Nazarene Space

Marriage and Sex in the World to Come?

© Chris Jacob Schaefer 2009

(All Scripture Quotes from RSTNE 3rd Edition, abridged)

Mattityahu/Matthew 22:23-32

23 The same day came to Him the Tzadukim (Saducees), who say

that there is no resurrection, and asked Him,

24 Saying, Master, Moshe said, If a man dies, having no

children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up

zera (seed) for his brother.

25 Now there were among us seven brothers: and the first,

when he had married a wife, he died and, having no

children, left his wife to his brother:

26 Likewise the second also, and the third, all the way to

the seventh.

27 And last of all, the woman died also.

28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be

from the seven? For they all had her as a wife.

29 Yehoshua answered and said to them, You are led astray,

not knowing the Keetvay HaKadosh (Scriptures as a Whole in plural form),

nor the power of YHWH.

30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are

given in marriage, but are as the heavenly angels of

YHWH in the heavens.

31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have you

not read that which was spoken to you by Eloah, saying,

32 I am the Eloah of Avraham, and the Eloah of

Yitzchak, and the Eloah of Yaakov? Eloah is not the

Eloah of the dead, but of the living.

Yehoshua answers them precisely according to their question. They asked about in the resurrection. They did not ask about after the resurrection. To verify that they asked the wrong question, Yahushua says their asking only touched the resurrection of the dead.

What can malachim/angels do that we cannot? They can fly. In the resurrection, we fly and apparently fast.

Since they asked about “in the resurrection”, how long does “in the resurrection” last?

Qorintyah Aleph / 1st Corinthians 15:50-55

50 Now this I say, Yisraelite brothers, that flesh and dahm (blood)

cannot inherit the malchut (kingdom) of YHWH;

neither does

corruption inherit incorruption.

51 Behold, I show you a sod (hidden mystical level) mystery; We shall not all

die, but we shall all be changed,

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last

shofar: for the shofar shall sound, and the dead shall be

raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this

mortal must put on immortality.

54 So when this corruptible shall have put on

incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on

immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that

is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

55 O death, where is your sting? O Sheol, where is your

victory?

A twinkling of an eye. So for a brief moment, in the resurrection, people apparently aren’t married to their current spouses because death and/or resurrection has freed them from their marriage covenants. Qorintyah Aleph 15:52 does not preserve earthly marriage covenants for those who have survived the tribulation. Why? Because the earthly marriage covenants were made between flesh and blood mortals. When a person puts on incorruptibility, that person has become an immortal . What earthly marriage covenants are between immortals? None that I’m aware of—certainly not any Nazarene, Messianic, or Christian.

Gilyahna/Revelation 20:4

4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and the power of judgment

was given to them: and I saw the beings of them that were

beheaded

for the witness of Yehoshua, and for the word of

YHWH,

and who had not worshipped the beast, or his

image, neither had received his mark upon their

foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned

with Moshiach a thousand years.

By necessity, for the millennial Kingdom and beyond, people reproduce and therefore need to be married to reproduce. The church has told us that resurrected beings are void of marriage and sex. Sez who? The resurrected human beings live and reign with Moshiach for 1000 years. Are we supposed to believe that the resurrected beings get the short end of the stick and are deprived of hetereosexual marriage, while the pagans of the earth still are granted that privilege and pleasure? Exactly who the resurrected are married to only Yehoshua knows. Since the tzadukim asked the wrong question, we’ll have to wait to find out the answer.

Gilyahna / Revelation 21:23-27

23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the

moon, to shine in it: for the glory of YHWH did brighten

it, and the Lamb is the Light of it.

24 And the nations of those that are saved shall walk in

the Light of it: and the kings of the world do bring

their beauty and honor into it.

25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for

there shall be no night there.

26 And they shall bring the beauty and honor of the

nations into it.

27 And there shall by no means enter into it anyone that is

unclean, or whoever works abomination,

and or makes up lies:

but only those who are written in the Lamb’s

Scroll of Life.

People cannot be changed into eunuchs, because that would be unacceptable in the presence of YHWH. Certainly people who were made into eunuchs in their mortal bodies will not remain eunuchs in their resurrected, glorified bodies. Additionally, what blessing is it for a collective bride to be rendered eternally sterile? If all believers are collectively the bride of Moshiach, then they must be blessed with the capacity to reproduce.

Yeshayahu/Isaiah 65:20-24

20 There shall be no more there an infant of just a few

days, nor an old man that has not filled his days: for the

child shall die a hundred years old; but the sinner being a

hundred years old shall be cursed.

21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and

they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.

22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall

not plant, and another eat: for as the days of an eytz (tree) so

are the days of My people, and My chosen people shall

outlive the work of their hands.

23 They shall not labor in vain, NOR CONCEIVE CHILDREN FOR 

TROUBLE; for they are the SEED blessed of YHWH, and THEIR

OFFSPRING remains with them.

In v 21, it tells of the labor that the saved will perform (building, planting), then in v. 23, it says that that labor will not be in vain like when others take away. Likewise when it says “nor conceive children for trouble…” That doesn’t mean that they won’t conceive children; the rest of the verse explains that they are blessed seed and their OFFSPRING remains with them. Their offspring (children of conception) will not die. In order to have children, there has to be sex (and of course the kadosh pattern of sex in Scripture is heterosexual marriage.)

How about a second Tanakh witness? OK.

Yechezkel/Ezekiel 47:13-14, 21-23 (chapter 47 describes the land that will be given to the Yisraelite saints in the millenium)

13 This says the Master YHWH; “This shall be the border, by

which you shall inherit the land according to the twelve

tribes of Yisrael: Yoseph shall have two portions.

14 And you shall inherit it, one as well as another:

concerning which I lifted up My hand to give it to your

fathers: and this land shall fall to you as your inheritance....

21 So shall you divide this land for yourselves according

to the tribes of Yisrael.

22 And it shall come to pass, that you shall divide it by lot

for an inheritance for yourselves, and to the foreigners

that sojourn among you, which SHALL BEGAT CHILDREN

among you: and they shall be to you AS ONE BORN IN THE

COUNTRY AMONG THE CHILDREN OF YISRAEL; they shall have

inheritance with you among the tribes of Yisrael.

23 And it shall come to pass, that in whatever tribe that

the ger (non-Hebrew convert to the faith) sojourns,

there shall you give him his inheritance,”

says the Master YHWH.

Verse 21 states who the land is for: the 12 tribes of Yisrael. Verse 23 makes it unmistakably clear that the non-Hebrew convert to the faith will be included in with whatever tribe he sojourns-- basically, absorbed into the commonwealth of Yisrael. Verse 22, says that the non-Hebrews WILL BEGAT CHILDREN! And then it compares the non-Hebrew children as being equivalent to the Hebrew children that are BORN. Obviously, both Hebrew and non-Hebrew FAMILIES will have children in the world to come. The only righteous way to have children is within the covenant of marriage. If the current (pre-millenial) earthly marriage covenants are ended by death or resurrection; then by default, the children born in the world to come MUST be born within the context of NEW marriage covenants!

The church’s myth that we cease to be sexual beings in the world to come was a real stumbling block to me in my teenage years. I’m glad it was only a myth.

So then how do we make sense of Luka’s account where Yehoshua’s reply is a bit more detailed?

Luka /Luke 20:34-35

34 And Yehoshua answering said to them, The children of

the this world marry, and are given in marriage:

35 But those who shall be accounted worthy to obtain the

world to come, and the resurrection from the dead, neither

marry, nor are given in marriage:

36 Neither can they die any more: for they are like the

heavenly angels; and are the children of Eloah, being

the children of the resurrection.

37 Now that the dead are raised, even Moshe showed at

the bush, when he called the Master YHWH the Eloah of

Avraham, and the Eloah of Yitzchak, and the Eloah of

Yaakov.

38 For He is not the Eloah of the dead, but of the living:

for all live to Him.

The accounting process still takes place in the twinkling of an eye. During that accounting process there’s not time for marriages. The main event at that time is the accounting. If scripture verifies itself and is harmonious with itself (which it does and is), then v. 35 cannot be a negation of marriage. It can not contradict the Tanakh! “To obtain the world to come” refers to something that occurs after the resurrection which occurs after the accounting of those worthy. So three events in this order:

1. the accounting,

2. the resurrection,

3. the world to come.

In v 35 “Neither marry nor age given in marriage” --our marriage practices in this current world have a lot of rough spots. Our autonomy has often resulted in disaster. (even in this world, arraigned marriages have better longevity than non-arraigned marriages). So whether we choose our marriage partners in this fallen world or they are chosen for us by our parents in this fallen world, the matches for the most part are imperfect. Yehoshua in His wisdom knows best. So who we end up married to in the world to come has to be assigned by Him, but not by human arrangement or autonomy. The marriage in the world to come is not according to this world’s customs and traditions, but according to the Wisdom of Elohim.

Beresheeth/Genesis 17:17

17 Then Avraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and

said in his lev (heart), Shall a child be born to him that is a

hundred years old? And shall Sarah, that is ninety years

old, bear?

Avraham was making a remark that he himself was near being dead by the reasoning that he thought he could no longer reproduce. YHWH proved Avraham wrong not only with Yitzchak, but also by Avraham’s offspring through Qeturah and the concubines.

By scriptural standards, to really Live, to be really living, means to reproduce. And in the the world to come, reproduction has to be by marriage which is not of this world.

Concluding thoughts:

There are five fruits that result from the teaching of millennial marriage:

Believers are under less pressure to hurry up and get married to just any other believer.

Believers who are already in difficult marriages have something to look forward to in the world to come and thereby have more incentive to endure, because this earthly married life isn’t the be all and end all.

Since perfection is properly anticipated (for the millennial marriages assigned by Elohim) then the unrealistic expectation for perfect marriages in this world isn’t an added stressor.

Potential prospective converts are no longer discouraged by the error of thinking the Creator(s) are some sort of cosmic killjoy(s) who take sex and marriage out of the reward for faithful believers.

Young unmarried believers are no longer under the pressure to have sex at least once before they die based upon the erroneous fear of a sexless afterlife.*

*In Evangelical Christian circles, this is even a greater problem because so many are erroneously anticipating a pretribulational rapture. To be "raptured" means no sex-- ever, To a young person with pumping hormones, that sounds like hell. So what do they do? Fornicate with the presumption that they can ask for forgiveness later. The rates of fornication within evangelical circles bear this out.

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Comment by James Trimm on April 21, 2010 at 6:23am
MONOGOMY: THE IDEAL UNION OF TWO HALF SOULS

Shalom Chaverim,

There has been a lot of talk in the movement lately about polygamy vs.
monogamy, largely churned up by a book from Moshe Koniuchowsky which
advocates polygamy.

Although the Torah does not forbid polygamy, in the soul of the Torah
we learn that the Image of Elohim is a "male and female" image, and
that the ideal marriage is a reunion of two half souls, which become one.

Mankind was created in the image of Elohim (Gen. 1:26-27; 1Cor. 11:7).
This image of Elohim is an invisible image of attributes, which make
up the Godhead (Col. 1:15; Rom. 1:27).

Because that which may be known of Elohim is manifest in them;
for Elohim hath shewed it unto them.
(Rom. 1:19)

Then in Rom. 1:26-28 we are told that those who fail to perceive these
things may fall into the errors of Homosexuality and Lesbianism . So
when in creation were Elohim's invisible attributes manifested in man
and made clearly seen. The answer is in the Torah, in Gen. 1:26, 27
where we read:

Then Elohim said, "Let Us make man in Our image,
according to Our likeness...
So Elohim created man in His own image;
in the image of Elohim He created him;
male and female He created them.

Now following the parallelism of the passage, "Our image", "Our
likeness" and "male and female" appear to be parallel terms.

These feminine and masculine attributes are represented in the Tanak
("Old Testament") by the Father (Jer. 31:9; Mal. 1:6; Is. 63:16;
64:8), the Mother (Is. 66:13 ) and the Son (Prov. 30:4; Ps. 2:2, 7, 12).

According to Jewish tradition, as stated in the Sefer Yetzirah, the
Godhead is made up of ten aspects called "sefirot":

Ten Sefirot of Nothingness ten and not nine ten and not eleven…
(Sefer Yetzirah 1:4)

If we arrange the attributes (sefirot) under three columns according
to their characteristics as Mother (feminine), Father (masculine) and
Son (feminine and masculine in perfect balance).

According to Jewish tradition the ten sefirot are arranged on a chart
known as the "Tree of Life" under three columns known as the "three
pillars of the Godhead".

As we read in the Bahir:

Why are they called Sephirot?
Because it is written (Psalm 19:2),
"The heavens declare (me-SaPRim) the glory of Elohim."
And what are they?
They are three. Among them are three troops and three dominions.
(Bahir 125-126)

The Zohar describes the three pillars of the Godhead as follows:

Then Elohim said, "Let thee be light; and there was light.
And Elohim saw that the light was good…
Why, it may be asked, was it necessary to repeat the word "light" in
this verse? The answer is that the first "light" refers to the
primordial light which is of the Right Hand, and it is destined for
the "end of days"; while the second "light" refers to the Left Hand,
which issues from the Right.

The next words, "And Elohim saw the light that it was good" (Gen.
1:4), refer to the pillar which, standing midway between them, unites
both sides, and therefore when the unity of the three, right, left,
and middle, was complete, "it was good", since there could be no
completion until the third had appeared to remove the strife between
Right and Left, as it is written, "And Elohim separated between the
light and between the darkness."…

This is the Middle Pillar: Ki Tov (that it was good) threw light above
and below and on all other sides, in virtue of YHWH, the name which
embraces all sides.
(Zohar 1:16b)

The three columns of the Tree of Life chart are known as the "Three
Pillars of the Godhead." These three pillars or columns correspond to
three "Supernal Lights" also known as the three Tzachtzachot.

The Encyclopedia Judaica explains these three supernal lights this way:

…above all emanated powers, there exist in "the root of all roots"
three hidden lights which have no beginning, "for they are the name
and essence of the root of all roots... It is stressed that these
three lights constitute one essence and one root which is "infinitely
hidden" (ne'lam ad le-ein sof) [literally: hidden until Eyn-Sof],
forming a kind of kabbalistic trinity that precedes the emanation of
the ten Sefirot.... In the terminology of the Kabbalah these three
lights are called tzachtzachot (splendors)…
Christians later found an allusion to their own doctrine of the
trinity in this theory.
(KABBALAH by Scholem p. 95)

These qualities represent the male and female aspects of Elohim as the
Encyclopedia Judaic also states:

Reference to male and female appear not only in the symbolism of
father and mother, son and daughter… but also in the striking use of
sexual imagery which is a particular characteristic of the Zohar…
(Kabbalah p. 573 – emphasis added)

This concept of YHWH being expressed as a Father (Is. 63:16; 64:8;
Jer. 31:9 & Mal. 1:6) and a Mother (Is. 66:13) is found in the Tanak
("Old Testament") itself, in which we are told that the image of
Elohim in which man was created was "male and female" (Gen. 1:26-27).

Now in Romans 1:19-20 we are told:

19: Because that which may be known of Elohim is manifest in them; for
Elohim hath shewed it unto them.
20: For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are
clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his
eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
(Rom. 1:19-20)

Further down in Rom. 1:26-28 we are told that those who fail to
perceive these things may fall into the errors of Homosexuality and
Lesbianism.

So when in creation was Elohim's invisible attributes manifest in man
and made clearly seen. The answer is in Gen. 1:26, 27 where we read:

Then Elohim said, "Let Us make man in Our image,
according to Our likeness...
So Elohim created man in His own image;
in the image of Elohim He created him;
male and female He created them.

Now following the parallelism of the passage, "Our image", "Our
likeness" and "male and female" appear to be parallel terms.

The male aspect of this image of Elohim is called "Father" as we read
in the Tanak ("Old Testament"):

…If then I be a Father, Where is My honor?…
Says the YHWH of Hosts. …
(Mal. 1:6)

…You, O YHWH, are our Father,
Our Redeemer from everlasting is Your name.
(Is. 63:16)

But now. O YHWH, You are our Father;…
(Is. 64:7)

The female aspect of this image is called "mother" as we also read in
the Tanak ("Old Testament"):

As one whom his mother comforts, so will I [YHWH]
comfort you…
(Is. 66:13)

YHWH as a "comforter" is also known as the Ruach HaKodesh as we read
in John:

…I will ask my Father and he will give you another comforter that will
be with you forever,
The Spirit of Truth …
(Jn. 14:16-17)

…the comforter, the Ruach HaKodesh, whom my Father will send in my name,…
(Jn. 14:27)

…when the comforter comes. Whom I will send you from my Father, the
Spirit of Truth who has proceeded from my Father…
(Jn. 15:26)

…I will send the comforter to you.
(Jn. 16:7)

The Ruach HaKodesh is the Spirit of Elohim, which rested upon Messiah
at his immersion:

…behold, the Spirit of Elohim descending from the heavens…
…and rested upon him…
(Mt. 3:16-17 see also Mk. 1:10-11; Lk. 3:21-22 & Jn. 1:33)


Which is the Spirit of YHWH which rests upon Messiah in Isaiah 11:2-4:

And the Spirit of YHWH shall rest upon him, the Spirit of Wisdom
(Chokmah) and Understanding (Binah) the Spirit of Counsel (Atzah) and
power (Gevurah) the spirit of knowledge and of the fear (yirah) of
YHWH …But with righteousness shall he judge…
(Is. 11:2-4)

This Ruach HaKodesh is clearly is the "her/she" of Prov. 8:1-2, 12-18:

Does not wisdom call, And understanding put forth her voice?
Where the paths meet, she stands…I Wisdom (Chokmah) dwell with
prudence…the fear (yirah) of YHWH is to hate evil…
Counsel (atzah) is mine…I am understanding (Binah) power (Geburah) is
mine…. ...by me rule... all judges...

One problem that presents itself in translating the New Testament from
Hebrew and Aramaic into English is that of the gender of the Ruach
HaKodesh (Ruach HaKodesh). English is very different from Hebrew and
Aramaic. To begin with English has three genders, masculine, feminine
and neuter (i.e. he, she and it). Hebrew and Aramaic have no neuter
gender. In Hebrew and Aramaic everything is either a "he" or a "she"
and nothing is an "it". Also gender plays a much more important role
in Hebrew and in Aramaic than in English. In English gender is
usually only an issue when dealing with pronouns. But in Hebrew and
in Aramaic nouns and verbs are also masculine or feminine. And while
there are no true adjectives in Hebrew (nouns are used as adjectives),
noun modifiers must agree in gender with the noun. Now the Hebrew
word RUACH (Aramaic RUCHA) is grammatically feminine as is the phrase
Ruach HaKodesh. This is matched by the role of the Ruach HaKodesh as
"comforter" (Jn. 14-16) and the identification of the "comforter" with
YHWH acting as a "mother" (Is. 66:13).

Now in English the Ruach is often referred to as "he" or "it" as also
in the Greek New Testament. However this seems very odd indeed to the
Semitic mind. In fact the Peshitta Aramaic of Rom. 8:16 opens
(literally) with "And she the Ruach gives testimony…."

While it is clear that the Ruach HaKodesh has no literal gender, it is
also clear that the Ruach HaKodesh is grammatically and figuratively a
"she".

Now the ancient Nazarenes (an ancient Jewish sect of believers in
Yeshua) actually believed the Ruach HaKodesh to be a sort of Heavenly
Mother. These ancient Nazarenes used an apocryphal Gospel called The
Gospel according to the Hebrew.. While this apocryphal Gospel is now
lost, several quotes from it have survived in the writings on the
ancient "Church Fathers." One of these quotes, found in Jerome's
commentary on Isaiah, tells the story of Messiah's baptism as follows:

And it came to pass when YHWH was come up out of the water, the whole
fount of the Ruach HaKodesh descended and rested upon him, and said to
him, "My Son, in all the prophets was I waiting for you that you
should come, and I might rest in you. For you are my rest, you are My
firstborn son, that reigns forever."
(Jerome- On Is. 11:2)

Here it is the Ruach HaKodesh, not the Father, who is calling Messiah
"My Son" In another place the Church Fathers cite a passage from this
lost Gospel where Messiah is reported as saying:

"Even so did my Mother, the Ruach HaKodesh, take me by one of my hairs
and carry me away to the great mountain Tabor."
[Origen- On Jn. 2:12; Hom. on Jer. 15:4; Jerome- On Micah 7:6; On. Is.
40:9; On Ezkl. 16:13]

There are other feminine titles for Elohim as well, which also point
to the feminine aspect within the Godhead. Among these are terms like
Shekinah (glory – a feminine word in Hebrew) and El-Shaddai. "El"
means "Elohim" while Shaddai is the dual form of the Hebrew word
"Shad" (Strong's Heb. # 7699) "the breast of a woman" so that
El-Shaddai signifies "El, the double breasted" or the Elohim with a
woman's breasts.

Just as there is a Father aspect of the Godhead and a Mother aspect of
the Godhead, there is also a "Son" aspect of the Godhead as well as we
read in the Tanak ("Old Testament"):

Who has ascended up into heaven, and descended?
Who has gathered the wind in his fists?
Who has bound the waters in his garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is his son's name, if you know?
(Prov. 30:4)

The kings of the earth stand up,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against YHWH, and against His Messiah:…
I will tell of the decree:
YHWH said to me: "You are My Son,"
This day have I begotten you….
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry…
(Ps. 2:2, 7, 12)

We have already established that the right and left pillars are
assigned as Mother and Father, the middle pillar, which balances the
feminine and masculine characteristics from the male and female sides,
is identified in the Zohar as "the Son of Yah" ("Yah" being short for
"Yahweh" the proper name of Elohim.):

Better is a neighbor that is near, than a brother far off.
This neighbor is the Middle Pillar in the Godhead,
which is the Son of Yah.
(Zohar 2:115)

In another Passage the Zohar has:

The Holy One, blessed be He, has a son, whose glory (tifret) shines
from one end of the world to another. He is a great and mighty tree,
whose head reaches heaven, and whose roots are set in the holy ground,
and his name is "Mispar" and his place is in the uppermost heaven… as
it is written, "The heavens declare (me-SaPRim) the glory (tifret) of
Elohim" (Ps. 19:1).
Were it not for this "Mispar" there would be neither hosts
Nor offspring in any of the worlds.
(Zohar 2:105a)

This is intended to point the reader back to a familiar passage from
the Bahir:

Why are they called Sephirot?
Because it is written (Psalm 19:2),
"The heavens declare (me-SaPRim) the glory (tifret) of Elohim."
(Bahir 125)

As the Middle Pillar of the Godhead the Son of Yah is centered and
focused at tifret and is the harmony of all of the pillars. The Son
encompasses the Tree of Life and the ten sefirot. "In him dwells all
the fullness of the Godhead" (Col. 2:9).

Moreover the the Zohar elsewhere states:

We may also translate "he who withholds blessings from the Son" (Prov.
11:26), Whom the Father and Mother have crowned and blessed with many
blessings, and concerning whom they commanded, "Kiss the Son lest he
be angry" (Ps. 2:12), since he is invested with judgment (gevurah) and
with mercy (chesed).
(Zohar 3:191b)

Now with all of this discussion about the plural nature of the
Godhead, we must not lose sight of the primary tenant of Judaism, the
Sh'ma. The Sh'ma declares the oneness of the Godhead as follows:

Hear O Israel: YHWH your Elohim, YHWH is ECHAD
(Dt. 6:4a)

Now this text stresses the oneness (echad) of YHWH. The question
remains however, what in light of the plural nature of the Godhead,
does "ECHAD" really mean?

The Hebrew word "echad" means "one" or "a unity." This word appears in
several passages in the Torah, which make it clear that echad may
refer to a unity:

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his
wife, and they shall become one [echad] flesh.
(Gen. 2:24)

And YHWH said, "Indeed the people are one [echad] and they all have
one language...
(Gen. 11:6)

Now Deut. 6:4 states:

Hear O Israel: YHWH your Elohim, YHWH is one [echad]

In light of the various passages discussed previously in which there
are two or three pillars called "YHWH", this passage could be read to
mean that YHWH, Elohim and YHWH are echad (a unity.) In fact this is
exactly the interpretation given to this passage by the Zohar:

The prescribed daily form of prayer
(a confession of the unity in the godhead),
has for its object, that you shall know and
comprehend it. We have said in many places
that this daily form of prayer is one of those
passages concerning the unity, which is taught
in the Scriptures. In Deut. 6:4, we read first
"YHWH", then "our Elohim" and again "YHWH",
which together make one unity. But how can
three names be one? Are they truly one,
because we call them one? How three can
be one can only be known through the revelation
of the Ruach HaKodesh, and, in fact, with closed eyes.
This is also the mystery of the voice. The voice is
heard only as one sound, yet it consists of three
substances, fire, wind, and water, but all three
are one, as indicated through the mystery of the
voice.

Thus are "YHWH"; "our Elohim"; "the lord"
but one unity, three substantive beings which
are one; and this is indicated by the voice
which a person uses in reading the words,
"Hear, O Israel," thereby comprehending
with the understanding the most perfect unity
of the boundless one; because all three
are read with one voice, which indicates a
trinity.

And this is the daily confession of faith
of the unity, which is revealed by
the Ruach HaKodesh in a mystery. Although
there are so many persons united in the unity,
yet each person is a true-one;
what the one does, that the other does.
(The Zohar Vol. 2 p. 43):

These qualities represent the male and female aspects of Elohim as the
Encyclopedia Judaica also states:

Reference to male and female appear not only in the symbolism of
father and mother, son and daughter… but also in the striking use of
sexual imagery which is a particular characteristic of the Zohar…
(Kabbalah p. 573)

This concept of YHWH being expressed as a Father (Is. 63:16; 64:8;
Jer. 31:9 & Mal. 1:6) and a Mother (Is. 66:13) is found in the Tanak
("Old Testament") itself, in which we are told that the image of
Elohim in which man was created was "male and female" (Gen. 1:26-27).

According to Scripture man was originally created in the image of
Elohim "male and female" (Gen. 1:27) then Elohim took the "rib" from
Adam and made "woman" (Gen. 2:21-22). The Hebrew word for "rib" here
can also be translated "side" so that Elohim took one "side" of man
and made woman. One Jewish tradition has it that man was originally
created male on his right side and female on his left side. Another
Jewish tradition has it that man and woman were originally joined at
the back and that Elohim separated them with an axe. Fanciful as
these traditions are, there is some truth to them. Today we know that
males and females have tendencies to each be more dominant on
different hemispheres of their brains. Jewish tradition holds that an
unmarried man is only half of a man.

When a man and woman are joined together they become "one":

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother,
and shall cleave unto his wife:
and they shall be one flesh.
(Gen. 2:24)

They each complete the other and restore each other to the very image
of Elohim that man was originally made in: male and female. This
joining together and oneness is not just physical, but spiritual as
well. Messiah refers to them as having been joined by Elohim:

And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which
made them at the beginning made them male and female,
And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and
shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh.
What therefore Elohim hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
(Mt. 19:4-6)

Ephesians states:

So it is right for husbands to love their wives as their [own] bodies,
for he who loves his wife loves his nefesh.
(Eph. 5:28).

("Nefesh" is the Aramaic word for "soul") Why does Paul say that a
man who loves his wife, loves his own soul?

When Elohim called the Prophet Jeremiah He said:

Then the word of YHWH came unto me, saying,
Before I formed you in the belly I knew you;
and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you,
and I ordained you a prophet unto the nations.
(Jer. 1:4-5)

Elohim knew the soul of Jeremiah before Jeremiah was ever born. This
is because all creation was completed by the end of the sixth day of
creation as the Scripture states: "And on the sixth day Elohim
finished His work which He had made..." (Gen. 2:2)

Now when man was first created on the sixth day,
man was created "in the image of Elohim ... male and female.
(Gen. 1:26-27)

However after creation was completed Elohim extracted the "female"
aspect of man and made woman:

And Adonai YHWH caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept:
and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
And the rib, which the Adonai YHWH had taken from man, made he a
woman, and brought her unto the man.
And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh:
she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
(Gen. 2:21-23)

The Hebrew word for "rib" in this verse can also mean "side". The
text goes on to say:

24: Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother,
and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
(Gen. 2:24)

All creation was completed on the sixth day. Every soul that would
ever be created was created by the end of that sixth day. All of
these souls were, like that of the first man, both "male and female"
and just as Elohim extracted the female side of Adam to make Eve, He
must also have extracted the female "side" of all of the other souls,
thus dividing them each into what one might think of as "half souls",
a female half and a male half. When two such half-souls are reunited
they become "one" just as the image of Elohim from which they were
modeled is "male and female" (Gen. 1:26-27) yet is totally united as
"one" (Deut. 6:4).

The Zohar elaborates on this ideal as it says:

All the souls in the world… are all mystically one,
But when they descend to this world they are
separated into male and female, though these are
still conjoined. When they first issue forth, they
issue male and female together. Subsequently,
when they descend (to this world) they separate,
one to one side and the other to the other. And
Elohim afterwards mates them—Elohim and no other,
He alone knowing the proper mate to each. Happy
is the man who is upright in his works and walks
in the way of truth, so that his soul may find its
original mate, for then he becomes indeed perfect,
and through his perfection the whole world is
blessed.
(Zohar 1:85b)

Ideally then if a man has been reunited with his other "side" and he
loves his wife, he is literally loving his own soul, just as Paul says
in the original Aramaic!

Thus the ideal marriage in the soul of the Torah, is a union between
two half souls, which become one, thus emulating the "male and female"
image of Elohim from which we were created.

Don't believe me, believe your Scriptures… Believe Elohim!
Comment by Mavryk Chaparral on April 21, 2010 at 6:24am
So Anaiah, in your view believers are resurrected twice in that they die after the millenial kingdom, and then in their second resurrection they are emasculated and/or neutered? Sounds hellish to me. I won't be joining you in your fantasy.

And Christian, do you believe that your resurrected body will have any physicality or any capacity for physicality? Did Yehoshua's resurrected body have any physicality? Are you proposing that the resurrected Messiah was emasculated?!?!?

Anaiah Priel (Andrew P) Carlson said:
"the following link you provided is really idiotic: http://www.abrahamic-faith.com/Chris/millenial_marriage.pdf the article misunderstands what Yahushua was talking about. He was not talking about the first resurrection, but the final and last resurrection, where ALL will be resurrected. On the day of Judgment, ALL are resurrected. The day of judgment occurs after the millennial kingdom, not before. So yes, OF COURSE there is going to be marriage during the millennial kingdom. BUT, on the NEW EARTH which will come AFTER the millennial kingdom, there will not be marriage or sex."

Christian said:
"There will be marriage and so forth in the Millennium and the afterwards - but not for those resurrected into immortal spirit bodies, that live like the angels in heaven. The mortals still marry."
Comment by James Trimm on April 21, 2010 at 6:24am
My thinking is that in the World to Come soul mates will no longer be only symbolically united in marriage, but will have their souls actually re-united as they originally had been.
Comment by Mavryk Chaparral on April 21, 2010 at 6:33am
You can not prove such an assumption (i'm speaking of the underlined area). Eunuchs are not allowed in the temple now, nor will they be then. In my opinion eunuchs will no longer be eunuchs after they are given their glorified/resurrected bodies.

Anaiah Priel (Andrew P) Carlson said:
"the article has an extreme misunderstanding of what sex is in the first place. it is a picture of our union with Messiah. Thus, after the millennial kingdom, in the day of judgment, Yahuwah will descend and live with the righteous on the New Earth, and there will be no sex because the much greater and extreme pleasures of union with Messiah that sex pointed towards will finally be actualized. In the same way, in the new earth after the millennial kingdom and the day of judgment, there will be no more animal sacrifices, no more levitical priesthood, and many many other things no longer necessary because the fulfillment of them has been actualized and they are no longer needed nor beneficial." [emphasis mine]
Comment by Mavryk Chaparral on April 21, 2010 at 6:48am
So genitalia are somehow immoral? Or are you proposing that resurrected humans are mentally castrated on par with chemically castration? ROFL

Christian said:
"The "emasculation" is not physical limitation, it's a moral one."
Comment by Mavryk Chaparral on April 21, 2010 at 8:30pm
Anaiah, you prattle on and on because you did not carefully read what I'd written in the first place.
1. I never did "demand" that there be sex on the "8th day" (post millennial continuum), nor did i say there was or was not sex in the post-millennial continuum. My article was about the millennium.
2. I did not deny that there are two distinct times: the millennial kingdom and the post-millennial continuum.
3. I do not subscribe to Baruch nor 2 Esdras. So believe it if you want, I don't. I do NOT believe that the Messiah will die again, nor do i believe that resurrected Torah obedient believers will die again. A Messiah who dies after conquering sin and death and hell does not line up with the rest of scripture. Anyone who does in fact die during the Millennial kingdom are not already-resurrected people, but rather. people who were born to those who were already resurrected.
4. Using your same presumptive style of "reasoning" one could also conclude for the post millennial continuum that humans are endowed with super enhanced genitals for lots of super enhanced sex without the restrictions of marriage (a.k.a."free love") nor the restrictions of pregnancy (I am not actually proposing this, but using absurdity to illustrate how ridiculous it is for you to auto-emasculate believers for the post millennial period.
Comment by Mavryk Chaparral on April 21, 2010 at 8:35pm
Christian, Yehoshua's earthly life was cut short, so any talk of Him being married to a mortal maiden is moot.
Same could be said about His ascension-- talk of marriage to a mortal maiden is moot.

As for your allegation that eating and sex are somehow negatives, that is your own bias.
Yehoshua was looking forward to the time when he would again drink from the fruit of the vine...
Comment by Mavryk Chaparral on April 21, 2010 at 8:41pm
James, as for your theory of the uniting of half-souls to be a complete being, I don't rule that out as a possibility. However since in Yehezkel 37 the TWO sticks are together as one in the Man's hand, and due to the fact that each House is compared to an allegorical female on numerous occasions representing Ephrayim and Yahudah respectively,then for the lesser typology, I would propose that any literal unification of human "soul-mates" most certainly would NOT exclude polygynous marriages. To exclude such unions for the Millennial kingdom or the post millennial continuum would be a dismantling of two-house theology.
Comment by Mavryk Chaparral on April 22, 2010 at 10:18pm
Anaiah asks:
"what purpose would their be for sex during the 8th day?"

Perhaps as a type and symbol for the union of Messiah and his metaphorical collective bride? After all there are other types and symbols that continue onward such as Sukkot....
Additionally, since the male and female genders are part and parcel of the very image of Elohim (Beresheeth 1:27), then there is no reason to believe that those crucial attributes would cease in the millenium or the post millenial continuum. Whether or not children would be produced in the post-millenial continuum, I don't know, nor am i worried about it.

Anaiah continues,
"The "interim" will last for about a twinkling of an eye. In other words, it won't last at all. It'll maybe be 5 minutes at best. OBVIOUSLY there would be no marriage during that time period. There would also be many other things they wouldn't be doing. They wouldn't be sleeping. They wouldn't be eating. They wouldn't be doing anything. Messiah's statement ends up being robbed of all significance if it were to be applied to just that short time period. "

Actually that is the very point and significance of the Messiah's statement: the resurrection is indeed a short time, so all of those activities are not practical to take place during the resurrection.

Anaiah goes on to define resurrection in his own special way,
"The resurrection of all lasts forever. Thus, "in" the resurrection is a synonym for 8th day."

Well, that was the same error that the Tzadukim/Sadducees were committing, they were not getting what resurreciton really meant, that's why Yehoshua had to correct them regarding it's duration. Resurrection is the instantaneous action that causes a dead person to go from being dead to being alive. So a person is either dead or alive, they are not Shroedinger's cat. The only way the resurrection would last for all of eternity is if those in the PROCESS of being resurrected are in varying stages or torpor-- sounds rather gloomy to me.

As for Anaiah's statements about the alleged mixing of Divine Kind with mortal kind, that is dealt with at this link.

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