TO SHOW HIM – WE MUST KNOW HIM
BY: LINDA KEITH
NOVEMBER 17, 2005
This sharing is just that – a sharing. This may not be for everyone, and if it isn’t for you, lay it aside. But, for over a year, Father has been speaking to my heart, about KNOWING Him. He is still bringing forth His Firstfruits and He deals with each of us, as He desires. So, if you are one who thinks that all we have to do is concentrate on Him (which we do), but that we do not need to learn about Him, then this sharing is not for you. Let Him lead you.
It is not my belief that when Father is fully manifested through His First-fruits, it will all be a mystical life that those First-fruits will be living. And, in a way, it will definitely be mystical. But, I believe that we will (are) still live lives from day to day, with the exception that we will (are) constantly be open for Father to walk, talk, move in; and will constantly be a life of being when and where He would be seen, and how He would be seen.
For Him to manifest, we MUST KNOW without a doubt, Who we are. There will be no “us and Him”. It will ALL be Him. In fact, we ARE now, some are just not aware of it. We ARE everything that Father is, right now; but, past teachings and the church system is keeping many from just resting and allowing the “real US” to be seen. We have been taught how wrong it is to THINK that we could possibly be “as He is in this present world.” But, some have not closed their ears or their eyes and are seeing and hearing Him as He moves through this earth. THROUGH US. They think that we are trying to rob Him of His glory, as if that could be done. They will say, “We are not Him”, and then turn right around and tell you something that HE did, THROUGH them. You see, they are still seeing with a double mind. They still see “Him and us”. But, that will change, either on this side of Jordan or on the other side. So, not to worry.
I don’t know what everyone else has been taught, but I was taught that the earth will change and EVERYONE will be “just LIKE Him.” Well, we are learning that we will NOT be just like Him; instead we will be Him, (some know this now) simply because we ARE His Body. It is HIS head that is resting on these shoulders; it is HIS hands that are touching the multitude; it is HIS feet that are walking in a way, that only love is seen, in motion; it is HIS legs that strength flows from, to walk HIS LIFE.
There are a lot of people that think that all at once, the earth will just be done away with and a new one will come forth. And that is partially true. But, to some, this IS happening now. You see, “heaven” is in us and as we allow it to come forth, wherever heaven is, the earth is changed. But, we are told that the “kingdoms will become HIS kingdoms,” so that should tell us that Heaven and Earth are becoming one, just as we are realizing that WE are ONE with Him.
I have never been one who would argue about what name we should call Him. I have always called Him, Father, simply because He brought me forth from Himself. Many argue about what He should be called and I really believe that is between each person and their Father. BUT, we do NEED to KNOW anything about Him – that HE speaks to each of us individually. This is why I say, if this sharing is not for you, lay it aside, because maybe He is leading you in another way.
I remember, back about 4 years ago when Father spoke to me and said, “You don’t KNOW a thing, until you experience that thing”. I have kept this in my heart since He spoke it to me. Because how can a person really be ONE with someone IF they don’t KNOW all about that someone? You see, as we experience something ABOUT someone, we EXPERIENCE that someone. Haven’t you ever known someone and then, out of nowhere, you find out something about them, that REALLY explains that person? THEN, you really experience a person. You feel their pain; you feel their joy; when they laugh, you automatically laugh. When they desire something, you find yourself desiring to give that desire to them. You become so intimate with that person that you truly are a part of their very life, and they are truly a part of your life.
Well, this is what Father has been speaking to me about for over a year. Oh sure, the important thing is to KNOW HIM , but, I am finding that the more I find out ABOUT HIM, the more I really KNOW HIM. I’m not talking about history of Him, although, how can we really KNOW, without taking into us, the history?
He tells us:
(1) “And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for THEY KNOW his voice.” (John 10:4)
(2) “As the Father KNOWETH me, even so KNOW I THE FATHER: and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (John 10:15)
(3) “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not; neither KNOWETH HIM but ye KNOW HIM , for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”
We have learned to KNOW His Voice. He speaks and we KNOW that Voice is different from any other voice we hear. This is a part of KNOWING Him. But, think about it. I am known to different people by different names. Yet, Father KNOWS me, the REAL ME, regardless of which name is being used. But, there is ONE name that is my real true name. The real name comes into its true authority as maturity is attained.
Do you remember when, as a babe, we learned to call God by different names? For me at first, it was a very stern, serious, GOD. Then, I heard others call Him, Dad, Papa, Daddy. I had a cousin who married a Jewish man and all of a sudden she started calling Him, Yawyeh. I thought, “Maybe I’ll call Him, Yawyeh, too. I like that name.” That didn’t last long, I’d forget to call Him “Yawyeh” and would be back to “God.” But, as I grew in Him, it became more of a personal thing with me. I went from one name to another UNTIL, one night I really EXPERIENCED Him. From then on, it was FATHER. And that is what I call Him today. But, KNOWING Him intimately, as Father, I still HAVE TO KNOW who my Father really is.
So, this is what this is all about. KNOWING Who He is; KNOWING Who I pray to. Some think this is not important, but, it’s just like knowing; WE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW, but most still stick with the 10 commandments, saying, “well if we keep the commandment of the New Testament, we are keeping the 10 commandments.” But, you see, it’s not about commandments anymore. It’s about KNOWING WHO is manifesting through you, and KNOWING His Name is EVERYTHING!
Name, means nature. And Father has been known by many natures. We have all EXPERIENCED the different natures that Father has worked with, in our maturing. Names, do not separate Him. There is only one God, and that is Him, no matter what name He is using in our walk. But, as we mature, we need to KNOW, Who will be shown.
I was sent a book, by a sister named Sue. It is titled EL ELYON NOW, by David Paul Ebaugh. I will be using quotes from this book, in this sharing. If you can get one, I recommend the reading. It is very enlightening and it came to me, as conformation, for what Father has been speaking to me for over a year. I am NOT telling you that YOU SHOULD call Him by any name. This is between you and Him. But, to really get an in depth KNOWING of Him, I do suggest this book. We can have our intimate name that we call Him, but we need to KNOW Who He really is, as we come into maturity. And thank you, Sue for sharing it with me.
So, throughout this sharing, we will learn Who our Father really is, and how important it is to KNOW Him in light of Present Truth.
2 Peter 1:12, “Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.”
This is not just a study about all the names that God is known by. We have all, or at least most of us, have studied all the different names that God was called, in the Old Testament, and decided on the name that we prefer to call God. This is about REALLY KNOWING WHO our God is. This not just another article for folks to argue over. What I am presenting, here, is the fact that we MUST KNOW what God’s name is TODAY.
We are told, in the New Testament:
2Peter 1:12, “Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though you know them, and be established in the PRESENT truth.”
We are to be established in the PRESENT truth of God. No matter where we are in this walk of Him, within us. We need to KNOW who He is. Let me say here, we ARE to experience ALL truth of God. So, in our walk, we will come to know the different natures that God uses, by the name He is known as. We rise into each of Father’s natures as we grow in Him.
I believe that it is now possible to teach young babes in the Lord, in a different way than was taught to us. As we grew in Him, we found that we had to let go of much of the teaching from our past; and we found that some of the teachings that we received were just expanded as we truly came to know Him.
Now, IF you walked up to me and said, “Linda, what is your Dad’s name?” and I said, “I don’t really know. I just know him as, Daddy.” Well, if I am a grown woman and say that, you wouldn’t think I knew my Dad too well, wouldn’t you? It’s the same way with our Father.
Now, we are told in the Bible that Jesus was the Pattern Son. That means that Jesus came to set a pattern for us, who are now knowing that WE are the Son, to walk into. If we don’t know our Father, we can’t SHOW our Father. And Jesus thought that it very important for all to know God’s name.
MT 6:9, “Hallowed be thy Name.”
John 17: “I have manifested thy Name.”
John 17:26, Ps 22:22, “I will declare thy Name.”
As I said, in the first part of this article, the word “name” means “nature.” In order to know any of God’s natures, we must know the work that He was doing while using that name. In the Old Testament, a person’s name, described their nature. To each of the patriarchs in the Old Testament, God used different names. It was God Who changed His name. It’s a different story with the names that MAN has given God.
Abraham only answered to the commands of El Shaddai, the name/nature of his understanding of God at that time. It was YAHWEH who gave the law to Moses. Abraham could not have understood the name/nature of YAHWEH. How come? Let’s look at this.
Quote: “Some bible students have asked the question, “how did Abraham get away with treating Sarah like he did, when he gave her to the king of Egypt? He should have been stoned under the law. Whey didn’t God punish Abraham? The reason that Abraham was not punished by God is that the law of YAHWEH was NOT given to the people of Israel until 500 years later. And when it was given, it was to Moses. Where there is no law there is no sin.”
Rom. 5:13, “For until the law, sin was in the world; but sin is not imputed when there is no law.”
Rom. 4:15, “Because the law worketh wrath; for where no law is, there is no transgression.”
So, Abraham was counted sinless for his act because he did it about 500 years before there was any law that told him not to do it. Abraham answered to El Shaddai. Moses answered to YAHWEH. Two different natures, but, the same God. But, can you see the different KNOWING of God, by looking at this information? It’s the same with us today. We don’t KNOW the same God that we met when we came to Him at salvation. We were babies; now we are growing.
Let’s look at two names/natures of God.
YAHWEH EL ELYON
1) Law 1) Love
2) Judgment 2) Light
3) Unforgiveness 3) Forgiveness
4) Punishment 4) Freedom
5) Death 5) Life
Remember, in the Book of Daniel, where it was prophesied that God was angry at those who would not accept Jesus, as the Son of God. God decided on the punishment of those people, He sent some out of Jerusalem, with warning, but the rest were killed. Murdered, tortured, killed by the Roman army, led by Titus. Titus killed so viciously, that he would cut babies out of the belly of pregnant women. No one was permitted in or out of the city and things got so bad that people ate their own children. This was sent by God. (You can learn about all this in the book of Josephus).
Today, God does not have that nature. Those who worship YAHWEH are worshipping the God of the law. And what are we told?
Gal 5:1-4, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled AGAIN with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you; that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you NOTHING. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the WHOLE LAW. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
That is a heavy scripture. It is so often overlooked, but, all those who are worshipping YAHWEH, have put themselves BACK UNDER THE LAW. YAHWEH was the name/nature of a God who judged, condemned, punished and brought death to those under the law. But, praise His Wonderful Name, He is a different nature today.
Now, look at the different nature of God, in the day of Jesus.
Remember the woman that was caught in adultery? Under the law, a woman was to be stoned to death. But, what did God say through Jesus? Bring no condemnation on her, forgive her, tell her to go and sin no more. “Who condemns you?” “No one, Lord”. “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”
You see, YAHWEH demanded, LAW, JUDGMENT, CONDEMNATION and DEATH. EL ELYON brought LOVE, LIGHT, FORGIVENESS, FREEDOM and LIFE. Two natures, same God.
The name that we use indicates our relationship with God. It also indicates the nature of the response that we expect to receive from God. Look at how many people think that everything that they do means that their God is going to send them to hell to burn forever. At then, there are those who KNOW their FATHER and know that He has ALREADY forgiven them for anything they do. AND they are learning what it means to be ONE WITH HIM. They listened when they were encouraged to call Him ABBA, meaning Father. There is a loving relationship, void of fear. A relationship that SHOWS praise to Him by their relationship with Him.
Gal. 4:6, “And because ye ARE SONS, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying Abba Father.”
Rom.8:14, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they ARE THE SONS OF GOD”
Mark 14:36, “And he said, ABBA FATHER, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt”.
Jesus was our Pattern. Jesus KNEW God as EL ELYON. We are told:
1Cor. 15:26, “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is DEATH.”
Not only did Jesus overcome death, but there is a people in the world today who also will overcome death. We are to show forth the same Pattern that Jesus showed to us. We can call our Father, “Daddy”, “Papa”, “Father” or whatever intimate name we share with Him, but WE MUST KNOW OUR FATHER’S NAME/NATURE. There’s no way around it. I am not telling you what to call Him, but I am saying that to KNOW Him, we MUST KNOW His Name/Nature. And to KNOW a thing, we have to EXPERIENCE that thing. As we EXPERIENCE Him, we become aware that we are the same as Him. He is MORE MANIFESTED in the earth.
Let’s look at the Melchizedek Priesthood. Melchizedek and Jesus both served the name/nature of God as EL ELYON, THE MOST HIGH GOD. They both entered the EL ELYON priesthood through the power of an endless life.
Gen 14:18, “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the MOST HIGH GOD.”
Heb. 7:17, “For he testifieth, Thou are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”
Heb. 5:9-10, “And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all that obey him; Called of God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.”
Heb. 6:20, “Whither the forerunner is for us entered even Jesus, made a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”
The ignoring the gender of a word has caused us to lose much understanding about our God. YAHWEH is masculine. EL SHADDAI is feminine. When these two natures of God came together in operation, they become the creator, ELOHIM. The word ELOHIM is androgynous, meaning both male and female, in gender in the Hebrew language. The androgynous word ELOHIM, meaning Creator, was unfortunately translated into the genderless word “GOD”, in our English Bibles.
We looked at the word “androgynous”, in the last part. It means to be both male and female. The nature YAHWEH is male; the nature EL SHADDAI is female. Together they are ELOHIM, the Creator.
Adam was both male and female. And remember, Adam represents all of us. Remember when ELOHIM created Adam, Adam was created both male and female. Eve, or the soul, was still within Adam. This is why ELOHIM said, “I will create man in my image” or “as I AM, both male and female.”
This is important, to know and understand the writing of the bible. When we know the gender of the natures of our Father, we understand it better. Of course, the Spirit teaches us as we use the mind of Christ. Now we can see why Jesus didn’t act as the way the Jews expected Him to act. The Father of Jesus was identified as EL ELYON, the MOST HIGH GOD. While it is true that YAHWEH was the Father of the Jewish religion, but YAHWEH was never and still isn’t referred to as the Father of Jesus. Jesus KNEW His Father as EL ELYON.
Luke 1:32, 35, “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest…” “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee…”
YAHWEH and EL ELYON have some completely different names/natures, and yet they are the same God. Denominations have their own concept of God and this is where much disagreement comes into play. There are those who only knows their Father as the One who does the providing, giver. And they are correct, He does give. There are those who knows their Father as the healer. And they, too, are correct, He DID heal all of us. Both we can’t just stop at ONE nature of our Father.
No one is left out; EVERYONE has an inheritance in EL ELYON.
Rev. 5:9, “And they sang a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation…”
As I said before, this article, this knowledge is not meant as a condemnation to anyone. It is just to get some who are interested in KNOWING their Father’s name, because if any of us have any hope of manifesting our Father, we MUST KNOW HIM FIRST. I use my personal name when I talk to my Father, but it will never be out of my mind what my Father’s name is.
Some may not think it is not important to know Father’s name, now AND then. But I think that if GOD HIMSELF made it known that it was HIM that changed His name, then I think He was telling us to come to know Him as He is.
EX. 6:2-3, “And God (ELOHIM) spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the Lord (YAHWAH). And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty (EL SHADDAI), but by my name Jehovah (YAHWEH) was I known to them.”
God didn’t change Himself, but He did change His method and name. In the New Testament, we see a good reason why the name, “Jesus” is name above all names.
Col. 2:9-10, “Got in him (Jesus Christ) dwelleth all the fullness of the GODHEAD bodily.”
There are 72 or more names /natures that is brought into play when the name JESUS CHRIST is properly used. All of the 72 NAMES OF GOD are summed up in JESUS CHRIST because JESUS CHRIST is the “fullness of the GODHEAD bodily. We know that there is only One God and that One God has many names/natures.
As the bible was written and rewritten, by man, many corrupted the names that they used for “God.”
So, you decide how important it is to you, to KNOW your God. I feel it is most important, because you can’t manifest what you don’t know. “As a man thinketh, so is he.”
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