The Worlds of Creation and the Spirit and Souls of Man
Commentary Series on Zechariah 12:1 in the Oracles of Zechariah
Translation by the New King James Version
Commentary by Robert D. Mock MD
Re-edited April, 2008
Zechariah 12:1 - I am He that formeth or instills
The Spirit of man that is placed within him.
Genesis 6:17 - “And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life…
Genesis 7:15 - “And they went into the ark to Noah, two by two, of all flesh in which is the breath of life.”
I Kings 17:17- “Now it happened after these things that the son of the woman who opened the house became sick. And his sickness was so serious that there was no breath left in him.”
Job 27:3 – “As long as my breath is in me, as the breath of God in my nostril, my lips will not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.”
Job 34:13, 14 – “Who appointed Him (God) over the whole world? If He should set His heart on it, if He should gather to Himself His Spirit and His breath, all flesh would perish together. And man would return to dust.”
Job 37:10 – “By the breath of God, ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen.”
What about the Spirit of man as compared to the Spirit of God? Well in the Old Testament, there is no difference. The word spirit, Hebrew rewach, ruach (Strong’s 7307) coming from the root word meaning wind, and by resemblance breath, or an exhalation, also meaning life, anger or extending to a region of the sky with the resemblance of a spirit. The same word in the Chaldean language is also ruwach or ruach (Strong’s 7308) meaning mind, spirit, or wind.
The Hebrew’s understanding was centered totally around their view of creation and the Creative Power of God and their concept of how man became a ‘living soul’. In the Genesis story, man was:
1. Formed from the dust of the ground,
2. The breath of God was breathed into his nostrils and then
3. Man became a living soul.
Well then, do we have three separate parts to the image of man or is there one image of man, the soul, in which is composed of two parts, the dust of the ground plus the breath of God?
A large part of modern Christianity today believes that the soul of man is the spirit of man, which lives in an ethereal existence after the death of the body. This is the Platonic concept of man’s soul, which permeates throughout a lot of Christian theology. In this concept of creation, we have the body, which today is seen as a prison, which traps the breath of God, or rather the spirit of man. When man dies, his soul is released to live in the spirit world, a world thought to be a world of freedom that is freedom to do your own desires. Does God require any duties or commands of the souls residing in heaven? To many Christians, that answer would be no!! If they are in heaven then they are beyond judgment.
I remember a few years ago, when Louis Welsh, the long time mayor of Houston, died. The radio news commentator casually said, “Well, Mayor Welsh is in a happier place, and I’m sure he still is smoking his stogy cigar and smiling down upon us still here on earth.” If substance abuse is allowed in heaven, what about wife abuse, child abuse, or for that matter chocolate abuse or pizza abuse. It becomes obvious that a different sort of reality, a least a reality check is necessary for us to reside in the presence of the Almighty.
In the Hebrew concept of creation, all the dimensions of all the universes existed on four different emanations from the Ein Sof, the Unfathomable and Hidden God. As such, first realm of reality was Ein Sof, or the Primordial Adam Kadman. This was the source of all life and the sustainer of all life. To the Christians, we visualize this best in the image of God the Father.
The second realm of reality, to the Hebrews, was the first created world or called the World of Divine Emanation (Azilut) or the World of the Divine, or the realm of God Himself. Yes, creation began within the World of the Divine, for at the center of this world is the Tiferet, or Beauty. This was the vortex or fulcrum where all the rest of creation streamed forth from the hidden abode of the Divine One, the Ein Sof, the Unseen, Impenetrable God. This is where this author believes Yehoshua, as the precarnate Christ, the Only Begotten of the Father, the First of all Creation resided in Divinity.
Let us look at this concept real seriously. The Bible is explicit in several passages about the Only Begotten of the Father, the First of all creation, the express Son of God, or the Only Begotten Son of God. We are back into the battles between the two clerics of Alexandria, Egypt, Arias and Athanasius in the 3rd century Alexandria Christian Church, which erupted into a full scale theological battle throughout all Christendom. Was Jesus Christ created or begotten?
Was Yahshua Begotten?
Begotten - Let us visit now the Hebrew for the word, begotten. The first Hebrew word is yalad (Strong’s 3205) which means to bear young, to show lineage, to give birth, to bring forth children, to calve, hatch, labor, or to be delivered. This word is classically the primary role of progeneration for all creatures, whether lizards, beetles, eagles, lions, or humans. In the New Testament Greek, this word is used only in reference to Jesus uses the Greek word, monogenes, meaning the “only born”, the “sole child”. (Strong’s Greek 3439) (John 1:14, 18; 3:16, 18; Heb 11:17; 1 John 4:9 ) Yet the Greek has a different word dedicated to the creation of children or the young of various species, and this was the word, gennao, (Strong’s Greek 1080) meaning to bear, beget, to bring forth, conceive to deliver. (Act 13:33, Heb 1:5; 5:5.) Both of these words were used in reference to Yahshua (Jesus) in relation to His Father.
Created - Even though, Jesus is stated to have been begotten by the Father, there is no reference to Jesus to have been created by the Father. The Hebrew world for creation is, bara, (Strong’s 1254), meaning to choose, create, cut down, dispatch, do or to make. This suggests a formative process which requires forming or making something. The Greek word for creation, isktizo, and (Strong’s 2936) gives the idea of proprietorship of the manufacturer, to fabricate or to make.
When we look at the World of the Divine Emanation, the idea is already unfolding of energy streaming out of the Throne of God. It gives the projection of coming from somewhere and going to something else. This now opens another question, does God recreate Himself? The Ein Sof, the Hidden One, the Almighty Father, according to the models of the Sefirot of the mystical Jews resides in an atmosphere of infinite energy. To be anything less than infinite means that God has to place Himself or project Himself into another dimension. As the Hebrews struggled with these vast concepts, they realized that once the Almighty One projects Himself into another dimension; He has “begotten” himself, or recreated himself into another sphere, not unlike a human male and female combining their genetic makeup and having children. Adam did not create his son, Seth, yet according to scriptures, he beget Seth.
Yes, begetting and creating are two separate processes. So God the Father beget a Son, called Yahshua (Jesus), just as Adam beget a son, Seth. It was through this Son, Yahshua, that the creative powers of the Father streamed through to create the whole universe during the first six days of Creation. It was not multiple Sons in multiple universes that God used to create, but the Only Begotten Son that is the One and Only, the Sole Son of God. It was through His Son, Yahshua, that God in another dimension outside of the Ein Sof molded the clay of the ground, and then put into this clay the “Breath of Divinity” and through the process of creation, man became a living soul.
Wait a minute, something different happened. Does that make us like God? Yes! It does give something to man that all other creatures on this earth do not have, that is a Sefirot, the imprinted “Image of the Divine”. The molded inanimate clay, plus the “breath of God” and now man becomes a living soul. Yet, according to the Hebrews as we shall see, man’s soul is different, for it is the image of God. What was this image? This image was the Sefirot of God. Adam and all mankind have a ‘blueprint”, a holographic image of the Creator God, imbedded into their genetic code. This image is transferred by genetic transfer to their children known as the process of begetting. In a way, we have to say, we do not create our children, we beget our children. Do other animals beget their offspring? Yes, but they do not have to ability to transfer the “Divine Imprint” that is so special to the human race. In a way we can say, “it is all in the genes’.
Is Yahshua Divine?
Does God begetting Yahshua (Jesus), make Yahshua any less God than God? Good question. In our finite wisdom, we would have to say, No!. In reality, we cannot understand this, yet in a few minutes, we will understand that we have the privilege to comprehend it not just in our mental faculties called intellect, but in spiritual faculties that the rise superior to even our intellect, our spiritual soul.
Yes, we would also have to suggest that God the Father, the source of Infinite Energy, has an energy substance greater than Jesus, the Son of God. This is not a matter of quality, but of quantity. Yet, Jesus, as begotten, is still of the same substance, that is Divine, as His Father. He is of the same quality as His Father, yet being begotten in another dimension, though He, Yahshua, may be eternal, is not of infinite energy. In the Nicene Creed, formulated in the early 4th century, they called this homoousias, or of the same substance. Surprising, they came to the correct conclusion that Yehoshua was of the same divine substance at YHVH, even though the philosophical foundation from where they started was wrong. The question was not whether Jesus was created, but whether he was begotten. How did this happen? The Jewish rabbis and sages, who offered to join and assist in the Nicene Council, were forbidden to participate upon the pain of death.
How did the early Roman Christian Orthodox Church get things mixed up in describing the divinity of Christ? One of the reasons was the wrong philosophical foundation in understanding the creation of the universe. By the 4th century, the Roman and Hellenistic, or Greek, influence of the ascendant Roman Church had replaced the Hebrew or Jewish philosophical influence on the Christian Church.
The early Christian Church in the beginning was a Jewish or Hebrew Synagogue in its religion and its philosophy was centered upon Jewish Torah law. As the Jews came into more and more disfavor with the Romans after the revolt of 70 CE and the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple of the Lord and then the later revolt in 135 CE of the Jewish messiah Bar Kokhba, the Jews were forbidden to enter or live in Jerusalem at all. The Roman Christian Church turned against her Mother Church the Hebrew Nazarene Ecclesia in Jerusalem. Yes, the early Roman Christian Church apostatized and became anti-Semitic, against the very people and religion that gave them their birth and their philosophical foundation. This fact has plagued the Christian Church in theory and in practice to this very day.
The battle over the nature of Yahshua (Jesus) that plagued the church in the 3rd to the 5th centuries and resulted in the Nicene Creed, accepted by Christianity today as defining the nature of their Jesus of Nazareth, came from the Greco-Roman philosophy of “Creation Ex Nihilo”, or Creation out of nothing. Yet, the Jesus of Nazareth in the Christian Church was a “make-over” upon the Greco-Roman religious foundation and is not the same human as the Jewish Rabbi Yahshua HaNotzri (Jesus the Nazarene) who was a Prince of David, who was trained, lived, and served out His life as a Torah-observing Jew, who lived His life, as a Hasid, above and beyond the letter of the Law (Torah).
The Christian philosophy of creation suggests that God created the universe outside of Himself that is He spoke into a void out there and the universe came into being. What this created was a vast gulf between the creator God and His human creation. When man sinned, this vast gulf, an impassible chasm, made it impossible for man to reach over to the side of the divine, so Jesus, as the God-man had to bridge this gulf.
In the Jewish Nazarene Ecclesia Church model, Jesus became our high priest and our mediator. Yahshua became the active passage way, so that through the messiahship of Yahshua, all men could have access to become “sons and daughters” of the divine. By the Manifestation of the Divine in the human form of Yahshua ben Yosef (Jesus son of Joseph), it was YHWH God who manifested Himself in human form, an act upon which God gave of Himself for His chosen creation.
By putting Jesus on the God-side of this vast gulf, through the Nicene Creed, we now needed a mediator on the earth side. Who could assume that role, but the Vicar of God, the head bishop of Rome? The Pope now took the place of Yahshua as mediator high priest. Amazing how one small ideological step can twist the meaning of scripture 180 degrees.
To the Alexandrian theologians, Arias and Athanasius, who was this God-man Jesus? Was he divine and lived on the God side of the gulf or was he a human man created on the man side of the gulf. The argument centered around an either/or equation. The sad part of this story is that who ever won the argument; millions of people would have been and were killed, exterminated or excommunicated from the fellowship of believers in Jesus as the Christ.
Strange people we are who produce the horrors of death and even genocide over a philosophy or an idea. This battle is waged event today in our Christian Churches, Bible Study groups in Christian fellowships today study the concepts as the substitutionary death of Jesus, the atonement of man by Christ fulfilling the death sentence on man before an angry God. The Jonathan Edwards image of God dangling man over the pits of hell and even our modern concepts of hell fire are imbedded in this battle over understanding the role of the divinity and death of Jesus.
The Sefirot – The Hebrew Model of Creation
We have been studying the Creation of the Universe and man in the Hebrew model of Creation called the Sefirot. According to mystical Judaism, the deepest and most philosophical remnant of the Hebrew faith, the creation of man and the universe came by a creative process of emanations, that is One and only One God of Israel unfolding himself down a cascading avalanche of diminishing energy to the physical world around us. On one hand we have the Creator God with infinite Energy and the rocks we stand upon having atoms with very slow vibratory rates, in comparison to God, or as some physicists call, dense matter. It was Jewish scientist Albert Einstein, who broke through this veil suggesting that all matter was created by energy and the equation flows not just one way but two ways. According to Einstein, E = MC2 is a reversible street. Energy flows to matter and matter can flow back to energy. Think of this when we discuss the five levels of the soul.
According to Rabbi David Cooper, in his book, God is a Verb, “Creation is composed of five major categories of consciousness, called world or universes. Although we give different names to the worlds they are not separate universes, but are concentric worlds, one within the other.” He goes on to name these separate universes:
1. Adam Kadmon, the Primordial Source,
2. Atzilut, the World of the Spirit,
3. Beriyah, the World of the Intellect,
4. Yetzirah, the World of the Emotions,
5. Asiyyah, the World of Physicality or the Physical Life Forms on this planet.
This sounds like Ezekiel’s ‘wheel within a wheel’. It is strange how order and uniform behavior permeated throughout all of God’s creation. According to Cooper, ‘each of these worlds is a lens through which we gain a unique perspective of reality.” (Ibid 95) So we have to ask ourselves, “What is reality?” “Is our world reflective of true reality or is it the mirror image of reality? Is our physical world in which we use scientific methodology of extracting physical evidence giving us evidence of reality? The answer is Yes. Yet, this reality is only in the 5th World of Physicality or our physical world. Interestingly we soon understand that this in on the very lowest plane of Ultimate Reality. This is a sobering thought for the scientists, who suggest that they are the guardians of the truth of reality.
The Sefirot by Rabbi Isaac Luria - Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi, kabbalah – Tradition of hidden knowledge, Thames and Hudson, 1979
Another way of looking at this model of creation according to the Hebrews, Rabbi Isaac Luria, a famed mystical Jewish Rabbi in Safed, Palestine in the 16th century, put into writing the philosophical basis of Hebrew creation. This philosophical foundation was known to go back at least to the 1st century BCE, during the days of the famed Rabbi Hillel the Great, whose Beis Av Din (Vice-President) of the Great Sanhedrin was Menahem the Essene, felt to be the author of the first known sefer (book) of Jewish mysticism called the Jewish Kabballah. According to Rabbi Isaac Luria, the Worlds of Creation started with the:
First world of reality, Ein Sof, the Hidden One, called EHYEM, who resided at the top or the Crown of the Sefirot, called the Keter. The World of the Unfathomable Father included three emanations, the Keter or Kingship, Hokhmah or Wisdom, and Binah or Understanding. These attributes are not given to all mankind except by the express will of the Father. Even Yahshua (Jesus), as the manifestation of His Father, could not give kingship to man. Yet Yahshua (“YHVH saves”) was able to give salvation that is to provide the pathway through Himself to the Throne of the Father who was the giver of salvation.
Directly below the Keter or Crown is the Daat or Knowledge, seen by the mystical Jews as the veil that stands before the Throne, that no created beings can penetrate except as revealed by YHVH opening the veil and allowing Himself to be revealed.
The Sefirot by Rabbi Isaac Luria - Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi, kabbalah –
Tradition of hidden knowledge, Thames and Hudson, 1979
In the Second concentric world of reality, the Atzilut is the World of the Divine, God as the Father Image, or YHVH, the Eternal One is the center. Keep this image in mind also when discussing the New Jerusalem as the Future World of Reality.
Below the Daat is the third world of reality, called the Trunk, or Beriah, the World of Creation. Notice that the concentric circle centers in this world around the Daat, or the Veil, as the World of the Divine centers around the Crown, or God the Father. Here we can fit in the images of the Olive Tree and the Vine. Whereas God the Father is the Root of the Olive Tree and the Grape Vine, it is the Veil that reveals the Trunk of the Olive Tree and the Grape Vine. Yet we have a problem. The Daat is not a part of the Sefirot. It is recognized as a non-Sefirot. It does not emanate, it only reveals by opening and closing as directed by God the Father, the Lord of Hosts. It is revealed knowledge. Since Yahshua was the direct human manifestation of the One God, YHVH, than it is through this passage that we now understand the following text:
John 14:6 - “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through Me.”
The only independent active elements in the Sefirot of Creation are those beings that are begotten as Sefirots of God. These are the only manifestations of the Divine Spirit; the One True God, YHVH. These include Yahshua, the human manifestation and the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) as the spirit manifestation of the Unknown and Unseen God, YHVH. We shall see in a few moments these three complete Sefirots were recognized by the Early Christian Church as complete autonomous beings; God the Father, as the ultimate reality, Jesus, the only Begotten Son of the Father, as the only reality in the World of the Angelic Spirit Beings, and Adam, and the Sons of God, as the only reality in the World of Light Beings as the interplanetary Sons of God.
Yet, the early Jewish Nazarenes only knew Yahshua (Jesus) as the only manifestation of their God, the God of Israel. He was the God of Israel that put (incarnated) Himself into the human body of a babe called Yahshua. It was a reality that “God came down to dwell amongst man”. Yahshua was the human manifestation of Himself as the Keter or the King of the Universes who chose to manifest Himself into the lower dimensions of the physical world called the World of Asiyyah.
We ask, how could the God of the Universes, who proclaimed that He was the Unseen and the Unknown God. Here we have Yahshua (Jesus), as the Captain of the Lord of Hosts, who meets Joshua, and the Angel before the Presence of the Lord (of Hosts) who meets the Patriarch Abraham. Yehoshua is the manifestation of the First of the Archangels. Whereas each archangel, including the Archangel Gabriel, represented only one emanation from the Sefirot of God, Yehoshua as the Sefirot and Michael as His signet Archangel, reflects the entire blue-print, the Sefirot, or the holographic image of the Ultimate Divine Reality. This is the “Image of God”. This is the “Image” in which Yahweh Elohim (Yehoshua) created Adam from the dust of the ground by breathing into his nostrils the Breath or Spirit of Life. Yet, this understanding was only partly correct, for the God of the Universes is the One and Only God, who is Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient
Just below the Daat or the Veil stands the Tiferet, or Beauty, which is the heart and body of the entire Sefirot of the Divine World. In the words of symbolism, this is the trunk of the Sefirot. This is the Trunk of the Olive Tree and the Branch of the Grape Vine. Yet on the physical world, we find the evidence that Unseen One and Only One God presented Himself in different manifestations that were recorded in the sacred writ.
· The God who walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the Garden –
· The God who manifested Himself as Three Men who ate with Abram –
· The God who manifested Himself as Two Men who saved Lot and His family from the Fire and Brimstone of Sodom and Gomorrah –
· The God who manifested Himself as an Angel who fought Jacob –
· The God who manifested Himself as a Burning Bush –
· The God who manifested Himself to Moses on the Mount called Sinai -
· The God who manifested Himself who manifested Himself as the Captain of the Lords Host to Joshua –
Within the third concentric circle of reality in the mystical traditions of Judaism is the Yezirah, the World of Formation that is called the “Branch”. Is it not beautiful how one piece of the puzzle fits together with another? The Branch of the House of David (Isaiah 4:2; 11:1; Jeremiah 23:5; 33:15; Zechariah 3:8, 6:12) is none other than the Beauty in Zechariah (Zechariah 11:7, 10) or Tiferet/Beauty in the Sefirot of the World of the Divine.
Let us look at these texts for they are the key on how Yahshua (Jesus) is imbedded into the models of the Jewish Sefirot and the central fulcrum of the entire matrix of the World of the Divine.
Isaiah 4:2 – “In that day (at the end of time), the Branch (Yahshua) of the Lord (of Hosts or God the Father) shall be beautiful and glorious.”
Isaiah 11:1 – “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch (Yahshua) shall grow out of his roots.”
Jeremiah 23:5 – “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “That I will raise to David a Branch of Righteousness (Yahshua); A King (Kingship is given to Yehoshua HaMaschiach (Jesus the Messiah) just before He returns on the “White Horse” at the Seventh Trumpet of the Seventh Seal) shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in this earth (Millennial Kingdom of Glory).”
Jeremiah 33:15 – “In those days and at that time (End of Times) I will cause to grow up to David, a Branch of Righteousness (Yahshua); He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In those days (time of the end) Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell safely. And this is the name by which She will be called: The Lord our Righteousness.”
Zechariah 3:8 – “Hear, O Joshua, the high priest, you and your companions who sit before you, for they are a wondrous sign; for behold, I am bringing forth My Servant the Branch (Yahshua).
Zechariah 6:12 – “Thus says the Lord of hosts, saying, “Behold, the Man (remember John the Baptist speaking about Jesus at his baptism, “Behold the Man”) whose Name is the Branch! From His place (within the Sefirot of the World of the Divine) He shall branch out, and He shall build the temple of the Lord (during the millennium); He shall bear the glory (as King of kings and Lord of lords), and shall sit and rule on His throne (during the millennial kingdom); So He shall be a priest (Our High Priest since His resurrection) on His throne (Yahshua shall become the Priest-King after the Order of Melchizedek) , and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.” (the office of the high priest and the office of the king)
Zechariah 11:7, 10 – “I (Lord of Hosts) took for myself two staffs: the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bonds;
The Sefirot in the Book of Isaiah - But first let us now relook at Isaiah 11:1 and see if we can perceive the Sefirot of God unfolding in these passages:
Isaiah 11:1 - “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch (Yahshua) shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit (Holy Spirit) of the Lord (Malkhut or Kingdom) shall rest upon Him (remember the dove at the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River?), The Spirit of Wisdom (Hokhmah) and Understanding (Binah), the Spirit of Counsel (Hesed or Mercy or Greatness) and Might (Gevurah or Judgment or Strength), The Spirit of Knowledge (Daat) and of the fear of the Lord (of Hosts, Keter, Crown or God the Father.)
Here within this one passage the hierarchy of the Sefirot of God is demonstrated as described for almost two thousand years by the mystical traditions of the Rabbi’s. Imbedded, yes, imbedded deeply as the veil of God still overshadows their eyes that they cannot see that Yahshua, their Son is also YHVH their One and Only One Lord God. Soon that veil will be lifted. When they make the connection, a cascading flow of divine understanding will spread throughout the entire world.
Let us now relook at the Sefirot of the Monotheistic God the Father in the diagram above as it relates to Yahshua HaMaschiach (Jesus the Messiah) in the physical human manifestation of the Tiferet or Beauty. The primary channels of energy and power flow down from Deity, the King, called the Keter or Crown. Yes, the crown is where the Monotheistic King reigns. This energy flows to Hokhmah, (Wisdom) and Binah (Understanding) and from there like a cascade or an energy vortex to the Tiferet, called Beauty. Now that we know that the “Beauty” is Yahshua in his pre-carnate state, when He was later incarnated into the flesh of the Jewish babe called Yahshua ben Joseph ben David.
Yet at the bottom of the Sefirot of the World of the Divine is the Malkhut or “Kingdom”. Does this sound familiar – “The Kingdom of God?” This is the revelation of the Almighty as He manifests Itself in the created worlds. The Malkhut or Kingdom of God in the economy of the Israelites was the presence of the Lord of hosts in the Shekinah glory. When the glory of the Lord was revealed over the Most Holy Place in the Sanctuary, the Israelites were assured that their God was dwelling within their midst. Yet today, the manifested presence of YHVH God is left with us in the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). The Shekinah and the Holy Spirit are one in the same. The tongues of fire at the Pentecost revival were manifestations of the Shekinah. These manifestations of the Spirit Form of YHVH were seen in the Shekinah glory, the “sparks of light” in the Jewish mystic state that were to dwell in each of the apostles present in the Upper Room.
The diagram model of the Sefirot is but a two dimensional view, yet let your mind envision the vortex of a tornado and you might comprehend the picture of the flow of Energy Power of the Divine as it enters the point of creation of the entire universe. Here within the Sefirot as the Image of God is now revealed YHVH God as the Keter or Crown, and spoken in the ReNewed Testament (Brit Hadassah) as YHVH God as the Father in heaven. As the vortex of Energy descends down the “Pillar of Fire” we come to Yahshua HaMaschiach (Jesus the Messiah) as the Only Begotten Son of the Father as the Vast Creative Energy of the Ein Sof flows like a Vortex through the Human Manifestation of the Messiah as the Tiferet to the worlds below. Yet the Sefirot or the Image of God anchors itself in this three dimensional world, as the Shekinah or the Spirit Manifestation of YHVH known as the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). Before we look at the first created world, we must first finish the Sefirot of the Omnipotent God. The Trinity is embedded in the Sefirot of the Lord but it does not represent a Trinity of three Gods, but two manifestations (human and spirit) of One God.
The Third Realm of Reality was also the first Created World, Beriyah, known as the World of Creation. (White and Purple on the Sefirot of Rabbi Luria) This was the world of the angelic hosts, the Archangels, the Cherubim, and all the angelic hosts. This was the world of the Neshama, the breath of God. For the word, “neshama” is derived the same root in Hebrew (nshm) as the word breath. As we have seen above, the breath of God and the Spirit of God are the same. By the same intuitive thinking, the breath given by God to man and the Spirit of man were the same.
Let us look at it another way, the arena of the quantum physicists looks at creation as levels of energy. In the realm of the Father, the Source of all life, the Energy Field in not just vast and Unfathomable, it is Infinite. If the models of the mystic Jews are correct, then the Tiferet, or the level of Beauty in the World of the Divine (white area) would be on a lower energy field than the Ein Sof, God the Father, as the Keter or Crown of all creation. If this is the abode of YHVH, the Son, Yahshua (Jesus) truly would be divine, for He was YHVH God manifested in His human form. As the God of the Universes, the Ein Sof, He manifested Himself into a lower level of creation in the human form as a Jewish babe, born to a Jewish maiden in Bethlehem. Did the Almighty One create Yahshua into another God, a lesser God, or Duality or a Trinity of His Divine Nature? No! As the Almighty One, He was the same Indivisible God, now and forever more, but manifested Himself in another dimension. Is this not what we witness in the testimony about that Jewish Rabbi called Yahshua HaNotzri (Jesus the Nazarene)?
John 10:30 - “I and My Father are One.”
John 14:10 – “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me. The word that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority, but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”
John 14:20 – “At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.”
John 16:15 – “All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”
John 16:28 – “I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father.”
Notice now the Fourth Concentric World of Reality as it centers on the “Branch” or the Tiferet as the Center of the World of Formation. (Purple and Red on the above Sefirot of Rabbi Luria) Notice how out of the center, the Tiferet, or the “Beauty” of the Spirit World, (White and Purple on the Sefirot Model of Rabbi Luria’s “Tree of Life”), begins the next Sefirot, or the Sefirot of Adam, where his keter or crown reaches or ascended into the World of the Divine. .
This is the highest form of human existence, the World of Light-Beings, the nature which Adam was created in the Garden of Eden. This is the “glorified human” that Yahshua exhibited in His own body after His resurrection, and after He had returned to His Father to be glorified through all creation. Consider the fact, that each of the archetypes of the World of the Divine, as the Father in Heaven, and Yehoshua the Son, as the Tiferet of the World of the Divine as the Cosmic Messiah, and Adam, as the Tiferet of the Angelic “World of Spirit Forms of Creation”, and now “Fallen Adam”, as the Tiferet of the of the “World of Formation of Light Beings” as the “Sons of God”.
Each one is a complete Sefirot, a complete “Image of the Father” in what the Genesis story called the “Image of God”. Each are a holographic duplication in a lower dimension of energy from the “Father YHVH God” as infinite Energy, to Yehoshua as in Manifested Energy of the Father Who was in Him, to Adam as the “Glorified Light Being” who literally radiated the glory of the Father, and now “Fallen Man” who was demoted from his former “estate” yet with the “Promise” that he will be restored as a “Son of God” who glorifies in His body, soul, and mind his Father in heaven.
The World of Formation as “Light Beings” were the “Sons of God”, who sat in council in heaven in spoken about in the Book of Job. The role of the primacy of Adam as ruler of this earth was usurped by HaSatan, or “the Satan”, called The Devil, in Gans Eden (Garden of Eden). It also suggests that other inhabited worlds have “Sons of God”, as “Glorified Light Beings” that sit in the Council of Heaven as the representative of their planetary world. This ascended human form of existence was seen by the Jewish apostle of Yehoshua called John the Revelator.
“The Throne in Heaven” – Revelation 4:5-8
Revelation 4:2-5, 5:1-10 - “Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God…
“The Lamb Slain” – Revelation 5:6
And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?”…so I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and to read the scroll, or to look at it. But one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep, Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.’
And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incesnse, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song saying:
“The Elders Singing a New Song” – Revelation 5:8-9
You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.”
Whatever we want to say about the fall of Satan or when it occurred or will occur, according to the Book of Job, Satan still had access to the realms of heaven and the heavenly courts. Was Adam and mankind created lower than the angels? Yes! As we can see the Spirit of Adam, that is Adam’s keter or crown, resided within the World of Creation of the Spirit Beings, yet Adam himself was a unique creation, a Light Being. As a Light Being, Adam glowed with the effulgent glory or energy derived from God, because though his body was made of flesh and bones, yet this “glory” flowed throughout his being, possibly in the very channels that blood travels today.
The council that Satan represented in the Book of Job, is the same Council of the twenty and four elders that sat before the Throne of God in Revelation, in which only the Lamb of God, still stained by the blood of his execution was able to open the Seven Seals? Yahshua as the Jewish Messiah enacted and fulfilled in literal and physical form, the very acts of the literal Pesach (Passover) Lamb of God. By the act of His execution upon the stake or tree, and his subsequent resurrection, Yahshua wrested the control and the destiny of this planet away from Satan.
The demotion of Satan would become the defining “Act of Salvation” so that the Divine could enter the final phase of the struggle of the Divine Powers for the control of the destiny of this planet earth. Satan won the first battle in the Garden, while, Yahshua as the Son of God won the second battle to bring this world back into the orbit and influence of YHVH God. The final battles are presently being wages in the heavenlies as the cosmic Dark Forces of Evil prepare for that final showdown at the Battle of Armageddon between King Yahshua, now returning in the ascendant manifestation as the “Prince” now crowned as King of kings, and Lord of lords. While Yehoshua ascends in glory, Lucifer, who once stood in the very Presence of the Father in heaven, has now descended from his glorified estate, and Satan, the deposed prince of planet earth, the leader of the forces of darkness and the arch-enemy of Yehoshua as the divine manifestation of His Father, the Almighty One of Israel.
The Fifth World of Reality – The Human World of Action
Then we come to the Fifth Concentric World of Reality, centering on the Yesod or Foundation. It was called the Fruit, Asiyyah (Assiyah) or the World of Action. We have now entered our created three dimensional physical world. Here where the Laws of Nature reign supreme, that arena that modern scientists think are so immutable. Is it not interesting this world is on the ladder of true reality? Yet, notice where our planet earth is on the pecking order of true reality, at the bottom.
This is the World of the Animal Kingdom, a world truly trapped in the three dimensional world of universal laws. As such, animals, outside of man, are unable to change, altar or comprehend these laws, much less understand the moral consequences of obeying or disobeying these laws. This is the world of instinct, not knowledge. The entire animal kingdom lives on this level, yet they are still worthy to be called “Good” by the creator God, though living on an even lower energy plane.
“The Wheel within a Wheel” – Digital Art by Ted Larson
When sin entered this world by Eve and Adam disobeying or rebelling against the commands of the Lord, they were demoted into the complete world of the three-dimensions of the physical forces. This is the world of physical beings, you and me as humans, residing, and trapped in our sinful state.
A dimensional veil was placed over Adam, Eve and their entire descendants that only could be penetrated by the ascendancy of their souls. Human, as animals of higher intelligence, move beyond all other animals, as they now participated in the World of Creation, Atzilus, or the World of Intelligence and the plane of the Spirit World. This is the world of the angelic hosts, yet in special moments in the history of mankind, humans have participated in the lower realms of this Spirit world.
In scripture, we see honored or chosen ones of God, who had contact with Beings of other-dimensional life: Abraham on the Mamre plains, Jacob in a wrestling match, the Prophets Ezekiel and Daniel, the “chosen vessel” of Miriam the Maiden, the mother of Yahshua and John the Revelator.
Even today, the Zaddiks, or the righteous Sages of Israel have ascended to the World of the Creation, Atzilus, and witnessed the World of the Divine through the emanation of the Holy Spirit. Here they could witness the World of the Angelic and Spirit Beings. Let us not kid ourselves; this is a profound experience and one that is not achieved by wishing or demanding. Through the pathways of the human soul, Adam and Eve could understand and visualize the cosmic worlds of the angelic beings and the World of the Divine. This visualization would have to be in visions, dreams, and the mystical ascendancy of the mind.
2. The Second Concentric World of Reality, the Atzilut is the World of the Divine that is centered on the Eternal One as YHVH God the Almighty One of Israel. This is reflected in the Breath of God, known as the Spirit of man.
3. The Third Concentric World of Reality, the Beriyah, the World of Creation, is centered on the Daat, the Source of Divine Knowledge with the angelic hosts as created “Spirit Beings”. The Keter or crown of this “World of the Spirit Beings” surrounding the Tiferet or Beauty. Here was the realm of “The Messiah” and the precarnate emanation of Yahshua as the “Only Begotten Son of God”. This world can be reflected in the intellect of man, where the source of Knowledge from the Holy Spirit.
The Emanations from the One God of Israel manifested down the Central Pole of Grace through Human Manifestation of Yahshua as the Tiferet and the Spirit Manifestation of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) as the Shekhinah
4. The Fourth Concentric World of Reality, the Yetzirah, is the World of Formation. This was the World of Gans Eden (Garden of Eden) where Adam as the son of God was created as a “Light-being”. This world is reflected in the emotions of the human body.
5. The Fifth Concentric World of Reality, the Assiyah (Asiyyah), is the World of Action. This world is centered around the Yesod or foundation of the Sefirot of God. This is the “World of Animal Beings” and the “World of Man’s Physical Body”, with all the biological and anabolic processes, the cyclical and monitoring systems plus man’s ego, central nervous system, automatic nervous system, and the skeletal, skin and all the sense organs, plus the vitamins, minerals and elements that compose all living creatures.
Are we beginning to see a pattern?
The Five Levels of the Prophecy
True to the Hebrew mind, every level of existence or reality is only one layer upon another. This is what we are now discovering in prophetic studies and one of the purposes of this study in the Prophetic Sefer (Book) of Zechariah. Many scholars feel that Zechariah was written as a historical documentation of God’s chosen people in a certain place and time, 6th century B.C. Jerusalem. Many other scholars want to jump to the spiritual understanding or allegorical meaning of the text.
Does this not suggest, before a spiritual grasp is to be understood in a biblical prophecy, we must understand its literal impact in the history of mankind, understand the emotional impact to the humans within its prophetic sphere, grasp the intellectual framework of its meaning and then we can begin to “spiritualize” our understanding of prophecy. So what are the five levels of prophecy that ascend from the “Kingdom” at the bottom of the Sefirot to the “Keter, the Crown” of YHVH’s Eternal Existence?
1. The First Step is to “Understand the Prophecy in the Literal (Pshat) Meaning and Context” of life and social culture of the person receiving the prophecy. All prophetic understanding must begin on the literal interpretation of the Word of the Lord given to the prophets to reveal. This is the World of Assiyah or Physical Action where the Ruach HaKodesh first engaged the mind of the prophet or saint that is struggling and seeking to understand the will of the Most High.
2. The Second Step in how to understand a prophecy is to Capture the “Spirit of the Prophecy”. As stated in the old Indian proverb, we must walk in the moccasins (shoes) of the prophets. We must understand their feelings and emotions and the effect on their lives as the chosen ones of God, of the House of Israel and the House of Judah. This is the World of Yetzirah or the Human Emotions, at the World of Formation. At this level, we can now achieve the World of Adam in the Garden of Eden in his human existence.
3. The Third Step in the “Ascendant Pathway of the Prophets” is harness the “Intelligence” that the Lord of Hosts has given to each of us. This is the World of our Higher Intelligence, which resides in the World of the Beriyah or the Spirit Beings.
4. The Fourth Step in the “Ascendant Pathway of the Prophets” is for the Almighty One to bring us out of our body into the world of visions, dreams and mystical experiences into the World of the Atzilut, the World of the Spirits. Here is where the Archangels that surround the Throne of God engage God’s “holy one” such as Daniel the Prophet, Zechariah the High Priest, John the Revelator, and Miriam the maiden mother of Yahshua. This in not the arena of the corrupted intelligence of man, but found only on focusing on the literal Word of the Lord, and in meditation, letting the Holy Spirit guide in the interpretation and understanding. The mind and body must be pure, or very destructive processes can happen. One must be well grounded in literal “Word of God, or the demonic and satanic spirits can intercept and alter the messages. The recent activity of ascendant spirits and spirit guides depict how the pathway is intercepted by the powers forces of darkness.
5. The Fifth Step in the “Ascendant Pathway of the Prophets” is the overwhelming experience of coming into the Presence of the Divine and becoming overwhelmed by the Presence of the Primordial Source of all Life, Divine Wisdom, and Understanding.
According to Rabbi Cooper, according to the depths of mystical Judaism:
Rabbi David Cooper – “The “soul has five levels, five dimension of awareness. Each soul dimension has a unique relationship with its world, and each relationship is the vehicle through which we mysteriously connect with that world. Some aspects of soul relate more to our physicality, while others dwell, so to speak, in different realms of awareness. One aspect of the soul is always joined with the center of creation, and this is our eternal link with truth.” (Ibid. 95)
Whereas most Christians, think that man has one soul, and most creationists think that the defining issue between the nature of man and animal is that man has a soul and that animals and all lower creations are soul-less, the Hebrew understanding is more profound and comprehensive, again in harmony with the Hebrew model of creation by the emanations of God, not creation ex nihilo or out of nothing. To begin, the normal human physical existence of man is now on the fifth level of reality. Yet, man is trapped in our three-dimensional world.
In this section, we will depend heavily on the sections of the writings of Rabbi David A. Cooper, “Five Worlds, Five Soul Dimensions”, found in his book, “God is a Verb.”
The First Level of the Human Soul is the nefesh, or the Soul of the Atomic World, the world of the atoms. This is the Soul of the Malkhut, the “Kingdom of God” on the Sefirot of God. This is the lowest level of reality, the physical world, which is called Assiyah, or the World of Action. To the Hebrews, every particle of matter, whether it is a rock, plant, single-cell organisms and even every celestial body has a soul. It is occasionally called the “animal soul or body soul”. Humans link to this animal soul by what is known as human awareness, whether to themselves or to another animal or creature.
The nefesh is recognized to be the densest part of the soul, or the soul of least energy. Yet, this is the part of the soul most humans identify with. This is the human soul that is connected with the physical world; our friends, our pets, our moments of adventures, our moments of grief and sorrow. This soul may relate to your special pet and out of this human and animal relationship is the source of great inspiration and hope. Maybe it is a boy with his dog, or the relationship of a young girl with her horse, or a mother with her pet cat that followers her everywhere in the house. I once read with fascination of a scientist who spent years watching and relating with ants. In fact, the great wisdom of King Solomon includes such pearls of wisdom as, “Go to the ant thou sluggard, consider her ways and be wise”. It is the observation and appreciation of the physical world of creation that points man the closest to the God of Creation. When most humans deal with thoughts of inspiration, it is usually in reference to a created object in the physical world; a serene lake, a gorgeous sunset, a majestic view from a mountain peak, an exquisite gemstone of great faceted brilliance or a beautiful lily in the garden. This is the bond and interaction in the human soul of nefesh.
It was the nefesh soul that was created in Adam that produced the one major responsibility of mankind; the guardianship of this earth. And the Lord caused all the animals to walk by Adam, he observed their ways and habits and named them in the same way Hebrews name humans, as a description of their personality or a description of a major event in their lives. That some disparage the environmental “wackos” only to realize that though maybe single-minded, they are trying to remedy one of the great sins of human existence; the rape and destruction of the environment around us. The longevity of man is indelibly tied to the health of the planet in which he lives. The curse of nuclear proliferation and the toxic waste it has produced, is sobered by the fact that a large percentage of our earthquakes during the 50’s to the 80’s were a cause of nuclear testing. When the final cataclysms at the end of times, the sixth seal and the seventh trumpet of the seventh seal makes its catastrophic toll upon this earth, the sites of the greatest potential cataclysmic destructions in the continental North America, will be at the sites where nuclear waste is being deposited into the earth.
The concept of the “living planet” or Gaia, espoused especially by the New Age does have its roots in the nefesh, the notion that the material earth has a soul. The sad testimony is that most New Agers believe that this is the ultimate soul of existence. Once again, their idea is right, but their philosophical foundation is the reverse of the Hebrew reality. They are at the wrong end of the Sefirot of God.
Environmental preservation is one means of keeping the human nefesh healthy. Though it is the least connected with the Infinite Divine Energy, it is the foundation or the kingdom of where all the soul levels begin. The nefesh, like the sefirot, is grounded in the Malkhut, or Kingdom. Without this grounding, the sefirot is incomplete.
Is it any wonder that the basis for Hebrew thought is bound up in the concepts of the “land”. The redemption of the House of Israel and the House of Judah is indelibly tied to the redemption of the Land of Israel and the necessity of creating “sacred ground” or “holy ground”. Before God comes down to this earth, a piece of this planet must be made holy. Over and over, in the prophets, the Lord of Hosts identifies this site as Jerusalem.
For Moses to speak directly with God, he had to recognize the Shekinah that was consuming a “burning bush” in the Midian wilderness, and that piece of ground was holy. Why? This place was made holy because the Shekinah, the manifestation of the Spirit of YHVH God, touched down at that place. Before the Torah could be given to Moses, the Mount Sinai had to be made holy and consecrated to the Lord. Why? Because the Lord of Hosts touched down His Sefirot upon that mount. Before Joshua could speak with the Captain of the Lord of Hosts, Y’shua, he took off his shoes, for the ground at Gilgal was holy. Why, because the Lord said so. (Joshua 5:15) At this power strategy meeting, type met antitype facing eye to eye. Yehoshua was this Angel of the Lord, now manifested as the Captain of the Lord’s Hosts. Now, Yehoshua was talking with Joshua, the general of the Hebrew tribes, whose name in Hebrew was also Yahshua (Yehoshua).
Here on the land surrounding this sacred ground called Gilgal, the Israelites lived fourteen years. When they followed Yahshua, the Angel of the Lord, they drove out the inhabitants of the land. When they followed their own desires and revenge, they met defeat. Then there came the Day of Dedication. Two large monuments were erected. Joshua, the general of the Hebrews, stood before His people. He spelled out the conditions of the Lord to inhabit the land and with his final admonition, he said, “If the YHVH be God, follow Him….As for me and my house, we will serve the YHVH.”
The Second Level of the Human Soul from the bottom is the ruach, or the Soul of the World of Formation, Beriyah. As we have already studied that ruach means “wind’ or “spirit”. In humans the ruach relates to speech and emotions, and form a vital part of our consciousness and the language that flows through our five senses. As such, ruach is more closely associated with emotional awareness.
The “spirituality” of man is grounded in the ruach soul level. When you listen to a powerful sermon that touches your heart and it brings tears to your eyes, that is the Spirit, called Ruach. When you look at a piece of art by a Master Artist and emotions flow through your soul, that is the Spirit called the Ruach. When you watch your son overwhelmed by a glance from his girlfriend that is the Spirit called Ruach. Love on this level is more real and longer lasting because it identifies directly with your emotions. When you sit at your computer and compose a passage that in your eyes is profound and mystical, tears will swell up in your eyes and you know that this is the Spirit called the Ruach.
When the ruach energy level is raised to its highest elevation, we achieve a level of awareness elevated and intense called ruach-ha-kodesh, literally called the Holy Spirit. It is a transcendent state that exceeds any form of ordinary awareness. This was the experience in the Upper Room by the disciples of Yahshua during Pentecost fifty days after his resurrection. Within this state of ruach ha-kodesh, we dwell in other dimensions of reality that is outside of our emotions and senses. Out of it we gain a clarity in our mission and sense of how our life is to unfold. All the biblical prophets had ruach-ha kodesh. Rabbis thoughout the centuries have achieved the ruach-ha-kodesh, just a Rabbi Yahshua’s followers did on Pentecost. This is the level of prophecy and intense contemplative works by the rabbis and spiritual leaders throughout the ages.
The question then arises. If the Daat is the level of the veil which opens and gives us knowledge (prophecy) and the essence of divine mission, what happens on the Beriyah level of the World of Formation?
Re-examine the Sefirot model. When the Lord of Host acts He descends from the top and comes down to us. The first descent is at the level of the Daat. The Veil that covers the manifestations of the Spirit God called YHVH opens up and reveals those emanations that God in His Divine Wisdom choses.
When a man of God acts, he ascends from the bottom up. His first level of ascent is at the Beriyah, the level of human and spiritual emotions. In other words, God meets us step by step in our ascent to Him.
The Third Level of the Human Soul is the neshama, or the soul of the world of Creation, Beriyah. This is Third Human Soul, from the human body at the bottom and coming up, is also the Third Realm of Reality, coming from God the Father down, puts us into the World of Creation. As noted above, this was the world of the angelic hosts, the Archangels, the Cherubim, and all the spirit beings. This was the World of the Neshama, the Breath of God. By the same intuitive thinking, the “breath” (neshama) given by God to Adam and the Spirit of man (neshama) were the same. Here we remind ourselves of the introduction text for this study.
Zechariah 12:1 - “I am He that formeth or instills the Spirit of man that is placed within him.”
It is on the Level of the Angelic World, in the “spirit world” that the “Spirit of man” and the “Breath of God” meet face to face. According to Rabbi Cooper,
Rabbi David Cooper - “It is the defining quality of human consciousness.”
In the Zohar, the most prominent mystical text of Judaism, describes the neshama as follows:
Sefer Zohar - “The nefesh and the ruach intertwine together, while the neshama resides in a person’s character. This is an abode, which cannot be discovered or located. Should a person strive towards purity in life, he or she is aided by a holy Neshoba. But should the person not strive for righteousness and purity of life, this person is animated only by two grades; nefesh and ruach.” (Zohar 1:62b)
All people have the power to develop the neshama level. As stated by Rebbi Cooper,
Rabbi David Cooper - “From the spiritual perspective, our lives are fired by conscious action (fuel) and clean living (oxygen). We need a good mix of the two to get the temperature high enough to vitalize our higher soul potential. Once this is accomplished, we have access to expended realms of awareness.” (Ibid 98)
It is assumed that the real purpose of human achievement is to live holy lives and to ‘parent’ the lofty achievement of neshama, the spirit of man/God. According to the Zohar, after the ruach, or spirit, ‘a superior grade that dominates the others, the neshama, takes up its abode, and the person becomes worthy of the world to come. Nefesh cannot exist without the help of ruach, and ruach in tern is sustained by neshama. The three form a unity.” (Ibid, 1:206a) So we have this equation:
Mystical States and Visions --> Glorified State (Translation)
Book of Splendor - “The neshama (spirit) emanates from an elevated source, while the ruach (spirit of man) emanates from a somewhat lower origin. When these two sources unite, they shine with a celestial light and are called the ‘lamp.’ As stated in Proverbs, “The lamp of God is the neshama of humankind.” (Zohar II:99b on Proverbs 20:27)
This union is a vital act of creation. It is at the neshama that human life becomes complete. It is at the neshama that God breathed into Adam, the breath of life, and Adam became a living soul. It is the part of the human soul that connects with the Divine Source of Life. To the Hebrews, the neshama is pure in its essence and will never become blemished. When we die, this is the soul, neshama that immediately returns back to its Divine Author.
The Fourth Level of the Human Soul is the chayah, the world of emanation. This is a living essence that is so ethereal and other worldly that it has virtually no connection with our body. A person in chayah, must enter altered states of existence. These are the rare moments; one experiences the feelings of “oceanic unity” or the “bright light of pure onenesses”.
Chayah is the overwhelming experience of coming into the presence of the Divine and becoming overwhelmed by His presence. A person experiencing chayah, while living in this life, the physical processes of living are stopped at this moment while this person is in that ascendant state. This may include the holding of a 15 pound Bible for thirty minutes in an outstretched arm, cessation of breathing, loss of physical sensations such as pain, lack of ‘normal’ human emotions, and no sign of human reasoning or the continuing the process of intellect or rational understanding. It is the rare “holy one” who is able to achieve this mystical state.
The Fifth Level of the Human Soul is yehidah, the world of will. It is called the soul level most connected with the Source of awareness and as such it is total “unity”. “Some would say that this is the aspect of the soul that is hardwired directly into the essence of the Divine. It is not ‘with’ us, but we are never apart from it.
On this level, duality dissolves. That means, we cannot recognize our personhood as separate from the Creator. It is far too subtle to be recognized by human consciousness, yet according to Cooper, yehidah is our:
Rabbi David Cooper - “ultimate link with God-ing, the part of us that can never be separated from God. On this existence, ‘when all else fails, the awareness of our yehidah endowment may be sufficient to carry us through our more difficult times, for it is the aspect of each person eternally connected with perfection.” (Cooper, p.99)
To the Eastern mind, this oneness with the Divine has a much easier reception. In our Western mindset of individuality, autonomy, and personal rights, we now face a major roadblock. Ask most American teenagers, are you ready to come into oneness with God, loose your individuality, autonomy and personal rights and become a servant or slave to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, they would look at you in amazement, are you out of your mind! The farther up the levels of the soul, the more resistant and uncomfortable a westerner would become. What a trap we are in.
The Dimensional Veil that must be Opened before a Human is Permitted to the World of Yehidah
Well at the Time of the End, after the Sixth Seal, we see the 144,000 and the Great Multitude. Can you image the harmonic convergence as the music swells around the throne of God? The sea of glass has a great multitude with swells of anthems and praising, singing the “Song of Moses”. In the presence of the throne with Yehoshua, our high priest, are the 144,000 singing a “New Song”, which no one else will be able to learn or sing. These saints are in yehidah. This apparently is also the glorified state in which we will be transformed in a moment, in the twinkling of the eye, at the last trump of the Lord. Are you ready for this experience?
Bible Revelations about the Oneness of God – by Bible Revelations
Go to Zechariah 1:1 –
Creator of the heavens
The Whirlwind, the Four Creatures, the Cosmic Wheels
Blue, the color of Sapphire, the color of the Sea of Glass and
the Firmament of the Heavens
The Foundations of the Earth and the New Earth
The Foundations of the New Jerusalem
Go to Zechariah 12:1-2 –
The Burden of the Lord Against Israel
I will Make Jerusalem a Cup of Trembling
A Cup of Trembling
The Nations of the World Tremble
Index for the Commentary on the Prophecies of Zechariah
The Redemption and Restoration of Jerusalem and Israel
Zechariah 1 - God remembers and God blesses at the Appointed Time
Zechariah 2 – God sets His sights to Rebuild Jerusalem
Zechariah 3 – The Priesthood is Re-consecrated for the Temple
Zechariah 4 – God sends Israel His Anointed Ones and His faithful Eyes
Zechariah 5 – The Flying of the Megillah and the Cleansing of the Land
The Oracles and Judgments of the God of Israel
Zechariah 9 - Part One – The Burden of the Lord on the Fertile Crescent
Zechariah 9 - Part Two – The God of Israel wants Damascus to be One of His Zions
Zechariah 9 - Part Three – The Prelude to the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah War – Global News
Zechariah 9 - Part Four – The Israeli-Hezbollah War in the Summer 2006
– Global News
Zechariah 9 - Part Five – The Oracles of HaShem against the Palestinians
Zechariah 10 – Latter Rain - Restoration of the Houses of Judah & Joseph
Zechariah 11 – The Shepherds and the Staff in the Land of Israel
Zechariah 12:1 – The Creator and the Throne of the God of Israel
Zechariah 12:1-2 – Jerusalem, a Cup of Trembling
Zechariah 12:3-14 – Jerusalem, a Burdensome Stone
Zechariah 13 – The Gihon Fountain flows from the Temple of the Lord
Message from BibleSearchers
BibleSearchers scans the world for information that has relevance on the time of the end. It is our prayer that this will allow the believers in the Almighty One of Israel to “watch and be ready”. Our readiness has nothing to do trying to halt the progression of evil on our planet earth. In our readiness, we seek to be prepared for the coming of the Messiah of Israel so that goodness and evil will be manifested in its fullest. Our preparation is a pathway of spiritual readiness for a world of peace. Our defender is the Lord of hosts. The time of the end suggests that the Eternal One of Israel’s intent is to close out this chapter of earth’s history so that the perpetrators of evil, those that seek power, greed and control, will be eliminated from this planet earth. The wars of the heavens are being played out on this planet earth and humans will live through it to testify of the might, power, justice and the love of the God of Israel. In a world of corruption and disinformation, we cannot always know what the historical truth is and who is promoting evil or mis-information. We cannot guarantee our sources but we will always seek to portray trends that can be validated in the Torah and the testimony of the prophets of the Old and the New Testament.
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