet, they, thing, (x she) will, x would have it.

5314. nawphash, naw-fash´; a primitive root; to breathe; passively, to be breathed upon, i.e. (figuratively) refreshed (as if by a current of air):
—(be) refresh selves (-ed).

AHD - 768 - being
AHL - 2424(N) - soul; the whole of a being including body, mind, emotion, character, and inner parts.

The above term, nephesh, is equivalent to the following Greek term:

G5590 psuche, psoo-khay´; from 5594; breath, i.e. (by implication) spirit, abstractly or concretely (the animal sentient principle only; thus distinguished on the one hand from 4151, which is the rational and immortal soul; and on the other from 2222, which is mere vitality, even of plants: these terms thus exactly correspond respectively to the Hebrew H5315, H7307 and H2416): 
— heart (+ -ily), life, mind, soul, + us, + you.

5594. psucho, psoo´-kho; a primary verb; to breathe (voluntarily but gently, thus differing on the one hand from 4154, which denotes properly a forcible respiration; and on the other from the base of 109, which refers properly to an inanimate breeze), i.e. (by implication, of reduction of temperature)
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H7307. ruwach  (or ruach) roo´-akh; from 7306; wind; by resemblance breath, i.e. a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively, life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension, a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions):
—air, anger, blast, breath, x cool, courage, mind, x quarter, x side, spirit((-ual)), tempest, x vain, ((whirl-))wind(-y).

7306. ruwach roo´-akh; a primitive root; properly, to blow, i.e. breathe; only (literally) to smell or (by implication, perceive (figuratively, to anticipate, enjoy):
—accept, smell, x touch, make of quick understanding.

AHD - wind; a natural movement of air; breath. The wind of man, animal, or Elohiym.
AHL - 1445(J) wind; breath, as the wind of man, following a prescribed path.   
     - from the root rach - path.

The above term, ruwach, is equivalent to the following Greek term:

4151. pneuma, pnyoo´-mah; from 4154; a current of air, i.e. breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, a spirit, i.e. (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ’s spirit, the Holy Spirit: 
— ghost, life, spirit(-ual, -ually), mind. Compare 5590.

4154. pneo, pneh´-o; a primary word; to breathe hard, i.e. breeze:
— blow.

“Life"

H2416. chai khah´-ee; from 2421; alive; hence, raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively:
—+ age, alive, appetite, (wild) beast, company, congregation, life(-time), live(-ly), living (creature, thing), maintenance, + merry, multitude, + (be) old, quick, raw, running, springing, troop.

2421. chaiah khaw-yaw´; a primitive root (compare 2331, 2421); to live, whether literally or figuratively; causatively, to revive:
—keep (leave, make) alive, x certainly, give (promise) life, (let, suffer to) live, nourish up, preserve (alive), quicken, recover, repair, restore (to life), revive, (x God) save (alive, life, lives), x surely, be whole.

AHB - Life; literally, the stomach.
AHL - 1171(A) -
life; literally, stomach - as the organ that holds food, thus controlling life on the basis of being either full or empty.

The above term is equivalent to the following Greek term:

2222. zoe, dzo-ay´; from 2198; life (literally or figuratively):
 — life(-time). Compare 5590.

2198. zao, dzah´-o; a primary verb; to live (literally or figuratively): 
— life(-time), (a-)live(-ly), quick.


From Webster’s On Line Dictionary and New Collegiate Dictionary:
These  definitions of English words are provided to facilitate a proper understanding of the terms found above. The words are listed alphabetically.

analogy; noun; a comparison between two things, typically on the basis of their structure and for the purpose of explanation or clarification : an analogy between the workings of nature and those of human societies | he interprets logical functions by analogy with machines.
- a correspondence or partial similarity.

breath; noun; an inhalation or exhalation of air from the lungs : she drew in a quick breath | take three deep breaths.
- an exhalation of air by a person or animal that can be seen, smelled, or heard : he sighed, his breath hanging like a cloud in the icy air.
- the physiological process of taking air into the lungs and expelling it again, esp. the ability to breathe easily : she paused for breath.
- the air taken into or expelled from the lungs : I was gasping for breath.
- archaic the power of breathing; life.
- a brief moment; the time required for one act of respiration : in Las Vegas, they marry you in a breath.

essence; noun; the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something, esp. something abstract, that determines its character : conflict is the essence of drama.
- Philosophy a property or group of properties of something without which it would not exist or be what it is.
- something that exists; in particular, a spiritual entity : the position that names express essences.

figurative; adjective; departing from a literal use of words; metaphorical.

force; noun; 

1. strength or energy as an attribute of physical action or movement : he was thrown backward by the force of the explosion.
- Physics an influence tending to change the motion of a body or produce motion or stress in a stationary body. The magnitude of such an influence is often calculated by multiplying the mass of the body by its acceleration.
- a person or thing regarded as exerting power or influence : he might still be a force for peace and unity.
- [in combination ] used with a number as a measure of wind strength on the Beaufort scale : a force-nine gale.
2. coercion or compulsion, esp. with the use or threat of violence : they ruled by law and not by force.
3. mental or moral strength or power : the force of popular opinion.
- the state of being in effect or valid : the law came into force in January.
- the powerful effect of something : the force of her writing is undiminished.

holy; noun
1. dedicated to religious use
- belonging to or coming from God;\
- consecrated
- sacred.
2. spiritually perfect or pure
- untainted by evil or sin
- sinless
- saintly
3. deserving reverence or worship
4. associated with Jesus and his life.

life; noun; 

1. the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death : the origins of life.
- living things and their activity : some sort of life existed on Mars | lower forms of life | the ice-cream vendors were the only signs of life.
- the state of being alive as a human being : she didn't want to die; she loved life | a superficial world where life revolved around the minutiae of outward appearance.
- [with adj. ] a particular type or aspect of people's existence : an experienced teacher will help you settle into school life | revelations about his private life.
- vitality, vigor, or energy : she was beautiful and full of life.

2. the existence of an individual human being or animal: a disaster that claimed the lives of 266 Americans.
- [often with adj. ] a way of living : his father decided to start a new life in California.
- a biography : a life of Shelley.
- either of the two states of a person's existence separated by death (as in Christianity and some other religious traditions) : too much happiness in this life could reduce the chances of salvation in the next.
- any of a number of successive existences in which a soul is held to be reincarnated (as in Hinduism and some other religious traditions).
- a chance to live after narrowly escaping death (esp. with reference to the nine lives traditionally attributed to cats).
3 (usu. one's life) the period between the birth and death of a living thing, esp. a human being : she has lived all her life in the country | I want to be with you for the rest of my life | they became friends for life.

metaphor; noun; 

a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable : “I had fallen through a trapdoor of depression,” said Mark, who was fond of theatrical metaphors | her poetry depends on suggestion and metaphor.
- a thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else, esp. something abstract : the amounts of money being lost by the company were enough to make it a metaphor for an industry that was teetering.

sacred; noun;
1. consecrated to or belonging to a god or deity
- holy
2. of a religion or religious rites and practices
3. regarded with the same respect and reverence accorded holy things
- venerated
- hallowed
4. set apart for, and dedicated to, some person, place, purpose, sentiment, etc.
5. secured by a religious feeling or sense of justice against defamation or violation
- inviolate

sentient; adjective; able to perceive or feel things : she had been instructed from birth in the equality of all sentient life forms.

soul ; noun; 

1.  the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal.
- a person's moral or emotional nature or sense of identity : in the depths of her soul, she knew he would betray her.
- the essence of something : integrity is the soul of intellectual life.
- emotional or intellectual energy or intensity, esp. as revealed in a work of art or an artistic performance : their interpretation lacked soul.
2 a person regarded as the embodiment of a specified quality : he was the soul of discretion.

spirit; noun; 

1. the nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; the soul : we seek a harmony between body and spirit.
- such a part regarded as a person's true self and as capable of surviving physical death or separation : a year after he left, his spirit is still present.
- such a part manifested as an apparition after their death; a ghost.
- a supernatural being : shrines to nature spirits.
- ( the Spirit) short for Holy Spirit .
- archaic: a highly refined substance or fluid thought to govern vital phenomena.
2. [in sing. ] those qualities regarded as forming the definitive or typical elements in the character of a person, nation, or group or in the thought and attitudes of a particular period : the university is a symbol of the nation's egalitarian spirit.
- [with adj. ] a person identified with their most prominent mental or moral characteristics or with their role in a group or movement : he was a leading spirit in the conference.
- a specified emotion or mood, esp. one prevailing at a particular time : I hope the team will build on this spirit of confidence.
- ( spirits) a person's mood : the warm weather lifted everyone's spirits after the winter.
- the quality of courage, energy, and determination or assertiveness : his visitors admired his spirit and good temper.
- the attitude or intentions with which someone undertakes or regards something : he confessed in a spirit of self-respect, not defiance.
- the real meaning or the intention behind something as opposed to its strict verbal interpretation : the rule had been broken in spirit if not in letter.

vitality; noun; the state of being strong and active; energy
- changes that will give renewed vitality to our democracy.
- the power giving continuance of life, present in all living things
- the vitality of seeds.

Having come this far it should be very apparent that the number of different English words that are derived from a few Hebrew and Greek terms and used to “translate” those terms can cause many inconsistencies and much confusion and deception. There’s but one source for such confusion, and it is not YAHWEHPlease be very careful with these terms and how you use them when dealing with an understanding of Scripture.

Comments Concerning The Terms Used:

Now that we have the words defined we can take a closer look at the meanings of the terms found in Scripture. This is essential to our understanding - especially to our ability to understand what’s been taught by the traditions of men. Only then can we begin to sort out The Truth of Scripture from the deceptions we’ve been given.

Regarding Qodesh:
Something that’s “sacred” is
set apart, consecrated, for a special purpose. All the terms related to being “holy” carry this same connotation. Unfortunately “holy” has become a significantly abused “religious term” and from its common usage has become virtually meaningless to most. It no longer conveys what it was intended to convey.

For this reason we’ve chosen to use “set apart” where this term occurs, especially in connection with the terms related to “spirit”. You’ll see the significance of this as you continue.

Regarding Nephesh and Psuche:
-
Nephesh = a breathing creature; a living being
-
psuche = the same thing, except it applies to a "sentient" being,
  one that is able to perceive and to feel (emotionally) things.

Each represents a living, breathing being.
Each is used figuratively of "life", or a "vital principle.”

The terms "spirit" and "soul" have been applied to each term as a means of trying to further characterize this "vital principle" or "life force” that's found in all living beings, but there’s very serious problem with this. In Hebrew there is no term that properly describes a “spirit” or a “soul”. These concepts were never a part of Hebrew thought prior to their creation by the Greek culture. Unfortunately, the Greek influence on Western thinking has caused extensive deception and confusion.

Applying Greek concepts to Hebrew thought greatly confuses matters. For the Hebrews there was no “spirit”, and there was no “soul”.

This will probably come as a great shock to most people who believe in the God of The Bible. Very few have ever recognized this reality. Fewer still have taken the time and effort to sort out what the Hebrews did believe about the human being’s nature and essential character.

For the Hebrews the “heart” comes closer to the “soul” than most other things. But even this does not adequately represent their thinking. The heart was the seat of the deep convictions and beliefs. For them, the emotions were “in the gut” (actually the intestines). It was believed that this was the place where the feelings, etc. resided.

The breath was seen as “the wind of man” which flowed in and out of a person, and thereby represented their “vital essence”; their unique personality, character, and nature

When it comes to “spirit” our own English definitions of it are so vague as to leave us uncertain about what it really is.
Is it a “ghost”?
Is it a “feeling” or set of feelings?
Is it a thought process?
Just what
IS a “spirit”?
The dictionary certainly leaves us with many options.
And this is where the confusion and the deception takes over.

The following comparisons provide a bit of insight.
But even the movement from the Hebrew to the Greek
causes “translational issues” - and further adds to the confusion.

Regarding Ruach and Pneuma:

- ruach, or ruwach = wind or breath
- pneuma = the same thing.
- Each represents wind or breath.
- Both are considered figuratively or by analogy, to be  "life", or a
vital principle”.  As seen below, each language has a separate word for “life”.

Regarding Chai and Zoe:

- chai = alive, life (Hebrew)
- zoe = life (Greek)
- to be alive is to breathe
- to have life is to have breath and to be able to perceive and to feel.

So Where Do we Go From Here?

First, we need to redefine the terms that are normally “translated” as “spirit", ruach and pneuma, as nature - wherever the context clearly indicates it is not the breath or a wind. Context is crucial! This cannot be applied where the context indicates otherwise. There are places where breath and wind are certainly appropriate.

This nature represents the Hebrew perspective of the “real person”, the character, or unique personality, of the individual. In relation to YAHWEH, it is His "divine nature”, the very essence of Who and what He is. For the human being it is the “human nature”, generally the defiled nature after one offends against YAHWEH.

This concept is directly related to the Hebrew concept of shem, traditionally translated as “name”, but with far greater meaning than that. More literally, it is a designation. Take a close look at what it really means.

8034. shem, shame; a primitive word (perhaps rather from 7760 through the idea of definite and conspicuous position; compare 8064); an appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character:
—+ base, (in-)fame(-ous), named(-d), renown, report.

A person’s name represented their essential character. Hebrew names were picked on this basis. This is plainly revealed in Scripture. All you need to do is look at how countless people were named at their birth or at some life-changing event. It was their “identifier”; not merely a label, but an indicator of their very nature, their essence.

Second, we need to redefine the terms normally “translated” as “soul”, nephesh and psuche, as a life - again, wherever the context so indicates. Breath and wind are appropriate translations of these terms - where the context so indicates. This means we can’t simply limit ourselves to only one “definition”.

To the Hebrew the breath represented the life of the person. It’s that element of one’s life that matches the Genesis account of the creation of Adam. The Elohim, YAHWEH, breathed into him the “breath of life”, and he became a living being - a human being.

The term “holy" will be given as “set apart”.
Now we can proceed with our investigation of the phrase “The Holy Spirit”.

Psalm 51 provides us with an excellent opportunity to see how these terms might work. Here’s the traditional text from the NRSV.

Psa. 51:11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. (Traditional translation)

The terms in this verse which are translated as “Holy Spirit” are ruach qodesh, in that order (although the specific forms of the Hebrew are slightly different). This can be translated literally as "breath sacred”. It’s normal for a Hebrew to speak in this manner. It’s the reverse of what we say in English, “sacred breath”. But for the Hebrews it’s their normal way of expressing themselves.

Now, did David mean “do not take your sacred breath from me”? Was he concerned about losing his life? Or was he concerned about losing the "The Divine Natureof YAHWEH

I’ll ask you to look up the entire Psalm so you can read the context and determine for yourself what it might be. This is very important. Without the context one simply cannot be certain what's intended.

Did you look it up in your own Bible?
Do you begin to see how important a correct understanding of the words really is?

The Trinity and "The Holy Spirit"

What I’m going to tell you next will come as a very great surprise to most of you.
“The Holy Spirit” is NOT a separate “person” 
     - and that means there is NO TRINITY!

Without a separate “person” you cannot have a "Trinity”.

Before you scream, “Heresy!!!” please take the time to review what follows.
It will be demonstrated
clearly by the actual Scriptural text that this is The Truth

To help you with this let me pose a few questions:
- How can a “person” fall upon a whole assembly of people all at the same time? (See Acts Chapter 2)
- Does it seem likely to you that David, in
Psalm 51, is asking YAHWEH to not take away a “person” from his presence?
- How can every believer have “The Holy Spirit” with them, and/or dwelling inside them, at the very same time if “The Holy Spirit” is a “person”?

These questions are just the beginning. There are many more questions of this nature that must be answered in order to confirm or deny the existence of a third person of the Trinity. Scripture does not support this theological position. It is, in fact, a concept taught as a tradition of men, and not a doctrine that can be correctly based on Scripture. Scripture itself confirms this Truth - if, or when, you take the time to read it and study it carefully with a full understanding of the words used in Scripture.

Please review the following Scriptures carefully and prayerfully, asking YAHWEH Himself to teach you what His Word really says. This will take a willing and an open mind and heart. Since it threatens a long-held belief for most people acceptance of The Truth may take some time, some prayer, and some serious re-thinking about what Scripture actually says, about what you’ve been taught, and by whom you’ve been taught.

I’ll share with you just a bit of my personal struggle with this. I was raised Lutheran. I was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran denomination. I was taught by tradition that there is a “Trinity”, and certain things were told to me as "evidence” of this, using Scripture to convince me it was so. I believed it - totally! And I’ve lived with that concept for over 60 years. I had never questioned it. I just “accepted it”, trusting that those who taught me knew the Truth and would not lie to me. That included
pastors, teachers, scholars, etc.

That's only part of my story, for there are numerous other things I could point to that participated in this charade - my own thoughts, words, and actions included.

What an eye-opener when I finally took the time to study every word, every scripture verse, and all the resources at my disposal as I sought to discover The Truth of YAHWEH, and not the “truth of men or their traditions”. I found I could not reasonably and clearly demonstrate from Scripture that “The Holy spirit” existed as a separate third person. Each new passage of Scripture brought with it more questions, more uncertainty, and the need for more study. When I got done my “whole world” changed!

Please understand - I did not lose my faith in YAHWEH or in YAHUSHUA, The Messiah. In fact, it only grew stronger than ever as I learned His Truth. I believe the same thing will happen for you - provided you’re heart is focused on Him and not on yourself. 

The key to understanding all of Scripture is your personal perspective.
Do you
truly and earnestly want to know His Truth,
or are you content to let others tell you what to believe?
It may seem to be “easier” that way, but in the end you will lose!

The Scriptures And "The Holy Spirit":

Now let’s dig into some of the Scripture passages that include references to “The Holy Spirit” and see what they really say;
not in the typical “translation” of the verses, but in the actual meaning and intent of the original languages.

Again, please keep in mind that the “translators” of the texts did their work within the context of their own personal beliefs and values - as well as within the views of those people who paid them or caused them to do the work of “translating” the text. There’s a prejudice involved in this that must not be ignored.

Examples of Persons Receiving "The Holy Spirit":

The first passage we’re going to look at is very illuminating. Read carefully what it says and observe what took place. Few of you will have the tools available to you to verify the text yourself so I’ve included some material for your reference so you can see for yourself what’s taking place. 

Note: This does not mean you can’t obtain these resources for yourself and check them out on your own. That’s exactly what I’ve done. And I’m virtually no different from you. Indeed, I encourage you to research this material on your own. Then make your decisions based on what the research demonstrates to you.

I’ve provided the more traditional translation first.
Following that I’ve provided the new
Scripture For Seekers (S4S Edition) 
which is now available in PDF form on this site.
The comparison is most revealing and informative.

Num. 11:24 - 29 
And Moshe went out and spoke to the people 
the words themselves  ta of YAHWEH
And he gathered seventy men from the elders of the people. 
And he stood  
they themselves  ta all around The Dwelling.
And YAHWEH descended in a cloud. 
And He spoke to him. 
And
YAHWEH withdrew some of the divine nature that was upon him 
and put it upon the seventy men, the elders. 
And as
the divine nature rested upon them they prophesied. 
But they did not continue. 
Now two men had remained in the camp. 
The name of the first was Eldad. 
And the name of the second was Meidad. 
And
the divine nature rested upon them. 
And they were among the records but they had not gone out to The Dwelling. 
But they prophesied in the camp. 
And a young man ran and told Moshe. 
He said, "Eldad and Meidad are prophesying in the camp!” 
And Yehoshua, son of Nun, Moshe’s attendant from his youth, 
then said, "My sovereign, Moshe, restrain them!” 
But Moshe said to him, 
"Are you yourself  ta being zealous for me? 
And oh that it was given that all the people of
YAHWEH were prophets, 
that
The Divine Nature itself  ta of YAHWEH  was put upon them! 

YAHWEH “took of The Divine NAture that was upon him” (Moshe).
- How do you take part of a “person” and put “him” upon another person? 
- Look carefully at v. 29 where it refers to this as "His ‘Spirit’”.
- This cannot be a separate “person”.
What’s expressed is that this was T
he Divine nature, of YAHWEH Himself.

Next, look at Numbers 24.2, first in the traditional translation
and then in the S4S Edition.

And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes. And The spirit (Divine Nature) of The Elohim (God) came upon him.
- Does this mean the “spirit" of The Elohim jumped on him, or fell on him, as a “person” falls upon another person? Or did something different happen?
                                                                

—————_And Bil’am lifted up his eyes themselvesta 
And he saw Yisra'el itself ta residing according to their tribes. 
And there existed upon him The Divine Nature of The Elohim. 

What you need to recognize is what is in the Hebrew text.
The word used for “came” is
hayah. Here is the definition of that word.

1961. hÎyDh hayah, haw-yaw; a primitive root (compare 1933); to exist, i.e. be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary):
—beacon, x altogether, be(-come), accomplished, committed, like), break, cause, come (to pass), do, faint, fall, + follow, happen, x have, last, pertain, quit (one-)self, require, x use.

As you can see it’s primary meaning is to exist. It’s often translated as “happen”.We do not know what actually took place with Balaam.What we do recognize is that this “whatever it was” ended up “upon him”.

Here’s the term used for “upon”. Note its meanings.

5921. lAo 'al, al; properly, the same as 5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural often with prefix, or as conjunction with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications (as follow):
—above, according to(-ly), after, (as) against, among, and, x as, at, because of, beside (the rest of), between, beyond the time, x both and, by (reason of), x had the charge of, concerning for, in (that), (forth, out) of, (from) (off), (up-)on, over, than, through(-out), to, touching, x with.

Now look again at the meaning of the term “translated” as “Spirit”.

7306. Aj…wr ruwach, roo´-akh; a primitive root; properly, to blow, i.e. breathe; only (literally) to smell or (by implication, perceive (figuratively, to anticipate, enjoy):
—accept, smell, x touch, make of quick understanding.

So, does this mean that The Elohim (God) blew against him or over him? 
Or does it mean that He breathed upon him?
Or does it mean this fell upon him?
Or did it just suddenly exist upon him or over him?

In any of the above conceptions how do you conceive that this was a person
No “
person” can do what is indicated by these words.

Numerous passages follow this same pattern. It’s only within “the eyes of the translator” that a “person” is envisaged in these passages. The Word of YAHWEH does not portray these events as involving a “person”. Please look very carefully at the passages which follow. Insert nature wherever you see “spirit” and you’ll begin to understand the text more clearly.

There is some “dimension” of YAHWEH that’s being sent or given to those involved in these verses of Scripture. Everything points to this being His vital essence, character, ultimately His Divine Nature. Significantlythis agrees totally with the concept of the "new birth”, wherein He places His divine nature (the new nature) within us - “dwells" within us - as believers. We become “new creations” because He places within us (or bestows upon us) a portion of His very own nature and essence.

These first detailed passages from Numbers clearly portray this activity as being that in which a portion of “The Spirit”, the divine nature or essence, is placed “upon” (or within) these individuals. Here are some additional passages to consider.

Judges 3.10:  And The Spirit (Divine Nature) of YAHWEH came upon him, and he judged Yisra’el, and went out to war. And YAHWEH delivered Chushan Rishathaim, king of Mesopotamia into his hand. And his hand prevailed against Chushan Rishathaim. 

Judges 6.34:  And the Divine Nature of YAHWEH clothed Gid'on himself. את
And he blew the shofar. 
And the Abi'ezerites gathered behind him. 
    ruach - wind, by resemblance breath. Here identified as the Divine Nature itself of YAHWEH
    labash - properly, wrap around; to ut on a garment or clothe one.
    Gidon is pronounced as Gid-yon.

Judges 14.6And the Divine Nature of YAHWEH came mightily upon him. 
And he split it like a young goat. 
And nothing was in his hand. 
But he did not make tell to his father or his mother 
what itself  את  he had done.

1 Samuel 10.10:  And they came there to the hill. 
And behold! 
A group of prophets met him. 
And The Divine Nature of
YAHWEH came mightily upon him. 
And he prophesied among them. 

1 Samuel 11.6:  And The Divine Nature of YAHWEH
came mightily upon Sha’ul as he was hearing 
these words themselvesאת
And his anger flared up exceedingly.

1 Samuel 16.13:  And Shemu’el took the horn of oil itselfאת
And he anointed he himself  את  in the midst of his brothers. 
And
The Divine Nature of YAHWEH came mightily upon David 
from that very day and onward. 
And Shemu’el got up. 
And he went to Ramah. 

1 Samuel 19.20:  And Sha’ul sent messengers to take David himselfאת
And they saw a company of the prophets themselves את prophesying. 
And Shemu’el was standing, stationed over them. 
And The Divine Nature of
YAHWEH was upon the messengers of Sha’ul. 
And they also prophesied.

2 Chronicles 15.1:  And The Spirit (Divine Nature of YAHWEH) of came upon Azaryah the son of Oded: 

Please note the transformation that now takes place between The Old Covenant  and The New Covenant. The Spirit of YAHWEH in The Old Covenant (typically translated as "The Holy Ghost" becomes "The Holy Spirit" in The New Covenant. This is most likely due to the Greek influence, but it may be that some were having trouble with “ worshipping a ghost”. 

Given what we’ve seen so far we should insert “the set apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH" into each place where the term “The Holy Spirit" occurs in The New Covenant in order to maintain consistency within The Word of YAHWEH. The current inconsistencies of translation are causing much confusion as people try to read them. It’s one of the goals of this website to provide materials that are more consistent in their usage.

Remember, to be holy means to be set apart for a special purpose - YAHWEH’s purpose in most instances. One could call it the sacred nature as well. "Set apart” will be used because it properly expresses the intent of YAHWEH where reference is being made to any form of being “holy”. People understand what it means to be set apart, special, different, but not many of them really understand, or even care, what it means to be “holy”. For many that designation even has come to hold negative connotations.

Luke 2.25 And behold! There was a person in Yerushalaim whose name was Shim’on. And this person was just and cautious, waiting for The Consolation of Yisra’el. And The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH existed upon him.

I want to separate out this next passage since it's extremely important in relation to our understanding of “The Holy Spirit” in The New Covenant. The Day of Pentecost (Shavuot) is marked out as the very day in which the “outpouring of The Holy Spirit” took place following the resurrection and ascension of YAHUSHUA, The Messiah. 

Because of this we need to be very careful as we look at the text itself and the way in which it has been “translated”. You’ll see that there is no indication whatsoever that a “person” was “poured out” upon all those who were present. The appearance is “like flames”, not like bodies of beings. There is a “violent wind (breath?)” and it filled the whole house. And divided tongues of fire were “sitting upon absolutely every one of them”. You can’t do that with a “person”.

Acts 2.1-4 And as the Day of Shavuot (Pentecost) was coming to fulfillment every one was of the same mind concerning it. 2 And suddenly a loud noise came out of The Heaven, being carried by violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And they observed divided tongues, as if they were flames, sitting upon absolutely every one of them. 4 And absolutely every one was filled with The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH and began speaking with different languages just as the Divine Nature of YAHWEH was giving them, enunciating plainly. 

First, there is the “violent wind”. The term for wind is pnoe

4157. pnoh/ pnoe, pno-ay´; from 4154; respiration, a breeze:
— breath, wind.

4154. pne÷w pneo, pneh´-o; a primary word; to breathe hard, i.e. breeze:
— blow.

Note that this could just as easily have been translated as “violent breath (respiration)”, or a “violent breeze".

The Greek for Holy Spirit is Pneu/matoß ÔAgi÷ou. Here are the definitions:

4151. pneuvma pneuma, pnyoo´-mah; from 4154; a current of air, i.e. breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, a spirit, i.e. (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ’s spirit, the Holy Spirit:
— ghost, life, spirit(-ual, -ually), mind. Compare 5590.

40. a‚gioß hagios, hag´-ee-os; from  hagos (an awful thing) (compare 53, 2282); sacred (physically, pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially, consecrated):
— (most) holy (one, thing), saint.

Once again you have the concept of sacred breath or wind. This is directly parallel to the Hebrew text we’ve already looked at in Numbers. You have the same thing here that was found there - a Divine nature, and not a “person”.

Now I’ll warn you that there are many out there who will try to tell you that as the “omnipresent” “Spirit" of God, the “Spirit” can be everywhere all at the same time - just like YAHWEH Himself can be. I guess you’ll have to decide for yourself whether or not you’re going to buy into that kind of explanation which does not agree with the very words of Scripture.

Whose “truth” do you really want for your personal guide - YAHWEH’s, or that of human beings who have an agenda as they seek to persuade you of a particular theological position? It was these exact same kind of arguments that YAHUSHUA, The Messiah, spoke vehemently about in regard to the scribes and Pharisees and their distortions of YAHWEH’s teachings.

As for me, I want you to know and accept YAHWEH’s Truth. I will never ask you to simply believe me. Don’t accept what I’m telling you because I say this is the way it is. Instead, check it out for yourself. Believe what The Word of YAHWEH says, not what I say. My word is far too subject to human error. His Word is not!

Lets continue. The following verses have been corrected in Scripture For Seekers to reflect what the text actually says in Greek. The relevant portions have been highlighted for your convenience.

Acts 8.17:  At that time they laid hands upon them, and they received The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH.

Acts 10.44:  While Peter was still speaking these words The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH fell upon (embraced, seized) everyone of those listening to the message.

Acts 19.6 And Sha’ul having laid hands upon them, The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH existed upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

1 Corinthians 12.13:  And indeed, through one nature we have all been immersed into one body, whether Yisra'elites or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and have all imbibed from one nature.

Galatians 4.6 Now, because you are children YAHWEH has sent forth The Divine Nature of His Son into your hearts, crying out to Abba, The Father!”
- Can you put another “person” into your heart?

Romans 8.16:  The Divine Nature itself bearing witness with our nature that we are children of YAHWEH;

1 John 3.24 Now he who keeps His directives remains in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by means of the nature which He has given us.
- How would
YAHWEH give us another “person”?

1 John 4.13:  By this we know that we remain in Him and He in us, in that He has given us of His nature.

Nehemiah 9.20: You gave also Your good nature to instruct them, and withheld not Your manna from their mouth, and gave them water for their thirst.

John 14.26:  But the comforter, The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH, which The Father will send in My name, the same will teach you everything and quietly remind you what I have said to you.

Luke 12.12 Indeed, The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH will teach you in that very hour what you need to say.

1 Corinthians 2.13: These things we also speak, not in words which a human being’s wisdom teaches, but rather, in words which The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH teaches, comparing non-carnal to non-carnal.

1 John 2.27:  But the anointing ( an indirect reference to the nature of YAHWEH) which you have received from Him remains in you, and you have no need that anyone teach you. But on the contrary, since the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is not hidden and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you shall remain in Him.
- Is an anointing the same as a person?

Isaiah 63.10:   But they themselves rebelled. 
And they grieved His Set Apart Divine Nature itself
את.
And He turned toward them as an adversary. 
And He Himself fought against them.

Matthew 12.31-32:  Because of this I say to you every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven persons. However, the blasphemy of The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH will not be forgiven persons. 32 And whoever speaks a word against The Son of Man, it shall be forgiven them. But whoever speaks against  it shall not be forgiven them either in this age or in the age to come.

Mark 3.29:  But he who blasphemes against The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH does not have forgiveness even into eternity, but rather is liable to eternal condemnation.

Acts 5.3:  But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH and keep back part of the price of the land?

Acts 7.51:  Stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always oppose The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH.  As your fathers were, so are you.

Ephesians 4.30:  And do not grieve The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH, by whom you have been sealed for the day of redemption.

1 Thessalonians 5.19:  Do not extinguish The Divine Nature of YAHWEH!

Hebrews 10.29:  Of how much more evil punishment, do you think he shall be deemed worthy who has trampled under foot The Son of YAHWEH, counted the blood of the covenant by which he has been sanctified a common thing, and has insulted
the nature of graciousness?

The Messiah Is Baptized With "The Holy Spirit":

These verses need some separate attention because of their significance.
The questions need to be asked: 
- How can The Messiah be “baptized” (immersed in) with “The Holy Spirit” if this is
  another “person of The Trinity”?
- Does this mean “The Holy Spirit” is being baptized at the same time?
- Does it mean “The Holy Spirit” is doing the baptizing?
- Or does it really indicate that the human being,
YAHUSHUA of Nazareth,
 is having  T
he Divine Nature of YAHWEH bestowed upon Him as He begins His earthly ministry?
Which concept makes more sense to you? 

Isaiah 11.1-5:  And a twig will come forth from the trunk of Yishai. 
And a sprout from his roots will bear fruit. 
The Divine Nature of
YAHWEH will rest upon Him, 
the Divine Nature of wisdom and understanding, 
the Divine Nature of advice and power, 
the Divine Nature of knowledge 
and of the reverence of
YAHWEH
And He will cause Him to breathe in the reverence of
YAHWEH
And He will not judge by the sight of His eyes. 
And He will not decide by the hearing of His ears. 
And He will judge the weak with justice. 
And He will decide with equity for the oppressed of the land.
And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth. 
And with the breath of His lips He will put to death the morally wrong. 
And justice will be the band of His waist. 
And trustworthiness the band of His loins.

Isaiah 42.1:  Behold My Servant! 
My support is in Him, My Chosen One! 
He has delighted My being! 
I have put My Divine Nature within Him. 
He will bring forth judgment for the nations.

Isaiah 61.1-3:  The Divine Nature of my Sovereign YAHWEH 
is upon Me 
because
YAHWEH has anointed Me Myself את
to bring good news to the humble. 
He has sent Me for the sake of binding up those with broken hearts, 
for the sake of proclaiming freedom to those being in captivity 
and the opening of the prison for those being bound, 
2 for the sake of proclaiming the favorable year of
YAHWEH 
and the day of revenge of our Elohim,
for the sake of comforting all who mourn, 
3 for the sake of placing those who mourning in Tzion, 
to give them a wreath of beauty instead of ashes, 
oil of joy instead of mourning, 
a garment of praise instead of the heaviness of breath. 
And they will be called trees of justice, 
the planting of
YAHWEH for the sake of being glorified.

John 1.32  Then Yahonathan testified saying, “I observed carefully The Divine Nature of YAHWEH descending from The Heaven like a dove. And He remained upon Him.

- It descends upon Him “like a dove”, not like a “person”.

Matthew 3.16-17:  Having been baptized, YAHUSHUA ascended straight out of the  water. And behold! The Heavens opened for Him! And he saw The Divine Nature of YAHWEH descending like a dove and coming over Him. 17 And behold! A voice from The Heaven was saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

Acts 10.38:  ...how YAHWEH anointed YAHUSHUA of Nazareth with The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH and with power. He traveled about doing good and curing all who were oppressed by the adversary, because YAHWEH was with Him.

- Note that YAHUSHUA is “anointed” with The Divine Nature, He is not given some “person” to accompany Him.
- Also note that “
YAHWEH was with Him”
- Is
YAHWEH identical with His own character or nature?
- The text does
not say that “The Holy Spirit” was with Him.

Additional Aspects of The Divine Nature of YAHWEH:

John 16.13:  However, when it, the nature of truth, might come it will guide you into every truth. Indeed, it will not speak from itself, but rather, whatever it might hear it will speak. And it will announce to you things that are coming.

Acts 8.39:  Now when they had come up out of the water the nature of YAHWEH seized Phillip and the eunuch saw him no longer. Indeed, he traveled on his way rejoicing.

Acts 10.19-20:  While Peter was perplexed in himself about what the vision might mean The Divine Nature of YAHWEH said to him, “Behold! Three men are seeking you. Arise therefore, and go down and travel with them, hesitating at nothing, in as much as I have sent them.”

Acts 13.2-4:  And as they were ministering to YAHWEH and fasting, The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH said, “Now separate to Me both Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then having fasted and having prayed, and having laid hands on them they sent them away. 4 Therefore, having been sent away by The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH, they went down into Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.

Acts 16.6:  Now having traveled through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were prevented by The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH from speaking the message in Asia.

Galatians 5.18:  Now if you are led by the nature of YAHWEH you are not under law.

Romans 8.14-17:  Indeed, you have not received a nature of slavery again, into fear, but you have received a nature of adoption, by which we cry out, “Abba, The Father,” 16 The nature itself bearing witness with our nature that we are children offspring, heirs of YAHWEH; 17 and if children, then also heirs, heirs of YAHWEH and joint heirs with The Messiah, if perhaps we are suffering with Him in order that we may also be honored together.
- Note that we are
not heirs of “The Holy Spirit”.
- If this is one of the “persons” of "The Trinity”, why is he, she, or it not mentioned as
  sharing our inheritance as well?

John 6.63:  It is The Divine Nature of YAHWEH that gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you, they are nature, and they are Life.

Romans 8.10-11:  Now if The Messiah is in you the body truly is dead because of Sin, but the nature is alive because of justification. 8:11 Now if the nature of Him who raised YAHUSHUA from being dead resides in you then He who raised The Messiah from being dead shall also give life to your mortal bodies through His nature which is residing in you
- Can another person reside in you?

2 Corinthians 3.6:  who also has enabled us as attendants of The New Covenant, not of the letter but of The Divine Nature of YAHWEH, because the letter kills, but The Divine Nature of YAHWEH gives life. Who also has made us able ministers of the New Covenant; not of the letter, but of The Divine Nature of YAHWEH  for the letter kills, but The Divine Nature of YAHWEH gives life.

1 Peter 3.18:  because The Messiah has also suffered a single time for sins, the just for the unjust, in order that He might lead us to YAHWEH, truly having become dead in His flesh, but having been made alive by The Divine Nature of YAHWEH.
- If “The Holy Spirit” made The Messiah alive why is this not identified as such?
- We know that
YAHWEH is the one who creates life. Therefore it is no leap of
  imagination to believe that He is the One who made The Messiah alive again.

Luke 1.13-16:  But the angel said to him, “Do not be frightened, Zacharyah, because your request has been heard. And your wife, Elisheba, will bring forth a son to you. And you shall call his name Yahonathan.14 And you will have joy and exultation. And many will rejoice over his birth. 15 Indeed, he will be great in the sight of YAHWEH. And he will drink neither wine nor any intoxicant. He will also be filled with The Holy Spirit (The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH) even from his mother’s womb. 16 And many of the children of Yisra’el he will turn toward YAHWEH, their Elohim."

Luke 4.1:  Then YAHUSHUA, full of The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH  returned from The Yarden and was led by The Divine Nature of YAHWEH into the wilderness,
- How could
YAHUSHUA be full of a third "person" of "The Trinity"?
- You cannot fill one person with another person.

Acts 4.8:  Then Peter, having been filled with The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH  said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Yisra’el,

Acts 4.31:  And having begged, the place where they were assembled together was shaken. And they were each filled with The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH.  And they spoke the word of YAHWEH with boldness.

Acts 7.55-56:  But he, being full of The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH stared into The Heaven and saw the magnificence of YAHWEH, and YAHUSHUA, standing at the right hand of YAHWEH. 56 And he said, “Behold! I observe The Heavens being opened and The Son of Man standing at the right hand of YAHWEH!”

John 1.33 And I did not recognize Him. But He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “Upon whom you see The Divine Nature of YAHWEH descending and remaining upon Him, this is He who baptizes with The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH.’
- This raises yet another question. How can
YAHUSHUA, who is being baptized with
  “The Holy Spirit” be at the same time one who “baptizes with The Holy Spirit”?
- This simply cannot happen if there is another "
person" involved.

Sha’ul (Paul) speaks of “the new nature” for the believer. this is contrasted with the “sin nature”. As we plug these concepts into the foregoing it may help for you to consider “The Holy Spirit” as “The New Nature”, the indwelling presence of YAHWEH in your life. Under The Old Covenant the Children of Yisra’el were not allowed to have this indwelling presence. When the “divine nature” visited them it was temporary. Now there is a new paradigm. What has been referred to as “The Holy Spirit”, is now better understood as “the new nature”, “The Divine Nature” residing in the believer.

Thank you for patiently working your way through this material. It’s a long article with many significant issues addressed within it. You should now have a far better understanding of what Scripture really says about the so-called “Third Person of The Trinity”.

May YAHWEH guide you into His Truth so that you now truly understand what His Word says concerning what has been erroneously translated as “The Holy Spirit”.

There is indeed The Set Apart Divine Nature of YAHWEH. Please do not misunderstand what's within this material. Nothing within this is intended to damage your faith in any manner. Indeed, it’s entire purpose is to strengthen your faith by helping you to see The Truth more clearly.

YAHWEH is most capable of bestowing a portion of His very own character, His Divine nature, upon each one of us. And we are very capable of accepting His gift of His nature. May each of us be so blessed as to receive such a favored gift from The Father!

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