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1. Shekinah: The Presence of Divinity

Shekinah – also spelled Shekhina, Shekhinah, Shekina, and Shechina – is known in the Qabalah, an ancient form of Jewish mysticism, as one of the emanations of God and the actual Presence of God. The belief was that one could not see God in Its fullness, but could see the emanation of God, Shekinah. When Moses asked to see God, it was Shekinah that he saw. Shekinah is also the consort, or Bride, of God. As such, she is Mother to us all, just as God is our Father.

In earlier times, God was seen as either dwelling in the clouds or in high places like mountains or very high hills. With the construction of the Ark of the Covenant, and then the construction of the Temple, a part of the Godhead came to dwell in the Ark and then in the Temple. This could not be the male God, the God of the Sky and of High Places. So Shekinah, formerly known as Asherah, a Goddess of Earth and Sea, came to dwell in the Ark of the Covenant and then in the Temple.

Originally it was Asherah who dwelled in the Temple as the Bride of God, His representative there. But after the “reforms” of King Josiah, Asherah worship was forbidden in the Temple. Still, the Jews knew that their Lady was still living there as their Queen and the representative of El, their God. So Asherah evolved. She began to be seen as the presence of God, and less as a separate entity. She became Shekinah, which means something like She who dwells (from the Hebrew shakhan, which means the act of dwelling). However, Asherah did not really change. She was always the representative of Her Husband, just as He was always HER representative. She, an Earth Goddess, was also Queen of Heaven. He, as Sky God, was also Ruler of Earth. This occurred only through Their marriage. So, it was not really that Asherah worship ever changed much within Judaism, or that Asherah Herself changed; only, it was made to look like it had changed to fool the patriarchal priests.

Unfortunately, Shekinah has been all but lost to Christianity. Elements of Her remain in Mother Mary, who was perhaps Shekinah’s incarnation. Mary Theotokos, as She is called, actually held the presence of God (Yeshua) within Her. She is known as the Queen of Heaven, but she is the representative of God to us and delivers our prayers to Him, according to Catholic tradition. Her apparitions are much more frequent than the apparitions of Yeshua, and the Father never appears. It seems that She is truly His representative to us, because (as we know) She is His Bride.

The union of Shekinah and El was never more evident than in the Sabbath. She is known as the Sabbath Bride, or the Sabbath Queen. Each week on the Sabbath, God and Goddess, El and Shekinah, act out the Song of Songs.

2. Eema – God the Mother

Basically, Eema exists in mainstream Christianity in two forms: the sterilized image of the Virgin Mary, and the watered-down secular image of “Mother Nature.”

The other pistic faiths, Judaism and Islam, also have Eema in their faiths – once again, only to a degree. Jews speak of the Shekinah and the Sabbath Bride, and sometimes of Sophia (Chokmah in Hebrew), Goddess of wisdom.

We see her as Asherah, the great Canaanite Goddess worshiped early on in the Hebrew tribe. We see her as Shekinah, the Feminine Presence of Godhead and Great Mother. We see her as Mary, the incarnation of Shekinah and Mother of Yeshua, the Queen of Heaven and Earth and our Mediatrix. Sometimes we see Her in the images of Sophia and Mary Magdalene, though They are most often associated with the Daughter Goddess. We see Her in Eloah, feminine counterpart of El, present and active at creation. We see Her throughout all time in many forms, but through past, present, and future She will always be simply, Our Mother.

3. Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom & God’s Wife

Who is Sophia? Literally she is Wisdom, because the Greek word Sophia means “wisdom” in English. More than that, Sophia is the Wisdom of Deity. She has been revered as the Wise Bride of Solomon by Jews, as the Queen of Wisdom and War (Athena) by Greeks, and as the Holy Spirit of Wisdom by Christians.

King Solomon even put her right in the Temple, in the form of the Goddess Asherah. However, after the brutal “reforms” of King Josiah described in 1st and 2nd Kings in your Bible, the veneration of Sophia went underground. Josiah slaughtered all her priests and priestesses and destroyed all her shrines and places of worship. But Sophia adherents remained active in the “underground stream” for centuries even while patriarchal Christianity held total sway in the Western World.

Yet the Eastern Christians are not the only Christians to venerate Sophia. Sophia was very likely venerated by early Followers of the Way, and her veneration has survived in the West today in the form of Gnosticism. Gnostics see her as one of the aeons, one of the quasi-deities who live in the ethereal realm known as the pleroma. Gnostics believe that she gave birth to or brought about the creation of a negative aeon, who later came to be called an archon, called the Demiurge, creator and ruler of this world. Gnostics see the Demiurge as the God of the Old Testament, with his strict rules and chains that bind the people of the Earth. Gnostics believe that Sophia and the Father God (not the Demiurge) sent Yeshua to right this wrong. In Gnostic tradition, Sophia plays a very active role in our world.

Sophia, Mother Mary and Mary Magdalene are three Christian Goddesses, making up a female Trinity.  Both the earthly forms of Mary and Mary Magdalene shared the name Mary, and both in their Heavenly forms share the Hebrew letter Heh in the God-Name YHVH.  So how does Sophia fit into the Godhead?  Wisdom of Solomon, a book in the apocrypha says clearly that Sophia is the Holy Spirit.  There could be a feminine Trinosophia – Mother, Daughter, and Pneuma (Holy Soul).

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Conform cartii “The Zohar” definitia lui Shekinah este urmatoarea:

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Shechina—Divinity—the sensation (appearance, vision) of the Creator to those who attain Him. Malchut in the state of reception of the Light (the Creator) is called Shechina. The sensation of the Creator, the place where one experiences the Creator is called Shechina.

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5 Comments

  1. sa fim atenti…
    exista si o parte pozitiva a lucrurilor (daca o pot numi asa!)

    slavashekinah in contextul Scripturii nu e ceva rau, DIMPOTRIVA…. daca o definesti corect!

    de ex. Prezenţa lui Dumnezeu s-a coborât în Locul Prea Sfânt din Cortul Întâlnirii, prin slava lui Dumnezeu, slava „shekaniah”.

    strălucirea splendorii slavei lui Dumnezeu În Cortul Întâlnirii, slava lui Dumnezeu, slava „shekaniah” (shekina), se pogora doar în Locul Preasfânt. Deci, slava lui Dumnezeu era limitată într-un loc restrâns (Ex.40:34; Num.9:15-23; 1 Împ.8:11; Ioan 12:41; Fapte 26:13). Dar, în creaţia cea nouă, ea nu va mai fi limitată.

    Prezenţa slavei lui Dumnezeu era în mijlocul israeliţilor, prin norul de slavă al lui Dumnezeu – slava „shekaniah”. Şi această Teocraţie, această împărăţie de preoţi, care era Israelul, era condusă în mod direct de către Dumnezeu.

  2. Ma bucur ca apreciezi ce dezvaluie pastorul baptist Mike Hoggard in predicile lui ! Da , este nevoie sa cauti cu pasiune ADEVARUL ca sa poti sa intelegi si sa apreciezi ce dezvaluie pastorul evanghelic Mike Hoggard .

  3. revin cu alte informatii

    Slava lui Dumnezeu (ebr. „kabod”) se referă la măreţia şi splendoarea lui Dumnezeu şi, de asemenea, la prezenţa vizibilă a lui Dumnezeu în mijlocul poporului Său, numită uneori de rabinii de mai târziu (în Targum and Talmud – deci nu apare în Scriptură) slava „shekinah”. „Shekinah” (sau „Shechinah”) este un cuvânt ebraic care înseamnă „locuinţa lui Dumnezeu” (venind de la cuvânt ebraic “shakan”, care înseamnă “a rămâne sau a te odihni în ceva”), fiind utilizat ca să descrie o manifestare vizibilă a prezenţei şi slavei lui Dumnezeu. Moise vedea slava shekinah a lui Dumnezeu într-un stâlp de nor şi de foc (Ex. 13:21); în Exod 29:43 ea este numită „slava Lui” (comp. cu Isaia 60:2). Ea a acoperit Sinaiul atunci când Dumnezeu a dat Legea (Ex. 24:16-17), a umplut Cortul Întâlnirii (Ex. 40:34), a călăuzit pe Israel în pustie (Ex. 40: 36-38), mai târziu a umplut Templul lui Solomon (1 Cron. 7:1; 1 Împ. 8:11-13), iar în Ezechiel 10 ni se spune că a părăsit Templul lui Solomon, ca urmare a pângăririi Templului şi ca un semn al apropiatei judecăţi a lui Dumnezeu. (prelucrare dupa Donald C. Stamps, Biblia de studiu pentru o viaţă deplină)

    Cuvântul “sakan” îl găsim în Scriptură, şi prima oară este menţionat în Exod 24:16. Versetul spune: “Slava Domnului s-a aşezat pe muntele Sinai …”; “s-a aşezat” – în ebraică este “shakan”. Deci cuvântul pe care-l foloseau evreii – ” shekinah”, se referă la “slava lui Dumnezeu care se aşează pe planeta Pământ”.(Eric Scott, Ezechiel)

    Pentru o perioadă foarte scurtă a existat o Teocraţie, în mijlocul poporului Israel, şi deci pe planeta Pământ. Dumnezeu a domnit în mod direct asupra poporului Israel. Şi prezenţa lui Dumnezeu a fost în Israel, prin norul de slavă „shekinah”. Iar Moise a fost ales de către Dumnezeu conducătorul mediatorial al Teocraţiei, sub directa autoritate a lui Dumnezeu. (Eric Scott, Apocalipsa)
    În Cortul Întâlnirii şi, apoi, în Templu, slava lui Dumnezeu, slava „shekinah”, se pogora doar în Locul Preasfânt. Deci, slava lui Dumnezeu era limitată într-un loc restrâns (Ex.40:34; Num.9:15-23; 1 Împ.8:11; Ioan 12:41; Fapte 26:13). Dar, în creaţia cea nouă, ea nu va mai fi limitată. (Eric Scott, Apocalipsa)

    • Deci stim 2 lucruri:
      1. Termenul Shekinah nu se gaseste in Biblie.
      2. A fost introdus de catre rabini in Talmud si alte scrieri rabinice.
      3. In iudaism si literatura rabinica sensul a fost pervertit fata de sensul pur-biblic de “prezenta a Domnului”.
      4. Iudaismul este o religie falsa.

      Acum cateva intrebari:
      1. Te-ai uitat vreodata asa de curiozitate sa vezi ce gasesti prin Talmud?
      2. Dar in cartea lui Zohar – una dintre cele mai importante scrieri cabalistice?
      2. Crezi ca e OK sa luam termeni cu sens pervertit din Talmud sau literatura cabalistica pe care sa-i folosim in crestinism?

      La fel cum noi crestinii nu putem sa folosim de exemplu numele de “Allah” ca sa ne adresam lui Dumnezeu (din punctul meu de vedere) la fel nu cred ca putem folosi termenul “Shekinah” pentru a descrie “prezenta lui Dumnezeu”. Atat religia islamica cat si cea iudaica sunt 2 religii false. “Allah” cat si “Shekinah” sunt termeni care reprezinta altceva decat ceea ce ne este relevat prin Scripturi. La fel cum nu este nimic pozitiv (din punctul meu de vedere) atunci cand se pune semn de egalitate intre Allah si YHWH, la fel cred ca nu este nimic pozitiv atunci cand folosim termenul “Shekinah” pentru a descrie “prezenta Domnului” sau “slava Domnului”. Dimpotriva cred ca este foarte daunator.

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