Descriptive passages about the God of Israel are found throughout the Jewish Scriptures known as the "Tanach" in the Jewish community. This study is strictly from a "Biblical" Judaic perspective of Judaism, not from any of the branches of mainstream "rabbinical" Judaism, and especially not from a Christian; Messianic Christian; Mormon; nor an Islamic perspective. Not to sound harsh, but Christianity and Islam butcher our scriptures and twist them so badly, that they teach that the Jewish Scriptures (= Tanach) promote things that are simply not there, or they teach things that were never taught in the Tanach. One of these big differences is dealing with "Who is the God of Israel?" and "What is He like?"
In Biblical Judaism, we only have one God - HE and HE alone.
Any other god, goddess, divine son [as in Christianity, or Greek mythology, or any other mythology - I am stressing the word 'divine,' not son - because even angels are called "sons" in the Tanahk in certain places, daughter or wives [as in Mormonism, and other myths, like in Greek Mythology and others] are seen as mere inventions of man.
Our God only has a single personality, like people have. He does not have a split personality, nor a multi-personality [as the Christian god does (i.e., the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) **], nor a dual personality as other Christians promote [i.e., the Father and the son, while the "s/Spirit" is some "force".]
The God of Israel alone [according to Judaism and not according to any other faith] has the power to create; whereas, none of His heavenly hosts have this ability.
He Himself made all of His heavenly hosts; not a single one of them are divine, nor eternal, though they may be great in their power and strength. These are all the hosts that are merely spoken of in the Tanach:
1. Cherubs [Eze 1:4-25 &10; Gen 3:24]
2. Seraphim [Isa 6:2-7]
3. Angels [Judges 13:2-21, Gen 19, and dozens of other places]
4. Fiery horses [2 Kings 2:11]; or simply "horses" found in 2 Kings 6:17
HIS hosts serve Him as soldiers would a king.
The God of Israel does not know the future in and of itself. This statement may rub people "in the wrong way" as they say, but it is true according to the Jewish biblical texts. INSTEAD, what HE actually plans for cannot be thwarted, for no one is powerful enough to stop HIS plans. Thus, all that HE says or wants to do shall take place, and therefore, all that HE plans shall take place. This way HE is always free / disconnected from all manner of blame for the evils that exist and that have existed in the past.
In truth, "evil" comes about by others going against HIS will, rules and decrees. Evil comes about at the sinner's own freewill at whatever time they so desire to sin, or when a sinner walks in their own "normal behavior," yet, are ignorant of His laws and therefore, sin.
TO TALK ABOUT THE "FUTURE" FOR A MOMENT in the context of a "predestination" outlook
The future or its outcomes - in a blanket statement without getting too bogged down in detail - is based on several factors:
1) The outcome of the future is determined by whatever plans YHWH has for HIMSELF and what
HE wants to do. Again, whatever HE desires as a KING and RULER, those things cannot be
thwarted because no one is powerful enough to stop Him. Therefore, HE might orchestrate an
entire set of sequences or circumstances to get the result He wants. This is exactly how HE
fulfills HIS own prophecies that He directs His prophets to utter.
2) Prophecy by mediums, palm readers, false prophets and so forth...
These are said many times by evil angels or angels that have became sinful, yet, were righteous at
one point in times past, but are now whispering in the ears of sinners. "Sinners" are people that do
not keep the Laws of Moses and of the prophets.
These types of prophecies may or may not occur based on several factors...
If they do transpire, it is because the listener of the negative prophecy is a sinner and HaShem has
given that sinner over to the whims of harmful spirits. This is because he/she is under His curse for
not obeying the Torah and the laws of the prophets. King Saul is a perfect example of what I mean.
In other words, because that person is under the curse and wrath of YHWH, if a harmful spirit wants
to harm that person YHWH will not stop that spirit. However, that spirit might be limited by YHWH
as to want he wants to do. This is because YHWH judges a person based on each of the
commandments, individually. Therefore, some sins are not as horrific as others and so are not
worthy of harsher penalties. This is like how a police officer would not hang you by a noose for
going over the speed limit, but will only give you a ticket or possibly just a "warning."
So if a sinner goes to a "teller" of some kind and that "teller" says a negative thing will fall upon
him in "such and such a manner," that thing might very well take place, for no human can stop the
angel, except for that person's repentence and turning their heart to YHWH and His laws.
However, on the other hand, if a "teller" says something negative to a holy person, a true Tzadik
(Righteous person), that thing will not take place, because that evil angel's plans will be thwarted
by YHWH, Who is greater than all.
However, in my lifetime, I have rarely met anyone or heard about anyone doing the Torah the way
it is written in the Tanach; of course, there are a few exceptions. Many fellow Jewish folks follow
Rabbinical teachings of the Torah, which makes them end up not observing the Biblical Torah at
all. I think the strictest Karaites are on the right track more than the Chasidic sects.
3) The future is also determined upon the circumstance of one's choices - based on wise or ill
decisions and if YHWH or some other spirit does not hinder that person. Again, 98% or more,
of the world's population does not strictly observe the Mosaic Law and the laws of the prophets;
therefore, YHWH or another spirit can hinder that person in their efforts, because they are under
4) The future can also be determined on the natural laws of physics and studying the natural order of
things. Here is an example: Great tempests turn about the sea on the "Gulf of Mexico," if one
chooses to live on the beach there, that person may be wiped out at some point, because that
person is taking a risk by living in such a zone. Or, if a person decides to move from the warm
weather of Southern California to Alaska, that person might die, because of not knowing how
bitter cold it gets there and he hasn't prepared for such conditions properly, even though his
friends might have been warning him not to move there, because of how cold it gets. So, one can
bring great tradgedy to oneself by making poor decisions or by taking these types of risks.
Now remember this one thing, whatever is NOT a part of His plans is unknown to Him. All future events are not a "fixed" thing and, thus, are unknown to all, even to Him. He, however, has many plans and guides things the way He wants them to go and He can read the thoughts of all, so He knows what is going on in the present and He can stop anyone elses' plans from taking place in order to change the outcome for someone's future plans. Likewise, if one is sinful, He might just send that person to the grave, stopping all of that person's plans.
He knows what goes on in the thoughts of man, beast and all HIS hosts. Nothing escapes HIS knowledge of knowing about "what goes on." Therefore, because of this, HE cannot be deceived.
HIS ways and mannerisms never change from generation to generation. I say this with great umph, because Christians deceive themselves about our God, saying He did change His ways by now letting "sinners be saved" if they have their (Christain) faith (according to Paul by the way, not Jesus) and that the "law of Moses was done away with" and many other things. Muslims say the same thing, they say that the God of Abraham wants us to pray toward Mecca and not Jerusalem and that Sabbath is now a day earlier and many things of the law of Moses are changed or done away with.
HE is Thee only ONE that is Eternal, every other host [no matter how powerful], person or beast are all created or made.
The God of Judaism is not "in the future, past and present" at the same time. For according to Judaism, only "the present" is what exists - "the here and now" and HE always exists. HE, therefore, has always existed and He shall always exist.
HE is absolutely holy, with no hypocrisy. HE has all the same attributes as a man does regarding attitudes, moods, feelings, qualities, character and so forth. Yet, HE is always pure, holy, upright, firm, and just in those traits. Keep in mind that man was made in HIS image and likeness, so... "all that we are - HE is, but greater."
He does not obey anyone, rather all must obey HIM. HE does not answer everyone's prayers, but answers on what HE sees fit. HE is not anyone's handservant, rather all are to serve HIM.
HE has a vast holy law, that must - without option - be fully kept at all times. Each commandment is judged by HIM individually; thus, people are measured in the eyes of biblical Judaism. Therefore, some people are more holy or righteous than others. But only those that are fully faithful to all of the commandments will not need to fear any negative judgment on the last day, they shall obtain life [Exodus 32:31-33]. Before then, however, deeds and choices are weighed in their righteousness and/or purpose as to whoever HE favors in things, such as in war or whoever receives a blessing. This is why HE chose Abraham over Lot, Melchizedek, and Abimelech; why He rejected King Saul for David; why HE let an idolater like King Necho slay King Josiah who was very righteous because Josiah was getting in the way of HIS desires against Assyria; or, why HE let the Babylonians conquer Judah; why HE let the Italians destroy the second Temple; why HE let the Nazis annihilate us in WWII. HE sees Jews and the other children of Israel as mature adults; whereas, HE sees the nations more like infants. Therefore, when either one is doing evil, the "adult" is held more accountable, since the adult knows right from wrong, whereas the infant doesn't. The children of Israel were given HIS law and HIS truth, whereas the other nations weren't.
According to Judaism, when one obeys HIS laws and believes the tenets of Judaism correctly and the two are working simultaneously, HE will bless that person and answer more of his/her prayers, because that person knows what HE likes and dislikes and so prays accordingly. Likewise, HE becomes that person's FRIEND and speaks outright to that person, giving him inside knowledge and insights or will open his/her eyes to particular sayings and other things. Heavenly beings will guard that person and on some occasions even manifest to that person.
HIS throne is far above the earth, above the great water dome that exists far above the furthest galaxy. There one can literally see a PERSON sitting on HIS glorious throne.
PHYSICAL FEATURES OF YHWH
HE has hair as white as wool. He is modestly dressed and His "train" is so long that it fills "the Temple." HE looks like a man and...
1. "YHWH is a man/person of war [Ex 15]" = Indicating YHWH is a strong male. In fact, the
Tanach doesn't ever show HIM to be feminine or ever having a type of bi-gender nature
2. "...the Ancient of days did sit, Whose garment [was] white as snow, and the hair of HIS
head like the pure wool: HIS throne [was like] the fiery flame, [and] HIS wheels [as]
burning fire [Dan 7:9]."
3. "I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and HIS train filled the temple
4. And above the firmament that [was] over their heads [was] the likeness of a throne, as the
appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne [was] the likeness as
the appearance of a man above upon it. And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance
of fire round about within it, from the appearance of HIS loins even upward, and from the
appearance of HIS loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had
brightness round about. As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain,
so [was] the appearance of the brightness round about. This [was] the appearance of the
likeness of the glory of YHWH. And when I saw [it], I fell upon my face... [Ezekiel 1:26-
5. "And they [the elders of Israel] saw the God of Israel: and [there was] under HIS feet as it
were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in [his] clearness
6. And he [Micaiah] said, Hear thou therefore the word of YHWH: I saw YHWH sitting on
HIS throne, and all the host of heaven standing by HIM on HIS right hand and on HIS left.
And YHWH said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead?
And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit,
and stood before YHWH, and said, I will persuade him. And YHWH said unto him,
Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his
prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade [him], and prevail also: go forth, and do so
[1 Kings 22].
7. And HIS feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which [is] before Jerusalem
on the east [Zech 14:4].
8. And YHWH appeared unto him [Abraham] in the plains of Mamre... And [Abraham] said,
My Master, if now I have found favour in THY sight, pass not away, I pray THEE, from
THY servant: Let a little water, I pray YOU, be fetched, and wash YOUR feet, and rest
yourselves under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts;
after that ye shall pass on... And he [Abraham] took butter, and milk, and the calf which he
had dressed, and set [it] before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did
eat... And the men [YHWH and the two angels] turned their faces from thence, and went
toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before YHWH.... And YHWH went HIS way, as
soon as HE had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place [Gen
Thus, let there be no doubt, that the God of Israel is a MALE SPIRIT that physically looks like a male human being. In fact, HE looks exactly like a male human. HE can eat and be touched. HE is powerful beyond measure, HE can turn invisible at will and manifest HIMSELF at will. This is what biblical Judaism teaches, as you can clearly see.
PASSAGES DESCRIBING HIS WAYS
1. "YHWH [is] gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy [Ps 145:8]."
2. "YHWH, The Eternal One among the mighty, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and
abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and
transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear [the guilty]; visiting the iniquity of
the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the
fourth [generation]" - Exodus 34
3. "With the merciful Thou wilt shew Thyself merciful; with an upright man Thou wilt shew
Thyself upright; With the pure Thou wilt shew Thyself pure; and with the froward Thou wilt
shew Thyself froward [Psalm 18:25-26]."
4. and many more...
HIS law must not be merely seen as a bunch of rules and regulations. In truth, they display what HE likes and what HE dislikes and, therefore, HIS law displays HIS very character as a PERSON.
In order to know HIM better one ought to know the torah (Law of Moses and the prophets) inside and out, but if one wants to be like HIM in HIS worldview and, thus, find commonality with HIM and so become HIS friend, one must do those rules and regulations faithfully, having a heart to do them. One must not begrudgingly keep HIS laws so that "you won't be condemned" on the day of judgment. For if one's heart and mind is this way - that person will actually get what he doesn't want - he shall be condemned. This is because one's thoughts must also keep the torah as well. In other words, you must be righteous because you love righteousness, instead of merely appearing to be righteous and proper on the outside or actually being proper on the outside - yet those actions are not based on the desire of you necessarily wanting to be this way, but because you dread being condemned. So you punish your desires to keep them under control [like pinching a hose while the water is still on]. Yet, in reality, you truly do not desire to do these rules, but since you will be condemned if you don't - you deceive yourself into thinking you are keeping them. People might also think you are a decent person, but on the inside you would rather be free. Because of this, you are somewhat in a mental prison and are a type of slave [spiritually], not to YHWH, but to yourself. Such people are not holy, and thus not fulfilling the commandment "be holy as I am holy" and so such people shall be condemned.
He who actually loves righteousness, for the sake of wanting to be in the right and always proper, not just in deed, but in his thoughts, meditations and worldview fulfills the commandment that says, "love YHWH will all thy heart" and is, in fact, holy.
I hope this helps you to understand who the God of Israel is, this great and wonderful SPIRIT, the holiest of all the spirits.
!!ברוך יהוה אלהי ישראל מן־העולם ועד העלם
Ba-ruch YHWH Elohey Yisrael min ha-olam ve-ad ha-olam!!
Blessed is YHWH, God of Israel - From Everlasting even unto everlasting!!