(Questions and Answers)
Ask Torah Teacher Ariel
(Note: all quotations are taken from the Complete Jewish Bible, translation by David H. Stern, Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc., unless otherwise noted)
Considering the controversial doctrine of the Trinity, and taking into account Rev. 21:22 and 22:1,3, where is the Holy Spirit in the New Jerusalem?
I believe that the answer to this question can be found within the very chapters that youve provided. Look at Revelation 21:3: HaShems Shkhinah is mentioned as being "with mankind". In Hebrew terminology, this is another name for the manifested presence of HaShem, i.e., the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). Logically, if we believers are living in the New Yerushalayim, then the Ruach will be as well. But where is he? Look at Chapter 22:4, "&and his name will be on their foreheads." This type of "head" identification mark is reminiscent of the Shema, with the Torah being at the head (and hand). But it also resembles the identifying mark of all true children of HaShem. Allow me to make a drash (allegorical application of Scripture). Remember Ezekiel Chapter nine? Go back and read it. Specifically notice where the mark is being placed (in verse four). Now use your Brit Chadashah (New Covenant) knowledge of 1 Corinthians 12:3. Is this not an identifying mark of salvation? Where does this knowledge of Yeshuas Lordship take place? "On our foreheads", spiritually, when the Ruach HaKodesh renews our mind (Romans 12:1,2). Yeshuas name means salvation. His name is on us! Salvation is not possible without the power of the Ruach HaKodesh. Review 1 Corinthians 6:19,20 also.
Torah Teacher Ariel ben-Lyman HaNaviy