Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— Mark 3:28-29 CJB.
NEVER HAS FORGIVENESS. . . . Sigh. Even Peter who denied Jesus/ Yeshua three times was forgiven and used mightily. Even Jonah who was disobedient to go to Nineveh gets another chance. Even Moses, who Yahweh was going to slay is spared when his wife circumcises their son.
Every time I read this verse I shudder. How many of you have read this verse and had fear that you might have committed this sin unknowingly?
I want to dig into this topic deeper.
Jesus/ Yeshua was accused of blasphemy in the book of Mark.
“Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” And Jesus said, “I am; and you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” Tearing his clothes, the high priest *said, “What further need do we have of witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy; how does it seem to you?” Mark 14:61-63.
Now, I am a Word girl. If someone is posting an article on Facebook or a blog site and they are teaching using only one verse or none, I am very leery of those post and those people. We need scriptures and Old Passages that line up with new passages–two or three witnesses at least. And beware of those who teach doctrines of men by using books like the Book of Enoch and other books of antiquity and rarely use the Bible. You only need one book for sound doctrine, but others can help.
The above passage from Mark refers to a passage in the Torah (Law).
“’Moreover, the one who blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall certainly stone him. The alien as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.” Leviticus 24:16. The religious leaders equated Yeshua saying “He was the Messiah” blasphemous because they did not believe him. He showed them by opening the eyes of the blind and raising the dead, among other things, but they were not convinced and even if they were, they were jealous. I quoted Lev. 24:16 but now let’s look at verse 15. “Say to the Israelites: ‘Anyone who curses their God will be held responsible . . .”
Curses—hmmm. That word also means to blaspheme.
Proverbs 14:31 “He that oppresses the poor blasphemeth his Maker; But he that is gracious unto the needy honoureth Him.”
We need to give more to the poor and especially the members of our own households. Let’s go back to Jesus words.
“The scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.” And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables, “How can satan cast out satan? “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. . .
“Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— because they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.” Mark 3:22-30.
Yeshua had the Most Holy Spirit living in Him, The Spirit of His Father Yahweh.
This can be difficult. At this time, more than ever before, we have division in our nation and division in the Body of Messiah. We have division in our families and homes and assemblies. What does that look like? Confusion. Division seems to be everywhere. Jesus was telling the people that His power came from above, not from demons and not from Beelzebub.
Who is Beelzebub?
Lord of the flies. Originally the name of a Philistine God.
Now, let’s gather a little more information. You see the Israelites would make fun of the Canaanite god Baal by calling him Beelzebub (Lord of flies). It was a mocking nickname against the pagan people’s god. So they were making fun of Yeshua/ Jesus. They were not saying it was from a fallen angel named satan that he got his power, but from this pagan god Beelzebub who was only powerful enough to be a ruler over flies. Let me show you a bit more. There is a book called The Testament of Solomon. In this book that is dated over a thousand years after King Solomon’s death, so he could not have written it. . . Beelzebub appears as prince of the demons and says that he was formerly a leading heavenly angel who was associated with a star named Venus or yes, you guessed it, Lucifer. Lucifer is a Latin word that was snuck into our Hebrew/ Greek text. The word Lucifer is taken from the Latin Vulgate, which translates הֵילֵל as Lucifer, meaning “the morning star.” Even Jesus/Yeshua is described as the bright morning star. When we get caught up in “the adversary” we miss the true message of blasphemy. So much Hellenism has crept into our doctrines.
“Paradise Lost is an epic poem written by the 17th-century English poet John Milton (1608–1674). The first version, published in 1667, consisted of ten books with over ten thousand lines of verse. In this poem from the 1600’s John Milton gave Satan’s lieutenant the name Beelzebub. This is how things creep into our beliefs. This is how people get off on a rabbit trail, but what is blasphemy?
Have we been guilty of accusing a miracle from the Father and His Holy Spirit to be false?
We can turn on the television and see big name ministers grabbing people and telling them to take Holy Ghost Fire!
They lay hands on them and they fall backwards. With careful glasses on I went through my Bible about ten years ago looking for people who Jesus and His disciples laid hands on that went backwards, but I could find no one falling backwards in the spirit except the Roman soldiers who came to arrest him. Not one person in the Bible could I find who was coined as being “slain” in the Spirit. This becomes difficult because I do not want to accuse any men or women of G-d of casting out demons or healing the sick by the prince of demons or make fun . . . at the same time I do not want any part of the Kundalini spirit or a false spirit. I do not know the hearts of men. The Father searches the hearts of men and He knows.
Now, if the men and women in the Bible didn’t fall backwards, then how did they fall?
“And Abram fell on his face…” Genesis 17:3.
“For it came about when the flame went up from the altar toward heaven that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. When Manoah and his wife saw this, they fell on their faces to the ground.” Judges 13:20.
“Then David lifted up his eyes and saw the angel of the LORD standing between earth and heaven, with his drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, covered with sackcloth, fell on their faces.” 1st Chronicles 21:16.
“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell face down in terror.” Matthew 17:5-6.
When all the people saw it, they fell facedown and said, “Yahweh, He is God! Yahweh, He is God!” 1st Kings 18:39.
“Moshe and Aharon left the assembly, went to the entrance of the tent of meeting and fell on their faces; and the glory of Adonai appeared to them.” Numbers 20:6 CJB.
“This brilliance around him looked like a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day. This was how the appearance of the glory of Adonai looked. When I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of someone speaking.” Ezekiel 1:28 CJB.
THEY FALL ON THEIR FACES!
Not one verse of anyone being slain in the Spirit. What does the word slain mean?
Webster defines the word Slain as . . .
- to kill by violence.
- to destroy; extinguish.
- to kill or murder.
Here is the verse of the soldiers
“Judas then, having received the Roman cohort and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered Him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” He said to them, “I am He.” And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them. So when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew backwards and fell to the ground.” John 18:3-6.
When I was led to this verse on blasphemy the other day I had a great and awesome (Awe) Fear of the Lord Adonai come over me. What if I have blasphemed your Holy Ruach Spirit I thought to myself? Being raised in an Assemblies of God church, I have been “slain” in the spirit many times, but the question is what Spirit? Again, I don’t want to blaspheme, but I think we need to be very careful today. I have fallen backwards several times. I also have spoken in a prayer language. But what I want to ask you is, how can we know if this Spirit is from Him or some other spirit?
We are told to test the spirits, but I don’t see this being done much anymore.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1.
Testing the spirits is not just about falling in the floor, it’s about testing what you hear and yes, this blog I am writing. You should test every teacher’s words to see if they line up with HIS Word, not a pastor or teacher’s words. Blaspheming the Holy Spirit is a fearful thing and so is lying to it.
One couple in the Bible lied to the Holy Spirit and were struck dead.
“Why has the Adversary so filled your heart that you lie to the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) and keep back some of the money you received for the land? 4 Before you sold it, the property was yours; and after you sold it, the money was yours to use as you pleased. So what made you decide to do such a thing? You have lied not to human beings but to God!” Acts 5:3-4 CJB. The next verse talks about this man dropping dead and then his wife dropped dead. Fear and dread filled the hearts of men and women, not hyper grace.
In John chapter 10, the Jews pick up stones to stone Jesus with. He tells them, “You have seen me do many good deeds that reflect the Father’s power; for which one of these deeds are you stoning me?” The Judeans replied, “We are not stoning you for any good deed, but for blasphemy — because you, who are only a man, are making yourself out to be God .” Yeshua answered them, “Isn’t it written in your Torah, ‘I have said, “You people are Elohim’ ”? If he called ‘elohim’ the people to whom the word of Elohim was addressed (and the Tanakh cannot be broken), then are you telling the one whom the Father set apart as holy and sent into the world, ‘You are committing blasphemy,’ just because I said, ‘I am a son of Elohim’?
“If I am not doing deeds that reflect my Father’s power, don’t trust me. But if I am, then, even if you don’t trust me, trust the deeds; so that you may understand once and for all that the Father is united with me, and I am united with the Father.” 10:31-38 CJB.
Jesus said even if you don’t trust me, trust the deeds.
I leave you with a few questions and welcome all responses.
What do you think blaspheming the Holy Set Apart Spirit is? How do you think a person would know if they had?
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