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1st speaker Dr. Susan Craig covers the origin of Easter in great detail.
2nd speaker Dr. Terry Welsh addresses the question posed from a viewer. Is Yahshua the Son of man or the Son of Elohim?
A great observation has been made about the expressions “son of man” and “son of Elohim”. Numbers 23:19 states “Yahweh (God – KJV) is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Psalms 146:3 states “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.”
From these 2 scriptures alone, it is possible to conclude that: Yahshua can’t be the son of man. Why? The reasoning goes something like this: Yahweh is not a man and Yahshua is the son of Yahweh, so therefore Yahshua can’t be the son of man. Also, there is help (salvation) is Yahshua and there is no help in the son of man, so Yahshua can’t be the son of man.
On the surface this argument sounds like it makes sense. However, this is a classic example of why we are admonished that “no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation” (2Pet 1:20). “Private” in this scripture means “apart”. So an individual scripture should not be interpreted separate, apart or isolated from the rest of the scriptures. Its true meaning will not be contrary to other scriptures. A scripture should be confirmed and understood in the context provided by the rest of the inspired scriptures when we are trying to determine its meaning. Also, the Word of Yahweh, (Elohim) who inspired the scriptures is the only dependable interpreter of his own words and no man can interpret them separately from him.
The expression “son of man” occurs 193 times in the King James Bible (click link). At least 85 times Yahshua refers to himself as the “son of man”. One classic example is in Matthew 16:13,6-17 which reads: 13 When Yahshua (Jesus – KJV) came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah (Christ – KJV), the Son of the living Elohim (God – KJV).” 17And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
Clearly, Yahshua considers himself to be “the son of man” and “the son of Elohim”.
There are also notable scriptures in the Old Testament that prophesy of Yahshua using the phrase “son of man”. A classic example is in Daniel 7:13-14 which reads: 13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. Also, Ezekiel as a prophet with the Holy Spirit is called “son of man” many times and Daniel is called that too. Yahshua of course was the fulfillment of Ezekiel and Daniel as the “son of man”.
So, what is the message of Numbers 23:19 and Psalms 146:3? Their emphasis is primarily on the superiority of Yahweh Elohim to earthly men who are sinful, physical and fleshly. Yahweh Elohim is a Spirit (John 4:24). He is not physical, yet he is the man Yahshua (1Timothy 2:5) from heaven (1Corinthians 15:47) or the Word made flesh (John 1:14). He is superior to other men having been in the likeness of sinful flesh (Romans 8:3) yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). He appeared as a man to Abraham (Genesis 18), to Moses (Exodus 24:9-10) and others. Yet he was greatly superior to all other men and angels. He is man-like or “anthropomorphic” and he is far superior or “super-incorporeal”. He is a man and the son of man, but he is not like other men. He is far greater in glory, in might and in his supernal nature. He was originally pure spirit without descriptive shape or form. Pure spirit is not a man nor is it man-like. But when he took on shape and form, he became the archetype man, the ultimate man from which all other men would come to be like him but far less than him.
In that context it is clear why Yahshua considers himself to be “the son of man” and “the son of Elohim”.