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(Q) Some of the scriptures in the Bible talk about the true God, who is the “TRUE GOD” of the Bible?
(Part two of five)
This section is about Jehovah the God of the Old Testament who was also Jesus Christ in the New Testament.
(A) Jesus Christ was also the God of the Old Testament called “Jehovah.” Most of the time In the KJV of the Bible when you see the word Lord (spelled with a capital L) the Hebrew word was Yahh or Jehovah, meaning self-Existent or Eternal.
Compare Isaiah 45:18 with Colossians 1:16
Isaiah 45:18: “For this is what JEHOVAH has said, THE CREATOR OF THE HEAVENS. He the (true) God, the Former of the earth and the Maker of it, He the One who firmly established it, who did not create it simply for nothing, who formed it even to be inhabited: “I am JEHOVAH, and there is no one else.'”
Colossians 1:16: “Because BY MEANS OF HIM all (other) things WERE CREATED IN THE HEAVENS and upon the earth, the things visible and the things invisible, no matter whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All (other) things have been created through him and for him.”
This verse in Colossians, chapter I tells us of the creative power of the Lord Jesus Christ. He has created EVERYTHING that has been created by Jehovah of the Old Testament. Either Christ is Jehovah or we have two Creators instead of one.
Compare Genesis 17:1 with Revelation 1:8
Genesis 17:1: “When Abram got to be ninety nine years old, then JEHOVAH appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God ALMIGHTY. Walk before me and prove yourself faultless.”
Revelation 1:8: “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says JEHOVAH God, ‘the One who is and who was and who is coming, the ALMIGHTY.'”
According to Revelation 22:13 and 16, the “Alpha and Omega” title belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the subject of Revelation 1, and in verse 8, He is called “Almighty.” The New World Translation translates the Greek word KURIOS (lord) by the word “Jehovah.” This is done many times in the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ version of the New Testament. By doing this, they strengthen the argument that Christ is Jehovah. Jehovah is ALMIGHTY in the Old Testament, and Christ is ALMIGHTY in the New Testament. See also Revelation 4:8.
LORD OF LORDS
Compare Deuteronomy 10: 17 with Revelation 17: 14
Deuteronomy 10:17: “For JEHOVAH your God is the God of gods and the LORD OF LORDS, the God great, mighty and fear inspiring, who treats none with partiality nor accepts a bribe.”
Revelation 17:14: “These will battle with the Lamb, but, because he is LORD OF LORDS and King of kings, the Lamb will conquer them. Also, those called and chosen and faithful with him (will do so). “
Christ is called “the Lamb” in Revelation 5:12, and the Lamb is called LORD OF LORDS, the same as Jehovah in the Old Testament.
Compare Isaiah 43:3, 11 and 45:21 with Titus 1:3-4 and Luke 2:11
Isaiah 43:3: “For I am JEHOVAH your God, the Holy One of Israel your SAVIOR.”
Isaiah 43:11: “I – 1 am JEHOVAH, and besides me there is no SAVIOR.”
Isaiah 45:21: “Is it not I, JEHOVAH, besides whom there is no other God, a righteous God and a SAVIOR, there being none excepting me?”
Luke 2:11: “Because there was born to you today a SAVIOR, who is CHRIST (the) Lord, in David’s city.”
Titus 1 :3-4: “Whereas in his own due times he made his word manifest in the preaching with which I was entrusted, under command of our SAVIOR God. To Titus, a genuine child according to a faith shared in common. May there be undeserved kindness and peace from God (the) Father and CHRIST JESUS OUR SAVIOR.”
Isaiah 43 is the most important chapter in Jehovah Witness theology. If Jehovah is the only Savior and the New Testament clearly states that Christ is the Savior, the only conclusion that can be reached is that Christ is Jehovah. It is as simple as that. Unless, of course there are two Saviors.
TWO JEHOVAHS IN ONE VERSE
Genesis 19:24: “Then JEHOVAH made it rain sulphur and fire from JEHOVAH, from the heavens, upon Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Genesis 19 is a very interesting chapter in the Old Testament. It is the story of Lot and of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. It starts out by the mention of two angels in verse I. In verses 10, 12, and 16, these angels are called “men.” Then in verse 18, the New World Translation has the following: “Then Lot said to them (referring to angels): “Not that, please, JEHOVAH!” This is really amazing because the word “Lord” in this verse (according to the King James Version) is not in capital letters (Lord – which is really “Jehovah”), but in small letters (lord). This translation has Lot calling one of the angels (“them”) by the name of JEHOVAH. An angel is not called “Jehovah” unless this is really a manifestation of Christ in a pre-existent form. And this is proved in verse 24 by the double use of “Jehovah.” What verse 24 teaches us is that the first Jehovah is on earth in Sodom (the same Jehovah of verse 18), and that this Jehovah called down fire and sulphur from Jehovah God in heaven. The first Jehovah is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, as we have seen in other verses. Incidentally, the word “angel” means “messenger” in the Hebrew and the Greek, and Christ, as Jehovah’s “messenger,” was very concerned about Lot and his family, just as He is concerned about us today.
Compare Isaiah 45:23-24 with Philippians 2: 10-11 and Romans 14: 11-12
Isaiah 45:23-24: “By my own self I have sworn – out of my own mouth in righteousness the word has gone forth, so that it will not return – that to me EVERY KNEE WILL BEND DOWN, every tongue will swear, saying, ‘Surely in JEHOVAH there are full righteousness and strength. All those getting heated up against him will come straight to him and be ashamed.'”
Philippians 2:10-11: “So that in the name of JESUS EVERY KNEE SHOULD BEND of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground, and every tongue should openly acknowledge that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD to the glory of God the Father.”
Romans 14: 11-12: “For it is written, As I live; says JEHOVAH, “TO ME EVERY KNEE WILL BEND DOWN, and every tongue will make open acknowledgment to God.’ So, then, each of us will render an account for himself to God.”
When the unsaved stand at that future day in the majestic presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, everyone
will recognize that Jesus Christ is Jehovah God. But it will be too late as far as personal salvation is concerned. All will realize that they were wrong and that they will finally be cast into the Lake of fire, as mentioned in Revelation 20:15. What each person needs to do now is to recognize the glorious truth that Christ is Jehovah and be spared the terrible consequences of the Great White Throne judgment of the Lord Jesus Christ, Revelation 20: 11.
In Philippians 2:11, the Greek word for “lord” is KURIOS. The New World Translation translated it “lord” instead of Jehovah,” like they did in so many other verses. I wonder why. If they had translated it “Jehovah,” then it would have read “acknowledge that JESUS CHRIST IS JEHOVAH.” The translators were stymied by the use of KURIOS in this verse. The Deity of Christ will shine through the pages of holy Scripture regardless of who translates God’s wonderful Word.
THE HOLY ONE
Compare Isaiah 43:3 and 49:7 with Mark 1:24
Isaiah 43:3: “For I am JEHOVAH your God, THE HOLY ONE of Israel your Savior.”
Isaiah 49:7: “This is what JEHOVAH, the Repurchaser of Israel, his HOLY ONE, has said to him that is despised in soul, to him that is detested by the nation, to the servant of rulers: ‘Kings themselves will see and certainly rise up, (and) princes, and they will bow down, by reason of JEHOVAH, who is faithful, THE HOLY ONE of Israel, who chooses you.'”
Mark 1:24: “Saying, I, What have we to do with you, JESUS you Nazarene? Did you come to destroy us? I know exactly who you are, THE HOLY ONE of God. “
This was quite a testimony from an unclean spirit, but it was a true testimony. Jehovah is the Holy One and Christ is also the Holy One. Holiness is an attribute of Deity. Holiness belongs to God alone; and in speaking of Christ, why capitalize “Holy One” if Christ is not God? God can truly say, “Be ye holy for I am holy” l Peter 1:16.
Compare Isaiah 33:22 with John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4: I; Hebrews 12:23; and Hebrews 10:30
Isaiah 33:22: “For JEHOVAH is our JUDGE. Jehovah is our Statute giver. Jehovah is our King; He Himself will save us.”
John 5:22: “For the Father judges no one at all, but he has committed all the judging to the Son:’
2 Timothy 4:1: I solemnly charge you before God and CHRIST JESUS. WHO is destined TO JUDGE the living and the dead, and by his manifestation and his kingdom:’
Hebrews 12:23: “In general assembly, and the congregation of the firstborn who have been enrolled in the heavens, and GOD THE JUDGE OF ALL, and the spiritual lives of righteous ones who have been made perfect.”
Hebrews 10:30: 30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord (CHRIST) shall judge his people. (Hebrews 10 is talking about Jesus Christ).
It looks like we have a sure contradiction here. The Old Testament says that Jehovah is judge (if this refers to the Father) and then the New Testament says that the Father does not perform the duty of a judge, for He judges no one. There is no sense in being a judge if you are not going to judge anyone. Divine names are not used carelessly, so how is this problem to be resolved? The three verses from the New Testament clearly testify to the fact that the Son is going to do the judging; and Hebrews 12:23 tells us that the Son is GOD; hence, the inescapable conclusion is that the Son is Jehovah. This solves the problem and is in harmony with the rest of the Scriptures.
Hebrews 9:27 says. “And as it is reserved for men to die once for all time, but after this a judgment.” This verse proves that there is life after death; that is, a judgment will take place after physical death. There is conscious existence after death, for this verse makes no sense if death means cessation of life. The Lord Jesus Christ as JUDGE is going to judge all those who have rejected Him as God in the flesh.
It is impossible, when making a translation of the Bible, to eliminate from its pages the Deity of Christ. ALL parts of God’s inspired Word testify to this very important truth. The Deity of Christ is intertwined with all the teachings of the Bible. The New World Translation surely fails in its attempt to abolish the Deity of Christ from the Word of God. The Bible would have to be mutilated in a terrible way to achieve this end.
So, then, who is the King? Who is the Almighty? Who is the Savior? Who is Lord of lords? Who is the Judge? He is none other than Jehovah, the Lord Jesus Christ. END OF PART TWO——–PART THREE COMING SOON