The Shekinah Is In Jerusalem

The Shekinah has rushed from my mouth like THE WIND in order to lay low the Enemies of God who gathered in Jerusalem to do hateful things.

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Once per month during a full moonrise at sunset, rangers on Mt. Tamalpais, just north of San Francisco have a moonlight walk. This is the only chance to see this place at night because the park closes at sunset. It was hot, dry and windy above the cold fog. You can literally walk from the cold fog to the hot winds and back again in just a few minutes!

The Nazarite Prophets gather on ‘The Hill of God’. She bids you join the parade of prophets led by musicians who play the psaltery, the trimbrel, and the pipe! Behold the brightness of the Lady of the Light, who is filled with the Spirit of the Lord. She is with the Lord, even in the Beginning!

God has taken my hand from me. God has taken my lips from me. God has taken my story from me. God has taken everything from me, and in place of all those things, He has given me The Truth, The Light, and The Way!

John ‘The Nazarite of the Holy Spirit!

After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines; and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a band of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a timbrel, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they will be prophesying. And the spirit of the LORD will come mightily upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.

— 1 Samuel 10:5–6

At High Noon, I found the instrument I saw in my dream. It had two sets of strings. When I picked it up, there were very wise eyes belonging to very wise men, upon me. I believe I heard;

‘Do you know how to play this?”

Now there ears were upon me! I was not sure until I plucked the first string. I do know how to play this “contraption” that by fictional character, Victoria Bond, got in trouble for wanting to play in the parade. Over twenty years when I was reading the Torah almost every day, I had a vision. I was in a home in Hebron, when a special child was born. I was a spirit in the living room of a doctor. There were Rabbis with the mother and child. The father looked right at me, but did not see me.

A few days later, I had another vision. I was an old man with a white beard. I was walking with other wise men up the hill to the Wailing Wall. I was being honored for my theory, that the reason Jerusalem was chosen as the Capitol of God, was……the acoustics!  The Great Choir of God would divide itself and stand on the Mount of Olives, and the Temple Mount. They would sing in alternating vibrations. The Ark was brought out of the Tabernacle, and upon the Ark sat the Lord. It is a Jubilee Year.

As we climbed, I noticed there was a person, a light in front of me!

I took down several posts I made in the last week, because I name those who betrayed me, and took everything from me. I once owned love for these people that were now having their Judgement Day. However, every judgement I made ELECTED ME, and brought me close to the light of God……………..where I did not want to be……….for I am reminded of the greatest pain of all, when I died, and lost the world. And in place of the world, I was in Heaven, beholding The Lord! And, what is so bad about this? I knew, no one would believe me, and they would do everything they could, not to prove me a liar, but, make me believe I am insane. Why would they want to do this, is the question. Because………I am taking them, where they did not want to go, where no one wants to go…………into the light!

I will now be a Master unto you. I will teach you. I will prepare the Way of the Lord.

Must I come to Jerusalem? Do you not already feel The Light? You do not want ME to come to Jerusalem, for when I arrive I will fashion a whip out of the Phylactery I wear, enter the synagogue, and whip the self-righteous zion nationalists like the starving dogs that roamed the mount after Emperor Vespasian took away the Menorah that Queen Helena ‘The Nazarite’ gave to the people of the Lord, she converted to. Her sons fought for Zion and there was not a spot of Jewish blood in her veins.

If I come to Jerusalem, I will come as an immigrant, born of a family of immigrants, and made welcome by a Nation of Immigrants.

IF I come to Jerusalem, I will force the self-righteous ones to gnash their teeth upon these graven coins, until all their teeth are broken. For you shall not have any gods before you.

When I come to Jerusalem the Light of the Shekinah will have already filled every dark nich, every hole in the wall, with the remembrance, that it is not so important that the Lord took you out of Egypt, to here, but, that He took you anywhere – at all! Why did God take them out of Judea in the first place? How many times did He threaten to do so? And god-Trump has blocked God from doing so again? This is – a joke!

If I come to Jerusalem, you will know, that The People of God, have come round the world, and tis true when He said

“I have overcome the world!”

So, where is Zion now? How will I find Zion – from here!

How can I behold Zion, from anywhere, after putting that unclean foul mouthed adulterer – with the orange swelled head in – THE WAY?

If the alleged Children do not want the Light of God, sent this day. Then, we Freedom Loving People will keep it for ourselves. Because, we are about liberating slaves, verses making them! We changed our ways. Some of us, were forced to change their ways.

Let God’s Palestinian go – home!

“And he made a whip from cord.”

John ‘The Nazarite’

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Last night, I had a dream. I was in a strange house. There was a strange instrument against the wall. I asked if I could play it. For fifty years I know how to make a guitar sound like a sitar. I went into a trance. People came to gather around me. When I was finished, they praised me. One man said………

“The master has returned!”

I am a master, not for my music, but, for more than surviving the extreme abuse and betrayals I have suffered at the hands of my parents, and siblings. I am enlightened, because I died of this abuse, and, my life was restored by God.

I want these un-happy people to be of good cheer. If I stop worrying, you can do the same. If I stop judging others, you can do much better. If I stop believing, you will believe that much more. There is no attainment. There is nowhere to go. For the true God is everywhere, and in everyone. If God will restore the life of a non-believer, then, there is no faith you need pick up, or church, you must enter. God will not forsake – even one of you! Be of a kind heart, for you are loved!

Jon

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The book of Psalms has ‘gems’ and this is one of them. Psalteries, tabrets, viols and harps,’stringed instruments’ are often a construct state which is a generic symbol for ordinances,laws or statutes, godly or ungodly.

The 10 ‘stringed instrument’ signifies the 10 commandments of Moses.

Whereas to sing or play music signifies walking/behaviour according to the ‘ordinances’ in question;

Isaiah 23
15 And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot. 16 Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered

Qouting from musicofthebible.com;
HARP (në’-vël) [H5035] 1. an ancient string instrument of ten strings used to accompany the voice. Standing almost three feet tall, the harp had of two sets of strings (five on each side of the instrument) that could be played in much the same manner as modern harps (by plucking with the fingers) or possibly with a bow..

The ’10 strings’ denote the 10 commandments of Moses on 2 tablets stones which aspect is also reflected in the 2 sides of the ‘ten stringed instrument’, hence the 2 ‘fives of strings’ on the instrument.

Shekhinah is derived from the Hebrew verb שכן‬.[need quotation to verify] The Semitic root means “to settle, inhabit, or dwell”. This abstract noun is not present in the Bible, and is first encountered in the rabbinic literature. [1]:148–149, [2] The root word is often used to refer to birds’ nesting and nests. (“Every fowl dwells near its kind and man near his equal.”)[4] and can also mean “neighbor” (“If two Tobiahs appeared, one of whom was a neighbour and the other a scholar, the scholar is to be given precedence.”[5]

The word for the Tabernacle, mishkan, is a derivative of the same root and is used in the sense of dwelling-place in the Bible, e.g. Psalms 132:5 (“till I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”) and Numbers 24:5 (“How beautiful are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel!” where the word for “your dwelling places” is mishkenotecha). Accordingly, in classic Jewish thought, the Shekhinah refers to a dwelling or settling in a special sense, a dwelling or settling of divine presence,[6][need quotation to verify] to the effect that, while in proximity to the Shekhinah, the connection to God is more readily perceivable.[need quotation to verify]

The concept is similar to that in the Gospel of Matthew 18:20, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name there am I in their midst.”[1]:149 Some Christian theologians have connected the concept of Shekhinah to the Greek term Parousia,[need quotation to verify] “presence” or “arrival,” which is used in the New Testament in a similar way for “divine presence”.[7]

Meaning in Judaism[edit]

The Shekhinah represents the feminine attributes of the presence of God.[8] (Shekhinah being a feminine word in Hebrew), based especially on readings of the Talmud.[9]

Manifestation[edit]

The Shekhinah is referred to as manifest in the Tabernacle and the Temple in Jerusalem throughout Rabbinic literature. It is also reported as being present in the acts of public prayer.[need quotation to verify] In the Mishna the noun is used twice: once by Rabbi Hananiah ben Teradion (c. 135 CE): ‘If two sit together and the words between them are of the Torah, then the Shekhinah is in their midst’; and Rabbi Halafta ben Dosa: ‘If ten men sit together and occupy themselves with the Law, the Shekhinah rests among them.’[1]:148–149 So too in the Talmud Sanhedrin 39a, we read: “Whenever ten are gathered for prayer, there the Shekhinah rests”; it also connotes righteous judgment (“when three sit as judges, the Shekhinah is with them.” Talmud tractate Berachot 6a), and personal need (“The Shekhinah dwells over the headside of the sick man’s bed.” Talmud tractate Shabbat 12b; “Wheresoever they were exiled, the Shekhinah went with them.” Talmud tractate Megillah 29a).

In particular, the shekhinah is a holy fire that resides within the home of a married couple.[8] The shekhinah is the highest of six types of holy fire. When a married couple is worthy of this manifestation, all other types of fire are consumed by it.[8]:111, n. 4

Jewish sources[edit]

Usage[edit]

There is no occurrence of the word in pre-rabbinic literature such as the Dead Sea Scrolls. It is only afterwards in the targums and rabbinic literature that the Hebrew term shekhinah, or Aramaic equivalent shekinta, is found, and then becomes extremely common.[need quotation to verify] McNamara considers that the absence might lead to the conclusion that the term only originated after the destruction of the temple in 70 CE, but notes 2 Maccabees 14:35 “a temple for your habitation”, where the Greek text (naon tes skenoseos) suggests a possible parallel understanding, and where the Greek noun skenosis may stand for Aramaic shekinta.[1]:148

The Shekhinah is associated with the transformational spirit of God regarded as the source of prophecy:

After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines; and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a band of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a timbrel, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they will be prophesying. And the spirit of the LORD will come mightily upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.

The prophets made numerous references to visions of the presence of God, particularly in the context of the Tabernacle or Temple, with figures such as thrones or robes filling the Sanctuary, which have traditionally been attributed to the presence of the Shekhinah. Isaiah wrote “I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne high and lifted up, and his train filled the Temple.” (Isaiah 6:1). Jeremiah implored “Do not dishonor the throne of your glory” (Jeremiah 14:21) and referred to “Thy throne of glory, on high from the beginning, Thy place of our sanctuary” (Jeremiah 17:12). The Book of Ezekiel speaks of “the glory of the God of Israel was there [in the Sanctuary], according to the vision that I saw in the plain.” (Ezekiel 8:4)

Targum[edit]

In the Targum the addition of the noun term Shekhinah paraphases Hebrew verb phrases such as Exodus 34:9 “let the Lord go among us” (a verbal expression of presence) which Targum paraphrases with God’s “shekhinah” (a noun form).[10] In the post-temple era usage of the term Shekhinah may provide a solution to the problem of God being omnipresent and thus not dwelling in any one place.[11]

Talmud[edit]

The Talmud also says that “the Shekhinah rests on man neither through gloom, nor through sloth, nor through frivolity, nor through levity, nor through talk, nor through idle chatter, but only through a matter of joy in connection with a precept, as it is said, But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him (II Kings 3:15)”. (Tractate Shabbat 30b)

Jewish prayers[edit]

The 17th blessing of the daily Amidah prayer said in Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform services is “[Blessed are You, God,] who returns His Presence (shekhinato) to Zion” (הַמַּחֲזִיר שְׁכִינָתוֹ לְצִיּוֹן‬) as can be seen in any siddur (Jewish daily prayer book).

Liberal Jewish prayer-book for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Machzor Ruach Chadashah) contains a creative prayer based on Avinu Malkeinu, in which the feminine noun Shekhinah is used in the interests of gender neutrality.[12]

Sabbath Bride[edit]

The theme of the Shekhinah as the Sabbath Bride recurs in the writings and songs of 16th century Kabbalist, Rabbi Isaac Luria. The Asader Bishvachin song, written in Aramaic by Luria (his name appears as an acrostic of each line) and sung at the evening meal of Shabbat is an example of this. The song appears in particular in many siddurs in the section following Friday night prayers and in some Shabbat song books:

Let us invite the Shechinah with a newly-laid table
and with a well-lit menorah that casts light on all heads.

Three preceding days to the right, three succeeding days to the left,
and amid them the Sabbath bride with adornments she goes, vessels and robes

May the Shechinah become a crown through the six loaves on each side
through the doubled-six may our table be bound with the profound Temple services[13]

A paragraph in the Zohar starts: “One must prepare a comfortable seat with several cushions and embroidered covers, from all that is found in the house, like one who prepares a canopy for a bride. For the Shabbat is a queen and a bride. This is why the masters of the Mishna used to go out on the eve of Shabbat to receive her on the road, and used to say: ‘Come, O bride, come, O bride!’ And one must sing and rejoice at the table in her honor … one must receive the Lady with many lighted candles, many enjoyments, beautiful clothes, and a house embellished with many fine appointments …”[need quotation to verify]

The tradition of the Shekhinah as the Shabbat Bride, the Shabbat Kallah, continues to this day.[need quotation to verify]

The concept of Holy Spirit in Judaism[edit]

The concept of Shekhinah is also associated with the concept of the Holy Spirit in Jewish tradition (ruach ha-kodesh), as can be seen in the Yiddish song: Vel ich, sh’chine tsu dir kummen “Will I, Shekhinah, to you come”.[14]

Kabbalah[edit]

As feminine aspect[edit]

Kabbalah associates the Shekhinah with the female.[8]:128, n.51 According to Gershom Scholem, “The introduction of this idea was one of the most important and lasting innovations of Kabbalism. …no other element of Kabbalism won such a degree of popular approval.”[15] The “feminine Jewish divine presence, the Shekhinah, distinguishes Kabbalistic literature from earlier Jewish literature.”[16]

“In the imagery of the Kabbalah the shekhinah is the most overtly female sefirah, the last of the ten sefirot, referred to imaginatively as ‘the daughter of God’. … The harmonious relationship between the female shekhinah and the six sefirot which precede her causes the world itself to be sustained by the flow of divine energy. She is like the moon reflecting the divine light into the world.”[17]

Nativity and life of Moses[edit]

The Zohar, a foundation book of kabbalah, presents the shekhinah as playing an essential role in the conception and birth of Moses.[18] Later during the Exodus on the “third new moon” in the desert, “Shekhinah revealed Herself and rested upon him before the eyes of all.”[19][20]

Christianity[edit]

Spirit of the Lord[edit]

Among Christians the Shekhinah in the New Testament may be equated to the presence or indwelling of the Spirit of the Lord (generally referred to as the Holy Spirit, or Spirit of Christ) in the believer, drawing parallels to the presence of God in Solomon’s Temple. In contradistinction with the Old Testament where the Temple’s Holy of Holies might signify the location of the continuing presence of God, Christians from the teachings of New Testament understand the presence of God as the Holy Spirit abiding in the believer.[citation needed]

Where references are made to the Shekhinah as manifestations of the glory of the Lord associated with his presence, Christians find numerous occurrences in the New Testament in both literal (as in Luke 2:9 which refers to the “glory of the Lord” shining on the shepherds at Jesus’ birth),[21] as well as spiritual forms (as in John 17:22, where Jesus speaks to God of giving the “glory” that God gave to him to the people).[22], [23][need quotation to verify]

In accord with Judaism, the Shekhinah is linked to prophecy in Christianity: “For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but men spake from God, being moved by the Holy Spirit.”[24][need quotation to verify]

Islam[edit]

Sakīnah in the Qur’an[edit]

Sakīnah (Arabic: سكينة‎) signifies the “presence or peace of God”. As “support and reassurance” it was “sent by God into the hearts” of Muslims and Muhammad, according to John Esposito.[25][need quotation to verify] A modern translator of the Qur’an, N. J. Dawood, states that “tranquility” is the English word for the Arabic meaning of sakīnah, yet it could be “an echo of the Hebrew shekeenah (the Holy Presence).”[26][non-primary source needed] Another scholar states that the Arabic Sakīnah derives from the Hebrew/Aramaic Shekhinah.[27][need quotation to verify] In the Qur’an, the Sakīnah is mentioned six times, in surat al-Baqara, at-Tawba and al-Fath.[28][original research?]

Their prophet said to them: “The sign of his kingship is that the Ark will come to you in which there is tranquility from your Lord and a relic from the family of Moses and the family of Aaron, borne by the angels. In this is a sign for you if you are true believers. [Quran 2:248 (Translated by Tarif Khalidi)][non-primary source needed]

Sakīnah means “tranquility”, “peace”. “calm”, from the Arabic root sakana: “to be quiet”, “to abate”, “to dwell”. In Islam, Sakīnah “designates a special peace, the “Peace of God”. Although related to Hebrew Shekhinah, the spiritual state is not an “indwelling of the Divine Presence”[29][need quotation to verify] The ordinary Arabic use of the word’s root is “the sense of abiding or dwelling in a place”. A story in Tafsir and Isra’iliyyat literature relates how Ibrahim and Isma’il, when looking for the spot to build the Kaaba found Sakīnah. Newby writes that it was like a breeze “with a face that could talk”, saying “build over me.”[27][need quotation to verify] “Associated with piety and moments of divine inspiration, sakinah in Islamic mysticism signifies an interior spiritual illumination.”[25][need quotation to verify]

Comments regarding Sakina[edit]

Al-Qurtubi mentions in his famous exegesis, in explanation of the above-mentioned verse [2:248], that according to Wahb ibn Munabbih, Sakinah is a spirit from God that speaks, and, in the case of the Israelites, where people disagreed on some issue, this spirit came to clarify the situation, and used to be a cause of victory for them in wars. According to Ali, “Sakinah is a sweet breeze/wind, whose face is like the face of a human”. Mujahid mentions that “when Sakinah glanced at an enemy, they were defeated”, and ibn Atiyyah mentions about the Ark of the Covenant (at-Tabut), to which the Sakina was associated, that souls found therein peace, warmth, companionship and strength.[citation needed]

According to Sunni Islam, when Muhammad was persecuted in Mecca, the time came for him to emigrate to Medina. Seeking to be hidden from the Meccans who were looking for him, he took temporary refuge with his companion, Abu Bakr, in a cave.[30]

Contemporary scholarship[edit]

Raphael Patai[edit]

In the work by anthropologist Raphael Patai entitled The Hebrew Goddess, the author argues that the term Shekhinah refers to a goddess by comparing and contrasting scriptural and medieval Jewish Kabbalistic source materials. Patai draws a historic distinction between the Shekhinah and the Matronit.[need quotation to verify] In his book Patai also discusses the Hebrew goddesses Asherah and Anat-Yahu.[31]

In the bestselling thriller The Torah Codes by Ezra Barany, the storyline refers to the Shekhinah as a goddess and one of the characters is even named Patai. In the appendix are essays by Rabbi Shefa Gold, Zvi Bellin, and Tania Schweig about the Shekhinah.[32]

Comparative religion[edit]

Gustav Davidson[edit]

American poet Gustav Davidson listed Shekhinah as an entry in his reference work A Dictionary of Angels, Including the Fallen Angels, (1967), stating that she is the female incarnation of Metatron.[34]

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