ELOHIM AND EHAD

As a particularly “strong” argument in favor of the doctrine of the Trinity, the name Elohim from the Old Testament is taken, in which he addresses God as the singular in the plural. The word i.e. the name Elohim is grammatically plural, but it has the meaning of the singular, as when in our language we say to the person we want to pay our respects to, or when we address one emperor with Your (in the plural sense) Highness. This is called the plurality of majesty, and every educated Jew will give that answer to the question of why Elohim is the plural, and categorically reject any attempt to prove that he is a person. But this is not the only example in the Hebrew language. The word heaven – amajim is in Hebrew in the plural. And the words water – majim is in the plural.

  • “The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.“ {Daniel 2:47}

In the Hebrew original, instead of “God of gods” stands Elohim! We have just seen that the Son of that God manifested Himself before Nebuchadnezzar. What did the Babylonian king call the Father? Elohim. What did he call Jesus? Son. God Elohim, Who in creation turned to His Son to create the world, and to Whom according to the 10 Commandments worship belongs, is only Father Elohim and not the Trinity! The plural of the term Elohim represents the plural of authority and not person!

  • “And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god (Elohim) to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.“ {Exodus 7:1}

Is Moses three persons or one? Of course one, but he was appointed to be Elohim to Pharaoh. In this context, there is a misinterpretation that the plural was used because Moses represents the Elohim, Who is the “plural”. The word Elohim means God, and is used in this context for false Gods in the singular:

  • “Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god (Elohim)” {Judges 16:23}

Are there maybe three gods Dagon? No, the Philistines worshiped their god Dagon as one person!

– “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD” {Deuteronomy 6:4}

In Hebrew, this sentence reads:

“ə-ma‘ yiś-rā-’êl; Jehovah ’ĕ-lō-hê-nū Jehovah ’e-ḥād”

’ĕ-lō-hê-nū – God

Jehovah 

’e-ḥād – [is] one

Note that the word one (‘e-ḥād) is applied to the word Jehovah which is grammatically singular, and not to ‘ĕ-lō-hê-nū (Elohim) which is grammatically plural. The Hebrew word one (ehad) never has the connotation of the unity of the plural.

  • “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.“ {Genesis 2:24}

In Hebrew, the end of this sentence reads:

“wə-hā-yū lə-bā-śār ’e-ḥād.“

wə-hā-yū – and they shall become

lə-bā-śār – flesh

’e-ḥād – one.

The word one – ehad, as in the rest of the Bible, is applied only to the singular, in this case to the word (one) body, which is singular, and not to the plural, i.e. to the human beings of Adam and Eve.

The Creator Elohim = holy Spirit participant of creation?

  • “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness“ {Genesis 1:26}

Since God says “let us make” in this verse, it is claimed that God is the Trinity. The statement “said Elohim” has the plural formulation, but as we saw in the chapter “Elohim and Ehad” only as an expression of respect, and certainly does not represent “proof” that “the Triune God” spoke “with Himself.”

  • “And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god (Elohim) to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.” {Exodus 7:1}

Is Moses three persons or one? Of course one, but he was appointed to be Elohim to Pharaoh. In this context, there is a misinterpretation that the plural was used because Moses represents the Elohim Who is the “plural”. The word Elohim means God, and is used in this context for false Gods in the singular:

  • “Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god (Elohim)“ {Judges 16:23}

Who created everything? Does the phrase “let us make” “after our likeness” refer to three people? It can equally mean two or four individuals! Does the holy Spirit, if He were one Being, have the same form, image, and form as the Father and the Son? He does not have a physical form or form by the definition of His nature. For that reason, He could not participate in that conversation “after our likeness”. God, as the Ruler of the entire universe in His infinite power, is personally present in the entire universe, of course even before the creation of the earth. 

The presence described in this verse before the creation of life on earth does not mean the participation of the holy Spirit as the third Being in creation, because God the Father called only Jesus and told Him “let us make man in our image“. In creation, God the Father and Jesus were physically present and created everything on earth. The holy Spirit, on the other hand, was Their personal spiritual presence even when the earth was without form and desolate! Ellen White writes quite clearly that the holy Spirit has no connection with the creation, which would be illogical in the Trinity.

  • “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” {Genesis 1:2}
  • The Father and the Son engaged in the mighty, wondrous work they had contemplated, of creating the world.… And now God says to His Son, ‘Let Us make man in our image.’” {Ellen White: Spirit of Prophecy Volume One, p. 24, 25, 1870}
  • God, in counsel with His Son, formed the plan of creating man in Their own image.” {Ellen White: RH, Februar 24, 1874 par. 3}
  • In the beginning the Father and the Son had rested upon the Sabbath after Their work of creation.” {Ellen White: DA, p. 769}

Through these clear words, we can recognize that the teaching of our church, that the holy Spirit was the third participant in creation, is completely false science, and that it represents another attempt to defend the Trinity. God certainly does not need physical rest, but he was a symbol of creation through the Sabbath. Why, then, did the holy Spirit not rest symbolically, that he was really a participant in creation, and that he was really a Divine Being worthy of glory? On the other hand, other parts of the subject claim that the name and function of the “holy Spirit” is “only” part of the plan of salvation, and that the holy Spirit is “the same” in everything as the Father and the Son because we read in the Bible that the Father The Spirit and that the Son is the Spirit. 

But at the same time, we read that they have a body, which we have never read about the holy Spirit. Is “logic” needed again to “take it for granted”, every time the meaninglessness of the science of the Trinity comes to the fore? Then why didn’t the holy Spirit, as “the same”, participate in the conversation about creation in “His own image”? Therefore, within the deepening of Apostasy, while rejecting the clear truth, comes the next step with the claim that the image of God that he gave to people is only a symbol so that we can “imagine” it for ourselves without having anything to do with the reality! Revelation says something else, and describes the Divine Being of the Father in bodily form on the throne! 

God’s revelation makes it clear that this great Creator is God the Father:

  • The great Creator (God the Father) assembled the heavenly host, that he might in the presence of all the angels confer special honor upon His Son.” {Ellen White: 1SP, p. 17, 18 1870}
  • The Son of God (the Father, and not the Trinity) had wrought the Father’s will in the creation of all the hosts of heaven; and to Him, as well as to God (the Father), their homage and allegiance were due.” {Ellen White: PP, p. 36.2, 1890}

Jesus was the Son of God even before the creation of the angels, and not only on earth as the doctrine of the Trinity claims!

  • The Father and the Son engaged in the mighty, wondrous work they had (just Them!) contemplated, of creating the world.” {Ellen White: 1SP, p. 24.1, 1870}
  • “After the earth was created, and the beasts upon it, the Father and Son carried out their purpose, which was designed before the fall of Satan, to make man in their own image. They had wrought together in the creation of the earth and every living thing upon it. And now God (the Father) says to His Son, “Let us make man in our image.” {Ellen White: 1SP, p. 24.2, 1870}
  • Jesus had united with the Father in making the world.” {Ellen White: 2T, p. 209, 1869}
  • God, in counsel with His Son, formed the plan of creating man in their own image.” {Ellen White: RH, February 24, 1874 par. 3}
  • Christ, the Word, the only begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father—one in nature, in character, in purpose—theonlybeing that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God.“ {Ellen White: PP, p. 34.1 }
  • BEFORE the fall of Satan, the Father consulted His Son in regard to the formation of man. They purposed to make this world, and create beasts and living things upon it, and to make man in the image of God, to reign as a ruling monarch over every living thing which God should create.” {Ellen White: 3SG, p. 36, 1864}
  • The Father wrought by His Son (even then!) in the creation of all heavenly beings. ‘By Him were all things created, … whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers. All things were created by Him, and for Him.’ -” {Ellen White: Letter 256, 1. August 1906}

What does our teaching say today? That “three” Beings spoke and created. What does the Spirit of Prophecy say? Only Father and Son! There is not a single quote that the holy Spirit participated in the creation or spoke to the Father and the Son. If Ellen White had not “mentioned” the holy Spirit, it is also meaningless, because it would mean humiliating one Divine Being as Creator. Why did the holy Spirit not participate in the creation, if he were the third Divine being as Father and Son, and not only the third person of Their conscious presence emanating from Them? Advocates of the Trinity use Genesis 1:26 from the beginning of the chapter as proof that the world was created from the “Trinity.” One prophetic vision contains complete truth, regardless of whether the prophet himself understood it, as in the case of John or Daniel. 

This description of God’s decision on the creation of man does not give an insight into time, i.e.. the meaning of whether the man was created before or after Satan’s rebellion against God, already explains their intention to create man, which Lucifer was jealous of. Does the God of the Trinity have a Son? God means God, and not if necessary in one place the Trinity and another place as God the Father! Ellen White writes quite clearly that only God (Father Elohim) and not the holy Spirit spoke to the Son and said to Him, “Let Us make man in Our image.” It is God the Father through Jesus, not the Trinity! He is also listed in the 10 Commandments as the original Creator, the Creator of the law! The Son did it in the Father’s name with the Father’s power!

  • “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.“ {Exodus 20:11}
  • “But to us there is but ONE God, the Father OF whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, BY whom are all things, and we by Him.“ {1 Corinthians 8:6}
  • “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him.“ {Colossians 1:16}
  • “For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving.“ {1 Timothy 4:4}
  • “For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; “ {1 Timothy 2:5}

We see quite clearly that only the Father and the Son participated in the creation, as well as that only the Father, i.e.. one God that original Creator. But what does the following verse mean, which is used as “proof” that the holy Spirit also participated in creation? It should certainly be viewed in harmony with the rest which is clear:

  • “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.“ {Genesis 1:2}

Through these words we can understand that the holy Spirit is in fact the Spirit of God and not “God the Spirit” and that even before creation as God’s presence he was around the earth, because he was around it while it was without form and desolate. Since we know from previously read quotations that the holy Spirit is the omnipresence of the Father and the Son, then it becomes completely clear that They were present here, as in all other parts of the universe, before they came physically and personally to create our world.

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