- The Eighth Forgiveness Saying
- Blasphemy results when the Spirit’s Call to Repentance is constantly Rejected
- Blasphemy of the Spirit is the Culmination of a Process
- Blasphemy of the Spirit occurred with the appearance of the Messiah
- Blasphemy of the Spirit will occur with the appearance of the False Messiah
- The one who will come in his own name
- The Sign of the One who comes in the Name of HaShem
The Eighth Forgiveness Saying:
עַל־כֵּן אֲנִי אֹמֵר לָכֶם כָּל־חֵטְא וְגִדּוּף יִסָּלַח לָאָדָם אַךְ־גִּדּוּף הָרוּחַ לֹא יִסָּלַח לָאָדָם׃ וְכֹל אֲשֶׁר יְדַבֵּר דְּבַר חֶרְפָּה בְּבֶן־הָאָדָם יִסָּלַח לוֹ וְהַמְחָרֵף אֶת־רוּחַ הַקֹּדֶשׁ לֹא יִסָּלַח לוֹ לֹא־בָעוֹלָם הַזֶּה וְלֹא־לָעוֹלָם הַבָּא׃
אָמֵן אֹמֵר אֲנִי לָכֶם כִּי כָל־הָחֲטָאִים יִסָּלְחוּ לִבְנֵי אָדָם וְכָל־הַגִּדּוּפִים אֲשֶׁר יְגַדֵּפוּ׃ אַךְ הַמְגַדֵּף אֶת־רוּחַ הַקֹּדֶשׁ אֵין־לוֹ סְלִיחָה לְעוֹלָם כִּי־עֲוֹנוֹ יִשָׂא לָנֶצַח׃
Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit
“Amen I say to you, every sin or offensive word (blasphemy) will be forgiven a person, but revilement of (blasphemy against) the Spirit will not be forgiven a person. Whoever speaks an insult against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever insults (speaks against) the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven—neither in this age or in the age to come, for he will permanently bear his iniquity (for he is guilty of an eternal sin).”
The Eighth Forgiveness Saying of Messiah begins with His talking about the Sin that will “never be forgiven” (cf. Mattai 12:31-32; Markos 3:28-29. These remarks were made because the Prushim rabbinate and later their successor rabbinates attributed the mighty works that Adonai was doing through the Messiah as actually being sourced in Satan. Not the Holy Spirit. This brings up the question what is the Divine consequence of blaspheming the Holy Spirit Who indwells the Anointed One (Ha-Mashiach) by accusing Him publicly of being indwelt by the spirit of the evil one? The following is a summary of a few of the many and varied beliefs regarding blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.
Blasphemy results when the Spirit’s Call to Repentance is constantly Rejected:
Some scholars believe blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is more an attitude than it is a single act. So, their belief is that the only way to commit the unpardonable sin is for one to repeatedly and constantly practice the attitude of closing one’s mind and conscience to the convicting Voice of the Holy Spirit. In the case of a person practicing a constant and abiding insensitivity to the Spirit it is believed that his conscience hardens so that he becomes incapable of hearing the Voice of the Spirit calling him to do Teshuvah (repentance). Such a person is considered beyond pardon (forgiveness) because he has become incapable of hearing the “call” to pardon.
Blasphemy of the Spirit is the Culmination of a Process:
Others believe that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is the culmination of a process. Early on in the first appearance of Messiah in Israel the Prushim rabbinate denied Rabbi Yeshua’s authority to forgive sins in the Name of Adonai. The elite religious leaders who lived during the time of Messiah’s first appearance on earth (there will be another) rejected Adonai’s besorah, good news, His Gospel of Redemption. Then these men violently promoted their law (their traditions, oral law) over Adonai’s Law, His Torah, “His Word.” Thereafter, these “lovers of self” conspired to kill the King of Glory physically. So the leaders’ hate for the Suffering Servant of Adonai finally escalated into their defamation of the Messiah’s “Spirit.” Accordingly, this act of blaspheming the Spirit, calling the Holy Spirit of Adonai the spirit of the evil one was the tragic culmination of a process of constant, abiding resistance to the Spirit’s calling. That is His calling of the religious rulers to repent of their preference for their own rule over the rule of the Holy One being manifested through His Chosen One, the Messiah.
Blasphemy of the Spirit occurred with the physical appearance of Messiah:
Still others believe that the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is an experience that cannot be duplicated today. According to this belief the physical presence of Messiah would be required to commit the unpardonable sin. During the time of Messiah’s first appearance on earth, the Prushim (הַפְּרוּשִׁים-Separated Ones), Tzedukkim (צְדוּקִים-Sadducees; Righteous Ones), and Herodos (הוֹרְדוֹס-followers of the Great One) had seen proof after miraculous proof that Messiah was who He said He was. These secular and religious rulers could not escape the fact that what Rabbi Yeshua was doing was supernatural in nature. However, in spite of the many miraculous signs, wonders, and miracles that these leaders personally “saw” and “heard” they still, out of the wickedness of their own hardened hearts, attributed the supernatural power of Messiah to that of Satan; instead of the Holy Spirit. This, in a very real sense, was where the religious leaders “crossed the line.” It is believed that the religious regime of Messiah’s day committed the unpardonable sin because they actually came face to face with the Chosen One in whom all of the Spirit of the Holy One dwells “bodily.” They did not commit the unpardonable sin by reviling the man Yeshua. They committed the unpardonable sin when they called the Holy Spirit of Adonai (that Indwells the Messiah) the spirit of the Satan. In this manner of belief, the unpardonable sin can only be committed when there is an actual face to Face encounter with the physical presence of Messiah and the actual spiritual Presence of the Holy One residing in His Chosen One. This means that all those who have reviled the Messiah after His ascension into heaven have not committed the unpardonable sin. This is so because without the actual physical presence of Yeshua there is no direct way to revile (blaspheme) the Presence of the Holy Spirit Who Indwells the Messiah. However, although there is no unpardonable sin from the time of Messiah’s ascension until today, there is an unpardonable state. There is no future pardon for a person who dies in unbelief.
Blasphemy of the Spirit will occur at the appearance of the False Messiah:
Strangely there is yet another circumstance where blasphemy of the Holy Spirit can occur. It is prophesied that in the future time of the Great Tribulation (Jacob’s Trouble) an anti-messiah will rule the world. In the midst of this predicted seven-year period this wicked one (rasha’-רָשָׁע) will falsely announce to the world that he is Adonai in human form. He will do so from a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem, on the holy mountain, at the original temple site, where he will make the blasphemous pronouncement that he is YHWH (ה’ – Tetegrammaton) in human form. The Messiah prophetically warned His people, the Yehudim (Jews), of this tragic future event when He said:
לָכֵן כַּאֲשֶׁר תִּרְאוּ אֶת־שִׁקּוּץ מְשֹׁמֵם אֲשֶׁר אָמַר דָּנִיֵּאל הַנָּבִיא עוֹמֵד בְּמָקוֹם קָדוֹשׁ הַקֹּרֵא יָבִין׃ אָז נוֹס יָנוּסוּ אַנְשֵׁי יְהוּדָה אֶל־הֶהָרִים׃
“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then the people of Judah should surely flee to the hills.”
The prediction here being that a great international leader will one day rise who will initially persuade the people of Israel to trust in him, only to find out that he is actually planning to annihilate the Jewish people; just as the nefarious historical figures Haman and Antiochus Epiphanes did so long ago. This future deceiver will secretly hate the Jewish People and he will covertly plan to annihilate us because he will be indwelt and under the control of the spirit of Satan.
In this regard Messiah further warned our people (Israel):
אֲנִי הִנֵּה בָאתִי בְּשֵׁם אָבִי לֹא קִבַּלְתֶּם אֹתִי וְאִם־יָבֹא אַחֵר בְּשֵׁם עַצְמוֹ אֹתוֹ תְקַבֵּלוּ׃
“I have come in the Name of My Father (Adonai) but you have not accepted Me. If another comes in his own name, you accept him.”
The sign of the one who will come in his own name:
This reference by the Master to another (wicked one) who shall come in his “own name,” refers to the future anti-messiah. Those who profess him to be Adonai, YHWH will receive a mark in their right hand or on their forehead; and thereby receive the mark of his name. This mark will be a different mark than the Sign of the Tav.
The Sign of the One who comes in the Name of HaShem:The Hebrew Sign of the Tav (Redemption)
The blood Tav shall be a sign for you: Applied to the opening to your house (the forehead of your head where your ‘executive’ mental governance lives) and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you! (compare Exodus 12:12). The Sign of the Tav that was placed on the foreheads of the men, women, and children of Israel to spare them of His Judgment is the Sign of the redemptive life (symbolized in the blood) of the Mashiach our Korban Pesach (cf. Ezekiel 9:4-6):
וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אלו עֲבֹר בְּתֹוךְ הָעִיר בְּתֹוךְ יְרֽוּשָׁלִָם וְהִתְוִיתָ תָּו עַל־מִצְחֹות הָאֲנָשִׁים הַנֶּֽאֱנָחִים וְהַנֶּאֱנָקִים עַל כָּל־הַתֹּועֵבֹות הַֽנַּעֲשֹׂות בְּתֹוכָֽהּ׃ וּלְאֵלֶּה אָמַר בְּאָזְנַי עִבְרוּ בָעִיר אַחֲרָיו וְהַכּוּ על־תָּחֹס עיניכם וְאַל־תַּחְמֹֽלוּ׃ זָקֵן בָּחוּר וּבְתוּלָה וְטַף וְנָשִׁים תַּהַרְגוּ לְמַשְׁחִית וְעַל־כָּל־אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר־עָלָיו הַתָּו אַל־תִּגַּשׁוּ וּמִמִּקְדָּשִׁי תָּחֵלּוּ וַיָּחֵלּוּ בָּאֲנָשִׁים הַזְּקֵנִים אֲשֶׁר לִפְנֵי הַבָּֽיִת׃
Adonai said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, even through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark (the blood-Tav) on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst.” But to the others He said in my hearing, “Go through the city after him and strike; do not let your eye have pity and do not spare. Utterly slay old men, young men, maidens, little children, and women, but do not touch any man (person) on whom is the mark (the tav); and you shall start from My sanctuary.” So they started with the elders who were before the temple.
This profession and act of faith, in the Satan-indwelt leader, is considered a blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and the consequence of it is a future torment in the permanent hell (the Lake of Fire-אֲגַם־הָאֵשׁ). Obviously these persons will be judged in this way because they will have committed the unpardonable sin. How will these persons have committed the unpardonable sin when the true Messiah is not physically present?
Those who worship the False Messiah will be claiming that the spirit of Satan is the Spirit of the Holy One. This will be an unpardonable sin because the future worshipers of the False Messiah will be claiming that he is Adonai (YHWH) in human form; when in fact he is not! Therefore, this leads us to believe that in both of these unique historical cases, the advent of the true Messiah and the advent of the False Messiah, it is possible to commit the unforgivable sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. In these two historical incidences alone the sin of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is possible. This means that it is not possible to commit this unique and eternally unforgivable sin at any other time; including our present day.