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:
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:
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.
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" 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
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 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
"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."
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
"‘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,
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,
"‘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
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
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
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,
"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,
"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.
"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
"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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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