Face to Face with God


I just read something that really brings a couple of Christ’s saying on the cross to  life. This is excerpted from the book: The Shepherd’s Guide to the Great Tribulation, by Randy Orris. This is an excellent book on the second coming of Christ, and I highly recommend it. It has much to offer in addition to teaching on the second coming.

A Shepherd’s Guide to the Great Tribulation

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GOING EVEN DEEPER INTO THE “DIVINE ROMANCE”

OF YOUR REGENERATION:

There is yet something even deeper in the purpose of our

salvation. God brought Eve to Adam (Gen. 2:21-24) for the

express purpose that they might live “al-penay” with each

other. He “created man (Ha’ Adam) in His own image, and in

the image of God created he him (singular); male and female

created he them (plural)” to be in a face-to-face (“al-penay”)

relationship with each other every day of their lives (Gen. 1:27).

 

This Hebrew term “al-penay” יֵנ ־ְּ פלַע is first found in

Gen. 1:2, “the Spirit of God moved UPON THE FACE of the

Waters.” Literally meaning that the Holy Spirit came “faceto-

face” with those dark waters that covered the Earth.

 

It is a FACE-TO-FACE relationship.

“Al-penay” is the reason GOD created Adam and Eve to

become husband and wife. Adam and Eve were indeed “one

flesh” being a “male-female” in their union. Marriage is the

union of hearts, bodies, and faces. GOD’S intention in

marriage being “a lifetime covenant” is countered by the fact

that divorce is literally a “turning away of your face from your

spouse.” It is primarily a matter of the heart, as is also true with

salvation. Divorce is the tearing asunder of the one flesh into

two halves. In the same way when a believer turns his face

(spirit) away from THE FACE OF GOD (Spirit) in apostasy, it is

because of idolatry in his life. This is what the unsaved will do

when the Day of the Lord’s Wrath begins. The cringing world

will “pray” to be hidden “from the Father’s Face and the Face of

the Lamb!” (Rev. 6:16-17)

 

As marriage is “the union of one flesh” (Gen. 2:24; Eph.

5:31-32), in the same way salvation is “the union of two

spirits”—God’s Spirit and the human spirit—into “one spirit” (1

Cor. 6:17). In Christ, we are now “al-penay” with GOD.

This is exactly what is taught in Jn. 1:1 about Jesus Christ:

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was (“Alpenay,”

Face-to-Face) with God (the Father), and God was the

Word (the Son).

 

Both marriage and salvation is the union of two lives into

one mutual life, and both share the same construct of a “faceto-

face” relationship. Divorce is the spouse turning his or

her face away from their marriage partner. Apostasy is

the believer turning his face away from the Lord. And, as

in a physical divorce, spiritual apostasy is also a matter of the

heart.

 

GOD wants us in an uninterrupted face-to-face

relationship with Himself. “THE LORD talked with you FACE

TO FACE in the Mount out of the midst of the Fire” (Deut.

5:4). Man’s “face to face” encounter with God is also mentioned

in Gen. 32:30; Ex. 33:11; Num. 14:14; Deut. 34:10; Judges 6:22;

Ezk. 20:35; 1 Cor. 13:12; Rev. 24:4; among many other passages.

This is the very relationship that THE LORD wanted to

protect by giving Israel His Ten Commandments.

 

The very First Commandment in Ex. 20:3 is, You shall

have no other Gods before Me,” is literally in the Hebrew:

 

“You shall have no other gods between MY FACE and

YOUR FACE.” “Al-penay” יֵנ פְּ פ פ ל ־ עֵ is in this verse!

 

This is the intimate and eternal relationship that YHWH

wants to have with His redeemed covenant people. Salvation,

if properly understood, is a Marriage “Face-to-Face”

Covenant. To turn our faces away from Him, or to allow

another god to sit between His face and our face, is a betrayal

of the Divine Marriage Covenant, a divorcing of ourselves from

Him.

 

The Lord openly wept in Jer. 2:13, “For My people have

committed two evils; They have forsaken Me the Fountain of

Living Waters (turned their faces away from Me), and hewed

them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water (they

have turned to the faces of other gods; their idols, or

themselves).” They loved their own faces, or even the Face of

the Beast, more than the Face of their Creator.

 

That is why it is so important that we keep our faces in

front of the Father every day that we live—praying, singing,

rejoicing, reading Scripture, worshiping Him, continually

calling on His Name, and enjoying “the communion of the

Spirit” with Him (2 Cor. 13:14). We need to have an unveiled

face before Him, and an “unveiled heart” (2 Cor. 3:15-18).

 

The Psalmist recorded this dialogue between YHWH and

His worshipers: “When THOU saidst, SEEK MY FACE; MY

HEART said unto Thee, THY FACE LORD, will I seek. Hide

not THY FACE far from me” (Ps. 27:8-9).

 

This literally explains what happened on THE CROSS

when Jesus cried at high noon to His Father, “Eli, Eli, Lama

Sabachthani?” that is to say, “MY GOD, MY GOD, Why have

You FORSAKEN (abandoned; turned Your Face away from)

ME” (Mt. 27:46)?

 

In Hebrew the word for “FORSAKEN” is sh’baq meaning

to be “bachelored” or “divorced,” to “separate faces!”

Jesus was crying out of infinite anguish, “My Great

Power (“Elohim”), My Great Power (“Elohim”), why have You

bachelored (separated Yourself BY TURNING YOUR FACE

AWAY from) Me?”

 

For the first time in all Eternity the Father and the

Son were no longer Face-to-Face with each other!

 

This was the painful price that purchased our salvation. It

was an actual divorce of the Eternal Godhead from Himself.

Unfathomable love beyond comprehension.

 

The Father had TO TURN HIS FACE AWAY FROM HIS

BELOVED SON who had “become the Sin Offering” for the

human race (2 Cor. 5:21; Isa. 53:10, 12). The Father and the Son

were separated, not because of Jesus’ sins (which He had none;

1 Pet. 2:22; Heb. 4:15; Heb. 7:26), but because of our sins. He

was “bruised for our iniquities” (Isa. 53:5).

 

According to the Prophet Isaiah, this was not just a

casual turning away of the Father’s Face from His Beloved Son’s

Face. It was an utter rejection! Jesus felt the inward pain of

being disconnected from the Father for those agonizing

moments when he expiated the sins of the world—becoming a

Sin- Offering in His own body for our sins and iniquities!

 

Their eternal Face-to-Face relationship was severed

because of Their love for us. This truth is borne out by Isa.

59:2 when the Prophet Isaiah recorded the Lord’s plea to His

Covenant (“face-to-face”) people, “But your iniquities have

SEPARATED between you and your GOD, and your sins HAVE

HIDDEN HIS FACE from you, that He will not hear.”

 

  • · HE took OUR place on the Cross (Gen. 22:8, 13), so

that we would be saved, and through that salvation we could

experience and enjoy “a face-to-face relationship and fellowship

with Himself.”

 

  • · Jesus Christ, who is GOD the Son, became the “Sin

Offering” (2 Cor. 5:21) for our rebellion (our “iniquity,” which

means “selfishness”), and the Father could not look upon HIS

SON’S FACE for the first time in Eternity.

 

  • · His First Statement on the Cross at 9:00 a.m. was

addressed to His Father: FATHER, forgive them, for they know

not what they do.”

 

  • · His Final Word from the Cross at 3 p.m. was also

addressed to His Father: FATHER, into Thy hands I commit

my spirit.”

 

  • · But at High Noon when THE SON OF GOD as THE

LAMB OF GOD became a curse for our sins” (Gal. 3:13), and

His human pain had reached the zenith of suffering, when the

sun robed its face in shame, and nature attended the funeral of

its Creator, He could only cry out in utter despair: MY GOD …

MY GOD … Why have You forsaken (turned Your Face away

from) Me?”

 

  • · The title “GOD” is the only name we could have called

our Creator until He Himself became our Redeemer in Himself.

What love. He took the sinner’s place. He is our GOD—and He

is now our FATHER! We are now Face-to-Face with Him again!

 

It is important to note that “GOD HIMSELF did not die”

in that moment of death at the Cross (as is heretically often

taught within the Evangelical Church)—He is Immortal, in fact

He Alone has “immortality,” meaning “incapable of dying by

virtue of His own existence,” (1 Tim. 6:16-17)but the Eternal

Relationship within the Triune Godhead was momentarily

severed, and CHRIST THE SON OF MAN died a human death

in His flesh, but was quickened and justified in the Spirit. “For

CHRIST also hath once suffered for sins , the Just for the unjust,

that he might bring us to GOD, being put to death in the flesh,

but quickened by the Spirit” 1 Pet. 3:18. The same phrase

“justified in the Spirit” is used of Jesus Christ in 1 Tim. 3:16.

 

“Christ DIED FOR OUR SINS according to the

Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:3).

 

Infinite love beyond comprehension. Jesus was divorced

from the Father’s Face! The Universe went into convulsion, and

time stood still for an eternal second.

 

Jesus was crucified at the time of the morning

sacrifice at 9:00 am, and hung there on Calvary’s Cross in

the inky darkness from 12 noon until the evening sacrifice

at 3:00 pm in the afternoon. Because He cried out to His

Father as His God in that moment of separation, we will be able

to call this God our “Abba Father” for everlasting ages.

 

Hallelujah to the Lamb that was slain for our salvation.

He became our Substitute on the Cross (Gen. 22:8, 13), so

that we would be saved, and though that salvation we could

experience and enjoy a Face-to-Face relationship and

fellowship with Himself today and forever.

 

There is another valuable insight from His first cry on the

Cross from His prayer to the Father when He said, “Father,

FORGIVE them” (Lk. 23:24). Incredibly the Hebrew word

____________FORGIVE” in this verse is the exact same word that we read in

Mt. 27:46, which is there translated by the word “FORSAKE!”

This teaches us that the only way that God could

forgive those who had sinned against His Son was for the

Father Himself to forsake His Only-begotten Son. He was

forsaken by the Father (who turned HIS FACE away from

Him) that we might be forgiven.

 

This was the true suffering of Calvary.

 

He finally cried, “IT IS FINISHED” (Jn. 19:30). The

Hebrew New Testament uses the word “Kalah” in this verse,

which gets translated into our English word “Finished.”

 

In Hebrew the word “Kalah” means “BRIDE” So in His

last breath, having been temporarily “bachelored” from His

Father’s Face—He now cries out, “My Bride! My Bride!”

 

Indeed, the word “FINISHED” is also derived from the Hebrew

word Shalom. This word means “PEACE.” Peace because the

price was paid in full—the debt has been satisfied—literally:

“Shalomed!”

 

JESUS’ SEVEN FINAL CRIES FROM THE CROSS:

 

  • · “FATHER, forgive them for they know not what they

do!”

  • · “Today you will be with Me in Paradise!”
  • · “Behold your Son!”
  • · “Behold your Mother!”
  • · “MY GOD! MY GOD! Why have You forsaken Me?”
  • · “It is Finished!”
  • · “FATHER, into Thy Hands I commit My spirit!”

At the beginning and at the end of His Cross Statements

He cries out to His “Father.” Only at the moment of separation

does He cry out “My God!”

 

Jesus’ Triumphant Cry from Golgotha of

“IT IS FINISHED!”

could be fully translated from the Hebrew and

the Aramaic as:

“Oh, My Bride! My Bride!

Shalom! Peace! It is Accomplished!

The Price has been Paid in Full

It is Finished!”

This is why He died—for His Bride!

 

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