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"And the glory of Yah Veh tabernacled upon mount Sinay (Sinai), and the cloud covered it six days; and the seventh day he called unto Mosheh (Moses) out of the midst of the cloud. And the visage of the glory of Yah Veh was like consuming fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the sons of Yisra El (Israel)." (Ex. 24:16-17, The exeGeses Bible.)

"When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him" (Ex. 24:29-30, NIV).

Neosho, MO

June, 2000

We were pleased to receive a letter recently from an inmate currently serving time in a correctional facility. He said that a friend had sent him Lenny's writing entitled, "A Funeral Celebration." (It's about how baptism symbolizes the death and burial of the old man, the carnal nature, and his resurrection into the new Creation). [See End Note A.] This brother said the article ministered to him as he is trying to follow Christ within the difficult confines of prison and he asked for other writings that we might be able to send him. I shared the contents of his welcome letter with an older Christian friend of ours whose initial reaction was horror that someone in jail knew our address. Her fear that he would somehow hurt us leaped across the room at me as I attempted to explain how it is that the gospel of Christ is a life changing force. I do not fault her for not knowing this, because she has been involved in a religion based more on knowing the rules and obeying the rules rather than depending on the Holy Spirit for help in living the Christian life. I pointed out to her that the only criteria Jesus used for separating the sheep from the goats was not doctrine, over which these good folks split hairs and debate endlessly. In fact, here's the only qualifying difference between the sheep on the right and the goats on the left: "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me'" (Matt. 25:34-40). The reason I mention this is because the dear lady with whom I was visiting, and indeed many well meaning folks who have been church members their whole lives, have not personally experienced the life changing power of the Gospel, God's POWER unto salvation (Rom. 1:16), nor have they seen it in action in anyone else's life either. There's an old saw that goes something like this, "Just because you were born in a bakery does not make you a bagel, any more than being born in a Christian home makes you a Christian." If you were blessed enough to be born in a Christian home, and without doubt, it is a blessing, you grew up knowing the difference between right and wrong, and given enough guidance and/or pressure from your family and/or your congregation, you soon lost the bad behavior, and began acting like the nice folks who attended church with you, at least where you could be seen by anyone. Yet, in spite of the fact that we all are more comfortable around folks who do act nice, than we are around those who do not, acting nice and obeying the rules do not make you a Christian, and as Romans, Chapter Seven, so painfully and graphically portrays, righteous intentions do not insure that you will always be "good" either. Sometimes, in spite of our best intentions and our valiant attempts to obey the rules that society and churches hold dear, we cannot do it! People who cannot conform to the rules, try though they might, may also have come from Christian homes, but realizing early on that they could not play the part expected of them, they drifted off into the world, which has lower standards of behavior.

The Apostle Paul explains that out the same lump of clay, the potter has the right to make some vessels of honor and some vessels of dishonor (Rom. 9:21), and he makes the point that how we turned out is a result of God's efforts, not ours. He concludes, "It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy" (Rom. 9:16). He tells us God hardened Pharaoh's heart and created a "villain" for divine reasons: "For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: 'I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth'" (Rom. 9:17). Gary Sigler talks about the fact that some people are born on the "good side" of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and others are born on the "bad side." As he points out so skillfully, both good and evil behavior are from the same tree of which God forbade Adam to partake. Adam and Eve's failure to obey this one commandment plunged us all into the soup of sin, rebellion, death and decay. For those few people who can carry it off, play the game, talk the talk and walk the walk of good works, and can therefore blend in with "the righteous folk," they may not even know that it is the power of God which enables them to be Christians. They may actually believe that it is the strength of their own right arm, which keeps them on the "straight and narrow path" (Matt. 7:13-14). People like that tend to have little tolerance for the aberrant behavior of others. In fact, there are at least two well known televangelists who ranted and raved, moralized and judged their listeners for sins which they themselves were committing in private, or at least they thought it was private. Both men were exposed and had to publicly repent, which probably did them a world of good, shocking as it was to the faithful flock, and it may have gone a long way toward wiping out the Pharisee lurking in their hearts. One can only hope.

Then, there are those who grew up on the "bad side" of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, who never had a chance because they were born into a horrible situation of overt sin and corruption. Karla Faye Tucker, the murderess who was executed by the State of Texas about two years ago, was introduced to drugs and prostitution by her own mother when she was about 12 years old. She committed a brutal murder under the influence of drugs, and spent the rest of her life in prison, where the Lord found her and made her His own. I wrote a journal about her death and the bureaucracy which executed her because "the powers that be," in the state of Texas (including the governor), had never seen up close and personal the power of God unto Salvation, and thus could not believe that she was transformed from a murderess into a child of the King. [See End Note B.] I still find it unbelievably sad that what the churches have passed off as "gospel" is merely a watered down version of the Torah, which as the Hebrew writer affirms, could never make one perfect (Heb. 7:19; 10:1), even assuming someone could keep it, which no one ever has except the Christ (Matt. 5:17). As Karla Fay's story displays, when God tabernacles in a human heart, the old man, the carnal nature is blown away, metamorphosed by the power of Almighty God. The exeGeses Bible [See End Note E.] renders Rom. 1:16 this way, "For I am not ashamed of the evangelism of Messiah; for it is the dynamis of Elohim (God) unto salvation to every one that trusteth; both to the Yah Hudiy (Jew) first and also to the Hellene (Greek). For therein is the justness of Elohim (God) unveiled from trust to trust; exactly as scribed. The just live by trust." I'm told that the root word for POWER ("dynamis" from the Greek noun, "dunamis") is the one from which we get our word dynamite. The Hebrew/Aramaic lexicon that came with this Bible translates "dynamis" as dynamic ability. Now, I full well understand that if you were born into a Christian family and if you have "hung out" with church folks all the days of your life, you may not have had occasion to see God's "dynamic ability" in action. You may never have seen a life metamorphosed, which Webster's College Dictionary renders "to change the form or nature of." This is a short definition of the New Creation. Listen to the verse in the exeGeses ready research Bible: "(Therefore ) So then if any (man) one be in (Christ) Messiah, he is a new (creature) creation: (old things are) the archaic has passed (away); behold, all (things are) become new. And all (things) are of (God) Elohim, who hath reconciled us to himself (by Jesus Christ) through Yah Shua Messiah." (II Cor. 5:17-18).

Sadly, church people often tend to think like the Pharisees, who avoided the publicans and sinners like the plague, preferring not to get their hands dirty or their reputations soiled (Matt. 9:11; Mk. 2:16; Lk. 5:30-31; 15:1-2). The net result of this behavior often is that the person who has not seen or experienced the "dynamis" at work personally, begins to believe that he doesn't need it. If people would just shape up and fly right, like he is doing, he thinks, then all would be well. This is NOT the Gospel and it is NOT what the born again experience is all about. Jesus declared to Nicodemus that one can neither see (Jn. 3:3) nor enter (Jn. 3:g) the kingdom of God unless he is born again, "born from above." Why would this be? Jesus answered, "That which is birthed of the flesh is flesh; and that which is birthed of the Spirit is spirit." (Vs. 6).

This brings me finally to my topic, which is the shechinah glory of God. The previous two journals were about the blood covenant. My purpose in writing them was to show God's plan for the ages, as revealed in the blood shed in the animal sacrifices, which pointed to Christ. [See End Note C.] I think I did an adequate job of documenting my points, but I suspect that many people didn't bother to read them through because they thought it a dull subject that has nothing to do with our lives today. My next topic was to have been the Ark of the Covenant itself, and specifically, what happened to it? I did a great deal of research on this intriguing topic, digging deeper into the subject than ever before, but I began to think, "What does it really mean for us today?" So, as usual, I had to go back to the Lord for clarity on the destination of this journey I had undertaken. The Ark of the Covenant, after all, has been missing in action for centuries. Its mysterious disappearance intrigued me, and since I love a good mystery, and I'm a passionate reader of the Old Testament, I really enjoyed looking into it in detail. Scholars are not even sure when it disappeared and the Bible does not say. I found this report in a Bible Reference book, whose name escapes me now: "The precise time of the theft or destruction of the ark is unknown. Some have suggested that Shishak of Egypt plundered the Temple of this most holy object (I Kings 14:25-28), but it seems more likely, from Jeremiah 3:16-17, that the Babylonians captured the ark in 586 BC with the fall of Jerusalem and the burning of the Temple. As Jeremiah predicted, the ark was never rebuilt for the second Temple, the holy of holies remaining empty." My own personal opinion, for what it is worth, is that Shishak of Egypt must have taken the holy symbol of God's presence. I base this on the fact that Nebuchadnezzar took all the temple vessels of gold and silver with him when he plundered and pillaged the Temple and carried off the Judean captives to Babylon (II Kings 24:13-14; 25:13-14). Seventy years later, as Jeremiah had prophesied (Jer. 25:11-12; 29:10), beginning in 538 BC, King Cyrus of Persia allowed the captives to return to their homeland, freeing them from their exile in Babylon. At that time, he sent with them all the treasures in the temple which Nebuchadnezzar had stolen (Ezra 5:14-15), but absent from that lengthy list was the Ark of the Covenant. Since I discussed this chain of events in detail in the journal entitled, "The Mount which cannot be touched" [See End Note D], I won't repeat the information here. Jeremiah's prophecy is clearly a lament for the lost ark: "In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land," declares the LORD, 'men will no longer say, 'The Ark of the Covenant of the LORD.' It will never enter their minds or be remembered; it will not be missed, nor will another one be made'" (Jer. 3:16).

Still, it would be difficult to overestimate the importance of the Ark of the Covenant and the shechinah glory that dwelt or tabernacled between the cherubim. However, it interesting to me that although we view the mystical power of the shechinah glory with awe, the word "shechinah" does not appear anywhere in the Bible. So, what is it? Basically, I have come to believe that it is one of those transliterated words, words which are not translated, but rather taken whole from one language to another, i.e., spelled the same in English as they are in the tongues, lips, and dialects of their homelands. Thus, in English, we have "pizza," and "crepe" and "Olympics," to name a few words that we just borrowed from another language rather than making up a new word of our own for them. A reader and dear friend of ours sent us a book entitled, "Panoramas, Vignettes, and Apocalypses," by Herb Jahn [See End Note E]. It gave my study of the shechinah a jump start. This amazing man has produced a word by word translation of the Bible from the Hebrew/Aramaic, and the book I just mentioned contains a few of his observations, meditations, and apocalypses, as he calls his revelations. According to his research, the word "shechinah" comes from two Hebrew words: "shachan," a verb which means "to tabernacle" (The Aramaic verb, "shechan" also means "to tabernacle."), and "Yah" which is the short form of "Yah Veh," the personal name of God. We sometimes spell "Yah Veh," "Yahweh" or "Jehovah." According to Herb Jahn, "the closest that Scripture comes to shechinah is the name Shechan Yah [7935] which is derived from [7931] "shachan," a verb meaning "to tabernacle, and [3050] "Yah," name, the short form of Yah Veh." This word combination, "shechan Yah" thus means "Tabernacle of Yah." The verb "shachen" is also translated as "abide" (present tense) and "abode" (past tense). All this to say that "shechan Yah" could easily be translated as "the abode of God." I am not trying to get so technical here that you throw up your hands in disgust at an "English lesson" foisted upon you, in the guise of a Bible study, but stick with me. This is important. If you "follow the yellow brick road," where these clues lead, you begin to see what the ancient Hebrews knew: the shechinah glory of God was His abode, His Tabernacle. [The numbers Jahn puts in brackets can be found in Strong's Concordance. He also notes that the Hebrew "ch" is pronounced as "k." The Hellene or Greek has no "ch" and uses the "k" throughout.]

In pursuing the mystery of how and why the glory, the "shechan Yah" appeared at the time of the Ark of the Covenant and then seemingly disappeared, the trail led me to Ezekiel's visions. In several of his mystical encounters with the divine, Ezekiel saw the glory of God appear, accompanied by cherubim. The graphic at the beginning of this journal depicts the Mercy Seat, located on top of the Ark of the Covenant, which featured two golden cherubim facing each other: "And make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover. Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends. The cherubim are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover with them. The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover. Place the cover on top of the ark and put in the ark the Testimony, which I will give you. There, above the cover (which the King James translates as Mercy Seat) between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the Testimony, I will meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites" (Ex. 25:18-22). Numerous scriptures declare that God was present in the Tabernacle in a powerful, mystical way, "enthroned between the cherubim" (I Sam. 4:4; II Sam. 6:2; II Kgs. 19:15; I Chr. 13:6; Ps. 80:1; 99:1; Isa. 37:16) that topped the atonement cover, (the "mercy seat"). [See also Num. 7:89; I Sam. 4:4; II Sam. 6:2; I Chr. 13:6.] Because God was actually present there, enthroned between the cherubim in glory, the High Priest had a dangerous job to perform once a year when He had to take the atoning blood into the holy of holies and sprinkle it on the atonement cover or mercy seat (Lev. 16:2-4, 11, 13-16). As part of his duties that day, God told Moses that the high priest "is to put the incense on the fire before the LORD, and the smoke of the incense will conceal the atonement cover above the Testimony, so that he will not die" (Lev. 16:13). I doubt the high priest received "hazardous duty" pay, but dealing irreverently or inappropriately with the ark could prove fatal for him or anyone else foolhardy enough to approach it. You may remember what happened to Uzzah, who reached out his hand to steady the Ark when it was being moved to Jerusalem by King David. Uzzah was not one of the Levites assigned the task of moving it, and, when he touched the ark, which he thought was about to fall off the cart, he was killed instantly in spite of his good intentions (II Sam. 6:7). It was indeed a fearful thing to come face to face with the glory of God, which tabernacled or "shechinahed" between the cherubim.

By the time of Ezekiel, the Ark of the Covenant had gone missing, nevertheless, the glory of God filled the temple as it had done in the days of Solomon (II Chron. 5:14; 7:1; Ezek. 10:4; 43:5) and accompanied His presence in Ezekiel's visions. Notice this description of the Lord, and the prophet's reaction to the presence: "Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking" (Ezek. 1:26-28). I feel sure that any one of us would fall facedown, were we to be confronted by the glorious presence of Yah Veh Elohim. And yet, as an aside, "the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day," would, I believe, have been comforting to him because it would have brought to his mind the rainbow which God placed in the sky, the icon of the covenant God made with Noah never again to destroy all life on earth: "Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth" (Gen. 9:16). The "living creatures" described in this chapter appear whenever the glory of the Lord is present, and were, as the kids say today, "totally awesome." These living creatures, called "cherubim" in Chapter 10, are "throne attendants," and also appear in Rev. 4:7. Listen to this description, given in Ezekiel, Chapter 1: 13-14: "The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it. The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning."

As an aside, here, I commented to Lenny on our morning walk that if Ezekiel were alive to tell of this vision today, he would, no doubt, be restrained on his bed, kept in a locked hospital room, with Prozac or other psychotropic drugs mainlined into his veins. This vision is weird, folks, really weird, but he did the best he could to describe what he saw, and which of us could do better? (It's difficult to use the word processor when you are face down before the Lord.) It is also extremely challenging to attempt to describe spiritual things in physical terms. Take, for example, the way we have visualized "heaven," which is a spiritual realm which no one has ever seen with physical eyes. Some have taken what John the Beloved saw on the Isle of Patmos, along with what numerous artists have envisioned in their paintings or written in hymns, and have created from that a whole physical reality, a religious "icon" out of what has been translated, "heaven," when in fact, in the first Chapter of Revelation, the Lord clearly tells John in effect, "What you see here is not really what it is" (Rev. 1:20, for example). The Hebrew mind is more attune to using visions and symbols to describe things than the Western mind is. We Westerners tend to be very literal about everything, making it extremely troublesome for us to "see" the kingdom of God, which is everywhere around us. This is why Jesus said, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation," (Lk. 17:20). Another way to say that would be, "You cannot see it with your physical eyes." This truth was certainly proven by the ABC Special entitled, "In Search of Jesus," which aired recently. Reporters went looking for Jesus with their physical eyes, ears, and research, and came up with pathetic results. The man they described was as far from the Son of the Most High as the earth is from the constellation Andromeda. What they did NOT factor in was the shechinah glory, and how could they? They had a veil over their faces so they could not see it. I digress, but I had to get that out of my system.

Back to Ezekiel's visions, they just get more interesting, and more bizarre, especially to the Western mind. In Chapter 10, he sees the living creatures again, whom he then identifies as cherubim, He relates, "Then the glory of the LORD rose from above the cherubim and moved to the threshold of the temple. The cloud filled the temple, and the court was full of the radiance of the glory of the LORD. The sound of the wings of the cherubim could be heard as far away as the outer court, like the voice of God Almighty when he speaks. When the LORD commanded the man in linen, 'Take fire from among the wheels, from among the cherubim,' the man went in and stood beside a wheel. Then one of the cherubim reached out his hand to the fire that was among them. He took up some of it and put it into the hands of the man in linen, who took it and went out" (Ezek. 10:4-7). There follows a detailed description of these winged creatures among the wheels. "Their entire bodies, including their backs, their hands and their wings, were completely full of eyes, as were their four wheels" (Vs. 12). Next, he describes their faces: "Each of the cherubim had four faces: One face was that of a cherub, the second the face of a man, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle" (Ezek. 10:14). I want to mention two things here. First, note that these cherubim bear a remarkable resemblance to the "living creatures" around the throne in heaven which is described in Revelation 4:5-10. I won't include the whole passage, but just this part: "Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come" (Rev. 4:8). Ezekiel's cherubim each had four faces, while John describes the ones he saw as being in the form of a lion, an ox, a flying eagle, and one had the face of a man. If they weren't the same, they certainly were "kissing cousins." Or perhaps, the difference can be explained this way. If you take an accident report from more than one witness, each one tends to describe what he saw in a different way. My second observation about this vision is that perhaps you may be thinking, as I was, that in addition to being face down in the presence of these awesome creatures, I might be begging for some Prozac to stop "the symptoms" from appearing. Yet, other than falling face down, both Ezekiel and John accepted that these apparitions and visions were sent of God, and in fact, in a mystical way, represented the living presence of Elohim (God).

The main point of this particular vision is that Ezekiel saw the glory of the Lord departing from the temple, going out the Eastern gate. This was a very sad experience for the prophet, because he realized that if the glory had departed, there was nothing majestic or powerful left in the temple, and no one there to intercede for the hapless children of Israel. The good news is, that Chapter, 43, records another vision, in which he saw the glory of God, the "shechan Yah" return from the east, the direction from which it had left. Here's the account: "Then the man brought me to the gate facing east, and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory. The vision I saw was like the vision I had seen when he came to destroy the city and like the visions I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell facedown" (Ezek 43:1-3). The man who brought him to the eastern gate was not a mortal, but a messenger from God, "whose appearance was like bronze" (Ezek. 40:3). This messenger also gave this promise from God to His people, "And I (will dwell) shall tabernacle [7931] shechen in the midst of them (for ever) eternally" (Ezekiel 43:9). Clearly, from this verse, we have God's word that though the Ark of the Covenant may be missing, the shechinah glory will dwell with His people forever.

When we were in Israel this March, the guide showed us the Eastern Gate to the temple mount, and told us that both Jews and Muslims believe that the Messiah will return through this gate, which is interesting to me since in Ezekiel's vision, the glory departed as well as returned through the eastern gate. Six times in the book, Ezekiel says, "I fell face down" (1:28; 3:23; 9:8; 11:13;43:3; 44:4). Half of these occurrences involved his seeing the glory of the Lord. The other times involved the judgment of the Lord. Notice this passage in Hebrews, taken from the exeGeses ready research Bible, "For we know him that hath said, 'Vengeance belongeth unto me, I (will) shall recompense' (saith the Lord) wordeth Yah Veh. And again, (The Lord) Yah Veh shall judge his people. (It is a fearful thing) How awesome to fall into the hands of (the living God) Elohim" (Heb. 10:30-31).

The above passage is a word by word translation from the Hebrew, with words in parentheses to help you relate to it, and I want you to note the subtle difference between this translation and how the King James renders it. I grew up with the translation "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (King James Version) ringing in my ears, which led me to believe that God was totally scary, and definitely to be feared. And of course, since I was taught that my sins, if not repented of instantly, would throw me into an everlasting hell when I died, God was not someone with whom I wanted to "hang out" on a regular basis. I worked like a little slave trying to "be good" and hoped He wouldn't notice the rest that I missed or couldn't help. How much grander and closer to what my spirit feels today, is the wording, "How awesome falling into the hands of the living Elohim." What changed that horrible fear of Yah Veh for me was the Baptism in the Holy Ghost. On that awesome occasion, when I was totally alone with God, the heavens rolled back and I saw, felt, tasted, and experienced on a cellular level that Jesus died on that cross for Jan! I knew that I knew that I knew that my sins were washed away and God loved me. He filled me with His Spirit that day. Truly, as the song declares, "Heaven came down and glory filled my soul." I wept. I laughed. I shouted for joy, and from then on, I knew that God was my friend, not my critic and harsh judge as I had always been taught. Do you realize that this is the message (the evangelism) of the Incarnation? God loves us unconditionally! When Jesus addressed the Father in His most stressful hour, He prayed, {"Abba}, Father," he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will" (Mark 14:36). (See also Rom. 8:15 and Gal. 4:6.)

We have Israeli friends now living in California who speak Hebrew in the home. The children call their father, "Abba," which is rather like our English word, "daddy." The NIV study note for this verse in Mark, says that the word "abba" denotes an especially close relationship with God. "Ab" is Hebrew for father and "abba" would be a diminutive of that. Because of Christ, we may approach the Eternal Existent Being, whose name, "Yah Veh" ("Yehovah," or in English "Jehovah") was considered so sacred by the ancient Hebrews that they dared not say it aloud! We, on the other hand may approach the throne, crawl up in His lap and call Him, "Dad." If that doesn't give you goose bumps, then you'd better check your pulse. Herb Jahn, the author of The exeGeses Bible, speculates that the real reason the children of Israel dared not say His name aloud was because anyone who violated the covenant was taken outside the city and stoned. "So," he says, "rather than risking their lives, the Yah Hudiy (Jews) discontinued the mitzvah (command) to oath by His name." Here's the way this command reads in The exeGeses Bible: "Awe Yah Veh your Elohim and serve him and oath by his name." (Deut. 6:13. See also Deut. 10:20.) For whatever the reason, the Jews into whose culture the Messiah was first sent, did not have a personal relationship with God. As we've mentioned, only the high priest could enter behind the veil into the holy of holies and then only once a year. Jesus' death tore the veil in two, which not only allowed the people to come in, but allowed the glory to forever flow out into the world. Yah Shua, Ha Mashiyach, (Jesus Christ, the Anointed One) metamorphosed their concepts of God as the shechinah glory shone forth from His life, His face, His miracles, and His unconditional love which took him through death for the sins of the world which were laid on Him.

I want to include a few more appearances of the shechinah before ending this treasure hunt/mystery story. On the mountain of transfiguration, Peter, James and John were privileged to see the glory in action (Matt. 17:1-4; Mk. 9:2-6; Lk. 9:28-33). After relating that Jesus took them onto a high mountain, the text says that He "was (transfigured) metamorphosed [3339] (before) in front of them: and his face (did shine) radiated as the sun, and his (raiment was) garment became white as the light." This is very reminiscent of the passage at the beginning of this writing about the radiance of Moses' face after he had been on the mountain with God for 40 days. It says of him, "when he (came down) descended from the mount, that (Moses wist) Mosheh knew not that the skin of his face (shone) radiated [7160] while he (talked) worded with him" (Ex. 34:29). When you read the entire passage (Verses 29-35), you see that the children of Israel were so awed by him that he had to put a veil on his face while he (spoke) worded to them the commandments of God. Paul picks that up and says that even today, when Moses (the law, the Torah), is read there is a veil over the hearts of the listeners (II Cor. 3:15), "But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away" (Vs. 16). His glorious conclusion? "But we all, with (open) unveiled face (beholding as in a glass) reflecting the glory of (the Lord) Yah Veh, are (changed) metamorphosed [3339] into the same (image) icon from glory to glory, (even) exactly as by the Spirit of (the Lord) Yah Veh" (II Cor. 3:18). This then is the purpose of the shechinah today, dear ones, as it always was. It is nothing less than the transforming, metamorphosing power of God for the salvation of the world, to the Jews first and also to the Greeks.

I believe that this was exactly what the Apostle John meant when he wrote, "And the Word (was made) became flesh, and (dwelt) tabernacled [4637] shechinahed among us, and we (beheld) saw his glory [1391], the glory [1391] as of the only (begotten) birthed of the Father, full of grace and truth"(Jn. 1:14).

Language is only a tool to convey symbols, ideas, and thoughts from one person to another. As a language major in school, I can assure you that there is a considerable margin of error possible, not to mention "personal bias" in translating from one language to another. And while, I am personally having a blast with this study, and consider it fun, exciting, and even entertaining, nevertheless I want to stress that it certainly is not necessary to learn Hebrew to understand what the Bible is telling us. So, if you just do not relate to the numbers behind the Hebrew words, or "don't give a hoot" if they are nouns or verbs, don't worry about it. We might understand better what the Bible says, were we to study Hebrew and Greek, but it takes the Holy Spirit to reveal to our hearts what it means, which is the most important thing. This is why Lenny and I have mentioned so many times in our writings the Apostle John's statement that we do not need any man to teach us, when we have the indwelling Holy Spirit (I Jn. 2:27). (And this certainly includes the two of us and everyone else who is writing today.) The Spirit of Truth Himself will lead us into all truth. (Jn. 16:13). It strikes me that Western Christians have taken the King James Version of the Bible in particular, which was about the only one available when I was growing up, and like Peter on the Mount of Transfiguration, have said, "Lord, it's good to be here. Let us build a tabernacle to house this glorious work" (Matt. 17:4; Mk. 9:2-13; Lk. 9:28-36). The Apostle Peter was so awed by the shechinah glory that radiated out from Jesus on that mountain top, that he wanted to build a structure to contain it. Earlier, as a young Christian, I felt so awed by the glory of the words found in the Bible, and especially the metamorphosing effect in my life, that I wanted to build a tabernacle around the Bible itself. Yet, God has gently led me beyond the letter, which kills, to the Spirit behind the letter, which gives life (II Cor. 3:6), by which He Himself words (speaks) to our hearts. It is the action of His spirit in our hearts which births us from above, and changes us from glory to glory until we are transformed into His image and likeness (II Cor. 3: 18). I would encourage you to read the references I have given here which I believe will transport you to the same dazzling conclusion of the whole mystery of the Ark of the Covenant and the shechinah glory that I have reached in this journal. You will be metamorphosed by the glory. You will be amazed. Your heart will be glad as you realize that the Ark of the Covenant with its shechinah halo, the "Shechan Yah," did not disappear as supposed, but now tabernacles in each heart where God dwells. (If you need additional proof texts for my solution to the mystery of the ark and the shechinah, read Rev. 11:19; I Cor. 3:16; and II Cor. 6:16. It will "put the icing on the cake" for you and make this journal a little shorter than it would otherwise be.) As it is written, so let it be done in our lives.

Jan Austin Antonsson.

 

"The Funeral Celebration," by Lenny

"The Blood Covenant,"

,"Written in Blood"

 

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