Brought on by translation problems, and a total lack of understanding of Jewish Customs, Christians have utterly been left in the dark concerning the practice they commonly refer to as baptism. Many people will be surprised to learn the whole truth about this practice in full light of what Scripture reveals.
Most Christians will tell you that when they were baptized they were baptized under the titles: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost. Furthermore, most would also say that they were only baptized once in their lifetime shortly after they first became a believer. Most Christians will also tell you that when they went under the water they went one time backwards, while others were only sprinkled with water.
THE TRANSLATION PROBLEMS
We will examine the Scripture and see what the Word really says about the practice Christians refer to as Baptism right after a brief history lesson. The English word Baptize comes from the Greek word Baptisma Strongs #908 which simply means to submerge. Just by tracing the word baptism back one step from English to Greek we have already begun to shed some light on the true meaning of baptism.
Let us now trace the word baptize back one more step to its origin to it see if we can find out anything about the practice since Submerge doesn't really tell us anything meaningful. The Greek word Baptisma was translated from the Hebrew word Mikvah. Now we are getting somewhere because every practicing Jew knows exactly what Mikvah means. It is an ancient Jewish practice dating back about 4000 years.
CRASH COURSE IN JUDAISM
Mikvah usually refers to a purification ritual which is usually done in Living Water so that your uncleanliness is washed away. Mikvah when done as a purification ritual, is usually done during the Day's of Awe which is a ten-day period between the First and Tenth day of Ethanim. Mikvah when done as a purification ritual, is usually done every year to purify oneself for the coming of the Messiah. Mikvah when done as a purification ritual, one goes under the water three times forward!
There are several types of Mikvah besides the Mikvah of Purification which is done in water once a year, every year, at the same time of the year, during the Days of Awe, in the early fall (September or October). Here we see in the Scripture that besides the Mikvah of Purification, there is also a Mikvah of Repentance, a Mikvah of the Spirit, and a Mikvah of Fire. There are two more Mikvah's which we will not get into, making a total of six different Mikvah's.
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. (AOY Matthew 3:11)
I indeed baptize you in water to repentance; but He who is coming after me is stronger than me, of whom I am not worthy to remove the sandals. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire, (HRB Matthew 3:11)
“I indeed immerse you in water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to bear. He shall immerse you in the Set-apart Spirit and fire. (ISR Matthew 3:11)
Behold I am only immersing you in water to repentance. And He that comes after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry, and He will immerse you, with the fire of the Ruach HaKodesh. (HRV Matthew 3:11)
I indeed mikvah you in water for repentance, but he who comes after me is greater than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will mikvah you with HaRuach HaKodesh and with fire. (HIM Matthew 3:11)
The Mikvah of Repentance, The Mikvah of the Spirit, The Mikvah of Fire, and the other two Mikvah's are not done at any particular time of the year. The Mikvah of Repentance is done at will after you have made a conscience decision to follow Yah. The Mikvah of the Spirit, and the Mikvah of Fire occur whenever Yah decides to immerse you. This usually happens after the Mikvah of Repentance but sometimes happens before hand or even at the same time.
THREE TITLES VS. ONE NAME
Why are most Christians baptized under the three titles: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost anyway? Christians probably get the idea from the passage below, but is the Scripture really telling us to do what they do? There are several points I would like to make on this matter.
Go ye therefore, and teach all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: (AOY Matthew 28:19)
Then having gone, disciple all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son, (HRB Matthew 28:19)
"Therefore, go and make taught ones of all the nations, immersing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Set-apart Spirit, (ISR Matthew 28:19)
Go you therefore, and teach all the Goyim, And immerse them in the Name of the Father, and the Son, And the Ruach HaKodesh: (HRV Matthew 28:19)NOTE: HIM reads My Name. Eusebius of Caesarea's reference to Matthew 28:19 in Demonstratio Evangelica, written sometime prior to 311 CE. In W.J. Ferrar's 1920 English translation, Book-3, Chapter-6, page-132; and Book-3, Chapter-7, page-137, Eusebius quotes the verse as, "in My name," rather than the later formulaic reading, "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." This is consistant with the what is written in Scripture about the accounts where records or this ritual is performed (Acts 2:38, Acts 8:12, Acts 8:16, Acts 10:48, and Acts 19:3-5) which prove that no one was ever baptized by the titles of Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost in Scripture, but rather by His Name.
Go, and make disciples of all the gentiles, and mikvah them in My Name. (HIM Matthew 28:19)
My first point is the Scripture clearly says the name, and not, the title. The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost are not names! They are titles! I do admit, at one time I did meet a girl named Sonny (kind of like son), and once knew a gang member that went by Casper (kind of like holy ghost), but other than that I think we all can figure out that these are titles.
My second point is this term is clearly a singular item. Both the and name are singular. In order for the passage to mean three and not one, at least one of the terms should be plural. The passage should either read the names or these names. And to tie in my first point as well, the passage should either read the titles or these titles. Scripture clearly states the name which means one name.
I know that some are slow to learn, and in disbelief, thinking that I am simply playing with words when in fact it is the other way around. I am reading the Scripture just as it is written and it is the wicked who twist the word to make it fit there doctrine (trinity). It will be easy to settle this matter simply by reading how the Apostles immersed Believers.
Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Yahshua the Messiah for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of Holy Spirit. (AOY Acts 2:38)
And Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized, each of you in the name of Yahshua YAHWEH for the forgiveness of sins, that you may receive the gift of the Spirit of Holiness. (HRB Acts 2:38)
And Kepha said to them, "Repent, and let each one of you be immersed in the Name of Yehoshua Messiah for the forgiveness of sins. h And you shall receive the gift of the Set-apart Spirit. (ISR Acts 2:38)
Shim’on said to them, Repent and be immersed, each man of you, in the Name of YHWH Yeshua for the remission of sins, that you might receive the gift of Ruach HaKodesh. (HRV Acts 2:38)
Shimon said to them, "Repent, and be immersed, every one of you, in the Name of YaHuWaH-Y'shua for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of HaRuach HaKodesh. (HIM Acts 2:38)
That is so weird, how very strange that I did not read anything about the three titles when I was out of my mind, and simply playing with words. Maybe there was some kind of translation error, or a misprint of some sort. Let us now read another passage, maybe the next one will say something about the three titles and help out that trinity doctrine.
But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of Elohim, and the name of Yahshua the Messiah, they were baptized, both men and women. (AOY Acts 8:12)
But when they believed Philip preaching the good news, the things concerning the kingdom of YAHWEH, and in the name of Yahshua Messiah, they were baptized, both men and women. (HRB Acts 8:12)
And when they believed Philip as he brought the Good News about the reign of Elohim and the Name of Yehoshua Messiah, both men and women were immersed. (ISR Acts 8:12)
But when they believed Philip, who was proclaiming the Kingdom of Eloah, in the Name of our Adon Yeshua, the Messiah, they were immersed, men and women. (HRV Acts 8:12)
But when they believed Philip proclaiming good news concerning the Kingdom of Elohim and the Name of our Master Y'shua the Messiah, they had mikvah, both men and women. (HIM Acts 8:12)
Wow! I wasn't expecting that at all (wink wink). It seems as if there may be some kind of pattern developing here, but we will not know for sure until we read another passages just to make triple sure they were in fact immersing in one name and not three titles. Let us now read another passage of Scripture.
(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were only baptized in the name of the Master Yahshua.) (AOY Acts 8:16)
For it was not upon any one of them yet, but they were only being baptized in the name of the Master Yahshua. (HRB Acts 8:16)
16for He had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been immersed in the Name of the Master Yehoshua. (ISR Acts 8:16)
For it was not yet upon one [man] from them: for they were only immersed in the Name of our Adon Yeshua. (HRV Acts 8:16)
for as yet he had fallen on none of them. They only had mikvah in the Name of our Master Y'shua. (HIM Acts 8:16)
This is just crazy how I somehow mysteriously changed or rearranged the words in your own bible. This must be some kind of trick, or maybe, just maybe, that this one name is the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Spirit, maybe they are all One and the Oneness doctrine is correct. Let us read another passage from Scripture.
And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Yahshua the Messiah. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days. (AOY Acts 10:48)
And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of our Master Yahshua the Messiah. Then they asked him to remain some days. (HRB Acts 10:48)
And he commanded them to be immersed in the Name of Yehoshua Messiah. Then they asked him to remain a few days. (ISR Acts 10:48)
Then he commanded them to be immersed in the Name of our Adon Yeshua the Messiah: and they urged him to stay with them [a few] days. (HRV Acts 10:48)
He commanded them to have mikvah in the Name of our Master Y'shua the Messiah. Then they asked him to remain a few days. (HIM Acts 10:48)
No titles yet, not even one, but I will keep my eye out and let you know when I find one. There is one more passage of Scripture we can look at and maybe we can find some kind of support for the Christian way of doing things. It is time to thinking about the implications of what was once hidden but now revealed. Let us now look at one last passage of Scripture to settle this matter once and for all.
And he said unto them, Unto what then were you baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized the person with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe in him which should come after him, that is, on the Messiah Yahshua. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Master Yahshua. (AOY Acts 19:3-5)
And he said to them, Then to what were you baptized? And they said, To the baptism of John. And Paul said, John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe into the One coming after him, that is, into the Messiah, Yahshua. And hearing, they were baptized into the name of the Master Yahshua. (HRB Acts 19:3-5)
And he said to them, "Into what then were you immersed?" And they said, "Into Yochanan’s immersion." And Sha’ul said, "Yochanan indeed immersed with an immersion of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe in the One who is coming after him, that is, in Messiah Yehoshua." And when they heard this, they were immersed in the Name of the Master Yehoshua. (ISR Acts 19:3-5)
He said to them, Then into what were you immersed? They said, Into the immersion of Yochanan. Paul said to them, Yochanan immersed the person with the immersion of repentance while saying to believe in Him who would come after him, who is Yeshua the Messiah. And when they heard these things, they were immersed in the Name of our Adon Yeshua the Messiah. (HRV Acts 19:3-5)
He said, "Into what then did you have mikvah?" They said, "Into Yochanan’s mikvah." Paul said, "Yochanan indeed immersed with the immersion of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe in the one who would come after him, that is, in Y'shua the Messiah." When they heard this, they had mikvah in the Name of our Master Y'shua the Messiah. (HIM Acts 19:3-5)
Take a deep breath and think about everything you just learned here in the last 10 minutes that you didn't learn in your church over the last 10 years. Think about how you were immersed, and ask yourself if it was the right way. Was it done by three titles or was it done in the name of our Master, Y'shua HaMashiach (Yeshua the Messiah).
Ask yourself, when was the last time you were immersed. You should have Mikvah every year renewing your faith and rekindling that fire that slowly burns out over the years without that (Mikvah) refreshing. The enemy would like nothing more than for you to remain as you are and not Mikvah into the One Name that is able to save you.
I ask only one thing of you -- that you humble your spirit and come before the Father and tell Him that you want to do things right and ask Him to lead you and guide you through HaRuach HaKodesh (The Holy Spirit) and to put it in your heart to do things as they are in Scripture. If you have not had Mikvah in the name of Y'shua you have not yet been immersed under the one and only name that saves!
Please feel free to read the Sacred Name and the Salvation article's for more knowledge.
.: All passages of Scripture are from these translations :.
Hebraic-Roots Version Scriptures (HRV)
Human Instruction Manual (HIM)
Hebraic Roots Bible (HRB)
Word of Yahweh (AOY)
The Scriptures (ISR)