Tuesday, August 3, 2021

One Actor in the Same Movie Playing Two Different Roles

Maria Merola אריאל 
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, July 2007

In 1964, Elvis Presley played two different parts in the movie entitled “Kissin' Cousins.” And no, the movie was not about incest---It was a play on words. 

“Kissin' Cousins is a term that means the following: “A relative known well enough to be greeted with a kiss. Something that is of a very similar character to another thing of the same type.” 

*Example: “beneath the surface, gospel music and the blues are kissing cousins.” 

The reason why so many are confused about the ESSENCE & NATURE of Elohiym, is because we try and put him into a box that only our “FINITE & CARNAL MIND” can comprehend. 

I know that none of these things are a perfect analogy, but I will try my best to illustrate how I see YaHuWaH playing many different roles in scripture in order to teach us his ways. 

YaHuWaH showed us in the Tanakh (Old Testament), his role as a “FATHER TO ISRAEL” (Exodus 4:22; Jeremiah 31:9). 

But he also showed us his role as a “HUSBAND TO ISRAEL” (Jeremiah 31:32; Hosea 2:7; Isaiah 54:4). 

Does this mean that Yisra’el (Israel) married her own Father? 

Of course not! That would be incest! 

Yet, in the Briyth Chadashah (New Testament), YaHuWaH came to earth and showed himself as “THE FIRST-BORN SON” of Yisra’el, so that he could illustrate for us what it looks like to be an obedient Son! 

You see, YaHuWaH plays all these roles in front of us: The High Priest Melchizedek, The Bridegroom, The Kinsman Redeemer, The Heavenly Father, The First-Born Son, The Lion, The Lamb, The Red Heifer, The Big Brother, The Younger Brother, The Good Samaritan, The Yom Kippur Twin Goats (The Sacrificial Goat & The Scapegoat), The Sun of Righteousness, The Bright & Morning Star, The Branch, King of Kings & Lord of Lords, etc. 

These are all METAPHORS! 

He does this in order to show us his plan of salvation! 

Otherwise, Yisra’el would be accused of “bestiality”, for marrying a Lion, a Lamb, Two Goats, and a Red Heifer! 

YaHuWaH did not his Son to marry his ex-wife, Yisra’el (Israel). 

YaHuWaH himself came to earth, and put on a human-flesh body, and he BECAME THE SON, IN ORDER TO REPRESENT SINFUL MAN! 

None of these ROLES are a perfect, or a complete analogy. These are prophetic pictures, as they are each “ONE FACET” TO ONE SIDE OF A DIAMOND. 

If we were to move to the other side of the diamond, we would see a different colored facet! 

If you want to get technical, YaHuWaH is going to marry all those who have been born from above, at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. That includes both, males and females! 

Does that make him bisexual? Yah forbid! 

Do you see how all these roles that he plays in front of us are simply METAPHORS? 

YaHuWaH operates like a corporation. 

*Example: I, Maria Merola am ONE PERSON, but if I own three businesses, I am a CORPORATION: 

Maria’s Hair Salon. 
Maria’s Pet Store. 
Maria’s Restaurant. 

In my corporate bylaws, I employ wording that treats my corporation as “we” or “us,” even though I am only “one person” who owns all three businesses. 

Here is a true story. I know a man who owns a Construction Company, and also a Heating & Air Conditioning Company. He is incorporated, and therefore, he makes the Heating & Air Conditioning Company a “subsidiary” of his Construction Company. 

As the head of his own corporation, he is the CEO (Chief Executive Officer). However, he is also an employee of his own Heating & Air Conditioning Company, because he made himself a “subordinate” of his own corporation! 

He pays himself a weekly salary, and he is the employee of himself! 

Does that make him two different people? Of course not! 

I am a mother, a wife, and a daughter all at the same time. 

That does not make me three people!

Monday, August 2, 2021

Damnable Heresies of the “Word of Faith” Doctrine

By Maria Merola

2nd Keefa (Peter) 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying YHWH that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

Notice that these false teachers and prophets will bring in these
deceptions “privily” (privately) or subtly, they will be undetected by the masses because they will mix in a lot of “good” teaching that sounds good. It is like masking a drop of deadly poison in a delicious bowl of chocolate pudding. One would eat the chocolate pudding and never know there was poison in it and die! And such is the case with the majority of Evangelists on Television.

I had a dream in March of 2002, where I was shown that these false shepherds are nothing more than “hirelings” meaning that they don't care for the sheep. They are in the ministry for the money, and when the “wolf comes” (Anti-Messiah) they will flee leaving the sheep alone and defenseless with the wolf. 

See my other article entitled: “Prophetic Dreams About Cloning & Maitreya.”

Yahuwchanon (John) 10:

11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.

12 But he that is a hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees: and the wolf catches them, and scatters the sheep.

13 The hireling flees, because he is a hireling, and cares not for the sheep.

Most of the evangelists on television these days are nothing more than “hirelings” and I will expose the heresies that they teach to the masses. I will get a lot of “hate” mail and angry Christians hurling insults and threats because I expose these hirelings, but we are instructed to avoid those who teach heresy:

Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject

One of the biggest deceptions today in the church is this false doctrine called “Word-of-Faith.” 

This teaching actually has its roots in Mormonism and Freemasonry, yet it pretends to be genuinely biblical. Many in the church who profess to believe in the deity of Yahuwshuwa Messiah have subscribed to this heresy, unaware of what its tenets really are. My aim is to expose this insidious false gospel for what it really is and show it in the light of scripture as the same “lie” that the serpent beguiled Eve with in the Garden of Eden. The following are ten lies that Satan has effectively sold to the modern day church through this false gospel.

1.)So-called “revelation knowledge” (rhema) is placed above the written “logos” word of Elohiym:

Back in 2002 I woke up from a dream and I heard the voice of the Ruwach haQodoesh (Holy Spirit) say to me “The Doctrine of the Nicolaitanes.”

For many years I had wondered what this “Doctrine of the Nicolaitanes” is. This doctrine is one of “elitism” which purports that only a select group of people are able to receive knowledge from Elohiym. 

The term  “Nicolaitanes” means “to conquer the people” and thus having “dominion” over them. These Nicolaitanes were “Gnostics” which in Greek means “knowledge.” 

Word-of-Faith teachers see themselves as having a commission to bring new spiritual revelation to the Body, and they belittle “the simple child-like faith” of others as inadequate. In this scheme, it is not sin and disobedience that causes us to fail, but ignorance of the word. This revelation knowledge is limited to the few who can receive it and everyone else is at a disadvantage. But Elohiym tells us that not many “wise” men after the flesh (man’s wisdom) are called into the ministry, but Elohiym has chosen the things which are despised so that no man can glory in his presence:

1st Corinthians 1:25-28 Because the foolishness of Elohiym is wiser than men; and the weakness of Elohiym is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But Elohiym hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and Elohiym hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath Elohiym chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.

2.) Almighty Elohiym is a weak “faith-being” who is at the mercy of his own universal laws:

Although Word-of-Faith ministers speak of Elohiym in a personal way, they treat Him like an impersonal “energy source” with “forces” that can be operated by the use of laws. These are “laws” which even Elohiym has to obey in order to create and run His universe. They say that Elohiym has left the control of planet earth in man's hands and he is powerless to intervene without a covenant partner. This discredits Elohiym as a sovereign and omnipotent Elohiym who can do his own will as he sees fit, and it makes him a “genie in a bottle” at our beckon call when we decide to “name it and claim it.”

3.) Yahuwshuwa Messiah was merely a born-again man who had to die in Hell to pay the price for our treason:

According to WOF doctrine Yahuwshuwa, left his divinity in heaven and came to earth as a mere man filled with the Holy Spirit. They say he had to use the word and the laws of faith to do miracles. They purport that when he died, his blood did not atone, but he had to take upon himself the very sin-nature of the devil, causing his spirit to die. They say he suffered three days as a sinner in hell, before the Father gave the command for him to be re-created as a re-born man. Thus, they say, Yahuwshuwa was just the first of many sons, the pattern for us all to follow.

While it is true that Yahuwshuwa “went into the lower parts of the earth, according to Ephesians 4:8-10, he did not go there to atone for sin or suffer as a mere man. The Bible goes on to tell us that his purpose was to “lead captivity captive…and he gave gifts unto men.”  

In other words, he took away the “keys” from Satan that held us captive to sin, and he gave his free gift of salvation to men. It says nothing about Yahuwshuwa suffering in Hell as a mere man. Yahuwshuwa had already made atonement on the cross, and when he gave up his spirit, his last words were it is finished” indicating that he had accomplished that which he had come to earth to fulfill. 

Ephesians 4:8-10 Wherefore he says, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.

Yahuwshuwa ascended to heaven but he first descended into the lower parts of the earth (Hell) to take “captive” Satan's power which held us “captive” to sin. That was his purpose for going there—not to suffer as a mere man so he could be “born-again.” He was from the beginning “Elohiym…. the word became flesh…”--- Yahuwchanon (John 1:1) 

Yahuwshuwa was from birth and throughout his earthly life “Immanuel” which means “Elohiym with us”--- Mattithyahuw (Matthew 1:23). Yahuwshuwa came to earth as both 100% Elohiym and 100% man all at the same time. He was “in the Father and the Father was in him…” (John 14:10) Yahuwshuwa even told us that he and the Father “are one” (John 10:30). Yahuwshuwa is the “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending…” (Revelation 1:8). He is Elohiym and he came to earth as “Elohiym in the flesh.”

Yahuwshuwa went to the lower parts of the earth to preach the gospel to all of those who had died prior to his death on the cross as they beforehand had no means of atoning for their sins:

1st Keefa (Peter) 4:5-6 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to Elohiym in the spirit.

He did this to give all people an opportunity to hear the gospel and to repent and be saved. Those who had died before Yahuwshuwa’s sacrifice on the tree were given the same chance to be saved as those who are alive today and they will likewise be judged in the same way as “men in the flesh,” meaning men in their mortal bodies. There is not a word of scripture that says that Yahuwshuwa went to hell to suffer as a mere man!

4.) Man is equal in deity to Yahuwshuwa Messiah:

The problem with this “Jesus died-spiritually” doctrine is that all born-again believers in Messiah stand in the same place of power and authority as Yahuwshuwa --- not by virtue of their unity with Him, but in themselves, as men filled with the Spirit. This would mean that we have already been resurrected from the dead and it only remains for us to gain “knowledge” (gnosis) of our new condition in order to discard the trappings of the fleshly body and begin living as spiritual “gods” on earth! The scriptures clearly tells us that the gift of the Holy Spirit is the “first-fruits” ----a “down payment” so to speak of our salvation, but the “redemption of the body” is the final completion of our salvation:

Romans 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Thus, the walk of the follower of Messiah according to Word-of-Faith doctrine is one of education in using the same spiritual laws as Yahuwshuwa (Jesus) in order to dominate the circumstances and do miracles. In Word-of-Faith teaching, believers do not depend on Elohiyms own power, nor submit to his will, but feel they have the right to develop their own powers, and to discover the laws governing creation and dominion on the earth.

The scriptures tell us that we are “seated with Yahuwshuwa Messiah in heavenly places” according to Ephesians 2:6, but that is when we are “abiding in him---the vine.” This does not occur in and of ourselves. The Bible never tells us that Yahuwshuwa “died spiritually” although it tells us that Elohiym sent Yahuwshuwa “in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Romans 8:3) because he was tempted in everything as we are yet without sin. This means that Yahuwshuwa had a nature that was “like” ours, yet because he never sinned, he never “died spiritually” nor did he ever need to be “born-again” spiritually.

Romans 6:6 declares that Yahuwshuwa “destroyed the body of sin” indicating that his body took our sins---not his spirit. The Bible tells us in 1st Keefa (Peter) 2:24 that Yahuwshuwa bore our sins “in his own body,” but it never says that Yahuwshuwa bore our sins spiritually by taking on the nature of the devil! 

Yahuwshuwa was “born-again” physically when he resurrected from the dead and “put on incorruption” (immortality). WOF teachers use the fact that Yahuwshuwa was “anointed with the Holy Spirit” at his baptism as “proof” that he needed to be born-again. But the fact is that Yahuwshuwa already possessed the anointing of the Holy Spirit before his baptism as indicated by the first miracle he did before his ministry was to begin at the wedding of Cana where he turned water into wine. The “anointing”of Yahuwshuwa was for the sheer purpose of him being manifested and “revealed” to Yisra’el as their Messiah.

4.) Man can become a “god:”

To understand the special position that WOF gives to man, we need to know their interpretation of the Creation. In their teaching, man HAS NO NATURE OF HIS OWN but takes his nature from his “Lord.” 

When Elohiym was his Master, then man had a divine nature, for he was created as Elohiym of the earth, they say. But after man’s fall, he took the sin-nature of the devil and became like Satan. (All this, of course, is contrary to scripture). So, Word-of Faith believers would reason that a born-again man has regained his divine nature. Thus, he is entitled to use the attributes of his divinity, such as creative powers and domination of the environment etc. While Elohiym did indeed create man “in his image” and likeness it does not mean that Adam and Eve had Elohiyms nature. 

Even the serpent told Eve this lie that if she would eat the fruit which Elohiym had forbidden them to eat that she could become “as Elohiym---knowing good and evil.” If Eve already possessed the nature of Elohiym, she could not have been tricked by the serpent, because Elohiym cannot be “tempted with evil” as the scriptures tells us. The fact that Eve was “drawn away of her own lust” proves that she did not possess the nature of Elohiym. Adam and Eve possessed a human nature that was pure and innocent  “like”  that of Elohiym’s nature-----but not Elohiyms nature in its fullness.

Ya’aqob (James) 1:13-14 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of Elohiym: for Elohiym cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

In Acts 14 after Sha’ul (Paul) healed a man, the people said, “The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.”  Here was a perfect opportunity for the apostle Paul to teach the doctrine that “Christians are gods.” But the Apostle Sha’ul (Paul) rebukes them for saying this and denies that he or Barnabas are “gods.”

In fact the Bible says: 

“….. When the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things?  We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living Elohiym, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein.”

The apostles were outraged at being called “gods” yet this is what Word Faith teachers preach from pulpits.                                                                           

6.) Mankind:

Word-of-Faith teachers stress the loss of dominion over the earth, not sin, as the root problem. So, salvation becomes a matter of re-discovering one’s place of godhood and learning to rule as kings on earth. The role Yahuwshuwa had to play in redemption was that of a substitute Adam, coming to earth to fulfill all that Adam failed to do, demonstrating the possibilities of dominion, and then taking Adam’s
place in Hell to let mankind “off-the-hook.” The worship given to Yahuwshuwa by Word-of-Faith believers is more from a sense of gratitude than recognition of His divinity. It also misses the whole point of redemption: that Yahuwshuwa HIMSELF is the Life and Salvation of mankind and that we are only saved in union with Him.

Scripture tells us that Yahuwshuwa was the “second Adam” in the sense that he came to “un-do” the damage that Adam caused by allowing Satan to have dominion thus making us slaves to sin. But this doesnt mean that Yahuwshuwa took Adam’s place in Gehenna (Hell). Like Mormonism which teaches that Adam started out as a man but then “ascended to godhood,” Word-of-Faith teaches the same thing. 

7.) The goal is the transformation of the earth by spiritual dominion:

Because Word-of-Faith believers see themselves as having returned to their god-like dominion of the earth, they foresee the time coming when, by sheer force of numbers, probably that all mankind will have to bow the knee to Elohiym. They teach that all the wealth of the world will flow to the Church, and that the laws, government and entire social structure of the world system will have to change. Despite scriptural warnings of apostasy and increasing wickedness in the end-times, they foresee a great victory for the Church in the future, as the Spirit sweeps millions into the “kingdom” on earth. Whether or not they claim to believe in the end-times plan of Revelation, the Rapture, the Millennium or any of these things, they still seem to be able to fit a scheme of global Church unity and triumph into the plan of the ages.

8.) It replaces prayer with confession, and Elohiym’s will with the manipulation of “forces:”

Word-of Faith teaches Christians to draw upon powerful “forces” that reside in the human spirit (this is the very same teaching of Hinduism and Eastern Mysticism). They say that the force of “faith” will bring certain laws into operation. But “faith” we are told is a gift from the Holy Spirit---not something we inherently possess of ourselves. They emphasize the word (not the Son of Elohiym, but the scriptures) as the power used to operate all these spiritual laws. And so, learning and confessing the word continually is the method used to obtain anything we want. This self-rule leads to pride and greed. But a follower of Messiah must deny himself and submit to the entire will of Elohiym, as revealed moment-by-moment by the Holy Spirit.

9.) Word-of- Faith denies the reality of sin and sickness:

Even though Yahuwshuwa healed the sick and commanded us to do the same, there are times when a believer isn’t healed in this life, but is being called home to Yahuwshuwa. Yahuwshuwa indicated that some are sick “so that the glory of Elohiym might be made manifest” by their healing, while others are sick “unto death.” And others are sick because they are being chastised or judged. There are many reasons why people are not always healed, but it is not always due to “lack of faith.”

10.) It focuses on self and the world instead of the Creator and Heaven. 

The emphasis in Word-of-Faith doctrine is all on success, prosperity, advancement, gain, health and strength. 

There is little compassion
for those who fail to come up to these standards of wealth and health. Any adversity is said to be a “lack of faith” to “confess the word.”

But Elohiym tells us that if we refuse to share in the trials, setbacks and persecutions of Yahuwshuwa, we are not ready to share His glorification (Romans 8:17). Many Word-of-Faith teachers and ministries have brought reproach to the name our Messiah  Yahuwshuwa  as they have ended up in greed and manipulating believers into giving money they can’t afford to give. 

Over-emphasized teaching about Elohiym’s healing has led to extravagant claims for miracles that have been exposed as hyperbole and sham.

Doctrines self-will and the use of psychic powers to perform miracles instead of about man’s godhood and superhuman abilities have led to arrogance, a simple dependency on the Holy Spirit have become rituals and formulas for producing  instant results, and those who do not adhere to their false doctrines are derided and rejected as “having no faith.” 

Many people have testified to their bad  experiences, both personally and corporately, with Word-of-Faith extremes and excesses. Indeed, the very root of this teaching is bad, coming as it does from Christian Science and the meta-physical schools of thought. 

These false teachings in the church are even further proof that we are in the “last days” as the scriptures foretold that these characteristics would be evident when people would become “lovers of themselves” and elevate themselves to the same status as Elohiym (gods):

2nd Timothy 3:

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selvescovetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of Elohiym;

5 Having a form of righteousness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

This “other gospel being preached by Word-of -Faith teachers causes one to exalt “self” as “Elohiym”and this is pure pride and arrogance as they are the very same words of Satan:

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

But Elohiym commands us to have no other Elohiym------including ourselves!

Debariym (Deuteronomy) 5:7 You shall have none other Elohiym before me.

* Note: Much of the research I did on this subject has come from Tricia Tillin of “Banner Ministries” in the United Kingdom. While I agree with Tricia Tillin on what she exposes here (having been in the word of Faith movement myself), I don’t adhere 100% to all the other things that she discredits in the body of Messiah (such as speaking with tongues etc). I believe that we can “glean” truth from individuals yet still disagree with them on other things. I let the Holy Spirit and the word of Elohiym guide me in what I accept and do not accept as “truth.”

Below is the website for Tricia Tillin’s expose on “Word-of- Faith” heresies:

Is There a Difference Between Astronomy & Astrology?

Maria Merola © Copyright Double Portion Inheritance December 2004


YaHuWaH is the one who has created all things, and he is the one who has given us the method for which he wants us to divide the day from the night, the seasons, days, and years: Genesis 1:

14 And Elohiym said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years :

15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

16 And Elohiym made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

17 And Elohiym set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and Elohiym saw that it was good.

YaHuWaH is the one who has given us the moon (lesser light) to rule the night, and the sun (greater light) to rule the day.

Astrology for Fortune Telling is an Abomination

While YaHuWaH commands us not to use “astrology” or “observing the times” as a means to divine the future or to study human behavior, we must realize that the “wise men” that came from the East to see YaHuW’shuwa in Bethlehem were from Babylon (Chaldeans) and they were astrologers:

Daniel 5:7-15“.... bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spoke, and said to the wise men of Babylon, …And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation thereof: but they could not show the interpretation of the thing.”

As you will read in the account above, the astrologers could not interpret spiritual truths through the use of studying the stars. They did not have a direct relationship with YaHuWaH, the Almighty Elohiym of Yisra’el, and so they were worshipping the stars or consulting them. In scripture, stars are angels (Revelation 1:20), and some of these stars are “fallen angels”, and so to consult the stars to tell the future or to analyze human behavior like the Zodiac is practicing witchcraft or sorcery. 

The prophet Daniel trained astronomers back in his day in the proper biblical context. He taught them what signs to look for in the future when five hundred years later; the birth of Messiah was expected to arrive as foretold by the prophets. Daniel was not using “astrology” but rather“astronomy” according to its original intent and design. According to the Torah, the study of the stars was to be used for “signs and for seasons” of prophetic events. We are not supposed to be use the stars for the purpose of divining the future our own personal forecast. Even our Messiah told us that the “signs” of the end times would be foretold in the heavenly bodies to include the stars:

Luke 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Back in biblical times, there was no word for “astronomy” in the vocabulary. The term “astrology” and “astronomy” were synonymous with each other.

The term “astronomy” did not come into existence until the 1300’s after the scriptures were written. This term was used to distinguish between the scientific study of the heavenly bodies, versus “astrological” witchcraft and soothsaying by use or receiving divination from the fallen angels Astronomy is totally different than Astrology!

Five hundred years before our Messiah came to earth in human flesh, these “astrologers” had been trained by Daniel as they awaited the coming of the prophesied Messiah. When the time had come, YaHuWaH knew that these men would understand the signs in the stars, and so he spoke to them in a way that they could understand. He gave these kings a “sign” in the heavens to let them know that YaHuW’shuwa was born of a virgin and that he was NOT a reincarnation of the pagan sun god as many of the pagans had celebrated the reincarnation of the sun god on December 25th for centuries before the arrival of YaHuW’shuwa Messiah to earth.

Daniel 8:10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.

Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

In Matthew 2:2-10 the scriptures record the events where the wise men saw the star that led them to find YaHuW’shuwa. The Greek word for star in these verses is “aster” meaning “a star as strown over the sky.” This word “aster” comes from the Greek root word “stroo” meaning to “spread like a carpet.” This means that the wise men that followed the star of Bethlehem saw not only one star, but a blanket of stars that were strewn across the sky as a constellation. This gives more credibility to what Ernest L. Martin revealed in his research about the constellation of Virgo (Bethulah) being seen on September 11th 3 B.C. the day that YaHuW’shuwa was born.

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YaHuWaH had spoken to the children of Yisra’el not to do that which the heathen nations surrounding them were doing, as they used divination (fortune telling) by use of the stars or astrology (observer of times):

Deuteronomy 18:10-11 “There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.”

The real essence behind the improper use of observing the stars has to do with “worshipping” created things rather than the creator.

Satan uses the things that YaHuWaH has created and wants us to pervert them to use them for selfish purposes. We are commanded to worship the CREATOR who made the stars rather than the CREATED THINGS OR THE STARS!

Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of Elohiym into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

Yah wants us to have a direct relationship with him and he wants us to seek him in all things, not the stars or things in creation such as constellations to find answers to life’s questions. You see the word “stars” in scripture signifies the angels. YaHuW’shuwa told John in the book of Revelation, the mystery of the “seven stars”:

Revelation 1:20 “The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven congregations: and the seven candlesticks which you saw are the seven churches.”

The angels that fell from heaven are now become “devils” as they are seen scripture as “stars” that were “cast to the earth” by the dragon. We read here that Satan deceived one third of the angels in heaven when he was cast them out of heaven:

Revelation 12:4 “And his tail (the dragon) drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.”

YaHuW’shuwa had also seen this event when he was in eternity past in heaven:

Luke 10:18 “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.”

Isaiah the prophet had also spoken of this event that happened in eternity when Lucifer had fallen from heaven. The word Lucifer in Hebrew literally means “brightness” or “to shine” “to make a show or to boast” it also means “son of the morning” and this means that Lucifer was a “son” or a creation of YaHuW’shuwa the true “morning star” (Revelation 2:28, 22:16).

Isaiah 14:12 “How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations.”

The reason why Yah condemns the use of astrology to divine the future is because “seeking the stars” is actually seeking “angels” for the answers and we are to seek only YaHuWaH. In fact, Yah tells us that Satan transforms himself “as an angel of light”:

2nd Corinthians 11:14 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”

It is for this very reason that we are commanded not to “seek” after the stars or constellations for personal guidance and direction, because “stars” are “angels”! We are commanded rather to seek him that made the stars or the angels:

Amos 5:8 “Seek him that makes the seven stars and Orion, and turns the shadow of death into the morning, and makes the day dark with night: that calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out upon the face of the earth: YaHuWaH is his name.”

There is a difference between “Astronomy” and “Astrology.” Astronomy is simply observing constellations, whereas Astrology is using the stars to predict the future for ourselves. Is Yah against constellations? No, he created these constellations:

Job 9:9 “…Which makes Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.”

The Hebrew word for Arcturus is a constellation meaning “the bear”; the Hebrew for Orion means “constellation” and the Hebrew for Pleiades means “the seven stars” which YaHuW'shuwa gave us the meaning for in Revelation 1:20 as the “seven angels” that watch over the “seven congregations.”

And so we see that while Yah created these constellations, and he used them to guide the wise men to find YaHuW’shuwa, he does not want us to worship these stars and use them for fortune telling. The prophet Isaiah spoke under inspiration of YaHuWaH and rebuked those who seek after the stars and astrology. There is severe judgment for using the stars to forecast the future by use of divination:

Isaiah 47:13-14 “You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save you from these things that shall come upon you. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame…”

The Ancient of Days & the Son of Man

By Maria Merola אריאל 
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, July 2007

People often-times want to use Daniel 7:9-22 to insinuate that there are “Two Lords” on the throne in heaven or “Two YaHuWaHs.” 

But a thorough examination of the text will reveal something that most people have not noticed. Stay with me on this, and you will find out who these two elusive figures are. 

I use the term “elusive,” only because there are so many that are confused, as to the identity of who they are. It is no mystery, once we reference the entire counsel of Scripture.

The first thing you will notice, is that “The Ancient of Days” bears the same description as “The Son of Man” in Revelation 1:13-14.

Daniyel (Daniel) 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. 

Daniyel (Daniel) 7:10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened. 

Daniyel (Daniel) 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 

Daniyel (Daniel) 7:14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. 

*Note: now pay attention to the next few verses to find out the interpretation: 

Daniyel (Daniel) 7:16 I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things

Daniyel (Daniel) 7:17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. 

Daniyel (Daniel) 7:18 But the qadowshiym (saints) of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever. 

*Note: Aha! There are two different characters being portrayed in these verses, and Daniel saw them both. 

Who are they? 

Daniel saw “The Ancient of Days,” therefore, this cannot be the heavenly Father, because he is invisible, and “NO MAN HAS SEEN HIM AT ANY TIME!” (See John 1:18; John 6:46; 1st John 4:12).

Daniel could not have “seen” the invisible Father. This tells us that the Ancient of Days is “The visible image” of the Father (Colossians 1:15), who is the Son, (the pre-incarnate Messiah), who is the eternal one, Melchizedek!

In Daniel 7:9-10, the description given for “The Ancient of Days matches the same description given by the Apostle John in Revelation.

Chazown (Revelation) 1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire.

Daniyel (Daniel) 7:9 “...the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool..

But who then is “The Son of man?” 

The interpretation was given to Daniel in verse 18, as he was told that the SAINTS, the “SET-APART ONES” [qadowshiym] shall take the kingdom and possess it forever! 

The term “Son of man” is referring to the CORPORATE BODY OF MESSIAH! 

In Ephesians 2:15 he is called “The one new man,” and in Revelation 12:5, he is called “The man-child.” 

In Exodus 4:22, the son of YaHuWaH is the nation of Yisra’el: 

Shemoth (Exodus) 4:22 “…. Thus says YHWH, Yisra’el is my son, even my firstborn.” 

In Ezekiel 3, YaHuWaH spoke to Ezekiel, and called him “Son of man,” and then commissioned him to be a watchman to the House of Yisra’el. 

In Hosea 11:1, YaHuWaH refers to the nation of Yisra’el as “His son!” 

This corporate man-child, or one new man, shall rule and reign with Messiah for a thousand years (Revelation 20:6), as kings and priests (Revelation 1:6; 5:10).

Daniyel (Daniel) 7:21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the qadowshiym (saints), and prevailed against them; 

Daniyel (Daniel) 7:22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the qadowshiym (saints) of the most High; and the time came that the qadowshiym (saints) possessed the kingdom

Daniel saw two different characters: “The Ancient of Days & the Son of Man.” 

Daniel was shown that the qadowshiym (saints), the Yisra’elites are going to possess the kingdom, and they are the ones being represented here as “The Son of man!”

Why did our Messiah refer to himself as “The Son of man,” while he was here on earth? 

Romans 8:3 provides us with the answer. It says that Elohiym sent his own Son “in the likeness of sin flesh.” This means that he came to represent sinful, fallen man!

The term “Son of man,” is used to describe our Messiah, in his finite, mortal existence when he came to earth to die for us.

However, the term “Son of man,” is also used to describe his corporate body of believers!

This is the reason why the bride is often referred to as “The body of Messiah.” Now, this may seem strange, because a bride does not have a male body, for she is a female. 

You see, when the bride of Messiah is in her mortal, non-glorified state, she is referred to as a female. However, once the bride is resurrected, she takes on the same form as him, as his corporate body. Hence, the bride becomes “one new man, the man-child, the body of Messiah, etc.” 

To understand fully, we must establish that our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa is the creator of heaven and earth (Colossians 1:16). John 1:1 tells us that he was From the beginning, with Elohiym, and he was Elohiym.” 

Hebrews 7:3 tells us that our Messiah is Melchizedek: Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of Elohiym; abides a priest continually.”  

Hebrews 7:3 is a repeat of Psalm 110:1-4, where Yah says that Melchizedek sits at his right hand... and abides a priest forever.” 

In Luke 20:40-41, our Messiah told the Pharisees that he is the “The same Melchizedek whom David wrote about!”

The word “ancient,” in “Ancient of Days,” is a Chaldean word  #H6268 in the Hebrew Concordance, “attiyq,” which means “antique, ancient, to remove.” 

It comes from the idea that our Messiah removed himself from heaven, (from his infinite, eternal existence), and took on the form of a humble servant, a mortal, finite, human being. 

Many people argue that it is the Father (alone) who is the Ancient of Days, (even though he is invisible, and has never been seen by any man). But what if I told you that the Ancient of Days is the Father and the Son (together) as one being?

Isaiah 9:6 tells us that the “Son born to us, is also the Everlasting Father!

In John 14:9-11, Our Messiah plainly told us “I am in the Father, and the Father is in me....He that has seen me has seen the Father.”

Therefore, if Daniel “saw” the Ancient of Days, he was seeing both the Father & the Son at the same time!

He was seeing the invisible Father, inside of the visible image, who is the Son!