Every man preaching the Gospel represents what he is and has within. Those who are crucified with Christ, present Him, the Living Word of God, to their hearers:
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20 KJV).
“And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us
, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the Word of God, which is at work in you believers” (1 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV).
“For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5 MKJV).
Those who aren't crucified with Christ preach themselves, though they use His Name in doing so, and those who seek the praise of men receive them:
“I have come in My Father's Name, and you do not receive Me. If another shall come in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, you who receive honor from one another and do not seek the honor that comes from God only” (John 5:43-44 MKJV).
Paul Washer is just such a preacher who comes in his own name, as shown by the writing on our site. The problem isn't that Paul is the message, but that he represents himself and a Jesus made in his own image. This is corruption producing evil fruits.
“A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruits, nor can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit” (Matthew 7:18 MKJV).
Paul Washer isn't one with Jesus Christ. They are different.
“But the evil spirit answered them, 'Jesus I know, and Paul [the apostle] I recognize, but who are you?'” (Acts 19:15 ESV)
Again, it's not what a man says, but whether he speaks from the Lord or himself.
“But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills. And I will not know the speech of those who are puffed up, but the power. For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power” (1 Corinthians 4:19-20 MKJV).
This isn't to say that Paul Washer doesn't preach some true things, which, if the hearers believe them, will direct them to the Lord. They will be parting with Paul at some point not too far down the road, however, if they continue with Jesus.Heaven and Heavens
As for the matter of heaven, what makes you think that the “heaven” in Genesis 1:1 isn't the same “heaven” mentioned in verse 8? Wasn't day two also “the beginning”? The creation wasn't finished in a day, but in six, and the spiritual realm where God resides and from which He rules has always existed. How could it be otherwise with God always existing?
But that which is created has an end, and what the KJV calls the “heaven” God created in Genesis verse 1:1, the same translation calls “heavens” in other places:
“Of old hast Thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of Thy hands
” They shall perish, but Thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt Thou change them, and they shall be changed” (Psalms 102:25-26 KJV).
In other places the KJV calls the “heavens” God created on day 2, “heaven”:
“That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven
, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies” (Genesis 22:17 KJV).
It seems you're reading into the Scriptures without providing any substantive proofs to build a case. And what is your case anyway? It's still unclear to us.
At least part of the reason for using the plural in Hebrew is because it refers to pervasive or omnipresent substance rather than merely numerical quantity. Heaven and heavens, water and waters (mayim), and God and gods (Elohim).
Are you thirsty, Raymond? Would you like a glass of Hebrew waters?
Paul & Victor