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"Then the rib which the Yahuah Elohim had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man." Genesis 2:22
  Yakov Levi
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The fullness of principles in regards to Biblical marriage can only be understood in the context of a Patriarchal Marriage Order in the scriptures.  By not recognizing this order, key storylines in the Tenach (OT) and B'rit Chadasha (NT) have been misunderstood for centuries.  Be aware that in the restoration of the Patriarchal Marriage Order in the Torah, its counterfeit forms will emerge first before its true form is established by Y-H-V-H's (The LORD's) anointed. This is the result of HaSatan's pre-emptive strike against restoration of truth in order to confuse the sheep.

There are too many obvious scriptures that cannot be ignored establishing this order.  Therefore, anyone who says they embrace the Torah has no choice but to acknowledge this; otherwise they are hypocrites or have been taught erroneously by hypocrites.  It is written about these types of men, "
Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness;" Matthew 23:27-29

Those that are exclusively "New Covenant" oriented followers of Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) are not expected to understand the topics presented here because they operate under the premise that "the law is abolished."  That is, most in this group do not believe the precepts in the "Old Testament " apply.  Therefore, this group, based on principle, has a more acceptable reason why they do not recognize the established Patriarchal Marriage Order in the Torah.

The Patriarchal Marriage Order can been seen at all four levels of Torah study, that is, at the Peshat (express), Remez (implied), Drash (symbolic) and Sod (hint-mystery) levels of the Torah.

The use of language, laws, stories and prophecies in the Torah reveals this order as you will plainly see when it is pointed out to you.  The veil of blindness is uncovered if you have a sincere heart, are willing to change, and submit to the social order orchestrated by El Shaddai (God Almighty).  His creation is designed to work in harmony when both natural and spiritual laws are observed.  There is a created nature and role to all things.  The
Patriarchal Marriage Order is orchestrated in the creation.  When the created nature and roles are adulterated, modified or reversed, chaos, perversion and the lack of peace follows. 
Be sure to understand that in the transformation process to restore His original design, tribulation is required.  Such is the story of the flood.  There was chaos and disorder on earth in the days of Noah.  Elohim (God) had to bring the Great Tribulation of the flood to re-establish peace on earth through one family.  This cycle will be upon us shortly as we approach the time of Jacob's Trouble and the Great Tribulation.

Interwoven into the language, laws, stories and prophecies of the Torah is a clear testimony that reveals a Patriarchal Order in the scriptures, or better phrased as the Patriarchal Marriage Order.  That is, it was intended in the creation design that a man was expected to marry more than one woman.  The Torah reveals the following highlights among many others.  The highlights are not intended to develop the concepts in depth; but instead quickly give you a broad overview.

The Story of David...

It is written, "
Then Nathan said to David, 'You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I GAVE YOU YOUR MASTER'S HOUSE and YOUR MASTER'S WIVES into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And IF THAT HAD BEEN TOO LITTLE, I ALSO WOULD HAVE GIVEN YOU MUCH MORE! Why have you despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon. Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife;' " 2 Samuel 12:7-10.

A key principle established here is that Yahuah Elohim (The LORD God) gives a wife as a blessing and it is not limited to just one.  King Saul had many wives when his kingdom was taken away.  Yah gave King Saul's wives to David.  At this time, David already had many wives, at least six named wives (2 Samuel 3) already before adding King Saul's wives. 

Notice David is severely punished by Yahuah E-l-ohim for adultery as well as murder.  Adultery is the stealing of another man's wife.  It is a serious crime.  Yah tells David, if the wives he already had were not enough, He would have given David many more wives.  David's crime was adultery.  This is just one passage of other key passages that explicitly reveal Yah bringing more than one woman to be a wife of a single man.
After the Ten Commandments were Spoken on Mt. Sinai...

The first regulations to be made had to do with the Master-Servant order in the scriptures as well as the Patriarchal Order.  If you read
Exodus 20 through Exodus 21 you will witness that my statement is correct.  Exodus 20 outlines the Ten Commandments and Exodus 21 begins with regulating Hebrew servants.  It is written, "If he takes another wife, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, and her marriage rights;" Exodus 21:10.

The context of this passage is a situation where a master takes a female servant as a wife in addition to wives he may already have.  The Torah includes this passage to establish a principle for protecting the servant wife.  Developing this precept is beyond the scope of this introduction.

In The Laws of Sexual Immorality...

It is written, "
None of you shall approach anyone who is near of kin to him, to uncover his nakedness: I am the LORD.  The nakedness of your father or the NAKEDNESS OF YOUR MOTHER you shall not uncover.  She is your mother; you shall not uncover her nakedness.  The NAKEDNESS OF YOUR FATHER'S WIFE you shall not uncover; it is your father's nakedness;" Leviticus 18:6-9.

Why does the Torah say, "...the nakedness of your mother... " and then in the next passage "...the nakedness of your father's wife?"  These two statements appear redundant if you don't know there is a Patriarchal Order in the scriptures.

The "nakedness of your mother" is not the same as "the nakedness of your father's wife."  There is a clear distinction between "the nakedness of your mother " and "the nakedness of your father's wife. "  In a patriarchal family, a woman who is not the mother of the man-child is "the nakedness of your father's wife. "  A woman who IS THE MOTHER of the man-child is "the nakedness of your mother. " 

In the Story of the Battle Between Israel and the Midianites...

Numbers 31, Israel was commanded to fight the Midianites by E-l-ohim.  This was judgment for a great transgression committed by the elders of Midian.  They caused Israel to commit harlotry with Moabite women and idolatry with Moabite gods (Numbers 25:1-5).  When this story is read, be careful to remember that Moses' father-in-law, Jethro, was a Midianite (Exodus 3:1).  As well, Moses' wife, Zipporah was also a Midianite (Exodus 2:16-22).  Yah used Israel to bring judgment upon a community of people who brought idolatry and harlotry into the community of Israel. 

There were 12,000 men of war, one-thousand from each tribe of Israel.  In this testimony, all the Midianites were killed except the young virgin Midianite girls; this was done by the order of Yah.  It is written that there were 32,000 persons kept alive; that is 32,000 female virgins.  Not a man of war was missing after this battle.  All 12,000 men remained alive.  By order of Yah, half the plunder was to be given to the men of war.  That is, 16,000 female virgins were to be given as wives to the men of war by order of E-l-ohim.

Even if anyone was to contest that the 12,000 men were all unmarried, you still have 12,000 men married to 16,000 women.  That is a Patriarchal Order.  Most of these men were likely married, and probably to more than one woman before they went out to war.

This story is another example where Y-a-huah E-l-ohim gives more than one woman to a single man.  This is a Patriarchal Order.  This story is also the foreshadow for the ministry of the 144,000.  The 12,000 men who did not die in war hint towards the ministry of the 144,000.  Twelve-thousand times 12 is 144,000.  Similarly, 12 disciples times 12 times 1,000 is 144,000.  The 144,000 do not die during their 3.5 year ministry.

In the Book of Judges...

In the book of Judges, most of the Judges had many, many children. The number of children the Judges bore could only be accomplished in a Patriarchal family.  A judge was an elder of high regard in the community of Israel who excelled in understanding the Torah and its precepts in comparison to others.

The Famous Judge Gideon...

It is written about Gideon, "
Gideon has seventy sons who were his own offspring, for he had many wives;" Judges 8:30.

The Prophet Samuel...

This icon of a prophet, the prophet to the first king of Israel, King Saul, was the child of Elkanah who had two wives;
1 Samuel 1.

If you carefully observe the language of the relevant scriptures, you will realize that Abraham was the son of a man who had more than one wife.

Moses and the Exodus...

Few recognize that Moses married a second wife in the Exodus.  He first married Zipporah and then the Ethiopian.  This is also a hint for the Restoration of the Patriarchal Order in the Greater Exodus.

In Laws Associated with Inheritance...

It is written, "
If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the widow of the dead man shall not be married to a stranger outside the family; her husband's brother shall go in to her, take her as his wife, and perform the duty of a husband's brother to her;" Deuteronomy 25:5.  The brother may or may not already be married; in the first case the brother will have added another wife.

In the Prophecy of its Restoration...

It is written, "
And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, 'We will eat our own food and wear our own apparel; Only let us be called by your name, To take away our reproach' " Isaiah 4:1.  "In that day " is a reference to the coming 7th Millennia which begins with the Great Tribulation. 

Women who have a heart for E-l-ohim will seek husbands because they will realize the social order in the creation orchestrated by El Shaddai and will seek to follow in His Ways.  By this time, many will have been humbled by the trials and tribulations of the first 3.5 years of Jacob's Troubles.

In a Story of Biblical Courtship and Eroticism...

In the Song of Solomon, it is written,
"There are sixty queens And eighty concubines, And virgins without number.  My dove, my perfect one, Is the only one, The only one of her mother, The favorite of the one who bore her.  The daughters saw her And called her blessed, The queens and the concubines, And they praised her;" Song of Solomon 6:8-9.

The Song of Solomon is a picture of Solomon's very own wives joyfully welcoming Solomon's new wife; and she is embraced as a unique daughter of Israel.  Solomon, at the time this Song was written, had sixty queens in his emerging empire.  This Song is a picture of a Patriarchal family where each woman is uniquely prized in the eyes of the husband.  The other women do not covet each other.  This is the type of courtship we need to be exposed to; the scriptures.  Not the kind of ROMA-ance emerging from the ROMA-n empire.

The Nation of Israel...

And of course, through Yakov (Jacob) and his four wives, we have the twelve tribes of Israel.  Everyone who attaches themselves to Israel through the redemption of Yeshua HaMashiach will have to accept the four very great grandmothers, the wives of Yakov, in the Millennial Kingdom.

In the Sod Level of Scripture which is the Mystery, Hint or Hidden Levels...

Solomon is a type of Moshiach.  The 1,000 wives of Solomon hints at the picture of Yeshua HaMashiach and His 1,000 year reign.

Y-H-V-H Has Two Spiritual Wives Throughout the Tenach...

Yah has both Judah and Israel.  In this relationship, there is one masculine component and two feminine components.  In one dimension, this hints at the Patriarchal Marriage Order.

In the Renewed Testament...

There is the parable of the 10 virgins & the 7 churches in the Book of Revelation.  The most applicable understanding of the ten virgins is they are the "church" or the bride, waiting for the bridegroom; they are NOT bridesmaids.  The seven churches are also the bride.  They are seven distinct churches but yet they are one.  A part of this body of brides will repent and will be cleansed, a part will not.  This is a picture of a Patriarchal Marriage Order.

In the Name of Y-H-V-H (
י-ה-ו-ה )...

In the name of our Creator is a picture of a Patriarchal Marriage Order.  The Sages teach the
י (Yod) is the letter of order and logic, and the ה (Hey) is the letter of femininity and grace.  The ו (Vav) is symbolized by the hook and is used to join two things into relationship.  In one dimension, in the Name, you have a masculine component and two feminine components joined together.  In one dimension, this hints at the Patriarchal Marriage Order.

The above are just a few key and insightful examples at the Peshat, Remez, Drash and Sod levels of scripture that reveal the Patriarchal Order in the Torah.  There are many more examples not highlighted here.

Four Key Fallacies Denying the Patriarchal Order...

Adam and Eve Fallacy

Many try to establish the precept of monogamy relying exclusively on the translated story of Adam and Chava (Eve).  They place a heavy weight upon this scripture and use it to establish doctrine to their own liking, ignoring other weighty interwoven principles throughout the Torah, Prophets, Holy Writings and even the B'rit Chadasha.  Chava was Adam's first wife, but there no premise to conclude that he didn't have more.  A man has to start with a first wife.

The Tragedy Fallacy

Most have been teaching a fallacy in understanding the Torah with this assumption that there were, "tragedies that befall those who took more than one wife."  The select passages presented above negates  this false premise.  In applying this fallacy, we would have to conclude that Yah gave additional wives to David and these men of war to "befall tragedies upon them."  Many other passages which cannot be presented in this short introduction also negates this fallacy.

The reason there were problems in the patriarchal marriages was because of jealousies, haughtiness, pride, rejection, unjust actions, lack of the fruits of the Spirit, etc.  An unclean personality and/or unclean-evil spirit is the cause of broken covenant relationships

If the logic of this fallacy is applied to modern society, observation will conclude that because many monogamous marriages end in divorce, especially in the church, that there is a "tragedy that befalls those who enter a monogamous heterosexual marriage."  Therefore, as a people we should avoid heterosexual marriage and may be even adopt homosexuality.  Extending the fallacy of the logic, we can conclude that we need to avoid church because " tragedy befalls those who enter a monogamous marriage," especially in the church.

Renewed Testament "One Wife " Fallacy

In a Facebook discussion thread, a friend wrote, "...Well, your answer has certainly helped clear up a few things for me, but my mind is thrown back to when the Apostle Paul was setting out the guidelines for the Messianic communities and how the elders where to have one wife...I think this is another verse that is quite often used to argue Adonai's 'stance' on polygamy. Sorry for putting in another question ha ha but I'm just wondering what would be the significance of the elders specifically having one wife? Could one even argue that God was laying down a principle that one man and one wife is God's ideal? Especially when these men were obviously going to be of influence and leadership in the community? Then again, so were our Patriarchs leaders and examples as well.

My reply was, " hit the mark. You wrote, 'Then again, so were our Patriarchs leaders and examples as well.' Absolutely ! This simple observation should immediately raise a red flag about the translation.  If you research the Greek word used here, "one " can also mean "a " or "first. " This drastically changes the meaning of those NT verses. "  It changes the meaning to where the principle is established that a man either MUST be married or MUST NOT be divorced from his first wife.  These precepts are much  more sound in light of other weighty themes of the Bible.  The details for clarifying this is beyond the scope of this short introduction. 

Generally, the very same people who deny the Biblical Patriarchal Order are likely the same people who have participated or are participating in serial polygamy; a standard for sexual relationships in today's society; marrying, divorcing, re-marring, or just keeping casual sexual relationships outside of the framework of Torah Marriage precepts.

The Lamech Excuse

It is argued that because the term "two wives" is first used in the story of Lamech, and he killed a man; that having more than one wife is associated with murder.  Let's extend this convoluted logic.  The first apparently monogamous marriage led to the first birth of a son who was the first murderer.  Therefore, monogamous marriage leads to bad fruit; it leads to murderous children.  So let's support homosexuality and lesbianism; there's no fruit.  Get the point? 

The foundation for understanding the principles communicated in the stories of the Tenach and B'rit Chadasha must be based on the recognition that there is an underlying Patriarchal Marriage Order in the creation.  The principles are INTERWOVEN in the use of language, laws, stories and prophecies of the Bible.  No piece of scripture is to be taken out of context, twisted and convoluted to establish a precept.  This is Jezebel and it is witchcraft.

Insight on Noah...

Just for insight; the wife of Noah is the only one who is not named among the wives of the key Patriarchs.  There is a reason why.  She was not the mother of all three children on the Ark.  The three races of humanity we know today, come from Noah's wives.  Only one of his wives made it into the Ark.  The details of this testimony is beyond the scope of this short introduction.

Biblical Marriage is not a License...

Marriage per the Torah has nothing to do with holding a government license for marriage.  Per the Torah, a marriage covenant, with few exceptions, is sealed by the sexual union between a man and a woman.  The man and woman at this time enter a "wholehearted commitment" , a lifelong "covenant relationship" with each other.  Therefore, what Yahuah Elohim sees as marriage is vastly different than what secular governments see as marriage.

A secular man who has more than one girlfriend and has sexual relations with them is seen as married to them by Yah, whereas, a secular government sees these as flings, mistresses, affairs or relationships.  And, of course, it is likely this secular man's girlfriends probably have other boyfriends that they have sexual relations with.  In this case, there is perpetual adultery among the parties involved in the eye of the King of Kings.  This is really polygamy.

Today, many people have entered into social relationships of a sexual nature.  Most of this is not based on Torah principles.  However, these plural relationships are adopted by social-sexual-financial needs of various groups of people. 

Often a good marriage is broken up by the initiative of an unfaithful husband.  That trend is now reversed as woman begin to enter the path of unfaithfulness due to the uprising Jezebel spirit.  The male tendency to have affairs is rooted in the Patriarchal Order inherent in the creation; for most men, it is part of their desire to have more than one woman.  In the framework of today's society, this desire leads to an affair that typically leads to divorce and deterioration of the family.  Society today is more accepting of what you can call serial polygamy and broken families.

The apposing force of the Patriarchal Order in the Torah is the Jezebel spirit that carries with it the Matriarchal Order.  This is HaSatan's reversal of the order in the creation.  As we approach the 7th Millennia, the Matriarchal Order gains its momentum but only to be destroyed through the Great Tribulation and Return of the King. 

When you observe the pervasiveness of the Jezebel spirit, you will also realize that the spirit of Ahab is just as pervasive.  Where Jezebel is found, there is Ahab.  Such is the pre-dominant relationship between women and men today.

A Key for a Successful Patriarchal Family...

A patriarchal family can only be successful if the man and women understand their respective roles in the creation order.  A man must operate his home with justice and mercy.  A woman must be willing to submit to the order orchestrated by her husband in the home, accept her blessing and role, and not covet the blessings and roles of the other women.  It is a concept that parallels the role of congregations in the body of the bride of Moshiach. 

The weightiest principle and the real key to success is the woman's submission and desire to honor her husband because she knows the principles of headship testified in the Torah.  It is written, among many other scriptures that testify the same principle, "
For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror;" 1 Peter 3:5-6.

The best book I know that testifies accurately the highest principles in the Torah on the role of a wife is written by Debi Pearl, titled "Created to Be His Help Meet: Discover How God Can Make Your Marriage Glorious."   In this 290 page book, I can think of only 3 pages of counsel Debi offers that I would modify slightly.  She has testimonies of very successful actual life examples when E-l-ohim's principles are followed.  In the introduction, her husband, Michael Pearl, fully endorses her book. 

Debi presents powerful truths in regards to the role of a wife in a marriage.  Debi does such a great job, there's no need for any other teaching other than what I presented in "Teachings" section on "Covenants, Oaths and Authority" that will open up the Torah based scriptures that form the foundation for Debi's testimonies.  The principles are simple but it takes a book and powerful testimony to re-establish what has been lost.  Before the Patriarchal Marriage Order can be properly restored, women must learn again how to be a "help meet" like the matriarchs of the Bible.
The importance and weightiness of these principles are all outlined in the Torah if you know where to look and they are opened up for you.  Be sure to read the teaching titled, "Introduction to Covenant Relationship and A Husband's Authority" available in the noted section above.

One of the serious problems I see in the plural relationship movement is the formation of sorority type relations among the women interested in this family order.  This does not agree with Torah principles.  This opens up the door to a Jezebel spirit; and inclines the husband to turn into a type of puppet instead of a real head of the home as the Patriarchs were.

The emphasis should be on the husband-wife relationship which carries with it fences.  In the natural, a marriage is to be modeled after the principles set forth in the model of marriage between Yeshua HaMashiach and His Bride.  Although women in a patriarchal family should be sisters in Messiah, the weightier relationship is with the man of the home.

HaSatan has been Social Re-Engineering for Millennia...

HaSatan has been a master of social re-engineering for thousands of years.  A principle that the military follows is "if you can't change the person, change his environment."   It is a good principle if it is used to support Torah precepts, but can be destructive if it is against Torah precepts. 

Most people are made to be sheep, and only a select are made to be shepherds.  It is written that Jeroboam, "
...made shrines on the high places, and made priests from every class of people, who were not of the sons of Levi;" 1 Kings 12:31.  It is a shepherd's responsibility to dutifully teach the Torah AS IT IS and have a wholehearted commitment to teach the sheep and safeguard against false teachings and false prophets.

HaSatan's social re-engineering has come to a climax as we get closer to the 7th Millennia.  The ancient path of the Torah is about to be restored by Y-H-V-H Himself through the trials of the Great Tribulation and ministry of the 144,000 and Two Witnesses.  Why wait? Get in line with the social order of the Kingdom now.  The Patriarchal Marriage Order is just one of them; it is for blessing if you receive it.

Yakov Levi