Created in the Image
and Likeness of
YAHWEH

Genesis 1 (26) And Elohim said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (27) So Elohim created man in HIS own image, in the image of Elohim created HE him; male and female created HE them.

From the following two scriptures, it becomes evident that YAHWEH, the INVISIBLE Elohim, was speaking to Something that was called the Word, Elohim, the Light, and the Firstborn of all Creation. That Something became YAHshua (Many pronounce His name as "Yeshua."), HIS Son in the flesh. It was in their image and their likeness that we were created.

John 1 (I) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with YAHWEH, and the Word was Elohim. (2) The same was in the beginning with YAHWEH. (3) All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. (4) In Him was life; and the life was the Light of men. (5) And the Light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (6) There was a man sent from YAHWEH, whose name was John. (7) The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through Him might believe. (8) He [John] was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. (9) That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. (10) He [the Light, the Word] was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. (11) He [the Light, the Word] came unto His Own, and His Own received Him not. (14) And the Word [also the Light] was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the FATHER,) full of grace and truth.

Colossians 1 (12) Giving thanks unto the FATHER, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the Saints in Light: (13) WHO hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of HIS dear Son (YAHshua): (14) In Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins: (15) Who is the image of the INVISIBLE Elohim, the Firstborn of *every *creature [all creation]: (16) 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: (17) And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.

*Translated as: "all creation" by The Interlinear Bible by J. P. Green Sr. & Young's Literal Translation.

According to the above scriptures, YAHWEH, the INVISIBLE Elohim, created mankind in the image and likeness of HIMSELF and YAHshua.

What does the YAHWEH, the INVISIBLE Elohim, look like? YAHshua revealed to Thomas the answer to that question.

John 14 (5) Thomas saith unto Him, Sovereign, we know not whither Thou goest; and how can we know the way? (6) YAHshua saith unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the FATHER, but by Me. (7) If ye had known Me, ye should have known My FATHER also: and from henceforth ye know HIM, and have seen HIM. (8) Philip saith unto Him, Sovereign, show us the FATHER, and it sufficeth us. (9) YAHshua saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? He that hath seen Me hath seen the FATHER; and how sayest thou then, Show us the FATHER? (10) Believest thou not that I am in the FATHER, and the FATHER in Me?

With the above in mind, YAHWEH'S Son, YAHshua, is surely the perfect pattern that YAHWEH had in mind when HE created mankind before the fall in the Garden of Eden.

After YAHshua was manifested in the flesh with earthly physical features, He was the visible pattern that had already been used to create Adam in the image and likeness of YAHWEH.

Adam was formed of the dust of the earth, but YAHshua existed as a different substance before He became flesh and blood.

In point #1 of this next scripture, we find a very significant way that we were patterned after the image and likeness of YAHWEH with YAHshua being the perfect pattern.

In point #2, we will also find a very significant way that we will be re-created from the very same substance that YAHshua came from before He was born of flesh and blood.

Hebrews 1 (1) YAHWEH, WHO at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, (2) Hath in these last days spoken unto us by HIS Son, Whom HE hath appointed heir of all things, by Whom also HE made the worlds; (3) Who being the Brightness [Effulgence-Brilliant Radiance] of HIS GLORY, and the express image [G5481-engraved character or exact copy] of HIS person [essence] [some translate as substance], and upholding all things by the word of HIS power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; (4) Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

Those points are:

#1: YAHshua is the express image [engraved character or exact copy] of HIS [YAHWEH’S] person [essence].

#2: YAHshua is the Brightness [Effulgence - Brilliant Radiance] of YAHWEH'S GLORY [Splendor or Magnificent Appearance].

Point #1 will be divided into two parts.

Part A: Let us look at the words "express image" from the Greek word #[G5481 meaning- "engraved character" or "exact copy."

G5481. charakter, khar-ak-tare'; from the same as G5482; a graver (the tool or the person), i.e. (by implying) engraving ["character"], the figure stamped, i.e. an exact copy or [figuratively] representation):--express image. STRONGS

char·ac·ter (k²r"…k-tr) n. 1. The combination of qualities or features that distinguishes one person, group, or thing from another. See Synonyms at disposition. 2. A distinguishing feature or attribute, as of an individual, a group, or a category. … --char·ac·ter tr.v. charac·tered, charac·ter·ing, charac·ters. Archaic. 1. To write, print, engrave, or inscribe. 2. To portray or describe. --idioms. in character. Consistent with someone's general character or behavior: behavior that was totally in character. out of character. Inconsistent with someone's general character or behavior: a response so much out of character that it amazed me. [Middle English carecter, distinctive mark, imprint on the soul, from Old French caractere, from Latin charactr, from Greek kharaktr, from kharassein, to inscribe, from kharax, pointed stick.] --char"ac·ter·less adj. AHD (American Heritage Dictionary)

Part B: We will look at the phrase "of HIS person" G5287 meaning- essence.

(Note: The Interlinear Bible by J. P Green Sr. reads, "the express image of HIS essence.")

G5287. hupostasis, hoop-os'-tas-is; from a comp. of G5259 and G2476; a setting under (support), i.e. (fig.) concrete essence, or abstr. assurance (obj. or subj.):--confidence, confident, person, substance. STRONGS

es·sence (µs"…ns) n. 1. The intrinsic or indispensable properties that serve to characterize or identify something. 2. The most important ingredient; the crucial element. 3. The inherent, unchanging nature of a thing or class of things. AHD

Again, we come right back to the word character. It seems that the Greek words from which "express image" and "of His person" were translated are actually synonyms having to do with Character i.e. characteristics or attributes.

YAHshua Ha Mashiach has YAHWEH'S Essence, Characteristics, or Attributes engraved in Him and He also engraves them in the Believers.

Special note: YAHWEH'S Essence, Characteristics, or Attributes are collectively personified in the scriptures as HIS Holy Spirit. They are: HIS Wisdom, HIS Understanding, HIS Counsel, HIS Might, HIS Knowledge, HIS Reverence, and HIS Righteousness. (See my article on "The Spirit of YAHWEH.")

Here again, YAHshua was the pattern. Adam was only patterned after His image and likeness, but not an exact copy. Adam was only given a very limited portion of the Spirit of YAHWEH. The combination of the human physical passions and desires of man combined with that very limited portion of YAHWEH'S essence, characteristics, or attributes is called the spirit of man or human nature.

As I stated earlier, in point #2 we will find a very significant way that we will be re-created from the very same substance that YAHshua came from before He was born of flesh and blood.

Point #2: YAHshua is the Brightness [Effulgence - Brilliant Radiance] of YAHWEH'S GLORY [Splendor or Magnificent Appearance].

Since YAHshua is the "Brightness (Effulgence- Brilliant Radiance) of YAHWEH'S GLORY," we need to define the word "GLORY" which comes from the Hebrew word "kabowd."

Strong's: H3519. dwbk kabowd, kaw-bode'; rarely kabod dbk, kaw-bode'; from H3513; prop. weight; but only fig. in a good sense, Splendor or copiousness:-- (":--" means - also translated in the King James Version as:) glorious (-ly), glory, honour (-able).

From The American Heritage Dictionary, the word "Splendor" means:

1. great light or luster; brilliance. 2. a. Magnificent Appearance or display; grandeur. b. Something grand or magnificent. 3. Illustriousness; glory.

Special note: Please keep it in mind that Appearance is synonymous with Presence and Manifestation.

EXAMPLE #1 of the Magnificent Appearance, Presence, or Manifestation of YAHWEH:

Moses asked YAHWEH to show him HIS Glory.

Exodus 33 (18) And he said, I beseech thee, show me THY glory. (19) And HE said, I will make all MY goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of YAHWEH before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. (20) And HE said, Thou canst not see MY face: for there shall no man see ME, and live. (21) And YAHWEH said, Behold, there is a place by ME, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: (22) And it shall come to pass, while MY glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with MY hand while I pass by: (23) And I will take away MY hand, and thou shalt see MY back parts: but MY face shall not be seen.

Moses did indeed see a Magnificent Appearance, Presence, or Manifestation of YAHWEH! There was a shape, form, or likeness of hands and back parts. There was also a face which Moses did not get to see. As can be seen in verse 20, YAHWEH does not manifest HIMSELF in the fullness of HIS entire, supernatural Being. Therefore, man can see only a portion of HIS Magnificent Appearance, Presence, or Manifestation. (The Appearance, Presence, or Manifestation of YAHWEH in any shape, form, or likeness would always be Magnificent to behold!) HalleluYAH!!!

EXAMPLE #2 of the Magnificent Appearance, Presence, or Manifestation of YAHWEH:

When Moses conversed with YAHWEH he always saw a Similitude of HIM. That Similitude was also only a portion of the Magnificent Appearance, Presence, or Manifestation of YAHWEH.

Numbers 12 (6) And HE said, Hear now MY words: If there be a prophet among you, I YAHWEH will make MYSELF known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. (7) MY servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all MINE house. (8) With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even *apparently [by an appearance], and not in dark speeches; and the **Similitude [likeness, form] of YAHWEH shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against MY servant Moses?

*Translated as: "an appearance" by The Interlinear Bible by J. P. Green Sr. & Young's Literal Translation.

*H4758. mareh, [909c]; from H7200; sight, appearance, vision:-- appear(1), appearance(48), appears(7), desires(m)(1), face(m)(2), form(m)(2), good-looking*(1), impressive(m)(1), like(m)(1), looked(2), looked like(1), looking(1), openly(1), pattern(1), saw*(m)(1), see*(m)(1), sight(5), something(1), some thing(2), vision(10), what they see(2), who(1). NASC

**H8544. temunah, [568b]; from the same as H4327; likeness, form:-- form(7), likeness(3). NASC

EXAMPLE #3 of the Magnificent Appearance, Presence, or Manifestation of YAHWEH:

YAHWEH manifested HIMSELF to Moses in either the likeness or form of an angel (messenger) in a flame of fire or in the likeness or form of a flaming fire in a burning bush that was not consumed by the fire. Again, this had to have been a Magnificent Appearance or Presence of YAHWEH.

Exodus 3 (2) And the angel of YAHWEH appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. (3) And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. (4) And when YAHWEH saw that he turned aside to see, Elohim called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I (5) And HE said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. (6) Moreover HE said, I am the Elohim of thy father, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon Elohim.

Moses was on holy ground as a portion of YAHWEH'S Presence manifested as an angel in a flame of fire was there! He saw only a portion of YAHWEH'S Magnificent Appearance, Presence, or Manifestation manifested as something that his natural eyes could see and his mind could comprehend. It was still so awesome that he was afraid to continue looking.

EXAMPLE #4 of the Magnificent Appearance, Presence, or Manifestation of YAHWEH:

Moses and the Children of Israel saw the GLORY or the Magnificent Appearance, Presence, or Manifestation of YAHWEH! They saw it manifested in the form of a devouring Fire. This was something that they could see with their natural eyes and comprehend with their minds. It was still awesome to see!

Exodus 24 (15) And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount. (16) And the GLORY of YAHWEH abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day HE called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud. (17) And the sight of the GLORY of YAHWEH was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.

EXAMPLE #5 of the Magnificent Appearance, Presence, or Manifestation of YAHWEH:

YAHWEH told Moses that HE would dwell in the sanctuary and commune with him from above the Mercy Seat (Ark Cover).

Exodus 25 (8) And let them make ME a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. … (22) And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the Ark of the Testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.

Did YAHWEH'S entire Being dwell in the tabernacle and commune with him above the mercy seat? Again, this must have been only a portion of the Magnificent Appearance, Presence, or Manifestation of YAHWEH for HE dwells in Heaven with the earth as HIS footstool. Therefore, HIS whole Being can not dwell in an earthly man-made building?

Isaiah 66 (I) Thus saith YAHWEH, The heaven is MY throne, and the earth is MY footstool: where is the house that ye build unto ME? And where is the place of MY rest?

It should be clear that YAHWEH speaking out of the midst of the burning bush, YAHWEH speaking to the prophets in visions, the Similitude of YAHWEH speaking to Moses and YAHWEH dwelling in the Tabernacle were all only a portion of the Magnificent Appearance, Presence, or Manifestation of YAHWEH.

One of the reason that I asked the reader to keep it in mind that Appearance is synonymous with Presence and Manifestation is because there is a rabbinic term for the Presence of YAHWEH that shows some light on what the Light (YAHshua) is. (Pun intended!) After you understand what the rabbis and sages wrote concerning YAHWEH'S Presence you will understand why the first century followers of YAHshua understand what John was saying when he spoke of YAHshua being the Light. I think that they write YAHWEH'S Presence or Presence of YAHWEH as hgykv hwhy, but I am not 100% sure.

The term for the Presence of YAHWEH is the Hebrew word "Shekhinah."

The following quotations have been taken from the Encyclopedia Judaica's article on "Shekhinah." (Liberty has been taken to highlight certain points of interest. [Supplementary information will be set off with brackets and in smaller print and mostly in this color.]

{SHEKHINAH (literally "dwelling," "resting"), or Divine Presence, refers most often in rabbinic literature to the numinous [presiding divinity] immanence [existence] of God [YAHWEH] in the world. The Shekhinah is God [YAHWEH] viewed in spatio-temporal [existing in both space and time] terms as a presence, particularly in a this-worldly context: when He sanctifies a place, an object, an individual, or a whole people---a revelation of the holy in the midst of the profane. Sometimes, however, it is used simply as an alternative way of referring to God [YAHWEH] himself, such as "The Holy One Blessed be He," or "The Merciful One..".. One of the more prominent images associated with the Shekhinah is that of light. Thus, on the verse, .".. the earth did shine with His glory" (Ezek. 43:2), the rabbis remark, "This is the face of the Shekhinah" (ARN 2, 13a; see also Hul. 59b-60a). Both the angels in heaven and the righteous in *olam ha-ba ("the world to come") are sustained by the radiance of the Shekhinah (Ex. R. 32:4; Ber. 17a; cf. Ex. 34:29-35). This association with light has led to the view that the Shekhinah is some kind of luminous material, a being of light created by God [YAHWEH].}

The same article relates Shekhinah as used in the Talmud and in Midrash.

{In origin Shekhinah was used to refer to a divine manifestation, particularly to indicate God’s [YAHWEH'S] presence at a given place. This did not imply a limitation of God’s [YAHWEH'S] omnipresence, however, since it is said the Shekhinah is in all places (BB 25a), and that just as the sun radiates throughout the world so does the Shekhinah (Sanh. 39a). Even those special places and objects which God [YAHWEH] imbues with an extra holiness by His presence---such as the thorn bush in which He manifested Himself to Moses, or Mount Sinai, or the Tabernacle in the wilderness---in connection with which the term Shekhinah is most often used, teach us that no place is devoid of His presence:}

The same article relates Shekhinah as used in Jewish Philosophy.

{In Jewish Philosophy. Unlike the rabbinic sages, who generally identified Shekhinah with the Presence of God [YAHWEH], or even with God [YAHWEH] Himself, the medieval Jewish philosophers were concerned with avoiding any possible anthropomorphic interpretations of this concept, and therefore went to great lengths to point out that Shekhinah refers not the God [YAHWEH] Himself, nor to any part of His Essence, but rather to an independent entity, created by God [YAHWEH]. According to *Saadiah Gaon, the Shekhinah is identical with kevod ha-Shem ("the glory of God [YAHWEH]"), which served as an intermediary between God [YAHWEH] and man during the prophetic experience. He suggests that the "glory of God [YAHWEH]" is the biblical term, and Shekhinah the talmudic term for the created splendor [the magnificent appearance] of light which acts as an intermediary between God [YAHWEH] and man, and which sometimes takes on human form. Thus, when Moses asked to see the glory of God [YAHWEH], he was shown the Shekhinah, and when the prophets in their visions saw God in human likeness, what they actually saw was not God [YAHWEH] Himself but the Shekhinah... [YES, Yes, and yes!!! I totally agree!]}

* A famous Jewish philosopher who lived in Babylon around 1000 CE

{*Maimonides accepts Saadiah's view that the Shekhinah is a created light, identified with glory. He too associates the Shekhinah with prophecy, explaining that it is the Shekhinah which appears to the prophet in his vision (Guide of the Perplexed, 1:21). Explaining prophecy as an overflow from God [YAHWEH] through the intermediation of the active intellect (ibid., 2:36), Maimonides writes that man apprehends God [YAHWEH] by means of that light which He causes to overflow toward him, as it is written, "in thy light do we see light." Some interpreters of Maimonides believe that the Shekhinah corresponds to the active intellect itself, which is the lowest of the ten intellects (see *Intellect), and which communes with the prophets (Yad, Yesodei ha-Torah, 7:1). However there are also passages in which Maimonides identifies the Shekhinah with God [YAHWEH] Himself rather than with some other being.}

*A famous twelfth­century Jewish philosopher who lived most of his life in Old Cairo Egypt

Now, let us look again at some of the things that were said about the Shekhinah of YAHWEH. All of these things describe the five examples of the Magnificent Appearance, Presence, or Manifestation of YAHWEH that I have given above. They also describe YAHshua Ha Mashiach, Who was Immanuel or Emmanuel (El with us). (Isaiah 7:14 & Matthew 1:23)

#1: SHEKHINAH (literally [means] "dwelling," "resting"), or Divine Presence.

#2: [The Shekhinah is] a revelation of the holy in the midst of the profane.

#3: [The] Shekhinah was used to refer to a divine manifestation, particularly to indicate God’s [YAHWEH'S] presence at a given place.

#4: The Shekhinah is identical with kevod ha-Shem ("the glory of God [YAHWEH]"), which served as an intermediary between God [YAHWEH] and man during the prophetic experience.

#5: One of the more prominent images associated with the Shekhinah is that of light.

#6: This association with light has led to the view that the Shekhinah is some kind of luminous material, a being of light created by God [YAHWEH].

#7: the "glory of God [YAHWEH]" is the biblical term, and Shekhinah the talmudic term for the created splendor [the magnificent appearance] of light which acts as an intermediary between God [YAHWEH] and man, and which sometimes takes on human form.

#8: Maimonides [A famous twelfth­century Jewish philosopher] accepts Saadiah's [A famous tenth­century Jewish philosopher] view that the Shekhinah is a created light, identified with glory. He too associates the Shekhinah with prophecy, explaining that it is the Shekhinah which appears to the prophet in his vision.

#9: When Moses asked to see the glory of God [YAHWEH], he was shown the Shekhinah, and when the prophets in their visions saw God [YAHWEH] in human likeness, what they actually saw was not God [YAHWEH] Himself but the Shekhinah.

#10: Sometimes Maimonides identifies the Shekhinah with God [YAHWEH] Himself rather than with some other being.

#11: Both the angels in heaven and the righteous in *olam ha-ba ("the world to come") are sustained by the radiance of the Shekhinah.

The Glory or Shekhinah of YAHWEH is the Magnificent Appearance, Presence, or Manifestation of YAHWEH that appeared to YAHWEH'S people Israel in many forms in Old Testament times.

How Beautiful! That same Glory or Shekhinah appeared again to YAHWEH'S people Israel almost 2,000 years ago in the form of HIS own Son, YAHshua Ha Mashiach! YAHshua was only a portion of the Glory or Shekhinah of YAHWEH. Again, the Jewish people thought that the Glory or Shekhinah of YAHWEH was created as a Being of Light, not entirely separated from YAHWEH, but the Glory or Shekhinah of YAHWEH was always with HIM as it is part of HIS eternal being. However, they did have it correct that YAHWEH did manifest HIMSELF in different forms (including Light and the form of a man) as an Intermediary to communicate with the human race. YAHWEH temporally laid aside the divinity of only a portion of His eternal Glory or Shekhinah to become HIS Son made of human flesh to be the Mediator between HIMSELF and the entire human race! Therefore, YAHshua was & is the Brightness [Effulgence - Brilliant Radiance] of YAHWEH'S GLORY. HalleluYAH!!!

Just think about this! At the Resurrection, our bodies of flesh that was created from the dust of the earth will be exchanged for an eternal one like unto the glorious body of YAHshua! At that time, we will in every way be true Sons and Daughters of YAHWEH in the Kingdom of YAHWEH! HalleluYAH!!!

I Corinthians 15 (20) But now is Messiah risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. (21) For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. (22) For as in Adam all die, even so in Messiah shall all be made alive. (23) But every man in his own order: Messiah the firstfruits; afterward they that are Messiah's at His coming. … (50) Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of YAHWEH; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. (51) Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, (52) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (53) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (54) So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. (55) O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

I Thessalonians 4 (13) But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep [in Messiah], that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. (14) For if we believe that YAHshua died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in YAHshua will YAHWEH bring with Him. (15) For this we say unto you by the word of YAHWEH, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Sovereign shall not prevent [precede] them which are asleep [in Messiah]. (16) For the Sovereign Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of YAHWEH: and the dead in Messiah shall rise first: (17) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Sovereign in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Sovereign. (18) Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Philippians 3 (20) For our *conversation [citizenship] is in Heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Sovereign YAHshua Messiah: (21) Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His **glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself.

*G4175. politeuma, pol-it'-yoo-mah; from G4176; a community, i.e. (abstr.) citizenship (fig.):--conversation STRONGS

**As used in this article, the Greek word "doxa" (G1391) translated as "Glory" was defined by Gesenius as:

I opinion, judgment, view: in this sense very often in professional writing; but in the Bible only in 4 Macc. v. 17 (18).

II opinion, estimate

III. As a translation of the Hebrew *dwbk, in a use foreign to Greek writing [W. 32], splendor, brightness; 1. properly: tou feggouv, Acts xxii. 11; of the sun, moon, stars, 1 Co. xv. 40 sq.; used of the heavenly brightness, by which God [YAHWEH] was conceived of as surrounded, Lk. ii. 9; Acts vii. 55, and by which heavenly beings were surrounded when they appeared on earth, Lk. ix. 31; Rev. xviii. 1; with which the face of Moses was once made luminous, 2 Co. iii. 7, and also Christ [Messiah] in his transfiguration, Lk. ix. 32; doxa tou kuriou, in Septuagint equivalent to dwbk hwhy, in the Targum and Talmud hgykv, Shekhinah or Shekhinah [see BB.DD. s.v.], the glory of the Lord [YAHWEH], and simply h doxa, a bright cloud by which God [YAHWEH] made manifest to men his Presence and power on earth (Ex. xxiv. 17; xl. 28 (34 sqq. etc.)

*As used in this article, the Hebrew word "dwbk" (kabowd) translated as "Glory" was defined by Strongs as:

Strong's: 3519. dwbk kabowd, kaw-bode'; rarely kabod dbk, kaw-bode'; from H3513; prop. weight; but only fig. in a good sense, Splendor or copiousness:-- (":--" means - also translated in the King James Version as:) glorious (-ly), glory, honour (-able).

From The American Heritage Dictionary, the word "Splendor" means:

1. great light or luster; brilliance. 2. a. Magnificent Appearance or display; grandeur. b. Something grand or magnificent. 3. Illustriousness; glory.

That glorious body will not be of the dust of the earth, but will be of the same substance as YAHshua was, is, and will be, Shekhinah! HalleluYAH!!!

HalleluYAH!!! HalleluYAH!!! HalleluYAH!!!

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