- The Eighth Forgiveness Saying
- Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit
- 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 sign of the wicked one who will come in his own name
- The sign of the righteous 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׃
על כן אני אומר לכם, כל חטא וגדוף יסלח לבני אדם, אך גדוף כלפי הרוח לא יסלח. כל המדבר דבר נגד בן-האדם יסלח לו, אבל כל המדבר נגד רוח הקדש לא יסלח לו לא בעולם הזה ולא בעולם הבא. פ
עַל כֵּן אֲנִי אוֹמֵר לָכֶם, כָּל חֵטְא וְגִדּוּף יִסָּלַח לִבְנֵי אָדָם, אַךְ גִּדּוּף כְּלַפֵּי הָרוּחַ לֹא יִסָּלַח. כָּל הַמְדַבֵּר דָבָר נֶגֶד בֶּן־הָאָדָם יִסָּלַח לוֹ, אֲבָל כָּל הַמְדַבֵּר נֶגֶד רוּחַ הַקֹּדֶשׁ לֹא יִסָּלַח לוֹ לֹא בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה וְלֹא בָּעוֹלָם הַבָּא. פ
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׃
אמן אומר אני לכם, כל החטאים יסלחו לבני האדם, וכן גם כל הגדופים אשר יגדפו, אך המגדף את רוח הקדש אין לו סליחה לעולם כי אשם הוא בחטא עולם. פ
אָמֵן אוֹמֵר אֲנִי לָכֶם, כָּל הַחֲטָאִים יִסָּלְחוּ לִבְנֵי הָאָדָם, וְכֵן גַּם כָּל הַגִּדּוּפִים אֲשֶׁר יְגַדְּפוּ, אַךְ הַמְגַדֵּף אֶת רוּחַ הַקֹּדֶשׁ אֵין לוֹ סְלִיחָה לְעוֹלָם כִּי אָשֵׁם הוּא בְּחֵטְא עוֹלָם. פ
Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit:
“Amen I say to you, every sin or offensive word (blasphemy) will be forgiven a person, but revilement (blasphemy) against the Spirit will not be forgiven a person. Whoever speaks an insult against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against (insults) the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven—neither in this age or in the age to come; 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 (1, 2). These remarks were made because the *Prushim rabbinate of Rabbi Yeshua’s day and later their five successor rabbinates have attributed the mighty works that God was doing through His 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 His anointed one 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.
*The six eras of the Prushim: The first century (CE ) Elder Tannaim (תנאים) and his five younger brothers—the Amoraim, Savoraim, Geonim, Rishonim, and the present day Acharonim (אחרונים-literally the “last ones”).
Blasphemy of the Spirit is the culmination of a process:
Some scholars believe blasphemy of the Spirit of the Holy One is more an attitude than it is a single act.
So, these persons believe 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 heart to the convicting voice of the Holy Spirit.
In the case of a person practicing a constant and abiding resistance to hearing the voice of the Spirit—calling him or her to do teshuvah (repentance)—it is believed that such a person’s heart will eventually become hardened. When the heart becomes hardened then a person is considered beyond pardon because he or she has become incapable of hearing the Spirit’s call to forgiveness.
Blasphemy of the Spirit occurred with the physical appearance of Messiah:
Still other scholars believe that the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is an experience that cannot occur 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, the separate ones (הַפְּרוּשִׁים), Tzedukkim, the righteous ones (צְדוּקִים), and Herodos (הוֹרְדוֹס), followers of the royal family of Herod the Great had seen an outpouring of signs, wonders, and miracles proving that Rabbi Yeshua was who he said he was—the Messiah.
However, in spite of the many miraculous signs, wonders, and miracles that these leaders personally saw and heard they still out of the hardness of their hearts did not believe. These religious leaders even attributed the supernatural power of Messiah to that of Satan. This, in a very real sense, was where the religious leaders “crossed the line” and blasphemed the Spirit of the Holy One.
It is believed that the elite religious leaders of Rabbi Yeshua’s day committed the unpardonable sin because they actually came face to face with the anointed one of God in whom all of the Spirit of God dwells bodily. The religious leaders did not commit the unpardonable sin by reviling the man Yeshua ben Yosef ben David. They committed the unpardonable sin when they called the Spirit of God that indwells His Messiah the spirit of the Satan.
Therefore these scholars believe that the unpardonable sin can only be committed when there is an actual face to face encounter with the Messiah of God in whom the actual presence of the Spirit of God dwells. This means that all those who have reviled the man, Rabbi Yeshua, after his ascension into heaven have not committed the unpardonable sin. This is so because without encountering the actual physical presence of the man Yeshua there is no direct way to revile (blaspheme) the presence of the Holy Spirit who indwells him.
Nevertheless, although it is true that there is no way to commit the unpardonable sin of blasphemy of the Spirit of the Holy One from the time of Rabbi Yeshua’s ascension into heaven until today, there is still the possibility of dying in an unpardonable state. For it is a fact that there is no future pardon for a person who dies today in a state of 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 Jacob’s Trouble an anti-messiah will rule the world. In the midst of this predicted seven-year period of Great Tribulation this anti-messiah will announce to the world that he is God in human form.
The wicked one (rasha’-רָשָׁע) will declare he is God immediately after the Temple is rebuilt in Jerusalem. Rabbi Yeshua prophetically warned 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 arise 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 Antiochus Epiphanes, and Adolf Hitler attempted to do.
This future deceiver of Israel and of the whole world will secretly hate the Jewish People and he will covertly plan to annihilate us because he will be indwelt (possessed) by the spirit of Satan.
In this regard Messiah further warned his people of 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 but you have not accepted me. If another comes in his own name, you will accept him.”
The sign of the wicked one who will come in his own name:
The reference by Rabbi Yeshua to a wicked one who shall come in his “own name” refers to the future anti-messiah. Those who profess the wicked one to be God in human form will receive a mark in their right hand or on their forehead; the the mark of his name. This mark will be a different mark than the Jewish Sign of the Tav.
This yet future 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 the Lake of Fire (אֲגַם־הָאֵשׁ). The Jewish and gentile followers of the satanic false-messiah will be cast into the Lake of Fire because they will have committed the unpardonable sin.
How will these persons have committed the unpardonable sin?
Those who worship the anti-messiah will be claiming that the spirit of Satan dwelling within him is actually the Spirit of HaShem. This will be an unpardonable sin. This is so because these future worshipers of the anti-messiah will be claiming/blaspheming that the false-messiah who is actually indwelt with the spirit of Satan is GOD (YHWH)!
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 Spirit of the Holy One.
The sign of the righteous one who comes in the name of HaShem:The Hebrew Sign of the Tav (Redemption)
In contrast to the sign of the false-Messiah we read of the sign of the real Messiah in Ezekiel 9:4-6: The blood Tav shall be a sign for you: applied to the forehead of your head and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you!
Compare the earlier sign of the blood Tav placed during the time of Moses on the door posts of the homes in Exodus 12:12 to the sign of the blood Tav in Ezekiel placed upon the foreheads of the Israeli men, women, and children to spare us of God’s Judgment. For in the Word of God (D’var HaShem) it is written:
וַיֹּאמֶר ה’ 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׃
HaShem 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 person on whom is the mark; and you shall start from My sanctuary.” So they started with the elders who were before the temple.