It was foretold in the prophets who Jesus was even before He was
born. These announcements should have caused the people to realize who He was
when He appeared unto Israel. In Is.9:6 the scriptures read, " For unto us a
child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his
shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God,
the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace ". Now you will note that the child
who was to be born, the son who was to be given was also given the name " The
Mighty God " in Hebrew El Ghibbor. The Watchtower Society, which denies the
Deity of Jesus attempts to argue against this verse by saying that this is the
Mighty God, not the Almighty. Thus in their theology they profess two Gods. The
Mighty God and the Almighty God. One referring to Jesus, and one referring to
Jehovah. However, there is only One person in all of the Bible who is ever
called the Mighty God and that is Jehovah only. Deut.10:17 says that Jehovah
Elohim is a great, mighty (ghibbor) and terrible God. That is repeated again in
Nehemiah 9:32; again the word "mighty" (ghibbor), is used just as in Isaiah
chapter 9. Also in Jer.32:18 the Bible says, " Thou shewest lovingkindness unto
thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their
children after them: the great, THE MIGHTY GOD ( El Ghibbor ), the LORD of hosts
( Heb. Jehovah ts'va'ot - ) is his name"
Jesus is plainly called the Mighty God, as is Jehovah . Jehovah, of
course, is also called the Almighty God. There is no mighty God and an Almighty
God. First, there is only One God. Is.43:10 says, "...Before me there was no God
formed, neither shall there be after me ". In Is.44:8 God asks, " Is there a God
beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any ". Second, Jesus said in Jn.
17:3 as He prayed, "...That they might know thee the ONLY TRUE GOD..." If Jesus
was not that true God, and there is and only can be ONE true God, then Jesus is
by implication a false God; for He is plainly called God and there are no two
Gods. This, of course, raises the question How could the Father and the Son both
be God if there is only one God? This is a good question and one that should be
asked and answered. It would only make sense if God were a tri-unity and we will
cover that doctrine but for now I just want to concentrate on the fact that
Jesus is called God by the inspired scriptures.
Is.62:11 is a very
interesting verse. " Behold, the LORD [YHWH] hath proclaimed unto the end of the
world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him ." Note that "Salvation"
in this verse is spoken of as a HE; i.e. His,
Him. The pronouns refer to the word "Salvation" as being a person. In fact, the
word "Salvation" is from the Hebrew word "Yeshua - " which is the Hebrew
name for Jesus.
Yeshua HaMashiach means, Jesus the Messiah. The verse can be
translated, "...thy Yeshua [Jesus] cometh...His reward is with Him, and His work
before Him." Rev.22:12 says, " ...I come quickly, and my reward is with me..."
Jn.4:34 says, " Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him that
sent me, and to finish His work." This is certainly descriptive of Is.62:11
concerning His reward and work. Further proof that Is.62:11 is speaking of a
person is found in Is.40:10, "Behold, the Lord
GOD will come...behold, His reward is with Him and His work before Him." The
"Yeshua" of Is.62:11 is "the Lord GOD" of Is.40:10. In this verse, "GOD" is a variant of "Yahweh" () or Jehovah as
the name is pronounced in english.
Speaking of Yeshua [Jesus] being the
Lord God, or Jehovah we turn now to Jeremiah 23:5-6;
" Behold, the days
come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a
king shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgement and justice in the
earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this
is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." The
"Branch" is a Messianic title in the old testament refering to the Messiah.
Zechariah 6:12-13 says, " And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of
hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out
of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: Even he shall build the
temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his
throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall
be between them both." This person called The BRANCH is also given a name, THE
LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS; which in the Hebrew is translated Jehovah Tsidkenu, or
The Jehovah our Righteousness.
When we compare the prophecy of
Zechariah with Mal.3:1 we find again that Jesus is linked with Deity. "Behold, I
will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord,
whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the
covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts" .
The latter half of this verse is fulfilled in Matt.21:12, " And Jesus went into
the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and
overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves
" see also John 2:13-17. Malachai wrote that the Lord would suddenly come to
which Zechariah and Matthew both call the temple of YHWH or
This certainly tells us that in some way the Branch is also Jehovah
Himself. Why do I say, In some way? Because there are many who may not
understand how such a thing could be. First, may I say, that this is revelation.
Revelation is absolute. We are not to try to change revelation to fit it into
our understanding. This is how cults are born. Logic or reason cannot replace
revelation. I'm sure Isaiah could not relate a virgin birth to the realm of
human reason or experience but he wrote of it anyway as God had dictated it to
him, going with what was revealed to him instead of what was understandable to
In Zechariah we have the crucifixion and betrayal of the Messiah,
foretold. Zechariah 12:10 says, " And I ( the context of the chapter indicates
the speaker to be Jehovah ) will pour upon the house of David, and upon the
inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they
shall look upon ME ( Jehovah ) whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for
him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as
one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. In connection with this event, also
in the book of Zechariah, we find the betrayal of the Messiah prophesied. In
Zech.11:12-13 we read, " And I said unto them, if ye think good, give me my
price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of
silver. And the LORD (Jehovah) said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly
price that I WAS PRIZED AT of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and
cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD." The LORD ( Heb-YHWH ) said, "
Give me MY price...so they weighed for MY price... a goodly price that I was
prized at..." The fulfillment of that passage is found in Matt.26:14-16 and
Matt.27:3-10. It is said that this prophecy was SPOKEN by Jeremiah the prophet
but it was WRITTEN by Zechariah ( Matt.27:9). It had its fulfillment in the
betrayal of Jesus the Messiah who was betrayed by Judas for thirty pieces of
silver which was cast down in the temple ( LORD'S House ) and was used to by a
potter's field. Again we find Jesus being addressed as
Micah wrote concerning the pre-existence and eternal state of Jesus in
Micah 5:2. " But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the
thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be
ruler in Israel; whose goings forth HAVE BEEN FROM OLD, FROM EVERLASTING." As
also said the Psalmist, "...From everlasting to everlasting, thou art God." The
words " From everlasting " can only apply to God seeing as how everything else
has had a beginning. The words "from everlasting to everlasting" is a good
definition of the word "eternal". We know that the Father is eternal; i.e.
without beginning or end. We know from Mic.5:2 that the same is true for the
Word of God ( i.e. the Son ). And we also know that it is true of the Spirit of
God - Heb.9:14. Only the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost are called eternal
in all of the scriptures. Those who are saved are said to have eternal life but
that indicates the source of our new life. For only an eternal being can give
Isaiah the prophet had seen the glory of Jehovah. Read Isaiah
6: 1-10. In verse three the cry of the Seraphim was " Holy, holy, holy, is the
LORD (YHWH) of hosts..." It's interesting that the Seraphim should cry, " Holy,
Holy, Holy..." Does the three-fold "Holy, Holy, Holy" refer to God's triune
nature? In verse five Isaiah proclaimed, " Mine eyes have seen the King, the
LORD (YHWH) of hosts". This, of course, would refer to God the Father. In John
chapter twelve, however, John took the vision of Isaiah and ascribed it to Jesus
when he wrote " These things said Isaiah, when he saw his [Jesus] glory, and
spake of him." - Jn.12:41.
The context of John chapter twelve
indicates John understood Isaiah to see the glory Jesus the Messiah. The Apostle
Paul mentions the same verse but identifies it with the Spirit of God. " And
when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken
one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,
Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not
understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: For the heart of this
people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have
they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and
understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them "-
Acts 28:25-27. You will notice that I underlined the "I" in the last verse. YHWH
plainly said that He would do the healing in the book of Isaiah. But Paul said
that it was the Holy Ghost who had made this statement. So we see the words in
Is.6, "Who will go for us", we see the Seraphim cry, "Holy" three times. And in
each of the three occurrences of this verse in the scriptures we find it
attributed to someone else; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost but no one
Even the New Testament writers could plainly see that Jesus was God from
the Old Testament. For example, when John the Baptist had announced the Lord
Jesus' first coming he said, " For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet
Isaiah, saying, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight;" -
Matt.3:3 The prophecy being referred to is found in Isaiah 40:3. " The voice of
him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD (YHWH), make
straight in the desert a highway for our God." Interesting that John the Baptist
was preparing the way of Jehovah, making straight a highway for our God. Also
the Apostle Peter, in that great sermon he preached on the day of Pentecost
(Shavuot), said, " For David speaketh concerning him (Jesus), I foresaw the Lord
always before my face; for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved;"
- Acts 2:25. Read Acts 2:22-36 for the full context. The scripture reference
being used by Peter is found in Psalm 16:8-10. In verse 8 the Bible says, " I
have set the LORD (YHWH) always before me: because he is at my right hand, I
shall not be moved." Here Peter equates the Jesus of Acts Chapter 2 with being
the Jehovah of Psalm 16.
The Apostle Thomas was not afraid to
say it when he, addressing Jesus, exclaimed, " My Lord and my God;" - John
20:28. Note several things about this statement. First, it was not just an
exclamation of surprise for if it were Jesus would most certainly have rebuked
Thomas for taking God's name in vain. Second, after Thomas had said this, Jesus
did not deny it, nor did He correct Thomas for believing it. Third, Thomas most
certainly believed what he said for Jesus said in the next verse, " Because thou
hast seen me , thou hast believed." Fourth, instead of being corrected Jesus
said that those who have not seen what Thomas had seen would be blessed for
believing what Thomas had believed. Thomas had proclaimed Yeshua to be his Lord
and his God.
In Revelation 22:6 it is written, " And he said unto me, These
sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord
God of the holy prophets sent his
angel to show unto his servants the
things which must shortly be done." Verse 16," I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify
unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David,
and the bright and morning star." The Lord God of the holy prophets identifies
Himself as " I Jesus ".
Again, from Revelation 22:16 we back
up just a few verses to Revelation 22:13 where Jesus said, " I am Alpha and
Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." Notice those last
words " The first and the last ". This person called " the first and the last "
is also called " Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end ". This title "
Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, is further extended in Revelation 1:
8, " I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which
is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty." Here we see that The "
first and the last " is called not only Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the
end, but is furthermore said to be the Almighty.
So who is this " first and
last " ? Revelation 1:17-18 tells us, " And when I saw him, I fell at his feet
as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the
first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive
forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death." Again in Rev.2:8, "
And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write, These things saith the first
and the last, which was dead and is alive." There can be no mistake about it
that the " first and the last " is the crucified and resurrected Jesus the Lord.
Jesus is therefore declared to be the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the
end, the first and the last, and the Almighty.
Furthermore Isaiah 44:6
says, " Thus saith the LORD (YHWH) the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD
(YHWH) of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no
God." Again in Is.48:12-13, : Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I
am he; I am the first, I also am the last. Mine hand also hath laid the
foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call
unto them, they stand up together." This verse not only teaches the First and
the Last to be Yahweh Elohim, but also ascribes the work of creation to Him. Yet
Revelation applies the same to Jesus. This
leads us into the next chapter.
Creation Declares The Deity Of Messiah
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