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Is the Messiah
The Son of God?

Illustration of the Messiah

 

November 29, 2007

Hi Esther:

Before I share the Old Testament passages I was going to give you on whether or not the Messiah is the Son of God, I realized in order for you to understand their full meaning in context I first need to lay a foundation.

I do not know if I told you this but I am a Bible Translator. What got me into this over the years (started 32 years ago) was when I studied the languages (Hebrew & Greek) I found that terms relating to the constitution of man and God’s names particularly in the Old Testament were not being translated literally or correctly. It was being translated into English according to the particular theological view point of the translator. The end result was a loss of the meaning of the text and what the writer was trying to communicate. One brief example is King David’s recounting of how He came to have the plans for the building of the Temple in 1 Chronicles 28:12. A modern translation puts it this way in the New American Standard Bible:

2 Chronicles 28:12 "And the plan of all that he had in mind, for the courts of the house of the Lord."

My correct word for word translation states:

1 Chronicles 28:12 "And the plan of all that he had by-the-Spirit, for the courts of the house of Yehovah."

Most modern translations translate "by-the-Spirit" (hyphenated because one word in Hebrew) "in his mind." It sounds like David just thought to himself "Gee! What would make a good temple?" And then he wrote down what He thought up in his mind. The word here, however, in the Hebrew they are translating "mind" is "Ruach" which is the primary term used when talking about the Spirit of God or the spirit of man, not the mind. Not all theologians (Jewish or Christian) believe in the literal accounts of the Old Testament, that God spoke to men by His Holy Spirit, thus why they change the meaning of the text to fit their theological view point. As a result the true communication of the text is lost. Here David tells us plainly that what he wrote down about the plans for building the Temple, he received from the Spirit of God, not through his imagination. The word in Hebrew for mind is "yetzer" meaning "mind, imagination." That word is not used in this verse.

An example of the constitution of man is Genesis 2:7. The King James translates this:

Genesis 2:7 "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."

My literal word for word translation of the text is:

Genesis 2:7 "Then Yehovah-Elohim formed man of dust from the-ground, and breathed into his-nostrils the spirit of lives; and man became-a-living soul."

Here again we have the word "yetzer" used which also means "to-form." Genesis 2:7 shows us that God made man a trinity of spirit, soul and body. Most translations translate the Hebrew word "neshamah" "breathe". However, the word like "ruach" can mean "spirit, wind, or breathe." Note the word "lives" here. The word in the Hebrew is "chiyeem" (!yYj). It is the masculine plural form of the singular word "chiyah" which is also used in this verse—the word "living". Moses tells us that God breathed into man three kinds of Life: spiritual, soulish and physical, thus why he uses the plural form "chiyeem" and not the singular form "chyah." This is a difficult passage for one to understand, but this is what we call a passage God uses to get us to dig deeper into His word to fully understand who He created man to be. Therefore one man of one essence has three different kinds of life: spirit, soul and body, but is only one man. One does not gain this understanding from Genesis 2:7 unless it is translated clearly and literally as I have done.

Genesis 1:1 states "In-the-beginning Elohim created the heavens and the-earth." The word for God used in the Hebrew Massoretic text here is "Elohim", the primary word used for God in the Old Testament. There are several words used for God in the Old Testament. They are Elohim, El, Eloah and Elah which is Aramaic. Most of the book of Daniel is written in Aramaic which was the language of the Babylonians, the Chaldians. "El" is the singular form for the word "God" and "Elohim" as used by Moses and the writers of the Old Testament when referring to Yehovah is a singular-plural noun. What does that mean? "El" is first used by Moses in Genesis 14:18,

"And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of El-Most-High"

This is referring to after Abraham had defeated the five kings of the east and delivered his nephew Lot and relatives, he gave his tithe to the mysterious character in the Old Testament Melchizedek meaning "King of righteousness." The term "Elohim" however is first used in Genesis 1:1 "In-the-beginning Elohim created the heavens and the-earth." It is a compound word "El" and "him". "Him" is the masculine plural suffix of most masculine nouns in Hebrew. However the verb "He-created", "barah" in Hebrew, is the third masculine singular form of the verb. The point is it is a singular verb not a plural verb and a plural verb always follows a plural subject noun in Hebrew. Thus "Elohim" in Genesis chapter one is a singular plural noun meaning "These-are-God". "These" plural are "God" singular. Thus Moses indicates the triune nature of God right in the first verse of the Bible. Thus why Moses uses "Elohim" in Deuteronomy 6:4 "Hear Israel! Yehovah our-Elohim, Yehovah is one!"

.dja hwhy Wnyhla hwhy larcy [mv 6:4 Wnyhela> Elohenu used in this verse is the first common plural form of "Elohim" meaning "our-Elohim." So when Moses states that "God" is "one" he tells us that like man who is a composite of spirit, soul and body but one man of one essence, so God is a composite of Father, Son and Spirit but one God of one essence. It doesn’t mean He is three God’s, it means that the only true God from eternity past who is of one essence, how dja "one" is used in the O.T., is one God of one essence manifested in three Persons. Just as we may not understand how we are spirit, soul and body, yet experience all three dimensions as we walk in life, so we may not understand how God is of one essence but manifested in three persons but experience it in our walk with God. So you see that the concept of God being of one essence but a trinity was a Jewish concept long before it was a Christian concept. You can also see why I transliterate the names of God, because when not done literally one loses not only the true meaning of the text as is the case in Genesis 1:1, but what the Bible teaches truly about God’s nature.

God created the universe that we live in. Does this universe have the mark of His triune nature upon it? Yes it does. The Universe is a continuum of space, energy and time. Space has height, depth and width. Time is past, present and future. Light is often used as an analogy of God’s nature. We have light we cannot see or feel like the Father, we have light we can see and feel like the Son, and we have light we cannot see but feel like the Holy Spirit but all come from the same source of light. Light is of one essence but manifest in three ways. Space is infinite and time is endless, and everywhere throughout space and time events happen, processes function, phenomena exist. The tri-universe is remarkably analogous to the nature of its Creator who is infinite and transcendent, a big word meaning God is everywhere all at once. There is no place you can go that God is not (Psalm 139).

With this foundation laid, I now give you these Old Testament passages (my translation) which not only talk about the Son of God but that He is also the promised Messiah.

After God the Son (indulge me, you will understand later), Yehovah, told Abraham in physical form that He was going to judge Sodom and Gomorrah, Moses then wrote in Genesis 19:24,

Genesis 19:24 "Then Yehovah rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from Yehovah out of heaven."

Yehovah on earth in physical form, the Son of God, rained fire from Yehovah in heaven, the Father. One and the same God but two persons.

Isaiah 7:14 states,

Isaiah 7:14 "Therefore Yehovah Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel."

"Immanuel" is a compound word of "El" meaning "God", and "Immanu" meaning "of us". Here God through Isaiah the Prophet tells us who the Messiah will be, that He will be God in the flesh. Thus when Mary became pregnant by the conception of the Holy Spirit, the fulfillment of Isaiah 7:14, the Angel Gabriel then tells Joseph, so he won’t put Mary away since he had not married her yet or had sex with her, in Matthew 1:19-23,

Matthew 1:19-23 "‘But, her husband Joseph, being just, and not willing to expose her by way of example, purposed to put her away secretly. And as he was thinking on these things, behold, an angel of Adonai was seen by him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is by the Holy-Spirit. And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.’ Now all this took place that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel," which translated means, "God with us."’"

Now I said that Jesus was never called Immanuel in the New Testament and that is right, not by any man. That is because "Immanuel" is not a title but a predicate adjective describing who Jesus is, His nature: Yehovah-Elohim of the Old Testament in the flesh. That is also why He was named "Jesus". "Jesus" is the German translation of the Greek word "Yesous". The Hebrew word is "Yeshua". "Yeshua" is a compound word meaning "Yehovah is Savior." The angel tells Joseph to name the baby "Jesus" because the baby will save His people from their sins. Thus Gabriel indicates the nature of the baby which is Yehovah-Elohim in the flesh saving man from His sins and thus why Gabriel then quotes Isaiah 7:14 showing that this baby is the fulfillment of this prophecy.

The next passage in the O.T. I want to cite is Isaiah 9:6. Isaiah the prophet wrote,

Isaiah 9:6 "For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty-El, Father-of-Eternity, Prince-of-Peace."

This passage is also talking about the promised Messiah and it tells us that He will be First God Almighty in the flesh. Second that He is the Father of eternity. That simply means He is from eternity past and that no one came before Him. Yehovah talking about Himself and Israel in Isaiah 43:10-11 states,

Isaiah 43:10-11 "‘You are My witnesses,’ declares Yehovah, ‘And My servant whom I have chosen, in order that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no El formed, and there will be none after Me. I, even I, am Yehovah; and there is no Savior besides Me.’"

Yehovah God here tells us that He and He alone comes from eternity past and that He and He alone is Savior, that there is no savior but Him and that He and He alone is God, that there was no God before Him and that there will be no God after Him but Him. Yehovah God also in Isaiah 9:6 tells us that the Messiah will be Him in the flesh because he just said in Isaiah 43:10-11 that no one existed before Him and that he alone is Savior. That is the significance of the angel Gabriel telling Joseph to name the baby "Jesus" meaning "Yehovah is Savior’ in order to indicate who the baby is: Yehovah God in the flesh who took on a human nature in order to save us from our sins.

Why then is Jesus called the Son of God? The angel Gabriel who was first sent to Mary before he was sent to Joseph, tells Mary recorded in Luke 1:31, 34-35,

Luke 1:31, 34-35 "‘And behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.’ . . . And Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I have not known a man?’ And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son-of-God.’"

Jesus is called the Son of God not because God had a baby God, but that because in His humanity he was conceived of by the Holy Spirit, by God Himself, not man’s seed. Jesus is the only true God, Yehovah-El, from eternity past who in time took on a full human nature as well so that He now has two full natures: He is fully God and fully Man but one person and will remain so forever.

In the Old Testament book of Micah it also prophecies about the Messiah:

Micah 5:2 "But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity."

It states here that the Messiah will be one whose goings forth are from the days of eternity. Here again Yehovah is telling us through Micah that the Messiah will be Himself in the flesh, because no one has come from eternity except Yehovah-Elohim. "Before Me there was no El formed, and there will be none after Me. I, even I, am Yehovah; and there is no Savior besides Me’" (Isaiah 43:10-11).

The last passage I want to share with you which talks about the Messiah being the Son of God in the O.T. is Psalm Chapter 2,

   Ps 2:1 Why are the nations in an uproar, and the peoples devising a vain thing?
   Ps 2:2 The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers take counsel together against Yehovah and against His Messiah:
   Ps 2:3 "Let us tear their fetters apart, and cast away their cords from us!"
   Ps 2:4 He who sits in the heavens laughs, Adonai [the Lord] scoffs at them.
   Ps 2:5 Then He will speak to them in His anger and terrify them in His fury:
   Ps 2:6 "But as for Me, I have installed My-King upon Zion, My holy mountain."
   Ps 2:7 "I will surely tell of the decree of Yehovah: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You.
   Ps 2:8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
   Ps 2:9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron, you shall shatter them like earthenware.'"
   Ps 2:10 Now therefore, kings, show discernment; take warning, judges of the earth.
   Ps 2:11 Worship Yehovah with reverence, and rejoice with trembling.
   Ps 2:12 Do homage to the Son, lest He become-angry, and you perish in the way, for His-anger may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!

Esther, you said that you were told that God has no Son and for this reason you reject the possibility of Jesus being Your Messiah and Savior.  Esther, no man can save you.  Psalm 49:7-9 states,

Psalm 49:7-9 "No man can by any means redeem his brother, or give to Elohim a ransom for him—For the redemption of his soul is costly, and he should cease trying forever—That he should live on eternally; that he should not undergo decay."

Jeremiah the prophet wrote in Jeremiah 17:5-6,

Jeremiah 17:5-6 "Thus says Yehovah, ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his-arm [strength], And whose heart turns away from Yehovah. For he will be like a bush in the desert and will not see when prosperity comes, but will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, a land of salt without inhabitant.’"

The Bible states that you are to put your trust in God, not in man.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 "Blessed is the man who trusts in Yehovah And whose trust is Yehovah. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit."

What does it mean to put your trust in God? how do you do this? Isaiah 8:19-20 states

Isaiah 8:19-20 "And when they say to you, ‘Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,’ should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn."

God tells You that when you put your trust in His Word the Bible that then and only then are you putting your trust in Him. Jesus said in John 8:47 "He who is of God hears the Words of God." God said through Isaiah in Isaiah 43:10-11 that He and He alone is Savior. Only Yehovah can save you, not any man. What God says in His word is true, not what any man thinks no matter who they are.  Only to God are you to put your trust and allegiance and you do this by putting your faith, trust and allegiance in what He says is true in His Word the Bible, not in what any man says or thinks. He states plainly in the Old Testament that He has a Son (Psalm 2), that the Son is He Himself in the flesh (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6), that the Messiah will be the only true God from eternity past in the flesh (Micah 5:2), that He sent His Son to save us from our sins (Matt 1:19-23). Jesus said of Himself:

John 14:6 "I-AM the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me."

John10:1, & 9 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.... Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.... If anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved and shall go in and out, and find pasture."

Jesus did not say He was a way to God, but that He is God in the flesh who came in the flesh to save us from our sins. Jesus said in John 3:17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him," and in Luke 9:56 "For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them." Esther, God took on a human nature to save you. God said in Isaiah 43:10-11 that He and he alone is Savior. Jesus is God in the flesh who saved you from your sins. Jesus also said that He is the only way to God and heaven, that there is no other way, that only those who come to Yehovah through Jesus will be saved and go to heaven.  Jesus then proved this true by coming back from the dead Physically Alive!  The writers of the New Testament testified:

The Apostle John: John 2:22 "When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture, and the word which Jesus had spoken."

Doctor Luke: Acts 1:3 "To these He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God."

The Apostle Paul: 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 "For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as it were to one untimely born, He appeared to me also."

Acts 17:30-31 "Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead."

Jesus testified of Himself in

John 11:25-26 "I am the Resurrection and the Life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die."

Esther, understand it this way. Yehovah-Elohim, the only true God from eternity past in time took on a full human nature to save us from our sins. Jesus loved us, fed us and healed us. In response our sin nailed His humanity to a cross. What is Jesus’ response? He states "If you will only believe that this is Me dying on the cross for your sins, I will save you and give you eternal life":

John 3:14-15 "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son-of-Man be lifted up; that whoever believes in Him may have eternal-life."

Esther, Jesus did not resist us, he let us beat Him to a pulp. Isaiah Chapters 52-53 states that He was so beaten that if you had known him before, after being beaten if you saw Him, you would not recognize him. He suffered all this for us on the cross so we can spend our eternity with Him forever in heaven. This is why God’s word states in Hebrews 10:26-27 that if in the light of what He suffered for us, humbling Himself as God did to the life of a created human being for 33 ½ years and then dying for our sins, that if we reject Him, His Messiah, as it states in Psalm 2, all we will have to look forward to is Yehovah-Elohim’s wrath.

Esther, Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30,

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light."

Esther, if after you have thought about what I have shared with you from God’s Word, if you decide you do want to receive Yehovah-Elohim’s Messiah for You: Jesus Christ of Nazareth as your Messiah, Savior and Lord, then pray this prayer and He will come in and save you and give you eternal life:

Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and repent of my known sins. I ask You now to come into my heart as Savior from my sins and as Lord of my life. Heavenly Father, thank You for forgiving my sins through Your Son’s death and shed blood on the cross and that I now have eternal life. Now take control of my life, and through Your Holy Spirit lead me into your will and plan for my life; in Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth’s name, amen.

Yehovah’s testimony:

1 John 5:11-12 "And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life."

Paul the Apostle’s testimony:

Colossians 1:27 "To whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the nations, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."

2 Corinthians 13:5 "Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?"

Only those who have received God’s Messiah Jesus Christ into their hearts will have eternal life and go to heaven.

Sincerely in Jesus,

Dale P. Kruse
Pastor Evangelist

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