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The Great I AM

And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. Exodus 3:13-14

A great revelation is being revealed to Moses, God is revealing himself as “The Great I AM” Now at first glance, the name I AM doesn’t really make sense, what kind of name is this? However as we look deeper at the Hebrew and the context of the scripture, we see that God is revealing He is Eternal,  Who Is, Who was , and Who is to come (Revelation 1:8)

Imagine Moses having to go back to the Israelites, whom He abandoned 40 years ago at the fear of Pharoah, now Moses has to come back and declare God has sent him to deliver them from slavery. Its not going to be an easy mission for Moses, however by faith Moses answered the calling

And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. Exodus 3:15

Now God The Father reveals his real name , Yahweh. Remember anytime you see the word LORD in the Old Testament, its usually the translation of Yahweh. So why did God reveal himself as The I AM earlier?  Because this is a title, it means He created the Heavens and The Earth, He breathed his breath into our bodies, The Great I AM

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. John 8:58-59

Fast forward to Jesus Christ, what did Jesus just say? Before Abraham was I AM? Jesus couldnt be implying what we think he is implying, right? Well the religious leaders thought so as they picked up stones to kill him. Yeah they believed Jesus was declaring he is The Great I AM

You might say “Well that was a fluke or a mistake” well Jesus declared himself The Great I AM seven times in the gospel of John. Notice the symbolic number of seven which means completion. 

If you dont know what to call God, call Him The Great I AM, Who Is, Who Was, and Who Is To Come In Jesus Name Amen!

Who Is The First and The Last?

Who is the First and the Last? If you ask a Jehovah Witness they will quickly say Jehovah, and based on the scriptures below I would agree with them. However when we analyze what Jesus also said, it makes it clear that Jesus is God also


Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he. Isaiah 41:4 (KJV)

 Who has acted and done this,Summoning the generations from the beginning?I, Jehovah, am the First One;dAnd with the last ones I am the same.”e  Isaiah 41:4 (NWT)

Both translations are clear that Jehovah is the First and the Last and He is the only God. However lets compare these words with the words of Jesus Christ

Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. Isaiah 44:6 (KJV)

This is what Jehovah says,The King of Israeli and his Repurchaser,j Jehovah of armies:‘I am the first and I am the last.kThere is no God but me.l Isaiah 44:6 (NWT)

First thing focus on verse 7 , Jesus clearly identifies himself as the one who was pierced. Then the following verse 8, Jesus identifies himself as the Alpha (First) and Omega (Last), who is, who was, who is to come (Eternal)

Doesn’t this sound the same as what Jehovah declared himself as. The First and the Last!

Notice in verse 8 they injected Jehovah into this verse, when the original Greek word is Kyrios. Everyone knows the Greek word Kyrios doesn’t translate to Jehovah, it translates directly to Lord. This is either a very poor translation or deliberate insertion.

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. 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. Revelation 1:7-8 (KJV)

  Look! He is coming with the clouds,o and every eye will see him, and those who pierced him; and all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in grief because of him.p Yes, Amen. “I am the Alʹpha and the O·meʹga,”*q says

Jehovah* God, “the One who is and who was and who is coming, the Almighty.”r Revelation 1:7-8 (NWT)

Here Jesus references himself as the First and the Last, again an exact statement said by Jehovah in the Old Testament. Who else could declare themselves the First and the Last? Could any angel or prophet ever declare themselves the First and the Last? This is a direct revelation of Christs Deity

And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. Revelation 21:6 (KJV)

6  And he said to me: “They have come to pass! I am the Alʹpha and the O·meʹga,* the beginning and the end.l To anyone thirsting I will give from the spring* of the water of life free.*m Revelation 21:6 (NWT)

Now maybe your saying “Those scriptures were all a fluke” , ok lets take a look at another statement Jesus made that makes it clear. In verse 12 we see Jesus clearly identifies himself as the speaker. Then in verse 13 he makes the exact same statement as Jehovah. How can Jesus make these statements unless he is God?

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Revelation 22:12-13 (KJV)

12  “‘Look! I am coming quickly, and the reward I give is with me, to repay each one according to his work.o 13  I am the Alʹpha and the O·meʹga,*p the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Revelation 22:12-13 (NWT)

God In the Flesh

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;  Hebrews 1:3

 

Some Christians are still confused on the divinity of Christ. They are still unsure whether Jesus is God in human form. Well hopefully the author of Hebrews can clear it up for them. In  this scripture the original Greek word used here is “charakter” meaning exact copy or representation. So let me ask you, who in the history of the world has been described as identical to God?

 

Only Jesus Christ has ever been described as the exact representation of God. Anyone else to make this claim, who would they think they are? Who else’s blood could cleanse the sin of the world? As Jesus said “Nobody is good except God alone” (Mark 10:18) So in order for Christ’s blood to be accepted as atonement for our sins, He must be God. Otherwise his sacrifice would not be sufficient enough for our salvation.

 

Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? Hebrews 1:4-5

 

Now other Christian groups will start saying “Well Jesus was an Angel or majestic being” However the scripture tells us clearer Jesus is above all the angels. Taking it another step forward, who did God ever call his Son except for Jesus Christ? 

 

Think about the angels for second, they refused to bow down before anyone except God Almighty, but they have no hesitation bowing down to the Lord Jesus. This should give you a clear explanation of who Jesus is and the deity that he posses

 

And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Hebrews 1:6-8

Here there is a clear distinction between Jesus and all of the angels. As all the angels are commanded to bow down and worship Christ. Notice the title Jesus was given in the last scripture, “Thy throne O God”  Jesus is referenced as God and His Throne will reign forever!

 

Make no mistake Jesus is God in the flesh , the image of the Invisible God, and He will reign forever Amen!

 

Is The Trinity Biblical?

Is The Trinity Biblical?

One of the beliefs that separates JW’s from most Christian sects is they don’t believe that God is Triune. They believe that only Jehovah the Father is God and Jesus the Son was just a created angel Michael. They also believe that the Holy Spirit is not separate but Jehovah’s power. So lets take a look at the scriptures JW’s use to defend this position:

https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/trinity/

 

 “Listen, O Israel: Jehovah our God is one Jehovah. Deuteronomy 6:4 (NWT)

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! Deuteronomy 6:4 (NKJV)

Now I’m sure many who read this think it’s a slam-dunk here right? But first lets read this scripture carefully, the phrasing the English translation can be confusing. As with the New World Translation is states “Jehovah our God is One Jehovah”, now that doesn’t really make sense does it? Jehovah is the name of God the Father, right? Then how can God be one Jehovah? Theres obviously a phrasing issue here when translating from English, in all fairness the KJV has the same weird phrasing

When we look at the NKJV translation it makes more sense, that Jehovah is One. Ok but does that mean that God is only One? No its saying the Father is One. Just like saying Jesus is the Only Begotten Son, The Son is One also.

30  I and the Father are one.” John 10:30 (NWT)

I and My Father are one.” John 10:30 (NKJV)

 

Jesus said that He and Jehovah are One also. So if you believe that only Jehovah is God, then either Jesus is a liar or maybe you misinterpret the context of the scripture. There is only One Father, there is only One Son, and there is only One Holy Spirit but together they are all One

Another point we need to remember, in the Old Testament , the Son Jesus has yet to be revealed. So if Jehovah stated him and Jesus were One God, would anyone have understood what he was talking about? No because this is the Old Covenant still, they are not in the New Covenant yet with Christ

18  May people know that you, whose name is Jehovah,vYou alone are the Most High over all the earth. Psalm 83:18 (NWT)

That they may know that You, whose name alone is the LORD, Are the Most High over all the earth. Psalm 83:18 (NKJV)

First thing, again this scripture is from the Old Covenant, Jesus the Son has yet to be revealed to the world. Therefor if Jehovah mentioned Jesus , they would have no idea what he was talking about. Secondly, one of the main failures to understanding the Trinity is not understanding the roles. The Father , Son , and Holy Spirit are separate but in unity as God

Is there anything wrong with saying Jehovah is above Jesus? No Jesus himself says “The Father is greater Than I” (John 14:28) As a Trinitarian we understand that the Father is greater than the Son. There is an order to the Triunity of God. We must also remember the context of the scripture. At this point Jesus was a human. Of course the Father would be greater than him. This would be the same in the design of a family, the Father would be above the son. Does that mean Jesus isn’t God no? It means there are roles within the Triunity of God

For a child has been born to us,dA son has been given to us;And the rulership* will rest on his shoulder.eHis name will be called Wonderful Counselor,f Mighty God,g Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NWT)

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)

If were going to believe scripture, then scripture is very clear Jesus is God. This prophecy of Isaiah 9:6 is very clear. You might not understand how Jesus could be God or how the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit coexist but that doesn’t mean its not true

Another mistake is the generic use of the word “God”, when we say God who are we talking about? Most assume we are referencing The Father, however it can also be in reference to the Son or Holy Spirit. Or it could be a reference to all three. See God is a title not a name.

For more information on the Trinity, please check out my site at https://unashamedofjesus.org/trinity/

Did Jehovah Create Jesus?

Did Jehovah Create Jesus?

According to the Watchtower , https://www.jw.org/en/library/magazines/wp20130301/when-jesus-created-why-son/

at some point Jehovah created Jesus. Is this really true? Are there scriptures that back up this claim? As we read Genesis there is no mention of Jehovah creating Jesus, in fact the Bible tells us they made creation together. (Genesis 1:26)

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Genesis 1:26 (KJV)

26  Then God said: “Let us  make man in our image, according to our likeness, and let them have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and the domestic animals and all the earth and every creeping animal that is moving on the earth.”a  Genesis 1:26-28 (NWT)

According to the KJV and the New World Translation they both agree that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were all present during the creation of everything. So when does the Bible say Jehovah created Jesus? The JWs reference a scripture taught by the Apostle Paul Colossians 1:15-16

 

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: Colossians 1:15-16 (KJV)

15  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16  because by means of him all other things were created in the heavens and on the earth, the things visible and the things invisible,whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All other things have been created through him and for him Colossians 1:15-16  (NWT)

My first thought is if Jesus was created why wasn’t this mentioned anywhere in the Bible except for possibly here? If Jesus  our Lord was created , don’t you think this would be something God would want us to know! This teaching by Paul was directed specifically to a group of Christians in Colossae

Second as we compare the translations of scriptures , we see it says in KJV “For by Him (Jesus) All Things were created” However in NWT its says “For by means of Him all Other Things were created”, this is a big difference in context

The main question is probably what does the context of the scripture mean “Firstborn of all creation”? If we continue reading the entire chapter we see it says “He (Jesus) is before All Things “ (Col 1:17) “He (Jesus) Is The Beginning” (Eternal)(Col 1:18), “Firstborn from the dead” (Resurrection) (Col 1:18)  “Gods fullness dwelled in Him (Jesus) (Deity) (1:19)

So in this full chapter we see it says Jesus is Eternal, Resurrected, and is Deity. Firstborn of every creature would make sense to mean because of his atonement and resurrection, we can have eternal life, become Born Again because of Christ

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.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. Revelation 1:7-8 (KJV)

 Look! He is coming with the clouds,o and every eye will see him, and those who pierced him; and all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in grief because of him.p Yes, Amen. I am the Alʹpha and the O·meʹga,”*q says Jehovah* God, “the One who is and who was and who is coming, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:7-8 (NWT)

This is very interesting, if we compare the passages here, obviously its talking about Jesus returning in the clouds , who was pierced (crucified), and Jesus says he is the beginning and the end (Eternal)

However the NWT says that Jehovah is making these statements?  Was Jehovah the one who was crucified? No then why does the NWT translate (Kyrios) (Lord) as Jehovah? This is a blatantly obvious mistake. Its clear here Jesus is declaring that He is Eternal

I think the JWs case that Jesus was created is very weak and obviously very flawed when you compare the context and the original Greek

Is Jesus God or A God?

Is Jesus God or A God?

We are going to take a look at 2 English Bible translation , the King James and the New World Translation used by Jehovah Witnesses.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 (KJV)

 In the beginning was the Word,a and the Word was with God,b and the Word was a god John 1:1 (NWT)

We have 2 choices based on these texts, either Jesus is God or Jesus is a God. Now if Jesus is another God apart from the Father, what kind of God is he? How many Gods are there? Can we worship more than one God?

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, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

 

 For a child has been born to us,dA son has been given to us;And the rulership* will rest on his shoulder.eHis name will be called Wonderful Counselor,f Mighty God,g Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6  (NWT)

I think we can agree that the prophecy of Isaiah 9:6 is about Jesus. So here we see in both translations Jesus is given the title of “Mighty God”, again how many Gods are there? Can we worship multiple Gods? Do we worship Jesus?

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. Matthew 28:16-17 (KJV)

However, the 11 disciples went to Galʹi·leel to the mountain where Jesus had arranged for them to meet.m 17  When they saw him, they did obeisance, but some doubted Matthew 28:16-17 (NWT)

Now here the NWT translators tried to be clever and changed the translation of the original Greek word (proskuneo) to obeisance. If you look up proskuneo throughout the New Testament you’ll find this word always means “worship”. The word obeisance itself means to bow, kneel. So instead of using the English word worship , they try to downplay it with obeisance

And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever. Revelation 5:13-14 (KJV)

And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and underneath the earthv and on the sea, and all the things in them, saying: “To the One sitting on the thronew and to the Lambx be the blessing and the honory and the glory and the might forever and ever.”z 14  The four living creatures were saying: “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshipped. Revelation 5:13-14 (NWT)

Now the interesting thing here in Revelation 5, the NWT translates “proskuneo” as worship. Why are they not consistent in Matthew?  Secondly even from their translation its pretty clear, The Lamb (Jesus) is worshipped

The bottom line is as Christians we worship Jesus. Even Jehovah Witnesses have to admit they worship Jesus. So if we worship Jesus and hes not God then we are all idolaters. However because John and Isaiah made it clear Jesus is God, we are worshipping the one true God incarnate.

 

 

Wrestling With God

And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. Genesis 32:1

This is a very interesting Chapter and it starts out with a bang. Jacob and his family have now just split from his father in Law Laban and they are headed back to Canaan , his homeland. The only problem is he would be running into his brother Esau on his journey home. If we remember Jacob stole Esau’s birthright from their father, and last Jacob knew Esau declared to kill him

So notice God sent a group of Angels (Messengers of Elohim) to comfort and strengthen Jacob. Remember after Jesus struggle in the wilderness with Satan was over, Angels were sent to comfort him also.  Angels are all around us and God will send them to you in times of trouble! (Psalm 91:11)

Jacob though about fleeing as he found out Esau was on his way to meet Jacob. However Jacob remembered Gods promise that he will make him prosper (Genesis 32:9) However Jacob sent away his family to hide and was alone with God (Genesis 32:21)

And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day Genesis 32:24

Jacob describes a man wrestled with him until daybreak. Now this is important to understand, because later Jacob states “I have seen God face to face and yet my life was spared” (Genesis 32:30) How can Jacob have seen God yet wrestled with a man?  Jacob was wrestling with Jesus Christ himself

And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. Genesis 32:28

Jesus changed Jacobs name to Israel because he struggled with God. This is the beginning of the birth of the nation of Israel. Are you wrestling with God today? Don’t give up, keep seeking, keep knocking, and he will bless you Amen!

Abraham Meets Jesus

And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, Genesis 18:1-2

This is a very interesting text, here we see Abraham says the Lord “Yahweh” appears to him. The original Hebrew in the text has YHWH translated as LORD in English. So we know that Abraham is saying God appeared to him

The next part is astonishing as God appeared to Abraham in the form of 3 men. People who say the Triunity of God was made up by the Romans or Greek mythology has never studied this text. Here we see the Triunity of God in the Torah.

This is symbolic of the Father, Son , and Holy Spirit. So we can make assumption that one of these men were Jesus Christ. Abraham has now met Jesus face to face and the text says Abraham bowed to the ground to them

And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Genesis 18:10

Why did God appear to Abraham in human form? Well first remember the seed of the Messiah was going to come from Israel by Abraham. So Abraham had divine revelation from God more than anyone at this point.

Second Jesus had a special prophetic message to deliver to Abraham. That by next year the promised Son of Isaac would be here. This is the blessing that Abraham and Sarah have been waiting for years!

The Godhead

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Colossians 2:9

Who said the Bible doesn’t mention the Trinity? Here we see the Apostle Paul explaining how the Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) dwelled in Jesus. One thing you have to remember about God is that he is Triune in nature. So whatever he is doing, hes doing it in unison with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Now some would say “Well my Bible doesn’t say “Godhead” its translated as “Deity”. Well the word Deity means basically God, Divine nature, creator ect. When you say that something is a Deity , your giving that divine status. So if you rather say Jesus is the fullness of Deity, your calling him God in the flesh!

When Mary gave birth in the manger, the Triune God came in human form. But notice God didn’t come down in a castle or a mansion. He came down in a barn. Why? Because Gods not impressed with worldly riches. We may be impressed, but Gods not. As Jesus said “Store up your treasures in heaven and not of this world” (Matthew 6:19-20)

And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: Colossians 2:10

Why did Jesus come down to Earth? To deliver us from our sin, we are completed in Him. Jesus loves you enough to leave his throne in Heaven and take the position of a baby. To eventually become crucified for your sins. Then he rose from the dead after 3 days defeating the curse of sin forever!

Rejoice for the coming of The Lord! Rejoice for the coming of The Christ! Amen!

Father Son and Holy Spirit

Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” Luke 3:21-22

One of the glorious moments in the gospels is when the Father, Son , and Holy Spirit all came together as one to begin the redemption of humanity. Here we see when Jesus was getting baptized, the Son coming out of the water, The Holy Spirit coming down and anointing him, and the Father giving his blessing upon this union

So you might ask , why did Jesus need to be baptized? Well first you have to consider Jesus needed to become human to die for our sins. Even though Jesus was fully God he was also fully man, a hard concept for us to grasp. However God cant die, so Jesus needed to be made human to be the atonement for our sins

Since Jesus is human, hes also vulnerable to temptations. But he is filled and anointed with the Holy Spirit, so the power of God is living inside of him.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19

Also Jesus would never ask us to do something he wouldn’t do. Jesus wouldn’t command us to get baptized if he wasn’t baptized either. Jesus was setting an example for us all, he never asked us to do anything that he hasn’t already done!

Notice Jesus says Baptize in the name of The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Our God is a Triune God Amen!